Warranty & Accessories
Best Electric Razors
How to Choose an Electric Razor
We tested 10 razors men like most – according to online user reviews – to compare them against each other. Our expert reviewers took the razors home and shaved with them, paying attention to shave closeness and ease of use. Based on our testing, we chose the best electric razors for overall quality, close shave and comfort. Here are the results.
Braun Series 7 – Overall quality
Our top product, the Braun Series7, is an excellent shaver all around. It gave a very smooth shave, didn't irritate the tester's face at all, and only took a couple passes to give a close shave. With numerous features, such as quick charge and a precision trimmer, this razor an excellent option for daily shaves.
Wahl LifeProof – Best value
The Wahl LifeProof razor is the least expensive razor in our lineup. While it’s made mostly of plastic, it is sturdily built and performed well in our tests. The tester who used this razor for four days said it was comfortable to hold and gave him a closer shave than razors he’s used in the past. It can be used for both wet and dry shaving and has the longest battery life of any razor in our reviews at 90 minutes, making it a great razor if you shave on the go. This razor also comes with an unusually generous five-year warranty.
Panasonic Arc4 – Close shave
The Panasonic Arc4 gave the closest shave among the 10 razors we tested. Our tester also found that it required fewer passes than the other electric shavers. We recommend this if you want a quick and effective shaver.
Panasonic Arc5 – Comfortable/Light feel
The Panasonic Arc5 has an ergonomic design that makes it extremely comfortable to handle. It weighs 0.43 pounds, making it the lightest of all the electric razors we tested. It also provides an extremely close shave with a five-blade shaving system.
Electric Razor Technology
The right type of electric razor for you depends on many factors, but you should first determine if you want to shave with a rotary or foil razor. They'll both give you a good shave, but you might prefer one over the other depending on how your facial hair grows.
A rotary electric razor has heads that move in a circular motion. As you also move the razor in a circular motion on your face, it cuts hairs by slipping them into small openings on the razor heads. A rotary electric razor is best if you have thick facial hair and it grows in more than one direction. An example of a solid rotary razor is the Norelco 7700.
A foil electric razor's blades are covered by a thin layer of metal. The blades move along your face and cut your hair by capturing the hair in its slots. This type of razor gives you more precise trimming than a rotary razor when you shave your sideburns or other straight edges, but if a rotary razor has a precision trimmer, you can get that precise line just as easily with it. A foil razor is more effective for those who have fine hair that all grows in one direction.
Electric Razors: How We Tested, What We Found
It seems all the electric shaver manufacturers market their products as the most comfortable and the quickest to give you a close shave. We tested each of the electric razors on our lineup to determine the accuracy of these claims.
Our testing was based on hands-on experience with the razors. We handed each razor to one of our male testers, who brought the razor home to use in their daily shaving.
The testers used the electric shavers for at least three days. In this period, they noted their experience with the product, including any issues they had and general thoughts. At the end of the testing period, the tester filled out a survey that highlighted certain aspects of the shaving experience. This included smoothness, irritation, problem areas and the number of passes it took to get a close shave. The testers also described how comfortable the razor was to hold and how light it felt.
We carefully considered all the survey results, as well as each razor's specifications, to calculate the final rankings.
What Else Is Important in Selecting an Electric Razor?
Aside from performance and ease of use, there are other factors to consider before you determine which electric razor is right for you. You should consider the following criteria before choosing an electric razor.
Some electric shavers allow you to use them while they're plugged in, but if you shave on the go, you won't have that option. This is where the cordless running time becomes important. The best electric razors allow 40-60 minutes of shaving time when they aren't plugged in. Aside from the Wahl LifeProof razor, which has the longest battery life of any electric razor in our reviews at 90 minutes, the Remington Smart Edge and the Remington Hyperflex, are tied for second longest at 60 minutes each.
All electric razors are rechargeable. You can charge them either by plugging them in or simply placing them on the charging dock. However, not all electric razors recharge at the same rate. The best shavers for men only take one hour to fully recharge, but some take up to four hours.
The best electric shavers have a cleaning station that lets you clean the razor more thoroughly than you could by rinsing it with water, because it lubricates and dries your razor for you. Razors that don't include a cleaning station and can't be cleaned by simply rinsing them under a tap must be cleaned with special oil, which is more time-consuming.
Most electric razors are similar across the board on warranty coverage, which is usually two years. However, some are covered for up to five years.
Electric Razors: Final Thoughts
Electric razors can provide similar results to manual razors. The difference is that, if you like to shave quickly or even on the go, the right electric razor can be a constant companion. By choosing the right electric razor, you can have both a close and quick shave that keeps your face smooth for the day ahead.
Contributing Reviewer: Noel Case