An electric shaver, or beard trimmer, is a convenient, easy-to-use essential for your washbag or bathroom. If you have a particular grooming regime, or just want a convenient way of shaving in the morning, you’ll find a device that suits you, whether you plan to style your beard, manage your stubble, or just keep your whiskers in trim! The five main manufacturers are Braun, Panasonic, Philips, Remington, and Wahl who, between them, dominate the marketplace and produce a wide range of electric razors and trimmers – include wet shavers, trimmers and clippers, and grooming kits.
There are hundreds of different models and features to choose from, and it can be confusing to decide which is best – so I’ve looked at some of the best-selling models and written reviews to help you choose the right one for you.
Since you’re on my site, you’re obviously planning on buying a new shaver or razor – or at least you’re searching for the lowest price. To help you, I’ve compiled my unique interactive chart of electric shaver reviews below which makes it easy to find the best electric razor or the best beard trimmer. I’ve also written reviews and analysis of the main models on the market to help you sort through all the features and find which is the right one for you. I’ve got my own personal favourites, but my grooming regime means that when I am looking for a new unit, my requirements will be different from yours.
Best Electric Shaver Comparison Guide
Life of Blades
Wet or Dry
Shaving time per charge
Rating out of 5.0
Panasonic ES8243A Arc IV Wet/Dry Shaver
|Foil, 4x cutting blades||12 months||Wet or Dry||2 years||45mins||$$$||4.4|
Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System
|Foil||12 months||Dry||2 years||50mins||$$$$||4.4|
Philips Norelco PT730 Powertouch Electric Razor
|Rotary, 3x cutting blades||12 months||Dry||2 years||40mins||$||4.3|
Philips Norelco AT810 Powertouch with Aquatec Electric Razor
|Rotary, 3x cutting blades||12 months||Wet or Dry||2 years||50mins||$||4.3|
Panasonic ES8103S Men's 3-Blade (Arc 3) Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver
|Foil, 3x cutting blades||12 months||Wet or Dry||2 years||45mins||$$$||4.2|
Included in the chart above are:
- Pictures of the Electric Shavers, Beard Trimmers and Razors
- Shaver brand and model name
- Type of razor – rotary (normally three heads), foil (a number of parallel blades vibrating just beneath a curved foil), or trimmer.
- Number of blades – if this is a foil shaver (rather than rotary), this helps determine the closeness of the shave your razor will provide.
- Price – these are approximate prices on Amazon.com. These often change based on special offers, promotions, availability and season. To help you, I’ve grouped the pricing on this matrix with $=under $100, $$=$100 to $150, $$$=$150 to $200, $$$$=$200+
- Rating – the average user rating on Amazon.com which is a great way to check the feedback from other buyers and users before you select your razor
(Tip: to sort the grid by a particular column, just click on the heading of the column)
The electric shavers on this chart are just the most popular or highly-rated razors available on the market. There are literally hundreds and there’s no way we can list them all.
Wet or Dry Shave?
A traditional wet shave means lathering up with shaving foam or gel then using a blade razor. This is about the closest, smoothest shave you can achieve (though a Turkish or steam shave possibly just beats it by drawing out the hairs by applying a hot, wet towel to your face).
So if you’re currently a traditional wet shaver, maybe using a trusted brand of disposable razor, you might be surprised to learn that you can use some specialist electric shavers (such as models from Philips and Panasonic) with normal shaving foam or gel for a great modern take on a traditional close wet shave. Please note: don’t try this out with your existing electric model unless you’re quite sure it’s designed to work as a wet razor, or you’re likely to damage it!
Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that many electric razors are now completely waterproof – which means that you can rinse out the shaving head under running water to wash out the hair debris.
Foil or Rotary Shaving Head?
When you’re reading through the reviews on this site, you’ll see two main types of electric shaver that are use very different, but equally effective, shaving systems. You can divide all the razors on this site into Foil or Rotary shavers (take a look at our history page if you’re interested on the back-story!)
Foil Electric Shavers:
The cutting head in a foil shaver contains a series of blades lined up under a flexible metal foil or sheet. The blades move backwards and forwards and the foil has thousands of tiny holes so that when it’s passed over your stubble, the hairs push through the holes in the foil and are sliced off by the moving blades.
This type of foil shaver is ideal for shaving short or fine hair and is also good for styling a beard. If you have sensitive skin, I’ve read fewer complaints of skin irritation using a foil shaver than other types of electric shaver. Panasonic and Braun are two of the biggest brands for foil shavers.
Rotary Electric Shavers:
A rotary cutting head normally has three circular rotating cutters arranged in a triangle. The cutters spin, lifting and cutting stubble and hair. It can take a little practice to get used to a rotary shaver and I’ve read more feedback comments about skin irritation than with foil shavers. However, rotary heads are much more effective at providing a close shave on your neck and is great for reaching all the tight corners, for example around you ears or under your nose, than a foil shaver.
Rotary shavers are also good for cutting thicker or longer hair. Philips developed this type of shaver and still produces some of the most popular models.
Last updated: October 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm