Philips Norelco 6800 Review: A Mid-Priced Rotary Shaver

Last updated on December 5th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

Not all men’s faces are created alike.

If you have an angular face with lots of steep curves, a rotary razor might work better for you.

Philips Norelco 6800 Review

A foil razor may not work as well because of design limitations and these are noisier.

The Philips Norelco 6800 is a great mid-priced option for men who prefer a rotary style razor.

Priced at just a little over $100 this razor will fit into the budgets of most men.

It has the GyroFlex 2D technology wherein the whole shaving head can rotate 360 degrees with the three individual cutting elements tilt inward.

You can use this shaver with shaving cream or dry without it. So it’s pretty flexible which is great if you have sensitive skin.

Unlike the Norelco 7300, the 6800 does not have any cleaning station. But cleanup is not a problem the cutting elements are easily opened and can be rinsed under running water.

A quick look at the features

  • Comes with a skin-friendly 5-length trimmer attachment for trimming your goatee and sideburn area
  • Aquatec technology means this shaver is waterproof
  • Comes with a traveling case and foldable charging stand
  • Dual precision heads have slots to shave longer stubble and holes to cut even the shortest stubble
  • Automatic voltage – 100V to 240V (you can use this anywhere in the world just make sure that the plug fits)
  • Lithium ion battery will give you 60 minutes of run time after a 1 hour charge
  • 2 year warranty
  • No cleaning base
  • Pivoting cleaning head

Pros

  • Long 60 minute run time
  • Lithium ion battery means minimal power fade
  • Comes with a travelling bag so you can bring this with you when travelling
  • You can use this for dry or wet shaving
  • Easy to clean even without the cleaning station

Cons

  • You cannot plug the cord directly on the shaver
  • Separate trimmer means you can easily misplace this
  • Battery can’t be replaced

What to expect from the Norelco 6800?

Sporting a mostly-black finish with gray accents, the Norelco 6800 is a nice looking razor and very ergonomic. It is made from a combination of plastic and rubber which gives it good grip even under wet conditions.

2D Contouring Technology

This term simply means the whole shaving head can pivot in a circular motion and the 3 individual cutting elements on top can tilt inwards, following the contours of your face.

If you want the full 3D contouring technology you’d have to spend a little bit more on an 8900.

Wet or Dry Shaving

Underneath the exterior shell is a fully waterproof seal that allows you use this shaver with or without any shaving cream.

It’s really a personal preference as some men would love to have the additional protection and lubrication of a shaving cream while others want to save time and go straight to the shaving process. This is the flexibility that this razor brings to the table.

Whether wet or dry shaving, you still need to prep your face to shave properly. And this includes taking a hot shower or soaking your face with hot towel.

DualPrecision Heads

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DualPrecision heads have slots to cut longer strands of facial hair and holes to shave off even the shortest stubble. The patented lift and cut blades smoothly cuts on the surface of the skin to avoid any irritation.

Precision Trimmer

This also comes with a precision trimmer that you can use to trim your mustache and sideburn. It is a separate piece that you attach in place of the shaving head which is good because it gives you a clear view of the area you’ll trim.

60 Minute Run Time

A full charge will give you around 60 minutes of run time and since this uses a lithium ion battery, it is lighter and there’s virtually no power fade throughout the charge cycle.

But the downside is you cannot use this razor while plugged in. Philips says that this is a safety feature to prevent accidental electrocution.

Charging Stand

Since you cannot directly plug the cord directly onto the shaver, Philips provides a foldable charging stand that is lightweight  and does not take a lot of space just in case you need to travel.

What comes in the box?

What's in the box

Out of the box you’ll get the Norelco 6800 shaver, traveling case, foldable charge stand, plug, cleaning brush and trimmer.

Easy to Clean

Despite the lack of a charging station, it is pretty easy to clean the 6800 but you have to be religious in this task for it to last for years.

One way is to clean it under running water with the shaver turned on. Don’t worry, it’s waterproof.

Second and a more thorough approach would be removing the shaving head and tapping on the sink to remove any gunk and excess hair then letting it dry before putting it back.

Product Specification

ModelNorelco 6800
BatteryLi-Ion
Run time60 minutes
TypeRotary
Mustache / Sideburn TrimmerYes
Wet ShavingYes
Dry ShavingYes
Water proofYes
Charging/cleaning standNo
Travel pouchYes
Length6.9"
Warranty2 years

Customer Reviews

Most men who left a review were happy with how this razor shaves. Some even call this the best electric razor.

Consumers had mostly good things to say about the Norelco 6800 – it gave a close shave, lighter than a Braun and no-irritation. Some even switched from Braun, yes even loyal Braun users switched to the Philips after using it.

It could be another case of the 2D FlexHead being more suitable for their facial type. Remember that a foil shaver’s head is flat and even though with the flexible head it won’t do as well on your face if it has a lot of contours.

Complaints include this not shaving well but this of another case of Your Mileage May Vary (or YMMV) because a rotary shaver will not work well on all facial types hence the complaints.

Another potential issue would be quality as some of complained about the trimmer attachment prematurely breaking. The separate trimmer wasn’t popular with some because of the possibility of misplacing this part and the need for assembling and disassembling.

But this process is very easy so it wasn’t an issue with the majority.

Lastly, the charging stand was a bit cumbersome for some who travelled a lot. The lack of a direct plugging feature also was a downer.

Price

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Conclusion

The Philips Norelco 6800 is a good mid-priced electric shaver for men who don’t want to break the bank on a top of the line Norelco. It gives you the flexibility of wet or dry shaving and it comes with a travelling case.

However you cannot plug the cord directly onto the shaver which was an issue to some who often travel because of the need to bring the charging stand but if you don’t mind packing something extra this is a good deal at just a little over $100.

It does come with a travelling bag so it’s additional savings for you.

The shave quality is pretty good based on a majority of reviews with a minority saying that it did not perform up to par but that is a case of the razor not fitting the facial features or poor technique or lack of prep so take it with a grain of salt.

Garrick spends his days researching and writing about grooming. When he’s not in front of his computer, you can find him hanging around with his wife and son.

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