I previously posted about this, However, at the time of that posting, I was merely “interested” and “intrigued” by the reviews I had read, and posted those.
It’s been a few years, and a friend recently asked “So you still like the Rotoshave?” and I had to respond,
“Ya know, I never actually bought one, considering the past track record with electric shavers performing poorly, I couldn’t justify spending the $100+, only to find out I wasn’t happy.”
This query rekindled my curiosity though, and I began looking into the Rotoshave again. I found even more positive reviews, a few negative, but most importantly, that they could now be purchased brand new for around $29. OK, $29, I am willing to risk, so I ordered one.
Being a “Dry Shave” man for the last 20 years (and yes, you heard that right – DRY SHAVE.) No water, no cream, just a razor. This seems to amaze some people.
Some years ago, I went in to the gym for my morning work out, and before showering, was dry shaving. In the mirror I could see a man standing and staring, with his mouth open, and could see he was a police officer. I remained silent and after a moment he finally said “Oh My God, are you really dry shaving? I have always heard of that, but never seen anyone who really could do it. Doesn’t it break your face out, don’t you cut yourself?”
“No, you get used to it after a week or so as long as you use the right razor, mines a Triple blade.”
That being said, you’re not supposed to use the Rotoshave as a dry shaver, in fact, it’s advertised as a “Wet Shaver” and I found out why.
The Dry Shave:
The Rotoshave worked like a champ for the first 3rd of my stiff, wiry, unruly beard. but after that, I found it was cutting nothing. I had apparently ruined the blades.
The Wet Shave:
A few days later, I gave it another shot. After replacing the blade with a new one, I lathered up with some Gillette series shaving gel/foam. I was pleased to experience a smooth, fast and easy shave. Just as the Rotoshave ads claimed. It was more pleasant, easier, faster, and I actually got a closer shave than with my Triple head Norelco, but neither gets as close as my traditional Schick 5 blade razor. (Which I usually do a quick once over with after using the Norelco, and also did after using the Rotoshave.)
Another HUGE bonus for me, is I sometimes get “Bit” by the blades or my neck breaks out when using the Norelco. This is non-existant with the Rotoshave.
My only questions that remain unanswered are:
1) Will it shave as close and fast next time, and in subsequent shaves?
2) How long Will the blade last if only used as a wet shaver?
(2 packs of Rotoshave replacement blades are $19)
To find the answers to these questions, I purchased an 8 pack of rotoshave blades from Ebay, winning the auction at $32 (Not bad considering it’s usually $19 for 2)
I then made sure the shaver was fully charged. I put in a new blade, and began a period of 2 or so weeks of every other day shaving. (Because I already know the Rotoshave has issues with longer stubble, and my default is every 2 days anyway, it’ll work out perfect)
The Rotoshave was going strong on the 1 full charge for the full 2 weeks, and then some.
Battery Life/Performance – 10 of 10
Each of the 10 shaves turned out to be closer than my Norelco, with skin feeling fresh and smooth.
(and that 10th day, was a 3 day growth)
Shave Performace of New blade – 10 shaves and still going – 10 of 10
The Rotoshave is a great wet shaver and works as advertised for a regular/semi regular shaving schedule.
It shaves closer and faster than a traditional electric shaver, and leaves you feeling fresh and smooth. Shave time was decreased just as advertised. (Even though I doubled my shave by going both with the grain first, then a second time against.)
The Rotoshave is a great daily/semi-daily upkeep device and works as advertised, and is worth the cost, even when purchasing refills at 2 for $19. (although I do recommend finding another source such as ebay to find better values.)
The Rotoshave is a true Wet Shaver and can be taken into the bath or shower (I don’t recommend submersing it in water, it may be able to take it in stride, but I am not sure about this)
You may think it feels a little strange at first, as the rotating head does transmit some vibration, which at first feels odd. In fact your first thought may be “I’m not putting that anywhere near my face.”
The Rotoshave is not intended and does not work well as a dry shaver.
(Either with or without shaving Creme/gel – water is definitely required)
The Rotoshave, like any other shaving instrument does less and less as well the longer the beard is. Longer will result in quickly dulling blades that won’t cut.
I’m pretty happy with mine, especially since I got the deal on blades on ebay. As long as I keep up the every other day routine, it’s perfect! (any growth beyond will have to be dealt with using a traditional first, before attempting any use of the Rotoshave)
I also recommend if you purchase, make sure to get the shelf boxed version, and not the hanging store hook version, as the top and bottom of the shelf box snap together to form a great carrying case that will hold the shaver and 2 replacment blades (No Charger Space)