The Best Electric Shavers for Men in 2024, Tested and Reviewed

The Best Electric Shavers for Men in 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Shavers

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We spoke with professional barber Sydney Shlakman of Hairrari Hair Salon in Brooklyn, New York, about some care and maintenance tips for your grooming tools. Electric shavers aren’t as easy to clean as the best safety razors, but with these tips, they’ll last a lifetime.

We’ve also answered other frequently asked questions about care aids.

What is the difference between foil and rotary razors?

  • Foil: The foil electric shaver has oscillating blades that move back and forth at high speed. These blades are covered with guards that lift the hair for cutting and protect the skin. A foil shaver often has a pair of separate cutting blades that flex independently to follow the contours of your face. However, because a foil shaver head is rectangular, it may not fit your face as well as a rotary shaver.
  • Rotating: The rotary razor has circular blades that rotate. You get protection from the rotating blades with a slot-shaped guard that sits on top of the blades and helps lift the hairs so they are easier to cut. The heads flex in multiple directions, giving you a close shave by hugging the contours of your face. However, rotary heads are harder to clean after shaving than foil shavers.

How often should I clean my razor or trimmer?

“You should clean your tools after every use,” Shlakman told Insider. “It’s important to keep your grooming tools clean to ensure that your tools are working properly and aren’t building up bacteria or rust.”

What is the best way to clean grooming tools?

“The best way to clean your grooming tools is to use a barber brush to brush out the hair on your tools and also use a blade cleaning spray,” Shlakman said. “I like to use Andis Cool Care Plus to clean and lubricate my blades. You want to brush out the hair first and then spray on the cleaning spray.”

Some shavers, such as the Braun Series 7 and Series 9, have a clean and charge base that automatically cleans the device. If your device does not have a cleaning system, you will need to remove the blade, brush or rinse out excess hair, sanitize it, and re-oil the blade before the next use.

Why should I oil my knife?

Without oil, razors—whether foil, rotary, or a combination of both—can generate a lot of friction and heat. When a blade gets hot without proper lubrication, it loses its performance and eventually rusts and warps. Your shave won’t be as close, you’ll be more susceptible to nicks and cuts, and you’ll have to replace your blades more often.

What oil can I use on my knives?

Most electric shavers and trimmers come with oil, but if you run out, you can use a variety of oils to keep your blades lubricated. A few drops of olive, coconut, baby, or even your favorite beard oil can do the trick. You’ll want to avoid products that absolutely don’t belong on your face, like motor oil or WD-40.

Can I use the same electric shaver for my face and my body?

While some electric trimmers are great for all-around use, it’s a good idea to use separate blades for your face and body. The bacteria on your face thrives in dry areas with oxygen, and the bacteria on your groin thrives in moist environments. Mixing the two and using the same blade everywhere can cause irritation and breakouts.

If you already have a facial care device, it is a good idea to purchase a separate device for body care.