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Best Electric Razor of 2022

We purchased and tested razors from Braun, Remington, Philips, and others to parse out the best
Best Electric Razor of 2022
The contenders in the electric razor category.
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Our Top Picks

By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 28, 2022
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We researched over 30 of the best electric razors and purchased the 10 most promising models today. This review has what you are looking for if you're in the market for a new electric razor. We rigorously tested them side-by-side on beards, 'staches, and stubble, assessing each one on critical metrics like the quality of the shave, run time, and ease of cleaning. With all of the options on the market, we cut through the clutter to find the best overall, top picks for travel, detailing, and touch-ups, and which ones will get the job done on a budget. Our expert testers detail which made the cut and which got clipped.

We've reviewed the top personal care products, including electric toothbrushes and replacement heads, mouthwash, and facial tissue to determine the best products. For more shaving and grooming options, we've tested razors for men and women, as well as beard trimmers and even nose hair trimmers.

Editor's Note: We updated this razor review with an eye for accuracy and product availability on June 28, 2022.


Best Overall Electric Razor

Braun Series 9

Run Time on Full Charge: 60 minutes | Usage Options: Wet & Dry
Provides a close shave
Many indicator lights
Cleaning fluid must be replaced often
Trimmer is not always effective

The Braun Series 9 is our favorite because of its superior shaving performance. It can be used wet or dry, and testing showed that it has the best contour performance of any razor in the category, handling hair around the neck and jawline just as easily as on cheeks. It comes with a self-cleaner base, a wide array of indicator lights for the battery, foil replacement, and a travel lock. We found that it has a powerful motor that dispatches with stubble quickly. The rechargeable battery also lasts 60 minutes, meaning that it may only require a recharge every few weeks.

Unsurprisingly, all of these great features come at a high cost. In addition to the hefty price tag, the self-cleaner fluid requires replacement periodically. This purchase is in addition to the blade cassette, creating substantial maintenance costs. The pop-up trimmer is serviceable but also was not the best of the bunch in our testing. However, if you want a top-of-the-line daily electric razor with the features and power to match, you can't go wrong with this model.

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The Braun Series 9 is a powerful, easy-to-use, easy-to-clean razor.
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Best Bang for the Buck

Braun Series 5

Run Time on Full Charge: 50 minutes | Usage Options: Wet & Dry
Easy to clean
Travel lock
Charge and replacement indicator lights
Trimmer attachment, not built-in

The Braun Series 5 provides an excellent shave on a budget. We are incredibly impressed with its trimmer attachment — we found that it was one of the best we tested, powering through a two-week beard without much noticeable tug. It has up to 50 minutes of run time and comes with a simple set of charge indicator lights. It is straightforward to clean — holes below the foil cassette make it quick and easy to rinse. It can be used wet or dry and performs well even on three-day growth. It is also equipped with one of the most ergonomic grips and is rubber-coated, so it stays put if you rest it on the edge of the sink and is easier to hold.

This blade isn't without its flaws. The trimmer comes as a separate attachment rather than a built-in component, which means you have to switch it out with the regular blade instead of popping it up from the back. The head also doesn't have the same flexibility as other high-end models, so it takes a few more passes under the chin to get a close shave. However, this is the place to start if you are looking for a top-notch razor at a reasonable price.

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The Series 5 offers a high-quality shave at a reasonable price.
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Great Performance for an Excellent Price

Remington F5 Foil

Run Time on Full Charge: 60 minutes | Usage Options: Dry only
Corded use
Five-minute quick charge
Clear battery charge indicator
Dry use only

The Remington F5 Foil is a high-value, inexpensive option. This foil cassette razor feels more substantial than we would have expected based on our initial impressions, and it also delivers on performance. It can run both plugged in and cordless and has a five-minute quick charge, allowing you to still get a shave in even if the battery is drained when you first wake up. Its unique, curved ergonomic grip with responsive foils and shaver head that pivots independently from the rest of the device makes it easier to get hairs under the chin and neck. We love the clear battery indicator light strip, which is relatively easy to clean under the faucet.

Overall, we found this razor wasn't quite as efficient as higher-end models in this review. It took quite a few more passes during testing to achieve the same results. This razor is a dry-use-only, so you can't take it in the shower, which somewhat reduces its versatility. It also takes slightly longer to charge — about two hours to full charge. However, if you want top performance relative to the price, this is one model to consider strongly.

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The F5 5800 has an effective pivoting head.
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Best for Body Grooming

Philips Norelco OneBlade Face and Body Hybrid

Run Time on Full Charge: 60 minutes | Usage Options: Wet & Dry
60-minute run time lasts for dozens of shaves
Lightweight and compact
Can only charge via USB
Dry use only

The Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid is a sturdy, full-featured body groomer that offers versatility at a low price. Its dual-edge blade makes getting the right angle on your shave easier and is adept at touching up sideburns and mustaches. It can be used wet or dry and has a battery indicator light to let you know when it needs a charge or has a full battery (though if only used every three days, we found that it can last well over a month between charges). It includes several attachments — 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, and 5mm for stubble on your face and two comfort guards for body grooming.

For those seeking a close shave, it's important to note that this blade complements a traditional razor; it's not a replacement. It won't provide a baby smooth shave, but that's not what it's designed to do. It has a solid run time of 60 minutes from a full charge, but it also takes four hours to get there (which is four times longer than the average razor in this review). This inexpensive option is great if you are looking for a blade for touchups around a fresh shave or regular body grooming.

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The rubberized grip of this model (in green) makes it easy to hold.
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Best for Battery Life

Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil

Run Time on Full Charge: 80 minutes | Usage Options: Dry only
Long battery life
Can use plugged in
Bulky, not ergonomic
Lacks pivoting head

The Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Foil has a long-lasting battery and the ability to run while plugged in. If it runs out of juice mid-shave, you can plug it in and run it as a corded shaver (a surprisingly hard-to-find feature among electric razors). It also comes with hypo-allergenic gold-titanium foils and has enough power to smooth thick stubble. If you are not one to pay much attention to your battery-powered devices, this model can help bail you out. It has a run time of just over 80 minutes cordlessly, which it achieves with just an hour and a half of charging.

On the downside, this one is a brick. It's not especially heavy, but it has an extremely boxy shape that can make it somewhat awkward to hold and doesn't particularly conform well to facial contours. Though the foil cassette is flexible, the head cannot pivot, making it trickier for uneven surfaces. There is also no pop-up trimmer included, so it is stubble only with this beast. However, if you are not inclined to charge your razor regularly or often find yourself with a dead battery mid-shave, this is the model to check out first.

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The Pro Foil Lithium Titanium isn't the most elegant, but it has a long battery life.
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High-Performance Value

Panasonic Arc5 Cordless

Multi-directional pivoting head
Travel lock
Many light indicators
Recommended cleaning with soap
Pop-up trimmer is short

The Panasonic Arc5 Cordless is the razor for those who want high-performance but aren't ready to go all out on a top-of-the-line model. We love this device's wide array of indicator lights, including battery level, shave timer, blade replacement, cleaning reminder, and travel lock. It comes with a five-minute quick charge that gives enough juice to get through one shave. During testing, we enjoyed the pivoting head that moves independently of the grip. This design makes it easier and faster to shave underneath the chin and around the neck.

There are a few limitations with this razor. Its modest run time of 45 minutes isn't bad, considering it only takes an hour to charge, but it is definitely at the lower end of the category in that metric. It is not recommended for use while plugged in, and the auxiliary trimmer doesn't come out very far from the razor, so it can feel like you need to bring the whole unit too close to your face to use the trimmer. In any case, this was one of the highest-performing models, and it is well worth the money you will spend on it.

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The Arc5 has is an impressive razor with four foils, a pivoting head and an included carrying case.
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Best Dry-Only Razor

Braun Series 7

Head pivots independently
Dry use only
Awkward pop-up trimmer

The Braun Series 7 is an excellent razor with numerous bells and whistles. This powerful model gets the job done quickly and with relatively few passes. Its multiple indicator icons — including ones for foil replacement, cleaning reminder, and power setting — keep you informed about the machine's status. It has a traditional plug-in charger and a self-cleaning base that makes daily maintenance a breeze.

There are just a couple of qualities keeping it from a top spot. It is a dry-only model, so it lacks the versatility of others you can use in the shower. In addition, testing indicated that the pop-up trimmer is situated somewhat awkwardly, making it more difficult to use. However, this is a great option if you aren't a shower shaver and want top-of-the-line performance.

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The Series 7 is a powerful razor with a self-cleaning base and many useful device indicators.
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Just the Basics

Panasonic Travel

Travel lock
Easy to use
No rechargeable battery
Single foil

The Panasonic Travel is a very simple electric razor. It comes in a palm-sized package, and we like the travel lock and power button combined into one convenient slider, making it super easy to use. There's not a lot to it, and we think it works well for a quick weekend trip.

This model has a single foil cassette (as opposed to most foil models that come with 3-5), so it is noticeably less efficient. It also does not have a rechargeable battery — instead, it runs on two AAs. It could be a blessing if you are going on a short trip (no need to remember the charger), but if the batteries die partway through, you'll have to buy some more.

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The Travel lives up to its name and fits in the palm of your hand. It has a travel lock and a basic single foil cassette.
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Plug-In Use Rotary Razor

Philips Norelco 2300

Pop-up trimmer
Charge indicator light
Can use while plugged in
Not very powerful
Long charge time

The Philips Norelco 2300 is another basic rotary razor option. One of the primary benefits of this model is that you can use it even when plugged in. The charge indicator light lets you know when the battery is running low. It is straightforward to use and easy to clean. It comes with a standard pop-up trimmer, and the razor housing opens with the press of a button so it can be rinsed out quickly.

The downsides of this device are that it takes a comparatively long time to charge — over eight hours for just 40 minutes of run time. Also, its shaving power decreases more noticeably as the battery level gets close to zero. It's not incredibly efficient but could be fine if you are looking for something inexpensive, user-friendly, and easy to clean.

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The 2300 is a basic rotary razor with a pop-up trimmer and charge indicator light.
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Notable for Body Grooming

Micro Touch Solo

3 included attachments
Long charge time
Requires a USB port
Annoying to clean

The Micro Touch Solo is a compact body groomer. It comes with three attachments — 1mm, 3mm, and 5mm — so you can keep your beard at a precise and consistent length without worrying about getting the blades too close to your skin. We saw pretty decent results with this model.

This razor has a charge time of four hours. Because the blade head cannot be run underwater, it is just a little tedious to clean it with the included brush. During testing, we also experienced more pull than with other razors. It's not our favorite body groomer, but if you are looking for one on a budget, this could be it.

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The Solo is inexpensive and comes with a few convenient attachments.
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Why You Should Trust Us

Our lead reviewer Ben Applebaum-Bauch has been reviewing outdoor and tech gear for GearLab for almost four years, researching and reviewing hundreds of home goods and bathroom products in that time. He has made a habit of hiking some of America's most iconic long trails and always comes back from an adventure with gnarly facial hair that no one seems to care for. With over a decade of shaving experience, often going days, weeks, and sometimes months between cleanups, he has discovered what features and facets make for a smooth, comfortable shave.

We purchase the products we review at retail price and run them through a series of side-by-side tests. To deliver our findings, we spent over ten hours with these blades on our faces and dozens more charging, discharging and cleaning them, as well as assessing their features. For models that claim both wet and dry use, we lathered up and patted down.

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The blades in a rotary razor are a little more involved than a model with a foil cassette.
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This model has a pivoting head which makes it easier to get under the neck -- a notoriously tricky area to shave.

Analysis and Test Results

We use four primary criteria, each with several specific considerations, to assess the electric razors in this review. We looked at shave quality, runtime and charge time, ease of use, and ease of cleaning for each device. Below, we define each metric and summarize how each model compared to the rest in the category.

Shave Quality

The quality of the shave is what we think matters most. This metric covers the closeness of the shave — that is, how smooth it leaves our faces feeling afterward. We also look at facets like the speed of the shave, how many passes it takes to finish, and the power of any included trimmers. Where applicable, we ensure that razors perform well, wet and dry, and compare performance across flesh (e.g., on cheeks) and contours (e.g., jaw and under chin).

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This model is powerful on stubble.
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The Braun Series 9 holds a top spot in this metric. It has a powerful motor, and the device took the least amount of time with the fewest passes to execute a close shave. However, its somewhat awkward pop-up trimmer keeps it from a perfect score; the shaver head contours exceptionally to the jawline and neck. Not far behind, the Braun Series 5 offers excellent performance. The main foil cassette doesn't quite have the same pivoting prowess as the Series 9, but its wet/dry versatility and powerful trimmer attachment keep it up at the top of the list. The Panasonic Ar5 Electric also shares many of the same qualities. Though it doesn't quite have the same power as the Series 9, its head has many of the same pivot points and proved to be particularly effective under the chin, where other electric razors in this review falter.

The next tier of razors includes the Remington F5 Foil, Braun Series 7, and Andis ProFoil. These razors bring plenty of power for a close shave on 3-day stubble. The F5 and 790cc have multi-direction-free pivoting heads, while the Pro Foil has flexible foils but no pivoting head or pop-up trimmer. The trimmer on the 7 series is awkwardly angled and somewhat challenging to use, with the F5 leveraging a more traditional 90-degree trimmer.

The Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid offers the best shave quality of the body grooming razors we tested. Though these blades aren't meant for baby smooth results, we didn't experience any tug during dry shaving with a two-week beard.

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Independently pivoting heads like this one really increase the efficiency of a shave and contour to the face very effectively.
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Run and Charge Times

Run and charge times are essential metrics for electric razors. Here we are concerned with how long it takes to charge them fully, how long the devices can run after charging to capacity, and how long it takes to quick-charge them to get enough juice for a single shave. We also look at each model's ratio between charge time and run time.

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The Panasonic Arc5 Shows you how long the razor has been on and flashes the battery charge percentage so you aren't caught off guard.
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The Braun Series 9 earns the top spot again with an above-average total shave time and below-average charge time. The Andis ProFoil has the longest average run time, sometimes managing over 80 minutes on a single charge. It also reaches full capacity within 90 minutes of plugging it in.

The next tier of still-above-average razors includes the Panasonic Arc5, Braun Series 5, Remington F5 Foil, and Braun Series 7. These models achieve average run times in the 45-50 minute range on a single charge, and each gets to 100% capacity when plugged in for around one hour.

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Indicators for battery level (and hygiene, i.e. when the device needs to be cleaned) let you know when it's time to charge up.
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The Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid and Micro Touch SOLO, two body grooming models, take at least four hours to charge (with the former running for a more impressive 60 minutes versus the 45 minutes of the latter). It is worth noting that the Panasonic Travel runs off two AA batteries and is not rechargeable. The Philips Norelco 2300 takes a sloggy eight hours to charge for 45 minutes of run time, though it is somewhat redeeming that it can still be used when plugged in.

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This model doesn't have a rechargeable battery but requires two AA batteries, which we don't care for that much.
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Ease of Use & Versatility

As with almost any other product, if it's not easy to use, you are just less likely to use it. For this metric, we look at things like whether or not a razor claims it can be used safely wet and dry (bonus points for both) and, similarly, whether the entire unit is waterproof and can be used in the shower. Many of these products come with indicator lights for battery levels, travel locks, and blade replacement. We also assessed included trimmers and how comfortable or awkward they are to angle correctly, as well as additional features. Some of these models also have adaptive power modes and ergonomic designs, which help boost a score.

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A well-labeled slider can make it clear how to lock the main head and deploy the trimmer.
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These electric razors are all pretty easy to use, with some variability in their versatility. Models that can be used wet (in the shower or with shaving cream) include the Braun Series 9, Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid, Panasonic Arc5, Braun Series 5, and Panasonic Travel. This feature is essential because it makes shaving more efficient if you opt to do it in the shower or more flexible if it happens to be more comfortable for you to shave with shaving cream.

Though you can rinse many of these models with water, they are claimed to be dry-only for shaving: Micro Touch SOLO, Remington F5 Foil, Braun Series 7, Philips Norelco 2300, and Andis ProFoil. Some models like the Braun Series 5 and Panasonic Arc4 Electric have solid auxiliary trimmers, and the Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid is exclusively a (high-performance) trimmer. We were surprised that the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 have less-than-impressive trimmers, as does the Philips Norelco 2300. Some models like the Panasonic Travel and Andis ProFoil don't have any trimmer.

For those looking for full-featured displays, devices like the Braun Series 9, Braun Series 7, and Panasonic Arc5 have a robust set of indicator lights that give you insight into the status of your electric razor. In terms of user interfaces, the Philips Norelco 2300, the Andis ProFoil and Panasonic Travel are straightforward, as are the OneBlade Hybrid and Braun Series 5, which have battery indicator lights, as well as the Micro Touch SOLO.

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The Braun Series 7 allows you to increase or decrease the power of your shave with the indicator light changing from green to blue.
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Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning can be an afterthought with a razor, so our thinking is that the easier it is to clean, the more likely we would be to use it. In this metric, we consider features that specifically facilitate cleaning. These include rinsing, drainage ports, and release buttons for easily removing/opening the foil cassette. A couple of our contenders even come with self-cleaning bases. We analyze whether they make the job easier or are just a lot of hype.

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The holes in the neck of this model make it quick and easy to flush water through the razor.
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Most of these models are relatively easy to clean and low maintenance. The Braun Series 7 and Braun Series 9 both come with self-cleaning stations that make the task a literal set and forget it (though they do lose some points because of the periodic maintenance required on the cleaning units themselves). The Braun Series 5 comes equipped with holes at the neck that you can run water through to flush out trimmings.

The Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid, Philips Norelco 2300, and Remington F5 Foil can all be rinsed under water and left to dry — easy enough. The Andis ProFoil and Micro Touch SOLO recommend only dry cleaning the blades with the included brush, which is more tedious and time-consuming. The two Panasonic models, the Arc5 and Travel, suggest the added step of running hand soap through the cassette and rinsing it — again, extra steps that take more time.

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Dry use only razors often require removing the foil cover to clean out the blades with a brush.
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Whether you are looking for a close shave or something that can trim, self-clean, or quick charge, we hope that our comprehensive expert review gives you the information you need to make the right purchase for you. We know that there are seemingly endless options out there as far as electric razors are concerned, but knowledge is power. Happy shaving!

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