Electric shavers provide you with a quick convenient shave, especially when traveling, and in some cases can save you money over the long haul versus razor blades. There are two main types – foil and rotary. Foil shavers tend to get the closest shave, while rotary shavers handle longer hair and the contours of chiseled faces better. Some are only for shaving with dry skin, but there is also wet/dry models which allow you to shave in the shower or with shaving cream.
All electric versions may take some time for your beard and skin to adjust to. Experts recommend trying it for a few weeks to let your skin adjust and see how you like it. Most manufacturers offer a 30 day trial period, after which you can return the electric razor if you do not like it.
In general the more you spend the better quality of a shave you will get. Prices range from less than $50 to close to $400. You also should take into account the cost of replacement heads and blades, which you need to change every six months to two years. Some come with a cleaning system that also requires replacement cartridges, although this option can cost a lot more money.
Below we review the top 10 rated best electric shavers. You might also want to see our Electric Shaving Tips.
We chose the Panasonic ES-LV65-S as the best electric shaver. While expensive, $310, it is Panasonic’s most advanced shaving system to date and is the highest rated on Amazon. Most users agree that this foil razor will give you the closest, smoothest shave you have ever had from an electric razor. It features a fast motor with 14,000 cuts per minute, 5 ultra-sharp nanotech blades, multi-flex pivoting head system, an illuminated LCD which shows different functions, and you can use it dry or wet. A one hour charge will provide you with 45 minutes of run-time from its li-ion battery.
It does not come with a cleaning system, so if you are interested in the ES-LV65-S but want a cleaning system then go with the ES-LV95S.
Overall we feel the ES-LV65-S is worth the price, others may not and will want to choose a cheaper option.
The Braun Series 9 9090cc is Braun’s latest model and it can still be hard to find even. Even though it is sold by secondary sellers on Amazon, it is still their best selling foil razor, but we found a better price of $330 at Walmart.com. Many users have said this machine is gentle on their necks where they would normally get razor burn or rashes. It features a quadruple action cutting system plus sonic micro-vibrations with 40,000 cutting actions per minute and flexible cutting elements mounted to a fully pivoting head to get every last hair on your face. It also comes with a cleaning center that cleans, charges, and lubricates the shaver.
While you can use the Series 9 9090cc with shaving foam or gel, it is not a wet/dry model that you can use in the shower. So if that is a feature you require then go with the 9-9095cc instead.
It is the most expensive model on our list, but we feel it is worth the price as well. Although there are cheaper options that can come close.
Braun’s premier shaver system in their Series 7 line will set you back about $175. We feel like it is an amazing value for the price and the best electric shaver under $200. You get a close, comfortable shave through pulsonic technology – up to 10,000 micro vibrations a minute, ActiveLift – a patented system that lifts and cuts flat-lying hair, and OptiFoil – the most advanced foil design. It also comes with the clean and renew system that automatically charges, cleans, lubricates and dries the shaver.
We highly recommend this electric razor, but while it is waterproof, it is not meant to be used in the shower. So users who want a true wet/dry model should look elsewhere.
The Panasonic ES-LV61-A is a 5-blade foil wet/dry razor which sells for about $245. To ensure you get a close shave it comes with a 5-blade cutting system each with unique foils and an ultra fast 14,000 CPM motor that eliminates tugging and pulling associated with slower razors. Works both for dry shaving or wet shaving with foam or gel which provides more comfort and less irritation for sensitive skin. It is not quite as good as the Panasonic ES-LV65-S, but does compare very closely in terms of performance with the Braun Series 7 790cc.
The ES-LV61-A does not come with a cleaning system, so if you want this model but with a cleaning system then you want the ES-LV81K.
This Panasonic model offers a great value for the price of about $127. It has 4 blades, instead of 5 on the more expensive Panasonic’s, with unique foils each designed to attack stubble in different ways and give you a great shave. This electric razor is also a wet/dry shaving system so you can use it the way you want. The ES-LA63-S gives you a good shave, but not quite as amazing as the models listed ahead of it on this list.
For about $60 more you can get a cleaning system with this unit which is model number ES-LA93-K.
We picked the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 as the best rotary electric shaver. This unit comes with AquaTec technology for use as a wet or dry shaver. It also has 3 speed settings for your hair and skin type, shaving heads that move in 8 directions, and a smart clean system which cleans, lubricates, dries, and charges it.
Selling for $200 it is also the most expensive rotary model on our list, but if you prefer to use a rotary razor versus a foil then this one is for you.
The Panosonic ES8243A is our pick for the best electric razor under $100 with a price of $90. For its price you get a quality shave, but is not quite as good as the more expensive units. Users on Amazon also really like it with an average 4.5 star rating from over 1800 reviews. It is powered by a 13,000 CPM motor and has 4 blades. One feature we like is the turbo cleaning mode which vibrates the whiskers clear while under running water. Users can use this razor as a wet/dry model.
The Braun Series 5 5090cc is a solid mid-tier model with a price right around $150. It is quite similar to the Series 7 790cc, but is lacking 3 main things – pulsonic technology which provides microvibrations, personalized shaving modes, and no Dry & Fast Clean feature on the cleaning system.
We recommend that you spend about $25 more and get the Series 7 790cc instead of this model, unless you can find it on sale for cheaper.
The best cheap foil electric razor is the $63 Panasonic ES8103S. For the price this 3-blade wet/dry unit gives a surprisingly close shave. It features a 13,000 RPM motor, pivoting heads, popup trimmer, and turbo cleaning mode.
If your budget is tight and you want the cheapest foil version you can get then we recommend the Panasonic ES8103S.
Our choice for the best cheap rotary electic shaver is the Philips Norelco 4100 (formerly the AT810) which costs about $60. There are cheaper models available, but all of them will leave you disappointed in one way or another. This one exceeds all other rotarys in this price range, but does have some difficulty in getting a perfect shave around the neck. It can be used dry or wet and is easy to clean even without an automatic cleaner.
We recommend the Norelco 4100 for anyone who wants the cheapest rotary shaver they can get.
Electric Shaving Tips
Here are some simple guidelines to follow to get the most from your electric razor.
- If you shave with your face dry your razor will cut as close as possible. Don’t wash your face before shaving.
- To get a really close shave, especially if you have sensitive skin, you can use a pre-shave lotion. They let the razor glide over your skin while preventing the hairs from clogging up the motor.
- Use the proper technique or follow the instructions with each model. In general with a foil shaver, stretch your skin and shave with the grain. Then go back against the grain if you need to get closer. With a rotary unit, you want to shave in small circles.
- Take care of your razor – for all models you should replace the blades or the rotary heads yearly, and keep it clean between uses. You might also need to put machine oil on often.
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