Even the best electric shaver is often underestimated and underused by the general shaving public. But anyone who does rely on them knows that they deliver a nearly-perfect shave, minus any irritation. That’s because they buzz you as close to the skin as possible, without breaking the surface (and thus without inviting ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and razor burn). This is ideal for guys with sensitive skin who want to do a clean shave frequently, but would rather not risk irritation and redness.
Many of the best electric razors can be used for wet shaving or dry shaving—that is, with shaving cream or oil, in the shower. Others are lightweight and hold a long charge, making them easy for on-the-go shaves for a weekend away or post-gym freshening. They have foil heads for an antimicrobial clean, or a cleaning station that helps flush out debris and preserve the quality of the device. There are even electric shavers designated for long beards and bald heads.
But the main thing they do is clean up your face in a hurry. The best electric shaver will get the hair so close to the skin that, to the naked eye, you have a noon-o’clock shadow, if anything at all. It’s far superior to the stubble that you’ll get from a guard-free beard trimmer, and the same can be said for bald-headed guys needing an electric shaver over the buzz-inclined hair clippers.
So, after lots of shaving and testing, here’s our list of all the top-shelf, high-end, all-around best electric shavers for men.
The Best Foil Electric Shaver: Panasonic Arc5
Panasonic’s wet-dry Arc5 electric foil shaver is our top pick for several reasons, but the biggest is its ergonomic flexible head. The Arc5 touts what Panasonic calls a “16-D flexible pivoting head”, which is to say that it pivots in 16 different directions, thanks to five foil blades, and hugs the contours of your face. Its motor speed adjusts with the thickness and density of your facial hair, so that it knows precisely how forceful and fast to cut stubble. The Arc5 shaver can operate for a full 45 minutes after just one hour of charging, and gives you enough juice for a quick shave after just three minutes plugged-in.
The Long-Standing Favorite Shaver: Braun Series 7
Braun shavers have been celebrated for delivering comfortable shaves for long time, and for good reason. Consider all the benefits of Braun’s excellent rechargeable Series 7 shaver: It’s got both a cleansing base that also serves as a charger; it’s a wet/dry shaver for whichever method you prefer; you can adjust its speed (with 5 options); it lifts hairs away from the skin for an even, close shave; and it lasts just shy of an hour on a full charge. Plus, it comes with a pop-up trimmer to get a clean line on your sideburns.
The Best Body Shaver: Mangroomer
We know that, secretly, many of you are here to find the best manscaping device. Mangroomer’s double-headed wet-dry device gives you a trim or a shave (with 8 different length settings on the trimmer, so that you can trim or shave to your liking on chest or junk.) Its foil shaving head glides smoothly over the contours of your, uh, curves, snipping everything down without nicking the skin anywhere—particularly not in your most sensitive areas.
The Best Bald-Head Shaver: Kibiy
If you’re rocking a polished dome—maybe you’re auditioning for the next Fast and Furious—then you’ll want an easy-to-use, ergo-friendly rotary shaver. (That is, if you don’t want to actually shave your head with a razor.) While Kibiy’s palm-held device boasts attachments for clean beard outlines, facial cleansing and exfoliating, and nose-hair trimming, it is is a head shaver above all. Just grip it and zoom every which way around your head—it even works in the shower if you prefer a wet shave, and it holds an hour-long charge.
The Best Buy: Panasonic travel shaver
You’ll be pleased with Panasonic’s portable shaver even when you’re not traveling, since it’s particularly useful for a quick neck-beard trim. It hits all the angles with its no-frills, single-blade head, and is easy to clean (not to mention waterproof). This is certainly the smallest and lightest of the bunch here, perhaps due to a lack of an internal battery. The shaver instead runs on AA batteries, which will last a while if you’re simply using it for touch-ups. Of the lot, it’s the one that every guy should have, regardless of his facial hair, since it is the easiest to transport and the least expensive.
The Best Trimmer for Ingrown-Prone Men: Bevel electric trimmer
While it’s technically a beard trimmer, the beautifully designed machine gives a close-enough shave for guys who are otherwise prone to shave bumps (and who prefer a pinch of extra stubble for that reason). You can also use its T-head trimmer for clean edges and detailing.
The Barbershop Favorite: Andis foil shaver
This gold-titanium foil shaver from from Andis gives you a bump-free shave, and is also great for cleaning up the base of fresh fades. It’s a barbershop favorite for a reason, and has tiered heads for a closer shave on heads, cheeks, and necks alike. Its lithium ion battery holds an 80-minute charge.
The Best Travel Shaver: Gamma+ foil shaver
A 2-hour runtime makes this Gamma+ gold-foil shaver ideal for a weeklong escape if you still want to keep it all trim. It’s both lightweight and compact, and touts a precision trimmer at the rear, for detailing and spot checks. One surprise perk is that it charges with a USB cable, which is something these other brands need to incorporate into their shavers. We charge everything else that way these days, right?
The Most Unique Shaver: Philips Norelco OneBlade
This cartridge-esque electric shaver is safe for both body and facial hair, and it works like a great T-blade for clean edges on your mustache, neckline, sideburns, etc. It has three guards for tiered trimming and detailing options, and comes with a 45-minute battery life. Don’t forget to buy additional “razor” heads, too, which will ensure that you practice good razor hygiene. Lastly, this one shaves wet or dry, so bring it in the shower if you fancy a quick multitasking once-over.
The Best Rotary Shaver: Philips Norelco Series 9300
Philips Norelco’ wet-dry shaver soars over your neck, chin, and face without getting caught. (Try it on your shoulders, upper back, and such, too.) It promises to cut hairs up to 30% closer than the competition with its three rotary heads that rotate eight ways each. You can adjust the speed of the shaver if you want to take it slower, or if your skin is too sensitive for its rapid-fire removal. The device is easy to clean since it’s a wet-and-dry shaver, but it also comes with a cleansing stand for quick, effective disinfecting. This cordless shaver lasts three hours with each charge, and a digital display tells you how much charge remains.
The Best Trimmer for Perma-Stubble: Philips Norelco 9000 Prestige beard trimmer
Philips’ latest trimmer took home top honors in our Grooming Awards this year, and for good reason. Even for the stubble-agnostic, its easy-to-use range of lengths makes a compelling argument in favor of sporting a little carefully-maintained growth—and might render all other plastic guards obsolete in the process. It won’t rid your face of its scruff entirely (nor is it intended to), but if you’re chasing leading man-level stubble this is the device for you.
More Shavers We Love:
Wahl peanut cordless shaver
Like Andis, Wahl is a perennial barbershop staple. The Peanut is billed as a beard trimmer, but ditch the guards and it doubles as a reliable deliverer of near-perfect five o’clock shadow, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side. The corded model packs a little more motor power, but the cordless version is one of our favorites for its *shear* (puns!) utility.
Remington virtually indestructible beard trimmer
If you’re used to toting around an obliterated iPhone, you’re going to want a shaver with some heavy-duty guardrails. Built like a tank and nearly as durable, Remington’s aptly-named model is a glutton for the type of punishment doled out during your bleary-eyed morning routine. Do your worst, ye of half-awake, trembly fingers: its polycarbonate casing will stand up to it all.
GilletteLabs heated razor
Gillette’s latest innovation isn’t technically a shaver. (Sue us.) But before you take legal action, set aside some of that slush money to invest in the brand’s recently-launched heated razor, which *is* electric and *will* make you rethink your grooming regimen—STAT. Its guiding MO is to emulate the feeling of a classic hot-towel shave, but it offers more than good vibes: the applied heat also helps open up your pores, minimizing irritation down the line. If you’re curious about shaving with a razor but hesitant about the low-fi feel, this model bridges the divide.
Philips Norelco S1560/81 shaver
We sing the praises of Philips’ more expensive Series 9000 shaver at length above, but if you’re looking for a handy budget option it’s hard to go wrong with the brand’s $90 cordless rotary shaver. Its run time is short, but its flexible heads and a pop-out trimmer make touching up the contours of your face a cinch.
Philips Norelco PQ208/40 travel electric shaver
When you’re on the move and don’t have the luxury of extra packing space (or don’t want to schlep a dopp stuffed with sundry guards and chargers), Philips’ travel-ready shaver is a lifesaver. Like Panasonic’s option, it’s ultra-lightweight and runs on two AA batteries that provide an hour of cordless shaving time. Bring this bad boy on your next flight and pop into the airplane bathroom for a touch-up before you touch down.
Remington F5-5800 foil shaver
The main drawback’s of Remington’s highly affordable foil shaver is that, unlike most of the other options on this list, it doesn’t come with a built-in cleaning system. It is, however, ridiculously easy to clean yourself (rinsing it off in the bathroom sink will do the trick) and for less than 50 bucks it’s an impressively effective alternative to some of its pricier counterparts.
Braun “Series 9” electric foil shaver
Here’s the thing: Braun’s Series 7 shaver earned its designation as a long-standing favorite for a reason. (For a few of them, really, all pretty compelling.) But if you want to level up, the brand’s top-of-the-line Series 9 option offers all the features you’d expect from a shaver of its caliber—namely, standard-exceeding performance and speed—at a significantly higher price. Normally. Because right now, the Series 9 happens to be on sale for a mere $75 more than its counterpart, making an already enticing buy an absolute no-brainer.
Wahl Professional “5 Star” foil shaver
If you took to cutting your own hair over lockdown, you’re probably familiar with Wahl’s best in class clippers. The brand makes products you and your barber can trust—its foil shaver delivers on that guarantee via a satisfyingly compact device wrapped in the type of old-school silhouette Wahl is famous for.
BaBylissPRO “Barberology” foil shaver
BaBylissPRO—surprisingly not a South Florida Soundcloud rapper—makes its signature razor with only one foil, a functional design detail that offers more control in-hand (not to mention a sleek finish that looks at once charmingly retro and futuristic, like a Zippo you’d be proud to offer up to a stranger asking for a light). If aesthetics alone were enough to warrant inclusion here this shaver would land near the top of the list, but thankfully it delivers on the practical front too—if you dig the added control, especially when it comes to shape ups, this is the device for you.