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    OT: Electric shaver vs. disposable razor

    So the other day I accidentally shaved off my goatee.

    Now that I have more real estate to shave, I'm considering investing in an electric razor. I've never used one. I'm reading that you don't get as close a shave, but you do get less nicks and cuts. They're not cheap, at least the good ones, so I don't want to purchase one if I'm not going to like it.

    I'd like to hear pros and cons from those of you who have (and use) electric razors. To keep this bike related, one advantage of a cordless electric razor might be that you can shave while cycling, right?
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    Used one years ago, not only are they not cheap but they require a lot of maintenance. I prefer cheap disposable razors - my analysis told me that when purchased at the discount warehouse in bulk they are cheaper than electric. This includes the price of foam - now how cheap is that...
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    Whats a Razor?---Electric or Conventional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    So the other day I accidentally shaved off my goatee.
    What, were you sleep-shaving?
    Last edited by RonH; 04-14-10 at 07:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
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    What, were you sleep-shaving?
    Well, it's a long story I blame on cold medication and caffeine. I wanted to "trim" my goatee, and I "thought" the guard was installed on my trimmer, but it wasn't. One swipe up one side of the goatee removed almost all the hair down to about 1/16th of an inch. That left me with little choice but to remove the goatee. Funny thing is, most people haven't even noticed the difference.
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    All said and done a double edge saftey razor with soap and brush is the best and cheapest way to shave. It makes shaving way more interesting. check out http://badgerandblade.com/

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    Electrics are cheaper as you don't replace the heads but once a year. Regular provide a cleaner job. Interestingly I have not heard of anying using electric to shave leg hairs.

    {Having tried Braun, I like the triple head norelco's better because they get closer. Either will require a touch up once a week or so to catch the rebel long hair**
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
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    What, were you sleep-shaving?



    I have a Norelco (sp?) triple header electric rechargeable which I use for quick, out the door, situations. It's handy for that but if I want to get a close shave I use a blade.

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    Ah yes, the old "trimmer guard was off" trick. As long as it takes me to grow a decent beard, I live in fear of that myself.
    I use a Wahl trimmer, BTW... but, my shaver of choice for the past 25 years has been Norelco. They do give a nice close shave but they also lack the fine-point accuracy that a blade offers. I still use a blade for cleaning up hard to reach areas and foe "edge" work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Whats a Razor?---Electric or Conventional.
    It's what the whipper-snappers use to remove the hair from their legs.

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    I used a braun electric razor but it made my face very dry. I now use a double edged razor http://www.timothyedwards.co.uk/Bran...r/p-70-88-152/ and personna red blades. For £17 I have enough blades for 2 years of shaving and I get a really nice shave - no nicks, no irritation, no dry skin.

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    Problem with electric is you got to go over and over and over to get everything. Very irritating. Hate razor burn. Disposable safety razors for me. Not recommended for using while riding though.

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    Electric. Norelco or Phillips or whoever they are lately. No hot water, wash cloth, foam, cuts etc. I used a blade razor for years but no more. Electric is faster and easier, and I'm not required to bring a sharp object near my throat or strategic large blood vessels before I've my first cup of coffee.

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    I've had a Braun in the past, used blades for many years, and now mostly use a Norelco. I like Norelco's more than Braun, and like that the replacement cutting blades are fairly cheap. My Norelco has a battery charge indicator, more or less calibrated in minutes. A full charge is on the order of 50 or so minutes, which means it lasts for a good month between charges.

    Shaving with an electric is better done dry (pre-shower), whereas blade shaving is better done post-shower (in my experience, anyway).

    If you let your stubble get too long, then an electric tends to not work too well, but for daily or even every other day shaving they work well enough. Still, a blade shave is going to be closer.

    I have a couple of old (from the 1920's or maybe 1930's) straight razors that belonged to my grandfather. They have pretty nice blades - made in Solingen, Germany. It is interesting to shave with them - they actually work reasonably well, although they obviously need to be kept sharp. And getting under the nose is tricky. Which is why they invented the styptic (sp?) pencil. I have never tried shaving with a Bowie knife, though, as in old Western movies......

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    My parents gave me a rechargeable Norelco when I turned 16. I tried razors from time to time (my dad was a die-hard double-edged razor man) but ultimately decided to grow a beard when I was 21 as that was easier than either blade or electric.

    Used the Norelco for shaving my neck but it finally died a few years back (lasted 30 years so can't complain - still had the original blades in it). Bought a new Norelco (why mess with success) and it died in about a week. Wrote an email to Norelco and they Fed-Exed a new, upgraded shaver to me that day. It's been great since although I find I'm spending more time shaving ears than I used to. My boys seem to prefer blades though. Don't know where I went wrong.

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    Just grow another goatee/beard . . .
    You can grow facial hair while sleeping, showering or bicycling.
    The time you spend NOT shaving is precious!

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    I have a Remington foil shaver. Works better than the Norelco's I've had. No more razors when you're taking a blood thinner.
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    Make shaving a pleasure. buy a badger hair brush, a shaving mug, a disk of shaving soap, and the razor of your choice. Wash your face with hot water, soak a washcloth in hot water, wring it out and put in on your face. Sit down with your head back. Wait a few minutes. Remove cloth, run hot water on the brush, work up a lather in the mug and then on your face. Get up a thick lather. Take a minute or two to do this. shave. rinse face with hot water, then cold water. Dry face, apply witch hazel to tone the skin, then an aftershave. Once you get the hang of doing all of this, shaving will be one of the pleasures of your day. get good stuff on line, not at Walgreens and such stores. You'll love shaving.
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    I started with Braun. Switched to Norelco/Philips about 10 years ago and prefer them. The recent models are really good. With the Braun I had to change the blades once a year, never changed one on the Norelco. Just open the blade compartment and put it under the tap once a month.
    It's true that you don't get as close a shave as with manual razor but it's getting very close with newer models and there's no nicks and cuts. The beauty is that you can shave in the car if you are in a hurry.

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    I used an electric from the time I started shaving until my mid-40s--Remingtons, Norelcos and Brauns--I used them all. The temporary loss of my electric shaver, coupled with the magical appearance of razors and foam, caused me to try it.

    I've not gone back. Nor can I foresee ever going back.
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    After reading they were easier on your face, I switched to electrics at a young age, and haven't used anything else since. Since the Chinese made versions of Norelcos showed up, they're so cheap and work so great that I don't anticipate ever using anything else.
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    Norelco about four or five days and then a touch up with a razor. Mostly on the chicken skin of my neck.

    I like a electric because you can do it while you do something else without screwing up your sideburns or mustache.
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    THe electric is much easier and faster than a manual head. It takes almost no focus at all, and I don't see how it's possible to cut yourself. I bought the Norelco 7110x, which at the time was only 40 dollars or so (I can't swear to that). For a cheaper unit it's good enough to have held up to routine use for 3 years -- I'm satisfied with that.
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    Lately I have been* stealing my wife's. The legs and the beard give it a passing grade. No electric shaver here.
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