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They over promise and under deliver. What exactly do they promise anyway? Gillette's multiple (tending to infinity) blade system is very explicit in forwarding the theory of a closer, smoother shave - the number of blades supposedly has a linear relationship to the closeness of shave. The aloe strip counts for something I suppose.

On the other hand, most advertisements for electric shavers are about the shavers being better than the competition or the previous generation of shavers - look, I can be washed with water, no look I can also lube the skin while shaving, and no look I can run for 90 minutes without a recharge.

What I really care about is the closeness of the shave and the less irritable the experience the better.

No electric shaver ever seems to want to take on the traditional twin (multiple) blade system head on in a contest of smoothness or comfort. That must say something about the efficacy of these beasts. So why do people want electric shavers? I ask this because I have one, and I have no idea why I got it in the first place. Well, it was kinda cool and you know man toy like.

Date: 2009-01-26 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skarra.livejournal.com
like it makes it clear in the pic ... you can shave while in a suit... I always thought electric razors are for the 'quick shave before a meeting' type of thing... it's another matter that 99% of people would not even need such a thing (and not even getting into the issue of whether the 1% of those who need one are well served by the technology for it to be worth it). Er, so where were we? ... Right, with a can of shaving gel, and a triple action blade system...

Date: 2009-01-27 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunson.livejournal.com
I agree with you every bit.

I got an electric shaver and was disappointed until I gave up.

However, I now use it for the first-level shave (ie., ~0.2mm of hair remains) and then use gel + regular gillette mach3 for a closer shave if need be. I typically do this only once a week (full close shave look) and use the electric shaver about 3 times a week (stubble look). I console myself in the fact that I buy lesser regular mach3 blades every month (cut down usage by 60%).

That said, electric shavers are great for trimming + hair shaping (if you have some facial hair like mine).

Date: 2009-01-27 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brainz.livejournal.com
http://www.mordantorange.com/images/comics/business/moreblades.gif


Gillete also tend to reduce the efficiency of the blades, when two blades were introduced, the advertisement used to claim the 1st blade will cut 50% of the hair strand and the second blade will finish off the remaining 50%, then they introduced Mach 3, with 3 blades, the result was the blades efficiency decreased to 1/3rd, now with the new fusion, the blades efficiency has decreased to bloody 1/5th.

I went and bought the Gillete 5 blade fusion, with battery powered vibrator. *shakes head*

Date: 2009-01-27 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deponti.livejournal.com
You need an electric shaver so that when the power goes *just* as you are about to start shaving, you can reach for your twin- or triple-blade thingummy and realize that you don't need the ES after all.

How many unnecessary purchases, I wonder, are made in the name of "cool"?

Ah. Thanks. Will blog about this now. You alway set my brain thinking, Srini, thank you.

Date: 2009-01-29 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fugney.livejournal.com
Bah. So there is no hope for a *really* close shave without teeny-weeny cuts.

Different strokes ...

Date: 2009-01-30 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karbak.livejournal.com
When you shave with razor blades, you're effectively removing a (very thin) layer of skin. As far as I know, no electric razor is going to do that for you. Instead, they aim to make it _look_ as close a shave as possible, rather than _be_ that close to the skin. FWIW, I found rotary shavers used in conjunction with Lectric Shave a lot better than foil shavers.

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