The best electric shavers for the modern man

best electric shaver
While growing a beard can be a grand adventure, sometimes it’s nice to have a naked face. Most fellas find the kiss of the wind (or a lover) against one’s bare cheek to be most agreeable. However, many hirsute gentlemen are hesitant to shave–not because they’re aspiring Rasputin impersonators, but because shaving can be a real pain. These men clearly haven’t used electric shavers. When shaving with an electric razor, you don’t have to worry about stropping, shaving cream, or gnarly cuts–in short, electric shavers take the hassle out of shaving. If you’re interested in going electric, let this article help you settle on the best electric shaver for you.

Best Foil Shaver: Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 – $150

Panasonic Arc5

Foil shavers are characterized by one or more rows of blades covered by foil screens. Generally speaking, foil shavers are best for fine, short hairs, and provide excellent control for shaping facial hair. Of all the foil shavers available, we like the Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 the best. This beast uses its 14,000 cycles per minute motor to deliver an extraordinarily smooth shave. In addition to being the most powerful shaver on the market, the Arc5 is waterproof and washes super easily. It also boasts five blades for maximum closeness–most other shavers have four blades or fewer.

Best Rotary Shaver: Philips Norelco Series 8100 – $184

Norelco Series 8100

Rotary shavers have three circular cutting heads, and typically require some getting used to. These shavers are usually better for getting into the contours of a man’s face. When it comes to rotary shavers, you won’t do better than the Philips Norelco Series 8100. This badboy pivots every which way, ensuring a super-close shave for even the weirdest face shapes. You can use this shaver with or without shaving cream–not all shavers are so adaptable. The Series 8000 can shave for an hour from full charge; but if it’s taking you an hour to shave, a machete may be more effective. Once you’re done, the JetClean system can fully clean, lubricate, and charge your shaver so it’s ready for next time.

Best Affordable Shaver: Braun 3 Series 340S-4 – $59

Braun Series 3-340s

If you have the means, you should splurge on a deluxe electric shaver. Your face–and your romantic partners–will thank you for it. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on an electric shaver, however, you would do well to check out the Braun 3 series 340S-4. For just $80, this adaptable, shower-friendly, and fully washable shaver can be yours. You can even wait a few days between shaves; Braun says the 340s-4 “delivers even better shaving performance on 3-day beards.” This shaver’s flexible foil and triple action cutting system provide a quick, smooth shave without skin (or wallet) irritation.

Best Travel Shaver: Panasonic ES3831K – $14

panasonic es3831

Suitcase space is an extremely valuable commodity when you’re on the road. If you need a compact shaver that you can whip out while riding the train from Roma to Venezia, the Panasonic ES3831K Single Blade Travel Shaver will work well for you. This shaver comes with a cleaning brush and travel pouch for on-the-go maintenance and safekeeping. The ES3831K is also battery-operated, which means you won’t have to worry about finding the right outlet adapter. This shaver is small, but fits well into the contour of your hand. You can use it in the shower, on the airplane, while running from bulls–wherever.

Best Features: Braun Series 7 760cc – $200

Braun Series 7 760cc

While a close shave is important, sometimes you need something with a little more pizzazz. The Braun Series 7 760cc has three performance modes (extra sensitive, normal, and intensive) to ensure a custom shave that adapts to your face’s quirks. In addition to providing a close shave, the Braun Series 7 760cc has a sophisticated clean and charge station that provides complete cleaning and maintenance with the touch of a button. The Series 7 760cc makes maintenance even easier with a battery meter and a foil replacement indicator. If you like bells, whistles, and a great value, you might give this shaver a shot.

Since it takes time for your face to adjust to a new shaving method, wait about a month before you decide that a particular shaver isn’t for you. Any of the above gadgets will give you a dynamite shave; however, it may take a while before you find your personal best electric shaver. Once you do, you can keep your face smooth without the fuss of sharp razors and shaving cream. If a smoother, more meditative shaving method sounds appealing to you, check out our article on shaving with a straight razor.

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