Best Electric Shaver 2019 - Reviews of Top Electric Razors
We’ve been researching and testing electric razors since 2013. For our most recent tests, we narrowed a long list of possibilities to our 10 favorites and compared prices, shaving performance, design, warranties and accessories. The Wahl LifeProof 7061-100 is our top pick because it provides an efficient, close shave at an affordable price. Plus, it has the longest battery life of any razor we tested. It’s also 100-percent waterproof and has an impressive manufacturer’s warranty.
Wahl LifeProof 7061-100
The Wahl LifeProof 7061-100 is a high-performing foil shaver with the longest battery life of any razor we tested. It provides a comfortable, close shave at an affordable price and has a durable, waterproof housing.
Remington F8 WETech
The Remington F8 WETech is a solid, cost-effective buy because it provides so many desirable features at a price similar to the Wahl LifeProof’s. Its foil shaving heads pivot and flex, and its housing is 100-percent waterproof.
Braun Series 7 790cc-4
The Braun Series 7 790cc-4 provides the best user experience of any electric razor we tested. It has four synchronized shaving elements and five shaving modes, but its premium features come at a premium price.
|Product||Price||Overall Rating||Price||Shaving Performance||Razor Design||Warranty & Accessories||User Experience||Battery Life (minutes)||Full Recharge Time (hours)||Quick Charge||Razor Type||Wet/Dry Shaving||Waterproof||Corded Use||Travel Lock||Warranty (years)||Storage/Travel Pouch||Charging Dock||Cleaning Station|
|Wahl LifeProof 7061-100||View Deal||4.5/5||5||5||4||4.5||A||90||1.5||✓||Foil||✓||✓||✖||✖||5||✓||✖||✖|
|Panasonic Arc4 ES-LA93-K||View Deal||4.5/5||4.1||4.8||5||5||A+||42||1||✖||Foil||✓||✓||✓||✓||2||✓||✓||✓|
|Braun Series 3 3050cc||View Deal||4.5/5||4.8||4.5||4.9||4||A-||45||1||✓||Foil||✓||✓||✓||✖||2||✖||✓||✓|
|Braun Series 7 790cc-4||View Deal||4.5/5||3.5||5||5||5||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖||✖|
|Braun Series 5 5190 cc||View Deal||4.5/5||4.3||4.5||5||4||A-||50||1||✓||Foil||✓||✓||✓||✓||2||✖||✓||✓|
|Remington F8 WETech||View Deal||4.5/5||5||4.4||4.1||3.3||B+||60||1.5||✓||Foil||✓||✓||✖||✖||2||✖||✓||✖|
|Philips Norelco 7500||View Deal||4.5/5||4||4.5||4.1||5||A-||50||1||✓||Rotary||✓||✓||✖||✓||2||✓||✓||✓|
|Panasonic Arc5 ES-LV65-S||View Deal||4.5/5||3.8||4.5||5||3.5||A||45||1||✖||Foil||✓||✓||✓||✓||2||✓||✖||✖|
|Remington HyperFlex XR1470||View Deal||4/5||4.3||4.1||4.4||3.3||B||60||1.5||✓||Rotary||✓||✓||✖||✓||2||✖||✓||✖|
|Remington HyperFlex Verso 5 (XR1410)||View Deal||4/5||4.8||3.5||4.1||3.5||B||45||4||✓||Rotary||✓||✓||✖||✖||2||✓||✖||✖|
The Wahl LifeProof 7061-100 is a waterproof, shock-resistant foil shaver with dual floating heads. It has a long-lasting, rechargeable lithium ion battery that gives you 90 minutes of shaving time, and a full recharge takes 90 minutes. It also has a quick charge feature if you need a one-minute touch-up while the battery is low.
This shaver is our top pick because it provides an excellent user experience at an affordable price. The MSRP is around $70, but you can usually find it for less. And its performance rivals higher-priced razors. Along with its shaving heads, the Wahl has a pop-up trimmer with precision-ground, stainless steel blades. It’s designed for both wet and dry shaving and can be safely used in the shower. It’s also fully washable and easy to clean.
The LifeProof has ergonomic rubber grips and a durable housing. And its foils flex with the contours of your face and neckline. The shaver comes with a foil guard, a charging adapter, cleaning brush, blade oil, zippered storage pouch and styling guide. With a five-year warranty from Wahl, this razor has the best consumer protection we found.
The Remington F8WETech has dual foil shaving heads with stainless steel cutters that intercept and pre-trim longer hairs as you shave. Its rechargeable lithium ion battery provides 60 minutes of use time on a two-hour charge, and it has a two-stage LED battery life indicator. A five-minute quick charge provides enough power for a single shave.
The Remington’s shaving heads pivot and flex, giving you quite a bit of control. It works well whether you shave wet or dry, and it is 100-percent waterproof, so you can use it in the shower. It also has a pop-up trimmer for detailing facial hair and sideburns. The Remington is washable, but you should brush away loose hairs before rinsing its shaving head. You’ll want to deep clean the cutters monthly with liquid soap.
This shaver has a nonslip grip and a quiet motor, with minimal vibration. It can adapt to international voltages, and it comes with a zippered travel pouch. Its accessories include a charging stand, adapter cord, cleaning brush and blade guard. Remington warranties the F8WETech for two years.
The Braun Series 7 790cc-4 is the highest-performing, most expensive electric razor we tested. With four synchronized shaving elements and five shaving modes, it cleanly shaves even dense facial hair. Its MSRP is $229.99, but it’s worth the investment if you’re looking for the most advanced shaving technology.
The motor has an autosense feature to adjust its power to the density of your beard. Its personalization settings let you choose from five shaving modes, with settings from sensitive to turbo. It also can lift and cut flat-lying hairs, and it has a pop-up trimmer for precision detailing. Its rechargeable lithium ion battery provides up to 50 minutes of shaving time on a one-hour charge, and it has indicators for its battery life, charging status and hygiene status. You’ll also know when it’s time to replace the shaver’s foils. This razor is 100-percent waterproof for use in the shower, and you can shave with water, shaving foam or gel. You can also shave dry.
The Braun Series 7 comes with a cleaning station, cleaning fluid, travel pouch, cleaning brush and charging cord. Although it has worldwide voltage adaptation, it doesn’t have a travel lock. Also, its motor is noisier than most others. Braun warranties the Series 7 790cc-4 for two years.
The Philips Norelco 7500 is the best rotary razor we tested. It’s designed to be gentle on sensitive skin. Its shaving heads have an anti-friction coating, and they flex to follow the contours of your face and neck.
This shaver has a click-on trimmer for detailing sideburns and mustaches. Its lithium ion battery provides 50 minutes of use time on a one-hour charge, and it has a blinking battery life indicator. Like most shavers we tested, there’s no corded-use option when the battery is low, but it has a five-minute quick-charge feature if you’re in a bind and need just enough power for one shave.
The Philips Norelco 7500 is 100-percent waterproof. It is warrantied for two years and comes with a cleaning and docking station, cleaning cartridge, trimming blade, travel case and power cord.
Best for a Close Shave
The Panasonic Arc4 ES-LA93-K shaves almost as closely as a manual razor. It has a four-blade cutting system with hypoallergenic, stainless steel foils and an angled inner blade. Its flexing and pivoting heads can be used in a circular motion, and they move smoothly over your chin and jawline.
This razor provides 42 minutes of use time on a one-hour charge, which is approximately 14 three-minutes shaves. Its 10-stage LCD display has indicators for battery life and charging status, along with reminders for cleaning and blade replacement. Unlike most razors we tested, it doesn’t have a quick-charge feature. If you’re battery is low, you’ll have to wait for a full charge before you can use it.
The Panasonic Arc4 can be used wet or dry and has a small pop-up trimmer for detailing. It has worldwide voltage adaptation and comes with a travel lock and travel pouch. Additional accessories include a cleaning and charging station, detergent cartridge, AC recharger and foil guard. Panasonic guarantees the Arc4 ES-LA93-K for two years.
Why Trust Us?
Through more than five years of in-depth research and hands-on testing, we’ve learned a lot about electric razors. We’ve researched hundreds of products, tested dozens of shavers in our lab and spoken with numerous manufacturers and consumers. Each time we consider a new product, we pore through its specifications to carefully identify its pros and cons. We also create a panel to evaluate each razor’s performance in real-life, hands-on tests.
Because our goal is to help you make buying decisions based on real-world information, we also talked to industry professionals like Laura Strom, an assistant product manager for Wahl Clipper Corporation.
“Make sure you fully understand the purpose of each unit,” she said. “Manufacturers explain in detail all the benefits, unique features and usage how-tos of shavers.”
Strom added how important it is to “understand what the need is when deciding which type of product you are purchasing” because it helps “save a lot of issues consumers have when purchasing a new product.”
In other words, know what you need and want in a shaver, and then make sure the one you choose can meet those needs. Keeping Strom’s advice in mind, we’re here to make it easier to find the electric razor that’s right for you.
How We Tested
We scoured manufacturer’s websites and online retailers to find top-selling, highly-rated electric razors. We considered both foil shavers and rotary shavers, and we studied their advantages and disadvantages.
“Foil shavers are able to get a closer and smoother shave,” said Strom. “They are especially better for sensitive skin.”
By contrast, rotary shavers often work best to shave thick, coarse whiskers, and their rotating shaving heads typically flex and pivot to follow the contours of your jawline, chin and neck.
After researching product descriptions, specifications and consumer ratings, we acquired our favorites of each type and conducted extensive testing in our lab. We also sent the razors home with a panel of male testers and asked them to shave.
We also asked them to evaluate ease of use, weight and access to controls. We asked them to follow each manufacturer’s cleaning instructions when they finished using the razors, and we also asked for additional observations and comments. Our final product rankings take both our research and our testing into account.
The Long and the Short of Buying an Electric Razor
When you’re in the market for an electric razor, you have a lot of options. From blade type to cleaning stations, there’s more to compare than you might expect. Here are some key considerations:
The price of a good electric razor can create sticker shock if you’re used to shaving with inexpensive, disposable manual razors. For example, you can pick up an 8-pack of the Gillette Sensor3 for less than $9, but even entry-level electric razors models cost more than $30. And better performing, more durable products cost double that. While you can get a good electric shaver priced under $70, the most popular, highest-performing razors can set you back more than $300. In the mid-range, most consumers can find a suitable option for $100 to $200.
Whether you like a smooth, clean shave or prefer a scruffier look, it’s important to find a razor that works effectively and doesn’t irritate your skin. You’ll also want to take note of battery life and recharging time. Among the razors we tested, the top-ranking Wahl LifeProof 7061-100 provides 90 minutes of run time on a 1.5-hour charge. By contrast, the lower ranked Remington HyperFlex Verso 5 (XR1410) gives you 45 minutes of use on a four-hour charge. If you forget to charge a depleted battery and need a single shave before you plug in, both razors have a five-minute quick charge feature.
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.
Warranty & Accessories
Most of the razors we reviewed have manufacturer warranties of two years. The Wahl LifeProof, however, has an impressive five-year warranty. It’s common among lower-end razors to have much less consumer protection – one-year or even just 90-day warranties are common.
Not Just for Your Face
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 around $30, which is much 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.
Because you’ll shave with your electric razor so often, it’s important to find one that is comfortable and convenient to use. It’s a good idea to think ahead about your budget, make a list of the features and accessories that matter most to you, and choose a durable product that will meet your shaving needs for years to come.
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