Metal blades are the trick to this hair cutting machine. I brought several other brands from walgreens and they were more expense. I took all of them back becauce they would not cut hair without a battle. excellent product
***EDIT***The below review is for model number ER-411. This model is number ER-415. They are different and don't cut the same. I don't recommend this model. I recommend tracking down model number ER-411. That one is a 5 star model.Pros - This is the best trimmer out there. And I've tried them all, even the really expensive ones. This trimmer cuts very close to the skin. As close as a regular electric shaver does. It even cuts that close from the top. You don't have to try to turn it to the side to get it to cut really close. None of the other trimmers out there cut this close. I've just purchased my third one of this same model. And I'm buying a back up in case they quit making it. Cons - Runs on AA battries and eats thru them like candy. Kinda fragile. If you drop it on the sink and it hits wrong, it bends the blades out of whack and they can't be fixed. Hence, that's why I'm buying my third one. I usually drop it about once every year or two.
This razor provides a close shave, wet or dry, without razor burn.
I've used electric razors for 35 years, this is one of my favorites. Great value. The only accessory that would improve this razor would be the charging/cleaning receptacle. That said, it would be much more expensive and less convenient for travel.
I have a better Arc 4 at home, bought this one for our weekend place. It shaves very good, similar to my other, more expensive model so if you don't use the trimmer this is a good choice. The trimmer on this one is nearly useless. You can sort of get it to trim your sideburns but it's useless for other areas like around ears, nose etc.. I will be exchanging this for the better [other brand] and hope that it has a better trimmer.
Lance Oct 19,2012
2 of 5 stars
Ok shaver, better models out there for less, trimmer is useless
This shaver is simply Ok, it will marginally do its job on the face, poorly on the neck or worse, and the trimmer is absolutely useless. I am impressed it is so bad at its price level, you would do much better with the LA63 or the 8243. Also [..] shavers are usually made in Japan and this one is made in China, I doubt the quality. I came from a Braun activator followed by a [..] 8243 excellent that recently broke and had to be sent back under warranty.
Bottomline not recommended at all, other better, cheaper options out there.