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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.

A Great Travel Shaver – Sanyo Electric Rechargeable Shaver

Sanyo Electric Rechargeable ShaverLooking for the best travel shaver? The Sanyo SV M730 Pocket Shaver is the best, in my view, though it is more expensive than rival models. But, in any case, it is now difficult to find. (For more, see my Buyers Guide to the Best Travel Shavers.)

In its place check out the Sanyo Electric Rechargeable Shaver. This too is more expensive than many other models, but it is a first-class, very rugged product that gives an excellent shave for such a compact size. Many purchasers report using it as their regular shaver, not simply for when they are on the road.

It has a pop-up trimmer and worldwide voltage. It also has a built-in charger, so you will not be able to lose it, or forget to bring it when traveling.

Probably the main issue for some potential buyers will be whether or not it is easy to obtain spare parts. Sanyo is now incorporated into the Panasonic empire, so in theory it should not be difficult to replace worn components. But some US consumers have reported problems.

That said, this is an excellent product that for many users is as good as a Braun or Philips models costing several times the price. It does not have a lot of customer reviews at Amazon – nine at last count – but all were four- or five-star reviews.

If you are looking to buy a travel shaver, or even a low-cost regular shaver, do at least check out this model.

* Get the latest price on the Sanyo Electric Rechargeable Shaver.

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

Quality Japanese Engineering – Sanyo SV M730 Pocket Shaver

By Rayy Zar

Sanyo SV M730 ShaverThe Sanyo SV M730, made in Japan, has a very high reputation. However, it is substantially more expensive than rival travel shavers.

With dimensions of 3 x 2.4 x 1 inches it is one of the smallest travel shavers on the market. Like most others, it uses two AA batteries.

It has attracted some rave reviews at Amazon, with an average of 4.9 stars, which is possibly the highest score for any shaver on the site.

Here is one of only two (at the time of writing) four-star reviews (the others are all five-star):

The best thing about this razor is that it’s very small, probably smaller than you think, so it takes up very little room in your toiletries bag. It shaves about the same as other travel razors I’ve had, but it’s much smaller. Several reviews indicate that it lasts a long time, so I believe it’s your best choice for a travel razor.

Since the “mirror” in the case is just polished aluminum, and it’s small and not very bright, and since the plastic cap on the razor is quite strong and protects the foil well, I pack it without the case. I put two rubber bands around it to make sure the cap doesn’t come off, and it takes up about half the room of my old Braun travel razor.

And here is the other four-star review:

I do a lot of motorcycle travel and, much like backpacking, space is limited so I’m always on a quest for “smaller and lighter”. Based on the other reviews here, I bought one and have not been disappointed. The size is great and it shaves very well – as good as a much more expensive Braun I have. Can’t comment on long term durability yet, but it is well built and I expect the same lifespan as other reviewers. Thumbs up!

As noted, the main issue for many potential purchasers will be the price.

* Get the latest price on the Sanyo SV M730 Pocket Shaver.