Top 10 Best Electric Shavers for Men to Buy in 2018

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Grooming is an essential accessory to fashion; it enhances hygiene and outlook in equal measure. Electric shavers make the work of grooming not only easy but also enjoyable. There are no ugly razor bumps to deal with, as the shaver eliminates the risk of cutting yourself. Every man values his electric shaver because it is one of the most important items in a man’s hygiene kit.

There are many electric shavers in the market today you would be spoilt for choice if you were shopping for one. Getting what suits your skin type and/or facial hair may not be easy. Some of these razors have up to five blades, precision heads, could be rotary or foil type, wet or dry.

The key is getting what does the work with the least effort, remains reliable over the long run, and does not break your budget. To make the work of getting the right gadget that will give you the best experience and value for the money, we are going to score a few brands of electric shavers in this list.

This list will help you make the right decision without having to try all the brands in the market before finding what does the job well.

A Sneak Peek into the list of the best electric shavers

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The best wet/dry electric shaver for men in the market

No gimmicks, just performance
Panasonic Arc5 ES-LV95-S & ES-LV81-K

The best five blade electric shavers
The best four blade foil shaver on a budget
The best wet & dry rotary electric shaver
The best electric shaver for facial contours

The best electric shaver with a cooling effect

The ultimate travel mate electrical shaver

The best electrical shaver under $50

Our Listing Criteria

Everyone has preferences when shopping for an electric shaver/razor. However, these preferences gravitate around a few key features. When shopping for the best electric shaver, these are the things people generally consider:

1. Closeness of the shave

The shaving machine should be able to deliver a very close shave with minimal irritations on the skin. It should work in such a way that ingrowth is totally discouraged. It should to cause allergic reactions to your skin.

2. Ease of use and cleaning

The machine should come with a cleaning and sanitation dock for easy maintenance of hygiene. Otherwise, you should be able to rinse it under the faucet or with alcohol (or whichever cleaner you so choose).

3. Shaving performance

You should be able to get the cleanest shave with the least passes. The shaving machine should be able to cut all types of facial hair under different stages of growth. Both standing and lying hair should not escape the blades. The battery should be able to hold charge to finish the charging session.

4. Durability

The machine should be able to stand the test of time. It should not break after a couple of shaving sessions. Check the warranty period.

5. Price

Always check the price and obtain only the best electric shaving machine your budget can allow. Technology changes rapidly leading to lowering of prices. Just be patient and do some proper window-shopping on price comparison and review sites like this one to get the best deal.

Having considered these criteria, we evaluated the electric shavers in the market and came up with this list. Our reviews are purely objective and not influenced by any external factors. They are based on our personal tests, which were done to address other consumers’ objections.

We have listed the shavers with their best options for a lower budget, so, you have an option for the next best alternative.

The Ultimate List of the Best Electric Shavers

This list contains electric shavers that matched the listing criteria and addressed the most pertinent concerns for most buyers.

Braun Series 9-9095cc The Best Wet/Dry Electric Shaver for Men in the Market

Braun does not need a special introduction since it has been in the market for as long as I can remember. This German brand has consistently delivered the best quality over the years making it a preferred choice for many users of electric shavers.

 It is a compact, sleek, and top-notch performer

It is sleek and sits well in the hand. The chrome polished plastic gives it a classic feel and the compact body is engineered to withstand heavy duty. It also sports a pop-up trimmer for side burn and moustache trimming.

According to the manufacturer, the 9-9095cc performs about 40,000 cross cutting actions per minute, which delivers an unmatched performance. Its cutting elements utilize a four-way shear system, a functionality that works in combination with floating grills to help you reduce the number of razor passes before you get the closest shave you desire.

The cutting elements are designed to deliver a clean shave without unnecessarily repeating passes. The first cutting element cuts the hair directly while the next cutting element lifts up the hair that is lying on the skin and cuts them. What you are left with is a smoother shave in two or less passes.

This is a very important performance feature you cannot overlook, especially considering the fact that there is no single electric shaver that delivers the smoothest shave in one pass.

It is waterproofed and has both wet/dry capabilities. Comes with a cleaning dock

Braun 9095cc is the wet/dry model in the 9 series. It has a notable battery life with a single charge sustaining functionality for about 55 minutes before needing to recharge. It has a display to show you how much shaving time you have before the power runs out.

It comes with a charging cum cleaning station (at no extra cost) that does a wonderful job at removing all the hairs and disinfecting the machine before the next use. The cleaning action is done with the correct cleaning program automatically selected while the device is recharging, hence reducing the “down time”.

You must also note that you should not use shaving foams with Braun shavers that come with a cleaning station.

What you may not like

Braun has been replacing their foil and cutters by phasing out the 90s and 90b and replacing them with the 92s, which is coated with titanium to make it more durable. Due to this shift, you may have to wait a little longer for parts to arrive.

However, you can expedite the process by calling the manufacturer directly and make your order or contact their official spare parts vendor. Alternatively, you can get an affordable replacement from Amazon.

Specifications
·                     Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 6 inches
·                     Weight: 2 pounds
·                     Type: Foil, four cutting elements
·                     Blade lock: Yes
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes
·                     Power: Lithion-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Charge Time: 60 minutes with five minute emergency charge option
·                     Warranty: Two years


Best Alternative

Braun Series 7 790 cc – No Gimmicks, Just Performance

For over 17 years, Braun Series 7 790cc has been in the market and has won the loyalty of many electric shaver users. It has almost a fanatical following due to its dependability and ease of use.

It delivers a perfect shave no matter the condition of the beard. You can use the intensive mode for the heavy beard, the normal mode for normal grooming and the sensitive mode that will pick those stubborn bristle-like hairs that stick out like a sore thumb.

This series is the leading Braun model by market share owing to its rich history and excellent performance. Additionally, you are bound to derive more value from this machine given its price point. It performs as good as (or even better than) other pricier models.

It sits well in the hand and is well built. Its pivoting head is flexible enough to reach all the contours of the face to deliver a clean shave. The cutting elements sport Braun’s Optifoil and ActiveLift systems that have proven over the years to get the work done.

Features
·                     Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches
·                     Weight: 2 pounds
·                     Type: Foil, four cutting elements
·                     Blade lock: Yes
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes
·                     Power: Lithion-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Charge Time: 50 minutes with five minute emergency charge option
·                     Warranty: Two years


Braun Series 7 vs the Braun Series 9 – Which one is the beast?

For performance, durability, and dependability, Braun is obviously the best performer and that is why we have placed it at the top. However, you may be spoilt for choice as to which series of the Braun model you should buy.

Considering series 7 and series 9, one may find it hard which piece to settle for. However, the obvious differences like the price point and the wet/dry capability sets these two machines apart. Braun series 9 delivers an awesome close shave owing to its cutting technology and powerful motor, which makes its price a little steep.

Your decision will depend largely on these two features because both models deliver exceptional performance and are backed with a 2-year warranty.

This video can help you make an informed choice on which Braun model to get.



Panasonic Arc5 ES-LV95-S & ES-LV81-K: The Best 5 Blade Electric Shavers

But for the oversized head, Panasonic arc 5 is an excellent choice of an electric shaver. This multi-linear foil electric shaver comes with five blades, which gives you an equivalent of five passes in one sweep.

The only thing that makes it perform slightly below the Braun series is the big head, which makes it a little bit uncomfortable to handle. Despite the fact that the head pivots, just like Braun, its size does not allow it to render beautifully with the contours of the face.

All factors held constant, this electric shaver does a pretty awesome job at clearing those thick and curly beards. It has a powerful motor rotating at 14000 cpm and the razors have swiveling nanoblades to provide a super clean shave. You do not have to make many passes thereby minimizing irritation on the face and chin.

It has both wet/dry capabilities and is waterproofed to make it usable in the bathroom. This machine comes with a charging and cleaning system to ease operations and maintenance.

If you have the money to spend on an electric shaver that will last (and you do not mind the big head), you should get either ES-LV95-S or ES-LV81-K.

What you may not like

Arc 5 has a larger head and feels bulkier when you are using it. You may not have total control over how the grooming happens since the bigger head is a little bit more challenging to control. It does not sit well in the hand during use.

Again, the trimmer does no magic other than the ordinary plain trimming experience you will get from other trimmers in the market. We still feel it is an excellent choice though, considering that you will get it at a cheaper price than Braun.

Features
·                     Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 2 inches
·                     Weight: 1 pound
·                     Type: Foil, five cutting elements
·                     Blade lock: Yes
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes
·                     Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Charge Time: 60-90 minutes
·                     Warranty: Two years


Best Alternative

Panasonic ES-LA93K Arc 4 – Best 4 Blade Foil Shaver for the Budget

Arc 4 is a cheaper model with four swiveling blades and pivoting head. It has the same motor power as Arc 5 (14000 cpm) for a quick clean shave.

Surprisingly, the powerful motor does not make this machine noisy; it is unusually quiet.

It delivers a uniform shave through its Split Foil technology, which captures longer hair and cuts them down to a uniform length.

Additionally, this machine has both wet/dry capabilities. It also has an automatic charging/cleaning and disinfection unit to ensure high hygienic standards all the time.

Features
·                     Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.7 x 2.2 inches
·                     Weight: 2 lbs
·                     Type: Foil, four cutting elements
·                     Blade lock: Yes
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes
·                     Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Warranty: Two years


Philips Norelco Series 9300: The Best Wet & Dry Rotary Electric Shaver

There are people who swear by the rotary type of electric shavers. They have the advantage of delivering a smoother shave with fewer passes and provide a smothering feel on the skin. Philips does a very beautiful job at delivering a shaver that tops the competition in this sub-category.

Norelco Series 9000 shavers have the perfect grip, thanks to their beautifully contoured body shape. It features three rotary blades housed in a head that is elevated above the body for easy maneuvering on the face.

The rotary blades can pivot and flex giving the head an active lift and cut capability to produce a clean shave without necessarily having to apply pressure during operation. The three heads have multidirectional grooves to facilitate capturing of all types and sizes of facial hair.

This machine also comes with an automatic cleaning station that cleans and lubricates the razors during charging.

One thing we observed while using this machine is the fact that, of all the rotary electric shavers, Narelco Series 9000 produced the closest shave with the fewest passes.

Interestingly, the three heads distribute pressure on the face, which reduces the chances of irritation and razor bumps (inflammation).

The lift and cut action afforded by the three heads makes this machine easy to use on the neck and lower jaw region.

Features
·                     Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 2 inches
·                     Weight: 1.8 pounds
·                     Type: Rotary
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes, Fully Washable
·                     Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Charge Time: 50 minutes/17 shaves
·                     Type: Rotary
·                     Warranty: Two years


Best Alternative

Philips Norelco 1250X/42 SensoTouch 3D (Series 8000) Electric Shaver: The Best Electric Shaver for Facial Contours

Performance wise, the series 8000 are nearly at par with the series 9000. The differences observed in the shelf price are based on consumer preferences, which dictate demand for the product.

One of the biggest advantage with this model is the fact that you will only have to replace the rotary heads every year while maintaining the main body for many years. What a big saver this machine is.

It comes with an automatic cleaning station called Jet Clean+ that allows you to clean and sanitize the machine automatically while it is being recharged.

The rotary heads use “Gyro Flex Contour Following” technology to achieve a clean shave with the minimum number of passes.

They have a dual precision sensing capability and use the patented “Super Lift and Cut” technology for delivering a close shave.

Features
·                     Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 inches
·                     Weight: 1.2 pounds
·                     Type: Rotary
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes, Fully Washable
·                     Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Charge Time: 60 minutes/20 days
·                     Warranty: Two years


Braun CoolTec: The Best Electric Shaver with a Cooling Effect

Braun developed the CoolTec model for consumers who need exceptional performance for much less. It has three cutting elements that move independent of each other to deliver a close shave.

However, the shave is not as close as you would achieve with the more premium shavers.

You may be surprised to learn that CoolTec actually has a cooling effect to shield you from the razor burn. It incorporates an aluminum cooling bar that sinks the heat from the razor to lessen the amount of heat reaching your skin.

By sinking the heat, it reduces moisture that might cause irritation. This results in a soothing effect on the skin. The cooling bar feature is missing in some of the premium brands/models making CoolTec an absolute winner here.

It also comes with a cleaning station that cleans and lubricates the machine while it is being recharged.

What you may not like

The shave is not as close as you may like it to be. However, this is the perfect model for individuals with irritable skin and ingrown prone hair type. It is perfect for trimming.

Even though this machine has both wet/dry capability, you may be disappointed at the fact that you cannot use it with a shaving foam. Furthermore, you will have to contend with a lemon scent every time you want to have a shave because the cleaning station imparts the lemon scent to the machine after every cleaning cycle.

Features
·                     Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 10 inches
·                     Weight: 3 pounds
·                     Type: Foil, three cutting elements
·                     Blade lock: No
·                     Wet/Dry: Yes
·                     Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
·                     Charge Time: 60 minutes
·                     Warranty: Two years

Braun 3 Series 340S-4: The Ultimate Travel Mate Electrical Shaver

If you are on a budget or you do not like the idea of splashing cash around on things you consider to be unnecessary (things like the cleaning station), then this is the best shaver for you.

It packs a powerful battery that will give you hours of shaving time. It is well built to stay comfortably in the hands while being used and the foils reach the hardest places to reach to deliver a super clean shave on a budget.

It has both wet/dry shaving capabilities making it a preferred choice for men who cannot do away with their shaving creams at home. It is an excellent travel companion owing to its powerful battery. It is simple and beautiful, lacking in complexities of features such as precision lock and even a protective case. After all, the price justifies all these.

Given that it is one very common model of an electric shaver from Braun, you are bound to find its spare parts easily regardless of which part of the world you are.

What you may not like

The fact that it does not have a cleaning station means that you will have to do the cleaning and sanitation manually. That is more work for you every morning.

Features

  • Dimensions: 2.7 x 6.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Type: Foil, two cutting elements
  • Blade lock: No
  • Wet/Dry: Yes
  • Power: Ni-MH battery does not suffer from “memory effect” of repeated charges
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes with five minute emergency charge option
  • Warranty: Two years

Remington F5-5800: The Best Electrical Shaver under $50



Without controversy, Remington F5-5800 is the best electric shaver you will get under $50. Who does not want a good shaver for less than 50 bucks?

If you are the type of a person who just needs a quick trim in the morning before you see your berber later during the week, this is the machine to go for. You are bound to reap massive benefits from this machine.

At its price point, you are getting the best shave on a budget. The foils render very well on the contours of the face.

The intercepting trimmer between the double foils “pulls and trims” the long hairs on the face making them easier to clean by the blades. It does not have the wet/dry capability.

What you may not like

This electric shaver does not come with a cleaning station owing to its cheap price. However, it is well built and waterproofed, so, you can rinse it under the faucet easily.

Features

  • Dimensions: 9 x 3.5 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Type: Foil, two cutting elements
  • Blade lock: No
  • Wet/Dry: No
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes with five minute emergency charge option
  • Warranty: Two years

Closing Remarks

I want to believe that this list will help you settle for the best electrical shaver money can buy. Considering all the factors followed in this article, you should not be disappointed with your choice.

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