Is your never-ending battle with stubble and ingrown hair irritating you more than your itchy skin?
Would you like to get yourself the best electric shaver to put an end to the misery?
Since you’re still reading, we’re sure that the answer is yes, and are here to help!
Keeping oneself presentable can mean the difference between getting a job or a date and striking out yet again. Sure beards are back in style, but let’s face it, some men can’t grow a proper one to save their life.
We’re well aware that a busy working schedule and lack of motivation can make your face look like an overgrown backyard, but with the advances electric razors are going through and the ever smaller recharge times, there’s really no excuse to not get yourself one, or at least think about replacing that old model that hasn’t delivered a clean shave in a long while.
What kind of product to choose though?
We’ve been asking ourselves the same question and have therefore set out to compile a comprehensive guide to help you pick out a shaver that will satisfy all of your grooming needs while falling well within your budgetary constraints.
We’ve broken the guide up into a few parts. First we’re showcasing premium models that have all the trimmings (pun somewhat intended). Ten we take a closer look at less expensive shavers that still keep your face smooth.
Finally, we offer some additional advice on what to look out for before deciding on your next purchase. By the time you’re done going through that you’ll have a better understanding of what’s out there and will be able to pick out a shaver with confidence.
So, let’s get started on this list and say goodbye to that pesky stubble.
|Name||Type||Charging time||Shaving time||Accessories||Price|
|Braun Series 9 9095CC||Straight foil||1h||50min||Charging station||££££
|Braun Series 7 790CC-4||Straight foil||1h||50min||Charging station||£££|
|Braun Series 7 720S-4||Straight foil||1h||50min||Travel pouch||£££|
|Philips Series 9000||Rotary||1h||50min||Travel pouch,|
Charging station (optional)
|Philips Series 7000 S7370/12||Rotary||1h||50min||Travel pouch,|
|Braun Series 3 3080||Straight foil||1h||45min||Travel case||££|
|Braun Series 3 3040||Straight foil||1h||45min||Cleaning brush||£|
|Philips Series 3000 PT720/17||Rotary||8h||45min||N/A||£|
|Philips AquaTouch S5420/06||Rotary||1h||45min||Trimmer||££|
Premium Electric Shaver Reviews
1. Braun Series 9 9095CC(4.7 / 5)
When it comes to making an electric shaver that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as versatile and powerful enough to accommodate any and all shaving routine you might have, then Braun comes as one of only few natural responses.
After all, they’ve been in the game for ages now, and the engineering skills we’ve come to expect from German companies shines through in their products for men and women alike.
If you’re the type of guy that has absolutely no qualms about getting himself the most expensive, high-quality shaver out there, then the Series 9 is the shaver that was tailor made for your high standards.
First of all, and definitely not unimportant for a model at this price range, is its elegant design. It nestles perfectly into your hand thanks to its ergonomic shape and smooth contours. The power button and LCD display are also unobtrusive and do not disrupt the shaving process.
It is also fully cordless, so your shaving won’t be hindered by pesky wires. Charging its battery takes about an hour, and once that is complete you can shave for 50 minutes without needing more juice.
As far as the actual shaving experience it provides is concerned, the Series 9 excels in both wet and dry shaving anything from a five o’clock shadow to a three day old stubble with ease thanks to the proprietary SynchroSonic technology.
Basically this allows the shaver to vibrate at 40,000 vibrations per minute, getting deep into the skin and shaving all of your facial hair at a much deeper and more thorough level than conventional models.
Since most men’s facial hair isn’t uniform but can lay flat against the face in one spot and point outwards a centimetre or two away, its four different blades adapt themselves to each eventuality and deliver a clean result each time.
A great thing about the 9095CC is its multifunctional cleaning station. It brings together five different actions, so whenever you insert your electric shaver into it the station will automatically clean and disinfect it, charge up the battery, lubricate its inner workings and even dry it off with a built-in fan.
You can set a number of different cleaning types, and the charging station then uses cleaning packets to optimally disinfect and clean the shaver.
A possible drawback to this electric device might be its high maintenance cost. The cleaning packets mentioned above come in sets of three and need to be ordered from the manufacturer and replaced every 2-3 months.
The head will need a replacement in 2 to 3 years as well, and some users have remarked that the replacement heads aren’t quite as good as the original.
Nevertheless, this is without a doubt the absolute best electric shaver for men we’ve come across. The shave it delivers is impeccable, and its handy charging unit will keep it that way every time you use it.
If you can stand to part with the money, the 9095CC is the most logical choice.
2. Braun Series 7 790CC-4(4.6 / 5)
If the Series 9 is a bit too rich for your blood, why not go for the slightly cheaper, yet almost equally effective Series 7 models instead?
We’d argue that the price drop is bigger than the drop in quality or number of features, so the 790CC-4 definitely stands out as the best electric shaver in the high-end portion when you take into consideration what you get for the price you’re getting it for.
Braun haven’t skimped on elegance, even though the approach is a bit different. The steel and charcoal of the Series 9 have been replaced by a darker grey finish that looks and feels a bit more rigged when you hold it in your hand, but in a good sort of way.
The 790CC-4 is tightly sealed and completely waterproof, meaning that you can use it while you are showering and that you don’t need to use the provided cleaning station every time, but can rinse it off in water and the shaver will be good to go again.
In total, it has three different shaving settings depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the amount of facial hair that is currently on it, ranging from sensitive through normal to intensive.
Its motor is used for sideways shaving, so it acts a bit more like a manual razor rather than a lower cost electric shaver that usually has to be used by applying circular motion.
One of the major advantages of all Braun high-end electric shaving razors is the trademarked Optifoil that is built to cut a large amount of hair at once, shortening your shaving time without having an adverse impact on the results.
Braun claim that its Optifoil-using models accomplish the closest shave to date since it allows the blades to get as close to the skin as possible. The foil does a great job of adapting itself to the contours of your face, so every part of it will be shaved perfectly the first time you pass over an area, even on trickier places such as the jawline.
Another cool feature is the 790CC-4’s LCD display. It tells you exactly how much charge you have left, how long it will take the charger to fill its battery back up, and also when it is time for the electric shaver to be cleaned, making it even more advanced than that of the Series 9.
Once you’ve cleaned yourself up, just place the shaver in its electric charger and it will charge, clean and lubricate it for a fresh start.
It comes with the Clean and Renew system which uses an alcohol-based solution to get rid of almost all the bacteria that can accumulate on the shaver’s head, making it hygienic as well as effective.
All in all, we believe that the Clean and Renew system is definitely a men’s electric shaver worthy of its price. It is still a bit expensive, but with the amount of features and quality put into this model, we feel that the cost is well worth it.
3. Braun Series 7 720S-4(4.5 / 5)
Maybe the charging stations we’ve seen so far aren’t really your thing.
They’re certainly nice, but sometimes you just want an electric shaver that is straightforward and easy to use while still being top of the line in terms of providing the perfect shave. In that case, Braun have got you covered yet again, this time with another electric shaver from the Series 7, the 720S-4.
Apart from the lack of a charging station, the two Series 7 models are actually quite similar. Both have the pulsating technology seen with Series 9 models, but here it has a somewhat decreased efficiency since there are “only” 10,000 pulses per minute.
Still, that is more than enough to help them get a close to the root of the hair as possible and deliver a thorough shave quickly and effortlessly.
Another shared feature we haven’t talked about yet is the ActiveLift centre trimmer. Its job is to lift hairs that are stubbornly clinging to the side of the face so that it and the other blades can get a better grip on the hair and remove it more effectively without causing pain or burning.
Optifoil makes an appearance again, providing deep-reaching and longer-lasting results. It actually has 3 different sets of blades designed for different hair lengths, so if one of them doesn’t cut them off, the other two surely will. Another useful tool concerns grooming of your sideburns and beard.
The 720S-4 comes with a special trimmer that pops up from the side and helps you maintain the length of beard, moustache or sideburns.
It might not have a charging station, but this electric shaving razor’s accompanying charger makes it our pick for best electric shaver for when you’re on the go. Not only does it take just one hour to recharge, but the electric charger has a built-in adapter, which means that wherever in the world you go, you can plug it into an outlet and fill the battery up without fear of damage.
If you insist on using the electric shaver while plugged in, you might have to hold it in an unintuitive way because of how the cord attaches to it, so shaving in that position might be a bit awkward.
This is situational though, and can be easily remedied with a little bit of preparation.
We thoroughly enjoyed testing the 720S-4’s capabilities. It manages to keep up with Braun’s high standards while offering some of its own unique features as well. If you don’t mind its relatively high price, this is a great shaver that will serve you faithfully wherever you may go.
4. Philips Series 9000(4.2 / 5)
So far we’ve been concentrating our reviews on Braun models. The competition never sleeps though, and Phillips is definitely the right candidate to give Braun a run for its money. First up we have the 9000 series, conspicuously similarly named to the Series 9. Does it measure up to the competition though?
Well, for starters, we have to admit that this electric shaving razor is one of the most silent electric models we’ve seen or heard.
We weren’t quite sure it was turned on and everything was alright until we started using it, but once you do you’ll find that it has no impact on the shaver’s performance and is a feature that might spoil you if you ever have the switch to a noisier model.
We’ve only covered straight foil type models so far, and this is the first and arguably best electric razor featuring a rotary tri-blade setup. Phillips have been using the same basic principle for 60 years now, and have perfected it to a great degree in the series 9000.
Every blade can pivot independently, as can the head, meaning that the shaver will do a great job of reaching any tight spot like the hair underneath your nose, or any ergonomically challenging spot like the jawline.
The series 9000 can be used for wet and dry shaving alike. You can use it in the shower and just rinse it off when you are done, or you can put the accompanying cleaning station to work and have it run like new in no time.
When all is said and done, the series 9000 is one of the best electric shavers out there.
Given the similarity in price, we do believe that Braun’s most expensive model offers more in terms of accessories and convenience, but if you’re of the firm belief that nothing can beat a rotary blade design, then this is the electric shaving razor you’ve been looking for.
5. Philips Series 7000 S7370/12(4.1 / 5)
So far, our shaver reviews have featured products that adapt themselves fairly well to each skin type. If your skin is very sensitive though, this might not be enough. Phillips is aware that overly sensitive skin needs a delicate touch, and have engineered the S7370/12 from their series 7000 to offer a clean, safe shave even for you delicate types.
The secret lies in a combination of three heads and a microbead surface. The tri-headed design makes the S7370/12 adapt itself to the contours of your face easily, while the microbeaded surface makes sure that the blades get as close to your skin as possible without actually touching it, minimising irritation and burning.
Philips claim that this innovative design reduces friction on your face by up to 85 percent, providing a close yet mild shave as you go.
As with other high-quality electric shaving razors you can use it for 50 minutes after charging for an hour. It can be used in the shower and rinsing it under water for a few minutes will keep it clean.
You’ll also get a handy travel pouch you can store the shaver in when you need to leave home.
What can we say, the S7370/12 is the best electric shaver for sensitive skin.
If you’ve been dreading this grooming ritual because of the way your skin felt afterwards, this is the perfect model to alleviate your fears and make you look presentable with minimal discomfort.
More Affordable Electric Razor Reviews
1. Braun Series 3 3080(4.6 / 5)
As you’ll see from our general guidelines, usually it’s the rotary models that are better at handling 3 day old stubble, but what if you’re dead set on a straight foil electric shaving machine that can tackle hairs that big?
The answer is Braun’s 3080 model from the Series 3 line.
This shaver does fall under the lower-priced category, but its capabilities make it a great value purchase. Corners obviously had to be cut somewhere, but Braun has managed to retain some of the more desirable features of its more expensive electric shaving machines.
One you’ll be grateful for is the short 1 hour recharge time, although at 45 minutes running time the 3080 is a bit less effective. It also has the same electric charger we’ve seen with Series 7 models, so you can travel anywhere and take it with you.
As far as taking care of longer hair goes, the 3080’s signature feature is the MicroComb. This technology straightens hairs and feeds as many of them to the blades as possible, leaving behind only clean shaven skin.
Not only does this offer a more thorough shave since the blades can cut the hair more closer, but longer hair can be chopped up and eliminated as well.
The 3080 also has a precision mode, in which the foil is lowered closer to its blades, allowing you to shave particularly tricky areas such as the upper lip more easily.
If you add to this other Braun features like waterproofing, an LED display and ergonomic grip, it is no wonder that the 3080 is our pick for best electric shaver in the more affordable category. You’ll get almost the full Braun experience for a very reasonable price, and that’s more than enough to get our vote.
2. Braun Series 3 3040(4.4 / 5)
Earlier electric razors falling under the Series 3 umbrella have received a lot of criticism from users and reviewers alike. One of both parties’ chief complaints was the fact that these shavers didn’t adapt themselves to the face properly, leaving hair behind and not getting the job done.
Braun took this to heart and came up with the 3040, and we must say that they did a good job in correcting past mistakes.
This model is similar to the 3080 in terms of general features and style, but does not come with its own travel case. You won’t be enjoying the luxury of getting rid of older stubble either since there’s no MicroComb either. However, it does have something called a Triple Action FreeFloat System.
Basically this means that its cutting surface is divided into three distinct pieces, each of them able to glide along your skin, cutting hair as they go and causing no irritation while doing so.
You won’t experience any more pulling or tugging in harder to reach areas any more, which is a big plus.
The 3040 was for use in the shower, so you can either use it like that or dry, although it does perform better when wet or used with cream. Charge it up for an hour and you’ll be able to shave for an entire week, which is fantastic at this price range.
In the end, the 3040 is a solid men’s shaver that brings improved quality at a very reasonable price. If you’re the kind of guy that likes to shave every day but not make much of a fuss about it then this model will be right up your alley.
3. Philips Series 3000 PT720/17(4.3 / 5)
Some people don’t like to shave in the shower or with a ton of cream lathered all over their face, and that’s perfectly fine.
There’s something to be said about that feeling of a good razor gliding down your face in the morning and doing its work without the help of any additional liquids. If you’re that kind of guy, then this Philips electric shaver might just be the right one for you.
Given its rotary design, the PT720/17 is perfect for getting rid of longer hairs or shaving off that unruly stubble you’ve been growing for the past couple of days.
The slotted blades and extremely thin heads allow it to bend and cut up larger hairs without causing skin irritation. There’s an effective dual blade system in place where the hair is first lifted up by the first blade and then mercilessly cut down by the second.
You can use it either cordless or while plugged in. There’s a handy LCD display that tells you how much battery life is left, so you can plan ahead when to charge it. And plan ahead you should, since charging takes a lengthy 8 hours, and lasts as much as that of other electric razors which take only a fraction of the time to fill the battery up, which is a bit disappointing.
Another potential problem is that the PT720/17 isn’t intended for wet shaving. You can clean its head under a stream of water, but the device itself isn’t waterproof, so you have to take care when handling it.
With all that said and done, this is still a solid men’s shaver if used properly. If you don’t mind long recharge times and couldn’t care less about wet shaving, this is a good quality choice at a very reasonable price.
4. Philips AquaTouch S5420/06(4.0 / 5)
Contrary to the last Phillips electric shaver we reviewed, the AquaTouch S5420/06 prides itself with versatility and adaptability. If we had to pit it against another electric razor in a similar price bracket, it would have to be the 3080, so how do they compare?
The short answer is that the decision comes down to whether you are a rotary or straight foil kind of guy. The long one is that Philips have taken a similar approach and have managed to make a more affordable model without losing many of its crucial features.
You still get a charger that fills it up in an hour, the benefits of a 5 direction set of circular blades that adapt themselves to your face’s contours, and the ability to use it for wet and dry shaving alike.
There’s also a clip-on trimmer useful for sculpting sideburns or a moustache. Special care has been given to sensitive skin, as the blades do a thorough job of cutting down facial hair while being placed in a way that minimizes skin irritation.
In a nutshell, the AquaTouch S5420/06 is a decent shaver in the higher reaches of the affordable category that has a lot to offer for a price which is still very acceptable.
If you prefer a good rotary model you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of money on, then this is a perfectly viable choice. At least you will be keeping those pesky ingrown hairs away.
Factors to Consider Before You Make a Purchase
With the best electric shaver reviews out of the way, we can now focus on some general guidelines on what makes a given model great and perfectly suitable for your specific needs.
Rotary vs. Straight foil – The age-old battle of preferences is something you’ll ultimately need to figure out for yourself, but there are a few pros and cons to each shaving method which might help tip the scales one way or another.
Rotary models are best suited for people who don’t like to shave daily since their rotating blades do a great job of trapping and cutting up longer hairs. They can also be used with smaller, circular motions and are better at adapting to your facial features. On the other hand, straight foil variants provide a closer shave since they come into contact with the skin better.
They’re the optimal choice for people who like to maintain a clean shave all the time. They are also more precise when dealing with straight lines like trimming sideburns and beards.
Choose a model based on your own shaving patterns and you won’t go wrong.
Ease of maintenance – As we’ve seen, most manufacturers claim their shavers are easy to maintain, either through the use of cleaning stations or simple cleaning.
Having a versatile cleaning station is obviously the best answer, but this is the hallmark of products that are also the most expensive, so if you don’t want to spend the money you’ll have to do the cleaning yourself.
Take care to do the cleaning after every use. This is very important, especially for rotary models since their circular blades are a nightmare to clean once the shaving cream and hair have had time to cake-in properly.
Overall though, they’re much better than using normal razor blades that rust very easily.
Speedy recovery – Sometimes you need to shave right away, or very nearly so. If you are forgetful about this sort of thing, you’ll probably realise your shaver needs a recharge the moment you turn it on and it doesn’t work.
More expensive models have great chargers that make them fully operational in an hour. If you can’t be bothered to charge the electric shaver up every time you go to bed, think about buying one with a short recharge time, or at least one that lets you know in no mistaken terms that you should charge it very soon.
All this talk of shaving has got us itching to get back into the bathroom in the morning and tinker some more with our favourite models.
More importantly though, we’d like to think that these electric shaver reviews have given you enough data to go on to make choosing your next model a more straightforward and informed experience.
We might have solidified your love for a particular brand, or we might have even given you an incentive to change your approach to shaving altogether and try out a model that has a shaving philosophy you haven’t considered before.
Whatever the case may be, all of the models in the guide have proven themselves capable of helping men keep up a well-groomed and stylish appearance without much fuss.
All it takes is a vision of what you’d like to look like at your best and a daily dose of commitment on your end to turn that vision into a long lasting reality. So, pick up that new shaver of yours and trim your way to a more handsome and more confident you!