The world of grooming is rapidly changing, and it seems like each day more and more products are introduced. No longer is shaving as simple as buying a standard razor and using a can of shaving foam to achieve a smooth, kissable mug. Now, the male beauty climate has evolved and a whole new crop of electric shavers have entered and become an essential grooming tool for the modern man. These mechanic face clippers not only help shave off grooming time to your routine, but their clean cuts are unmatched by any standard razor.
In response to this growing trend, there’s been an influx of models from some of the industries biggest names like Panasonic, Philips Norelco, and Braun to name a few, each with their own unique features. Some are equipped with rotary heads or multi-directional blades for precision cutting, while others support a dry or wet shave. There are also others that have multiple functionalities as beard trimmers that are marketed as standard electric razors. Let’s just say, there’s a lot of competition out there and it can be hard to determine which ones are better than others, especially since they all claim to offer “the best shave ever.” Factors you definitively want for your razor to get the job done right include closeness of the shave, comfort and convenience (you’re trying to make your life easier here, right?), technology (newest hi-tech features), speed, and battery life (especially if you’re a guy who doesn’t remember to charge his razor).
To help, we’ve sorted out some of the best (and worst) electric razors on the market, so you can make a more informed decision when purchasing your next shaver.
BEST: Panasonic Arc3 3-Blade Electric Shaver
Panasonic is already a great option, especially if the more premium Arc5 is out of your price range. Take satisfaction in knowing that you can get similar results from its less expensive counterpart. This updated Arc3, with an attached trimmer, cross-cutting action, and shave sensor is great for a wet or dry shave.
It’s driven by a high-speed 13,000 CPM liner motor that slices through stubble for consistent shaving at numerous angles. The shaver’s biggest selling point though, remains the active shave sensor technology that detects and adjusts power levels to match hair densities on your face, chin, and neck.
WORST: Braun Series 1-150s Men’s Shaver 1 Count
Braun Series 1-150 is more of an entry-level shaver and not as hi-tech as the rest of the shavers on this list. Not to mention that it’s not a wet shaver, though it’s easily washable under running water for easy cleaning. The shaver provides only 20 minutes of cordless shaving time, so it’s not so much for the man on the go, and takes a full 8 hours to properly charge. If you’re new to electric shaving, this one may work for you, and is not that much of an investment considering the price, but if you’re looking for a new up-to-speed model, you’re not going to want this one.
BEST: Panasonic ARC5 5-Blade With Cleaning/Charging Station
Though on the pricier side, this Panasonic shaver is incredibly high performance. Panasonic’s flagship shaver is spearheaded by an automatic charging/cleaning dock and more dominant 5-blade system to enhance personalized shaving for the long term. The ultra-thin Nanotech blades are built from superior Japanese stainless steel, with durability and precision in mind to gently chop hair, while preserving build quality. This shaver is great to take into the shower with you, while giving a very effective shave. This model also offers a built-in beard trimmer and sensor for shaping your face based on thickness.
WORST: Panasonic Pro-Curve ES-RW30S
Another “beginner shaver,” the Panasonic Pro-Curve foil shaver comes with features that reviewers complain don’t quite cut it. Even though it has a pop-up trimmer and option for a wet or dry shave, this cordless rechargeable model disappoints.
BEST: Philips Norelco Shaver 9700 Series
This is one of Philip’s most advanced shaver’s yet: the Norelco 9700. The company’s patented Contour Detect Technology moves each head independently in 8 directions to follow every curve.
Its attention to contours increase hair collection by 20% and the V-Track Precision Blades snatches hair in the optimal cutting position, therefore providing a much closer shave. When you’re finished shaving, docking it in the SmartClean system will clean, dry, lubricate, and charge it all at the push of a button.
BEST: Braun WaterFlex WF2s
The Braun WaterFlex is a sharp, waterproof electric razor with solid construction and seamless performance that compliments its simple design. The blades last an impressive 18 months if they’re properly maintained, while the fully waterproof, anti-slip grip makes buzz safety a priority. A single power button the the front, extendable sideburn razor around the back, and a removable blade cassette rounds out its notable attributes.
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