Shaving – but Electrified

There is evidence from cave paintings that humans have been shaving for 60,000 years. To put that into perspective, the woolly mammoth died out 3500 years ago and around 45000 years before the end of the last ice age. That is a long time humans have been scraping hairs off their face. Today the principle remains the same, but the technology has moved on form sharpened seashells and stone devices.

Why electric shaving over wet shaving?

Some people swear by electric shaving, others don’t. to help you make up your mind whether it might be for you here are some pros and cons:


  • Speed – According to a which consumer survey in 2013, 67% of people said that using an electric razor is quicker than a wet shave
  • Convenience – You don’t need water or any kind of foam, so you don’t have to be near a sink to do it.
  • Travel – Some electric shavers can stay charged for up to two weeks, which is long enough for hassle-free shaving whilst you’re away


  • Cost – Electric shavers can work out as more expensive. Electric shavers can be dirt cheap and you can pick a basic model for as little as $10. This is rare though and some top-of-the-range models can cost as much as $700. Foils and blades need to be replaced every two years or so and these can cost as much as $80.
  • Closeness – Electric shavers have a reputation for not shaving as closely as a wet shave. I have to confess I am in this camp. If I use an electric shaver I end up looking like Homer Simpson. My stubble resembles a spiny anteater and I can’t get an electric shaver to tame them like a blade can. That’s not to say they don’t work for everyone.

Foil shavers

This type of shaver uses oscillating blades beneath a fine perforated foil. The movement cuts the hairs on the foil

Rotary shavers

This type has three rotating circular heads that lift and cut the whiskers

Mains rechargeable

Mains rechargeable shavers can be charged from a mains outlet and be used cordlessly as well. This type allows you to use the shaver while it’s plugged in. This feature is particularly handy if your shaver is out of charge and you need to shave

Cordless Shaver

Most shavers are cordless and all “wet and dry shavers” are too. This gives you freedom of movement and no option of plugging them in while using them around water which reduces your chances of electrocution significantly


Mains-only shavers aren’t rechargeable and have to be plugged in to operate. This is a feature generally only available on entry-level models.

Additional features to look out for:

Waterproof electric shavers

This type of shaver is suitable for using by itself or using gel or foam as a wet shaver. Read instructions before trying this though.

Charge Display

This will show how much charge is left in your shaver.

Quick Charge

This type charges rapidly so you won’t have to wait hours for a charge.

If you’re in the market for a shaver most good health and beauty stores will stock them, but I would check out these shaver offers at Groupon, where I’ve found some great savings in the past.

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