4 Electrical Males’s Razors Reviewed: Braun Collection 9, Panasonic, Philips Norelco, Remington SmartEdge

Beards are all the trend proper now, however for the baby-faced, facial hair simply seems to be flawed. Images of my misguided mid-’90s goatee again this up. However simply because you may want a hairless chin doesn’t suggest you need hassle of shaving with a razor. Answer: The electrical razor, Jacob Schick’s 1923 invention and the morning savior of many a lazy man.

I’ve used electrics solely for greater than a decade. Whereas the core expertise hasn’t modified a lot in that point, the merchandise have. With extra subtle slicing parts, LCD readouts, and—best of all—countertop stations that cost the razor and clear it with replaceable tubs of alcohol-based resolution, an electrical is extra handy than ever.

I checked out 4 high-end electrics that comprise the majority of the market. This is, ahem, the thrill.

Braun Collection 9 9295cc

Braun’s foil shavers have been the luxe providing within the electrical razor world for years, and the Collection 9 ($325) is the corporate’s high of the road. This can be a basic foil shaver that depends on a skinny piece of perforated metallic; hairs get caught within the tiny holes and lopped off by vibrating blades beneath.

Foil shavers historically required dry shaving (so facial hair sticks up extra), however most new fashions just like the Collection 9 go each methods, thanks primarily to a pair of trimmers between the 2 foil parts that carry hairs mendacity flat in opposition to the pores and skin. (Improved waterproofing helps too.) That stated, bone-dry pores and skin makes the shaver significantly more practical. Whereas my outcomes with moist shaving had been simply so-so, with dry pores and skin the Collection 9 gave me the closest shave within the least period of time.

Controls are easy. Other than the facility button, a swap (that you’ll by no means ever use) allows you to lock the pinnacle in place fairly than letting it pivot freely. An LED signifies the battery and cleanliness stage, however since you will stow it within the cleansing/charging station every day, it is not a lot use both. As with all Brauns, the cleansing system makes a sustained ruckus.

If you wish to spend a bit much less, the Braun Collection 7 ($230 and up) presents a much less subtle trimmer between the foils and an LCD show as a substitute of the LED, however offers roughly the identical consequence for those who’re prepared to spend a couple of additional seconds. Both approach, you will pay about $80 for substitute foils, which you will want each 18 months.
Score: 8/10

Panasonic ES-LV6N-A

Panasonic takes a direct shot at Braun, providing the ES-LV6N-A for a whopping $350—with no charging/cleansing station included.

The razor seems to be and feels lots just like the Braun Collection 9, the first distinction being that the pinnacle swivels in two dimensions as a substitute of simply backwards and forwards. Just like the Collection 9, it additionally contains a swap to lock the pinnacle place, and a small show indicating battery and cleanliness standing.

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General, I noticed excellent outcomes, roughly on par with the Braun. The added swivel did not make a lot of a distinction; in actual fact, I discovered the outsized shave head a little bit onerous to maneuver in tight spots. As with the Braun, this razor tends to be significantly simpler to make use of when shaving dry. On the plus facet, the Panasonic options the perfect pop-up trimmer of the razors I reviewed.

Whereas it is a completely succesful shaver, the dearth of a charging/cleansing station is an actual buzzkill. To scrub the Panasonic, you place cleaning soap and water on the shave head, run it for some time, then disassemble the factor to rinse and dry. Charging means plugging it right into a dangling wire, all of which clutters your lavatory counter and provides appreciable time to your morning ablutions. For $350, Panasonic ought to present a butler to care for that stuff.
Score: 7/10

Philips Norelco Shaver S9721

At present, Philips Norelco is the first maker of rotary shavers, which embody three blade-studded wheels that spin to lop off stubble. It has been years since I used a rotary, and I used to be shocked to search out that the expertise works significantly better than I remembered (or anticipated). Whereas shaving with the Norelco S9721 ($250) did require added effort and time, the outcomes had been on par with the Braun.

The razor presents three “consolation settings” that primarily dictate how briskly the blades spin. Nevertheless, I could not get a lot going with something aside from the quickest setting. Use can use this razor moist or dry, and whereas the moist technique is considerably messier, I discovered it simpler to get a easy movement going—instructions dictate swirling the Norelco round your face in a sequence of small circles—on moist pores and skin. The unhealthy information: After a number of days of use, I seen vital razor burn on my neck.

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The Norelco consists of all of the, er, trimmings, together with a charging/cleansing station, clipper, and carrying case. Sadly, the clipper is a separate attachment, requiring you to yank off the shaver head to make use of it, additional slowing you down. I discovered the cleansing system comparatively quiet (although for some purpose it beeps incessantly), however the cleansing cycle takes over 4 hours, and there isn’t any readout to point how soiled the blades are. Blades final about 12 months and run $40.

Drawbacks apart, rotaries may match higher than a foil for some. Sadly, there’s in all probability no good approach to discover out aside from to offer one a strive.
Score: 6/10

Remington SmartEdge XF8700

Remington makes all kinds of shavers with foil and rotary designs, all of them focused on the finances shopper. At $130, the XF8700, a moist/dry shaver, is the costliest mannequin, with substitute heads costing simply $30. Whereas it is ostensibly a hybrid of foil and rotary tech, in reality the shaver is actually an entry-level foil mannequin.

As you may anticipate, you do not get many frills. There is not any charging or cleansing station, although Remington features a chintzy plastic stand, which is greater than Panasonic presents. The shaving head swivels in a single dimension, however it’s not sufficient to make any actual distinction, and dealing with the XF8700 requires loads of heavy maneuvering.

Moist or dry, the shaver simply did not get as shut as any of the opponents, and it is louder than the others, too. Finally, it is one thing you may take into account for a child who should trim his youth-stache as soon as per week. For severe work most males in all probability would favor an improve.

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