Built For a Man, Not Bad for a Woman: Philips Bodygroom

Built For a Man, Not Bad for a Woman: Philips Bodygroom

Joelle Alcaidinho
Nov 26, 2010

Product: Philips Norelco Bodygroom
Price: $69.99
Rating: Recommend*
When we attended a Philips event recently, we were given a gift bag that contained a Norelco razor and thought it would make a perfect gift for one of the men in our lives. However, once we saw that the product was not intended for the face, but was for a man's body, we knew this was not right gift for our non-manscaping fellas. What's an intrepid Unplggd writer to do? Well, try it out herself of course.

Design:
With a chromed body and LED indicator, the Bodygroom certainly feels high tech. Although the Bodygroom lacks the Borg-like looks of its older brother, the SensoTouch 3D, it does retain the sturdy feel thanks to the rubber grip. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts for 50 minutes after an 8 hour charge. We'd really like to meet the guy that needs to use this for 50 minutes straight (we're talking to you, Wolfman). The unit charges on the included charging stand and must be placed correctly in order for charging to occur (we may have initially placed this incorrectly on its stand and wondered why no charging happened). The stand is made of black plastic and folds almost completely flat when not in use.

The Bodygroom has a shaving end and a trimming end with 5 length settings. The shaving end has a "3D pivoting head" in order to "adjust to every curve of your body for a close shave with less skin irritation." Another measure Norelco have taken to prevent skin irritation is making the shaving foil and trimmer out of a hypo-allergenic material. The shaving foil head pops off easily for cleaning and replacement.


Usage: We put the razor right to work after giving it the recommended 8-hour charge before initial use. We don't have much experience with using electric razors (hooray waxing), but the idea of using this wet or dry for quick leg shaving without any need for a cream was highly appealing. Initially we were slightly intimated by the dual head design, this Darth Maul lightsaber of razors, but quickly got the hang of it. The razor vibrations from Bodygroom were a bit much, and I could only use the product for very small sessions without the need to take a break and shake my hand. I don't know if this level of vibration is typical of electric razors, but I do know that I am extremely sensitive to vibrating products (no massage chairs for me!). The buzzing from the razor was loud enough to be heard in the next room and is enough to cause a raised eyebrow should anyone be in that next room.

The 3D head works well for the legs, but is not quite up to par for the bikini area (although "groin" is one of the areas pointed out on the man in the box where this product should work well. Underarms were also not fantastic. My partner looked at the razor and pondered why "face" was not listed on the box and wondered if this was a marketing decision or if the product was just rubbish on the face. He tried it and was very clear that it did not work as well as his electric razor that was built for his face. While it did not irritate his face, it was in his words, "pretty rough going." Using the Bodygroom on my legs produced an effect similar to using a non-electric razor, but was quite a bit faster and I did not cut myself. This is amazing in and of itself considering prior to my pre-waxing days I would cut myself shaving every.single.time.

Pros:
- inexpensive
- rechargeable
- cordless
- able to be used wet or dry
- no need for shaving cream
- built for the body but can be used on the face
- made for men, but women can use it just fine

Cons:
- not great for the bikini area
- charging station is a bit flimsy and is easy knocked over
- the head is a little bit too large to get a great shave in curved areas like underarms
- vibration takes some getting used to

The Bottom Line (& Who Should Buy):
For the price, this device is great for men and women looking for a quick way to shave their legs. The Bodygroom may also work well on abs and back, but since we did not have any way to test this (we're not very hirsute), we cannot personally vouch for these functions. The Bodygroom can also be used on a man's face, but is not going to give as great of a shave as an electric razor that is built for the face. We liked that we could use this without needing to hop in the shower and break out the shaving cream, which makes it perfect for quick leg touch ups before heading out in the evening. If the shaving head was a bit smaller it would be much better for the bikini and underarm areas. Our conclusion: Don't be deceived by the chiseled male on the box, the Bodygroom is great for those looking for an electric body shaver and trimmer whether they are male or female (as long as they are not looking for something for the bikini area).

Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Recommend*
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.

[Images: Joelle Alcaidinho]

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