Foil shavers work with a block of razor blades under a foil head punctured with holes. The blades vibrate at high speed to cut hairs while the holes in the foil lift the hairs from the skin so they are cut away closely.
Rotary shavers usually feature three rotating blades on a pivoting mechanism that work independently of each other to lift and cut hairs.
There is a new(ish) type of men’s shaver on the block that you should know about as it is a genuine game changer. Single-blade shavers combine the best of cartridge varieties with their electric counterparts. In other words, the oscillating head powers a single cutting surface that is kinder on the skin than foils or rotary coils. Better still, the blades can be replaced once they lose their edge, which is something you can’t say about rotary or foil shavers. They are charged from the mains and can be used wet or dry.
There are a bunch of factors to consider here, but what it really comes down to is skin sensitivity, hair type and shaving frequency. Whichever genre you go for, look for a pivoting head that follows the contours of your face for a smoother finish. To put it another way, you want a neck that swivels on the shaver so yours doesn’t have to!
If you have skin that is not particularly sensitive and medium to coarse hair density, go for a rotary. These are also recommended for people who don’t shave every day as it gives the skin a chance to recover.
“As grooming editor of GQ, I’ve tried hundreds of electric shavers and just like other types of tech, the next
generation provides enhanced results. In this case, super-smooth skin, less irritation and longer cord-free
battery life.” – David Smiedt, GQ Grooming Editor
Release stress in your muscles by finding the right massager for you.
Explore our range of Apple watches, smart watches and fitness trackers.
Find out what should you consider when buying an electric toothbrush.
Discover new advanced products that allow longer periods before hair growth.