Let’s be honest: shaving sucks. Whether it’s the nicks, the weather, the mess, or all the hassle combined, there’s a reason so many of us have embraced beards. But keeping your whiskers under control doesn’t have to be a chore: arming yourself with an electric razor can really change that mindset.
Traditional straight razors require careful technique, cartridge razors need to be replaced regularly, and both require shaving cream and carry the risk of cuts and irritation. Electric razors eliminate all of these problems. With powerful motors and advanced cutting mechanisms, you’ll enjoy a closer shave in less time, without irritating your skin. The only question left is which one to choose.
Rotary and foil shavers
The two main types of electric shavers are rotary and foil shavers. While both styles will produce a great shave and can generally be used wet or dry, there are a few differences to be aware of. Rotary shavers have multiple independent shaving heads that move in a circular motion and conform to the contours of your face. They are the best for cutting longer facial hair. Leaf razors have a foil with holes and oscillating blades located directly below. The hair goes into the holes in the sheet and the blades cut them. They are best suited for cutting facial hair shorter and getting a very close shave.
If you can’t decide between a rotary razor and a foil razor, buying one from each isn’t a bad idea, that way you’ll be covered regardless of what type of shave you want. To identify the best electric shavers, we’ve rounded up the rotary and foil options (and even a retail razor too) from some of the biggest names, including Philips, Braun, and more. An easier way to shave starts here.
1.Philips Norelco Shaver 7500
Philips has dominated the electric rotary shaver market for years, and the company’s Norelco Shaver 7500 shows why. Designed to maximize comfort and minimize irritation, the flexible rotating heads rotate 360 degrees to follow the contours of your face. Plus, each head is specially coated to glide over skin, whether wet or dry. With 45 self-sharpening blades that produce 90,000 cutting actions per minute, you’re always ready for a smooth shave.[$130; usa.philips.com]
2.Remington 5100 Virtually Indestructible Rotary Shaver
Between being tossed in drawers and thrown in the sink, razors take a beating. Remington designed this rotary shaver with longevity in mind and gave it a limited lifetime warranty to boot.
The waterproof body and non-slip grip make it easy to use, even in the shower, and you will also get a very close shave thanks to its swivel rotating heads that maintain close contact with your skin. Plus, a thatch attachment and pop-up trimmer will help you compose your look exactly the way you want it.
3. Freedom Grooming FlexSeries Grooming Kit
If you need an electric razor designed to shave anywhere, the Freedom Grooming FlexSeries Grooming Kit is a great choice. With an ergonomic handle and five rotating blades, it will adapt to the contours of your head, face or body for a comfortable shave. And since this is a complete kit, you will also get a precision trimmer, exfoliating brush, pre-shave massage brush, and ear and nose trimmer, all at a very reasonable price.[$70; freedom-grooming.com]
4. Braun Series 9 electric shaver with cleaning and charging station
You’ll be hard pressed to find a better foil electric shaver than the Braun Series 9. It offers a range of high-performance specifications, including a titanium-coated trimmer, ultra-flexible head, automatic beard density sensor, and trimmer. of 40,000 actions per minute.
Beyond the premium cut, the Series 9 comes with a cleaning and charging station that hygienically cleans, dries and charges your shaver when not in use. But don’t worry if you forget to charge it: the lithium-ion battery will last a full month on a single charge.[$300; us.braun.com]
5. Panasonic Arc5 wet / dry electric shaver
If you’re looking to save money but still want a perfect shave, the Panasonic Arc5 is a worthy contender. Its shaving sensor constantly monitors your beard density and adjusts power, while the head rotates in 16 directions to follow the unique contours of your face and neck. With five precision blades and a powerful motor, it produces 70,000 cutting actions per minute for a fast, clean shave. And it works both wet and dry.[$150; bestbuy.com]
6. Andis 17150 ProFoil Lithium Titanium Razor
Founded almost a century ago, And is produces a full line of clippers, trimmers and grooming equipment. While its square shape and simple aesthetic are basic, the ProFoil continues the tradition with a unique design: octagonal shaped titanium sheets that reduce skin irritation and more easily feed the hair through the razor for a precise cut. The powerful lithium-ion battery offers 80 minutes of runtime, and with a price tag of just $ 70, it’s one of the best deals you’ll find.[$70; amazon.com]
7. Gamma + Absolute Zero foil shaver
An ideal blend of performance and portability, the Absolute Zero from Gamma + is a great option for travel and home use. Its smaller size allows it to fit easily into a Dopp kit, and the offset hypoallergenic gold titanium sheets provide a close and comfortable shave. A 30-minute quick charge translates to two full hours of use, and it also comes with two spare knives.[$70; gammaplusna.com]
8. Philips Norelco OneBlade
At first glance, the OneBlade looks like a traditional cartridge razor, but its electric capacity provides a much easier shaving experience, and it’s great for detailing and shaving areas that large tools can’t easily reach. Its maneuverability makes it much easier to create crisp edges on your beard or sideburns, for example.
Multiple attachment combs let you get the length of stubble you want, and the blade swings to follow your face shape. While the OneBlade doesn’t come as close to the skin as a rotary or foil razor, it’s a good complement for both.[$35; usa.philips.com]
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