Best electric shaver: 5 buys for a comfortable, close shave

Need help finding the best electric shaver? From Braun to Remington, here are the best five on the market today

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Looking to buy the best electric shaver? Wet or dry, foil or rotary, we’ve looked at the best designs currently available and have chosen our top five, which are specifically aimed at giving you a close, comfortable shave.

Whether you’re in need of an update, an upgrade, or are looking to buy your first-ever electric shaver, there are plenty of designs and price points to take your pick from. The latest models include everything from smart solutions that give a personalised shave and allow you to save favourite settings, to basic models that do the job well but don’t come with any attachments or fancy tech.

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Which is the best men's electric shaver?

We love the Braun Series 7 electric shaver, as it automatically adapts to the contours and features of your face for a personal shave, every time you use it.

We also think the Remington R5000 is a great buy, as it has dual track blades for a close shave and comes with a pop-up trimmer.

These are the rest of our top picks, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best electric shaver you can buy: Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver 7842S
  • Best electric shaver for sensitive skin: Remington R5000 Style Series R5 Shaver
  • Best electric shaver for close shave: Braun Series 5 5140S Electric Foil Shaver
  • Best electric shaver on a budget: Braun Series 3 310s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver
  • Best electric wet dry shaver: Remington AQ7 Men' Tech Wet and Dry Rotary Electric Shaver

5 of 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 sensitive skin: Remington R5000 Style Series R5 Rechargable Shaver

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2. 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 close shave: Braun Series 5 5140S Electric Foil Shaver

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3. 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 on a budget: Braun Series 3 310s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver

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4. 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 wet dry shaver: Remington AQ7 Men' Tech Wet and Dry Rotary Electric Shaver

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

Best electric wet dry shaver: 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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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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