Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Ratings
PERFORMANCE - 100%
CLEANING - 60%
CHARGING/RUNNING RATIO - 90%
PORTABILITY - 90%
COMFORT - 90%
Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 is an excellent shaver but its price is a little unjustified. While this electric razor exceeds performance expectations, it lacks a lot of convenience features as well as a good cleaning system.
When it comes to electric shavers, a lot of men are wondering whether or not it is worth investing in an expensive shaver. The truth is that there are a lot of good, cheap shavers on the market such as the Braun 3 Series 340S-4 Wet/Dry model, which can be acquired for only $60. In comparison, Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 costs about $200, making this product three times more expensive than the Braun 3 series model. Is this price exorbitant, or is this razor something truly amazing which will ease the lives of many men? Stay with us, as we are about to uncover the secrets of the Speed-XL 8240 electric shaver.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
According to Philips, the Norelco Speed-XL 8240 covers 50% more shaving surface than similar models on the market. Furthermore, the rotary system is improved in order to follow the contours of one’s face perfectly, in a single stroke. The precision cutting system features ultra thin heads with slots and holes. The slots cut long hairs while the holes cut even the shortest stubble. This razor also features a Super Lift&Cut technology which lefts flat hairs in order to cut below skin level without causing any skin damage. Aside from many convenience features, we have noticed that the lifting technology is usually the one which raises a shaver’s price. If you analyze the market thoroughly, you will discover that the cheapest shavers don’t feature any lifting technologies. Other features which boost the performance of this item are the SmartTouch contouring technology and the 3 Speed_XL shaving tracks.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
We like the fact that this electric razor has an ergonomic design which allows for a comfortable grip. The electric shaver also comes with a pop-up trimmer, perfect for adjusting a mustache, a goatee or for keeping the sideburns groomed. Also, it features a LED screen which displays the remaining battery power. Other shavers feature sophisticated displays which apart from battery time, also show the blades’ levels of efficiency and hygiene.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
Another important aspect which differentiates the cheap shavers from the expensive ones is comfort. For example, this product features a SmartTouch Technology. This system works by keeping the three shaving blades in close contact with the skin and pivoting each floating head in order to perfectly contour one’s features. The lifting technology is also very useful in making a shaving experience more comfortable as cutting hairs below skin level without any disturbances prevents rashes and irritations.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
Generally, expensive electric shavers feature sophisticated self-cleaning systems. However, this is not the case of the Speed-XL 8240 razor. The manufacturers recommend a simple rinse which they advertise as easy maintenance. However, after analyzing several sophisticated shavers, we are well aware of the importance of a good self-cleaning system which can be 10 times more hygienic than a simple rinse and it can also prolong the life of the blades by lubricating them after each cleaning. However, the shave does have one good cleaning feature which is an antibacterial coating which keeps dirt away. Nevertheless, having to open the shaving unit and rinse it after each shave can be quite troublesome.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
This electric razor is fully portable and easy to carry around. It comes with a protective cap and a travel pouch. It also has a charging adapter in order to allow its user to operate it anywhere in the world.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
The Speed-XL 8240 is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Before using this electric razor for the first time, the manufacturers advise a 12 hour charge. It takes one hour for the battery to charge completely and in return, it provides 50 minutes of power. A very good ratio, considering the fact that the battery of most shavers offers up to 45 minutes of power. However, it is not worth paying this much money for lowering the charging time with only 5 minutes. The device can be operated cordless. The device is also capable of a fast 3-minute charge which provides the battery with enough power for a quick shave.Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Picture
Warranty and durability
We are well aware of the fact that Philips creates quality shavers which last a long time. Therefore, we were not surprised to see that this electric shaver is top quality, made in Holland and comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty. The main proof that this razor is designed to last a long time is the fact that the blades sharpen themselves with each shave.
There are two categories of men who use electric shavers. The first category of people are looking for efficient yet cheap shavers such as the seriesBrSeries 340S-4 Wet/Dry model. The other category prefers to use most efficient shavers on the market, regardless of their cost. After a thorough analysis of this product’s features, we have come to the conclusion that it is not suitable for any category. There are other shavers within this price range, which offer a similar performance as well as excellent convenience, comfort and cleaning features. Such is the case of the Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc 5 Multiflex Pivoting Head or the Philips Norelco 1280X/42 SensoTouch 3D, which is indeed worth every penny.