Best Electric Razor & Shaver 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Keeping on top of your personal grooming can feel like a full-time job! If you’ve grown tired of cheap disposable blades, painful epilators & tweezers, and messy waxing: why not try out the ease and comfort of electric models?

With great designs for both men and women, including beard and bikini trimmers, shavers can help you remove unwanted body hair from just about anywhere, even from sensitive underarm areas.

Electric options fall into a few different categories with some models having blades that are better suited for close shaves.

Generally speaking, electric optionss can’t offer shaves as close as traditional wet shaving, so be aware that you might still need to use an epilator occasionally if you’re going for a completely silky smooth look.

You can also buy shavers that are completely waterproof and safe to use in the shower, which is great as wet shaves are often more precise and comfortable.

The Best Mens Electric Razors & Shavers – Our Top Picks

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS
BRAUN Series 3 3040S Wet & Dry Shaver
  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge time: 1 Hour
  • Battery: Lasts up to 1 week
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BRAUN Series 7 790CC-4 Wet & Dry Foil Shaver
  • Charge time: 50 minutes
  • Cordless
  • Run Time: 1 Hour
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Remington XR1450 HyperFlex Aqua Plus Rotary Shaver
  • Wet & Dry
  • Run Time: 1 hour
  • Charge Time: 1.5 hours
  • Worldwide voltage
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Best Mens Shavers and Razors

REMINGTON XR1400 Flex 360 Wet & Dry Rotary Shaver

Thanks to precise cutters, this shaver can tackle hairs of any length and in fewer strokes, too.

Say you are rushing out the door and need to shave, but have only a minute to spare. The cutters will work hard to do the job, so it can take 50% of the time it used to. ActiveContour technology will hug your face, getting a closer cut with every movement.

Because it is compact and there is no bulky long handle, it is also easy to move around the face. Even if it is going to take a little longer than you hoped, you aren’t going to be straining to reach areas at difficult angles. As it can be used both wet and dry, you can also use it in the shower or with foam/gel, depending on your preference and particular requirements.

The 45-minute battery is a good amount for at least a week’s worth of touch-ups, or one or two big shaves throughout the week. When it needs charging, the four hour time isn’t too drastic either.

There is also a trimmer, in case you need to touch up body hair or your sideburns before your next visit to the hairdressers. This all makes it the ideal companion for weekends away, or anyone who likes to keep their shaver with them at all times and needs to keep things to a minimum.

Many other users have commented that it makes for the perfect head shaver, too – great if you need the best of all worlds.

Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 4 hours
  • Battery: 45 minutes

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REMINGTON XR1400 Flex 360 Wet & Dry Rotary Shaver User Manual

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We like

  • Compact
  • Closeness of cut
  • Good charge and battery times

We dislike

  • Have to be careful not to get charger end too wet

Final Verdict

A great price for an appliance which packs so much into a little item. Your new best friend if you take grooming seriously

PHILIPS OneBlade Pro QP6520/25 Wet & Dry Trimmer

Thanks to the 12 included attachments, you can trim, cut and shape any length of hair into any style you wish – perfect for those who are very conscious about their beard.

It will follow the contours of your face to ensure you are comfortable and achieve the desired aim with little effort.

Use it with or without foam to suit your preference, which also makes it great for taking on holiday or keeping with you should you need it for a touch-up. The 90 minutes running time should allow you to get quite a few uses out of it before recharging, and when the time comes, it only takes an hour to get up to full battery again.

The blades have been designed to last, and they will only need replacing around every four months which is good for your wallet, too.

The overall build is slimline, so it is good to grip and control. And the dual side blade will allow you to see exactly what you are doing, so you’ll have no nasty accidents or make any mistakes.

Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge Time: 1 Hour
  • Battery: 90 Minutes

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PHILIPS OneBlade Pro QP6520/25 Wet & Dry Trimmer User Manual

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We like

  • Digital display
  • 12 attachments - great versatility

We dislike

  • No use for close shaves

Final Verdict

Smooth to use and offering just about enough versatility for any beard, the long running time and host of attachments makes it worth the price even though it will be a bit different to any shaver you have used before.

BRAUN Series 7 790CC-4 Wet & Dry Foil Shaver

This self-cleaning electric shaving system from Braun has in the past been voted the best men’s wet & dry shaver, perfect for using in the shower.

The foil model comes with an awesome self-cleaning station that takes all the hassle out of beard care. It self-lubricates, dries then charges the shaver. You can also hold it under water for quick cleans.

Quick-charge will see it ready to go in just five minutes. We have all been rushing out the door when we have had a glance in the mirror and seen that we have missed a bit of shaving. No need to wait around for it to be ready. The pivoting head also offers comfort and precision.

For the price, you get a powerful and reliable item. Safe to say we think it’ll be with you for years.

Specifications

  • Charge time: 50 minutes
  • Cordless
  • Run Time: 1 Hour

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BRAUN Series 7 790CC-4 Wet & Dry Foil Shaver user manual

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We like

  • Comes with its own clean & charge station which removes bacteria by cleaning, lubricating and drying the shaver
  • Cleaning brush & protection cap included
  • Two modes: sensitive and turbo
  • Comes with travel pouch
  • Ergonomic grip

We dislike

  • Struggles slightly with wet shaving

Final Verdict

Lightweight and self-cleaning, this electric option from Braun offers an awesome shaving solution. What more could a man possibly need?

BRAUN Series 3 3040S Wet & Dry Shaver

Basic yet great design and with an impressive one week battery life, this great Braun Series 3 is perfect for anyone on a budget but who doesn’t want to forego quality.

Try out the MicroComb shaving experience for yourself. This bright blue shaver has flexible cutting elements and three blade positions for super precise and accurate shaving. There is a five minute quick charge option, and because it is waterproof, cleaning is as simple as running it under the tap for a few minutes.

A fantastic shaver for all types of beard contouring, this model uses a foil blade system. If your skin is sensitive, there is no need to worry.

Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge time: 1 Hour
  • Battery: Lasts up to 1 week

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BRAUN Series 3 3040S user manual

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We like

  • Flexible cutting elements – 3 blade positions
  • Protection cap & cleaning brush included
  • Easy wash
  • 5 minute quick re-charge function for men on the go

We dislike

  • Doesn't offer an overly close shave

Final Verdict

It’s hard to know how to fault this Braun Series 3 number which delivers on all shaver fronts, and it even looks good (always a bonus). If you're not after an extremely close shave then you'd be hard pressed to find one for as good a price.

Remington XR1450 HyperFlex Aqua Plus Rotary Shaver

The Remington XR1450 HyperFlex model has rotary functionality and is fully waterproof meaning it can be used in the shower. Perfect for those who like the best of both worlds.

This shaver is both practical and powerful. Well-designed to fit your hand, it offers a precise shave with rotary blades and the CountourFloat heads. No need to miss sections around the chin, as it’ll blend naturally.

Antimicrobial surrounds on the head offer a clean, calm shave – great for sensitive skin. Bonus points for the worldwide voltage, making this a great travel companion for the modern, discerning jetsetter. It is affordable, but best suited for those with less than two days bread growth.

Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Run Time: 1 hour
  • Charge Time: 1.5 hours
  • Worldwide voltage

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Remington XR1450 HyperFlex user manual

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We like

  • A quiet & comfortable shave with less vibrations
  • Comes with a pop up trimmer which is great for moustaches
  • Worldwide voltage
  • 5 minute emergency shave function

We dislike

  • If being used in the UK, you will need to purchase a mains adaptor separately

Final Verdict

The rotary blades provide comfort and accuracy when you need it the most. Bonus points for the great ergonomic, waterproof design. Light but powerful electric option from Remington.

Philips Series 3000

The Philips Series 3000 wet and dry body groomer has been voted the best 2-in-1 body groomer for men. It has a pivoting head, comb attachment and a trim and shave head to make shaving hard to reach areas easier and is designed to be fully waterproof (so can be used in the shower) and hypoallergenic.

With 50 minutes of cordless use on an 8 hour charge, this shaver also has a battery indicator to let you know when the shaver is charged and when you only have 10 minutes of charge remaining.

We love that this product doesn’t need to be oiled like most shavers.

Specifications

  • Flexible head
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Wet or dry

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We like

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Wet and dry
  • Attachments included
  • Battery indicator
  • No need to oil

We dislike

  • Can clog on longer hair

Final Verdict

A really good groomer at a very reasonable price.

Philips S1310 Cordless Dry Electric Shaver Series 1000

Perfect for men who prefer their shaves dry, this is a shaver for those who also like to have a close shave with little effort.

The CloseCut Blade System and four-directional heads offer flexibility on areas such as the neck and chin, so you don’t have to hold it at awkward angles to get the job done. Plus, the blades are self sharpening so you’ll never suffer a dull experience again.

A powerful lithium ion battery is included, and you get 35 minutes use from an 8 hour shave. Not the best available, but if you’re one who likes to be prepared it shouldn’t be an issue. One overnight charge will see it ready for the morning, and you should get about 11 shaves out of 35 minutes anyway.

It is small and light so good to take away. Not suitable for anyone with an in-demand beard, but for anyone just starting out or who likes to keep on top of their facial hair the price is well worth paying.

Specifications

  • Charge Time: 8 Hours
  • Run Time: 35 Minutes

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We like

  • Great ergonomic design for easy handling and hair removal
  • Comes with protective cap and cleaning brush
  • Extremely easy to use

We dislike

  • Only 35 minutes of battery life after an 8 hour charge
  • Not waterproof & dry shaves aren’t as close as wet ones

Final Verdict

If you are not bothered about getting a super-precise wet shave, this Philips dry shaver is a brilliant option that won’t break the bank. Great for people transitioning to electric models for the first time.

The Best Womens Electric Razors & Shavers – Our Top Picks

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Philips BRL140/00 SatinShave Advanced Electric Shaver
  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Battery: 1 Hour
  • Charge time: 8 hour
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Remington WDF4840 Cordless Lady Shaver
  • Wet & dry
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cordless
  • Charge time: 20 Hours
  • Battery life: 30 minutes
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Braun Silk-epil LS5100 Battery Operated Lady Shaver
  • Wet and Dry
  • Cordless
  • Battery operated
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Best Womens Shavers and Razors

Philips BRL140/00 SatinShave Advanced Electric Shaver

A comfortable to use cordless electric model, this cute little pink Philips electric shaver is totally worth its price tag.

It is a very skin-friendly electric model with a great ergonomic design that makes it easy to grip and manoeuvre. As it is wet and dry, take it into the shower for a more comfortable and less painful shave. It can also be rinsed under water to clean.

We love the pearl-tip trimmers which help if you have very sensitive skin. The comfort cushions either side of the blade makes going over knees and ankles a lot more comfortable. There is also a bikini trimming comb, skin stretcher cap and soft glide cap included so you can take care of all body parts.

Although this electric shaver doesn’t offer a super precise shave, it’s pretty good as far as electric models go (you can always go over final few bits again). Mid-priced, it is great for anyone who wants to step away from the disposable throwaway culture.

Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Battery: 1 Hour
  • Charge time: 8 hour

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Philps BRL140/00 user manual

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We like

  • Can be used in the shower
  • Easy to use and no irritation occurred, even on sensitive skin
  • Ergonomic handle – easy to steer with anti-slip grip

We dislike

  • Doesn’t offer a super close shave (often the case with electric shavers)

Final Verdict

Easy to handle, this pink Philips number is a great quality beauty product for those who want to take the work out of personal grooming. Worth a dry (or wet) run for sure!

Remington WDF4840 Cordless Lady Shaver

Affordable Remington electric model for perfect for use in the shower and if you have sensitive skin.

Remington is known for its affordable and quality shavers, and this one is great for sensitive skin. Using an electric model on delicate skin is always a struggle, and you should always follow care instructions and stop use if any irritation occurs. We appreciate Remington catering to sensitive skin with cooling aloe vera, making this the choice for women who are not sure whether their skin can handle the switch from traditional models.

We especially love the dual hypoallergenic floating foils which make fast work of hair removal without damaging skin.

Specifications

  • Wet & dry
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cordless
  • Charge time: 20 Hours
  • Battery life: 30 minutes

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Remington WDF4840 Cordless Lady Shaver user manual

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We like

  • Can be used in the shower
  • Comes with brush & bag, as well as four attachments
  • Lights up for easy use
  • Easy to hold and low on vibrations
  • Aloe vera strips for smooth, undamaged skin when shaving legs

We dislike

  • 30 mins usage out of 20 hours charge time – not great rechargeable battery life!
  • Better on wet shave than dry

Final Verdict

Packed full of great features for a small price, this electric Remington is a brilliant budget buy.

Braun Silk-epil LS5100 Battery Operated Lady Shaver

This Braun shaver is battery-operated, which will appeal to a lot of people out there. It can sometimes be annoying having to charge an appliance for hours to get little use out of it in return. Thankfully, Braun have answered your prayers.

It comes with two to get you started, and we would recommend that you always purchase some from the strong leading brand to get the best power from the shaver (you know the ones we are talking about).

A well-designed ergonomic head makes for a comfortable shave, though you won’t be getting the same results you would as with an epilator or waxing. But this is both understandable and still great for the price. Bonus points for the cool design and the fact that it’s quiet when in use (no one likes a shaver that sounds like a freight train).

Specifications

  • Wet and Dry
  • Cordless
  • Battery operated

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We like

  • Quiet when in use
  • Good shave for sensitive areas like underarms and bikini line
  • Two attachments: bikini trimmer and Optishave for closer shaves
  • Cleaning brush included

We dislike

  • Not a very close shave
  • Time-consuming to use

Final Verdict

Solid Braun quality shaver that delivers on design and usability.

BABYLISS True Smooth 8770BU Wet & Dry Lady Shaver

A great shower-safe option, which provides up to 30 minutes runtime from a single charge.

Firstly, it is nice to see an electric model for women that isn’t pink for once! We love this little turquoise design from Babyliss that offers great value for money. The floating trimmer hugs the skin so going over knees and and other curves is easy and comfortable.

Use it dry or in the shower, if you prefer to get everything done at the same time. It also means the head is washable under running water. The ergonomic handle is great to hold so you won’t risk dropping it. Great for delicate work. Included is two length combs, so it can trim body hair anywhere down to 2 mm.

A perfect shaver for those women who prefer to do their shaving in the shower as it takes to being under water very well. We’d like a longer battery life for the amount of time it needs to fully charge but it just means you’ll have to be prepared!

Specifications

  • Charge Time: 8 Hours
  • Run Time: 30 Mins

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We like

  • Floating trimmer for extra close shave + dual foil razor to complete the job
  • Two comb lengths for versatile hair removal
  • 3 years manufacturer’s guarantee

We dislike

  • Only 30 minutes battery life from one charge (which takes eight hours)

Final Verdict

Great Babyliss design and a brilliant model that can be easily used in the shower.

Philips HP6341 Wet and Dry Cordless Ladyshaver

Cordless and gentle to use, this electric option is another Philips gem.

Small, but perfectly formed, this women’s model has a small shaving head for precision and works wonders even on those tricky underarms. Water tight, you can take it into the shower or bath and also give it a quick rinse after use.

The hypoallergenic foil coating will protect sensitive skin, and the slim design is easy to grip and move. Perfect when precision is key.

It is battery operated which will put some people off but we think it is a plus – no more charging cables or waiting for it to be ready. Just pop in some new AA’s and you’re good to go. A cleaning brush rounds off the package, and for the price, you can’t expect any more.

Specifications

  • Wet and dry use
  • Foils come with protection cap
  • Cordless & fully washable

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We like

  • Small shaving head for precision
  • Slim design fits into hand
  • Comes with brush
  • Good, even on underarms

We dislike

  • Needs two AA batteries in order to work
  • Only comes with one attachment (trimmer comb)

Final Verdict

This precise little shaver is great for ladies who don’t mind spending a bit more time on hair removal, getting all those hard to reach areas looking all trim and neat.

Help and Resources

Electric Razors & Shavers Buying Guide

When using an electric razor, it’s important to follow any safety instructions to ensure that your skin is not being damaged by the process of shaving. Always make sure that you adhere to appliance guidelines, especially when operating an electric shaver in a wet bathroom.

What Features Should I Look For?

  • Long battery life/ rechargeable batteries: You don’t want to have to be plugging your shaver in every five minutes. Most electric models are now rechargeable, but battery ones do still exist and can be great for travelling.
  • Sensitive skin: Having sensitive skin is really common, and if you are going down the electric route, think really carefully about your choice. Make sure you go for a design and model that will not irritate your skin and will give you a good shaving experience.
  • Cordless: This is pretty standard, being cordless makes the whole experience of shaving so much easier.
  • Wet shaving: Wet shaving is more comfortable than dry shaving and it also gives better results. Most are waterproof, but it’s worth getting one that is 100% shower-friendly too.
  • Extra trimmers and combs: It’s a good idea to buy a shaver that comes with all the different heads and extensions you will need like beard and bikini line trimmers.
  • Cleaning brush: Most good quality electric models come with a cleaning brush, but some also come with a proper self-cleaning station!

What Is The Difference Between Rotary And Foil?

Electric models tend to either use foil or rotary technology.

Foil Shavers

These cut on a straight edge and use moving blades beneath a thin sheet of foil to cut hair. Brands like Braun and Panasonic favour foil electric models. Foil-shavers will need replacing after some time and they give a closer shaver. Most lady shavers are foil-shavers.

Rotary Shavers

These tend to be sold as shavers for men, and they use three to four rotating heads to lift and cut hair and stubble. All Philips models use rotary technology. Rotary models can be less irritating to the skin but are also less precise.

Dry Or Wet Model?

Most shavers these days are waterproof, making it both easier to keep them clean and get a better shave. Wet shaves are more precise than dry shaves and tend to protect the skin better because of plentiful lubrication. If you are doing a dry shave, make sure that you moisturise your skin and pull it taut to avoid any nicks.

How Do I Get The Best Shave?

The best shaves happen when you concentrate and don’t rush the process. Make sure that you are drawing the blades across your body or face in the right direction, and always pull your skin tight so that you have a nice flat surface. Whether you use oils, shaving creams or gels, make sure that they are compatible with your shaver. If you have sensitive skin, be extra vigilant about what products you are putting on your skin. When trying out a new hair removal method for the first time, it’s always advisable to test it out on a small area first to monitor for any signs of irritation.

Are Shavers Okay For My Sensitive Skin?

There are model out there especially designed for sensitive skin. They generally have smaller, more precise blades and include little strips of aloe to cool your skin down. It’s not a good idea to use blunt or abrasive blades on sensitive skin, and always make sure that your skin is well-lubricated. Shavers are OK for sensitive skin, but as with anything, test your skin’s reaction out first. Your underarm skin and the bikini line will be the most sensitive hair removal areas.

Are Men’s And Women’s Razors Really That Different?

Other than the obvious things like colour choice and design, mens shavers are aimed at denser, more coarse hair and tend to come with more blade and trimmer options. Most lady shavers use a foil blade system, whereas shavers for men can also use Gillette blade and rotary shaving technology. Men’s shavers are generally aimed at dealing with facial hair and beards, whereas shavers for women are mainly aimed at shaving legs.

Are They Hard To Maintain?

You must regularly clean out your electric razor in order to keep it from going blunt. A blunt blade is both ineffective and dangerous. Use the brush provided after every use to get rid of dead skin cells and unwanted hair. If your appliance is waterproof, run it under plenty of hot water too. Foil heads will need to replaced after some time.

Why Is An Electric Model So Much Better?

They are more versatile as you can use them anywhere, including on the go. If you have many attachments, they can be used to take care of a whole range of grooming and shaving tasks. Electric options are also less messy and usually work out cheaper than buying expensive disposal options.

Are They Better Than Disposable?

In some ways yes, in other ways no. People tend to find that a wet shave with a traditional razor is still the closest possible shave, but electric shaver blade technology is improving all the time. Generally electric shavers are safer to use and less irritating for skin.

Are There Any Other Hair Removal Options?

Need some more ideas? Have you tried any of these hair removal methods yet?

  • Disposable razors
  • Epilators
  • Laser hair removal
  • Threading and tweezing
  • Waxing (hot and cold)
  • Hair removal gels & pastes
  • Sugar waxing