Rated 2 out of 5 by mcd51 shaves great but only lasts a year
It shaves great and is easy to use BUT the on/off switch is junk. I have had 2 of them and both of the on/off switches broke after 12 - 14 months of only using it 4 days a week.
July 18, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by NorelCoJoeSince1971 plastic cover over on/off switch cracks
the plastic cover (coating) at the on/off switch developed a crack after about a year. It was still within warranty so I was able to return it. They sent me a brand new handle. Within a year that one had cracked in exactly the same place. I shave on average every other day. I don't use it wet. It is a design flaw. Other than that, it provides an adequate shave. I have been using Norelco rotary shavers for 40 years and they have always been extremely reliable and long-lasting. I have only owned 4 including the 1150X during that time. With the older models eventually the batteries needed replacement and when I dropped them and the plastic case broke, I just sent them in to an authorized dealer for repair. Easy. Even before the internet. I fully recommend Norelco shavers in general, just not this model due to the cracking of the case because it defeats the "wet shave" features. Rotary shavers in general are much easier on the skin and the heads are more durable. The screens on screen shavers (side-to-side motion of the cutters) are very prone to being dented and ruined (because they are necessarily so thin and thus delicate) and are expensive to replace.
May 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stevareno This product has NO features!
Very poor design on the Senso touch. There's no internal storage for stubble, so the razor has to be cleaned & washed after every use. Not only inconvenient & time consuming, but razor has no time to dry out from being rinsed every day. Water runs into the palm of your hand from the razor while shaving!
No battery meter on this one. You have no idea where the battery charge is at, until the 5 min. left light comes on. At that point, too late to recharge for that shave!
No pop up trimmer here either. The head has to be removed & replaced with the trimmer head. Guess I won't be doing much trimming! How long will this razor last, snapping & popping the trimmer on & off all the time. I had to keep my old razor just so I could have a trimmer.
All in all, not happy with this one. Very poor design, & inconvenient. The old XL design was much better thought-out, where it only had to be cleaned once a week, had a pop-up trimmer, & a battery guage. What a novel idea!
October 4, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mark9999 Older models gave a closer shave!
I have used Norelco Electric Shavers for many of my 62 years, and am frankly disappointed with this newer addition. Older models had more "float" in the heads, allowing for a closer shave. However, what bothers me most is the difficulty in separating the head from the blades for cleaning. There is no indent for thumbnail to be used in the separation of the two halves of the shaving heads, usually causing the compacted shaved whisker hairs to fly everywhere when you finally pry the two sections apart. Worse yet, the "shaver base" used for storage and charging is a lightweight flimsy joke, and the little suction cups attached to the base are recessed so high up the base, they DO NOT REACH THE COUNTERTOP, making them USELESS ( Very poor design ) ; and causing the base and Shaver to have to be lifted off the counter simultaneously, and separated manually prior to each use. I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE CHARGER BASE LIFTING, WITH THE UNIT, ON ANY PREVIOUS DESIGN. This unit is my 6th Norelco Shaver, and most likely my LAST!
June 17, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by oldwrench Long life batteries and a smooth shave
Norelco has impressed me with the batteries in this shaver. This is my fourth cordless razor and by far the longest lasting on a charge. I can easily get a month on a charge and the best any of the others could manage was a bit over two weeks. Shaving is fast and the heads glide smoothly. It works better on sweaty skin than my previous razors did. The cut is good, but I don't think as good as my older Norelco. I think the fact that the heads are in a larger mount, and there is a wider margin around the outside of the heads causes this. It also makes it hard to get close enough under your nose. That said, it probably is why the heads seem to glide easier across your skin. The touch switch is nice, the charging stand is nice too for using at home. I would like to have a plug in socket for the cord on the razor, for use on extended travels. Having to take the stand along is a bit awkward. Overall it's a very good razor and a good value.
June 17, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jerry40 If it ain't broke don't fix it!
I received my first Norelco shaver as a gift in 1993. Within two weeks I preferred it to shaving with a blade. Although the Norelco did not shave as close as a blade, it was easier to use, never drew blood, and could be used more than once a day. That last feature made it possible to be close shaven for business in the morning and close shaven for social life in the evening.
My first Norelco had a separate stand for recharging and a switch to select American or European current. I don't recall whether it had a sideburn trimmer. Later models eliminated the separate recharging stand (one less item to squeeze into one's travel kit), had automatic current selection (no danger of melting one's shaver by failing to select the appropriate current) and a sideburn trimmer opened by the flick of a finger.
This latest model reintroduces the separate charging stand and requires a change of heads to use the trimmer. Two steps backwards, and the shave isn't any better, if it is as good. Oh, and the price has increased. So, that is why I would not recommend this model.
June 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by BillV Shaves well, watch out for detachable head!
The razor works well as a shaver after using it for 3 weeks to get used to it. No problems shaving quickly, cleanly, closely unless my skin is a bit damp.
That is where the problem comes in! I have literally had the shaving head come off the razor several times when my skin has been a bit sticky. Once the shaving head came off, landed in the sink and exploded into its many sub-components. Clean up and re-assembly was neither fun, nor straight forward.
The sideburn trimmer is a joke! The trimmer head is nearly as wide as the shaving head, the trimmer blades are for a coarse, rather than fine cut. Did I mention I am bald and don't have sideburns, but could use a decent trimmer for ear and nose hair?
I bought this razor as a replacement for an older Norelco rechargeable that had seen its better day. I want to say the rechargeable battery on this model is truly a good one. Lasts ten to fourteen days depending on use.
June 17, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by SteveL Worst Shave Ever
I have used Norelco shavers in the past and have been satisfied. I have been using a competitor's wet/dry for the past six years or so. That unit finally gave out and I ordered a replacement of the competitor's brand. I still had my old Norelco and had to use it while waiting for the replacement to come. I was really, really happy with the shave I was getting from the old Norelco so I ordered the 6100 in hopes I would be equally happy. Well, I have tried every technique, pre-shave, wet and dry. You name it and I have tried it. The razor just does not glide over my face - I have to force the shaver to move over my face. Don't know what the problem is - the old Norelco glides easily - wet and dry. So, this Norelco is going to be returned. I can't recommend this model. Maybe you will have better luck.
February 4, 2015