Norelco SensoTouch 3D Review – The Latest Razor Technology

norelco sensotouch 3d razor for men

When someone talks about technology, seldom is a razor the first thing that comes to mind. However, when it comes to our face, there is no other place where technology is more welcomed. Enter, Norelco SensoTouch 3D, Philips' most advanced electric shaver that gives you a close shave along all the contours of your face, neck, and head.

The Norelco SensoTouch 3D provides the latest razor technology to provide a fast and seamless shave. We’ve provided our thoughts on this electric shaver, and we’ve even compared it to a few others, giving you the full picture of its performance, accessories, and ease of use.

What Is the Norelco SensoTouch 3D?

Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D electric razor

The Norelco SensoTouch 3D is an electric shaver with multiple capabilities for getting you the closest shave. The shaver has three rotating heads that allow the razor to glide over the contours of your face, chin, neck, and head to lift and cut the hair.

Product Specs

The patented slots on each rotating shaving head cut the hair or stubble below the surface of the skin. This Lift & Cut system works by having one slot with a blade that lifts the hair, and the other slot with a blade that cuts the hair. The rotating heads, which is Philips' Gyroflex 3D technology, flex outward, tilt inward, and pivot around. The rotating shaving heads have three shaving tracks that ensure to cut each hair. The entire shaving head is on a pivot too, making this an easy electric shaver to use.

The shaving heads are designed to have slots that will cut different types of hair, allowing the razor to cut long hair, flat hair, or short stubble. This design makes the razor applicable to the face or for shaving your entire head. If you are worried about friction, don’t be. The Norelco SensoTouch 3D has rounded edges that gently glide over your face and neck and ultimately minimize irritation.


The electric shaver handle is constructed of a sturdy plastic with rubber grips for ease of handling and for when your hands might be wet or slippery. The Norelco SensoTouch 3D electric shaver can be used both dry or in the shower.

The LED display area is clear and easy to read, and on the side of the razor is a lock so you can easily toss your electric shaver into your travel bag and you don’t have to worry about it going off when not in use.


The Norleco SensoTouch 3D comes with many accessories that make it convenient and easy to use. The electric shaver comes with indicators that alert you when the razor needs cleaning or when shaving heads need to be replaced.

There is also a quick charge option that is great when you need to shave but the battery is low. With the quick charge, you only need about 3 minutes of charging time to get the razor going.

Another accessory that comes in handy is the precision trimmer when you need a quick trim or some minimal grooming. The pop-out trimmer is great for sideburns or a mustache.

Other accessories included are a power cord, soft travel case, cleaning brush, and a charging stand. There is even a cap that will protect the shaving heads.

Battery Life

The razor comes with a fully charged battery that lasts about one hour. Philips indicates you get about 50 minutes of shaving time and it takes one hour to charge.

The Norleco SensoTouch 3D is charged when placed on the charging stand. The stand itself then has a cord that plugs in.


All electric shavers should be cleaned periodically. The Norleco SensoTouch 3D razor comes with a cleaning brush and should be cleaned after every use if you use shaving gel or cream. It's recommended you clean it after three shaves if you shave dry.

The electric shaver comes with a user manual that details the cleaning and maintenance of the Norleco SensoTouch 3D.


Electric shavers today come with a price tag. It is an investment and the technology you get with the Norelco SensoTouch 3D is arguably worth it. 

The replacement heads, which should be replaced about every 12 months according to Philips. There is an indicator light on the razor alerting you when the head needs to be replaced.

How it Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

Norelco SensoTouch 3D

Philips Norelco RQ12 Plus+ SensoTouch 3D Replacement Head, Arcitec RQ10 Upgrade For 1050X 1060X 1250X 1255X 1260X 1280X 1290X and more!
  • FITS THE FOLLOWING SERIES: Arcitec Series 8000 Series 9000 Series
  • FITS THE, FOLLOWING MODELS: 1250, 1251, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1260, 1261, 1262, 1265, 1275, 1280, 1285, 1290, 1295, 1050CC, 1050x, 1050XCC, 1059x, 1060X, 1060XCC, 1090x, 1090XCC, 1150X, 1160CC, 1160X, 1160XCC, 1165X, 1170X, 1180CC, 1180X, 1250cc, 1250X, 1250XCC, 1255X, 1260cc, 1260X, 1280cc, 1280X, 1280XCC, 1285cc, 1290cc, 1290X, 1295cc, RQ1050, RQ1051, RQ1052, RQ1053, RQ1059, RQ1060, RQ1061, RQ1062, RQ1075, RQ1076, RQ1077, RQ1085, RQ1087, RQ1090, RQ1095, RQ1131, RQ1145, RQ1150, RQ1151, RQ1155
  • RQ1160, RQ1170, RQ1175, RQ1178, RQ1180, RQ1185, RQ1195, RQ1250, RQ1250cc, RQ1251, RQ1260, RQ1260c, RQ1261, RQ1275, RQ1280, RQ1280cc, RQ1285, RQ1290, RQ1290cc, S9031, S9041, S9111, S9311, S9721 (Please see Description below for more information)
  • V-TRACK PRECISION BLADES: The patented V-Track Precision Blades gently position each hair in the best cutting angle even hairs that are flat or different lengths. This allows you to cut 30% closer in less strokes leaving your skin in great condition.
  • 8-DIRECTION CONTOUR DETECT HEADS: Follow every contour of your face and neck with 8-directional ContourDetect heads. You'll catch 20% more hairs with every pass. Resulting in an extremely close smooth shave. RQ12+ and RQ12/62 are the same model.

This electric razor is great for those looking for an easy, fast and close shave. The patented technology and pivoting heads give you a smooth and painless shave.

Ease of Use:

The rotating shaving heads, coupled with the ability for the razor to pivot, makes this razor easy to use and easy to get a close shave. There are multiple blades that allow the hair to be lifted and cut. There is also the option of the pop-out trimmer, a great way to quickly and successfully trim and groom beards, sideburns, or facial hair styles.


The battery life is decent. You get about 50 minutes of shaving time and it takes about one hour to charge. The razor is easily placed on the charging station, which is convenient when used at home. It does make for an extra piece to pack when traveling.

Design Quality:

The design makes for great gripping and a close shave. The rounded edges and pivoting head allow the razor to easily go around your chin and over your head if you are looking to shave your entire head. The construction is solid and the rubber grips are ideal.


Warranty information can be found on the product’s website.


  • Wet and dry shaving capability
  • 3-minute quick charge option allows you to shave when the battery is low
  • The lift and cut technology gives you a really close shave


  • A separate charging station is needed, which is inconvenient when traveling
  • Replacement heads are expensive
  • Cleaning all the rotating heads can be tedious

Braun Electric Shaver

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case
  • Intelligent Sonic technology automatically increases power while shaving in difficult areas and on denser hair
  • The Series 7 electric razor comes with an ActiveLift trimmer that captures flat-lying hairs in problem areas
  • OptiFoil cuts hair as short as 0.05mm for perfect closeness
  • Synergized foil and blades give you a perfect shave with Series 7 razors
  • 100% waterproof shavers for easy cleaning. ActiveLift trimmer captures flat-lying hairs in problem areas

The Braun electric shaver is another razor with lots of technology. This razor allows for a close shave using a pivot of up to 40 degrees and an eight-directional shaving head. The Braun shaver has the ability to read and adapt to the length of your beard, which allows you to go as short as you’d like. This electric shaver also powers up or down depending on how thick your hair is. This shaver is great for getting a clean shave or just trimming your beard.

Ease of Use:

The Braun electric shaver has great handling and easy-to-use grips. The rotating and eight directional shaving heads make it easy to get a close shave.


The battery life is similar to the Norelco SensoTouch 3D. It has a shaving time of about 50 minutes and takes about an hour to charge. It is cordless and needs to be placed on a charging station.

Design Quality:

The design of the Braun is of high quality. The four shaving heads are great for longer beards due to its ability to add more power when shaving through thicker hair.


Warranty information can be found on the product’s website.


  • Great for long or thick beards as it powers up or down
  • Wet and dry shaving capability
  • Good power for getting through different types of hair


  • Some report a longer shave time than with other electric shavers
  • Requires a separate charging station which can be inconvenient when traveling
  • Cleaning can be tedious, even with the brush they provide

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 9700, S9721/84 Standard packaging
  • Each shaving head moves in 8 directions for an extremely close result
  • The wet or dry electric shave system captures each hair regardless of its length from 1 day up to 3 day stubble
  • Choose the speed setting that best fits your skin and hair type: Slow (skin-friendly shave), Medium ( thorough shave), and Fast (high-powered shave)
  • The digital interface automatically lights up and showing: battery level, cleaning indicator, battery low indicator, replacement head indicator, and travel lock indicator
  • The SmartClean System allows for easy maintenance: cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges your shaver.

The Philips Norelco electric shaver is a good option for those looking for an all in one electric shaver. There is the option to add attachments for trimming and grooming, which makes it versatile and usable on any facial hair type and style.

Ease of Use:

This electric shaver provides a smooth shave thanks to the eight directions each rotating heads moves. It glides over the contours of your face making it easy to use while getting a close shave.


You get more shaving time out of this razor than you do the Braun or the Norelco SensoTouch 3D electric shaver. It has a full 60 minute shave time and takes about an hour to charge.

Design Quality:

The design and quality are great. This razor not only gives you a close shave but the ability to trim and groom your beards exactly the way you like them.


Warranty information can be found on the product’s website.


  • Great battery life at 60 minutes for shaving
  • Easy to read display and indicators
  • Wet and dry shaving capability


  • You have to carry and store all the attachments as they don’t fit in the case
  • Replacements heads are expensive

Panasonic Electric Shaver

Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor, Men's 5-blade Cordless with shave sensor technology & Wet/Dry Convenience, ES-LV65-S
  • Sharp Men's Shaver Blades: Panasonic Arc5 men's electric shaver with five ultra sharp precision honed 30° Nanotech blades and ultra thin Arc foil follow facial contours for a quick, close and comfortable shave
  • Wet/Dry Electric Shaver and Trimmer 2 in 1: Built in pop up trimmer details mustaches, beards and sideburns; Wet/dry waterproof shaver allows for convenient shaving in or out of the shower
  • Multi Flex Pivoting Head: Panasonic flexible pivoting electric shaver head glides effortlessly to trace the individual contours of face, chin, neck and jaw; Built in shaving sensor monitors differences in beard density and automatically adjusts cutting power for exceptional comfort
  • High performance Motor with a Linear Drive: This Panasonic shaver is equipped with a linear motor which delivers 14,000 cuts per minute (70,000 crosscutting actions per minute) and maintains peak power up to the end of every battery charge
  • LCD Battery Indicator: The shaver's 10 stage LCD shows battery status at a glance; Rechargeable, portable and travel friendly

This is the electric shaver for people with beards or coarse hair. The Panasonic electric shaver provides a great, close shave thanks to the pivoting head and multi-fit foils. These give the electric shaver a boost to shave your coarse hair over the contours of your face.

The price of the Panasonic is much more reasonable for those looking to purchase a quality, less expensive electric shaver. 

Ease of Use:

The ease of use really comes into play with this electric shaver when we talk about shaving around your beard or facial hair. This razor earns points for dealing with coarse hair.


Unlike the other electric shavers we reviewed, the Panasonic only has about 40 minutes of shaving time. It takes about an hour to charge. The charging station doubles as a cleaning station.

Design Quality:

This razor performs well due to the 14,000 rpm linear motor that makes for a very close shave. It has an easy-to-read display with indicators, and the handle is sleek with good grips.


Warranty information can be found on the product’s website.


  • Wet and dry shaving capability
  • Charging station is also a sanitizing and drying station for your electric shaver
  • Lock that keeps it off when traveling


  • May not be as smooth as some of the other electric shavers we have reviewed
  • Large shaving head


Norelco SensoTouch 3D razors for men

Grooming routines are important and when it comes to shaving, we want an electric shaver that's easy to use and provides a smooth, clean shave all across our face. There are many options to choose from, and whether you have a beard you want to trim or a head you want to shave, we think the Norelco SensoTouch 3D is the way to go.

The Norelco SensoTouch 3D provides a clean shave across all the contours of your head, face, chin, and neck. It is easy to use and has a great battery life. This electric shaver combines all the great technology you’ll find on the market today.


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