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?
Top 10 best electric shavers 2021 in the UK
Below, we’ve picked the best electric shavers on the market right now for a range of different budgets and requirements.
1. Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Electric Shaver
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.
2. Braun Series 9 9390cc Latest Generation Electric Shaver
Ever a byword for German efficiency, Braun’s top-tier shaver prioritises comfort above all else with a ten-directional swivelling head and two titanium-coated trimmers. That hard-to-reach scruff you just can’t get shot of? It’ll be gone with a couple of flicks of your wrist.
Of course, you’d expect as much given this shaver costs double the price of most other entries on this list. That extra expense shows in its suitably weighty design, added directional flex and microvibrations technology. Since you’re going to be using the Series 9 every other day, why not treat yourself to its added charms?
3. Philips Series 9000 Wet & Dry Men’s Electric Shaver
Back in the world of ‘normal’ blades the Series 9000 is a very good shaver indeed. Especially if you’re the type to shave every other day. Getting shot of stubble is this device’s stock in trade thanks to an eight directional head that aptly complements its rotary head, so you can swivel round your face with relative ease. As opposed to trying to wedge the thing into more tricky positions.
This is the real charm of this Philips: it makes a clean, sharp shave relatively effortless. So there’s less rubbing against a rough patch ad nauseum or spotting you’ve developed a micro-tache in the work bathroom. While the Series 9000’s plastic build isn’t totally luxe, it’s sleek enough with ample grip. Waterproofing and the ability to deliver a full shave in five minutes are also welcome features when you’re in a hurry and want to get groomed quick-sharp.
4. Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver
Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, this cutting-edge electric razor has an “AutoSensing” motor that reads the density of your stubble during shaving.
If you have a coarse beard and haven’t been happy with the performance of regular electric powered shaver, or manual shaving, listed up. The Braun Series 7 is designed to comfortably blitz through stubble in one stroke, no matter your beard thickness.
It achieves this with a combination of three synchronised cutting elements, and powerful internal motor with “Auto Sensing” technology. The middle trimmer lifts those elusive flat-laying hairs, and the double “SensoFoils” cut close, leaving an unprecedented smooth skin finish.
5. Philips Shaver Series 9000 with SkinIQ Technology, Prestige
Thanks to a new blade design and more generously sized foil holes, this can tackle thick stubble – up to a week’s worth, even. And it really works. Where other electrics force you to hack away over and over if you’ve missed a few days, you can pretty much just run this over once, and then look for only a few minor spots that might need a second go.
And the shave it gives you is almost unbelievably close. It really does feel like you’ve used a multi-blade traditional razor. It manages this partly through that new blade design, which pulls the hairs deeper beneath the foil before cutting.
It achieves this with minimal irritation, partly thanks to an anti-friction coating that most of Philips’ other razors don’t include, but you can happily use this one with shaving foam if you require more protection from the whirring blades.
It has three intensity levels, the idea being that the especially sensitive-skinned can keep it lighter. Further upping the Luxe Quotient, Philips 9000 Series Prestige also comes with a wireless Qi charging pad, which you can also juice your phone and other compatible gadgets on.
6. Remington R3000 Style Series R3 Electric Shaver
Featuring an antimicrobial head, this corded shaver aims to reduce sensitivity and irritation. There are no fancy features or accessories – which is what you’d expect at this price – but testers appreciated how intuitive it was to use and clean.
The pop-up trimmer was precise, with testers loving how well it shaped the edges of their moustaches and sideburns. Skin was left looking clean and sleek after use, although it didn’t produce as close a shave as the more expensive models here.
The corded design is great for anyone who forgets to charge their devices but does limit its manoeuvrability. There is a three-day stubble guard for those who prefer a bit of stubble, too.
7. Panasonic ES-RF31-S511 Wet and Dry Electric 4-Blade Shaver
What sells the model first and foremost is that it features a premium shaving system similar to that of top-liner models while being much more affordable than most of them.
The unit consists of four blades that nest under the ultra-thin arc-shaped foil. The blades are made of extremely durable first-class Japanese steel and tailor-ground to remain sharp for longer. Furthermore, they sit at a 30-degree angle, which allows them to lift up and cut shorter hairs.
Meanwhile, the curved foil will make sure the shaving head adapts to your facial contours and smoothly glide over your skin for a maximum close and safe shave. Thus, not only will it effortlessly get into tricky areas but also it will easily tackle any type of beard including dense, thick, and poorly manageable stubble growing in different directions.
To continue, for your ultimate convenience, this model is suitable both for wet shaving with foam or gel and for dry shaving. Whether you need quick morning spruce up or have time for a more thorough wet shave, the Panasonic ES-RF31 will never fail. Besides, the shaver comes with an extendable trimmer to cut your sideburns and tailor your look to perfection.
8. Philips OneBlade Hybrid Stubble Trimmer and Shaver
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 this translates to a quick, comfortable shave. Charge time is eight hours for the QP2520’s NiMH battery, but spend extra on the QP2530 and you’ll get a longer-lasting lithium-ion battery, which charges in half the time.
Our only quibbles with this one are the closeness of the shave and the cost of extra blades – the blades last four months and cost £11 a pop, and the OneBlade technology doesn’t shave as closely as its foil and rotary rivals in this list. Those with particularly sensitive skin will love it, though – we experienced zero stubble rash with the OneBlade.
9. Braun Series 5 5140s Mens Electric Foil Shaver
If the Series 9 is Braun’s no-expense-spared model, then the Series 5 is its no-frills alternative – one that’s lacking in fancy extras, such as a cleaning station and added shaving elements, but still does the basics with minimum fuss.
Its eight-directional head ensures you can trim tough-to-reach spots, while the shaver itself is waterproof and takes only an hour to charge for 50 minutes’ runtime. A solid pick if you’re on a budget and not bothered about the latest mod cons.
10. Philips Series 5000 Wet and Dry Men’s Electric Shaver
Favouring a rotary-style shaving head over a more traditional foil option, this Philips aims to get shot of stray hairs at the first time of asking. The sheer surface area afforded to its blades ensures it usually delivers too.
Given its affordable price tag, it’s tough to fault this shaver’s ergonomic plastic design and diligent work rate. And if you do inevitably find a few neck hairs that simply won’t budge? Do your skin a favour and reach for an old-fashioned wet-shave razor instead of strumming the thing against your face ad infinitum.
How to choose the best electric shaver
Some electric shavers come with a pop-up trimmer that means you don’t have to swap gadgets to complete your grooming regime. You may have to pay a little more for one, but we’ll save you time in front of the mirror, as you won’t have to stop and hunt around for a separate attachment midway through your routine.
- Beard combs: If you want to maintain a beard or other facial hair, look for a shaver that includes a comb attachment to help keep your goatee at the perfect length.
- Waterproof electric shavers: As well as dry use, some cordless electric shavers can be used with gel or shaving foam. The theory is that this gives you the best of both worlds – wet and dry shaving. Some can even be taken into the shower – so you can kill two birds with one stone. But always read the instructions before getting your shaver wet, as not all are suitable for use in this way.
- Charge display: Some top-of-the-range cordless shavers have a digital countdown display that shows you how many minutes of shaving time you have left before you’ll need to recharge it. Other shavers have green or red indicator lights or bars to show you when your shaver is charging, fully charged, how much charge is left and whether the battery needs topping up.
- Quick charge: Many cordless shavers have a quick-charge feature, so you can plug yours in before you hop in the shower and it will be ready for you to have a shave when you come out.
There are a host of extra features to choose from when buying an electric shaver. As well as deciding if you’d prefer a foil or rotary model, you should also consider whether you’ll need a quick-charge function, a beard comb or a model that can be used in the shower. Hopefully, our list above will help you decide which one is the best electric shaver for you.