Andis Profoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver Review

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The Andis ProFoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver is an upgrade to the hugely successful Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver.

..Wow, what a mouthful for a little shaver!

Why these big companies can’t name their products something easier is beyond me.

Anyhoo..despite the ridiculously long title, it’s actually an excellent foil shaver that can be used to shave your neck, face and head.

For the professionals among you, this is also described as a ‘finisher’ – i.e. for finishing fades and tidying up fine hairs around the back of the neck etc.

This is my review of the Andis Profoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver #17200..

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Andis Profoil V Andis Profoil Plus

First of all, what’s the difference between this model and the original?

The newer ‘Plus’ model of the Andis ProFoil Shaver gives you the following upgrades:

  • Charging stand
  • Black rubber grip
  • Running light that is green when on and turns red when it needs charging
  • Different color – gray and black

Same size, weight, battery, cutting blades/foil protector and run time.

However, just having a neat charging stand to store it in, is worth the extra few bucks in my opinion.

I don’t know why they need to keep selling the older version.

Why not just discontinue it and sell the newer version? The parts are all interchangeable.

Features

Staggered Shaving Head

The Profoil Plus has 2 foil covered shaving blades that sit at a 30 degree angle, making it easier to shave around the ears.

Hypoallergenic foil

The gold titanium foil that protects the skin from the cutting blades are hypoallergenic, meaning less irritation on the skin.

This feature is great if you have sensitive skin.

Rotary Motor

The rotary motor inside this shaver runs at 9,400 rpm and is strong enough to cut through a day or 2 day old stubble.

Trying to cut hair any longer and you might find it snagging and pulling the hair.

It’s also more than strong enough to keep your bald or near bald look as tight as short as possible.

Not as powerful as the Wahl Balding Clipper, but good enough if you keep on top of it.

Lithium-ion Battery

As far as batteries are concerned, lithium-ion are the most powerful, and widely used in cordless shavers, clippers and trimmers.

It will power the ProFoil Lithium Plus for around 80 minutes – which is a lot longer than the average electric shaver.

Even the best electric shavers can’t match that run time.

Specifications

  • Weight: 3.2 ounces (150 grams)
  • 4.6 inches long (12.1 cm)

What’s Included In The Box

Unpacking the box you’ll find the following:

  • Profoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver
  • Cleaning brush
  • Foil guard/protector
  • Charging stand and cable
  • Individual power adapters for US, UK, Europe, Australia and Argentina
  • Use and care instruction booklet

Spares & Accessories

Replacement Blade

Unlike the high-end electric shavers, a replacement blade for the Profoil Plus won’t cost you too much.

Storage/Travel Case

Although the Andis Profoil Plus has its own charging stand, it’s always good to have a case to keep all the ‘bits’ in.

Also ideal when you’re travelling.

For the price of this case it’s a worthwhile investment.

Pre-Shave Powder Stick

The Remington Face Saver, Pre-Shave Powder Stick does a great job at preventing skin irritation and rashes.

I didn’t even know this pre-shave powder existed until recently!

It definitely gives you an easier shave – almost silky-like!

Use it sparingly as it tends to go all over the shop.

Top Tip: If you have sensitive skin or an African-American, apply Witch-Hazel after shaving.

Video

Here’s a great video explaining the features and differences between the Profoil and the Profoil Plus..

Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons of the Andis ProFoil Plus Shaver

Pros

  • Handy charging stand
  • Lithium-ion battery – 80 mins run time
  • Can be used cordless or with cord charger attached
  • Hypo-allergenic foil
  • Light weight
  • Universal power adapters for international use

Cons

  • No storage case
  • Dry clean only – not waterproof or rinseable under a tap

Andis ProFoil Plus on Amazon

Andis Finishing Combo Trimmer + Shaver

Andis Profoil vs Wahl Finale

Wahl has a similar version of the ProFoil – called the Wahl Finale.

It looks and sounds the same, but the Andis just has the edge.

The video below explains the differences perfectly..

Questions About The Andis ProFoil Plus Shaver

Q. Can you use the Andis ProFoil to shave your head?

A. Yes, a lot of people have purchased this shaver specifically for shaving their head.

Q. Does it heat up much?

A. Not really. Simply because the blade is made from titanium rather than stainless steel, and therefore doesn’t transfer the heat as much.

Q. Does the ProFoil Plus 17200 work with the ProFoil 17155 foils?

A. Yes, all parts are interchangeable from the 17200 model to the 17155.

Q. Does it trim as close as a blade?

A. Almost! You’ll never get as close as a manual razor, but it’s pretty darn close.

Q. Can you use the shaver on your balls?

A. Not recommended. It could get messy!

Q. Can I use it on my chest, arms and legs?

A. As long as it’s just stubble you’re trimming, then yes.

Q. Can I use it in the shower?

A. No, it is not waterproof. Not even to rinse under the tap.

Q. Is it a loud shaver?

A. Yes, for the size and weight, the Andis Profoil Plus is quite loud in my opinion. Doesn’t bother me though.

Final Thoughts

If you already own the original Andis ProFoil Shaver, I wouldn’t bother upgrading to the PLUS model.

However, if you don’t already own one and you’re thinking of buying this shaver, definitely go for the PLUS.

The charging stand alone is worth the slight increase in cost.

I especially like the long, 80 minute run time and sharp blades, protected by the gold titanium, hypoallergenic foil.

Used extensively by barbers and professionals in the hair industry, it is also a great investment for home use.

Overall it’s a very good, lightweight shaver that is ideal for stubble, finishing fades and tidying up fine hairs around the neck and ears – even in and on the ears!

Also good for trimming bald heads.

You won’t be disappointed with this shaver. I use it often for tidying up my neck line and keeping a sharp appearance in between hair cuts.

If you want an electric shaver to shave your face and neck, or head, on a daily basis, I would go for a more powerful and dedicated shaver such as the Braun 7 Series or Braun 9 Series, or the Panasonic Arc5.

I hope you liked my review of the Andis ProFoil Lithium Plus Titanium Foil Shaver #17200.

Please let me know what you think below.

Peter

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