The United States electric shaver industry is forecast to hit $7.91 billion by 2025… And for good reason! More and more people making the switch from manual razors to electric shavers, opting for a quicker, better & less painful shave. Electric shavers are fantastic, they are the modern answer to our facial, and body hair problems… A push of a button is all you need to give yourself a close shave, trim it down a bit, or style it to your taste.
However, with so many electric shaver models available, it can be hard knowing which is the best choice for you. A great shaver should not only be easy to use, but should be able to make the hair removal process both quick and painless.
I’ve been on a mission to find the best shavers on the market, I’ve tried dozens of shavers from dozens of companies. I’ve decided to compile everything I know in this guide, so you can easily choose the best shaver for your needs. Read on for a comprehensive list of the 10 best electric shavers on the market right now.
Table Of Contents
- Best Electric Shaver for Men – Comparison Table
- The Market’s Top Ten Electric Razors Review
- Braun Series 9 9290cc Men’s Electric Razor
- Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver
- Phillips Norelco 9700 Electric Shaver
- Panasonic Arc 5 Shaver ES-LV65-S
- Wahl Professional 5-Star #8061-100
- Braun Series 7 7865cc with Clean & Charge System
- Philips Norelco Shaver 8900 Edition S8950/91
- Panasonic Arc 4 Shaver And Trimmer ES8243A
- Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 Model AT830
- Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s
- A Tale Of Two Electric Shavers
- What To Look For In An Electric Shaver
- Choosing The Right Electric Shaver For You
- 9 Steps To An Effective Shave
- Keeping Your Electric Shaver In Top Shape
- The History of the Electric Razor
- The Questions You’ve Always Wanted To Ask
Best Electric Shaver for Men – Comparison Table
|Shaver Model||Shaver Type||Cutting Elements||Head Direction||Price|
|Braun Series 9 9290cc||Foil||5||10|
|Braun Series 7 790 cc||Foil||4||8|
|Phillips Norelco 9700||Rotary||3 Modes||8|
|Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV65-S||Foil||5||Multi flex|
|Wahl Professional 5-Star||Foil||2||N/A|
|Braun Series 7 7865 cc||Foil||4||8|
|Philips Norelco Shaver 8900||Rotary||V Track Blade||8|
|Panasonic Arc 4 ES8243A||Foil||4||Multi flex|
|Philips Norelco Shaver 4500||Rotary||Dual Precision||4|
|Braun Series 3 ProSkin||Foil||3||N/A|
The Market’s Top Ten Electric Razors Review
Braun has always been a leading force in the grooming industry. They’ve been making electric shavers as far back as the 1950s, but most recently they’ve garnered fame because of their latest series of electric hair razors Braun Series 9.
The Braun’s flagship Series 9 is a foil type shaver. This means that it’s really good at cutting close to the skin for a clean and smooth shave. It’s easy to use, and follows the same versatile motions as any standard foil razor—it can move up and down, or left and right. This is also a cordless model which gives it bonus points to portability and maneuverability.
The Series 9 can sustain 50 minutes’ worth of shaving on a full charge.
It can also adapt to the contours of your face which sets it apart from many other foil shavers on the market. This is because of its 10-D contour feature, which can flex in multiple directions, helping the razor head flow seamlessly across your jawline, neck, or any other tricky part of your body. The 10,000 micro-vibrations, as well as the intelligent motor sensing technology also works with you to capture more hair on every stroke regardless of how dense your hair is.
The Series 9 has four razors on the razor head itself and is outfitted with a skin guard that works with the blades to cut your hair but not your skin. The blades itself come with a titanium coating, which reinforces its sharp edge and helps minimize the buildup of rust.
I love how versatile this razor is; it works equally well for super clean shaves, neat trims, or styling purposes. This device can also be used both wet and dry, with its sleek and waterproof design.
One small drawback I found with the Series 9 is its size and weight. This may make it slightly difficult to carry around with you. When you take into consideration its docking station as well, it might not the best shaver to bring travelling. If you have the extra money for a device that can stay put in your home and consistently deliver excellent shaves, then the Braun Series 9 might just be the one for you.
Another Braun? The Braun line of products is getting a back-to-back mention on this list because they’ve been consistently releasing some great electric shavers over the past few years. The Series 7 has been one of the industry’s most loved electric shavers since its release in 2010.
The Series 7 comes with five custom shaving modes which help put you in complete control of the intensity of your grooming at the press of a button. The precision head, in my opinion, is one of the strongest selling points of the model because it effectively lets you shave with a high level of care and accuracy. This is especially helpful for when you’re trying to style your beard into a specific shape like a goatee, or a handlebar mustache.
Just like the Series 9, the Braun Series 7 sports a foil precision head which lets it cut closer to the skin without any added risk of injury. This model, like the Series 9, also offers 50 minutes’ worth of cordless shaving.
Its precision head is equipped with 3 cutting elements which allow it to capture more hair on a single stroke. This raw cutting efficiency is kept in check with a skin guard, helping to ensure that you don’t need to put your skin at risk for the sake of a good shave.
I appreciate how using the Series 7 790 cc almost feels like getting a shave and a massage in one. The motor gently pulsates and contributes to a more comfortable shaving experience as you are using it.
This model, like the Series 9, is fully waterproof. It’s a great investment to make because you won’t have to worry about circuit problems, especially if you prefer to shave in the shower. Cleaning and maintaining the device is also relatively simple because all you need to do is rinse it thoroughly under running water to get rid of any buildup.
Finally, the Series 7 790 cc’s docking station doesn’t just ensure that it keeps a charge. It’s also capable of lubricating your device for future use. One of the biggest contributors to the normal wear and tear of an electric shaver is the poor performance that due to a lack of lubrication, so for me, the self-lubricating feature was another one of the Series 7’s strong selling points.
One disadvantage I found in the Series 7 790 cc is the cost of its replacement blades. Compared to the Series 9, the blades are pricey and this is one of the main reasons why people have switched over to the latest model. Another minor issue is that the model is a little noisy when shaving close to the ears, which might annoy some users.
The Phillips Norelco 9700 is a safe option for beginners and people with sensitive skin. Its rotary shaver build makes it ideal for heavily contoured areas and its capacity to navigate is enhanced with an 8-D Contour Technology. This tech helps the razor automatically adjust to the landscape of your skin and work to capture more hairs accordingly.
I appreciated how the Norelco 9700 has a fairly solid grip and came equipped with a variety of personal comfort settings that gave me more control over my shaving precision. You can choose sensitive for a gentle finish, normal for a more thorough everyday shave, and fast for a quick and powerful shave to save you a lot of time if you are in a hurry. It can be used for a comfortable wet shave that’ll make it shave closer towards the skin or a swift and clean dry shave if you want to save time and money.
The digital user interface is one of the easiest to understand because it’s intuitive and very visible. It is equipped with a motion sensor and comes with indicators for battery percentage, a cleaning indicator, replacement head indicators, and even a unique travel lock.
When you order the Norelco 9700, you don’t just get the electric shaver. You will also receive a brush that you can use for oil control and facial cleansing. The Norelco 9700 is a cordless model that is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can usually go for an hour or more depending on the speed more you are on.
One issue I had with this model was that the cleaning station was difficult to use. Ultimately, you will need to set aside some time to manually clean this model on a regular basis. However, this is just a small setback to an otherwise strong product.
Panasonic is a well-known company across several industries, and the electric shaver industry is no exception. Their latest model to grace the market, the Panasonic Arc 5, combines both performance and aesthetics for a powerhouse of an electric shaver that’s worth considering.
The flagship Arc 5 is capable of pumping out over 14,000 cuts per minute (CPM), which means that it has one of the more powerful motors on the market. This motor provides a steady source of power to the model’s five precision blades but is also capable of sensing beard density and adjusting its power flow to rise to the challenge.
If you look closely at the head, the Arc 5’s blades are slightly angled. This is to help ensure that they all cut the hairs cleanly and close to the base. Once you’re done mowing through a patch of hair, the precision pop-up trimmer at the side can work with you in providing additional flair to your sideburns, mustache, or stubble.
One strong selling point of the Arc 5 is its sleek LED interface, which indicates battery life, charging status, and shaving mode in one glance. This model can go for 45 minutes on a full charge, which is a few minutes less than the previous models but is still considered as good battery life, especially when you won’t really spend more than 5 minutes shaving.
I find that Panasonic shavers, in general, operate more quietly than Braun shavers, which can be a plus for some people who are sensitive to noise.
This model is definitely one of the more travel-friendly electric shavers on the market. It’s equipped with an auto-lock mechanism, a universal voltage capacity, and a travel pouch of its own. It’s lightweight, compact, and comes with the accessories to help make it the ideal traveler’s companion.
These advantages do come with a small downside. The Arc 5 does not come with a cleaning and charging system of its own. However, manually cleaning and maintaining it should not be an issue.
In terms of performance time, the Wahl clipper is the most powerful device on this list. Its Lithium-ion + technology can power the device for up to four hours of run time. When it’s out of battery, one hour is all you need to bring it back to full charge.
There were a few changes made between the previous Wahl Clipper model and this one, and the more noticeable changes were made to the design. I love how the charger port was made to be more robust, and how the power button is much more responsive.
This electric shaver is a bit of a hybrid device because beyond its shaving capabilities, it works as a solid electric trimmer. It comes with twelve attachment guards in varying lengths, and I appreciated how these guards gave me additional opportunities to style my hair.
This device can be a potential travel buddy. It comes with a sturdy carrying bag, which is spun out of a thick and protective material. Also, it comes with a travel guard that prevents the shaver from powering on by accident from the hustle and bustle of traveling.
One minor issue I had with this device is that the attachment guards, though varied, are built out of plastic. They are fragile and you will need to handle them with extra care.
Also, this device does not come with instructions on how to switch out the blades. For people who are unaccustomed to Wahl shavers, this can be a bit of a challenge! You need to rest your thumb on the cutting part of the blade, cup the underside of the blade with your other hand, and then gently push off the blade with your thumb. To insert a new blade, insert the bottom first and then push it back on in reverse order.
Braun keeps popping up for good reason! They produce quality products that excel in efficiency and affordability. This device is still a series 7, but is a more powerful version that has the capability of cutting through thick beards and dense patches of hair with ease.
The 7865 cc is a newer variation of the Series 7. The well-loved 790 cc came with three shaving modes, and the 7865 cc is built with five personalized speed settings so you have more variety to choose from in terms of motor speed and shaving experience.
This model isn’t just powerful—it’s attractive as well. It has a clean and sleek design, with a minimalistic chrome finish and ribbed rubber pads on the sides. At the top, its shaver head is equipped with three razors and a skin guard attachment that work together in the classic Braun way of ensuring that the machine shaves off more hair with fewer strokes.
The 7865 cc is both completely waterproof and capable of giving wet shaves. I found using it to be fairly straightforward—one button was all I needed to cycle seamlessly through the different power modes and find the one that was best for me.
I appreciated how this device comes with an automatic charging and cleaning station. To top it all off, the cleaning station automatically lubricates the razor head to make sure that your shaving experience is as comfortable as possible.
This product uses a lithium-ion battery that can run for up to 50 minutes, which is already a good shaving time for electric shavers.
One problem I had with this razor is its charging port. It’s built near the bottom of the device and angled at an awkward position.
Philips provides yet another well-balanced entry on this list. This model a great all-rounder, whether you have a thick dense beard that you shave daily, or you’re just looking to clean up a few wisps of hair, the 8900 is perfect.
What caught my eye when I was trying this product was the beard styler that’s built in the actual razor. Most electric razors don’t have features like this because it requires another level of engineering. It’s a welcome feature, and super useful!
This model comes with five built-in length settings, which I really appreciated because it gave more styling opportunities. You can choose to go for a completely clean shave or you can leave some stubble left to style. The blades are rounded and covered with a comb to safeguard against possible irritation and razor burns.
The LED display is easy to follow and provides clear indicators for both speed and battery power.
The Norelco 8900 is built with a travel lock so that it doesn’t turn on by accident if you choose to bring it with you as a travel companion.
This model has a contour detect technology, which is super helpful for shaving around the trickier parts of your face. You’re definitely in for a fast shave when you’re using the Norelco 8900.
One issue I had with this device is that it makes a loud metallic sound as it is operating. Also, the power button is located near where your thumb should rest, and I’ve accidentally turned the device off a few times while using it.
The Norelco 8900 comes with a two-year warranty just in case something goes wrong.
The Arc 4 is an affordable electric shaver that comes equipped with many of the flagship’s strongest features.
It comes with four cutting elements and tops the industry with a motor that can churn out 14,000 CPM. Despite all this power, the motor is still a lot quieter than most electric razors on the market.
If you take a quick look at the shaver head, you’ll notice that it’s slightly curved. This design helps the shaver glide along your chin and jawline and maximize grooming comfort. Its stainless steel blades are positioned at a 30-degree angle so that it can make the most out of every swipe.
As you’re using the electric razor, you may notice that the blades feel a bit different compared to other electric razors. This is because the blades have hypoallergenic properties that help cater to more sensitive skin types.
What really stood out for me with the Arc 4 is despite its build as a foil razor, it can also be used similar to a rotary razor because of its flexible pivoting head. It’s the ideal model for anyone looking to make the shift from rotary to foil in small steps.
Similar to the last device, this one also has a pop-up beard trimmer to help with styling and precise shaving.
The stainless steel blades are put in a 30-degree angle which allows it to cut more hair cleanly at the base of the root of the hair. If you’re worried about razor burns when going in dry, don’t worry! This product has hypoallergenic blades that are fit for the more sensitive skin types.
One small problem I had with this device was the LCD display. While it does highlight everything you need to know about your device in one glance, it does look a bit cramped and can be difficult to understand at first. Once you get past this learning curve, however, the Arc 4 is a solid grooming companion.
The Norelco AT830’s strongest selling point is the comfortable shaving experience. One glance at this device and you know that your facial hair will be in good hands.
First off, you’ll notice that this device is built in a slightly different manner. The rotary head is the biggest part of the design, and then it gently smooths down to a tapered point. This, paired with a solid rubber grip, is constructed to help you maneuver it seamlessly around your face with minimal effort.
It’s a versatile device that can be used for either wet or dry shaving because of the brand’s AquaTec seal design. This can be super useful for people who have difficult skin problems and may need to adjust their shaving methods depending on their condition.
The Norelco AT830 can give 50 minutes’ worth of shaving time and has a 3-minute quick charge feature. This is useful if you want to use the device but you’ve forgotten to let it charge beforehand. In these scenarios, the quick charge feature should be enough to get you through a light trim.
It also has a long battery life of up to 50 minutes, and the battery has a 3-minute quick charge feature that’s useful if you just want a quick trim. Just 3 minutes of charging can get you through one light shave.
Finally, I enjoyed using the Norelco AT830 because it doesn’t make too much noise and it’s easy to clean. One downside I saw to this device was that the replacement heads are a bit expensive, so it’s important that you set aside some time to regularly maintain the device to prolong its life span.
Braun started this list, and now it ends the list with the Series 3 3040s. An oldie but a goodie, this model has stood the test of time as one of the oldest electric razors in the industry to still remain to be a crowd favorite.
I find that this model was the best one to use in the shower, because of its solid grip and steady shaving patterns. It comes with a microcomb piece that works to catch and cut more hair in fewer strokes, as well as a built-in precision shaver to finish up your grooming with additional styling opportunities.
I appreciated how this device is sensitive to pressure and automatically retracts its blades if you accidentally press too hard on your skin. In addition, the razor blades are covered with a SensoFoil cover to provide an extra layer of protection. These features make it a good choice for beginners who are just starting out on electric shavers.
The Series 3 is completely waterproof, so all you need to do to clean is to rinse it under warm water. However, I did notice that there is no other way to give it a thorough clean. This is because you cannot dismantle the product to poke about the inner corners, where dirt and stray hairs can build up.
Finally, the Series 3 doesn’t shave as fast or as close as other modern electric razors. This could be attributed to its age. Regardless, if you have you’re looking for a hybrid electric razor, then this model is a strong contender.
A Tale Of Two Electric Shavers
There are two types of electric shavers; foil and rotary. Both are strong builds in their own right, and deciding between one or the other will largely be dependent on what you want to find in an electric shaver. This is because there are countless models to choose from and both builds that are capable of giving a great shave.
Here’s a quick summary of both types:
Foil Headed Shaver
The foil shaver was first invented by Remington in the year 1937. They originally added a cover over the razors so people could have a more comfortable shaving experience. Foil headed shavers works by having blades that move back and forth in a quick repeated motion, similar to how barber scissors work.
Foil headed shavers only go up and down or left and right, which may be an advantage for people who just want to have a straightforward shave. These devices typically cut cleaner and closer to the skin as well.
The biggest drawback of a foil headed shaver would be that it’s difficult to use on the outlines of your face or on narrower areas such as under the nose or chin because of its rectangular build. Foil headed shavers are better suited for larger parts of the body, such as the legs or arms because these are flatter surfaces without many contours to worry about.
Rotary Headed Shaver
The first rotary shaving system was founded in 1946 when Philips released the Philshave. This model quickly became popular because it allowed shavers to be smaller in size.
A rotary-headed shaver has three discs that spin incredibly quickly to eliminate errant strands of hair along your target area. They’re particularly efficient at working around the contours of your face in comparison to the foil headed shaver because rotary shavers can pivot a full 360-degrees and can be pushed in multiple directions.
What To Look For In An Electric Shaver
There is a plethora of factors that you need to keep in mind when buying an electric shaver. To make sure you don’t make a purchase that you may regret, you need to identify certain qualities and features that you’d want in your device. Here’s a quick checklist of questions you need to ask yourself.
What Type Of Razor Do I Want?
Rotary is a good choice for people who need to shave around contours. Foil, is good for people who just need a quick and straightforward shave. To delve deeper into this topic, refer to the subsection dedicated entirely to their differences above.
How Comfortable Am I With Using It?
You have to think about how comfortable you are when you are operating these devices. I would recommend finding a way to try out an electric shaver before buying it, so you know how it feels in your hand. Most devices are equipped with a rubber grip to provide some measure of comfort. Others go beyond this and alter the entire build of the razor.
Should I Go For Corded Or Cordless?
Do you need a razor that you can use anywhere and anytime? Go for a cordless razor.
Want to shave in the comfort own home? Go corded.
Also, keep in mind the power consumption if you have a corded razor and the battery capacity if you choose a cordless one. It’s important to get a corded razor that provides efficiency and power without consuming too much of your electricity. The same goes for a cordless one—get a razor that has a decent battery life so that it doesn’t lose power in the middle of a shave.
Would I Use It For A Wet Shave Or A Dry Shave?
Having a wet or dry shaver is all a matter of personal preference. Usually, dry shavers are a lot quicker to handle, cheaper, and a lot more versatile because you don’t need to prepare for it with shaving cream. It also causes less irritation because it cuts the hair above the layer of the skin. Wet shaving, however, is a lot better for people with more sensitive skin because it helps avoid razor burns. It also cuts a lot closer and smoother than when you dry shave.
Is It Travel-Friendly?
Regardless of whether it’s corded or not, you have to take into account the portability and convenience that it can provide. Size, weight, and convenience may be important factors—especially if you travel regularly.
Some razors that are built specifically as travel companions can come with a wide range of safety mechanisms. They may be equipped with an auto-lock feature, universal voltage, USB charging, and a travel pouch to finish it off.
Does This Model Fit My Budget?
If you don’t have the budget to get the more high-end models, there’s no need to worry. Most electric shavers are capable of giving a clean shave. The price point is rarely an indicator of good quality—it’s more of the additional features that have been built into the device. So if you don’t need anything beyond the basics, then there are plenty of solid shavers out there that are worth considering.
How Do I Maintain This Device?
Most razors can be maintained with a quick rinse under the tap after every use, and some dismantling once every few weeks. Others are equipped with automatic charge docks, or their own set of cleaning equipment.
What Other Accessories Does This Device Have?
There are products that are outfitted with the basics, which are good models for beginners and people who don’t need much out of their electric shaver. Then there are devices that come with enhanced AI capabilities for those who want to take a different approach to their appearance. Maybe you’d like a shaver that can adjust the shaving modes for you as you work through your hair or one that comes with a built-in clipper. These may come at a heftier price but are worth the buy if you want to make the most out of your razor.
Possible Repair Policies Or Warranties
This makes sure that when the product malfunctions or when it breaks, it can either be replaced or fixed. Most devices will come with a warranty. These days it’s easy to reach out to companies online regarding any concerns you may have with the product. Nevertheless, it never hurts to take some time to research about the brand and find out how they work on the customer experience.
Choosing The Right Electric Shaver For You
There is no one electric shaver for everybody’s grooming needs. The ideal model for you will depend on your hair and body type, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Here’s a quick checklist of the factors you need to consider when selecting an electric shaver.
For Keeping Sensitive Skin At Bay
The Phillips Norelco 7500 is equipped with several features that facilitate hair removal, even on sensitive skin. Its comfort rings—the brand’s term for the rotary heads—come with anti-friction coating and thousands of powder-like beads to buff your skin against the blades.
For Maintaining The Bald Look
If you’re the kind of person who prefers to—quite literally—keep a cool head, then the Pitbull Platinum Shaver is the model you’re looking for. It’s small, silver, and square, with a curved set of rotary blades at the bottom, designed specifically for shaving heads. This rotary shaver that can make a quick job out of any head of hair.
For Managing Your Back Area
Take control of your back hair with the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro Back Shaver! It has a long and flexible handle that is super useful in covering your entire back area. This device also has an extension lock button, which allows you to extend it to a certain length and then lock it in place. You won’t need to worry about finding a shaving buddy to help you reach the middle part of your back—all you’ll need now is some good lighting and a big mirror to get the job done.
For Men Of African Descent
Ancestry can play a considerable part in the kind of electric shaver you should go for. If you’re of African-American descent, your facial skin is likelier to be more sensitive than others and your curly hair can make shaving a chore. In this scenario, the Braun 9290 cc is the ideal device for you. Its titanium coating and dual razors give it the extra power needed to mow through curly hairs while taking care of your skin.
For Shaving On The Go
If you’re the type of guy who is constantly on the go, you’re looking for an electric shaver that is light and easy to stow away. In this case, the Braun M90 is your best bet. This shaver looks a lot like an oversized flash drive and is just as useful. It comes with an auto-lock, is fully washable, and give a solid sixty minutes’ worth of shaving time on batteries.
For Consistent, Everyday Shaving
Do your whiskers grow out just as fast as you mow through them? The Braun Series 7 can keep up with the challenge. I recommend this device because it has a strong motor that can handle regular use. It’s a mid-range electric shaver that knows how to hold up against the normal wear and tear associated with regular use. This device also comes with a clean and charge docking system so you don’t have to constantly worry about manually maintaining it.
For The Greenhorn In Electric Shaving
The Philips Norelco 2100 is a good device if you’re looking for an introduction to electric shavers. It’s beginner friendly, compact, and easy to handle. It offers all the basic features of a close shave at an affordable price.
The rotary shaving system may be difficult to handle at first, but the razor heads can flex in multiple directions. This makes it easier to work it around your face. When you’re done using it, the device is easy to clean because all you need to do is pop the heads open and rinse it under running water.
For Thick And Unruly Hair
Trimming down coarse hair can be a real challenge. When razors run through the strands, they tend to pile up and jam the razor head. Some razors entirely lack the power to cut through coarse hair because of how thick and unruly it is. If you are faced with this struggle, I would recommend the Braun Series 9. While most devices are built with one main razore, the Series 9 is equipped with two razors and a titanium coating as well. This helps it capture even the most wayward of hairs in fewer strokes.
For The Sensitive Spots
When you’re going for more sensitive areas such as the pubic area or somewhere around the neck, you have to be extra cautious. Make sure that you don’t accidentally nick yourself in the process as it may lead to infection. I recommend using the Philips Norelco Bodygroomer for this job because with its pivoting head and rounded blades, it’s outfitted for more sensitive skin
9 Steps To An Effective Shave
Shaving usually takes ten to twenty minutes, depending on the area you’re covering and the hair density. While it may seem pretty intuitive, there is a rough structure you can follow to help make the most out of your shave. Beyond making sure you get the look you want every time, it’s important that you take precautions against injuring yourself while shaving. Here’s a quick rundown on what it takes to get a good shave every time.
Step1: Understand Your Skin Type
Your electric razor should come built with certain features that can work with your skin. If you have sensitive skin, then an additional foil guard may help make shaving a more pleasant experience. Some electric razors have hypoallergenic blades to minimize the damage caused by any cuts that may come too close to your skin.
Step2: Make Sure To Trim
If your beard is more than half an inch long, you should trim it down so that you won’t have any difficulties when you’re in the process of shaving. Long hairs may snag and make it difficult to cover a wide area if you have limited time.
Step3: Thoroughly Clean Your Face Before And After
Wash your face with soap and water to get rid of any excess oil and dirt. These can get in the way of shaving and affect the performance of your device. In the long run, forgetting to clean your face before you shave could lead to breakouts and skin irritation because you may be leaving your skin exposed before and after the procedure.
Step4: If You’re Going For A Wet Shave, Apply Gel Or Foam
You don’t need to prepare as much for a dry shave. However, if you’re going for a wet shave, make sure you cover all of the hair with the shaving product so that you can evenly shave it all the way through. Before anything else, confirm if your razor works better with gel or foam as some razors tend to not take foam too well.
Step5: Locate Your Grain And Shave With The Grain
While this is a matter of personal preference, shaving with the grain is better for your skin because it does not lift your hair at an unnatural angle. It helps you avoid razor burns and other forms of skin irritation. You can locate your grain by taking note of the direction your hairs grow in and shaving towards that same direction.
Step6: Find A Comfortable Angle To Shave
Are you more comfortable with your left hand or your right hand? Make sure to take a few practice swipes with your electric shaver so you can find your best shaving position. This is important because it will help you get a clean, even, and comfortable shave.
Step7: Wash The Blade Periodically
A clean razor makes for a clean shave. Rinse off your razor after every use to prevent the buildup of hair and other foreign materials inside the crevices. This can help prolong your blade’s lifespan and save up on the cost of getting replacement blades.
Step8: Use Aftershave When You’re Done
Sensitive skin or not, you have to make sure to use aftershave when you’re done shaving because it reduces the chances of getting razor burn. This helps restore moisture to your skin and soothe any microabrasions that may have been caused by the process.
Step9: Clean and Lubricate The Razor
Once you’re done shaving, you have to clean your razor thoroughly so that it lasts longer and so that you can use it at a later date. Lubricating the razor also helps because it keeps the motor in good shape. While some of the latest razors come with automatic cleaning and charging stations, many solid electric razors in the market still require manual maintenance.
Keeping Your Electric Shaver In Top Shape
Looking after your electric shaver is essential to ensure it lasts for years to come. I’ve compiled a list of 6 important steps to ensuring your shaver stays in perfect working condition.
Keep It In A Dry Place When Not In Use
Regardless of whether it’s a waterproof model or not, I strongly recommend you find a dry and clean place to store your electric razor when it’s not in use. If it’s constantly left damp or wet, you run the risk of it short-circuiting. The moisture can also take a toll on the motor and blades, as it can affect the device’s quality of performance.
Clean Your Device Thoroughly After Using
Keeping your razors clean helps it last longer and run smoother. If you aren’t careful, your device could quickly collect excess hair that could clog up its internal machinery and damage the blades. Wash your electric razor thoroughly with warm water after every use—this simple act is enough to ensure that most excess hair and gunk will be sloughed off of the razor head.
Replace Your Blades Regularly
Have you noticed that it takes you more passes than usual to get smooth and clean results? The answer could be that your blades have started to become dull because of the constant use. In that case, it’s time to replace your blades. Dull blades are dangerous because instead of cutting hair, the dull blades just end up pulling your hair and irritating your skin. The replacement times may vary from one model to another, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure it’s replaced at least once a year.
Use The Auto Cleaning Charging Dock That Comes With The Device
One of the biggest innovations in the electric hair removal industry is the auto-cleaning function. A lot of the higher end razors now come with charging docks that can also clean and lubricate the razor for you. However, if yours does not come with one of these docks, then regular maintenance should suit the razor just fine.
Only Recharge The Device When Necessary
Your electric razor works just like any other gadget, and you can unintentionally damage its battery by overcharging it. This can cause your device to overheat and shorten its lifespan. A good rule of thumb is to charge until it’s just above 75% or at least above half so you can still get several shaves in without overloading the battery.
Use Shaving Gel or Foam Instead Of Oils
Lubricant or other essential oils may be good for your skin, but it’s a completely different story for your razor blades. These can help facilitate the buildup of moisture, excess hair, oils, and lubricants in the razor, slowly breaking down the model and damaging the blades. Shaving gel or foam can still work wonders on your skin without destroying your product.
The History of the Electric Razor
As of 2018, 74.86 million American use electric and battery shavers. Electric shavers have become a hugely popular alternative to manual shaving, but this wasn’t always the case.
First patented in the 1920’s by Jacob Schick, electric shavers have become a part of daily life for many men around the world. While recovering from a mining injury, Schick thought up the concept while needing to being unable to shave properly with manual razors. He later sold the shaver business Schick Inc. to Norelco, which now operates in the same site as the original factory in Stamford.
The 1960s saw the birth of the battery powered electric razor, this allowed for far greater portability and convenience. From there we saw the implementation of modern engineering techniques to the electric razor. Razors were made safer, more effective, and easier to use.
Nowadays, modern electric razors have come quite a long way, and are as effective if not more effective that their manual counterparts
The Questions You’ve Always Wanted To Ask
Proper grooming may seem intimidating at first but once you get past the initial learning curve, it’s an immensely rewarding experience. There’s a lot to explore on this topic and there are so many ways we can choose to alter our personal style and presentation. With electric shavers, we won’t need to take a pricey trip to the barber’s shop to make these ideas a reality.
What is the best electric razor for you? At this point, only you can answer that. I hope this guide has clarified at least some of your doubts regarding electric shavers and has given you direction regarding the model you should go for. Always remember to spend your money wisely and make informed decisions when it comes to buying personal products. Impulse buying does not affect your wallet alone, but can also affect your personal health and wellbeing—especially when it’s on products that you use to groom yourself.
Overall, I would say that electric shavers are your best bet for hair removal. Other alternatives, such as waxing, are painful and you’ll have to wait for several weeks in between sessions. Manual shavers are a hassle to maintain and the costs do add up in the long run. Electric shavers are a pain-free avenue for hair removal and they are easy to use, and effective.