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Men's shavers reviews

Extra features can make a shaver easier to use, but don’t always lead to a smoother shave.
 
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01 .Introduction

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We review 14 electric shavers (13 battery and one mains-powered) priced between $35 and $550.

Through our rigorous testing we reveal which shavers:

  • have the best performance for daily and three-day growth shaving
  • offer the best skin protection and comfort
  • are the easiest to use.
On this page you'll find:
Since their first appearance in the 1930s, electric shavers have been an increasingly convenient alternative to blade shaving. Just as disposable razors have an ongoing arms race for features – vibrating heads, multiple blades and more – electric shaver manufacturers are always looking to add new features to their models too. Multiple pivoting shaving heads, a cooling head to soothe the skin, sonic vibration to help lift and capture more hair, and variable levels of shaving intensity are some of the features you’ll find.

Some top-range shavers now come with cleaning stations to automate the maintenance of your shaver and keep it in top condition. These usually work well, but they may require proprietary cleaning solutions or cartridges. For less expense and only a little more effort you can usually clean the shaver yourself under the tap, with a little liquid soap if needed.

Waterproofing is becoming more common, with many models able to be used for wet shaving (even in the shower), which can be more comfortable. Most models on test can be used this way.

Rotary or foil?

  • Rotary shavers use two or three rotating heads to lift and cut the hair.
  • Foil shavers use oscillating blades beneath a perforated foil to cut the hair.

Did you know?

Each shaving method is said to train hair to grow in a particular direction. So if you’re switching from foil to rotary or vice versa, you need to give your face at least a month to adjust. The same is true for when you switch from a manual razor to an electric shaver. 

Models tested

  • Braun CoolTec CT4-s Wet&Dry
  • Braun Series 3 340s-4 Wet&Dry
  • Braun cruZer6 face
  • Panasonic ES-SL41-R
  • Panasonic ES-LV90/K
  • Panasonic ES-LF50K
  • Philips Senso Touch 3D RQ1285CC
  • Philips Senso Touch 3D RQ1250
  • Philips Senso Touch 2D RQ1145
  • Philips AquaTouch Plus AT890
  • Philips AquaTouch AT750
  • Philips PowerTouch Plus PT860 #
  • Remington DualTrack X R3150
  • Remington Titanium-X F7800 

# Discontinued but may be found in some stores.

Models not tested

This is a joint test done with several other consumer organisations, and not all models tested are available in Australia. The list above and the table include all the tested models available in Australia, or the local equivalent of the tested model.

This test included the latest Braun Series 7 model, the 790cc-7 Wet & Dry (aka 799cc-7). We haven’t been able to find out whether this model will be released in Australia or its local price, so it’s not included in the table. The tested Series 5 5030s also isn't available here and is too different to the locally available Series 5 models for the scores to be comparable.

See notes below the table for more details.

How we test

Shaving performance At least 25 trialists assess each shaver for daily shaving and for shaving three-day beard growth. A panel of experts also assesses the shaving results. The trialists consider the closeness of the shave on the face and neck, the ability of the shaver to cut long hairs and single hairs, the pressure needed and the speed of shaving. They also assess skin feeling, i.e. whether the shaver pulls on hairs, produces irritation, redness or cuts. Shavers are also rated for noise and vibration.

Ease of use The trialists assess the shavers for ease of handling, weight, general comfort in the hand, using the controls and using the trimmer. They also assess ease of charging (including the usefulness of the charge/low battery indicators), cleaning and storing the shaver.

Technical tests Charging and running time, water tightness, electrical safety, trimmer flap durability, and overall durability (drop test).

For more information on hair removal, see beauty and personal care.

 
 

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The business of search engines http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/search-engines.aspx

With billions of pages on the internet, the ability to search accurately for information is vital. But there are some factors to consider before your next search.

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Networking and internetFri, 03 Feb 2012 12:03:00 GMT
Sony vs Lenovo first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/Sony-vs-Lenovo-First-Look.aspx

We decided to check out how the latest offerings from Sony and Lenovo compare with their super-famous competitor – and each other.

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Mobile computersWed, 01 Feb 2012 12:38:00 GMT
Consumer Electronics Show http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/consumer-electronics-show-2012.aspx

We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

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Mobile computersWed, 11 Jan 2012 10:49:00 GMT
Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/medion-akoya-laptop-from-aldi.aspx

We get in early to take a sneak peek at the latest Medion Akoya laptop from Aldi, ahead of its release this Saturday.

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Mobile computersMon, 21 Nov 2011 18:46:00 GMT
All-rounder laptop reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/laptops-family-all-rounder.aspx

We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.

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Mobile computersFri, 11 Nov 2011 10:48:00 GMT
HD webcam reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/webcams-hd-review.aspx

Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

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Home officeWed, 09 Nov 2011 10:56:00 GMT
Dell XPS15z first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/dell-xps15z-first-look.aspx

Dell's 15-inch XPS15z laptop exudes an image of professionalism, but how does it perform?

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Mobile computersMon, 17 Oct 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Telstra USB 4G modem first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/telstra-usb-4g-broadband-modem.aspx

Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.

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Networking and internetThu, 13 Oct 2011 14:59:00 GMT
Colour laser multifunction printers http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/colour-laser-mfps-review-and-compare.aspx

We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

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Home officeWed, 24 Aug 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Personal financial software http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/manage-your-money.aspx

Everyone has money concerns, but can personal financial packages help track expenses and manage your budget? We look at some of the online alternatives.

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Networking and internetFri, 19 Aug 2011 09:29:00 GMT
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/asus-eeepad-transformer-first-look.aspx

A dedicated add-on keyboard makes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet more versatile than the average tablet.

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Mobile computersMon, 13 Jun 2011 10:44:00 GMT
Acer Iconia A500 First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/acer-iconia-a500-first-look.aspx

Read our quick review of Acer's 10 inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Competitor to the Apple iPad 2.

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Mobile computersMon, 23 May 2011 11:05:00 GMT
Protect your privacy online http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/protecting-your-privacy.aspx

Privacy violations can lead to more than embarrassment; unsecure personal details leave you open to identity theft.

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Networking and internetMon, 02 May 2011 15:53:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer wins top honours again http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/choice-computer-wins-top-honours.aspx

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Computers and accessoriesThu, 21 Apr 2011 14:50:00 GMT
Build a better browser http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/build-a-better-browser.aspx

All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.

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Networking and internetWed, 13 Apr 2011 14:06:00 GMT
Apple iPad 2 First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/apple-ipad2-first-look.aspx

Read our quick review of the Apple iPad 2, a slimmer, faster and cheaper follow-up to the original.

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Mobile computersMon, 28 Mar 2011 12:43:00 GMT
Cyberclean first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/cyberclean-cleaning-gel.aspx

This cleaning gel claims to remove the grime found in keyboards and other electronic devices.

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Computers and accessoriesMon, 07 Mar 2011 15:32:00 GMT
Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/samsung-galaxy-tab-first-look.aspx

The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is the thin end of the wedge in a fast-growing all-out assault on the Apple iPad.

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Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 13:10:00 GMT
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/viewpad-first-look.aspx

The tablet war hots up, as the ViewPad 7 joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab as rivals to the iPad.

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Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 12:50:00 GMT
Netbooks and small laptop reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/netbooks-review-and-compare.aspx

It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a compact device you can carry everywhere, but with all the features you need at a reasonable price.

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Mobile computersMon, 28 Feb 2011 16:16:00 GMT
Windows shortcut keys http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/shortcut-keys.aspx

This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

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Networking and internetFri, 11 Feb 2011 11:50:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer technology reliability survey 2010 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/pc-monitors-and-speakers/choice-computer-reliability-survey-2010.aspx

Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.

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Computers and accessoriesWed, 24 Nov 2010 14:01:00 GMT
Social networking and the media http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/the-power-of-the-web.aspx

Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

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Networking and internetWed, 20 Oct 2010 11:06:00 GMT
Networking 101 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/networking-accessories/networking-101.aspx

Share data and internet access between all your computers and devices, whether by cable or wireless. These basic principles will help you set up your own.

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Networking and internetFri, 20 Aug 2010 16:36:00 GMT
RSS news feeds http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/rss-news-feeds.aspx

Read our guide to RSS news feeds.

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Networking and internetThu, 19 Aug 2010 15:54:00 GMT
External 2TB hard drives review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/external-2tb-hard-drive.aspx

We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.

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Storage devicesTue, 17 Aug 2010 10:57:00 GMT
ioSafe Solo First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/iosafe-disaster-proof-external-hard-drive-first-look.aspx

It's shock-resistant and designed to withstand real world disasters.

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Storage devicesFri, 30 Jul 2010 14:03:00 GMT
Apple iPad First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/ipad-first-look.aspx

How good is the Apple iPad? Our video tells you what everyday users think of it.

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Mobile computersMon, 31 May 2010 11:46:00 GMT
Net tops and mini PCs review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/net-tops-and-mini-pcs.aspx

Most people can do just fine with the new wave of compact and inexpensive PCs for the desktop.

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Mobile computersMon, 24 May 2010 15:25:00 GMT
Family tree software reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/family-tree-software.aspx

We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.

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Networking and internetFri, 30 Apr 2010 11:35:00 GMT
Budget computer monitor reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/pc-monitors-and-speakers/budget-monitors-review-and-compare.aspx

We tested 16 widescreen displays for performance and ease of use - eight models in the 22-inch class and eight in the 24-inch class.

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Computers and accessoriesMon, 08 Mar 2010 12:30:00 GMT
Computer user groups http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/computer-user-groups.aspx

We might be in the age of the internet, but computer user groups bring people together to learn more about computing and meet new friends.

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Computers and accessoriesWed, 03 Mar 2010 14:00:00 GMT
Colour laser printer reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/colour-laser-printers-review-and-compare.aspx

We bought 10 colour laser printers designed for the home and small office and tested for speed, print quality and their ongoing running costs.

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Home officeTue, 23 Feb 2010 11:17:00 GMT
Internet filter to go ahead http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/internet filter.aspx

A mandatory internet filter is to be introduced, the federal government announced late last year.

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Networking and internetThu, 18 Feb 2010 15:42:00 GMT
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