How to Choose an Electric Razor
The top performers in our review are the Braun Series 7 790cc-4, the Gold Award winner; the Braun Series 5 590cc, the Silver Award winner; and the Panasonic Arc4 ES-LF93-K, the Bronze Award winner. Here's more on choosing a system to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 products.
Men who prefer to go without facial hair need a solid product to get the shave they're looking for. The ultimate shave is the closest shave possible without the razor burn, especially if you shave every day or even a couple of times a day. Getting that close shave comes down to determining the type of razor that's right for you.
Electric vs. Manual
Electric razors have a handful of benefits over traditional manual razors and shaving cream. However, if shaving cream is keeping you tied to a manual razor, you'll be happy to know that you can use shaving cream with many electric razors too.
The most obvious benefit of electric razors is how fast shaving with one can be. You can even do it on the go if you shave dry, or once you get to work on days when you run out of time in the morning, which makes them incredibly convenient.
Electric razors don't have to be replaced often, like manual razors do. They're also rechargeable, so as long as you make sure to charge yours on a regular basis or just keep it on the charging dock, you'll be able to grab it and shave away anytime.
Electric Razor Technology
All electric shavers provide you with a shave, but they aren't all created equal. 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 a few different factors.
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 the hair by slipping it into the 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.
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
Electric shaver manufacturers market their products as the one that gives you a close, smooth shave, both the most comfortable and the quickest. We tested each of the electric razors on our lineup to determine the accuracy of these claims.
Our in-house testing included scoring the performance and ease of use of each electric razor on our lineup. We also rated each razor by its overall design and comfort level for when you hold it.
The performance test covered the smoothness, irritation, problem areas and the amount of passes it took for the tester to get a close shave with each razor. We also took into account with each razor how long the tester's facial hair was prior to the shave test.
The ease-of-use test covered how comfortable the razor was to hold and how light it felt. We also looked at how easy the controls on the unit were to access.
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 comes into importance. The best electric razors allow 40-60 minutes of shaving time when they aren't plugged in.
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 come with a cleaning station, which provides a more thorough cleaning to your razor than just rinsing it with water, which you can do if you're in a hurry. The cleaning station also lubricates and dries your razor. Razors that don't include a cleaning station and can't be cleaned by simply rinsing them under tap water must be cleaned with certain oil, which can be more time-consuming.
Most electric razors are similar across the board on warranty coverage, which is usually two years. However, others may last up to a few years or even for five depending on the razor.
Electric Razors: Our Verdict and Recommendations
Three electric razors topped the lineup with excellent shaving performance, ease of use and strong overall design. Our top product, the Braun Series 7 790cc-4, 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. The Braun Series 5 590cc and Panasonic Arc4 ES-LF93-K, the other top products, also provided close, smooth shaves, didn't irritate the face, and had an overall comfortable and light feel.
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.