What Is The Best Men’s Electric Shaver?

While blade razors are effective for the job, my personal preference is for electric shavers. They are less harsh on the skin and generally lead to far less irritation; especially on the neck. But what is the best men’s electric shaver?

Well, that will often come down to personal preference. Sometimes we also become brand fans and stick to a particular brand no matter what. Below I listed some of the top selling electric razors on Amazon, with my personal favourite at the top of the list. The rest are in no particular order.

 

~ Men’s Electric Razor Reviews ~

 

Braun Series 7-790cc Pulsonic Shaver System

Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver SystemRated the World’s #1 Foil Shaver in 2014, this 7 Series Braun model is my personal favourite and the one I currently use. The foil is so fine it shaves almost as close as a razor blade, and the swivelling head makes shaving those awkward areas under the chin and nose very simple. The way it vibrates at high speed with the Pulsonic technology built in really adds to that close shave. It even comes with 3 personalisation modes for user preference. One of the things I’ve always loved about the Braun series is the cleaning station. Just simply drop it into the dock, turn the power on, and about an hour later the razor emerges fully charged, blades washed, screen buffed and polished and like brand new. The cleaning fluid also has a nice fresh citrus smell. I love this shaver. Out of all the electric shavers I’ve tried over the years, this one is my all-time favourite!

Where To Buy: Amazon.com

 

Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Shaver 2010

Philips Norelco 6948XL-41 Shaver 2100This is currently the #1 bestseller on Amazon for rotary shavers, and that would largely be due to its cheap price tag. Personally I don’t like rotary shavers, but that’s just me. I’ve used a few of the Philips rotary models in the past (not this particular one) and I just don’t think they shave as well as the foil razors. I don’t like the triangular shape of the head for starters. I find it clumsy and hard to get into those awkward areas like under the chin. Other people swear by them, though. It’s really a matter of personal choice. This model has self-sharpening blades and a Flex and Float System to hug the contours of the face. For the bargain price it’s a great buy.

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 Electric Shaver Wet/Dry

Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 Electric Shaver Wet and DryThis Panasonic model can be used either wet or dry, which is a common feature of the Panasonic range. There are cheaper versions of the Panasonic Wet and Dry, but this one is probably the best of the bunch. It has a multi-flex pivoting head with 5 blades operating under an ultra-thin vibrating foil for a super close and super smooth shave. You can take this sucker into the shower with you if you like as it’s 100% waterproof. It is equipped with a pop up trimmer and an LCD screen. If you are looking for a wet and dry model razor, then I don’t think you can go past this Panasonic shaver. It’s a good one.

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

Braun 3 Series 380 S-4 Wet and Dry Shaver

Braun 3Series 380S-4 Wet and Dry ShaverBraun has a few models in their wet and dry armoury.  Just like the Panasonic model above, this one is 100% waterproof and can be used in wet areas. This model specifically works well on a longer growth, such as 3 days, and is very smooth on the skin. The triple action cutting system will shave both short and longer hair. It comes with a trimmer, LED display and a rechargeable battery that has no memory effect. It’s a good quality and reliable razor for the modest price tag. Well worth trying if you’re into the wet and dry range of shavers.

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

Remington PR1235 R3 Power Series Rotary Shaver

Remington PR1235 R3 Power Series Rotary ShaverThis rotary model is for the real budget conscious, tagged with a price about as low as you can get for an electric razor. With its PowerFlex head, it can adjust to any angle on the face for a closer shave with less irritation. It even comes with a precision trimmer. For a razor so dirt cheap it gets a pretty positive rap in the Amazon reviews, and even comes with a 60 day money back guarantee if you find you don’t like it.

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

The Final Wash Up

I definitely rate the Braun 7 Series shaver the best of the bunch listed above. It’s not a cheapie, but not expensive either, and well worth the investment. While a few of the other four listed aren’t necessarily the best models on the market, I wanted to mention a couple of budget models as well for those without the dollars to spend on a really good razor. My second choice on this list would definitely be the Panasonic wet and dry shaver.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Dave SweneyDave Sweney
    November 3, 2015    

    Thanks for the good review of some the available models to include price range usability, rankings from customers, and adding in your opinion as to what is the best mens electric shaver!

    I have not used an electric razor for quite a while but when I did the norelco model you mentioned was the choice. I found that once I tried the straight razor after an extended period using the electric, I did not want to go back!

    BUT there are times when an electric is the way to go, you can use them in an emergency anywhere as long as they have a charge. I will consider adding one to my emergency kit based on seeing this fin article today, and likely will go with your choice, you seem to know what you are talking about!

    • November 3, 2015    

      Thanks Dave. I’m glad you found the post helpful. I actually prefer electric shavers to a blade razor. I get less irritation. The downside is they don’t work very well in humid climates. The skin is often just too sticky. But, having said that, with the wet and dry models this problem is overcome.

  2. MarcusMarcus
    November 26, 2015    

    Do you think that electric shaving shaves as close as wet shaving? I have mostly used a wet razor, but, of course, there is always the risk of cutting myself. I suppose, as with any product, if you go for the cheapest products they won’t be the best quality. Although some of the very expensive products can be not worth the extra money, probably something in the mid-range price would be better. What do you think? For example, I see you gave the Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Shaver 2010 only a slightly lower rating than the Braun Series 7-790cc Pulsonic Shaver System, but the price difference between them is very wide!

    • November 26, 2015    

      Electric shavers have definitely improved in the last decade or so. They definitely give a much closer shave than older models did. I still don’t think they will ever shave as close as a blade, though, because on an electric shaver there will always be a screen, and they can only make the screen so thin.

      I think you’re right when you suggest that a shaver with a mid-range price tag is probably the best option. You definitely get what you pay for to some degree with electric shavers, but some of the top models are definitely over-priced. I’m definitely a fan of the Braun range and would probably pay a little more for one simply because I’ve used them and know what I’m getting for my money, whereas I won’t have the same first-hand knowledge with a shaver brand I haven’t tried before.

      Philips make good products in general, so there’s no reason to discount the quality of any of the Philips shaver models.

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