Nasty razor bumps and burns, or just sensitive skin in general, can keep you from shaving as often as you’d like. A manual razor may give you a really clean shave, but an electric razor can achieve similar results faster and with zero skin complications. That’s why most men leave old-fashioned razors to the experts and opt for a simple, cordless tool for at-home maintenance.
But how do you choose the best shaving tool? And, what does it take to have a good beard routine? We spoke to Yazan Alsadoud, Senior Barber at Chaps and Co Barbershop in Dubai, who has over 15 years experience in professional grooming. “I personally prefer manual razors, but if your skin is prone to irritation from direct contact with the blades, then opt for an electric razor,” Alsadoud told Gulf News.
People with dry skin may find shaving with an electric shaver to be gentler, according to our experts. “When the hair grows back, there are no razor bumps or ingrown hairs,” he adds. “The razor can be used on the cheeks, chin, neck and even the head.”
The ability of an electric shaver to produce a clean shave depends entirely on the foil on the head. The closer the foil is to the skin, the closer the blade underneath can be. That’s why Alsadoud checks the quality of the aluminum foil first. Then there’s the battery life of the cordless model.
Some shavers have three heads, also known as rotary shavers. Instead of sliding motions, they move in circles around the face and even cut hair in contours. Alsadoud told us that a rotary razor works just as well, but repeated rubbing may re-irritate some people’s skin.
Best practice is to shave on dry skin, but you can use most recent models of wet shaving. Alsadoud recommends: “Apply powder before using an electric razor, and after shaving, use moisturizer or aftershave, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.” Spray blades with oil.
We’ve pulled together expert recommendations and other top-rated picks from Amazon to narrow down your options.if you order mainyou can get your grooming tools ASAP today or tomorrow.
1. Best Overall: Wahl Clean and Close Men’s Razor
- The first choice of professional barbers
- Solid battery life
- The three-cutting system does not miss hair
- Contour-fitting flexible foil
- Comments say some parts may need to be redone
Two professional barbers vouch for Wahl’s wide range of electric shavers and trimmers. With each change, Alsadoud finds himself returning to the brand. He cites the cordless tool’s long battery life and smooth shave as reasons. Another hairdresser in Abu Dhabi, known for his faded hairstyles, has served Wahl for 20 years. Addo Gyan, a barber at Garmesh Gents Salon, says: “I think it’s easy to use and maintain in the long run. I can get 15 clients done before I have to charge again”. Wahl’s Clean and Close razor uses a flexible foil that adapts to the contours of your face. It can shave wet or dry, and has a battery life of 90 minutes, which equates to about a month of use.
Warranty: Amazon is offering a one-year extended warranty for Dh18 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh25.
2. Best Compact Razor: Andis ProFoil Lithium Plus, Gray and Black
- Hypoallergenic aluminum foil reduces irritation
- Compact size makes it easier to hold
- 80 minutes of battery life
- vertical charger
- Better shave beards shorter than 1 mm
Andis’ ProFoil was Alsadoud’s second pick. Our experts appreciate this shaver’s powerful, quiet motor. It’s lightweight, palm-sized, and soft to hold, making it comfortable to use. Your Andis Electric Shaver comes with Gold Titanium Hypoallergenic Foil, perfect for reducing irritation to zero. This compact machine is always on standby in the stand charger and can power the shaver for 80 minutes. Reviewers called it a no-frills razor, but did add that facial hair must be no longer than 1mm to shave cleanly.
3. Best battery life: Braun’s Series 9 Best Electric Shavers for Men
- Dry and wet shaving, with foam or gel
- shave days old beard
- Portable wireless charging case
- Design life of seven years
Pick up the Braun Series 9 Pro and get a clean shave even after 7 days of beard growth. Its unique sonic technology traps more hairs in the foil thanks to micro-vibrations. The tool is 100% waterproof, which means it works great with foam or gel under the shower head. Made in Germany, the Series 9 Pro is designed to give you up to 7 years of experience. Another bonus is its portable charging case – lock the shaver inside and get up to 50% longer battery life in addition to the stand charger. Reviewers attest to the quality and leave five-star ratings on Quick Shave.
Warranty: Amazon is offering a one-year extended warranty for the Dh57 and a two-year extended warranty for the Dh81.
4. Best Rotary Shaver: Philips Shaver Series 7000
- Protective coating prevents snagging and friction
- big head shaved fast
- Includes trimmer attachment
- Automatically adjusts power based on hair density
- Equipped with cleaning station
- Cleaning station requires cleaning cartridge, sold separately
If you’ve always wanted to try a rotary shaver, start with the Philips Series 7000. All three heads are coated to minimize friction and allow for a smoother shave. Like all rotary shavers, this tool has 360-degree flexible heads that follow the contours of your face. As you move the electric shaver in a circular motion, it reads your hair density and adjusts cutting power for a faster, more effective shave. This applies to both wet and dry shaving. Two freebies will make this purchase worth the money — the kit comes with a pop-up trimmer for sideburn and mustache detailing, and a cleaning station so you don’t have to rinse and repeat. Reviewers report that they get a full shave in just two minutes thanks to the large head.
Warranty: Amazon is offering a one-year extended warranty for Dh35 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh49.
5. Best for wet shaving: Panasonic Arc5 Electric Shaver
- For a very close shave
- Includes pop-up trimmer for cleanup
- Automatically adjusts power based on hair density
- easy to clean
- Reviews say it’s louder than other shavers
The Panasonic Arc5 uses five precision blades under a thin foil to conform to all the contours of your face. Like our Philips Select, the brush head is flexible enough to glide effortlessly up the neck, chin and chin. Panasonic’s shaving sensor works hard to measure hair density to automatically adjust cutting power. It also features a built-in pop-up trimmer for clean lines as you shave. Note that the battery lasts only 45 minutes from a full charge, which is less than the other shavers on our list. Happy reviewers recommend Arc5 wet shaving for best results. The machine is also easy to rinse and clean.
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