Electric Shavers – better than manual shaving?The modern electric shaver is a massive improvement from years ago and has come a long way since the original patent by Col. Jacob Schick in 1928. There is still a great divide between those shavers unwilling to change and continue to cut up there face using a traditional blade and then you have the smarter users who choose to shave with an electric with less mess, less skin irritation, less water wastage and less expensive for ongoing costs such as frequent blade replacement. Manual shavers such as Gillette Mach3 and Fusion will give you a slightly closer shave than an electric but bear in mind a Fusion shaver that features 5 blades actually means you are removing 5 small layers of skin with each swipe so yes it will be closer but you will certainly be more prone to shaving rash, redness, irritation and ingrown hairs especially when shaving every day or every few days. An electric shaver does not remove much skin at all meaning a lot less irritation and a more comfortable and enjoyable shave. A cost benefit analysis also proves that using a new Gillette Fusion, Mach3 Turbo, or Schick Quattro shaver is actually more expensive in the long run than a premium electric shaver up to $400 as the costs of the manual blades are so expensive and require large amounts of creams and lotions as well as these items always being on the rise!
In the current market the main manufacturers are Braun, Panasonic, Philips and Remington. At the highest level, the choice in choosing an electric shaver comes down to rotary or foil type.
Choose the Right Electric ShaverChoosing the right Electric Shaver can seem daunting as there are so many on the market today. With so many models on offer we hopefully have something to suit all needs. We have some great prices on the very latest shavers as well as some excellent specific model promotions.
Consider the Intended UserConsider what you or the person you are buying for has been using in the past. If there is a particular brand of electric shaver that is familiar and gives good results then this is often a good indicator of where to start looking. For example if a person is happy with the shave they get from a rotary based Philishave then changing to a foil based shaver like a Braun or Panasonic isn't always the best option. Obviously this works both ways foil to rotary and vice versa.
This is not to say that it is never worth changing shaver style, modern shavers offer excellent results with most people given the time to adjust and bed the shaver in. If you feel you may benefit from switching or maybe have tried different styles in the past then go for it!
Decide Mains, Rechargeable or BothDecide whether you want a mains, rechargeable or more commonly both features in your shaver. Never buy a battery shaver for everyday use. They are only really designed to be used for occasional convenience. A rechargeable shaver will do a much better job and be more cost effective in the long term.
Price Point RecommendationsWe have arranged a series of price points between which we display the electric shavers that we feel represent excellent buys within that range. These entries are based on special price promotions and excellent overall shaver performance. Before we range any shaver we actually test one on several people first including the director to ensure that it is a value for money product.
Rotary ShaversRotary based electric shavers are those originally produced by Philips (previously under the Philishave brand) and now also Remington. These typically feature three round cutting heads. Each cutting head consists of an outer guard featuring a number of slots, sometimes in combination with round holes. A rotary cutter then spins beneath the guard to cut the hair as it enters.
When using a rotary shaver you usually use it in circular motions around the face in combination with a back and forth stroking action. For best results you shave against the grain of the beard. You can also use your free hand to stretch or hold the skin tight as it is being shaved. This helps flat lying hairs stand up from the skin and be more easily cut.
Foil ShaversFoil based electric shavers feature a fine metal foil with many holes wrapped over an oscillating cutter block. The foil stays still while the cutter block moves from side to side and cuts the hair as it enters the holes in the foil.
The main manufacturers of foil shavers are Braun, Remington and Panasonic. Braun manufacturer the widest range and in our opinion are the more popular, with a solid reputation for quality and innovation. Remington also make wide range and offer excellent mid-level pricing while Panasonic offer a more specialised range, often focusing on the waterproof and wet and dry shaver.