Best Budget Electric Shavers [Top 5 Razors Reviewed]

By Walter J. Farrell | STYLE

After 2 weeks of crowdsourcing opinions from reputable websites and evaluation, we conclude that the Philips PT724/41 may be the best cheap electric razor available in 2017. Owing to its One Touch Cleanup System and Durable construction, the product is worthy of every recognition and accolade [Read more]

Are you tired of your low quality plastic built razors?

Do you often get accidental cuts with your poor quality plastic shavers?

If so, then this might be the reason why you have come across this article.

You endlessly search the internet for the right product to replace your lacklustre razor but the search has been difficult.

While there are several razors available, it’s difficult to decide because of the tons of factors that you need to consider. Moreover, most of them come with hefty price tag.

Lucky for you, we have created this article to show you how to pick the right razor and present you with a list of the 5 best performing razors that will save you a couple bucks.

So without further ado.

Let’s dive in!

5 Best Cheap Electric Razors of 2017

​"What To Consider When Buying an Electric Razor"

As with most purchases, buying an electric razor is never an easy task. In this portion, we will present the different factors that you need to consider before buying one. Read on to know how to find the right razor for you.

1. Foil or Rotary?

The first question that you need to ask yourself when buying an electric razor is, “should I buy a foil or a rotary electric razor?”

Foil razors are meant to be used for those who shave more often but have very sensitive skin. These types of razors come with a thin sheet of foil to prevent direct contact to skin making it more safe to use. Using one will help lessen the occurrence of skin irritation.

On the contrary, rotary shavers come with spinning discs that have heads which float. This is for the purpose of moving along to the unique contours of the face of the user. This type of razor is more efficient in shaving hard to reach places, making it more suitable for unruly longer facial hair.​

2. Power source

In terms of power source, razors come in three types. There are ones powered with battery, others employ the use of a charging unit (usually cordless), while others have cords (plugged in).

Older versions come with a cord that is meant to be plugged in each use. This requires close proximity to the outlet which can be very hassling to the user.

Battery powered razors have the benefit of being light and portable. However, as you can expect they can be underpowered and not to mention, power relies only on the life of the battery.

Lastly, a cordless unit that comes with a charging unit offers better convenience and portability. Just make sure that the razor is charged enough to last the duration of your intended use.​

3.​ Wet or Dry Shavers

Another factor you need to consider is the option of buying either a dry or wet electric shaver.

Wet shavers have the advantage of being used in wet skin. This is important since most men prefer to apply shaving gels and cream than have to help reduce the possibility of skin irritation.

Dry shavers as the name implies can only be used on dry skin.

When opting for wet shavers make sure that the unit is compatible to be used in the shaving cream or gel you are using. This is important since not all wet shavers are meant to be used on all types of shaving creams or gels. Failing to do so can damage the cleaning unit or blades of the razor.​

4.​ Ease of Maintenance

Cleaning is an important practice to have your razors last for years. Because of this, you would want an electric razor that saves you the hassle of hard clean ups. Different types of razors require different styles of clean up.

Foil razors are known to be easier to clean since the foil it comes with can store the excess hair, cleaning foil razors can be done in a matter of seconds.

Recent electric shavers now employ the use of one touch clean up systems that discards the excess hair with a single touch of button. This offers a more convenient and faster maintenance.​

5.​ Price

Before choosing a razor to buy, you must first establish a budget. Once you already have this established, this is the time to scour for good electric razors.

Expect cheaper electric razors to give you a shorter longevity of use. While razors that come with a heftier price tag offer better quality and durability.

How We Assessed and Evaluated These Products

We have searched very well on the internet regarding potential electric razors that offer high quality and excellent durability.

In line with this, we also sought recommendations from our peers and friends. As expected, there were several electric razors (over 15) that come with several features and functionalities. Well, it was overwhelming and confusing. So we narrowed down to 5 best product so that you do not need to spend too much time on research.

In order to do this, we first started establishing the criteria on how to evaluate the products and then sought recommendations from peers and friends.

The criteria we focused on were type of shaver, price, durability and most importantly, ease of use.

After determining the criteria, we have devised a scoring system for each of the mentioned aspects. We have applied the same system to all the electric razors featured.

We then aggregated the scores and categorized them in ascending order, with the highest score placed on the top spot.

The products that lagged behind in the different criteria mentioned above were eliminated to give way to the better performing ones. Through this, we were able to determine the top five based on the aggregated scores.

Aside from the scoring system, we also did hands on testing and crowd sourced opinions from reputable websites such as Askmen.com and Engadget.com. Doing this allowed us to have a more holistic view of each of the shortlisted products.

In the product reviews below, we have highlighted the important features as well as our view of their pros and cons to help you further decide.

Our Top Picks

1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 2100 S1560

The first entry on our list hails from a brand that has stood the test of time, thanks to their high quality products.

The Philips Norelco Electric Shaver S1560 is one of the bang for the buck shavers available In 2017.

Along with its modest price comes a set of features that are sure to astound.

The well constructed and self sharpening blades are designed in a safe and reliable system that assures more precise cuts while reducing the possibility of having cuts through shaving.

The head is flexible enough to be oriented in 4 different directions to give you the preferred angle, especially for complex contours of the face.

Powering the Norelco S1560 is a lithium ion battery that is made for long uses. The battery can also be charged for 35 minutes. A full cycle charge can last up to 8 hours.

The shaver is equipped with an LED display which displays the different modes and also gives a status on the battery level.

The Norelco S1560 also excels in terms of clean up as it has a one touch clean up system. With this, discarding accumulated hair can be done with a single touch of a button.

Our main caveat for this product is that it has a slightly louder noise when being used. While this is considered nitpicking, we had to weigh in on the featured products’ disadvantages

What We Liked

  • Fast charging time
  • Quick charge feature
  • LED display
  • One touch cleaning system
  • Four orientations for head
  • Able to do complex shaves

What We Didn't Like

  • Has slightly louder noise when used

2. Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver - First Runner Up

Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver offers all the essentials in shaving and even more.

The product is known to provide a comfortable and convenient shaving.

The F5-5800 can be used with a cord or without a cord, the decision rests upon personal preference.

The product is equipped with a quick charge option that lets you have a full battery in a matter of 5 minutes.

A single charge can last up to 1 hour, which is an ample time.

Despite being an electric shaver, the F5-5800 can be washed with water. It has its own pivoting system that allows complex and very angular shaves. Because of this, hair under the chin is a walk in the park.

Moreover, the product is equipped with intercept technology system which makes trimming of longer beards easier and more convenient. The cut hair sits in between the foils and is being caught into a cutting mechanism that is embedded within the shaver.

Same as the one before it, the product can be used with or without a cord.

When testing the product though, the shaver cannot withstand thick hairs which is kind of a downer for us. Moreover, it emits a noisier sound when being used.

What We Liked

  • Efficient intercept technology
  • Washable
  • Quick charge option
  • Effective pivot technology

What We Didn't Like

  • Emits noisier sound
  • Not meant for thicker beard

3. Philips Norelco Series 3000 - Second Runner Up

The third entry on our list is the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver S3310.

This worthy entry from Philips boasts of a convenient and comfortable use every time.

The shaver is equipped with a unique comfort cut blade technology that flaunts a design with a more round edge allowing better flexibility for a safer shave.

Same as the S1560, the head of the shaver can be oriented into 4 different orientations.

The durable lithium ion battery powers the product which assures reliable and long use.

A single full charge cycle of 40 minutes can last up to 8 hours of use. We noticed that Philips shavers always excels in battery life.

It is equipped with a one touch cleaning system for a more convenient and easier clean up. It also has an LED display that shows you all the essential information.

However, despite these admirable features the S3310 also comes with a few disadvantages. For example, the shaver does not come with a quick charge feature. With this, charging takes a bit more patience from you.

Moreover, in terms of build, we felt that the S3310 lagged behind the others in terms of construction. In comparison to the other products, we noticed that the 3310 has a cheaper build quality.

What We Liked

  • Head can be flexed in 4 directions
  • Long lasting battery
  • Comfort cut blade technology
  • One touch clean up system
  • LED display

What We Didn't Like

  • No quick charge feature
  • Cheaper build quality

The fourth entry on our list is the Panasonic RT51-S Shaver which both supports wet and dry usage.

Because of this, you need not to dry your face or chin when using the product.

Boasting a precise shave each use, the RT51-S is equipped with 3 nanotech precision blades which are very thin.

These ultra thin blades make intricate and complex shaves in hard to reach places possible.

The foil shaver is constructed of heavy duty stainless steel, a material which is not very common among cheap priced electric shavers.

A 45 minute charge cycle can power the unit up to 1 to 2 hours, which is acceptable considering its price. It also dons an LCD display.

Along with the unit, the purchase also includes an AC shaver adapter and a brush for cleaning and lastly a pouch which can be used to store the unit whenever travelling.

Our main gripe with this product is that it does not come with a quick charging feature. Moreover, the LCD display pales in comparison to the LED display being sported in other electric shavers.

What We Liked

  • High precision nanotech blades
  • For wet and dry use
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Comes with several inclusions

What We Didn't Like

  • No quick charge feature
  • LCD display only

The last but definitely not the least entry on our list is the Philips Norelco PT724/41.

It comes with their patented ComfortCut heads which provide more flexibility for more intricate and complex shaving.

This allows a more safe and cleaner cut with each use.

The product boasts of the Flex and Float System, a feature which allows better disposal of hairs.

Through this system, the shaver lifts the hair before having them cut off. This allows a more efficient and cleaner shave.

To provide more convenience for shaving the sideburns and moustaches, the product employs the use of a pop up trimmer.

In terms of battery life, once again the unit excels, a common occurrence for Philips shavers. A 40 minute charge can power the shaver up to 8 hours of use. What we love about the product would probably be the inclusion of a quick charge feature of only 3 minutes.

We experienced merely any hiccups with the shaver. To nitpick, we would say that the product could take more effort in terms of its design as it appears bland and uninspired.​

What We Liked

  • Patented ComfortCut heads
  • Flex and Flow System
  • Has a pop up trimmer
  • Good battery life
  • Quick charge feature

What We Didn't Like

  • Design is too simplistic

Our Recommendations:

Editor's Pick: Philips Norelco PT724/41

After careful deliberation and discussion with our team, we chose Philips Norelco PT724/41 as our top pick for the best cheap electric razor available in 2017.

Owing to its patented ComfortCut heads that offer good flexibility, you can expect of a safe and precise shave with each use. It also flaunts their own flex and flow system which adds more accuracy and precision with each shave.

To provide better shaving even with hard to reach places, the PT724/41 is equipped with a pop u trimmer that makes the difficult task possible.

To add more icing to the cake, the product has a quick charge feature which charges the shaver for a mere 3 minutes. Moreover, battery life was great, a trait that is to be expected from Philips.

Runners Up: Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver and Philips Norelco Electric Shaver S3310

Coming in at very close second place is the Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver. The product boasts of an efficient and comfortable shaving experience.

The unit employs the use of intercept technology to provide better accuracy with each shave. Despite being electric, the unit can be washed with water. It has a quick charge option as well as an effective pivot technology to add more flexibility to the head.

At third place is the Philips Norelco S3310. It has a flexible head that can be oriented in four different directions. This will come in handy whenever you want to follow the contour of your jawline.

It has a long lasting battery and a very useful one touch clean up system which provides an easier clean up after every use.

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About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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