Going electric is the cleaner, hassle-free way of shaving, but which grooming gadgets offer you the smoothest experience for the best value?
For most of us – especially on-the-go dads – a full cutthroat shave is a luxury we seldom find the time to enjoy. A morning cut for dads usually means a quick once-over with an electric shaver. It’s not all doom and gloom though, because electric shavers are becoming more affordable and more hi-tech, offering an impressive shave for half the time and effort. Research by Which? even suggests that the majority (67%) of men have gone electric.
There are hundreds of electric shavers on the market, so we’ve trimmed them down to the very best:
i-Stubble Facial Trimmer (GMT900)
This trimmer is great for sensitive skin; the floating head technology works well with the electro-chemically formed blades for extreme sharpness, durability, and accuracy. This nifty device also has a nice LCD display and quick charging battery (for those mornings you forget to charge it!).
£42 WHERE TO BUY CONAIR
This laser-guided wand of a beard-trimmer has a unique wheel-lock system, so you can tweak it to your specific beard length. It also comes with a duel-sided reversible trimmer, so you can go for an extra-precise trim, as well as being water resistant for rinsing after each use.
£40 WHERE TO BUY PHILIPS
CT2cc Cooltec Shaver
This shaver from Braun is on the higher end of the list, price-wise, but it has all the extra tech you’d expect. First off, it’s 100% waterproof, so you can use it in the shower, but here’s why it’s a step ahead of the others: Active cooling technology cools and moistens your skin, cleaning significantly more hygienically than tap water – which does wonders for your skin post-shave. It also boasts a hi-tech blade that lubricates itself with each cleaning for longer lasting cutting efficiency and is specially designed to target and capture hairs growing in different directions.
£199 WHERE TO BUY TESCO
AquaTouch Plus AT890/20
This shaver from Philips comes with a shower hanger/storage pouch, cleaning brush and protection cap. Offering 50 minute wireless use and a quick charge option for a single shave, it also has a pop-up trimmer so you can perfect the ‘stylish stubble’ look.
£250 WHERE TO BUY ARGOS
Shaver Series 9000
This up-market Philips shaver pretty much has it all. Its Gyro-flex 3D contour following works with your face shape to help you get to those tricky bits. The smart technology and LCD display lets you know when it needs a clean or the shaving head needs replacing. It’s also one for the travellers; coming with a nice pouch and offering an incredible 17 days of usage from just 1 hour of charging.
£250 WHERE TO BUY BOOTS
AQ7 Wet Tech Rotary
This on-the-go travel shaver from Remington is simple, durable and 100% waterproof. The shaver is lithium powered for extra battery life and the package includes a travel pouch and universal voltage.
£42.99 WHERE TO BUY TESCO
This gadget from Panasonic offers the best of both worlds; the advanced cleaning/charging station and travel pouch means that you can either use it at home or charge it up for a trip. It also boasts a useful LCD display and a 5-blade cutting system.
£193 WHERE TO BUY PANASONIC
Milano Series ER-GB40-S
This one from Panasonic is a bit of an all-rounder. With beard and body trimming capabilities, 100% waterproof body for in-shower use and 50 minutes battery life, it’s ideal for men who like a shaver that does it all. It also comes with 9 adjustable length settings (1-10mm) and hypo-allergenic precision cut stainless steel blades.
£40 WHERE TO BUY PANASONIC