The advent of electric shavers has almost made the traditional razor fade in popularity. It is because the electric shaver offers several new features that a traditional razor can’t. Capitalizing on the popularity of electric shavers, many brands have developed different models of the same. All models of electric shavers will not suit the preferences of all the customers.

So, what should one know before choosing an electric shaver? Here are a few helpful tips.

Buying an electric shaver – factors to consider

  • Dry shaving vs wet shaving

In dry shaving, the blade does not come in direct contact with the skin. It is faster and results in lesser cuts/nicks. Wet shaving, on the other hand, requires the use of shaving gel or foam. Wet shaving gives a closer shave. Some electric shavers are only meant for dry shaving. For people who prefer to have both the options – wet and dry shaving, models like Panasonic ES-LV9Q are the best choice

  • The budget

The market has electric shavers of all price ranges. Usually, the availability of special features is directly proportional to the price. However, some brands do offer advanced features at affordable rates. One should first fix a budget for their electric shaver. This will help narrow down their search.

  • With the cord or without?

Electric shavers can be categorized into two kinds based on how they get their power – battery operated shavers are cordless while the corded shavers get their power from the mains. Each kind has its benefits and limitations. Battery operated shavers are ideal for people who are constantly on the move. One need not go in search of plug points. However, if the battery needs to be recharged very frequently, it can pose a problem.

Corded shavers offer full functionality at all times as they are connected to the mains power. With corded shavers, customers can choose between shavers of varying cord lengths. A lengthier cord offers more movement while shaving. Some products even have retractable cords.

  • Keeping it clean

An electric shaver needs proper maintenance. For better durability, some models need regular cleaning. People who can devote time for a maintenance routine can buy high maintenance model. On the other hand, the manufacturers have realized that most people lead a fast-paced lifestyle today. Thus, they have introduced self-cleaning models too.

  • The type of razor

Razors are broadly classified into foil shaver and rotary shaver. The classification is based on how the razors are built in the shaver and how they work. Generally, foil shaver is preferred by people with shorter or thinner beards. It is best people with delicate skin as foil razors are relatively less harsh. Foil shavers can be used to get a close shave every day.

Rotary shavers are meant for people with longer hair. Rotary shavers are meant for occasional use. As it has three or four rotating heads, it is better for people who have tough skin.

  • The additional accessories

What are the additional accessories included in the package? Some brands provide lubricants, cleaning accessories such as brushes, and even a travel case. In case these accessories are not included in the product, one may have to spend extra money to buy these separately.

  • Additional features

Apart from the razor’s smooth functioning and the battery, many features are not necessary, but convenient to have. For instance, consider the self-cleaning feature. It cuts down the time spent on maintenance. Similarly, some models carry an LED panel that displays the razor’s status. The user can easily know when it needs recharging. Based on each user’s lifestyle, they can look out for these special features before purchasing the product.

Wrapping up

The list discussed above is not exhaustive. The customer should also consider the battery’s lifespan, the warranty that the manufacturer provides, and other important factors. As the product is directly linked to one’s facial look, it is advisable to not settle for extremely cheap models. To obtain a satisfactory look, one has to spend a decent amount on the shaver. Also, cheap models may malfunction or have short durability. It can be risky to have electric appliances malfunction. The customer is advised to thoroughly go through the parts covered in the warranty slip before buying the electric shaver.


Chris Harrison is a content writer and editor from New Caledonia. He is currently managing Oneunionone which is based in North Carolino. Before founding the website, he was a full time editor in New York USA.