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The Seven Best Electric Shavers – An Independent View

Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic ShaverBritain’s The Independent newspaper presents what it says are the seven best electric shavers, across all price ranges.

Here is what the newspaper says:

For the full-service effect, the Braun Series 7 is pricey but worth it. For the best value though, the Panasonic ES-RW30 is very hard to beat. And like the Philips, it’s a wet-and-dry model which adds versatility. For rotary fans, Philips is still the brand to go for, with models at every price point.

And here are the seven models:

1. Braun Series 7 790cc-4

2. Philips RQ1180/22 SensoTouch Wet & Dry

3. Remington XR1350 HyperFlex

4. Panasonic ES-SL41 Milano 3-Blade Wet and Dry

5. Braun M60b MobileShave

6. Panasonic ES-RW30 Wet and Dry

7. Braun Waterflex

The Most Popular Electric Shaver

Here is the most popular electric shaver as judged by Amazon reviews.

Panasonic ES-LF51-A Arc4 Men’s Electric Shaver Wet/Dry with Flexible Pivoting Head

From more than 160 customer reviews this shaver has an average rating of 4.6 stars. Says one reviewer:

Don’t even think about it, just buy this razor! I have used Braun and many other brand name electric razors in the past but Panasonic has them all beat hands down.

This is my second Panasonic electric razor and the only reason I purchased a second was to hand down the first razor to my son.

The battery seems to last forever and the blades are second to none. Closest, most comfortable shave available with out using a razor blade and no bloody cuts to worry about.

No, I am NOT affiliated with Panasonic at all. I am just an older gent that thinks they make an excellent electric razor so I am giving them a big thumbs up! I am the type of man that would tell the world about a crappy item so I also have to tell it like it is when I find a excellent product.

By the way the cheapest place I found it was at

It has a retail price of $250, but at the time of writing was selling for less than $150 at Amazon.

Cheap Shavers for Fathers Day

The Today website carries a feature on the best cheap electric razors for Father’s Day. It nominates four.

Braun MobileShave M-90* Braun M90 Mobile Shaver (photo) is described as “a perfect companion for a road warrior….This is a compact foil razor that comes complete with a pop-up trimmer for a mustache or sideburns.”

* Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Rechargeable Cordless Razor is “a rotary shaver with a rechargeable battery….Users appreciate the full-size pop-up trimmer, declaring it superior to others in this price range, where many razors lack a trimmer entirely.”

Remington MSC-140 Men’s Titanium Battery Operated Foil Travel Shaver is “one of those basic models with no pop-up trimmer — no surprise at such a low price. Reviewers say this compact foil razor powered by two AA batteries is ideal for shaving on the go.”

* Remington R3-4110A Cordless Rotary with Pivot and Flex Technology is “another rotary shaver with a cord for recharging….From teens shaving for the first time to nonagenarians with impaired vision or arthritic hands, users find it easy to get a close shave with this razor. Unlike the Philips Norelco rotary shaver, it can be cleaned off under the faucet.”

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.

Men’s Hair Trimmers and Clippers – The Most Wished-For List

Wahl 79300-400 Hair TrimmerAmazon presents a regularly updated list of the most wished-for products in men’s hair trimmers and clippers. It is probably little surprise that it is pretty similar to the best seller list.

The most wished-for item is the hugely popular Panasonic ER-GN30-K Vortex Wet/Dry Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer. Here is an excerpt from one of more than 1,800 Amazon customer reviews:

This is the first time I’ve used a trimmer and I love it. Wasn’t sure what to expect, whether it would hurt or if I would be sneezing all day. None of that happened. The trimmer is:

– very easy to set up
– requires a AA battery (not included)
– washable
– operates at an acceptable noise level (low humming sound)
– gets rid of hair with no pull or tuck feeling

I used this for my nose and ears and it worked great. The rounded cap on top has a blade on the inside, the blade is placed slightly lower than the tip of the cap. This helps avoid any skin tucks, making it completely safe to use. There is a small opening in the top cap that can be exposed by rotating the head of the trimmer. The opening here is what makes the trimmer washable, it lets water in to wash the blade and also drains it out.

The list price is $20, but at the time of writing it was selling for less than $12.50 at Amazon.

The second most wished-for product is the Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit (picture). It has a list price of $41, but at the time of writing was selling at Amazon for just $19.

Third on the most wished-for list is the Philips Norelco NT9130 D-Finer Precision Trimmer, for nose and ear hair, which was recently named by Amazon as its top-selling men’s grooming product of the past 15 years. It has a list price of $20, but at the time of writing was selling at Amazon for $18.95.

Amazon’s Top Selling Men’s Grooming Product – Philips Nose Hair Trimmer

Philips Nose TrimmerAmazon has released a list of the top 10 best-selling men’s grooming products over the past 15 years. And right at the top is the humble Philips Norelco nose hair trimmer.

Certainly this is a fine product, as evidenced by more than 670 customer reviews, an impressive number.

Here is an excerpt from one review:

I just received this unit and agree with everyone who said how well this unit works. It is very easy to use and it does a much better job than the typical rotary trimmers, which grabbed and caused significant eye watering. In addition this unit works excellently for ear, eyebrow and moustache trimming compared to rotary trimmers.

…Update: I use this trimmer every 2-3 weeks and it is working as good as it did when it was new. Battery useage is modest so I only have to change the battery once a year. Clean this unit after every use and you will be very satisfied. I have changed my rating of this from a 4 star to a 5 star as it has performed flawlessly over a 5 year period.

And another:

I’ve gone through 3 other nose/ear trimming products from other manufacturers. They never seemed to do a good job. I always had to make a second pass with a small scissors. Having to also use scissors means the trimmer itself is a failure at its job. But with this Norelco, it works perfectly. No need for scissors.

It has a list price of $15, but is usually on discount at Amazon and other online retailers.

* Get the latest price on the Philips Norelco NT9110 Nose and Ear Trimmer