Norelco 9300 vs 9700: Comparison Review

We understand the frustration of all these electric shavers coming out. In this Norelco 9300 vs 9700 review we're going to quickly dive into the dirty details and make sure you know which one is for you.

Both of the rotary shavers are amazing shavers. They're on the higher end of the spectrum and perform well. However make sure you're someone who needs a rotary shaver and not a foil shaver.​ Here's what we mean...

Is Your Hair Suited for a Rotary Shaver?

Did you know that your facial hair may be better suited for a foil shaver? Getting the right type of shaver will insure you get the best shave. If you're better suited for a foil shaver I would recommend reading our review on the Braun Foil Shaver.

Here's how to to the difference and how to know if you're suited for a rotary shaver.​

Rotary shavers are best for thick and curly facial hair.​ The rotation motion you make while shaving and using a rotary shaver helps grab those curly facial whiskers. While you can use a rotary shaver with straight facial hair it isn't as effective.

You're going to get the most bang for your buck if your facial hair matches up for a rotary shaver. We don't want you getting something that's not going to be well suited for you. If you're suited for a rotary shaver continue on with our Norelco 9300 vs 9700 review.​

Norelco 9300 vs 9700 Comparison Table

Norelco 9300

Norelco 9300 vs 9700

Norelco 9700

Black

Colors

Black

​Special Contour Following Technology

Shave heads move independently in many directions flowing with your face.​

Over 30% closer shave compared to previous models.

Self sharpening blades.

Wet or Dry Shave

​Can be used in the shower.

3 Speed settings to suit your skin.​

Cutting System

​Special Contour Following Technology

Shave heads move independently in many directions flowing with your face.​

Over 30% closer shave compared to previous models.

Self sharpening blades.

Wet or Dry Shave

​Can be used in the shower.

3 Speed settings to suit your skin.​

SmartClean system for a hands off cleaning experience.

Push button cleaning.

Dual filtration system.

Lubricates shaver blades.

Dries the blades.

Charges your shaver.​

Cleaning & Charging

Improved SmartClean PRO System

Push button cleaning.

Display tracking system that shows progress and cycles of the SmartClean PRO

Dual filtration system

Lubricates shaver blades.

Dries the blades.

Charges your shaver.​

LED Display

Information Displayed: Battery level, cleaning indicator, low battery, replacement head indicator, and travel lock indicator.​

Display

Digital User Interface

Information Displayed: % Battery level, cleaning indicator, low battery, replacement head indicator, and travel lock indicator.​

Lithium Ion Battery

1 Hour Full Charge

5 Minute Quick Charge

Run Time of 50 Minutes

Automatic Voltage: 100-240V

Stand-by Power: 0.1 Watts

Max Power Consumption: 9W​

Battery System

Lithium Ion Battery

1 Hour Full Charge

5 Minute Quick Charge

Run Time of 50 Minutes

Automatic Voltage: 100-240V

Stand-by Power: 0.1 Watts

Max Power Consumption: 9W​

2 Year Warranty

Warranty

2 Year Warranty

Norelco 9300

SmartClean System

Cleaning Cartridge

SmartClick Precision Trimmer

Power Cord

Travel Case​

What's in the Box?

Norelco 9700

SmartClean PRO System

Cleaning Cartridge

SmartClick Precision Trimmer

Power Cord

Travel Case​

Details About The Norelco 9300

The Norelco 9300 rotary shaver is more affordable compared to the 9700. You need to decide if the extra features of the 9700 are worth the extra cost. We'll cover the details of each shaver in more detail to help give you an informed decision.

Each shaving head on the 9300 move in 8 directions to cut up to 20% more hair. The wet and dry electric shave system will get you a shave that's around 30% closer. So not only does it cut more hair, but it cuts it closer.​

With the multi-speed options you'll need to find what's best for your skin. A Slow speed is beneficial for sensitive skin, Medium speed for a more thorough shave, and High speed for a quick high powered shave for those in a rush. I personally don't see a need to ever use High speed.​

The luxury aspect of these shavers are really in their base. The smart clean system does so many things for you and it's just amazing to have. It'll help maintain your shaver by cleaning it, lubricating the blades, drying it, and charging your shaver.​ Now that's luxury!

Lets see how the 9700 compares.​

Details About The Norelco 9700

Like the Norelco 9300 each shaving head on the 9700 moves in 8 directions and cuts up to 20% more hair. The wet or dry electric shave system maintains the 30% closer shave as well while remaining very comfortable. So far we're looking the same...

The smart clean system still maintains your device by cleaning, lubricating, drying, and charging your shaver.  The same as in the 9300, but the 9700 has a proclaimed "PRO" cleaning system which is suppose to perform better and has extra display functions.

The 9700 has aquatec technology to enjoy a more comfortable shave dry or​ a refreshing shave wet. It's suppose to perform slightly better with wet shaving. If you're a wet shaver you already know it can sometimes be a pain to get those whiskers while they're wet.

​It's important to clean your face before you shave to remove dirt. The 9700 comes with a facial cleansing brush attachment to help you do just that. I actually really like this attachment and it'll help you have less acne and pore issues if used before shaving.

Is it Worth The Extra Money?

After looking deeply into the Norelco 9300 vs 9700 I've come to the conclusion that it's not worth the extra money to get the 9700. This is of course my personal preference. You may want the extra bells & whistles on your shaver.

The Norelco 9300 shaves the same as the Norelco 9700 so for the extra money you're mainly getting an upgrade in the display on the shaver & charging station.​ You're also getting an improved charging station to some degree.

The only thing that might make you lean towards the 9700 is the aquatec technology to help you get a better wet shave. Although it's debatable if there's really a better wet shaving performance.​

How Do Others Review These Shavers?

So we love hearing what those that own the shavers say. They're the best to ask after all and they've got nothing to lose for being honest. So here's what some of the recent remarks are for each of the shavers.

Now I won't lie. There were some more negative reviews on both ends, but I felt they were coming from to rare of an occurrence to show or was coming from user error. I didn't find any consistent negative traits being reported for either shaver. 

Wrapping It Up

Hopefully this Norelco 9300 vs 9700 review was able to shed some light on these two rotary shavers and help you make an informed decision. I personally would go with the Norelco 9300 and save extra money, but it all boils down to personal preference. They're both great shavers!

​Please let me know what you thought and if you own one of these shavers make sure to leave a comment and give us your opinion.

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