6 best razors for men! We have tested & chosen the winner

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Finding the right shaver should be easy. So why is choosing a razor so complicated?

To begin with, I would say that the large number of models and variations creates a kind of paradox. There are just too many of them.

You've probably been there at some point when you've needed to buy a certain product and have gone back and forth between several options, constantly wondering which would be the best option.

Difference between shavers

Another difficulty in choosing a shaver is the poor documentation and descriptions of the differences between the various models.

Often the model names don't help either, manufacturers don't make an effort to describe the actual differences between different shavers and many review sites are filled with contradictory or irrelevant information.

Sometimes we see product updates being rolled out without any indication of how significant the updates are or whether the older shavers are still a good option.

There are cases where the new shavers are nothing more than a makeover of the appearance; but there are also times when a shaver is a brand new product that uses important changes that affect the actual performance.

A good shaver can do so many different jobs. It trims your hair, defines and shaves your beard and gets rid of those pesky nose hairs. A razor can be a very powerful thing, which means it can - and ideally should - be enough on its own for your daily facial care.

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Nothing beats the extremely close shave of an old-school razor, but they're hardly the most practical items to use and can easily be surpassed by razors for speed and ease of use.

Modern shavers have thankfully come a long way since their inception. Today they offer smooth, close shaves without the time-consuming process of a traditional wet shave and with less irritation. From flexible heads to multiple blades and even blade types that have both dry and wet shaving. A shaver has never been so convenient.

Not all shavers have the same functionality, so we've compiled a list of the best shavers you can buy to make your buying decision effective.

1. Braun Series 9 Shaver

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While the Series 7 is powerful enough for most shaving situations, Braun's Series 9 is the best shaver we've tested that we think is worth the extra cost - at least for certain situations. If you have particularly curly or coarse hair, or if you want to shave less often but achieve the same closeness, this could be the razor for you.

Always a byword for German efficiency, Braun's top-level shaver prioritises comfort above all else with a ten-way swivel head and two titanium-coated trimmers.

At first glance, size is the biggest difference between the Series 9 and Series 7. Although the shavers weigh the same, the Series 9 is longer, has more girth and is more top-heavy, all because of its quadruple shaving mechanism. That four-way head sticks with Braun's traditional twin-foil design but adds a pair of cutting mechanisms - a "direct & cut" trimmer and a "hyper-lift & cut" trimmer - that better hook in, the company claims.

Braun claims the Series 9 can handle three days of heavy beard growth. We found this shaver to be as good as its marketing, with one important asterisk: the Series 9 set a standard for performance and speed that most of our testers agreed with.

That elusive scrub you just can't get rid of? It'll be gone with a few swipes of the wrist. Of course, you can expect as much considering that this shaver costs twice as much as the price of most of the others in this list. The extra cost shows in its appropriately important design, extra directional flex and micro-vibration technology.

Most of our testers agreed that the Series 9 is a great shaver. When one of our testers tried it on his three-day-long beard, he found it worked better than any shaver he'd ever used.

The extra power and performance comes at a cost and a design cost. The Series 9 razor is particularly bulkier than the Series 7 razor, and some testers found the Series 9 razor difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

Braun's Series 9 cleaning base uses the same cartridges as the Series 7 base (and those of all other Braun shavers) and is functionally identical. Replacement cartridges last about three months and cost around £250 for a 4 pack. Replacement cartridges are significantly more expensive for the Series 9; they currently sell for around £500, compared to around £300 to £400 for the Series 7.

One of our testers who has been using this model since 2018 has had no problems with it. However, he prefers manual cleaning so he doesn't use the cleaning system.

Since you'll be using the Series 9 every other day, why not treat yourself to that extra charm?

2. Philips Series 9000

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Philips likes the rotary style shaver over a more traditional linear option. The large surface area provided by its blades ensures that it usually delivers too.

For most people, linear-style shavers usually provide a closer shave. But if you prefer a rotary-style shaver, we recommend the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300, which includes a cleaning system.

Like the Braun models, these shavers are marketed in series. If you can't find the 9300, get the 9000 series which is the cheapest. In 2019, we tested the latest model, the S9000 Prestige, which includes a digital battery meter - a non-essential upgrade - but unlike the 9300, it doesn't come with a cleaning system. It shaves in the same way the 9300 does.

For travel, Philips Norelco offers a hard case that's significantly larger than the ones that come with the shavers we tested.

Rotary shavers have a completely different design philosophy than linear models: they capture and cut facial hair by spinning, similar to the way a circular shaver works.

The S9000 Prestige's digital battery indicator is more accurate than the temperature gauge bar on other models we've considered, but both are good for everyday use.

Because the trimmer is separate, the Philips Norelco shaver is a three-piece affair rather than a single unit like the Braun Series 9 and Remington shavers.

For travel, Philips Norelco offers a hard case that's significantly larger than the ones that come with the shavers we tested.

The 9300 model can be troublesome. For starters, the trimmer is a separate accessory that requires the floating head to be removed. And because the triple-head shaver isn't as compact as a straight razor, it needs a larger case that takes up more room in your luggage.

Philips Norelco doesn't integrate cleaning systems across its range like Braun does, and while we find the brand's cleaning bases work well, they're a bit of a hassle to use compared to Braun's, and it's harder to replace cleaning cartridges. Because of their shape, Philips Norelco razors have to be held in the cleaning base with a sort of stalk-like support, which means an extra step to insert the razor. You have to decide if the convenience is worth it; it's really easy to maintain the shaver manually with the included cleaning brush.

9300 razors require annual replacement of razor blades. The razor includes an indicator to let you know when it's time, and the blades are usually between $500 and $600.

One of our testers has been using this razor almost daily since 2018, and it still works well. The shave has been comfortable and is still strong enough to cut through several days of growth when needed.

Based on our testing, we believe that a linear shaver provides a better shave for most facial hair. But if you prefer a rotary style, consider the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 (or another model in the brand's 9000 series). Rotary shavers work differently than linear shavers, using rotating heads that grab and remove hair, which some people find more convenient.

3. Remington R4 Style

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Its box might as well be emblazoned with the words "My first razor". And guess what? That model is a competent shaver best suited for those who need a useful model that doesn't cost them a lot. Especially if you don't challenge it with any beard growth that's been growing for anything longer than a few days. While the R4 Style is sturdy enough to handle, a sleek, plasticky design is its biggest shortcoming. Both in terms of grip and lack of ability in wet environments.

The Remington R4 rotary shaver combines a great brand with an affordable cordless shaver. This shaver uses the latest PowerFlex 360 degree Remington technology that adapts to any angle of the face and provides a clean, close shave.

The Remington R4 shaver can be used wet or dry, in the shower or in the sink. If you like to shave with soaps, gels, lotions or foams, this is the perfect shaver for you. Remington designs its shavers so that they never pull or pull facial hair.

Skin irritation is minimised. The rotating heads contain dual razor blades to ensure your face is smooth and clean when you're done. These two blades ensure that they get as close to the skin as possible. ActiveContour's comfort system keeps all three heads in close contact with your face. It's easy to navigate the jawline, even when shaving the more sensitive areas of the neck.

This Remington shaver is quite affordable for a shaver. There's no need to buy a razor when you can still buy a razor at this price point.

The Remington R4 shaver provides a smooth and straight shave at its affordable price. If you're looking for an affordable cordless shaver, this could be your best choice.

4. Panasonic ES-LV97

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Like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, speed is the main selling point for Panasonic's units, with 70,000 transverse actions per minute. With the latest model's multi-flex 16-directional head, it also takes facial contours very well, capturing persistently long beard hairs with ease thanks to its responsive beard density sensor that adjusts power depending on beard growth.

Panasonic's ES-LV97 and its tactile travel case, is ideal for anyone who is often on the move.

Panasonic has been in the shaver world for some time, but each new version the company looks to add more features and increase the comfort of your shave. At IFA 2019, Panasonic showed off its latest shaver, the Panasonic ES-LV97.

The unit comes with five curved cutting blades, which can perform up to 70,000 cutting operations per minute. The central blade trims longer hair to length and is enclosed between two lifting foils that raise the hair at the end. The foil on the outer blades is just 42 microns thick, aimed at getting the closest shave possible.

The shaver has a flexible head that allows you to follow your face. It can also move up to 16 directions independently, so you don't have to work hard to get to all the hard-to-reach areas. The shaver has a built-in beard density sensor that reads 220 times per second and adjusts the speed of the blades accordingly.

As anyone who has ever used a razor knows, cleaning and maintenance can be a pain. That's why the ES-LV97 comes with a cleaning and charging dock. When you're done shaving, simply place the shaver head down in the dock. The unit starts charging immediately and then you can choose whether you want to clean the head or simply dry it.

The charging dock is convenient and stylish, but not essential; the shaver can last up to 50 minutes on a single charge. To fully recharge the device, it only needs an hour in the charging dock.

5th choice Aqua Blade 20-In-1

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For the man whose facial hair is more labyrinthine than distinct, a single shaving tool may not be the best solution and that's where a multi-groomer comes in. A linear shaver is one of four attachments that can be clipped into our selection of multitasking devices, providing a closer shave for those who may prefer the well-manicured stubble that a beard trimmer provides but can use the extra close shave to touch up the cheeks and/or neck. While not as crudely designed as leading shavers by Philips and Braun, it offers the best of all worlds and provides those who haven't quite made up their minds. Plus, it includes a rotating head that keeps the nose and ear hair in check, which is always a useful addition when you're doing it.

The Wahl Aqua Blade looks good, feels good and most importantly, lasts a very long time on a fully charged battery. It's not much more you need from a trimmer.

As the Aqua Blade is washable and can be used either wet or dry or even in the shower, there is an important safety warning in the instructions not to use it while charging. In fact, it has been designed so that it will not run while connected to the mains and charging.

A set of eight clamps is available in increments from 3 to 25 mm so that the hair or beard can be trimmed to a chosen length. There is also a set of four stubble combs used to "blend, taper and define" beards.

However, everything feels very neat and is waterproof for cleaning the blade. There's a rubberized handle for extra grip and control over your shave, and 12 different guide combs depending on the length you want with your beard and hair trimmer.

Cutting lengths range from 0.2 mm up to 25 mm. The trimmer comes with a convenient travel pouch where one pocket holds the trimmer and charger while the other holds all the combs, as well as the cleaning brush and small bottle of lubricating oil.

It is recommended that a few drops of oil be applied to the blades about once a month.

It has a 180-minute lithium battery inside which is perfect. I would have liked to see some sort of battery life indicator, rather than having to guess how much battery is left.

6. Philips shaver 7000 Series

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If there's one thing most men hate, it's shaving. The time, the skin irritation, the cuts and the fact that it just grows back only to repeat the process daily, weekly or monthly. There are many razors, trimmers, clippers and shavers out there, all claiming to be the best in their respective categories, and promising a smooth, close and irritation-free shave. But can they deliver on such promises? We review the Philips Series 7000 Shaver.

Philips has long been a manufacturer of fine razors over the years and has recently released an update to their 7000 series razor. The shaver was released in a number of different variants, none of which can actually be called "entry-level". Instead, the premium series of razors are well designed, able to be used in wet and dry conditions, and a choice between a closer shave and preferences for sensitive skin. The unit I received was the Philips 7000 Series shaver for wet and dry shaving, model number S7350 for sensitive skin.

Appearance and design

There is no doubt about the quality of the device. The amount of science that went into the development of this shaver is much more than most other gadgets in my home. Interestingly, each of the variants of shavers have differences in flex-tech along with their head coating and a few others. S7350 bead coating for frictional movement on the skin surface for a smooth glide like shave. This allows the device to alleviate most irritations caused by most razors. The blades themselves are also designed differently and isolate hair as your shave, protecting the skin as it cuts. The head of the device also swivels in five directions, from the head mount as a whole, or the three individual heads, all of which make it easier for the razor to move around the contours of your face and neck.

The main part

The shaver is very ergonomic and double-edged, so it can be held in both the left and right hand. The shaver also includes a Li-ion battery that gives you up to 50 minutes of shaving time, with a charging time of about an hour. In fact, although it may seem to have a rather short battery life, I managed to continue using the device for a month without needing to recharge. It all depends on your shaving time and your weekly usage. On the front of the body there are a few LED indicators; 3 level battery indicator, cleaning indicator, low battery indicator, replacement head indicator and lock indicator. These prove to be very useful when using the device, although not all indicators may be displayed.

The unit also comes with two additional accessories, a beard styler (trimmer) and a facial brush for exfoliation. The styler has five length settings depending on how long you want to keep your beard, while the brush contains 32,000 active bristles to cleanse and massage your skin after shaving.

Specifications and performance

Any razor can be good on paper, but its value depends on how it stands up during testing and use. Thankfully, the S7350 performs excellently in almost all areas with no fuss either.

The Philips Series 7000 shaver is a lightweight, portable and professionally designed device for wet and dry shaving. Shaving is a dream for sensitive skin, with little or no irritation (after the first use perhaps). The unit also includes two accessories in the form of a styler and brush, although it does not include a pop-up trimmer for cleaning the edges. The battery life and charging time are also worth mentioning.

If you're looking for a really close shave without worrying about skin irritation, this device is not for you. But Philips has some other portable devices that might interest you. However, if you suffer from irritation after shaving, this device is definitely for you. I really enjoy using the S7350, as I don't have to worry about scratches and scrapes, while shaving dry without irritating recurring breakouts.

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Frequently asked questions about shavers

Rotary or linear shaver: which is better?

There is no definitive answer and it's mostly about your own needs. Rotary shavers have three or more heads that are better suited to moving over contours and can better reach more difficult areas like around the nose and chin. Linear shavers, on the other hand, are worth considering if you have shorter beard hair that requires regular shaving. They are also considered better for sensitive skin, as they are less likely to cause irritation.

Can shavers cause ingrown hairs?

Quite the opposite, in fact. Because the blades don't cut directly at skin level, there's less chance for the hair to grow into itself, making razors ideal for people with sensitive skin or problems with ingrown hairs. Shavers also protect you from cuts, which is another welcome bonus.

Can I use a razor in the shower?

Most high-quality shavers are waterproof for easier cleaning, which also means they can be used in the shower. You can even use shaving cream with waterproof razors for a smoother, less irritating shave, as it greatly reduces friction against your skin. That said, the main reason for a razor is that it's faster and more convenient, so if you don't have particularly sensitive skin, you might be able to get away with a dry shave that requires little or no cleaning.

Do I need to clean a shaver?

As with most things you buy, regular maintenance of your shaver will ensure that it works well at all times, while providing years of faithful service in the process. More expensive razors make life easier by providing combined charging and cleaning stations that easily clean, dry and even lubricate the blades. Note that you will need to replace the cleaning cartridges, as well as the blades/foil heads when they get old over time. Other basic maintenance involves using the supplied brush to clean the blades, as well as occasionally lubricating them with oil.

Do I need to lubricate a razor?

You can probably get away with not lubricating your razor for a while, but it's definitely recommended thanks to the hard-working moving parts (i.e. the blades and the mechanism that moves them). Regular use of the appropriate oil will reduce wear and tear caused by friction from the movement of the blades, as well as ensuring smoother operation and better performance.

Will the razor rust?

Almost all modern shavers are made of stainless steel, which is especially handy given that so many of them are designed to offer wet shaves as well. That said, you don't want to leave a wet razor lying around when it's not in use, so wipe it down and store it where it's safe from splashes and moisture from baths or showers.

These 6 selected shavers are highly appreciated, each one can fill a space in your bathroom without the help of razor blades or other unnecessary accessories and can help to simplify your grooming routine a lot.

Which brand of razor should I buy?

One of the most common questions we get is "What shaver is best for me"? While we'd love to help you choose the best razor, the short answer is: "The one that works best for you!". Most of the major manufacturers recognise this and offer a "money back guarantee". This means you can choose and try a razor without the risk of being stuck with one that doesn't work for you. If you don't like the razor for any reason, send it back to the manufacturer and get your money back.

The price of electric shavers ranges from 700 SEK for an entry-level shaver to several thousand SEK for the latest top model from Braun, Panasonic or Philips.

If you've never used a razor before, there are several things to consider. If you have sensitive skin, you can choose a wet and dry shaver, if you don't like a dry shave.

There are two different shaving systems. One is the foil and blade system, the other is the rotating head system. If you have a thick beard, you may prefer a foil shaver, such as Braun or Panasonic, and you may get your best shave by shaving dry, which is what shavers were originally designed to do. If you have a sensitive face, or the typical problem of the neck area, you may prefer a Philips rotary shaver. Again, whether you choose a wet-dry or dry-only model, the quality of the shave will depend on your face and whiskers.

If you've used a razor before, there are also some considerations. Did you like the razor you had? If so, stick with the same shaving system, for example don't switch from a foil to a rotary shaver if you really liked your foil shaver. If you didn't like your previous shaver, consider switching to a different shaving system to see if another system might suit you better.

How much does it cost to maintain my shaver?

Replacing the screen and blade is a matter of judgement. For foil shavers, you should change screens and blades every 12-18 months. The cost of spare parts varies by model. A set of screens and blades from Braun, Remington or Panasonic costs between 350 and 800 SEK (depending on the shaving system). Rotary head shavers are more durable and can be more economical to use. Philips rotary shaving heads last between 12 and 18 months. The price varies between €400 and €900. Always clean and lubricate your shaver to make these heads last longer.

Is my shaver worth repairing?

Many shavers can be repaired at a reasonable cost. Braun wireless models require a new circuit board when the batteries are defective. The cost is about 800 SEK. If your shaver needs to be repaired at the same time as the heads need replacing, it may be better to buy a new one.

What is the difference between cordless, corded/cordless and wet/dry shavers?

Cordless shavers only work when the batteries are charged. Corded/uncharged shavers work even when the batteries are not charged. Cordless shavers cost a little more, but for the added convenience they are well worth the money. Wet/Dry shavers can be used in the shower and are 100 % waterproof.

Are razors difficult to clean?

Most shavers can be cleaned quickly and easily. The easiest way to clean a razor is to remove the head and gently tap and brush the top to remove hair. You may also want to remove the cover and inspect each blade from time to time to make sure they are not clogged with hair. Some models can be cleaned with running water when the shaver is not plugged into the electrical outlet, and most come with a small brush to be used to remove hair from all nooks and crannies. Some shavers are self-cleaning and are quickly cleaned inside the storage base.

How often should the razor blades be replaced?

Changing blades varies depending on the model of razor you have; the manufacturer's manual usually states how often you need to change blades. Generally speaking, it's a good idea to replace your shaver's heads and blades about once every 12 months. More frequent changes may be required if your hair is very thick or very shaggy.

What features should I look for in a shaver?

Most shavers are similar in design, but not all have the same features. When buying a razor, look for a built-in trimmer to cut longer hairs. The majority of shavers have these trimmers integrated into the handle or head. You simply press a switch or button and the trimmer pops up. These trimmers work well for cutting lost hairs or fixing sideburns. You can also choose between shavers that are rechargeable and shavers that are powered by batteries. Some razors can be used with water and shaving cream, and the self-cleaning option is always a popular feature for razors.

Which shaver is better Philips or Braun?

Both Philips and Braun are market leaders when it comes to shavers. Both therefore have an excellent range of products. The main difference between the brands is the types of blades they use. Braun makes foil shavers, while Philips uses the rotary style. This means that it really comes down to personal preference as to which style you prefer to use.

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