mens electric razors, here's what to know

Top-notch electric razors are a grooming splurge for the special men in your life—dads, husbands, boyfriends, best friends and the like—but so worth it. A good electric razor can run you anywhere from $30-$200, but finding a great one can be worth its weight in gold. There are 3 basics you should consider before choosing the perfect model for your favorite guy.

  • Foil or rotary (we’ll explain this below)
  • Wet or dry
  • Personalization for his skin type

Foil or rotary

There are two kinds of electric shaver. There is the foil type, which has floating linear blades that shave up and down and left to right, and the rotary type, which has three or four round heads that shave in a circular motion.

Foil shavers have a reputation for giving a closer shave and sparing sensitive skin from irritation and razor bumps. They also work best on curly facial hair. Rotary shavers are said to allow for a quicker shave once you get the hang of it. Both have their benefits, but for a safe bet, and to leave room to experiment with a new product, you can try an interchangeable razor with both rotary and foil attachments that you can easily click in and out.

Wet or dry

Both foil and rotary shavers come in wet and dry models. If your guy likes to lather up, consider a shaver that offers the best of both like the Braun Series 3 Wet Dry, which features twin foil blades that work with foams and gels, and a precise dry tool to trim mustaches and beards. The Philips Norelco Senso Touch is simple and effective, promising a super close shave even without the cream, and is cordless which minimizes fuss.

Personalize it for his routine

Shaving is different for every man. It takes a while to nail down the perfect ritual that yields the desired result. When selecting a shaver, you want to be sure to choose one that complements the process that works the best.

You can simply ask what he likes, or if you want to surprise him, take a peek in his bathroom and check out his equipment. Choose something that is similar to or is advertised to work better than what he has based the same shaver type, foil or rotary. It will usually take about three weeks of trying out a new product to get the feel of how the skin responds.

The final word

Whatever shaver you choose, be sure to maintain it well so it will last. A clean razor is a happy razor. If the razor does not come with a small cleaning brush, buying one is super affordable and worth the cost.

When making your choice, also check how often the blades should be replaced and how much that costs. Keep an eye out for razors that come with built in cleaning systems to save some time for a guy that is on the go. Electric shaving is also all about the power, so a charger with automatic shut off is a bonus. When it’s all said and done, treating him to a steaming hot towel is a delicious finish to any shaving experience.

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