Sporting a shaved head can make a man look very sharp.
Forget about comb-overs, hairpieces or other stuff that will just make you look ridiculous.
And then there’s the practical side of things: no more bad hair days or the need for styling products.
The ladies seem to dig bald heads as well. That’s a fact and there’s actual research to support this.
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 quite important since 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.
Even though there are some very capable blade shavers out there, we are going to address just the electric head shavers in this article.
Some may disagree, but I consider them to be safer, more comfortable and more practical, even though a blade will 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 men.
Let’s dive right in.
Table of Contents
- Choosing the right head shaver for you
- What are some of the best electric head shavers in 2020?
- Final word on choosing the right head shaver
Choosing the right head shaver for you
When it comes to personal care 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. Some may work great for you, but won’t be ideal for other users.
With that said, here’s how we can group the various types of electric head razors in two categories.
Electric shavers for face and head
This category includes regular electric shavers that are normally used for shaving facial hair.
However, almost any electric shaver can also work as a head shaver provided your hair is reasonably short.
All electric shavers, be it 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. And since they can deal with coarse facial hair, they’ll have no trouble with the soft and thin hair on your head.
So if you want that shiny bald look, they can deliver precisely that.
Again, the key here is to use them often (I’d say 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.
Some shavers do come with special attachments that will allow you to pre-trim your hair, but most of them don’t have these accessories.
Another advantage is that you can also use this shaver 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 — your cheeks and neck.
Secondly, 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.
Most rotary razors have 3 heads that can flex 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 main problem is with the conventional handle that makes holding the shaver awkward when shaving your head, especially the back of your head.
With practice, you can sort of get around this, but shaving your head with a regular electric shaver usually takes more time and more work compared to using a head shaver designed specifically with that in mind.
Dedicated head shavers and clippers
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 head shavers that allow the user to shave his own head with ease.
They’re usually rotary shavers with 3 to 5 shaving heads, but unlike the conventional rotary face 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 product.
Such a shaver is again 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 will not be quite as good as let’s say a top of the line razor from Philips or Braun.
Another approach is to use shearing blades instead of rotary cutters, just like the ones on regular hair clippers.
But unlike those, the body of these trimmers makes them ideal for shaving the head yourself.
The main advantage over the rotary or foil head shavers is that they can handle much longer hair.
On the downside, they don’t shave quite as close. 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 buzz cut look and not necessarily a completely bald head, such a product would be ideal.
Again, some of them also come with a shaver attachment as you’ll see in the next section, allowing you to still get that close shave.
Now that we have a clear understanding of the qualities that 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 bald heads.
What are some of the best electric head shavers in 2020?
1. Skull Shaver Palm 3
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 are polarizing, to say the least.
Their older products like the Bald Eagle Pro and even the more recent Pitbull line, 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 reason why I had a really tough time deciding whether to include them in this list or not.
The latest release from Skull Shaver is called Palm 3 and it’s basically a smaller version of the 4 or 5 cutters head shavers.
With 3 cutting elements, the Palm 3 is still a very capable head shaver, but most importantly, it seems to be a lot more reliable and it costs significantly less too.
So what makes the Skull Shaver Palm 3 a good choice for shaving the head yourself?
Well, being a rotary type of shaver, the 3 heads can flex independently and remain in contact with the scalp.
With the cutting blades rotating behind a comb, it’s also comfortable and can cut the hairs close to the skin.
No, it won’t be as close as a blade or even a foil shaver, but again, most men will find it good enough.
The other highlight is the unconventional 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 breeze.
Using circular motions, it can provide a close and fast shave, even though not quite as fast as let’s say a Skull Shaver Pitbull.
But again, considering the price and the better reliability record, I think the Palm 3 would be the best pick.
As 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 Palm 3 is also fully waterproof, so you can easily pop the heads open and rinse them with tap water.
You can shave your head dry or with shaving cream for added comfort and closeness.
Another plus is the Palm 3 comes with USB charging, something I would like to see with more electric shavers.
The rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides up to 60 minutes of cordless use, again something that most other head shavers can’t match.
Included with the shaver there’s a nose and ear hair trimmer attachment.
You can use the Skull Shaver Palm 3 to shave your face as well, but as mentioned previously, it won’t shave quite as close as a quality foil shaver.
2. 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 precisely what it is.
What sets this product apart from regular hair clippers is the rounded profile of the blades that make them perfectly suitable for shaving the head 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 Skull Shaver above or any other dedicated head shaver, 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.
If you want to go for that buzz cut look, the Shortcut Pro also comes with 9 different comb attachments.
You can easily fit them to the blade and get the desired hair length. You can use them to maintain a beard as well.
The HC4250 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 it as it can handle longer hair with ease.
For most men this will likely be the best option if getting that really close, smooth shave is not a must.
The closeness is again surprisingly good, but something like the Skull Shaver will be better.
The HC4250 is waterproof and fully washable, so cleaning it is a breeze. Remington also included a bottle of oil to lubricate the blades.
During use, it is surprisingly quiet. It is 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 product.
3. Philips Norelco QC5580/40
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 shaving 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 shaver attachment for shaving the hairs at skin level and get that really close and smooth head shave.
You can use clipper at first, then swap for the head shave 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, a foil shaver will get you a closer shave.
There are 14 hair length settings you can choose from by turning the integrated dial, ranging from 0 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.
The Philips Norelco QC5580 is of course waterproof, so you can easily 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 and arguably one of the very best out there.
The main problem is, as you’ve guessed, the price.
And depending on how often you shave and what you’re trying to achieve, you may be better off with one of the two cheaper options above from Skull Shaver or Remington.
Important: there’s a cheaper model called QC5570/40, but that one doesn’t include the head shaver attachment.
4. Braun Series 9 9290cc
Regular electric shavers can be a reasonably good option as head shavers as well.
And in certain cases, they may actually be better.
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, arguably the trickiest area, or you have someone to help you out, then you have a winner.
Again, the only caveat is that you should shave your head more often in order to get the best results: a close, fast, comfortable shave.
Using an electric razor daily or every two days will get you the best results.
The Braun Series 9 is one of the best shavers out there that you can use on your head as well.
It is a highly capable machine that can easily deal with difficult facial hair: longer, wiry, flat-lying hairs due to a very effective 4 blade cutting system.
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. In my opinion it is better than in the case of all the other products featured in this list.
The 9290cc is a very popular Series 9 model, widely available and usually you can get it for a decent price.
But any Series 9 model really will work just as well.
You can use it dry or with your favorite shaving cream.
Finally, any electric shaver can do the job — particularly rotary razors — but the Series 9 will a slight advantage due to the reasons outlined above.
Final word on choosing the right head shaver
Using an electric razor is generally a safe and practical way to shave your head.
I think the most important thing is to settle first on the type of shaver that makes the most sense in your case.
For example, if you’ll be using it daily or less often, if a close shave is very important, if you’ll be using it on your face as well and so on — these are all things that should help you choose.
Once you’ve done that, consider the main pros and shortcomings of the shaver in relation to your needs.
For example, a head shaver like the Skull Shaver Palm 3 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 QC5580/40 would make more sense.
There are of course other razors out there that will also work very well for shaving the head. This article aims at helping you narrow down your options.
When choosing what should be the best head shaver, make sure you’re taking into account the specific qualities of the razor outlined in this post in relation to your needs.
Some of the options are 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.