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The 6 Best Electric Shavers of 2022

If you’re looking for a new electric shaver, or are converting from bare razors and beard trimmers, then here are your best bets.

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Many men maintain a beard or short stubble, if only to forever avoid an actual shave (myself included). But who can blame us? There are lots of risks that come with a razor, like irritation, bumps, nicks, and ingrowns. For this reason, it feels safer and smarter to use a reliable beard trimmer and maintain some semblance of stubble. But even that gets old. What if we want to showcase our shaved faces, minus all those risks of razors? Or, what about trimming parts of the beard, but shaving the rest —like keeping a clean neck line, or maintaining just a mustache? That’s where the electric shaver comes in.

Now, not all electric shavers are going to give you an ultra smooth, bump-free finish. But the best ones will. They have thin foil heads or rotary caps that protect your skin from their sharp blades, and the best electric shavers of late utilize things like smart design, portability, battery charge time and retention, waterproofing, wet/dry duality, LED display, warranty, trimming extensions. These are the factors we considered in naming our favorite electric shavers of the year, in addition to the precision and power with which they actually perform. So, if you’re looking for a new electric shaver, or are converting from bare razors and beard trimmers, then here are your best bets. They may not all suit you, but that’s because we all have specific needs when it comes to a device.

The Best Electric Shavers for Men

Pick the one that accommodates your needs (frequent traveler, hygienic obsessive, shower shaver, etc), and you’ll be set.


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    Best Basic Foil Shaver
    17220 Pro Foil Lithium Plus Foil Shaver
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    Andis

    • Low cost for what is arguably the best barbershop device brand
    • Each cutter has its own power source, allowing maximum oomph along both bars

    • Shortest warranty on this list

    This durable copper-shelled shaver is the gold standard in barbershops. It delivers nick-free neckline and stubble cleanups with maximum speed and precision, with minimum noise and resistance. Its staggered foil heads suit the contours of your cranial geometry, and you’ll get a replacement foil and cover with your order.

    Top Feature: Staggered foil heads for an ergo-minded shave
    Charge Time:
    2 hours
    Charge Lasts: 80 minutes
    Warranty:
    1 year

    Best Self-Cleaning Shaver
    Arc5 Electric Razor
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    Panasonic

    • The most hygienic option (if not inherently high-maintenance due to the routine upkeep)
    • Mows through the thickest, most ingrown-prone hair

    • It’s an investment at $170, but for the power and hygiene benefits, it’s money well spent

    Panasonic’s Arc5 shaver is a powerhouse as a standalone device: It has a flexible 5-blade head, with ultra-thin hypoallergenic foil, wet-dry duality, plus an ergo-grip body, retractable trimmer and LED display. It also has a shave sensor that gauges facial hair density and boosts or lessens power accordingly. But it stands on more than just those impressive details: The Arc5 comes with a 2-in-1 cleaning-charging station; just push the foil head into the station (after adding cleaning solution), and it disinfects the shaver while also lubricating the blades.

    Top Features: 5 blades generate 70,000 cross cuts per minute; docking station for charging and cleaning
    Charge Time:
    1 hour
    Charge Lasts:
    40 minutes
    Warranty:
    2 years

    Best Electric Shaver for Travel
    MobileShave M-90 Travel Shaver
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    Braun

    • Extremely close shave relative to all competition, despite the device’s simplicity
    • Great low-cost introductory or infrequent shaver for first timers and rarely bare-faced guys

    • Needing batteries — hey, at least you can remove them and leave it in your checked luggage
    • The singular foil head isn’t as quick or adaptive as multi-foil heads, but the point here is portability for a weekend shave, not high-powered grit for your sink ledge

    Whether you’re cleaning up on a red eye before a business meeting, or just minding your whiskers at the gym, Braun’s tote-able shaver is an excellent companion. It comes with an auto-lock swivel cap, and is safe to rinse under the faucet. Its catch-all foil head competes well against brawnier models (pun intended), and it also has a retractable side trimmer for any detailing around the edges.

    Top Feature: Auto-lock swivel cap cover protects foil head during transit
    Charge Time:
    2 AA batteries (one set included)
    Charge Lasts:
    1 hour
    Warranty:
    2 years

    Best Electric Body Shaver
    Bodygroom Series 7000
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    • Head pivots four directions to navigate the body’s many unique angles
    • The 5-year warranty makes for a good investment (at a reasonable cost, too)

    • Self-administered back shaves are possible but still not easy

    If you sprout any hairs from the neck down, then you’re going to need a body groomer. And if you want any mix of smoothness and fuzziness, then you’ll want a dedicated device that caters to both lengths. Though Philips Norelco’s in fact caters to 6 lengths in all, between the smooth shaver and 5 possible trimming sizes on the adjustable guard (3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 mm). Use it wet or dry, and relish that bent, ergo-friendly grip that comfortably navigates the contours and angles of your entire frame.

    Top Features: Dual ends (trimmer and shaver) allow for a customizable result.Rounded teeth prevent razor nicks and cuts in delicate areas.
    Charge Time:
    1 hour
    Charge Lasts:
    80 minutes
    Warranty:
    5 years

    Best Electric Shower Shaver
    Lifeproof Lithium Ion Foil Shaver
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    Wahl

    • A wet/dry shaver that feels like it was actually designed for wet shaves
    • Durable device for travel, too
    • The 5-year warranty makes for a good investment (at a reasonable cost, too)

    • Despite being waterproof, it isn’t as effective as a wet (as in, shaving cream) shaver

    If you made a list of the features you’d want in an electric shaver, Wahl’s would check most of the boxes. Of course there’s the wet/dry functionality to start, but it also has an ergo rubber grip to ensure you won’t drop the shaver on your shower floor, as well as a shock-proof case to prevent damage in the event that you do accidentally drop it. On top of those shower-proof bennies, it has an LED charge display, and can generate a 5-minute shave on a 1-minute charge; flexible foil heads move to each contour; a stainless-steel retractable shaver pops up from the rear; an travel-lock prevents it from turning on in your gym bag... the list goes on.


    Top Feature:
    Shower-friendly design (rubber grip + waterproof)
    Charge Time:
    1 hour
    Charge Lasts:
    90 minutes
    Warranty:
    5 years

    Best Rotary Shaver
    Hyperflex Advanced Rotary Shaver
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    Remington

    • Practically guides itself because of its flexing, tilting head
    • Totally waterproof for fast, look-free shower shave

    • Poorest charge time-to-run time ration on this list—but 2:1 is still more than generous to work with

    Like any of our favorite foil shavers, Remington’s rotary shaver runs wet and dry, has a long-lasting lithium battery and flexes to the contours of your face, jaw, and neck — and this aptly named one flexes even more thanks to its tilt-able head. (Though, as is the universal case for rotary, it rounds those curves smoothly.) You can switch on its turbo mode for heavy-duty chopping, which is a benefit for anyone with thick, unruly stubble. Note, though, that bump- and ingrown-prone shavers should always opt for a foil shaver — so this one (and any rotary shaver) is probably not for you. (Rotary shavers can “pull” hair up as they cut, which then allows the hair to contract inside the skin after it relaxes.)

    Top Features: Turbo mode for cutting especially thick, wiry hair. Tilting, flexible head allows for maximum range of motion and contour navigation.
    Charge Time:
    2 hours
    Charge Lasts:
    1 hour
    Warranty:
    2 years

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