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Peanutsandme
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Electric shaver

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Hello Hairy Bogleheads -

Can you recommend a high quality electric shaver?

This will be a daily shaver

Accessories not important, most important that it shaves a man's face well

Under $200

Thank you
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Following, also need this info.
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I've been using electric shavers for decades. Tried many brands. Currently using a Braun 7 series for a few years, it's the best I've ever used and I'm happy with it. Think I paid about $120 but it was on sale for Christmas. It's worth a look.

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fsrph wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:26 pm I've been using electric shavers for decades. Tried many brands. Currently using a Braun 7 series for a few years, it's the best I've ever used and I'm happy with it. Think I paid about $120 but it was on sale for Christmas. It's worth a look.

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fsrph wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:26 pm I've been using electric shavers for decades. Tried many brands. Currently using a Braun 7 series for a few years, it's the best I've ever used and I'm happy with it. Think I paid about $120 but it was on sale for Christmas. It's worth a look.

Francis
Does it cut as close as a standard Gillette, et. al. cartridge?

I used to have an electric, but my beard grows so fast, my 5 o'clock shadow came at 1pm.
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I also have the Braun 7 series with cleaning station.
Replace the cleaning station with refills from Amazon q2months. So it’s like $30/year.
I notice a closer shave if I shave every other day, but I shave daily.
No electric is going to beat a blade.
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I have both the arc4 and arc5.

Overall I'm happy with both. The arc5 has better weight, but I don't think it cuts any better.

the arc4 ranges from $75-$100. definitely worth replacing the blades and foil every year @ ~$40.
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Agree on the new Braun Series 7. I've done a lot of research and would say generally people tend to rate the Panasonic Arc5 slightly higher. I bought it and tried to love it but it irritated my skin and didn't get nearly as close as the Braun.
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I have used a Norelco for many years and I'm happy with it. I have not compared it to the others mentioned above. You can get a Norelco at Costco, so the cost will be reasonable.
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runner3081 wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:41 pm
fsrph wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:26 pm I've been using electric shavers for decades. Tried many brands. Currently using a Braun 7 series for a few years, it's the best I've ever used and I'm happy with it. Think I paid about $120 but it was on sale for Christmas. It's worth a look.

Francis
Does it cut as close as a standard Gillette, et. al. cartridge?

I used to have an electric, but my beard grows so fast, my 5 o'clock shadow came at 1pm.
If you're comparing against a standard razor blade, I'd say the Braun 7 doesn't shave as close. But, it does give a consistently great shave and doesn't irritate my skin. I don't know if any electric razor will shave as close as a blade.

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Braun series 5
Norelco

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After decades of trial, error and experience the answer is:

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I just bought a lousy $50 electric shaver to replace an acceptable one that quit working after three years. (On disassembling it to remove the lithium battery I discovered what had happened: for whatever reason, despite the shaver being "waterproof" (and never immersed in water), water had somehow gotten in past the seal. Anyway.

Can someone tell me, in a general way, what's the difference between a $50 shaver and a $120 shaver? What things are made differently, higher quality, etc.?
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I know this is a thread about electric shavers, but you can't go wrong with a double edged safey razor. Super quick and close shave every time.
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I've bounced back and forth between Braun and Panasonic over the last 30 years. Both work for me, with a heavy beard. So I'd suggest whatever you can find on sale at the time.

I've tried rotaries like Norelco, but didn't like them. Not as close, and they dulled quickly.

Be aware that the first few weeks/month with any electric can be sort of painful.

And IMO, no, they will never be as close or smooth as a top notch blade and cream. But they will be much more convenient, and "good enough" for me at least.
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nisiprius wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:55 pm I just bought a lousy $50 electric shaver to replace an acceptable one that quit working after three years. (On disassembling it to remove the lithium battery I discovered what had happened: for whatever reason, despite the shaver being "waterproof" (and never immersed in water), water had somehow gotten in past the seal. Anyway.

Can someone tell me, in a general way, what's the difference between a $50 shaver and a $120 shaver? What things are made differently, higher quality, etc.?
It's a good question to ask and I can just pass on my experiences. I got by with a cheap Norelco or Remington rotary electric shaver for years. Seemed like they were underpowered and I had to replace the cutting heads often. Sometimes it was cheaper to just buy a new cheap shaver than replace the heads. I then tried a slightly more expensive unit, a Braun 3 series. Cut well although the cutting head was immobile and rather small.

An even more expensive unit, like my current Braun 7 series, seems to have more power and I haven't had to replace the cutting unit yet (had it over two years). Still cuts great. Cutting surface appears larger so it can complete a shave in less time. Cutting surface flexes in many directions. As electric shavers get more expensive they have more gizmos - like cleaning stations and ways to sense beard thickness but these were not important to me. To sum it up a more expensive unit generally seem built better with, more importantly, a much better cutting head (plus the gizmos).

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I daily rotate two old Norelcos: one was more expensive and the other a cheaper model. They work well for me with yearly head replacements. I bought the cheaper one when I thought the other one had died, but it just needed charging, I guess. Both are water washable. I take both fully charged when I'm camping (living out of my vehicle) for a few weeks. Then I just blow them clean.

I tried to use a blade way back in military basic training. but it didn't work at all for me. Just ask Drill Sergeant Rose.
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