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Gift Ideas – A Travel Shaver – Here Are Some Of The Best

A travel shaver makes a highly practical Christmas present for any man. Prices are reasonable and quality is high.

Here are some of the best:

Braun MobileShave M-90* Braun M90 Mobile Shaver

This quality product is the most popular of all travel shavers. I wrote about it:

Braun’s smallest shavers are the MobileShave line of pocket/travel shavers, in two versions, the M-90 and the M-60b. The only difference is color, and the M-90 (picture) incorporates a long hair trimmer.

The dimensions are 5.2 x 3.1 x 1.5 inches. At 6.9 ounces these models are slightly heavier than rivals from Panasonic and Remington, which are both under six ounces. Like most other popular travel shavers, they work off two AA batteries. They are washable under running water. You can read a little more at the Braun website.

Panasonic Pro-Curve Wet:Dry Travel Shaver* Panasonic ES3831K Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Travel Shaver

Another quality product. I wrote:

Is Panasonic’s Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Travel Shaver the best of all the many travel shavers on the market?

It’s quite a call. But certainly the product ticks so many of the boxes. With dimensions of 4.56 x 2.36 x 1.4 inches, and weighing just five-and-a-half ounces, it can fit into a pocket. Rather than a rechargeable battery, it runs for up to 90 minutes on two AA batteries. As a wet/dry shaver it can be cleaned under water. With a list price of $19.99 – substantially less at online sites like Amazon – it is no more expensive than most rival products.

Remington MSC-140 Men's Titanium Battery Operated Foil Travel Shaver* Remington MSC-140 Men’s Titanium Battery Operated Foil Travel Shaver

I wrote:

The low-priced Remington Men’s Titanium Battery-Operated Foil Travel Shaver has become one of the most popular of all the travel shavers. Weighing less than five ounces, and with dimensions of 7.9 x 4.0 x 1.8 inches, it is most suitable for travel, as well as for use as an emergency “back-up” shaver for the car, briefcase or office drawer.

Like many of the other popular shavers, it operates on two AA batteries. But, unlike others, it is a dual-foil model.

It has attracted many favorable comments at Amazon – some 120 reviews with an average of four stars – as well as at the official Remington website, where reviews are solicited.

Philips Norelco PQ208 Travel Electric Razor* Philips Norelco PQ208 Travel Electric Razor

Here is part of what I wrote:

The PQ208 is the Philips Norelco entry in the travel shaver market. In the US it is sold mainly at Walmart, and is even sometimes bundled by them as a giveaway for purchasers of a more expensive product.

It is very compact, but is weightier than rival models, though it boasts self-sharpening blades and independently floating heads that follow the curve of your face. Like others, it operates from two AA batteries, and claims that these will give 60 minutes of shaving. However, unlike some of its rivals, it is not a wet/dry model.

Mangroomer Travel Shaver* MANGROOMER Professional Edition Rechargeable Travel Shaver with Power Burst and Pop-Up Trimmer

I wrote about this model when it was still new and had just one Amazon review (it currently has five):

It’s not cheap: $29.95 is the list price, although it is substantially less at sales sites like Amazon. But this still makes it dearer than popular rivals such as the excellent Panasonic Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Travel Shaver….So far it has attracted just one review – highly favorable – at Amazon. The initial impression is that this is a good shaver. But expensive.

Eltron Travel Shaver* Eltron #el-3040 Compact Travel Shaver

This was also new when I wrote about it:

Hollywood-based Eltron is a long-time manufacturer and distributor of electric shavers, despite lacking the brand-name recognition of the majors like Philips Norelco or Braun. The EL 3040 model is its entrant in the burgeoning travel shaver market.

It is a battery-operated, lightweight shaver, with dimensions of just 3.5 x 2 x 1 inches, and it incorporates a trimmer. It is for dry shaving only, and cannot be washed clean. You can read (a little) more at the Eltron website.

It has attracted only a few reviews at sites such as Amazon, though these are generally very favorable, pointing out that it gives a good shave at a very competitive price.

A New Shaver – Perfect Christmas Gift for a Man

Philips Norelco 1150XA shaver is one of the most popular Christmas gifts for a man. But there are so many shavers. How do you choose?

One option is to let Amazon make the selection for you.

Amazon? Yes, the online superstore knows, better than most, what people want, and its gift ideas are full of practical suggestions.

Here are some of the company’s top Gift Ideas in Electric Shavers:

1. Philips Norelco 1150X/40 SensoTouch 2D Electric Razor (picture) – this is by far the most popular of all the electric shavers sold by Amazon. It is an excellent, mid-price model, suitable for any man. Read my own report.

2. Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System – this is a serious present for someone who appreciates the absolute best. The Braun Series 7 is the company’s top-of-the-range shaver, and is priced accordingly. Read my report – Braun Series 7 Shavers – Possibly the Best.

3. Philips Norelco 7310 Men’s Shaving System – another mid-priced model. More than 1,100 customer reviews at Amazon attest to its popularity.

4. Panasonic ES8103S Men’s 3-Blade (Arc 3) Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Nanotech Blades – Panasonic’s most popular shaver is this excellent mid-priced model. Read my report.

5. Philips Norelco PT730 Powertouch Electric Razor – possibly the best shaver for the price (a list price of $60, but currently selling for around $45 at Amazon). Read my report here.

You Want the Best Shavers? Here They Are

Braun Series 7Which is the best electric shaver? A good guide comes from the ratings and customer reviews at Amazon, where the winner is clear. And here are – the top rated electric shavers:

1. Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System (picture) – with more than 1,450 customer reviews and an average rating of 4.4 stars, this is a clear winner. (And the next most popular electric shaver is also from the 7 Series – the 760cc – also with a 4.4-star rating.) I agree. Here is the headline to my report – Braun Series 7 Shavers – Possibly the Best.

2. Panasonic ES-LF51-A Men’s 4 Blade Electric Razor – the Panasonic actually has a higher average rating – 4.6 stars, which is very high for a shaver – than the Braun, but with just 90 customer reviews it gets ranked lower.

3. Panasonic ES-LV61-A Men’s Electric Razor Arc 5 Multiflex Pivoting Head – this is Panasonic’s excellent, top-of-the-line – and very expensive – shaver. See my report – Face-Off! Braun 790cc Pulsonic vs Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D vs Panasonic ES-LV61. Which Is Best?

4. Panasonic ES8243A Arc 4 Wet/Dry Shaver – less pricey than the Arc 5 (above), the four-blade Arc 4 seems also to be far more popular, with more than 1,200 customer reviews, and an average rating of 4.4 stars. See my report.

5. Philips Norelco 1160X SensoTouch 2D Electric Shaver with Jet Clean System – Philips Norelco also makes excellent shavers, but for some reason they do not feature highly on the Amazon top-rated chart. This one has about 120 customer reviews, and an average rating of 4.3 stars. In fact, the hugely popular Philips Norelco 1250X SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor, with 950 customer reviews, also has an average rating of 4.3 stars, and is a better shaver. See my report.

The Three Best Travel Shavers

Sanyo Electric Rechargeable ShaverI’ve already posted about this (Buyers Guide to the Best Travel Shavers). Let’s narrow it down to the best three.

Number one, in my opinion, is the Sanyo Electric Rechargeable Shaver (picture). Though just a single-blade model, it is strong and rugged, and some men report that they use it as their regular daily shaver. It has a pop-up trimmer and worldwide voltage. It also has a built-in charger.

But, as you might expect for such a sturdily-built product, it is expensive – around $60 – when compared to rival models. If cost is an issue, then consider one of the two following.

The Panasonic Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Travel Shaver would be my next recommendation. And with a list price of $20, and substantially less at Amazon and other discount sales sites, it is a veritable bargain compared to the Sanyo.

Also known as the ES3831K Single Blade Travel Shaver, it runs for up to 90 minutes on two AA batteries, and as a wet/dry model it can be cleaned under water. You probably wouldn’t choose to use this as your daily shaver, but it certainly gives a pretty good shave. Some 265 Amazon reviews, with an average rating of 4.2 stars, attest to its popularity.

My third choice is the Braun M90 MobileShave. This is very similar to the Panasonic, though a little more expensive. It works off two AA batteries and is washable under running water. Unlike the Panasonic it also incorporates a long-hair trimmer. At Amazon it has attracted around 340 customer reviews – far more than any other travel shaver – with an average rating of 4.1 stars.

* Check out the latest prices for travel shavers at Amazon.

The Best Shavers – Really?

By Rayy Zar

Philips Norelco 1250X:40 SensoTouchGizmodo has named what it says is “The Best Electric Razor.” However, it only tested four, so its verdict may be a little dubious.

According to the website, testing was done over two months, with each shaver subjected to one, two and three days of stubble.

We rated the gadgets on their comfort in use and their shaving efficiency—the closeness and thoroughness of the shave, how long a shave took, and how often I had to re-shave areas. The rate at which their heads wore out, the associated cost of replacement heads, and other operating costs were also taken into ranking consideration as well.

And the winner is NOT the Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic, which Shaverama would rate as probably the best. In fact, the Braun was rated fourth out of the four shavers tested, with the following comment:

While the Series 7 worked especially well on the upper lip and cheeks, shaving the neck was a nightmare. It was like the last three hairs remaining somehow always fell outside the realm of the shaver’s ability—needing five or six passes to finally capture. It’s also pricey…Don’t get me wrong, the Series 7 is a capable razor. But given the price and upkeep costs, you can find more cut for your buck elsewhere.

In fact, the winner was the Braun’s big rival, the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D (picture). The reviewer could find almost nothing wrong with it:

Shaving with the Sensotouch 3D feels like removing facial hair with robot kisses. There is virtually zero hair tugging, even through three-day long stubble. The SensoTouch did require more passes as the stubble length increased, but for daily use, its performance was unmatched. I often found myself using it to clean up after testing the other units—using it wet or with shaving foam, the SensoTouch consistently shaved trouble spots that the others missed.

In second place was the Panasonic Arc 4 and in third place was the Wahl Lithium Triple Play.

Face-Off! Braun 790cc Pulsonic vs Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D vs Panasonic ES-LV61. Which Is Best?

By Rayy Zar

Philips Norelco 1250X:40 SensoTouchEach of the three major shaver companies has its marquee product. For Braun it is the Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System. For Philips Norelco it is the 1250X/40 SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor (pictured). And for Panasonic it is the ES-LV61-A 5-Blade Shaver.

How do they compare? Which is the best?

Of course, much depends on personal preference. Every man’s face is different. Yet some users have done comparisons and have written some quite perceptive reviews, at Amazon and other online sales sites.

In December 2010 an Amazon customer named Comdet compared the Braun, the Norelco and the Panasonic ES-LA63. The last of these is one step down from the Panasonic ES-LV61. It is a lengthy review. Here are a few brief excerpts:

Build quality – all are very nicely put together. 

Sound – the 3D runs very quietly; the Braun and Panasonic are far more “buzzy” but not too loud.

Overall feel – for me, the Braun feels the most comfortable to hold. 

Dry shave: closeness – this is a tough call, with the Braun and the Panasonic both providing very close shaves. 

Dry shave: speed – the 3D is the clear winner here. 

Dry shave: neck – this is the most difficult area for most shavers, and all of these models left a few errant hairs here and there. 

Dry shave: comfort – Braun is the winner for me.

Wet shave – this is limited to just the Panasonic and the 3D. I’m not a big fan of wet shaving, but both of these do a very good job. 

Maneuverability – this is where the Braun really shines for me. I have a mustache, and edging it with the Braun is a piece of cake. 

Auto cleaning – I love the cleaning station from Braun. 

Manual cleaning – both the Panasonic and 3D are very easy to clean manually. 

If I had to pick just one, I’d go with the Braun. While not perfect, it excels in several areas and feels the best.

In October 2011 an Amazon customer named Dean compared the Panasonic with the Braun and with the slightly inferior Panasonic ES-LA63. Again this is a long review. Here are a few excerpts:

The shave on the 5-blade LV61 is as close as any blade razor without drawing blood! I did the chin-stubble test and with this 5-blade LV61 you absolutely cannot feel any stubble. It’s an extremely close shave! I almost always draw blood when using a razor and my skin always feels raw. Perhaps my skin is simply used to electric shavers, but I get close shaves that last beyond 5pm, with no mess of shaving cream and no nicks from razors and my skin always feels smooth.

Is it closer than my 4-blade LA63? Trying to remember my chin-stubble test for when my LA63 was brand-new, I think both are very close and still better than the Braun. The 5-blade LV61 if anything provides a faster shave (than the Braun). 

The Braun is the Cadillac. The 4-blade LA63 is the Mercedes. The 5-blade LV61 is the Rolls Royce. You can be just as luxurious in the Mercedes and be perfectly content, but when you want fine-attention to detail, slight improvements here and there, elegance, a nice solid feel, you splurge, sometimes twice the price of a Mercedes, so that you can roll around in style – the Rolls-Royce! 

In October 2011 an an Amazon customer named Boilermate compared the Panasonic and the Philips Norelco. A few excerpts:

While the Panasonic shaver looks top-heavy it is very balanced to hold. Like the Norelco, the Panasonic cannot be used with the charger plugged in. It only takes an hour to charge up. I like the flexible head, the digital readout telling me how much charge remains, and the locking power switch.

On multiple-day growth the Panasonic pulled noticeably when used dry, but no more so than the Norelco. When used with shaving cream the shave felt very smooth. It is noticeably louder than the Norelco.

The three heads of the Norelco cover more area than the rectangular head of the Panasonic, but this isn’t really an advantage in real life. Panasonic tells you to shave with a back and forth motion, rather than the rotary motion most electric shavers tell you to use. That takes some getting used to. The head has a wide “margin” around it, making precision shaving a challenge. The wide large head is most noticeable when shaving under my nose or up to the edges of my sideburns, where I cannot get as close in either case.

Shaving dry, I thought both sides were similarly smooth. When shaving with shaving cream the Norelco side was noticeably smoother to me. The Panasonic trimmer is a lot better than the one on the Norelco.

As of this writing, for the cost of one Panasonic shaver you could buy two Norelco shavers and still have money left over. For that money you get fewer accessories and a shorter money-back guarantee. You also get a shaver that shaves well, but not twice as good as the Norelco. Given a choice, I would opt for the Norelco.

* Get the latest price on the Panasonic ES-LV61-A 5-Blade Shaver.

* Get the latest price on the Philips Norelco 1250X SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor.

* Get the latest price on the Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System.

Buyers Guide to the Best Travel Shavers

By Rayy Zar

Sanyo SV M730 ShaverTechnological advances and low-cost Chinese manufacturing have resulted in new shavers that combine compact size with surprisingly good performance and cheap prices. Such models are ideal as travel shavers, or as back-up shavers that you can keep in the car, office or gym locker.

What should you be looking for in a travel shaver? Here are some pointers.

Compact. Some of these new models are amazingly small. The Sanyo SV M730 pocket shaver (pictured – actually made in Japan) has dimensions of just 3 x 2.4 x 1 inches.

Performance. This of course is the key issue. Check out reviews at Amazon and other online sales sites. The Sanyo is one model that has received rave reviews for its performance. Several reviewers actually seem to be using it as their first shaver. But most travel shavers are too small to deliver a really brilliant performance. (Though ironically, the small head size of travel shavers means they can sometimes reach awkward parts of your face that larger models miss.)

Wet/dry. Some low-cost travel shavers, such as the Panasonic Pro-Curve, are wet/dry models, meaning they can be used in the shower and washed clean, a great convenience. Others are for dry shaving only.

Mode of operation. Most travel shavers use two AA batteries, making them very portable. But several, such as the Remington R91, need recharging, which might take as long as 16 hours.

Price. This of course is also an important consideration. At discount sites like Amazon several models are sometimes as cheap as $10-12, similar to a pack of razor blades, or a set of disposable razors. By contrast, the highly rated Sanyo could set you back as much as $35.

Long-Hair Trimmer. Some have them, some don’t.

Here are five of the best travel shavers.

Panasonic Pro-Curve Wet/Dry Travel Shaver 

This popular models has attracted more favorable reviews at Amazon than any other travel shaver. Compact and low priced, it is a wet/dry model. According to the company it will run for up to 90 minutes on two AA batteries.

Braun MobileShave M-90 Shaver

This is another wet-dry model. It is a little heavier than some rival models. It incorporates a long-hair trimmer. A cheaper version, the M-60b, lacks this.

Sanyo SV M730 Pocket Shaver

Manufactured in Japan, this is a quality product that is smaller and better than many rivals, but also more expensive. (Update: this model is now difficult to obtain. Check out instead the excellent Sanyo Electric Rechargeable Shaver.)

Philips Norelco PQ208 Travel Shaver

For dry shaving only, with independently floating heads. A little heavier than some rivals. It is sold mainly at Walmart, though you can sometimes also find it at Amazon and other outlets.

Remington Men’s Titanium Battery-Operated Foil Travel Shaver

One of two travel shavers from Remington, this dual-foil model has become another Amazon favorite, thanks to its low price and a very good performance.

Update: And here’s a sixth:

Eltron EL 3040 Compact Travel Shaver

Hollywood-based Eltron is responsible for this very cheap shaver that is attracting some excellent reviews at Amazon.

Update: And a seventh:

Mangroomer Professional Edition Travel Shaver

A fine looking new shaver, though more expensive than some.

* Check out the latest prices at Amazon for travel shavers