Philips Norelco AT830 Ratings
PERFORMANCE - 83%
CLEANING - 62%
CHARGING/RUNNING RATIO - 45%
PORTABILITY - 71%
COMFORT - 88%
The AT830 PowerTouch with Aquatec model is one of the best shavers that you can buy for less than 70 dollars. It is uncomplicated and efficient.
Philips Norelco shavers are divided into four major categories (also referred to as series): Norelco Senso Touch 3D and 2D, Norelco Powertouch with Aquatech, Norelco Powertouch and Norelco Basic. The AT830 PowerTouch with Aquatec model is somewhere in between a mid-level razor and a high-end razor. In fact, this is one of the best shavers that Philips made, after the high-end SensoTouch Shavers. It incorporates some of the features of the best (and the most expensive) Philips shavers but lacks the convenience features (which some people consider to be useful). However, it only costs $69.99. This translates into an uncomplicated, efficient and affordable shaver.
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The Philips Norelco AT830 shaver is the result of years of research, tests and experience in the shavers market. It incorporates innovative technologies, yet it keeps things uncomplicated in order to remain affordable. It is designed in order to ensure a very close shave, without damaging the skin. This electric shaver features three pivoting heads that deliver a very close shave. The heads are constantly moving in order to remain in contact with the skin, thus contouring facial features perfectly. The Super Lift technology, combined with the dual-blade action manage to lift flat hairs in order to cut below skin level. Also, it features a DualPrecision shaving system that shaves long hair as comfortably as it shaves short stubble. More than that, it comes with a speedy option, ideal for those times when you want to give yourself a quick shave before an important meeting.
As we mentioned above, this electric razor is pretty uncomplicated yet manages to successfully satisfy the basic shaving necessities. It has a cordless operation and it is fully waterproof, meaning that it can be used both dry and wet (it applies to both the normal operation as well as to the speedy option). It also has an integrated pop-up trimmer. The trimmer is very precise and can successfully be used for trimming mustaches, sideburns or goatees. This shaver comes with a protective cap, a cleaning brush, a power cord and a user manual. Furthermore, it has a slim design which allows for a comfortable grip. In order to avoid dead battery situations, it features both battery low and battery full indicator. These are not as useful as a 2-3 stage battery indicator but they get the job done. Furthermore, if you do run out of battery, you can always use the 3-minute quick charge option which will give you enough power for a quick cordless shave.Philip Norelco AT830 Picture
As we mentioned above, this electric razor can be used both dry and wet. People with sensitive skin can use it with shaving foam, gel or cream. It features a precise shaving head which is also gentle on the skin. The flexing, low-friction heads adjust to facial curves, putting minimum pressure on the skin and thus diminishing the risks of rashes and irritation. Furthermore, the Super Lift and the Cut dual blade manage to lift flat hairs and cut comfortably below skin level.Philip Norelco AT830 Picture
The best shavers on the market usually come with an automatic cleaning system. However, such systems usually increase the price of the shaver, and though they also prolong the life of the blades, not everybody is willing to pay extra just for them. Those of you who are not fans of automatic cleaning systems, will be happy to discover that this shaver can be cleaned by simply putting it under running water. You can also use the cleaning brush in order to get rid of annoying stubble. Although cleaning the product manually is not that much of a big deal, we have to admit that this item could have used at least one modern cleaning features such as a Turbo mode ( like the one Panasonic ES-LF51 has) or an antibacterial coating (see Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240).Philip Norelco AT830 Picture
The AT830 PowerTouch with Aquatec model can comfortably be taken even on a long trip, as it has enough battery for numerous shaves. Furthermore, it also comes with a protective cap. However, it lacks a travel lock as well as a travel pouch so you will have to be careful when packing it.Philip Norelco AT830 Picture
Philips Norelco shavers usually have a good charging/running ratio, three minutes but this is not the case of this particular model. Although a full battery lasts for 50 minutes of cordless operation, it takes no less than 8 hours for the battery to fully charge. Three-minute quick charge option is very useful for those times when you run out of battery before an important meeting or event.Philip Norelco AT830 Picture
Warranty and durability
The fact that Philips shavers are highly durable is already well known by most users. However, if you are a new user, you should know that this razor comes with a standard two-year warranty. Furthermore, it also comes with a 45-day money back guarantee. The reason for this guarantee, is the fact that it takes a while for a customer to get used to a new shaving system, especially if they have never used electric shavers or if they have only used foil shavers. For optimal efficiency, the manufacturers recommend replacing the shaving heads with the HQ8 replacements once every 12 months.