The Best Electric Shaver 2019

Discover the best shaver 2019 can give you – something that for once “actually” really works.

Is this even possible?

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Surely there has to be something that’s actually pretty good at giving you that smooth feel time after time?

Well, we found out for you.

Now, this list of electric shavers took quite a bit of hair growing to organize (although it its surprisingly easy to avoid shaving for a few days!)

Not to mention quite a few “smooth as a baby’s bum” moments along the way while testing out these units.

Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver for Men 7898cc, Wet and Dry, Integrated Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable and Cordless Razor with CleanandCharge Station and Premium Travel Case, Silver Before we carry on, and for convenience we wanted to let you know which is our best rated shaver.  The Braun Series 7 790cc stands out easily.

 

 

Once we had tested a few, we grabbed a few coffees and managed to create this list.

Our Top 10 List Of Our Favourite Electric Shavers

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1: Braun Series 7 790cc-4

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Editor's Choice!

£149.99


Solid all round performer
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Our Rating:


Wet & Dry Shave

2: Philips AquaTouch S5420/06


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£59.84


Great cost effective shaver!
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Our Rating:


Wet & Dry Shave

3: Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5

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£443


A superb shaver but prepare to pay for the luxury
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Our Rating:


Wet & Dry Shave

4: Braun Series 9 9290cc


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£219.99


Another superb shaver from Braun
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Our Rating:


Wet & Dry Shave

5: Wahl 8061 Foil Shaver


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£57.78


Wahl quality shaver for tidying things up
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Our Rating:


Dry Shave Only

6: Remington PF7500


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£55.00


Great build quality
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Our Rating:


Dry Shave Only

7: Braun Series 3 - 3040s


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£42.49


A rock solid all round performer, despite being a few years old.
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Our Rating:


Wet & Dry Shave
8: UJS 972 Triple Rotary Shaver
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£79.99


Great shaver from up and coming UJS (Uk company)
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Our Rating:


Wet & Dry Shave

9: UJS-220 (temporarily unavailable)


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Exciting shaver from UJS (currently unavailable) Click For More Info

Our Rating:


Dry Shave Only

10: Philips Travel Shaver PQ203/17


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£12.80


Could it get any better than this for the price?
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Our Rating:


Dry Shave Only

 

Shaving with traditional razors can be a pain in the whotsit for many men, myself included.

Some days it’s fun and a pleasure and makes you want to sing while you shave.  Some days it can leave you feeling sore and scruffy.

Ouch!

A red throat and missed facial hairs is not my idea of a good shave.

We decided it was about time a list of the “best of the best” was produced, so with sleeves rolled up we got down to business and began digging around to find out what matters when it comes to choosing an electric shaver..

It quickly became evident who the market leaders were, based on real facts, real stats and real proof.

One you “could have got..”:

Over in the ever evolving China marketplace, this “interesting” shaver has been released.  Looks good for shaving your fingers??

Fancy some good news?

 You don’t need to spend the earth to get a good close shave.

Please read our reviews of all 10 because you will find good solid points for all these shavers, and some of them are unbelievably cheap!  Price ranges can vary immensely.

 

What makes a good electric shaver (and how did we choose the winners) ?

Image source: Philips
Image source: Philips

We believe that the main factor influencing a good trusted electric shaver is that obviously it needs to be as smooth and as close a shave as humanly possible, without irritation of the skin.

Things such as moisturizer make a great addition to the shaver especially if it has an inbuilt moisturizer part where you just press a button. For many men this has to be a key factor to consider into the equation.

Secondary to this are other, less important features such as the comfort of the electric shaver(how it feels to hold), and also how well it performs.

We also looked at things like how long it lasted before needing a recharge, and how long the cutting parts lasted.

 

Now For The In-Depth Stuff!

1: Braun Series 7 790cc-4 Men’s Electric Foil Shaver with Clean and Charge Station Rechargeable and Cordless Razor

We wanted to feature this shaver first.

After testing and researching “many” different shavers, one of the old trusted brands has shown some of the new kids what time honoured quality craftsmanship and knowledge can do.

The Brain series 7790cc is also our favourite top rated shaver!

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We believe this is one of the best electric shaver currently, however with an “ever updating list”, this may not always be the case so make sure you pop back here from time to time.

The 7 Series Shaver Comes With An Amazing “Clean & Charge” Docking System

“Kill 99.9999% of germs – be clean and fresh every single morning thanks to the Braun 7 series alcohol based clean & charge station.”

You pay more for the clean and charge charging unit (you can buy it without too), but it is completely hands free – pop in your shaver and the next day it’s like new again and completely sanitized.

In a conscious world where sterile is the new peace offering, this is just a nice unit you don’t have to pay too much attention to – just knowing it’s kept super clean ready for you is worth it’s weight in Gold.

Features: (courtesy of Amazon)

  • Intelligent sonic technology with 10,000 micro vibrations – reads your face and adjusts to the density of your beard for our most thorough shave
  • Three personalisation modes for an adjustable close shave that fits your beard and skin: Extra sensitive – normal – intensive
  • Replaceable foils
  • Fantastic mens shaving system percet for facial hairs and body grooming
  • Patented active lift captures flat lying hair even in problem areas like neck
  • Opt foil – our most advanced foil for ideal closeness that lasts longer
  • Clean and charge system – at a touch of a button automatically cleans, charges and lubricates to keep the shaver like new every day

What’s it like to use?

It may take a day or two to get accustomed to, but then you find that after a few uses it quickly becomes an exceptionally good electric shaver and one of our most highly rated within this list. Our favourite!

How long does it last?

Charge it on a fast charge for 5 minutes and there is plenty of power for a single shave. Alternatively charge it for 60 minutes and you’ll enjoy 50 minutes of continuous shaving – that’s pretty much a full week – so a weekly charge is all you’ll likely need most of the time.

When using it regularly you’ll unlikely need to think about replacing the head unit until a good 18 months have passed – that is the official Braun recommendation however if it is still cutting well there certainly isn’t any need to buy another head just out of necessity.

What’s it like in use?

It rarely gets too hot, and it’s shape is fairly standard meaning you’ll not really experience any fatigue when using it.  We have enjoyed using the Brauns shavers.

Value for money?

Yes absolutely. The price is higher than others but the benefits add up and soon weighs in with a convincing reason to get this. It’s going to last a long time.

The alcohol cleaning solution can be made to last 3+ months with care by simply removing it from the dock station and closing it up ready for it’s next use. Work like this and it will work out cheaper than buying manual razors.

Our thoughts on the Braun 7 Series 790cc-4 mens electric shaver

First of all, Braun have been around for decades and this shows in their innovations and technology.

Secondly it’s built to last. Despite a hands-free cleaning solution (alcohol based) needing ongoing changing, you can get extend the life of the solution by up to 3 months – and let the machine sanitize and clean your shaver for an “as new” experience each and every day.

Price wise it’s not cheap, but if you compare it to the cost of good quality disposable razors, this works out cheaper, so long term this is a sensible investment.

No single electric shaver will ever be “perfect” however this goes pretty much most of the way.

Our recommended buy!

Click To View The Braun series 7 shaver on Amazon

 

 

2: Philips AquaTouch S5420/06, Wet and Dry Men’s Electric Shaver with SmartClick Precision Trimmer

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We like this particular shaver because for a start it is very keenly priced and within most peoples budgets. Second to that is the trusted Brand name behind it. Philips – a name we all know.

“Protects 10 times better than a regular head”

  • Protect your skin while you enjoy a refreshing shave.
  • When using a razor, the blade presses directly against the skin and can result in multiple micro-cuts per shave. Although you may not be able to see them with the naked eye, you can certainly feel them!
  • Our Multiprecision Blade System with rounded heads, has been specifically designed to glide smoothly, reducing the occurrence of micro-cuts by up to 10 times.
  • *Test done in Germany 2015, after 21 days acclimation.

source (Philips)

What’s it like to use?

Comfortable to hold and use. If you use it regularly, like on a daily basis you can have a good clean shave all wrapped up in a few minutes however for longer periods, the shaving time will increase accordingly

How long does it last?

If you charge it for an hour you typically will receive around 45 minutes worth of shaving time, pretty much a full weeks worth depending on how often you use it.

Value for money?

Excellent value for money. Consider the fact that a good pack of razor blades can cost £5 to £10 and last a month, you’ll soon have recouped your initial outlay.

Then you’ll find it goes on to last you for many long years with the only other costs being an occasional new head replacement which is estimated to be once every 2 years – so not bad at all!

Watch this 2 minute informational video for this shaver:

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Our thoughts on the Philips Aquatouch S5420/06 waterproof electric shaver

Ok, so here we have an extremely attractive shaver. Stunningly good looking, fully waterproof and to top it off, it isn’t all that expensive either!

The Philips 5 series shaver offers affordability and couples that with advanced technology in the form of a multiprecision blade system that helps to reduce hair snagging by 10 times, thanks to it’s unique design.

Like all electric shavers, you often need a while to become acclimatized to using it – in some cases as much as 21 days, so you can’t base your thoughts in the first use. Your skin gets used to using it.

If you use it regular and frequently you’ll enjoy a nice clean smooth shave inside of 2 minutes otherwise expect your shave times to go up.

Click To View The Philips Aquatouch 5 series shaver on Amazon

 

3: Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5 Multi Flex Wet/Dry Nanotech Rechargeable Shaver with Vortex Cleaning System

OK, so this is the big daddy most expensive shaver in this review.

Overseas in America the price is comparably a LOT cheaper and with time this may well also be the case but for now we have an overly expensive shaver packed with shaver technology.. at a price..

So, is the Panasonic Arc5 worth the cost?

Let’s take a closer look and then list the pros and cons.

So, for a shaver that is expensive, we certainly expect a lot, so we want to weigh up the good and the bad points before coming to a review decision on this one.

It has all the bells and whistles you’d expect. It also has a fully self contained cleaning system, and it does provide an exceptionally good close shave, much closer than the Philips Norelco.

The high speed motor means that tugging and pulling of hairs is a thing of the past, unlike slower shavers out there.

On the downside, the cleaning cartridges need replacing every 2 months and the shaver head approx every 1 months to 2 years. neither of these are cheap.

You can get away with simply rinsing the head under water, or with a little soap in the shower for satisfactory cleaning, but if you want the luxury of letting the docking station sort everything out for you then it’s a cool gadget to own.

Yes I say “gadget” because it might as well be with all the technology that’s bundled in with it. let’s take a look at the features (taken direct from Amazon):

  • 5-Blade Ultra-Thin Vibrating Foil Cutting System with 30 Degree “Nano Blades” for a clean shaving experience
  • 14,000 CPM Linear Motor Drive with a Multi- Flex Pivoting Head with Stainless Steel Foil and Blade, Built-in Pop-up Trimmer
  • 10-Stage LCD readout, Lock Button, Automatic Cleaning & Charging System included, Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode for quick clean-up
  • Use Wet with Shaving Gel or Dry, 100% Waterproof, Includes Travel pouch and AC Adapter, Made In Japan
  • It is recommended that you replace the outer foil and inner blade at least every year to maintain the cutting edge on your razor

If you decide you really love this shaver then there is another even more expensive shaver (classed as an upgraded newer version of this one, but at close to a 4 figure price point we decided we didn’t want to feature it – you can view the upgraded model the Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 here if you really want to!

Our thoughts on the Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5 electric shaver

Ok, so in the quest for a super close shave, this electric shaver (like all others) needs a running in time for your skin to get used to it. Typically up to 30 days (claimed by Panasonic) so you need to use it for that long before you can understand how it feels on a regular basis.

The price point of this is the downside. In America it is a fraction of the cost, and it seems that the unit is shipped from America (as estimated delivery times are more than a week), hence the extra cost.

For a comparable alternative we recommend the Braun 790 cc.

4: Braun Series 9 9290cc Men’s Electric Foil Shaver, Wet and Dry with Clean and Renew Charge Station, Rechargeable and Cordless Razor

The Braun series 9 shaver, model 9290cc is in our opinion a premium product at a reasonably fair price. It could always be cheaper but it certainly isn’t the most expensive shaver featured in this list.

It has a lot of great positives and few negatives although we will share our findings below. If you want to go straight to this product on Amazon click here otherwise continue reading for our findings.

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What do you think?

“The worlds most efficient shaver ?”

A series of 7 carefully tested experiments were conducted with a group of men aged approximately 20 to 30 who all had similar shaving routines.

The test involved shaving on a 3 day growth beard, and compared to a handful of other shavers to see which shaver removed the most hair per stroke and which was the gentlest out of them all.

The overall results overwhelmingly show that the Braun 9290 9 series shaver removed a significantly greater amount of hair (with a 95% confidence level) than the other shavers.

Fact

In the box:

1 x Braun Series 9 premium razor
1 x 5-action Clean&Charge station (if choosing the CC option when buying)
1 x Alcohol-based cleaning cartridge. 1 leather travel case
1 x Cleaning brush
1 x Smart plug for automatic 100-240 voltage adjustment

Let’s see what the main features are of this electric shaver.

  • Braun Series nine, one of the world’s efficient shaver, proven on three day beards versus leading premium tier products; tested on three day beards versus leading premium tier products, details on braun.com/study-results
  • Five specialized shaving elements capture more hair in one stroke for fewer strokes and less skin irritation – perfect for dealing with stubborn facial hairs.
  • Their patented SyncroSonic technology reads and adapts to your beard 160 times per second providing extra power where needed
  • Includes the world’s only five action alcohol-based Clean and Charge station that cleans, lubricates and dries your shaver hygienically at the touch of a button.  Handy for an electric razor!
  • Contents: Braun Series nine premium razor, five action Clean and Charge station, alcohol-based cleaning cartridge, travel case, cleaning brush, smart plug for automatic 100-240 voltage adjustment

Our thoughts on the Braun series 9 9220 CC electric foil shaver

We really like this shaver. After a poor earlier 9 series, this upgraded model is far better and finally gives the 9 series it’s much anticipated “best” crown.

The level of smoothness you get is exceptionally good, for an electric shaver.

Like all electric shavers expect a few weeks for your skin to adjust to shaving with an electric over a wet shave. You’ll never really be able to get a shave as good as a regular razor wet shave, however technology is improving and things are getting better each year.

This 9 series goes a long way towards that achievement and we highly recommend it.

There are various options when it comes to buying. One option is to forget the cleaning station and just go for the basic electric razor with stand and save yourself almost a quarter of the cost or you can go the other way price wise and include an optional premium case.

Click To View The Braun 9290 series 9 shaver on Amazon

 

 

5: Wahl 8061 5 Star Electric Foil Shaver

Since 1919 Wahl have expanded their hair clippers into a Global brand selling in over 165 countries. As a trusted brand, you can expect quality and this is true of this the 8061 professional electric foil shaver. Refreshingly, this shaver features just what is needed to perform well, and no fancy extras.

Designed to also appeal to professional barbers you will find that this shaver also works extremely well for head shaving and blending in of shave lines.

Side note for us “ordinary folk”:

This is meant for “stubble only” and not designed for 3 or more days growth such as with beards. You should work those hairs down to a stubble length before using this. So when used regularly this will deliver the results.

Make sure you use light strokes for best results (otherwise you can press hairs in and they may become ingrown hairs).

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Trusted by thousands, the Wahl 8061 professional shaver really does cut a superb finish!

With a 2 hour charge time you can expect to enjoy around 80 minutes of usage time before needing to recharge. For occasional shaving this means most of the time this will last you for 2 weeks before needing to recharge (when used daily).

For head shaving or face and neck shaving

This trimmer has been used to great effect for shaving heads nice and smooth without any irritating nicks or shaving bumps, and helps avoid skin irritations.

The Wahl touch:

Experience super close shaves by way of their Hypoallergenic Gold foils made to the highest quality. The foils are thin but they do provide a great finish.

Watch this Wahl video and see for yourself:

 

The Wahl 5 Star Shaver – The Ultimate Finishing Tool?

Designed For:
-Finishing/Blending bald fades
-Cleaning up hair and neck lines for an ultra-smooth finish
-Eliminating stray hairs
Bump-free shaving

Although designed with professionals in mind, it still represents exceptional value for money for a good old regular shaver.

If you suffer with ingrown hairs then you will need to look at applying a skin conditioner, scrubbing it in, perhaps with a soft toothbrush to exfoliate the skin and begin removing dead skin layers then looking at a pre-shave routine as in the guide at the bottom of this top 10 list.

Our thoughts on the Wahl 8061-100 5 star professional shaver

  • Suitable as a regular shaver, it also does a lot more (and is designed to do so). Thankfully the trusted Wahl name is behind it.
  • We like this because compared to many others it is really well priced.
  • Ther are no fancy extras thrown in with this, in case you were wondering – you simply get the clippers, charging cable and dock
  • You do get at least the Wahl reliability -thousands of barbers around the world use Wahl stuff, and that’s for a good reason.

Why not delve into the wonderful world of Wahl yourself.

Click To View The Wahl 8061 clipper/ shaver on Amazon

 

6: Remington PF7500 Comfort Pro Foil Electric Shaver

Is this the best electric shaver for sensitive skin?

Let me start by saying don’t let the cheap price put you off. It’s one of the cheapest (and most comfortable electric shavers) in this list (and for that reason it managed to slip into our coveted top 10 best shavers list. The Remington PF7500 offers a refreshing different look at shavers.

Sometimes cost is not necessarily an issue, especially when you can pay as little as a fifth of the cost of other shavers. It’s time to re-evaluate what you “truly” need.

Despite what you might think, this shaver actually performs exceedingly well, and is great for sensitive skin.

 

The PF7500 comfort electric shaver offers a great quality shave, great build quality, although we do wonder how long the beard trimmer may last as it appeared a little flimsy. Other than that we like this unit (and did we say it’s low price too?).

Additionally Remington claim the unit offers 50 minutes of usage time off of a single 120 minute charge however we have noticed usage times being almost double that – it might simply be that our unit had a better battery, however it is handy to know that manufacturers estimates may well only be that – a best guided guess.

Product Specifications (source: Remington)

  • Full flex and pivot technology for higher shave comfort
  • Dual foil cutters & Intercept trimmer to capture longer hairs
  • Pop up trimmer for detail trimming
  • Ergonomic design
  • Lithium powered – 50 mins usage time
  • 120 mins charge time
  • 5 minute quick charge
  • Cord/Cordless
  • Charge stand
  • Washable head
  • Charge/low LED indicator
  • Universal voltage
  • Headguard

Our thoughts on the Remington PF 7500 comfort series electric shaver

The price of this unit does not make sense. Shavers shouldn’t be this good for this price? It really is priced lower than a lot of competing shavers. The handy low LED indicator lets you know when it’s getting ready to be recharged, so just keep an eye on that or aim to recharge it on a weekly basis and you should be good to go.

It’s not waterproof so not suitable for shower use. Use it as a dry shaver, and just make sure you clean the head after each shave and that’s all you need to be aware of in all honesty.

The lithium battery ensures plenty of use between charges – while we cannot say that all units will end up working for nearly 2 hours between charges, the Remington guide is 50 minutes so it’s best to go with that. Our unit lasted close to 100 minutes – maybe just a fluke but we were impressed!

Each shave is nice and tight with 5 to 10 minutes of shaving. Just remember not to press on to your skin too heavy (as is the case with any electric shaver) – if you’re struggling to get to some hairs, then it’s most likely because they are laying flat and need to be stood upright which will then make it easier to shave them down – more info on proper pre-shave preparation can be found in the guide at the bottom of this top 10 list.

Click To View The Remington PF7500 shaver on Amazon

 

7: Braun Series 3 – 3040s Wet & Dry Electric Shaver

The Braun series 3 electric shaver is one of the most popular wetdry electric shavers (and a best seller at that!) on Amazon (see for yourself). The price point is typically anywhere from £40 to £60 on average and so makes for a great first foray into the world of electric shavers.

I have personally owned this unit for more than 2 years with no problems whatsoever.

Initially I would push it as hard as I could onto my skin to try and get “super close” and this would then lead on to skin irritation with sensitive Red areas as you can imagine.

I then switched to using a wet razor blade (Mach 3) but at £14 for a set of 3 or 4 blades the costs soon mount up and this is what prompted me into wanting to get this list created – to find a better way.

As with all shavers the key is not to press too heavy to but ensure good pre-shave prep is carried out.

This shaver will never win the “incredibly close” awards for removal of facial hairs – and very few shavers can afford to say that – other than the 9 series Braun, however you can certainly get a good clean decent shave good enough for the day when used regularly.

 

  • Close shave, good skin comfort, faster than ever before,*with MicroComb technology (*Vs previous Series 3 on a 3-day beard)
  • MicroComb guides more hair into the cutting parts for faster shaving
  • Three independently floating cutting elements adapt to facial contours
  • Wet and dry shaver for use in the shower with foam or gel
  • 1 hour charge lasts for one whole week of electric shaving

 

Rechargeable Ni-MH battery

Fully charges in 1 hour for 45 minutes of use, while a quick 5 minute charge will be sufficient for 1 shave. Features a 3-level LED display indicating a low charge.

Our thoughts on the Braun 3040s series 3 electric shaver

Top notch with pretty much zero negatives. The only minor personal quibble is the slider switch for the beard trimmer. You do have to push your thumb onto the switch with some strength to then slide it up when used in the shower although it’s fairly easy when used dry shaving – it could be a little easier however.

It does everything you want although does leave a few stray hairs which you’ll need to go over again – or you can improve the results with better pre-shave prep work (see the guide at the end of this list for details), or simply shave for longer.

Like all shavers your skin does need a few weeks to adjust to using one and then things improve with shave time and results.

Having personally had this for 2+ years it still performs flawlessly and for that, and the amazing price, it had to be included in this top 10 best electric shavers list.

Others trying this shaver also report in general very positive results, when used on a daily basis. Well worthy of being your next shaver.

Click To View The Braun series 3 shaver on Amazon

 

8: UJS 972 Wet/Dry Triple Rotary Washable Shaver with LCD battery indicator and Side Trimmer

The UJS 972 electric shaver is a new brand who are going places and in all the right directions. They are based right here in the Uk who deal in a wide range of things, including electric shavers. This 972 rotary razor model is a premium offering that has much the same as other high end shavers at triple the cost.

We wanted to find out more about these guys and so we got in touch to explain we were going to feature them in a top 10 best electric shavers list. As we spoke to them they were busy on an overseas trip to China working closely with developers for upcoming products (probably having their facial hairs cut at the time of writing!).

I wanted to find out about replacement heads and approximate costings for any replacement parts. Turns out the heads cannot be replaced, but the blades within the head CAN be replaced, and these blades are absolutely tiny in cost – they should be way less than £5. This shaver just keeps on getting better!

Stunningly good looking and some great features? Too good to be true?

 

So let’s see just what this thing can do and how well it actually shaves

Featuring:

  • Washable Triple Rotary Shaver
  • Rouble ring cutters, the inner motion cutters are independent floating (Superhuman – global patent)
  • Washable, easy to rinse under running water, whole body is IPX7
  • 1-2h Quick charge with overcharge function for up to 60 min shaving time, displayed exactly on LCD
  • Pop-up trimmer for moustache & sideburns

It has three double ring cutters that float independently because of the inner motion cutters (Superhuman – global patent)

Overall, our feelings are that we will be seeing a lot more from UJS. This product is fabulous and worth every penny. Ensure you shave using the right shaving technique (keeping skin tight).

This routine involves starting out with hot water then applying a suitable pre-shave lotion, then shaving, then a suitable aftershave such as Witch Hazel (barber recommended) – full details of this pre shave routine can be found at the end of this top 10 best shaver list.

Our thoughts on the UJS 972 electric rotary shaver

We truly love this. It is stunningly good looking.

It has a cool digital display that tells you how many minutes of charge you have left which we feel is pretty good.

The whole body is IPX7 rated as completely waterproof so you can safely submerge it underwater for cleaning purposes.

The replacement blades are incredibly cheap to purchase.

It is priced at least a third of the cost of more well known brands that claim to be super close in their shavers,

It certainly gives a great shave, however the company is new, so just something to think about, however we feel they are worth supporting.

Click To View The UJS 972 waterproof shaver on Amazon

 

9: UJS-220 Electric Cordless Shaver Wet/Dry Shave with charging stand

Here is the UJS 220 electric rotary cordless shaver that can be used as a wet shaver or as a dry shaver, and it is an exceptionally well rounded, well made performer – and “considerably cheaper” than premium branded shavers on the market.

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UJS are a new company based in the Uk but they are certainly innovating in impressive areas – especially their shaver range. We have decided to feature two of their offerings here after being mightily impressed with their performance and the company’s track record so far.

The 220 shaver is lower in price (under £50 typically) than the 972 and features the 3 double ring cutting blades which have the individual reflex action (i.e. independently moving) that help ensure you get a closer shave time after time.

A single charge will give up to 45 minutes of usage time which is pretty much a good 5 to 7 days of shaving on average. Just pop it on charge after you’re done once every few days and in no time it will be good to go again.

UJS 220 electric shaver gallery

 

Just remember that most electric shavers will never shave as close as a wet razor, however if you follow our shaving guide at the bottom of this page you can certainly improve the results you get – it’s worth a read as there are some essential pre-shaving things you can do to help the shave be smoother and get more hairs on the first pass.

Our thoughts on the UJS 220 Electric Shaver

Switching to an electric shaver does require a few weeks of skin adjustment, so you do need to persevere (and follow our best practices in our guide at the bottom of this top 10 list).

This particular shaver delivered really good results for us. Some of us used it as a wet shave and insisted it gave better results while the rest of us followed our pre shaving routine and also got great results. This shows that proper skin care is a vital part of your shaving routine and should be maintained so that you always keep on top of your shaving routine.

The shaver has been built in China but developed by UJS (a UK company) under their strict quality controls.

The good points are that a lot of these Chinese shavers are actually very well made, and do compare very favourable to other more expensive shavers.

When the blades begin to dull, you can have the blades themselves replaced for pennies – easily under £5 (advice given to us by a UJS director during a recent conversation with them).

On a personal basis, I like the 972 from a style point of view, plus I do like the fancy digital counter display, however the 220 offers a great shave at a great price.

Click To View The UJS 220 shaver on Amazon

 

10: Philips PQ203 17 Travel Shaver

Here is the Philips PQ203/17 travel shaver and it retails at a jaw dropping price “well” under the £20 price mark (prices do fluctuate every day however currently it is priced at well under £15)

Featuring:

  • Their “CloseCut” system delivers an optimum close shave guaranteed to make you smile
  • Independent floating heads that move and follow the curves of your face
  • Reliable self-sharpening blades which typically last for use of up to two-years
  • Cordless battery shaver delivers up to 60 minutes of cordless shaving
  • With travel pouch for convenient storage

Feels like a computer mouse in the hand…

We could leave it at that and tell you to get your order in but there’s more you need to see. Let’s look at this handsome device.

Philips PQ203/17 Travel Shaver gallery

Ideal for travel

This shaver is designed for travel and is a no frills, no fancy extras shaver that delivers some serious weight.

Being battery operated (there are batteries included with your purchase), you can use it right away. Pop it in your travel bag, in it’s handy zip up pouch and maybe pack a spare set of batteries if you want. Typically you will generate 60 minutes worth of shaving time – plenty for 2 weeks away when used every other day.

There is no side burn shaper or beard trimmer as this is simply intended as a shaver, and for the price you just can not beat it.

With testing we’ve found it to be an excellent shaver.

The blades are self sharpening and good for up to 2 years before you need to think about re-ordering (although at this price you could just replace the unit!)

Why pay 10 times the cost when all you need is an adequate shave and nothing else?

If all you need is access to a quick shaving system a few times a week then this makes so much sense. There really aren’t any drawbacks, apart from perhaps it is battery only, and that it is dry shave only and that there is no beard trimmer, so if that meets with your expectations then it represents superb value for money. We know of people who have used nothing but travel shavers for 15+ years!

Our thoughts on the Philips PQ203 / 17 travel shaver

While it is true that electric shavers continue to advance thanks to technological advancements from the main developers, you also pay a hefty premium to take advantage of those advancements.

Yes they will give you closer and closer shaves, but until perfection is attained, you typically see that a wet razor shave still outperforms an electric shaver.

An electric shaver still has it’s place though, and with a good solid pre-shave preparation routine (found in the guide at the end of this top 10 list) you can get fantastically close shaving results – and for that you don’t need to fork out all your hard earned money when you can get great results with most electric shavers.

This handy travel shaver lives up to expectations, and you wouldn’t expect any less from Philips.

Click To View The Philips PQ203 17 travel shaver on Amazon

 

 

A guide for getting the most out of your electric shaver and how to choose the best shaver

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How To Shave With An Electric Shaver For The Best Results

Anyone can buy a shaver and move it around their face and base an uninformed decision on how good the shaver is, but there is quite a bit more to it, and a few things you need to know to make your electric shaver the best it can be.

Shaving. A bit of an art form? How to shave with an electric shaver.

To fully appreciate how good an electric shaver can be, and make the most of all it’s features, you really do need to understand a bit about “best practices for proper shaving”. In other words you need to know how to shave and get the best results.

When you shave with a normal razor, and use shaving creams and water you are going through a pre-shaving routine…

Your skin will hugely benefit from a similar pre-shaving routine if you go along a similar line for when using an electric shaver – let’s get into this a little more.

Your skin will shave it’s “best” during dry periods (ie when it’s not hot sticky and humid) – so winter shaving can typically be easier – as the skin is nice, dry and tight.

Pre electric shaving routine part 1:

Start out by washing your face with hot water and consider the use of a good “Drying” soap to ensure the skin is as dry as possible – brands like the American “Ivory soap” from Proctor & Gamble are free from many additives and really quite pure – they even float in the water.

Do not use a moisturizing soap. You want your face nice,dry and tight.

Part 2:

blue-stratos-pre-electric-shaving-lotionWhen you get your face totally dry, you want to then proceed with a special lubricant that helps the hairs stand up nice and stiff while you do the shaver work.. (hint: this is key!)

The lubricant to apply is a pre-shaving lotion like Lectric Shave, or a cheaper yet highly effective pre-shaving lotion by Blue Stratos which can be found here for under a fiver.

Part 3: The shave:

Ensuring your skin is nice and tight really does help shave more hairs on the first pass (makes no difference on the skin type either) . Either use a finger or two to pull the skin tight when shaving or move your jaw when shaving to do the same thing.

Just like regular wet shaving shave yourself twice with your electric razor. The first time you should go down along the grain (i.e. typically top to bottom), then return the direction and shave up against it (so shaving against the direction your hairs normally follow).

Concentrate on fairly short strokes without the constant rubbing back and forth while using minimal pressure so as not to cause razor burns.

When finished you can wash off any remaining pre-shave lotion and you’ll be surprised as to just how close you truly can get!

After shaving you should allow your skin to dry naturally or use a soft towel and pat dry without rubbing.

witch-hazel-for-after-shaving-with-electric-shaver-barber-recommendFinally, a good quality after shave is key. Now I am not talking about your typical “off the shelf after shave”. These are usually filled with various levels of alcohol content. By now your skin will already be quite dry, so we need to look at something a little more moisturizing.

The recommended solution given out by old fashioned barbers is actually Witch Hazel. This will sooth and give a little hydration back to your skin without causing irritation or other skin issues such as spots etc.

 

How To Choose The Best Shaver

With electric shavers, try to get the best your budget can afford without going overboard. When purchasing an electric shaver you can choose a sub £100 electric shaver and follow the above shaving guide and get good results, however, investment in technology from the manufacturers means that you do access better features with an increased spend.

For example:

  • Better / more blades – all of different types.
  • Faster motors – to avoid tugging at hairs.

Nearly all shavers are going to last you quite a few years so you do really want to pick one that you can live with for a few years. Even the shaver heads are designed to stay super sharp for at least 18 months.

If you like to shave in the shower then choose a waterproof wet and dry model.

Other than that, it’s all about aesthetics really – and which one looks the nicest to you and appeals to you with what features it has got.

If you include a good skin care routine and involve some of the above pre-shave prep you will enjoy better closer shave results, and this can be achieved with lower priced shavers, as long as they still give a nice close cut without overheating or tugging at hair.

Finally, please remember that everyone has different skin, and skin sensitivity can cause lot’s of problems when shaving with an electric shaver – hence why it’s important to understand your skin and look at a pre shave routine to give your skin the best chance it can have.

Your skin may need a few weeks to adjust, so be patient and don’t push too heavy when shaving – “let the blades do the work”…

We hope you’ve enjoyed this top 10 best electric shavers review. Please please share your thoughts below – we love to talk and welcome any feedback! 🙂

Electric Shaving Resources

Places we found useful in our journey to writing this article

Wikihow – for shaving tips

Amazon – for product research

Our own list of our favourite Chest hair shavers

 

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Best Shaver for Men’s Chest 2019

best shavers for mens chests

Looking for manscaping products?  We’ve chosen and tested the best shaver for mens chest hair to give you that smooth groomed look so that you are always at your best.

You may be new to the term, but ‘manscaping’ has currently become a mainstream as purses and piercings for men.

This only means that these days, there have been a wide variety of products which have been totally devoted to men who want to trim, thin, or even completely remove unwanted hair on their legs, back, sensitive areas, and of course, chest.

“Gotta look your best now.. haven’t you”.

There ain’t no excuse for not looking impeccable.

If you are the type of person who grooms your body regularly or is looking into your options, you surely do not want to get just any type of cheap and nasty trimmer for the job (not unless you want painful cuts and stubble that is irritating or itchy).

Choosing a shaver that can help you groom your chest can turn out to be a challenging one, especially if you have no idea where to start. The good news is that this guide highlights some tips on how to choose the best option for you and some suggestions on the best models out there.

Choosing the Best Shaver for Men’s Chest

So what sort of things would you want to consider?

Among the things that you need to look into includes the:

 

  • Razor speed
  • Battery life
  • And its capacity to support both dry and wet shaving.
  • Asking yourself if it’s easy to use
  • Do you prefer a corded or cordless one?
  • Of course, you also have to take into consideration your budget.

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Philips Series 5000 8 in 1 Waterproof Mens Grooming Kit (Beard, Stubble and Body Trimmer, Hair Clipper)Philips
Braun Cruzer 5 Body Trimmer with Gillette Fusion BladeBraun
Remington BHT250 Delicates Body and Hair Trimmer - Black/BlueRemington£22.41
WAHL ATV Body TrimmerWahl£30.28
Panasonic ER-GB80 Beard, Hair and Body Trimmer Wet and Dry (40 x Lengths, Three Attachments)Panasonic£36.99

Convenience and Power Usage

If you opt for a plug-in model instead of a cordless one, the power consumption, as well as the supply, stays the same. Whereas with cordless models they can be conveniently used almost anywhere. Most of them are either battery powered or rechargeable, thus being capable of offering you with a lot of grooming sessions before needing new batteries or a recharge.

 

The uses of shavers

It is unquestionable that using an electric razor is the most efficient, not to mention, convenient, way to keep yourself groomed. One amazing benefit of using an electric razor is that you can basically use it anywhere you would like to, such as an office bathroom, car, or even outdoors.

The main difference between rotary and foil shavers is basically the layout of the metal that is used in cutting the hair. With a foil shaver, all blades are well kept under a thin foil comb layer.

With a rotary razor, blades are well-hidden under a thin layer of foil comb, spinning around a centre axis, also shearing hair which passes right through the centre razor axis.

Trimmers are typically used in trimming hair in the ears, nose, as well as slight touch-ups on your facial hair, including those in the private parts.

Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning the electric shaver is amazingly easy (however please do refer to your product’s manual for specific advice). Generally, they are maintained in the same way. All you have to do is to remove the head, gently shaking the hair leftover, and clean the excesses using a brush. The non-mechanical parts of the razor can be washed easily. It is recommended to do so each week, or even after every use. You may also want to consider replacing the shaving head of the shaver at least once a year, just so to maintain its quality and speed. Both cordless and corded shavers are cleaned the same way.

Replacement Blades

It is highly recommended to replace the blades every year. Other uses, however, continue with the same blade for several years. You may also want to apply some shaving oil on the blade in order to prolong its life cycle. You may also have to anticipate that the blade will dull eventually, making the shaving process less pleasant. With this in mind, it is better to buy new blades, rotary shaver heads, and coils. You may buy them online, or in specific stores. Choose one that will allow you to replace the blades easily, in the same way, that cleaning them is easy as well. If you happen to choose a model with more complicated blades, refer to the instruction manual for the guide.

Shaving – Wet vs. Dry

Several newer models come with both dry and wet shaving capabilities. This means that they can be used in grooming body hair, both on dry and wet surfaces, or even under a direct water flow, like in the shower. If you are looking for flexibility, you may want to consider getting a shaver with this kind of dual compatibility.  Naturally the more features you opt for, the (typically) greater pricer they will cost – although in all honesty they are not usually astronomically higher.

Best Body Groomer Models

Philips Series 5000 8 in 1 Waterproof Mens Grooming Kit


As suggested by the name, this model, as a body groomer, can put on a multitude of heads for nose/ear hair removal, beard trimming, chest cleaning, and other things that you think involves hair. It can also serve as a beard trimmer that will certainly keep your face value.

One attractive feature of this model is its appearance. It features a black and chrome color scheme, along with its finely ground Chromium steel blade, making sure that durability is the priority of the manufacturer.

It offers a total of 50 minutes running time, which is plenty enough for juice, and its advanced NiMH battery swiftly charges up, which means that you can also get up to 5 to 10 minutes of shave time in just about five minutes fast charging.

Pros

  • Turbo power feature
  • Rapid charge
  • Waterproof
  • Conveniently cordless
  • 50 minutes battery life

Cons

  • Not all attachments are high quality

 

Braun Cruzer 5 Body Shaver


This high-quality body grooming model from Braun takes into note the shaver technology used by Gillette, improving it better with its own expertise in their line of personal care product manufacturing.

This unit comes with both trimming and shaving tools, though one of the unique concepts that the manufacturer brings to the table is its third mode, which allows you to trim and shave with one stroke at the same time.

Great for shaving your chest with total ease.

This specific model comes with 5 closely-spaced blades which use Gillette’s wet shave Fusion system, particularly designed to closely shave with minimum irritation, regardless of where you would like to use it. There is no need to shave while your hair is wet, though you might find wet shaving effective when trimming larger body areas including the back and chest.

Pros

  • Minimum irritation to be expected
  • Optimal results in sensitive areas
  • 3 different training combs
  • Easy to switch between different modes
  • Real-time saver

Cons

  • Some said that the running time is short

Conclusion
This specific trimmer is designed to contain features that are meant for all-over grooming, which is why it comes in a package with a multitude of combs and heads, allowing it to tuck, nip, trim and sculpt your way. It is also perfect for chest hair trimming, which means that you can finally get rid of annoying hair in this private place. The quality of this tool is really high, which makes it worth the price.

 

Remington BHT250 Delicates Body and Hair Trimmer


This groomer is designed for various hair trimming needs.  For this reason, it introduces the use of a ‘comfort tip’ stainless steel blades, rounding up to preventing some accidents.

It comes with three fixed combs offering various choices on length options, ranging from 2 mm to 6 mm, making it a whole lot easier to trim your body hair, according to the length you prefer.

This model is also waterproof and running using a powerful Lithium-Ion battery pack, perfect for a total of 60-minutes shaving time.

This model’s sleek and showerproof finish, together with its washout port can translate to guaranteed hygiene. At the same time, its lithium-powered battery also offers a runtime of up to 60 minutes, which is more than enough time.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Long battery life
  • Rapid charging
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Some issues with quality

 

Conclusion
Overall, the Remington BHT250 Delicates body and hair trimmer are specially designed for trimming delicate areas. It focuses on trimming to achieve a shaven look without any irritation. It also features comfort tip blades, thus preventing unintentional nicks and cuts. As a bonus, it is also lightweight in design, slim, and easy to maneuvre.

WAHL ATV Body Groomer


One thing that you will immediately notice about this model is that it features a rotating head, making the access of hard to reach places easier. The shaver will simply do all of the controlling required rather than you exerting all effort.

This model is designed only for dry use but comes with two blades, which is used for differing hair length. It also comes with a wider head that works on the longer fleece. At the same time, the precision blade may be switched easily in order to ensure that everything stays smooth.

Pros

  • Rotating head for adjusting contours
  • Precision blade for a closer shave
  • Cordless model
  • 60 minutes of shaving time
  • Designed for hard to reach places

Cons

  • Not waterproof

Conclusion
Even though it may not be as versatile when compared with the other models included in this list, but there is no doubt that this model is a solid performer which can be charged up to 12 hours, giving you a complete 60 minutes of solid shaving time.

PANASONIC ER-GB80


Panasonic is a known brand in this industry. This time, they are offering one of their strongest options, while feeling nice in the hand. As such, this unit is perfect for dealing with head hair or trimming chest hair.

As a bonus, it is also fully washable, making its maintenance an easy one.

Its 45 degrees angled blade also performs an amazing job in trimming facial hair. In fact, this is one of the models to really clip hair to any desired length in a single pass, dramatically cutting down shaving time.

It also comes with three different attachments, thus allowing you to choose the task, whether it is for trimming your hair, beard, or body, all in just a single unit.

Pros

  • Easy to adjust
  • Powerful overall performance
  • Waterproof
  • Cordless model
  • Up to 50 minutes of battery life

Cons

Conclusion
All in all, this shaver from Panasonic is considered as a top trimmer which is perfect for trimming and cutting stubborn facial hair, as well as other parts, including the chest. One thing to note, however, is that this may not be the best option for sensitive areas. Otherwise, it is good enough for trimming bigger and wider areas, such as the chest.

Overall Chest Shaving Conclusions

It is very important to choose an electric shaver which will be perfect for grooming your chest. The best one is usually durable, easy to clean, ergonomically efficient, and meeting all of your personal needs. If you are new to manscaping, you may find it grooming your chest to be quite complicated, but in time, you may view it as something satisfying.

You may also want to do your homework first, listing all the features that you would like to see in a specific model, and start comparing from there. This will help you land the best shaver for men’s chest, and start trimming your chest for a more comfortable life.

If you are interested in a dedicated shaver for your face then here is our write up on the 10 best ones available.

Do Dawn Simulators Work In 2019? Yes! Here’s Why

Hi, hope you’re well?  You asked:  “do dawn simulators work?”

The resounding answer is yes, if used regularly.  using a simulated sunrise helps your body wake up in a natural and relaxed state, feeling like you’ve had a great nights sleep.

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As it gets brighter your bodyclock begins to wake you up

Ask yourself this question:

How good to you feel when you’ve had a great sleep and wake up to a lovely sunny day after a great sleep?

Now compare this to waking up on a cold miserable morning.  Just wanting to stay in bed longer, thinking of ringing in sick to work.


Using light therapy really does help people to feel better and less depressed.

Clinical trials have tested these therapies many times, and it is well documented that using a simulated “morning” can help you in numerous ways, from dealing with S.A.D. through to tackling depression.

Here are just a few clinical trials:

  • Clinicaltrials.gov – shows a trial by the University of Oulu.  The outcome showed a 50% reduction in the severity of the symptoms.
  • Pubmed.gov – showing a trial to have given the intended result – i.e. help from seasonal affective disorder and depression

What does a dawn simulator do?

As you can probably guess, it is a light that comes on at a set time, and imitates a naturally bright morning as the sun rises and casts light into your bedroom.

  • The dawn simulator starts off on a low brightness and gradually increases the intensity of light over a set period of time.

For many people, dark dull mornings can make people feel down, sad or depressed and they never really know the reason why.

These wake up lights all do the same thing:

Try to trick your mind into thinking it’s a glorious new day.

The end result being that you wake up in a happier more positive mood ready to take on the day!

Even if you think it sounds a bit strange, the proof is in the clinical trials.  Light therapy does indeed work, and dawn simulators are a wonderful way for you to start each new day in a positive vibe.


Why do we have these sleeping problems?  Do dawn simulators work well?

Have you ever heard of circadian rhythms?  or your body clock?

Well it’s a proven and real thing.

Your body has an internal clock located deep in your brain near to the optic nerves in your head behind your eyes.  The area is know as the SCN.  This regulates all sorts of things, and is based roughly on a 24 hour clock.

It is resonsible for regulating hormones in your body, alertness and making sure you wake up at roughly the same time each day.

  • In modern days with a multitude of electronic devices, often peoples’ body clocks are “off”, not in sync when compared to how they should be.
  • Sleep disorders, bodily issues with hormones etc, and the increasing use of electronic gadgets can all have an effect on your own Circadian rhythm.
  • One of the things which affects your body clock is sunlight.
  • This is why some people are affected in Winter (others equally during Summer) when it is darker for longer.

Enter the Dawn simulator light.

It starts to fill up your bedroom with light that mimics the rising sun, and is clinically proven to help.

Here’s our favourite 10 dawn simulators.


One of the leading researchers and producers of dawn simulator lights “Lumie”, have an extensive list of more tests and trials which you can read right here.

After using these wake up lights, trial participants:

  • Woke up feeling more refreshed and alert
  • Performed better in physical trials
  • Had quicker average reaction times
  • Felt an improved mood / less depression
  • and so much more…

Can you ACTUALLY get better sleep using a dawn simulator ?

  • A separate trial involved using 100 volunteers.  Each was given a wake up light / dawn simulator.  These people did not typically suffer with symptoms relating to S.A.D.  The idea was to see if people with no sleep issues could improve the quality of their normal sleeping by using one of these lights.
  • After just 6 days of using the lamps regularly, most of them noted definite improvements in their overall quality of sleep – i.e. getting a better nights sleep.
  • HOWEVER those who then stopped using the wake up light soon reverted back.

So it make sense to use a wake up light as an every day part of your life, even if you do not get the “winter blues”.

Here is our current recommendation of 10 of the best wake up lights.

 

What sort of dawn simulator lights should you get?

Even though there are a number of these now available on places like Amazon, eBay etc., you still need to do some due diligence.

  • Some are a simple light, pure and simple.
  • Some have alarm clocks, radios etc. built into them.
  • Some are even Bluetooth enabled.
  • Some come with nature sounds you can wake up to
  • Some are downright terrible, and some are superb.  Stick to well known brands such as Philips or Lumie/

Dawn simulator alarm clock reviews

Naturally, it makes perfect sense to turn this concept into a bedside alarm clock too.  Thankfully there are now PLENTY that are fully functioning wake up lights along with digital clocks, and many others also have optional “normal” alarm clock and radio alarm functions to suit your desires.

  • You can even programe some of them so that they wake you up at different times for different days, and then it is completely hands free, should you wish to go down this route.

Let’s have a brief look at some of the better ones out there and what sort of dawn simulators and dawn dusk simulators are out there to help you run your life as it should be run, and also help deal with the symptoms of SAD.  Look out for well known trusted brands such as Lumie and Philips.

If you’ve got a budget in mind that is fine, as there are now many of these in a wide range of pricing brackets.

Cheap dawn simulators:

  • Typically in the range of £20 to £60, you can find a lot of budget brands of dawn simulator lights that offer many features, and trusted brands at the higher end of the price bracket.  For example, here you will see unbranded models, and then at the top end, you can get the trusted Lumie model called the “starter 30”.  You will easily find a dawn simulator within this price range.
  • If you’re happy to choose a brand you’ve not heard of before (essentially a smaller company who have imported a container full and put their own label on), you will find plenty, and the good news is that some of these are getting good reviews.

Fitfort Alarm Clock Review – Our Pick For A Cheap Dawn Simulator!

This is classed as a cheap dawn simulator / wake up light, and because of it’s great feedback, we wanted to mention how good this really is.  You can see how cheap it is right here on Amazon if you like.

Here’s some standard features taken direct from Amazon:

 

  • Intelligent sunrise/sunset simulation: gradually brighten from 10% Brightness to 100% in 30 minutes before the alarm time/dimmed from 100% Brightness to 0% in 30 minutes before the bedtime. Guide you to a restful natural sleep and develop a good sleep pattern. Wake up in the first sunlight of the day With abundant energy
  • ALARM CLOCK&BEDSIDE LAMP: Upgraded snooze function gives you extra 5 minutes of sleep after the alarm time. 11-Level brightness allows you to adjust the wake up light to the proper brightness in the night.
  • FM RADIO: Want some music after get up? LEVIN Wake Up Light supports manual/auto searching radio channel. Automatically saving the radio channels to the play list(supports 40 channels at most).
  • 6 Natural sounds & 6 colours LED light: 6 natural sounds such as piano, Twitter, waves, Violin, croak, beep. Or you can set your favourite radio channel as the alarm too. Touch the light button to choose you favourite colour, including Green, red, blue, pink, orange and Indigo

 

 

Good solid mid priced dawn simulators:

  • Typically priced from £60 to £120, you really want all the bells and whistles within this price range, saving perhaps some of the more premium extras for higher priced models.
  • In general though most dawn simulators will meet your needs within this price range.  Let’s take a look at what is available within this price range.
  • You will start to see some Philips models available, and plenty of Lumie models showing up too.  These are in my opinion the two main players currently for quality trusted brands, however a relatively unknown, the  Fitfort Alarm clock is enjoying some really great reviews and quite brilliant customer feedback, AND IT’S REALLY CHEAP!

 

Top end high quality dawn simulator lights

These wake up lights are at the top of their game.

  • This is the price range of £120 and upwards.  A lot of the time you are paying just for a name, as you won’t find any budget brands in this price range usually.
  • Again you will see Philips and Lumie being the leaders in this field.  What you will get is all the bells and whistles, along with the comfort of top end customer support, warranties and peace of mind.
  • These wake up lights deliver what you originally wanted.

 


How much should I pay to get a good dawn simulator?

From a price point you can expect to pay anywhere from under £10, up to the £200 mark.

Sure you will get some benefit from the cheaper models and that’s great if you use it every day, but for a faster improvement in how you feel and perform, aim to find higher performing lights with higher levels of Lumens or Lux figures.

 

Lumens Vs Lux – huh?

From a PERFORMANCE point of view, choose one that has the greatest number of LUMENS and LUX.

These two are not the same thing.  Lumens is how much light a bulb gives off.  Lux is how much light reaches you.

  • Every so roughly, if a light is directing most of it’s energy towards you, and you are roughly 2 feet away then a 1 lumen brightness would mean 1 lux.
  • Many current wake up lights are 2500 lumens or under, but dedicated SAD lamps can be up to 10,000 Lumens.
  • If you are further away, or the lamp is casting light around the room, then the Lux figure would be less than the Lumen.

 

Now before you get too excited.  Daylight is around 100,000 lumens.

What is a Lumen?

  • Bulb manufactures needed a way to describe a bulb and how bright it was.
  • Ever so roughly, 1 Lumen of brightness is the approximate brightness you get from one candle at about 1 foot away
  • During Summer time, you would expect around 10,000 lumens per square foot.
  • So more Lumens is always better.

At the end of the day, just get the best you can afford. 

 

 

D.I.Y. OPPORTUNITY – MAKE YOUR OWN SAD LAMP:

Want to make a monster light therapy lamp at over 30,000 lumens?

This guy did it himself and claims it’s far more effective at energizing his brain than most traditional lamps.

The science behind it is solid.  Most wake up lights range from a few Lumens up to dedicated SAD lamps at 10,000 lumens.  A brighter light can only boost the feel good factor you get from being in bright sunlight.  I don’t know about you but waking up over Winter with Grey skies gives me a feeling of gloom, whereas waking up in Summer simply makes you feel so much better!

Whatever you go for at the end of the day, more Lumens will help you feel better.  For the best feeling, just go for a 10,000 lumen alarm clock, or for a gentler approach, enjoy one of these dedicated dawn simulators to help your body clock get back in it’s proper normal rhythm.

 

Is it a definite dawn simulator lamp you want, or a dedicated S.A.D. therapy light?

A dawn simulator will get your body used to waking up feeling refreshed and in a happier more positive mood, but it will never be able to replace a dedicated bright light therapy lamp.  These are usually prescribed by doctors to help people with S.A.D. or depression.

Light therapy lights are exceptionally brighter than 99% of the dawn simulators and given to help chronic sufferers.

 

Final thoughts on dawn simulators

Nothing beats waking up on a brilliant summers morning.  Window open, breeze gently blowing in, and a dazzling bright sunlight gently entering your room waking you up in a fantastic mood.

Trouble is we can’t enjoy this “luxury” every day of the year.  For a quarter of the year we have to put up with dark and chilly winters with far less sunlight.

  • If you use a dawn simulator every day you will notice a difference after a few weeks.  You’ll not feel so “slow and tired” each morning.
  • You will instead feel brighter, more alert and more than likely be able to get out of the front door on time (and without forgetting stuff!).

For a long term purchase that will help you feel happier, more energized, it makes perfect sense to pop a dawn simulator light at your bed side and make it part of your every day routine.

Check out the ones on Amazon here.

 

 

Any more questions?

This WIkipedia entry has some easy to understand findings about dawn simulation lamps.

It explains how people prefer a dawn simulator to using a light therapy lamp.

 

 

 

 

How To Get Over A Cold Fast In 2019

There’s nothing worse than the tickly nose, the irritating throat and the bunged up head you get when cold season is here.  For many people getting over a cold can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and it’s no fun.

We decided to go all in and really find out ways to sort this out.

girl with a cold giving medicine to her teddy bear who also has a cold
It’s no fun when you have a cold. Runny nose and feeling heavy in your head.

We reviewed a number of ways to help you get over a cold as fast as humanly possible, as well as looked at ways to prevent them from even beginning.  Some or obvious and some may seem a little but unusual.. so let’s take a look.

So what causes them and how can you recover from a cold fast?

In it’s simplest form, colds are caused by viruses getting into your body.

If you want simple honest advice, then the NHS website resource for colds is  good place to start.

The advice is sound, but I’m sure that most people will agree that they want a cold gone REALLY fast, and are willing to try out a number of concoctions, as long as they are safe.

So, in at number 1 is Apple Cider vinegar

(read the last part about apple cider vinegar for an incredible story that might just kill your cold in one day!)

Apple cider vinegar to help prevent colds


Really? Vinegar?

This product has been produced for thousands of years.  Nobody can really say for sure how long but there are countless anecdotal stores that claim people drank it before the birth of Christ.  Even the great Hippocrates was said to have used it 400 years BC for it’s many medicinal properties.

What is it?

In a simple form, it is Apples, fermented by crushing them and adding in good bacteria.  This turns it into alcohol and then a seconds fermentation with acetic acid turns it into apple cider vinegar.  You can read more if you want at the Wikipedia page for apple cider vinegar.

How to get over a cold fast with apple cider vinegar.

  • Take a glass of water.
  • Shake your apple cider vinegar bottle
  • Add a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar
  • Add sweetener or lemon juice to the drink to help sweeten the taste.
  • Drink at the first sign of a cold
  • Repeat as many times a day as you wish until you feel better

How does it work?

It is claimed it helps to create an Alkaline state which helps fight diseases and infections.

This is the apple cider vinegar we drink it’s called Braggs (it’s for sale on Amazon).

Benefits of drinking and using apple cider vinegar:

(source: braggs)

Internal Benefits:

  • Rich in enzymes & potassium.
  • Support a healthy immune system.
  • Helps control weight.
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance.
  • Helps soothe dry throats.
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins.

External Benefits:

  • Helps maintain healthy skin.
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies.
  • Soothes irritated skin.
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise.

So if you go by the claims, you can see it does a lot more than just deal with colds.

(The “thousands” of fantastic reviews on Amazon help back up the real benefits of this product).

braggs apple cider vinegar

*** And now for an INCREDIBLE story.  If this is true then it looks like you might just be able to get rid of a cold in one day using apple cider vinegar!

Using Braggs ACV a lady got rid of her cold overnight using Braggs apple cider vinegar.

She simply followed the following method:

  • 2 tablespoons of the vinegar taken every 4 to 6 hours.

The next day her cold had gone.. and since sharing it with her friends and family many of them have also said how effective this remedy was.

Mix it in a glass of water and add some Apple juice if you want to help sweeten the taste to mask the vinegar taste.

Just make sure that the one you choose comes “with the mother”, as apparently this is where a lot of the real goodness is, within a small cloudy part.  (Shake the bottle before using it).

 

In at number 2 is “Juicing”.

Imagine if your body was FLOODED with 4 to 10 times as many vitamins and minerals as you could possibly eat each day.

  • Your body would be packed solid with many disease fighting ingredients.
  • You wouldn’t need to take any vitamin supplements whatsoever.

A juicer is a bit like a blender but without the pulp.. leaving just the juices.

You can get straight juicers that are cheaper, or go for slow masticating juicers like the Aicok one below that presses far more juice out of the pulp, and you get more goodness from it as a result.

While you may not be immediately set up to get going with this, it’s definitely worth considering for future reference.

Is it worth juicing to fight a cold?

My most recent cold was extremely minor compared to many other previous colds, and it barely bothered me for 2 or 3 days then was gone.

I put this down to diet, lifestyle and the juicing I do.

In my opinion, I am firmly of the belief that getting your body jammed full of healthy goodness is the best way to let your body fight colds and diseases itself.

So why juice?

When you use a juicer machine, you are taking away all of the solid material and extracting the pure juice from the food.

In the juice is where all the vitamins and minerals are stored,

All the nutrients go straight into your body and are absorbed almost right away.

In other words, you are getting the benefit of eating maybe 5 times as much fruit and veg as you could physically eat in a day.

For example, our morning juice consists of:

  • 5 carrots
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 2 apples

We don’t get it perfect every day.  Sometimes you can taste carrot more, but most of the time it is the oranges you can taste.

We throw in the ingredients which takes under 2 minutes to do, and then pour it into a jar with a lid on, and it lasts for a few days in the fridge.

People claim it is more expensive to juice.

Yes, technically it is, but if you are no longer eating crisps, sweets and chocolates as much the extra cost can go towards more fruits and veggies.

The good news is that it’s not as expensive as you may think.  Supermarkets do deals and discounts on larger quantities, and you can often find “wonky veg” in Morrison’s supermarkets at half the price.

So be sure to give juicing a go – you could be feeling much better in the next few days.

Here’s a juicing shopping list to get you started on the road to beating the cold:

  • Of course you’ll need a juicer.  This Aicok one is great (it’s on Amazon)
  • 5 to 10 carrots (is enough for 2 to 4 days for one juice twice a day)
  • 4 Oranges will again give you up to 4 days of juice
  • 4 medium apples .
  • Use half of all the above ingredients, juice it and pop it into a storage jar in the fridge.  It’ll do a good 2 to 3 glasses.

For more cold beating juice recipes there are many online, including this one from healthline.

Oh, and remember this.  Vitamin C is known to reduce the length of time a cold takes hold of you, so the use of Oranges in your juice is what helps to make the whole more experience far more “pleasant”, if you could ever call a cold pleasant!

 

In at number 3 is exercise

I’m sure you are probably groaning at the very thought but listen to the reasons why.

Part of your body’s infection beating system is the lymphatic system.  It’s a network of nodes and connections that carries white blood cells around the body to help rid it of toxins.

exercise to beat colds

It’s a “proven fact” that exercise helps move the lymphatic system around – the Cancer research Uk website explains this.

Because there are no muscles or beating heart to move the system around, it is helped by exercise.

Your body needs to shift the toxins as fast as possible when it is sick, so help it with exercise.

Walking or any other form of exercise is enough.  Be sure to try and keep active as much as possible as soon as you feel the effects of any cold.

One such exercise is called rebounding.  It’s essentially a mini trampoline that can be folded away.  This one on Amazon is good as it folds when not in use.

Rebounding is actually a great workout.  try it you might find it’s something you really enjoy.  It’s something you can set up in your house if there is enough head room.

 

In at number 4 is diet.

Sorry if this makes you sit back in disgust, but the old saying is true:

“You are what you eat”.

  • If you eat rubbish foods you feel rubbish.
  • If you put rubbish into your body, your body will perform rubbish.

salads and veggies to help fend off colds

To have a healthy body (one that has a good immune system and is fit and healthy), you must consume healthy foods.

Eating burgers one night, curry another night, oven chips a third night and chinese another night will eventually take it’s toll on your body.

So, at the initial onset of the feeling of a cold be prepared to take the following measures:

  • Cut out alcohol completely (at least for a week)
  • Cut out the junk food.
  • Eat real wholesome foods that are not man made.  In other words, foods grown from the earth.

Instead switch to healthy balanced meals such as:

  • Pasta salad
  • Jacket potatoe with tuna and vegetables
  • Nuts, eggs and salad vegetables.
  • Meat with 2 portions of vegetables etc.

Just give it a go, you may be pleasantly surprised, especially if you combine more than one of these methods together.

 

In at number 5 is “Echinacea”.

More than just a hope and a prayer, a good few studies have shown that Echinacea does in fact help a little bit towards the issues relating to a cold.  However on a side note there have also been a couple of studies showing no gains made from taking it.

What does Echinacea do?

It helps the body create more White blood cells.  These are the cells that fight the viruses.

Are there any side effects?

Getting a possible upset stomach might be a result.  WebMD explores this product further here.

You can get Echinacea in Droplet form here on Amazon

It’s a best seller in fact and has been used for over 55 years to help stop the misery of colds and flu.

Please be aware though it’s not recommended if pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

In at number 6 is “Zinc”.

Zinc when studied as an answer to colds and the flu has had mixed results.

Zinc when purchased online has had a number of really positive feedback from verified purchasers.

So when you look at it, Zinc might be useful.

There are some Zinc supplements (that also contain vitamin C) that seem to be very powerful, but it’s whether or not you are willing to try supplements.

According to health.com it will help shorten the time length you have to put up with the cold (not prevent a cold).

If you do take a Zinc product or supplement just take note that a safe daily limit is around 40mg for 3 to 5 days while you have a cold.  The best form of getting Zinc is either a capsule or a lozenge.

 

In at number 7 is “Sleep”.

You don’t need to take my word for it.  The NHS, WebMD and countless others know the reason why sleep is important.

getting a good nights sleep to help stop a cold fast

For a technical understanding, read the US national library of medicine article here.

In short, sleep deprivation suppresses the immune system, and that is the powerhouse that fights any bodily issues from diseases to viruses.

  • So the best thing you can do when feeling the onset of any sort of cold is to make sure you are getting a solid  7 to 8 hours of sleep for as long as is necessary.
  • Work with your body and help your body to heal itself.

How to get a good night sleep?

  • Listen to your body.  If you find yourself drifting off asleep on the sofa at 9pm (and you normally go to bed at 12) then go to bed instead of trying to stay up to watch your recordings of Eastenders, rewinding several times.
  • Unwind an hour before bed.  This means dimming the lights, taking a bath and switching off phones or laptops.  Your body needs to get into the rhythm of sleep.
  • Melatonin is usually produced as your body’s routine of going to bed starts.  If you have bright lights and artifical computer screens this disrupts the production of Melatonin.

Wikihow has a nice illustrated guide showing several methods to unwind before bed.

 

In at number 8 is “Water”.

Up to 60% of our body is made up from water.  So can you imagine what would happen if that number dropped ?  Your body would be doing all it could to try and replace that water.

drink your normal water each day to keep hydrated

When you have a fever or virus your water levels can drop through sweating.  For other illnesses you can lose fluids through vomiting or diaorrhea, but for the common cold, all you need to do is make sure you get what you would normally drink.

There is no reason to drink lots and lots as many people commonly think.

If you drink too much water you are putting yourself at risk of water intoxification, also known as Hyponatremia (which is potentially fatal!).  You can read an interesting article about this where a woman was admitted to Kings college hospital in London who almost died from too much water.

So just get your normal intake to keep your electrolyte and blood levels balanced.

The NHS recommends 6 to 8 glasses of fluid each day.  This should be the likes of water, tea, coffee, cordial (mixed with water) etc.  Avoiding alcohol is helpful, as it can dehydrate you.

Your body needs to be at the best it can to perform the best it can.

 

In at number 9 is “Bananas & Cinnamon”.

banana and cinammon to help you sleep

Bananas and cinnamon I hear you say?

But why?

The first two main reasons are that they help you drift off to sleep, essential in the fight against a cold.

  • Cinammon is packed full of healthy antioxidants and antibacterial properties.  This helps you fight the cold virus.
  • Bananas are rich in Potassium and help restore lost electrolytes through sweating and or sickness.

Bananas also provide a good fast boost of energy.

Don’t go over board with bananas though as they can lead to more mucus being created if you have too many. 1-2 a day is more than enough.

This Banana and Cinnamon tea recipe will help you enjoy a long all night deep sleep:

 

In at number 10 is “Garlic”.

eating garlic can help lessen the effects of a cold
A clove of garlic each day can help lessen the effects of a cold significantly new research is showing.

A number of clinical studies have shown that eating some garlic can reduce the severity of a cold by over 60% and reduce the length of time that you suffer from it.

That sounds like a good result.

Here is a technical study you can read that shows the results.

In a nutshell, add Garlic cloves to your food.

  • Crush it first and let it stand for 10 minutes before preparing.
  • If you can stand more than one clove then this seems to be more beneficial.

If you can’t stand eating raw garlic, choose an Allicin supplement like this one on Amazon (the active ingredient in garlic)

If you want to read more in-depth about the wonder of Allicin, you can read that here.

 

In at number 11 is “Probiotics”.

Increasingly, the use of Probiotics is being recognised as a way to help fight the common cold.

probiotics and friendly bacteria really do help a cold
Research now shows that taking in “good bacteria” can help deal with the common cold

The friendly good bacteria helps to boost your immune system.

However before you get too excited about this, the results are nothing to get excited about.

This technical study will explain why it is not a miracle cure.

However if you’ve exhausted all other avenues it can’t harm to try and increase your good bacteria through some of the Yogurts widely available or simple bio culture probiotic capsules.  These ones are highly recommended on the Amazon website.

According to Web MD in this article, taking probiotics is looking more and more likely as a possible way to reduce the issues with colds.

And we all want that don’t we.

Probiotics are typically considered as a way to deal with stomach issues, vomiting, diaorrhea etc., but research shows it may well help out a cold.

A few different trials have led to these findings, however we feel this isn’t perhaps as exciting as most of the others in this list.  Including this in your regime won’t do any harm, and I don’t see why you can’t include it and combine it with all of the other cold busting methods for super fast recovery.

 

In at number 12 is “Over The Counter Medicines”.

A “proper” list of “cold beating methods” just wouldn’t be complete or fair if we didn’t include medicines, tablets and sprays etc. that help people make a difference.

over the counter cold and flu medicines to help relieve the symptoms of a cold
A wide range of cold and cough medicines to help you feel better during a cold

The above methods are not what you would call standard ways to bet a cold.  They are quite different.  Even though many peoiple say they work, if you just want medicine that works and you want it now, I totally get you.

So, I  will outline what are (what I believe) to be some of the main proven products that actually make a difference.

 

What are the typical “normal” recommendations for dealing with a cold?

The normal advice given by the likes of your local Doctor, or the NHS are that a cold is going to last a few weeks, and with the right sort of activities by you, you can start to feel better in 1 to 2 weeks.

(I don’t know about you but that is far too long).

The NHS advice is to make sure you:

  • Plenty of sleep
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Keep yourself warm
  • Gargle with salt water if you have a sore throat
  • Take painkillers that contain Paracetamol and Ibuprofen to ease any pains or aches
  • Inhale steam or any one of the over the counter nasal sprays to help relieve a stuffy nose.

They also give the following advice for if things haven’t improved:

See your GP if:

  • Symptoms haven’t improved after 3 weeks
  • You are suffering from any chest pains
  • You have a low immune system (due to Chemotherapy for example)
  • You have any concerns whatsoever about your child’s condition
  • You are suffering from any other issues, or have any other complaints such as chest pains, diabetes etc.

Finally they also add to this with:

  • Try to keep fit and healthy to fend off a cold
  • Wash your hands regularly with warm water
  • Do not share a towel with someone who already has a cold
  • Do not touch your eyes or nose, as this can help the virus to spread
  • Use tissues whenever you cough or sneeze to trap the virus, and then throw the tissue away quickly, and washing hands.

 

Closing thoughts on cold prevention

 

Please note these are my own personal thoughts but there is merit in what you are reading.

A cold is a virus.  If your immune system was incredibly strong and fighting fit there’s a good chance it can fight off a cold really fast.

Therefore I personally believe that it is important to:

Be energetic and undertake daily exercise. 

  • When you move your body you are moving the lymphatic system and helping your body get rid of toxins.  PLus not only that, you also feel a hundred times better when you are fit and healthy.
  • Start out with small attempts.  So park your car further away when you visit the supermarket and power walk from and to your car.  Take the stairs instead of the lift in a shop.  get the wi-fit out or old weight loss DVD and give them ago.

Eat really well

  • I appreciate that cost will always be a factor but things can be purchased fairly cheap these days.
  • Get rid of all man made processed foods.  microwave meals, pizzas, takeaways, crisps, chocolate etc.
  • Try to include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet
  • Look into juicing – you can consume a much bigger quantity of fruit and veg and gain the nutrition from that, without physically trying to shove 4 whole cucumbers down your mouth each day plus 10 carrots and so on.  You can buy wonky veg from supermarkets that is cheaper (30p a bag in Morrison’s supermarkets)

Deal with any alcohol drinking you may have

Drink the right things

  • Essentially water is all you need to think about.  Buy yourself a water filter to filter out much of the stuff that gets added to water.  Try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day, and this means ideally water-based fluids (so Tea, coffee or cordial squash drinks are fine).

Try using a Neti pot

  • If youve never used one before try not to screw up your face at the thought.  It’s simply a vessel to carry a saline solution up through one nostril and back out the other, washing the nasal passages and clearing out the Mucus as they go.  For many people the effects can be life changing as they can immediately breathe clearly and without a tickly nose!  I use this Neilmed neti pot and the Neilmed rinse sachets.
  • To use the neti pot you ideally ant some cooled boiled water (but in all honesty I never do this, but know I should do this to avoid any infections from contaminated water.  Mix 1 or 2 sackets into some warmish water inside the neti pot.  Swirl it round to mix it.  Lean your head forward a little bit, over the sink, and tilt your head a bit to one side.  Place the neti pot spout to the uppermost nostril and if you get the angle right it will start to drain out of your lower nostril.  When empty, blow the nostrils with tissue, and repeat on the other side

Here is an instructional video showing how to use the Neti pot.

Remember this procedure helps clear your nose and helps stop the tickly feeling, and hopefully you can get a good night’s sleep!

 

Try all of the above and see if you can do it for 100 days.  You might just surprise yourself and never look back.

Getting a cold is no fun.  Why let it beat you?

If you’ve got any proven ways to clear a cold we would love to hear from you!  You can comment below with your cold beating tip and help share the word for others who are suffering from a bad cold.

What’s the best men’s razor for sensitive skin in 2019?

what is the best mens electric razor for sensitive skin

We ask: What is the best men’s razor for sensitive skin?


what is the best mens electric razor for sensitive skin

There’s nothing worse than when you need to have a tight, close shave but each time you shave it hurts.

It honestly feels like you are dragging sandpaper across your face as each one of your hairs seems to scream out at you with every pass.

Well, we are here to help.

We have done the groundwork and we have tested more than 20 shavers (and learned a surprising number of facts along the way that have helped us achieve shaving success).

The truth is, that YES, a very good quality shaver is super important, but just as important is the use of a good solid shaving routine.

Sorry if you were hoping that a super spangly shaver would be the miracle answer.

While it will go so far in helping get close without too much irritation, you need to do some base work yourself.

I’m sure if there were a single shaver that could fix every persons skin, they would be selling millions of them each week.

So, yes, I am going to show you the very best shaver for sensitive skin (it’s the Braun 7 series by the way)

Our Best Razor For Sensitive Skin

Now, just with as good quality razor you can make things easier, but if you follow the guide below, you will hopefully get the same results (and we would love to hear your results by the way :-))

The perfect pre-shave routine

Follow this time and time again to get the best results.

Before we begin I need you to consider whether you will be doing a wet shave, or a dry shave (with your electric razor). Either is fine, and it literally a personal choice right now.

I will spell out the best way forward using BOTH these methods, so you can choose your preferred way.

Dry Shaving "Pre-Shave" RoutineWet Shaving "Pre-Shave" Routine
STEP 1: You need to get rid of any facial moisture. A good quality drying soap will help work wonders. Brands like the US Ivory Soap will be just fine.
STEP 1: Warm the skin with some warm water or by taking a nice hot shower (you can also perform your shave while in the shower)
STEP 2: Get yourself some pre-shave lotion / cream such as Proraso. This one is for SENSITIVE SKIN and has an almost 100% "positive feedback score" from hundreds of very pleased customers who now use it:
STEP 2:A good quality shaving foam will be enough here, although you could opt for the pre-shave cream on the left. At this stage all we want to do is soften up the hairs and try to get them to stand up off the skin surface.
STEP 3: Keep your machine full charged and lubricated. When your shaver is low on charge there's the chance it is going to snag and tug at your face.
Your shaver needs a few light drops of lubricating oil. Below is the cheapest we've found and you get a HUGE bottle too! For the small amount of money, it is going to last years (you can also use this food-grade mineral oil for other odd jobs around the house)
STEP 3: Work the pre-shave cream or the quality shaving cream into the hairs. Not too much but enough to let them coat the hairs and start to soften up the outer hair coating (call ed the cuticle).
STEP 4: Is your beard more then 3 to 4 days old? Use some trimmers first to reduce the length a bit. Electric shavers were never designed to remove long hair, only shorter stubbly growth.STEP 4: Clean your shaver after EVERY SHAVE. You'll quickly get a build up of hairs, creams and grime. This impacts the performance of the blade. You'll also need to re-lubricate the blades to keep them in pristine condition.
STEP 5: Hold your skin tight when shaving. Move your chin, or use two fingers to pull the skin tight.
Shave in line with the grain, then shave up against the grain. So up and down without too much pressure.
STEP 5: Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel. This reduces any irritation.
STEP 6 Use a high quality after shave lotion or balm to add moisture back and help the skin.
NOTE: I am not talking about "off the shelf traditional after shave lotions". These typically have alcohol in them whiich can irritate sensitive skin.
I am talking about "Witch Hazel"
Barbers use witch Hazel and it performs a fantastic job of invigorating your skin without any nasty side effects.
STEP 6: Grab a bottle of a quality babers favourite "after shave lotion" called Witch Hazel (has no alcohol in it which is known to irritate skin.)

Summary:

Getting the best men’s razor for sensitive skin is the right first step, but in joint level of importance is how you handle the whole routine.  How you implement this pre-shave routine will directly impact on your own results.

We’ve also written about shavers designed specifically for shaving a mans chest.

Have you followed this and had good results?  Please comment below