Philips Norelco 1250X40 SensoTouch 3D Review

Editor rating

9.7/10 on November 27, 2015

A good, clean shave is what every man desires. But, the first step to achieve a good shave is to have a good electric shaver, and the Philips Norelco 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor (Series 8000) can offer you exactly what you want. I am big fan of electric shavers and love trying different brands. I purchased it last year and I need to say that this is undoubtedly one of the best electric shavers for men. This review will cover all the different aspects of this product and at the end of this review, I am pretty sure that you too will be thoroughly impressed with this shaver.

Hardware and Design

The ergonomic design with side-grips is the first thing that you’ll notice about this shaver. It is light in weight and sits firmly in your hands while you shave. I especially like the grips as they allow me to shave while taking a shower. It is completely waterproof and therefore, water can’t enter into this shaver’s body.

The Philips Norelco Electric Shaver has a powerful motor that doesn’t make more than a humming sound. Comparing to other electric shavers, I can consider it as quiet. This shaver moves smoothly on each part of my face and neck. No matter how long my facial hair is, it delivers exceptional results every single time.


  • Philips Norelco 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor
  • Charging Stand
  • Travel Case
  • Plastic Protective Cap
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Power Cord

Key Features

1. GyroFlex 3D

This Philips Norelco Shaver comes with an innovative GyroFlex 3D Technology which allows the head of this shaver to automatically adjust to the shape of your face to ensure a comfortable shaving experience. A single stroke on any part of the face is enough to provide you with the same excellent result every time.

2. UltraTrack Head

The head of this rotary shaver is designed to catch the maximum number of hair in every single stroke with three separate shaving tracks. It has long channels if the hair is long, slots if it is weak, and holes if it’s just a newly grown stubble.

3. Lift and Cut Technology

The patented Lift and Cut Technology makes it one of the best electric shavers from Philips. Most men have the same complaint that the electric shavers are unable to catch the flat-laying hairs on the neck and jawline. However, with the Lift and Cut Technology, this shaver is able to easily lift the lying hairs and cut them in a single stroke.

4. SkinGlide

The head of this shaver has a SkinGlide surface which allows it to move smoothly on any part of your face without causing any kind of irritation or tugging or pulling of hair.

5. AquaTec Seal

The AquaTec Seal is responsible for this shaver’s exceptional performance when it is wet. Be it a dry shave or wet shave, the shaver will provide you with exactly the same results.

6. Precision Trimmer

On the back of the shaver, there is an extendable precision trimmer that can be used to trim or simply groom the sideburns and mustaches. While the shaver is ON, simply slide the precision trimmer in the upward direction and it’ll be activated. When done, slide it down and this will activate the head of the shaver again.


One of the features that mark this shaver as best Norelco rotary shaver is its amazing battery life. It comes with a Li-Ion battery which requires up to 60 minutes to charge completely. Once fully charged it can be used continuously for 50 minutes. Moreover, the battery suffers from minimal charge loss, and a full battery can easily last for a period of 17 days. The electric shaver also comes with a display to indicate the charge left in the shaver and when it is time for blade replacement.

Cleaning, Renew & Maintenance

If you need to make sure that your electric shaver works flawlessly for a long period of time, regular maintenance is the first step of that process. This electrical shaver is extremely easy to clean. You can easily remove the head of the shaver and wash it with water by using the included brush.

When it comes to charging, always try to charge the battery completely as it will help in improving the life of the battery. The charging process is very simple and you only need to place the shaver in its charging station and the LED display will indicate the status of the battery.

Philips Norelco 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D Comparison

Features Series 8000 Model 1250X/40 Shaver 6600 Model 1160X/42 Series 6000 Model 1150X/46
Precision trimmer Pop-up Attachment Attachment
Replace shaving heads indicator y
Multi-level battery indicator 3 level 2 level 2 level
Travel lock y y y
Cleaning indicator y
Jet clean y

User Friendliness

Alright, so the shaver has many unique features that make it one of the best rated electric razors available in the market, but what about the user friendliness? This shaver scores full points in that department as well. Even though the features are highly innovative and functional, using this shaver is extremely simple. From using to charging and cleaning, every aspect of this shaver has been properly taken care off by the company and as a result, the brand itself calls the Norelco series their best electric shavers till date.

Shaving performance

Next part of my Philips Norelco 1250X40 SensoTouch 3D review is the shaving performance of this electric shaver. According to my experience, the performance is much better than most of the other electric shavers for men that I’ve used in the past. This shaver is extremely quick as you only need to glide the shaver once on the facial hair and they’ll be instantly gone. As compared to other electric shavers, where you need to run the shaver over and over again on a particular area, this shaver will do all of it in a single stroke without causing any kind of redness or irritation.


The Philips Norelco electric shaver comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s guarantee. Moreover, it also carries a 30-day money back guarantee.

Value for Money

My personal opinion is that this shaver carries a lot more value than its current market price. You can think of it as a one-time investment as it already has all the state-of-the-art features, and its durable body is sure to make it last for a very long period of time.

Replacement Parts Availability

The small replacement parts of most electric shavers are very difficult to find at times. But the Philips Norelco 1250X/40 is one of the best-selling electric shavers and its replacement parts are fairly easy to find and easy to fix too. You can get them from your local dealers’ shop or search for it on Amazon.

Final Thoughts

The goal of this Philips Norelco 1250X40 SensoTouch 3D review was to let you know about my personal experience with this shaver and why I like it so much. I hope that you too are impressed with the excellence of this shaver and already planning to replace your current shaver with this amazing piece of technology.


1. Do I need to carry the charging stand for charging this saver?

A. Yes, the shaver cannot be charged without the charging stand. However, the charging stand can be folded and doesn’t consume a lot of space.

2. Can I charge this shaver in another country?

A. Yes, it comes with an automatic worldwide voltage function that allows it to adjust between 100 volts and 240 volts automatically.

3. Can this shaver be used for shaving chest and head?

A. Yes, this shaver has powerful blades that can easily cut all the different types of hair. I have a friend who uses this shaver regularly for shaving his head and he never had any complaints with it.


1. Extremely Close Shave:
While I’ve used many other shavers as well, the closeness offered by this shaver is highly impressive. I used to run other shavers 2-3 times on the hard-to-reach facial parts, like the neck and jaw line. But the Norelco 1250X/40 gives the best result with a single stroke.

2. Extremely Quiet:
Even though the shaver has a very powerful motor, it hardly makes any sound when you shave. Some of the electrical shavers I have used in the past were not as powerful as this one and still used to make enough noise to wake up my family members.

3. Battery Display:
As I like to give my shaver a complete charge, the LED battery display comes in very handy to know the exact amount of charge left in the shaver.

4. 100% Waterproof:
As mentioned above, I like to shave when I take shower and its waterproof built ensures that the shaver will stay safe in a wet environment as well. Even though I generally prefer dry shaving, I like to enjoy a wet shave with this shaver sometimes; and it functions pretty well too.

5. Great for Grooming Mustache:
I like to play with my facial hairs and I keep on changing their look every now and then. For enhanced convenience, I use the precision trimmer of this shaver that does an exceptional job of shaping my mustache.

6. Can be used for Shaving Head and Chest Hairs:
The powerful blades of this shaver allow you to cut coarse hairs from the chest and head as well. It is as smooth and effortless on these places as it is on the face.


1. Difficult to Carry:
I travel a lot and love to carry my shaver while traveling. However, this shaver's cord cannot be directly plugged into the shaver for charging. It can only be charged through the charging station. As a result, I have to carry the charging station wherever I go. I would have very much appreciated if it could charge directly through the cord.

2. Replacement Parts are Expensive:
While my Philips Norelco 1250X/40 has been working flawlessly, some of the reviews on this electric razor suggests that its replacement parts are expensive. This is not an issue at all as the built of this shaver is highly durable and it will surely function without any hassles for a long time.


I’ve been using this shaver for around a year now and I am still impressed with its performance. Everything in this shaver is perfect and no matter how hard you try to find the best of electric shavers for men, this one will surely have an upper hand over them.

2 responses to “Philips Norelco 1250X40 SensoTouch 3D Review”

  1. Roger Fish says:

    I have seen your reviews on both Philips Norelco 1250X/40 & Philips Norelco 1250X/42. Yes, the 1st one has no cleaning station and the 2nd one have. But is there any other differences between these two?

    • Instant Grooming says:

      Actually Philips Norelco 1250X/42 is the next version of Philips Norelco 1250X/40. In the new version Philips introduced their awesome clean and charging system. To apply this they made small customization to meet the new day need. But if you want to know about the shaving experience, both the shaver perform identically. Hope the answer satisfies you. 😀

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