Updated 19 Dec 2016

Philips

AquaTouch wet & dry S5050

Snapshot: The Philips AquaTouch wet & dry S5050 rotating cordless electric shaver has 3 heads and is washable. How well does it shave?

AquaTouch wet & dry S5050
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$300

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Test results

Overall score
65
Shaving performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery life
?/10

Good points

  • OK shaving performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Can be used for wet shaving.
  • Can be used in the shower.
  • Can be washed clean.
  • Has low battery indicator.
  • Has trimmer.
  • Has on/off switch lock.

But

  • Borderline battery life.
  • No travel pouch.
  • No cleaning station.
  • Head needs to be removed to fit trimmer.
  • Takes up to eight hours to fully recharge.

How we test

We convene a panel of 22 men to trial shavers, as all tested models are marketed as men’s shavers intended for regular facial use.

Overall score includes:

Shaving performance (60%)
Ease of use (30%, or 40% for the two corded models)
Battery life (10%)

Performance and ease of use results are equally weighted between each of the panellists’ opinion.

Shaving performance is based on each trialist’s view of how effective a model is at giving a close shave on both one- and three-day beard growth. Points are deducted where skin appears dry, shadowed, grazed or red after shaving. Models also receive a penalty if they pull hair instead of cutting, cause grazes or nicks or result in any skin irritation. The benchmark for a high performance score is the shave given by a high-end, five-blade manual razor.

Ease of use is equally weighted between controls (are they easy to read and operate?) handle comfort, heaviness, and the level of pressure required for a close shave.

Battery-life testing is conducted in the lab, as is the durability test where we drop each shaver six times from 80cm at different angles (all models came through unscathed).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$300
Type
Cordless rotating

Specifications

Weight (g)
178
Number of heads/foils
3
Battery type
Ni-MH
Claimed charge time (hours)
8
Claimed shaving time from full charge (minutes)
30
Measured battery operating time (min)
65
Noise (dBA at 10cm)
69

Features

Can be used in shower
Automatic cleaning station / mode
×
Trimmer
Required to change head for trimmer
Wet shave allowed
Washable
On/off switch lock
Yes
Head tilt lock
No
Quick charge
Yes
Low-battery indicator
Yes
On/off indicator
No
Travel pouch
No