In years past, shaving machines had something of a bad reputation. Not any more.
In the past...
The machines were considered clunky, unwieldy and noisy.
Users would complain that the razors would often either miss entire patches of hair or even worse, would snag up and painfully rip off follicles.
They would often leave men would unsightly razor burn and bumps.
Battery life was nil.
Thankfully, we live in an era where consumers can take their hard-earned cash elsewhere and companies have to fight tooth-and-nail to supply the best product, because electric shavers have gotten much better recently.
In this article, The 2016 Best Shaving Machine Guide, you will not only learn what is the right product for you, but why.
A Super Brief History of Razor Machines
Believe it or not, the first electric razor machine goes way back in 1928 by none other than Jacob Schick (of Schick Razors). Less than ten years after Schick began producing his shaving machine, Remington would follow suit.
Soon after that a professor by the name of Alexandre Horowitz would develop the world's first rotary shaver.
Why exactly were they invented though?
Schick felt there was a large untapped shaving market just waiting to be exploited.
The first shaving machines obviously didn't have all the frills and accessories that modern-day electric razors had. They were meant to do one thing and one thing only; to quickly get you shaved without the use or need for shaving cream or getting your face wet.
This market niche has largely stayed true even until today.
Razor machine shaving is for men who value efficiency above all else. They want a quick, clean shave. They value the outcome more than the experience (although they want that experience to be as pleasurable as possible).
Thus, before you make your first electric razor purchase you need to ask yourself if you value the outcome much more than the experience? Do you value being as efficient as possible?
If so, purchasing one of these devices is probably the best fit for you.
If not, consider trying wet shaving.
Now that that is out of the way, let's discuss the two main types of electric shavers and what's the better fit for you.
The Two Main Types of Shaver Machines
There are two main types of shaver machines; rotary and foil.
Here is what they look like side-by-side.
Let's start with rotary shaving machines.
The Foil Shaving Machine
Foil razors are typically straight and rectangular. They contain oscillating blades, which means the blades go back and forth, mimicking the motion a barber makes when he cuts your hair.
A key term you should know when picking out any rotary razor is microvibrations per second. This essentially tells you how fast the blades are moving. The faster the microvibrations per second, the easier and quicker the device will get your hair.
With these types of devices, you shave much like you would a regular safety or disposable razor, in downward/upward or right/left strokes.
The only difference is, there is no need for shaving cream.
- Foil razor machines are typically going to be best for men who shave every day.
- They are also going to be best for men wit shorter, finer hair that is not curly.
- Lastly, as they mimic regular razors, they are perfect for men who want an extremely close shave.
The downsides to these machines is that they are often much more noisy than their rotary counterparts, and they will need to be cleaned (either manually or otherwise) more frequently.
To sum-up their main benefits.
- Better for shaving every day
- Better for finer, thinner hair
- Better for very close shaves
Shave daily Fine, shorter hair growth Exceptionally close shave
This now brings us to...
The Rotary Shaving Machine
Rotary shave machines on the other hand will often contain a number (usually three) of circular discs on the head of the device, which work to pull in facial hair as they glide over your beard or stubble.
As opposed to the foil machines in which you make traditional razor passes, with rotary machines you instead make small circles. As you make these small circles, hair gets pulled in and you get a nice, clean shave.
The biggest benefit to a rotary device is that because of its discs, it is better able to contour to your chin, jawline and underneath your nose. Foil machines often have difficulty cutting the hair on and around these areas.
- Better for men with thicker, coarser and curlier facial hair
- They are also better for men who don't shave as frequently (a few times a week)
- They are quieter and do not need to be cleaned as frequently
The downsides to these machines is that they typically don't provide as close of a shave as foil razors on your cheeks, sometimes have difficulty maneuvering around your neck and if you press down too hard, can cause skin irritation.
To sum-up their main benefits.
Shave less frequently Longer, coarser, curlier hair growth Easier to maneuver around your chin, jawline and under the nose
What device you lean towards will depend on which of these factors is the most important for you.
Now that you know what is the difference between the two most common styles of electric shaving machines, let's go over a few additional factors.
Once you have decided whether a foil or rotary razor is better for you, we now need to move on and consider a few more things. These are factors to consider before making any final purchasing decision.
Wet vs. Dry
You may have noticed that several devices tout their ability to work when 'wet'. Well, what exactly does this mean?
Does this mean that you can use it in the shower?
Yes, but that isn't what this is referring to.
It means that the device is able to be used with shaving cream.
But wait, isn't the point of an electric razor to be as efficient as possible?
Yes, but using shaving cream softens your skin and lifts the hair follicles up off of the face, allowing you to get a cleaner, better shave. At the very least, it's nice to at least have this as an option.
Most recent models of shaver machines have relatively good battery life. By 'relatively good battery life' we mean they will last a good 45 minutes to an hour of heavy-use when they are fully-charged.
That's nice, but what we want is efficiency, right?
The whole point of having an electric razor is to get in and out as quick as possible. We don't want to be spending hours upon hours hanging over the edge of your sink every week.
What matters here is speed of charge. The faster the device is able to be charged, the better.
Blade Quality and Speed
Remember that key term we used earlier?
Microvibrations per second?
It's important for a few reasons.
One, the faster the blades the easier it is for the device to get all the hairs shaved cleanly in one pass.
Secondly, the better quality the blades, the fewer times you will need to replace them. And yes, you will probably need to replace your blades once every one or two years (they are not that expensive however).
So, to sum up here, we want to look for devices that:
- can be used when wet
- charge quickly
- have high quality blades and have a high micro vibrations per second rate
Now, you should not only know where you stand with regards to foil vs. rotary electric shaving machines, but also what to look for when making an educated buying decision.
Let's get to our picks for the best shaving machine in 2016.
Our Picks for Best Shaving Machine in 2016
Our picks are divided into two sections; rotary and foil.
Best 2016 Rotary and Foil Shaving Machines
In comparing different price points, value for money, functionality, quality, durability and other factors we narrowed down our list of devices to these two.
We feel pretty confident about our picks, and feel that you won't go wrong with any of the four.
Hopefully, this article will have clarified some questions or doubts you may have had concerning the best shaving machine in 2016. If you have any questions, concerns or comments we would love to hear from you down below!