Are you sick and tired of having to worry about nicks and cuts when you’re shaving?
Imagine what it would be like to have a pristine kissable face without using traditional razors. Let’s take a wild guess, you are probably wondering what are the best electric shavers that can get the job done.
To be honest, there are so many different options that it may seem almost impossible to pick one out. But there’s no need to worry because we’ve done all the work for you. This article should help you get a better idea of how to use and select an electric shaver that fits your needs.
But before we get down to business, there are a few general things that you should know about electric shavers.
What makes the electric shaver so special? Recent advancements in production and materials and a better understanding of the growth of hair allowed the manufacturers to come up with premium electric shavers.
Basically, all electric shavers can be divided into two categories: oscillating and rotating. And one of the best things about either type is that you don’t actually need to use any water, shaving cream, or soap. Most electric shavers today run on rechargeable batteries so tackling cables or searching for the closest power outlet is a thing of the past.
We can agree that the abovementioned features seem cool and convenient but you are still nowhere near the perfect electric shaver for you. To make your life a little easier, we have made a list of top 12 electric shavers in the market.
Though we need to mention that one of the shavers stand out from the bunch. The Braun Series 7 is our top pick because of the optimal combination of smart technology, performance, and price that should allow most people to enjoy this premium electric shaver.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, you need to read our Buying Guide to make a wise decision.
|Shaver Name||Shaving time||Wet/Dry||Dock||Travel Case||Type|
|Braun Series 9 9290cc||50 min.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Foil|
|Panasonic Arc 5||45 min.||Yes||No||Yes||Foil|
|Braun Series 7 790cc||50 min.||No||Yes||Yes||Foil|
|Philips Norelco 8900||50 min.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Rotary|
|Panasonic Arc 4 ES8243A||45 min.||Yes||No||Yes||Foil|
|Braun Series 5 5190cc||50 min.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Foil|
|Philips Norelco 4500||50 min.||Yes||No||No||Rotary|
|Panasonic ES8103S Arc3||45 min.||Yes||No||Yes||Foil|
|Remington F5-5800||60 min.||No||No||No||Foil|
|Braun Series 3 ProSkin||45 min.||Yes||No||No||Foil|
|Panasonic ES-LT41-K||45 min.||Yes||No||Yes||Foil|
|Wahl Professional 5-star||60 min.||No||No||No||Foil|
Braun Series 9 9290cc – An Innovative Premium Shaver
The 9290cc is the latest iteration of the Braun Series 9 line of premium electric shavers. This shaver features innovative shaving technology but it also comes at a price that may not be in everybody’s reach.
The Series 9 is a foil electric shaver with 5 shaving elements. There are 4 cutters and a SkinGuard that work in unison to ensure your skin doesn’t get nicked while you shave.
The shaver head features 2 titanium-coated trimmers designed to deal with long hair. The entire shaver head is flexible and the shaving elements move in 10 directions, which allows the device to seamlessly follow the contour of your face.
The Braun Series 9 features SyncroSonic technology at 10,000 micro-vibrations per second that should deliver a clean shave no matter how coarse your beard might be. The device is also completely waterproof and comes with its own cleaning and charging station.
The cleaning process is alcohol-based so it also sanitizes the shaver head. On top of that, the Series 9 is automatically lubed while charging. On a single battery charge, you can get up to 50 minutes of cordless shaving.
All of this advanced technology sounds really cool but is it really worth the premium price tag?
Let’s start with some of the features that these two devices actually have in common. The Series 7 has the same AutoSense and Sonic technology with 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute (30,000 cross-cutting actions per minute vs 40,000 for the Series 9 due to the difference in number of blades). This electric shaver is also 100% waterproof and comes with a cleaning and charging station with up to 50 minutes of cordless shaving on a single charge.
The only difference in the charging station is that Series 9 has 5-action cleaning and the Series 7 has 4. The 5 actions should provide a better maintenance but you may not tell the difference.
On the other hand, the Braun Series 7 features 4 instead of 5 shaving elements. There are 3 cutters plus a SkinGuard and the shaver head is flexible but the shaving elements flex in 8 directions. The Braun Series 7 features a small round LED display indicating battery life and it comes with 5 shaving modes that you can customize to your preference.
Overall, the Series 7 is a bit bigger and heavier than its higher end counterpart but the body is ergonomically designed and it sits well in your hand so you shouldn’t feel the excess weight. If we are to consider the price, design, and usability, the Braun Series 7 is probably the best Braun shaver you can currently find in the market.
But if you are ready to splurge and feel that you need the extra features and performance that come with the Series 9, feel free to give it a try.
Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV65-S – Award-Winning Tech Comes to the Fore
The Arc 5 is probably the best Panasonic electric shaver available today. It features award-winning advanced technology rivaled only by high-end shavers like Braun Series 9. If we pitch the Panasonic Arc 5 vs Braun Series 9, the Arc 5 might easily come out a winner. So let’s dig a little deeper to find out what makes this electric shaver so special.
The ES-LV65-S features 5 shaver blades with a slanted 30° head that should ensure you get the closest possible shave. The shaver head works well together with the flexible outer foil. When you use this electric shaver, it will pivot and contour to your face with minimal pressure required even around difficult neck and chin areas.
You may think that this technology is similar to the Series 9. And it is, but besides the 5 blades, the Arc 5 also comes with a shaving sensor that automatically adjusts the cutting to your beard density. Such an advanced sensor is rarely seen in electric shavers, though it detects hair type and shape in a way similar to Braun’s AutoSense technology.
The sensor works really well in combination with the flexible foil. The foil features micro-patterns designed to lift even the smallest hair regardless of its direction or type. And the reverse-tapered edges allow the foil to easily pick up the hair even if it’s flat on your face.
Underneath the foil, you can find extra-thin blades featuring Nanotech technology. The blades don’t come with titanium or any other coating like the ones in the Braun Series 9. But when it comes to cutting power and precision, both electric shavers do an excellent job without the need to make multiple runs over a single area.
The Arc 5 is equipped with a motor that runs at 14,000 cycles per minute to deliver up to 70,000 cross-cuts per minute (since there are 5 blades). If we combine this power with the pivoting shaver head and multi-fit foil that gently contours to your face, it should be clear why this device stands out from the competition.
Another feature on the Panasonic that you won’t find in the Braun Series 9 is the pop-up trimmer. This addition to the Panasonic Arc 5 is great for cutting your beard to length before you shave, or for a quick groom of your whiskers and sideburns.
Both the Arc 5 and Braun Series 9 come with a carry case, power cord, and a small brush to clean the shaver head. However, the Arc 5 ES-LV65-S doesn’t feature a charging station, though if you need one you should check out the Panasonic ES-LV95-S.
This other model is basically the same electric shaver except for the addition of a smart charging station. The ES-LV95-S station is similar to the one that comes with the Braun Series 9. It cleans and charges the device but there is no alcohol-based sanitation or lubrication.
Braun Series 7 790cc – A Powerful Shaver for Sensitive Skin
The Braun Series 7 790cc-4 is one of the most popular and sought-after electric shaver in the market. The popularity shouldn’t come as a surprise since this electric shaver delivers a premium, high-tech shaving experience without burning a hole in your pocket.
The 790cc-4 comes with a flexible shaver head featuring 4 shaving elements that work in unison to give you a smooth shave. There is one SkinGuard which is synchronized with the 3 cutting elements to allow the device to pick up all of the hair in a single stroke. Even if your beard is up to 3 days old you shouldn’t have any problems getting the single-stroke shave with this electric shaver.
The shaving elements are covered in Braun’s OptiFoil designed to effortlessly cut the hair and minimize any potential irritation even if you use the device dry. The OptiFoil works together with the SkinGuard to offer additional protection and smooth glides along your face.
Both the shaver head and the shaving elements are multi-flex. They have the ability to move in 8 different directions which should be more than enough to reach even the most difficult parts of your face and neck. The shaver head has the ability to pivot at a 40° angle and all of the cutting elements are individually suspended to increase its contouring and cutting properties.
But, if you don’t want the shaver head to flex, there is a button to lock it at an optimal shaving angle. When the head is locked in place, the shaving elements will still retain their individual flexibility.
To extend the shaving performance, the Series 7 comes with Sonic technology delivering up to 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute. The micro-vibrations are designed to work together with the AutoSense technology that adjusts the cutting power based on your beard.
Similar to some other premium electric shavers, the Series 7 comes with a Clean & Charge station. The station is one of the signature features of the high-end Braun electric shavers and it automatically lubes and charges the device. On top of that, the cleaning is alcohol-based so your Braun Series 7 will be sanitized as well as cleaned.
This electric shaver will be fully charged in one hour. On a single charge, the lithium-ion battery should give you up to 50 minutes of cordless use. And if you are in a hurry there is also a quick-charge option that allows you to have a quick shave after a 5-minute charge.
The Braun Series 7 is not exactly a small device but it’s well balanced and the ergonomic design allows you to easily maneuver the device while shaving. This electric shaver also comes with a pop-up trimmer for use around your whiskers or sideburns.
Recommended Read: Braun Series 7 Review & Comparison
Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 – V-Track Technology for a Comfortable Shave
The Norelco 8900 is a rotary electric shaver that sports outstanding ergonomic body and advanced shaving performance suitable for any type of beard. Considering the premium build quality and high-end design, it’s not surprising that this device might be the best rotary shaver currently available.
The Philips Norelco 8900 shaver comes in two styles. The Norelco S8950/90 is slightly more expensive since it features a smart cleaning and charging stand. The stand charges up and cleans the device using a special alcohol-free formula that’s designed to minimize any potential irritation of your skin.
Besides cleaning, the smart station also lubricates the electric shaver, optimizing its performance for each new shave. Regardless of which style you choose, the actual electric shaver sports the same features.
The 8900 model we reviewed comes with 3 articulating rotary blades that do a great job of following the contours of your face. The rotary head is designed to bring the blades as close to your skin as possible. The so-called V-Track Precision technology incorporated in the blades should allow you to reach even the most stubborn hair more efficiently compared to some other rotary shavers.
The shaver head has the ability to recognize the contours of your face and adjust accordingly. The 3 shavers are multi-flex, allowing them to move independently in 8 different directions. This delivers a much closer shave in every pass.
On top of that, the V-Track technology combined with enhanced articulation translates to a more comfortable shave. Since the cutting angle follows the lines of your face at all times there is no need to struggle while trying to reach some tricky-to-shave spots.
The Norelco 8900 blades are self-sharpening. This extends their life cycle even if you shave every morning and may significantly improve the shaver performance if you go for the Norelco S8950 model that comes with the cleaning stand.
This is a fairly compact design that makes it a great electric shaver for travel. On top of that, the charger works at any voltage so you shouldn’t have any issues charging the device wherever you are.
The Norelco fully charges in one hour and you get 50 minutes of juice on a single charge. We love that it comes with an adjustable trimmer that has 5 different settings for styling your beard or cutting it to length before you start shaving. The trimmer easily clicks onto the shaver body and utilizes the power of the oscillating motor.
Finally, there’s an LED display that indicates battery status and shows if the device is in a lock mode.
Panasonic Arc 4 ES8243A – Four Nanotech Blades for a Close Shave
The Panasonic Arc 4 is one of the most affordable premium electric shavers that you can currently find in the market. But don’t let the relatively low price fool you, since this device is able to deliver a shaving experience comparable to its pricier counterparts.
The signature Panasonic technology coupled with a great portable design makes this device one of the best electric shaver we have reviewed. The Arc 4 comes with 4 razor-sharp blades housed in an ergonomic shaver head.
The blades feature Panasonic’s Nanotech technology that ensures a clean and quick shave even if you choose to use this electric shaver dry. Similar to other premium Panasonic electric shavers, the Arc 4 blades are slanted at a 30° angle to optimize contouring. On top of that, the shaver head is able to pivot to the lines of your face, though you can’t lock the head in one position.
A very thin shaver foil helps the Arc 4 to pick up even the most minute or stubborn hair. The foil is made of stainless steel featuring multi-flex technology that should minimize irritation and enhance the cutting performance.
The blades are powered by a high-end linear motor that works at 13,000 cycles per minute. What’s more, this electric shaver keeps the high cutting power even if the battery is about to run dry, but that’s mainly due to the quality of the battery.
The sonic vibrations operate on a very simple principle. Once you clean the electric shaver under water, turn on the sonic vibrations and all the residual hair and shaving cream should be gone in a matter of seconds. Remember to do this after each shave to extend the life and durability of the blades.
There is a sizable LED display that provides a bunch of information about the device. The power indicator is very precise since it shows 10 battery stages. Also, the display features a replacement and cleaning reminders to help you with the maintenance.
The AC adapter you get with Panasonic Arc 4 features universal voltage so you should be able to have a hassle free charge in most places you visit. It also comes with a travel case to protect the device while on the move
Braun Series 5 5190cc – A High-Tech Shaver for Black Men
This electric shaver is yet another example of a top-of-the-line electric shaver from Braun. The overall design and characteristics of this device are very similar to the famous Braun Series 7 but the Braun Series 5 does come with a few distinguishing traits.
If we are to compare Braun Series 5 vs 7, there are a few high-tech features in common. First of all, the AutoSense technology allows the blades on both models to adjust the cutting power according to your beard type. Also, the shaver head on each device has the ability to flex in 8 different directions to offer a comfortable and close shave even if you choose to shave dry.
The Series 5 and Series 7 come with similar charging and cleaning stations with alcohol-based sanitation. However, the Series 5 charging station features 3 actions instead of 4. It basically cleans, lubricates, and dries the device after each use.
The Series 5 fully charges in one hour and you also get 50 minutes of shaving on a single charge. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is standard to Braun and the entire set comes with the Low Voltage Safety system. This should ensure there are no problems if you decide to take the Series 5 on the road.
Of course, both electric shavers include a fluid/lubrication dispenser that is installed in the charging station.
But the Braun Series 5 shaver head has fewer elements than the Series 7’s. But this doesn’t mean your shaving experience will be impaired in any way. What the Series 5 lacks in the number of shaving elements it compensates for it with intelligent construction that may give you the same results with less shaving elements.
There are 2 cutting elements in the Braun Series 5, not counting the ActiLift trimmer. There are 2 SensoFoil blades with 899 apertures each tailored to pick up even the smallest hair. The ActiLift trimmer is very similar to the one found in Series 7 as it is also very good at dealing with flat or difficult hair.
Both devices are completely waterproof up to 16 feet and work great under the shower. Also, they come with a pop-up trimmer and an LED power indicator. It might be worth mentioning that we liked the trimmer on the Braun Series 5 better than the Series 7’s since it pops out more naturally and feels more comfortable to use.
Even though the Series 5 is not actually smaller than the Series 7, it is a fraction lighter. Braun shaved off the excess weight by introducing a more ergonomic design with this model. The Series 5 shaver has more contours in its body and a perforated grip that sits really well in your hand.
The LED display is just under the power button and although it is small we might agree that it’s positioned more conveniently compared to the Series 7. Some people speculate that the Braun Series 5 is the best electric shaver for black men.
Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 AT830 – A Rotary Shaver for People on a Budget
The Philips Norelco 4500 is another great example of a budget-friendly compact rotary shaver from this renowned manufacturer. On top of that, the Norelco AT830 is one of the most affordable rotary shaver that we liked. The combination of portability, price, and great shaving performance makes this electric shaver a good choice for beginner and veteran shavers.
This electric shaver comes with three flexible shaver heads. Each of the shaver head is suspended individually so they can flex and pivot easily while closely following the contours of your face. What’s more, the Norelco 4500 comes with DualPrecision technology designed to deal with both very long and very short hair.
Like all other shavers on this list, the AT830 is a wet and dry shaver, but it comes with one extra convenience if you want to use it in dry mode. This electric shaver features the so-called AquaTec system that provides a convenient seal when you use the device dry. On the other hand, the AquaTec helps the shaver glide even more smoothly even if you decide to use it with your favorite shaving cream or lotion.
This shaver also features the Philips-patented Super Lift and Dual-blade action. The technology enables the blades to reach below skin level and cut the hair more efficiently.
There is no need to press hard onto your face when you use the Norelco 4500. The Dual Precision technology works in tandem with the rounded low-friction shaver heads which have the ability to pick up otherwise inaccessible hair.
The shaver heads should last you up to a year if you use this electric shaver on a daily basis, though you shouldn’t worry because the replacement ones are easily accessible and inexpensive. There is a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer and you may even return the device after 45 days in case you are not satisfied.
The Norelco 4500 also features a small pop-up trimmer and a battery indicator which only shows low or full battery. You shouldn’t run out of battery in the middle of a shave but it pays off to take a glimpse at the LED indicator before actually start shaving.
As with most other electric shavers here, the Philips Norelco can be fully charged in one hour. Once it’s fully charged it should give you up to 50 minutes of shaving time. But if you need to shave in the nick of time, this shaver features a quick-charge mode – in about 3 minutes you should have enough juice for one shave.
Some of the best features of this electric shaver are its compactness and ergonomic design. The entire device measures 2.2 x 2.2 x 5.8 inches and weighs 0.6 pounds. The Norelco 4500 handle sits well in your hand and you shouldn’t struggle to reach any area on your face.
Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 – Speed and Power Combine for Great Results
The Panasonic ES8103S is a fast and powerful electric shaver with the ability to deliver premium shaving experience worthy of higher-end Panasonic models. The optimal balance between price and well-known Panasonic shaving technology could potentially make this device the best foil shaver if you are on a tight budget.
This Arc 3 comes with 3 ultra-sharp blades that are housed in an articulating shaver head. Similar to some other Panasonic models the blades are positioned at a 30° angle which should ensure you get the closest possible shave. Also, the Arc 3 blades have the Nanotech technology common in other Panasonic Arc series of electric shavers.
The shaver head has ample room to pivot so you shouldn’t have any problems reaching the areas around your neck or jawline. It can move from left to right as well as up and down, delivering the same precision no matter how you use this electric shaver.
Each of the blades has the ability to float independently, further enhancing the contouring properties of this shaver. This enables the blades to reach very close to your face and deal with curly or otherwise difficult hair. The blades are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel to minimize any potential irritation, which makes this electric shaver quite suitable for those with sensitive skin.
The Arc 3 is powered by a fast linear motor that reaches up to 13,000 cycles per minute. With the 3 blades, this should give you a shave that’s free from any tugging or pulling that may cause skin irritation or ingrown hair.
The Panasonic ES8103S is completely waterproof so you don’t need to worry when you use it in the shower. Cleaning is also super easy. All you need to do is take off the foil, put the device in turbo mode, and wash the blades under running water.
This should get rid of all residual hair and excess shaving cream. What’s more, you can use the sonic vibration mode to remove any hair that might have gotten stuck. The sonic vibrations pass through the blades to clean any stubborn leftovers.
This electric shaver also comes with a pop-up trimmer and an LCD display. The trimmer may not be the Arc 3’s strongest suit because it’s a bit too small but it can do a decent job of grooming your sideburns or mustache.
The LCD displays all the information you need: battery power, cleaning reminder, and sonic vibration mode. Unlike with some other electric shavers, you know the exact percentage of the battery power and the display also notifies you when the blade needs to be changed.
The body is also ergonomically designed so you can hold it easily in your hand. This electric shaver comes with its own travel pouch and a protective cap for the shaver head.
The power adapter is multi-voltage but you may need a socket adapter when you travel.
Remington F5-5800 – A Simple and Versatile Foil Shaver
If you have been searching for the best electric shaver that can fit any budget, you’ve probably come across Remington. The Remington F5-5800 is the least expensive of all the ones we liked. It’s its versatility and usability that earned this electric shaver a place on our list.
However, you should know that this is a simple and straightforward shaver without too many frills. What you see is what you get. A couple of blades packed in a compact body with decent cutting power. This might not be enough for everybody but Remington F5 delivers quite a good shave anyway.
The shave head has only two blades but they perform with the agility and precision of more expensive models. The blades are made of surgical stainless steel which offers exceptional cutting performance. The surgical-grade steel is also hypoallergenic.
Also, the shaver head is slightly slanted to optimize traction while you shave. The flexible shaver foils feature independent suspension that allows the Remington F5 to easily follow the contours of your face. The foils pivot along your jawline and neck to ensure you remove all the hair from the difficult areas.
On top of that, the F5 foils come with the so-called Intercept Shaving Technology. Remington designed the intercepting technology to optimize the amount of hair the foils can pick up. Basically, a small trimmer in front of the shaver foil intercepts long or curly hair and cuts it to size before the hair comes in contact with the foil.
There is another pop-up trimmer on this electric shaver. Although it’s very small, the trimmer does a decent job of cutting down very long or thick hair since it utilizes all the power form the oscillating motor. You can also groom your whiskers and sideburns with this trimmer.
Overall, the Remington F5 is compact and portable. However, the model we have reviewed doesn’t come with a carrying case or travel pouch.
What you do get is a power adapter, cleaning brush, and a protective cap for the shaver head. This electric shaver fully charges in a couple of hours and you should have up to an hour of cordless use between charges. This is easily more than a couple of weeks of juice on one charge for the average guy.
The battery power level is indicated by a small LED display located just under the power button.
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040S – A Compact Shaver for a Close Shave
This electric shaver is the most affordable Braun electric shaver in this write-up. But besides the low price point, the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040S is jam-packed with advanced technology and premium features that we have come to expect from Braun electric shavers.
The Braun Series 3 comes with 3 shaving elements that are perfectly synchronized to give you the shaving experience you’d expect from such a renowned manufacturer. There are two extra sharp blades and a micro comb designed to pick up the most amount of hair. The comb features the so-called ProSkin technology which should enable you to shave off even the most stubborn hair in a single stroke.
The shaver blades are protected by a soft flexible foil. Similar to some other Braun models, the Series 3 sports the patented SensoFoil technology. SensoFoil delivers the closest possible shave for an electric shaver with minimal effort, while at the same time it does a great job of protecting your skin from irritation.
On top of that, each of the blades has the ability to automatically retract while you shave. The blades will adapt independently to follow the lines on your face or neck. This feature allows you to easily reach otherwise difficult areas around your chin or neck without the need to shave against the grain.
The Series 3 shaver head sports smart and thin design to maximize precision. However, you should know that it doesn’t pivot or move in any other way. Even though this might be a downside for some users, the shaver head is well-made and you shouldn’t have any problems finding the optimal shaving angle.
Similar to other Braun electric shavers, the Series 3 is completely waterproof. You can use it under the shower or rinse it clean all you want without jeopardizing the shaver’s integrity.
Also, there is a precision trimmer that conveniently pops up from the top of the device. The trimmer is really well designed and easy to use. What’s more, it is bigger than the trimmers on some other devices for grooming your sideburns or mustache.
The Braun Series 3 comes with a NiMH battery. The battery charges up in 1 hour and you get 45 minutes of shaving time on a single charge. That’s more than enough to get a clean shave no matter how thick your beard might be.
There is also a quick-charge mode that should give you enough juice for one shave after a 5-minute charge. The battery life is indicated on a small LED display in the middle of the device.
Overall this electric shaver is compact and lightweight. On top of that, the Series 3 sports a beautiful ergonomic design with an easy-grip handle so you’ll hardly feel the device in your hand.
Panasonic ES-LT41-K – A Great Choice If You Have Sensitive Skin
The Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc 3 is yet another excellent electric shaver from this well-known manufacturer. It features the design and characteristics of other Panasonic electric shavers except the Arc 3 is quite affordable so it should fit most budgets.
The Panasonic Arc 3 comes with 3 shaver blades housed in an articulating shaver head. The blades are slanted at a 30° angle and utilize Panasonic’s Nanotech technology to ensure the smooth shave that all of us wish to get.
Each of the blades is individually suspended, allowing them to effortlessly glide along your face. On top of that, the blades are made of a stainless steel suitable for sensitive skin. The stainless steel is also hypoallergenic to prevent breakouts.
The blades are protected by the strong ARC foil that does a great job of protecting your skin from the razor-sharp blades. What’s more, the foil is very flexible so it will follow the lines on your face with minimal pressure required. Both the foil and the blades work in perfect unison so you don’t need to worry about irritation or nicks.
The contouring properties of this electric shaver are enhanced by the articulating head. The shaver head features multi-directional pivoting motion. When you use it, the Arc 3 head will move up and down or left and right to maximize cutting efficiency no matter how you hold it.
The articulating head combined with a well-designed ergonomic body ensures this electric shaver is quite easy to use. It sits really well in your hand with a slight curve on the sides to improve the grip.
The beating heart of the Panasonic Arc 3 is a highly-efficient linear motor. This motor delivers up to 13,000 micro-vibrations per minute. This kind of speed is retained at all battery levels.
The Arc 3 ESLT-41K electric shaver comes with an LCD display similar to the ones on other Panasonic models. But it features less information about the device. The Arc 3 LCD shows you the battery capacity and status but there is no information regarding cleaning or blade condition.
One of the best features of the Panasonic Arc 3 might be its compactness. The entire shaver measures 1.7 x 2.5 x 6.2 inches and weighs only 0.4 pounds, making it one of the most portable electric shavers that we liked. The device comes with its own travel pouch and a protective cap for the shaver head which makes it even more travel-friendly.
Wahl 5 Star Shaver – A Vintage Look With No-Frills Performance
The Wahl Professional 8061 is a very unique breed of electric shaver since it looks like something your grandpa might have used back in the day. But don’t underestimate the vintage style since this little guy is designed to give you a different shaving experience from Braun, Remington, or Panasonic.
Once you open the box you realize that this is a shaver and not much more than that. No thrills, no frills just an oversized on/ off button in the middle and a simple dark brown case. The Wahl has a dual blade head equipped with coated hypoallergenic foil.
This hypoallergenic foil and simple dual blades seem unassuming but they are actually one of the most outstanding features of this electric shaver. The Wahl has gained a place in our list because it does an excellent job of shaving sensitive skin.
When you use this electric shaver it contours to your skin effortlessly, cutting every hair without pulling or snagging on it. This minimizes skin irritation and ingrown hair, which is especially important if you shave every day.
The motor inside this little guy is quite powerful, offering a swift shave with minimal pressure required. And it may be quite surprising to see how much agility this electric shaver has to offer if we are to consider its brick-like design. You should have no problems maneuvering the Wahl 5 star around your face to get the closest possible shave.
What’s more, the foil and blades are quite wide to cover a large area of your face and give you the super close shave as Wahl proudly displays on the shaver head. Another interesting thing about this electric shaver is that there is no way to tell the battery status.
The Wahl 5 Star will run until it stops but if you are near a power socket you can plug it in and continue shaving. And you shouldn’t use this electric shaver in the shower because you might get electrocuted – this is, of course, the drawback of using any corded shaver. Also, after washing the foil, blades, and the shaver head, you should dry it thoroughly before putting the device back together because it’s not waterproof.
What goes in favor of this electric shaver is its compactness. It measures 2.5 x 1.25 x 5 inches and weighs only 0.5 pounds. These dimensions give the Wahl 5 Star excellent travel capabilities, though you should probably bring a power socket adapter.
Another thing that might be interesting about the Wahl is that it received a little stardust in the 2015 movie The Martian. Namely, Matt Damon’s character shaved off his beard with a Wahl shaver before returning to Earth.
Overall, if you are looking for a simple and straightforward electric shaver that gets the job done, the Wahl 5 Star might be just the thing you’re looking for. Don’t let the simple design and lack of features deter you since this device does what it’s meant to do and that is shaving.
Electric Shavers That Didn’t Make to our List
There are a few shavers that did not quite make the cut for our list of the best electric shavers currently available, but they are excellent in their own right and one of them might even fit your needs perfectly. They are the Philips Norelco Shaver 9800, Panasonic ES-LV9N-s, Braun CoolTec, and Philips Norelco OneBlade.
First of all, all of these electric shavers, with the exception of the Philips Norelco OneBlade, are in the uppermost price range. However, what’s at issue is the old trade-off of performance vs price.
Don’t get us wrong, each of these models is an excellent electric shaver with a bunch of premium features and outstanding build quality. But we felt that the models on our list offer the same or nearly the same shaving experience at a more reasonable price point.
This section of our article is designed to answer all of your questions or doubts regarding electric shavers. What’s more, it should help you understand the features that define the best electric shavers.
Rotary vs Foil Electric Shavers – Which one Should You Choose
Either type should give you a nice shave but it’s helpful to understand how they operate to make sure you get the right one for your beard.
Foil electric shavers are designed to follow the contours of your face. Oscillating cutters are housed underneath the foil and when your hair pokes through the mesh the cutters remove it.
Most foil shavers come with a single, double or triple foil. If your beard grows really quickly you should choose a model with double or triple foil. These electric shavers have faster blades with enough cutting power even if your beard is really tough.
They feature up to four round shaver heads, usually made of aluminum. The rotating cutters are housed under the shaver heads and the aluminum heads are designed to direct your hair into the cutters. Most models come with slightly elevated heads to help you easily move the shaver across your face.
Check out our short list highlighting things that each type is very good for:
Electric Shaver vs Trimmer - What’s the Difference?
You may be wondering whether to go for an electric trimmer or shaver but let’s make some things clear right off the bat, as these are not one and the same thing. You use one for trimming (like making it shorter) and the other for shaving (like cutting it all off).
A trimmer cuts or trims your beard or hair. Even though most trimmers have the ability to cut really close to your skin, they don’t actually shave. But if you wish to grow your beard a little, a trimmer is a better option for styling your beard than a shaver.
Also, trimmers are designed for longer hair and come with adjustable combs that help you get the desired beard or hair length. You should know that using a trimmer requires some skill especially if you wish to get a specific style of beard.
On the other hand, electric shavers are designed for shaving, not styling your hair. They won’t cut your beard to the desired length, though some rotary models may give you a 5-o’clock-shadow look if that’s what you are into.
There is an ongoing debate about which one gives you a closer shave, an electric shaver or a razor blade.
As you may already know, shaving with a razor blade requires a lot of skill and practice especially if you are just starting out. Admittedly, most of us suffered countless nicks and cuts before we mastered the art of shaving with a razor blade. But it’s not all bad news for razor blades and there are some tips for using them.
First, you need to prepare your face before you start shaving with a razor blade. Wash your face with warm water and apply a pre-shaving lotion to loosen the hair and open up your pores. Then use a shaving brush to apply the foam and rub it in making circular motions so it gets down to your skin.
After applying the foam, place the razor blade flat to your face and hold the handle at a 90° angle. Then slowly pull down to start shaving with the grain in such a way that the blade guard doesn’t touch your face. The angle and pressure that you apply may vary depending on blade sharpness and your beard.
Electric Shaver vs Clipper
Clippers can come in handy if your beard is very long and you want to cut it to size before you actually start shaving. But it is almost impossible to get a close shave with a clipper.
They may be convenient if you wish to thin your overgrown beard before you shave. Also, clippers come with an adjustable comb to fix the desired length, but they won’t come as close to your skin as electric shavers.
The Last Cut
We know that there are so many different electric shavers that it can be tricky to pick the right one out. That’s why our list of best electric shavers is designed to help you make an educated choice. There is no single solution that can fit everybody but that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the comfort and convenience that electric shavers offer.
Our favorite electric shavers come with a wide range of features and there is one for almost any budget. Think carefully about what you expect from an electric shaver and we are sure you will be able to find the perfect one for you.
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