For many men, shaving is part of their daily ritual, just like brushing their teeth and drinking coffee in the morning. Whether you prefer the open blade and a wet shave or the best electric shaver is a question of taste, habit, but also skin type.
The wet shave is much more thorough, but also more complex. Above all, foaming and rinsing the shaver usually takes longer. However, the blade moves closer to the surface of the skin so that no stubbles protrude and you can take a little more time until the next shave.
Men with very impure and uneven facial skin, on the other hand, prefer a dry shave because it virtually eliminates minor injuries to the face. Disadvantage: A daily application is necessary if you always want to look well-shaved. This is because shaving with the electrical device is more superficial. This may be gentle on the skin, but you can feel it quite soon when the beard hair grows back again.
The table below shows the top 5 best electric shavers in 2018. Each electric shaver is chosen by our specialist reviewers.
|Shaver Name||Results||Special Feature||Price|
|Braun Series 9 9290cc||Great||SyncroSonic technology reads and adapts to your beard||Check Price|
|Philips S9711/31 Series 9000||Great||V-Track Precision Blade System||Check Price|
|Panasonic ES-LV65||Good||5 blade shaving system||Check Price|
|Brown Series 7 799cc-7||Good||Intelligent Sonic Technology - helps to capture more hair||Check Price|
|Philips OneBlade||Good||Create precise edges with the dual-sided blade.||Check Price|
A wet shave is always more thorough, but also more complex
Shaving is a very individual matter: the texture of the skin, the thickness of the beard hair, the shape of the face, the desired beard hairstyle – all this is completely different for every man. This makes it very difficult to give a general answer to the question, “Which is the best electric shaver?”.
For this review, I have checked out a total of fiver shavers from Philips, Braun and Panasonic over the course of several weeks, shaved with them over and over again, reviewed the trimmers that come with all models and, where possible, also made the review with shaving foam.
I also searched through all the available review reports and collected opinions about the models on the web. After all, just because a shaver shaves my face well or badly doesn’t mean it has to apply to everyone or most people. Especially the factor “thoroughness” is very important for the best electric shaver, but it is not easy to measure. Therefore, the opinions of other users are even more revealing.
Other factors, such as the equipment, scope of delivery, cleaning, handling, noise level or battery life, however, can be assessed more objectively. Certainly, opinions differ as to the weighting of these criteria. Yet they are far less subjective and individual than statements about the thoroughness of a shave. That is why I paid close attention to these things in my review in front of the bathroom mirror.
Types of shavers
Before I present you with what I think is the best electric shaver I would like to introduce you to the “Shaver 101.” This is because not all shavers are the same. There are different models and differences that a man should know about.
An electric shaver is a shaver driven by an electric motor. People say that they are not as thorough as a classic wet shaver. But in return, they are gentler on the skin. Especially with impure skin, the use of an electric shaver is recommended. While wet shaving requires care products (pre-shave and after-shave lotion), the use of these is usually unnecessary when shaving with an electric shaver. With many devices, even an electric wet shave is possible, as our wet shaver review reveals. Thanks to the built-in rechargeable batteries, a power outlet is not always necessary.
A beard trimmer is a special form of electric shaver and is necessary for detailed cutting and shortening of a beard. This is because normal electric shavers can only cut hair completely, whereas a beard trimmer can trim hair to different lengths or even cut its edges neatly, thanks to special attachments.
The classic shave. In combination with shaving foam and suitable care products, a wet shave with a classic blade shaver ensures the most thorough shave – even without a power outlet. All you need is a little running water to rinse the shaver. However, a wet shave is not recommended for impure and uneven skin, as there is an increased risk of injury. The use of care products, such as pre-shave and aftershave lotion, is also strongly recommended.
Shaving also includes various accessories. For wet shaving, this is, among other things, a shaving foam or a shaving gel. Some also swear on a brush with which the foam is applied to the face. Care products, such as pre-shave and after-shave lotions, are also part of the accessories of a shaver and can be used as desired to round off the shaving experience as well as the care of the skin and beard hair.
Best electric shaver
For the shaver review, I took a closer look at and compared countless shavers, worked out their strengths and weaknesses, and also tried out many models myself. I would like to present my findings and results from my extensive shaver review with what I think are the five best shavers – and, of course, answer the question: “Which shaver is the best?”
#1 Our 2018 review winner: Braun Series 9 9290cc Electric Shaver
We have a new review winner. After last year’s Braun Series 9 9090cc shaved the competition into the ground, now follows the changing of the guard: with the Braun Series 9 9290cc. The model is the successor with an even more improved equipment. The trimmer now has a particularly durable titanium alloy, and the 5 shaving elements adapt to any facial contour in 10D. Not only does it shave a little better, but it is also a little more gentle on the skin than its predecessor. The new Braun Series 9 9290cc is even a few dollars cheaper than the old review winner. That makes it clear: The Braun Series 9 9290cc shaver is our new 2018 review winner and the new best shaver in our large electric shaver review.
- Even better shaving result
- Even gentler on the skin
- Titanium alloy for permanently sharp blades
- 10D for even better adaptation to the contours of the face
- Fold-out precision trimmer
- Hygienic cleaning system, thanks to the cleaning station supplied
- Durable battery with LED display
#2 Philips S9711/31 Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver
The Philips S9711/31 Series 9000 is a shaver that can be used for both wet and dry shaving. Thanks to innovative technology, it was able to impress me in the Philips shaver review and is the winner in the “New Technology” category. It wasn’t quite enough to win my electric shaver review because it is a lot more expensive than the Braun Series 9 9090cc shaver with about €300 at Amazon.
Especially the shaving head of the Philips S9711/31 Series 9000 wet & dry shaver is packed with the lareview and specially developed technology. The blades are precision blades in a special V-track shape which, according to manufacturer Philips, put the hair in the optimum cutting position and thus ensure excellent shaving results. Thanks to the 8-Direction Dynamic FlexHeads, the shaving heads adapt perfectly in 8 directions to the contours of even angular male faces and ensure a great result and up to 20% more detected beard hair – according to Philips. And they’re right, as my experience with the Philips S9711/31 Series 9000 has shown in the Philips shaver review.
I was also impressed with the battery of the Philips S9711/31 Series 9000 in the shaver review. This is because it offers up to 50 minutes of wireless shaving. If the integrated battery is empty, it only needs to be recharged for 60 minutes. And if you are in a hurry, a quick charge for a shave can be done in as little as three minutes.
In addition to being used for wet and dry shaving, the Philips S9711/31 Series 9000 can also be used in the shower and with foam. After use, it can be quickly and conveniently cleaned again using the included SmartClean PRO cleaning system and the included cleaning cartridge, making it as new and optimally prepared for the next morning’s use.
- Thorough shave even for sensitive skin
- Detects up to 20% more hair
- 8-Direction DynamicFlexHeads
- Hygienic cleaning system, thanks to the cleaning station supplied
- Can also be used in the shower and with foam
- 3 minutes Quick charge for one shave
- LED display
- Quite high price, but appropriate to the performance
#3 Panasonic ES-LV65 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver
Not only is the Panasonic ES-LV65 in the top class of electric shavers in terms of price, but it also doesn’t have to hide from the models of its competitors. An excellent lithium-ion battery, the high-quality workmanship, and last but not least the close shave have brought the Panasonic to one of the top ranks in our comparative review.
The first products of the Japanese company, Panasonic, were accessories for light bulbs; for example, sockets and adapters, and were sold almost exactly 100 years ago. Later, the product range was constantly expanded, and electric motors were manufactured in addition to household appliances, such as irons, radios, or televisions. Today, there is virtually no electrical device that Panasonic does not offer. Computers, cameras, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, robots and, of course, electric shavers. By the way, the name Panasonic is composed of the Greek word “pan” (everything, overall) and the English “sonic” (sound, tone). The good sound of the products seems to be already written down in the company DNA for the Japanese. We are curious how the Panasonic ES-LV65 will perform in our review and especially how it will sound.
With a street price of about €170, the ES-LV65 is definitely in the upper class of electric shavers, and this can already be seen when looking at the equipment. The shaver is not only completely waterproof, but it can also be used as a wet shaver. This also allows the use of shaving foam or gel, and promises a particularly gentle shave. The shaving head is equipped with a 5-blade cutting system and is very flexible, as it is not only movable up and down, but also to the sides. The built-in linear motor runs at 14,000 oscillations per minute and switches off completely when the battery becomes weaker, instead of reducing the speed.
The LED display in the handle of the Panasonic ES-LV65 provides information about the charging status and informs you if it is necessary to clean the shaving head. Compared to the competition, however, the ES-LV65 stands out above all with its beard density sensor. It detects the beard hairs in front of the shaving head and then adjusts the motor speed in real time. You can find out more about how this works and whether it is really useful further down in our review report. The Panasonic comes with the classic plastic cover for the shaving head, as well as the small cleaning brush. A bottle of cleaning oil is also included in the package, but further extras, such as a cleaning station or a case, are not included.
The high quality of the Panasonic ES-LV65 is already apparent when unpacking it because both the contents and the package are quite heavy and robust. A minor disadvantage here, however, was that it was very difficult to get to the contents with the packaging intact. But the packaging is also a minor matter because, of course, the ES-LV65 is the focus here, and it shines with a great design and an obviously high-quality workmanship. It is heavy, yet very easy to handle. The display looks good, but it is also useful in everyday life and always effortless to read.
Like all electric wet-dry shavers, the Panasonic ES-LV65 can only be operated with the integrated battery, which is a minor disadvantage. When connected to the charging cable, it will not work. However, the battery itself shows its best side in our review. With one charge, it enabled an operating time of almost 70 minutes – for most men, this is enough to last for several weeks! With only 50 minutes charging time, the Panasonic also performs excellently in this regard. However, the on/off button, with which the beard sensor can also be deactivated at the same time, is a minor disadvantage when it comes to handling. This means that the shaver is switched on with the first press, the sensor is deactivated with the second, and finally, the shaver is switched off again with the third. Regardless of what you think of the beard sensor, the button must be pressed three times each time you shave. There could probably be a more elegant solution.
According to our experience in the review, there is actually no reason to deactivate the beard sensor because it works very well. Of course, you can argue about whether you really need the function, but it definitely doesn’t make the shave worse. The Panasonic ES-LV65 can shine in this area anyway because it masters both the daily shave and the shaving of a beard grown over 3-5 days without any problems. The result is always thorough, and the skin is not overly strained. But the very wide shaving head (23 millimeters!) still allows some criticism. Because of its size, it is often difficult to shave cleanly and accurately under the nose or on the sideburns. For beard trimming, the Panasonic is, therefore, only partially suitable.
If you, nowadays, want a top shaver from the 200 dollar range, you are no longer limited to Braun or Philips products. With the ES-LV65, Panasonic supplies an electric shaver that can easily keep up not only in terms of quality, but also in terms of the price-performance ratio.
#4 Brown Series 7 799cc-7 electric Wet & Dry Electric Shaver
The Braun Series 7 799cc-7 electric wet & dry shaver is also ranked in the top 5 in the “Best shavers” ranking. This is because it was also able to convince me in the shaver review. It wasn’t enough to win the review and win the title “Best shaver” for the device from traditional manufacturer Braun, but the shaver is sure to be placed among the top five shavers at Amazon for just under €200.
The Braun Series 7 799cc-7 wet & dry electric shaver does not have a triangular shaver head, like many new-fangled shavers, but the classic form. Thanks to ActiveLift and OptiFoil – a technique which, according to the manufacturer, lifts flat-lying hair in problem areas, such as the neck and thus even captures hair with a length of 0.05mm – the Braun shaver achieves a good shaving performance and is, therefore, a good shaver all round.
The scope of delivery is also impressive for the lower price compared to the review winner. In addition to the shaver with an extendable beard trimmer, the set also includes a Clean&Renew cleaning station and a cleaning cartridge. If you don’t like the cleaning stations – which I wouldn’t understand because of the good results in my shaver review – you can clean the Braun Series 7 799cc-7 under running water without any problems, thanks to its 100 percent waterproof construction – and thus, for example, save on the purchase of additional cleaning cartridges.
- Low price
- Thorough and gentle shave
- ActiveLift & OptiFoil
- Intelligent Sonic technology with 10,000 micro-vibrations and turbo mode
- 5 personalized settings
- Clean&Renew Cleaning Station
- Extendable beard trimmer
- No travel bag
#5 Philips OneBlade Electric Shaver
With the OneBlade electric shaver, Philips offers a real novelty that could really convince us in our review. Shaving with it is safe, precise, and thorough. Although the OneBlade cannot replace a wet shaver, it does not have to shy away from the comparison too much more expensive electric shavers.
In the field of men’s shavers, revolutions have rarely occurred in recent years; instead, the major manufacturers have always focused on evolution. The existing models were regularly overhauled and repeatedly improved or at least modified in detail. However, real innovations were the exception. But with the OneBlade shavers, Philips dares something new and goes off the beaten track as far as electric and wet shavers are concerned. At first glance, the OneBlade looks unfamiliar, not like a conventional electric shaver, but also not like a normal wet shaver. According to Philips, one of the interchangeable blades lasts up to 4 months and is perfect for trimming beards and shaving. The price of the OneBlade QP2530 is difficult to estimate because, with its price of about €50, it is cheap for an electric shaver, but very expensive for a wet shaver with an exchangeable blade. In our review, we check which category the OneBlade shaver really falls into and what it can achieve in practice.
The design of the Philips OneBlade shaver resembles a wet shaver, even though it is much larger than most wet shavers. At the head of the shaver is the blade, which can be ejected with the push of a button. A closer look at the blade quickly reveals that it is an electric shaver because the knives work oscillating (approx. 200 times per second) and sit behind rounded polymer tips. These are to lead the beard hairs to the blades and prevent injuries. Since the blade is identical on both sides, it can also be used from both sides. So you can shave with it in any direction without any problems. Finally, a special coating on the blade should ensure that it glides better over the skin, and since the blade head is movable, it also adapts to the contours of the face.
The handle of the OneBlade QP2530 contains a lithium-ion battery, which, according to Philips, can be charged in around 4 hours and then supplies enough power for up to 60 minutes of use. In addition to the shaver, the price includes an additional spare blade, 4 trimmer attachments (1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm), and a protective cap. The OneBlade can be used both for wet shaving with foam and dry shaving as a normal electric shaver. The replacement blades are relatively expensive at a price of €10, but considering the promised long durability, this can be put into perspective. Unfortunately, you have to do without a bag or a case or buy it separately.
Of course, the OneBlade QP2530 cannot quite compete with the chic, but also significantly more expensive electric shavers from Braun and Philips in terms of workmanship and design. There are no chrome-plated parts, and there is no digital display for the charging status of the battery, but considering the low price, this would probably be too much to ask. Nevertheless, the workmanship quality and also the value of the plastics used are absolutely fine. The QP2530 is easy to handle, and the grip does not become slippery even with wet hands. The attachments have a simple design, but also make a neatly finished impression.
When using the OneBlade, you can’t do anything wrong because shaving with the OneBlade is really a piece of cake. Just turn it on and then, with or without shaving foam, simply pull or push the blade over the skin. It doesn’t matter whether you shave with or against the grain, it is hardly possible to injure yourself with the Philips OneBlade. The cleaning is usually also done quickly, as it can simply be done under the tap. A minor disadvantage in terms of handling is the fact that the OneBlade cannot be operated with the charging cable. If the battery is empty, you have to be patient until it is sufficiently charged.
With the OneBlade, the shaving is done surprisingly quickly because often one pull is actually sufficient to grasp all hair. The skin naturally also benefits from this, as it is less stressed. Especially for men who tend to suffer from skin problems when using normal electric shavers, the OneBlade is a very good alternative. Compared to a real wet shaver, the Philips shaver can’t quite keep up in terms of thoroughness. Short beard stubbles always remain and are noticeable and also recognizable as slight shadows. However, the Philips does not perform worse than most other electric shavers in this area.
The OneBlade blades are expensive, but they last a long time. In our review, even after 2 months and about 30 shaves, there was still no sign of a slowdown. So, if you want to try something new or are looking for a cheap electric shaver or simply a good beard styler, you can definitely go for it.
Wrapping It Up
After we answered the questions about the best shavers in our electric shaver review, a short conclusion remains. In my opinion, the best electric shaver and my review winner is clearly the Braun Series 9 9090cc, as it simply offers the best overall package. In the end, however, all five electric shavers reviewed are very good shavers, the purchase of which I can recommend without reservation. Ultimately, it’s also important to know what you want your new shaver to be equipped with and how much money you can or want to spend on your new shaver.
electric shaver purchase advice
Before I release you further into the depths of this website with the review reports, guidebooks, and more, I would like to inform you about the criteria I used to evaluate and compare the electric shavers in the individual review reports. These points are congruent with a purchase advice, as they cover exactly the points you should consider when looking for the perfect shaver for you and your skin – if you don’t choose one of the review winners in the electric shaver review. That would, of course, make things easier and save time. But maybe, for one reason or another, none of the best electric shavers in my review will agree with you. In that case, I will provide you with the tools to help you find the best electric shaver for yourself…
Design, equipment, and workmanship
While design is, above all, a matter of taste and a rather minor factor, equipment and workmanship are absolutely decisive and thus important criteria. The equipment includes the technologies built into the shaver head and the other functions that are also offered, e.g., a display for the remaining battery life. Also important are a trimmer and a powerful motor with fast cutting movements to avoid discomfort when shaving. But also the scope of delivery belongs, of course, to the evaluation and purchase criteria. A charging and cleaning station as with the review winner Braun Series 9 9290cc is simply practical. Thus, the shaver has its fixed place and is fresh, clean, and ready to use with a charged battery for every shave.
Handling and cleaning
An electric shaver should not only be easy to hold, but it should also be able to be used in any region of the face and neck without you having to do any wild contortions. For this purpose, a movable head is practical, as it is offered today by all good shavers in different shapes and forms. Cleaning should also be quick and easy, preferably under running water. Here, too, the cleaning station mentioned above comes into play, which simply does the work for you.
Shaving result and skin protection
That is the most important thing. After all, we shave to not only have a smooth face afterward. We also want to avoid redness and itchy spots. As described above, I can tell you a thing or two about it – and many others with sensitive facial skin probably can, too. The above-mentioned features again make a significant contribution to the quality and thoroughness of the shave as well as the skin compatibility. The better the technology and sharper the blades that are responsible for shaving, the better the final shave result, i.e., smooth skin without stubble. To do this, the shaver must cut the hair as far down as possible, i.e., close to the skin. If the result is a high degree of skin tolerance and, therefore, no shaver burn, this criterion scores 100 points.
The price/performance ratio
Naturally, price also plays an important role. However, it would be unfair to take the little amount of the purchase prices and compare them with each other. That way, very cheap models would get the full score, while expensive and better models would get nothing. Therefore, the price/performance ratio is the decisive indicator to be evaluated. The more power an electric shaver offers and the better equipped it is, the more expensive it can be compared to less well-equipped models. Of course, direct comparison with equivalent electric shavers from our review also plays a decisive role here. If you have a certain budget in mind, you surely want to get the best shaver in this price range for your money. Thus, this point is a mixed calculation of the above-mentioned criteria as well as the respective performance and the price given for it.
Conclusion of our purchase advice
Certainly, not all of these points are equally important to all of you, e.g., a cleaning station can be regarded as dispensable. Where you should not compromise, however, is the quality and tolerability of the shave. In the end, this you can only find out by a field review on your own face. With the best electric shaver we reviewed in our comprehensive electric shaver review, you can be sure that the models I have classified as skin-friendly and gentle are exactly that. This is because I can hardly imagine a harder review stand than my face and neck, plagued by bad shavers and sensitive skin.