Thinking of buying an electric razor?

Here's some information to get you started.

We know: All About Electric Razors

How do electric razors work?

There are basically two styles of electric razors:

  1. Rotary shavers, where the cutting mechanism spins behind a grid, claim to cut longer hairs and work better cutting hair on the chin and neck.
  2. Foil shavers, where the cutting mechanism moves behind a perforated screen, claim to provide a closer shave. (Most women's razors have a foil head for use on legs and underarms.)

How are electric razors powered?

Most run on rechargeable batteries, but may have a cord option, as well. There is a variation in the amount of time the batteries in electric shavers will run, so be sure to check out this feature when shopping. Also, check out the time it takes to charge the razor.

What are some of the features I should consider?

  • Battery run time and recharge time
  • Battery charge light indicator
  • Average battery life and replacement cost
  • A head that flexes may require less pressure when shaving and reduce skin irritation.
  • Beard and hair trimmer
  • Replacement cost of cutters and heads
  • Wet shave feature, for shaving in the shower or using a gel or lotion
  • Self-cleaning feature

What are the advantages of an electric razor?

An electric razor can be used 'dry', meaning you don't need a bathroom. Good for travelers or people who need to shave when they may not have access to water. Electric razors don't cut skin, as conventional blades do. And, because the shave is not as 'close' to the skin, people who are susceptible to ingrown hair, or who have curly hair, often use electric razors.

What are the disadvantages?

Electric razors don't shave as close as blades. They can be awkward to use, and require a source of electricity to power the razor or charge the battery.

What is the range in price?

Electric razors generally cost between $50 and $200.

Who makes electric razors?

Common manufacturers include: Norelco, Remington, Braun, Panasonic, and Wahl.

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