Everything About Electric Shavers Vs Safety Razors


The electric shaver or “dry razor” was first invented / patented by the American manufacturer Col. Jacob Schick, in 1928. The product arrived in the market on 13th May 1930 and was an instant hit, as it was the first dry shaver in the long and colorful history of men’s grooming. Today, it’s an integral part of many men’s shaving kits, especially if they travel a lot. The electric shaver has also entered the women’s grooming products market and is being positioned slightly differently.

Traditionally, shaving involved wetting the skin thoroughly, applying a layer of soap or gel and applying a sharp edged razor or blade to remove the growing hair that shows above the surface of the skin, especially on the face for men.

It is a time-consuming and elaborate process that needs an array of equipment, including brush, foam/gel, towels, best safety razor, double edged razor blades, etc.

Early Electric Razors

These were bulky products which had to be connected to the main power lines. When battery-operated electric razors came on the market, they became even more popular. The invention of rotary blades added to their safety and appeal and they’re seen as the best shavers for men today.

Many electric shavers have both wet and dry options, are powered by rechargeable batteries and specially designed travel-razors are available.

Electric Shaver Vs Safety Razor

This is a debate that will probably never ever be settled! Both sides have their own equally strong advocates and ultimately, it’s a matter of personal choice. However, these are some of the varied aspects of both:

Electric is Faster: Electric razors are simply much faster and more convenient to use, though the result is not as fine and good as a regular traditional safety razor. They work by rolling the skin and removing the hair, so you don’t need to re-visit that area again.

Electric is Portable: Even if you’re traveling to a remote place, you can depend on your battery-operated electric razor. It’s convenient, quick and handy to use.

No Special Additions Required: You don’t need to carry gels, creams, soaps, foams, towels, replacement blades etc when you use an electric. Nor do you need to spend hours in a strange city buying shaving blades to fit your razor.

Versatile: You can use them to remove hair from any part of the face and body.

Risk-free: You never get nicks, cuts, ingrown hairs etc with electric razors.

However, they do need practice and expertise to use properly, require more maintenance and cleaning and initial costs are higher compared to the traditional safety razors.

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