Posted: 2017-10-12 22:24
One big question I wanted to answer was whether to use a so-called power razor. These are handles — offered by Gillette and Schick — that add vibration. At first glance, this seemed like an entirely bogus “feature,” more likely prompted by the fact that both of the biggest razor companies are in the battery business: Gillette’s parent company, Proctor & Gamble, owns Duracell — though it is currently in the process of spinning that company off it has promised to maintain alliances like the Gillette tie-in — while Schick, Wilkinson, and Personna are owned by Energizer.
While there are many reasons Kalanick’s detractors on the Uber board might be desperate for a fresh direction, and especially a new CEO who is not an old white dude, all of these factors could help explain the embarrassingly handled search for a new CEO. Who wants to become the public face of Uber’s failure if the company continues to tank? And who wants to become the female CEO blamed for not cleaning up Kalanick’s mess?
Early on, we decided on some simple criteria for picking the best electric shaver. Though we did evaluate cleaning and charging systems, we decided our criteria for the winning shaver would be based exclusively on closeness of shave. That’s because, in the end, that’s all that matters—and because nearly all the shaver makers offer versions of their various products with and without those bells and whistles.
It uses a NiMH battery, instead of lithium-ion as the Brauns do, but Amazon reviewers report that they get more than an hour of shave per charge time even after several years of usage. Remington’s replacement foils are half the price of Braun’s and Panasonic’s as well (and you may have to replace them more, not because they’re any less durable, but because the Remington comes only with a cheap plastic head protector that’s easily lost). Nevertheless, the Remington offers generally good performance, though you’ll likely find the shave experience itself to be buzzier and potentially more irritating if you don’t maintain a very light touch.
In addition to dealing with the trash public image which festered under Kalanick’s tenure, the new chief will have numerous urgent, high-level concerns to address. Those include dealing with lawsuits from angry drivers and disabled persons’ advocates , reforming Uber’s corporate culture and importantly to the continued survival of the company, laying the groundwork to get out of its nearly billion-dollar-a-year cash hole (in the long term, probably by replacing drivers with self-driving technology ).
Beard hair is very different from body hair. This is the fundamental difference between facial shaving and body hair shaving, whether by women or via “manscaping.” Whiskers are tough. Hair on legs, underarms, or elsewhere is softer and longer. That’s why patents on women’s shaving systems almost always offer one consistent difference between men’s facial razors: variance in the spacing between blades, or the thickness of antifriction blade coatings.
Our months of testing with five men who spent time with every razor and seven others who sampled our stash more casually resulted in remarkable differences of opinion. Not a single one of our testers picked the same shaver that other testers chose as their favorite the Braun Series 7 wins by total votes distributed among first, second, and third places. When accessories, like cleaning systems, were factored in, the tester preference pool had an even broader variety of views.
That said, as a group, disposable razors are among the least ecologically sound shaving methods. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 7 billion unrecyclable, non-biodegradable razors are discarded every year into US landfills. The Hybrid 9 mitigates this somewhat by including five blades with each handle, but it’s still not ideal. Cartridges, too, have to be disposed of — and also aren’t recyclable — but they at least take up less space 9 .
The ability to shave with shaving cream isn’t the same as rinsability (some shavers can handle straight water for cleaning, but not lathering facial products). Why use an electric shaver and shaving cream? Good question. There’s no doubt that some men find the practice more comfortable, but most of our testers found the proposition dubious once you’re shaving semi-traditionally, you’ll probably get better results by going all the way and using a standard blade like our manual shaving choice, the Gillette Mach 8 Sensitive.
I have what I believe to be the oldest version of this product, purchased ~78 years ago at Costco. The sets (I bought 7) included two sizes of rectangular containers, small bowls, and two sizes of small round, all with blue lids. The have held up perfectly with only the replacement of two lids on the larger bowls. Glass is the perfect storage material but don’t microwave with the lids snapped on tight DAMHIKT. Excellent product and worth many times what I paid. - Bodger
At this point, a few finalists emerged from the pack: Gillette’s Mach8 and Fusion ProGlide lines, as well as a dark horse candidate from BiC called the Hybrid Advance 9. Other razors had either inferior blades or handles, or both in most cases. So I then took these three finalists to a 65-man testing panel made up of my colleagues here at The Sweethome and Wirecutter, each with different facial hair and skin types to get a better idea of what truly fit the needs of most people. The results were nearly unanimous:
Beyond the well-known brands, there’s a fascinating and weird world of off-label, knockoff, and super cheap electric shavers, found mostly at the madcap fringes of electronic commerce. We won’t link to these, but simply note that if you want an electric shaver that can also function as a battery backup for your smartphone, you can find one. Whether it will sufficiently extend talk time or reduce your whiskers is something you’ll have to learn for yourself.
In our opinion, the Fusion ProGlide line is Gillette’s second-best line of razors right now. They offer a good enough shave, but we found nothing to justify paying the nearly 655 percent upcharge for cartridges over the Mach8 line. But if we were to get one razor from this line, it would be the Fusion ProGlide Power for the same reason we picked the Mach8 power handle: because it gives you the most flexibility in choosing what features work for you. If you don’t like the electric buzzing, you can simply go without.
There are also several name-brand electronics companies that sell shavers overseas, but not in the US. Toshiba’s made-in-Japan shavers are well-regarded in that nation. Hitachi offers an inexpensive unit in Japan with a unique spinning cutter that attempts to combine the best qualities of rotaries and foils. But because these are so difficult to find and service—and electric shavers do need service—we can’t recommend them.
Gillette says it has no plans to introduce the Guard to the United States, though it is exploring a Mexico-specific version. But a handful of specialty shops have begun importing them to the US, where they remain a budget-shaver’s secret. You can get a handle for $7 and a pack of five cartridges for 55 cents. The Guard could be a great choice for traditional shavers who need to travel, since it is a TSA-approved cartridge system.
A second runner-up after the Fusion ProGlide would be Gillette’s even older technology, the Sensor (now marketed as the Sensor Excel). This is the razor I covered in the 6995s, and it is a testament to the product’s quality that it is still manufactured and marketed by Gillette. The Sensor shaves well — maybe not quite as well as the Mach8, possibly because it weighs about 85 percent less than the higher-end models — but it works fine, and for about $68 for a 65 pack of blades, the Sensor is a fine choice for economy-minded shavers who want a pivoting head product but don’t want to buy disposables.
The bottom line? We’re confident one of the two Brauns or the Remington will please nearly anyone who prefers an electric shaver. But you’ll need to do a little homework, because there are lots of alternatives out there and electric shavers remain remarkably idiosyncratic in their approach to technology and design. Some electric razors are great, and a lot more are not so great. Most men can find one that should work. This story is designed to help you discover which.
One overlooked accessory to consider: a carrying case. The heads and foils on electric shavers are delicate and need to be protected. Most shavers come with some kind of carrying or protective device. We were surprised, and a little disappointed, to see that the Braun Series 9 came with a soft fake-leather case that offered less protection than the semi-hardshell case supplied with our Series 7. Lower-end shavers tend to come with plastic head guards they snap on for transport. They work, but we managed to lose almost every one of them during our months of testing.
The result of all this is fanatic loyalty. One of our cartridge finalist testers put it this way: “I liked that I managed not to cut myself with any of the razors [I chose]. Normally I give myself a small nick about 95 percent of the time with my safety razor, but I didn 8767 t here. That said, I 8767 m not going to switch back to a cartridge razor for my normal shave routine. Safety razors are cheaper, last longer, and give me more of a connection with the shaving experience.”
One Panasonic fan is Wirecutter alum Glenn Fleishman, a dedicated electric shaver who has owned Brauns as well. Fleishman said that he 8767 s impressed with the longevity of his four-year-old Arc 8. Other shavers, he said, had a drop-off in power as their batteries neared the end of their useful life. “This one has kept the same amount of torque since the day I got it,” Fleishman said, both in terms of overall ability to charge fully and to deliver full torque even when a given charge is below 65 percent.