The best electric shavers will help you to achieve exactly the look you want, whether that’s a smooth shave or a five o’clock shadow.
The problem is that it can be a bit of a minefield picking the right electric shaver for you. Firstly, there’s the question of price: how much do you need to spend to get something that does a decent job? As well as that, there are also plenty of different features to consider. Do you prefer foil or rotary blades? Do you need a model you can use in the shower? How about a detail trimmer for tidying up your sideburns afterwards?
Below, we’ve picked the best electric shavers on the market right now for a range of different budgets and requirements. If you’re still undecided after checking out our picks, you’ll also find a handy buying guide at the end of this article.
Best electric shavers: At a glance
The best electric shavers to buy
1. Braun Series 3 3040s: The best affordable electric shaver
Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon
This affordable foil shaver uses three independently floating elements to adapt to the contours of your face. It can be used in the shower for a wet or dry shave and, best of all, one hour of charging promises up to a whole week’s worth of shaving.
There are no fancy extras: you only get a charging cord and plastic foil guard. Shaving performance isn’t up there with pricier models such as the Braun Series 7, either – you’ll need to do a few passes for a close shave – but cleaning is easy and the results are good for the money. Another slight annoyance is the sensitivity of the power button, which means even the slightest brush can turn it off in the middle of a shave. If you can live with that, though, this is a great shaver at a keen price.
Key specs – Battery type: Rechargeable NiMH; Battery life: 45 minutes; Charging time: 1 hour; Waterproof: Yes, IPX7-rated
£49.99 Buy now
2. Remington Style R4: Best budget rotary shaver
Price: £30 | Buy now from Amazon
If you’ve got thicker facial hair or you’re lazy about shaving, Remington’s Style R4 is the best of the budget rotary shavers. The specs are surprisingly high for the money, with a rechargeable battery, three heads and a pop-up trimmer, and the dual-track blades and flexing cutters work to give you a decent shave, even in tricky areas like the neck or under the jaw.
We’re not so impressed by the 3-day stubble styler – a plastic attachment that doubles as a cover. It pulled at thicker hairs painfully and struggled with a longer beard. Meanwhile, the long charging time and low-ish battery life could leave you out of power when you need it most. If you shave fairly regularly, this is a solid, well-designed shaver – though the R5 is even better for not a lot more cash.
Key specs – Battery type: Rechargeable NiMH; Battery life: 40 minutes; Charging time: 16 hours; Waterproof? No
£34.79 Buy now
3. Philips OneBlade QP2520/30: The best electric shaver for sensitive skin
Price: £30 | Buy now from John Lewis
This Philips OneBlade looks like a fancy traditional razor, but thanks to the bundled stubble combs it’s as at home trimming beards as it is giving a close shave. The OneBlade shaving technology oscillates 200 times per second and thi