The 3 Best Electric Shavers

Last Updated: April 2020

Best Rotary Shaver
Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 with SmartClean, Rechargeable Wet/Dry Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer Attachment, S9311/87
Our Rating
3.8/5
Philips
Norelco Shaver 9300
Price not available
Our Top Pick
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case
Our Rating
4.5/5
Braun
Series 7
$189.99
Upgrade Pick
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
Our Rating
4.5/5
Braun
Series 9
$299.93

Prices as off 2020-08-07 at 13:50 / Contains affiliate links.

How Did We Determine the Best Electric Shaver?

Shaving Performance

Shaving
Comfort

Features & Accessories

Price

Table of Contents

The Best Electric Shavers

If you are tired of ever increasing prices, razor bumps, and irritated skin that comes with shaving with a disposable or cartridge razor it may be time to try an electric shaver. Whether this is your first electric shaver or an upgrade, we have rounded up our favorite electric shavers available on the market to help you make an informed decision

How We Chose

Shaving Performance

The most important factor in choosing an electric shaver is the shaving performance you will receive from it. For a long time it was difficult to get a close shave with an electric shaver compared to using a razor. That gap has closed as manufacturers are able to design shaving heads with more flexibility and cutting heads.

While shaving performance has continued to improve, you shouldn’t expect to get a razor close shave with any electric shaver. Electric shavers allow you to quickly shave without the prep needed to shave with a razor. No more lathering up shaving cream or changing and buying razors. 

Our reviews on shaving performance are relative to other electric shavers and not the shave you will receive if you use a razor.

Shaving Comfort

A fast and convenient shave mean nothing if you are dealing with pain throughout the whole process. Some, mostly cheap, models of electric shavers have a reputation of having a rough shaving feeling. Common complaints include pulling of the hair and irritation from having to shave the same areas multiple times.

Traditionally foil shavers have provided the most comfortable shave with many of them including skin guards to help with irritation. Some of Philips rotary shavers have begun to close the gap, but we found that the foil shavers we reviewed resulted in a more comfortable shave even with the recent improvement of some Philips models.

Features & Accessories

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case

As you may have found from your research, electric shavers often include a number of strikingly similar models from the same manufacturers. Often, the difference between shaver models lies in the features and accessories and not the shaving performance they deliver.

For example, the Braun Series 9 shaving line includes 5 different models in which the shaving experience is identical but the accessories included are slightly different. We have found in many situations that the model numbers change based on where the shaver is sold and not based on the feature set. Because of this we specifically recommended the models that we believe include the right mix of features and accessories.

Just like the rest of the devices in our life, electric shavers continue to become more and more advanced. Some models offer automatic sensing that can adjust the power of the shaver based on how thick your beard is. Many also offer informative LED/LCD displays on battery and cleaning status.

We haven’t found many of these features to actually improve shaving performance or comfort, but the accessories that are included do make a difference in the overall electric shaving experience.

Battery Life

Nearly all of the best electric shavers do not allow shaving while they are plugged in and charging. This is due to many of them allowing the ability to shave in both wet and dry conditions and the manufacturers deciding to prevent charging when there is potential to be used In a wet environment. 

Our choices for the best electric shaver offer between 40-50 minutes of battery life, compared to budget models where the batteries often last 30 minutes or less. This is usually enough battery life for 8-12 shaves and is usually enough to cover a short trip. Most shavers also offer a quick charge option to give you enough battery life for one shave.

Accessories

We recommend choosing a model with a clean and charge station. Unless you are going to manually clean and lubricate your shaver often, the clean and charge stations ensure you are getting the top performance from your shaver. The price difference is usually reasonable and the cleaning cartridges are easily found. 

Some electric shavers include pop-up trimmers built into the body while others include attachable trimmers. Pop-up trimmers are a nice addition removing the need to ensure you are carrying around an extra part to finish your shave. 

Our Picks

Top Pick for Most People

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case

Braun Series 7 (790cc-4)
$189.99
The Braun Series 7 combines excellent shaving performance, great comfort, and all the features you need to deliver the best shave for most people.

Prices as off 2020-08-07 at 13:50 / Contains affiliate links.

Pros
  • Excellent Shaving Performance
  • Great Shaving Comfort
  • Clean & Charge Station
  • Trimmer & Travel Case
Cons
  • Dated Design
  • Difficult to See Battery LCD

Why we chose it

Our pick for the best electric shaver is the Braun Series 7. Since the release of the Series 7 in 2010 it has been one of the top selling electric shavers on the market.

It offers strong performance, excellent reliability, and a drop in price combine to make this shaver the no-brainer choice for most people. There are now three generations of the Series 7, but all offer one of the best shaving experiences on the market today.

Shaving Performance 

While the Braun Series 9 and Panasonic Arc5 both deliver slightly better shaving performance, we believe the Series 7 has the perfect mix of performance and price

The Series 7 is powerful enough to shave quickly and offers a shaving head that contours around the face to minimize the amount of passes required. While the shaver is both wet & dry capable, we recommend shaving with a dry face to maximize performance.

We found that using the Series 7 with a 2 or 3 day stubble wasn’t too much of a problem, but anything beyond that we would recommend using a trimmer before using the Series 7.

Shaving Comfort

The Series 7 has been the standard for electric shavers when it comes to comfort since its release. Today, it is still among the most comfortable electric shavers we have used. Only the Braun Series 9 delivers a more comfortable shave, and that is because Braun took what worked for the Series 7 and made some slight improvements.
 

Features & Accessories

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case

The Series 7 has all of the features you would expect from a modern electric shaver. It has an LCD indicator letting you know the amount of battery remaining, adjustable speeds, and a clean and charge station to keep your shaver clean and lubricated. There is also pop-up trimmer to clean up around the sideburns and neck area.
 
If you would prefer to save a few dollars, there is a Series 7 model without the clean and charge station included.

Recommendation

The Braun Series 7 delivers excellent shaving performance, great shaving comfort, and all the features you need at an attractive price. Since the release of the Braun Series 9 the price of the Series 7 has dropped while remaining one of the best shavers on the market.

Upgrade Pick

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case

Braun Series 9 (9370cc)
$299.93
A worthy upgrade from the Braun Series 7. Delivers a modern design, faster shave, and upgraded features.

Prices as off 2020-08-07 at 13:50 / Contains affiliate links.

Pros
  • Excellent Shaving Performance
  • Best Shaving Comfort
  • Clean & Charge station also dries shaver
  • Trimmer & Travel Case
Cons
  • Price compared to Series 7

Why we chose it

Braun’s biggest challenge when introducing the Series 9 was improving the shaving performance enough to justify upgrading from the Series 7. Braun was able to deliver a shaving experience that is an upgrade from the Series 7 in nearly every way.

The Series 9 features a more modern design, upgraded shaving head, improved clean and charge station and overall delivers an experience that feels premium. The shaving performance is excellent and the features are well thought out. The only reason the Series 9 isn’t our top pick is because most people will be satisfied with the performance of the Series 7 and not feel the need to spend the extra on the Series 9.

If the you are looking for the absolute best electric shaver on the market, we would highly recommend the Braun Series 9.

Shaving Performance

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case

The Braun Series 9 had no trouble shaving through our 3 day stubble and delivering a consistent shave day in and day out. The Series 9 shaving head features an extra cutting element over the Series 7 which allows you complete your shave slightly quicker than the Series 7.

The Panasonic Arc5 tends to give a slightly closer shave, but the Series 9 is much easier to get consistent results from. The Series 9 is able to contour around all areas of the face while the Arc5’s larger head makes it difficult to shave around the mustache and neck line. We prefer the ease of the shave to the slight advantage the Arc5 may have in the closeness.

Shaving Comfort

Simply put, the Series 9 is the most comfortable electric shaver on the market today. The flexible head, built in skin guard, and excellent shaving performance result in minimal pulling and skin irritation. 

We have found that the discomfort from electric shaving is usually caused by having to repeatedly shave over the same areas to remove all hair. The Series 9 shaving head remains cool and minimizes the amount of times you have to go over the same areas with the extra cutting element compared to the Series 7.

Features & Accessories

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case

The accessories included with the Braun shaving lines tend to be fairly standard and the Series 9 is no exception. A travel case, cleaning brush, and for the model we selected, cleaning station is included.

The Series 9 clean and charge station includes active drying, a feature not included with any of Braun’s other shaving series. The drying can be effective if you would like to clean the shaver right before use.

 
The 50 minute battery life is similar to the Series 7. Like most wet & dry shavers you cannot charge the Series 9 while using it, but a quick charge option is available.
 

Recommendation

The Braun Series 9 is well built, delivers the best shave, and includes top of the line advanced features that make it our upgrade pick. If it falls within your budget, the shaving speed and versatility is enough to justify the premium over the Series 7.

Best Rotary Shaver

Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 with SmartClean, Rechargeable Wet/Dry Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer Attachment, S9311/87

Philips Norelco Shaver 9300
Price not available
Our recommendation if you are only looking for a rotary shaver.

Prices as off 2020-08-07 at 13:50 / Contains affiliate links.

Pros
  • Best rotary shaver
  • Attachable trimmer can be easier to use than pop-up trimmer
Cons
  • Can’t get as close of shave compared to our other choices
  • Shaving not nearly as comfortable as foil models

Why we chose it

We don’t recommend rotary shavers for most people unless you already have a rotary shaver or are specifically looking for one. We have struggled to find a shaver that delivers a close shave or avoids the hair pulling sensation that is typical of rotary shavers.

Despite the rotary shaver technology not being our preference, the Norelco Shaver 9300 is the best rotary shaver that we have reviewed. The Shaver 9300 delivers most of the same features the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 provide with a different shaving technology.

Shaving Performance 

In the past we would recommend a rotary shaver for people who typically shave every couple days because they tend to be better at shaving longer stubble. That gap has closed considerably with the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 to the point that the Norelco 9300 is not noticeably better at shaving longer stubble than those models.

The closeness of a shave from a rotary shaver will not compete with those of a foil shaver or razor but we were impressed with the shaving performance of the Norelco 9300. Compared to other rotary models we have reviewed the Norelco 9300 delivered a closer shave and better contoured around the neck area than cheaper models. 

If you are looking to upgrade or replace a rotary shaver, the Norelco 9300 delivers the best shave we have had from a rotary shaver.

Shaving Comfort

One major complaint from rotary shavers is the feeling that the hair is being pulled and cut rather than shaved from the face. We didn’t get that feeling nearly as much while reviewing the Norelco 9300, but around the neck area we could feel some places where the shaver felt it was tugging. 

We don’t think that the Norelco 9300, or any rotary shaver, is the right choice for anyone with sensitive skin. The shave feels harsher and it is hard to justify choosing a harsher shave vs a more comfortable and closer shave you can get with our other choices.

Features & Accessories

Unlike the Braun Series 7 and Series 9, the Norelco 9300 uses an attachable trimmer vs the pop-up trimmers in the Braun models. We prefer the pop-up trimmers to avoid having to take the trimmer head off during each shave and an attachment is one more piece you can lose.

The Norelco 9300 includes a cleaning and charging station that operates very similar to the Braun models The 50 minute battery life is nearly identical to the Series 7 and Series 9, even down to the quick charge option.

Recommendation

The Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 is the best rotary shaver we have reviewed. While we don’t recommend it to most people, if you are seeking out a rotary shaver the Norelco 9300 should be your choice.

Electric Shavers Buying Guide

Rotary or Foil Shaver

We have already written at length about the difference between the two shaver styles, but here is a quick recap to help you decide between the two styles. Braun and Panasonic both produce foil shavers while Philips specializes in rotary shaving technology.

Foil shavers typically provide the closest and fastest shave. They are best for users who will be shaving every day who are looking for the closet shave an electric shaver can provide.

In general rotary shavers are better at shaving longer and thicker hair than their foil competitors. If you shave every couple days or have a coarse beard, you may benefit from using a rotary shaver. Typically they are slightly quieter and slower than foil shavers.

Electric Shaver Costs

An electric shaver is truly an investment that will benefit your wallet for years. Unlike manual razors which you may use for a month at most, electric shavers are designed to last five years or more with cleaning and maintenance. Braun, Panasonic, and Philips all offer 2-year warranties, and some shavers come with a money back guarantee allowing you to return the shaver if you are not happy with the electric shaving experience.

Electric Shaver FAQ

How long do electric shavers last?

If you maintain your electric shaver by cleaning and lubricating it and replacing the shaving head on schedule you can expect these shavers to last 5 or more years. While there is no guarantee for any product lasting that long, these models are well built and have been on the market for years. 

How often should I replace the shaving head?

Manufacturers typically recommend replacing the shaving head on your electric shaver every 18-24 months. This is based on how often you shave and if you are maintaining the shaving head correctly. If you shave every other day, clean the shaver, and lubricate it regularly you can make the shaving head last longer than the recommended replacement timing.

If you are noticing the shaving performance starting to degrade and you have maintained the shaving head, it may be time to replace the shaving head.

How expensive are replacement shaving heads?

On average replacement shaving heads cost between $20 and $60, depending on the manufacturer and shaver model.  

How expensive are replacement cleaning cartridges?

If you buy a model with a clean and charge station you will need to purchase cleaning cartridges for the station. Both Braun and Philips cleaning cartridges are available on Amazon. Cartridges are usually around $5 and can be cheaper if you buy in bulk.