Taking an industrial-type electric buzzer to your body can be a scary proposition. Those big nasty metal teeth...EEK and OUCH! Buzzing your chest or back isn't so bad. It's the nooks and crannies that cower in fear.
This shaving system is so sleek and compact that just the look alone is less intimidating. And it doesn't sound like a chainsaw when you turn it on, which is also a relief. It has three plastic attachments: sensitive, medium, and large, to buzz your hair at different lengths. I used medium and large and noticed the large is great for just `taking a little off the top,' so you don't feel bald if you use it, you just cleaned up some of the scruffiness. The medium attachment has a much more noticeable impact, and easily takes off lots of hair. Using no attachments, the system glides smoothly over your skin and takes off pretty much all hairs it attacks for a very clean look. Back and chest hair comes off smoothly by just running the razor across your skin. Of course, for more delicate areas, you absolutely must pull the skin taut as explained in the manual.
The razor is designed so that you hold it totally vertical when moving across the skin--no angling like with a regular razor. The attachments snap on somewhat easily, but take a little more focus to detach from the razor--trying to pull them off quickly could result in breaking them because they have plastic tabs that really click securely into place around the shaft of the unit.
The unit is thin, so it's comfortable and easy to grip in the hand, and also very lightweight, so it's perfect for use in the shower. It doesn't really sit securely in the charging base though. Just a very small segment of the bottom of the unit is cradled in the base, so you can easily knock it over if you bump into it.
The only thing I really don't like about the unit is the manual razor attachment. On the back of the unit is a sliding lever that holds a standard handheld razor blade, I guess for extra-close finishing touches after bulk shaving, or for the convenience of having a razor to shave your face. But this manual razor actually moves ABOVE the level of the electric blades, so just imagine if that manual razor should accidentally move into place for use while you're taking care of body hair with the electric part and don't notice it. Yeah--I took that razor blade off the unit and never intend to have it on there....
I am very impressed with this shaver. I have thick hair and my hair grows very fast. I used regular clippers to shave my body prior to purchasing this shaver and I would always have scratches from the clippers. I do not have that issue with this shaver. It shaves me close and it works great in the shower. I also recommend that you use the shaving cream with the shaver. This is an excellent tool to body shave with.
I have shavers that are wet/dry, but not one where they recommend you to use directly IN the shower, so I had to ask for one! Well, what I found out was that the shaver part is with a blade, and the trimmer part is the electrically powered version. Not like your standard Braun electric shaver, which comes with the screen technology like the Braun Series 3 370 Men's Shaver , which I also have. Once I figured that out (and I like electric shavers more than bladed shavers, mostly because I'm too lazy for creams and replacing blades), I tried the powered trimmer side, to see if it met my needs. Since I'm not going for the bald overall body look, this shaver/trimmer actually was perfect for me. Fast, simple, easy to clean.
A nice thing to mention about the charger, it uses induction charging, so that means no exposed electrodes! Big bonus, and that's what allows the fully wet shaving aspect.
Overall, highly recommended for this type of use. More so if you actually used the bladed portion!