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The Best Electric Razors For Men

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

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.

Braun's adaptive foil shaver has a slide-out precision trimmer that helps you reach difficult spots, like the area under your nose. This razor can tackle days' worth of beard growth, so it's ideal for bushier guys. It has a flexible head, 5 synchronized shaving elements, and a 50-minute run time on one charge. It's waterproof and can be used wet or dry, with foam or gel. And if you're a dude who neglects his grooming gear, this razor is self-cleans while you charge it.

If you have facial hair, get this foil shaver: It has a built-in pop-up trimmer that helps you style your 'stache or your goatee to your exacting specifications. The shaving head pivots in 16 directions to follow the skin's natural contours and reduce any mishaps. You get 45 minutes of shave time on a single charge and it can be used wet or dry, with gel or foam.

If you have regular beard growth, you don't really need to go all-out with a super-fancy razor. This stalwart facial hair workhorse should do the trick. You can adjust the power (from gentle to turbo) while shaving. It has 4 synchronized shaving elements, meaning you get the job done faster, even on heavier growth. You get 50 minutes of shaving on a single charge; this one can also be used wet or dry, with gel or goam. And the charging station cleans your razor while also powering it.

This no-frills yet highly effective rotary shaver gives you 50 minutes of grooming time and is ideal for guys with thicker hair growth. It has a pivoting heads that follow your facial contours for a close, fast shave. You can use it wet or dry, with foam or gel. Rinse it under cold water to clean it out.

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