If you look at electric shavers, you will basically find two types. The rotary blade technology, used by Philips and some of Remington's models, and the foil technology used mainly by Braun and Panasonic. Both types do the same job – but in very different ways. I will help you find out what is best for you!
The Rotary Blades
However, first let me explain the differences between the two.
The rotary blade shavers have a series of circular cutters attached. Typically, three rotating blades placed in a triangular pattern.
To get the best shave, you will have to move the shaver across your face in slow, rotating movements – almost as if you were applying a nice skin tonic.
The foil shavers
Braun has chosen a different approach to electric shaving. Their shavers consist of a series of knives hidden under a rectangular metallic foil, designed to raise the hairs and guide them close to the vibrating knives. Long and straight movement of the shaver is the key to success here.
Which to choose?
So which one should you buy? For me, the answer has been quite clear.
I need both! For the last seven years, I have used a combination of the two types.
Honestly, I must have a strange face. For my face and cheeks, the rotary blades really do a great job. However, on my chin and neck, where the skin is slightly looser, the foil shaver is so much better for me.
If I use my Philips shaver for the entire shave, I will have to spend much more time shaving my chin – and I will eventually end up with irritated skin. Using my Braun foil shaver for the whole shave will result in a beautiful chin, but will leave the cheeks less soft compared to the Philips shaver.
Not for everyone?
Compared with the shave you get from a traditional razor, the electric shavers win by far when it comes to convenience and time. It is so much easier just to pick up the electric shaver and get the work done, instead of preparing the razor, foam and water and slowly work your way across your face and chin.
Nevertheless, the dry shaving methods used by most electric shavers may cause some irritation to your skin. If your shaver allows you to shave on a wet face, you could apply loads of warm water or a good pre-electric shaving oil just before shaving.
If your shaver cannot cope with the wet face, you could try to put a warm, damp towel on your face for a few minutes and then dry your face afterwards. This will warm your whiskers a bit, and probably lessen the skin irritation.
You should expect the skin irritation to be worst in the first few weeks of using the shaver. This is true if you have never used an electric shaver before – OR if you are trying to switch between a rotary blade and a foil blade shaver (or the other way around).
Money back guarantee
In Denmark, where I live, both Braun and Philips offer a 30 or 60 day money-back guarantee. You can buy the shaver and use it for some weeks before deciding if it's the right one for you. This is fantastic, as it will allow you to try out the different methods before deciding which shaver to use for the years to come.
Many of the electric shavers you can buy on Amazon come with a full 60-day money-back-guarantee. This applies to many Philips Norelco, Braun and Panasonic shavers.
I am very interested to know about your personal experiences. If you use an electric shaver, please comment below and let me know how you decided on your current model.