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10 best electric shavers for men

Stamp out stubble rash and face fuzz and hunt down the best electric shaver to give the man in your life. 

By Louise Baty | Last updated Jan 13, 2022

man and young son laughing with shaving foam on faces

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your other half or a shaving solution for a teenager who’s sprouted some face fluff, it can be hard to know which style and brand of electric shaver to choose.

There’s nothing wrong with a straightforward razor and foam, but shaving mishaps are less likely with electric shavers as they tend to be easier to handle. Most electric shavers can be used wet (with foam or gel) or dry and you can choose between foil blades or spinning rotary blades. 

Shaving with an electric razor also tends to be quicker and doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the bathroom over a sink (although whoever is doing the shaving needs to clear up after themselves wherever they are, of course). 

Some folk reckon that electric shaving doesn’t give as close a shave as a wet shave with a traditional razor but it’s all down to personal choice. 

Many parents go electric when it comes to buying a first shaver for their children. As these wise Mumsnetters advise:

“Just got mine an electric shaver when he started to get beardy. I did ask him whether he  wanted to grow a beard before I bought it. Answer was a resounding 'No!’. Main reason to choose electric is that they’re less likely to cut their face to ribbons.” veryvery

“Another for the electric shaver camp. My teens have used them from the beginning as do all their mates. No faffing and no creams needed. No cuts. No worries about blunt blades. Just recharge and you're off. Plus you don't need a man around for a demo!” Mustgetonwithit

We’re all for equal opportunities so it’s no surprise to hear that Mumsnetters also love using men’s shavers for keeping their legs and other bits fuzz-free. As Mumsnetter Ava5 said on our forums: Had I discovered mens' electric shavers earlier, it would've saved me years of grief due to struggling with nasty hair removal methods.”

Here are our top 10 electric shavers for men for 2022.

1. Best overall electric shaver: Philips Series 5000 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver

philips series 5000 electric shaver

Price: £79.99 | Buy now from Argos

“My DS was 14 when he started getting facial hair. I bought him a Philips electric shaver. I wouldn't trust him not to cut his face to pieces with blades.” Itsagrandoldteam

Philips is a trusted name in personal care gadgets so it's no surprise that one of their latest offerings has topped our list. It ticks every box that we can come up with, making it the best electric shaver we’ve found. 

Fully waterproof, the Philips Series 5000 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver can be used dry, wet and even in the shower. It charges at the speed of light thanks to the powerful lithium-ion battery, meaning it will come to the rescue on hectic, last-minute mornings and a five-minute charge will grant you one shave. To get it fully charged, you only need to charge it for an hour. 

Philips’ clever SkinIQ technology apparently cuts more hair per stroke because the shaver head adapts to the density of your hair. A pop-up precision trimmer tackles moustaches and sideburns. 

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Super quick charging

Cons 

  • More of an investment buy

Specs

  • Battery life: 40 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: Yes

2. Best budget electric shaver: Remington Style R4

Remingto Style R4 electric shaver

Price: £29.99 | Buy now from Amazon

This cordless, rechargeable electric rotary razor offers great value for money. There’s a rechargeable battery, three heads and a pop-up trimmer, including flexing cutters and dual-track blades.

Reviewers say the Remington Style R4 works well in difficult-to-reach areas and is also a good option for use on thicker, wiry hair. 

The main drawback is the really long charging time. It takes 16 hours to fully recharge the battery so is no good for disorganised or impatient types. It’s efficient enough for daily use though and won’t leave you out of pocket in the process. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Cordless and dry shaving only 

Cons 

  • Long charging time

Specs

  • Battery life: 40 minutes
  • Charging time: 16 hour
  • Waterproof: No

3. Best electric foil shaver: Panasonic Wet & Dry Dual Blade Electric Razor

Panasonic Dual Blade Electric Razor

Price: £18.99 | Buy now from Amazon

At under £20, this electric wet and dry shaver is excellent value. Foil blades are generally considered to be more gentle on sensitive skin so it’s a good choice as a first electric razor. 

The Panasonic Dual Blade Electric Razor offers floating blades, and a pivoting head to follow facial contours and provide a quicker closer shave. It’s fully waterproof, making it suitable for wet and dry shaving, and it can also be used with foam or gel. 

There’s also a pop-up trimmer for sideburns and taches. It plugs into a two-pin bathroom plug for charging.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Wet and dry shaving

Cons 

  • Long charging time
  • Specs
  • Battery life: n/a
  • Charging time: 12 hours
  • Waterproof: Yes

4. Best electric shaver for sensitive skin: Philips OneBlade QP2520/30 Hybrid Stubble Trimmer & Shaver

Philips OneBlade electric shaver

Price: £54.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“DS uses the Philips OneBlade. I think it would be almost impossible to cut himself with it, it has no sharp edges at all.” Juicyfrooty

Versatility is key with this electric shaver. It may only have one blade but, as it comes with a selection of handy stubble combs, it can cope with close shaves or beard trims. It’s water-resistant rather than waterproof but can be used dry or wet and cleaned without any bother. 

Reviewers praise the Philips OneBlade for achieving a quick, comfortable shave. This electric shaver is great for sensitive skin and unlikely to cause painful stubble rash, making it ideal as a first electric shaver for teens. 

Be warned: the NiMH battery takes a long time to charge - eight hours - so it will need to be plugged in the night before use. Blades last up to four months and extra blades tend to be expensive to buy but, with this exclusive Amazon bundle, you’ll get a handy second blade included.

Pros

  • Choice of beard trimmers
  • Extra blade included

Cons 

  • Relatively long charging time
  • Specs
  • Battery life: 45 minutes
  • Charging time: 8 hours
  • Waterproof: No, water-resistant

5. Best electric shaver under £50: Philips Shaver Series 1000 (Model S1332/41)

philips series 1000 electric shaver

Price: £34.99 | Buy now from Amazon

"My 16 and 12-year-old boys both use a Philips electric razor. They were around £50 each on sale on Amazon. Much less faff than wet shaving for them.” Lara53

Yes, it’s another Philips. The Philips Shaver Series 1000 (model S1332/41) is one of their more basic rotary blade models but it has plenty of useful features. 

Using 27 precision-engineered PowerCut Blades, 4D flex heads and floating head movements to adapt to facial contours, there’s also a pop-up Philips beard trimmer.

The ergonomic, non-slip rubber handle makes it easier to hold and one hour of charging is needed for a full charge of up to 45 minutes of cordless use. For a quick, last-minute shave, simply charge it for five minutes. However, as it’s only water-resistant, not waterproof, it won’t survive being drenched in the shower.

Pros

  • Quick to charge
  • Affordable yet high-specs

Cons

  • Water-resistant not waterproof

Specs

  • Battery life: 45 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: No, water-resistant

6. Best electric shaver for everyday use: Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s

braun series 3 electric shaver

Price: £49.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“DS1 is 16 and has a Braun Series 3 which seems to do the job. DH has shown him how to have a 'proper' shave but he hates it so sticks with the electric shaver for the most part.” BearSoFair

Affordable and easy to use, the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s  waterproof foil shaver can be taken into the shower. It also uses three independently floating elements to adapt to facial contours. 

Reviving the rechargeable battery is straightforward - one hour of charging gives up to a week’s worth of shaving, while a speedy five-minute charge is enough for one quick shave. The results are reliably good and it’s easy to clean too. 

Reviewers say that the power button can be easily flicked off mid-shave, which could get a trifle annoying, but overall this is a brilliant electric shaver for the money. It also comes with a charging cord and plastic foil guard. 

Pros

  • Easy and quick recharging time
  • Waterproof

Cons 

  • Power button is overly sensitive

Specs

  • Battery life: 45 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: Yes, IPX7-rated

7. Best electric shaver for your head: Skull Shaver Pitbull Silver PRO

pitbull electric shaver pro

Price: £99.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“Pitbull Skull Shaver - like an electric shaver shaped especially for heads. Less risky than a hand razor.” OpthalmosVerde

Great for unconventional types, the Pitbull Skull Shaver is a different kind of electric shaver. Easier to grip in the hand than more traditional electric shavers, the four-head Carver PRO rotary blades not only keeps a shaved bonce looking neat, they can also be used for close facial shaves. 

The Pitbull Silver PRO is 100% water-resistant, making it suitable for shower use, and gives fast results - Skull Shaver claims that it can smooth all those hard to reach areas in 90 seconds.

 It can also be used for dry shaving, with the LCD battery display indicating when it needs charging to avoid nasty surprises. 

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Versatile - can be used on head and face

Cons 

  • Expensive

Specs

  • Battery life: 30 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: 100% water-resistant 

8. Best electric shaver under £200: Philips Series 9000 S9711/31

philips series 9000 electric shaver

Price: £159.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I treated him to a good one (>£200, think its Philips maybe Braun - the one with the 3 floating circular heads.” BrokenWing

If you want to splurge on a quality electric shaver, the Philips Series 9000 S9711/31 is bursting with high spec details including V-Track PRO precision blades, ContourDetect heads, a beard trimmer and a travel pouch.

The Aquatec Wet and Dry seal means it can be used dry, wet or in the shower and it’s also possible to tailor the settings for the closest, most comfortable shave. An hour of charging gives 50 minutes of shaving.

Our favourite feature is the SmartClean Plus Clean and Charge system which cleans, lubricates, dries and charges the shaver ready for its next use. 

Pros

  • Can be used in the shower
  • Hygienic SmartClean Plus system

Cons 

  • Not quite as close a shave as some shavers
  • Specs
  • Battery life: 90 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: Yes, Aquatec Wet & Dry seal

9. Best wet and dry electric shaver: Wahl Lifeproof Shaver

wahl lifeproof electric shaver

Price: £34.66 | Buy now from Amazon

“[Recommendation for a first razor for a teenage boy?] The Wahl Lifeproof Shaver.” needthisthread

Let’s be honest, most of us aren’t at our best first thing in the morning, but the Wahl Lifeproof Shaver claims to be ‘practically indestructible’ so if it’s dropped, then no worries at all. It’s waterproof up to one metre and can be used in the shower with shaving foam or gel or dry.

The charging abilities on this funky-looking bit of kit are really impressive too. The lithium-ion batteries will last for 90 minutes after a 60-minute charge. A five-minute charge gives a five-minute shave.

Reviewers say that it won’t achieve quite as close a finish as some electric shavers but at least it will survive 6am mishaps in style, even if a clumsy teen is involved.

Pros

  • Very hard-wearing
  • Long-lasting battery life and super quick charge

Cons 

  • Not quite as close a shave as some shavers

Specs

  • Battery life: 90 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: Yes, to 1 metre

10. Best electric shaver for pubic area: Panasonic ER-GB80 Wet & Dry Electric Beard, Hair and Body Trimmer

Panasonic wet and dry shaver

Price: From £43.90 | Buy now from Amazon

“He gives it a trim now and then. I don't like the idea of completely shaved but then I don't like it on myself either.” LettuceP

It’s all very well keeping your facial hair neatly trimmed but what about everywhere else? When it comes to men and the pruning of their body hair, some Mumsnetters report that their partners are all for it, while others wouldn’t dream of going south with a razor. 

Obviously, it’s down to personal choice but if the man in your life wants to trim their privates, they could do a lot worse than the Panasonic ER-GB80 multi-groomer. 

There are three attachments which cover beard and body ‘manscaping’. The body care attachment trims delicate areas including underarms, shoulders, legs and groin to a neat 1.5 mm.

It can be used with the cord or cordless for wet use and it’s also water-resistant making it easy to clean. To fully charge, plug it into a two-pin bathroom socket for an hour. This will keep it running for an impressive 50 minutes.  

Pros

  • Ideal for body hair and beards
  • Can be used with cord or cordless

Cons 

  • May be too bulky for some

Specs

  • Battery life: 50 minutes
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Waterproof: No, water-resistant

Do I need an electric shaver?

While many blokes manage just fine with a no-frills disposable razor and shaving foam combo, pitfalls of traditional wet shaving include cuts and scrapes if they’re not quite sure what they’re doing. Electric shavers tend to be quicker and cuts are less likely. 

Which is better - a rotary or foil electric shaver? 

To decide which type of electric shaver is best for your requirements, it’s important to understand how the different types work.

A foil shaver is made of a thin metal foil covering a cutting blade. The foil glides over facial contours and the blade cuts stubble as it pokes through the foil. 

Foil shavers are kinder on easily irritated skin as they’re less likely to cause razor burn - they’re a sensible option as a first electric shaver. They’re also suited to shorter beard hair which requires regular trimming. 

A rotary shaver has three or more rotating heads which move in a circular motion, with cutters spinning below the heads to cut through hair. Rotating shavers are adept at moving over the contours of the face and can also handle difficult to reach areas around the nose and chin. 

They generally suit slightly longer stubble, tougher skin and medium to coarse beard density. For that reason, they’re better for older men rather than teens with soft skin who aren’t used to shaving.

How do I choose the best electric shaver?

Here are some considerations when it comes to choosing the best electric shaver:

Brand

Choosing a reputable brand is always the sensible option when it comes to shaving because skin can be so easily irritated and damaged. Braun is the market leader for foil shavers while Philips scores consistently highly in rotary shavers. All the electric shavers we’ve featured on our list are rigorously tested and from well-known brands.

Foil or rotary 

We’ve explained the differences between these two types of blades higher up but, generally speaking, foil shavers are more suitable for sensitive, younger skin and shorter stubble while rotary shavers work well on longer stubble, thicker hair and tougher, older skin that’s more used to shaving.

Cordless or mains-powered 

All ‘wet and dry’ electric razors are cordless shavers, which means they’re powered by a rechargeable battery. Cordless may be easier to use, as the person shaving doesn’t have to hover near a plug during use. However, they need to be charged before use, which means forward planning is required. That said, many of the shavers on our list will provide one quick shave if they’re charged for five minutes. Some models can be used either while plugged in or cordless which is useful if they need to be used in a hurry. Mains only shavers aren’t rechargeable and need to be plugged in to work but these tend to be very basic models. None of the electric shavers on our list are mains only.

Charging time

On manic mornings when speed is of the essence, no one wants to be hanging around for their electric shaver to charge. Some of the electric shavers on our list take a while to rejuvenate - the Remington Style R4, for instance, takes 16 hours to fully charge. However, many others take around an hour to reach full charge and can then provide around 45 minutes of shaving. Some electric shavers, such as the Philips Shaver Series 1000 (model S1332/41) will have enough power for a quick shave after just five minutes of charging.

Extra attachments 

Additional combs and pop-up beard trimmers can handle different lengths and types of facial hair including goatees and sideburns.

Waterproof or water-resistant

Some electric shavers can be used wet (with foam or gel) or dry. Some electric shavers are 100% waterproof and can be used in the shower - ideal for busy mornings. Always read the instructions before use.

Charge display

Some cordless shavers have a digital countdown display, indicating how much shaving time is left before recharging is required.

Do I need to clean an electric shaver?

It’s really important to regularly clean an electric shaver to prevent all the parts from getting clogged up with hair clippings, skin particles and shaving foam or gel, which could stop them working properly. 

Whether you have a foil shaver or a rotary shaver, take off the casing holding in the foils or rotary blades and tap out any stray hair clippings. 

Some shavers can be washed under running water to remove debris but check the manufacturer’s guide before doing this.

What is the best men's electric shaver? 

The best overall electric shaver is Philips Series 5000 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver as it offers loads of great features and can be used dry, wet and even in the shower as well as charging in super quick time. 

The best budget rotary electric shaver is Remington Style R4 - cordless and rechargeable electric razor, it has some great features for the price. 

The best electric foil shaver Panasonic Dual Blade Electric Razor which  offers excellent value and is gentle on sensitive skin, making it an ideal first electric razor. 

How we chose our recommendations

Our suggestions for electric shavers for men came from recommendations on the Mumsnet forums and from consumer reviews on the web. We consulted independent review sites including Which? for opinions about products to ensure we were bringing you an honest summary of electric shavers.

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