I've used a blade razor for all of my adult life, but wanted to try the latest generation of electric razors to see how far they've come over the years. I did try a Norelco electric back in the mid to late 60's, but it just didn't shave close enough. I am very happy with the new PowerTouch razor that I purchased in early March 2013. I no longer have to go through all the beard prep that I did using a blade razor, and cleanup is very easy. Just hold it under hot tap water to rinse it off and that's it! This was definitely a smart, affordable and practical buying decision for me.