What makes an electric razor better than a straight razor or disposable razor?
An electric razor gives you a close, all-over shave without nicks, cuts, or skin irritation. An electric razor is completely safe to use and your skin is protected from ever coming in contact with the blades, unlike straight razors or disposable razors that can leave lacerations on your face. An electric razor can also save you time, as you won’t have to go back because you missed a spot, and work great for coarse hair that can be hard to remove with a regular razor. You will also experience much less skin irritation because you aren’t scraping a blade against your skin.
How does an electric razor work?
There are many different types of electric razors. There are foil razors, rotary razors, and razors with circular blades and razors with horizontal blades. Both foil and rotary razors use the same essential method to remove hair: a mesh, metal “comb” or grating at the surface of the razor’s head catches the hair in the grating without catching your skin. Then, blades underneath the metal comb move back and forth to slice the hair off. The main difference is the type of movement and the type of grate; foil razors oscillate back and forth, and use a mesh grating, while rotary razors spin in a circle and the grate is circular, with angled grooves.
Should I get a foil or rotary electric razor?
Both rotary and foil razors have their own particular benefits. Foil razors tend to work better on coarse, rough hair and give a closer, more blade-like shave. Foil razors are more like shaving with a disposable razor than rotary razors, so the motion will be familiar for most users. On the other hand, rotary razors tend to be quieter than foil razors and are better at following the lines of your face, making it easier to shave your neck and chin.
Should I get circular blades or horizontal blades?
The shape of the blades are really a matter of your comfort rather than functionality. In general, Philips Norelco razors come with circular blades, whereas Braun or Panasonic razors come with horizontal blades. Horizontal blades can be handy if you’re really used to shaving with a straight razor or disposable razors, because they have the same sort of design. Other than that, you can’t go wrong, so select your razor based on its other features.
What other features should I look for in an electric razor?
Some good features to keep in mind when shopping for an electric razor include a pop-out trimmer, fast charging time, automatic shut-off, and a low battery indicator.
What is a pop-out trimmer?
A pop-out trimmer is a common feature on many higher-end razor models, like Panasonic and Braun. A pop-out trimmer gives you the option to trim other facial hair or body hair using a smaller razor. It’s a handy way to take care all of your grooming with one device.
Why does fast charging time matter?
You want a razor that charges quickly so that if you ever need to shave and find that your razor is not performing at top power. The best shavers can be fully charged in as little as 45 or as much as 90 minutes.
What does automatic shut-off mean?
Automatic shut-off turns the charger and razor off when it’s reached a complete charge. Overcharging a battery can damage its ability to hold a charge, so automatic shut-off is very helpful for preserving the efficacy of your electric razor.
What are the benefits of a low battery indicator?
A low battery indicator can help you avoid having to walk around with only half a shave. An electric razor with a low battery indicator will let you know whether your razor is charged enough to shave, or if you need to let it charge. Otherwise, you could start shaving only to have the razor run out of power half-way through.
Should I buy an electric razor that has a cord?
Many rechargeable razors also come with a cord that can be plugged into the razor as you use it for a steady stream of power. This can help you if you need to shave in a pinch and don’t have time for your shaver to recharge, but it can also limit your mobility during the shaving process.
Should I get a razor with a pivoting head?
A pivoting head is almost essential to a comfortable shaving experience. You have curves and contours on your face, and you want to be sure that your razor makes it possible to reach every spot. A pivoting head gives you a range of angles and increases the usability of your razor.
How long will an electric razor run on a full charge?
Depends. Most Norelco razors can run for up to 60 minutes per charge, while many Panasonic models can run for 45 minutes. You want to make sure that the electric razor you choose has at least 45 minutes of running time on a full charge.
Can I use an electric razor on wet or dry hair?
Depending on the type of razor, yes. Some razors are suitable for use on either wet or dry hair, while others can only be used on dry hair. If you have sensitive, irritable skin, you will probably want to opt for a wet/dry razor in order to make shaving more comfortable because you can use creams or lotions.
Do I need to clean an electric razor?
Yes, you will want to make sure your electric razor is cleaned regularly. Regular cleaning will keep your razor running like new. Usually you only need to remove the mesh grate and run the blades under warm water. Many razors come with a cleaning brush, and there are also entire cleaning kits you can buy separately, but you really don’t need to do much to maintain your razors cleanliness.
Will I have to replace the head on my electric razor?
Yes, you can expect to change the blades on your razor every six months or so depending on how much you use it. Some razors, specifically high-quality Remington or Norelco razors, don’t need replacement blades for as much as two years. You can extend your blades’ lifetime and quality by applying blade oil regularly.
How much should I expect to spend on an electric razor?
You can expect to spend between $30 to $200 dollars on an electric razor. The higher quality your razor, the more expensive it will be. If that seems like a lot of money for a razor, consider that you need to buy temporary razors, which can be priced at as much as $30, on a regular basis, whereas an electric razor is mostly a one-time investment that could last you ten years or more. You do need to consider the cost of replacing the head on your razor, which could cost you $25 or more every year or two.
Will I need time to adjust to using an electric razor?
You will probably see a little bit of irritation the first few times you use an electric razor, because it takes some time for your skin to get used to the new experience. However, this generally subsides quickly, after which you will not see any irritation or redness.