In this article, we’ll be checking out some of the best electric head shavers you can buy in 2021.
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.
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 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.
So let’s dive right in and see which head shaver is the right one for you.
Table of Contents
- Electric head shavers vs razor blades
- Choosing the right electric head shaver
- What are some of the best electric head shavers in 2021?
- 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 in this article.
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 men.
One of the main advantages of using an electric razor to shave your head is the ease of use.
This is particularly important for beginners that are just getting started with shaving their own head.
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 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 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 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, 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, 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 shave.
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 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 shave.
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 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 grip that makes holding the shaver more difficult when shaving your head, especially the back of your head.
Again, they’re really designed to be used on your face.
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.
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 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 head shavers.
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 will not be as good as let’s say a top of the line electric razor from Philips, Braun or Panasonic.
Another approach is to use shearing blades instead of rotary or foil cutters, just like the ones on regular hair clippers.
But unlike those, the body of these trimmers makes them ideal for cutting the hair on your head yourself.
The main advantage over the rotary or foil head shavers is that they can handle much longer hair.
As for downsides, 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, short buzz cut look, and not necessarily a completely 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 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 2021?
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.
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 seem to have been drastically 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 (they use the same shaving heads), there are a few differences related to color, display, and included accessories like travel case, rinse stand, and so on.
But the most important one 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 main head has 4 cutting heads, while the included bonus head has 3.
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 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 breeze.
Using circular motions, it can provide a close and fast shave.
The new Pitbull line also 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.
Another plus is that the Skull Shaver Pitbull comes with USB charging, something I would like to see with more electric shavers.
The rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides up to 90 minutes of cordless use, again something that most other electric head shavers can’t match.
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 2021, at least with regards to performance.
2. Skull Shaver Palm 3
Another new release from Skull Shaver is called the Palm 3 and it’s basically a smaller version of the 4 and 5 cutter shavers.
With 3 cutting elements, the Palm 3 is still a capable head shaver, but most importantly, it costs significantly less too.
Using basically a scaled-down design of the Pitbull Gold Pro presented previously, this razor comes with the same 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 shaver your face in addition to the head.
3. 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 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, smooth head shave is not a must.
The closeness is again surprisingly good, but something like the Skull Shaver 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 product.
4. 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 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 the clipper at first, then swap it with 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, 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 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 options above from Skull Shaver or Remington.
Important: there’s a cheaper model called QC5570, but that one doesn’t include the head shaver attachment.
5. Braun Series 9 9370cc
Regular electric razors can be a good option as well.
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, arguably the trickiest area, or you have someone to help you out, then you may have a winner.
Again, the only caveat is that you should use it 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.
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 deal with difficult facial hair (long, coarse, 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.
The 9370cc 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, but the Series 9 will have a slight advantage thanks to the reasons outlined above.
6. 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 products on this list.
By using extremely thin foils, this shaver manages to cut the hairs extremely 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.
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 only be a minor inconvenience.
Final word on choosing the right head shaver
Using an electric razor is a safe and practical way to shave your head.
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 razor 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.
There are of course other razors out there that will also work very well for shaving the head. This guide should be viewed as a starting point and a way to narrow down the options.
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 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.