Philips Norelco 9300 vs 9700: What Are Differences?

The Philips Norelco 9000 series is a truly fantastic line of electric razors.

The brand has really done its research on how to get the smoothest, most clean shave possible, and has incorporated technology in its design to produce some of the best rotary shavers that are being offered on the market today.

The Philips Norelco 9300 and the Norelco 9700 are arguably the best out of the bunch, with a common debate for many experienced shavers being which of these are the best at what they do – giving you the perfect shave.

You have probably already noticed the confusing naming convention that Phillips has decided to use, where the 9800 is in fact worse than the 9700, making this comparison all the more necessary.

Both are filled with amazing features such as contour following capabilities which allow for a much easier shave, they are designed to be 100% waterproof, so you can shave dry or wet, as well as both come with plenty of tools and trimmers. These can be extremely handy for those of us who need a beard touch-up every now and again. 

The handiness of both razors increases when you find out about their smart cleaning system. This pod automatically cleans the razor, dries it, and then lubricates it, ready for your next shave!

With all of these distinct features, we are in for a true battle when trying to distinguish between both of these high-end razors.

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Although they both have similar characteristics, there are plenty of differences too, which makes this head-to-head all the more important in helping you make the decision on which of these 2 shavers you should pick up.

Philips Norelco 9300: Key Features

First and foremost, as you can probably see in the image above, the design for this razor is so unique and beautiful. It is designed so well, it has been recognized as an award-winning razor.

In 2015, this razor won the award for the iF Design Award, which is a global award for excellence in design and design achievements.

The design is very ergonometric, with plenty of grip surrounding the handle. It features a multi-directional head, allowing it to glide in 8 different directions, so everything about this shaver is premium. 

The shaver at first glance has a chrome appearance, adding to the luxury of the razor, however, it is made of plastic, making it more lightweight and less susceptible to degradation. 

The Philips Norelco 9300 is a rotary shaver, meaning it is made of 3 shaving heads that are circular in nature. Each head contains a razor blade and a guard.

As the shaver passes over the skin, your hair is lifted into the guard, and cut by the spinning blades within the heads, while the inner tracks remove the pesky stubble.

The Contour Detection feature helps the shaver to follow the shape of your head in each and every direction, improving the working efficiency and allowing for an amazing close and even shave.

Philips Norelco 9300 gives a nice close shave
Philips Norelco 9300 gives a nice close shave

When it comes to the interface on the shaver, we can notice that it is displayed in LED. This will notify the user of the battery life and allow them to choose between 3 speed settings, low, medium, or fast. These are easily adjusted and very beginner-friendly.

Slow is perfect for those with sensitive skin and want to be more gentle with their shave, while fast is great for those who are in a hurry, but this does use the battery a bit quicker!

In the box, we can note a fair few gadgets that add to the shaver to make it a top choice, which is again something that separates it from its 9700 counterparts.

The most interesting tool is the cleaning dock, which is implemented with a smart cleaning system. You insert the cleaning cartridge and put the shaver in the holder, which results in a clean, lubricated shaver that is now fully charged. 

This shaver is also packed with tools such as a trimmer and a travel pouch.

Philips Norelco 9700: Key Features 

The thing with comparing the 9300 and the 9700 is that ultimately the differences are not all too great, with the actual mechanism within the shaver being fairly similar. 

This shaver comes with an arguably cleaner look, with the color being a sleek black design rather than a plastic chrome finish. The shaver, like the 9300, is very ergonometric with plenty of grips, making shaving a very comfortable job. 

This shaver also allows for shaving in 8 directions, due to each head being able to work separately, which enables it to match the contours of your face.

Does the Philips Norelco 9700 outperform the Philips Norelco 9300?
Does the Philips Norelco 9700 outperform the Philips Norelco 9300?

The technology in this shaver has a slight upgrade, from the V-track blades to the V-track pro blades, with the actual differences being discussed in depth later in the article. 

V-track blades are a very innovative technology developed by Philips, as it uses rotary blades to cut 20% more hair and get 30% closer to the face than other shavers. These provide a more comfortable shave, with less tugging or pulling on the hair, which is perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. 

It also comes with 3 power settings – low, medium, or high, so you can adjust the speed of the shaving according to your sensitivity and liking.

The Philips Norelco 9300 also makes use of the AquaTec technology renowned for Philips razors. This gives users the option to shave dry or wet, using gels or foams, in the shower or on the go.

This is very useful if you are in a rush and need to get all your grooming done quickly in the shower, and even comes with a travel case to allow for touch-ups on the way to work or a business meeting! It is not recommended to submerge the shaver in water, however, which is not at all necessary for this type of blade as it comes with its cleaning dock.

Speaking of the cleaning dock, the system used for this type of shaver is the Smart Clean Plus, with the differences between the two cleaning systems being discussed later in the article.

It works fairly similarly though, with the shaver being placed into the dock, and getting automatically cleaned and dried. This is followed by a lubrication process as well as a full charge, meaning the shaver is prepared for your next groom.

The user interface for this charger is slightly different, with the company opting for a digital display, to enable more data to be shown. The shaver also comes with a trimmer and cleaning brush.

What Are The In-Depth Differences between Norelco 9300 & Norelco 9700?

Outstanding differences of Philips Norelco 9300 vs Philips Norelco 9700
Outstanding differences of Philips Norelco 9300 vs Philips Norelco 9700

Design

The first major difference between these 2 designs is what we can see at first glance.

The grips are the same, along with the ergonometric design, however, the color scheme seems to be slightly different. The 9700 is a lot darker than its predecessor, with Philips opting for a black casing rather than the chrome-looking one.

This results in a much more luxurious finish, rather than what may be deemed as a bit of a plastic look from the 9300.

V-Track Blades

As stated earlier in the article, Philips opted to update the technology for the 9700 to V-Track pro blades, rather than the standard V-Track blades in the 9300. 

The differences in these two types of blades are not huge, and the performance is still very similar, however, the pro blades can adjust automatically to your face.

The blades can determine the best cutting position which ultimately results in more efficient shaving of the hair, making the process a lot easier. 

These unique blades have also been adapted by Philips to have an additional self-sharpening feature, making the task of sharpening unrequired and replacing blades less frequent.

User Interface and Battery Life

A slightly more obvious improvement on the design, the interface on the 9700 has been vastly improved.

On the 9300, the battery life is displayed using bars, which each represent 20% of the battery. This is a pretty basic design and doesn’t give the best indication of how much battery your shaver has left.

At a maximum charge, the shaver should have around one hour and 50 minutes of power. Other than that, the 9300 LED interface does not have much going for it.

On the flip side, the 9700 displays a more digital image, which allows for more precise readings of data. The battery life is displayed using an exact percentage which is much more accurate for one to determine how long until they need to recharge their shaver.

The battery life is also extended, to one hour and 60 minutes, which is arguably not very significant at all. 

The changes within the display of the battery life are not very important, and should not be the deciding factor for choosing one of these shavers.

SmartClean Display

Let me get this section started by stating that the cleaning process, or the cleaning fluid, is by no means different between the two razors. Both have the same process, and outcome, via which our razor is cleaned and lubricated. 

However, the display in which the progress is slightly different. 

With the 9300, you are left to your own devices when trying to determine how long the cleaning process is remaining. The cleaning station will display which section it is currently undertaking, whether that be cleaning, drying, or lubricating, but the time that is left is down to a rough estimation. You could be left counting down the hours just to shave!

The 9700 on the other hand, was designed with a progress bar, and even came with a cleaning brush. The progress bar would fill up as the cleaning progressed, leaving users with a much more accurate estimation.

Philips scrapped this part of the design in 2016, so the differences between the two razors are not large at all!

Price

This is quite simply the most important aspect when deciding upon the razor we want to buy.

Simply put, you can expect the price of the 9700 to be around $100 more than the 9300, which is arguably not justified by what the differences are between them. 

Both razors give the same type of shave, it is just whether you prefer a bit more of a ‘WOW’ factor with the interfaces.

Pros and cons summary

We can summarize the positives and negatives of each razor by simply using a pros and cons list.

Norelco 9300 Norelco 9700
Pros
  • It can shave in 8 different directions.
  • It uses a rotary shaver so the mechanism lifts and cuts hairs, it does not tug on them.
  • It has an automatic cleaning station.
  • The design is fantastic – looks good and handles well.
  • Different levels of speed to choose the power of your shave.
  • The V-Track pro blades can make your shave a lot more efficient.
  • The display console is very detailed.
  • The AquaTec technology allows for shaving in the shower.
  • The flexible head means the contour of your head is adapted to.
Cons
  • The charging time not being accurate is a bit of a nuisance.
  • The head can succumb to wearing after a bit of use.
  • Very similar to the mechanism of the 9300.
  • They have removed the cleaning progress bar.
  • The updated cleaning fluid has been known to turn a brown color after a few months, which damages the razor.
  • A lot more expensive than its other counterparts.

Philips Norelco 9300 vs Philips Norelco 9700 – Which should I Buy?

If I was to put my final thought into one sentence to decide which shaver you should buy, then it would be the Philips Norelco 9300. It is an easy decision for me to make as the upgrades are not worth the price increase.

Don’t get me wrong, if you have the money spare and would like the added interface and more efficient shave, then go for the 9700 by all means, but it is arguably much better to use that extra $100 for some upgrades on your grooming routine. 

Both are great razors and whichever choice you make I am sure you will have a clean shave!

Happy shaving!

Lee Cantor

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