While there used to be all kinds of brands that make electric shavers, there are basically four main brands now, as many have bought out the smaller brands. The main brands are Braun, Philips-Norelco, Panasonic, and Remington. So, if you are thinking about getting an electric shaver, do you know which brand and model is best for your shaving needs? Not all electric shavers are the same, and you need to do your homework before going out and spending $100 or more only to discover that you don’t like the shaver for one reason or another. It is a good idea to check some electric shaver reviews online about various models. In addition to reading reviews, you need to know some basics about electric shavers, such as:
1. Electric Shaver Technologies
There are two main technologies for electric shavers: foil and rotary. With a foil shaver, you will get a nice, close overall shave, but the shave won’t be as close on the neck as it is on the face. It takes less time to shave with one of these shavers, but you may find more irritation. Rotary shavers can shave as close as foil shavers if you do it right. These shavers are quieter than foil shavers, but the side trimmers aren’t always as good. Also, because there is a “lift and cut” technique, you may find a lot of irritation.
You need an electric shaver that is going to function well for you. It may take a few tries to get used to using it, so don’t toss it out if you don’t like it the first couple of times you use it. When it comes to performance, there are certain things to look for. These include how hot the shaver gets, if it runs loudly, if it will give a close shave without irritating too much, and how long the battery charge will last.
3. Finding Replacement Parts
You don’t want to get a shaver that you can’t easily get replacement parts for. Every so often, you will need to replace the cutting parts, and it is best to find a brand that offers replacement parts at reasonable prices. For example, Norelco needs more head replacement than other brands, but the parts are also more expensive, so this may not be the most economical brand for you. If you are looking for a brand that offers the best prices on replacement parts, Braun is a good option.
4. Wet and Dry Shavers
You may be wondering if you should go with a wet or a dry electric shaver. Panasonic electric shavers have awesome wet/dry technology, and can even be used while you are in the shower, which is a great time-saver. But, it is not overly water-resistant, and can’t be submerged, even though you can run water over it without any problems. The only downfall is that you don’t always get the closest shave when using a wet/dry shaver.
5. Shaver Cleaning Stations
You will also need to decide if you want to use a shaver that has a cleaning station. These can be good and bad all at the same time. For instance, they will do a great job cleaning the shaver heads, which makes it really convenient because you don’t have to bother doing it yourself. On the other hand, it only takes a few seconds to use a brush to clean the shaver head yourself. You may want to look at models that you can rinse with running water. That way, you won’t be spending extra money just to have the cleaning station.