Much like your childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut, chances are you've been hanging on to your electric shaver for far too long now. Trust us, your face deserves much better.
As well as offering a closer, smoother shave, a new model will be able to handle both wet and dry shaving, go longer before a recharge and help avoid the rashes and irritations caused by a dull blade. Basically, you'll be wondering why you didn't make the upgrade ages ago. (Unless it's a beard trimmer or razor you're after, of course.)
Before taking a look at our pick of the best electric shavers around, you'll want to know what you're looking for first.
Should you get a rotary or foil shaver?
Electric shavers fall into two categories: rotary and foil. Rotary shavers have three or four heads which move seamlessly over facial contours, shaving as they go (even those tough to reach stragglers around the nose, chin and jawline). Rotary shavers are best suited to longer, more coarse beard hair, and for those who don’t plan on taming that facial fuzz daily.
If you have shorter, thinner beard hair and want a close shave day in, day out, then a foil shaver is your best bet. Skin on the sensitive side? Foil shavers are less likely to irritate and cause that pesky razor burn.
Do you need a cleaning station?
All shavers require regular care and maintenance. The more advanced (read: expensive) models of electric shaver come with their own built-in cleaning and charging stations, which can clean, lubricate and dry the blades – ideal for men on the move.
The catch? You’ll have to pay for additional cleaning cartridges - which cost around £15 for a pack of three - on top of any new foils you might want. Of course, you can always run a water-resistant shaver under the tap to clean it on the cheap.
How much should you pay for your shaver?
As with most gadgets, you don’t want to cheap out on something you’re going to use everyday. The recommended quality electric shaver can set you back anywhere between £50-£200, but trust us, it’s worth investing. While you don’t need the most deluxe trimmings that come with top-tier electric shavers, more expensive models do tend to stand the test of time far.
Philips Series 9000 Prestige Edition
What’s in a name? In the case of the “Prestige” Edition of Philips’ Series 9000 shaver, it’s wireless charging and NanoTech (read: super-sharp & strong) blades. Given how good a job the standard Series 9000 does at syncthing across your stubble for half the price of the Prestige making the upgrade is by no means essential. Either way you’re going to get your hands on one of the best rotary razors available with waterproofing, a silky smooth multidirectional head and speedy charging. Best of all? The Prestige’s Qi charging pad will work on your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy for an overnight top-up at your bedside.
$466 at johnlewis.com
Braun Series 9
Ever a byword for German efficiency, Braun's top-tier shaver prioritises comfort above all else with a ten-directional swivelling head and two titanium-coated trimmers. That hard-to-reach scruff you just can't get shot of? It'll be gone with a couple of flicks of your wrist. Of course, you'd expect as much given this shaver costs double the price of most other entries on this list. That extra expense shows in its suitably weighty design, added directional flex and microvibrations technology. Since you're going to be using the Series 9 every other day, why not treat yourself to its added charms?
$323 at amazon.co.uk
Philips Series 7000
If you’re anything like us, getting your skin accustomed to a new electric shaver can be an uncomfortable business. Whether you’ve made the switch from a model with dull blades or you’re simply blessed with more sensitive flesh than the next fella, the Philips’ Series 7000 is here to help with an app. As preposterous as that might sound, this rotary model’s accompanying GroomTribe download is a surprisingly effective way of avoiding redness and irritation. Combined with a slick rotating head, waterproofing and ample battery life, the Series 7000 has much more going for it than mere gimmickry.
$297 at johnlewis.com
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s
Not just a good shaver for the money, but a good shaver full stop. This Braun Series 3 model comes with many of the features you’d expect from pricier models including waterproofing and quick-charging in five minutes. Better still, its design is functional but sturdy with plenty of grip and a pleasant weightiness. In other words, you can enjoy your morning shave without worrying whether the thing will slide out of your hands, give your neck a nip and force you to break out the toilet roll. So long as you can put up with a few rough patches in hard-to-reach places, this is a solid pick of foil shaver regardless of budget.
$63 at argos.co.uk
Remington R4 Style
Such is the Remington R4 Style’s vibe, its box may as well be adorned with the words “My first shaver”. And do you know what? That’s by no means a knock on a perfectly competent shaver that’s best-suited towards those in need of a serviceable model that won’t cost them the earth. Especially if you don’t challenge it with any growth that’s been cultivating for anything longer than a couple of days. While the R4 Style is sturdy enough to handle, a smooth, plasticky design is its greatest shortcoming. Both in terms of its grip and its lack of wet shave abilities.
$45 at argos.co.uk
Philips Series 5000
Favouring a rotary-style shaving head over a more traditional foil option, this Philips aims to get shot of stray hairs at the first time of asking. The sheer surface area afforded to its blades ensures it usually delivers too. Given its affordable price tag, it's tough to fault this shaver's ergonomic plastic design and diligent work rate. And if you do inevitably find a few neck hairs that simply won't budge? Do your skin a favour and reach for an old-fashioned wet-shave razor instead of strumming the thing against your face ad infinitum.
$97 at amazon.co.uk
Panasonic has been in the shaving game longer than you'd expect and that means its latest top-tier model is an accomplished piece of kit. An absolute monster in the hand with a hulking great head, the ES-LV95-S glides through your stubble like an Olympic ice skater. While it's not the most elegant device to look at, this kind of no-nonsense attitude has its own charms. Our only major quibble here is that replacement heads are bruisingly expensive at upwards of £50 a pop.
$168 at amazon.co.uk
Braun Series 5
If the Series 9 is Braun's no-expense-spared model, then the Series 5 is its no-frills alternative – one that's lacking in fancy extras, such as a cleaning station and added shaving elements, but still does the basics with minimum fuss. Its eight-directional head ensures you can trim tough-to-reach spots, while the shaver itself is waterproof and takes only an hour to charge for 50 minutes' runtime. A solid pick if you're on a budget and not bothered about the latest mod cons.
$97 at amazon.co.uk