ES-LA93K Arc 4 – Best Budget Foil Shaver
Although significantly cheaper than the top-tier, no-holds-barred Arc 5 option, this model offers the same motor, but with 4 cutting blades. Groom+Style may not be able to call this the Rolls Royce Model, but it is definitely a luxury shaver of class and esteem in its own right.
The ES-LA93K is a quadruple-bladed electric shaver with an extra fast 14,000 CPM motor that delivers a quick, efficient and close shave, without hair pulling or irritation. Getting a clean, close shave with this device is an effortless process that any man is sure to enjoy. It comes with sophisticated Slit Foil technology that allows it to catch longer hairs and cut them short in an equal manner with shorter ones.
This Panasonic shaver comes with an automatic charging and cleaning dock that takes the need to manually wash it out of your hands, ensuring a clean and fresh-scented shave every time. Despite its high-speed motor, this is a surprisingly quiet, wet and dry shaver.
3. Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shavers
Earlier we spoke of two types of men, the electric razor guy, and the manual razor guy. Dedicated users of electric shavers know there are two sub-groups among their number: those who prefer foil shavers and those who swear by rotary razors.
For the latter group, the Norelco Series 9000 shavers (or series 8000 shavers detailed below) are head and shoulders above the competition.
This shaver is definitely not your father’s shaver. To start with, it has an unusual body shape featuring a nicely-contoured grip, making it supremely comfortable to maneuver the razor around your face and offers a closer shave than almost anything else that you can find.
The shaver head is elevated above the body where the three rotary blades can pivot, flex and tilt much easier than on a traditional shaver – Philips achieves this with what they call their 8-direction ContourDetectHeads. The cutting heads have 3 layers of grooves, which are smartly-designed and nicely-positioned to be able to get all of the different types of hair which grow on a man’s face, from stubble to long, stubborn strands which have been untouched for a while. There’s also a dual-blade “Super Lift & Cut Action” system built into the heads, which are perfect for the neck and jaw where stubborn hairs usually require multiple passes.
In Groom+Stlye’s opinion, the Norelco Series 9000 shaver provides the closest shave of any rotary shaver currently on the market. Does it compare with the closeness of a manual shaver? Probably not, especially if you have a very thick beard which grows quickly. Does it compare with our top-ranked foil shavers? We think it’s very, very close.
One of the benefits of this rotary shaver over foil razors is that the pressure distribution around the face, due to the pivoting 3 heads, is largely equalized, which can minimize irritation and inflammation when shaving.
The Norelco Series 9000 shaver, includes the SmartClean system which washes, lubricates and dries the razor at the same time it’s being charged.
The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D models have been rebranded by Philips as the Norelco Series 8000 shavers (8900, 8800, 8700 etc). Before, the Series 9000 shavers came along the 1250X/42 was Groom+Style’s preferred rotary model from Philips. If it was not for the fact that the retail price of the 1250X/42 is actually higher than the newer 9000 Series S9311/84 models (and effectively the same as the S9721/84 model), it would probably still be at the top of the list of preferred rotary shavers.
The performance differences between the newer Series 9000 models and the Series 8000 (1250X/42 models) are negligible. The key difference seems to be that the technology has been renamed (see below). This might be a good thing as it indicates that other than replacing the shaver heads (which you should do every year) you will not need to replace the actual core shaver for many years to come.
4. Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System
The Braun Cool Tec shaver is the first to ever integrate an aluminum “cooling bar”, designed to lessen the effect we all know as razor burn – the burning and irritation some men get even by quality shavers.
The bar is meant to reduce moisture and lessen tension in the skin in order to help deliver a smooth shave, and then furthermore to cool the skin to soothe any irritation which does occur.
There are three cutting elements on the CoolTec, two which move independently to give as close a shave as possible; it’s not quite as close as the more expensive Braun Series 9 the review team placed at the top of our rankings, but that’s one of the trade-offs you have to make for the lower price. There is one important thing to note about this Braun model; while it is nominally a wet/dry unit, you cannot use it with shaving foams, gels or lotions.
The CoolTec also comes with a clean and renew station that cleanses and lubricates the shaver as it charges – the only slight negative for some users is that when the razor is cleaned, it has a slight lemon scent the next time you use it.
5. Remington F5-5800 Rechargeable Foil Shaver
There are plenty of men (we’d guess it’s the majority) who don’t want to spend a lot of money on their electric razor – they want a good shave for a low price. Our suggestion for that large group is this Remington shaver.
The F5-5800 delivers the closest shave you can find with an inexpensive electric razor, primarily because of the “intercept trimmer” between the two foils which grabs longer hairs and trims them down to the level of the rest of the stubble on your face, to then be cleaned up by the blades.
The foils are also allowed to float independently, so they can move along the contour of the face easily.
6. Braun ProSkin 3040s [and Braun 3 Series 340S-4 (380S-4)] Budget Foil Shavers
Note: Focus on the Braun 3040s (the older 340s has escalated in price for some reason).
As with all their shavers, Braun recently gave the series 3 a facelift and renamed them – so the 340S has become the Pro Skin 3040. The shave is effectively the same but with a different look.
These seven shavers represent the very best available and will provide excellent shaving results. Any man who is looking for a top rated electric shaver that offers the highest in quality, comfort and closeness can utilize the information in this review, combining it with his personal preferences, to make an accurate purchasing decision.
For example, Braun made it to the Top position and is the best shaver for the man who wants a premium foil shaver, with all the latest innovations. The Braun Series 9 might be a good fit if you are attracted to a list of the top 10 best luxury watches.
However, this might not be your requirement, and if you have sensitive skin, then the Braun Cooltech would be ideal. If you are on a budget then consider the Remington F5-5800 or Braun Series 3 shavers. So knowledge of Groom+Styles’ reports combined with a common sense approach to your situation will help you make the right choice.
Dilemma Of Black Men- Are There Any Best Electric Razors for Us?
Finding the right electric shaver for your skin can be difficult. In fact, for most people, finding an electric shaver is a process of trial and error, even if their skin isn’t particularly sensitive and their hair is neither curly or course. The needs of Black hair and skin up the ante, as your skin is more sensitive, and your hair is curlier and coarser than most. Because of this, finding an electric shaver that doesn’t irritate or promote ingrown hairs can seem like an impossibility. Worry not, though, we’ve collected four of the best electric shavers for Black hair and skin for your comfort. Simply put, Groom+Style have done the research for you.
Braun Series 7 & 9
The Braun Series 7 & 9 are high-end razors that will set you back a pretty penny, but it well worth the cost, if you are an African American man with sensitive skin. The 790cc, 799cc and 9095cc, for example, use active lift technology, and intelligent pulsonic technology to help stand the hair up, which keeps the razor away from the skin. Sensitive skin reacts poorly to having a razor directly on it, and Braun has figured out a way to offer a close shave without placing the razor directly on the skin. Active lift technology helps to lift curly hair up from the skin, and the pulsonic technology adjusts the vibrations to meet the needs of your particular, unique skin.
The Panasonic Arc3 works best as a trimmer, instead of a traditional razor. The interchangeable length allows you to trim down a beard without going for a completely smooth shave. Dermatologists that special in African-American skin, suggest this might be the best bet for men with sensitive skin. Because of the curly, course nature of your hair, you are prone to ingrown hairs, and razor bumps. Trimming, instead of going for a completely smooth shave, prevents this problem and can lead to healthier skin. This electric shaver can get a smooth shave if you desire, but that isn’t what it is best for. If you are in the market for an electric shaver with superior trimming power, the Arc3 is a safe bet.
Wahl Professional 8061 5-Star Series
The Wahl Professional 8061, is an electric shaver that promises a close and precise shave without causing the skin irritation that black men with sensitive skin often face. It comes equipped with a “bump-free” razor, which helps to pick up the hair and prevent ingrown hairs and painful razor bumps. The Wahl is a good razor on very short hair, or a beard that is grown back in, but you’ll need to use a traditional trimmer prior to using the Wahl, as it tends to yank on longer hairs. While that won’t cause problems with the end result, it is certainly painful and can be avoided.
Phillips Norelco PowerTouch Razor
The Phillips Norelco PowerTouch is one of the cheaper options on the market, but it still does a good job to get a smooth, clean shave without irritating the skin. Unlike the other electric shavers, this razor utilizes three, rounded blades to create a close, clean shave. This can be particularly helpful for African-American skin, as the blades work in several directions, and hair growth most certainly isn’t uniform. This razor also utilizes moisture strips that are said to soothe dry skin, which is a common complaint among men with sensitive skin. Finally, it works to cut the hair just below the surface for a super smooth shave.
These four razors are among the most highly-rated and well-liked in the Black community. They seem to work well for those with sensitive skin, and special shaving requirements. Each of these electric shaver options allows you to work with wet or dry skin. Most with sensitive skin find that wet skin prevents more razor bumps, burns and ingrown hairs. With that being said, everyone’s skin and hair is different, and you may need to try more than one razor to find the best fit for your skin. To get a good starting point, consider visiting a barber who is versed in the needs of black hair and skin, for a single shave. Once you’ve had a shave with a straight razor, you can begin working with an electric shaver to keep things neat, tidy, and, most of all, pain-free.
P.S: These reports supersede our recommendations for top razors list of 2014-2015 and 2016-2017.