Choosing the Best Electric Shaver for You

If you’ve been an avid fan of wet shaving, but you’re considering making the switch to electric shaving it is important to do your research. And to help, below is a detailed guide of what you’ll need to know about switching from a manual to an electric shaver.

Foil vs Rotary:

Foil: First patented in 1928 by an American inventor, before being developed further in 1937 by Remington.

Foil shavers have straight heads which use oscillating blades beneath a fine perforated foil to cut the facial hair. The blades on a foil shaver are positioned in a line, and depending on the model will be in rows between one and five blades, whilst the foil has tiny slots and holes in it, which are designed to capture hairs of varying lengths once they have been lifted away from the surface of the skin.

A foil shaver is recommended for those who like to shave every day, have fine hair, have hair which grows fairly straight or if you want to experience a very close shave.

Rotary: Shortly after the foil shaver was developed by Remington, an inventor from the Netherlands who worked for Phillips invented the rotary shaver – which was originally designed to be used only as a dry shave but is now compatible with wet shaving.

Rotary shavers are designed with typically three circular heads which have spinning blades situated behind circular shaped foils. As the blades rotate they lift and then cut the stubble and due to the heads flexing within their housing nicks and cuts are prevented, as is the tugging of the skin.

A rotary shaver is ideal for those who like to shave every couple of days, have coarse hair, or hair which tends to grow in different directions.

Features to Look For:

The features on offer will vary between each model of electric shaver, and some of the features you should look out for include:

  • Charging speed – whilst some electric shavers can still be used when charging, others can’t – and with those shavers it’s important to ensure they have a quick charge time.
  • Battery life – the battery life offered is as important as how long it takes your shaver to charge. Ideally, you should be looking for a shaver which has a battery life of 30 minutes minimum.
  • Beard combs / Precision trimmer – such a feature is ideal for those who wish to keep their goatee at the perfect length.
  • Cleaning technology – to ensure your shaver continues to work to the best of its abilities, it’s important to ensure it is well maintained. Some electric shavers remove the need to do this manually by offering cleaning technology which provides full maintenance of your shaver at the touch of a button.

How to Use an Electric Shaver:

To get a great, close shave – whether you’ve opted for a foil or rotary model – it’s important to ensure you hold it at the correct angle whilst shaving, keep it cool and well maintained.

The recommended way to use your shaver is to hold it at right angles to your face, whilst pulling your skin taught with your free hand. Shaving in this manner helps to achieve a close shave due to ensuring maximum contact between the shaver and face, whilst it’ll also enable you to shave quicker and reduce the risk of nicking occurring.

Benefits of Electric Shavers:

If you’re looking to switch shavers, it’s understandable you’ll want to know the benefits – and electric shavers offer many, including:

  • Quicker – a 2013 survey revealed 67% of users found shaving with an electric shaver quicker than using a manual one.
  • Less mess – using an electric shaver rules out the need for shaving foams / gels, meaning there’s less mess.
  • Versatile – whether you’re looking to trim your beard / sideburns or achieve a clean shave, you can achieve it with an electric shaver.
  • Less irritation – electric shavers significantly reduce the risk of cuts or the nicking of the skin, which results in a smoother, irritation free shave. It also significantly reduces the risk of ingrown hairs.
  • Cheaper – whilst the initial cost of purchasing an electric shaver is more expensive, compared to a manual one, over the long run it can work out cheaper due to no new blades being required nor shaving foam / gel.

Switching from a manual to an electric shaver can make all the difference to your personal grooming habits, helping you to achieve the styled facial hair you’re after.