An electric razor may not give you as smooth a shave as a traditional razor – but the best electric razors will now get very close, while being quicker and a lot less likely to nick your skin if you’re shaving while half asleep in the morning. A good electric shaver will also protect you from razor burns and skin irritation.
You may not want to give up your traditional razor for its electric counterpart, but you should definitely have an electric shaver in your arsenal. Because there’s more to grooming than simply shaving off the stubble. There’s beard trimming, body hair grooming and razors designed to buzz your entire head. The most versatile kits will do all of the above.
And although electric shavers can be expensive, once you get past the initial investment they’re cheaper than a traditional razor.
Now is a good time to buy. Not only because of the discounts we’ve found but so that, even though you can’t visit a hairdresser at the moment, you can still look good in your next Zoom meeting.
Best electric shaver deals right now
Best razor offers: What to look for
If you're after recommendations, have a look at our round-up of the best electric shavers we've reviewed. Otherwise, read on for more advice.
Electric razors for your face tend to come in two varieties: rotary and foil shavers.
A rotary shaver features circular, rotating shaving heads. This kind of razor will give you the most flexibility while shaving the contours of your face and head.
They’re also a good buy if you don’t manage to shave every day or tend to have longer or coarser facial hair. These are often waterproof and wireless, so can be used in the shower.
By contrast, foil shavers like the Braun Series 9 usually have just one or maybe two shaving heads with straight oscillating blades hidden underneath a metal grille – the foil.
The foil lifts the hairs, which are then captured in tiny holes, allowing the blades to trim them without the risk of nicking your skin.
A foil shaver should be able to get you a closer shave, with more precision, but it might be more unwieldy and slower to use to shave your neck and jaw than a rotary razor.
As with rotaries, look for a waterproof option that you can easily wash or use in the shower.
Beard trimmers are pretty self explanatory, but you’ll want to look out for the number and length of shaving guards, which will determine how much flexibility you have to trim your beard. Some, like Braun's BT3022, have a single adjustable shaving guard.
Some will be waterproof, but not many – trimming a beard in the bath sounds like a horrible plan to us.
You can also find some trimmers marketed specifically for the hair on your head, rather than a beard or elsewhere.
They are essentially the same thing, but head-focused variants are likely to include a greater variety of guard lengths, along with extra accessories like scissors, brushes, and combs.
Some head hair trimmers are more powerful, and you can still find those that are mains-powered. However, there's no reason not to get a wireless one now. They allow you much more movement while cutting your hair. Just make sure it has enough battery power to get your through an entire haircut.
Body groomers or bikini trimmers are similar to other trimmers, but with a few tweaks. They tend to be waterproof, as the shower is a good place to trim your body hair. They’ll also tend to have fewer, and shorter, guards.
Some use a simple direct oscillating blade like beard trimmers, but for a close shave look for one that uses a foil, which will also protect you from burns and skin irritation.
Best electric razor deals
1. Philips OneBlade
Now: £33.29 (£26.70 off)
This is one of the best and most versatile shavers around (we gave it 5 stars), and this set includes 3 stubble combs, a skin guard and body comb.
2. Braun Series 7
Now: £140.65 (£139.34 off)
The RRP is a little inflated these days but this is still a good price on an excellent foil shaver.
3. Philips OneBlade Pro
Now: £69.99 (£5 off)
This high-end Philips shaver doubles as a beard trimmer with 12 different trim lengths, and comes with a charging stand and travel pouch.
4. Philips Series 3000
Now: £49.99 (£60 off)
It's rare to find a good rotary shaver below £50, so this is well worth grabbing
5. Braun Series 5
Now: £79.99 (£120 off)
This waterproof Braun foil shaver is currently less than half-price.
6. Remington Heritage
Now: £69.99 (£7.16 off)
Although there's not a huge amount off Amazon's previous price, this shaver is still selling for almost £100 on other sites. When we reviewed it, we loved its stylishness and battery life but we cautioned that it does not give the most consistent results.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.