The model comes equipped with a unique 4-action alcohol-based Clean & Charge station that is capable of removing up to 99.9% of the germs. It also features Intelligent Sonic and Autosense technologies that deliver 10,000 micro vibrations and come with an adaptive shaving motor that ensures catching more hair in every stroke.
The quality of the travel case leaves a bit to be desired.
The Braun Series 7 7898c Electric Shaver isn't necessarily one of the cheapest options on the market, but if you're looking for a device that doesn't intend to compromise any part of the process, there are very few electric razors out there that could rival this model.
SyncroSonic™ technology, Intelligent AutoSense Technology, 2x Opti-Foil™, 8-D Flexible Shaving System, ActiveLift trimmer
Clean and charge station, AC adaptor, Cleaning brush, Storage case
Сharging indicator, Battery life indicator, Foil indicator, Hygiene status indicator, Automatic voltage adaptation
Up to 50 min (1-hour charging), Quick 5-min charge for one shave
GentlePrecision™ blades will shave off the bristle in one go, ensuring amazingly clean results even on flat-lying and stubborn hairs. The SmartClick™ beard styler allows creating an ideally shaped and neat beard without breaking a sweat.
The app might lag on some older smartphones.
The Philips S7960/17 is a real find for sensitive skin and thick beards. Three sensitive settings have something to offer to the most exacting users. Meanwhile, the GroomTrib app provides access to smart functionality and will let you personalise your shaving experience to the maximum.
GentlePrecision™ Blades, Multi-direction flex heads, SkinGlide™ Rings, SmartClick™ beard styler, BeardAdapt™ Sensor
AC adapter, Cleaning brush, Travel pouch
Compatible with GroomTribe™ app (available on iOS and Android), 3 Sensitive shave settings, Personal shave plan, Battery status indicator, Automatic voltage adaptation, Fully washable
Up to 50 min (1-hour charging), Quick 5-min charge for one shave
The EasyClean system lets the water flow through the cutting elements and rinses off stubble, meaning that you'll be able to clean the shaver even without removing the shaver head. The ergonomic handle facilitates one-way movement, enabling effortless shaving.
The instructions are lacking.
The Braun Series 5 50-B1200s is fine with showers, foams, gels, and dry shaving. With its 3 flexible heads, the unit adapts to the user's facial contours, keeping the shave close. The battery recharges in 60 minutes and lasts at least 50, so one charge will provide ~3 weeks of shaving.
3 Flexible blades, EasyClick™ precision trimmer, EasyClean™ system
Cleaning brush, AC adaptor (SmartPlug™)
LED indicators, Automatic voltage adaptation, Fully washable, Ergonomic handle
Up to 50 min (1-hour charging), Quick charge 5 min for 1 shave
One full battery charge will ensure up to 65 minutes of cordless shaving that makes this model a real find for those occasions when there is no access to electricity for a battery recharge.
The Panasonic ES-RF31 offers the best value for the money. Despite its lower price tag, it features premium Japanese stainless steel blades and delivers smooth performance, allowing you to get fast, gentle, and clean shaving results with no irritations.
4-blade cutting system, Nanotech™ blades, Slideup trimmer, Flexible pivoting head, Arc-shaped foils
Shaver handset, Cleaning brush, Carrying pouch, Mains cord
Up to 65 min (1-hour charging), Quick 5-min charge for one shave
The set includes a plastic charging cradle that can keep this shaver safe, charged and ready to go whenever you need it. This also allows for storing the unit upright on the shelf.
The stand comes with a 2 pin socket.
The Philips S3333/54 is a decent men's electric shaver that precisely adjusts to the contours of your face for a close cut without nicks. The ergonomic, non-slip rubber coating allows you to hold the shaver firmly, even with wet hands. The trimmer attachment is useful for getting your sideburns straight.
PowerCut blade system, 5D Pivot and Flex heads, 27 self-sharpening blades, One-touch head opening, Built-in trimmer
Travel pouch, Protective cap, Charging stand
Display with 3-level battery indicator, Fully washable, Ergonomic handle
Up to 60 min (1-hour charging), Quick 5-min charge for one shave
Braun Series 7 7898cc
Solid German Quality
The idea of electric razors and just shavers, in general, is a peculiar one, to say the least, if you stop to think about it for more than a second. What we essentially do is cut our own face with a multitude of blades. If you put these words out of the context of shaving, it sounds like a ridiculous and dangerous idea. Yet this is something that everyone in our society has gotten used to and accepted as part of the everyday norm. But just because it is accepted that doesn't mean there's no risk involved in it. Regardless of how advanced the appliance you're using actually is, you will always run the risk of cutting yourself during the shave due to the sharpness of the tool.
Which is exactly why it is so important to invest in a proper electric shaver. What you need is a company that will be able to provide not only a product that will serve its purpose and deliver some additional features on top of that but also a model that will present a level of quality sufficient enough in order to secure the safety of your skin. And that's where Braun comes in. Millions of people all over the world have been putting their trust in Braun electric shavers for almost a decade now and the company still delivers on their promise of providing its customers with top-notch appliances.
The Braun Series 7 7898c Electric Shaver is also known for being able to adapt to any kind of facial structure. One of the biggest driving forces behind this technology is an 8 direction flexible head with floating shaving elements that are capable of carefully conforming to any type of skin and capturing hair even in some of the harder-to-reach areas. The entire shaving process is just as fast as it is effective thanks to the power of four shaving elements with 3 of them doing the cutting work and 1 known as SkinGuard working side by side to capture in one stroke what most other shavers often fail to catch even in two. On top of that, this Braun razor also features Intelligent Sonic and Autosense technologies that deliver 10,000 micro-vibrations and come with an adaptive shaving motor that will ensure catching more hair in every stroke, even if your facial hair couldn't necessarily be described as soft and thin.
Since the product in question is a Braun model, you can bet that the manufacturers will not be satisfied with simply providing a quality product and will load this appliance with an array of additional useful features. Which is exactly why the Braun Series 7 7898c Electric Shaver comes equipped with a number of different turbo and sensitive modes that will allow you to choose any of the five personalised shaving modes for extra power, comfort, and gentleness all at the push of one button.
The razor also doesn't discriminate when it comes to where you prefer to do your shaving routine and is designed to shave dry or with water, foam, gel and in the shower so there's no need for you to worry about it malfunctioning under any kind of condition. On top of that, any model from the Braun Series 7 features waterproofing up to 5 metres, so cleaning your shaver with running water will not present any kind of challenge. And when it comes to cleaning, we would be remiss not to mention a unique 4-action alcohol-based Clean & Charge station that comes with this electric shaver and is capable of removing up to 99.9% of the germs. On top of that, it automatically lubricates and charges your razor.
The Braun Series 7 7898c Electric Shaver isn't necessarily one of the cheapest options on the market, but if you're looking for a device that doesn't intend to compromise any part of the process, there are very few appliances out there that could rival this model.
|Last updated price||£195.70|
Philips S7960/17 Series 7000 Wet & Dry
A Choice for Sensitive Skin
Though foil shavers are overall considered a better option for sensitive skin, when it comes to the Philips S7960/17, it confidently outcompetes its foil counterparts. The whole trick is in its revolutionary advanced system that combines the latest technologies and innovations to deliver a maximum close and efficient shave with no single sign of irritation even on very sensitive skin.
To start off, the rotating shaver heads of the S7960/17 will neatly follow your individual facial contours requiring minimum pressure. You will be able to operate it on thick and stubborn bristle and it will get the job done beautifully. Furthermore, it features sharp GentlePrecision™ blades. They are engineered to cut hairs with minimum tugging and pulling and ensure a super clean shave at a single stroke. As a result, your skin will be exposed to less damage and irritation.
Yet another feature contributing towards the skin comfort is the SkinGlide™ rings. Coated with multiple tiny glass-like spheres, these rings allow for effortless shaving head gliding over your skin for the ultimate smooth shave. On top of that, you are free to choose between three sensitive shave settings to precisely tailor the shave to your personal needs.
Packed into a 100% waterproof body, the Philips S7960/17 works great for dry and wet shave alike. You can even safely use it in the shower. An hour charge will give up to 50 minutes of continuous runtime. And if you happen to forget to juice up your electric razor in advance, a 5-minute recharge will get you set for one quick shave.
With Smart Functionality
The Philips S7960/17 is one of those modern top-notch models that boast smart features and app-enabled functionality. A built-in BeadrAdapt sensor will monitor your bristle length, thickness, and density to immediately adjust the power to achieve efficient shaving results without skin discomfort. More than that, the GroomTibe app this razor is compatible with will unlock access to sensitive shave settings and your personal shaving plan. You just need to input your skin data and make use of recommendations given for your individual skin condition. This way, you’ll develop the shaving technique and routine that will be ideal for your skin.
One more merit of this Philips electric shaver we’d be remiss not to mention is the SmartClick™ beard styler. It has 5 length settings and can give your beard perfect trim.
All told, the Philips S7960/17 is a smart electric razor designed with close attention to sensitive skin needs. Efficient on all stubble types, it will also provide a maximum personalised shaving experience for all types of sensitive skin.
|Last updated price||£165.00|
Braun Series 5 [50-B1200s]
Almost as Good
The Braun Series 5 50-B1200s is a bit more basic than its Series 7 and, needless to say, Series 9 competition. But, as far as most men are concerned, the model is just as good as the company's more expensive electric shavers and offers the same solid quality and high shaving performance. The instructions that come with the unit are lacking, but you can always find them online and, truth be told, there's nothing especially difficult about this unit.
The 3 flexible heads that the model employs are excellent at adapting to the user's facial contours, so the shave is kept close and smooth. Likewise, the EasyClean system makes sure that you can clean the unit without removing the head, which means that you'll be wasting less time on maintenance. You'll also be wasting less time shaving as the upgraded ergonomic handle enables effortless one-way movement.
Despite lowering the price, the model comes with the same battery that you would find inside more expensive Braun electric shavers. Recharging within 60 minutes, the unit offers 50-minute continuous use. Also, there's always the 5-minute Quick Charge that covers one shave.
Apt for Versatile Use
Despite belonging to a mid-range shaver segment, the Brauns Series 5 is not much inferior to its top-liner rivals in functionality. Thus, just like premium-grade models, this shaver is suitable for both dry and wet shaving, which means you can use it for both for quick morning spruce-ups when in the rush and for more thorough shaving routines. More than that, distinguished by 100% waterproof construction, the unit is good not only for the use with shaving gels and foams but also for using right under the running water when you take a shower.
Something else to add to the functionality of this shaver is a precision EasyClick trimmer that will enable you to shape up your sideburns and look neat in between your visits to a hairstylist.
So, as long as you're not too fussy about every little hair on your face, the Braun Series 5 50-B1200s will serve you just as well as the more premium electric shavers from the same company.
|Last updated price||£78.56|
For Unmatched Skin Smoothness
Panasonic is a company creating innovational solutions for a comfortable life. The company slogan "Ideas for Life" speaks for itself. The Panasonic ES-RF31 is one of the latest innovations from Panasonic, which will stun you with the quality of its build and performance - the two most important things that we all seek in this kind of device.
What sells the model first and foremost is that it features a premium shaving system similar to that of top-liner models while being much more affordable than most of them.
The unit consists of four blades that nest under the ultra-thin arc-shaped foil. The blades are made of extremely durable first-class Japanese steel and tailor-ground to remain sharp for longer. Furthermore, they sit at a 30-degree angle, which allows them to lift up and cut shorter hairs.
Meanwhile, the curved foil will make sure the shaving head adapts to your facial contours and smoothly glide over your skin for a maximum close and safe shave. Thus, not only will it effortlessly get into tricky areas but also it will easily tackle any type of beard including dense, thick, and poorly manageable stubble growing in different directions. Whatever your facial hair, the result will always be clean and smooth skin, with no razor burns and bumps to it.
To continue, for your ultimate convenience, this model is suitable both for wet shaving with foam or gel and for dry shaving. So, no matter your daily shaving routine, it will fit it to a tee. Whether you need quick morning spruce up or have time for a more thorough wet shave, the Panasonic ES-RF31 will never fail. Besides, the shaver comes with an extendable trimmer to cut your sideburns and tailor your look to perfection.
No Brainer Cleaning and Long-Lasting Operation
Though the Panasonic ES-RF31 is not packed with a sophisticated cleaning station, it will take no extra effort from you to keep it clean. As we’ve already mentioned, it is waterproof and the stainless steel cutting system is corrosion-resistant. Hence, after shaving, simply rinse your shaver clean with water and you're good to go. While cleaning it, sonic vibrations will help wash out any clinging hair or skin particles stuck in between the blades.
Yet another benefit we’d be remiss not to mention is a power-dense battery. Given a modest price tag, the battery really stands strong delivering 65 minutes of continuous runtime. With that, when drained, it gets juiced up in an hour. Prolonged runtime is a plus for trips and travels, where you will have no access to the grid. And the travel case that comes included will protect the razor during transportation.
In a word, the Panasonic ES-RF31 is a reasonably priced shaving workhorse that will keep your skin smooth and soft and fit any budget.
|Last updated price||£47.50|
Philips New Series 3000 (S3333/54)
The Philips S3333/54 is one more shaver that sits at the higher end of the cheaper Philips 3000 series. It’s very good quality (typical of all Philips products), easy to hold, has a good battery life and provides a very clean shave.
Fitted with 27 self-sharpening blades along with 5D Pivot and Flex heads, it follows each curve for a comfortable shave. Actually, the results are on a par with a wet razor shave, and you don’t need to go over the same area multiple times. With that, the cutter blades here remain sharp for a long while and need replacement no more than every two years. Also included is a trimmer attachment that comes in useful for getting your sideburns straight.
When it comes to accessories, you get a plastic docking station for storage and a nice drawstring bag for keeping it neat when taking on your travels. However, beware that the shaver battery charger comes with a 2-pin socket rather than a 3 pin UK plug, so make sure you have an adaptor for it.
The stand lets you store the shaver upright on your shelf, but if it is easier, you can simply plug the cable in the unit.
The quick 5-min charge will give you enough power for one shave, while the full charge requires one hour and lasts for about fifteen shaves. There are 3 bars on the handle that light up to show you the actual charge level, making it easier to keep track of how much charging time you've got left.
Designed with the user in mind, the unit has a waterproof body and an ergonomic rubberised grip, which means you can safely and comfortably use it for a wet shave. Thanks to these features, the electric razor can be used both at the sink and in the shower. Because the appliance is fully washable, cleaning is also a breeze. You can flip open the unit's head to rinse it under a tap after use.
Overall, the item is incredibly light to hold and easy to manoeuvre. Equally good for wet and dry shaving, this functional model by Philips will deliver consistent shaving results time after time. Meanwhile, a pop-up trimmer will allow you to shape your moustache and sideburns. Add to that an ultra-quiet operation and you get yourself a decent electric shaver that is nice to use at all levels.
|Last updated price||£74.99|
What Is an Electric Razor?
An electric razor has long replaced a safety razor and become a must-have men's accessory, which is no wonder, given the level of comfort and shaving quality it provides. However, for the electric razor to deliver the type of performance you want, it is important to choose it wisely and pay close attention to additional features such as whether it has a waterproof casing, what accessories come included in a kit, how much maintenance is required to keep it going and so on. In this article, we review the best-sellers available on the market so you can compare their features and prices and choose the one that fully meets your requirements.
What Features to Compare
First of all, you should decide which shaver type you need. Nowadays, there are two types of electric razors: rotary and foil. Rotary shavers work thanks to a rotating circulation of knives in special shaving heads. This type of electric razor is designed for an uneven, short, thick beard. As for foil shavers, they shave bristles with the help of vibrating blades, which are located under the foil head covers. Therefore, your skin is in direct contact with them. As for the safety, it takes a lot of effort to cut yourself with an electric razor. Foil models cope easily with long bristles. In addition, if you have sensitive skin, this model will cause you less discomfort and irritation.
Speaking of usability, you need to pay attention to the design of the floating heads. The razor with floating heads gently follow facial contours for smoother, more comfortable shave. Moreover, thanks to the floating heads, one shave will be enough to remove all bristles. Floating heads will definitely provide a safer, more comfortable shave.
Next, you should consider the additional options each electric razor has. Some shavers for men have a battery indicator or LCD screen. Thanks to this feature, you will know whether you need to recharge the battery before a trip or not. The device can work either from the battery or the mains. A combination of both options is possible as well. This feature allows you to use your shave on business trips or journeys. If you use the mains, a voltage function gives you and opportunity to use different power sources. The difference between accumulator electric shavers is a battery life and recharging speed. The higher these parameters are, the better the quality of a razor will be. Some men's shavers allow for both wet and dry shaves. All electric shavers can cope with dry shaving. This shaving method will be comfortable for trips because you have no opportunity to shave properly with foam and warm water. However, a wet method of shaving will be best suited to people with delicate, sensitive skin.
Components and Design
In addition, you need to pay attention to the components and design of men's shavers. An ergonomic design will make the shaving process much easier. For example, rubber inserts allow you to comfortably hold the razor, even with wet hands. Additionally, some extra attachments for various grooming tasks, such as a trimmer, will become a handy option. Some models have such great functions as a cleaning mode making razor cleaning a breeze and saving your time.
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