1. Braun 7 Series
Combine 10,000 micro vibrations per second, a choice of settings to suit your skin and a unique flat-hair-lifting middle panel and you’ve got the best damn shaver on the planet.
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2. Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5
This five-blade stack is easy to handle, leaving an epidermis as polished as the finest Chippendale, so long as you use a quality shaving cream or oil. With a flip trimmer and a hydrating gel reservoir this razor is designed for the most demanding of men.
3. Edwin Jagger Chatsworth
The traditional, double-edge safety razor is bang on trend for the first time since about 1916. This ebony number demands care when negotiating the jaw area, but shaves incredibly close. New blades are pleasingly cheap too. A classic.
4. Thiers Issard Le Petit Francais
Ah, the classic cut-throat. Yes, it’s fiddly, time consuming and requires paraphernalia from a brush to a sharpening strop – get careless and it’s claret all over the bathrobe, too. Its performance, however, is terrifyingly effective.
5. Braun Cool Tec CT2cc
If you have particularly sensitive skin that makes shaving a painful experience, then this helpful shaver aims to make you a bit more comfortable. The active cooling technology should keep your skin fresh, minimising irritation in the process and the twin foils with integrated middle trimmer will give you a close shave. Flexible cutting elements also aid in shaving by adapting to your unique face shape.
6. Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Power Select
With a variety of power settings, 5 UltraGlide blades with skin guards and a digital LED display, this razor is truly feature packed. Instead of just the normal moisturising strip we often get, the Hydro 5 has a hydrating gel reservoir which they claim will last twice as long as its competitors. To round the package off is a handy flip trimmer for those areas that are a little harder to reach.
7. Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Power Silver Touch
Gillette’s latest addition to its ever growing range of razors adds in a few new features to make it your morning grooming product of choice. Thin blades improve comfort, an elongated lubricated strip complete with mineral oil improves the moisturising element Gillette have used for a while now and most importantly, the handle is silver in colour.
8. Philips Senso Touch 3D RQ1250
With its futuristic looks and rather high price-tag, this is definitely a shaver in the top end of men’s grooming products. However, it does have some nifty features to boot. Headlining this model is the GyroFlex 3D system which follows the curvature of your face, reducing irritation. The UltraTrack head catches three varieties of hair – long, flat and stubble which should keep facial hair looking top-notch.
9. Remington AQ7 Wet Tech Rotary
Remington’s Wet Tech Rotary has a useful quick charge feature that allows the shaver to be ready for your morning routine after 5 minutes of being plugged in, making sure you look your best at a moments notice. You’ll get a close and comfortable shave too, with a large flexing head that allows for more precision. it can even be used in the shower if you’re really short of time.
10. Panasonic ES-LV81
This is premium grade in terms of both build and price. A real beast of a machine it uses five blades and an arcing head to get super close without much effort. It’s comfortable to grip and comes with a self-cleaning and charging system.
11. Philips AquaTouch Plus
Being fully shower-proof was our favourite feature. Slap on the foam or gel, fire up the motor and it’ll give you a quick, close shave while you rinse the rest of yourself. There’s a pop-up trimmer and it lasted for a week before needing recharging.
12. Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler
Gillette’s latest 3-in-1 has all the relevant kit to help keep your facial hair intact. Custom length is delivered via three detachable combs, while the electric trimmer allows for smooth shapeups. It’s also comfortable to hold and comes packing a detachable blade, so you're not solely limited to dry shaves.