Best Electric Razors & Shavers 2018 – 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

Best Overall: BRAUN Series 3 3040S
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BRAUN Series 3 3040S Wet & Dry Shaver
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  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge time: 1 Hour
  • Battery: Lasts up to 1 week
Best Wet & Dry Mens Shaver: BRAUN Series 7
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BRAUN Series 7 790CC-4 Wet & Dry Foil Shaver
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  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • 5 minute emergency charge
  • Charge time: 50 minutes
  • Battery life: 1 Hour
Best Rotary: Remington XR1450
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Remington XR1450 HyperFlex Aqua Plus Rotary Shaver
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  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge for 1.5 hours for 1 hour’s use
  • Worldwide voltage

Best Mens Shavers and Razors

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

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

This Braun foil model comes with an awesome self-cleaning station that takes all the hassle out of beard care. Hygienic and long-lasting, this electric option is built to last and works 100% underwater too (if that’s your thing). A gadget worth investing in for sure, you’ll thank yourself later.

Features:

Shower proof (waterproof to up to 5 metres of water)

2 year guarantee

 

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
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Pivoting head

We disike

  • 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?

+ Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • 5 minute emergency charge
  • Charge time: 50 minutes
  • Battery life: 1 Hour

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

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BRAUN Series 3 3040S Wet & Dry Shaver

Great Braun Series 3 shaver for men with MicroComb blades

Try out the new Braun Series 3 MicroComb shaving experience for yourself. This bright blue Braun shaver has flexible cutting elements and three blade positions for super precise and accurate shaving. A fantastic shaver for all types of beard contouring, this model uses a foil blade system.

We like

  • Flexible cutting elements – 3 blade positions
  • Protection cap & cleaning brush included
  • You can wash this model under a running tap (waterproof & water safe)
  • 5 minute quick re-charge function for men on the go
  • Completely cordless with an ergonomic grip

We disike

  • Using an electric shaver can get some getting used to, especially at first

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).

+ 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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Remington XR1450 HyperFlex Aqua Plus Rotary Shaver

The Remington XR1450 HyperFlex model has rotary functionality and is waterproof meaning it can be used in the shower.

This rotary shaver is both practical and powerful. Well-designed to fit your hand, this Remington offers a precision shave with rotary blades. Bonus points for the worldwide voltage, making this a great travel companion for the modern, discerning jetsetter.

Features:

  • For wet & dry use
  • Rotary functionality
  • 1 year manufacturers guarantee

 

We like

  • A quiet & comfortable shave with less vibrations
  • Comes with a pop up trimmer which is great for moustaches
  • Worldwide voltage
  • Good battery life: charge for 1.5 hours for 1 hour’s use
  • 5 minute emergency shave function

We disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

  • Wet & Dry
  • Cordless
  • Charge for 1.5 hours for 1 hour’s use
  • Worldwide voltage

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Remington XR1450 HyperFlex user manual

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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.

We like

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

We disike

  • Can clog on longer hair

Final Verdict

A really good groomer at a very reasonable price.

+ Specifications

  • Flexible head
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Wet or dry

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Philips Series 3000 user manual

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Philips S1310 Cordless Dry Electric Shaver Series 1000

Perfect for men who prefer their shaves dry

A great cordless Philips model, this shaver is extremely easy to use and manoeuvre around the face. Dry shaves aren’t as close as wet shaves, so remember to factor that in.

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

  • Dry cordless electric shaver
  • Four direction flex heads and rotary blades

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Philips S1310 user manual

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The Best Womens Electric Razors & Shavers – Our Top Picks

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

Best Womens Shavers and Razors

Philips BRL140/00 SatinShave Advanced Wet and Dry Electric Shaver

Comfortable to use cordless electric model from Philips

This cute little pink Philips electric shaver is totally worth its price tag. This is a very skin-friendly electric model with a great ergonomic design that makes it easy to grip and manoeuvre. We love the pearl-tip trimmers, and though this electric shaver doesn’t offer a super precise shave, it’s pretty good as far as electric models go (you can always whip out the classic disposable option for any final few bits).

Features:

Can be used in the shower

SatinShave floating foil for close skin contact, perfect for shaving legs

Pearl-trip trimmers for precision & safety when tidying up bikini line

3 attachments: trimming comb, soft glide cap and skin stretcher cap

Pouch and cleaning brush included

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 disike

  • 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!

+ Specifications

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

+ Downloads

Philps BRL140/00 user manual

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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.

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 disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

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

+ Downloads

Remington WDF4840 Cordless Lady Shaver user manual

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Braun Silk-epil LS5100 Battery Operated Lady Shaver

Braun battery-operated electric model for smooth skin

This Braun shaver is battery-operated which can be a bit of a pain; though some people do find batteries easier (and it does actually come with some).  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. 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).

We like

  • Well known women’s care brand
  • OK shave for sensitive areas like underarms and bikini line
  • Two attachments: bikini trimmer and Optishave for closer shaves
  • Cleaning brush included
  • Quiet when in use

We disike

  • Needs 2 AA batteries – better if this one was rechargeable, though some people find batteries easier
  • Time-consuming to use
  • Not a very close shave

Final Verdict

Solid Braun quality shaver that delivers on design and usability.

+ Specifications

  • Wet and Dry
  • Cordless
  • Battery operated
  • Vibrating Foil

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Braun Silk-epil LS5100 user manual

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BABYLISS True Smooth 8770BU Wet & Dry Lady Shaver

Great shower-safe option, but battery life leaves room for improvement

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. A perfect shaver for those women who prefer to do their shaving in the shower as this one takes to being under water very well.

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 disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

  • Ideal for wet and dry use, this BABYLISS shaver is 100% shower safe and washable!
  • Comfortable grip means slip ups are rare

+ Downloads

Philips HP6341 user manual

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Philips HP6341 Wet and Dry Cordless Ladyshaver

Precise shaving with this compact cordless

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. Shame it doesn’t have rechargeable batteries though!

We like

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

We disike

  • 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.

+ Specifications

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

+ Downloads

Philips HP6341 user manual

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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.

Best electric option features to look out for

So what makes for a great electric razor? What features should you be looking out 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’s the difference between rotary and foil?

Electric models tend to either use foil or rotary technology.

Foil-shavers 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 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.

Are dry or wet models better?

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 OK for 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.

How are men’s and women’s models 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.

Why do people shave?

Loads of different reasons! Men and women shave and remove body hair for various reasons, varying from fashion to personal hygiene, and religion. Generally, women feel more pressure than men to remove ‘unwanted’ body hair, but men are also increasingly taking up more stringent grooming habits and removing hair from their backs and legs. Some sports like cycling also require shaved legs.

Electric shaver maintenance

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.

What makes electric models so great?

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 electric shavers 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.

Other hair removal options to consider

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

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