The best electric razors allow you to get a close shave in no time, leaving the skin smooth and spotless. But electric razors can be very expensive, and not everyone will give you such a close, comfortable shave.
Also, there’s a whole lot of extra features to choose from when buying an electric shaver. In addition to deciding whether you prefer a foil or spinning head model, you should also consider whether you will need a quick charge feature, a beard comb or a model that can be used in the shower.
Our tips will help you decide if an electric razor is right for you, and which type of razor suits your needs best.
What are the pros and cons of electric shaving?
– Speed: In a recent market research, 67% of people surveyed said that using an electric razor is faster than shaving with a traditional razor.
– Convenience: You don’t need water or gel, so you don’t have to be in the bathroom (although many electric razors can also be used wet if you prefer). In addition, electric shaving is less messy.
– Holidays: some models can remain charged for up to three weeks of daily use; long enough for a nice vacation or business trip, without even having to worry about charging.
– Electric razors can be expensive. Foils or heads need to be replaced every two years or so, which will typically incur additional costs.
– Some argue that a traditional razor gives a closer shave than an electric razor.
What types of electric razors are there?
Foil razors use oscillating blades that work underneath a thin perforated foil to cut hair. For example, Braun and Panasonic electric shavers have foil heads, as do some Remington models.
Razors with rotating heads
This type of electric razor usually has two or three circular heads, which rotate to lift and then cut the hair. All Philips electric shavers and some Remington models have rotating heads.
Opinion is divided as to which type is the best. Both types excel at shaving and are quite comfortable to use; it is largely a matter of personal preference.
Rechargeable shavers can be used while connected to the network, or wirelessly. The network option is useful, if you forget to charge the shaver before using it.
Most other shavers – including all wet and dry models – are rechargeable, and must be used cordlessly. This gives you more freedom to move around while shaving, but it means you can’t use them while they’re charging. Electric razors that can be used wet are always cordless, to ensure that they cannot be plugged into the mains while in the shower.
What characteristics of an electric shaver should you pay attention to?
Some electric razors come with a retractable trimmer. You may have to pay a little more for one of these models, but this accessory will save you time in front of the mirror, as you won’t have to stop to fit a separate trimmer, which you disassemble at the end.
Waterproof electric razors
In addition to dry use, some cordless electric razors can be used with shaving gel or foam. The theory is that these razors can do the best of both worlds, offering both a wet (traditional) and dry shave. Some razors can also be used in the shower. In any case, read the instructions before wetting your razor, as not all of them are suitable for such use.
Some high-end cordless razors have a digital display, which shows how many minutes of shaving are left before it needs to be recharged.
Other shavers have green or red lights or bars that show when the shaver is charging, when it is fully charged, how much charge is left, and if the battery needs to be recharged.
Many cordless shavers have a quick charge function – you can basically plug the shaver into the mains before you step into the shower, and it’ll be ready to shave when you leave.
And finally here are the 10 best models of electric razors currently on the market, according to our selection. Which one will you choose?