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Freebird vs. Philips Norelco: Which Shaver Reigns Supreme?

Jude Phillips
ByJude PhillipsDec 14, 2022Sponsored

There’s truly no pain like razor burn or nicks from a shave gone wrong. Well, imagine that feeling intensified by a million percent, which is what it feels like when you cut your head with a razor!

There have been many instances lately where I’ve cut the back of my head because it’s hard to see back there, so I decided it was time to swap traditional razors for a head shaver once and for all. Of course, many go for big name face shavers like Philips Norelco, but when you hear about newcomers to the scene like Freebird, it’s impossible not to be intrigued.

In my quest to give myself the best shave, I decided to put these two brands to the test. Read on to figure out which brand is my pick going forward.

Fastest Shave: Freebird

Whether you’re a bald guy or not, everyone wants a quick shave. Personally, I don’t want to spend 30+ minutes trying to shave my head, especially when it invites a whole host of issues like cuts and missed spots. Freedbird’s FlexSeries shaver touts a smooth shave without cuts, irritation, or ingrown hair in two minutes –  it’s quick enough to do as you’re headed out the door, which is a pretty big claim!

When I first tried the FlexSeries Shaver, I got my whole head done in 2 minutes, as promised! The central rotary blade makes it easy to reach behind your head and not worry about cutting yourself there. Another big plus is that you can use this shaver with either dry or wet skin, so I could do a couple of touch ups before leaving the house whenever I needed. You can shave your beard with the FlexSeries, too, so you don’t have to pick and choose if you’re crunched for time.

Philips Norelco’s shavers aren’t specifically designed to be used on your head, so shaving with their shaver took 30+ minutes. The difference is too huge to pass up.

Most Model Options: Philips Norelco

Philips Norelco’s grooming line has shavers, beard trimmers, multi-groomers, nose trimmers, body groomers, and more. They have better options for people with specific preferences, such as blade count, device style, and features. Some of them have Bluetooth and other techy features, which is a bit outside my realm as someone who has stuck with traditional razors.

For me, it’s confusing trying to understand the differences between each device. If you’re like me and prefer having an all-in-one device, Freebird’s FlexStyle shaver makes it simple. It has almost everything you’ll need to get the perfect shave – more on this below.

Best All-in-One Capabilities: Freebird

Freebird offers different shave tools and accessories compatible with its FlexSeries Shaver. Instead of having multiple devices for shaving like you would with Philips Norelco face shavers, the FlexSeries includes precision clippers, nose trimmers, an exfoliation brush, and a scalp scrubber to lift hair follicles and give you a more comfortable shave. Instead of having to buy each of these things separately, I can just swap out attachments.

Best Battery Life: Tie

When it came to battery life, it was hard for me to pick a clear winner. For Philips’ shavers, it depends on the model, but the Shaver series 9000 Shaver has 50 minutes of cordless shaving after a 1 hour charge, and other models generally run either 50 or 60 minutes, so they’re about equal here. Conversely, the Freebird FlexSeries shaver is cordless and lasts for 60 minutes between charges.

Best Price for Quality: Freebird

Like the blades, Philips Norelco has multiple shavers to choose from. Some entry-level shavers start at $39.96, but the most elaborate ones can go for $229.99 and over. Some have noticeable differences to justify the varying prices, while others seem almost identical.

On the other hand, Freebird only has one shaver ($79.95), and there’s an option to subscribe & save as well. Blade refills start at $17.95, and you get to choose your preferred delivery timeline. After spending hundreds of dollars on different electric shavers, I appreciate how simple yet effective Freebird’s system is for the price. Plus, you’ll get free shipping within the contiguous United States. Pretty nice, eh?

My Ultimate Choice: Freebird

The option to have an electric shaver I could use for both my head and my beard sold me. Overall, Freebird’s shave is smoother and faster than other electric razors I’ve tried in the past, including a couple from Philips Norelco. And while I know the best shaver has to do a lot with personal choice, if you’re on the market for a new shaver, from one bald guy to another, give Freebird a try.