Best Electric Razors of 2018

Noel Case ·
Updated
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Since 2013, we’ve been researching and testing electric razors for shaving performance, razor design and standout features in individual razors. In our most recent tests, the Braun Series 7 razor outperformed the others It provides a smooth, close shave and has all the features we look for in a great razor. It is easy to use and has a long battery life. It is a well-constructed razor with settings that let you customize a close or scruffy shave.

Best Overall
Braun Series 7
The Braun Series 7 has a shaving head that pivots and rolls, as well as moving foil blades that conform to the contours of your face for a smooth, close shave.
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Best Value
Wahl LifeProof
The Wahl LifeProof is the least expensive razor in our lineup that also provides a nice close shave, and it has the longest battery life of any razor we tested.
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Best for a Close Shave
Panasonic Arc4
The Panasonic Arc4 provides a close shave with minimal effort. It only took two or three passes to get a very close shave, shaving almost as close a manual razor.
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Product
Price
Overall Rating
Shaving Performance
Razor Design
Warranty & Accessories
Warranty
Travel pouch
Cleaning Station
Charging Dock
Ease of Use
Number of Settings
Battery Life (minutes)
Wet & Dry Use
Washable
Recharge Time (hours)
Quick Charge
Precision Trimmer
Battery Indicator
Weight (pounds)
Razor Type
Corded Option
$175.90 Amazon
9.8 9.8 9.8 10
2 Years
93%
3
50
1
2
Foil
$149.95 Linkshare
9.8 9.5 10 10
2 Years
95%
1
42
1
0.44
Foil
$142.75 Amazon
9.6 9.3 10 10
2 Years
92%
1
45
1
0.43
Foil
$114.99 Amazon
9.6 9.3 9.8 10
2 Years
89%
1
45
1
2
Foil
$161.97 Amazon
9.5 9.3 9.8 10
2 Years
89%
1
50
1
2
Rotary
$85.99 Amazon
9.5 9 10 10
2 Years
84%
1
45
1
1.01
Foil
$210.00 Amazon
8.9 9.8 6.8 10
2 Years
90%
5
50
1
2
Rotary
N/A
$49.97 Amazon
8.9 10 8.8 6.3
5 Years
N/A
N/A
92%
1
90
1.5
1.03
Foil
$52.36 Amazon
8.1 9.5 6 8
2 Years
N/A
93%
1
60
1.5
1.1
Foil
N/A
$84.95 Amazon
7.2 8.5 5.8 6.3
2 Years
N/A
N/A
72%
1
60
1.5
1.25
Rotary
N/A
Best Overall
The Braun Series 7 electric razor has everything you’ll need for a close and comfortable shave. In our hands-on testing, it was an impressive top performer. It provided an extremely close shave, comparable to what you’d experience with a manual shaver.
It accomplishes a close shave with technology that adapts to your face. The shaving head pivots and rolls and, for maximum mobility, the foil blades move, thus molding to the contours of your face. An hour of charging time provides enough juice for 50 minutes of shaving. If you’re shaving every day it will stay charged for a week. The five-minute quick-charge feature provides enough power for a single shave. This razor weighs 2 pounds, which gives it a solid feel. However, after using it for a few minutes, you may feel the effects of its heft in your wrist. When you’re done shaving, you can clean the head by running it under tap water. But the charging base also acts as a cleaning station, so you can let it do the cleaning work as it charges. With high-end performance and all the features you need in an electric razor, this is our top pick.
Pros
  • Achieves an extremely close shave
  • Battery stays charged for 50 minutes, plus quick-charge feature for a single shave
  • Self-cleaning
Cons
  • Heavier than the average razor
  • Pricier than most other razors in our lineup
$169.41Amazon
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Best Value
Quality electric razors are not cheap. Most cost well over $100, but the Wahl LifeProof razor is significantly less expensive without sacrificing quality. It doesn’t have a lot of extras, but we were impressed by its performance, and it earned a 92 out of 100 in our tests for performance and ease of use.
After using it for four days, one tester commented that this razor shaved better than razors he’s used in the past. He said it was smooth and didn’t hurt his face. A standout feature of this razor is its battery life, which almost doubles most of the other razors in our comparison at 90 minutes. However, it only has one shaving setting, while some razors offer as many as five. If you just want to be clean shaven, this isn’t a problem, but if you want to trim a beard or leave stubble after you shave, this razor won’t do it. It lacks extras like a quick-charge feature or a precision trimmer, and it doesn’t have common accessories like a charging dock or a cleaning station. This razor is average in weight at 1.5 pounds. It takes a bit longer to charge than others, but will stay charged for a couple weeks even if you use it every day.
Pros
  • Extremely long battery life
  • Affordable razor
  • Comes with a generous five-year warranty
Cons
  • Only cuts one length
  • No quick charge
  • No charging dock
$49.97Amazon
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Best for a Close Shave
The Panasonic Arc4 ES-LA93-K is a light-weight razor that uses a four-blade foil cutting system to provide an extremely close shave. In our tests, we only had to shave over the same area two or three times maximum to get a shave similar to a manual shave, so shaving with it is quick.
It has a two-motor system, which makes the blades run up and down to provide a shave that is closer than most electric razors can manage. Our tester found that the foil blades didn't irritate his face or pull at his hair at all. The chin and jawline tend to be problem areas with electric razors, but our tester reported thorough results over both. There is only one setting for length, so you can’t trim using this razor. However, it comes with a separate precision trimmer. While we tested this razor dry, it can be immersed in water and used in the shower or with shaving cream. Additionally, its cleaning station will thoroughly clean and lubricate the razor while the battery is being charged. The battery life is the shortest of any we tested, but there isn’t a significant difference between most razors in this area. If the battery runs out mid-shave, you can plug it in to finish shaving. At 0.44 ounces, it is feather-light and comfortable to hold. Some people may find it a bit too light. Extremely lightweight electronics can sometimes feel cheap, but his one is well constructed and high-functioning. It includes a precision trimmer, a corded option and an LCD screen that lets you know when the battery is getting low and provides cleaning reminders.
Pros
  • Achieves an extremely close shave
  • Light-weight and comfortable to hold
  • Cord option in case the battery dies
Cons
  • Only one hair-length setting
  • Short battery life
  • Relatively expensive
$149.95Walmart
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Best Design
The Panasonic Arc5 ES-LV65-S is among the more expensive electric razors we tested. Its design allows you to shave both wet and dry, and you can use it cordlessly in the shower. It also has a foil cutting head designed to provide a clean shave.
It has a cordless running time of 45 minutes, and a full charge takes about an hour. There’s also a five-minute quick-charge option, providing you with enough power for one shave when you don’t have time to wait for a full charge. This model of the Arc5 comes with protective cap, an AC adaptor and a travel pouch. It also has a built-in pop-up trimmer. If you’d like to upgrade, you can buy a model with a charging dock and a cleaning station. We were impressed with the handle. It’s a comfortable size to hold, and the whole device is lightweight, weighing only 0.43 pounds. Its cutting head is larger than average, which allows you to shave your face and neck with fewer passes. Although maneuvering around the mustache area can be difficult, the benefits of the larger head outweigh this disadvantage. Panasonic backs the Arc5 with a two-year warranty.
Pros
  • Can be used in the shower
Cons
  • Doesn’t maneuver easily around the mustache area
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Best Rotary Shaver
The Philips Norelco 7300 is the best rotary shaver we tested. It comes with a charging dock and a cleaning station, and it has a built-in precision trimmer. When fully charged, its battery provides about 50 minutes of cordless running time, which is longer than average.
A full charge takes an hour, but the 7300 also has a five-minute quick-charge option that gives you enough power for one shave. This electric razor can be rinsed under running tap water after each use. You can also use its cleaning station whenever it needs deeper cleaning. The 7300 is 7.2 inches long and weighs 2 pounds. While it’s heavier than most electric razors, its weight feels balanced. Rotary shavers are best for men whose facial hair is thick and grows in more than one direction. However, they don’t typically provide as clean a shave as foil or manual razors. While the 7300 performs better than the other rotary shavers we tested, it doesn’t shave smoothly under the chin and at the jawline.
Pros
  • Has a cleaning station and a charging dock
Cons
  • Doesn’t provide a consistently close shave
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Why Trust Us? 

We evaluated 10 razors by putting them each through a series of tests to determine ease of use, comfort and overall functionality. We tested for both daily maintenance and in some instances a razor’s performance after a couple days growth. With razors that have different length settings we were able to see how well they worked as a trimmer. Many razors have a separate precision trimmer which we also tested. We tested other specialty functions, such as the charging dock and cleaning station, to see if they performed the way they were meant to. Our recommendations are based on these tests, as well as on each tester’s report of his own experience.

How We Tested

Our panel of male testers took these electric razors home and used them over the course of three days or more. Our male testers paid attention to smoothness, irritation, problem areas and the number of passes it took to get a close shave. Each tester filled out a survey that highlighted their experience using the razor, and we carefully considered their experience in each of our reviews.

Our process also consisted of a significant amount of online research. Our final rankings took into account online product information for each razor combined with the results of our testing. We contacted manufacturers with questions to ensure that we were getting our facts correct. All of our research and testing data was implemented into our recommendations and individual reviews to help you make the most informed decision you can when selecting the best razor.

What Key Features to Look for When Buying an Electric Razor 

Razor Technology
Razors have two types of heads: foil and rotary. A rotary razor’s heads move in a circular motion. By rotating its blades on your face, it cuts hairs by slipping them into small openings on the razor heads. A rotary electric razor is good for thick facial hair that grows in more than one direction.

A foil electric razor's blades are covered by a thin layer of metal. The blades cut your hair and capture it in slots. This type of razor provides more precise trimming than a rotary razor when you shave sideburns or other straight edges. Rotary and foil razors often include a precision trimmer that gives you the precise cut where you need it.

Battery & Cleaning
Most electric razors run on both battery power and cord power, so you can plug it in if the battery runs out. But this, of course, is not an option if you shave on the go. This is where cordless running time becomes important. The best electric razors provide 40 to 60 minutes of shaving time when they aren't plugged in.

All electric razors are rechargeable. Some plug directly into the wall with a cord, and others have a charging dock. While some razors take up to four hours to charge, the razors we recommend here take between an hour and 90 minutes to charge. Most of the razors we tested also have a cleaning station that will automatically clean and lubricate your razor after each use, which saves you the trouble of doing it by hand. 

Price
The price of a good electric razor can create sticker shock for new users who are used to shaving with cheap, disposable manual razors. While we did test one device priced under $50, the most popular, high-performing razors cost much more – even up to $300. However, most consumers can find a suitable option for about $100.