Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D vs SensoTouch 2D Electric Shavers

Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D versus SensoTouch 2D Electric Shavers

Reviewed by Russell C on .
Rating: 5.0

5 Stars

SensoTouch 3D Includes: 1250X, 1250X/40, 1250X/46, 1250X/47 (Cleaning), 1255X, 1260X, 1280X/42 (Cleaning), 1280X/47 (Cleaning), 1280XCC (Cleaning), 1280X (Cleaning), 1290X, 1290X/40
SensoTouch 2D Includes: 1150X, 1150X/46, 1150X/40, 1160X, 1160X/47, 1160XCC, 1165X/45, 1180X
Important Note: Functionally speaking, all of the SensoTouch 3D models are the same, and all of the SensoTouch 2D models are the same. The only real difference is in their exterior finish and battery life. Assuming you don’t intend to use your electric razor without any access to power for more than two weeks, battery life differences are irrelevant.


  • Positioning: The difference between the SensoTouch 3D and SensoTouch 2D models can be found in the flexibility of the shaving heads. Every one of the Norelco models have 3 round shaving heads; however, only the SensoTouch 3D allows them to move independently of each other. This means that when you shave your chin, the cutting heads will morph around the contour to provide a perfect shave. I personally love this feature, and I think it makes a significant difference. All 3 heads stay together in the SensoTouch 2D model.
  • Cutting Head: The SensoTouch 3D is the only model in the entire lineup that includes the fantastic UltraGlide cutting heads. On the surface of each head you will find three layers of grooves (rather than one with two types of grates). As each level passes over your skin, the cut gets progressively close. The outer layer deals best with longer hairs, and the shave gets very close and smooth by the time the center layer glides by. All of the other models carry the “Dual Precision” head which is good, but not up to the same level.

Have in Common

  • Whole Head Positioning: Both lines allow the head itself to bend with the contours of your face. This means that the handle can remain at the same angle while the head turns more precisely with your face. This reduces pressure on your skin.
  • Wet/Dry: Both of these razors can be used for wet shaving in the shower or dry shaving at a stoplight.

The Winner: Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X (Click Here for a Deal on Amazon)

The SensoTouch 3D is clearly superior.

The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X

The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X

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