Whether you’re looking for a razor that’ll allow you to leave a little stubble, give you the perfect close shave, buzz your whole head or (ahem) landscape further south, you’ll find the right option.
All of the following razors were taken home and tested out by a Tech Advisor writer and honestly reviewed. We explain the features of each product, let you know about the battery life, charging time and charging methods and give a full rundown of its strengths and weaknesses. There are summaries below and full reviews are just a click away.
Best electric shavers
1. Philips OneBlade – Best Electric Razor
- Full charge takes 8 hours
- Not most attractive design
The Philips OneBlade is as close to perfect as it gets. Slap a Micro-USB port on and cut the charge time down and I’d call it flawless, but as is I can’t see any good reason not to recommend this razor to basically everyone.
With three stubble combs by default and the option for a dedicated body blade, this one razor can cover clean shaving, stylish stubble, or body grooming, all in an unbelievably portable form factor. It’s lightweight, powerful, and gives a great shave even on tricky areas like the jawline.
All that and it’s also one of the most affordable electric razors on the market. Although you’ll have to swap blades once every few months, at almost £10/$10 a pop, that still leaves it cheaper than most shaving solutions.
2. BaByliss Super-X Metal Series – Best Clippers
- Impressive performance
- Precise grooming
- Long battery life
- Plastic stand
- USB-C charging would be ideal
The Super X-Metal Series is a set of professional-grade clippers for home use. It’s suitable for both beards and hair and comes with ear taper guides.
There are plenty of design touches that make it clear that this is a high-quality device. It has a powerful motor and is partly made from precision-engineered Japanese steel. It also features an LED display for both battery life and charging time. It has 3 hours of battery life but if you need them in a hurry, you’ll get 20 minutes of use for 20 minutes plugged in.
Still, its high-quality materials make it heavy.
If you travel often, you’ll appreciate the Micro-USB port on the base, which will allow you to leave the plastic stand at home.
3. Braun All-in-one Trimmer 7 – Most Comprehensive Trimmer
- Precision trim and shaver heads
- Body groomer head
- Wet & dry use
- Two-pin shaver plug
- Narrow hair combs
- Hair combs need mid-trim sweep
For a reasonable price, this Braun will cover all of your trimming needs, on your head, face, ears, nose and body.
The kit contains a cordless trimmer with a detachable trimmer head, eight further attachments that will either trim or shave hair, and a Gillette Fusion razor with two five-blade cartridges. Plus, there’s a charging stand, dusting comb, cable and accessories bag.
A full charge takes an hour and from that, you’ll get 100 minutes of trimming time. There’s a quick charge option as well, to give you enough power for a quick trim in a pinch.
You can use the trimmer and seven of the eight attachments wet or dry – you can’t use the body groomer head wet.
You probably won’t use all of the attachments but there’s enough here that you’ll find the right trimmers for all of your needs. However, this is for short hair only and anything over 2cm will need another tool.
4. Braun Series 7 – Best Mid-Price Shaver
- Comfortable to use
- Quick charge
- Wet or dry use
- No charging case
- Two-pin shaver plug
- Large SmartCare Centre
The Braun Series 7 has a more reasonable price point than the flagship Series 9. It lacks the bells and whistles but has many of the same advantages.
The Series 7 is light (185g), ergonomic and has three flexible blades. It provides 24k cuts per minute, and three shaving elements with a 360-degree adaptive head system. It can be used wet or dry.
Its LED display shows battery level, plus indicators for the travel lock, if the head needs replacing or the shaver needs cleaning, and if the shaver is plugged in properly.
It takes an hour to charge and will deliver 50 minutes of shaving time, with a quick charge option to give you enough power for a single shave.
All Series 7 models feature the same shaver but different model numbers mean different accessories, so it’s worth browsing to get the add-ons you want.
5. Remington G4 Graphite – Best Budget Trimmer
- Plenty of attachments
- 3-pin plug charging
If you’re looking for a trimmer that can do just about anything but you don’t want to overspend, the Remington G4 Graphite fits the bill perfectly.
The design and build is solid and the interchangeable head system works brilliantly, allowing you to swap between different attachments in seconds. The G4 comes with a wide range of different options including a mini foil shaver and detail trimmer. Combine them all and you can achieve just about any style.
Performance is excellent and battery life is good too, although we would like a power lead that plugs into a shaver point rather than a three pin plug.
6. Braun Series 9 – Best Premium Shaver
- High-quality foil shaver
- 60 minute battery life
- Bulky clean & charge station is unnecessary
The Braun Series 9 is a great premium foil shaver that’s really only let down by its price. Its four cutting elements, ten tilt settings, and an hour’s battery will be overkill for many, but if your hair grows thick and fast enough that you need a close shave daily, this will get the job done well, and quickly, so it’s easy to recommend.
The Clean & Charge station is a little more questionable. It’s undeniably a convenient way to clean your razor, using an alcohol solution to automatically clean, lubricate, and dry the shaving head. It saves any worries about long-term dirt build-up as well. Still it’s a little noisy and takes some time to get the job done. Plus you can’t use it after a wet shave.
And it’s bulky, ugly, and expensive – both up-front and over time – so it’s only worth it for those with capacious bathroom cabinets.
7. Skull Shaver Gold – For the Whole Head
- USB charging
- Battery life display
If you need to shave your head as well as your face, then the Skull Shaver should appeal. It’s lightweight and comfortable to use. Plus, it has four blades which make quick work of shaving large areas.
It’s IPX5 water resistant so can be used in the shower, but also works fine if used dry.
Designed for those in a hurry and who want the minimum of hassle, the Gold also charges over USB and has a useful display showing the remaining battery power.
8. Remington Barba MB320C beard trimmer – Ergonomic Handle
- Handy 'zoom' dial
- Pop-up trimmer is ineffective
The Remington Barba MB320C is a solid budget option. It trims and sculpts well. It’s nicely designed, with a great grip and controls you can access during use.
It also delivers in terms of providing different guard lengths, with a handy ‘zoom’ dial you can roll to change the setting.
Its battery will give you – at the very least – the promised 40 minutes of trimming time per charge. But there’s little in the way of extra features and the additional, pop-up precision trimmer is disappointing.
9. Remington Heritage Foil Shaver – Most Stylish Shaver
- USB charging
- Attractive design
- Not the most effective shaver we've tested
The Remington Heritage Foil Shaver undeniably looks the part with its stunning retro style, but the question is whether you will after using it.
Unfortunately whether it’s down to design, power, or simply sharpness this razor simply doesn’t cut it, with inconsistent results and real difficulty shaving under the jaw.
That’s a particular shame since it’s so strong on looks, charging, and portability, thanks to the compact build, one-hour battery life, and two-hour charge time over Micro-USB.
This could still be a good choice for anyone who wants a snazzy shaver and doesn’t mind making a few extra passes every time in return. Otherwise, you can get better results for less elsewhere. Oh, and bear in mind that some UK links may go to a limited edition Manchester United shaver – don’t buy for City fans.