Continuously, the best brands of razors launch their marketing campaigns with new electric razors. Apparently, all the new razors seem to be perfect. There is no type of beard that resists and your skin will not experience the least discomfort, no matter how sensitive you may be.
However, the reality can be very different. Soon you may realize that the razor you bought was not what you expected. Even though we are told about precision in shaving, speed, comfort, power … it is not always easy to choose among the best electric shavers.
Each person has specific hair type and skin sensitivity that makes it difficult to choose the best electric razor. In spite of everything, you must be clear that there is the razor that you need, that although it is not perfect, it can lead you to the conclusion that it has been worth buying.
There are many men who are enjoying pleasurable shaving every morning, where the comfort, speed and ease of shaving with electric machine are all combined with a respect for the sensitivity of the skin and surprising rushes.
The blades of the razor.
It is the first determining factor. Without good blades you can’t achieve a good rush. Depending on the type of shaver (rotary or blade), the shaving head varies in design. You can’t say that some are better than others. It depends on each model.
Both systems have in common that they pursue the same goals: to rush to the maximum, in the shortest possible time and with the least irritation of the skin. For this, they have been perfecting the design of their cutting elements. It is about the machine being able to cut both the longer and shorter hairs, as well as those that are stuck to the skin. It is also important that the head is flexible and adapts well to the surface of the skin. Thus, in each pass, it is able to cut more hair.
The popular brands of the electric razor
The big 4 in the sector are Braun, Philips, Panasonic and Remington.
They have in common that they not only manufacture razors. They also sell their brand hair clippers, barbers or male body hair removers. However, the two undisputed leaders are Philips and Braun: both firms have the most models in the market. They compete in the lower segments with a lot of brands, in the middle ranges with some less and in the high range they are practically alone (except for some Panasonic models).
Remington, on the other hand, has very good shavers in the mid-range and its price-quality ratio is very high. The brand offers razors (in general) with few extras, but the razors offer a high performance shaving.
Panasonic is the third alternative in high-end electric razors, although they also have very good options in the lower ranges.
What shaving systems does each brand use?
There are two shaving systems:
Rotary – employs circular knives that spin quickly by cutting the hair
Sheets – consists of one (or several) sheets under which the blades move laterally.
No shaving system is essentially better than the other. They are simply different and depend more on what you find most comfortable. The best rotary razors are those of Philips, although depending on the range, Remington also has good alternatives. The best electric razors are those of Braun (not forgetting Panasonic or some models of Remington)
The design of the razor
As I mentioned above, electric razors can be rotary blades. This determines the design of the shaver and also the manner of shaving. The rotary shavers (in general) cover more surface of the skin and the technique of shaving consists in making small circular movements on the skin. In contrast, blade shavers usually have a smaller head and their movements during shaving are linear, more similar to those made with the traditional razor.
Some razors have accessories placed in replacement of the shaving head. The accessories transform the shaver into a cutter, a precision trimmer or a massaging brush, for example. This is the case of the Philips rotary razors, which based on their average ranges, already have
The price of the razor
Razors move in a wide range of prices. They can be classified into 5 ranges:
Low-end shavers ($25 – 45) – Achieve an acceptable rush as long as the beard is not complicated. They are not recommended for people with sensitive skin. They usually work with cable and are suitable for a dry shave.
Medium / low range shavers ($45 – 65) – Their shaving performance is enough for easy beards. They are still not the best for those who have a high sensitivity on the skin. They do not have practically “extras”, although it is easy to find models with batteries that allow shaving with foam. They are easier to wash, since many models are resistant to water.
Medium range shavers ($65-110) – They are razors that perfectly perform shaving a normal beard. Models with specific characteristics for sensitive skin begin to appear.
Medium / high range shavers ($110 – 190) – Here you can find electric shavers that are able to solve the combination of a hard beard on a highly irritable skin. You can choose the “no extras” version of the top range or a somewhat lower range shaver but with more accessories and additional features.
High-end razors ($190 – …) – They are the top of the range that has a cleaning and charging station already included in the box. Their shaving performance is at the top notch. There are extras, especially in the finishes or in the type of screen that increases the price of the shaver.
Not everything that is invested in the electric razor, always results in greater shaving performance. As you go up the range, more accessories and extras make the price rise. It happens with the type of screen or with the type of battery (in the models that work with cable). Finally, you need to choose what best fits your needs.