Category: Philips Norelco Shavers

A review of the Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090 Men’s Shaving System

Philips Norelco arcitec 1090 Men’s Shaving System

Good everyday shaver – Disappointing for beards and mustaches

Philips Norelco arcitec 1090

The Philips Norelco arcitec 1090 Men’s Shaving System is the very latest product in Philip’s Arcitec line of shavers, but this product unfortunately does not completely stands the high expectations from the previous Norelco generations. Philips Norelco claims that the boasting innovative new enhancements such as the 360 degree range of motion swivelling head, and advanced tube trimmer, makes this rotary Philips Norelco one of the best electric shaver on the market in 2010.

It is true that Philips offers here a 360 degree swiveling shaving head and a state-of-the art sleek design, making the Arcitec the most advanced Philips Norelco shaver yet. Compared to other Philips Norelco shavers, Arcitec offers new flex & pivot technology, a more aerodynamic design, and an advanced tube trimmer.


Let’s start with the good stuff. First off in any shaver review, you want to know just how well does this thing shave? Well, be assured that this thing delivers a smooth, comfortable shave. The new “Flex and Pivot” technology really shines here, making it easy to reach every spot on your face without revisiting. I have a couple problem areas, especially around my neck/ear area and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it caught the hairs there without any trouble.

Also, although this doesn’t actually affect how well the shaver performs, this is one attractive shaver. You might almost declare this the best rotary elecric shaver of 2010 solely on the state of the art design. It’s a beautiful shaver, with it’s carbon fiber exterior and slim ergonomic design, it fits snugly in the palm of your hand.

State-of-the-Art Design: arcitec’s ‘central drive’ technology makes it possible to design an ultra slim ergonomic body that fits snugly in your hand — making it more comfortable to hold and effortless to use. The central drive technology connects all rotary blades to the shaving motor using only one spindle (axle) for a more comfortable grip.


The old adage “You get what you pay for” is more or less true for the Philips Norelco arcitec 1090 Men’s Shaving System, as this is no budget shaver. Quality comes at a price, but luckily the shaver isn’t too expensive at well under $200 with an Amazon sale.

So for the bad stuff, I noticed that this trimmer is a lot noisier than the previous generation, which is a bit disappointing. This wasn’t a big deal, as I’m not trying to shave while spying on people, but it would be nicer if the shaver ran quietly.

While the Arcitec is actually pretty good when you use it daily for a clean shave, I find that it lacked the power to cut long whiskers. If you miss a few days of shaving, you will need to use a trimmer before finishing off with the Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090.

This model also features a built-in trimmer like previous generations. Unfortunately, it’s a bit narrow and I found it wasn’t that effective.

This reviewer (RalphyDaly28) summarizes exactly what I think:

I will admit that it is light, feels good in the hand, and shaves well if you use it every day. If you skip shaving for a few days it takes many passes before it shaves all the long whiskers. I typically need to use a trimmer to cut some strays down before finishing off.

Conclusion :

So an overall good product if you are keeping a clean shave look, check out the Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver if you have thick hair or a mustache or beard, which sells at a comparable price.

By Jonathan Willard

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