Best electric shaver: 8 buys for men and women

Looking for the best electric shaver (your) money can buy? No matter your skin type, age or where you're planning to use it, these are 2020's top models

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Treating yourself to the best electric shaver around? We're guessing that you want to find something to give you a close, comfortable shave without the shaving rash? We've found eight models that can tick all those boxes.

Whether you're after a wet and dry shaver, a foil or rotary one or something suitable for teenagers, or you're in the market for an electric shaver for your head, there's something on our list for you. We've tried and tested a range of products – including an electric shaver for women. Keep scrolling to see our favourites.

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Which is the best men's electric shaver?

We love the Braun Series 7 electric shaver: it automatically adapts to the contours and features of your face for a personal shave, every time you use it. Click to shop the Braun Series 7 now. Looking for the best electric shaver for women? It'll have to be the Braun LS5560 Lady Shaver Legs and Body - click here to purchase.

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Foil or rotary: What's the difference?

The main difference between a foil shaver and a rotary shaver is: a foil shaver has one blade which uses cutters to remove hair to leave you with a gentler shave; a rotary shaver uses three blades and can work with the curves on your face and head with ease.

The best electric shavers to buy right now

Best electric shaver you can buy: Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver 7842S

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1. Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver 7842S

Best electric shaver you can buy: a smart shaver that automatically adapts to the features of your face for a personal shave

Specifications
Colour: Black
Foil or Rotary?: Foil
Reasons to buy
+It’s waterproof+Comes with built-in intelligence for a personal shave+Has five personalised shaving modes+Reaches difficult areas with ease+Gives a close, gentle shave+Ideal for travelling
Reasons to avoid
-Some say the charging base is too big to sit comfortably on the windowsill or shelf-Others say it’s hard to reach the corners of the mouth-Using the trimmer needs a bit of practice

A wet and dry integrated precision trimmer, the Braun Series 7 is rechargeable and cordless and comes with a travel case, ideal for holidays or overnight stays. A smart electric design, it’s 100 per cent waterproof and includes responsive intelligence that automatically adapts to the contours and features of your face, for a personal shave every time. It also boasts four synchronised shaving elements to achieve in one stroke, what others do in two. We also love the fact that it has five personalised shaving modes so you can adjust the power to suit your skin type and shaving style. Use dry or with water, foam or gel.

Responsive intelligence
Braun Series 7 includes an advanced procession clip that intelligently responds to the unique contours and features of your face, for a close and gentle shave.

Easy clean
A four-action alcohol-based Clean & Charge station chooses a cleaning function then cleans, lubricates and charges all at the touch of a button.

Cordless shaving
Perfect for holidays, travelling or just the odd overnight stay, this shaver gives you up to 50 minutes of cordless shaving on just an hour’s charge.

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Best electric shaver for women: Braun LS5560 Lady Shaver Legs and Body

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2. Braun LS5560 Lady Shaver Legs and Body

Best electric shaver for women: because us ladies want to be hair-free without the fuss, too

Specifications
Colour: White and purple
Foil or Rotary?: Foil
Reasons to buy
+Comes with several attachments+Cordless+Exfoliates skin while working+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-None!

Looking for the best electric shaver for women? The Braun LS5560 Lady Shaver is it. Why? It's cordless, comes with a range of attachments for your bikini line, underarms and legs and it exfoliates your skin while shaving – what more could you want?

3-in-1
This women's electric shaver comes with three attachments included: a trimmer cap for your bikini line and sensitive areas; an exfoliation attachment; and a glide cap. This makes life easier when it comes to targeting harder-to-shave areas such as your bikini line and underarms, while it also guarantees a close shave.

Rounded head
Thanks to the Braun Lady Shaver's rounded head, this electric shaver will adapt to the contours of your body being sure to reach every single hair. This also makes it harder for you to cut yourself.

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Best electric shaver on a budget: Braun Series 3 310s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver

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3. Braun Series 3 310s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver

Best electric shaver on a budget: this one comes with three pressure-sensitive shaving elements for a comfortable shave

Specifications
Colour: Blue
Foil or Rotary?: Foil
Reasons to buy
+Charges quickly+Good price+You can shave in the shower+Works especially well as a wet shave for a smoother finish+Cleans easily by running the foil end under the tap+Gives a really close shave
Reasons to avoid
-No pop-up trimmer or any other accessories-Some say it doesn’t cut in small spaces-If you don’t have a shaver port, you’ll need to buy an adapter

A hardwearing, durable cordless shaver, the Braun Series 3 includes three pressure-sensitive shaving elements for a comfortable close shave. You can use it dry or wet, with water, foam or gel and you won’t need to go over the same area twice, as all Braun shavers are designed to flow in straight, intuitive strokes. The cutting elements are also protected by a patented SensoFoil metal mesh for a comfortable finish.

Skin sensitivity
The pressure sensitive blades automatically retract to protect your skin, ideal for a smooth, gentle shave that’s kind on your face.

Intelligent design
Braun’s Series 3 has a built-in super thin head, which enables you to reach those awkward, hard to reach areas with ease.

Wet or dry
It’s 100% waterproof up to 5 metres so you can safely shave in the shower and rinse under running water for easy, hygienic cleaning.

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Best electric shaver for sensitive skin: Remington R5000 Style Series R5 Rechargable Shaver

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4. Remington R5000 Style Series R5 Rechargable Shaver

Best electric shaver for sensitive skin: dual track blades give a closer shave

Specifications
Colour: Black and red
Foil or Rotary?: Rotary
Reasons to buy
+You can shave in the shower as it’s 100% waterproof+Works well with sensitive skin+Improved pop-up trimmer  +Handles sideburns easily+Creates clean, defined lines around the jaw+Trims longer hairs before shaving
Reasons to avoid
-May be a bit overpriced-No travel case-Takes a long time to charge

The cordless Remington R5000 wet and dry rotary shaver gives a well-groomed finish with dual track blades and flexing cutters ideal for the chin, cheeks and jawline. A pivoting neck also copes easily with tricky hairs while the tools that come with it allow you to create a clean, close shave as well as rugged stubble when you fancy a change. The styler attachment is also good for shaping regrowth while the anti-microbial head is great for sensitive skin. You can also use it for nose and ears too and as it’s cordless, you can take it with you for travelling or overnight stays. It runs for 50 minutes on a two-hour charge.

Anti-microbial
These head surrounds help protect your skin, so ideal for those with sensitive areas.

Dual track blades
Add these to the flexing cutters and you have an electric shaver that works in combination with the pivoting neck to give a close, clean shave, even in awkward areas.

Stubble styler
For those who prefer a more rugged look, the 3 Day Stubble Styler attachment simply attaches to the shaver head and can be run over your beard to create a tidy, groomed, three-day stubble look.

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Best electric shaver for head: Remington Men's Flex 360 Rotary Electric Head Shaver

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5. Remington Men's Flex 360 Rotary Electric Head Shaver

Best electric shaver for head: Remington Men's Flex 360 Rotary Electric Head Shaver

Specifications
Colour: Blue or Red
Foil or Rotary?: Rotary
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Affordable+Easy to use+Long lasting battery+Waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Maybe too small for some

A rotary electric shaver is the best option if you're after the best electric shaver for your head. Why? It works with the curves and contours of your head so as not to miss a single strand of hair, while ensuring an ultra-close shave at the same time. And we know just the one for you: the Remington Men's Flex 360 Rotary Electric Head Shaver

Inside
Featuring built-in Hyperflex Technology, this electric shaver can offer optimum shaving performance on both your head and neck. It's also waterproof, therefore can be taken into the shower to save time and effort cleaning up. And there's the fact it can work for 45 minutes from one charge. 

Compact
Thanks to its ergonomic design, this electric shaver fits in the palm of your hand making it easier to use, even easier to store and a breeze to pack in a suitcase. Not to mention that it comes with a travel case, too. 

Features
Not only will you receive the electric shaver AND a travel case in the box, but the Flex 360 also comes with three accessories included: a charcoal-infused deep cleansing brush to remove impurities trapped in pores giving a nice, smooth finish; a pre-shave massage brush to exfoliate the skin in preparation for shaving; and a grooming styler attachment which features five lengths from 2mm to 6mm to suit clean-shaven and stubble lovers alike – it also allows full control over shaping sideburns and more, and it comes with an adjustable comb.

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Best electric shaver for close shave: Braun Series 5 5140S Electric Foil Shaver

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6. Braun Series 5 5140S Electric Foil Shaver

Best electric shaver for close shave: great for sensitive skin and a close shave

Specifications
Colour: Black and blue
Foil or Rotary?: Foil
Reasons to buy
+Kind on sensitive skin+Has an auto-sensing motor for efficient shaving+100% waterproof+Gives constant skin contact, especially in awkward areas+Creates precise beard lines and sideburns+Gives a really close shave
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey-Some find it hard to use on the Adam’s Apple and throat area

A great design for basic use, the Braun Series 5 5140s shaver is fully waterproof and you get 60 minutes use from one 90 minute charge. Improved flexing heads offer 33 per cent more movement vs previous Remington rotary shavers and it also comes with three independent floating heads as well as steel blades. You’ll also get a charging stand and travel pouch, so you can easily take this one on holiday or with you on overnight trips.

Rechargeable power
This design used lithium power for longer lasting performance and battery life. You’ll get 60 minutes use after 90 minutes charging and once you’ve charged it for the first time, you can then pop it on for a five minute charge when you’re in a hurry.

Fully waterproof
Use in the shower with water or with foam or shaving gel for a shaving solution that suits your skin and daily routine.

Dual track
With two close-cut tracks and 21 low profile cutters, this shaver gives quick and clean results, with steel blades for a better finish.

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Best electric shaver for elderly man: Remington AQ7 Men' Tech Wet and Dry Rotary Electric Shaver

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7. Remington AQ7 Men' Tech Wet and Dry Rotary Electric Shaver

Best electric shaver for elderly man: fully waterproof shaver that can be used in or out of the shower

Specifications
Colour: Black and blue
Foil or Rotary?: Rotary
Reasons to buy
+It’s cordless for ease of use and travelling+Easy to clean under water+Smart digital display+Has a solid feel and comfortable grip+Shaves closely, especially when used with gel+Heads swivel and move easily with your contours
Reasons to avoid
-No trimmer or attachments-You’ll need an adaptor if you don’t have a European bathroom socket

 A great design for basic use, the Remington AQ7 Men' Tech Wet and Dry Rotary Electric Shaver is fully waterproof and you get 60 minutes use from one 90 minute charge. Improved flexing heads offer 33% more movement vs previous Remington rotary shavers and it also comes with three independent floating heads as well as steel blades. You’ll also get a charging stand and travel pouch, so you can easily take this one on holiday or with you on overnight trips.

Rechargeable power
This design used lithium power for longer lasting performance and battery life. You’ll get 60 minutes use after 90 minutes charging and once you’ve charged it for the first time, you can then pop it on for a five minute charge when you’re in a hurry.

Fully waterproof
Use in the shower with water or with foam or shaving gel for a shaving solution that suits your skin and daily routine.

Dual track
With two close-cut tracks and 21 low profile cutters, this shaver gives quick and clean results, with steel blades for a better finish.

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Best electric shaver for teenager: Philips QP2520/20 OneBlade

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8. Philips QP2520/20 OneBlade

Best electric shaver for teenager: an easy to use, affordable option for new shavers

Specifications
Colour: Black and green
Foil or rotary?: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Can be used wet or dry+3 different combs included+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Long charge time

If you're looking for an electric shaver for a teenager, perhaps they've just started shaving and you're after something that's both safe and easy to use? The Philips QP2520/20 OneBladeis it.

Trim, edge and shave
That's right: the Philips OneBlade can tackle all types and lengths of hair. It also doesn't shave too close so as to keep your skin free from shaving rash. You can use it to trim your beard, edge your sideburns or shave your moustache. All of which can be done wet or dry for your convenience.

Heads
The heads on the Philips OneBlade last an average of four months. And to make things even better, three different size heads come in the box – a 1mm head, 3mm and 5mm.

Safe
True to its name, the OneBlade really only needs one blade to do its job. How? The head's fast-moving cutter works at 200 times per second to give a quick, comfortable shave that's close enough to give good results but not too close to cut you. Making it safe to use for beginners and those who are accident-prone or if you often shave while still half asleep in the morning.

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How to buy the best electric shaver

Foil or rotary
When choosing an electric shaver, you want a close shave that’s kind on your skin. Some cost a lot of money so you want to be sure you’re investing in the right model for you. A foil shaver has straight heads that use oscillating blades underneath a perforated foil to cut the facial hair. Rotary designs on the other hand have three circular heads that rotate to lift and cut stubble. It’s really personal preference as to which you opt for.

Waterproof design
As well as being able to do a dry shave, you also want to look for a 100% waterproof electric shaver, which is cordless and can be used in the shower as well as with shaving gel or foam. Make sure you check that it can be taken into the shower before you buy, if this is something that’s important to you, as not all designs can.

Self-cleaning
Some state-of-the-art shavers at the top end of the budget come with their own cleaning station, which makes life a lot easier for you. All you need to do is insert the shaver into the cleaning unit and job done. Simply replace the cleaning cartridges every now and then.

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