Reasons to choose a rotary shaver
Many men prefer to choose a rotary shaver for three main reasons.
- They offer a short cut every time, due to their rotating cutters which work to lift and cut hair. As their blades spin circularly and rapidly, they are the most effective of razors on the market.
- They are considered the quicker of shaver types, predominately due to the fast-paced and edgy technology they employ in their design. This means they are perfect for those pressed for time each morning.
- They are more responsive to the skin, therefore, less likely to cut or make small nicks, and do not pull or tug at the surface.
Features to consider when choosing a rotary shaver
Several features are worth considering above all else when selecting your rotary shaver. The best electric rotary shaver should offer various shaving elements, solid head design and performance, practical and quick charging and use times, and an option for wet and dry shaving.
In addition to such features, you may wish to look out for those models that have a cleaning base and charging station, some additional practical features combined, and even the guarantee of a good warranty.
The shaving elements on a standard rotary shaver are usually three in total. These are the pressure sensitive elements which house the precision blades. Three shaving elements ensure that the shaver can contour to your face with ease and glide smoothly around the curvature of your face throughout use. This provides the cleanest and closest of cuts. All our reviewed models here offer three standard shaving elements, with the Pitbull Platinum Shaver having five due to its concentration on the head area.
Head design and performance
Most rotary shavers have a standard head design, as discussed in terms of their shaving elements. However, you may find slight variations on the design aspect of each one. A good example here is the Philips Norelco 6100, which has a slightly raised head design when compared to the others on this list, due to its GyroFlex 2D Contorting system. The head design of your chosen model may come down to personal preference, but in terms of performance, you’ll want to ensure you get the maximum benefits from your rotary shaver. Every model here performs remarkably well, and we believe the Philips Norelco 9700 pips the post with its selection of eight directional ContourDetectHeads and selection of speed settings. The better performance of your shaver – the swifter and more accurate your overall shave will be.
Use time and charging time
Equally important, both the use time and charging time of your chosen rotary shaver will be of high importance when selecting the most effective model. The average charge time for this type of appliance is around the 60-minute mark, such as those reviewed here, which is why it’s highly recommended that as soon as you notice the battery needs charging you place it on charge straight away for your next use. Added to this, the best rotary shavers will offer a quick charge, whereby you can simply put them on charge for just a couple of minutes and get a good one-off shave on this charge.
Once your shaver has charged fully, you should then find that they serve you with a battery life of anything from as little as 40 minutes which is up to two weeks, to a staggering 120 minutes, equaling three to four months, such as the MAX-T RMS8101 and SweetLF SW-S7105.
Wet and dry shaving
Some rotary shavers are designed for solely wet or solely dry use, while many others combine the ability to do both. We firmly believe that a rotary shaver that offers both wet and dry functionality is the best choice. This makes it more practical and provides a better option. Not all men like the idea of a dry shave, and its healthier for the skin if you can manage a couple more wet shaves than dry. For this reason, every single one of the models reviewed here encourages both wet and dry shaving.
Clean and charge station
You may prefer to select the best rotary shaver with docking station as a quicker and more practical way of both cleaning and charging your rotary shaver after every use. These model types are indeed worth the investment as they allow you to keep your shaver stored in its own rightful place while signaling the end of various wires and plugs with just the one neat station.
Better still, if your charging station offers a cleaning base as well, all you have to do is shave, and them place in into the dock, and all the work is taken care of.
Therefore, the next time you go to use your shaver, it’s all as good as new and fully charged for use. Both the Philips Norelco 9700 and Philips Norelco 8900 come complete with their very own SmartClean systems, which charge and clean.
For added peace of mind, you may want to take a look at the warranty that is attached with your rotary shaver. Having such a guarantee will ensure that should you experience any problems with your appliance or need to look at replacement parts, or even replace the entire model altogether, you will be covered for all eventualities. Some people find that the more they spend on such appliances, the more they want some form of backup plan attached. All these models reviewed here have a good warranty attached, but we strongly suggest reading the terms and conditions that are connected to each one, beforehand.
You may need to look out for an additional extra feature that comes as standard with your rotary shaver purchase. Such benefits here will tend to range from travel locks, trimmers, quick charging features, additional accessory packs, LED displays, cleaning brushes and bags to house your rotary shaver away in. This is perhaps a more personal choice, but if you feel you would benefit from additional feature such as these, it’s worth taking a little time to see what each model here can offer you as an extra.
Tips on getting the best shave
- Ensure your shaver is fully charged before you start
- If you haven’t shaved for a couple of days, consider trimming your stubble before you use your shaver
- Shave before you wash your face as the skin can become slightly swollen after washing it
- To ensure a smooth glide across the surface, stretch your skin with your free hand over those more sensitive of areas and those that need a closer shave
- Always shave against the direction of beard growth
- Use your shaver by holding it at a right angle of 90° to your skin
- To avoid skin irritation, try not to repeatedly shave over the same areas
- Ensure an even pressure throughout your shave
- Do not push hard on your razor
- Clean your shaver after every use