How to Choose an Electric Shaver for Men

how to choose an electric shaver

In this article you are going to learn how to choose an electric shaver for men. Choosing the best electric shaver to suit your needs can be difficult especially now that there are so many types of electric razors on the market.

Your skin type is a huge factor to consider when you want to buy an electric razor. Electric shavers which have different intensity adjustments work best for different types of skin.​

What is Better Razor? Blade or Electric Shaver?​

A razor blade gives a more close and precise shave than most electric shavers can. But with razors there’s a huge possibility of being left behind with nicks and cuts after getting that clean shave.

And depending on your type of skin or how your hair grows, you could also get skin irritation or bumps when your hair tries to grow back.

On the other hand, most electric razors don’t shave very close with every stroke. You have to shave a couple of times on the same spot before all your hair is gone. This is the main cause for skin irritation.​

Electric shavers have a lot of advantages over razors:​

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  • They’re easy to use
  • They are easy to clean
  • Requires no water or shaving cream
  • You can decide on how much hair to shave or leave behind
  • You save a lot of money in the long run, compared to disposables.

Types of Electric Shavers – Foil vs Rotary Shavers

There are two types of electric razors for men, rotary and foil. Foil shavers have floating heads and rotary shavers have round or circular headers. Women’s electric shavers only come with foil heads.

Foil vs Rotary

Foil Electric Shavers

Foil electric shavers usually have 1 or 2 floating heads with oscillating cutters to give a close shave. The foil captures and pulls hairs growing in different directions thus ensuring a clean and close shave with every stroke.

Foil electric shavers have been tested and proven to give a clean and closer shave than rotary shavers. Braun has been the leading foil shaver manufacturers for years now and their latest electric shaver, Braun series 7 -790cc shaver, is the top rated foil electric shaver on the market.

Rotary Electric Shavers

Rotary electric shavers usually have 3 or 4 heads with cutters that spin. Rotary shavers are quieter than foil electric razors and they’re usually easier to clean as well.

Rotary shavers work best with long hair than shorter hair. They are normally suitable for people who don’t shave every day.

Wet/Dry Electric Shavers

Wet/Dry electric shavers are shavers you can use in the shower. That means they are waterproof. Dry shavers are not waterproof so you cannot use them in the shower.

Men and Women’s Electric Shavers

Women’s electric shavers all use foil heads. Women’s shavers are less expensive than men’s electric shavers, that’s because women’s shavers use less powerful and inexpensive parts and machinery. That is mainly because women use electric shavers on their feet and under arms.​ More women's shavers: best bikini razors

These hairs are easier to shave because they are soft and fluffy. But women can always use men’s shavers if they want a shaver that is strong and powerful.

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Electric Shaver Features​

The best electric shavers have the most advanced electric razor features that make shaving as convenient as possible. Learn about some of the best features below.

Corded or Cordless Electric Shavers​

All most all top rated electric shavers are cordless. Cordless electric shavers have more advantages over corded shavers. With cordless shavers you can shave from anyplace without the need of a power outlet. Cordless shavers are best suited for people who travel a lot.

Battery Charge​

To fully charge an electric shaver battery could take from one to twelve hours which should give you a shave everyday for the whole week.

Electric razors which come with battery chargers that your shaver rests in while not in use are convenient. Some of the best electric shavers’ battery chargers are combined with the self cleaning unit which cleans and charges the shaver while not in use.


Most of the top rated electric shavers have self cleaning units. After shaving you just place your shaver in the cleaning unit and by just pressing a button the cleaning system will automatically clean, dry and charge your shaver.

Rotary shavers are known to be easy to clean than foil shavers, but with the latest models foil shavers are now very easy to clean as well.​

Video: how to clean an electric shaver

Electric Shaver Technology​

Some of the best electric shavers have the most advanced technology. Some have LCD screens to show battery condition.

Some electric shavers can automatically adjust its voltage rating to be compatible with the one used in the county you might be in, so you can charge and continue using your shaver in any country you might be traveling to.

Some shavers you can adjust them to suit your skin, which is good if you have sensitive skin.​

Electric Shaver Price​

A low-end electric shaver could cost from $30 to $100. A high-end electric shaver could cost over $200. From my experience cheap electric shavers don’t last that long and they leave you with a harsh skin irritation.

I had to buy a new electric shaver every six months until I decided to invest in more expensive ones. A high-end electric shaver could last for many years without breaking down.​

And there’s far less skin irritation, if any at all. High-end electric shavers have the most advanced technology and they make shaving fun to do.

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Hope this how to choose an electric shaver will help you to choose the right one for your needs.​

Joe Carrow

I am a product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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