Electric shavers, a massive helping hand on a daily task, or a waste of money. When it comes to getting one you'll want to makes sure you do your research. There's so many different options to choose from. Rotary or foil, corded or cordless, wet or dry and so many more. A good quality electric shaver will give you a good close shave, but electric shavers can be expensive, and the quality can vary greatly.
We will go through some of the options and let you know if they're worth paying for or not. We'll also go through some of the pros and cons of an electric shaver.
The main pros of a cheap electric shaver are that they are quicker to use than a wet razor, there's no water of shaving gel required, so you don't even need to be in the bathroom to use it. It also makes less mess than a wet shave. A good quality electric shaver will usually charge and give you enough time to shave everyday for 2 weeks, so perfect for a holiday.
The biggest down side to an electric shaver is probably the price. They can be fairly expensive. You will also need to replace the foils or the heads every so often. Typically around every 1 to 2 years. And also even the best electric shavers don't shave as close as a wet razor shave.
Foil Shavers and Rotary Head Shavers
There are two types of electric shavers. A foil head one and a rotary one. Foil shavers use oscillating blades beneath a fine perforated foil to cut hair. Some of the biggest brands in male grooming use foil shavers. Both Braun and Panasonic use them, as do some Remington foil shavers. A rotary shaver usually has 3 circular heads that rotate to lift and then cut stubble. You would have seen this type on all Philips electric shavers and some Remington models too. When deciding between the two it usually boils down to personnel preference. Both types can offer really close shaves and be comfortable on the skin.
Mains Shavers and Cordless Shavers
The plus side to having a main shaver is that it can be used while it is plugged in. So if you forget to charge your shaver, you can still get a good close shave. A cordless shaver will need to have at least a small amount of charge in it to be used. This is a the same for both wet, and dry electric shavers. A wet cordless shaver gives you more freedom and makes a quick shower shave very simple. But you will not be able to use this whiles it's charging. You'll find that wet cordless electric shavers will not operate when they are cheating anyway.
Mains electric shavers aren't all that popular anymore and you'll find that they are the most basic and cheap electric shavers on the market.
Cheap Electric Shaver Features
A handy feature to look out for in an electric shaver is a pop up side burns trimmer. This will save time in having to look for a separate attachment, or even having to buy a separate beard trimmer. It might cost you a little more, but it's well worth it. Beard combs are another thing that are worth getting on your electric shaver kit. The best feature to look for, and this cost a fair bit extra is waterproof electric shaver. Not only can you use this in the shower, but some of them can be used with shave gel. The good thing about this is it is better for your skin. Always make sure you are certain that the electric shaver you have bought can be used in the shower before trying it. A battery life display indicator is a really handy feature. Knowing how much life is left will mean that you won't run out and have to wait for it to charge before you're next shave. This could be in bars to show how much life is left, or some have a colouring system to show this. quick charge feature can be handy if you're still pretty forgetful when it comes to charging your shaver.
Electric Shaver Maintenance
The majority of newer model electric shavers can be cleaned really easily under running water and by gently tapping the stubble hairs out of it. Make sure to read the instructions though, as you may have one that you can't do this to.
Some of the top of the range electric shavers will have a self cleaning function. These are great and you simple place the shaver in the box and let the magic happen. All you need to do is replace the cleaning fluid as and when required.
To get the best shave results from an electric shaver it's best to pull the skin tight in the area you're shaving. Also use a good post shave moisturise and replace the heads at least every 18 months.
Best Deals on Electric Shavers
Getting a good deal on an electric shaver will make what can be an expensive product far better value for money. The best place to start is by looking at the sales section of leading UK retailers like Argos and Very. These update their stock very often and will make big reductions on their last seasons stock and savings of up to 75% can be found. This will make the quality electric shaver you choose a far better buy than paying full price for it.