When deciding between an electric shaver, beard trimmer, cartridge based razor, double edge safety razor, or even a single edge razor, as a consumer you have quite a bit too chose from.
But how do you cut through all the marketing speak and actually find one that would be perfect for you?
Sure the single edge razor may be the cheapest to own, but who has :45 minutes every morning to hone their blade, make up their shaving cream, and most importantly of all – shave?
So long that we are putting in more hours at the office than ever before, our time to groom seems to be getting shorter and shorter.
Therefore there will always be a market for the electric shaver.
However, there is defintely a strong movement between both the beard community and the wet shaving community that strikes down electric shavers immediately.
There reasons certainly are compelling.
When compared to a double edge safety razor, they are not the cheapest, nor are they the closest shave.
So that begs the question – why would anyone buy an electric shaver?
Here are 9 compelling reasons why guys decide to take the plunge and purchase one.
1. Electric Shaver is Cheaper than a Cartridge Based Razor
Electric shavers are expensive.
To get a decent one, you will be looking to spend a couple hundred dollars.
That is quite a bit of cash to layout.
But when compared to the cartridge based brethern, it is STILL cheaper on an annual basis.
When you add everything up for a cartridge based razor, you are looking to spend about $250 annually!
Thats the price for an electric shaver an THEN some.
Here’s the kicker:
The electric shaver you buy should last just 1 year, or even 5 years.
When buying an electric shaver expect to get anywhere between 15-20 years of longetivity.
In that same timeframe (15 years), you would have spent $3,750 on cartridge based razors.
It is important to note that you will want to replace the blades on your electric shaver about once every 18-24 months (~$35 bucks).
But don’t worry, even with the added costs of replacement blades, you are way under the annual costs when compared to a cartridge razor.
When you compare a electric or manual razor, you have to go electric if anything – for cost alone.
2. An Electric Shaver is Still The Quickest Way to Get Ready in the Morning
Besides not shaving altogether, the electric shaver is simply the quickest way to go follicle free in the morning.
In fact, you can get a shave in as little as 5 minutes.
Not only does that save you time on getting some much needed rest in the morning, but over the course of time, say you spend 10 to even 15 minutes shaving in the morning (if you are using a double edge safety razor or single edge razor) that is a net savings 5min – 15min of 10 minutes!
Sure 10 minutes doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but add that up over the course of a year and its just over 60 hours annually!
Think about that – an electric shaver saves you over the equivalent of a weeks worth of vacation when compared to wet shaving.
3. You Can Bring an Electric Shaver On an Airplane or In Your Car
Got a meeting that you are running late for?
Or perhaps need to travel via air and don’t have time to check a bag?
Sure you could definitely bring a cartridge based razor with you on the plane – just make sure your shaving cream is under the required 3.4oz (100ml) or less.
Or else you are going have one painful morning shave if you forget to pick up some shaving cream on the way to your hotel room.
On the other hand, with an electric shaver, you have the ultimate traveling flexibility.
If you are going straight from the airport to a meeting, you can shave in the bathroom on a plane.
Or better yet:
When was the last time you saw a guy wet shaving on the morning commute?
I hope never…
This is where the electric shaver is best.
While I don’t at all condone distracted driving (esp shaving while driving) – it is very well possible to do so.
You don’t even have to pack any shaving cream with you.
Just get up and go.
If its just an overnight trip to anywhere, an electric shaver can get several shaves out of just one full charge.
So not only can you thin down on what your packing in your carryon, you don’t even have to worry about the charger.
In fact several electric shavers on the market today actually have a travel lock built into them (hit the power button a few times).
This way your shaver doesn’t accidentally get turned on when getting bounced around in turbulance or in the trunk of a car.
4. Skin Irritation Doesn’t Happen To Everyone
One of the biggest complaints with an electric shaver is skin irritation.
Skin irritation sucks!
There no two ways about it.
However, you will notice when doing research about electric shavers, is that many of them have the option to do wet and dry shaves.
This is a godsend for those with skin irritation, razor burn, or razor bumps.
Here’s the deal:
When you use shaving cream on your face, the cream itself will thicken up the follicle as well as help open up the pores.
Why is this important?
Be it a rotary shaving head or a foil shaving head on the electric shaver, it allows the blades to go in and get a much cleaner cut on the hair follicle.
A cleaner cut leads to a more comfortable shave.
Every guy of course is different and your experience may vary.
But if you used an electric shaver in the past and never wet shaved with one, it might be worth giving it a second look.
Especially if the only reason that you stopped using an electric shaver was due to skin irritation in general.
5. Dead Battery – No Problem, Only a 5 Minute Charge and Your Back
A common gripe that wet shavers will bring up and hold against the electric shaver is the fact that you will always need a battery charged to use one.
Its not much use rubbing a dead electric shaver against your face unless of course you love tormenting yourself like that.
With just about all modern electric shavers on the market today, you can get an incredibly quick charge in really under 5 minutes.
Don’t get me wrong, it definitely sucks to hop out of the shower, grab an electric shaver and find out that its dead.
But if you toss it onto the cradle then go brush teeth, iron pants & shirt, or grab a bowl of cereal, by the time you are done with any one of those tasks, you shaver will be set to shave and continue on with your day.
6. Wet Shave or Dry Shave with an Electric Shaver
As touching on the skin irritation point in #4 electric shavers of today have the ability to wet and dry shave.
So the question I commonly hear is: can you wet shave with an electric razor? and the answer is YES!
But what’s the difference between the two?
To simply put it – a wet shave is when you put shaving cream on your face and then use the electric shaver to cut your beard.
Whereas a dry shave is exactly how it sounds – using the electric shaver without shaving cream.
So what are the pros and cons of each?
Well with a wet shave you will get even a bit closer of a shave than what you would expect with just using the electric shaver dry.
Also with a wet shave, you reduce the likelihood of skin irritation, razor bumps, and razor burn.
Definitely a huge benefit if you have sensitive skin.
But of course with all the pros definitely come at least a few cons.
Namely, one of the biggest reasons you decide to get an electric shaver is the convenience of not having to use shaving cream any more.
Nothing is more satisfying than wrapping up your morning routine quickly and efficiently.
In addition with using an electric shaver ‘wet’ – you have to actually purchase shaving cream again.
Granted shaving cream is pretty affordable, even the super high quality ones like this.
7. Does an Electric Shaver Provide a Close Shave?
Yes it does – and here is why:
You can get an incredibly close shave if you use a foil based electric shaver.
In fact we have an entire breakdown dedicated to the difference between a foil vs rotary shaver.
To give you a quick synopsis between the two (foil and rotary shavers) they both come with their own advantages and disadvantages.
You see a foil based shaver will give you the closest shave possible on flat surfaces such as your cheeks and neck area.
Couple a foil shave with some high quality shaving cream that was listed above and suddenly you have a shave that can stand toe-to-toe with a cartridge or even in some cases a double edge safety razor.
Now that’s not to note that the foil shaver doesn’t have some disadvantages as well.
You see, given its rectangular design, it does have some trouble getting around your chin or up in the nose area.
So you will definitely have to be patient and go over those areas a few times to make sure that the shave is close.
Manufacturers like Braun and Panasonic are doing a good job though to combat this defficiency by making heads that pivot and tilt much better than the previous generations of foil shavers.
Speaking of pivots and tilts, that brings up the other electric shaver – the rotary based shaver.
A rotary shaver unlike its foil based counterpart has the ultimate flexibility when it comes to the chin and nose areas.
It can get into the contours of your face with ease providing the most consistent shave all around.
However that’s not to say the rotary shaver doesn’t have a few disadvantages itself.
With the rotary head, unlike the foil, it simply can’t match the closeness of the shave.
To set the record straight though, we are talking about millimeters of difference.
If you were to walk into a meeting and be a couple of feet away from a person, they would never know if you used a foil or rotary shaver.
So definitely let this be your deterrent.
Also just like I mentioned in the foil section above, if you apply some high quality shaving cream prior to using the rotary shaver, you will get even a closer shave than if you were to use it dry.
8. Your Electric Shaver On Her Legs – Yep That Works Too!
Yes, it can be a mutual purchase between the two of you!
Looking for a quick and convenient shave for your face in the morning?
The electric shaver works wonders when compared to its wet shaving counterparts.
Does she want to not get razor burn or nasty nicks while shaving her legs? Your electric shaver can help her out too.
Sure sharing a electric shaver might not be for everyone, but not only can it provide you with a close shave, but it can also give her the opportunity to not be in the shower so long by taking care of things a bit quicker!
9. No Electric Shaver Nicks or Cuts – Sweet!
We touched on quite a bit of things regarding the electric shaver vs a catridge razor.
Simply put, the electric shaver is a lot better and a lot cheaper when compared to a cartridge razor.
But what about when compared to a double edge safety razor or single edge razor.
Sure the electric shaver will win hands down on speed, convenience, and of course portability.
But when it comes to cost, the double edge safety razor is rediculously cheap (the single edge razor even moreso).
Here’s the kicker though:
For the amount of money that you save with wet shaving on a double edge safety razor, you are opening yourself up to getting nicked while shaving.
While of course that might not be a huge problem for some, but that’s why it takes so much longer in the morning.
Let’s be honest:
If you are using a cartridge razor, you are paying a LOT of money for the disposability of it, but also in that its nearly impossible to nick yourself with.
By and far both the electric shaver and cartridge razors are the safest to shave with if you don’t add in the application of band-aids to your morning routine.
What We Learned
As we discovered, the electric shaver may not be the closest possible shave ever nor is it the absolute cheapest shave.
But – when compared to what you may be using at the current moment (i.e. a cartridge based razor), it shines above and beyond what cartridges are capable of.
You absolutely cannot beat the convenience and speed of an electric shaver.
If shaving isn’t something you look forward to in the morning because you have a million other things on your plate for the day, an electric shaver can be a huge productivity boost for the morning routine and is definitely worth checking out further if you want to just simply get things done and go on with your day.