An electric shaver is an essential toolkit for your face. Choosing a single product is a tough job when you have a lot of options to choose from. That is why I have created a list of Best Electric Shavers 2017. After researching online and spending hours in testing these shavers, I have shortlisted the top shavers which you can buy right now. So you can have a look at the best and choose the one which suits your skin type and facial hairs.
There are plenty of out there; few are good when it comes to close shaving while few are good at comfortable shaving. Which one should you choose? We’ll figure it out soon!
Best Electric Shavers 2017
It is a very personal decision when it comes to choosing an electric shaver. To be honest, there is not any best electric shaver which I can recommend you because What may suit one person might not suit another person.
There are some factors to be considered before purchasing an electric shaver. Those factors are shaver’s nature, features, style, design, and comfort. That’s why it is not going to be an easy decision. Our top 10 list takes a look at the Best Electric Shavers available, from the shaving experience to the comfort level. And this list will help you to choose the electric shaver which suits you the most. I recommend you to read our Electric Shaver Buying guide below before making a purchase.
Below is the table which shows the top 12 best electric shavers 2017. Each shaver is chosen by our specialist reviewers.
|Shaver Name||Type||Power Style|
|Braun Series 7 790cc
Best Rated Electric Shaver
|Panasonic Arc 5
|Braun Series 9 9095cc||Foil||Stand Rechargeable|
|Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D||Rotary||Wire Rechargeable|
|Panasonic Arc 4||Foil||Stand Rechargeable|
|Philips AT830||Rotary||Wire Rechargeable|
|Braun CoolTec||Foil||Stand Rechargeable|
|Remington F5-5800||Foil||Stand Rechargeable|
|Panasonic Arc 3||Foil||Stand Rechargeable|
|Braun Series 7 760cc-4||Foil||Stand Rechargeable|
|Philips Norelco 2100
(Best For Avg. Consumer)
Well, now without wasting any further time, let’s jump on to our top 10 best Electric Shavers list.
1. Braun Series 7 790CC – Rocking the market since 2010
Our first electric shaver in this series comes all the way from German Tech Industry known as Braun. The Braun Series 7 is no doubt the most popular series ever built by this company and the model 790cc is the most sold electric shaver of all time. Undoubtedly, it is still the best electric shaver out there and number 1 in our list. Enough Praise, let’s get into the business now.
The shaver provides amazingly close and smooth shave as compared to others in our lineup. Series 7 790cc is quite different regarding features from other electric shavers. The face of this electric shaver has 3 trimmers. Two of them are called “OptiFoil” while the one within the other two, is called “ActiveLift”.
The OptiFoil trimmers help the electric shaver to cover more facial hairs in fewer strokes while the ActiveLift helps to cut out the short and in-grown hairs. Not to forget that this is a Pulsonic electric shaver, which produces 10,000 micro vibrations per minute, which helps the shaver to capture more and more hairs in each stroke.
The head of Braun 790cc is very flexible and can easily move around the contours of your face. The shaver comes with an alcohol based Cleaning and Charging Dock., which can kill the 99% of the germs with the help of a single button. Other than that, there are 3 personalization modes available in this advanced electric shaver known as Normal, Intensive, and Extra Sensitive. You can choose the mode according to your skin type and hairs. There is also a pop-up trimmer for trimming beards, mustache, and sideburns.
Overall, the Braun Series 7 790cc is my all time favorite and best electric shaver 2017 out there in the market. The built quality is great, 3 trimmers, pivoting head, personalization modes and cleaning dock are enough for a comfortable and close shave. Other than that, this is one of the most budget electric shaver available in the market. The price is very low as compared to others in our lineup.
2. Braun Series 9 9095CC – The latest launched electric shaver of Braun
The next one in our list is also from the Braun. This is the latest electric shaver series launched by Braun and our favorite model in this list is Braun 9095CC.
The electric shaver is covered up with all of the shiny chrome plastic, which looks cool!
This electric shaver works in the same way as the above 790cc, the only difference is that 9095cc contains one extra trimmer known as “Direct & Cut”. This extra trimmer helps the shaver to align the hairs which grow in different directions and then cut those out. Other than that, the ActiveLift trimmer from 790cc is replaced by HyperLift Trimmer which is a bit more advanced and helps to cut out the flat hairs.
Braun 9095 Pulsonic shaver produce 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute, please don’t mix it up with the 10,000 micro vibrations of 790cc. It provides a bit more close shave than 790cc, the difference is not that much to amaze. Pop-up trimmer is also there.
Braun Series 9 9095cc has all of the features of 790cc and it also has the Wet&Dry technology, which helps the user to use this electric shaver either on dry skin or with shaving gel for sensitive skin.
Wrapping it up, the Braun Series 9 9095 has all of the great features including Wet&Dry technology which was missing in the above 790cc. It contains one extra trimmer which helps to cut down the hairs which grow in multiple directions. On the other hand, the downside of this shaver is that it is all plastic and very expensive.
3. Panasonic Arc 5 – Best Electric Razor for Close shaving
When it comes to close shaving, no one in the market can beat Panasonic Arc 5. If you are about to return on manual razors, just because your electric shaver is failed to provide you with the close shaving, then give it a try and you will change your decision.
Panasonic is a Japanese brand and compromises nothing over quality. Arc 5 is foil shaver in nature and contains 5 blades which provide extremely close shave. This is the best electric shaver for the people who have thick and heavy beards. There is a LED panel which keeps you updated with the battery life and it also comes with the cleaning and charging dock. Panasonic Arc 5 contains a 14,000 CPM linear motor, which is designed to prevent tugging and pulling which you might have faced in the cheap shavers out there. Just like the Braun, a side trimmer is also available in this electric shaver to help you trimming your mustache and beard.
The shaver contains five foils of 3 different types.
- Three Slit Foils are there which helps to cut out all of the long and bulky hairs.
- One Lift-Tech trimmer helps to capture the flat lying hairs and ingrown hairs.
- One Finishing foil is there to cut out all of the hairs which grow in different directions and missed by the other 4 trimmers.
Everything about this shaver is great. But I couldn’t find this electric shaver comfortable as compared to others. The head of this shaver feels bulky and big enough. It wasn’t reaching my neck properly. I got a very sensitive skin and that’s why I prefer comfortable shavers over close shavers.
If you are getting the desired results already from your current electric shaver and you don’t have a very thick beard, then I recommend you to not to go with Arc 5. Instead, have a look at Arc 4 below.
The performance of this electric shaver is absolutely fantastic. There is no doubt that this electric shaver is the best electric shaver, ever built by Panasonic. However, it is missing one of the most important factors “Comfortability”. I still want to remind you that this is my personal opinion and I have a sensitive skin and maybe that’s the reason it didn’t suit me. This electric shaver might suit you, so you can either go for it or not. It’s up to you.
It is listed on the 3rd number for a reason!
4. Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D – Best Rotary Shaver for Head and Beard
Philips is the master when it comes to Rotary shavers. No other brand can beat Philips in this technology. Number 4 in our list is going to be the rotary shaver Philips Norelco Sensotouch 3D, which is good for both beard and head.
We found this to be the most comfortable rotary shaver and it really sticks with your skin and move smoothly around your face contours and provide efficiently close shave.
The shaver got 3 independent round foils in the head which sticks and moves around the contours of your face. The pivoting head of the shaver helps to reach all of the hairs and stubbles. The foils can spin, tilt and can move upward and downward which is a great feature to help you out in shaving your head. That’s why this is the best electric shaver for Bald guys. The head of this shaver is called “GyroFlex 3D” because it can move into 3 dimensions which are a unique feature.
There are other amazing features available in this electric shaver is called “Super Lift&Cut”, which is similar to ActiveLift in Braun and Lift-Tech in Panasonic. It helps to catch the hairs on neck and jawline. It also helps the shaver to catch in-grown hairs, stubbles, and flat hairs.
Overall, the SensoTouch 3D is an advanced and great rotary shaver which have all of the latest features you can get from a shaver. It is fast and powerful and provides comfortable and close shave. There are few downsides but it made it the number 4 in our list.
5. Panasonic Arc 4 – Budget friendly and Close shaving provider
Panasonic yet again, with a marvelous model Arc 4. It is almost same as the Panasonic arc but it contains 4 blades in the head and doesn’t come with charging dock.
Just like Arc 5, this model will also provide you an extremely close shave but at the same time, it lacks on comfortability.
Panasonic Arc 4 possess all of the features from the latest Arc 5, it is just missing a single trimmer from its head, and it comes without Cleaning and Charging dock. The 4 blade system available in this electric shaver is advanced and sharp enough to provide you the closest shaving experience. The blades are extremely durable, sharp and they can pivot at 30 degrees in any direction. It also contains the linear 14,000 CPM dual action motor which is really powerful.
Other than that, it provides 40 minutes of battery life on a single charge while the others provide 50 minutes of battery backup.
Other then that there is nothing much to write about it as I have already explained all of the features above in Panasonic Arc 5.
6. Wahl Professional 8061 – Best Electric Shaver for Sensitive Skin
Wahl is an American brand and a choice of professional barbers. Wahl Professional 8061 is affordable, bump free, powerful and solid electric shaver which can fit the requirements of any man.
This electric shaver uses Dynaflex Cutting system, which can help the shaver to reach and stick to the harder areas like neck and jawline. Dynaflex provides flexibility to the shaver which prevents all type of cuts and burns. Other than that, Hypoallergenic foils are available to provide close and smooth shave. It also provides antimicrobial protection from bacteria.
That’s why it is an Ideal choice for those who got a very sensitive skin.
The design of this shaver is extremely good. It is designed to be used very easily. It is all plastic but feels premium in hand and you are not paying that much to get an aluminum or metal body. The best thing about this shaver is that it is Hypoallergenic. which is beneficial to the sensitive skin users. There is a pop-up trimmer which can be helpful in trimming mustache and sideburns.
You must know before purchasing this shaver, that this is actually a finishing shaver which works for the stubble length hairs only. So if you are going to shave only daily basis, then this is a good choice, else I recommend you to have a look at other shavers available in this list.
Other than that, it vibrates a lot while using, which makes it kinda more difficult to use and uncomfortable.
Overall, the Wahl Professional 8061 is a great choice for people with sensitive skin becuase of the hypoallergenic foil heads. It have a long battery life, which is benificial to those who travel a lot. Easy to clean, and easy to use. No doubt, you are getting what you are paying for.
7. Philips Norelco AT830 – Affordable and Most Popular Electric Shaver
Philips Norelco AT830 is one of the most famous electric shavers out there and it was first released back in 2012. If you prefer rotary shavers over foil, and short on the budget then AT830 might be an ideal choice for you.
Norelco AT830 is a PowerTouch, Wet & Dry electric shaver which comes with a lot of handy features and very few drawbacks. The head of this shaver can pivot a little but not like the SensoTouch in all of the 3 dimensions. Philips AT830 possess DualPrecision Technology, which allows the head to tackle the long hairs as well as short stubbles, so you can enjoy comfortable and close shaving experience.
The pop-up trimmer available in this electric shaver as well. The battery life of AT830 is great. It provides 50 minutes of battery backup and it takes 1 hour to get fully charge. You can easily have 10 shaves on a single charge.
Rotary shavers were introduced for comfortable shaving experience. So, no doubt that this shaver provides extremely comfortable shave and really smooth on skin. Just don’t press the shaver hard on your skin, pretend like you are shaving a tissue paper, AT830 will do the job.
Philips Norelco At830 is mid-level electric shaver which possess a lot of great features including Wet/Dry Technology, DualPrecision, Long lasting battery, Pop-up trimmer and a pivoting head. Other than that, the price is very low as compared to others. Easy to clean, handsome and a comfortable electric shaver and the most unique part of this shaver is that it is extremely quite.
8. Braun CoolTec – Smooth and Cool Electric Shaver
Yet, another shaver from Braun. This time, Braun came up with an amazing sensitive skin specialist that contains TEC (Thermo Electric Cooling) technology.
The Braun CoolTec is a Wet&Dry electric shaver which is good to use either under the shower or on dry skin. It is 100% waterproof, so you can rinse it in water to clean it out.
The unique feature about this shaver is the Cooling Technology. This technology features for the sensitive skins. The electric shaver will keep your skin cool while shaving, so you don’t have to worry leaving your washroom with a blushing red face. This feature also helps to prevent the irritation while shaving. This feature helps to minimize the burning and redness while shaving.
SensoBlade technology is introduced in this shaver to capture the hairs which grow in different directions. The battery backup of this shaver is 45 minutes and it takes 1 hour to get fully charged. However, if you are going to use the cooling feature, the battery backup will be of 15 minutes on 1 full charge. You can turn the Cooling feature on or off with a single button.
I just don’t want to recommend you to use this electric shaver with gels and foams because of the CoolTec function of this electric shaver. This feature is incompatible with the external cooling fluids.
Overall, Braun CoolTec is a unique electric shaver which is great in design and comfortability. Comparin price with the other shavers in our list, its nothing. The amazing CoolTec technology makes it a great shaver for people with sensitive skin. The only downside I found in this shaver is the short battery life.
9. Remington F5-5800 – Budget Electric Shaver (Under $50)
The number 9th is going to be from the famous Remington. Remington is a famous brand which designed lots of entry level to mid range electric shavers. They were first to introduce cordless recharging system for electric shavers.
F5-5800 contains 2 foils and 1 trimmer in the head. The head can pivot upward and downward and it moves around the contours of your face to provide you easy and comfortable shave.
The shaver is very easy to clean. Simply remove the head of the shaver and rinse it under water. The shaver is irritation free. Trust me, I had a lot of irritation even with most of the high-end shavers listed above, including Braun 790cc but Remington F5-5800 was complete irritation free electric shaver.
Remington F5-5800 is an affordable and an entry level shaver which provides smooth and comfortable shave. There are few drawbacks which I mentioned above, however, you can buy it under $50. So, those negative points can be ignored.
10. Panasonic Arc 3 – Advanced and 3-Blade Cordless Electric Shaver
Last but not least Panasonic Arc 3 is finally here.
It doesn’t matter that you are getting a shaver from Panasonic for $30 or $300 or $500, closeness will be their first priority. Yet another electric shaver which provides amazing close shave with 3 blade cutting system and extremely low in price as compared to the most of the electric shavers listed above.
The pivoting head, 3 extremely sharp blades which provide a close shave, LED indicator which keeps you updated with the battery life, Wet&Dry technology, what is not there for you? All of the advanced features are there and the price is under $70.
The shaver comes without cleaning and charging dock, that’s why the price is low as compared to the other Panasonic models in our list.
The shavers head contains 3 nanotech blades which are also hypoallergenic, so this electric shaver is also sensitive skin friendly. The adjustable pivoting head is there which can stick to your face contours to provide close and smooth shave.
Overall, the Panasonic arc 3 is providing you with a lot of features in very affordable price. It comes without cleaning dock, that’s how Panasonic manage to keep the price low. But that’s not a problem, I am sure it’s not a headache to spend 1 minute more to clean your shaver daily. Other than that, the battery life is great and the shaver does have Wet&Dry Technology, so you can either use it under the shower with foam and gel or you can use it on dry skin.
The first product in our electric shaver reviews is the Braun Series 7 760cc electric shaver, and it has a sizeable amount of features that are designed to make personal grooming a more streamlined process.
In fact, out of all of our selected shavers, this is probably the best and most well-rounded choice.
As a foil type shaver, it does suffer somewhat when managing the natural contours of the face, but this is somewhat negated by the fact that the shaver employs Intelligent Sonic tech, which can increase power to areas that are more difficult to shave.
If you find the cleaning process for electric razors/shavers tedious, then this is a relatively easy process that is all but automatic. While the base is somewhat large, it adds a lot of versatility to the shaving system and will ensure that your new shaver is always clean and recharged.
Summary: If you want a versatile and convenient shaver, the Braun Series 7 760cc is a great option that handles cleaning and charging through a very simple and efficient system. Its versatile power system makes this a great travel shaver as well.
- Best pick on our list.
- Its fast-clean feature makes this a very easy to maintain shaver.
- You can plug the cord into both the stand and the shaver.
- It has three different shaving modes that allow for some personalization of your shave.
- The bulky base’s contacts can get stuck when you insert the razor.
12. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver – Best For Average Consumer.
The Philips Norelco 2100 is our first rotary unit in this guide. This is a fairly standard rotary product that’s perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on an electric shaver.
As with many rotary shavers, this device features three rotary blades that will contour to your face and make the shaving process easier. These blades are part of Norelco’s “Closecut” line of blades, which are designed to cut cleanly and to actually sharpen themselves, which results in a much longer lifespan.
As a wire charged unit, you simply charge it through the cable; a process that takes about eight hours for a full charge. Once it’s been fully powered, you’ll get about 35 minutes of shaving performance out of this shaver, which should be enough for multiple uses.
Summary: If you’re looking for a fairly effective, value shaver, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 2100 is a great option. It even has a pop-out trimmer for more intricate beard and eyebrow details.
- This shaver is very easy to clean; simply run the opened head under a stream of water.
- It also comes with a cleaning brush.
- It’s very affordable.
- With its four-direction pivoting heads, contours aren’t an issue.
- This shaver has a tendency to struggle with thicker beards.
- It only works for a dry shave, which means no shaving cream.
Electric Shaver Buyer’s Guide
Advanced electric shavers are the combination of technology which comes in a small package. Before choosing your electric shaver either from the list above or somewhere else, I recommend you to still read our Buyer’s Guide, it will help you to understand the technology that goes with in these modern electric shavers.
So without further ado, let’s continue with our electric shaver buying guide.
Rotary vs Foil – Which is best for you?
I prefer Foil shavers over Rotary shavers because of the closeness, smoothness, and design.
Rotary shavers were introduced first to provide comfortable shaving experience and shaving head. No doubt that rotary shavers are much more comfortable as compared to the foil shavers but they failed to provide a close shave.
Whereas on the other hand, foil shavers are expert in closeness. They contain sharp blades and advanced technology which I really like.
- LED Indicator: A charger with a LED indicator is good enough to keep you updated with the current battery level. Notify you when you plugged in the charger and warn you with the low battery.
- Corded and Cordless Shaving: Few of the electric shavers allow you to shave while your electric shaver plugged in while few doesn’t. Braun series 9 doesn’t allow corded shaved while Braun series 7 do allow it.
- Easy to use and clean: Make sure the electric shavers design is easy to use and clean. Almost all of electric shavers listed above are easy to use and easy to clean. Most of the electric shavers above come with Cleaning dock, all you have to do is to put the shaver inside that dock and press the button, that dock will clean your shaver. Some models don’t come with that cleaning dock, so you have to do it manually. But that won’t take more than 1 minute!
- Pop-up Trimmer: Most of the shavers come with an integrated trimmer which can be popped up. You can use that trimmer for grooming, sideburns, and mustache.
- Wet & Dry Technology: Wet&Dry technology allows electric shavers to be used either under the shower or on dry skin. If you got a sensitive skin, then you might prefer shaving with gel foam. That’s where this technology comes handy.
Ease of Cleaning
It is absolutely imperative that you keep your electric shaver thoroughly clean. To do this, each shaver has a different system that will allow you to clean out shorn hairs and clean the surface of the head.
As a general rule, a good shaver should always be very easy to clean. It should be easy to open and empty, and it should also be easy to clean its heads so that bacteria can’t accumulate.
Cleaning out the inside of your shaver will help the blades cut more easily because a clogged shaver will have a harder time rotating or oscillating. Cleaning the head will vary, but some of the shavers on the market today are waterproof, which means that you can simply run them under your faucet to clean them easily.
As a general rule of thumb, knowing how a shaver cleans up is a great feature to look for when you’re searching for a new device.
Some products that are on the market actually come with “smart cleaning systems” that includes a stand that will clean your shaver after you’re done with it. This is a great system that will take care of both excess hairs and will help keep the head clean so that you aren’t inadvertently exposing your skin to bacteria.
There are also models currently on the market that employ LCD screens to that you can keep track of when your razor will need to be cleaned.
You’ll find that quicker blades are more effective blades for shaving. The chief method of gauging the performance of an electric shaver is by looking at its cuts per minute for rotary units and vibrations per minute for foil blades.
For example, most modern shavers have a cuts or vibrations per minute in the 10,000-plus range. Buying razors of this type or greater will ensure that you will have a good cut and it will also simplify your grooming process greatly.
There are a few ways in which your electric shaver can be powered. Each method has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look at each:
- Wired – As you might expect, this type of electric shaver is usable only when it is plugged in. With this type, you don’t have to worry about charging, which adds a bit of convenience.
- Stand Rechargeable – The first rechargeable type is stand or base rechargeable, which means that you plug your shaver into a stand that will ensure that your wireless shaver always has charge between shaves. For some models, the stand can even clean the head of your shaver.
- Wire Rechargeable – These can function as both wireless and wired shavers. Simply plug it in if the power is low and let it charge. For the most part, you can even use the shaver when it’s recharging.
- Battery Powered – This is a more uncommon type, but these make for great travel shavers because they simply use an AA or AAA battery to provide power. This means that you won’t have to worry about power conversion when traveling overseas.
Some shavers include extra features like pop-out trimmers that add some versatility to your electric shaver. In addition to features like this, you can also find items like accessories to help you style your beard and brushes to style or even clean out the shaver more easily.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this top 12 best electric shavers review. Please please share your thoughts below – we love to talk and welcome any feedback! While every shaver isn’t perfect for all, the shavers that we’ve featured all have great features that add value to the shaving experience. We hope that this guide has helped you find the device that works best for your needs so that your grooming experience can be an easy and rewarding one.
Electric Shaving Resources
Places we found useful in our journey to writing this article
Wikihow – for shaving tips
Amazon – for product research