Once upon a time there was only one way to shave, and that was to lather your face with foam or soap, then spend 20 minutes carefully carving at your cheeks (or legs) with a raw blade. But electric shavers have changed all that. Now you can get rid of unwanted hair that leaves smooth, healthy skin in half the time. Here are our top choices for electric razors for men, women, dry shaving, and wet shaving.
Supreme cutting ability and 60 minute battery life
Braun's patented SyncroSonic technology checks the density of your beard 160 times per minute so that it can deliver the right amount of power at the right time to ensure an effective, even shave. And the Series 9 manages up to 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute. It features independently flexible cutting elements mounted on a multi-directional pivoting head, and comes with a skin guard, an LED display and a Clean and Charge Station.
This one is for the foil fans
The Arc5 has a powerful 14,000cpm linear motor; five precision-honed, hypoallergenic blades, and a comfortable Multi-Flex pivoting head. The Active Shaving Sensor automatically detects the density of your stubble and adjusts its power accordingly. You can get creative with your face sculpting with the pop-up trimmer. The Arc5 comes with a cleaning/charging station that quietly rinses the shaver while re-juicing it.
This waterproof electric shaver will have you hairless in a hurry
Despite being super-compact - it's smaller than a credit card - the TacShaver uses a powerful motor to drive three rotary heads. It also has a shaving surface that's twice as wide as your average electric razor, and delivers a close cut. For added convenience there's a built-in trimmer for properly maintaining those sideburns and neck hairs. The TacShaver is completely waterproof.
Use this waterproof electric shaver anywhere and everywhere
90 minutes is a long time. That's the length of a soccer match. It's also the amount of battery life that you get with this men's electric razor from Wahl, making it an outstanding choice for anyone who prefers cordless shaving. It's not just the battery life that makes this razor the ideal tool for people on the move. Its high-impact and shock-resistant build will offer protection in the event that it's dropped.
This waterproof electric shaver will leave your face feeling fabulous
This top electric shaver for men has NanoTech precision blades and multi-direction ContourDetect heads enable it to deliver a close shave. A BeardAdapt Sensor checks the density of your hair 15 times a second, adapting the shaver accordingly. SkinComfort rings, coated with anti-friction pigments, enable this razor to glide across your skin. And you can personalize your shave by choosing from three different settings.
Made especially for the ladies
Ergonomically designed with an anti-slip grip, the Remington Smooth & Silky cordless shaver boasts a hypoallergenic floating foil that comfortably traces your body's contours, reducing the risk of painful nicks and cuts. Two additional, integrated trimmers will catch any longer hairs, and give you a close, smooth finish, including in sensitive areas like bikini lines. The Remington electric razor can be used in and out of the shower.
This waterproof electric shaver is tailor-made for the sink or shower
Whether you want to shave with water, foam or nothing at all, this men's electric razor will rise to the task. Self-sharpening V-Track Precision Blades collect hair in the optimal cutting position, resulting in a shave that's up to 30% closer than some of its rivals. The Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 9300 has three presets including a Sensitive mode that promises a slow (yet no less effective) raze.
Choosing an electric razor
Whether you're buying a women's or men's electric razor, you're better off sticking to known brands like Braun, Philips and Wahl. That's because these companies have spent years honing their products to be gentle to skin while removing hair. That said, there is a lesser-known brand in our best electric razors guide - Bell and Howell's TacShaver, chosen for its excellent shave.
Foil razors vs rotary shavers
Choosing between a foil razor and a rotary shaver is one of the first decisions you’ll have to make. There are advantages and disadvantages of each type. Typically, foil shavers work best for sensitive skin, and they usually provide a closer shave. Rotary shavers, on the other hand, are most useful on coarse, thick hair.
Most of the products we reviewed here have pop-up trimmers to detail your sideburns and facial hair; some are full-size, and others are smaller. We also only considered only waterproof razors in our review.
Additional design features to consider include whether a razor has a corded option for use while the battery recharges and if it has a travel lock to prevent accidental activation.
The bet electric razors for body hair
Electric razors are primarily marketed toward men who want a clean-shaven face. And don't get us wrong, they're a great tool for shaving your face. But that doesn't mean you can't use them elsewhere! Electric razors work wonders if you want to shave your legs. Simply follow the razor's instructions for using it either dry or with water and shave your legs.
An electric razor will give you smoother, better results than most disposable razors if used correctly. But be careful: Always test out a new electric razor on a small area of skin to make sure it won't cause irritation. We also recommend exfoliating your legs before you shave them for smoother results in the end.
While we’re on the subject, we didn’t test any electric razors marketed to women, but we did research them. We found they usually cost less than most razors aimed at men, but they also seem to be made of more plastic parts and have smaller blades.
There are also small electric razors available for both men and women if you’re looking for a small personal trimmer. On the surface though, women’s electric razors look like they’re lacking in quality even though they do usually come in fun colors. We recommend sticking to some of the highly ranked razors we tested.