ok guys, it's time I buy a new electric shaver. I don't want this thread to turn into an electric vs manual razor.
I've been using Braun (I forgot what series), but it's old, doesn't hold charge for very long, and takes about 10 minutes in the morning to shave (still missing a lot).
So what do you use? Do you use the rotary blades, or the ones with the straight edge blades (like the Braun and a lot of the Remingtons)?
The hair on my face is thick as wire, and if I miss a day, the next day I look like I've been roughing it in the woods for a while.
What do you all use?
$ is no object.......... sort of
I spent 10 years trying different electric razors from cheapos to $150 models. I've found that the expensive ones are NOT worth the money. All electric shavers work half ass and don't last very long, so.......get the cheapest and replace every year or two when it breaks.
I prefer rotary blades....at least they give me a slightly better shave and are less likely to rash me up once in a while.
Personally, I usually grab whatever the cheapest Norelco is at the time. Their lowest end model is usually around $25-30.
I recently bought a Braun (foil blade), after a number of years with a Norelco rotary blade. The Braun may get slightly closer, but it takes more work. I think I prefer the rotary.
I used to use electrics. I started with a Norelco 3-head rotary in HS. It worked fairly well for the first year or so, but then took more time to do not as good of a job. A few years later, I switched to a Braun rechargable. It worked much better, and lasted longer. I then upgraded to a nicer Braun rechargable with the cleaning dock. It worked great. The only issue I've had with the Brauns is that I had to be careful with the foil. On both of them I got tears in the edge, which would rip the hell out of my face. They also tend to lose their ability to hold a decent charge over time.
I still have the last Braun I bought. It sits under the sink in the bathroom collecting dust.
+1 on the Norelco shavers. Mine have lasted about 10 to 15 years. I generally by the mid price ones, not the absolute cheapest model, but one or two small steps above. Right now you can get one for around $50 at Target. My skin is sensative and shaving with a razor irritates the skin. I'll so it every so often when traveling as I'll look properly shaved for at least 36 to 48 hours. With the electric I get no irritation and I look find for 24 hours. Not nearly a "close" a shave as a blade, but it has worked very nicely for me for the last 22 or so years.
Any of the newer Braun's with the wierd shaped holes in the foil, they work great. I had a middle of the road norelco rotary and HATED it. Does not get neck hair worth a crap. The best foil razor I ever had was a Remington triple foil, quiet, fast and CLOSE. Braun's are now the best option for me.
Also, use a pre-electric shave liquid, cheap store brands work just as good as lectra-shave and are less $$. They really do help your razor cut better. I also prefer razor's that can be rinsed off, and do so every charging.
Nothing compares to a Gillette fusion 5 blade, but those blades are damn expensive, I would go through the cost of an electric razor every month! I do use it for those times when I really want to be close shaven and smooth for my girlfriend :)
I'm in my 3rd year with my Remington electric shaver. One change of the little titanium rotary blades in that time. The shaver was 60 bucks at target or kmart as I recall. I don't remember the cost for replacement blades.
I saw an advertisement for a similar shaver at Harbor Freight. Not titanium, but it cost 6 bucks. With it all being Chinese crap anyway, I have to wonder if the quality is similar.
I end up using two razors. I have a decent Norelco which is great for a close shave. However, it doesn't do well around the neck. My Braun with the funky holes in the foil does better there, but tends to chew up the face a lot more than the Norelco. So, I use the Norelco for daily stuff, but when I need to look my best, I use both. The Braun for mowing the grass, and the Norelco for the best look.
Best shaver I had was a wet/dry Norelco that I used while in the shower. Until its battery gave up the ghost, it was the best for both getting a close shave, and leaving no stray hairs.
Oh c'mon guys - dont' you folks EVER change the shaver heads? Heads don't last forever. Change them at least once per year (twice is better) and CLEAN THEM regularly. Gunky heads don't cut stubble so the heads need to be removed and cleaned at least weekly. It is EASY to do this with the small brush that should have come with the razor. (Sheesh, you 'll clean a gunky chain but you won't clean the thing that you push across your face every morning?)
I have a rechargeable rotary Norelco twin-head (not the 3-head) that I've had for 15 years and it works PERFECTLY still. Yes, I have a beard but my beard is not a full beard so I shave my cheeks and neck every morning. The Norelco works perfectly for this although it does allow for the edge of my beard to creep larger between trimmings. When I shape/trim my beard I just use the clippers to "reset" the edge and I'm back to the look I want.
Electric shavers do not shave as close as a blade in spite of the advertising slogans that say they do. However, the shave is very close and is easier on your skin than a blade if you are sensitive. Clean heads and 'Lectric Shave help keep irritation down as well.
Blades cost $150/yr. Heads for the shaver will be <$50 even if you change them 2x per year. Change them on Fathers Day and Christmas. I believe that Norelco used to even have advertising that recommended this on those days.
I've got a cheapo Remington 3 blade rotary. It sux. So I started using blades about a year ago. But now that the prices of replacement blades have gotten to be so absurdly high, I'm considering going back to electric. Now just trying to make up my mind between foil and another rotary.
Used to use a Norelco, then a Remi, finally a Braun; none of them ever worked as well as a blade.
My beard is wiry, but my skin is sensitive, so I don't even try to torture myself anymore. If I still used a shaver, I'd only use it 1x/week instead of the 2-3x/week I do now with the blade (no matter what I use, daily shaving is no longer an option, too irritating to the skin).
Glad you can still use the things, they eat me up.
I've had a philips/norelco 8150XL for maybe 4 years now? 3-blade rotary with the XL heads ($30-35ish). The battery is doing fine and it still shaves about the same as long as you keep it clean. Sometimes it won't pick up a few hairs that are laying down funny, I keep a regular razor handy for those, just a quick, dry swipe. For special occasions, I use the razor w/ shaving cream.