Every guy goes through his electric razor phase. And for a lot of men, that’s all it ever is: a phase. While quick and convenient, cheap electric razors—those inexpensive drug-store models most guys try out during their teens or 20s—tend to break down or blunt within a few months. Many also leave a guy’s skin feeling abused or abraded.
But it’s 2016. And if you haven’t tried one of today’s premium electric razors, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Convenience aside, many offer a shave that’s legitimately smoother, closer, and more comfortable than anything you’d get from a safety razor. Here are five that are worth your money.
BRAUN SERIES 9
Featuring “intelligent synchrosonic technology”—basically, tiny vibrations—that lift and cut hair more efficiently in hard-to-hit nooks, this German-made shaver is tested to last an absurd 50,000 shaves. (That’s 136 years, assuming you shave daily.) Its near microscopic blades are arrayed to cross cut in different directions, ensuring a close shave no matter how—or how thick—your hair grows.
PHILIPS NORELCO 9000 SERIES
The three-headed shaver has long been a hit for Philips, and the newest iteration steps up the shaver’s game in terms of closeness and comfort. Each of its three disc-shaped heads can move independently in eight directions, ensuring a close shave.
The five blades of this sleek shaver complete tens of thousands of “cross-cutting actions” per minute, so you can hit those hard-to-shave areas—your chin, the underside of your jaw—in fewer passes.
BRAUN SERIES 7
While it doesn’t have quite the blade volume or power as the Series 9, this beauty will easily get the job done for most men. If you’ve only ever used a cheap electric, you’ll be shocked at how effortlessly this shaver glides through your beard or stubble.
Easily the cheapest shaver on this list, the Arc3 requires a few more passes, and it struggles a bit with super-thick stubble. But if you’re looking for a close, affordable shave, it’s a solid buy.
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