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Shaving should just be as easy as putting shaving cream to your face and cutting hair off, right? For some people, it is.
But for others who deal with ingrown hairs, razor burn, sensitive skin, or simply want their bodies to feel comfortable after removing hair, choosing an electric shaver that effectively removes hair without resulting in uncomfortable side effects can be a chore.
That’s why we’re here today: We did the work to vet some of the top-selling razors so you don’t have to spend hours comparing your options and can get closer to a good, clean, comfortable shave.
There’s no governing body over your hair health and guidance on electric razors like there is for, say, the American Dental Association for electric toothbrushes.
How we chose
There’s also very little variation between razors at different price points, so we chose the best razors based on criteria that included:
- type of razor (basic blades versus foil blades)
- power of shaver from full charge to low charge
- precision of shave
- efficacy for various parts of your body
- ease of use and maintenance
- additional features or technology
- value and affordability
Here are our recommendations for the top four best electric shavers for men.
Pros: very affordable; high-quality steel components; rechargeable and lasts about 60 minutes per charge; comes with 13 attachments for different shaving needs around your body; DualCut technology keeps blades sharp even as they’re used
Cons: close shaving or trimming may irritate sensitive skin; basic blade and attachment design limits fluidity of movement across the face as well as customization of hair shape and length; customers report issues with charger not working after a few months of use
Pros: four blades for precise, close shaves; hypoallergenic foil material; linear motor ensures maximum power until end of charge; waterproof for use in bath or shower; LCD display shows charge and other info, like a shaving timer and a sonic vibration cleaning mode
Cons: some complaints about short battery life over time; sometimes reported to cause uncomfortable ingrown hairs or skin irritation; not well reviewed as a precision or detailing trimmer
Pros: five blades allow close and precision trimming with foil overlay for customization; includes pop-up trimmer for delicate detailing; linear motor allows full power until the charge runs out; built-in sensors adjust blades based on hair density and length to protect skin; charging port includes automatic blade-cleaning
Cons: expensive; cleaning solution in charger can be messy or get stuck in razors; common customer reports of short life span (6–10 months) that makes price hard to justify; complex technology can make it difficult to learn how to best use razor around your body
Pros: uses patented technology to reduce skin irritation; motor design allows ease of movement across the skin; waterproof design for use anywhere; portable charging port supplies 50-minute battery life for lithium battery while also cleaning and sterilizing the razor
Cons: on the high-end of pricing; common customer complaints of short life span (around 1 year); cleaning solution built into charger sometimes gets caught in razor head; possible connection problems with charger
Here are some of the key factors to consider when you’re looking for an electric razor:
- Are the razor blades nickel-free to prevent allergic reactions?
- Is this razor designed for sensitive skin?
- Does it offer a simple, basic shave?
- Does it have any other additional settings or blade/trimming options for customization when desired?
- Is the razor itself easy to use, or is it overloaded with features and settings that are difficult to understand or use?
- Do you plug in the razor, or can you charge it and use it wirelessly?
- Is using this razor as easy as plugging it in and turning it on?
- Are there are other processes you need to follow to make it work?
- Is it easy to clean?
- Can you use it to shave dry, wet, or both?
- Most importantly, does it shave your face or other areas of your body without any difficulty?
- Does it last a long time? Do included replacement components last a long time?
- Does it have good customer reviews on leading seller platforms?
- Is its efficacy based on any research or quality testing? Refer to this
2016 reviewin the International Journal of Cosmetic Science for an example.
- Is the manufacturer a trusted brand, or is the product a knockoff of another, similar product?
- Does it have any extra certifications besides basic safety requirements, like an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification, symbolized by the letters UL in a circle? (Hint: If it’s not UL certified, it probably isn’t safe. Avoid it.)
- Is it a good value for the price, whether it’s expensive or not?
- How often will you have to replace the razor blades or any of the other components?
- Are the replacement components affordable?
Here are some basic upkeep tips for getting a lot of use out of your electric shaver for a long time, as well as keeping your face looking good after every shave:
- Use a small brush to clean out any hair that’s caught in the blades or shaving components after every shave. Many electric shaving kits come with one. If possible, remove the shaving head and rinse or brush out any stray hairs.
- Rinse off any leftover hairs as well as oils or creams you may have used to lubricate your razor blades or your face. Check if your razor’s safe to put under running water to help rinse out the hair. Keep in mind you probably won’t need shaving oils or creams with an electric razor because the razor doesn’t make close contact with your skin.
- Pat-dry the razor head and the razor itself once you’ve cleaned off all hair and other substances.
- Let your razor head and components air-dry somewhere clean before you put it away. This helps prevent possible mold growth.
- Store your razor and all its components in a clean, sealed bag. Don’t store anything else, especially someone else’s razor, in the bag. Feel free to use any bag or zip pouch that came with your razor.
- Use a moisturizer or body oil to lubricate your face. Aftershaves can be harsh and contain toxic chemicals. Use a simple, gentle moisturizer, or a skin oil like jojoba oil, for lubrication after a shave.
Sure, choosing the best electric razor isn’t rocket science — but all the nuanced, often meaningless differences between your options can make it feel that way.
What matters is that your razor delivers both a safe and effective shave that protects your skin but also gives you the appearance you want. You don’t need to choose between the two: Look good and feel good doing it with a razor that works for you.