Andis ProFoil Review: Master Of One Trade

Review Summary

Pros: very close shaves, excellent battery life, cordless & corded operation, inexpensive replacement foil & blades, can be used as a face & head shaver, great for skin fades

Cons: not suitable for sensitive skin, only works well on short hair, noisy, not waterproof, cleaning is fiddly

Our Rating:

[4 out of 5 stars]

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The ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver from Andis has long been a favorite among barbers for its ability to cut hair at skin level.

While primarily intended for finishing fades and removing occasional stubble, the ProFoil can also be a good option for home users.

Because it’s essentially a foil electric razor, it can be used to shave facial hair, but also works well as a head shaver.

However, depending on your needs and shaving routine, it may not be ideal.

In this review, I’ll share everything about my experience with the Andis ProFoil, hopefully helping you decide whether it’ll be a good option for you.

Side note: There’s also a newer Andis Profoil Lithium Plus Titanium which comes with a couple of updates (more details later on), but performance-wise, it is identical to the ProFoil in this review.

Let’s dive right in.

Andis ProFoil features overview

The Andis ProFoil is a remarkably simple electric shaver.

With regards to features and other bells and whistles, it’s as basic as it gets.

There’s no flexing shaving head, no fancy LED display, no travel lock, no pop-up trimmer, no speed settings or beard density sensors and so on.

Andis Pro Foil.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it can get the basics right.

And by basics, I simply mean how well (and close) it shaves, but we’ll get to that as well in the performance section of the review.

The ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver has the model number TS-1 and you’ll also find it listed as 17150, which is the item number from Andis — just know that they all refer to the same product.

With that out of the way, let’s quickly go over the most important features and what they actually mean.

Two independent cutting elements

The Andis ProFoil features 2 cutting elements.
The two foils and inner blades of the Andis ProFoil Titanium Shaver.

The ProFoil (TS-1) has a very simple shaving system, comprised of two micro-foils arranged in a staggered fashion.

They do move independently, but it takes a lot of force and you’ll never press that hard when using the shaver.

So they’re basically fixed.

Andis uses quite a lot the term Titanium when referring to the foils of this shaver.

Precisely, it supposedly features a Gold titanium hypo-allergenic foil for irritation-free shaving.

However, Titanium has a grayish color, so most likely the coating on the foil is Titanium Nitride, which has in fact a gold color.

We’ve seen it being used on the updated Braun Series 9 shaving head as well.

Titanium Nitride has anti-corrosion properties, so its use makes sense here.

The actual cutting is done by a pair of blades that oscillate behind the perforated screens.

The Andis ProFoil is fitted with a 9000 strokes-per-minute rotary motor, so it’s adequately fast.

Super thin foils

The foils on the Andis TS-1 are extremely thin.

This is worthy of mentioning as these foils are indeed incredibly thin.

You can tell that just by looking closely at them.

Compared to other foil shavers from Braun or Panasonic, the ones on the Andis ProFoil are thinner, which should help achieve a close shave.

Cordless and corded operation

The Andis ProFoil will operate both corded and cordless.

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This shaver is fitted with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that can provide enough power for up to 80 minutes of cordless use.

That’s really impressive compared to most other electric razors.

And on top of that, the Andis ProFoil will also work while it’s plugged in.

The universal voltage converter (100–240v) means that you’ll also be able to charge the shaver anywhere in the world.

Dry only use

The ProFoil is unfortunately not waterproof, so you can’t even rinse it with water.

We’ll see later on how easy it is to clean in this case.

Build quality and ergonomics

Unlike many of the modern electric shavers out there, the Andis ProFoil has a really conservative, boxy, vintage design.

It’s all plastic and there’s nothing flashy or remarkable about the way it looks and feels in the hand.

The Andis ProFoil held in hand.

It is surprisingly lightweight given the beefy battery inside (134g according to my kitchen scale).

Even though it lacks any rubber-like surfaces, it’s very easy to handle and grip firmly, again thanks to its reduced weight.

Despite the all-plastic build, it doesn’t feel flimsy or hollow.

On the front part, there’s a large triangular power switch.

There’s no dedicated travel lock, but since it’s quite difficult to slide up and turn the shaver on, I don’t think it’ll ever be a problem.

The Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver doesn’t have any battery level indicator either, just a simple notification light that will turn green while charging. That’s it.

On the right side, there’s a round foil release button that you must press in order to remove the foil frame from the shaver.

The foil release button.

On the bottom, there is a charging port with two prongs, while the back of the ProFoil is completely barren.

As you can see, there’s not a lot going on here.

But despite the lack of some features that are present on other similarly priced electric shavers, there are a couple of remarkable aspects about this Andis.

Precisely, the reduced weight, the excellent battery life, and the ability to use it corded as well.

It’s a utilitarian design approach that in this case works really well.

For example, you don’t need a multi-level battery display when you have 80 minutes of cordless operation and you can always just plug the cord in and continue using it.

Included accessories

The accessories included with the Andis ProFoil shaver.

Here’s what you’ll find in the box:

  • Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver
  • Protective cap
  • Charging cord
  • Cleaning brush
  • User manual

That’s again pretty basic but somewhat expected at this price point. I would have liked to see a travel case though, even a soft textile pouch.

Battery life and charging

When charging the shaver for the first time, you should leave it plugged for at least two hours.

Mine actually had some charge in the battery when I got it, but I still charged it for two hours per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Charging the Andis Profoil.

The green LED will light up continuously while charging, then turn off when the battery is full.

The charger bundled with the Andis ProFoil is really compact, probably the smallest I’ve seen with any electric razor.

It has a USA plug, so I simply used an adapter to connect it to an outlet (I live in Europe).

The charger can handle 100 to 240 volts, so you can use it anywhere in the world without any worries.

As mentioned at the beginning of the review, the battery life is amazing. The ProFoil will easily last over one hour of use with no significant drop in power.

And you can always fall back to shaving with the cord plugged in.

Since the Andis ProFoil has a Lithium-ion battery, it will not suffer from memory effect, so you can charge it whenever you want.

Shaving performance

Let’s now get to the part that matters the most, and that is how well the Andis ProFoil shaves.

We’re mainly interested in seeing how it can fare when used as a regular electric shaver, which isn’t really the use case that it was designed for.

The ProFoil is intended for finishing fades and removing stubble, to quote the manufacturer.

So let’s start with what is likely the most impressive part about this machine, the closeness.

Closeness of the shave

I will say it right off the bat, this thing can shave extremely close.

Andis Pro Foil.

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There a couple of gotchas, but I’ll get to those right away.

The reason why it’s able to shave so close to the skin mainly has to do with the use of very thin foils.

And on the Andis ProFoil, they really are paper-thin.

You can almost feel the blades moving against the foil when shaving.

As mentioned previously, the setup is really simple, with only two staggered shaving elements.

The staggered shaving head.

And speaking of it, this solution of offsetting the foils is surprisingly effective, allowing you to hold the shaver in a more natural way, with the two foils remaining in perfect contact with the skin (especially when shaving the neck).

Being a dry-only electric razor, I only used it dry and only a couple of times I applied a pre-shave lotion.

And I can honestly say that the ProFoil gave me one of the closest dry shaves of any electric razor.

But let’s get back to those caveats.

First of all, if you have very sensitive skin, you likely won’t be able to get the best out of it in terms of closeness.

This actually happened to me as I have a very sensitive neck, and as a result, the closeness on the cheeks was noticeably better than on my neck as I could be very thorough and get a smooth shave.

Secondly, I got significantly better results, both with regard to closeness and the time it took me to complete my shave when using the Andis ProFoil on short hair.

If you don’t shave often (daily or every other day at most), this razor won’t perform at its best.

You’ll also have to make sure to always shave against the grain; failing to do so will just cause it to go over a patch of hair without cutting anything.

If you have hair that grows in different directions, you’ll have to adjust the direction of your stroke more often and always approach the hair against the grain.


It’s usually very difficult if not impossible for an electric razor to shave very close and remain comfortable at the same time.

In the case of the ProFoil, it was pretty obvious from the first use that a compromise had to be made in the comfort department.

And while it’s not by any means terrible in this regard, it’s one of the least forgiving electric shavers I’ve used, at least on my neck.

To be able to get a relatively irritation-free shave, I had to be extremely careful to only use the slightest amount of pressure.

Whenever I failed to do so, it would instantly bite back, causing some nasty stinging, redness, and even a few nicks.

This again only happened on my neck.

On the cheeks, chin and below the nose it was fine most of the time, but again, I tried not to be sloppy and only use light pressure and short, controlled strokes.

Things were definitely worse when using it on a 2 to 3-day beard.

It was even less forgiving and this was when I actually saw some bleeding on my neck.

So that’s one more reason why you’ll want to use it on a short beard.

Another problem is that after a few minutes of use, the foils would start to get pretty warm.

Toward the end of my shave, they were definitely pretty hot, which didn’t help with the comfort.

The blades rub right against the foils and this friction generates a lot of heat, but that’s the downside of the shaver being able to get so close to the skin.

I would not recommend the Andis ProFoil to users dealing with razor bumps or ingrown hairs, I think there are much better alternatives, even though a gentler electric shaver won’t be able to get as close.

Using a pre-shave did improve the comfort a bit, but not to a great extent. It was still pretty rough on my neck, especially when I shaved after a few days of growth.

The immediate post-shave sensation isn’t great, with some razor burn and stinging on my neck.

The discomfort did eventually go away after applying an aftershave balm.

Shaving longer, flat-lying hairs

Long whiskers, especially if they stay flat on the skin or grow in different directions, are more difficult to shave.

Foil shavers usually have specially designed cutters to capture and trim these hairs.

The newer Andis reSURGE for example has a third cutter specifically for that.

Andis reSURGE and ProFoil shaving heads.
Andis reSURGE and ProFoil shaving heads.

This Andis ProFoil however doesn’t have such an element, so its performance with longer, flat-lying hairs was not good.

In fact, it’s one of the least capable foil shavers I’ve used lately in this regard.

Not only it will just leave behind the flat-lying hairs, but you may even experience some pinching and the hairs getting yanked.

I also noticed that whenever I shaved after a few days, there was a clear change in the way the motor sounds, the shaver would vibrate a lot and the hair clippings would fly all over the place.

The solution to avoid all this is to simply use the Andis ProFoil often.

Usually, that means every day or every other day if your hair grows at a slower pace.

It will be particularly beneficial if you have hairs that grow in different directions and stay flat on the skin.

Shaving the head

Because it can cut really close to the skin and it was actually designed for skin fades and beard lines, the Andis ProFoil can be an excellent head shaver.

I cut my own hair and I can honestly say that it gets as close as a razor blade.

When used on the sides of my head, it’s very smooth and comfortable and I never got any irritation or redness at all.

On the back of the neck, it is however more aggressive, so you’ll have to use it very gently.

So if you’re looking to (also) use the ProFoil on your head, it is more than capable.

The only problem is that if you don’t have someone to help you, it may be difficult to shave the back of your head for example.

Something like a Skull Shaver Pitbull or Remington Balder Pro will be a lot easier to use, but won’t shave quite as close as the Andis.

And yes, you should still use it often in order to get the best results as it works best on short hair.

Noise level

In terms of noise, the Andis ProFoil is pretty average, so it’s not a quiet shaver.

When you first turn it on it’s not too bad, but when you start to shave, especially if you have coarse facial hair, it will sound like a coffee grinder.

It’s one of the loudest electric shavers I’ve used when it’s cutting the hairs.

For me this isn’t a problem, but I know that for some users having a quiet electric razor is important.

This isn’t the one for you if that’s a must-have as it does get quite loud.

Cleaning and maintenance

Almost all modern electric shavers are pretty easy to clean manually if you can rinse them with water.

Unfortunately, you can’t do that in the case of the Andis ProFoil.

And it may not seem like a big deal at first, but at least for me, this was the most annoying thing about the ProFoil during my testing.

You’ll essentially have to rely on the small brush included in the package to remove the hair clippings.

Here’s how a typical cleaning would go.

Once I finish shaving, I turn off the shaver and remove the foil head.

I gently tap the plastic frame on the sink to get rid of the bulk of hairs, then simply blow out any remaining finer stubble.

Tapping out the hairs from the foil head.

If you have a can of compressed air, it can be really handy in this situation.

I then move on to cleaning the blades and the body of the shaver.

Cleaning the inner blades of the shaver.

I personally remove the two inner blades to get better access (simply grab them by the ends between your thumb and index finger and just pull them straight up).

I then gently brush away the hairs from the blades. Make sure to only brush with the direction of the blades, never across as you will damage them.

Do not use the brush on the foils as they are very sensitive.

After cleaning the blades, I move on to clean the rest of the shaver.

The Andis ProFoil Lithium shaver produces some of the finest hair dust I’ve ever seen and lots of it ends up on the exterior of the shaver.

Fine hairs on the outside of the shaver.

Once I take care of that, I put the blades back in place and snap the foil frame to the shaver.

That’s pretty much it.

I really miss being able to just rinse my shaver with warm tap water and not worry about anything else.

I used the ProFoil for a couple of weeks almost exclusively and the cleaning was fiddly and a bit time-consuming — definitely more annoying than in the case of my other waterproof foil razors.

There’s no need to lubricate the blades according to the manufacturer, but I don’t think it would hurt.

I personally removed the blades and foil head and sprayed them with a spray cleaner and lubricant for electric shavers.

My favorite is the Remington Shaver Saver spray and it does seem to reduce the friction as well, causing less heat during use.

But if you can’t get that one anymore, a good alternative would be the Andis CoolCare Plus.

Replacement parts availability

The Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Shaver uses a pair of internal blades and a foil assembly that must be changed every 6 months according to the manufacturer.

That’s quite a short period of time compared to other brands that claim between 12 and 18 months of use.

But in all honesty, it’s not really a fair comparison given how thin the Andis foils are and as a result, they will wear out faster.

The good part is that the foils and blades are reasonably priced, so even if you change them more often, your cost of ownership won’t be that high.

Replacement Foil and Cutters

Andis replacement foil and cutters.

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The foils come with the Andis branded plastic frame as well, so the whole foil assembly will be replaced.

You can buy the foils separately and keep using the same blades for a while, but I don’t really recommend it.

The set costs just marginally more and you won’t get the best performance out of the shaver by using a new foil and a worn pair of blades.

Finally, you should take that 6-month timeframe just as a reference. In reality, things could be quite different.

The wear of the parts will depend on how often you use the razor and how coarse your hair is.

Also, if you’ll mainly use it on your head, the foil and blades should last longer as the hair on the scalp is nowhere near as coarse as the one on the face.

So the takeaway is that you should replace them when the performance of your ProFoil drops significantly and it’s not able to provide a decent level of comfort and closeness.

Wrapup—Who should buy the Andis ProFoil?

I think it’s safe to say that the ProFoil is among the closest shaving electric razors out there (alongside the Wahl Finale/Super Close and some Panasonic models).

Andis ProFoil.

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You’ll certainly have a difficult time finding a better one at this price point that can match it in that regard.

But this comes unfortunately with some major caveats.

And depending on your shaving routine and other aspects (like dealing with sensitive, irritation-prone skin), it may not be a viable option as your main electric (face) shaver.

In my opinion, you should consider the Andis ProFoil only if the following boxes are checked:

  • You shave daily or every other day at most. This razor is designed to be used on short stubble. Trying to shave longer facial hair, especially if it’s coarse, will only result in a poor shave. You’ll likely experience some hair pulling, nicks, irritation, and hair clippings flying all over the place. It’s also quite poor at catching flat-lying hairs since it only has two basic foil elements.
  • You don’t have sensitive skin. As mentioned in the performance section of the review, the Andis ProFoil is not a gentle and forgiving electric shaver. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

So if you’re planning on using this razor on your face, definitely keep these two aspects in mind.

In my opinion it would make more sense as a complementary/backup shaver to clean any remaining rough patches of hair.

But that alone may not be a compelling reason to buy a second shaver.

And that leads us to the next use case where the Pro Foil actually excels — using it as a head shaver.

Because it shaves very close and it actually works better on softer hair — like the one on the head — the Andis ProFoil would be ideal for shaving the head.

You’ll probably only get a closer shave by using a blade, which comes with its own (major) shortcomings.

This makes it a favorite among barbers, but you can definitely use it to shave your head yourself.

Granted, it won’t be as easy as using something like the Skull Shaver Pitbull, but it will get the job done and again, it will give you a closer shave.

And yes, you’ll still have to use it often in order to get the best results, ideally every day.

Alternative shavers

The Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver was designed to only do a specific thing well, and that is cutting short hair close to the skin.

It’s a basic, dry-only, two-foil shaver that isn’t great for anything else.

And as a result, it doesn’t really have any real competition in this price range except for the Wahl Finale and Andis’ own Andis Lithium Plus Titanium (17200).

Let’s take a look at both.

Andis ProFoil vs Wahl Super Close (Finale)

Wahl Finale

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When comparing these two shavers, I think there are a lot more similarities than differences.

Both use two staggered foil cutters, both are similar in terms of design and functionality, both work corded and cordless and the performance will also be quite similar.

However, I think the Andis ProFoil has the edge when compared to the Wahl Super Close.

Here’s why:

  • It’s usually more affordable
  • The foil and blades set is also slightly cheaper
  • It is a bit quieter and more refined (the Wahl Finale vibrates a lot even when it’s not cutting the hair)
  • The body of the ProFoil is a bit more compact and easier to maneuver

As you can see, those aren’t very important differences, but I think overall they make the Andis ProFoil a better pick.

So for their intended purpose, either of them will work pretty much the same.

This concludes my review of the Andis ProFoil Titanium shaver. If you have any questions, make sure to post them in the comments below.

Andis ProFoil vs Profoil Plus Titanium (17200)

So what is the difference between the Andis ProFoil and the ProFoil Plus?

ProFoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver

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The ProFoil Lithium Plus (aka TS2 or 17200) is a newer iteration of the ProFoil shaver that really has only two extra features:

  • A black rubber sleeve over the body for a better grip
  • A charging stand that you can use in addition to the cord

Those are the only differences between the Andis ProFoil and the Plus (17200).

Unsurprisingly, the shaving performance is identical. The Plus even uses the exact same foil and blades.

So are the upgrades of the Andis Lithium Plus worth the extra price?

In my opinion yes if you’re a barber; being able to just place the shaver into the charging stand and always have it fully charged is handy.

ProFoil Lithium Plus Titanium charging stand.

Also, since you’ll be using it throughout the whole day, the improved grip is welcome.

But for us, the casual users, the Andis ProFoil is really good enough.

If you must have the charging stand or you can get the Plus for a great deal, then go for it.

Otherwise, I would still pick the standard ProFoil.

Finally, there’s the BaBylissPRO FOILFX02.

The BaBylissPRO FOILFX02.

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I think of it as a more premium Andis ProFoil: it has a sleek all-metal build and a large battery that provides 3 hours of cordless operation.

It will also work with the cord plugged in if the battery runs out.

Performance-wise is extremely similar, but I do find the BaBylissPRO a bit more comfortable and the foils also last a bit longer.

In terms of value for money though, the ProFoil is still on top as the BaBylissPRO costs more and so do the replacement blades and foils.

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  1. Great and extremely detailed review as always. Why this one sounds interesting is that it could be one alternative for shaving my head, as I think about starting to shave my head, instead of trimming it down to around 1mm every few weeks. Which is done using an old BaByliss hair trimmer, bought between 2000-2005, the battery has been completely dead for around 2 years so keeping the adapter plugged in while using it is a must, which doesn’t exactly make it any easier to use, and even if it still works fine, a new battery is out of the question as they usually don’t come that cheap, especially as it uses older battery technology as well, not Lithium-ion. Considering the hair on our heads don’t grow back out as fast as on our face, do you think it can go around 7 days in between the shaves and that Andis handles a one week length without problems?

    If I would not go with this Andis shaver, I do of course still have my Panasonic ES-LV65, maybe I should give it a go on my head before buying yet another shaver, could be unnecessary spent money, it might work much better on my head (where there is no pesky jaw bone) than it did on my face, where the shaving results were okay, but my skin simply said no. To not go off-topic. Comment continues regarding: Panasonic and Philips:

    I have also read about the SkullShaver Pitbull, but it is rather pricey from my perspective, where my perspective starts from having 3 fully functioning foil shavers, including the above mentioned Panasonic which is only one and a half years old, and all of the three are “unemployed” a the moment. The one thing that stand out with the Pitbull is the handle, how you hold the Pitbull in your hand/palm and let it glide over your head until your done, seems very easy and comfortable, but I doubt the actual shaving results, what it in the end is all about, will be that different, and justify the price from my current perspectivce, compared to any of the Braun/Panasonic foil shavers I already own, perhaps not as easy to hold, but they should without a doubt glide over the head on their foil, on short stubble hair if used weekly, without any risk. So the question is if I really, really need a fourth foil from Andis or not. Probably not. But it sounds so tempting that it shaves really, really close, and that your professionall barber includes it as part of his toolbox.

  2. I really need to stop reading about shavers as you always want to try some of them out that one finds interesting, which is impossible before buying. But while looking and researching. I found that the best local price of the Andis is €140, which is way too much as it is not a high-end shaver by any means, except that it seems to provide a high-end shaving result.

    Some seem to buy often through Amazon and similar, but I try to stay away, since the end price for me with shipping + custom and other fees nearly always ends up very near what I can find locally online, which is the case with the Andis too, and another reason is that it’s usually easier to send any products back to a local online retailer incase I would like to do that for some reason.

    But, while researching the Andis, I found two videos that talked about this type foil shavers, but there was one that I had not seen before, its a foil shaver from BabYliss called “BabYlissPro”. For example see:

    In this video a man working in a shop talks about his tools, including the Wahl, Andis and the BabYlissPro:

    And here is another video, including talk and views of both the Andis and the BabYlissPro:

    It is very clear that they are sharing the very same design. Some people in the comment section under the second video seems to believe that it was an unfair comparison and that the Adis was “old”, used etc. But there indeed is a real difference between them as one can hear on the noise as well, as you noted in your review Ovidiu, the Andis does have a 9000 stroke per minute motor, while the BabYlissPro, based on my research is said to have an 11 000 stroke per minute motor. So that should make some difference. One con for the BabYliss is that it got a NiMH-battery, while the Andis got a Lithum-ion one. But the BabYliss still provides up to 180 minutes of run time. Very good.

    Locally the Wahl sells for €120, the Andis for €140, and the BabYlissPro for €150. A bit weird pricing, paying premium price for those two with plastic bodies. Would be fun if you could get your hands on theat BabYlissPro and see what you think about it. What are these type of foil shavers called ? They are not exaclty similar in design to Braun, Panasonic etc. They are similar to the design of the more simple “travellers” electric shavers, but there must be a better name.

    • Hi Karl,

      I’ve actually been eyeballing the BaBylissPRO as well and I’ll definitely try to get one. I’m particularly interested in seeing how it compares against the Andis ProFoil. They’re still regular foil electric shavers, but with a much simpler shaving system. Only two, very thin foils and no other slit trimmers for flat-lying hairs for example. They shave really close, but only work well on short hair.


  3. Don´t buy it!! I bought one from Walmart online used it twice quite working!
    I´ve tried numerous times to contact Walmart and the online seller and no one ever gets back to me.

    • Sorry about your experience, Karen. That’s unacceptable and you should have got a refund or a replacement. Given the overwhelmingly positive user reviews and the popularity of this shaver, I am inclined to think this was just unfortunate. I’ve been using mine for over two years, still works great.


  4. Great review. I was tempted to buy this for a quick closer shave after my Norelcos, but with moderately sensitive skin and the sheer work of flying stubble and not being able to rinse it I am going to pass. It just seems like too much irritation and extra work.

    • Thank you, Mike. I think that’s the right call, it’s a great tool for touch-ups especially for barbers or if you cut your hair and need a skin fade, but I wouldn’t really recommend it as your main shaver.


  5. From personal experience, it is a very good head shaver. Your excellent review nails it though – the hair has to be short to begin with, and shaving every second/third day is about the limit.

    Although I’m not used to electric razors, and the whole head-shaving thing is relatively new to me (age catches up with us all!) I absolutely didn’t expect the foils to wear out anywhere near as quickly as they did – but I found out when I dug a small hole in my head.


    Six months between replacements is about right I think, if you use it for your head 2 or 3 times a week. Still good value, and I agree entirely with the review/recommendation/assessment.

    • Scott,

      Thanks so much for the comment, I really appreciate it.

      Definitely take care as it can really cause a nasty injury if the foil is damaged. Using a spray lubricant for clippers like Andis CoolCare Plus or Clippercide can help with reducing the wear. Just make sure you leave the foil detached to allow the product to dry completely before using the shaver.


  6. Yours is a very thorough review.
    I’m a daily face shaver using a DE safety razor but was considering the Andis for those days I’m running short on time.
    I liked that it gave a very short cut (nearly razor-like?) and was relatively inexpensive but the cleaning process seems to negate the time saved compared to the DE blade. Still, I’d be curious to try it but vendors don’t like to get returns on ‘personal care’ devices.

    • Thank you for the comment, Michael. I agree, cleaning a non-waterproof shaver is a lot more annoying than most of us think and this shortcoming should really be taken into account before buying the shaver. I think a waterproof double foil shaver like this one, with really thin foils for extra close shaves, will be a winner. The price must however stay about the same.


      • Hi Ovidiu I think the Andis 17300 reSURGE might fit this description, it is waterproof, able to do wet-dry shaving and while more expensive, isn’t significantly so.

        Perhaps something to consider reviewing in the new year? (This suggestion has nothing to do with the fact that I am looking to replace my arc 3…)

        Thanks for all your work.


        • Hi Abe,

          Thanks so much for the comment and suggestion.

          I actually bought the reSURGE two or three months ago, but I still haven’t got the chance to even open the box. I still have a few reviews ahead of it in the works, but I will definitely review it next year, hopefully soon.


    • Thanks for the comment, David.

      The AS-1 was a more versatile shaver and it did come with a slide-out trimmer. The current ProFoil is in my opinion better suited for very specific use cases, I wouldn’t recommend it to someone needing an everyday shaver. It just won’t be good enough. But for cleaning small areas with short stubble (top of the cheeks, neck) or for blending a skin fade (it is very popular among barbers), it works really well.



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