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Last updated: 06 November 2018

Electric shavers offer a convenient alternative to shaving with a razor. With two types to choose from and many features to boot, they're becoming more and more appealing for male grooming. Our review of mens shavers covers the four big brands for electric shavers – Braun, Panasonic and Philips.

Our buying guide will tell you what features to look out for, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our expert tester conducted in-house testing in the CHOICE labs. We also put each shaver through a user trial to determine ease of use. Our results can tell you which shavers:

  • have the best battery life and charge time
  • leave your skin feeling the best
  • are the easiest to use.
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Foil shavers use oscillating blades under a perforated foil to cut the hair and are available with single, dual or multiple foil heads. Rotary shavers use two or three circular rotating heads to lift and cut the hair.


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