Shaving is an integral part of a man’s life.
Unfortunately for some of us it’s something we loathe rather than enjoy. And this really is a shame because with the right shaver and some basic adjustments most men can transform their shaving experience into something they look forward to.
And this is particularly important in the context of daily shaving because you’ll be doing it every single day.
Shaving with an electric razor has some clear advantages over traditional shaving: electric shavers are very practical to use and your skin takes less of toll compared to using a blade.
Shaving daily with an electric shaver poses a few specific challenges, so in this article we’ll cover just about everything, from recommended shavers to practical tips.
So let’s get started and make shaving great again.
Pros and cons of shaving daily
There are a few reasons why you would want to shave daily. For example, it could be a job requirement for someone working in the military or in a very strict office environment. Or maybe daily shaving yields better results for you compared to shaving every other day. Or you simply prefer the tidy, clean shaven look.
Whatever the reason might be, there are advantages and disadvantages.
Pros of shaving daily
- Almost all electric shavers perform better when used on short facial hair. This means that you can even use an entry level shaver and still get very decent results. No pulling, tugging or missed hairs.
- If your hair grows in different directions or tends to lie flat on the skin, this is less of an issue if you shave daily. Being just a short stubble, any potential problems are greatly reduced.
- Shaving takes less time and also requires less effort on your side. Usually getting all the stray hairs is time consuming as it requires many passes. Also, the constant adjusting of stroke direction in order to always shave against the grain is another potential issue that is almost non-existent here.
- Looking sharp and tidy. No one can deny this.
Cons of shaving daily
- Irritation, rashes and razor burn can still happen. Even if electric shaving is less taxing on your skin compared to using a razor blade, subjecting your skin daily to a potentially irritating factor can cause some problems. If you have very sensitive skin, your skin may need a day or two between shaving sessions to heal. It’s therefore extremely important to minimize the irritation by using a suitable shaver and proper technique.
- The blades and foils will wear faster, meaning you’ll have to replace them more often. You’ll also go through a cleaning cartridge faster if your shaver comes with an automatic cleaning station.
Hallmarks of an electric shaver suitable for daily use
Let’s now see what to look for in a shaver suitable for everyday use.
1. It must be very comfortable and gentle to the skin.
I consider this to be by far the most important trait. The main problem with shaving daily is an increased risk of irritation and rashes, so getting a shaver that is very forgiving and comfortable to use is absolutely necessary.
2. It must be easy to clean.
A lot of shaving also implies a lot of cleaning.
A shaver that comes with a good automatic cleaning station should be considered. They are however more expensive to buy and you’ll have to spend some money on cleaning cartridges, but the costs are well worth it in my opinion.
If your budget only allows you to get a shaver that doesn’t include a cleaning station, make sure it is easy to clean manually. More on this in the next section.
3. While this isn’t mandatory, it would be nice to have a quick charge option.
Or at least to allow you to shave with the razor plugged in. This last feature is only available with shavers suitable for dry use. The wet/dry models can’t be used when charging as a safety precaution. A 5 minute quick charge option can be a life saver in those hectic mornings when you’re in a rush.
4. It must have decent power.
As I said before, pretty much all electric shavers perform better when your facial hair is short. And that will certainly be the case with everyday shaving, even if your beard grows pretty fast.
This also means that you can get away with a more basic shaver and get decent results.
However, I would suggest opting for one with a more powerful motor. Even if the final results probably won’t be that much different, how you actually get there will be. A powerful electric razor makes shaving faster, easier and more enjoyable. The difference will be even more significant if you have a coarse beard.
What are some of the best electric shavers for daily use?
Let’s now take a look at a few shavers that would make excellent choices for everyday use.
Braun Series 5 5090cc
This one would be my pick as it ticks all the right boxes.
The Series 5 theoretically sits somewhere between Braun’s Series 3 and 7, but to be honest, it’s a whole lot more similar to the Series 7 in terms of actual performance.
And that’s not a bad thing at all. Moreover, the Series 5 costs less than the Series 7 and the replacement shaving heads are also cheaper.
To keep the price low, the Series 5 ditched the micro-pulsations technology found on the 7. Whether that makes any difference to the actual shaving performance is debatable; I would say that the differences are minor.
So what makes the Series 5 a suitable option for daily use?
First of all, it is supremely comfortable, just like the bigger brother, the Series 7. It’s also fitted with a powerful motor and comes with Braun’s excellent clean & charge station. This takes care of all the cleaning hassle and you can simply toss the shaver into the station to have it perfectly clean and lubricated for your next shave.
The Series 5 can handle reasonably well even longer hairs, so it’ll have no problems with a one day beard.
You can find the Series 5 in several variations, suitable for wet/dry or dry only shaving and can come with or without an automatic cleaning station.
And considering that Braun shavers are fiddly to clean manually, I would definitely suggest going for a Series 5 variation that includes the cleaning base.
You can read more about the Series 5 5090cc in our detailed review.
Braun Series 7 790cc
The Series 7 is still present in today’s roundups of the best electric shavers, despite being launched all the way back in 2010.
It’s a highly capable electric shaver that set new standards of performance and comfort when it was first introduced and it would make an ideal choice for daily use.
While the closeness of the shave with the Series 7 is more than adequate for most men, the highlight is without a doubt the comfort during and after the shave.
Shaving with the Series 7 is a real treat; the shaving head never gets warm and glides effortless over the skin. It never pulls or pinches and it’s very forgiving.
It’s also adequately powerful and will provide a fast and enjoyable shaving experience.
Unlike the Series 5, you can get a wet/dry Series 7 with a cleaning station. The one included with the Series 7 uses induction heat to dry the shaving head extremely fast.
However, there is an odd limitation on how you can use Braun’s cleaning stations if you shave with cream or gel.
Precisely, you have to manually clean the shaver of any lather residues before putting it into the cleaning station. Failing to do so will cause the station to clog over time.
This is highly inconvenient for obvious reasons. Therefore, if you want to use shaving cream or gel with your electric shaver you’ll probably be better off with a Panasonic as you’ll see next.
For this reason I suggest going for a dry only variation of the Series 7 like the 790cc that comes with the automatic cleaning station. Another advantage is that you can shave with the razor plugged in, something that’s not possible with a wet/dry shaver.
Panasonic Arc 4 ES-LA63-S
The Arc 4 line from Panasonic is probably one of the most underrated family of electric shavers you can currently buy.
They are very reasonably priced and offer fantastic performance for the money, especially when it comes to sheer cutting power and closeness.
The Arc 4 (regardless of the variation) would make an excellent choice as a daily shaver in several situations.
- If you prefer to use shaving cream/gel with your electric shaver. The Arc 4 is a whole lot easier to clean manually compared to a Braun Series 5 or 7 as the foils and blades can be taken apart. Also, if you go for a model that comes with a cleaning station like the ES-LA93-K you don’t have to clean the lather beforehand. Just toss it into the station and you’re all set.
- You will clean your shaver manually. Skipping the cleaning station will allow you to save some money, so if you decide to do so, manually cleaning the Arc 4 (or any other Panasonic) is very simple and fast. It literally takes less than a minute to clean it under running tap water with a bit of liquid soap. The Arc 4 also offers a sonic cleaning mode that makes the blades oscillate very fast and dislodge any stubborn dirt.
- You have very coarse facial hair. The Arc 4 shavers come with a very fast 14 000 CPM (cycles per minute) motor. This is to my knowledge the fastest motor fitted to any electric razor – even the latest Arc 5 shavers use them. The powerful motor, along with the very sharp blades will mow through the beard with ease. The Arc 4 has 4 cutting elements as opposed to 3 in the case of the Series 5/7, thus contributing to a very fast shave.
- You want a very close shave. The Arc 4 is slightly better than the Series 5 or 7 when it comes strictly to the closeness of the shave.
- You don’t have very sensitive skin. That extreme closeness also means that the Panasonic Arc4 is not as forgiving as the Series 5 or 7. The shaving head tends to get warm, particularly the middle trimmer. I would suggest using the Arc 4 as a daily shaver if you don’t have very sensitive skin. Otherwise you may experience some irritation or razor burn. Using a quality shaving cream will definitely improve the comfort, but wet shaving also means a lengthy prep and it’s overall more time consuming.
Bottom line: if you don’t have sensitive skin and you want a very close shave, you definitely won’t be disappointed with the Arc 4, whether you use it for wet or dry shaving.
Panasonic Arc 4 ES-LA93-K
The cleaning cartridges used by the ES-LA93-K are also very cheap to buy and like I said, there are no restrictions to how you use the cleaning station if you shave with cream or gel. You can read a complete and detailed analysis of the Arc 4 line here.
Braun Series 3 3050cc
If you are on a tight budget, the Series 3 from Braun can be a very good option.
While they can’t compare to the Series 5 or 7 in terms of performance, the Series 3 electric shavers can still yield very decent results when used for shaving daily.
The 3050cc is a dry only variation of the Series 3 that also includes a cleaning station. If you don’t have very coarse facial hair and you’re not particularly concerned with getting a very close shave, then the 3050cc is an excellent choice. For more details you can read my full review of the 3050cc.
Panasonic also offers a budget oriented line of electric shavers, the Arc 3. It is similarly priced to the Series 3, but it is more powerful and also faster. On the other hand, the Series 3 is more comfortable to use. You can read my detailed comparison of the two for more details.
The Braun Series 3 is also one of the best shavers for someone with light beard. A light growth doesn’t require a whole lot of cutting power, which makes the Series 3 suitable for the job.
No rotary shavers?
You have probably noticed that I didn’t include any rotary shavers for daily use. That doesn’t mean you can’t successfully use one. If you prefer rotary shavers, then by all means do it. Here you can find a selection of some of our recommended rotary razors.
However, for most men I think foil shavers make a better choice for everyday use. They are generally more comfortable to use, faster, work great on short stubble and are easier to clean thoroughly if you don’t have a cleaning station (at least in the case of Panasonic shavers).
Depending on your budget, my recommendation would be the Philips Norelco 8900 available with or without a cleaning station. This is in my opinion the best rotary shaver you can buy without breaking the bank. Premium shavers like 9700 only offer diminishing returns compared to the 8900.
Philips Norelco 8900
A more budget oriented rotary shaver is the Norelco 6100 that would be perfectly suitable for daily shaving. You can read my review of it here.
Tips for shaving daily with an electric shaver
Finding the right everyday shaver is just one facet of improving the shaving experience. The second one refers to making small adjustments to your shaving routine and further minimize any potential problems.
Here’s what I consider to be the most important and easy to implement changes:
- Don’t stress too much about getting a very close shave. Pressing too hard and doing excessive strokes every day will only cause irritation and discomfort. Close enough is good enough and even if you don’t get that perfectly smooth shave, you’ll probably be the only one to notice it. Remember that you’ll have to shave again the next day and any rashes and soreness from the previous shave will cause more problems. Aiming for moderation is probably the best approach here.
- Use a pre-shave lotion or gel if you shave dry. This is probably the simplest, fastest and most efficient addition to your pre-shave routine. Lotions and gels are less messy than talcum powders and they take less time to apply and to clean the mess afterwards.
- Use the cleaning station every other day or every two days. Even if you shave daily, you don’t have to use it every time. You can squeeze more cycles out of a cleaning cartridge by using the station three times a week for example. A quick manual rinse/clean during the other days will probably suffice. Also, keep in mind that Braun uses an alcohol based cleaning solution, meaning it will evaporate pretty fast. It’s therefore a good idea to get the cartridge out of the base and put the cap back on if you won’t be using it for a few days.
- Make sure the shaver is clean, charged and lubricated. If you use a cleaning station you don’t need to worry about this as the shaver will always be fully charged, lubricated and ready to use. If your shaver of choice doesn’t include one, cleaning and lubricating are vital for optimal performance, comfort and for minimizing the wear on the blades and foils.
- Apply a soothing after-shave balm. Post-shave treatment is important, especially in the context of subjecting your face to daily shaving. Never skip this step.