Electric Head Shavers Review
How to Choose an Electric Head Shaver
The top performers in our review are the Skull Shaver Bald Eagle Smart, the Gold Award winner; the Philips Norelco Do-It-Yourself Clipper, the Silver Award winner; and the Panasonic ES-LCA63-S, the Bronze Award winner. Here’s more on choosing an electric head shaver to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of nine products.
Going bald is not something to be feared, it is something to be embraced. In fact, many men actively choose a bald look by shaving their head. Whether or not you're one of the millions of men experience hair loss throughout their adult lives or you just want a shaved look, with the right product, you can shave your head and have a very distinguished, attractive look.
Is an Electric Shaver Better Than a Razor?
Electric head shavers are a go-to tool for many men who desire a bald appearance. These products have many benefits over a traditional, manual razor. Electric razors shave hair much faster than any manual product because as they cut, they roll up the skin, which forces hair out, making it easier to cut. These products also help reduce unwanted cuts and ingrown hairs. They don’t require any type of shaving cream, gel, soap, etc. This allows you to easily shave, no matter your location.
However, if you do choose to use an electric shaver, be aware there is a learning curve. These products can easily cause irritation and lead to redness of your skin. Most of these products are rechargeable, so you will need to be aware of how much battery and power is left on the device before you use it. Take a look at our articles on electric head shavers to see more of the benefits for using this type of product.
Electric razors can provide fast shaves, and their cordless capabilities make it possible to shave no matter your location, but nothing will produce that smooth shave you will receive from a manual razor. That's why a manual razor requires very little maintenance and are much more affordable than an electric razor. However, these products must be replaced more often than an electric product.
Electric Shaving Technology
Even though electric head shavers have a similar purpose - to shave you head - not all products are alike. There are two main types of shaving technology that you will find: foil and rotary cutters.
A foil razor means that a thin layer of metal covers the blades, making it particularly gentle on the skin. This type of razor is ideal for sensitive skin. The foil features small slots throughout it, and as it goes against the skin, the hair passes through the slots pass and is cut. This type of razor gives you one of the closest cuts; however, you may find that you will need to shave every day to maintain that close cut look you desire. Additionally, this type of razor is ideal to cut fine and straighter hair. Thick and coarse hair will have a more difficult time being cut in the smaller slot of the foil.
Rotary cutters work just as the name suggests: by rotating. A rotating shaver head moves in a circular motion and cuts hair as it passes. This type of shaving technology is ideal if you have thicker hair or hair that grows in many directions. This type of electric shaver will not give you the closest shave, but the rotating motions is ideal for reaching all areas of your head.
Electric Head Shavers: How We Tested, What We Found
Many manufacturer’s claim to have electric razors that shave quickly and cover large areas. Many also claim to provide a smooth, silky shave. We tested each of the electric head shavers on our lineup to determine each claim’s accuracy.
We tested each of the products for their overall performance and how much surface area they actually covered. We also rated each product on how smooth the final results felt to the touch. Several of the best electric shavers were used on numerous heads to shave off the stubble and uncut hairs that were left behind from products with lower performance scores.
Furthermore, we rated the overall design of the electric shaver and the grip of the device. Some electric shavers sport unique designs, but that can make the device awkward to hold, especially when reaching the back of your head for extended periods of time. A design that makes the shaver hard to hold often contributed to it missing areas on the head during our testing.
Top Ten Reviews seeks, whenever possible, to evaluate all products and services in hands-on tests that simulate as closely as possible the experiences of a typical consumer. We obtained the electric head shavers in our comparison [through retail purchase. The manufacturers had no input or influence over our test methodology, nor was the methodology provided to any of them in more detail than is available through reading our reviews. Results of our evaluations were not provided to the companies prior to publication.
What Else is Important When Choosing an Electric Head Shaver?
When looking for the best electric head shaver, you must consider how often you plan to shave your head, how long it normally takes and if you wish to use the razor to also cut any facial hair. Below are a few additional features you may want to consider as you look for the best electric head shaver.
Most electric head shavers feature cordless capabilities. This makes the product much more flexible and versatile. Many of these products will run on a single battery charge for at an hour. The best products will run for 70 to 90 minutes. Good electric razors will run 40 to 50 minutes while lower-end products will run for a much shorter period of time. A longer the battery life is particularly beneficial if you wish to shave facial hair as well as your head.
The amount of time it takes for the product to charge is one of the biggest differentiating factors for this type of product. Some electric shavers can fully charge within an hour. These are some of the best products available. Other products can take several hours to charge. Some companies even suggest that their products be charged overnight to receive a full charge.
If cordless capabilities are not a priority for you, many of these products also include a cord that you can plug in and receive full power throughout the entire duration of your shave. However, many of these power cords are not long and you may feel tethered to a wall. Plus, a corded shaver limits your options to shave while on the go.
Your specific skin type will make a difference in the product you choose. When you shave, you remove a small layer of skin. When you shave the same area over and over, you will continue to remove layers of skin, which results in red, irritated skin. Some head shavers feature different settings that allow you to choose how close of a shave you get. If you have sensitive skin, this is particularly beneficial as sensitive skin options will help reduce redness and be more gentle on your skin.
Maintaining your electric shaver can be extremely complicated and time consuming or it can be as simple as running it under water. Several products are washable and can be rinsed under running tap water. Electric head shavers cannot be submerged and certainly should not be used in a shower, but many can handle some water to rinse off the cut hairs. Other products may require cleaning oil and a brush. Many products that require this type of cleaning and maintenance use blades to cut the hair.
Electric Head Shavers: Our Verdict and Recommendations
Our top three products towered over the others due to their outstanding performance and ease of use. Our number one product, the Skull Shaver Bald Eagle Smart shaved heads quickly in our testing and its unique design made it easy to reach all areas of the head.
Two products, the Philips Norelco Do-It-Yourself and Remington Short Cut Clippers, are standout products as they are designed with blades to cut hair. Plus, they feature a head shaving attachment so you can get a variety of looks and use the product on a variety of individuals. You can use the blades and included guide combs to trim hair, then use the shaving attachment to shave areas of your head or face. You simply lock an included attachment onto the handle of the device and use it just like you would any razor. These two devices are some of the most versatile products on our lineup.
You should never be ashamed to go bald, and if you do choose to shave the locks, make sure you have a quality product to do it right.