Buyer's Guide In Choosing The Best Electric Shaver
IntroductionLong time ago before the use of razors, people used 2 shells in order to pull out hairs or with the use of a sharp tool and water. Then later, copper tools were introduced around 3,000 BC and razors made of copper were invented. Then comes ‘Alexander the Great’ who highly promoted shaving to avoid enemies taking advantage of beard-grabbing when in combat during his rule in the 4th century BCE, and also Alexander believed that it looked more tidy.
Then electric razors came that was first patented around 1928 by Col. Jacob Schick, an American manufacturer. Remington Rand Corp. then developed electric razors further, producing Remington brand of electric razors in 1937.
Prof. Alexander Horowitz was also an important inventor, his from the Philips labs. in Netherlands and was able to successfully invent the concept of revolving electric razor (a.k.a. rotary shavers). These electric shavers were only used for dry shaving only. Now with the advancement of technologies, electric shavers can be used both for wet/dry shaving, it can offer closer shaves and even comes with its own auto-cleaning system.
The 2 types of electric shavers: Foil and Rotary shaversElectric shavers consist of a set of rotating (rotary shaver) and oscillating blades (foil shaver). These blades are enclosed in a punctured metal screen with slits or holes where hairs are captured, pushed through and cuts hairs once it reaches the blades. So, the metal screen acts as a protection between the skin and the sharpness of the blades.
Rotary shavers are commonly composed of three circular cutting heads, forming a triangular structure where shaving is done in circular motions (requires some practice to create comfortable and effective shaving-pattern). They are best in cutting thick and longer hairs, and reaches well in curvy-areas of the face.
Foil shavers are commonly made up of series of blades in linear form and shaves left-right, up-down movements. They are ideal for cutting short and fine hairs, shaving in flat areas of the face and works well in conjunction with a beard trimmer when styling facial hairs.
ExperienceBasing on experience on a particular type and brand of shaver is one of the greatest advantages you can have when choosing your best electric shaver. Therefore, if you have a good experience on a particular type and brand of an electric shaver, you might want to stick to that as your skin reacts well and of course, basing on the performance you had as well.
What if you don’t have any experience as this will be your first-time use? You may read reviews and consumer’s feedbacks in order to get some ideas. But remember, it is not ideal to judge an electric shaver if you haven’t use it for a month. Mostly, the skin will adjust on the new shaving method whether it will be your first time use or switching to a different electric shaver. And it also takes time to create some pattern before getting comfortable with an electric shaver.
Electric Shaver Specifications to Consider
- Cutting Performance – Ideally, search for an electric shaver that runs greater than or equal to 10,000 revolutions per minute (RPM).
- Dry or Wet Shaving – If you’re fun of shaving while taking a shower, then you have to consider if the shaver supports wet/dry functionality.
- Auto Cleaning & Charging System – Some electric shavers come with its own auto cleaning-charging dock so you don’t have to do much to maintain its proper hygiene and battery power of a shaver. But, it takes some space and small extra cost for its cleaning cartridges.
- Well, most (if not all) electric shavers are now rechargeable.
Electric Razor ReviewsConsider reading a number of electric razors experts’ advices on what’re their thoughts on a particular electric razor. See their updated list of the best electric shaver of 2014.
PortabilityThis does not apply to everyone, although it is still ideal to consider how travel-friendly the shaver is. There are some electric shavers that come with a travel case. Also, consider how long its battery would last. So there’s no need for bringing extra weight such as the auto cleaning-charging system for short term travels.
More InformationDo not expect perfection in just a few times of using an electric shaver. Manual razors still offers the closest shaves. But as time goes by, you can see the benefits you can get from an electric shaver. You will experience little to no skin irritations, no bloody cuts, no more time consuming when shaving and it’s more fun. So ideally, set your expectations.
Price – shavers can range from $40 - $300+. You should decide on a budget range that’s going to work for you and consider its long term costs. But remember, expensive things do not translate in good quality when talking about electric shavers.
Shaver’s maintenance cost. Before buying an electric shaver, first check how often you need to replace its blades and its prices. Cleaning cartridges is not that expensive but still you need to check the price and most importantly, its availability.
Some pointers – After knowing a lot of real consumers’ reviews, foil shavers won by a small margin when it comes to closeness and lesser skin irritations being reported compared to rotary shavers. However, there are more reports that rotary shavers shaves the closest in neck area and shaves the quickest as well once you get used with it.