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Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 3500 Review – Not Good

Updated: October 21, 2019

This article is my review of the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 3500 (S3560/81 Model).

In a few words, let me just give you my thoughts about this particular shaver…

It’s pretty bad.

But, I’m also going going to give you a full break down of the Philips Norelco 3500 Electric Shaver (S3560/81 Model) so that you can understand why I believe it’s bad.

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 3500 Review (S3560/81 Model)

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The Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 model) is an electric shaver from a trusted brand (Philips Norelco). But, this particular model just doesn’t get the job done.

It lightly buzzes hair off of your face, leaving you with a 5 o’ clock shadow regardless of how much time you spend shaving.

The Norelco 3500 Shaver does work as both a dry and wet shaver – but this is irrelevant when it can barely shave hair in the first place.

Overall, I think you should save your money and pass on this model of shaver.

Or, keep reading to see the specific reasons why this Philips Norelco product fails on multiple fronts.

Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 Model) Major Downfalls

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For a Philips Norelco electric shaver, I expected at least a decent shave from this product.

But, the major downside of this product is that it can’t cut close enough to give a decent shave.

I tried using this shaver to perform a dry shave, and a wet shave, and neither strategy worked very well.

I ultimately ended up using a cheap disposable razor that I bought from Dollar Tree to finish the job that the Philips Norelco 3500 couldn’t handle.

What’s Wrong With the Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 Model)?

  • When you shave with the Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 Model) you will probably be left with strong 5 o’ clock shadow
  • Shaving wet or dry doesn’t matter with this electric shaver – as neither option works very well
  • This electric shaver will irritate your skin
  • It takes a long time to shave with this electric shaver, and you’ll have to go over tricky areas (like your lower neck) multiple times
  • I still had thick stubble leftover after shaving with this electric shaver, that I had to remove with a cheap razor from Dollar Tree

Is There Anything Good About the Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 Model)?

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 3500 Review S3560 81 Model Pop Up Trimmer
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  • The only reason I’m keeping my Philips Norelco 3500 and not tossing it in the trash is because it comes with a neat trimmer that you can use for your sideburns or neckline
  • Another positive aspect of this electric shaver is that it might be useful for people who have the lightest peach fuzz facial hair imaginable
  • The Philips Norelco 3500 didn’t nick or cut my face – so that’s good, I guess

Obviously, while there are some good aspects to this electric razor, the benefits don’t make up for the irredeemable downsides of this razor.

Is There Such Thing As a Good Electric Razor for Shaving?

I have not been able to find a good electric razor for shaving. I’d go as far as saying there is no such thing as a good electric razor for shaving.

However, I will say that I’ve had a great experience with the Philips Norelco Bodygroom.

But, the Bodygroom is obviously a trimmer for body hair, and not to be used as a shaver for facial hair. It’s for trimming hair below the neck only.

As for using electric razors for shaving, I’m convinced that most people already know they don’t work.

But, some people (like myself) will still purchase them anyway to see if they’ve somehow been “fixed”. Not a smart move.

What’s a Good Alternative to the Philips Norelco 3500?

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For the time being, I will continue to use cheap disposable razors from Dollar Tree to shave my face.

In my experience, cheap disposable razors are the most convenient and effective option for shaving your face.

I shave every few days, and I like to shave as quickly as possible. This is why I don’t use a straight razor or safety razor like so many people suggest.

However, I will still consider using a safety razor in the future, as I’m curious to try it out, and see what all of the hype is about.

Like I mentioned above, I don’t believe that any type of electric razor is worth purchasing. Most men will be far better off purchasing cheap disposable razors or a safety razor to shave with.

Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 Model) Conclusion

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Overall, I’m not a huge fan of writing negative reviews.

But, I feel that this product deserves a negative review for its inferior quality, and waste of time and money.

If this review can save at least one person from purchasing this electric shaver, I’ll be content.

The message is clear:

Don’t buy the Philips Norelco 3500 Electric Shaver.

Instead, you should consider getting a safety razor or even medical-grade disposable prep razors (these are sharp).

I hope this review helps you make a more informed purchasing decision when it comes to shaving.

Please feel free to leave any thoughts that you may have about the Philips Norelco 3500 (S3560/81 model) in the comments section below.

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