I’ve been using inexpensive Mens Electric Shavers for years. Yet, in my 30-plus years of shaving, I’m only on my third one. So, I think we can safely dispel any concerns one might have about reliability of cheap mens razors. My first Electric Razor was given to me as a gift when I was about 17 years old. It was a Norelco brand, corded shaver with three rotating heads. If it wasn’t for the fact that the thing never once gave me a close shave and cut and nicked me in the process, it would have been an okay shaver. Whether or not it was reliable I’ll never know, because it ended up in my trash after about two weeks. I never tried another electric shaver until about 10 years later. My wife bought me a Braun Cordless Mens Electric Shaver when I was in my late 20’s. It served me well for about 18 years. As Mens Electric Shavers go, it was fine, but the battery would simply no longer hold a charge. I replaced it with another Braun Electric Shaver for $29.95 and that is the one I’m still using today.
The Secret to a Close, Smooth Shave
Despite the obvious need for a quality shaver, even the best mens electric shavers won’t do the job if you are not using it right. After 32 years of shaving, I read an article telling me that I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. The key is to barely use any pressure at all on your face. Simply, let the blades graze your whiskers and gently cut them from your face. This definitely made things easier for me and put a great deal less stress on my face, but there was one problem: missed patches of whiskers. I came to the conclusion that a more expensive Mens Electric Shaver, using a very light-touch technique would be the way to a better, closer shave. Some research on 5 of the most popular men’s razor has led me to the conclusion that the more expensive ones provide better performance and a higher level of satisfaction from users. Before you go spending an arm & leg on a smoother face, however, there is something you should know. There is a whole lot of mediocrity between $25 and $89. Unless, you want to pay for the very best, you might want to consider some of the economy shavers from Braun, Norelco and Panasonic. So, without further ado, let’s look at some shavers and find the best.
Philips Norelco 6940 Reflex Action Men’s Shaving System
A low price will get you an above average shave with the 3-Floating Head, Phillips Norelco 6940. 114 Users can’t be all wrong and they rated this particular model 4 stars out of 5. This Mens Shaver is not cordless, which is what some men liked about it – no worries of batteries running out. As Electric Shavers go, the majority of men rated the performance and reliability well above average.
Braun Free Control 1775 Men’s Shaver
Priced in the $50 – $55 range, the Braun Free Control 1775 is a solid men’s shaver. Over 400 users ranked the Braun 1775 very highly for convenience, comfort and a close shave. Numerous reviewers echoed my own experience with braun electric shavers: The Darn things last forever. Using the secret shaving technique above, the Braun 1775 might not give you as close as shave as the electric mens razors costing $119.00 or more, but for the mid-price range, you will not find a better, more reliable shaver on the market.
Braun Series 7- 760cc Mens Electric Shaver
The Braun Series 7 – 760cc Shaver rated only 4 stars among 149 users. A B-Rating for a Mens electric razor would be respectable if it didn’t cost $219.00. Why does an electric razor cost so much? For one thing, the 760cc has a self-cleaning and charging station. Many users report that it shaves faster than any mens electric razor they’ve ever owned. On the other hand, too many users were disappointed with the closeness of the shave for a mens electric shaver in this price range. There were plenty of men who rated this razor 5-stars and absolutely love it. One thing to keep in mind, paying a great deal of money for a mens electric shaver is unlikely to mean it will last any longer. In fact, the more expensive ones like the Braun Series-7 tend to require more expensive maintenance and replacement parts.
Panasonic ES3833S Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Travel Mens Electric Shaver
The ES3833S is a Travel Electric Wet/Dry Mens Shaver by Panasonic. The razor gets good reviews from men for closeness while using it as a wet shaver – not so good for the dry shaves. Still, it has a perfect place in your shaving arsenal. Whether you want to keep one in your car, office or in your travel bag, or all three; at a price of around $24.00, it’s battery powered operation provides a convenient way to a smoother face throughout the day.
Panasonic ES8243A Arc IV Nano Men’s Wet/Dry Rechargeable Shaver
The Panasonic ES8243A ranks as my top electric razor. Why? Because nearly 300 users have given it a near perfect score; not only for the way it shaves but for some of it’s very convenient technological innovations such as the LED Displayed Battery Charge indicator. The ES8243A isn’t cheap. Expect to pay around $120.00 for a super smooth, fast shave. Actually, there are superior shavers that are even more expensive than the ES8243A, but more money doesn’t get you a higher rated Mens Electric Razor. The Panasonic ES8243A is the best electric razor for men that you can buy, dollar for dollar.