Which brand scrubs up best for electric shavers? Compare brands with our customer satisfaction review and ratings.
Leaving your facial hair to grow wild a bit during winter is only natural. Those bitterly cold winds that blow you over on the way to work warrant a hearty beard. But as the warmer months come around again, and Movember beckons your call, you may be left realising that your current shaver isn’t up to the task. If you’re stuck with a dud shaver that can’t mow through that thick hair, then you may want to consider investing in a new one – it could make your mornings a lot less painful!
But where should you turn for a quality electric shaver? To help you out, Canstar Blue produces customer satisfaction ratings, in which we ask hundreds of everyday Aussies to tell us about the electric shavers they use. The star ratings you see above reflect their feedback, and for the second year in a row, Philips was the only brand to rate five stars for overall satisfaction, in addition to most other categories. However, Braun, Pansonic and Remington all received top marks in at least one area, so let’s review these four leading brands and help you choose the best electric shaver for your needs.
Philips is one of the largest electronics brands in the world, and its electric shavers are top of the line. Philips has three key shaving series, plus various other budget-oriented shavers. The three key series are:
Braun has risen to such ranks as ‘The Official Electric Shaver of the National Football League’ in the US. Now, while we can’t imagine every NFL player shaving exclusively with Braun, the brand does bring some quality shavers. The line-up includes:
Panasonic is perhaps best known for its high-end technology-packed televisions, but you may not have known it also produces shavers. Like Philips, Panasonic makes a whole bunch of exciting personal technology products, so let’s jump in.
Rather than model names, Panasonic’s main differentiators between shavers are their blade counts.
Remington has the largest range of electric shavers out of these four brands, including:
If you’re in the market for an electric shaver, it’s important to decipher whether you want a rotary shaver or a foil shaver. Rotary shavers are commonly found in the men’s line-up. They are great for regular skin and are designed for tougher, coarser facial hair. A woman’s choice in shavers is pretty much limited to foil shavers, which are best suited to sensitive skin. Men with lighter beards might also benefit from a foil shaver. In the end, one isn’t necessarily better than the other, but it all depends on what type of shaving you’ll be doing.
If you’ve built up a luscious beard over the course of many years, you’ll realise your beard can become a bit of a companion. From the good days, through the dark days and through the soup days, beards are always there for you, saving the top of your shirt from a spilled curry. Unfortunately, if you’ve gotten the nudge to shave your beard, or it’s simply time for a change, then these rotary shavers may be up your alley.
The Philips Series 9000 is simply the powerful workhorse of the rotary shaver world. As for Philips, it’s the flagship shaver in the brand’s range. Philips itself claims that you can cut up to 20 per cent more hair in a single pass, versus other shavers. Its key features include:
Other key features include the Aquatec Wet & Dry seal, which allows you to shave in the shower. The shaver also comes with a SmartClean Plus dock, which lubricates, cleans, dries and charges your shaver. Speaking of charging, you can get a hefty 60 minutes of shaving time with an hour’s charge. For the beard lovers, it also comes with a beard style adjustable to five length settings. The shaver can of course also be rinsed under the tap.
If you’re serious about your facial hair, the Series 9000 is a serious contender for your dollars. Retailing for around $650, it’s a high-end unit that doesn’t compromise.
The Philips AquaTouch is the go-to shaving companion if your shaving interests lie squarely in the shower. Its goal in life is to be teamed up with some foaming gel, and set to work on shaving that beard under the running water. It features low-friction heads, and dual blades for a close and comfortable shave. Out of a full charge, you’ll get 40 minutes of shaving time, which Philips claims is good for 14 shaves.
The AquaTouch series is quite comprehensive, and they’re priced between about $100 to $200, which is a great budget alternative to the 9000 Series mentioned earlier. Its feature list is a bit less filled than the 9000 Series but that’s to be expected. The AquaTec series is a great no-frills shaver at a great price.
If your skin is feeling left a bit jaded from your old shaver who was a bit rough around the ages, then you really can’t go past a foil shaver. Not only this, women’s shavers are dominated by foil shavers – this may be a case of women’s typical shaving needs not being as demanding as a thick beard. Nevertheless, foil shavers are a great alternative to rotary shavers, so let’s dive in to what’s out there.
Like the Philips 9000s in the rotary world, Braun Series 9 is top-notch when it comes to foil shavers. Braun claims its flagship shaver is the world’s most efficient shaver. So, how is it so efficient? Braun has packed in some impressive features:
Like the Philips 9000 mentioned earlier, the Braun Series 9 is a serious bit of kit. This is also reflected in the price. Different models are priced differently, but expect to pay anywhere from $600-$700.
Philips has pulled out all the stops to present what it says is the most advanced shaving system “for women” – well, marketed at women anyway. Its key features include:
Though the shaver market is dominated by men’s products, there is a fairly sizeable niche for women’s shavers, and this is proliferated by Phlips. The SatinShave retails for about $150 and its focus on anti-irritation make it well-suited to tackle many of women’s shaving needs, such as legs, underarms and the bikini line. It’s a simple, comfort-focused shaver at a budget price.
Whatever you shaving needs, we hope you find this review enlightening.
Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a new electric shaver in the last three years – in this case, 638 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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