How to Choose A Electric Razor

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Choose from a rotary or foil electric razor.
Choose from a rotary or foil electric razor. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Electric razors are available in both foil or rotary cutting styles. A rotary electric razor has multiple blades that rotate to cut facial hair. A foil electric razor has one blade that moves from in a sideways motion. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

Set a price range because electric razors range from as little as $20 to hundreds of dollars. A cheaper brand name razor such as Braun will work just as well as an expensive shaver with extra features.

Determine if you want a foil or rotary shaver. Because hair tends to get caught in the blades of a rotary razor, men with loose skin or heavy beards typically have a better experience with foil shavers. Many rotary razors are flexible, making it easier to reach hair at difficult angles.

Consider how you want the razor to operate. A corded shaver means you'll be tethered to an electrical outlet when you shave. A rechargeable battery razor allows you to shave anywhere. Investigate charging options when choosing a razor. Some models offer a quick-charge option for shorter shaves. Also, compare how long the different models take to reach a full charge.

Buy a waterproof razor if you like to shave in the shower. Also, electric razors are available as wet, dry or both. Use a wet shaver with shaving gel. Some models work either with shaving gel or without.

Tips & Warnings

  • Electric shavers can make a great Christmas or birthday gift.
  • When buying a electric shaver as a gift always send a gift receipt.
  • It takes about 30 days for a man to get accustomed to a razor, so look for products that offer at least a 30 to 60 day guarantee.
  • If noise bothers you or the gift recipient remember to check reviews for noise level. Rotary electric shavers are known for how quiet they are.

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