Mens Electric Shavers – How to Find the Best Electric Shaver for the Money

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The Panasonic Vortex is perhaps the best electric shaver ever made

Electric shavers represent the ultimate in convenience, cleanliness and safety for a guy.  Many men, however, are under the opinion that an electric shaver can’t possibly give you a shave as well as a good old razor can, and, up until just a few years ago this was quite true.  Times have changed however along with technology and these days even the least expensive mens electric shaver can give you a very close shave quickly and easily without all the mess and cleanup.  There are many fine brands out there such as Panasonic, Braun and Norelco to choose from so finding the electric razor that’s best for you might be difficult.  In this article I’ll point out some of the features you should look for when you want the best electric shaver for the money.

First off, when searching for a good electric shaver you really need to decide up front if you want a cordless model or a corded one.  Each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages.

A cordless model is rechargeable, and this means you can charge it up and take it on a trip with you, as long as it’s just a few days.  They do however tend to cost a bit more.  If you’ll just be using this at home go with the corded model since it’ll be cheaper and lighter.

Next up you’ll need to decide what general type of electric shaver you want, either a rotating blade type or straight blade.  Generally speaking if you’re hair tends to grow in different directions you’ll want a rotating blade to get the best results.  A good way to judge this is if you currently maneuver your razor in different directions on different areas of your face you’ll want a rotating blade model, otherwise go for the straight blade variety.

What features should I look for in the best electric shaver for men?

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This Philips rotary model is a fine electric shaver at a mid price point

First off you’ll want to look at the RPM of the electric shaver, the faster it is the less likely it’ll get caught on especially thick whiskers, and trust me, this is extremely painful.  Normal electric razors go at about 10k rpm, the best electric shavers will go up to 13k rpm.

Look for a wet/dry electric shaver.  With this feature you can shave right after you get out of the shower, which we all know is the best time to shave.  Without this feature you’ll have to wait until your face is dry.  In addition, wet/dry shavers usually have a cleaning mode, which means you can put it under running water and set it to self clean.  This is a great feature and a real time saver.  Also note that with a wet/dry variety you can you special electric shaver gel, giving you an especially smooth and easy shave.

Floating heads.  Simply put this means the blades move in relation to facial contours.  This is pretty much standard but just make sure it’s there.

Look for a blade angle less than 45 degrees.  The less the angle the closer the shave.  Some of the best electric shavers go as low as 30 degrees which will give you a ridiculously close shave.

If you have a beard, mustache or even side burns you’ll want an electric razor that has a pop up trimmer.  This is a great feature to have if you need it.

For the a great shave with minimal irritation it’s vitally important that there are multiple blades, this only applies to a straight style electric shaver.  Look for two or even three blades.  The top electric mens shavers will actually have four blades.

If you opt for a rechargeable model make sure there’s some type of indicator that shows if it’s fully charged AND if the battery is low.  You don’t want to go on a trip with the battery almost dead and not know it.

For a rotary blade electric shaver the cutting head should have slots and holes to catch both long whiskers and stubble.

When shopping for an electric razor, especially some of the higher end models you’ll find that some have a cleaning base.  Take not that these work very well to clean the shaver but some require you to purchase cleaning fluid (which comes in a cartridge) while others use plain water.  Make sure to include the cost of this fluid when you compare electric shavers.

Now that we’ve look at some of the more common features out there let’s take a look at some of the best electric shavers available.  I’ll cover some different price points so you can get an idea of what you get for more money.  After reading the above and looking at these I’m sure you’ll see which is the best electric shaver for you.

Philips Norelco Speed 8240 Men’s Shaving System
Panasonic ES-LA93-K Vortex Men’s Shaver
Philips Norelco 6940 Reflex Action Men’s Shaving System
Braun Free Control 1775 Men’s Shaver

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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