Philips Norelco AT830 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor Review

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Philips Norelco AT830 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor

Philips Norelco AT830 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor

Philips recently unveiled their new PowerTouch shaver series to the US in early 2012. First released in Europe in summer 2011, this new mid-range series of shavers are designed to provide superior functionality and aesthetics over the older Norelco’s 8200 series models.

We take a look at the Philips Norelco AT830 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor which is at the very top of the PowerTouch line.

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  • Aquatec technology – Provides the option of either a wet or dry shave
  • SmartPivot System
  • Super Lift & Cut Dual-blade action
  • Anti-slip grip handle
  • Pop-up trimmer integrated

Philips Norelco AT830 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor


Aesthetically, the Philips Norelco AT830 isn’t as sleek and fancy as Norelco’s SensoTouch models, but its unique color scheme featuring Gray/Silver/Black is rather nice albeit somewhat an acquired taste.

Like all Norelco shavers, the AT830 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to ergonomics. The razor has a good weight / balance which make it substantial enough to provide nice comfort and precise control whilst shaving. The ergonomic body is very well designed with a contoured handle which features an anti-slip grip that makes the shaver easy to hold, which is especially handy when you’re having a wet shave in the shower.

Aquatec seal

One of the features which are particularly fond of is the Aquatec seal. This seal makes the razor fully waterproof which allows you to take the Philips Norelco AT830 into the shower to have a wet shave using shaving foam or gel for a comfortable and refreshing shaving experience. Alternatively, you can dry shave if that is your preference.

SmartPivot System

The SmartPivot System does an excellent job at keeping the three rotary heads closely to your skin for speed, comfort and efficiency. This dynamic pivoting action is especially beneficial when shaving awkward areas such as around your neck.

Super Lift & Cut Dual-blade action

Norelco’s patented Super Lift & Cut technology lifts hairs using its dual-blade action to achieve a close, comfortable cut without requiring many passes, giving you smooth skin with minimal irritation.

Philips Norelco AT830 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor

DualPrecision System

Shaving longer hairs and shorter stubble isn’t a problem with the Philips Norelco AT830 thanks to the DualPrecision shaving system which utilizes specially designed heads which have slots to cut longer hairs and holes to tackle stubble.

Pop-up Trimmer

At the push of a button the built-in trimmer at the back of the razor pops up to provide you a convenient way to tidy up your facial hair. We like the fact that the pop-up trimmer is built-in to the razor rather than being a separate attachment like with the SensoTouch models.

Battery Life

The lithium-ion battery in the AT830 has an excellent lifespan. A full charge takes one hour and provides you with 50 minutes of cordless shaving. The LED light on the razor blinks when the battery power is low to notify you it needs to be re-charged.

If you are in a rush and the battery is empty then a 3-minute quick charge option is available which gives you sufficient power for a 5-minute shave.

Pros and Cons


The Philips Norelco AT830 PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor provides adequate shaving performance for a mid-range rotary and is very quiet during use, emitting just a low humming sound.

Good ergonomic design.

100% washable design makes clean-up a breeze. Just flip open the head chamber and wash it under hot running water for 1 minute and allow the razor to dry.

Excellent battery life from the lithium-ion battery provides 50 minutes shaving from just a 1-hour charge.

The AT830 is backed by a 2-year warranty which can be extended to 2.5 years by registering the product on Philips website.


Lacks some standard features which other razors at this price point offer. The most notable omissions are a charging stand and travel case.

Final Thoughts

The Philips Norelco AT830 PowerTouch Rechargeable Cordless Razor combines excellent ergonomics with an effective shaving performance and outstanding battery life. The 45-day money back guarantee is reassuring in the event you find it doesn’t suit your skin.

This shaver is a basic mid-range rotary model so it lacks extras such as a battery level gas gauge, a stand and a cleaning system. If you want the extra bells and whistles you should consider Norelco’s higher-end alternatives such as the SensoTouch 2D or SensoTouch 3D.

If you have a preference for rotaries and wet shaving, this shaver is worthy of a place on your short list, but if you’re a dry shave only kind of guy there are better alternatives out there which give a more comfortable shave.

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