Philips OneBlade

Last updated date: November 16, 2018

DWYM Score
7.9

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 163 expert reviews, the Philips Philips OneBlade placed 15th 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
8.4
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
6,401 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Philips Norelco OneBlade makes quick work of your facial hair. The rechargeable razor can trim, edge, and shave any length of hair, so you’ll get an even, precise trim, without ending up with cuts all over your face.
- Digital Trends
It can trim, edge, and shave any length of hair to a precision stubble length using one of the three combs that are included.
- Trusted Reviews
June 13, 2018 | Full review
It’s meant for use after at least a few days of hair growth, but works great on any length beyond that. The single blade can be used for trimming, edging or shaving (with the aforementioned caveat), and was designed to accommodate a tendency toward styling over shaving.
- Forbes
May 25, 2016 | Full review
This design opens up myriad possibilities when using it without the comb. Holding it perpendicular to the skin lets you even up sideburns easily, while holding the blade against the skin lets it shave off stray hairs wherever they might be. The blade is extremely thin, so you can easily get up close and personal, though it's completely comfortable in use.
- Wired
October 11, 2017 | Full review
The Philips OneBlade is a unique blade that has been designed by Philips in the latest shaving technology. It features a fast moving cutter that moves at two hundred times per second. There is a built-in dual protection system that protects the skin, but protects you from tugs and pulls if you are shaving off longer hairs.
- Shaver Guru
September 16, 2018 | Full review
Philips OneBlade can be used for dry or wet shaving. This means that you can simply turn it on and start shaving or trimming your beard, or you can use shaving cream for a much more comfortable shaving experience.
- Male Sense Pro
March 14, 2018 | Full review
It’s a cartridge-esque electric shaver that is also an excellent body and facial hair trimmer.
- GQ
July 7, 2018 | Full review
It does a really good job of executing close shaves by providing a much gentler touch on the face than your basic razor: straight, double edge or cartridge. The texture of the dual-sided blade isn’t as dangerously sharp as previous mentions, so there is much comfort when navigating across sensitive spots. A light pass will warrant a clean shave down to skin level.
- AskMen
The washable, rechargeable tool replaces both your beard trimmer and razor in one sleek package. Choose among three combs to trim your beard to the perfect length, and use the contoured blades for shaping. One charge gives you 45 minutes of use and each replaceable blade lasts four months.
- Men's Health
October 31, 2017 | Full review
As you move the trimmer head along your face, the hairs will fall between the teeth of the comb and get cut by the rapidly oscillating blades. The green tips are a protective coating that appears to help prevent irritation that is normally caused by a metal comb being dragged along your skin.
- Moo Review
March 26, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It has short battery life, long charging time & doesn't handle longer hair as well.
- Trusted Reviews
June 13, 2018 | Full review
The Philips team was quick to caution me that the newly launched OneBlade isn’t meant to replace your electric shaver or razor; it doesn’t quite provide that same, super clean finish.
- Forbes
May 25, 2016 | Full review
The dial idea is interesting, but in practice, it's rather bulky and tends to get in the way. I found I used the OneBlade much more for combless cleanup rather than as a trimmer. Also included in the box is a somewhat flimsy charging station (it's not wireless, just a conduit that connects the OneBlade to the cord).
- Wired
October 11, 2017 | Full review
The only issues I’ve had with it are the long battery charging and the rather high price of the replacement shaving heads.
- Male Sense Pro
March 14, 2018 | Full review
Despite the predictability of vitality, nothing prepared us for the 8-hour charge required to get 45 minutes of use. This won’t likely sit well with active shavers
- AskMen
Where the OneBlade completely failed as a shaver was on black males. The wiry inward curling beard hairs proved to be it’s undoing. Too many passes were required to adequately remove facial hair and when it comes to shaving, the more passes that are required, the more irritation that occurs.
- Moo Review
March 26, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Philips Norelco OneBlade is a revolutionary new electric grooming technology designed for men who wear facial styles, beards, or stubble. OneBlade trims, edges, and shaves any length of hair. The unique OneBlade shaving technology integrates a fast moving cutter (200x per second) with a dual protection system to give you an efficient comfortable shave on longer hairs. OneBlade does not shave too close, so your skin stays comfortable. The replaceable OneBlades last up to 4 months

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Overall Score: 7.9
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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.