- Electric razors cost more than disposable razors, but they provide smooth shaves and last longer.
- Braun’s Series 7 7085cc is our top pick because it’s versatile and effective at shaving or trimming.
- We also recommend picks for affordable, high-end, professional electric razors, and more.
Shaving isn’t as simple or easy as brushing your teeth. All beards aren’t the same, and when you factor in the many styles of facial hair people prefer, there is no single tool or technique that works for everyone. While traditional manual razors are usually great for full, clean shaves on people with straight hair, they’re not of much use beyond that. That’s where electric razors come in.
For some people, using an electric razor instead of a manual razor means fewer nicks, cuts, and no razor bumps to follow. For others, the choice to use an electric razor simply comes down to speed and convenience since they can be used wet or dry, with or without shaving cream. Wherever you fall in the spectrum of shaving expectations, there’s definitely an electric razor out there that can meet or exceed all of your grooming needs.
We thoroughly test and reviewed all of the best electric razors for most people’s needs, below. We’ve also broken down the differences between foil and rotary shavers, which can help you determine the style that’s best for your intended use and hair/skin types. You can find the explanation below, just under our top choices for electric razors.
Here are the best electric razors you can buy in 2021:
The Braun Series 7 is able to “read” the density of your beard, automatically adjusting its power to give you the closest shave ever.
Pros: Waterproof, automatically adjusts to different beard densities, contours to face well, comes with accurate trimmer tool, self-cleaning model
Cons: None to speak of
The Braun Series 7 (7085cc) replaces the older Braun Series 7 (7895cc) as our best overall pick because of its dependability and a few key improvements. Like the previous generation, the Series 7 (7085cc) features Braun’s AutoSense technology, which reads the density of your beard and automatically adjusts its power to provide a clean shave in one pass.
The biggest improvement in the design is the new 360° Flex Head shaver that contours to the curves of your face and neck. Using the new Series 7 (7085cc) feels effortless, even in hard-to-shave areas like your Adam’s apple or jawline.
The new model (7085cc) also has a detachable trimmer that goes in place of the shaver, unlike the previous model (7895cc) which featured a slide-out trimmer on the front of the device. With the new design, the trimmer tool is placed at the top of the device, so you can see exactly what you’re doing. If you’re having a hard time visualizing the difference between the two designs, see the side-by-side comparison here.
With 50 minutes of continuous shave time, the Braun Series 7 (7085cc) typically lasts three weeks on one charge — and when it does die, you can get enough battery power for a single shave with a 5-minute quick charge.
Just like previous models, the Series 7 (7085cc) is also entirely waterproof, so you can bring it in the shower, use it with water and shaving cream, or rinse it off in the sink when you’re done. — Amir Ismael
The 7071cc is the same as the 7085cc, except it doesn’t include extra length guard attachments.
The best affordable electric razor
The Remington F5-5800 has just enough features to make it a smart, budget-friendly choice.
Pros: Low price for a foil style shaver, small size and comfortable handle, includes a pop-up trimmer for close grooming work, foils on the shaver will tilt back and forth to match your face
Cons: Doesn’t have the longevity of other electric razors, will not work with foam or gel, may develop sharp edges over time, limited motion compared to other razors
Electric shavers can be expensive, especially foil-style shavers, but Remington consistently offers models with good performance, at the affordable end of the market. The Remington F5-5800 is one of the better razors available for such a low price. It certainly has some drawbacks, but it will give you a decent level of performance, considering what you’re paying.
The F5-5800 has a nicely contoured handle that makes it comfortable to use. Meanwhile, the head on this electric razor is just the right size to reach hard-to-shave areas, such as just below the nose. Keep in mind, though, that the Remington F5-5800 does not allow for wet shaves, and it won’t work with shaving foam or gel.
The rechargeable battery on the Remington F5-5800 is reliable, and the handle of the razor contains a series of LEDs that indicate the current charge level, which is convenient.
Many people like to use the F5-5800 as a travel razor or as a second razor at the office, because of its small size and low price.
One problem many Amazon reviewers mentioned is the failing of the foil screens on the razor after several months. This can expose sharp edges on the F5-5800 that could cause nicks and cuts while shaving. — Kyle Schurman
The best high-end electric razor
The Braun Series 9 offers all of the latest features found in an electric razor to make it more comfortable to use, while also yielding a close shave.
Pros: Flexible 10-direction pivoting head, five different cutting areas for close shaves, titanium-coated parts make it hygienic and rust-proof, good for trimming various types of hair, large shaving head to complete the job faster
Cons: None to speak of
The Braun Series 9 (9370cc) electric foil shaver is an upgrade to both Series 7 and older Series 9 Braun shavers with the latest design features. Although you’ll pay extra for these features, the 9370cc is well worth the money.
The cutting head consists of five separate parts — two OptiFoil shavers, a lift and cut trimmer, a direct and cut trimmer, and a protective skin guard. Together, the system provides a smooth and close shave, whether your hairs lay flat, stand up, or grow in an odd direction.
If you weren’t a fan of electric razors with pivoting heads in the past because they didn’t fit the contours of your face well, you don’t have to worry about that issue with the 9370cc. Braun includes a 10-direction pivoting head that provides all the flexibility you’ll need. You’ll also have to ability to lock it in place if you find a specific angle that works for you.
With 20% more battery power than the previous model, you’ll get a full hour of shaving time on just one charge. Considering you’ll only need to shave for a few minutes each time, you can get nearly a month of daily use on a single charge — or much longer if you don’t shave often. And if it does die, you can get enough power for a full shave from a five-minute quick charge.
As one final advantage over its predecessors, the 9370cc has one of the largest heads found on an electric shaver, allowing you to finish shaving a bit more quickly than with other electric razors. This Braun razor will work in wet or dry conditions, and you can use it with shaving foam or gel.
As a self-cleaning model, the Braun Series 9 comes bundled with a Clean and Charge station and one Clean and Renew cartridge, which contains a solution designed to clean and lubricate the shaver head before each use. Simply dock it in the station with the head facing down, press the power button, and it’ll clean itself, so you don’t have to. — Amir Ismael
The best electric razor for coarse hair
The Bevel Trimmer is designed to cut and trim hair without irritating skin and it can be used by at-home groomers and professional barbers alike.
Pros: Can be used wired or wireless, easy to adjust the blade, good for sharp lines, optional T-liner blade available separately, the rechargeable battery is replaceable
Cons: Can’t be used underwater
If you have coarse or curly hair, you’ve probably struggled to find products that make grooming comfortable. While most razors focus on getting the absolute closest cut possible, that’s also usually the first step to unattractive, painful, or itchy razor bumps. Luckily, the Bevel Trimmer solves that.
Founded in 2013, Walker and Company (Bevel‘s parent company) was created by Tristan Walker to cater to the grooming needs of people with coarse or curly hair. While that most directly applies to people of color, the brand’s products are generally great for anyone who has sensitive skin.
Rather than using multiple blades that either cut hair below the surface of the skin or snag and pull on hair, the Bevel Trimmer uses an adjustable blade to cut hair to the same level of the skin.
The Bevel Trimmer is extremely precise and sharp, and a small mechanism inside gives you the ability to adjust the blade. This is a nice feature because most trimmers (even the professional ones used by barbers, including the Andis T-Outliner included in this list) require a screwdriver to make adjustments. — Amir Ismael
The best professional razor
The professional-grade Andis T-Outliner is perfect for those who buzz cut their heads and barbers who need close-cutting accuracy.
Pros: Professional, affordable, dry shaving, phasing, great for full head shaving, lasts years
Cons: Needs oiling, which involves removing screws, not cordless
If you shave your full head multiple times a week and you’re sick of paying the barbershop to get it done, you may want to pick up the professional-grade Andis T-Outliner. This electric razor is used in many barbershops, and people who shave their full head swear by it. You can also use it for trimming your neck, beard, mustache, and hairline.
The Andis T-Outliner trimmer uses a close-cutting T-shaped blade that’s perfect for full head shaving, fades, and designs. Andis sells a cordless version, but the one we reviewed has a heavy-duty 8-foot cord, so even though it’s corded, you’ll still have plenty of room to move.
The trimmer’s carbon-steel blades are specially hardened so that they last longer than your average blade. The blades are fairly easy and inexpensive to replace, though, so when the time comes, it’s an easy swap.
You do have to oil it often to keep it running smoothly, and every now and then it’ll need a full tune-up. That does require unscrewing some small screws to oil the insides, but you won’t have to do this regularly.
Our tester has used this trimmer for 12 years, and he uses it at least twice a week to fully shave his head. It has worked like a charm for all these years, and he fully expects it to continue to do so. He’s also only had to replace the blade and open it up for oiling once in all that time. — Malarie Gokey
The best body trimmer
The Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 closely and comfortably trims body hair without the risk of nicks and cuts.
Pros: Safe to use on sensitive areas, comes with several length guards, waterproof
Cons: Not multifuncitional
If you’re searching for an electric razor or trimmer, chances are you’re looking for something intended for your body, rather than your face. Even if you own a good beard trimmer, it’s not a good idea to use it on your face.
At $70, the Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 might seem expensive, but it’s well worth it if you’re using it specifically for trimming body hair. The trimmer features SkinSafe technology that prevents you from uncomfortable snags or cuts, while still providing a close shave all over your body, especially below the belt.
Anyone who has trimmed their groin area knows how catastrophic having an unsteady hand or using too much pressure can be. With the Lawn Mower 3.0, it’s virtually impossible to make a mistake. After using it a few times very cautiously, I became more comfortable and trusted the SkinSafe technology more. You’d have to really dig this into your skin to come close to cutting yourself.
The trimmer head is small for accurately trimming in tight areas and comes with four guards, so you can decide how much of your hair you trim. It’s also fully waterproof, so you can use it in the shower or rinse it off in the sink without the risk of damage.
The best electric trimmer for styling
The Andis Slimline Pro‘s compact design and powerful motor and make it ideal for sharp and precise detail trimming.
Pros: Perfect size for precise and detailed trimming, titanium body won’t rust, comes with several length guards
Cons: Not waterproof
Not everyone is looking for a smooth, skin-close shave, and that’s where detail-oriented grooming tools come into play. For some people, their grooming regimen calls for slightly trimming length off their facial hair and creating sharp lines along the mustache, beard, and neckline.
While some electric razors come with a trimming attachment, the Andis Slimline Pro’s design is fully dedicated to trimming. As a professional-grade tool, it can outperform any trimmer attachment and it’s simple enough to use at home.
The trimmer has a slim profile and weighs only 4 ounces, making it easy to control and hold in-hand. Despite its small size, it has a single-speed motor that delivers an impressive 6,000 cutting strokes per minute. It comes with four comb guard attachments, a charging stand, blade oil, and a cleaning brush.
I have some facial hair and like to maintain clean lines in between trips to the barber. Although I own other electric razors, the Andis Slimline Pro is my tool of choice because of its accuracy. Most trimmer attachments on electric razors feel like an afterthought, and can be hard to control.
What else we’ve considered
The Panasonic Arc5 was previously our choice for the best razor for coarse hair, but I recently removed it. While the brand has put research and development into cutting thick and curly hairy, the overall design is very similar to other foil shavers/razors. You’ll find contouring and pivoting blade heads, a powerful motor, and different power settings on most any similar razor worth having.
The Bevel Trimmer, which is arguably more similar to the Andis T-Outliner, is a better choice for anyone who has coarse hair and specifically wants to avoid razor bumps — a common issue while shaving or trimming. You won’t be able to use the Bevel Trimmer in the shower or run it underwater, though.
However, if you must have a wet and dry razor, the Panasonic Arc5 would be a better choice. I’ve used it on my neck and face and it’s pretty good. I got a few razor bumps here and there, but it was far less egregious than other trimmers.
When you think of electric razors, grooming tools with a motor and an oscillating blade usually come to mind first. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor doesn’t have either of those attributes, but it is a razor and it technically is electric.
Coming in the form of a more traditional multi-blade razor, it features five blades for a close shave, FlexDisc technology to contour to your face and neck, and most notably, an Intelligent Heat Control System. Located directly underneath the five-blade system is a warming bar that delivers the sensation of a hot towel in every stroke of the blade.
Wet shaving with traditional razors is not my preferred way to groom my facial hair, but I thoroughly enjoyed using the GilletteLabs Heated Razor. The heat feels amazing. I didn’t include it on this list because if you already use traditional multi-blade razors, chances are you’re content with your more affordable blades and you’re not specifically looking for an electric version. At $200, the GilletteLabs Heated Razor isn’t cheap, but it’s a wonderful gift or item to splurge on for anyone that likes wet shaving with traditional razors. You can read my full review here.
While the Andis Profoil Lithium Plus can be used at home, it’s something you’d probably find in a barbershop along with a professional barber’s other grooming tools. If you’re looking for a multi-functional grooming tool, this isn’t the right choice for you. But if you need a strong and dependable razor with one setting for a close shave, you’ll find this to be an extremely useful and cost-effective option. I always pay close attention to the tools barber uses and I’ve gotten extremely close fades and shave with the Andis Profoil Plus and I got equally good results at home during my own testing. The only reason this doesn’t make the list is that it doesn’t have multiple functions, which most people grooming at home really want.
Cleaning, maintenance, and care FAQs
We talked with professional barber Sydney Shlakman of Hairrari Hair Salon in Brooklyn, New York about some care and maintenance tips for your grooming tools.
We’ve also answered other frequently asked questions pertaining to grooming tools.
What is the difference between foil and rotary razors?
- Foil: The foil electric shaver contains oscillating blades that move back and forth at high speeds. These blades are covered with guards that lift hair for cutting and that protect the skin. A foil razor will often have a few separate cutting blades that flex independently to match the contours of your face. However, because a foil head has a rectangular shape, it might not match your face as well as a rotary razor.
- Rotary: The rotary razor has round blades that spin. You’ll receive protection from the spinning rotary blades with a slotted guard that sits atop the blades and helps to lift the hairs so they’re easier to cut. The heads flex in multiple directions, giving you a close shave by hugging the contours of your face. However, rotary heads are more difficult to clean after shaving versus the foil shaver.
How often should I clean my razor or trimmer?
“You should clean your tools after every use,” Shlakman told Insider. “It’s important to maintain clean grooming tools to make sure your tools are working properly and do not build up bacteria or rust.”
What is the best way to clean grooming tools?
“The best way to clean your grooming tools is by using a barber bristle brush to brush the hair off of your tools and also using a blade cleaning spray,” said Shlakman. “I like using Andis Cool Care Plus to clean and lubricate my blades. You want to brush the hair off first and then spray the cleaning spray.”
Some shavers like the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 come with a clean and charge base that will clean it automatically. If your device doesn’t have a cleaning system, you should remove the blade, brush or rinse out excess hair, sanitize it, and re-oil your blade before the next use.
Why do I need to oil my blade?
Without oil, razors — whether foil, rotary, or a combination of both — can generate a lot of friction and heat. When a blade gets hot without proper lubrication, it will underperform and will eventually rust and warp. You won’t get as close of a shave, you’ll be more prone to nicks and cuts, and you’ll have to replace your blades more often.
What kind of oil can I use on my blades?
Most electric razors and trimmers come with oil, but should you run out, you can use a variety of oils to keep your blades lubricated. A few drops of olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil, or even your favorite beard oil can get the job done. You’ll want to avoid products that definitely don’t belong on your face like motor oil or WD-4o.
Can I use the same electric razor for my face and my body?
While some electric trimmers can adequately be used anywhere, it’s recommended that you use separate blades for your face and body. The bacteria on your face thrives in dry areas with oxygen and bacteria on your groin area thrive in moist environments. Potentially mixing the two by using the same blade everywhere can cause irritations and breakouts.
If you already have a grooming tool you like for your face, it’s a good idea to buy a separate tool dedicated to body grooming.
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