Warranty & Accessories
Electric Razors Review
How to Choose an Electric Razor
We tested the 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.
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 pass-throughs 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 feels comfortable while you handle it. This design makes it quite comfortable to use, and its weight of 0.43 pounds also makes it the lightest of all the electric razors we tested.
Electric Razor Technology
All electric shavers can cut facial hair, 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 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.
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 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 lets you clean the razor more thoroughly than just rinsing it with water. 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, other razor warranties may last up to five years depending on the razor.
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 Writer: Aaron McCarter