A close shave is an integral part of the grooming rituals of any modern man. A shave, when done properly, has the potential of transforming any ordinary man into a debonair hunk of a gentleman. However, with the stress of the modern world, where everyone is struggling to find time, especially during those early morning hours before work, the once simple and mundane task of shaving seems daunting. Even a slight distraction or haste can leave you with a bloody mess, which is possibly the worst way to start your day.
The shaving woes of gentlemen has been on the priority list of inventors over many years and as a result a slew of ‘on-the-go’ electric razors have been in the market for quite some time now. The earlier electric razors could’t quite make the ‘cut’ (pun intended) into a gentleman’s shaving kit. They were okay for some emergencies and quick touch-ups but could never get the job well done like the traditional foam and razor thingamajig!
Technology has come a long way since. With everything around us becoming ‘smart’, efficient and powerful, how can the electric razors fall behind. Todays modern electric razors are efficient, safe, precise and incredibly powerful. Some of them can even be used in the shower, talk about multi-tasking huh?! They are ergonomically designed to fit to the contours of your face so that you can get the closest possible shave without chafing or cutting yourself. They last for a long time-really long time and many don’t even require you to lather up!
The choice of a perfect electric razor is not a simple one as the market is filled with a plethora of these gadgets. To get you started and help you narrow your search, here are the 10 best electric shavers on the market currently:
10. Braun Series 7 790cc-4 Electric Foil Shaver
The Braun series 7 is a wet and dry foil shaver which features a patented sonic technology which increases the power in difficult and hard to reach ares and adjusts the power based on the density of the hair. This foil shaver is gentler than the rotary head shavers and sports a specially designed head which is ergonomic and glides over the various contours of your face without difficulty. The shaver is incredibly powerful and can cut the beard as close as 0.05mm! To put that to perspective, it is half the width of a human hair. Now thats what I call close! The shaver comes with its own charging and cleaning station, is waterproof and is guarantees for a period of 7 years from the manufacturer.
9. Philips Norelco PT724/46 Shaver 3100
Philips Norelco is a trusted brand which has been around for many years. This state-of-the art rotary shaver is a powerful offering from the company. The ‘comfortCut’ heads of the system are designed to glide ever so gently over your face giving you a close shave. The patented ‘Flex and Float’ system allows the razors to ergonomically reach the areas of your face which are otherwise difficult to reach. The unit also sports an integrated pop-up trimmer which is excellent for trimming side burns. With a lithium ion battery, the unit can last for up to 40 minutes on a single charge.
8. Braun 3 Series 340S-4 Wet & Dry Shaver
The second product from Braun to feature on this list, this wet and dry foil shaver is very budget friendly and sports the same foil technology to minimize irritation and scrapes while shaving. This shaver packs in all the features of an improved technology which translates into a noticeable performance in as old as 3 day beards. The ‘SensoFoil’ technology offers a close shave and the triple action cutting system improves on the efficiency on thick hair. The integrated LED display also keeps you abreast of the amount of juice left and a completely waterproof design means that it can be used without a problem in the shower as well.
7. Philips Norelco 1150X/46 Shaver 6100
This is yet another offering for the Philips Norelco camp. This rotary shaver boasts the patented 2D gyro flex and skin glide technology for a perfect shave. The 2D gyro technology allows the razor head to pivot in circular motion and tilt forward, making it one of the most ergonomic razors out there. The shaves with this razor are smooth and irritation free. The unit also comes with a charging station and can shave in both wet and dry mode.
6. Remington F5-5800 Rechargeable Foil shaver
With the Remington F5 foil shaver, irritation and chafing are the thing of the past. The integrated intercept trimmer blade is powerful enough to cut through a 3 day old stubble without any problem. The ergonomically constructed foil makes the razor glide with ease even on the toughest of the facial contours. The unit also features a pop-up trimmer for detailing the sideburns or other facial hair. The blades are made from surgical quality steel and maintenance is a breeze as the unit is water washable. The razor has an impressive battery life of unto 60 minutes on a single charge which is enough for 15-20 shaves.
5. Philips Norelco Shaver 6400 with Click-On Beard Styler
This rotary head electric shaver also features the GyroFlex technology for easier glide on the face and a closer shave. The unit also features ‘DualPrecision’ shaving heads capable of tackling both the longer and shorter hair of a stubble. The shaver is equipped with a ‘SkinGlide’ surface which eliminates any irritation due to friction. The unique feature of the unit is that it comes with a click-on trimmer for detailing of the sideburns and other facial hair. The unit has an impressive battery life of about 40 minutes.
4.Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor
This state-of-the art offering from Panasonic is a foil shaver which can be operated in both wet and dry conditions. A powerful 13,000 rpm motor under the hood drives the sharp nanotech blades for a smooth and comfortable shave. The blades, which combine nanotechnology, can be operated as low as 30º angle. The adjustable contour heads can glide over the most difficult parts go your face with a breeze. The unit also has a pop-up trimmer blade for some detailing job. The self cleaning mode which amps up the motor to 17000 rpm ensures that any residue left behind is also cleaned efficiently. The razor has an impressive battery life as well.
3. Philips Norelco Shaver 4500
The Shaver 4500 is a rotary shaver that offers unique DualPrecision blade technology for a closer shave. With the patented AquaTec technology, you can enjoy a comfortable dry as well as a refreshing wet shave. The Pivot, Flex and Float systems ensure a close shave under the chin and in the neck region. The unit also comes equipped with a pop-up trimmer for sideburns and mustaches.
2. Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Shaver 2100
This shaver from the Philips camp features CloseCut heads for unto a 25% closer shave than other shavers. The battery life is also good at 40 minutes after one full charge. The LED indicator displays the battery status and the unit comes with a 45 day risk free trial and a full 2 year warranty from the manufacturer.
1. Philips Norelco S9311/87 9300 Shaver
Although the unit is by far the priciest on the list but it is well worth the money. The most advanced offering from Philips comes with a patented ‘V track’ precision blades with ‘Contour Detect Technology’ for a smooth and effortless shaving experience. The special design allows the shaver head to glide over 8 directions and cut 20% more hair in one single pass. The unit also comes with a trimmer attachment and a cleaning cartridge. The powerful shaver offers up to 30% closer shave over the competition. The shaver truly is one of the best in its category.
The electric shaver market is full of a number of products varying in price range and features. Although it is very difficult to predict which shaver will suit you the best, the above list is a comprehensive compilation of features of the leading brands out there. We hope that this article will help you narrow down your search for the perfect electric razor!