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Are electric shavers worth the money?

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I've been using Gillette razor blades for most of my life, and never really thought about an electric shaver let alone used one till now that I've seen a few on sale which have peaked my interest. …
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
I've been using Gillette razor blades for most of my life, and never really thought about an electric shaver let alone used one till now that I've seen a few on sale which have peaked my interest.

I shave every other day usually, sometimes daily during working weeks, so I'm just wondering if an electric shaver is more convenient, efficient, produces better results, or quicker, or if it's just an option some people prefer.

I've never really had problems with a manual razor, very few cuts etc, and it doesn't take too long to get a decent shave. So my question here is more aimed at people who've experienced both manual and electric alot. Why did you go electric?

I notice some electric shavers are much more expensive than overs, e.g. ones that are £100-£150, so do the higher quality ones in this bracket make a good difference?

Thanks for any answers.
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Electric is never as good as a blade even if you spend £100's. I have a Philips Shaver Series 9000 which is currently £200 on amazon but I rarely use it for that reason
banned#2
don't bother with the £200 ones, they use the same heads as cheaper models and the extra features don't justify the higher price or give a better shave

your skin will take 1-2 weeks to get used to an electric shaver so don't get put off if you get a slight rash

I went electric because its much more convenient and you don't have to constantly keep buying disposable razors
#3
Possibly more convenient, but I can only recommend a decent double edge safety razor. Better results and cheaper. The cost of an electric shaver would pay for my blades for years.
#4
Bo0td
Possibly more convenient, but I can only recommend a decent double edge safety razor. Better results and cheaper. The cost of an electric shaver would pay for my blades for years.


This, plus certainly with the higher end Philishave electric shavers it's recommended that you replace the shaving head every 2 years, so that's an extra £40 every other year. Then there's cleaning solution etc if you opt for a cleaning system, with Philips that comes in at £5 a month. I use mine for on the go convenience, but get better results from Gillette.
banned#5
IndianaBlues
Bo0td
Possibly more convenient, but I can only recommend a decent double edge safety razor. Better results and cheaper. The cost of an electric shaver would pay for my blades for years.

This, plus certainly with the higher end Philishave electric shavers it's recommended that you replace the shaving head every 2 years, so that's an extra £40 every other year. Then there's cleaning solution etc if you opt for a cleaning system, with Philips that comes in at £5 a month. I use mine for on the go convenience, but get better results from Gillette.

Of course they recommended it as they make more money that way, I've had 4 Philishaves in the last 20 odd years and never needed to buy new heads, cleaning them take less than a minute brushing them out with the usually supplied brush, no need for cleaning solutions
#6
With electric shavers they must be used daily, otherwise they struggle with long stubble. Having used various Philips electric shavers over the years the only issues is the occasional rash, and persistent occasional strand of hair that requires plucking. Of course you may need a second shave later in the afternoon (if you like the clean shaven look). The product normally lasts five to ten years, although you can increase the longevity through buying new heads.

If you're going to purchase an electric shaver start with a basic mid-range version (usually £40) that usually can be powered by mains and battery this way it's portable and if the charge is low simply plug it into the mains. Most Philips, Braun and Remington shavers are fifty percent off their retail price at this time of year.

A few words of warning. Make sure it's nearly fully charged, otherwise the speed of rotation starts to slow (normally 4/5 the charge). Secondly many people complain that the quality and standard of the electric shavers have declined since the manufacturing have moved to China.

Edited By: nemesiz on Dec 30, 2014 07:16
#7
Consider a beard trimmer that goes down to zero if they're on sale. Really good to clean you up quick, especially if you've not shaved for a day. My partner has used his for over a year now n ditched the razors. Gives him a close enough shave but may not be as close as you like. So check that out
#8
I've had a Panasonic one for about five years, cost £100. It's a linear drive so no loss of power no matter how low the battery is. haven't replaced the head, still get a close shave. :-)
#9
Depends on your type of beard. Mine is quite tuff, I just don't get that nice close shave with an electric, I've been on the blades for years.
#10
Yes
#11
the Gadget show did a test recently, check out the results on their website.
#12
Gillette the best a Han can get
#13
bo84gle
Gillette the best a Han can get
man lol
#14
Difficult to beat the closeness of a blade and the ability to go against the grain, if required.
#15
I bought an Electric Razor a couple of years ago and it had a money back guarantee so a risk free trial. Can't remember which one it was but it was about £120 so wasn't a cheapie. I have very course facial hair and it just didn't work for me, to many hairs missed and I looked awful! Certainly nowhere near as close as a wet shave and left far too man hairs for my liking.

Since then I have now moved onto a beard trimmer, whilst not as close (obviously) it doesn't give me any issues with Razor rash, burn, cuts etc.

If you can get one with a money back guarantee give it a go, you'll never know until you try it as everyone is different.
#16
I use both electric and traditional blade. Imo a closer shave with traditional but with my trusty old Philips f1 which is quite a few yrs old now it comes very close. Last year I bought me and my son a Braun series 4 and found that although the reviews were very good we didn't rate them at all, lots of hairs missed and a very course shave. There are some cheap ones on Amazon with good reviews although a whopping 8hr charge time, but it is a Philips and if anywhere near as good as my old one it would be well worth the money.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-AquaTouch-AT899-16-Waterproof/dp/B00DI3J0HA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419933149&sr=8-2&keywords=philips+electric+shavers
Hope this helps.
#17
Get a wet and dry electric shaver for a close shave.
#18
agree with above comments
Nothing like a wet shave, even after spending £150+ on supposedly the best electric

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