Electric Shavers & Razors - All You Ever Wanted to Know

There are a lot of electric shavers/razors available on the UK market.  This useful guide is about helping our readers to discover what types of razors are available, who makes them and help with finding out the best one to buy for your needs.

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on electric shavers. Here at the Shaving Emporium we are a group of people who have a lot of experience with shaving and grooming of all kinds. Electric shavers or if you prefer electric razors are a very popular choice for many UK buyers. In this article we take you through the many options available.

Electric Shaver Types

There are two general classifications for electric shavers which are:

  1. Foil Style Electric Shavers
  2. Rotary Style Electric Shavers

Mainly electric shavers are classed as "dry shavers." That simply means you can have a shave on your skin without having to wet it or apply a gel, soap or cream. However it is becoming quite popular to own a wet/dry electric shaver.

If you own one of those, you can still dry shave. You do however have the advantage of being able to wet shave as well. So the dry shave is handy for a working morning shave, and when you have time in the evenings or at the weekends, you can also lather up your face and use it for a wet shave.

If this is something that appeals to you, then the good news is that you can buy wet/dry electric razors in both the foil type and the rotary type.

Foil vs Rotary Electric Shavers

So what is the big difference between a foil and a rotary style?

  • Foil - The head of the razor is covered in a foil and underneath that sits the cutting blades. The actual foils are made from very thin sheets of metal that have small holes. The holes are important as it is those that allow the hair to get inside the shaver to the blades. The blades, also called cutters, move back and forwards to cut the hair.
  • Rotary - With the rotary the heads spin around and the metal blades cut the hair on the skin. Each head is independent of the other and typically a rotary shaver will have 3 heads, though you can get more. There are very small lines in each of the metal heads and those allow the hairs to pop through.

Shaving Style

  • Foil - When using an electric foil shaver it should always be used in a straight line. That is either from side to side or up and down. You can't use these to make circular motions on the face. That is simply because of how the blades work underneath the foil.
  • Rotary - With the rotary you actually make small circular movements. Rotary shavers are great for the jaw, chin and neck areas because of this circular motion.

Advantages of a Foil Shaver

  • This foil style is a better choice for anyone with sensitive skin as they are gentler on the skin
  • They are also great for men with very fine hair
  • They are faster than a rotary because you move them in straight lines, and you do not need to do a second pass

Advantages of a Rotary Shaver

  • This rotary style is a better choice for anyone with tougher skin
  • Ideal for men with thicker hair or longer hair
  • A great deal quieter than a foil shaver

Disadvantages of a Foil Shaver

  • Some men do not like the restriction of only shaving in straight lines - this may not sound that important but it can be truly annoying for some men
  • Foil shavers are actually quite noisy, and in some case VERY noisy. That can be concerning especially for other members of the house
  • They don't cover the contours of the face as the foil head can't pivot. Yes there is some flex in the foil heads but not much

Disadvantages of a Rotary Shaver

  • This rotary style is a better choice for anyone with tougher skin
  • The foil shaver will give a closer shave
  • Can be irritating if you have sensitive skin

Electric Shavers for Ladies

There are also electric shavers that are specifically designed for women. These are not the same as those that are designed for men. Shavers for men are designed to take care of face and neck stubble. Ladies shavers are designed for body hair such as under the arms, the legs and the bikini lines.

They are made by brands such as Braun and Panasonic.

Check out our list of top 10 ladies electric shavers by clicking here.

Electric Shavers by Brand

There are a lot of brands that make these types of electric shaver. The UK market is however dominated by four main brands. Of these, the Philip's brand is by quite a way the most popular for the majority of online buyers.

There are a lot of brands that make these types of electric shaver. The UK market is however dominated by four main brands. Of these, the Philip's brand is by quite a way the most popular for the majority of online buyers.

Click on the product name just below to read a summary of the different models from each brand.

Below you will find a lot of information on each of these brands which we believe you will find very helpful

Philips Electric Shavers

Philips are by quite a distance the most popular brand for electric shavers in the UK. They offer a 2 year warranty on their shavers and have a 30 day money back guarantee. That is attractive to many customers. Their main office is in Guildford, Surrey, England but they were formed in the Netherlands.

Philips offer 2 main ranges of face shavers which are:

  1. Series Shavers - 1000 series, 3000 series, 5000 series, 6000 series, 7000 series, 9000 series and the 9000 Prestige series
  2. Aquatouch Shavers - They have a range of 9 different shavers in this Aquatouch range

Philips Series Electric Shavers

This is probably their most popular range and it is a wide range of 25 different models. As they release new ranges they are allocated different models. In our opinion their way of naming shavers is confusing for the customer like you and me.

The shavers within these ranges can vary in price from £31 to £450. We have listed all of the electric shavers in the range below.

9000 Range (£150-360)

The 9000 series is the high end series so these are expensive options. All of these are wet/dry shavers, with a trimmer and most have a smart cleaning system included.

The even higher end specifications will have multiple shaving heads, a charging pad and facial cleansers.

  1. S9211/26 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer and smart clean system
  2. S9211/12 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer, 100% waterproof for shower
  3. S9531/26 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer and smart clean system
  4. SP9863/14 - wet/dry shaver with charging smart pad, beard style and facial cleansing brush
  5. SP9860/16 - wet/dry shaver with beard adapter sensor, and charging pad
  6. S9711/31 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer and smart clean system

7000 Range (£90-200)

These are slightly cheaper than the 9000 range and will be wet/dry shavers with trimmers. In the higher end models they will also have beard stylers and/or beard sensors.

  • S7370/12 - wet/dry shaver with precision trimmer
  • S7970/26 - wet/dry shaver with precision trimmer (sensitive skin)
  • S7960/17 - wet/dry shaver with Smartclick beard styler (sensitive skin)
  • S7930/16 - wet/dry shaver with beard sensor
  • S7921/51 - wet/dry shaver with exfoliation brush and trimmer

6000 Range (£150-175)

  • S6680/26 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer and smart clean system
  • S6650/48 - wet/dry shaver with beard and nose trimmer
  • S6620/11 - wet/dry shaver with precision trimmer

5000 Range (£65 - 90)

This remains their most popular range. They are generally speaking affordable and wet/dry shavers.

  • S5572/40 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  • S5572/10 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer and smart clean system
  • S5530/06 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  • S5270/06 - wet/dry waterproof shaver with a trimmer
  • S5240/06 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer

3000 Range (£40 - 120)

These are their basic range of shavers.

  • S3580/06 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  • S3560/11 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer

1000 Range (£40 - 60)

These are their cheapest shavers and all of these are dry shavers only.

  • S1510/04 - dry shaver with a trimmer
  • S1310/04 - dry shaver
  • S1100/04 - dry shaver
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Philips Aquatouch

Philip's Aquatouch should have an "Aquatouch" seal on the shaver. If you see that then you know it is 100% waterproof. That means that you can use it in the shower with your favorite shaving gel for extra skin protection.

The Aquatouch range can also be used to shave dry when you are in a hurry. They vary in price between £25-£170.

They currently offer 8 different models in this range and we have listed those model numbers just below:

  1. AT887/16 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  2. AT890/16 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  3. AT890/17 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  4. AT 890/20 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  5. AT 899 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  6. S5420/06 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
  7. S5050/04 - wet/dry shaver with precision trimmer
  8. S5600 - wet/dry shaver with a trimmer
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Braun Electric Shavers

Braun are also a popular brand for electric shavers in the UK. They are best known for their foil electric shavers. Braun are a German company founded in Frankfurt in 1921. Their factories were destroyed during the war but they did rebuild them in the 1950's and have been going strong since that time. Gillette own a major stake in this company. 

Braun are now the global market leader in foil shavers. Gillette and Braun were then bought over by Procter & Gamble in 2005 and have focused on dry shavers, cruZer trimmers and Silk-Epil epilators for ladies.

Braun Electric Shavers

Like Philips they use Series to define their ranges. These include:

  • Braun Series 1
  • Braun Series 3
  • Braun Series 5
  • Braun Series 7
  • Braun Series 8
  • Braun Series 9
  • Braun PocketGo

Braun Series 1 (£40-50)

  • Braun Series 1 190s - dry shaver

Braun Series 3 (£25-70)

  • Braun Series 3 300s - wet/dry shaver
  • Braun Series 3 310S - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3010s - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3030s - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 3 Shave&Style 3010BT - wet/dry shaver with trimmer and comb attachments

Braun Series 5 (£120- £200+ )

  • Braun Series 5 5140s - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 5 5197cc - wet/dry shaver with trimmer and clean/charge station
  • Braun Series 5 5030s - dry shaver with cross hair blades

Braun Series 7 (£130-300)

  • Braun Series 7 790cc - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 7 7790 - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 7840s - wet/dry shaver with trimmer
  • Braun Series 7 7898cc - wet/dry shaver with trimmer

Braun Series 8

  • Braun Series 8 8390cc - wet/dry electric shaver for maximum skin comfort

Braun Series 9 (£200-300)

  • Braun Series 9 9095cc - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9240s - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9260PS - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9290cc - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9296cc - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9299cc - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9390cc - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station
  • Braun Series 9 9242s - wet/dry shaver with clean and charge station

Braun PocketGo

  • Braun PocketGo M60b MobileShave - Travel shaver
  • Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave

Braun Waterflex WF2s - wet/dry shaver

Those are the main shavers in the Braun range.

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Remington Electric Shavers

The Remington brand are also a really well known brand in the UK. Remington is an American based brand and are a  worldwide leader in personal care. They are best known for their hair straighteners, flat irons, curling wands and personal groomers. For men their better known products are their electric shavers, nose and beard trimmers.

Remington Electric Shavers

These are priced anything between £13 for a travel shaver and up to £65 for their other electric shavers.

  • Remington F3 Style - Dry shaver with pop up trimmer
  • Remington Comfort Series - dry shaver with trimmer
  • Remington Heritage HF9000 - wet/dry shaver with hybrid trimmer
  • Remington Men's F7 XF8505 - Waterproof shaver with 5 minute charge
  • Remington Men's Wet Tech AQ7 - wet/dry shaver 100% waterproof
  • Remington R4001 Style R4 - dry shaver with trimmer
  • Remington Men's R7 Ultimate Series XR1530 - wet/dry with trimmer
  • Remington Men's R8 Ultimate Series - wet/dry shaver with trimmer and charging stand
  • Remington Men's R9 Ultimate Series - wet/dry shaver with beard trimmer, charge stand and travel lock
  • Remington MS5120 Titanium Triple Foil Shaver - dry shaver
  • Remington PF7500 Comfort Pro - dry shaver with trimmer and washable head
  • Remington PR1330 Power Series -  dry shaver
  • Remington R95 travel shaver - travel shaver
  • Remington R3000 Style Series R3 - Corded dry shaver with stubble trimmer
  • Remington R4001 Style R4 - Dry shaver with stubble trimmer guides
  • Remington R5000 Style Series R5 - wet/dry shaver with dual track blades
  • Remington XF8707 - wet and dry foil shaver
  • Remington XR1410 Flex360 - wet/dry with groom kit

Most Remington electric shavers are pretty basic, but they are effective and most importantly they are affordable.

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Panasonic Electric Shavers

The other main brand who sell electric shavers in the United Kingdom is of course the Panasonic brand, who do make a range of electronic goods. They formed in 1955 and was first used as a brand for audio speakers. It is a combination of the words, "Pan", and "Sonic", sound and has a meaning of bringing sound our Company creates to the world.

They make a range of grooming products that include men's shavers, trimmers, hair styling products, hair removal products, skin care products, and oral care products.

Panasonic Electric Shavers

Their prices range from around £30 for their basic and up to £175 for their more higher specification models.

  • Panasonic ES-LL21- wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-LT2N - wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-LT6N - wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-LV65-s - wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-LV95 -  wet/dry with charging station
  • Panasonic ES-LV9Q - wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-RF31 - wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-RT37-wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-RT47 - wet/dry
  • Panasonic ES-RW30 - wet/dry dual blade
  • Panasonic ES-SL41 - wet/dry

As you can see almost of all their shavers are wet/dry options and the main variances on them is the number of foils used.

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Electric Shavers by Price

Some buyers simply prefer to shop based on how much they can afford or how much they are willing to spend. We have therefore broke the wide array of electric shavers down by price, which you can view below.

Electric Shavers Under £50

There are a number of very high quality electric shavers on the market for under £50. For many people £50 is still a lot of money as we go about trying to balance the family budget. A razor under £50 will do an excellent job, and a good one will last you for at least 5-6 years.

Check out our article on these razors under £50 by clicking here.

Electric Shavers Under £100

At this £50-100 price point you can pick yourself up a very high quality electric shaver. These will of course have extra feature such as trimmers and fast charging options.

Check out our article on these razors under £100 by clicking here.

Electric Shavers Under £200

At this price not only do you get a very high quality electric shaver, but you also should be getting the full range of additional features. These features include fast charges, charging pads, choice of settings and programs, and self cleaning options. These will also come with various accessories such as travel pouches and adapters. 

Check out our article on these razors under £200 by clicking here

Expensive Luxury Electric Shavers

You may think that electric shavers could not be over £200, but there are quite a few models that stretch that price point.

Check out our article on these high end razors by clicking here

Electric Shavers on a Budget

If you are trying to buy an electric shaver, but are simply on a really tight budget, then we recommend that you check out this article. On that we have listed affordable electric shavers, that are still good quality. We searched around the Internet with a complete focus on value for money.

We then discarded those that just got really bad reviews. When we were finished, we ended up with a list of razors that will suit someone on a tight budget, and are still well rated by many online buyers.

Check out our article on these low budget razors by clicking here

Electric Shavers for Specific Issues

Best Wet & Dry Electric Shavers

For many years electric shavers could only be used for what is termed dry shaving. Dry shaving is simply when you put the shaver against your face without using any type of soap, cream, gel or foam. That of course can make this type of shaver very handy, fast and convenient to use.

However the big disadvantage of dry shaving is that it is not the best for your skin. It dries the skin out and in effect dehydrates it. By washing the face with hot water you open the pores and raise the hairs that are going to be shaved. When you then apply a soap, cream or gel to the face, any of those products help protect the skin from the blades or the foil.

They also help hydrate and moisturise the skin which is always a good thing. These days many electric shavers are sold as being suitable for both dry and wet shaving.

We have listed the top 10 electric shavers hat are both wet and dry in this article, which you can read by clicking here.

Electric Shavers for Coarse Hair

As you may know men have different types of hair, ranging from fine hair to really coarse and thick hair. It is all really down to our gene pool. In other words if your father or grandfather had coarse hair, then it is highly likely that you will too.

Anyone with coarse hair will know that many electric shavers are simply not up to the job. They will remove most of the stubble, but they will not be able to get you a close shave. There are a few, and honestly not that many, that will give you a nice close and comfortable shave.

When we were doing our research we checked out thousands of buyer reviews. We made countless notes and found just  a few razors that ticked the coarse hair box. You can read about those by clicking here.

Check out our article on the best shavers for coarser hair by clicking here

Electric Shavers for Teenagers

Yes it's that time as your teenage son makes his first venture into shaving. The question is which is the best electric shaver to buy him? May of the electric shavers on the market will just not be suitable for teenage shaving. In addition to that, not all teenagers have exactly the same type of hair.

Many will have very fine down style hair, whereas others could have coarser hair. It is important to understand that a different electric shaver is required for those different hair types. Most teenagers will be much better off starting out with a foil shaver.

Foil shavers are easier on the skin than rotary shavers.For most teenagers a foil will be ideal. Only teenagers with coarse tough hair should consider a rotary style electric shaver. We explain all of that in our article on the best electric shaver for a teenager.

You do of course need to consider other things such as acne and other skin problems.

Check out our article on the best shavers for teenagers by clicking here

Electric Shavers for Elderly Men

As we age then the skin starts to sag and can make it difficult to shave properly. When younger skin is tight and firm and that makes it pretty easy to get a nice close shave. As the years move on the elasticity starts to weaken in the skin, and especially around the cheeks of the face and the neck.

That makes it more difficult to get at the hairs to cut them. Some electric shavers are better than others at achieving that.

Check out our list of the best electric shavers for elderly men by clicking here.

Best Electric Shavers for Sensitive Skin

Who know there were so many skin types? Believe it or not there are four general classifications of skin type:

  1. Normal
  2. Dry
  3. Oily
  4. Combination

Our own particular skin type is determined by one of two things:

  1. Our genes
  2. External factors such as the weather and the environment

We can not control our genetics as we inherit those from our parents. Likewise we can do very little about the environment in which we live. However we can do a lot about caring for our skin.

For many men shaving is a daily task and how we shave can either help our skin or make it worse. If you have sensitive skin, then shaving is very important to consider.

Check out our article on the best shavers for sensitive skin by clicking here

Best Electric Shaver for a Close Shave

There are some men who really don't care a great deal about the fancy features of an electric shaver. They just want it to do one simple thing and that is to give them as close a shave as possible.

Check out our article on the best shaver for a close shave by clicking here

Electric Shaver Buying Guide

We like to include a buying guide, and for electric shavers we think this is well worth a read. In this guide we explain the many features available so as our readers can fully understand what each features is. That way they can decide if that is important to them or not.

Foil or Rotary - The First Big Choice

We think that the first big decision is to decide if you want to buy a foil shaver or a rotary shaver. We described the benefits and the disadvantages of each type already, so we won't go back over those again. If you have never tried either, then we would recommend starting out with a rotary.

If you find that too hard on your skin, then you will know to make the swap to a foil option.

Pick a Good Brand

There are a lot of shaving brands on the UK market. We recommend sticking with a well known brand. Although some other brands may be cheaper, we have found that the bigger companies offer a much better warranty, a better level of customer service and will have parts available.

Those big brands are Philips, Braun, Remington and Panasonic with Philips dominating the UK market.

Consider Your Budget

Electric shavers are available across a very wide price range in the United Kingdom. You can get them for as cheap as £30 and they go all the way up to £300. Why such a huge price difference you may very well ask?

A basic electric shaver will have 3 heads or a basic foil. The battery will take on average about 8 hours to charge. They can only be used for dry shaving and they will do an OK job.

At the higher end these shavers have features in abundance. The battery charges in under an hour in a charging station, they can be used for dry and wet shaving (including the shower), and they have multiple flexible heads that deliver a fast comfortable shave.

All of the other shavers sit somewhere in the middle at around £70-£100. This type of shaver will do an excellent job, last for around 5-6 years and give you a close shave. At the end of the day though, it comes down to how much you can afford or how much you are willing to spend.

The Basics of an Electric Shaver

Sometimes it is just a good idea to strip this type of product back to the basics. In reality an electric shaver has a set of blades, a motor and some method of power, which is usually a battery. The other features that some shavers may have are nothing more than added extras.

So why do we say that? - Well, the answer is simple. You need good sharp precise blades that last, a strong motor that will last, and an easy way of running that motor. Get those three components right, and you have a great electric razor that will shave you well and last for a long time.

Corded vs Cordless

Almost every electric shaver these days is cordless.

Corded Electric Shavers

Just be aware though that you can still buy corded only products. These work fine but you are limited to them working only where you have an electric socket. You also have to consider the length of the electrical lead. Unless the shaver is also dual voltage, then they are really not any good for travel.

You will also need to buy an adapter when travelling as few electrical systems abroad, use the same 3 pin plug that is used in the UK. Some corded shavers will work in the 2 pin bathrooms you find in hotels. Be sure to check though if that is important to you.

Cordless Electric Shavers

As mentioned earlier, almost every shaver is cordless these days. With these you simply charge them up when the battery runs low or runs out.

Charging Time

This is a very important consideration when buying a cordless electric shaver. Some of the cheaper and most of the older models of electric shavers will use batteries, but those can take 8-12 hours to charge. You can develop the habit of charging those overnight.

The reality is that most people just don't want to wait this long or will forget to charge the razor overnight. In modern models of electric razors, smaller Lithium-Ion batteries are used, and these charge really quickly and hold their charge for much longer.

The higher end shavers also come with a charging station or charging pad that take the pain out of charging.