Electric razors are arguably the best option for shaving on the go: they’re practical, portable and easy to use.
Also, many of the so-called travel shavers are priced quite low, especially when compared to full-fledged electric shavers.
However, they also exhibit some specific limitations, so when choosing the right travel shaver you should take into account several key aspects.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what makes a good travel electric razor and what are their pros and cons.
As someone who enjoys traveling and shaving with electric razors, I’ve owned and used many of the popular travel-friendly models.
And some are actually really good while others are not worth the trouble.
As such, I’ll also be sharing my top picks for 2024 and hopefully help you choose the best travel shaver for your needs and budget.
Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- What to look for in a travel-friendly electric shaver
- Top 7 best travel electric razors (2024)
- Should you use a travel electric razor?
- Using your main shaver when traveling
- Key takeaway
What to look for in a travel-friendly electric shaver
There are a few hallmarks of a quality travel razor. Here’s a quick rundown of what to look for when buying one.
Decent shaving performance
As with any electric razor, how well a travel model shaves should be among the decisive buying factors.
And while I do think one’s expectations should be realistic — these are compact, less-advanced razors — you should still be able to get a decent shave.
The less advanced and powerful a shaver is, the more it will struggle with shaving longer, flat-lying hairs for example.
Therefore, a travel shaver should be used more often as short stubble will be more manageable and even a single-foil razor can get the job done.
A good travel electric razor should still be able to provide a reasonably close and comfortable shave.
Travel lock and protective foil cover
This one is pretty self-explanatory and of great importance in my opinion.
An electric razor suitable for on-the-go grooming must be fitted with a locking mechanism so it won’t turn on by accident in your luggage.
Also, the shaving head, particularly in the case of foil shavers, is very sensitive to mechanical shocks, so a protective cap is a must when traveling.
Many of the travel shavers I picked have ingenious ways of tackling both aspects.
For example, a protective cap that also covers the power button so it can’t be switched on accidentally.
Replaceable batteries or USB charging
I think replaceable batteries are a decent solution when it comes to travel razors.
These batteries are inexpensive and readily available anywhere in the world.
Moreover, this eliminates the need for a dedicated charger. So that’s one less item to forget at home or in the hotel room.
With that said, a travel shaver fitted with a micro-USB or better yet, a USB-C port would be even better as you can simply charge it using your phone charger.
Portability is one of the main reasons one would buy a travel razor, so look for one that is compact in size and lightweight.
It shouldn’t take up too much space, especially if you’ll only be carrying cabin luggage.
If your razor doesn’t use regular batteries, then at least make sure the charger has an automatic worldwide voltage converter (100 – 240v) and is compact.
Integrated hair trimmer
With this one, we’re stepping into the nice-to-have features territory.
And that’s because trimmers are rather rare and difficult to implement on a travel shaver.
I think an integrated hair trimmer is very useful.
In fact, whenever I travel for more than 3 to 4 days, I always bring along a travel shaver that’s fitted with one.
My sideburns tend to grow very fast and a hair trimmer is perfect for some quick grooming.
Affordable and readily available replacement blades
Ideally, the replacement parts for a travel electric razor should be easy to source and inexpensive.
And in the past, not being able to buy them would’ve been a deal breaker for me.
However, as I’ve used various portable shavers throughout the years, I also somewhat reconsidered my stance on this.
And that’s because a travel shaver will be used sparingly while I’m traveling, so it won’t get nearly as much use as my main, regular shaver.
As such, the foil and blades will normally last for years before needing to be replaced.
And if I’m able to use a travel shaver for years for what would be a cost of $5 to $10 per year, that’s a win in my opinion.
Generally, replacement foils and blades for travel electric razors aren’t as easy to source as in the case of full-size shavers.
And in some cases, you’d be better off buying a new travel shaver, especially if the price won’t be that much higher.
So these would be in my opinion the main things to keep in mind when choosing an electric shaver for traveling.
However, there’s not a single one that checks all the boxes and no matter which one you’ll end up buying, you will be making a compromise.
So it just comes down to picking the one that makes the most sense for you and your budget.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the more compelling men’s travel shavers you can buy in 2024.
Top 7 best travel electric razors (2024)
1. Xiaomi Mijia Braun Electric Shaver 5603
This travel shaver — which is the result of a collaboration between Xiaomi and Braun — is the latest addition to my list.
And it went straight to the number one spot.
The reason for that is the surprisingly good shaving performance for a compact, double-foil electric shaver.
In my experience, this Xiaomi Braun shaver is the best affordable portable travel razor out there right now.
Side note: affordable is a key aspect — the number 2 pick on my list is on a whole different level, performance and price-wise.
This tiny Xiaomi shaver is among the most comfortable I’ve ever used.
Provided you’ll be using it more often, the shaving experience will be quite enjoyable.
I think most users will be happy with the result: closeness, comfort and the time it takes to complete the shave.
The shaving head is comprised of one foil element and a slit trimmer.
The foil cuts the hair close to the skin, while the slit cutter pre-trims longer, flat-lying hairs.
And while it is better with longer hairs than a single-foil shaver, I’d still recommend using it every two days at most.
Otherwise, your shave will just take too long to complete.
Apart from the remarkable performance, the Xiaomi Braun Mijia travel shaver has a few tricks up its sleeve as well.
The build quality is excellent — it feels and looks premium, while the rubber-like material ensures excellent grip.
The large protective cap covers the power switch as well, so it won’t switch on by accident.
It’s also a waterproof, wet/dry travel shaver.
And while most men will shave dry, being waterproof is a big plus since you can clean it quickly and thoroughly with warm tap water.
The shaver is fitted with an internal rechargeable battery.
However, it comes with a special cable you can connect to any USB-A charger or wall socket.
The included charger is among the tiniest I’ve seen, but it doesn’t really matter since you can just bring the cable with you.
So what about the negatives?
There are basically two main ones.
First, it doesn’t have a hair trimmer.
For me, this isn’t an issue if I travel for less than 4 days.
But for anything more than that, I prefer one with an integrated trimmer.
This aspect may or may not be an issue for someone else.
But the main shortcoming of this Xiaomi Braun travel shaver is its availability.
Precisely, you can only buy it from China (AliExpress), so the shipping time will be quite long.
It’s the same for the replacement foil and blade — you will only be able to order them from China.
However, I don’t think this is a deal-breaker and considering all the positive parts, I think the Xiaomi Braun travel shaver is one of the best out there right now.
2. Panasonic Arc 5 ES-CV70 (ES-CV51)
The ES-CV70 (ES-CV51 in Europe) is a special model in the Arc 5 range. Precisely, it is a travel 5-blade electric shaver.
What makes it special though is that Panasonic didn’t make any compromises when it comes to shaving performance.
Precisely, it features the exact same shaving head as the top-of-the-line, massive Arc 5 shavers and they fitted the same powerful 14 000 CPM (cycles per minute) motor.
However, Panasonic also managed to cram everything into a very compact and lightweight body.
The result is an outstanding shaving performance, by far the best of any travel shaver on the market right now.
The closeness is among the best you can get (and not just for a travel shaver) and the comfort is great.
You can easily shave a three-day beard and it will mow through a coarse beard with ease.
The build quality is exceptional: the body is made out of brushed metal which feels expensive and premium and also looks stunning in person.
Despite the massive shaving head, it is not top-heavy and the ergonomics are very good.
The Panasonic ES-CV70 comes with a plastic protective cap and features a travel lock function.
The included hard leather travel case is among the best I’ve seen.
It’s compact, looks great and offers excellent protection.
The pop-up trimmer on this razor is also really good.
It’s wide enough and it cuts the hairs efficiently and close to the skin.
It is by far the best and most effective trimmer I’ve seen on a travel shaver.
So far this shaver would look like the perfect travel shaver. But we do know that there’s no such thing, so let’s get to the cons.
First of all, the price. This thing is expensive. We usually associate mobile shavers with a very low purchase price.
That’s not the case here as the ES-CV70/ES-CV51 costs pretty much the same as a full-size Arc 5.
In its defense, it does shave like a regular, full-fledged electric shaver and squeezing all the components in a tiny body is a challenge.
The Arc 5 replacement foil & blades are pricey as well. But they will last a lot since this is a travel shaver.
Also, all Arc 5 foils are compatible with it, so you will be able to easily source a set no matter where you live.
Finally, there’s the charging issue. The Panasonic ES-CV70 comes with Panasonic’s proprietary charging port.
While the battery life is excellent (45 minutes of use) and you can probably leave the charger at home if you’ll be gone for less than a week, on longer journeys you will need to bring it along.
That said, there is a very practical solution to that. Precisely, a cable with USB-A on one end and a Panasonic connector at the other:
This is a must-have accessory for anyone who uses a Panasonic electric shaver and especially if you’ll be taking it with you when traveling.
It takes no space in your luggage and you can simply use your phone’s charger or you can plug it directly into a USB outlet.
This Panasonic is currently my go-to shaver when I travel, especially on longer holidays.
The shaving performance is top-notch and the trimmer is very practical.
If you’re someone who travels a lot, I think it’s a worthy investment.
For more details on the shaver’s performance, make sure to check out my review of the ES-CV70/ES-CV51.
3. Braun M90 Mobile Shaver
The M90 from Braun’s line of mobile shavers is in my opinion one of the best electric razors for its intended purpose.
And this little razor has quite a lot going on for it and it’s a very decent option for a travel shaver that is also very affordable and easy to get.
Let’s check out its main pros.
Integrated protective cap and travel lock.
This is one of the most unique solutions you’ll find on any electric shaver.
Braun has masterfully integrated a rotating protective cap that also doubles as a travel lock: when it covers the foil, the ON/OFF switch is physically locked and can’t be operated.
This is a rare find on travel razors; while it is very small and only suitable for touch-ups and light grooming, a hair trimmer is definitely a welcome addition.
The M90 is powered by regular AA batteries, making it very versatile and great to be used on the go.
The M90 is one of the more frugal travel razors, so a new pair of batteries should provide up to 90 minutes of use.
This shaver can be safely rinsed with tap water as rubber gaskets are used around the battery cover and other parts to keep water away from the internals.
As a result, cleaning it is a breeze.
Integrated cleaning brush.
Another innovative and simple design solution is the integrated cleaning brush that stays securely attached to the battery cover.
Solid build quality.
The M90 is well built and feels very sturdy.
I would even go as far as saying that you don’t really need a travel case for it.
The foil is also very well protected by the integrated rotating cap.
The performance is what you would expect from a small, inexpensive single-foil mobile shaver.
It’s good enough for shaving daily, but don’t expect anything more than that.
It will get the job done but you’ll have to spend more time to complete a shave than you would with a proper electric shaver that has a more powerful motor and multiple cutting elements.
And while the M90 is not by any means large, it is not as compact as other travel shavers.
The Pansonic ES-RS10 for example is much smaller. That one isn’t however waterproof, so it didn’t make the top 7.
Finally, the M90 is not as comfortable as the Xiaomi Braun mobile shaver at number 1 nor as effective, requiring more passes to catch all the stray hairs.
It will however be good enough on short stubble (and if you don’t have very sensitive skin).
Overall, the M90 represents a strong package as far as travel razors go. The price is reasonable and you can also find replacement parts easily.
For more info, you can also check out my in-depth review of the Braun M90.
4. Panasonic ES4815P
The Panasonic ES4815P is a small, AA battery-powered travel electric shaver that does almost everything right.
Performance-wise, I would place it toward the very top, second only to the Xiaomi Braun Mijia at number 1.
The Panasonic Arc 5 ES-CV70 is of course a much more capable shaver but one that also costs almost 10 times more (literally).
So let’s get the negatives of the ES4815P out of the way first.
It doesn’t have a hair trimmer and the replacement foil and blades are not as easy to find anymore.
That’s really it.
Other than that, the ES4815P is quite a remarkable compact razor.
It features a double-foil shaving head and compared to the single-foil shavers in this roundup, the ones on the ES4815P are very narrow.
This makes it feel more nimble and you’re able to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Moreover, it is very comfortable and smooth, better in that regard than the Braun M90.
With a motor rated at 8200 CPM (cycles per minute), it’s also quite snappy for a shaver of this type.
The closeness was in my experience perfectly adequate as well, very similar to the Xiaomi Braun shaver.
The Arc 5 is of course the best when it comes to closeness, but again, it also comes with a premium price tag.
The Panasonic ES4815P is very well built, compact and in my opinion looks really nice.
It even features a foil head release button, something you normally only get with high-end, normal-size shavers.
The foil and foil frame seem very durable and of high quality.
In that regard, the Panasonic ES4815P and the Xiaomi Braun are ahead of the rest — again with the exception of the Panasonic ES-CV70 which comes with the outstanding Arc 5 foil & blades.
The travel lock on this Panasonic is cleverly implemented in the form of a tiny tab that you must press and hold in order to operate the power slider.
A plastic cover and a cleaning brush are included as well.
Since it’s a wet/dry shaver, you can use it with shaving cream and also clean it with warm tap water.
Out of all the AA-battery powered shavers on this list, the ES4815P would be my pick for its excellent comfort, decent closeness and great build quality.
A Braun M90 costs less and it’s also easier to find replacement parts for it, so if that matters more to you, the M90 does offer better value for money.
In fact, it’s the sole reason why I placed the M90 ahead of it.
Performance-wise the ES4815P is (objectively) better: more comfortable and shaves slightly closer.
The availability and price of the replacement parts are the main negatives of this travel razor.
But considering the high-quality foil head and that you’ll be using it only when traveling, I don’t think it’s that much of an issue.
For all the details you can read my complete review of the Panasonic ES4815P.
5. Panasonic ES3831K
This Panasonic is another solid option for an affordable electric travel razor if you can’t get the ES4815P above.
It only has a single foil, but the performance is still quite decent. I do prefer the ES4815P because it’s slightly more comfortable.
But let’s check out its main features.
Powerful 8500 CPM motor.
The Panasonic ES3831K is powered by a snappy 8500 cycles per minute motor, which is quite powerful for an AA battery-powered compact razor.
This will translate into faster and closer shaves.
In practice, it feels just as powerful as the Panasonic ES4815P above with its almost identical 8200 CPM motor.
Just don’t expect Arc 5 level of performance — that one is in a different league.
Wet & dry operation.
The Panasonic ES3831K can be used with shaving cream as well, which will improve the comfort and the closeness of the shave.
I don’t think many men would go through the trouble of carrying and using shaving cream when traveling — after all, you buy a travel shaver to avoid doing that — but it’s nice to know you have the option.
And of course, you can just rinse it clean after you finish shaving.
Regular AA batteries.
Just like the M90 and ES4815P, the ES3831K uses two AA batteries.
According to Panasonic, these will last for roughly 60 minutes of cordless shaving, the same as in the case of the ES4815P.
The price of the ES3831K is usually similar to the ES4815P.
The replacement foil and cutter set isn’t that easy to find anymore, but still available on eBay for example.
Protective cap and travel lock.
Located at the center of the triangle-shaped ON/OFF slider is a small button that you must press and hold in order to operate it.
It’s the same system as in the case of the ES4815P.
The protective cap also covers the top part of the switch, so that’s an extra layer of security.
As for disadvantages, there’s no pop-up trimmer, which is a bit of a bummer.
Finally, in my experience, the Panasonic ES4815P above was more comfortable and also managed to provide a slightly better shave when used on a short beard.
The performance of the Panasonic ES3831K was pretty underwhelming when shaving longer, flat-lying hairs, so it’s best to use it daily.
For even more details you can check out my in-depth review of the ES3831K.
6. Xiaomi 5-blade shaver (MSW501)
Even though it isn’t a travel shaver per se, it has some key characteristics that would make it ideal as one.
It’s compact and sturdy
This is a full-fledged, 5-blade foil shaver. However, it is compact and lightweight.
Even the shaving head is smaller than the one on the Panasonic Arc 5.
It comes with a protective cap and there’s a travel lock function as well.
It has a USB Type-C charging port
This is in my opinion the right direction and all other brands should join.
You don’t need a separate cable or charger when traveling with this Xiaomi razor.
And on top of that, the battery life is fantastic with over 90 minutes of use on a single charge.
The shaving performance is very good
While the closeness isn’t quite on the same level compared to the Arc 5 ES-CV70, it’s still better than what you’d get from an AA battery-powered compact travel shaver.
It’s very comfortable and you can use it wet or dry. Cleaning it is also a breeze since it’s fully waterproof.
It’s reasonably priced
Granted, it costs more than a compact mobile shaver, but the price is still way below the Arc 5 for example.
There’s no travel case in the package, but with the protective cap, travel lock and the solid build I think it’ll be just fine among your clothes.
So what about the downsides?
Well, it doesn’t have a hair trimmer. This is by far the most important one, at least for me.
Secondly, it’s usually only available in China, so you’ll have to buy it from Aliexpress or Banggood.
Other than that, I think it would be a great travel companion.
7. Philips OneBlade
Finally, there’s the Philips OneBlade which I think can be a great travel companion for some men.
The main thing about the OneBlade that sets it apart from the other ones in this roundup is that it’s not a foil shaver designed to provide a close shave.
Instead, it uses shearing blades with rounded tips that will get you a very short stubble beard.
If that’s something you prefer, it can work great when you’re traveling and you can also use it as a body hair groomer (with or without the included guards).
You can also use the compact head to shape and tweak your sideburns or goatee or edge your beard.
Because it doesn’t cut the hair so close to the skin, the risk of ingrown hairs is greatly reduced and it’s usually very gentle.
However, I would not recommend it to men with very coarse facial hair, I think it just doesn’t have enough power for that.
The OneBlade also works well on longer hair, so you don’t have to use it daily like you would with a single-foil travel shaver.
It’s waterproof, lightweight, easy to clean and the replacement heads are widely available and pretty reasonably priced.
The OneBlade does have an internal battery and a Philips charging port.
However, there is a special USB-A Philips cable available that you can buy and use with any USB-A charger or wall socket.
Should you use a travel electric razor?
Well, it depends.
Some men can even get away with using a travel razor as their main, daily shaver, while others can’t even stand using one for a few days when traveling.
Travel razors can feel underpowered and usually have a less capable shaving system, so completing a shave takes more time.
If you want a close, comfortable and fast shave or you have coarse facial hair then just opt for a more capable, regular electric razor.
The same goes for men who don’t want to shave often as travel razors don’t perform well with long hair.
If the budget is not an issue, the Panasonic Arc 5 ES-CV70 or even the Xiaomi 5-blade razor will definitely provide a satisfactory shave.
Using your main shaver when traveling
The Panasonic ES-CV70 is currently my travel razor of choice and for my needs, it’s the best option.
I also enjoy taking the Xiaomi Braun double-foil shaver on short trips like city breaks.
But before that, I would often bring my main shaver with me when traveling.
I would rather give up a bit of space in my luggage for a proper electric razor and enjoy a decent shave.
When I am away for shorter periods I also leave the charger at home as a fully charged razor should easily last for a few shaving sessions (I only recommend doing so on short voyages).
Taking your main shaver with you when traveling does pose a risk though.
It can get damaged if not properly carried in a hard case or you can even forget it in your hotel room.
And some shavers are really expensive, so it’s something to consider.
Having a second, inexpensive portable shaver would probably be a safer option.
The strongest argument in favor of compact travel razors is their practicality and minimal financial impact should they get lost or damaged.
In the end, the right travel shaver can either be just your regular shaver or a dedicated mobile one.
The decision is entirely personal. You might as well use both depending on the circumstances.
Something like the Panasonic ES4815P works great if you want to travel light for just a few days.
But if a few cubic centimeters in your luggage are not a big deal or you’ll be gone for a longer period, then you can bring along a proper shaver and really treat yourself.
Finally, make sure not to overlook the must-have features of a travel razor if you decide to get one — those can really make a difference.
Over to you now: how do you deal with shaving when traveling? If you have any other questions make sure to leave a comment below.