The Dutch brand Philips Norelco has a very strong reputation in the electric razor market, especially in the rotary shaver industry. But most of the consumers of Philips Norelco 9000 complained that their shaver does not value the cost. There are more relevant blames over the built quality and some features. To get rid of the accuses from their high-end electric razor models, they launched the Philips s9000 Prestige. This model contains all the features of the existing Philips series 9000 shavers 9700 /9300 and something more. This is not a little upgrade of the existing series 9000 models but completely a new edition. Now Philips is very confident and advertising the Philips s9000 Prestige is their best shaver model. Let’s see if this shaver can revive their prestige though.
- Philips used their highest-end NanoTech precision blades in the new Philips s9000 shaver for faster and sharper performance
- The rotary blades are surrounded with Skin-Comfort rings to ensure smooth gliding over the skin and making the shaving process comfortable.
- The shaver comes with contour detect technology with 8 directional pivoting head that adapt the facial contours effortlessly to shave flawlessly even if tricky areas.
- It has been engineered with a very powerful motor to handle heavy duty that never snags even if super thick hairs.
- Philips used auto-sense power technology in the shaver that automatically reads the beard density and adjust the shaving power accordingly.
- There is a SmartClick precision trimmer with the Philips Norelco s9000 prestige shaver for precision trimming and detailing.
- It’s a cordless shaver that comes with a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides 60 minutes of cordless performance with a full charge.
- There is a 5 minute quick charging option for urgent shaves while the battery is fully drained.
- The manufacturer updated the LED display with more user-friendly appearance to show the charging process, battery power, cleaning status, travel lock and more.
- Philips provides a deluxe hard travel pouch with the Philips s9000 shaver package that can carry all the required attachments together.
What’s in the Box?
It’s really curious to know how many accessories and what attachments do come in the package of such a costly gig. In this matter, the self-declared superstar will not wow you at all. Even it comes with fewer attachments than the existing series 9000 shavers. After unboxing the package you will find the following items along with the Philips Norelco s9000 prestige shaver:
- SmartClick trimmer head
- The sturdy travel case
- Charging cord
- User manual
- Warranty card
The most important thing to know before buying a product is to go through the features and specifications carefully.
Because features are the main thing practically you observe and consume.
We decide a device great or worthless considering the features and built quality consequently.
Let’s check the all features and specifications of the world’s most prestigious shaver in detail.
All of the Norelco Series 9 shavers come with SmartClick system on the shaver head.
This technology allows you to attach and detach different heads on the shaver for different purposes.
So, this is not new for the prestige one.
By the way, this is a very useful system for the users to easily alter the grooming attachments like SmartClick trimmer, facial cleansing brush, and more.
Self-sharpening NanoTech Blades:
Philips Norelco used totally new technology in their Philips 9000 prestige shaver blades.
You might be known that the older Philips Norelco shavers come with a double blade cutting system.
The blades firstly pull a hair and cut with the next blade continuously.
But the new Norelco prestige shaver comes with single self-sharpening precision circular blades.
The new blades can cut more efficiently and comfortably than the older ones.
These blades are as powerful as advertised I found and cut hairs without a spare.
I really appreciate Norelco’s new improvement in the Philips Norelco 9000 prestige series blades SH98/72.
Another impressive point to note is that the new blades fit on the older Philips 9000 shaver heads.
So, for the optimal result with your existing Philips 9000 shaver, you can replace it with new SH98 blades on your old shaver.
Anti-friction Comfort Rings:
Did you ever notice how much friction your shaver creates while shaving?
Do you actually know why friction is to consider while grabbing an electric razor?
The answer is the more friction the more skin irritation.
But the Philips Norelco used metallic pigments coated skin comfort rings around the blades.
The comfort ring glides over the skin very smoothly and prevents the skin from the touch of metal and blades.
Thus the shaving process becomes super comfortable and enjoyable.
While comparing with the older series 9000 shaver’s comfort ring, the newer ones come with more advanced technology and maximum capacity to provide comfort even over sensitive skin.
Shaving Mode Selector:
Shaving speed is an important feature to emphasize.
When your previous shaver is a high-end model, then you may be noticed the shaver speed settings.
The automatically adjustable shavers use the shaving force according to beard density and do not let you choose your desired speed.
But the Philips series 9000 prestige features two power adjustment buttons below the power button.
There are 3 power modes you can select with the buttons.
The (-) sign button decreases the power and the (+) sign button increases it.
When you have very sensitive skin, you can select the minimum power to shave slowly and if you have thin facial hair, you can select the medium (2stain) power for adequate shaving.
But if you have a coarse beard, you must use the turbo power (3stain) for efficient shaving.
So, shaving power in is your hand and you can adjust as you need.
Pivoting Head System:
What is a pivoting head?
A shaving head that flexes in different angles to shave effortlessly.
There are fixed headed shavers and 2-10 direction pivoting heads in this industry.
If you are familiar with Braun’s new generation shaver Braun Series 9, you would have heard that Braun advertises its head flexes in 10 directions.
But we find the claim worthless since there are no such 10 directions to pivot actually.
The Philips Norelco s9000 prestige pivots in 8 directions and the claim is exact.
Since a rotary shaver, it is not impossible to have such an advanced creation.
So, the shaver head is super flexible to shave comfortably and easily.
To clarify, the 8 direction pivoting head is not new in the series 9000 shaver; the older models also come with such flexible head.
Even a mid-range electric shaver comes with a waterproof body.
The Philips s9000 prestige is thought to be the most advanced shaver on the market and it’s common to be waterproof.
Although advertised waterproof, all the shavers are not capable of immersing into the water.
But the prestigious Philips shaver is able to immerse into the water for 30 minutes and it will not face any water causing problems.
Yes, it’s true. In the same vein, you can shave under the shower while taking bath.
This is also a common shaving facility for high-end shavers.
All the electric shavers on the market are able to shave at dry atmosphere and several can shave at wet.
While grabbing a shaver, every man firstly checks if it is wet/dry or not.
You know all the series 9000 shavers are wet/dry and Philips used Aquatech technology in their high-end shavers to provide the best shaving comfort in the wet atmosphere.
The matter is to clarify that, is it efficient at wet shaving? The answer is, yes.
The shaver even does not lose its minimum motion while shaving with softeners like shaving cream, foam, gel, or water and provides efficient shaves in every use.
Remember to clean the shaver head thoroughly after every wet shave.
This is another important feature to find that what type of shaver it is cordless or corded.
The Philips s9000 prestige is a cordless shaver and it comes with a very powerful Lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
Philips Norelco designed the shaver as it can provide 1 hour of shaving power with a full charge.
Does it can? Yes, approximately. I found the power period is 55 – 60minutes with a completely full charge.
So you do not need to charge the device once a month and it will provide continuous cordless shaves for a full month if you use it personally.
The device takes 1 hour to be fully charged with the provided charging cord.
Some prestige shaver comes with QI charging pad for cordless charging but these models are not available in the USA and released in Europe only.
One disadvantage of cordless charging is, you must have the charging pads with you and there is no charging system with a cord for those shavers.
There is a quick charging facility with high-end electric shavers on the market.
You can have a full shaving power with a 5-minute charge when you are on the go.
So, you do not need to wait for 1 hour to charge the device fully for a use when the battery is fully drained.
Most importantly; the shavers that charge with a QI pad do not have this facility.
The Travel Pouch:
I love the travel pouch that comes with the Philips s9000 prestige shaver.
The built quality of the travel bag is premium and I had never seen such kind of strong pouch with any other shaver.
The bag is enough to carry everything along with the shaver while traveling.
So you do not need a separate bag to carry the charger, trimmer, and cleaning ingredients.
But it would be a downside for those people who do not like to carry other things and need to carry only the shaver.
Since it can cover the full month for cordless performance with one full charge, it is unnecessary to carry the charging adapter for a short trip.
By the way, it’s helpful for a long holiday trip and you do need the SmartClick trimmer for precision trimming after a shave.
So it’s important to carry the trimmer head too.
On the other hand, the bag will keep all the things safe in your home when you are not on a travel and you do not need to keep a single thing separate.
The travel lock is a necessary thing in a cordless product.
The travel lock protects the shaver from accidentally turning on with the unintentional press of the power button.
The Phillips s9000 comes with a useful travel lock to make the device more secured.
To activate the travel lock, you do not need to search for a separate button and press the power button for 3 seconds and the device will be locked.
You can deactivate the travel lock likewise pressing the power button for 3 seconds.
Digital LED Display:
In digital life, no one likes to use a product like a blind and guessing the functionality.
So, the advanced shavers come with a great LED display to show the essential functionalities of the display.
The Philips s9000 Prestige shaver comes with an advanced LED display that shows numeric battery life and more.
How do confirm the travel lock is active or inactive?
The LED shows the travel lock icon lock and unlocks for your confirmation.
You do not remember the shaving mode you are using since the display shows the power modes with 1-3 stains.
All the Philips Series 9000 shavers come with a SmartClick precision trimmer for a final touch of the shave.
This allows you to shape your sideburns, make edges, shape mustache efficiently.
But it is not good for professional beard trimming.
One thing to share is that the Prestige shaver does not have extra power with the trimmer and it is a traditional series 9000 trimmer head.
However, Philips should emphasize the trimmer quality for better performance in the improvement.
This is somewhat the main aspect to consider while choosing an electric shaver.
You can know everything about a shaver reading online reviews or product specifications, but cannot measure the actual efficiency of a shaver without practical implementation.
We tried the shaver in all possible angles including wet beards and got a completely new rotary shaver experience.
For your better understanding, I’m sharing the shaving efficiency of the shaver separately in different aspects.
People left safety razors and now relying on electric razors mainly for shaving comfort.
There are some electric razors as well that can hurt your skin by pulling and tugging.
But Philips designed their most prestigious shaver s9000 is to give extreme shaving comfort to the rotary users.
I admire their comfort ring system around the blades and fully responsive cutting elements that help the head to glide smoothly over the skin.
Philips used NanoTech precision blades along with the high-power motor that ensures cutting the hair very fast without pulling and tugging.
I have never experienced such shaving comfort with a rotary shaver ever and it’s not a good idea to compare it with Braun Series 9 if you are a rotary lover.
But I think the comfort level is very similar to each other since I’m used to both types.
In short, the Philips s9000 is a great choice for rotary users in the term of shaving comfort.
Honestly, there is no electric shaver that can beat safety razors in terms of close shaving.
But there are some really good shavers that can give very close results to safety razors.
When I tried the Philips s9000 in my dry beards, the result was very close and smooth.
Since a very powerful inner technology, it can clean and shave off wet hairs as well very efficiently while using shaving cream or foam.
The contour detect head adapts with the facial curves perfectly to ensure flawless smoothness even in the hard-to-reach areas.
I’ll say none of them is excludable here and the Philips s9000 is undoubtedly the best one in the rotary type.
Shaving longer hairs:
Maximum electric shavers are flimsy in this field and even the most powerful Panasonic Arc5 is not good in shaving longer hairs.
If you analyze all the foil type shavers, the Braun Series 9 is pretty good for comparably longer hairs but not good for more than 3 days of beard.
Here I found the Philips s9000 has a great achievement that can shave 4-5 days longer hairs very perfectly.
So, the 9000 prestige shaver is the greatest ever for longer hairs.
The rivals Panasonic Arc5 and Braun Series 9 come with popup trimmers but the Philips Series 9000 comes with a separate SmartClick precision trimmer.
I found it is good at trimming off longer hairs like professional trimmers where the rivals are only for precision trimming.
If your beard is very long, you can trim them first with the additional trimmer and then shave close.
On the other hand, the trimmer is more user-friendly than the built-in precision trimmers while operating.
Rating: in terms of shaving performance, I’ll rate Philips s9000 prestige 9 out of 10.
Philips Norelco recommends replacing the shaving head every 12 months of use.
But I think it depends on our shaving habit when to replace or not.
If I use the shaver very frequently and try other persons besides me, the shaving head will be dull before the recommended time.
In the same vein, it will stay sharp more than the recommended period if I use it less than the regular usage.
However, the replacement is really expensive and the head is available on Amazon.
It’s recommended to replace the head on time after the current head gets dull.
After a replacement, the shaver head will cut like your new shaver since it’s a very powerful shaver and would not compromise with the power until it gets damaged.
90-day Money Back Guarantee
Philips Norelco is extremely confident with their new generation prestigious shaver and provides 90 days money-back guarantee – not that impressive?
Yes, Philips Norelco will give your full money back if you find the product worthless and does not meet your satisfaction.
Certainly, you have to return the product within 90 days of purchasing.
This is must be a trustworthy facility for anybody to buy any product from a trusty source.
So we suggest purchasing the product from your nearest showroom or Amazon to get the actual guarantee coverage.
Now it’s time to consider the warranty.
Philips Norelco American Corporation warrants their Philips s9000 shaver for 2 years.
Actually all the Philips series 9000 shavers come with 2 year warranty facility.
If you find any manufacturing defect or your device faces any workmanship problem within 2 years after buying, grab your free repair or replacement from the manufacturer.
Never forget to deliver the warranty card with the package to cover the warranty without any hassle.
Never buy a clone product from an unreliable source that would not cover your warranty.
And always buy from the manufacturer’s recommended agents on Amazon or direct showroom for better user-experience.
- Solid Built Quality
- Premium design and feel
- Super comfortable performance
- Close shave even over longer hairs
- Solid travel pouch
- Wet/dry shave
- Quiet enough
- SmartClick precision trimmer
- 100% waterproof
- Best for sensitive skin and skin comfort
- Super Expensive
- No automatic cleaning and charging station
- Cleaning process is complicated and effortful
- No cleaning brush and protective cap
I never suggest a product if it does not meet someone’s requirements.
So, read more similar product reviews if it best suited for you.
The only rival of the product is Braun Series 9 and Panasonic Arc5 and both of them are foil type shaver.
If you are on the rotary type shaver, this is the most advanced creation ever and there is no rival of this prestigious shaver.
But remember the price range; it is one of the most expensive shavers too.
In this review, I could not blame its built quality and performance and the only series 9000 shaver that feels quiet and premium.
So I will recommend it to you if the cost does not matter for you.
Very efficient. Since it features a powerful motor and super sharp blades, it will not compromise with any thick hair like that of head hairs.
No, it’s only for cordless use. There is a 5 minute quick charging option instead; while you are on the go.
No, it’s not compatible with the Smart Clean center.
No, Philips specially designed the new cutting heads for the s9000 prestige shaver. The regular Series 9000 shaver uses Philips SH90 shaver heads but the S9000 Prestige uses the Philips SH98 shaving heads.
No, there is a smart plug adapter.
Yes, all the electric shavers on the market need lubrication.