The first electric shaver appeared in the 1930′s, it was invented by a guy named Jacob Schick. He was a well traveled man, he needed something that would give him a great shave without water and traveled well. The electric razor was born, throughout the years there have been much advancement, but the main benefits stay the same.
Benefits of going electric
- No water needed. Electric shavers were designed to shave without the use of water. Although there are shavers that are designed for wet shaving, typically these are used in the shower or for people who have sensitive skin.
- Travels Well. Most electric shavers are battery powered and can be used on the go. Some men shave during red lights on their commute to work, they’re handy for camping trips where modern convinces are not available.
- Quick and easy. Shaving with an electric requires less preparation and less clean up than wet shaving. Wet shaving involves a few more tools like a brush, soap or cream, and razor, and these extra tools will need to be cleaned thoroughly. With electric shaving, depending on your skin, you can get away with a quick shave without any cleaning at all, this is not recommended however.
- Safer and less irritation. All electric shavers have a protective foil over the blades, so the skin makes the least amount of contact with the blades. This leads to less irritation like razor burn ingrown hairs, and cuts.
The electric razor offers many conveniences, but there are disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that you may not get the closest shave; there is no direct blade to skin contact. Another disadvantage is the time between shaves is shorter, and some may notice the five o’clock shadow arrives early. Even so many men are pleased with the shave they get from an electric. There are generally two kinds of electric razors, the differences are small, but they exist.
The Two types of electrics:
1. Foil. The foil razor is made of a thing metal foil covering a blade; hair peaking through the foil is cut by the blade moving back and forth. The thinner foil offers a closer shave than a rotary, since it can get closer to the skin this also increase the chances of razor burn, ingrown hairs, or other shaving related irritation. There are one to three straight foils, unlike the rotary which has circular heads.
2. Rotary. The rotary razor consists of three circular caps, blades below the caps spin to cut any hair that pass through. The position and flexibly of the rotary heads allow the razor to get to hard to reach places, like the chin and neck. Most men with thick, rough, or curly hair find the rotary better suited for them.
These are the main types of shavers; there is also wet electric shaver which can be used on a wet surface or even in the shower. For more sensitive skin types, there are wet electrics that produce shaving gel offering another protective layer. Before choosing the best electric shaver one should ask a few simple questions.
What skin and hair type do you have?
If you have more problematic skin or hair and have generally had a hard time shaving, the rotary gives the most pleasant shave. Stick with what works, if you had positive experiences with one type of razor stay with that type and upgrade. If not switch, experimenting is the best way to find the right razor.
What is your budget?
Prices range from the $20 travel razor to the razor packed with features going for about $200. The price difference will generally be due to features and quality, high end razors include self cleaning modes, longer battery life. The quality of the blades will be better, but they will also cost more.
How often and where do you plan on using it?
For the occasional shaver on the go a low end battery powered/re-chargeable shaver will suffice. If you shave daily at home a corded/ re-chargeable razor will work well.
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