Summary: 4th Norelco shaver I have owned. Liked them all. This one is quiet and has been used daily for 15 days so far without recharging after the first charge! WOW!! Recommend using pre-electric shave lotion, but don't have to.
Pros: Close Shave, No Irritation, Quick Charging Time, Quiet
Summary: My 8240XL arrived from Amazon 5/21/2010 by USPS. I ordered it 5/16/2010 and requested "Super Saver" free shipping so it took a few days. The shaver, shaving head protector, manuals, soft carrying case and brush were all present (nothing missing) and were all in good shape. I am not happy with Amazon reducing the price of my 8240 by $3.00 only 2 days after I placed my order. I realize that's how buying on the Internet works but it doesn't make me feel any better.
Summary: I paid $93+ for this puppy at Target a few months ago. It feels well made. The shavers in the $50 range feel / look like junk. I'm not sure if one shaver shaves any better than the other. They all have blades that go round and round or back and forth. The charge does seem to last longer than other shavers I've had. But it gives no warning as to when the charge is gone, it just stops dead... But hey, it's not made in China !
Summary: I am 82 an have used many shavers. This is unquestionably the best I have seen. Was just previously using a Braun. The shaving and performance is so much better. I am delighted with this shaver and encourage others to try it. I still use a blade razor once a week, but this is my everyday shaver. I do clean it after each use, as per their instructions and take out the razor heads once per month and wash them under hot water.
Summary: The product is good, as the other Philips I had before. The remarks are: 1) It seems less powerful than necessary, and less than my old 6830. Seems that in newer models they have traded power for silence. For my beard it makes a diference as it becomes lower and less efficient. 2) It is marketed as having more of a shaving surface and threfore being quicker. Did not notice any diference. A good buy anyway.
Summary: My previous Norelco razor (6863XL)was purchased around 8 years ago. It was a great razor that worked well even with the original blades(!). It started to make noise so after looking at options and reviews I went with the 8240XL. I was nervous because of the poor reviews some Norelco razors received from loyal customers. I have been using Norelco for about 30 years. I have used the 8240XL three times so far and have been disappointed each time.
Summary: I normally don't write reviews, and although I have owned three previous Norelco shavers, THIS IS THE BEST SHAVER I HAVE EVER OWNED. My last "higher level" Norelco died, and I was hesitant to buy another, especially with a "lower model number". But this model is a gem. It is quiet, efficient and shaves quickly and easily. I highly recommend this shaver. I may even buy a second one to keep in my car (of course to shave when I am not driving).