The Best Electric Razors For Men

From Braun to Panasonic to Norelco, we found the smoothest shavers out there.

by Donna Freydkin
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Switching from a traditional shaver to an electric razor can be a revelatory experience. You get a quicker shave, without having to worry about stocking up on replacement blades, and fret about slicing open your face. The best electric razors for men give you total control over your scruff, and reduce unsightly nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs.

Here’s a tip from Dr. Jeremy Fenton of the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York on how to get the perfect close shave: “Cleanse the face first. Soften the beard. I highly recommend either shaving in the shower or immediately after the shower. If you choose the former, a good investment is a small, anti-fog shower mirror. If you want to really soften the beard, take a towel and wet it, warm it in the microwave and let it sit on the skin for several minutes prior to shaving.”

When selecting the right electric razor for you, you can choose between rotary or foil shavers. The rotary ones have three round heads with rotating circular cutters and are best for guys with medium to coarse beards. Foil shavers, meanwhile, have foil-covered cutting blades that move back and forth across the face and neck. They’re best for shorter hair. When choosing an electric razor, pay attention to battery life, of course, and whether a razor can be used wet or dry or both. A cordless razor is more convenient, without question, but you need to make sure it’s charged up so you don’t run out of power mid-shave. A cleaning system, one that works while you’re charging your razor, is a nice bonus and one less thing to worry about.

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