While there are countless ways that technology has improved our everyday lives, the electric shaver stands out for male grooming. Today, more and more gents are choosing an electric shaver over a manual razor for its convenience and ease. Clean-shaven or stubble, whatever your facial hair preference, the best electric shaver for men is a must-have item. Get a perfectly groomed look with these top shavers that will glide over your skin.
Top 10 best electric shaver for men in the UK 2021
Below, we’ve picked the best electric shavers on the market right now for a range of different budgets and requirements. If you’re still undecided after checking out our picks, you’ll also find a handy buying guide at the end of this article.
1. Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver for Men
This stunning German engineered Braun Series 7 is the ultimate electric shaver in its class and is our current winner for combined value and performance. In fact, it’s the world’s number 1 bestselling wet or dry men’s foil shaver. A bold claim from an iconic brand – but a truthful statement nonetheless – as proven by several leading market research institutes.
We’ve been reviewing men’s electric shavers for 10 years now, and believe us when we tell you, the Braun Series 7 is an extraordinary electric shaver that offers a superbly close, comfortable, and smooth shave – wet or dry – at a very reasonable price point.
2. Philips Shaver Series 9000 Men’s Electric Shaver
Their most supreme offering to date – and the closest competitor to Braun’s Premium Series 9, top of the line electric shaver – is the Philips Series 9000 Prestige. If you were to hold the Series 9 and Series 9000 shavers’ side-by-side, they have a very similar look. Most men prefer to use a classic foil electric razor, but some men favour rotary-type shavers, and that’s fine because a good rotary shaver like this one can get as close as a wet shave.
This Philips Series 9000 model has the latest “NanoTech” blades which are reinforced with nanoparticles to give them long-lasting sharpness. Three unique “SkinComfort” rings surround the foil blades, each coated with metallic pigments that let the shaver glide across your face without friction – a feature welcomed by sensitive skin sufferers.
3. Philips Series 5000 Wet and Dry Men’s Electric Shaver
Favouring a rotary-style shaving head over a more traditional foil option, this Philips aims to get shot of stray hairs at the first time of asking. The sheer surface area afforded to its blades ensures it usually delivers too. Given its affordable price tag, it’s tough to fault this shaver’s ergonomic plastic design and diligent work rate. And if you do inevitably find a few neck hairs that simply won’t budge? Do your skin a favour and reach for an old-fashioned wet-shave razor instead of strumming the thing against your face ad infinitum.
4. Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Electric Shaver
Early morning rush? We know the one. Don’t panic, because this electric saver will charge enough in five minutes for one quick shave. Designed for ultimate precision and attention to detail, it offers a soft-on-skin yet efficient shave. Independently floating shaving elements adapt to your contours, and an integral pop-up trimmer makes styling and shaping easier.
5. Wahl Electric Shaver Lifeproof Plus Foil Shaver
For the accident-prone, Wahl has created this life proof device designed to withstand any bumps or knocks you throw at it. Testers agreed and were pleased with the close shave it provided, especially against longer stubble. The pop-up trimmer helped define moustaches and sideburns with pleasing precision, while it’s also totally waterproof and comes with impressive 90-minute battery life.
6. Remington R4001 Style R4 Cordless Electric Shaver
Even though Remington’s products tend to sit on the cut-price end of the grooming scale, they’re generally amenable to use. So long as you pick them up in the knowledge that you’re going to get what you pay for. In the case of the R4 Style that means a rotary razor that’s a little rough around the edges but otherwise good enough for first-timers. The kind of people who either don’t have too much to spend on an electric shaver or aren’t yet blessed with enough facial hair to justify spending big.
As a rotary shaver, the R4 has been made with coverage in mind and to that end it is OK. In awkward spots such as the back of your chin or just under your nose, you’ll need to persist with a shave for longer than is convenient. In general, Remington has made a serviceable product that gets the job done without too much fuss.
7. Braun Series 9 9390cc Latest Generation Electric Shaver
Especially given that the trend is to shave less nowadays, we now recommend the Braun Series 9 foil shaver over Philips’ almost equally impressive efforts. If you’re a two to three shaves per week guy you will probably prefer this too, as it is slightly better on longer stubble patches. That’s thanks to the titanium tipped blades that give it its gold-painted appearance.
The Series 9 is light, ergonomically sound, waterproof to 5 metres and easy to clean. As with its Philips rival, the 50-minute battery life, from just a one-hour charge, is great. The slide-up beard trimmer is nothing to write home about, but at least it’s always there, unlike Philips’ clip-on one.
8. Remington R5000 Style Series R5 Rechargeable Electric Shaver
The Style R5 is a pricier version of the Style R4, with some features that make it worth the extra cash. Firstly, it’s a wet-and-drive shaver, so you can have a wet shave or use it in the shower, then give it a rinse when you’re done. Secondly, it has a better battery, giving you 50 minutes of shaving from a shorter two-hour charge-up. It also feels slightly more powerful than the R4, tackling tougher areas of the beard with ease. We’re still not sold on the stubble styler, which is both uncomfortable and slightly useless at its job, but this is a great rotary shaver for shaving every one to three days, and a good alternative to the Philips Series 3000 models or the Braun Series 3 3040S.
9. SweetLF 3D Rechargeable IPX7 Waterproof Electric Shaver
The SweetLF 3D electric shaver possesses a lot of the same features as more premium devices, just at a much lower cost. So if you’re looking for seriously good value, you needn’t look any further. This clever device fits closely to the curvature of your face and neck, giving you a reliably close shave every time. It’s also really quiet, but this might be due in part to a lack of power.
Probably the best thing about the SweetLF 3D electric shaver is the charging. With five minutes of fast charging, you can complete a single shave, which is great for when you’re travelling. When it’s fully charged you can get up to 120 minutes of shaving time, which is just about the best on this list. You don’t always need to spend big to get the best.
10. Panasonic ES-LV95-s Wet and Dry Electric 5-Blade Shaver
The Japanese tech giant has a selection of electric shavers, from entry-level to super-duper spec (depending on how much cash to want to spend, of course). Its award-winning premium models feature a 5-blade system that angles the ultra-sharp nanotech blades at 30 degrees for the closest possible shave. It puts the work in too: 14,000 cuts and 70,000 cross-cutting actions per minute. That one also comes with a charging station that cleans as it charges.
How to choose the best electric shaver for men in the UK 2021
If you want to maintain a beard or other facial hair, look for a shaver that includes a comb attachment to help keep your goatee at the perfect length.
Waterproof electric shavers
As well as dry use, some cordless electric shavers can be used with gel or shaving foam. The theory is that this gives you the best of both worlds – wet and dry shaving. Some can even be taken into the shower – so you can kill two birds with one stone. But always read the instructions before getting your shaver wet, as not all are suitable for use in this way.
Some top-of-the-range cordless shavers have a digital countdown display that shows you how many minutes of shaving time you have left before you’ll need to recharge it. Other shavers have green or red indicator lights or bars to show you when your shaver is charging, fully charged, how much charge is left and whether the battery needs topping up.
Many cordless shavers have a quick-charge feature, so you can plug yours in before you hop in the shower and it will be ready for you to have a shave when you come out.
The best electric shavers will give you a close shave in next to no time as well as leaving your skin smooth and unblemished. There are a host of extra features to choose from when buying an electric shaver. As well as deciding if you’d prefer a foil or rotary model, you should also consider whether you’ll need a quick-charge function, a beard comb or a model that can be used in the shower.