In this article, we’ll be checking out some of the best head shavers you can buy in 2023.
A completely shaved head is almost always a better option than the alternatives.
Forget about comb-overs, hairpieces, powder concealers, or other stuff that will just end up looking ridiculous.
Rocking a shaved head can even come with a few side benefits: no more bad hair days or the need for styling products.
Also, no more barber appointments and money spent on haircuts.
The ladies seem to dig bald heads as well. That’s a fact and there’s actual research to support it.
Whether you have a full mane and shave your head just for the looks or it’s because your hair is really starting to get thinner, once you’ve embraced your baldness, you’ll need a proper tool to do the actual shaving.
Finding the best head shaver for your particular needs is important because you’ll be shaving the dome quite often. It will be part of your (almost) daily routine.
Most men can get away with shaving their head every two to three days, but that’s still a lot of shaving.
So let’s dive right in and see which head shaver is right for you.
Table of Contents
- Electric head shavers vs razor blades
- Choosing the right electric head shaver
- What are some of the best head shavers for men in 2023?
- How to use a head shaver effectively
- Final word on choosing the right head shaver
Electric head shavers vs razor blades
Even though there are some very capable blade shavers out there (like the ones from HeadBlade), we’re going to focus just on electric head shavers.
Some may disagree, but I consider them to be safer, more comfortable, and more practical, even though a blade will probably get you the closest possible shave.
But with some careful planning and informed decisions, a quality electric head shaver will get pretty close and the results will satisfy most users.
One of the main advantages of using an electric razor to shave your head vs razor blades is the ease of use.
This is particularly important for beginners that are just getting started with head shaving.
An electric shaver is a lot more forgiving, the learning curve is less steep and most men find the process more enjoyable and less time-consuming.
With that said, there are a few options out there when it comes to choosing the type of shaver for your head.
Choosing the right electric head shaver
With grooming products like electric shavers, you should always base your decision on what you need and how a certain product can help you achieve that.
There’s no such thing as the best shaver, but one that will suit you and comes with the fewest shortcomings.
And that’s the case with head shavers as well. A particular one may work great for someone else, but won’t necessarily be ideal for your needs.
Here’s how we can group the various types of electric head shavers into two broad categories.
Electric shavers for the face (and head)
This category includes regular electric shavers (foil and rotary) that are normally used for shaving facial hair.
However, almost any electric shaver can also work as a head shaver if the hair is reasonably short.
All electric shavers, foil or rotary, will work best when used on short hair.
The advantage of going for one of these shavers is that they cut the hair very close to the skin as they’re generally fitted with high-quality blades and powerful motors.
And since these shavers can deal with coarse facial hair, they’ll have no trouble with the soft and thin hair on the head.
So if you want that completely bald look, they can deliver precisely that.
Again, the key here is to use them often, ideally every day (every two to three days at most). If the hair is too long, they’ll snag and yank the hairs and will miss quite a lot of them.
In my opinon the hair length should be less than 2mm in order to get a satisfactory and enjoyable shave.
Some electric shavers do come with special attachments that will allow you to pre-trim the hair on your head, but most of them don’t have these accessories.
You can of course use a regular hair clipper beforehand to reduce the hair to a more manageable length.
Another advantage is that you can also use these shavers on your face. So there’s no need to have two separate machines, one for the face and one for the head.
The main drawback stems from the very fact that these razors were not designed for shaving the head.
First of all, the surface of the head is a large, spherical area; in contrast, your face has (almost) flat surfaces — like your cheeks and neck.
For that reason, you may need more strokes to get that clean head shave as the part of the shaving head that actually comes in contact with the skin will be smaller.
A rotary razor may have an advantage here vs a foil shaver when shaving the head.
Most rotary razors have 3 heads that flex independently or semi-independently and can adapt to the spherical shape of the head. Some foil shavers are also quite good at this as you’ll see in the next section.
The second disadvantage of a regular shaver is that you can’t always see what you’re doing when shaving your head and you have to reach behind your head in a pretty awkward position.
The problem is with the conventional grip which makes holding the shaver more difficult when shaving your head, especially the back of your head.
Again, they’re designed to be used on the face.
With practice, you can sort of get around this, but shaving your head with a regular electric shaver usually takes more time and requires more work compared to using a head shaver designed specifically with that in mind.
And that leads us to the next category.
Dedicated head shavers and trimmers
A good electric head shaver will ideally be able to shave close and conform to the spherical shape of the head.
At the same time, it must be designed in such a manner that holding it will allow you to easily reach behind your head.
In recent years we’ve seen quite a lot of these electric head razors that allow the user to shave his own head with ease.
They’re usually rotary shavers with 3 to 5 or even 6 shaving heads, but unlike the conventional rotary shavers above, the way you hold them in your hand makes them ideal for shaving the head.
The ergonomics are much better with this type of head shaver.
Such a product is also able to provide very close shaves when used on the head (not quite as close as a blade, but definitely close enough).
You can shave your face as well, even though they won’t be as good as let’s say a top-of-the-line electric razor from Philips, Braun or Panasonic.
So this one would be the first type of electric razor specifically designed for the head.
Another approach is to use shearing blades (instead of rotary or foil cutters), just like the ones on regular hair clippers and beard trimmers.
But unlike those, the body of these trimmers makes them suitable for cutting the hair on your head yourself.
The main advantage over rotary or foil head shavers is that they can handle much longer hair.
As for downsides, they don’t shave quite as close but are still pretty good. After all, they’re clippers, not shavers.
But depending on what you’re looking for, they can be a great alternative.
For example, if you want that uniform, very short buzz-cut look, and not necessarily a completely smooth, bald head, such a product would be ideal.
Some of them also come with a foil attachment as you’ll see in the next section, allowing you to still get that close shave.
Now that we know what qualities a shaver must possess in order to be effective at shaving the head, let’s take a close look at some of the best electric shavers for a bald head.
What are some of the best head shavers for men in 2023?
1. Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold PRO
Skull Shaver is arguably the most popular brand of electric razors specifically designed for the purpose of shaving your own head.
However, the opinions regarding their products have always been polarizing, to say the least. The customer support also doesn’t seem to be the best.
Their older products like the Bald Eagle Pro, while excellent performers, had some reliability issues.
These ranged from battery problems to the shavers refusing to turn on after a few months of use.
It’s the sole reason why I had a really tough time deciding whether to include them in this list or not.
However, the fifth generation of their electric head shavers introduced last year seems to have been improved.
The top-of-the-line models are still sold under the Pitbull name and are available in three variations: Silver Pro, Gold Pro, and Platinum Pro.
While the actual performance will be the same (for the Platinum and Gold models), there are a few differences related to color, display, and included accessories like travel case, rinse stand, and so on.
The Silver Pro is fitted with a less powerful motor, so the performance won’t be quite as good as in the case of the other two.
Another important difference is related to the battery size; precisely, the Silver Pro model has a runtime of 30 minutes, while the other two come with a solid 90 minutes of cordless operation.
Considering this, along with the price and the features, I think the Pitbull Gold Pro is by far the best pick.
So what makes it a good choice for shaving your head?
Well, being a rotary shaver, the heads can flex independently and remain in contact with the scalp.
The head unit has 4 rotary cutters, which is probably the sweet spot for effectiveness and good ergonomics.
With the cutting blades rotating behind a metal comb, it’s also comfortable and can cut the hairs close to the skin.
No, it won’t be quite as close as a razor blade, but again, most men will easily find it good enough.
The other highlight is the special handle that allows you to hold it between your fingers with the palm facing your head.
This is ideal and will make shaving your head a lot easier.
Using circular motions, it can provide a close and fast shave.
This new Pitbull line comes with redesigned blades made of Japanese steel that are supposed to last longer and cut the hair a lot more efficiently.
You should also experience less irritation and razor burn, even if you have a sensitive scalp.
As with any head shaver, it works best when used on short hair. You can use it daily or every two to three days depending on how fast your hair grows.
The Pitbull Gold Pro is also fully waterproof (IPX5), so you can pop the head unit open and rinse it with tap water.
You can shave your head dry or with shaving cream for added comfort and closeness.
Skull Shaver says that the Pitbull comes with USB charging, a feature I would like to see with more electric razors.
But it doesn’t have an actual USB type C port but comes with a USB cable that plugs into the Pitbull’s two-prong charging port.
When I first read that on the manufacturer’s website, it led me to believe that it does have a USB port and I can simply use my phone’s cable and charger. That’s not however the case.
The rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides up to 90 minutes of cordless use, something that most other electric head shavers can’t match. And it will work with the cord plugged in as well.
You can use the Pitbull Gold Pro to shave your face as well, but as mentioned previously, it won’t shave quite as close as a quality foil shaver.
But it’ll definitely get the job done.
This latest Pitbull line is among the most capable out there and one of the best picks for an electric head shaver in 2023, at least with regard to performance and ease of use.
If you had any experience with either a Skull Shaver product or their customer support, please share it in the comments below.
2. Remington Balder Pro (XR7000)
The Balder Pro from Remington is arguably the closest alternative to Skull Shaver’s line of head shavers.
It basically follows the same philosophy — a large shaving unit with 5 rotary cutters that can conform to the shape of the skull plus an ergonomic handle.
Some users that have had reliability issues in the past with Skull Shaver, but otherwise liked the product should definitely check it out.
The price is generally (a lot) lower as well.
Remington says it will shave as close as 0.2mm which is pretty good and in line with most rotary shavers out there.
The five rotary cutters flex inward which will help keep them in contact with the scalp.
An unusual feature for this type of head shaver is the integrated pop-up trimmer.
It can be useful for some light grooming and detail work (edging/shaping sideburns or your beard line).
The Balder Pro/RX5 XR1500 is a wet/dry head shaver, so you can use it dry or with shaving cream. Once you’ve finished shaving, you can simply rinse it with tap water.
It’s a cordless-only shaver and the rechargeable battery can provide up to 50 minutes of use.
The Balder Pro shaves close and as long as you don’t use excessive pressure, it’s comfortable and enjoyable as well.
It’s very comparable performance-wise to the Pitbull Gold Pro, with the latter being maybe a bit easier to use thanks to the smaller head and the independently flexing heads (in addition to the movement of the 4 holders).
The replacement shaving head for the Balder Pro has the part number RP00656 and you can buy it from Remington’s website.
For more details, you can also check out my review of the Balder Pro.
3. Skull Shaver Palm
Another new release from Skull Shaver is called the Palm Face and Head Shaver and it’s basically a smaller version of the 4 and 5-blade shavers.
With 3 cutting elements, the Palm 3 is still a capable head shaver, but most importantly, it costs significantly less as well.
Featuring a scaled-down design of the Pitbull Gold Pro presented previously, this razor comes with the same specific advantages, being ideal for shaving your own head.
Even though it’s not quite as fast and as powerful as the Pitbull line, considering its price and good reliability record, I think the Palm 3 would be an excellent choice for the budget-conscious buyer.
The Palm 3 is also fully waterproof, so you can easily pop the heads open and clean them with water.
You can of course use it dry or with shaving cream.
You’re also getting the convenient USB charging and the Li-Ion battery provides up to 60 minutes of cordless use, which is twice the runtime of the Silver Pro for example from the more expensive Pitbull line.
Included with the shaver there’s a nose and ear hair trimmer attachment as well.
You can use the Skull Shaver Palm to shave your face in addition to the head.
4. Remington HC4250 Shortcut Pro
Remington went for a rather unique approach with its HC4250 Shortcut Pro clippers.
They call it a Self-Haircut Kit and that’s pretty much what it is.
What sets this product apart from regular hair clippers is the rounded profile of the blades that makes it perfectly suitable for shaving the head with no guard and, of course, the compact design.
This allows you to hold it in the palm of your hand and easily reach behind your head.
Compared to the Balder Pro above or any other dedicated head shaver (rotary or foil), the HC4250 will work just fine on longer hair and it will likely take you less time to shave your head.
The curved and extra-wide blade makes it easier to keep it flat on the scalp and it can get remarkably close. The blades are sort of zero-gapped, so the closeness will be surprisingly good.
If you want to go for a buzz-cut look, the Shortcut Pro also comes with 9 different comb attachments (guards).
You can easily fit them over the blade and get the desired hair length. You can use the guards to maintain a beard as well.
The Shortcut Pro is ideal for shaving your own head, it’s easier to use than a rotary head shaver, comfortable and very practical.
Also, if you don’t shave often enough, you should definitely consider the Remington ShortCut Pro as it can handle longer hair as well.
For most men this will likely be the best option if getting that really close, shiny bald head shave is not a must.
The closeness is again surprisingly good, but something like the Balder Pro or the Pitbull will be better.
The HC4250 is waterproof and fully washable, so cleaning it is a breeze. Remington also includes a bottle of oil to lubricate the blades.
During use, it is surprisingly quiet. It’s fitted with a Li-ion battery for up to 40 minutes of cordless operation.
The price is pretty reasonable as well and overall a very compelling, easy-to-use, and versatile product.
5. Philips Norelco QC5580
The QC5580 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro is a similar product to the Remington above but takes a totally different approach to solve the problem of shaving your own head.
Precisely, the clipper comes with a conventional grip, but the head can swivel 90 degrees to the left or right, allowing you to easily shave the sides and back of the head.
I’d argue that it’s even easier to use it behind the head as it doesn’t put any stress on your wrist.
The blade has a straight edge this time and it’s not as wide as the one of the Remington Shortcut Prove above, but it’s still quite effective.
The closeness is again similar, but the QC5580 also comes with a foil attachment for shaving the hair at skin level and getting that really close and smooth head shave.
You can use the clipper at first, then swap it with the foil head attachment for the extra closeness and the bald look.
While a multi-head rotary head shaver will be faster due to the larger cutting area and the flexing heads, the foil head attachment will probably get you a slightly closer shave.
When using the clipper, there are 14 hair length settings you can choose from by turning the integrated dial, ranging from 0.5 to 15mm.
This basically increases or reduces the space between the comb attachment and the blades in increments of 2mm.
As mentioned previously, there are two comb attachments: a regular one (3 to 15mm) and one precision comb (1 to 3mm) for getting a buzz cut.
So you’re basically covered regardless of what you’re trying to achieve: use the balder attachment for shaving the hair completely, use the clipper without a comb for a close (approximately 0.5mm) trim or use one of the comb attachments for a specific hair length (1 to 15mm).
The Philips Norelco QC5580 is waterproof, so you can wash it under the tap. Moreover, it works both corded and cordless (up to 60 minutes of cordless use).
The package also includes a storage pouch and a cleaning brush.
Price aside, the Philips Norelco QC5580 is in my opinion the most complete and versatile electric head shaver for men and arguably one of the very best out there.
But depending on how often you shave and what you’re trying to achieve, you may be better off with one of the options above from Skull Shaver or Remington.
Important: there’s a cheaper model called QC5570, but that one doesn’t include the foil head attachment.
6. Braun Series 9 9330s
Deal alert: You can sometimes get the (slightly) better Braun Series 9 PRO 9465cc for even less money than the standard Series 9.
Regular electric razors can be a good option as well for shaving your head.
And in certain cases, they may actually be better than a dedicated head shaver.
If you already use a quality shaver for your face, why not shave your head with it too?
If you manage to deal with shaving the back of your head, probably the trickiest area or you have someone to help you out, then you may already have a winner.
Tip: a 360° mirror can be a game-changer when you shave your head. After trying several, I found the one from Fade Factory to be the best (high-quality glass mirrors, bright LED lights, solid construction). I’ll share more details in the next section.
Again, the only caveat is that you should use the shaver more often in order to get the best results: a close, fast, comfortable shave.
Shaving daily (or every two days at most) will get you the best results.
It is a highly capable machine that can deal with difficult facial hair (long, coarse, wiry, flat-lying hairs) due to a very effective 4-blade cutting head.
Add to that the fact that these cutting elements have a greater range of motion than pretty much any other foil shaver, ensuring excellent contact with the skin even when shaving a spherical shape like the head, and it’s easy to see why the Series 9 would be a great choice.
It is a powerful shaver and one of the most comfortable and forgiving you can currently get.
The closeness, provided again that you can get over shaving the back of your head, is excellent.
The 9330s is a very popular Series 9 model, widely available and usually you can get it for a decent price.
But any Series 9 model will work the same and it’s one of the best foil shavers for the head.
You can use it dry or with your favorite shaving cream.
The 9330s doesn’t come with a cleaning station, but you can actually purchase it later on and it will work just fine (the part number for the station is 5430CS S-9).
Or you can simply buy a Series 9 cc model like the 9390cc or the Pro 9465cc that includes the station.
Finally, any electric shaver can work as a head shaver, but the Series 9 will have a slight advantage for the reasons outlined above.
7. Andis ProFoil Lithium Titanium Shaver
Finally, we have one of the most popular models among barbers and professionals, the ProFoil from Andis.
Marketed as a foil shaver for finishing fades and cleaning occasional stubble, this Andis is also a very interesting option for a head shaver.
Its main selling point is the closeness. In my opinion it is better in that regard than all the other shavers on this list.
By using extremely thin foils, this shaver manages to cut the hairs very close to the skin.
While in my experience it is far from ideal when used for shaving facial hair (it’s not very comfortable and can’t shave the flat hairs on the neck), it can work really well on the head.
It is extremely lightweight and the staggered foils make it very easy to hold and maneuver.
Even though it can be too aggressive on the face, it is perfectly comfortable and smooth when used on the head provided you don’t press too hard.
You really don’t need to as it’s very grabby and will cut the hairs really close nevertheless.
It’s one of the foil shavers favored by many barbers precisely for that. Other similar double-foil shavers are the BaBylissPRO FOILFX02 and Wahl Finale.
However, the BaByliss is really expensive the Wahl foils tend to be very brittle, which makes the Andis ProFoil the best pick.
The Li-ion battery inside provides more than 60 minutes of cordless operation, but you can use it with the cord plugged in as well.
As for downsides, they are the same as in the case of other electric razors that are being used as head shavers.
Precisely, the Andis ProFoil will only work well on short hair and may require some extra effort to get a clean shave behind your head.
But because it is so lightweight and easy to grip, this will likely be a minor inconvenience.
Compared to the Series 9 with its advanced flexing foil cutters, the Andis takes more time to complete your shave. But it does get remarkably close.
Also, since it’s not waterproof, you cannot rinse it clean under the tap. You’ll have to use a brush or a can of compressed air to clean the blades from the very fine hair dust.
How to use a head shaver effectively
Now that you’ve hopefully settled for suitable a head shaving machine, let’s see how you can put it to good use.
And while this won’t be an extensive how-to guide on shaving your head with an electric razor, I think you’ll still find it useful.
Here’s what I consider to be a few easy-to-implement, but highly effective tips when shaving your head.
1. Make sure the skin is dry.
If you’re using your head shaver dry (so no shaving cream/gel), any moisture on the scalp will have a negative impact on the quality of the shave and will make the whole experience less enjoyable.
Regardless of the type of shaver you’re using (rotary, foil, clipper-style), it will likely take you longer to complete your shave and the result won’t be as smooth as it can be.
The shaver can stick to the skin, skipping hairs and causing you to go over an area multiple times which can irritate the skin, especially the back of your head and neck.
Clipped hairs and fine hair dust will also stick to the skin and get in your way.
Especially during hot summer days or if the humidity is high in your area, sweat is the main culprit here.
But it can be something else too.
For example, if you cleaned your head shaver with water and didn’t allow it enough time to air dry completely, that can have a similar effect.
So make sure your shaver is completely dry before using it.
I usually crank up the AC before using any shavers on my head as I do tend to sweat a lot, especially with some bright light shining on my face.
I do not shave my entire head, but I have been cutting my own hair for years and I use a shaver for that bald high skin fade.
Most of the time I’m using a Braun Series 9 Pro or the Andis ProFoil as those cut really close to the skin (especially the Andis, but the S9 is faster and gentler) and allow for more granular control when blending a fade.
2. Have a proper mirror setup.
While you could simply use a hand mirror, having a proper setup with (at least) two mirrors is game-changing and will make your head shaving sessions a lot more enjoyable.
It can be as simple as having a second large mirror on your countertop, angled toward your main bathroom mirror and allowing you to see the back of your head in the main one.
However, this may not always be a feasible option depending on how much space you have around your bathroom sink.
In my opinion the best solution is to get a so-called 360° mirror. It’s comprised of three foldable mirrors that allow you to easily see the back of your head.
As I mentioned above, after testing several brands, the best I’ve found is the one from Fade Factory.
It’s extremely practical with its integrated LED lights and sturdy metal hooks, allowing you to hang it from any door.
When not in use, it folds into a compact piece that you can store anywhere.
There are other similar mirrors from other brands available as well if you can’t get this one. In my opinion there are three things that matter when choosing one:
- it must have LED lights (really useful)
- it must have thin metal telescopic hooks that can slide under any door frame
- it must be reasonably priced
I honestly think such a mirror is well worth the investment and it’s a small thing that will make a huge difference.
3. Trim the hair if it’s too long.
I know I’ve mentioned it several times in this post, but an electric (head) shaver will only work well on short hair.
Unless you’re using something that has shearing blades or a special attachment that can handle long hair, you will need to cut your hair to a manageable length before shaving it.
You can use the cheapest hair clipper for that as it will work just fine.
Two of the products recommended above can however cut longer hair (the Remington ShortCut Pro and the Philips QC5580).
4. Don’t apply excessive pressure.
This is particularly important with foil and rotary shavers as those can cause some nasty razor burn and irritation.
Usually the most sensitive part is the back of the neck, so let the shaver do the work. Besides, the hair in that area is soft, so there’s really no need to press the shaver hard.
Some shavers like the Braun Series 9/9 Pro are quite gentle and I personally can get away with being a bit sloppy, but others like the Andis ProFoil or the Remington Balder Pro are not and you will get a painful rash or even folliculitis.
5. Always shave against the grain.
This is particularly important if you’re using a foil or rotary head shaver to get that really close shave.
While you’d be using circular motions with a rotary razor and straight strokes with a foil shaver, make sure that direction is always against the direction of hair growth and adjust it accordingly.
You can use your free hand to feel any remaining rough patches and also assess the direction of hair growth.
6. Lubricate your shaver regularly.
Apart from cleaning it after every use, it’s important to also lubricate the blades of your shaver.
This will not only prolong its lifespan and reduce blade wear, but it will make the shaver more comfortable as it won’t get hot anymore.
You can use either clipper oil or a spray lubricant like the Andis CoolCare Plus.
They’re cheap, widely available and work great.
Lubricating your head shaver once or twice a week should suffice.
Final word on choosing the right head shaver
In my opinion, using an electric razor is a safe and practical way to shave your head.
In choosing one, I think the most important thing is to first settle on the type of shaver that makes the most sense in your case.
For example, you should first ask yourself if:
- you’ll be using it daily or less often
- a close shave is very important
- you’ll be using it on your face as well
Answering these questions should help you settle for the right type of product.
Once you’ve done that, consider the main pros and cons of the shaver in relation to your needs.
For example, a head shaver like the Skull Shaver Pitbull is practical and will give you that smooth, bald look, but it will only work if your hair is short.
If you only shave your head once a week but still want that very close shave, then something like a clipper with a head shaver attachment like the Philips QC5580 would make more sense.
Using two separate products (like a hair clipper + a rotary head shaver) is another good approach.
This guide should be viewed as a starting point and a way to narrow down the options.
There are of course other electric razors out there that will also work well for shaving the head.
Again, when choosing what should be the best head shaver for you, make sure you’re taking into account the specific qualities of the razor in relation to your needs.
Some of the options can be a bit expensive, but in the long run, the higher price of a more capable and comfortable razor is well worth it.
Just think about all the money you’ll be saving from not getting haircuts anymore.
That’s pretty much it — if you have other questions or you’d like to share your experience, please leave a comment below.