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It used to be that you simply used your electric shaver dry and applied aftershave or perhaps a balm afterward. Men with sensitive skin often got dry skin or irritated red patches.
Today, shaver technology offers the choice of conventional dry operation like the Wahl 7200 or Remington R6150. (These dry shavers are often cheaper to buy).
Or, you can have a wet dry shaver. This is a waterproof shaver that can be operated wet or dry. This gives you the option of using shave foam or gel with your electric razor. Good news for men with sensitive skin.
Many of the top 10 electric shavers also come with a self-cleaning gadget (see below)
|Your current razor?||Choose
|None – just starting to shave||Rotary or Foil
|Wet razor|| Rotary or Foil
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What we did find in our research was this. Some men who successfully used a foil shaver for many years were dis-satisfied when they swapped to a rotary shaver. And vice versa.
A close, comfortable shave is not determined by the type of electric shaver but by the sensitivity of the cutting foil and the sharpness of the cutting blade.
Comfort (and quickness of shave) comes from the ability of the shave head to follow the contours of your face. 3D flexing is better than 2 D flexing, and so on.
Closeness and smoothness of shave depends on the sensitivity of the cutting foil. The metal foil needs to be tough but just microns thick. The pattern of grooves, slots and holes needs to catch and channel stubble into the path of the cutting blades. And those cutting blades need to be razor sharp.
Basically, you’ll pay more for sophistication. The Braun 790 Series 7 foil shaver offers 3 levels of shave precision lift and cut technology (channels & grooves) and 4 cutting foils. The Wahl 7200 on the other hand has just 2 cutting foils. It costs a fraction of the Braun 790.
Cheap electric shavers are often cheap because their batteries aren’t up to snuff.
What you want is a one hour recharge period, delivering a predictable 14 days (or more) shaving time.
Most dry shavers can be used on the re-charge cord. Wet dry shavers don’t have this facility. What modern batteries offer instead is a 2-3 minute shave after just 5 minutes of re-charge.
The humble pop-up hair trimmer is an essential male grooming tool. It makes your shaver two tools in one. With an integral trimmer you can tackle 3 day old stubble, prune a beard or sharpen up side-burns, a moustache or goatee.
We say don’t buy an electric shaver that doesn’t have a pop up hair trimmer.
Conventionally, you popped off the shaver head and brushed it out, maybe also running it under the tap.
The latest electric shavers come complete with a gadget that acts as stand, cleaner and lubricator. Philips calls theirs the “Jet Clean”. This shaver cleaning station will keep your shaver in optimum order, but you’ll have to pay for the electricity to run the sanitizer and for refill cleanser & lubricator.
Good news is you can often find the same model shaver without this gadget for a cheaper price.
Shaver spares are widely available. The most commonly replaced part is the cutting blades. A set varies in price depending on the model from around c£20 up to c£40.
You’ll find that a reasonable shave is transformed into a smooth shave simply by replacing the cutting heads.
Manufacturers suggest you replace your shaver’s cutters once a year. They would wouldn’t they?
Which shavers in our top 10 have all these qualities? You’ll find them here on the electric shavers compared page.
The motor runs the cutting heads. These cutters are placed behind a metal foil to protect facial skin. Each foil has combs, slots and holes designed to catch and channel facial hair and stubble into the cutters’ path.
Foils are just microns thick – to enable the shaver to deliver a close, comfortable shave.
Get the wrong, cheap electric shaver and you may find it’s just not up to the job of shaving quickly and comfortably. You may be left with reddened skin and patches of stubble. Worse, it might not come with an integral hair trimmer and the battery may take hours to recharge.
Get the best electric shaver at the cheapest price and you’ll acquire a men’s grooming tool that will last for years. It will also offer the option of a quick dry shave or a soothing wet shave with either cream or gel.
Our best buy electric shaver page is here
Wherever you are in Britain, Best Buys Compared will guide you to the foil or rotary shaver that’s best for you – as nominated by the experts who really know about these things – fellow UK owners and users.
Whatever you look for in your daily shave you’ll find it here in our user survey of the UK’s top 10 best buy electric shavers…