Helen Stringer

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2018 Best Electric Razor

Feb 092018


Not all guys shave every day. Not their faces. Some men barely shave in any way. Having tried all these versions, it is really very tough to distinguish between the most expensive, 'flagship' versions. However, for general quality of shave in a non-crazy price, I would personally recommend the older flagship Braun Series 9 version 9095CC (there's a bewildering variety of variants). If you really need the best electric shaver, go for the recent Braun flagship, the Series 9 'Titanium' version 9296CC. A large jump up in cutting capability, although it's a major leap up in cost.

That is because, despite decades of product development, and billions invested in research, they have really only recently begun to crack it, and even then, only on the flagship apparatus from each of the half dozen brands which dominate the sector. This is especially true if you do not shave every day -- you would be better off using a chainsaw or mad dog to get rid of three-day growth than a more affordable electric razor.

The fantastic thing about electric razors is that there is not actually a 'correct' method of using them, unlike bladed razors, but if you suffer aggravation easily, a wet and dry version could prove a blessing. You may use them with running water or shaving lotion.
A whole lot of shavers come with cleaning and charging stations. Please be aware that to use these correctly means you'll have to purchase replacement cartridges for cleaning fluid, FOREVER. You'll also have to change the blade cartridge each year or so.
Okay, you can spend another #100 and find the 'finest in the world' Titanium version of this Braun Series 9. But in my view, this is significantly better value for money, offering similar shaving especially when used every day.


Braun was mentioned in its glory days for producing perfect combinations of function and form, using cutting-edge design methods.
Now I am not saying Dieter Rams would always be upset by the design of the, however, while its performance is difficult to argue with, aesthetically the 9 Series is rather lacking. It feels and looks plasticky, and how it slots into its cleaning and charging base isn't very satisfying.
The 50-minute battery lifetime, from only a one-hour charge, is also amazing.

Philips' Series 9000 uses an entirely different technician to the Braun 9 Series, to accomplish a near identical outcome.
It is a wet and dry shaver, using the exact same battery life as the Braun, and likewise great shaving power. Like the 9 Series, it provides a clearly superior cut, in contrast to preceding generation/cheaper shavers. And again, it is not exactly cheap, but it's reasonably priced.
The blade head glides so easily through the dermis it feels as though it is not doing anything; there is almost no snagging of the skin and no bothersome hair snatches. This version comes with no cleaning station, but you can get one with too, naturally.
The sole reason why the Series 9000 is beneath the Braun 9 Series is the latter handles longer expansion better and I just happen to prefer foil shavers to rotary ones. They're practically indistinguishable concerning performance. Deploying an entirely ridiculous collection of five blades, this is just another moist--and-dry winner. This is particularly true when you've got a couple of days of growth.


More to the point, overall shaving operation was quite good indeed. I felt like the majority of it made the Panasonic less enjoyable to use, but I am quite certain you would get used to it, if it had been your only shaver, instead of you had been analyzing half a dozen of those buggers.

I don't know if it is only the blades which were enhanced, or if other areas of the spec have been bumped, but whatever the technicalities of it, this shaves better than anything else on appropriate, three-day expansion, even though you do have to work somewhat harder on that.
I'd assume most guys going this high-end on a shaver likely shave daily, and for them, this might be one of these fantasy purchases. It could 'shave' a moment and a little bit of irritation off the beginning of each day, and marginal gains can have big consequences.
My personal quibble is that the cheaper Braun, Phillips, and Panasonic, though poor, aren't a million miles off concerning functionality, leaving the Titanium Series 9 feeling as an unnecessary luxury.

If you have the money, or the cost dips for Black Friday or alternative sales/deals/promotions, I still recommend that you get one.
A somewhat old-fashioned design in mind, this is short and stubby and made to be pushed sideways into your beard as opposed to upwards. It is somewhat reminiscent of an upgraded version of this electrical razors of the 1950s. Given its low cost, this Remington isn't a poor actor by any means, especially if you shave daily.  It is also, if Amazon reviews are any indicator, an extremely popular choice amongst the bald community, using its easily-gripped form making for comfortable and efficient head shaving. Another cheaper model with a novelty spin, the CT2 really has an electro-mechanical ceramic cooling system strip built into it.

Now, while this technology is actually amazing, I'm not sure it really results in the shave being any better, but if you suffer really poor skin irritation because of heat, it might be worth a try.



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