We spent nine weeks testing ten of the top-rated electricshavers on the market.
We chose our top 10 by consultingshaver-centric blogs and articles from respectedpublications like Consumer Reports and user reviews fromAmazon.
After having our resident shaving gurus testeach of our finalists, we crowned the Panasonic Arc3ruler of the electric shaving kingdom.
♪ [music] ♪Although the Arc3 is the most basic model of Panasonicshavers, it gives an exceptionally close shave.
This shaver is also quiet and doesn't have a buzzy motor soundlike some of its competitors.
♪ [music] ♪Here's a list of our top electric shavers.
As previously mentioned, the best shave was thePanasonic Arc3.
The best for sensitive skin, the BraunSeries 7.
The best budget shaver, the Braun Series 3.
And finally, the best rotary shaver, the Philips 4500.
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To help you choose the electric razor that's right for you,let's begin by explaining the difference between foil androtary shavers.
Rather than using a single line of scissorblades like hair clippers, electric shavers have a holefilled foil of metals that can press safely against your skinwhile a blade inside cuts the hair that poke through.
Foil-type shavers use a half cylinder foil with a setof hoop-shaped blades inside.
These blades buzz back andforth while the foil protects your skin.
Rotary-type shavershave two or three circular foils with blades running underneaththem like little propellers.
These spinning blades arequieter and move more quickly than the blades in a foil type,but they cut in a flat plane.
Which type is right for you?Well, there's no hard and fast rule.
Most agree thatrotary-type shavers work well for some people with thickerhair that grows in different directions.
Foil-type shavers are far more popular and tend to be betterfor those sensitive skin, straight hair, and anyone whodemands precise shaving.
Let's talk about how we tested our 10 best electric shavers.
First, our two resident shaving enthusiasts tested each shaverfor the closeness of the shave.
This was done by testing whichdesigns could get rid of the stubble left by others.
Next, our testers rated the comfort of shaving with each ofour finalists.
From our testing, we came to the conclusion thatthe more expensive shaves cut more efficiently.
Meaning,you don't have to press the shaver into your skin as much.
Less pressing means less irritation and redness.
With the exception of the Andis ProFoil, all of ourfinalists were able to work wet.
So we tested them with water andshaving cream to see how they performed during a wet shave.
While some glided more smoothly using this method, others simplysnowplowed shaving cream around.
We also tested how these electric shavers performed on aheavy growth left after a four-day weekend.
These rankings were based on two factors.
One, whether the shaver was able to get through the thick stubblefor a close shave, and two, whether when faced with athicker growth, there was a painful pulling sensation.
Next, we ranked each of our finalists on how easy they wereto clean.
We were surprised to find that the high-end cleaningstands did not save us much time or effort.
Each cleaning standinsisted that a rinse was necessary before beginningthe cleaning cycle.
After we got the hang of using liquid handsoap and water to clean the shavers, we didn't really seethe need for an extra cleaning step.
Lastly, we then tested thebattery life of each shaver by seeing how long it tookfor the battery to completely wear down.
♪ [music] ♪Now let's get to our top pick, the Panasonic Arc3.
The Arc3 is the most basic Panasonic model.
It features two foils at a center trimming bar likemost foil type shavers.
This shaver's secret weapon is itsmotor, which is fast, powerful, and quiet.
We prefer the smoothwind of the Panasonic to the runaway sewing machine soundmade by the Braun Series 5.
All three of the Panasonic electric shavers we testedtied for closest shave out of our finalists.
They'll neverbeat the closeness of a blade and lather, but are great forelectric shavers.
While its big brothers, the Arc4 and Arc5,have more foils and can cover more ground in a hurry, the Arc3offers just as close a shave for a better price.
Unlike competitors which snowplow shaving creamaround your face, this razor pairs well with good shavingcream if you want to upgrade your shaving routine.
Cleaningthe Arc3 is easy as well even without a pricey cleaning stand.
Just hold down the power button for two seconds to activatePanasonic's unique sonic vibration cleaning mode to helprinse and dry its blades more thoroughly.
All that said, there is room for improvement.
The Arc3's cheap velour travel case was a bit of a letdown,especially considering the healthy $80 price.
We were impressed that Panasonic included travel lock mode toprevent your electric shaver from going off in your luggage,but the mechanical lock on the older Panasonic'swas easier to use.
♪ [music] ♪If you're looking for a softer shave, our best shaverfor sensitive skin was the Braun Series 7.
While our sensitive skin tester complained that the PanasonicArc3 felt a little scratchy, the Braun Series 7 offereda gentle, whirring caress.
However, you will have tocome up with another $80 for this kind of luxury.
The Braun's battery was the best we tested, running for anincredible 155 minutes.
That also means your battery willhave a longer lifespan than other brands in the comingyears.
While we thought Braun's pop-up trimmer was lacking,this shaver felt well-made and came with a nice hard-shelltravel case.
You really don't want to lose this case as theBraun has no travel lock to save you from those awkwardbuzzing luggage situations at the airport.
This shaver, as well as the Braun Series 5, are sold asCC versions.
This means they come with a cleaning andcharging stand.
We didn't think the cleaning stand was totallynecessary, but solo models of this shaver are hard to findand often not much cheaper.
Our testers found that the Series 7was the most comfortable shave of our finalists.
If you don't like the feel of a blade shave or havesensitive skin, the Braun is your best choice.
♪ [music] ♪If you're on a budget, we recommend checking out ourbest budget electric shaver, the Braun Series 3.
We testedfour shavers that were around $50, and the Series 3 was thebest shave of these budget options.
The biggest distinctionbetween the Series 3 and more expensive models was itsperformance on long stubble.
This shaver was a bit painfulwhen shaving four-day growth.
If you don't have sensitive skin,you may be fine with it, but if you like to go days withoutshaving, we think the Series 7 or Panasonic shavers are wellworth the extra coin.
This compact shaver comes with ablade cover that acts as a button lock, so it could easilybe stashed in a gym bag or a glove compartment.
Overall, we appreciate the simplicity of the Series 3'sdesign.
The Series 3 does not give a very close shave.
While a little stubble may return by the end of the day,this is a good money saving option.
♪ [music] ♪While most people will get a better shave from a foil-typerazor than a rotary-type, if you specifically want arotary shaver, we recommend the Philips 4500.
Rotary shavers work best for those who have flat-lying hairin a spiraling pattern.
However, our testers were unhappy withrotary shaver's maneuverability and performance on long stubble.
One tester even wondered if the rotary shavers were broken.
We tested two rotaries, the Philips 4500 and Phillips 8900.
One detail that pushes the 4500 over its big brother is thetrimmer attachment.
The 8900 requires you to physicallyswap out trimmer heads while the 4500 uses a pop-up trimmerlike most other shavers.
This way, you won't everaccidentally leave your shaver or trimmer at home.
Overall, the 4500 has just as many strengths as the 8900and is cheaper.
If you don't like rotary shavers,don't bother trying the 4500.
However, our tester who likedrotary shavers thought the 4500 was worth the price.
♪ [music] ♪Those are our top electric shavers.
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