(Pocket-lint) - Shaving is, somewhat inescapably, a chore. It takes time, you have to do it regularly, and if you're still in the world of old-school razors and brushes, you might find that constantly buying new razor heads gets really expensive, very quickly.
The good news is that we're decades into the electric shaver revolution by now, and some of the shavers that you can buy at relatively low cost are seriously impressive bits of kit.
Whether you're looking for the closest shave, extreme convenience, long battery life or even multi-use trimmers and shavers, there's likely an option that's perfect for you. We've rounded up some of the best electric shavers on the market, across a range of different price brackets, all to give you a great selection to pick between.
These shavers have been tested to see how nice they are to use, how reliably they shave and, of course, whether they truly represent good value or not.
The best electric shaver to buy today
Philips Series 7000
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Great shaving
- Sturdy and well-made
- Pretty expensive
While this list will, as we said, highlight plenty of really great value shavers, we're starting at the top end of the market, with what might be the best shaver around - the Philips Series 7000.
This is a superb bit of kit, a rotary shaver by default, though it has a trimming attachment that is extremely useful, too. It's precise and smooth, and in use feels like it would be almost impossible to get a nick or cut from. Like most of the shavers on this list, it's waterproof, too, for added peace of mind. Of course, it's also one of the most expensive options.
Remington R4 shaver
- Great price
- Decent shaving
- A bit plasticky
Right at the other end of the pricing scale is one of Remington's entry-level shavers, the R4. It's not exactly the sleekest looking shaver out there, but the key point is that it gets the job done. It's cheap and cheerful, and won't get you smooth-skinned as quickly as some of the more premium products on this list, but if you want a quick fix you could do far, far worse.
Braun Series 3 ProSkin shaver
- Traditional design
- Nice and portable
- Not always the closest shave
Another entry that won't break the bank by any stretch, the Braun Series 3 ProSkin marks a slight upgrade on the Remington R4, with a slightly more sturdy build quality. It's also got waterproofing and a nice grippy design.
We probably prefer triple-headed shavers, if we're talking about the quality of the finish we get at the end, but the Series 3 does a creditable job and is a reliable option for a quick shave.
- Very adaptable
- Nice and affordable
- Shaving should be closer
Philips has a bit of a lock on the shaver market - it's got a range of great options in the more traditional mold. The OneBlade, though, is a bit of a departure. It's a sleeker, more unconventional little number, and not everyone gets along with its simplicity. We're fans of it, though, and the fact that it's useful for a range of different types of shaving and trimming without needing to swap out chunky heads or parts is a bonus.
It's also very reasonably priced, and easily transported. That's a solid package, all in all.
Philips Series 5000
- Great shaving
- Cheaper than Series 7000
- Still not the cheapest
If the Philips Series 7000, our top pick further up this list, took your fancy but you're not sure about the expenditure, you could easily think about the Series 5000 as a slightly more lightweight version of the same shaver.
They've got very similar designs, and the Series 5000 still manages a really comfortable and reliable shave, but simply lacks some of the bells and whistles, and power, that the Series 7000 boasts.
Other products we considered
The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.
These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:
How to choose an electric shaver
There are practically countless electric shavers on the market for you to choose between - so, here are some questions to help you narrow down your options:
Do you like tri-head shavers?
What used (once upon a time) to be a novel new design for shavers has now become pretty much completely ubiquitous - the tri-head system that you'll see on most of the shavers we've picked for this list. This setup makes for really good coverage as you shave, but also leaves room for precise work pretty easily.
We think it's the best option out there now, as is reflected by how common it is, but it's entirely possible that you don't get along with it. In that case, you might have to work a little harder while you do your research to find options that don't use it.
Will you travel with your shaver?
While pretty much every shaver you can buy runs off battery, and therefore can easily be travelled with to shave you wherever it's needed, some come with handy travelling cases to make that a safer prospect that reduces the risk of damage in transit.
We think this is a really worthwhile bonus when you're buying a shaver, so try to check out whether the package includes a case or pouch.
Do you shave wet or dry?
Similarly, we think you'll struggle to find a well-rated shaver from any of the big names on the market that isn't waterproof at this stage, letting you use them in the shower or bath without worrying about either breaking your device or, worse, hurting yourself.
Still, while we haven't picked any options that will trip you up on that front, be wary if you go down your own path! Waterproofing is an absolute must-have, in our opinion.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
For shavers, the clue is very much in the name - we use these shavers for a few weeks, to check on how uniform and reliable their shaving is, and how quickly you can use them to get a clean and neat look. We test their waterproofing and battery life, alongside checking on more intangible elements like how they feel in the hand and how manoeuvrable they are.
Pricing is a huge factor for deciding whether they'll make our list and at what position, and how long you can expect them to last is also important, for obvious reasons.
We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.