Choosing the right electric shaver is very difficult when you have many options to choose from and you might not know which is the best to handle your facial hair. You should check out our honest review of top 10 best electric shavers available in the market.

Top 10 Best Electric Shaver For Men 2018

Introduction

Are you having difficulties on choosing your new shaver?

This article will help you narrow down your choices for the best electric shaver.

It is hard to choose a good electric shaver when you’re not sure what to look for.

After all, getting a close comfortable shave, without spending a lot of money seems to be our main expectation.

However, we all have different needs.

It can vary considerably in terms of the features it has and your budget.

For this reason, we have compiled a list of the best electric shavers that we went through extensively based on their features, designs, and other user feedbacks as our comparison guideline.

Once you finish reading this article, you will have a clearer understanding of which electric shaver and its features will best suit your needs.

But before you go through the in-depth review of each electric razor, I would suggest you to go through the buyer’s guide to understand which shaver is the right one within your budget and expectations.

Device Type Wet& Dry Technology Charging & Cleaning Dock Price
Braun Series 9 9290cc Foil Yes Yes Price
Braun Series 7 790cc Foil No Yes Price
Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc 5 Foil Yes No Price
Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4 Foil Yes No Price
Braun Series 5 5090cc Foil Yes Yes Price
Philips Norelco 8900 Rotary Yes Yes Price
Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc 3 Foil Yes No Price
Braun Series 3 3040s ProSkin Foil Yes No Price
Philips Norelco 3310 (S3310/81) Rotary No No Price
Braun M90 Mobile Shaver Foil No No Price

What are the top 10 best electric razors to buy in 2018?


1. Braun Series 9 9290cc Electric Razor - The Best Comfortable Foil Shaver for Coarse Hair


Braun Series 9 9290cc

Series 9 is the top-line Series of Braun’s Electric Shaver.

The latest updated and improved models are 9290cc, 9295cc, and 9293s and it comes with wet & dry technology.

The updated models comes with more reasonable price as well compared to previous years version.

Here are the reasons why I think the Series 9 9290cc is the number one best electric shaver.

The Series 9 has the largest shaver head among the other Braun’s Series.

It comes with 4 cutting elements as compared the Series 7, which has only 3.

The ergonomic shape feels much well balanced and comfortable to hold.

The shaving elements features in the 9290cc:

  • 2x OptiFoil located end to end
  • HyperLift & Cut trimmer which lifts and cuts flat lying hairs
  • Direct & Cut trimmer which aligns and cuts medium to coarse hairs in different directions.
  • The Protective SkinGuard gives a smooth gliding onto the skin while you’re shaving.

The best experience the Series 9 can give, is the comfort.

It feels very gentle and likely to be the most comfortable shaver you can find.

Apart from that, the foils never gets warm even after prolonged use.

If you are constantly suffering burn, discomfort or having sensitive skin, you could get away with the Series 9.

On functionalities wise, the Series 9 is far more superior than many shaver in the market.

The 9290cc’s shaver blades is mounted on a 10 directional pivoting head (10-D) for more thorough shave from different directions.

Therefore, it works better compared to any other foil shaver and its ability to manage coarse hair, wiry and flat lying hairs extremely well.

If you only shave every 3 days or so, you will often deal with problematic areas where the hair grow dense, coarse or parallel to the skin.

The Braun 9290cc is again, the best solution to this.

I manage to finish my shaves with fewer stroke and shorter time thanks to the powerful Braun Sonic Technology, which can deliver up to 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute.

Other options of shaver that can also handle situations where you don’t shave daily, are the Norelco’s advanced rotary shavers like the 8900 and 9300.

For close shaving, this 9290cc is definitely very close but it is still not really the best yet.

The Panasonic, Arc 5 and Arc 4 can provide even closer shave although not as comfortable as the Series 9.

So, if you are very particular in getting the closest shave possible and not having a sensitive, the Panasonics Arc 5 may also be a better option.

Cleaning up is a little troublesome

With the combination of 4 feature-rich cutting elements, cleaning does get troublesome.

Fortunately, we can opt to purchase the Braun 9290cc (the cc means it comes with Clean and Charge Station) which helps to get all the hair clippings out easily while the price does not different too much when without one.

Verdict

In conclusion, being the premium line for Braun, the 9290cc provides the best shaving experience in terms of comfort, shaving efforts and close shaving experience, thus making it our choice for the best electric shaver in 2018.

However if your budget is tight but still want the best available option from Braun, then check out our second best pick below.

Check out the Braun Series 9 9290cc

Pros
  • Very close shaves
  • Powerful, quick and smooth shaving coarse beards
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Flexible shaving heads, easily maneuver around curves and adjust to face contour
  • Ergonomic design that is easy to hold and well balance with 5 shaving elements
  • Wet & Dry technology, which means it is 100% waterproof
  • Comes with 5-action Clean & Charge Station
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
Cons
  • Comes with high price tag
  • Might be overkill for light beards and everyday use
  • Manual cleaning is tedious
  • Larger head - difficulty to reach under nose area

2. Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver - The Best All Rounder Electric Shaver


Braun series 7 790cc

The Braun series 7 was introduced in 2010 and since then became one of the Top-Rated and popular series ever built by this company.

Although there are several versions of updates since its launch, it does not improve significantly in terms of performance and features.

Therefore, go for the lowest price, the performance will be the same.

Here are some of the reasons why I think the Series 7 790cc is the second best electric shaver to buy in 2018.

The 790CC provides very close shave and excellent maneuverability.

Thanks to its cutting elements, the shaver head is equipped with 2 OptiFoil (for close shaving) and a ActiveLift trimmer in the middle (to capture flat-lying hairs)

The 790cc shaving head is mounted on 8 Directional pivot head (8-D).

One of the best experience you will enjoy from this shaver is its comfort.

It is perfectly suitable and best for sensitive skin where you can adjust from 3 personalization modes from normal, intensive and sensitive.

From my point of view, The 790cc is the best selection due to lower price tag than other model.

Unfortunately, the 790cc is lack of the Wet & Dry Technology.

That would not be an issue if you shave dry; if you really need the Wet & Dry feature, 799cc is the model to go for with slightly higher price tag.

The shaver head is very flexible, it can adapt and follow your face contour

The individual foils and trimmer are mounted on a pivoting head - MicroMotion and MacroMotion. As it navigates along larger and problematic contours, it still provides precision cuts as close as 0.05mm for maximum skin contact.

The battery require 50 minutes of charging time only until fully charged. A quick 5 minutes charge is enough for one shave if you’re in a rush and having a flat battery.

This shaver also comes with an automatic cleaning center which will save you alot of time and hassle from cleaning.

Moreover, the clean and charge dock of Series 7 features 4-action alcohol-based and it will automatically lubricates as well.

What’s more amazing, is the cleaning process only takes about 25 seconds.

The downside of Braun series 7 790cc, is the lack of Wet & Dry Technology.

Verdict

All in all, the Braun Series 7 790cc is definitely one of the best shavers that provides comfort and amazing closeness.

The electric shaver features a pivoting head which gives you a clean shave with fewer strokes, as result to less irritation to your sensitive skin.

For its overall quality, personalization modes, quick-charge feature, closeness of shaves and comforts, this shaver can definitely be a good choice for your fast-paced living environment.

Check out the Braun Series 7 790cc

Pros
  • very comfortable
  • very close shaves
  • powerful and smooth shave for coarse beards
  • excellent cleaning station
  • suitable for sensitive skin
Cons
  • Not the closest shave
  • Only for dry shaving.
  • Manual cleaning is troublesome
  • suitable only for daily shave

3. Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc 5 Electric Shaver - Best in Closeness Electric Foil Shaver


Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc 5

Panasonic shaver are well known for its super sharp blades especially in their top-line model, the Panasonic Arc 5.

It provides powerful, precision 5 shaving elements for extremely close shave. I was suprised how smooth it glide around the curves of my face.

The Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc 5 is the latest release from the Panasonic.

There are total 3 generations of Arc 5 shavers since it was first launched.

As a result, the ES-LV65-S is the best model Arc 5 series measured by its cost and performance.

Here’s how the Panasonic Arc 5 made it to the 3rd place on our list.

As comparison to top range Braun Series performed exceptionally well in giving the best comfort, Panasonic is the most outstanding when it comes to extremely close shave.

The linear motor maintains peak performance at 14,000 cpm, one of the fastest motor out there. As a result, the fast motor with addition to closeness, will have no problem shaving corse beard as well.

It comes with Wet & Dry technology, hence, if you want to experience further closeness and comfort of shave, you may want to shave it with shaving cream.

Since the Panasonic’s shaving comfort is not superior than Braun, by adding shaving cream, you will enjoy best of both worlds in closeness and comfort. Pre-shave lotion will do the trick as well.

The nanotech blade technology provides smooth cutting experience includes most stubborn stubble and coarse hair without ripping hair from its root.

Although I do not have sensitive skin, Panasonic claims the blades to be highly hypoallergenic as well.

Another advantage to highlight is the foil stayed cool even with prolonged shaving session

The Panasonic features Multi-Flex Heads which the head pivots to provide smooth glide along the contours of face, jaw chin and neck include difficult curve.

This feature only available on top range Panasonic Arc 5 and the ES-LA63-S and ES-LA93-K Arc 4 model only.

Another special feature that only available on Arc 5 is the Active Shave sensor where it automatically adjust the power flow to accelerate according thickest beard area.

However, if you have a very sensitive skin, I would recommend you to get a Braun Series 9 or 7.

The ES-LV65-S can be quite aggressive with closeness shave to your sensitive skin, even though the foil doesn’t get hot for longer shaving time. Unless your skin is normal to slightly sensitive, you are good to go with Arc 5.

You have an option to select Arc 5 with cleaning station as well from the Arc 5 variation, the Panasonic ES-LV95-S.

However, it is very easy to manage the cleaning manually compare to Braun shaver and it costs less than Panasonic ES-LV95-S with cleaning station. Therefore, I would recommend you skip the cleaning station.

The issues from Arc 5 or others may encounter during shaving is difficulty in capturing flat lying hairs, despite of impressive cutting element that was merely focus on closeness. Thus, Braun Series 9 would work excellently in this case.

Verdict

Overall, the Panasonic ES-LV65-S is the best in terms of providing fast shaving, managing coarse hair and closeness. However, 5 cutting elements is probably overkill for light beard. In this case, I would suggest to go for Braun Series 5, Panasonic Arc 4 or even Arc 3.

Check out the Panasonic Arc 5

Pros
  • Extremely Close Shaves
  • Moderately comfortable for sensitive skin
  • Great performance in terms of power and speed
  • Suitable for coarse facial hair
  • Wet & Dry technology
  • Very easy to clean manually
  • Pivoting head makes it easy maneuver around
Cons
  • Expensive replace for foils and blades
  • overkill for light beards and everyday use
  • Moderate in capture flat lying hairs.

4.Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4 Electric Razor - The Best Value For Money & Closeness Shaver


Panasonic  ES-LA63-S Arc 4

The Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4 is similar to Arc 5 in terms of excellent performance which provides closest shave, super fast and smooth shave but it lacks of comfort.

The Arc 4 has 4 cutting elements unlike the Arc 5 that has 5 but the performance is still impressive on dense beard.

Compare to the previous version as the price are higher, since then, it has dropped tremendously at $100 range, making the Panasonic Arc-4 is the best value for money.

It is one of the best option for low budget buyer who wish to own an electric shaver that provides very close shave and smooth gliding.

Selecting the right electric razor can be hard and often many will look into closeness as buying factor.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S is a great option for close shaves with adequate comfort due to ultra thin foil and right underneath is the 30 degree super sharp nanoblades that Panasonic claims to be hypoallergenic.

The 2-Motor System only available for Arc 4 model where the linear motor deliver side-to-side motion while second motor inside that makes the foil vibrate up and down, thus capture flat lying hairs efficiently.

The Arc 4 features the same cutting power like the Arc 5, 14,000 Cycle Per Minute motor, brings the performance peak at all time.

As a result, the extremely sharp nanoblades will cut through dense, wiry hair with ease. Only few strokes needed to get your job done.

The shaver head’s comes with Multi-Flex Active Head feature easily adapt to facial contours and difficult areas with ease.

Moreover, it comes with Wet & Dry technology, therefore, giving more comfort in wet shaving than dry shaving. However, I feel adequately comfortable during a dry shave, as long as I’m aware of not pressing it too hard.

The foils stayed cool throughout the operation and it will works perfectly fine for you if you do not have sensitive skin.

When it comes to shaving experience with ES-LA63-S comparing with ES-LV65-S (Arc 5), it feels almost similar. Only the fifth blade from the Arc 5 provides diminishing returns. Thus, the Arc 5 somewhat feels slightly more comfortable, advance and stylish electric razor.

Although you can get clean and charge station in other variant of Arc 4, known as ES-LA93-K, I would recommend to give it a pass.

This is due to cleaning stations takes longer time to complete and the detergent cartridges is expensive to replace. Besides, it is very easy to clean up manually, therefore just select the ES-LA63-S as it comes with much lower price.

Fortunately, the Arc 4 features a 5 minutes quick charge if the battery is low and you’re in the hurry. A full charge will require an hour that provides 45 minutes of runtime.

So what is the cons of this Arc 4?

It does not provide a good comfort while shaving. It could inflict razor burn if you are pressing it hard. Not suitable for very sensitive type of skin. In this case, you might want to consider the Braun Series 7 or 5 for better comfort.

Verdict

Overall, the Panasonic Arc 4 electric shaver has the best value for money, affordable without paying a premium price. Great performance with dry or wet method, and the closest shave possible just like the Arc 5. That is to say the Arc 4 offers undeniably top-notch performance.

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Pros
  • Very close shave
  • Very fast and smooth
  • Powerful motors with very sharp blades
  • Wet &Dry technology
  • Can be suitable for sensitive skin
  • Easy to clean manually
  • Reasonably priced, Best value for money.
Cons
  • Still can be too aggresive for light beards or everyday use
  • Comfort level not as great as Series 7 or 5
  • Expensive to replace shaver head.

5.Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Shaver - The Best Electric Shaver for Thick Beard


Braun Series 5 5090cc

The Braun Series 5 electric shaver is an cheaper alternative to the Series 7 for low budget buyer that seeking for great performance without compromise.

The Series 5 became popular due to its superior performance that comes with reasonable price.

The Braun Series 5 5090cc is one of the best selling electric razor that comes with almost the same performance, and quality are similar to higher end model, the Braun Series 7.

The shaver head of the Series 5 has similarity with the Braun Series 7 but isn’t an updated version of the Series 5. They do have some unique features that distinguish from their range.

The Braun Series 5 5090cc’s shaver head consist of 3 cutting elements that similar to the Series 7’s.

2 outer foils that capturing and trimming dense hair and giving closest shave with comfort. The UltraActiveLift in the middle captures longer hair in difficult area and effective for lifting flat lying hairs.

With the FlexMotionTec features, the 3 cutting elements will minimize skin irritation by each of the cutting elements moves around curves around our face with flexbility up and down to maintain closest contact with the skin.

Thanks to FlexMotionTec and Macromotion features, the pivoting shaving head maximize close shave during the use which leads to fewer strokes and minimize skin irritation.

If you need a firm and comfortable grip during shaving around the jawline to under the chin, you can adjust and lock shaver’s head in any 5 adjustable angles that known as MultiHeadLock features.

The downside of the Series 5 is it creates more vibrations during hair cutting and noisier during operation.

All in all, the closeness and comfort of the Series 5 and Series 7 is almost the same. The shaving head of the Series 5 does not get warm during the shaving session.

This is definitely suitable for you if you have sensitive skin. I did not experienced any skin irritation or discomfort when using it.

The Braun Series 5 features Wet and Dry Technology as well, so you can shave with quality shaving cream for more comfort.

There is a long hair trimmer available if you need to use it to trim sideburns. It positioned on the back of the shaver.

I would recommend you to pick the 5090cc as it cost lower than other variations of Series 5. Moreover, the model cc would mean it comes with a charging and cleaning station as well.

Do take note that the clean and charging dock does not come with high end features such as advance drying system from the Series 9.

Instead, the Series 5 clean and charge station uses the alcohol based solution which evaporates for process of sterilisation, followed by lubricating the shaver’s blades.

Another downside of the Series 5 is the charging and cleaning station’s alcohol solution evaporates after 3 hours and the drying process will be very slow. However, it will not be a major concern as we don’t shave more than a time in a day.

Verdict

Overall, the Braun Series 5 5090cc electric razor gives an excellent performance similar to the Series 7 with lower budget alternative.

Indeed its a best value for money that comes with cleaning and charging station as well. It works perfectly fine and comfortable for shaving daily, suitable for light to medium beard, and best for sensitive skin.

You’ll probably satisfy in terms of very close shave but not extremely close shave from the Panasonic.

If your main concern is particular of getting closest shave as possible, you may opt for the Panasonic Arc 4 but not as comfortable as the Braun Series 5.

Check out the Braun Series 5 5090cc

Pros
  • very comfortable
  • close shave
  • suitable for sensitive skin
  • Best value for money
  • Suitable for daily use and light beard
  • similar performance as the Series 7
  • Wet and Dry technology
  • clean and charge station
Cons
  • noisy and more vibration
  • hassle in manual cleaning
  • does not have shaving closeness like its direct competitor, the Panasonic Arc 4

6.Philips Norelco 8900 with Smart Clean - The Best All-in-One Electric Rotary Shaver


Philips Norelco 8900

When comparing electric shaver’s world leading brand, Braun and Panasonic are well known of its premium electric foil shaver, you might want to check out Philips Norelco line which is popular for its premium rotary shaver.

The Philips Norelco 8900 is one of the best electric rotary shaver out there that gives you a decent close shave, fast, effectively captures long hair, and the three rotary heads that cuts through all kinds of hair that grows in different direction.

Most of the electric shaver’s article reviews written out there typically will recommend the Norelco’s higher end series 9000 like the Norelco 9700, but you should first go through the comparison between the Norelco 8900 and the 9700 before you make any purchase decision and is it worth to pay twice as much as the price of the 8900.

As a brief comparison:

Features 8900 9700
Speed Settings n/a 3
Display Type Standard LED display Stylish Digital Interface

Overall the speed setting and the futuristic digital display does not improve my shaving experience.

Both of the series using the same cutters.

The Philip Norelco electric razor is build with great quality therefore, will last you for a long time.

Rest assured the Philips Norelco is covered with 2 years warranty that shows how confident they are towards the quality.

The Norelco 8900 is highly efficient giving you a very close shaving experience.

The GyroFlex 3D system has 3 independent dynamic heads that pivoting, flexing outward and tilting inward.

Its flexing independently 8 different directions shaver’s head feature easily adapt on the contour of your face.

Thus, it works gentlely on your skin, constant skin contact when shaving, very fast and less likely you will have skin irritation

The UltraTrack shaving heads is highly efficient catching every hair with fewer strokes and the shaving performance is very fast as well. It is specialized in capturing long hairs, handling shortest stubble.

Moreover, if you have any ingrown hairs, the Super Lift & Cut dual blade feature will cut through comfortably below skin level for a close shave.

With V-track precision blades, Philip claims that the blades in 8900 will shave up 30% compare to previous generation of Norelco. It will less likely missed out any single hair with fewer stroke.

Rotary razors like the 8900 performed very well and better in cutting coarse hair than other foil shavers. Plus, it has some specific advantages compare to most foil shavers.

It can easily trim long and flat lying hairs. While shaving longer beard or moustache, I felt comfortable as it does not pull the hairs or even slight pinch on my skin.

This is one of the most comfortable electric rotary shaver as compared to most rotary shavers out there.

However, from my personal experience, foil shavers works better than rotary shavers in reaching difficult areas like under your nose or around a goatee.

This is due to construction of foil shaver’s wide flat surface cutting element optimize cutting performance without applying much pressure and more in control compare to rotary razor.

Closeness wise, foil shaver is slightly better due to reason of sharp blades oscillate very near behind micro-foil that captures hair effectively.

Philip Norelco 8900 comes with Wet & Dry Technology where you can use with shaving cream for more closeness and comfort. This can be suitable for those who have sensitive skin.

For the replacement of the cutter known as SH90 as replacement heads.

I would recommend you to purchase together with the cleaning station that known as SmartClean. It performed very well in cleaning, works quietly and fast.

Verdict

All in all, the Philips Norelco 8900 is a mid-range shaver that gives you high-end performance.

It provides comfort and closeness shaving experience with is 8 direction flex shaving heads. It is very suitable for any men that shave once every couple of days, with dense and long hair. However, if you have very sensitive skin you might want to consider the Braun Series 7 or Series 5 for better comfort.

Check out the Philips Norelco 8900

Pros
  • Shaves well for longer flat-lying hairs
  • close shaves
  • great cleaning station
  • Good value for money
  • Suitable for coarse hair
  • Cheaper than Philips 9000 series but same performance
Cons
  • not the best closeness compare to Panasonic Arc 4 or 5
  • not suitable for very sensitive skin
  • Replacement head slightly pricier

7.Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc 3 Electric Razor - The Best Budget Electric Shaver


Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc 3

As we all know that Panasonic is known to create high quality, very fast linear motor with extremely sharp nanotech blades to provide you closest shave ever and the ES-LT41-K Arc 3 is no exception.

The Arc 3 electric foil razor features a 3 cutting elements that runs super fast linear motor that provides 13,000 cuts-per-minute performance (CPM).

The shaving blades are best suited for sensitive skin as it is built with hypoallergenic blades.

Unlike the Arc 4 and 5, the Arc 3 equipped with lesser blades and smaller surface of outer foil will need more strokes, and correct method to shave coarse hair as well as difficult areas.

When you get it right, you can get very close shave and comfort.

Nevertheless, The Arc 3 can easily maneuver around your sideburns, chin and jawline with super fast cutting blade.

The ES-LT41-K features a Flexible pivoting head that can lean left and right but will not tilt front and back. The pivoting head can be secured in place with a push of a button.

The shaver head is designed to float independently to adapt the contours of your face, jaw, chin and neck. You will experience the shaver gives constant contact on your skin without pressure.

When comparing close shave, the Panasonic ES-LT41-K works better than its direct competitor with similar range such as the Braun Series 3 and Philips Norelco.

Pop-Up Trimmer is also available for general grooming but if you wanted to have a better precision in trimming your sideburns, you will have to remove shaving head for better view.

The ES-LT41-K provides 5-minute quick charge function that is more than enough for one shaving session. Full charge for the Li-Ion battery will take around 60 minutes and 50 minutes run time.

The downside of this shaver is it may cause skin irritation if you have sensitive skin.

The foil can get hot when shaving and cause discomfort. To overcome this issue I would suggest you to shave with good quality shaving cream as it comes with Wet and Dry technology.

Cleaning station is not available for this unit, however cleaning it is a breeze. Just apply some cleaning soap and rinse the water on outer foil. Press and hold on the power button for 3 seconds to activate the Sonic Vibration Cleaning mode.

Verdict

The Panasonic ES-LT41-K is the best entry level electric shaver. But with the affordable price range you are paying for, you will get the same quality of the inner blades just like the ES-LA93-K Arc 4.

This shaver may suitable for those who have sensitive skin provided if you apply on quality shaving cream for wet shaving to get better comfort and closeness at the same time. It is very user friendly for beginners.

For other alternatives if you have very sensitive skin, the Braun series 3 is a better option.

Check out the Panasonic Arc 3

Pros
  • Very close shaves
  • Powerful and fast
  • suitable for coarse hair
  • Wet & Dry use
  • Very easy to clean manually
  • Best of all-round budget shaver
Cons
  • Comfort level slightly below Braun Series 3
  • replacement of foils and blade is expensive as compared to competition
  • not suitable for sensitive skin
  • works better with daily shave.

8.Braun Series 3 3040s ProSkin - Best for Sensitive Skin


Braun Series 3 3040s ProSkin

Braun has updated their Series 3 to an attractive new design with sharp colors not long ago. This is the best electric razor under $100, worth the value with features of wet & dry use, suitable for sensitive skin, and very comfortable in this entry level range.

Currently there are several model in the Braun Series 3 updated with new makeover that available in the market.

Start off with the 3080s model - comes with wet&dry features and precision modes which lock the foil in place for shaving difficult areas like under nose but it is not practical and have no difference in shaving performance.

The 3040s similar with 3080s except it doesnt come with precision mode.

The 3050cc comes with automatic cleaning station but without precision mode and wet shaving features.

The cheaper model 3010s comes without hair trimmer as i feel it is very useful therefore, I wouldn’t consider this model.

I strongly recommend the 3040s as it has most practical features that comes low in price.

The 3040s electric shaver can be use in wet & dry method and this basic shaving head is very easy to clean manually compared to upper range of Braun Series.

Therefore, the cleaning station is not needed.

Focusing into the Series 3 shaver head, it consist three cutting element. There are 2 outer foil and the center cutter that lifts flat lying hairs. As you can see the white color plastic surrounding center cutter is known as micro comb that helps to guide hair into the cutter.

The 3 independent cutting element are floated can be moved up or down when gliding and tilt left or down except the MacroMotion that pivot front and back angle.

The flexible floating cutting elements will maximize skin contact when gliding over contoured areas such as curves and jawline of your face. As a result, it will minimize the effect of pressing down too hard on your face which will cause skin irritation.

In addition, those who have sensitive skin, the Series 3 is a great option for you as the foil remained cool during the entire shaving session.

The Series 3 3040s is very suitable for daily use and light beard. Longer hairs will cause difficulty to basic foil shavers, including the Series 3.

If you are particular in getting a very close shave, the Arc 3 will perform better compared to Series 3.

The Braun Series 3 uses NIMH battery that will takes up an hour to charge and gives you approximately 45 minutes of shaving time.

Verdict

Overall, the Braun Series 3 will gives you the best in comfort and gentle to your skin but not the closeness.

Suitable for light to medium beard, sensitive skin and daily shave. However if you have coarse facial hair, the Series 3 can get the job done but it takes longer time and patience.

If you’re looking for closeness in same range, you may opt for the Panasonic Arc 3.

For better performance in terms of power to handle your coarse hair, you can’t go wrong with either the Braun Series 5 or Panasonic Arc 4.

Check out the Braun Series 3 3040s ProSkin

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Very good value for money
  • Wet & Dry technology
  • Best option for beginners
Cons
  • Lack of Closeness
  • Underpower to handle coarse hair
  • Lack of Macromotion feature
  • Difficulty to capture longer hair

9.Philips Norelco 3310 (S3310/81) Electric Shaver - The Best Value Rotary Razor


Philips Norelco 3310

The Philips Norelco 3310 S3100/81 is the entry level electric rotary shaver that priced under $50. Considering the inexpensive price, it is quite impressive how well it cuts longer hair and flat hair lying against my neck. However, it is suitable for dry use only.

It features 4-direction Flex heads that flex in 4 directions to easily shave around jaw line, chin and difficult areas.

One of the advantages from rotary razor is it gives you the constant contact when gliding onto your skin eventhough without the flexing outwards and non-pivoting shaver head features.

It has pop-up trimmer located at the back of the shaver to assist in shaping your sideburns. Moreover, the hair trimmer fixed in right position as the shaver head didn’t get in the way when you need to look.

Cleaning it is a breeze, you may wash the shaver thoroughly by tap water however make sure it is dry first before you reuse it again.

The build of the Norelco 3310 is definitely solid, very lightweight and the ergonomic shape is well balanced, making it easy to hold and to maneuver for shaving sessions.

The duration of battery charging is 8 hours that provides 45 minutes of shaving time.

Reviewing on the cutting performance, the Philips Norelco 3100 gave me a decent closeness as I’m still feeling slightly amount aftershave hair around my neck and jaw line. Even after I apply some pressure it doesn’t improve any better in closeness.

The foil shavers can work better in this case and if you are particular towards closeness, you might want to consider the Panasonic Arc 3 foil shaver. It performs giving much closer shave.

As a budget conscious buyer, the Norelco 3100 performs well enough for price you are paying.

The main highlight of the Panasonic Norelco 3100 is the capability to deliver great comfort during shaving session. It glides smoothly and the shaver head contact on skin gently.

You will not experience any discomfort like hair pulling on your skin. Another additional benefit is the shaver head remained cool during the entire shaving session.

Verdict

While shaving longer and flat lying hairs might be a challenge for foil shavers, the rotary razors is clearly a winner in this aspect. The Philip Norelco 3100 performed very well in giving a smooth shave on a two days beard.

The usual problem I faced during shaving session is capturing the flat lying hair especially on the neck area. The Norelco 3100 works greatly in this case. It managed to capture all the hair efficiently.

Overall, the Philips Norelco electric shave 3100 (S3310/81) is a great option if your budget is limited. It gives a pleasant smooth shave and comfort and capable at shaving flat lying hairs.

Check out the Philips Norelco 3310

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Inexpensive
  • Capable handling flat lying hairs and longer hair
  • Waterproof
  • Pop-up trimmer
Cons
  • lack of closeness
  • 8 hours charging time
  • dry use only
  • low performance pop-up trimmer

10.Braun M90 Mobile Shaver - The Best Travel Electric Razor


Braun M90 Mobile Shaver

The Braun M90 electric mobile shavers is one of the best in my opinion for travelling use. There is a few advantages of using this shaver and every gentlement should have at least one for travelling and backup purpose.

It has integrated protective cap and auto lock system. The travel lock feature will avoid it from accidentally powered on during travelling.

When the protective cap covers the shaver head, you are unable to turn it on when the red dot is right below the on/off button due to auto lock system.

It is a suprise to me that this travel razors actually comes with integrated trimmer. Although it is small in size, it definitly helps in small touch-ups.

Unlike the other electric shaver that manufactured with built in batteries, the M90 runs with regular AA batteries, very versatile to be use.

Make sure to back up yourself with additional batteries to ensure the power is sufficient to supports you throughout the entire journey.

A new AA battery should last you approximately one hour shaving time.

The shaving performance of the Braun M90 for everyday usage is quite good for medium beard. The closeness is acceptable and satisfying.

The M90 is a single foil electric razor that runs with moderate power motor, thus, it takes patience to complete your shave with longer time.

Shaving daily and dealing with short hair by M90 is no issue at all. However, there will be a slight issue dealing with longer hair or 2-3 days hair. The longer hair easily missed out from the cutter especially on my neck area where the hair lying flat on skin.

More effort and pressure apply on the same area resulted in discomfort. But in the end of the shaving session, the M90 did a good job keeping my face clear from facial hair.

Washing the M90 is going to be very easy as it is fully waterproof. Therefore, it is safely to rinse under water.

Although it builds with waterproof features for easy cleaning purpose but when comes to shaving, the M90 only suitable for dry shave.

It feels sturdy and solid in my hand. Therefore, you don’t have to bother to get a travel case as the foil is very well protected by the strongly built plastic.

Verdict

Overall, it performed quite well for the price you are paying for. It is suitable for shaving daily but you have to spend more time to complete your shaving compared with the premium electric shaver that equipped with powerful motor and multiple high end cutters.

The M90 is more comfortable to use and gives more closeness if compare with the Panasonic ES3831K travel shaver.

Check out the Braun M90 mobile shaver

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • sturdy build quality
  • Waterproof
  • Most comfortable comparing with other travel shaver out there
  • AA battery powered
  • integrated popup trimmer
Cons
  • Shaving takes longer time
  • suitable for daily & short hair
  • expensive foil and cutter
  • Not suitable for thick and long beard
  • Not very comfortable shaving experience

Electric Shaver Buyer’s Guide


Why choose an Electric Razor?

The best advantage you can get from catridge razor blade such as the Gillette is giving you the best closeness and fewer passes.

The multiple blades can effectively cut your beard smoothly and fast as well.

However, to keep the performance at its best, the razor blade needs to be replaced frequently, and it will be costly for long term. The multiple blades has a small gap in between can be clogged easily with hair and dead skin which is very hassle for cleaning. You’ll need to rinse the hair off with water for each stroke.

Other than that, shaving with catridge razor is not a right choice for sensitive skin. It can easily cause razor burn, nicks, cuts and skin irritation.

The best solution is getting a Electric Shaver.

A modern electric shaver is build with multiple cutting element which is highly capable in cutting all types of hair including the coarse, wiry, flat-lying and ingrown hair.

The thin foils protects your skin from direct contact but at the same time, providing you a very close shave. You can enjoy a dry shave too without compromising closeness and it cuts through smoothly, comfortable without feeling any hair pulling from the shaver head.

The electric shaver head is very flexible to pivot as it glides along your face contour with constant skin contact. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, the foil shaver type is the right choice as it is more comfortable and it does not get heated after long usage.

What to Consider When Choosing an Electric Shaver?

In the review of the Top 10 best electric razor, the main factor that I take into consideration:

  • Number and Types of cutting element - The more cutting element doesn’t mean the better. It depends on how dense is your beard and how frequent you shave.

    A standard electric shaver foil type usually consist of 1-2 cutting element. The high end model usually comes with 3 - 4 cutting element, such as the Braun 7 shaver head consist of 2 opti-foil from side to side and the middle is the Activelift trimmer that effective handling flat-lying hairs.

    A rotary shaver usually comes with 3 circular cutting elements which is better in capturing long hair and flat lying hair due to its shape and you can maneuver in circular motion to capture hairs that grow in different direction.

    Low end model or travel size rotary electric shaver usually comes with 2 cutting element only.

  • Blade quality - The blade quality has to be constantly sharp, and durable for long term operation in order to gain excellent performance and being cost efficient for long run.

    Best reliable brand you can consider is the Braun, Panasonic and Philips. The Panasonic is well known of its super sharp nano blades with 30 degrees that cuts facial hair efficiently and giving you the best closeness.

    While the Braun electric shaver is well known of better shaving experience in comfort and highly efficient multi-purpose blade that cuts through any types of coarse and stubborn hair.

  • Comfort & Closeness - Many would concern this factor when choosing a right electric shaver. Some shaver provides closest possible you can get but lack in comfort, or the other way around. It depends what type of skin you are having.

    Therefore, make sure the foil or rotary shaver’s head does not get hot at long shaving session. Most of the high end shaver such as Braun 9, 7, 5, Panasonic 5, 4 or Philips Norelco line have foils that stayed cool at all times.

  • Motor Power - Usually measured by Cycles Per Minute (CPM). Most basic shaver comes with the power of around 8000 CPM. The highest available in market is 14,000 CPM. The higher the better in terms of speed for handling thick, wiry hair. But speed isn’t everything when considering the right shaver for you.

  • Performance - Handling Difficult area, flat lying hair, coarse hair, efficiency in capturing hairs in fewer strokes, the smoothness when gliding onto your hair.

  • Features - Wet & Dry technology - This is depending on individual preferences. You don’t need to shave with cream or gel with electric shaver to get closeness and the cooling foil will not irritates your skin especially with the Braun.

    Unless you are having very sensitive skin, you’re recommended to get the one with Wet technology.

    Quick charging - This feature is quite common in modern electric shaver. Its very important because you’ll need it at times when you’re rushing and the battery is dead. 5 minutes of quick charge is sufficient for a session.

  • Value for money - On the particular model that I review, some of the shaver i would recommend to skip the cleaning station or dry usage only is due to price difference is very steep.

  • Availability of replacement parts - Most of the razor listed above has the replacement part available from Amazon.

  • Cleaning station

    It is indeed a very convenient optional tool to clean your electric shaver but it is quite expensive. Below is the pros and cons that you should know before getting a Clean and Charge Station.

    Pros
    Clean, Dry, Lubricate and Charge at the same time. They do all the work for you by putting it by head down into the C&C station and power it by a button.
    Hassle Free exprience. No more rinsing the shaver head with tap water and brushing it to clear off the debris.
    Hygienic. It uses cleaning solution to keep the blades and foil clean at all time. Some uses detergent based or alcohol based depends on the manufacturer of the electric shaver. Alcohol is very efficient at cleaning and dries very fast
    Optimum performance. Not only it cleans but the electric shaver battery is charged at the same time. It keeps the blade clean at all times, therefore you’ll achieve consistency in closeness most of the time.
    Cons
    Cost of ownership. Not only it priced higher with Clean and Charge Station, you’ll need to spend on replacement cartridges of cleaning solution as well. But usually it lasts for few months with a refill. You can activate the cleaning station 2 to 3 times per week if you wanted to save for long term.
    Time consuming. Cleaning your electric shaver with the C&C station takes more than 3 hours for the alcohol to evaporate and let it dry. However you don’t shave more than twice in a day.

    Should You get the Cleaning Station?

    Its not necessary to get a cleaning station when cleaning manually can be an easy task such as the Panasonic Arc 3, 4 , and 5 because the blades and foils are build separately.

    As for the Braun shavers, I recommend you to get the cleaning station because it is very difficult to clean manually due to blades and foils are build together into single piece that known as cassette.

    Other than that, if it is inexpensive or money is not an object, you may opt for it for better convenience.

Rotary Vs Foil

There is two types of electric shavers in the market. The rotary and foil. A foil shaver is made of very fine, curved steel foil that covers reciprocating blades. While the shaver head moves back and forth gliding on your facial hair, the perforated foil catches the stubble, and cut through with oscillating blade. The foil shaver are the most preferred by men with sensitive skin who constantly suffer from razor burn as the foil tend to be more gentle and comfortable on skin.

A rotary shaver, usually has three round circular cutter that rotate under steel guards. They works the best for men with longer hair, hair growth with different directions and effective in capture flat lying hair.

These are a few guidelines to help you to decide which suits you the best when choosing between rotary or a foil shaver.

Foil shaver can be best option if:
  • you shave regularly by daily
  • you are particular about closeness
  • you need more precision and control - the straight surface of foil controls better and neat shaving around moustache or sideburns.
  • you have sensitive skin
A rotary shaver can be best option if:
  • You shave once in couple of days
  • your have flat lying hairs and grows in different directions
  • you prefer low noise level
  • you have rough non sensitive skin.
  • you prefer comfort but not the best in closeness

Is it better to use electric shaver or razor for sensitive skin?

Typically most of the electric shavers provides better comfort compare to razor and there is no chance to get razor burn, and cuts due to foil head will protect your skin from being direct contact with the blade.

However you will still suffer from skin irritation with electric razor if:

  • you applied too much pressure
  • Foil gets heated up
  • Rotary shaver type

Overall, to ensure you get the best electric shaver for sensitive skin, you should opt for Braun Series 5 or 7 depending on thickness of your facial hair. The Foil head shaver is definitely more comfortable and gentle to your sensitive skin.

How often should you change the foils and blades on an electric razor?

The replacement of the blades or cutter normally recommended changing them once every 12 months by most manufacturers. However it will vary depending on the brand and model itself.

For instance, Braun’s blade will last up to 18 months before you’ll need to replace it. It could be less than that considering if you have coarse facial hair which wears down the blade slightly quicker.

Can you shave your bald head with electric shaver?

Yes you can provided its still within a centimeter short or 2 -3 days hair. Anything longer you’ll need a trimmer for fast and effective shave.

The panasonic Arc 5 or even Arc 4 is the right electric shaver for head as it has four cutting element with super sharp nano blades that spin at 14,000 cuts per minute. Generally it is powerful enough to handle any hair thickness.

The reason why I recommend Panasonic shaver is because it gives you smooth and closest shave down to the skin you can get. Its reliable for both head, facial hair as well and it is capable of shaving wet hair.

Other than that, you can opt for hair clipper which is specifically made to cut through thick hair quickly but it doesn’t give you extremely close shave.

Final Words

It is important to consider what is your preference and needs when buying an electric shaver. We are giving our best to recommend you the best electric razor that provide great value for money, but not the publicity that often exaggerating its benefits.

Some of it works better shaving certain types of hair and the shavers that we have covered above provide variety of different shaving needs.

If you have already narrow down the choices that provides almost similar performance, it is best that you get the one that comes with lowest price.

I hope that my review and experience that I just shared with you able to narrow down your scope and enlightened you to choose the right electric shaver.

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