To achieve a smooth and comfortable shave, you must get the surface on your skin warm so the hair will soften and your skin will be supple.
Whether you are considering a shaving cream warmer for personal use or your barbershop, below we share with you a few we think you will like.
Comparing Shaving Cream Warmers
|Conair HGL1NR Gel And Lather Heating System||1 Year||No|
|Lather Time Professional Hot Lather Machine||No||No|
|Common Wealth Professional Deluxe Hot Lather Machine||1 Year||Yes|
|The Latherking||1 Year||No|
3 Tips for Buying a Shaving Cream Warmer
1. Shaving Cream Variety
Most shaving cream warmers require that you use a particular shaving liquid concentrate (sold separately). This limits your ability to test across brands should you not be satisfied with the results.
Some consumer-facing shaving cream warmers may work with a limited number of shaving gels and foams. Be sure to check the compatibility before purchasing.
2. Temperature Control
Some shaving cream warmers allow you to change the temperature, whereas others only have an on/off switch. The ability to control temperature typically isn’t a leading consideration but a feature that some models may add. Our recommendation is to put little weight on this feature.
When considering shaving cream warmers, it’s important to remember that industrial options like The Latherking are often found in barbershops rather than in homes. They often are placed in a central location, so many barbers can share one unit.
If you are buying for home use, be sure to check the device’s dimensions to make sure it doesn’t take up too much countertop space in your bathroom.
4 Of The Best Shaving Cream Warmers (Dispensers)
If you want the same exact lather machine that barbers use and are willing to give up a few conveniences such as footprint size or temperature control, then the Lather Time Professional Hot Lather Machine by Scalpmaster will be your best bet.
This liquid-based shaving cream dispenser will work for you and about 100 others on any given day.
The workhorse of shaving cream warmers, this product comes with the absolute barebones including an extra-large soap cup, a rubber foot pad for reduced slippage when using the front pump, along with a cleaning brush to maintain your dispenser over the course of its life.
Beyond just the aesthetics, inside you will find a 120V DC motor that should serve you for years.
While this might be overkill for the bathroom countertop, men who are striving to get a shaving cream warmer that they are so accustomed to seeing every time they go to the barbershop will of course love this option.
When it comes to the specific solution that is used within this dispenser, a popular choice among both men and barbers alike is the highly revered shave cream by Campbell’s.
With each dispense of this machine and the Campbell’s shaving cream, you should be able to generate both a warm and incredibly rich texture that will leave your razor blade singing when gliding effortlessly to cut your whiskers down.
While of course, this machine is a bit overkill for a bathroom countertop, it will be incredibly well suited for those who come from larger families where many men may be shaving within the house – making it an incredibly well-placed investment.
Beyond just hairdryers, Conair has been making hallmark bathroom appliance brands for years.
Based out of Glendale, AZ comes this unique and compact warm shaving cream dispenser that should work for just about man’s shaving cream or gel canister.
Taking up a relatively small footprint on your countertop, this 120V plug-in operated dispenser is great for the man looking for a no-nonsense shaving cream warmer that gets the job done adequately.
Ripe for the man who is on a budget, this affordable shaving cream dispenser won’t set you back hundreds of dollars like some of the others listed below that are better suited for daily shaving and of course industrial standards.
Unlike many of the other shaving cream warmers reviewed in this article, Conair does back the HGL1NR with its one-year warranty from the date of purchase.
Therefore, this shaving cream warmer will provide the peace of mind that you have come to expect from quality brands like Conair.
When using the Conair warmer, you will want to make sure that you switch it to the on position before hopping into the shower. Once the LED indicator stops blinking on the top, your shaving cream will be ready for dispensing and you will be on your way to a much more comfortable (and affordable) shave!
With a name like Latherking, you know this product takes its job seriously. A workhorse like the Scalpmaster, this shave cream warmer is primarily aimed at barbershops.
However, given its relatively sleek design, it can also be a welcomed addition to many men’s countertops who shave on a daily basis.
While we covered this above in the Scalpmaster section, shaving cream warmers of this capacity may be a bit overkill for just a single guy. However, if you share your sink with other folks in the household that shave on a regular basis, this is an incredible way to cut costs for everyone across the board instead of paying the steep prices that canned creams demand.
Being made in the USA, you should expect quality construction not seen in other warmers that were made overseas. Beyond just being made in the United States, this dispenser by Latherking is UL certified (and the only one we found to be such the case on our list).
It’s important to note that since this dispenser doesn’t come equipped with a dish or tray to rest in, you may want to pick up a product upon check out. However, it’s not to say that it doesn’t have an enclosed motor case, just that a rubber mat to rest on should help to increase its lifespan and prevent mildew buildup along the bottom.
Secondly, given its industrial first design, this shaving cream warmer will take some time before it’s ready. The expected wait time till a warm lather should be around 30 minutes.
Therefore, you will want to turn this one while brushing your teeth and well before you plan on hopping into the shower.
Lastly, given its barbershop focus, there are no ways to adjust the temperature setting on this machine.
First and foremost, this shave cream warmer comes with temperature control.
However, this warmer is unable to dial in on an exact temperature setting. Instead of a degree-specific temperature, you can set it anywhere between on, medium, and hi – much like an iron’s dial that you use when straightening out your clothes.
While the temperature can be a bit vague, likely after a few uses of this dispenser, you will know your preferred temp and have no future adjustments.
Another great feature about this dispenser is that it comes equipped with a pump top design, making it incredibly easy to get your shaving cream out with only one hand.
Unlike the Conair dispenser, this warmer can only take on liquid concentrates. Therefore, if you are wanting to use your favorite canned cream, you are out of luck.
Beyond the shave creams operations, this product does come packed with a badger brush. If you have only ever used your hands to apply shaving cream, you will quickly realize just all the benefits that these brushes hold, especially when helping to increase the overall comfort of your shave.
What’s also great is that this warmer by Common Wealth does also includes an 8oz shave cream concentrate to get you started.
This warmer comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty providing extra peace of mind when purchasing.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.