Category Archives: Travel Shavers

USB Shaver – Great Gadget or Garbage?

Would you buy a USB shaver? It sounds a good idea, particularly if you travel often, but check out some of the reviews first. They are mixed, to say the least.

Here are the headlines from four Amazon reviews for the Shavetech USB Rechargeable Travel Razor:

* Compact and useful

* Ordered two last month, but only one still works

* Garbage

* Great travel gadget

That pretty much sums it up.

Check out the Amazon website for more reviews and the latest price.

Also check out my own report on travel shavers.

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 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.

Mangroomer’s New Travel Shaver

Mangroomer Travel ShaverEarlier this year I posted my “Buyers Guide to the Best Travel Shavers.” I’ve just discovered a new entry, the Mangroomer Professional Edition Travel Shaver.

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.

According to the official website

…Enables you to shave anywhere and at any time with its compact size, extreme rechargeable battery life and use of a single floating foil blade with bonus trimmer.

It features a floating foil blade that follows all the contours of your face for a smooth and comfortable shave. It also has a pop up precision long hair trimmer on back for quick trimming of side burns, neckline, goatee or beard. It can be used in or out of the shower and cleans easily by rinsing under running water.

Additional features include a hypoallergenic foil and stainless steel blades, plus a POWER BURST® button to create an explosive burst of power when pressed to easily trim through extra thick and coarse hair or stubble. The body of your new travel shaver is built with stainless steel body construction and ergonomic design for extra durability and a protective cap is included for storage and travel when not in use.

So far it has attracted just one review – highly favorable – at Amazon. The initial impression is that this is a good shaver. But expensive.

* Get the latest price on the Mangroomer Professional Edition Travel 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.

Eltron EL 3040 Compact Travel Shaver

By Rayy Zar

Eltron Travel ShaverHollywood-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.

Here are comments from several reviews:

Here is part of a review that nicely sums up the shaver:

The good: …Not too loud when operating and it has a very functional trimmer. I got a very good dry shave without any irritation. That said, this shaver is slightly more harsh than the Braun M60, but in my opinion, much more effective at dry shaving. Unlike the Braun M-60, this shaver is not designed to be used wet nor is it water washable. The trimmer works well once extended and is positioned so that it can be used in combination with the foil, which is particularly helpful at shaving any missed or longer hairs, especially on the neck. 

The bad: The on/off switch functions smoothly and easily, but it does not have any type of travel lock. While it has a dot in the middle which matches the shaver body’s color and which I assumed was a button which needed to be pushed in order to switch on the shaver, it is just a decorative element and not a travel lock to prevent the shaver from being switched on while in your bag. The trimmer, while very effective, is very difficult to push up into the on position and also very difficult to retract. It does click into both positions, but it does not slide easily like the on/off switch. Perhaps it will get easier over time. Finally, when done shaving, it is very difficult to remove the foil head assembly in order to brush off the blade. 

Overall: This shaver is solidly built, very compact, comes with a trimmer and gives an excellent dry shave for an extremely low price. It could certainly be used as an everyday shaver…I expect the shaver will last quite a while. However, I would stay away from this shaver if you have arthritis or get frustrated trying to open things up which do not open easily. I would have given it five stars if there was a release button to remove the foil head assembly for blade cleaning. Overall, for me, this is a better shaver than the Braun M60 because it gives me a better dry shave which I prefer. For those who prefer a wet shave, the Braun does give an excellent wet shave. 

* Get the latest price on the Eltron EL 3040 Compact Travel Shaver.

Remington R91 Dual-Head Rotary Travel Shaver

By Rayy Zar

Remington R91 Travel ShaverRemington’s R91 model is one of two travel shavers that the company promotes. The other is the popular, cheaper Men’s Titanium Battery-Operated Foil Travel Shaver.

That one operates from two AA batteries. By contrast, the R91 needs to be recharged – a 16-hour charging time for 30 minutes of shaving – and this needs to be taken into account by potential purchasers.

The R91 is a compact, lightweight shaver, and with two individually flexing heads it can give a faster and better shave than some rivals, albeit at a slightly higher price. You can read more at the Remington website.

It has attracted some very favorable reviews at websites like Amazon. Here is an excerpt from a three-star review that summarises neatly the shaver’s attributes:

Pros:
– fits nicely in my hand (not TOO small or awkward)
– smooth (literally didn’t feel a thing while shaving)

Cons:
– 16-hr charge (stone age, eh?)
– not washable and not water-resistant (need to re-e-e-ealy spend time cleaning it – 2 mins shaving + 6 mins cleaning)

And here’s a five-star review:

I’ve been through a lot of electric shavers (have a slavic beard); and in the last 15 years I’ve taken to shaving in the car during long commutes. This one holds a charge for several days, runs (relatively) quietly, and – for the sake of my wife – does not cover the dashboard with razor dust. They are so inexpensive (less than a replacement head on most shavers), I don’t mind buying a new one every four years or so when the blades aren’t acting as sharp. We bought it this time for my son, as his ‘first weapon’.

*  Get the latest price on the Remington R91 Dual-Head Rotary Travel Shaver.