Need a new shaver? We’ve tested and reviewed the best electric shavers (razors) of 2020 to help you find the right one for your shaving needs.
Men are spoiled for choice when it comes to shaving tech, making analysis explaining why most of us have two, three, or even four electric shavers in our bathroom cabinets. Do we really have that many?
As a pragmatist and a minimalist, I believe a man only needs one quality electric shaver as far as facial hair is concerned. But with so many options out there, how does he find the right one?
In this buyers’ guide, we provide you with a list of the most highly-rated electric shavers currently on the market, as well as some useful advice for picking one. Here is a summary of our top picks.
Review: 5 Best Electric Shavers
Let’s discuss the reasoning behind these selections so that you can make an informative decision.
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1. Braun Series 7 790cc
After many hours of testing and soliciting for user feedback, we found the Braun Series 7 models to be the best electric razors for removing facial hair.
In fact, the Series 7 has been a top pick in many customer reviews and publications for years, and for good reason. Although they didn’t win top marks in all our testing criteria, the 790cc and 7865cc are simply the best most well-rounded shavers on the market.
Note: Aside from a few minor differences, the Braun 790cc and 7865cc are essentially the same shavers. Get whichever one is cheapest.
They offer the right combination of feature and affordability, consistently produce close and comfortable shaves without irritation, and are easy to use and maintain.
The 790cc / 7865cc is a double-foil shaver that uses Braun’s Intelligent Sonic Technology, which automatically increases power, speed, and vibration when shaving over denser whiskers.
This design makes it easier to cut more hair in a single stroke and achieve a closer shave without having to apply as much pressure as you would with other shavers.
The package comes with four shaving elements (a SkinGuard and three foils). Not only can the highly-flexible head move in eight directions, but it also features floating shaving elements that gently contour to your skin, making it easier to reach and cut hard-to-reach hairs, such as those under your nose.
The ergonomic handle is covered in grip-friendly rubber, ensuring that you get a firm grip even with wet and slippery hands.
You’ll need to replace the foil anywhere from nine to 12 months, depending on how often you use the shaver. In the U.S., Series 7 foils generally cost around $30
Like the other electric shavers on our list, the Braun 790cc / 7865cc also come with a cleaning and charging system. A large docking station holds the shaver head down, charging and assessing the extent of cleaning the shaver needs and, if necessary, immersing it in cleaning fluid to clean the head and condition the blades.
Optionally, you can clean the shaver and condition the blades manually using a purpose-built solution. The Braun Series 7 is 100% waterproof, making it easy to clean under tap water.
An advanced lithium-ion battery allows you to get up to 50 minutes of shaving on a full charge without having to plug-in.
2. Braun Series 9 9095cc
While we think the Series can handle most shaving situations, the Braun Series 9 delivers better performance overall. In fact, it’s the best-performing shaver on our list.
The Series 9 is longer and girthier than the Series 7 and has a more top-heavy design due to its four-headed shaving mechanism.
The 10-direction flexible head uses advanced micro vibration technology to cut close to the skin without nicking or irating the skin. It consists of Braun’s traditional two-foil design plus two cutting mechanisms that the company says better snag wiry, unruly whiskers.
Expectedly, the Series 9 works exceptionally well on two days’ worth of heavy beard growth. It can supposedly also tackle a three days’ growth; however, as with virtually every other electric shaver, anything beyond that will prove to be a struggle.
The cleaning and charging system isn’t much different from the Series 7’s. Inserting the shaver head down into the docking station starts the charging and, if necessary, cleaning process.
During cleaning, the shaver is immersed in a cleaning fluid that comes in consumable cartridges. You can do the cleaning yourself, but you’ll have to manually condition the blade with a purpose-built solution.
Like the Series 7 shavers, aside from some accessories and inconsequential features, all Series 9 shaving units are essentially the same. Get whichever one is cheapest.
3. Remington F5-5800 Shaver
Yes, the Braun Series 7 790cc offers great value for the money, but it’s the Remington F5-5800 that has long been the top-rated affordable shaver.
Looking like a knock-off Braun, the F5-5800 outperforms nearly all other electric shaves under $60, including lower-end Braun models. A 3-stage cutting system with an intercept tool pre-trims longer hairs, while a flexible and pivoting two-foil head makes it easier to get close to the skin.
Both cordless and corded shaving are possible, helping make it convenient to use.
Unlike the Braun Series 7 and 9, the Remington F5-5800 doesn’t come with a cleaning system. However, cleaning it is as easy as rinsing the head under running water.
Battery life comes in at around 60 minutes, which although a bit less than the Braun’s, is more than enough for most people.
The Remington F5-5800 is one of the best electric shavers because it offers a sufficiently close, clean shave on two-days worth of hair growth for relatively little money, which is all a man can really ask from a shaver.
Not only is it affordable, but it’s also built to last. Many Amazon reviewers claim their unit has lasted them 2-3 years.
4. Philips Norelco OneBlade
The Philips Norelco OneBlade is a peculiar electric shaver, isn’t it? It’s a razor, shaver, and trimmer all rolled into one design.
But the OneBlade’s versatile, all-purpose design is a big reason why it’s among the best electric razors on the market. In addition to allowing you to shave and trim any length of hair on your face and body, you can also effectively edge and line up those hairs.
The cutting system integrates a two-sided blade that lets you shave in either direction without having to turn the OneBlade around. The blade works in conjunction with a dynamic cutting head that operates at 200 passes per second and a dual-protection system that efficiently slices through longer hairs without pulling and irritating the skin.
Three click-on, adjustable combs let you trim to your desired length, while the grip handle feels comfortable in the hands and is surprisingly lightweight for the amount of power the shaver packs.
A water-resistant design means the OneBlade is capable of wet and dry shaving. You can get 45 minutes-worth of shaving out of its battery after a full charge, which is below our benchmark of 50-60 minutes, but cleaning is as easy as rinsing the head under running water.
According to Philips, the blade can last up to four months based on two full shaves per week, though your mileage may vary.
5. Philips Norelco 9300 Shaver
Although foil-style electric razors typically deliver a closer shave, rotary-style shavers aren’t too shabby either. If you’re someone who prefers a rotary setup, you can’t go wrong with the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300.
The Philips 9300 boasts a number of advanced features, including three multi-dimensional shaving heads that are each capable of moving in eight different directions, supposedly allowing them to cut up to 20-percent more facial hair than other rotary-style shavers.
You can select different speeds corresponding to the type of beard you have. In other words, setting it to ‘Fast’ will give you maximum power to power through a thick beard, while the ‘Slow’ setting gives you a more skin-friendly shave.
The all-in-one cleaning system cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges the shaver all at once, saving you time and energy. But maintaining it manually with the packaged cleaning brush is also fairly easy.
A downside of the 9300 is its size. Triple-headed shavers are generally not as compact as foil shavers, meaning they can be unwieldy to use and take up more luggage space.
Like the Braun models, the Philips 9300 shavers are part of a series of shavers. Aside from some minor differences, and the availability of a cleaning station, they are all pretty much the same machine with essentially the same performance.
Although it’s the 9300 that made our list, the other 9000 series models will do you just fine, even the cheaper ones.
Choosing The Best Electric Shaver
There are so many great electric shavers available that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when looking for one. Don’t pull your hairs out over it — just follow this guideline to find the best one for you.
What To Look For – Key Criteria
There are 6 main criteria you should consider when choosing an electric shaver. These are the same criteria we used to determine our best electric razors.
1. Comfort, Convenience: An electric shaver is supposed to save you time and make your life easier. Is it easy to use? Does it deliver a clean, close, comfortable shave without causing skin issues? Is it easy to charge and clean?
2. Technology, Innovation: The best electric razors today are loaded with high-tech features that make shaving more precise and efficient. Multifoil blades and more powerful motors, for example, are great upgrades, but they come at a price.
3. Speed, Cutting Rate : Consider a shaver’s CPM (cycles per minute). The faster the cycles, the more hair it removes and the quicker the shave.
4. Battery life: Battery life is part of an electric shaver’s convenience factor. When buying a cordless model, don’t settle for a battery life of 50 to 60 minutes.
5. Durability: You don’t want a shaver that breaks or stops working after just a few months of use. Increased lifespan justifies a higher price.
6. Brand Name: It’s not surprising that the best electric shavers tend to come from reputable brands. Decades of research and development allows these brands to deliver the most effective, convenient, and durable razors year after year.
Foil vs. Rotary
Before picking a particular model, you need to decide which of the two main types of electric razors is better for you: Foil or rotary.
Most electric shavers have a foil design, and for good reason: Foil shavers tend to provide a closer shave and are better for people who shave everyday.
You use them in a straight up and down motion. A thin foil lifts hair away from your skin, while oscillating blades contained within it cut the hair without making direct contact with your skin.
The end result is a gentler shave that reduces incidences of skin irritation.
If you have very sensitive skin, relatively fine facial hair, and plan to shave everyday, consider getting a foil shaver.
Rotary shavers such as the Philips Norelco 9300 use circular heads with spinning razors, a design that makes it easier to pick up coarser hairs that the tiny holes on a foil shaver normally pass over.
Unlike foil shavers, they are used in a circular motion, and their highly-flexible cutting heads are better suited for shaving the contours of your face. However, their blunt design makes them less suitable for trimming and edging.
If you have coarse hair and/or shave only a couple of times a week, a rotary shaver is probably the best option for you. Just don’t plan to use it for trimming and edging.
Electric Shaver Vs Razor – Which Is Better?
Traditional straight razors have been around since ancient times. But although they’re still an effective means of shaving for men, there are many compelling reasons to consider going electric.
The following are five key advantages of electric shavers and razors.
1. Faster shaving: Electric shavers shave hair faster, saving time. Because they roll up the skin to force the hairs up before cutting them, you don’t need to go over the same area as many times as you would with a manual razor.
2. Reduced skin irritation: The best electric shavers have well-designed foils that provide a buffer against the skin, greatly reduce ingrown hairs, cuts, nicks, depigmentation, and other uncomfortable skin irritations.
3. More mobility: Electric shavers don’t require shaving cream, gels and even running water, allowing you to shave away from your bathroom and more easily take them with you wherever you.
4. Versatility in styling: Whereas manual razors don’t give you any control over the length of your hair (you’re either hairy or clean-shaven), electric shavers come with adjustable blade lengths that let you determine the length of your facial hair, beards, sideburns, etc.
5. Cheaper to own: Although the upfront cost of an electric shaver can be high, owning one is actually cheaper over the long run. It pays for itself in the amount of money you save on shaving cream and replacement blades.
Does this put electric shavers above traditional blades in the electric shaver vs razor debate? Not necessarily, but the benefits of going electric are undeniable.
Final Thoughts On Electric Shavers
Men today are spoiled for choice when it comes to electric shavers, but there are so many great options that shopping for one can feel overwhelming. Well, this buyer’s guide was written so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Of all the electric razors on the market, the Braun Series 9 9095cc tops our list of best electric razors. It’s simply the best all-around model, performing well in all of our assessment criteria.
Splurge on the Braun Series 9 9095cc if you can afford to — it’s an upgrade. However, if you’re low on money, no other electric shaver offers better performance for under $50 than the Remington F5-5800.
If you prefer rotary shavers over foil shavers, the Philips Norelco 9300 should be a top consideration. On the other hand, if you want something that looks and feels more like a traditional straight razor, the Philips Norelco OneBlade is a great option.
What electric shaver do you currently use, and why do you like it? Is it by any chance one of the models on our list? We’d love your feedback and suggestions.
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