Top 5 Best Electric Shavers List for Men – Feb. 2017
There are two types of men in life, and we’re not referring to the tedious “boxers vs. briefs” debate.
There are those who opt for the convenience, versatility and “safety” of electric razors, and those who prefer the time-honored, less-expensive and usually-closer manual shave. Over time, technological advances have allowed the best electric razors to deliver an experience almost as satisfying as a traditional wet shave – minus the sense of masculine accomplishment you can only get by lathering up and nicking your chin a few times, of course.
How to Choose the Best Electric Shaver (Razor)?
In the world of men’s hygiene, it can be difficult to choose between all of the different brands and find the top rated razors amongst all the varied and attractive products released. Groom+Style know that finding the best electric shaver to suit your specific skin type, facial hair and personal preferences is not easy. Those who prefer the quick and easy shave they get from an electric razor, find it’s easy to be confounded when trying to choose from the hundreds of models now on the market: two, three, four or five blades; foil or rotary; wet/dry, precision heads, flex motion – there’s no way to sort through all of the competing ad claims and confusing descriptions without trying them all.
Unless, of course, you happen to have a list of the top 5 best electric shavers & razors handy. Thankfully, you do. Websites that provide detailed lists and reviews like ours are hard to find, and the Groom+Style review team have put in the research to make it worth your while.
After a great deal of research and personal testing, the review team have arrived at a list comprising of the very best electric shaver (s) that 2017 has to offer. These are the products that are serious men’s hygiene tools – no gimmicks, no toys or marketing ploys, just great products. An excellent electric razor may be the most important men’s companion when it comes to effective hygiene. If we take a moment to consider how much time and effort women spend taking care of a tiny portion of hair covering their eyebrows and eyelids, it seems absurd for men to settle with whatever convenient shaver they may find on sale at the local supermarket. We can do better than that and owe it to ourselves to do so.
What Factors to Consider When Choosing an Electric Razor?
Choosing an excellent electric razor is a process that should be determined by a number of important factors including: comfort, ease of cleaning, closeness of the shave provided, shaving performance, overall value for the manufacturer’s asking price, and durability. By taking all of these factors into consideration, the Groom+Style review team have arrived at a comprehensive list detailing the very best electric razors released for Feb. 2017. Our selection standard is highly advanced and objective, and Groom+Style will keep ahead of the trends by updating our list when a new or more sophisticated shaving solution arrives on the market.
Just one look through any dedicated website or forum will offer more questions than answers – should I use a foil or a rotary shaver? Will 3-blades, 4-blades or even 5-blades give me the closest shave? How can I know that I am choosing the right shaver before I buy it? Should I just give up and spend $400 on one of those old barbershop-style straight razors?
The Ultimate Guide to the Best Electric Shavers
These are all excellent questions that deserve the creation and upkeep of a dedicated website that faithfully reviews all of the most significant electric shavers available on the market and gathers the reviews for you. What follows here is a list (the first in the list being our number 1 choice etc.) of the very best shavers available for Feb. 2017 – within the list/groupings shavers are ordered from an affordability perspective – a list that will be updated as time goes on and new shavers are released.
1. Braun Series 9-9095cc Men’s Wet/Dry Shaving and Cleaning System
Men who have used electric shavers in the past probably don’t need an introduction to Braun, the German company which has been in the forefront of electric razor technology for years. An introduction to the Series 9, though, is definitely one worth accepting.
Comfort, Build and Performance Second to None
To start with, as soon as you pick up the 9-9095cc you know that you’ve got something very comfortable and very substantial in your hand. It’s made from chrome-finished plastic so it looks sleek, yet it’s solid and obviously extremely well-built. And when you turn it on and begin using it you know there’s something special going on because it delivers a closer shave than any foil electric razor you’ve used before. Braun uses a four-way shear system, which is a combination of floating grills, four cutting elements, two Optifoil foils and a head that can pivot sideways (a feature you don’t usually find with foil shavers), to come the closest to a manual shave Groom+Style have found. The company claims there are “40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute” which we obviously can’t measure ourselves; but however many there are, they definitely do the job.
Two of the cutting elements are responsible for this razor’s outstanding performance. One is called “direct and cut” and another is designated “hyper-lift and cut.” The first is intended to shave the areas of the face where hairs are pointing in all different directions, the second is designed to lift up and then cut the hairs which lie flat in the neck and chin areas. While the Braun doesn’t get every single hair on the first pass – no electric razor we’ve ever used does that – these two elements are largely responsible for ensuring that almost all of them are cleaned up with just a couple of passes.
Wet and Dry Model, Battery and Cleaning Station
There are several other notable features on the Braun Series 9 (the 9095cc is the wet/dry model, but there are slightly-less expensive dry-only models available in the series). One is the battery life; the razor can go for almost an hour on a single charge, with a digital display showing the shaving time left before a new charge is required. There’s also a five-minute “emergency charge” feature which can give you a little extra time if you need it. The review team were also are impressed with the attractive combination cleaning/charging station which gets all of the hairs out of the blades and disinfects them while your razor is recharging, and automatically determines how dirty your razor is before choosing the correct cleaning program.
Please note, that buying and using the cleaning station does add to the ongoing costs for this shaver. Please see the comment section below from GROOMNSTYLE on NOVEMBER 15, 2016 (in response to Charles question about cleaning his shaver), for a detailed description on the cleaning options available for the Braun Series 9 shaver. The options include;
- using the cleaning station all the time
- using the cleaning station only part of the time
- making your own cleaning solution
- manual cleaning and oiling
- wet cleaning
- dry cleaning
Interestingly the Braun wet/dry models that come with the cleaning/charging station do not support shaving with foams and gels. Read more in our detailed review of the Series 9 9000 cc shaver.
The one surprise we found is that there’s nothing new or terrific about the pop-up trimmer for sideburn, beard or moustache work. It’s basically the same as on previous Braun models and while it’s fine for what it does, it doesn’t outclass the field as the other features of this razor clearly do.
Braun Series 9 Foil Cutter Head Replacement Cassette – Availability Issues have driven up to the cost
If you are thinking about purchasing the Braun Series 9095cc it is important to consider the maintenance costs (other than the cleaning solution). Braun suggests that the cutter and foil cassette should last between 9-18 months. Some customers have complained that the cutting head has failed earlier. The initial replacement foil & cutters were the 90s (silver) and 90b (black) – braun seems to now be focusing their attention on manufacturing a newer version the 92s, which is titanium coated. Groom+Style believes that Braun has redesigned the cutter to be titanium coated so that it can better withstand the “power” of the shaver. This shift in focus from Braun has caused a shortage of replacement heads which has (hopefully only temporarily) driven up the price of the replacement foil and cutters.
Having said all this Groom+Style’s argument still stands, that the shave from the Braun 9 is second to none. If you buy the product fully informed, and you are willing to pay the premium price for the shaver, cleaning solution and replacements heads then you should not be disappointed.
Replacement head availability issues do seem to be improving, see the options below:
– Call Braun directly and get them to send you one (be prepared to be patient on the Braun Support phone)
– check for the Braun 90s or 92s replacement head on amazon
– check Braun’s official spare part seller and search for “90s Combi White Card”
The Braun 9-9095cc is on the higher price range but is also unquestionably the best electric shaver on the market.
Specifications of the Braun Series 9-9095cc Men’s Wet/Dry Shaving and Cleaning System:
Braun Series 7 vs the Braun Series 9 – Which One Should you buy?
Firstly, the team really like both the Braun series 9 and the Braun series 7 shavers. From the G + S team’s experience they are both very high quality shavers (Braun backs their products with a 2 year warranty) and we do not think you can really go wrong with either shaver (as long as you have reasonable expectations that you would apply to any electronic item and do not expect it to perform magic). If we were to summarise who should buy which shaver, then the general rules below could be applied.
Braun Series 7 vs the Braun Series 9 Relative Strengths
Read the detailed reviews of each shaver as well to help form your opinion.
Braun Series 9 Advantages
Closeness of shave & comfort –> from the team’s experience (variety of different facial hair types), it was easier and faster to get a closer shave with the Braun Series 9. The more powerful motor and enhanced cutting design (see details in the review above) also helped to minimize irritation.
Shaving frequency –> if you have coarser facial hair or only want to shave every few days the series 9 will typically deliver a better shave.
Braun Series 7 Advantages
Purchase Price and cost of maintenance – the Braun Series 7 provides the best compromise in terms of performance and value for money. The shaver has been around for 17 years now and has a loyal following and long history of delivering quality shaves. If you do not need the latest shaver, want to save a bit of money, and want something proven then the Braun Series 7 might be for you.
Braun Series 7 799 cc – Pulsonic Men’s Top Shaver
Braun Series 7 799cc – The Series 7 799-cc is a very advanced electric shaver that Braun carries on its product line, and it offers some of the most sophisticated shaving technology in their entire catalog. German engineering at its very finest, Braun consistently delivers excellent foil shavers, and this is one of their leading products.
It features a fully flexible pivoting head that allows for maximum adaptation to the contours of your face. Three separate shaving modes are available with this device: intensive shaving for heavily bearded individuals, normal mode, and an extra sensitive mode that will appeal to many people. This shaver features useful technologies such as Braun’s proprietary Optifoil and ActiveLift systems, which are, like the rest of the product, a testament to world-renowned German engineering. This premium shaver deserves the popularity that it receives from the people who use it.
If you are after a tried, tested and proven shaver (and don’t need/want the very latest device) then you can save some money by buying a Braun series 7.
Are five blades better than four? Not necessarily, as the Panasonic Arc5 comes in slightly below the Braun Series 9 in our rankings of the top 5 best electric shavers. Nevertheless, this is a great product.
No review list detailing the best shavers on the market would be complete without this excellent shaver. Yes, it is expensive, but it is easily the Rolls Royce of men’s hygiene. This is one of the best shavers for men that money can buy and, if that is what you want, then this might be the shaver for you. Is your thick and unruly facial hair presenting a problem for you every morning when you wake up and shave? Have you put your trust in other shaving products previously only to be disappointed? Thankfully, the Panasonic ES-LV95-S & ES-LV81-K shavers are there for you.
The Panasonic ES-LV95-S (and ES-LV81-K) is the world’s very first 5-bladed linear electric razor. It is a foil shaver – and as you’ve probably guessed, Arc5 means that it is designed with five cutting elements. It has a pivoting head like the Braun, with the same type of lift and cut action provided by the reverse-taped foils. That means it has most of the same advantages: a very close shave for an electric razor, the ability to get almost all stray hairs with just one or two passes, and wet/dry capabilities. It has the most powerful motor on the market, at 14,000 RPM, and a digital charge display in the ES-LV81-K whilst the ES-LV95-S gets a LCD one. These razors feature 30-degree swiveling nanoblades that offer the cleanest shaving experience possible, as well as an automatic charging and cleaning system and an attached trimmer. The Panasonic ES-LV95-S (and ES-LV81-K) are also 100% waterproof, making it a pleasure to use in the shower or bath.
Why do they rank below the Braun Series 9, then? There were two main considerations, one cosmetic and one functional. The first disadvantage Groom+Style found to the Arc5 is that even though it’s smaller overall, it felt a bit bulkier, has a larger head and feels less comfortable in the hand. Since the control you have over your shave is completely dependent on how well the razor follows your direction, we thought the Panasonic came up a bit short there, with the larger head a bit more difficult to maneuver. The second issue was that, quite simply, we didn’t feel the shave was quite as close as that delivered by the Braun. The pop-up trimmer wasn’t exceptional, but does the job.
Don’t get us wrong, the Arc5 is a terrific razor and was our topper in 2014-15 but it just isn’t quite good enough to top our list this time around – but since it’s available from some sources for as much as $100 less than the Braun Series 9, it might be the right choice for you.
Details for the Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor ES-LV81-K & ES-LV95-S :
Another variant in this range which is more economical and also does a decent job is mentioned below:
Panasonic ES-LA93K Arc 4 – Best Budget Foil Shaver
Although significantly cheaper than the top-tier, no-holds-barred Arc 5 option, this model offers the same motor, but with 4 cutting blades. Groom+Style may not be able to call this the Rolls Royce Model, but it is definitely a luxury shaver of class and esteem in its own right. The ES-LA93K is a quadruple-bladed electric shaver with an extra fast 14,000 CPM motor that delivers a quick, efficient and close shave, without hair pulling or irritation. Getting a clean, close shave with this device is an effortless process that any man is sure to enjoy. It comes with sophisticated Slit Foil technology that allows it to catch longer hairs and cut them short in an equal manner with shorter ones.
This Panasonic shaver comes with an automatic charging and cleaning dock that takes the need to manually wash it out of your hands, ensuring a clean and fresh-scented shave every time. Despite its high-speed motor, this is a surprisingly quiet, wet and dry shaver.
3. Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shavers
Earlier we spoke of two types of men, the electric razor guy and the manual razor guy. Dedicated users of electric shavers know there are two sub-groups among their number: those who prefer foil shavers and those who swear by rotary razors. For the latter group, the Norelco Series 9000 shavers (or series 8000 shavers detailed below) are head and shoulders above the competition.
This shaver is definitely not your father’s shaver. To start with, it has an unusual body shape featuring a nicely-contoured grip, making it supremely comfortable to maneuver the razor around your face and offers a closer shave than almost anything else that you can find. The shaver head is elevated above the body where the three rotary blades can pivot, flex and tilt much easier than on a traditional shaver – Philips achieves this with what they call their 8-direction ContourDetectHeads. The cutting heads have 3 layers of grooves, which are smartly-designed and nicely-positioned to be able to get all of the different types of hair which grow on a man’s face, from stubble to long, stubborn strands which have been untouched for a while. There’s also a dual-blade “Super Lift & Cut Action” system built into the heads, which are perfect for the neck and jaw where stubborn hairs usually require multiple passes.
In Groom+Stlye’s opinion the Norelco Series 9000 shaver provides the closest shave of any rotary shaver currently on the market. Does it compare with the closeness of a manual shaver? Probably not, especially if you have a very thick beard which grows quickly. Does it compare with our top-ranked foil shavers? We think it’s very, very close. However, one of the benefits of this rotary shaver over foil razors is that the pressure distribution around the face, due to the pivoting 3 heads, is largely equalized, which can minimize irritation and inflammation when shaving.
The Norelco Series 9000 shaver, includes the SmartClean system which washes, lubricates and dries the razor at the same time it’s being charged.
The Norelco Shaver Series 9000 has 3 models. The 2 main ones are the S9721/84 which has a digital interface and S9311/84 which has a less fancy screen – for the extra $80 you can decide which you prefer.
The Norelco series 9000 shavers are attractive, full-featured, but more importantly, high-quality and effective – they’re the best rotary razors you can find.
A closer look at the Philips Norelco S9311/84:
Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X/42 Electric Razors – Rebranded as Series 8000
The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D models have been rebranded by Philips as the Norelco Series 8000 shavers (8900, 8800, 8700 etc). Before, the Series 9000 shavers came along the 1250X/42 was Groom+Style’s preferred rotary model from Philips. If it was not for the fact that the retail price of the 1250X/42 is actually higher than the newer 9000 Series S9311/84 models (and effectively the same as the S9721/84 model), it would probably still be at the top of the list of preferred rotary shavers. The performance differences between the newer Series 9000 models and the 1250X/42 models are negligible. The key difference seem to be that the technology has been renamed (see below), which probably indicates that the rotary shaving technology has plateaued. This might be a good thing as it indicates that other than replacing the shaver heads (which you should do every year) you will not need to replace the actual core shaver for many years to come.
With the Series 9000 models the:
With the Series 8000 (1250X/42 models etc.)
4. Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System
“Do I have to pay hundreds of dollars for a quality electric razor?” No, you don’t. In fact, there’s an innovative model from Braun which comes in at just a little over one hundred dollars, the Braun CoolTec. This shaver is the first to ever integrate an aluminum “cooling bar”, designed to lessen the effect we all know as razor burn – the burning and irritation often caused even by quality shavers. The bar is meant to reduce moisture and lessen tension in the skin in order to reduce irritation, and then cool the skin to soothe any irritation which does occur.
There are three cutting elements on the CoolTec, two which move independently to give as close a shave as possible; it’s not quite as close as the more expensive Braun Series 9 the review team placed at the top of our rankings, but that’s one of the trade-offs you have to make for the lower price. There is one important thing to note about this Braun model; while it is nominally a wet/dry unit, you cannot use it with shaving foams, gels or lotions.
The CoolTec also comes with a clean and renew station that cleanses and lubricates the shaver as it charges – the only slight negative for some users is that when the razor is cleaned, it has a slight lemon scent the next time you use it.
This model won’t give you the best electric shave you’ve ever had, but that’s why it’s ranked #4. What it will do is give you a darned good shave, at a darned good price and with an interesting cooling twist.
Specs of the Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System:
5. Remington F5-5800 Rechargable Foil Shaver
There are plenty of men (we’d guess it’s the majority) who don’t want to spend a lot of money on their electric razor – they want a good shave for a low price. Our suggestion for that large group is this Remington shaver, which only costs about 40 bucks.
The F5-5800 delivers the closest shave you can find with an inexpensive electric razor, primarily because of the “intercept trimmer” between the two foils which grabs longer hairs and trims them down to the level of the rest of the stubble on your face, to then be cleaned up by the blades. The foils are also allowed to float independently, so they can move along the contour of the face easily.
There’s no cleaning station with this Remington model, of course, because of the low price. But it cleans up easily with a quick rinse under the faucet (it’s not a wet/dry model, but it is waterproof) and gives you a nice shave for a budget price.
Going into detail on the Remington F5-5800 Rechargable Foil Shaver:
Other shaver models which are still going strong and have been on our best electric shaver list in years gone by are detailed below. They are being kept in this review as they are still good value for money – not to mention tried and tested.
Braun 3 Series 380S-4 (340S-4) Budget Foil Shaver
This electric shaver is meant for those individuals who are looking for a great shave at a budget. The Braun Series 3 is capable of providing a great, close shave without forcing you to pay big bucks for it. This is a highly efficient device that offers both dry and wet shaving functionality at an affordable cost that anyone can enjoy. If you would like to have a premium shaving experience without paying the premium dollars, this is absolutely one of the best shavers you can buy, and time will surely prove it. Don’t let its “lower” rating here put you off from buying it as it has been pitted against time-proven luxury brands that cost significantly more.
These five shavers represent the very best on the market at the moment and provide excellent shaving results. Any man who is looking for a top rated electric shaver that offer the highest in quality, comfort and closeness can utilize the information in this review, combining it with his personal preferences, to find exactly what he is looking for.
For example Braun made it to the Top 1 position and it is by far the best shaver for the men who only wants the best and most expensive foil shaver, with all the latest innovations. The Braun Series 9 might be a good fit for a man who is attacted to as list of the top 10 best luxury watches or is so interested in looking after themselves they would investigate the top anti-aging moisturizers. However, this might not be your requirement, and you might have sensitive skin, therefore the Cooltech version might be ideal for you. On the other hand, you might be on a budget and looking for mens’ shavers under 100$ – so then the Remington F5-5800 or Braun Series 3 shavers would be worth investigating. So knowledge of Groom+Styles’ reports combined with a common sense approach to your situation will almost certainly help you make the right choice.
Dilemma Of Black Men- Are There Any Best Electric Razors for Us?
Finding the right electric shaver for your skin can be difficult. In fact, for most people, finding an electric shaver is a process of trial and error, even if their skin isn’t particularly sensitive and their hair is neither curly or course. The needs of Black hair and skin up the ante, as your skin is more sensitive, and your hair is curlier and courser than most. Because of this, finding an electric shaver that doesn’t irritate or promote ingrown hairs can seem like an impossibility. Worry not, though, we’ve collected four of the best electric shavers for Black hair and skin for your comfort. Simply put, Groom+Style have done the research for you.
Braun Series 7 & 9
The Braun Series 7 & 9 are high end razors that will set you back a pretty penny, but it well worth the cost, if you are an African American man with sensitive skin. The 790cc, 799cc and 9095cc, for example, use active lift technology, and intelligent pulsonic technology to help stand the hair up, which keeps the razor away from the skin. Sensitive skin reacts poorly to having a razor directly on it, and Braun has figured out a way to offer a close shave without placing the razor directly on the skin. Active lift technology helps to lift curly hair up from the skin, and the pulsonic technology adjust the vibrations to meet the needs of your particular, unique skin.
The Panasonic Arc3 works best as a trimmer, instead of a traditional razor. The interchangeable length allows you to trim down a beard without going for a completely smooth shave. Dermatologists that special in African-American skin, suggest this might be the best bet for men with sensitive skin. Because of the curly, course nature of your hair, you are prone to ingrown hairs, and razor bumps. Trimming, instead of going for a completely smooth shave, prevents this problem, and can lead to healthier skin. This electric shaver can get a smooth shave, if you desire, but that isn’t what it is best for. If you are in the market for an electric shaver with superior trimming power, the Arc3 is a safe bet.
Wahl Professional 8061 5-Star Series
The Wahl Professional 8061, is an electric shaver that promises a close and precise shave without causing the skin irritation that black men with sensitive skin often face. It comes equipped with a “bump-free” razor, which helps to pick up the hair, and prevent ingrown hairs and painful razor bumps. The Wahl is a good razor on very short hair, or a beard that is grown back in, but you’ll need to use a traditional trimmer prior to using the Wahl, as it tends to yank on longer hairs. While that won’t cause problems with the end result, it is certainly painful and can be avoided.
Phillips Norelco PowerTouch Razor
The Phillips Norelco PowerTouch is one of the cheaper options on the market, but it still does a good job to get a smooth, clean shave without irritating the skin. Unlike the other electric shavers, this razor utilizes three, rounded blades to create a close, clean shave. This can be particularly helpful for African-American skin, as the blades work in several directions, and hair growth most certainly isn’t uniform. This razor also utilizes moisture strips that are said to sooth dry skin, which is a common complain among men with sensitive skin. Finally, it works to cut the hair just below the surface for a super smooth shave.
These four razors are among the most highly-rated and well liked in the Black community. They seem to work well for those with sensitive skin, and special shaving requirements. Each of these electric shaver options allow you to work with wet or dry skin. Most with sensitive skin find that wet skin prevents more razor bumps, burns and ingrown hairs. With that being said, everyone’s skin and hair is different, and you may need to try more than one razor to find the best fit for your skin. To get a good starting point, consider visiting a barber who is versed in the needs of black hair and skin, for a single shave. Once you’ve had a shave with a straight razor, you can begin working with an electric shaver to keep things neat, tidy, and, most of all, pain free.
P.S: These reports supersede our recommendations for top razors list of 2014-15