Philips Norelco 9300

Last updated date: May 13, 2019

DWYM Score
7.8

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We looked at the top 1 Electric Razors and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, BestReviews, GQ, Consumer Search, 10 Techy, My Best Shaver and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Razor you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 161 expert reviews, the Philips Philips Norelco 9300 Electric Shaver placed 16th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Razor for a detailed review of all the top electric razors.

Expert Summarized Score
7.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
1,330 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Many men can get a great shave (even a superior shave) with the right rotary, rotaries are often quieter than their foil competitors, and they’re an excellent choice for men who experience skin irritation when using foil shavers.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 7, 2017 | Full review
Versatile wet/dry operation. Variable speed motor provides more comfortable shave. Very quiet during use.
- BestReviews
Delivers a gentle and thorough shave without skin irritation.
- Shaver Insider
August 5, 2017 | Full review
There are a lot of reasons I love Philips Norelco’s shaver best. The three shave heads rotate every which way, so it glides over your neck, chin, and face without getting caught. You can adjust the speed of the shaver in case you want to take things slower, or if your skin is too sensitive to handle rapid-fire removal. I also love that you can detach the shaving head and clip on a cleansing brush, to help lift the hairs prior to the shave, or scrub away everything afterwards—stubble, dead skin cells, and any cleanser/shaving cream.
- GQ
July 7, 2018 | Full review
The Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 is lightweight and comfortable to hold. The shaver is easy to clean manually, and you don't need the stand to charge the razor, just plug the power cord into the shaver itself.
- Consumer Search
October 26, 2017 | Full review
The slow shaving option makes for a skin-friendly shave, the medium option for a more thorough shave and the fast option for a really high-powered shave for long and bushy hairs.
- 10 Techy
With the innovative Contour detect technology, shaving heads follow every curve of your face while the newly developed V-track precision blades cut the hair off at the skin's surface with the minimal irritation for a smooth, close shave.
- Best Advisor
The click on beard styler has 5 different settings giving the user flexibility to choose the look they want.
- My Best Shaver
November 27, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Attaching the sideburn trimmer can be challenging. Cleaning system requires careful handling. Blades snag and pull longer hairs.
- BestReviews
Detachable trimmer might be a pro or a con for people. If you hate having to detach and reattach it every time you need to shave, then it is a con for you.
- Shaver Insider
August 5, 2017 | Full review
However, many who otherwise like the shaver have gripes about the cleaning/charging stand that accompanies it.
- Consumer Search
October 26, 2017 | Full review
Has shorter battery life than the 9700
- 10 Techy
Changing the cutting on the trimmer is a bit awkward.
- Best Advisor
Replacement shaver heads cost half the original price.
- My Best Shaver
November 27, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Our most advanced shaving system, the Series 9000 cuts hairs up to 30% closer to skin with its V-Track precision blades*. The shaving heads, with Contour Detect Technology, move in 8 directions to cut up to 20% more hair in a single pass.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Braun Series 7 760cc
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Braun Series 7 790cc
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 17
3. Remington F5
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Panasonic Arc4 With Clean & Charge Station
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Braun Series 7 7865cc
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Panasonic Arc4 Electric Shaver
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
7. SweetLF IPX7
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 11
8. Braun Series 9 9095cc
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Philips Norelco 7300
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Panasonic Arc5
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Philips Norelco 2100
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Philips Norelco 8900
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 13
13. Braun Series 9
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
14. Panasonic Arc3
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
15. Philips OneBlade
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 10
16. Philips Norelco 9300
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Electric Razors

Getting a nice, clean shave is important, whether you’re heading to work for the day, preparing for a date night or attending a formal function. Even if you don’t go for the totally clean-shaven look all the time, it’s still important to keep your facial hair nice and tidy. Whether you’re trying out a goatee, a mustache or one of the numerous styles of beards, you’re going to need a razor to make it happen.

Depending on your preferences (and your morning routine), you might be considering making the switch from traditional razors to an electric razor — and getting the right one really matters. If you’re tired of lathering up, rinsing your razor every few strokes and accidentally knicking yourself periodically, an electric razor might be an appealing shaving technology for you to try out.

Electric razors plug into a wall socket or a charger, using electricity to vibrate or spin the blades inside the razor. The hairs on your face stick up through a thin piece of metal with holes in it and are then cut by the blades, giving you a close shave. This piece of metal, called the foil, is what touches the skin, rather than the blades touching it directly as they do with a traditional razor. This design makes electric razors very safe — you won’t have to worry about cutting yourself while shaving as you do with a traditional razor. Electric shavers may also eliminate the need to use aftershave, as your skin won’t be as irritated as it gets after you use a traditional razor.

Many people prefer electric razors to traditional razors because they don’t require the use of shaving cream or the hassle that goes along with it (though some electric razors are waterproof and can be used in the shower). Though the blades will eventually need to be replaced, likely after a year or so, they tend to last much longer than traditional razors do.

Though electric razors make some noise while they’re being operated, they aren’t typically loud enough to wake up someone sleeping nearby while you shave. These convenient devices are also easy to pack up and take with you while traveling for business or vacation.

Electric razors cost anywhere between $75 and $300, so they’re not cheap. But when you consider how many razors and bottles of shaving cream you buy in a year, plus the convenience factor, you may determine that the price is worth it.

DYWM Fun Fact

Curious how the electric shaver came to be such a popular bathroom staple? It was invented by Jacob Shick, who obtained a patent for the new device in May 1930. As the story goes, he was inspired to invent the electric razor after suffering from an injury that made it difficult for him to shave. Though the device did not immediately catch on with consumers at the time, it’s now a widely accepted and popular method of shaving.

The Electric Razor Buying Guide

  • One important factor to consider before purchasing an electric shaver is its charge life. Unlike a traditional razor, you’ll need to plan ahead and charge your razor if you have definitive plans to shave soon — this is especially important for events where you absolutely need to shave beforehand, such as a wedding or a job interview. Though it varies from razor to razor, most can operate between 30 minutes and several hours after being fully charged. The Panasonic Arc 5, for example, has a 10-stage LCD battery indicator that lets you know how much battery you have left at any given time.
  • Some electric shavers come with an array of helpful accessories, such as a cleaning kit, a carrying case and a sideburn trimmer. The Panasonic Arc5 comes with a pop-up trimmer for your mustache and sideburns, while the Philips Norelco 8900 comes with a 5-length beard styler with rounded tips and a comb.
  • Regular maintenance of your electric razor is critical for a long, functioning lifespan. You’ll want to use oil or grease to lubricate the electric shaver’s blades periodically, following the recommendations in the device’s instruction manual. If your razor features an element that collects hairs, be sure to clean and empty that component regularly to prevent issues. Some shavers, including the Braun Series 7, will come with their own cleaning kit — when you’re done using the Braun Series 7, simply pop it into the clean and charge station, which automatically recharges and lubricates the shaver. You don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Your purchasing decision will likely come down to whether you want a basic model to toss in your gym bag, or a higher-quality razor with lots of bells and whistles. The Braun Series 9, for example, uses a special technology to read and adapt to your facial hair.
  • You may also want to consider the ergonomics of the electric razor’s handle, since grip comfortability plays a large role in your shaving experience. The Philips Norelco 8900, for instance, uses a special technology that allows each shaving head to move independently from the others. This means that each head can move in eight directions to more closely match the contours of your face and neck, which means you’re more likely to get a perfect shave.
  • If your electric razor doesn’t seem to be functioning properly or getting as close of a shave as you’re used to, considering recharging it, cleaning it and oiling it.
  • Some electric shavers, such as the Philips Norelco 8900, come with a warranty. The Philips Norelco 8900 warranty is good for two years and applies only to shavers purchased and used in the United States and Canada, as long as they were used as intended. The Braun Series 9, Braun Series 7 and the Panasonic Arc5 also come with two-year warranties.
  • If you’ve never used an electric shaver before, you’ll want to be sure to pull your skin taut and hold the razor at a right angle to your face as you move it along. Depending upong the razor and the area you’re shaving, you may need to go over the same place more than once to cut all of the hairs. Keep in mind that the electric shaver may take some getting used to, both for you as the user and for your skin.