Unless you are growing your beard, shaving is an important part of a man’s daily routine. After all, trimming your beard or giving yourself a clean shave is all part of grooming yourself.
There are a lot of different makes and models on the market, however, when it comes to shavers it can be confusing to find the one that’s best for you. If you’re thinking of getting a shaver but don’t know where to start, check out this buying guide:
Types of shavers
Electric shavers usually fall into one of two categories: rotary or foil. If you aren’t familiar with the difference between the two, here’s some helpful information.
Rotary shavers have three or four heads that move easily in a circular motion when you place them against your skin. Cutters spin below these heads, cutting your hair, as you move them around your face. If you have longer stubble and don’t want to shave every day, a rotary shaver is the better option. This type of shaver is also better for men with medium to coarse beard density, and slightly tougher skin.
Foil shavers are made of a thin, curved metal foil that covers the cutting blade. As you move it across your face, the blade cuts the stubble that pokes through the perforated foil. If you have a shorter, thinner beard and want to have a close shave every day, this is the better option for you. It’s also the ideal shaver for men with more delicate and sensitive skin, especially for those who find themselves getting razor burns.
Things to consider
Wet vs. dry
One important question to ask yourself is whether you will do wet shaving versus dry shaving?
Many men prefer dry shaving due to the speed and convenience a dry shave gives. The downside, however, is that you cannot use water, foam or liquids around them.
Some electric shavers, however, can be used wet, with a shaving gel or foam. Some can even be taken into the shower, though it isn’t recommended to submerge them completely. Wet shavers are also typically easier to maintain. Remember to read the instructions first before getting your shaver wet, as they usually vary per model.
If you can’t decide which one to get, there are some shavers that work for both wet and dry. Determine how you plan to shave and get an electric shaver that supports how you do it.
In our comparison is 67% of the shavers were wet & dry shavers.
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Corded vs. battery-operated vs. rechargeable
Electric shavers are either powered by electricity, battery-operated or rechargeable. What you should get depends on your lifestyle.
With corded electric shavers, you need to make sure that you have an electric outlet close by when you use it. They can be a bit of a hindrance, however, when you are shaving because the cord can get in the way.
Battery-operated shavers are great if you travel a lot and don’t want to have to bring the cord to charge your shaver. Keep in mind, however, that choosing a battery-operated shaver will require you to buy batteries every now and then, which might not be the most cost efficient option in the long run.
Rechargeable shavers are good if you need to use them frequently, such as in a barbershop where you will need to keep recharging it to use it. It also gives you the flexibility to shave anywhere and anytime, without having to worry if you’ll run out of battery, because you can just pop it into the charger. Nevertheless, if you recharge it too frequently, the battery life may decrease. You also need to take into consideration the duration of the shaver, as well as how long it takes to recharge the batteries.
In our comparison is 100% of the shavers were rechargeable, as shown in the following diagram:
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Weight and size
Some shavers are heavy depending on the kind of battery they use. Check the weight of the product before you get it, and see if it is comfortable to use. You might also want to consider compactness, especially if you travel a lot. Your shaver should be something that can easily fit into your luggage with the rest of your belongings.
Electric shavers vary when it comes to how much they cost. Quality electric shavers can cost anywhere between £55 to over £300. Just because an electric shaver costs more, doesn’t mean that it is made of the best materials. You still need to check a shaver’s quality, and you’ll find many less expensive shavers that are still able to do the job well. Research thoroughly, and remember to keep in mind that you might have to replace spare parts and blades over time, so you should factor them into the overall cost as well.
The price of the shavers represented in our comparison varies from £39 for the cheapest one, to £352 for the most expensive one. This chart shows how the price is distributed among the shavers.
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These are the 5 cheapest shavers represented in our comparison.
Braun Series 3 3000BT
Grundig MS 6240
Braun Series 1 190s
Cleaning and maintenance
Keeping your shaver clean is an important part of your shaving process. While they are generally long-lasting, they also require you to take good care of them. Ideally, you want something quick and easy to maintain, especially if you have a busy schedule and don’t have extra time to set aside just to clean your shaver.
Look for a shaver with a hassle-free type of maintenance? Some of the more advanced ones even come with their own built-in cleaning and charging stations. All you have to do is pop in the shaver, and it will clean and charge itself. These types of shavers are usually on the pricier side, but if you don’t have time to clean your shaver, this is a good investment and will keep your shaver clean. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll also have to buy the cleaning fluid, or replace the cleaning cartridge, so you need to consider the cost of that, too.
46 % of the shavers come with a built-in cleaning and charging station. These are the 3 best shavers with built-in cleaning stations.
Braun Series 5 5190cc
Braun Series 5 5195cc
Braun Series 9 9297cc
Some of the more premium shaver models come with separate attachments; such as one that lets you trim your beard. These types of shavers are handy to have if you want to switch up your look every now and then, and go for a little shadow instead of being clean-cut all the time. If your shaver comes with a trimmer, you won’t need to buy one separately and this can help save on costs.
Some shavers have various additional features that can be quite useful, and help you with your shaving:
Performance boost – speeds up the blades for a faster shave
Battery status – an indicator of when it’s time to recharge, or replace, your batteries
Pivoting heads – adjusts to your neck and face curves to make shaving easier
Lifting comb – pulls the hair up so you can have a really clean shave
Moisturizer dispenser – dispenses moisturizer on your skin while shaving; ideal for those with sensitive skin
Travel case – handy while traveling
Ergonomics – slip-proof handles or comfort settings
Find out if the shaver you’re considering getting has one of these, and which additional features are important to you and will make shaving easier for you.
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