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Comfortable shave, but not as close as a razor, or even a foil

  • Aug 21, 2010
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Wasn't this the company that used to say "close as a razor or your money back?" For their sake, I hope they've stopped saying that, because they will be giving a lot of money back for this razor. I decided to try this as a potential replacement for my Braun foil razor. I'm generally very happy with the Braun, but it can irritate a bit, and the new Braun foils sometimes grab hairs, which hurts quite a bit. When I first tried this Remington, I thought I'd found a replacement. The shave was incredibly comfortable; you pretty much don't even feel it cutting. The motors and cutters are very smooth, with much less vibration than the Braun (though Braun uses the copious oscillation of its head as a selling point, a perfect example of selling a bug as a feature). Unfortunately, after the shave it was clear why it was so comfortable; it wasn't nearly as close as the Braun, let alone a razor.

To do a test, I decided to shave half my face with the Braun (360 Complete) and half with this Remington. The result was an actually visible difference, especially on my upper lip and chin, where it looked like I had a 5 o'clock shadow compared to the Braun side. The two sides also felt different; the Remington side of my face felt like a fine sandpaper.

So, why am I giving this four stars? I have to make some allowance for the fact that I've never found a rotary shaver that gets as close as a foil. It's not fair to review a product badly that is limited by its fundamental technology. For a rotary shaver, this is probably the best I've ever used. I can see this being a good choice for some people, especially those with very sensitive skin. On the other hand, I can't bring myself to give five stars to a shaver that doesn't do a good enough job for me to consider using it. In summary:


Extremely comfortable shave with no irritation
Very smooth operating motors and cutters; little vibration
Nice battery display LEDs
Very light and easy to manuever
Great for people with sensitive skin


Not as close a shave as a foil or razor
Has somewhat cheap, plasticy feel to it

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Have you seen Remington's newest technology? The Remington R5130 Men's 360° Pivot and Flex Corded/Cordless Rechargeable Rotary Shaver pivots in every direction for more flexibility than any other comparably priced rotary shaver. The R5130 offers three independently floating heads that adjust to your face, chin, jaw--and even your neck--for a completely close shave. For further convenience, the titanium-coated blades are strong, long-lasting, and durable. What's more, the this shaver is capable of corded or cordless use--it includes an LED gauge that indicates battery level and a five-minute quick-charge function.

REMINGTON Logo R3130 R4130 R5130 R7130 Description Men's 360° Pivot and Flex Corded Rotary Shaver Men's 360° Pivot and Flex Rechargeable Rotary Shaver Men's 360° Pivot and Flex Cord/Cordless Rechargeable Rotary Shaver Men's 360° Pivot and Flex LCD Cord/Cordless Rechargeable Rotary Shaver Technology Surgical-steel blades Titanium-coated blades Titanium-coated blades Titanium-coated blades Features 3 flexing heads 3 flexing heads 3 flexing heads 3 flexing heads Pivoting neck Pivoting neck Pivoting neck Pivoting neck Pop-up trimmer Pop-up trimmer Pop-up trimmer Pop-up trimmer Comfort-grip surface Comfort-grip surface Comfort-grip surface Rubberized-grip surface Corded Cordless rechargeable with 30-minute runtime Corded/Cordless use. Rechargeable with 30-minute runtime and 5-minute quick charge Corded/Cordless use. Rechargeable with 60-minute runtime and 5-minute quick charge   ...

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