Best Men's Electric Shavers
Our picks for the best cheap men's electric shavers feature contouring heads, run on rechargeable batteries, and offer convenience, comfort, and a close shave at a reasonable price. Most can be used both wet and dry. We've also included a travel shaver, one for stubble styles, and a Braun for bigger budgets.
What We Considered
To get a sense of which electric shavers deliver the best shave and best value, we started by reading expert assessments on top product review sites. These sources take a big-picture view of the electric shaver market, comparing multiple models. The best of them, like Wirecutter, TopTenReviews, and Consumer Reports, subject each razor to hours of use, evaluating them not just on how well they shave, but also on factors like noise, charge time, and build quality.
We Looked At
As mentioned above, rotary shavers may be a preferred choice for beards, and their shape and blade setup make them easier for moving around the chin or getting into those tight spaces under the nose. That said, foil shavers have the edge over rotary models for the closeness of their cut, and they score higher with both consumers and experts; of the 10 professional review sites we consulted, only one made a rotary electric shaver a top pick.
Many foil shavers we looked at have heads that can pivot and flex to better follow the contours of the user's face or neck. While some users report that they experience less skin irritation with heads that adjust (also called floating heads), reviewers say they're not a must for a close shave. The number of blades on an electric shaver can, however, make a significant difference. Generally speaking, the more foils or heads, the better, as each additional blade added on top of the baseline of two is meant to further refine performance -- by targeting longer hairs, hairs growing in multiple directions, and hairs lying flat, or simply offering an additional swipe for the closest shave.
Some converts from manual razors caution that it can take time to adjust to using an electric razor, and finding the right amount of pressure to apply in order to get a close shave without accidentally pulling hairs or irritating sensitive skin can be tricky at first, no matter what model you choose.
Many (but not all) of the razors we reviewed have the option of shaving either dry or wet, with lather or in the shower. The advantage a wet shave offers is largely a matter of comfort, though it can also affect the closeness of the shave, depending on hair type. Using shaving cream can reduce the risk of razor burn for people with sensitive skin, and some men with tough beards find shower shaving easier because the steam softens their beard hairs. But pay close attention: Although some men's electric shavers are advertised as "waterproof," that simply means you can clean the shaving head under water -- after you're done shaving and the razor is turned off.
The wear and tear of daily use dulls shaver blades after a while. For the best shave, experts recommend replacing the head periodically, generally within six months to two years. The bad news for frugal consumers is that replacement heads typically cost at least half as much as the shaver itself. In fact, we noted while reading reviews that users often opt to buy a new shaver because it costs only slightly more than a new head.
Experts say it takes a good three weeks for your face to fully adjust to a new electric shaver, so a money-back trial period is essential for determining if an electric razor is right for you. Among the razors we recommend, that period ranges from a generous 60 days for Braun and Remington shavers to 30 days for Panasonic models. In general, most manufacturers offer a standard two-year limited warranty covering parts and labor. That applies to all the razors on our list.
Our Top Pick
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Review
If you can't afford one of Braun's flagship Series 7 models, the Series 3 ProSkin 3040s might be the best substitute you can buy. Reviewers say this shaver is incredibly easy to use and doesn't irritate the skin. Clad in studded blue rubber, the Series 3 ProSkin is also easy to grasp with wet hands, and it can be fully immersed for easy cleaning. Although it may take a couple of passes to remove stubborn hair, this foil shaver is a top performer for the price.
Dual layers of blade protection make this a good choice for sensitive skin.
2 flexible foils with a trimmer blade in the middle to cut both long and short hairs.
Can be used for wet or dry shaves.
Charges fully in less than 2 hours; 5-minute quick-charge option.
Easy-to-read battery-life indicator.
Comes with a guard and cleaning brush.
Users say it leaves stubble behind on thick or tough beards.
Some complaints that it doesn't shave as closely on dry skin as it does on wet.
A few users wish the head could be taken apart for more thorough cleaning.
Several say it doesn't stack up to other Braun models they've owned.
Panasonic Arc4 ES-LA63-S Review
The Panasonic Arc4 ES-LA63-S barely makes it under the Cheapism price limit, but satisfied owners say this men's electric shaver is worth the money. Earning an abundance of praise from experts, its powerful motor and four heads deliver a closeness that is said to rank on par with popular, and far pricier, premium Braun razors (yes, it's actually compared to the Series 7 and Series 9!). Another plus: This Panasonic model doesn't irritate sensitive skin like other foil razors can, reviewers say. On the downside, the larger head can make it a bit harder to handle on smaller faces. The trial period is also shorter than those offered by other brands, giving buyers less time to evaluate its performance and personal fit.
4 high-speed floating blades, including a lifting foil, deliver an exceptionally close shave -- even on longer thicker hair -- according to reviews.
Both experts and consumers say this is a good choice for men with sensitive skin.
Charges fully in 1 hour, faster than most of the competition.
Shaves wet or dry and cleans under running water; special sonic-cleaning mode.
Large LCD display with a battery monitor, shave timer, and cleaning reminder.
Travel pouch and plastic cover for the head.
Comparatively short 30-day refund policy.
Some users say the 4-foil head is too bulky.
Some complain of early demise, and others are disappointed by performance that doesn't seem significantly better than other models, like the Arc3.
Remington HyperFlex Verso 5 Review
With its attachable cleansing brushes, the Remington HyperFlex Verso 5 (XR1410) does double duty as an electric shaver and a skin-care accessory. It comes with three cleansing brushes: one for gentle daily cleaning, a firmer one for weekly exfoliating, and a pre-shave brush designed to soften a beard. Most owners love the added versatility these attachments provide and also praise the ergonomic handle, saying the rubber trim makes it easy to grip with wet hands. On the downside, some users report that the Remington lacks the power to handle rough beards, while others say the rotary shaving heads don't provide a close shave on the neck.
Unique design fits comfortably in the palm of the hand.
Works for wet or dry shaving and comes with attachments for pre-shave brushing, cleansing, and exfoliation.
Snap-on mustache/beard trimmer, plus a built-in, pop-up detailer.
Incredibly flexible neck and floating rotary cutters make this a good choice for shaving the head, owners say.
4-hour charge time isn't super quick, but it's shorter than much of the competition.
Struggles with tough hairs, according to some reviews.
Bulky shave head may not reach tight places.
A handful of users complain of durability issues and batteries that won't hold a charge.
Charging indicator shows only whether the battery is charged, not how much life remains.
Panasonic Arc3 ES8103S Review
Both experts and users are bullish on the entire Arc line of Panasonic wet/dry shavers, and the Arc3 ES8103s is a good choice for shoppers on a budget. It delivers a similarly smooth, close shave to the more expensive Panasonic Arc4 models, users say, and offers the same speedy one-hour charge time. We also read several reviews from women who say the Arc3 is a good choice for underarm and bikini line shaving, something we didn't see with other highly rated "men's" shavers. There are some gripes among the positive reviews, however. A handful of owners complain that the shaver pulls longer hairs, rather than trimming them, while others say it leaves stubble behind.
Pivoting shaver head with three floating foils moves both side to side and up and down to follow the contours of the face.
Sensor adjusts to maintain continuous speed no matter the hair type.
1-hour charge time, plus 5-minute quick-charge option.
Large LCD display with a battery monitor and cleaning reminder.
Shaves wet or dry; cleans under running water.
Many users say it's noisier than other shavers they've owned.
Thicker beards may require multiple passes for a clean shave.
Comparatively short 30-day refund policy.
Remington F5 (PF7500) Review
The Remington F5 PF7500 is the replacement for the discontinued F5-5800 (est. price: $37; buy it on Amazon), which got more positive reviews than nearly any other shaver under $100 that we found. Although the PF7500 hasn't yet accumulated the same critical mass of user feedback, consumers who have bought this Remington shaver praise it for the same reason as its predecessor: It provides a smooth, comfortable shave at a decent price. On the downside, we read some gripes from users who say this two-foil shaver doesn't cut quite as close as three-foil models they've owned in the past.
Foils on a pivoting head flex for closer contouring; pre-trimmer between the foils.
Can run for 60 minutes on a full charge (which takes 2 hours); 5-minute quick-charge option.
Can be used corded or cordless, unlike many other rechargeable models.
LED lights indicate when battery needs charging.
Users say it's quieter than other shavers they've owned.
Doesn't shave as closely as some other models, according to reviews.
Made for dry shaving only, but can be rinsed under water for cleaning.
Pop-up trimmer is flimsy, owners gripe.
Some users with sensitive skin complain of irritation.
The Philips Norelco 3100 (SS3310/81) is a good budget electric shaver, according to reviews. Although it likely won't shave as closely as more expensive razors, users say it does a good job of cutting long and flat hairs, particularly on the neckline. Its chunky handle is easy to hold and the rotary shaving heads glide smoothly over the face, something not all dry shavers do well. It's also the only rotary shaver that was a top pick among the expert sources we consulted.
3 rotary heads flex in 4 directions for comfort and closeness.
Can be used corded or cordless, unlike many other rechargeable shavers.
Curved design is comfortable to hold, reviewers say.
Head pops open for rinsing.
8-hour charge time is much longer than most competitors', and the 45-minute run time is only average.
Can't be used for wet shaving.
Struggles with tough beard hair, users say.
Other Products We Reviewed
The Braun MobileShave M-90 electric razor is an ideal choice for people who travel frequently or want to keep a spare shaver in the car or at the office. Unlike the full-size razors we reviewed, this one uses two AA batteries, meaning you don't have to lug a charger or voltage converter with you overseas. Some owners complain that this Braun travel shaver is uncomfortable on their faces, and we read several gripes about the razor struggling to trim tough beards, but most users say it delivers a decent shave for the size and the price.
Small size is ideal for travel and car.
Uses AA batteries; no need for an adaptor abroad.
Compact floating foil makes it easy to reach tight spots on the face and is wider for more coverage.
Twist-on cap doubles as handle extender.
Can be rinsed under water.
Can't match the power of full-size electric shavers, and many users say it takes multiple passes to clear the face.
Flimsy trimmer, owners gripe.
Lots of complaints about batteries draining too fast.
Although waterproof, it's meant for only dry shaving (some owners report using it in the shower without issue, but that's not recommended).
Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Review
No worries if you forget to charge the Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 -- just plug in the cord that comes with this rotary model. Although some reviews claim that shaving while charging stresses the battery, others point out there's always juice for a shave. And a charge seems to last for a while. One Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 review at Amazon reports that the battery holds its own for at least a week, and a post at Walmart credits one charge with seven shaves.
As for the shave itself, users assert it handles daily growth without a hitch, and its three floating heads are gentle on the face. Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 reviews generally commend the blades' durability, saying yearly replacement, per manufacturer's instructions, is overkill. Men who bought replacement heads were ambivalent about the decision because the price of a new unit is only slightly higher.
One downside, according to some posts, is the prohibition against washing the Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 (starting at $30, Amazon) under water. Frequent cleaning is necessary, though, because hair fragments can get trapped in the blades. Other reviewers insist that cleaning is no big deal -- open the top and empty out the collection chamber.
This model comes with a cleaning brush and includes an integrated pop-up trimmer for moustaches, sideburns, and the back of the neck. The shaver needs an 8-hour charge for about 35 minutes of run time.
The Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 stands out for its efficient flexibility. Corded or cordless, it's a versatile and cheap find.
Remington MSC-140 Review
Loyal users of the Remington MSC-140 admit in reviews that they bought this model without many expectations. But at a price that barely reaches the double-digit range, the majority of reviewers express pleasant surprise with the results from this battery-operated flex-foil shaver. One Remington MSC-140 review at Amazon notes that the original intent was to use it as a back-up for a "regular" Remington. But alas, this slower model misses fewer hairs and is now put to work daily, the reviewer writes. Another post echoes this comment, reporting at Best Buy that the travel-ready Remington MSC-140 beats out a $75 shaver. And because this model is so cheap, the reviewer continues, he buys five at a time and stores them wherever he might need to get in a quick shave.
The primary complaint lodged against the Remington MSC-140 concerns the rapid disintegration of the twin foil screens. But the price is so low that most users don't seem to mind pitching a worn-out unit and starting over. On the other hand, many users report getting six to eight months of use before signs of wear. Most reviewers agree that this model produces a clean, close, irritation-free shave. Still, it's often relegated to the travel or back-up bin.
The foil screens on the MSC-140 (starting at $10, Amazon) are made of titanium, and each unit comes with a protective cap for the floating head. The shaver should be cleaned with the included brush; do not run under water. The two AA batteries can be replaced when needed.
This portable, compact shaver sells at a price that can't be beat, especially given its performance.
Remington R3-4110A Review
Affordability and user-friendliness draw users to this cordless, rechargeable rotary shaver, according to Remington R3-4110A reviews. One man who posted at Amazon notes that he was fully informed about the product and didn't expect a heavy-duty shaver with upscale quality. And yet, he continues, the Remington R3-4110A performs admirably -- and at a budget price. Many other reviewers laud the performance-to-price ratio, saying the Remington R3-4110A delivers a quick, clean shave but arguably at a slower -- and for some, welcome -- pace than more powerful models. Some users caution that a transition period is necessary to determine just how much pressure to apply to avoid pulling hairs or irritating the skin.
The Remington R3-4110A seems to have staying power, as well. It served its purpose for a good three years, comments a user in a review at Home Depot, and others assert they would buy another when the time came.
The Remington R3-4110A (starting at $29, Amazon) boasts three steel blades, each independently flexible. It features a pop-up trimmer and a top that opens for easy cleaning. The battery needs about 16 hours for a full charge, which delivers about 30 minutes of shaving time. One user says he gets two weeks of Monday through Friday shaving before needing a recharge, which is signaled by an indicator light.
This corded/cordless model is well-suited to daily use and also meets the demands of travel. It boasts features found in more expensive models but sells at a budget price.
Panasonic Pro-Curve ES-RW30S Review
Many Panasonic Pro-Curve ES-RW30S reviews mention dissatisfaction with the ability of this cordless foil shaver to remove hair effectively. Some posts at Amazon assert that anything more than a little stubble is too much for the Panasonic Pro-Curve to manage. The weak performance holds whether facial hairs are short or long or the skin wet or dry, reviewers contend. And with just a charging base but no cord to plug in, Panasonic Pro-Curve ES-RW30S reviews caution about the possibility of the battery dying in the midst of a shave or just as you're about to start. Moreover, some user posts at Newegg grumble about the model's limited battery life -- up to 21 minutes with a 15-hour charge, according to the manufacturer -- even as others assert that it holds its own for a week of shaves. And while marketing materials tout the ultra-thin foils, some users report finding holes within a few months.
And yet, the Panasonic Pro-Curve (starting at $30, Amazon) has its share of fans. These users assert the shaver gets in close, doesn't pull, and gets the job done quickly. The docking station also draws a shout-out from men who are thrilled to be rid of cords altogether.
The Pro-Curve ES-RW30S features two floating blades and pivoting foil heads, as well as a pop-up trimmer. An indicator light clues you in when a charge is needed. This model carries a two-year limited warranty.
This shaver comes with appealing features, but reviewers convincingly suggest that you could do far better for the money.
Braun Series 7 790cc-4 Review
Among men's electric shavers, this one stands out above all others in professional reviews. Unfortunately, the Braun Series 7-790cc-4 Shaver is nearly double our Cheapism price limit, so we can't recommend it as the best pick for consumers on a tight budget. However, exceptionally positive ratings are enough to convince us that this shaver deserves a place on our list, and many will find it well worth the higher cost. Lauded as one of the top-selling shavers of all time, the Braun Series 7 790cc-4 earns a full 5 stars from more than two-thirds of the 7,000-plus customers who have reviewed it on Amazon. Reviewers rave about how the shaver's well-designed head and powerful motor make short work of tough beards and fine hairs alike. Reviewers also praise Braun's solid build quality and the alcohol-based cleaning system/charging dock, which eliminates the need to wash the razor by hand and claims to be 10 times more effective at killing germs. The only drawback is the lack of a wet shaving option; you have to upgrade to the even pricier 7-799cc for that.
Users say it delivers an incredibly close, smooth shave.
2 floating foils with a lift-action middle trimmer and 8-direction pivoting head.
Sensor adjusts the motor to hair type; choice of shaving modes, from sensitive to turbo.
Takes just 1 hour to fully charge; 5-minute quick-charge option.
Charging dock doubles as a cleaning station.
Built-in display indicates battery and cleaning status, and when replacement foils are needed.
Can be used for corded or cordless shaving.
Comes with a leather pouch.
Not rated as a wet shaver.
A handful of gripes about faulty products and short lifespan.
Some users say this model doesn't hold up to previous Braun products.
Philips Norelco OneBlade Face Review
Although the Philips Norelco OneBlade Face doesn't shave as closely as the top electric shavers we reviewed (something the manufacturer actually touts as an advantage), it's a superb choice for trimming, edging, and maintaining more "rugged," scruffy looks. Users rave about the OneBlade's unique design, and say the slim, rubber-edged handle is easy to grip and the svelte shaving head glides smoothly across the skin when going in for a closer cut. The biggest drawback: The manufacturer recommends a new blade every four weeks (based on just two shaves per week), and a three-pack of replacement blades costs as much as a new shaver. Surprisingly, however, this doesn't seem to be a real issue for consumers; negative reviews, which are few, usually gripe about breakage or shave quality.
Excels at trimming and shaping facial hair; a great choice for men with stubble styles.
Also good for shaving the head; users say its contouring dual-protection head doesn't leave nicks or cuts.
Main blade has two sides for shaving or edging; 3 stubble combs allow for multiple, precise lengths.
Water-resistant for wet or dry shaving; can be rinsed clean.
Blades change color as they wear, making it easy to see when they need to be replaced.
Doesn't shave as closely as other manual or electric razors.
Many users say the head breaks off easily.
Replacement blades are pricey for such a cheap razor.