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Electric Shavers Compared UK – Which is the Best Buy?

The best electric shavers are cheaper hereOur electric shavers compared table lets you be the reviewer. Here, at a glance, are the best buy electric shavers – as voted by 1,871 buyers and users.

Based on our best buys compared survey results, you'll find the users’ overall satisfaction ratings per model – its marks out of ten - plus a run-down of the facts owners tell us are important – like is this a wet dry electric shaver and what’s the battery endurance?

Review the best foil and rotary shavers – as voted by UK users - from Braun, Panasonic, Philips & Wahl.

Help Me Choose: See our user-inspired recommendations here...>>>

 

Users recommend    Philips RQ1280cc top rated electric shaver  Philips RQ1180 ranked 2nd  Braun 790 foil shaver ranked 3rd  Wahl 7200 budget shaver ranked 4th

Table 1

Philips RQ1280cc

Philips RQ1180cc

Braun  790

Wahl 7200 Ultima

Philips  RQ1250

Remington R6150 Titanium-X

Braun  590cc-4

Philips  PT870cc

Braun 720

Philips PT920

Panasonic ES7101S512

Panasonic  ES-RF41

Type 

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Rotary 

Foil

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rank 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

=6th

=6th

=7th

=7th

8th

9th

10th

Overall Users' Satisfaction rating*

9.23/10

9.18/10

9.16/10

9.03/10

9.01/10

9.00/10

9.00/10

8.95/10

8.95/10

8.91/10

8.86/10

8.85/10

-Philips RQ1280cc top rated best buy  Braun 790 top rated best buy foil shaver Wahl 7200 top rated best buy budget shaver - 
Wet/Dry operation 

Y

Y

Y

Dry

Y

Dry

Y

Dry

Y

Dry

Y

Y

Recharge time 

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1.5 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

c1 hr

Battery charge life 

c60 mins

c50 mins

c50 mins

c45 mins

c50 mins

c60 mins

c45 mins

c50 mins

c50 mins

c60 mins

c45 mins

c60 mins

Lasts 3min/day

c20 days

c16 days

c16 days

c15 days

c16 days

c20 days

c15 days

c16 days

c16 days

c20 days

c15 days

c20 days

Run on cord 

-

-

Y

Y

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

-

5 minute quick charge 

Y

Y

-

-

Y

-

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

Integral beard trimmer

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y


Table © Best Buys Compared 2014

 Philips RQ1250 top 10 electric shaver   Remington R6150 top 10 budget shaver   Braun 590 foil shaver   Philips PT870 rotary shaver   Braun 720 foil shaver 

  Philips PT920 rotary shaver   Panasonic ES7101S512 foil shaver   Panasonic ES RF41 foil shaver


Sadly, no Boots or Hitachi razors made it into the top ten this time.

In our mission to find the UK’s best electric shaver, we’ve surveyed over one thousand eight hundred users to compile our electric shavers compared table.


Electric Shavers Compared – At a Glance

You can review and compare electric shavers with ease here. Which shaver can deliver you a close, comfortable shave and without sensitising skin or causing annoying razor bumps? Which can also groom your side burns, moustache, goatee or beard?

Table 2

Philips RQ1280cc

Philips RQ1180cc

Braun  790

Wahl 7200 Ultima

Philips  RQ1250

Remington R6150 Titanium-X

Braun  590cc-4

Philips  PT870cc

Braun 720

Philips PT920

Panasonic ES7101S512

Panasonic  ES-RF41

Type 

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Rotary 

Foil

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rank 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

=6th

=6th

=7th

=7th

8th

9th

10th

Overall Users' Satisfaction rating*

9.23/10

9.18/10

9.16/10

9.03/10

9.01/10

9.00/10

9.00/10

8.95/10

8.95/10

8.91/10

8.86/10

8.85/10

Shaving modes - 
Normal 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Sensitive -

- 

Y

 -

 -

 -

 -

Y

 -

 -

Intensive 

 -

Y

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Y

 -

3D Flexing

Y

-

Y

-

Y

-

-

Y

-

-

-

Y

2D Flexing

-

Y

-

-

-

Y

Y

- 

Y

Y

Y

-

Individually Floating heads

Y

Y

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

4 cutting heads/blades 

- 

Y

- 

Y

3 cutting heads/blades 

Y

Y

- 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

2 cutting heads 

- 

- 

Lift & cut technology 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Sensitive skin 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Triple precision  heads 

Y

- 

Y

- 

Y

- 

Dual precision heads 

Y

-

- 

Y

Y

©2012-2014 Best Buys Compared

 

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Which electric shaver is best for your grooming needs?

What you see here are the user nominated, top 10 electric shavers.

What they deliver are grooming tools to help you trim unwanted hair and quickly remove stubble for a smooth, comfortable shave. No wonder the ever present electric razor is the number one men’s grooming tool.

User Recommendation 1 – Philips RQ1280cc (9.23/10) Rotary Shaver

Philips RQ1280cc top rated electric shaverThe best buy electric shaver, based on overall user rating is the Philips RQ1280cc (User rating 9.23/10). This Philips model has got the lot: It’s robustly constructed (survives a drop) and offers wet or dry operation.

The shave head moves in 3 directions to follow the contours of your face (even on difficult areas like the jaw line). The 3 individual, rotary razor heads combine lift and cut technology with 3 kinds of slots and holes to catch, channel and cut hair at any angle.

What that means is comfortable, clean shaving quickly.

There’s also an integral, pop-up trimmer for side burns, a moustache, goatee of beard. Plus a travel lock for when the shaver is packed in baggage. And a self-clean and lubrication gadget designed to avoid sensitising you skin and deliver a great, close shave every use.

User Recommendation 2 – Braun 790 (9.16/10) Foil Shaver

Braun 790 foil shaver ranked 3rdAmong foil shavers our user survey points to the Braun 790 as a potential best buy electric shaver. This is Braun’s top of range model.

This wet dry shaver offers a unique function among electric shavers. You can alter the shave you receive by selecting among Normal, Sensitive or Intensive shave settings.

There’s a battery of 4 cutting foils all individually floating so the razor follows the contours of your face for a quick, comfortable and close shave.

This shaver also has an integral hair trimmer and self-cleaning sanitizer stand.

User Recommendation 3 – Wahl 7200 (9.03/10) Foil Shaver

Wahl 7200 budget shaver ranked 4thAre you on a budget? Yes? Check out the Wahl 7200 Ultima travel shaver (User rating 9.03/10). It’s a simple, cheap electric shaver you can use at home or take on your holidays.

This foil shaver is for dry operation. It has 2 individually floating shaver foils (double precision) and delivers a reasonably close comfortable shave. There’s also that essential male grooming aid – an integral pop-up trimmer. Battery life is around 45 minutes or two weeks of daily shaving.

 

 

Table 3

Philips RQ1280cc

Philips RQ1180cc

Braun  790

Wahl 7200 Ultima

Philips  RQ1250

Remington R6150 Titanium-X

Braun  590cc-4

Philips  PT870cc

Braun 720

Philips PT920

Panasonic ES7101S512

Panasonic  ES-RF41

Type 

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Rotary 

Foil

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rank 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

=6th

=6th

=7th

=7th

8th

9th

10th

Overall Users' Satisfaction rating*

9.23/10

9.18/10

9.16/10

9.03/10

9.01/10

9.00/10

9.00/10

8.95/10

8.95/10

8.91/10

8.86/10

8.85/10

- 
LCD display 

Y

-

Y

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

LED indicators

Y

Y

-

Y

Y

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Charge life indicator 

Y

Y

Y

-

-

Y

Y

-

Y

-

-

-

Battery low warning

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

Y

Y

Y

Battery charge indicator 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Battery 

Li-on

Li-on

Li-on

Li-on

 Li-on

Ni-Mh

Li-on

Li-on

Li-on

Li-on

Ni-Mh

Li-on

Table © Best Buys Compared 2012-2014

 

Guide to Using Our Men’s Shaver Comparison Table UK

Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating

The key question we asked in our user survey was this: “You’ve been using your electric shaver for three months or more.

Given your experience to date, how would you rate your rotary or foil shaver overall on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? Think whether you’ve had a comfortable shave, the overall results, battery endurance, durability of construction, ease of use and value for money”.

We then took all these ratings for a given model and found an Overall Users Satisfaction Rating per model.

A best buy electric shaver will have a score of 8 or more. A score of 7 suggests a good design marred by poor reliability. A score of less than 7 suggests a product has both design and reliability faults. It’s probably a waste of your money.


Expect to pay around

A guide at the time of publishing.

Rotary or Foil types

A rotary shaver usually has 3 circular razor heads arranged in a triangle. Beneath each thin but tough razor head spins a circular hair cutter.

A foil shaver has a curved foil (or foils) the width of the device. Beneath this fine gauge but robust foil guard a battery of stubble cutters vibrate from side to side removing unwanted hair.

Table 4

Philips RQ1280cc

Philips RQ1180cc

Braun  790

Wahl 7200 Ultima

Philips  RQ1250

Remington R6150 Titanium-X

Braun  590cc-4

Philips  PT870cc

Braun 720

Philips PT920

Panasonic ES7101S512

Panasonic  ES-RF41

Type 

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rotary

Rotary

Foil

Rotary 

Foil

Rotary

Foil

Foil

Rank 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

=6th

=6th

=7th

=7th

8th

9th

10th

Overall Users' Satisfaction rating*

9.23/10

9.18/10

9.16/10

9.03/10

9.01/10

9.00/10

9.00/10

8.95/10

8.95/10

8.91/10

8.86/10

8.85/10

- 

Travel lock 

Y

Y

- 

Y

Y

- 

Y

Clean me indicator 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

- 

Cleaning shaver head 

Y

Y

Y

brush

Y

rinse

Y

Y

Y

rinse

Y

Y

Snug handle 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Anti-slip 

Y

Y

Y

- 

Y

- 

Y

- 

Y

- 

Y

Y

Worldwide plug 

- 

Y

Y

- 

Y

- 

Y

- 

Mains re-charger 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Cleaning & renew dock 

Y

Y

Y

- 

Y

- 

Y

Y

- 

Clean & renew refills available

Y

Y

Y

- 

Y

Y

Y

- 

Carry pouch 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Shaver head cap 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Cleaning brush 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Warranty 

2 yrs

2 yrs

2 yrs

1 yr

2 yrs

2 yrs

2 yrs

2 yrs

2 yrs

2 yrs

1 yrs

1 yrs

Table © Best Buys Compared 2014
 

Wet/Dry operation

A wet dry shaver can be used in the shower or you can slap shave foam or shave gel on your face and shave away.

A dry shaver isn’t water proof. It is best used after washing and drying when the skin is hydrated. The shaver head often pops out and you can run that under the tap after brushing away stubble dust.

Shaving modes

The majority of men’s electric shavers have one mode. The Braun 790 Series 7 has three which means you can adjust the shave to suit your skin and stubble.

3-D Flexing
2-D Flexing

This kind of flexing is associated with rotary shavers. The triangular shaver head is mounted so that it will tilt in 3 directions or backwards and forwards and side to side. 3-D flexing can make shaving quicker because it helps keep the whole shaver head in touch with the skin the majority of the time.

Individually Floating Heads

Individual shave heads or cutting foils are mounted on a cushion so they are free to move with the contours of the face. This makes for a smoother shave.

4 Cutting heads
3 Cutting heads
2 Cutting heads

Most rotary razors have 3 cutting heads. Some foil razors have 4. In theory the more cutting heads the closer and smoother the shave.

Lift & cut technology

Both foils and rotary cutting heads are designed with micro grooves to guide the hair into the path of the razor. These micro combs lift the hair enabling a close cut.

Triple precision heads
Dual precision heads

This quality refers to the numbers of holes and slots in a rotary head or foil. This enables the razor to catch and closely cut hair in whichever direction it is growing. The result is a smoother, closer shave.

Integral beard trimmer

An essential man’s grooming tool. Use the pop-up trimmer to get sharp side-burns or trim groom a moustache, goatee or full beard.

Battery type

Most shaver batteries are the familiar L-ion type also found in mobile phones. They have 2 advantages: a long endurance and they recharge quickly.

Shaver Recharge time

Which are the best electric shavers? The answer: shavers that take just an hour to replenish a flat battery.

Battery charge life
Lasts for 3min/days

The best shaver batteries deliver around 60 minutes of use. Most men require 3 minutes a day to achieve a smooth shave.

LCD displays
LED displays

Many shavers use a system of LED lights to indicate things like battery charge life, charging, etc. A few have more complicated but informative LCD displays.

Run on chord
5 minute quick charge

If your shaver runs flat you can’t shave. Most dry shavers will allow you to shave while the electric razor is being recharged (“run on chord”). You can’t do that with wet dry shavers; instead these are designed to deliver around 3 minutes of shave after an initial 5 minute recharge.

Travel lock

Some shavers have a travel lock system – either a physical lock or protective cap. This prevents the shaver from operating and discharging while packed in luggage.

Sanitising, cleaning & lubricating the shaver

The top electric shavers come with swish self clean systems. Basically you slot the shaver head first into the cleaning container, switch on and you get a nicely sanitised and lubricated shaver next time you require it.

Of course, you have to pay for the electricity to power the cleaner/lubricator and pay for the refill cleanser lube. Non-metro men can opt for a cheaper electric shaver with a brush and can be run under the tap.


Compare the Best Electric Shavers in Britain AND Grab a Bargain

When you’ve compared electric shavers we think you’ll want the best at the keenest price.

Get the clean shaven look with the help of Best Buys Compared UK price search service. We’ll guide you to the right men’s grooming tool to painlessly remove your unwanted hair.

Check out “who’s cheapest” on the navigation bar above.

So, if you are after a close comfortable shave and have sideburns to sharpen or perhaps a moustache, beard or goatee to groom you can’t go wrong with a modern integrated hair trimmer and rotary or foil shaver.

Thank you for reviewing our UK 2014 electric shavers compared table.

 

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