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Reviewed: Wahl’s new electric shaver and hair trimmer

The Wahl Lifeproof electric shaver and Aqua Blade beard trimmer have just been released. Do they make the cut?

The very latest Wahl grooming products have just hit the shops, and we’ve been trimming and shaving like mad to find out whether they’re worth buying.

Wahl has generally kept its distance from the electric shaver market, but it’s entered the fray this summer, promising the closest shave yet with the bright yellow, ‘practically indestructible’, Lifeproof foil shaver.

Meanwhile, the brand’s back on more familiar ground with the new Aqua Blade beard trimmer, which can be used in the shower and has one of the widest cutting ranges we’ve seen.

It’s also the most expensive beard trimmer we’ve reviewed – pricier than the Wahl Lithium Pro Stubble Trimmer WM8541-803 and the Wahl SPL Stainless Steel 4-in-1 Multigroomer we looked at last year. But it may warrant the extra cost if it can trim well.

Read on to discover more about Wahl’s new products, or go straight to our full Wahl Lifeproof electric shaver first look.

What is the Wahl Lifeproof electric shaver?

It’s been a few years since Wahl released a new electric shaver, so we were excited to get our hands on this one and see how it compares with others we’ve tried. Despite offering more features and functions than previous Wahl models, this shaver is still reasonably priced at £65. The features on the Lifeproof electric shaver include:

  • Pivoting shaver head with two foils and a cutting bar: there’s a three-cut system on the shaver head, with two foils sitting either side of a trimmer bar. The head pivots, and the foils also move, to help adjust to the contours of your face as you shave.
  • Precision trimmer: this generally comes as standard with most new electric shavers. The question is, does it work well?
  • 90 minutes’ claimed battery operating time: this is a good amount of time for an electric shaver, and it would be up there among the best models we’ve seen if it actually holds its for charge that long.
  • Quick charge function: Wahl says a five-minute quick charge when the battery is dead will give you five minutes of shaving time, which should be enough to finish if the battery dies mid-shave.
  • ‘Practically indestructible’: the shaver has ‘shock-proof housing’ designed to help it withstand being knocked or dropped. That could prove useful if it slips out of your hand mid-shave.
  • Wet and dry shaving: you can use this shaver in the shower, which can help cut some time off your getting-ready-for-work routine. Wet shavers are also generally easier to keep clean, even more so if you follow our tips on how to clean and maintain and electric shaver.
  • Travel lock: a useful addition that you don’t find on every shaver. This can help prevent the shaver switching on accidentally in transit and draining the battery.

If you want to see how it stacks up against electric shavers from brands such as Braun, Philips and Remington, make sure you check out all of our electric shaver reviews.

What is the Wahl Aqua Blade beard trimmer?

We’ve reviewed some pricey beard trimmers before, but at £90 the Wahl Aqua Blade is the most expensive yet. What can you expect for this price? Key features include:

  • 12 comb attachments for different cutting lengths: the 12 combs you get with this trimmer provide you with a cutting range of 0.2mm to 25mm. 0.2mm is the shortest cutting length we’ve seen on a beard trimmer, and is useful if you like to maintain really short stubble.
  • Wet and dry use: you can use this trimmer in the shower and also wash the removable blade clean under running water.
  • 180 minutes’ claimed battery operating time: this is a massive amount of time, given the standard amount of operating time for most beard trimmers we’ve seen recently is just 60 minutes.
  • Quick charge function: Wahl claims a five-minute quick-charge will provide you with 15 minutes of shaving time, which is very useful if the battery dies and you’re in a rush.

Read our full first look review of the Wahl Aqua Blade beard trimmer to see what one of our bearded researchers made of it.

Want to make sure you get the best personal grooming kit for you? Find out how to buy the best beard trimmer or hair clipper.

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