Many of us are back in lockdown and, if you want to freshen up your look for the next Zoom meeting, there's no option but to DIY that facial hair.
So, if you need to update your grooming supplies, read on. We’ve tested the best electric shavers, trimmers and razors and rounded up the results in the chart below. Whether you're looking for a razor that’ll allow you to leave a little stubble, give you the perfect close shave, buzz your whole head or landscape those southern regions, you’ll find the right option below.
All of the following razors were taken home and tested out by a Tech Advisor writer and honestly reviewed. We explain the features of each product, let you know about the battery life, charging time and charging methods and give a full rundown of its strengths and weaknesses.
Best electric razor reviews
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1. Philips OneBlade
The Philips OneBlade is as close to perfect as it gets. Slap a Micro-USB port on and cut the charge time down and I’d call it flawless, but as is I can’t see any good reason not to recommend this razor to basically everyone.
With three stubble combs by default and the option for a dedicated body blade, this one razor can cover clean shaving, stylish stubble, or body grooming, all in an unbelievably portable form factor. It's lightweight, powerful, and gives a great shave even on tricky areas like the jawline.
All that and it's also one of the most affordable electric razors on the market. Although you'll have to swap blades once every few months, at almost £10/$10 a pop, that still leaves it cheaper than most shaving solutions.
Read our full Philips OneBlade review
2. Remington G4 Graphite
If you're looking for a trimmer that can do just about anything but don't have a large budget then the Remington G4 Graphite fits the bill perfectly.
Design and build is solid and the interchangeable head system works excellently allowing you to swap between different attachments in seconds. The G4 comes with a wide range of different options including a mini foil shaver and detail trimmer. Combine them all and you can achieve just about any style.
Performance is excellent and battery life is good too, although we would like a power lead that plugs into a shaver point rather than a three pin plug.
Read our full Remington G4 Graphite review
3. Philips Series 7000 Beard and Stubble Vacuum Trimmer
The Philips Series 7000 is an attractive, high-quality trimmer with twenty length settings, from 0.5 to 10mm. Its battery life is strong, with up to 60 minutes from a single charge.
What gives it a bit of an edge is the vacuum chamber, which catches the worst of the hair before it colonises your bathroom sink. It won't quite get everything but it makes clean-up much easier.
It's not the cheapest trimmer out there, but it's a great mid-price option.
4. Braun Series 9
The Braun Series 9 is a great premium foil shaver that’s really only let down by its price. With four cutting elements, ten tilt settings, and an hour's battery this will be overkill for many, but if your hair grows thick and fast enough that you need a close shave daily, this will get the job done well, and quickly, so it’s easy to recommend.
The Clean & Charge station is a little more questionable. It’s undeniably a convenient way to clean your razor, using an alcohol solution to automatically clean, lubricate, and dry the shaving head. It saves any worries about long-term dirt build-up, and while it's a little noisy and takes a while it gets the job done with minimum fuss, except for the fact that you can't use it after a wet shave.
However it’s bulky, ugly, and expensive - both up-front and over time - so it’s only worth it for those with capacious bathroom cabinets and a real shortage of time.
Read our full Braun Series 9 review
5. Braun Beard Trimmer BT3022
Braun's BT3022 is an effective and affordable shaver. It's lightweight and feels good in the hand, with a lightly textured matt grip, and has a pleasing, simple look.
A control dial moves the detachable comb/guard back and forth to suit the stubble length you want to achieve. There are 20 depth settings, enabling you to easily taper between multiple beard lengths, and the blades showed little inclination to clog up.
We worry a little about the battery performance - the maker claims 40 minutes of use between charges, but our sample died after just under 20 - but as long as you're able to leave it plugged in overnight every few sessions you should be okay.
Read our full Braun Beard Trimmer BT3022 review
6. Skull Shaver Gold
If you need to shave your head as well as your face, then the Skull Shaver should appeal. It's lightweight and comfortable to use. Plus, it has four blades which make quick work of shaving large areas.
It's IPX5 water resistant so can be used in the shower, but also works fine if used dry.
Designed for those in a hurry and who want the minimum of hassle, the Gold also charges over USB and has a useful display showing the remaining battery power.
Read our full Skull Shaver Gold review
7. Remington Barba MB320C beard trimmer
The Remington Barba MB320C is a good budget option. It trims and sculpts well. It's nicely designed, with a great grip and controls you can access during use.
It also delivers in terms of providing different guard lengths, with a handy 'zoom' dial you can roll to change the setting.
Its battery will give you - at the very least - the promised 40 minutes of trimming time per charge. But there's little in the way of extra features and the additional, pop-up precision trimmer is disappointing.
Read our full Remington Barba MB320C beard trimmer review
8. Remington Heritage Foil Shaver
The Remington Heritage Foil Shaver undeniably looks the part with its stunning retro style, but the question is whether you will after using it.
Unfortunately whether it’s down to design, power, or simply sharpness this razor simply doesn’t cut it, with inconsistent results and real difficulty shaving under the jaw.
That’s a particular shame since it’s so strong on looks, charging, and portability, thanks to the compact build, one-hour battery life, and two-hour charge time over Micro-USB.
This could still be a good choice for anyone who wants a snazzy shaver and doesn’t mind making a few extra passes every time in return. Otherwise, you can get better results for less elsewhere.
Read our full Remington Heritage Foil Shaver review