Last updated: September 14th 2016 As a man on the go, you know your time is just as important as your grooming. When it comes to shaving, there’s just no time for shaving creams and hot towels. That’s why you’re better off with an electric shaver. And if you’re going to get the job done, you’ll want the shaver that’s best for you. Here’s a guide to help you do just that.
Note: This guide is for electric shavers (and electric razors), not trimmers, which have a different guide for.
Best Types of Electric Razors/Electric Shavers
Electric razors are either foil or rotary.
Foil razors use thin layers of metal to safely shave through your facial hair that go through its holes when turned on.
Rotary razors – as the name suggests – use a surface that runs in a rotating motion, pulling the hair in and cutting them.
Either one is a good choice – some people prefer one over the other. It’s all a matter of preference.
Advantages Of Using An Electric Razor/Shaver
Compared to other types of shaving, there are really only three major advantages to using an electric razor:
First of all, it’s really fast compared to other methods. Undoubtedly, it’s the quickest way to getting a smooth mug. It’s the best choice for anyone who’s on the go or travelling.
Secondly, it’s much easier – you just have to turn it on and rub it around your face. Shaving isn’t always a fun task for people, but sometimes a man’s got to do it. This is good to get the job done and over with.
And third, they’re very easy to maintain. Sure, they cost a lot more compared to other types of shavers, but you don’t have to spend on replacing blades in the future (a task you may not always enjoy). Of course, this also means that you save a lot of money on a razor in the long run.
And electric shavers do all this without sacrificing quality. They’ll give you good, consistent shaves with little to no difference in results compared to other methods.
To sum it up, electric shavers are better because they’re faster, easier, more convenient, and more cost-effective compared to other methods.
Reviews of the 5 Best Electric Shavers & Razors For Men
Most forums agree that the Braun Series 7 is one of the best shavers on the market. This razor gives you an excellent shave with its patented “pulsonic” technology, referring to blades that vibrate really, really fast. To give you a good idea of how fast the Braun Series 7 runs, it’s pegged at 10,000 strokes a minute. This gives you a super smooth shave with very little effort. Simply put, it’s better than most electric shavers because it’s much, much faster.
Additionally, it’s 100% waterproof and has a nifty LCD display. While it doesn’t affect the performance in any way, it makes the shaving experience a bit more unique. For a well-engineered razor, it’s pretty reasonable at around $200, and it should last you a long time.
The Philips Norelco 1280X 3D is yet another expensive pick. But again, it’s very well-engineered and would be a great investment for anyone who doesn’t want to buy a $40 razor every year or two.
This comes with a charging base and cleaning station. Unlike other razors, the cleaning station is one of the better features of this razor. It’s a super-efficient combination cleaning-charging station that really gets the job done and significantly cuts down on maintenance.
The design of this razor is great as well. Ergonomically speaking, it’s really well-conceived. It basically feels like a joystick, throttle, or phaser. The best part about this razor, however, is the “Gyro Flex” 3D head. Not only does the whole head pivot, but each rotary blade pivot as well, so it conforms to your face super well, which makes for a very close, very comfortable shave.
The Panasonic ES-LF51 is a 4-blade foil razor that shaves wet or dry. The four different blades don’t make much of a difference, but they yielded a bit closer of a shave on the first pass than most other razors, and that’s a big plus. The head is adjustable as well, which is great for shaving your neck and jaw line. The razors oscillate at 14,000 strokes per minute – even faster than the Braun Series 7. So you can expect a smooth shave. Unlike some of the other razors on this list, you get a travel pouch and AC adapter, so it’s easy to take with you wherever you go.
Not very many people see this as a good choice, but you should reconsider. The thing with the Philips Norelco PT730 is that it does a pretty good job of shaving but beats all the others in terms of pricing. If you don’t think you need to pay for too much god quality electric shaves, then you can get the PT730 for just $50. It’s one of the best razors at this price point, and it’s a good entry-level razor if you want to test the waters before upgrading to something a little more sophisticated. It’s a pretty safe choice for anyone on a budget.
The SensoTouch 2D is a slightly less expensive, slightly less sophisticated version of the 3D. This razor is a bit bulkier and a lot less sleek. You don’t get the same futuristic feel from the 2D’s design.
So what’s makes this 2D? Basically, the head flexes in two directions. The neck pivots 360 degrees, and the three rotary blades all flex toward the centre, a bit like a catcher’s mitt. The blades on the 3D, of course, can all flex outwards as well as inwards. The only other real difference between the two razors is that the 3D is a bit better at shaving long, flat-lying hairs. However, they are both great shaving stubble, and the 2D is about $100 less.