After 30 hours of research evaluating 125 products, we picked Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Men's Shaver as our top choice.
With so many choices out there, finding the best electric shaver for sensitive skin might seem daunting. You want something that can achieve a close shave but would not cause redness, bumps, razor burns, or any other irritation.
The Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Men's Shaver gets the job done neatly with hardly any irritation. Compared to the Philips Norelco 9300 or the Remington F5-5800A, it generates less friction and you only need two passes max for a close shave, so there's a lower chance of razor burns and irritations. It's also a good 40 bucks cheaper than the Philips Norelco 9300 which is our second choice.
Super compact, ergonomic design, great for traveling, multiple attachments for user convenience, good battery life, worldwide voltage, and cordless operation.
Requires multiple passes to eliminate hair, and there is a slight risk of razor burn.
For those who want a very close shave on the first pass, this isn't your top pick. With this little shaver, you'll have to go over your face a few times to get the job done properly. However, the compact design is what makes this one an amazing choice—it fits right in the palm of your hand, and it's small enough to fit in any toiletry kit or briefcase.
The rotary shaver heads flex and bend with the contours of your face, allowing you to easily get in the various nooks and crannies (around your mouth, under your nose, behind your jaw, etc.). Once you do a few passes, you'll find the shave is close enough for business and formal occasions, though be wary of razor burn.
You get a full 45 minutes of run time from this bad boy, and it only takes four hours to charge it up (half the charge time of most other shavers). It's incredibly simple to use, with just two buttons that allow you to turn it on/off. No frills or fancy add-ons, but an efficient, compact shaver to keep your facial hair in check.
The rubberized grip of the ergonomically-designed shaver makes it comfortable to hold while shaving. The shaver is fully waterproof, so you can run it in the bath or shower, or certainly on a wet face.
The attachments are where this shaver really shines. There is a gentle bristle brush to use in your daily skincare/beard care routine, a pre-shave prep brush to get those hairs standing up and ready to trim, and a precision trimmer for extra detailed beard work. The brushes are highly effective at improving skin and hair health.
At $75, this is pricier than our top-rated travel shaver, and the performance isn't quite on par with some of the other higher-rated shavers on our list. However, given its compact size and design, it's worth considering if you want a small rotary shaver to take on international trips.
Super versatile, lightweight, easy to use, all-in-one shaver, great for detail work, unique razor head, very close shave, easily maneuverable, durable shaver heads, durable, wet/dry operation, and decent price tag.
Can't handle very thick hair, and the replacement heads are pretty pricey.
This device has been called a "hybrid razor and shaver", given that it looks like a typical razor but operates like a shaver. The trimmer head is built with a unique cross hatch pattern that will make it easier to get a (very) close shave without increasing your risk of razor burn or irritation. It delivers a smooth shave, gliding across your skin with ease. It's compact, comfortable to grip, and lightweight, making it the most maneuverable shaver we've ever tried.
Sadly, its design makes it less than effective for thick, coarse beard hair (around your chin). It's more suited to trimming your cheeks and moustache than slicing through thick stubble. However, you'll love the fact that it can be used both with and against the grain, delivering a close shave with a single pass.
This little shaver delivers 45 minutes of run time per battery charge, and requires 8 hours to refill the rechargeable batteries. However, its wet/dry operation means you can use it in the shower or bathtub or on a wet face. It's a bit tricky to clean (thanks to the cross hatch shaver head), but you can simply rinse it under the tap/running water.
The shaver head looks like a safety razor head, but delivers the shaving power you need to keep your beard and facial hair in check. The slender head makes it easy to trim and contour your facial hair, allowing for a broad range of facial hair styles that you'd never be able to manage with a larger foil or rotary head shaver. Think of it as the "precision grooming tool" you always wanted.
At $18, this is very cheap for a shaver but pricey for a razor. The shaver heads will only last for 4-6 months (depending on use), and they're pricey to replace ($15 for 1, $25 for 2). However, given the versatility of the shave, they're worth it if you want to take total control of your facial hair style.
Affordable, versatile, delivers very close shave, self-sharpening blades, flexible heads, consistent battery power, one-touch open, easy to clean, easy to grip and maneuver, and adaptable for travel.
Short battery life and long charge time.
Despite the very affordable price tag, this shaver delivers great performance. The CloseCut blade system offers one of the closest shaves of any rotary shaver on the market, and the 4-direction flex heads make it easy for you to shave the contours of your face, around your mouth, and beneath your jawline.
One of the great things about this shaver is just how easy it is to clean. The one-handed open (with the press of a button) will pop off the rotary heads, allowing you to run the shaver head under water for quick and simple removal of dirt and excess skin cells. The design is very comfortable to grip, making shaving a breeze with this amazing shaver.
You get up to 35 minutes of battery life from this shaver with every use, though sadly it has a long (8 hour) charge time. However, for those who travel overseas, the shaver can be used with 100 to 240 volts, making it perfect for U.S. as well as European, Australian, and Asian use.
The built-in LED light lets you know when the battery needs to be charged, as well as when the charging is finished. The shaver comes with its own protection cap, which keeps the shaver heads safe while the shaver is stored in your bag or toiletry case.
For those who want to keep their beards neat, the pop-up trimmer is super easy to use and offers maximum detailing work.
At $30, this is among the cheapest shavers on the market. Despite its low price tag, however, it offers excellent performance, reliable functionality, and ease of use. A great budget buy!
Small and highly portable; runs quietly and delivers a close shave. Good battery life.
According to reviews, takes longer to shave
This is the perfect travel-sized electric shaver for those men with thicker stubble. With slow, controlled movements, it delivers a very close dry shave. It's perfect for shaving in the car, plane, or airport bathroom. The self-sharpening design of the shaver ensures you get a close shave every time. It slices through coarse hair and whiskers with ease, though it takes a few passes to get the job done.
The electronic razor runs on AA batteries, so there's no need to bring a charging cord or adapter. Simply pack a spare set of batteries, and you'll never run out of juice. The batteries last for 6 to 8 weeks (50+ shaves). Even when the battery power runs low, there is no pulling or tugging.
This electronic shaver is very easy to clean--simply tap it on the sink, blow into the head and razor, or trigger the button to release the heads. The safety lock stops it from turning on in your travel kit or suitcase. With dual floating heads, it follows the contours of your face and neck with ease.
At $14.95, this is the cheapest razor on our shortlist! Despite the low price, it still offers reliable service and durability. It even comes with a pair of long-lasting Phillips batteries to get you started shaving right out of the box.
Extra-powerful Panasonic motor and 4 cutting blades slice through all hair; delivers close shave, easy to clean.
Bulky and unwieldy; Reviews say Panasonic LED display tends to malfunction.
This Panasonic model delivers one of the closest shaves on the market, particularly on light, thin beards. The extra-large Panasonic head covers more skin at once. It's a Wet/Dry razor that you can use in the shower or in your car, though it performs best with shaving cream or water. The four Panosonic Nanotech blades hold their edge very well, and the Multi-Flex pivoting head delivers a faster, more accurate shave than any shaver around. It slices the hair around your chin and jawline with terrible efficiency.
This is a fairly quiet Panosonic model despite its high-powered motor. The ergonomic grip makes it easy to adjust the angle of the blades for a closer shave on all the contours of your face. The battery life is one of the best on the list--up to 45 minutes per 1-hour charge. It runs on full power until the battery gives out, so no tugging or pulling on low charge.
The "Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode" auto-cleans the machine efficiently (after you remove the foil). There's no need to waste money on cleaning cartridges. It comes with only a cord (no charging station) and a travel case for your convenience. The LED indicator lets you know when it's charged, but the charge light is very bright at night.
For $100, this is a quality Panasonic razor at a slightly high price. Replacement cartridge heads are very pricey--close to $50 per head. However, for the closeness of the shave and the reliability, it's worth it.
Versatile, great for all types of body and facial hair, and has a great battery life.
Some attachments don't perform well.
According to reviews, this electric shaver for men has a more powerful motor than other Norelco products, and it feels solid and durable in your hands. The nose/ear trimmer is efficient, and the attachments make it easy to trim your beard to the right length--though, the attachment is loose and moves a bit too easily. It takes a couple of passes to trim your beard just right. It won't shave your skin down to smooth like a razor, but it is ideal for an all-in-one grooming device.
It takes 10 hours to charge the trimmer, and the battery has 5 or 6 shaves (35 minutes). It is wonderfully easy to clean, thanks to the fact that all the attachments simply pop off the trimmer. The attachments are adjustable, allowing you to set the length of your beard, armpit, nose, and ear hair as desired. It's best to set the device to a higher length than desired, then adjust as needed.
The full-size trimmer is ideal for your face and body hair, but the smaller precision trimmer helps you contour around your mouth and nose. The nose trimmer works for your ears as well. The blades are all washable, making for easy cleaning. On the downside, there's no bag/container for the accessories.
At $17.95, this is one of the cheapest trimmers around. It's a useful tool for those who shave with an electric razor, but who want a trimmer to help with grooming and hair control. Don't expect bells and whistles; it's a simple, practical budget option.
Excellent battery life; quality shave.
The Remington dual-foil head delivers a decent electronic shave, though it's not as good at dealing with long beard hair. The floating head pivots to follow the contours of your face, and the extra-wide shave head covers more skin at a time. It's a reliable, practical, no-frills dry-shaver gets the job done, and feels comfortable in your hand.
Not only does this model have a longer battery life than any other on the market (60 minutes), but the large NiMH battery itself has a longer lifespan. The charge time is just 2 hours, and there is a quick-charge option in case of emergencies. The "battery fuel gauge" tells you when the electric battery is running low, but it indicates how charged it is. In terms of battery life, it is the best razor around.
The Remington pop-up trimmer does a good job with your sideburns and moustache, and the shaver is fairly easy to clean thanks to the removable waterproof foil holder. The powerful motor runs a bit noisy, but it can slice through thick, coarse hair.
The price tag of $45 is very reasonable. This Remington will last longer than most of the models on the market thanks to its top-quality battery. The replacement heads, however, are a bit pricey at $22 per head.
Delivers a closer shave than any other electric razor; highly flexible head conforms to contours of your face. Multi-directional shaving heads are very versatile and effective, wet/dry performance, and easily adjustable shave speed.
The Philips Norelco is tricky for deep cleaning and VERY pricey!
If you're looking for a close shave, this is the Philips Norelco shaver for you! The V-Track Precision Blades are able to move in 8 directions, adapting to the contours of your face and neck to get all those stubborn, hard-to-reach patches of hair around your chin and behind your jaw-line. The shave heads actually collect hairs in the cutting position, giving you a closer shave with a single pass.
This Philips Norelco shaver is most efficient when used for dry shaving, though it works very well with heavy-lather creams. It's fully waterproof and can be used in the shower. The shaver charges in just 1 hour, and gives you 50 minutes of battery life. If you find yourself running out of battery, let it charge for 3-5 minutes and you'll have enough for a shave. The LED display will let you know when it's time to recharge the batteries.
A trimmer pops out of the side, perfect for trimming your moustache and sideburns. The shave heads can be removed for easy cleaning. However, getting to the metal blades themselves is a bit of a tricky process--you have to remove each head individually by opening the blade holders. Thankfully, the SmartClean system (using an alcohol-free solution) does a decent job of cleaning after most shaves. It's only when you want to thoroughly deep clean the shaver that it gets tricky.
The trimmer comes with three settings (adjustable speed), letting you customize the shave according to the thickness and texture of your hair.
At $180, this is the priciest model on our shortlist. The replacement shaver heads are also quite pricey, and it is recommended you replace it every year or so. Still, for those who want a very close shave, it's a worthwhile investment.
Solid, reliable Braun razor perfect for daily use; a highly-maneuverable, easily cleaned and gets the job done.
Replacing damaged, faulty, or broken Braun razor heads or cleaning cartridges is pricey.
The Braun Series 7 Shaver head has been redesigned for newer models, with larger holes and a more efficient center cutting strip that gives you a very close shave. This Braun product generates less heat than competing models, meaning less friction and lower risk of shave burn. It shaves quickly, and is particularly efficient on the hard-to-reach spots (beneath the chin or behind the jaw). With this Braun model, you only have to do one or two passes for a close shave, and there is very little risk of irritation, white bumps, or ingrown hairs. You can only use it for dry shaving, but it delivers the best dry shave.
Note: The newer Braun Series 9 models do deliver a better, smoother shave, but the Series 7 models are better-built and longer-lasting. The replacement heads on the Series 7 are also cheaper, making it the better mix of great value and performance.
It's not the quietest Braun model, but the cleaning process is highly user-friendly. The Braun shavor feels solid in your hands, and it's comfortable to grip. The Braun Pulsonic technology turns the power up or down depending on the area you are shaving. It adjusts the power to slice through coarse or thick patches of hair. With 10,000 microvibrations per minute, it slices through your beard or stubble with ruthless efficiency. Its battery life is standard--roughly 50 minutes per charge.
The cleaning station flushes hair and skin cells efficiently (though it takes about five minutes), using an alcohol-based solution that leaves the Braun shaver smelling "lemony fresh". The cleaning station lasts longer than other models. Manual cleaning is a bit more difficult. It has a few "gimmicky" features (such as the LCD bars indicating "sterilization level" or the fast clean option).
At $140, this Braun is one of the pricier models on our shortlist. However, despite the price tag, it's a shaver that delivers quality, reliability, and durability. This Braun worth the investment, and will work well for years to come.
Choosing your first razor can be overwhelming, especially with the number of options we have on the market today. We've set up this nifty guide to help you decide what to look for in your electric shaver.
You can categorize an electric shaver as rotary or foil. Rotary shavers, as the name suggests, have round heads that act as rotating circular blades. They're typically able to achieve a closer shave than foil razors and are more suited for people with medium to coarser hair.
On the other hand, foil razors are made of a curved metal, perforated foil that covers the blade that cuts the hair. Unlike rotary shavers that give you more mobility, foil razors are operated by moving back and forth. The blades vibrate underneath the foil which lifts the hair through the holes of the foil and cuts them. Foil razors are ideal for those with sensitive skin as they tend to be less harsh.
Electric shavers can either come as corded or cordless. However, modern models are often battery-operated with an option to connect to a power source. This allows for better mobility and portability and provides a good workaround in case you run out of battery in the middle of shaving.
Not all shavers can do both wet and dry shaving so be sure to read the manual. While all shavers can handle dry shaving, meaning you can shave directly without any use of a product like creams, gels, and foams, not all razors can be used for the wet option. For those with sensitive skin, investing in a shaver that can do wet shaving is worth the few extra bucks as products help lessen irritations.
Naturally, one major consideration for your purchase is the price range. Set a budget and stick with it when you're looking for a shaver that would suit your needs. Fortunately, a high price tag is not automatically an indication of a good quality shaver. There are budget-friendly options that can do the job just as well.
How aggressive the blade is should factor in on your decision when buying a shaver. The shaver with the sharpest blades isn't always the best choice especially when you have sensitive skin. You'd want a milder or at least a medium option that's best suited for how coarse your hair is so you can avoid razor burns. One that can achieve a close shave with fewer passes is also ideal for sensitive skin.
You'd be surprised - but battery life can truly make or break a shaver on our rankings. Nobody's got time for a shaver that needs to be charged for every other use or one that takes a whole day to fully charge up, especially when you shave almost daily. Most shavers take around 8 hours of charging for around half an hour to 45 minutes of operation. One that charges for less time is better so you can save on electricity.
Maintenance is another key factor to watch out for. How easy both on time, effort, and pocket is your shaver to clean and maintain? Ideally, a good quality shaver should be easy to disassemble and would allow you to remove every hair without much effort. Excellent ones even have their self-cleaning stations and systems in place.
You can't maximize your purchase if your shaver breaks down after a few uses. When considering which shaver to buy, try to scout reviews from users on how long they've had their shaver for so you have an idea of how durable the unit would be. A warranty is also a great guarantee of quality. The longer the warranty, the better.
Accessories might not factor in largely in your buying decision, but they're of course nice to have. Some accessories that you should keep a lookout for are travel bags for easy storage and portability, a brush for cleaning, and some attachable heads for beard grooming or precision shaving. Some attachments also allow you to shave not just your beard, but other body hair as well.
It might not be the biggest deal but some extra features are welcome. Some shavers are waterproof so you can use them in your shower with complete ease of mind. Another useful feature is the low battery warning. Some shavers would sound off or light up so you know when you're about to run out of juice. For battery-operated models, an auto shut-off feature when the model has fully charged is also ideal.
Aside from getting the best electric shaver for sensitive skin, there are some steps you can do to further avoid razor burns. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to shave when you have sensitive skin.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove the build-up of dirt and oils that can affect your shaving and rinse with lukewarm water. Warm water helps to soften your skin and hair. You can even soak your beard in warm water by holding a hot towel on your face for a few minutes.
For people with sensitive skin, a razor that can handle wet shaving is best. Products like gel, cream, or shaving foam helps to reduce the irritation from shaving. Lather your product nicely to cover all the hair. For extra sensitive skin, some ingredients like vitamin E can help soothe irritation. Letting the lather work for a few minutes before shaving also helps.
Hair doesn't just grow downwards toward your chin all the time. You can check which way your hair goes by running your hand across your beard. If the hair pokes you, then that is the direction "against the grain". Contrary to popular belief, this is the direction you'd want to shave in if you have sensitive skin so you can shave the hair in fewer passes.
Whether you decide to go with a foil or rotary shaver, make sure to prepare your tool well. Charge it so you can finish a shaving session without stopping in between. Make sure that the blades are clean and not dull, as stuck hair will affect your shaving and irritate you further. You'd want to replace your blades at least once a year to make sure that they're in tip-top condition.
If you have a longer beard, trimming with beard trimmers prior to using your shaver would help a lot to keep irritations to a minimum. You'd want to cut to at least a centimeter long or even less to help your shaver work better.
This should go without saying, but use your dominant hand to hold the shaver. This would allow you better control so you can avoid unwanted nicks and cuts.
The 'right' direction depends on your razor. For a foil razor, you want to go in straight motions against the direction of the grain. For rotary shavers, clockwise or counterclockwise motions are the way to go.
Make sure that you're not pressing too hard on the skin whether you are using a foil or rotary shaver. Also, avoid going over the same area multiple times to avoid irritation and keep passes to a minimum.
Before going into the contours, shave your cheeks, neck, and jawline first. Start with the largest areas and keep the detail work for later.
While the other hand holds the shaver, use your non-dominant hand to keep the skin taut. This will help you achieve the closest shave possible.
In between passes, hair and debris will eventually get stuck in your shaver. Keep your shaver clean so you can pass through the skin and shave hair uninterrupted. For foil shavers, you can lift off the foil and run the shaver under running water for waterproof razor models. For rotary head models, you can use the accompanying brush to brush off hair between several passes.
Go close to your mirror and check if you've missed any spot before cleaning up.
Don't be stingy with the product and reapply as needed. Assess the areas where you'd need to go for a second pass and reapply the product to help minimize irritation.
After you've finished shaving and washed the product off your skin, aftercare shaving products will help you soothe the heat and friction caused by shaving. Apply lotion so you can moisturize the area.
Before putting away your shaver, make sure to clean and dry it well. Lubricate the foil and blades to avoid the dulling of the blades as well as prolonging the life of your shaver.
For sensitive skin, you certainly do not want to be shaving daily. That is a sure-fire way to get razor burns. If you must shave every other day at least. Also, try to avoid shaving when you have ongoing irritations.
There are two main kinds of electric shavers - foil and rotary shavers.
Foil shavers are made of a curved metal foil that covers the blade that cuts the hair. These foils are perforated or have holes in them, which allows the hair to poke through and hit the blades. The blades vibrate in a fraction of a second, which straightens the hair and shears them.
One of the biggest disadvantages of foil shavers is their limited mobility. Since foil heads are often rectangular or cylindrical, the way you operate them is by dragging them across the skin in back and forth motions.
You can go left to right, or up and down, but a circular motion is practically impossible. This might make it harder to reach narrow crevices like the sides of the nose, near the ear, and around the mouth. If you're going with a foil shaver, one with adjustable heads to make precision grooming easier is ideal. A foil shaver is also ideal for shaping mustaches and beards too since you're going in straight lines.
Foil razors are also often noisier in operation than their rotary counterparts. They're also harder to use for those with longer hair as the hairs can get stuck in the foils. If you have a longer beard, make sure to trim it prior to using a foil razor.
As the name suggests, rotary shavers have round heads that act as rotating circular blades. They have three disks that spin around and cuts off your beard hair. Again, compared to the foil shavers, they offer better pivoting to allow you to reach the contours of your face better. This, as well as the ability to achieve a closer shave, are the main advantages of rotary razors over foil shavers.
Unlike with foil shavers, you'd want to go in a circular motion rather than dragging the shaver up and down your skin. Remember this because if you go back and forth, you're opening yourself up to some painful hair pulling.
When it comes to maintenance, foils often take less effort to maintain. They're easy to disassemble, and sometimes simply running the shaver under water should do the trick for waterproof models. However, they're also more susceptible to rusting. Before putting away your foil razor, make sure to dry it completely and lubricate it well.
For rotary heads, removing hair completely does take a bit more effort. They have more parts and are therefore harder to disassemble. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning to help maintain your rotary razor in tiptop shape.
As to which one is the best for those with sensitive skin - it largely depends on the product but a foil shaver is often the ideal choice. Because rotary shavers can achieve a closer shave, they also come in closer contact with the skin. This translates to the higher heat and higher friction. Higher friction leads to a higher potential for irritation like bumps and razor burns.
We've compared hundreds of products to find the best razors for sensitive skin based on performance, operation, features, and overall value for money.
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Battery life is important. How much juice can we get per charge and how long does it take to achieve a full charge?
What extras does the product provide? Is it waterproof? Is the grip well-designed? Does it come with attachments to help you achieve different styles? Here we look at what the razor does that makes shaving easier or better or both.
For all the performance and features that it offers, is the price tag right?