The 5 Best Electric Razors

by William Tran on 11 June 2014 0 comments

Many people may find little reason to choose an electric razor over their trusty manual razor, as the investing price may be too high to pay for a more portable shaver that cuts quicker rather than closer. However, the technology has significantly advanced over the years to the point where modern electric razors can now give you the smooth, close shave that you want along with some nice high tech features at more affordable prices.

Wise Bread is here to show you which electric razors will give you the best shave without cutting down on your budget with our top five list.

What Is an Electric Razor?

An electric razor is an electrical device equipped with small, motor-powered blades behind a metal guard that is primarily used by men for the purpose of shaving their facial hair without the need for shaving cream or soap and water.

There are two main types of electric razors: foil shavers and rotary shavers. Foil shavers have oscillating blades under thin, perforated steel foils that allow for really close shaves. Rotary shavers have rotating circular blades that can flex along the contours of your face and neck, allowing you to maneuver the razor in multiple directions. While foil shavers are generally the preferred choice when it comes to getting the best shave, they may not handle longer hairs as well as rotary shavers can, and they can be significantly noisier as well.

Most electric razors are meant to be used on dry skin, but there are some versions that are designed to handle wet/dry use and can be easily cleaned using running water.

Top 5 Electric Razors

Braun Series 7 760cc

The Braun Series 7 760cc electric razor has been widely considered to be one of the best values for foil shavers on the market by both consumers and experts alike, thanks to its excellent shaving performance and impressive features.

As both a Consumer Search and Consumer Reports top pick, one of the most remarkable features on the 760cc is its flexible foil shaving head that makes it easy to get a close shave around those troublesome facial curves. It also comes with three customizable shaving modes to optimally adjust for different hair and skin types. Users have found its sleek design to be very comfortable to hold and use, and they were also very impressed by its long-lasting charge and quiet operation. An included cleaning base makes the 760cc easy to clean as well.

Currently $189.95 on Amazon.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4

The Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4 electric razor is another exceptional foil shaver to have received a top recommendation from both Consumer Reports and Consumer Search. It's especially effective at shaving sensitive skin.

Many users have been very delighted by the close shave and smooth results that its Multi-Flex pivoting head can achieve without irritating the skin. Users also thoroughly enjoy the ES-LA63-S’ wet/dry performance and waterproof design, which allows them to use the razor with shaving cream or in the shower.

While you can’t use it while it’s charging, the ES-LA63-S can reach a full charge in just under an hour and can maintain a full power shave for up to 45 minutes instead of fading out with the battery.

Currently $140.77 on Amazon.

Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X

You cannot talk about rotary shavers without bringing up the widely-acclaimed Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X electric razor, which holds a 4½-star Amazon rating from over 1,000 customer reviews along with the highest recommendation from both Consumer Reports and Consumer Search.

The 1250X’s built-in GyroFlex 3D system provides the razor with some dynamic maneuverability that makes it easy to get the smoothest and closest shave around every curve on your face. In addition, each of its three shaving heads comes with special shaving tracks that allow it to effectively shave everything from the longest hairs to the hard-to-reach stubble. But many reviewers found themselves most impressed by the 1250X’s incredibly quiet operation, which has most of its competition beat.

The razor also includes an AquaTec seal, which gives you the option of wet/dry shaving if desired.

Currently $171.50 on Amazon.

Remington R-7130

The Remington R-7130 electric razor is another exemplary choice for a rotary shaver that can provide a remarkable amount of flexibility that you won’t find in many other razors.

Thanks to its Flex & Pivot technology, the R-7130’s Teflon rotary shaving heads can flex to get close to those hard-to-shave curves, and the razor’s neck can pivot in multiple directions, which makes it efficient at moving around and shaving your neck. Its rechargeable battery can provide up to 60 minutes of shaving time, and you can plug it into an electrical outlet to get up to 90 minutes of use.

The R-7130 also comes with a LED indicator that allows you to keep track of its battery life so that you don’t unexpectedly run out of power.

Currently $112.83 on A Matter of Fax.

Philips Norelco PQ280

The Consumer Search recommended Philips Norelco PQ280 is an incredibly low-cost and portable electric razor that’s practically made to be your traveling shaving companion.

While it only comes with two rotary shaving heads instead of the usual three to maintain a compact design, the PQ280 can still provide a very close, clean shave that matches up the performance of its three-headed brethren. Many users were also pleasantly surprised by how quietly it can operate given its small size.

The PQ280 is powered by AA batteries, so you don’t need to find an outlet in order to recharge its power, making it more ideal for on-the-go use. Not only that, you can get up to an hour of shaving on each set of AA batteries, which is more than enough power for multiple shaving sessions.

Currently $14.99 on Amazon.

And those are our recommendations for the best electric razors. As always, be sure to check out the Wise Bread Shopping Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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