“Untold man-hours of research, thousands of hairs cut – and many great contenders – to finally find the best electric shavers known to man”
Best Buy: Braun Series 3 ProSkin Electric Shaver
The Braun Series 3 ProSkin is our current leader for combined value and performance.
We started 2018 off with a tough round of fresh research, and still find the Braun Series 3 line to be an outstanding affordable electric shaver.
In fact, it’s the world’s number 1 bestselling wet or dry men’s foil shaver. A bold claim from an iconic brand – but a truthful statement nonetheless – as proven by several leading market research institutes.
On the outside, it might look like a basic cordless electric shaver. But this is a solid, German engineered machine with super sharp blades, powerful premium built-in battery, and 3 pressure sensitive cutting elements, that will comfortably slice through thick stubble with minimal drag and without snagging.
Our review team squabbled between ranking the Braun Series 3 and the Series 5 on the top spot – sorry Craig, you’re out voted.
Now, the Braun Series 5 does have a little more features and cutting power, (and captivating modern styling) but with the jump in price – almost double from most retailers – we don’t consider the extra features worth the hefty additional costs.
The Series 3 Proskin might be sitting at the lower-end of the Braun range, but it’s at the higher-end when you compare it with alternative lesser known branded electric razors.
It provides proficient, reliable, and comfortable electric shaving performance at a modest price point. At the time of our electric shaver reviews, this shaver could be picked up for under £80. Check our Braun Series 3 ProSkin Review to find out more about this product, and to see why we’ve awarded it as a top choice electric shaver if you’re on a budget.
Best Overall: Braun Series 9 9095CC Men’s Electric Foil Shaver
If you’re looking for the best electric shaver money can buy, and you’ve got the cash to splurge, then look no further than the Braun Series 9, a top of the line advanced electric shaver.
This is for those looking for “the cream of the crop” – something really special.
Sure, it’s significantly more expensive than most men’s shavers, that’s because it’s scientifically proven to outclasses the competition on shave efficiency and skin kindness – which refers to the thoroughness of hairs removed per stroke, and low levels of skin irritation, respectively.
Braun wasn’t messing around when they released this electric shaver – it was clearly designed to blow all competing electric razors out of the water. From our research, we can confidently crown this as the best electric razor money can buy – backed by scientific studies.
That’s right, to substantiate the claim of “world’s most efficient shaver” Braun faced their shaver off with some of the stiffest competing, leading electric shavers around – the Philips Series 9000, Remington Hyperflex, Smart Edge Pro, and Panasonic Lamdash 5 – on three-day beard growth of hundreds of men.
In a supervised test centre, optical measuring processes and electronic questionnaire feedback were used to determine results, and in every test, the Braun Series 9 came out on top, showing significantly better shaving attributes, even in problem areas.
It boasts some outstanding shaving features such as a titanium coated trimmer, micro vibrations to capture flat lying hairs, autosensing motor, and 5 shaving elements that work synergistically to capture and cut more hairs, better than any other electric shaver. Read our Braun Series 9 Shaver Review for more information to see why we’ve rated this as our number one unbeatable electric shaver for men.
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We search, research, test, and review, the very best grooming and hair removal tools for men and women. But we do much more than that – Our small team of experts in electric shaving publish comprehensive product reviews and helpful guides, to improve your entire grooming routine. With our plethora of content on hair removal products, we’re the UK’s go-to for electronic hair removal, and personal care beauty products.
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Read Our Quick Guide on Choosing the Right Electric Shaver
Choosing just the right electric shaver for you or as a gift for someone can be difficult. With the huge range of makes, models and price points to choose from it can quickly become an overwhelming task. Before we take a closer look at the best shaver brands, types, and costs available, you need to first consider who will be using the electric shaver.
If you or the person you are buying for already uses an electric razor, what brand of shaver does the person own?
Humans are creatures of habit. Typically if someone has a good experience with a specific brand their future choice of products will be with that favoured brand. For example, some people swear by the electronics brand Philips and have their home decked out exclusively with appliances made by this brand. Thinking about this is a good starting point before diving into a big purchase.
Best Electric Shaver Models and Brands
By far the UK’s market leading shaver manufacturers are Braun and Philips. Both of these brands are highly reputable and well know for producing many exceptionally high quality products.
Braun’s best selling flagship men’s shavers are the Series 7 and Series 9, and with Philips it’s their Sensotouch and Series 9000 line. Panasonic and Remington are also very popular and respectable manufacturers with their line of shavers receiving lot’s of positive reviews from customers.
Going back to looking at whether the person receiving the new shaver currently uses electric. Another important consideration to make is the type. Does the person currently use a Foil or rotary shaver? This is quite an important consideration as most likely the person will prefer to stick with whatever type they currently find most favourable.
If it’s for a first time user then it doesn’t really matter what kind you buy as long as you choose a shaver with high ratings and good customer feedback reviews – or choose from one of our top recommendations, which matches your budget.
Rotary: When it comes to rotary electric shavers, Philips is king! They were the first brand to produce this type of shaver and their range is predominantly made up of this type. Rotary usually features 3 circular shaving elements on the shaver head. Each element is made of a foil guard with specially designed slots and holes cut out for capturing hairs.
Beneath the foil guard is a spinning blade for cutting the hairs. It’s a simple, yet very efficient design that works well.
Rotary shavers are best used in a circular motion across the face. For best results shave in a circular pattern against the grain of hair growth combined with a back and forth action across the skin to finish off.
Foil: Braun dominate the foil electric shaver market with most of their range being this type. They have some of the most advanced foil shavers available. Their closest foil shaver competitor is Panasonic but Braun always seems to come out on top with design and function.
Foil power shavers have a flat foil head made up of anything between one and five rows. Many people prefer this type of shaver as it retains the traditional up and down shaving motion that the user is most familiar with, from years of manual shaving. Studies have also shown foil to be better than rotary, which is worth mentioning if you’re still stuck in choosing the best type of electric shaver for beginners.
Tip! Where possible, when shaving with an electric shaver, use your free hand to stretch the skin a little making it tight. This gives the shaver heads a more flat, firm surface to glide over. The result is a more even and closer shave.
Cost and Budget Range
Some electric shavers can be purchased for as little as £15 but some can reach as high as £300. Everyone has their own max budget. The model of shaver you choose to buy will have a lot to do with how much you have to spend. A good quality electric shaver can be purchased for as little as £60 – £100, which is well within most people’s price range. Such quality models I recommend around this price would be the Philips Aquatouch S5600/41. If you have a lot more to spend then a more suitable model would be the Braun Series 7 790 or Braun Series 9 9290cc.
Currently, the Braun Series 3 3080 is our top rated electric shaver because it has many great reviews, is of very high quality with great function and is priced well within the most common budget.
Pros of Switching to a Great Electric Shaver
- Smooth irritation free shaves with hypoallergenic heads
- Fully waterproof models can be used in shower – Less mess, fresh faced feeling
- Dry shave requires no shaving gels or foams
- Can be used for refreshing wet shave with gel, oil or foam.
- Some shaver models more suitable for sensitive skin sufferers
- Can be taken and used anywhere – holiday, work, home – not confined to bathroom sink
- Saves you money over buying replacement manual razors blades
- Saves time, as electric shavers are quicker compared to manual wet razors
Last Updated: 25/02/2018