The good: very fast shaving time, comfortable and close shaves, effective at cutting long and short hair, great for head shaving, extremely quiet, wet and dry use, excellent build quality
The bad: somewhat flimsy charging stand, cord can’t be plugged directly into the shaver, pricey replacement parts
The Philips Norelco 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D (also called the Series 8000) is, according to Philips, their most advanced shaver and it’s packed full of technology that should provide an exceptionally smooth shave.
We take an in depth look at its features and performance in our detailed Philips Norelco 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D review.
Table of Contents
Gyroflex 3D is Philips’ name for the contour-following capabilities of some of its shavers. The three rotary heads can flex outwards and inwards independently, while the whole shaving block can pivot. This combination allows it to adapt to every surface that is being shaved, like that tricky jaw line, chin and neck. Even though it sounds a bit gimmicky, it is one of the best designed systems that claim to adapt to all the different areas and significantly improve the shaving experience.
Ultratrack refers to the actual design of the shaving heads: they have slots for normal hair, channels for long, flat lying hair and holes for short stubble.
Super Lift & Cut: we’ve seen this technology on other Philips shavers that we previously reviewed; there is a pair of two blades designed to cut the hair bellow surface level: the first one lifts the hair and the second one does the actual cutting.
Skin Glide: the rounded edges and flat surfaces of the cutting block are very skin friendly and should minimize the friction and irritation when shaving.
Other features worth mentioning are the quick charge option, wet & dry operation, a precision trimmer for some light grooming, 3 level battery indicator, travel lock, LED display, cleaning and replace shaving heads indicators.
Build quality and ergonomics
The Norelco 1250x/40 looks and feels like a premium product. Even though it has an all plastic body (with rubber insertions in certain key areas for added grip), it has a sturdy construction and a glossy black finishing that’s easy on the eye.
The weight and balance are also just right; the handle has an ergonomic design that allows for both a precision and a power grip.
Battery life and charging
The Series 8000 comes with a Li-ion battery that can be fully charged in one hour and provides 50 minutes of shaving time.
The charging cord plugs into the stand and the shaver can only be charged in this manner. You can easily see the drawback of this approach as you’ll always have to carry the stand with you when traveling.
It would have been better if the cord could be plugged directly into the shaver, like in the case of the Braun 7 Series. It is no deal breaker, but it would have been a thoughtful touch by Philips.
The razor features a 3 level battery indicator, battery low indicator and a charge indicator.
Cleaning and maintenance
If you’re only going to use it dry, cleaning can be done after every 2 or 3 shaves. The easiest way to clean it is to simply hold the razor head under running tap water. For a more thorough cleaning, each of the three shaving heads should be opened and rinsed under hot water. After that you can just shake off the excess water and leave the shaving heads open to fully dry. This cleaning routine should be carried out after every use if you shave with gel or cream.
Every once in a while, the cutters, combs and chambers should be cleaned thoroughly with the included brush. This operation means opening the retainers and removing the cutters from the combs. It is best to only clean one shaving head at a time while following the instructions from the user manual that comes with the shaver.
The SensoTouch 3D line is marketed by Philips as their best shave to date. And the 1250x/40 (Series 8000) is without a doubt one of the more capable rotary razors. You’ll have a hard time finding one that is noticeable better in any aspect. The closeness of the shave is about as good as it gets for an electric shaver.
One of the most impressive aspects about the way it performs is just how effortlessly fast it shaves. Due to the large surface that comes into contact with your skin, the rounded edges of the cutting block and the excellent contour-following design, it just mows through any type of stubble without any discomfort. It is without a doubt one of the fastest shavers out there. It is also impressively quiet during operation.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the Series 8000 is a versatile shaver that can be an excellent choice for men that shave their head. It can cover large surfaces fast and adapts easily to the spherical shape of the head. The ergonomic design of the body allows you to easily maneuver the shaver regardless of the area that’s being shaved.
Overall the shaving experience is excellent, worthy of a high end electric shaver.
Inside the box you’ll find the following items:
- SensoTouch 3D 1250X/40 razor
- Soft travel case
- Charging Stand
- Power cord
- Cleaning brush
- Plastic protective cap
Replacement parts availability
The replacement part for this shaver and the other ones in the SensoTouch 3D family used to be the RQ12 replacement head and it has become very expensive. That part is now discontinued and replaced by a new updated version, called Philips Norelco RQ12/62 Replacement Head for Series 8000.
The new part has an improved design of the slots and even though it is still a bit expensive compared to the parts from other manufacturers, it is significantly cheaper than the old one.
Philips recommends replacing the head every 12 months and has equipped the razor with an indicator that flashes when the part needs to be changed.
Wrapup – Who should buy it?
The SensoTouch 3D 1250X/40 doesn’t disappoint in any major areas, except a few minor glitches. The only real negative aspect was the higher price of the replacement parts.
If you’re after a rotary razor that is powerful, extremely fast and capable of delivering close and comfortable shaves you should really check this one out if it fits within your budget. As far as rotary shavers go, it is definitely one of the best. Men in search of a shaver for their head should consider this one as well.
As you probably already know, the Series 8000 doesn’t come with a cleaning and charging station. Given the fact that this razor requires some thorough cleaning every once in a while, a cleaning station can actually be very handy. The good news is that you can buy it with a Jet Clean System that cleans, lubricates, dries and charges the shaver under the name Philips Norelco 1250x/42 SensoTouch 3D. The actual razors are identical. I generally avoid cleaning stations as I don’t consider them particularly necessary – especially for foil shavers that are very easy to clean. In this case however I would actually consider it as the price difference is not that high and manually cleaning a rotary shaver can take some time.
We always recommend a budget friendly option whenever reviewing a more expensive shaver like this one. On that note, the Philips Norelco 1150X/46 SensoTouch 2D (Series 6000) is a fantastic shaver for the price. It doesn’t have the same advanced contour-following capabilities, but it is still an excellent shaver that is inexpensive to buy and run (replacement parts are cheaper also).