Men's shavers buying guide
Having trouble finding the best electric shaver for you? Let our handy guide take you through all the important things you need to consider.
Rotary v foil shavers
The big electric razor choice. Neither is better - the best electric shaver for you depends on what you find most comfortable.
These use moving blades covered by a sheet of foil. They shave closer, but the long flat head doesn't move so easily over the contours of your face.
- Fine hair/lighter hair
- Sensitive skin
- Straight hair
- Shaving every day
- Cleaning quickly
These use 3 heads, with spinning discs that cut hair. Each head flexes and travels more easily over your face's contours, but won't shave quite as close.
- Thicker hair
- Normal skin
- Curly or wavy hair
- Quieter shaving
- Shaving every other day
Wet shave or dry shave?
Dry shavers can be used anywhere at any time. They're great for use on the go, but they can be tough on sensitive skin.
Wet and dry shavers are completely or partly waterproof. You can use them with shaving gel or foam for a closer shave and more protection for sensitive skin. Many can be used in the shower.
Cordless, mains-powered or battery?
Cordless shavers are the most common and most convenient. When choosing check battery life and recharging times. Some boast a quick-charge function, which gives you the power for one fast shave if you forget to charge it.
Mains-powered (corded) shavers tend to be low cost options. Be mindful of where your closest mains sockets are to your bathroom, as cords may not be very long.
Battery-powered shavers are usually designed for travel and occasional use only.
Cleaning your shaver
Most men's shavers will come with a cleaning brush. A non-washable shaver can only be cleaned using a brush or a dry cloth.
Fully washable shavers can be rinsed under a tap. (Not all washable shavers are wet shavers however).
Some shavers have a washable head that can be detached and rinsed under a tap.
A self-cleaning shaver will clean itself while on charge. This will sanitise the head, but it won't remove any trapped hair.
Many electric razors include an additional trimmer, either built-in or as an attachment, that will help you to trim and style facial hair.
This prevents a shaver from accidentally being turned on when it's being carried.
This keeps the shaver's blades lubricated and moving smoothly, keeping them working at peak performance.
Nose & ear trimmers
These are ideal for tackling unwanted hair in awkard places.
For men with very short hair, these are much quicker than a trip to the barbers.
These include everything you need to cut, trim and tidy hair across the head, face and body.Shop all grooming kits