Just a decade ago electric shavers were considered a bit sketchy, especially by men who have coarse or thick facial hair. Even the most sophisticated electric shaver failed to deliver a close shave without pulling or nicking the skin. Trying to shave your nether regions was akin to self-castration. Luckily, electric shavers have improved by leaps and bounds. Now, the best electric shavers have more powerful motors, are sharper, offer a more consistent shave, and are affordable.
Qualities of the best electric shavers
Electric shavers are simple devices. So, why is it so hard to find one that is right for you? The main reason is that most men try to buy the cheapest model possible. With electric shavers, you get what you pay for. In order to find the best electric shaver, you need to find a model that has a set of blades that travel at high speed to cut course and thick hair without pulling. The blades need to be made of stainless steel at the very least and the head needs to be able to contour to your face. Beyond those points, you must have a shaver that is easy to clean and maintain. With those simple rules in mind, here are reviews of the five best electric shavers available today.
Review of the Top 5 Electric Shavers
Braun Series 7 790 CC Pulsonic Shaver System
The Braun Series 7 electric shavers are some of the most advanced, comfortable shavers available. The 790 is the top-of-the-line model in the group. The Braun 790 CC uses patented Pulsonic Technology to deliver 10,000 vibrations per minute, ensuring that every stroke delivers the best cut possible. The 790 incorporates Braun’s ActiveLift technology to pick up and cut flat hair. No more stray neck hairs! Just in case an occasional hair escapes the ActiveLift area, the 790 features an active head that adapts to the contours of your face. As if that were not enough, the 790 features Braun’s Clean & Renew system to ensure that you have a clean, lubricated, and charged shaver at all times.
The only drawback to the 790 is that it lacks a wet shave option. Braun overcame that by adding the 799 to the series. [ Reviews ]
Braun Series 5 550 CC Shaver System
The Braun Series 5 electric shavers are designed for men and women who do not have to worry about coarse or thick hair. The 550 CC has many of the same features as the 790: the smooth shave offered by ActiveLift technology, three-stage cutting system, and an active head that hugs to the contours of your face. The Braun Series 5 550 CC shaver incorporates the Clean & Renew system that aficionados expect from Braun. The best feature of this shaver may be that it is a low cost, yet effective alternative to the Braun Series 7 shavers.
The biggest drawback to the 550 CC is that it does not have Pulsonic Technology. That means it vibrates at a slightly lower rate than the Series 7 shavers from Braun, making it a less than optimal shaver for men and women who have thick or coarse hair. [ Reviews ]
Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc3 Electric Razor
The Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc3 electric razor may be the best electric shaver on the market for men who have thick and/or coarse hair. It features a linear motor that delivers 13,000 vibrations per minute to a three-blade ultra thin foil cutting head that pivots to stay close to your skin for the ultimate close shave. The Arc3 also incorporates a pop-up trimmer for precision docking of sideburns and angling of facial hair or your neckline. As if that were not enough, the Arc3 can be used for a wet or dry shave and is washable. What else can a man want?
The main drawback to the Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc3 Electric Razor could be the short effective usage time per charge. The Arc3 offers up to 45 minutes of continuous use under optimal conditions. This may not be enough time if your hair is extremely thick, you are shaving more than your face, or forget to charge between shaves. [ Reviews ]
Philips Norelco 1280X/47 SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor with Jet Clean System
Philips Norelco is perhaps the best known name in the shaving industry. With years of experience and research backing them, you can expect Philips Norelco to offer some of the most advanced shaving technology. The 1280X delivers on those expectations. The most amazing feature of this wet/dry shaver is the GyroFlex 3D technology. The head of the shaver is split into three independently moving sections to ensure the closest shave possible. The three head sections feature lift and cut dual blade action for pull-free shaving. As if the smooth shave action wasn’t enough, Philips Norelco added its patented JetClean System. The shaver’s holder will clean, lubricate, and charge the razor.
The only drawback to the Philips Norelco 1280X/47 SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor with Jet Clean System could be the price. This unit is priced significantly higher than the other products reviewed here so far. The price bump is somewhat negated by the longevity of the product. This shaver should last up to five years with proper use.
Panasonic ES-LF51-A Arc4 Wet/Dry Electric Shaver
The Panasonic ES-LF51-A Arc4 is an upgrade to the Arc3 previously reviewed. It comes into contention for best electric shaver because of the speed of its motor. Where the Arc3 delivered 13,000 vibrations per minute, the Arc4 offers 14,000. An extra 1,000 vibrations is only significant if you are sick of your body hair being pulled out instead of cut. In addition to the faster cutting action, the Arc4 offers four blades compared to the three of the Arc3. The Arc4 further delivers with a pop-up trimmer and wet/dry shaving.
There are really no downsides to this razor other that it is not meant for women. The four blade system can be a bit much for sensitive areas such as the armpits or pubic region. The trimmer is not up to snuff for either area, either. [Reviews]