It took a lot of research and a lot of time as yours truly had to try out a number of shavers to find the best electric shaver for sensitive skin out there. Many beards were shaven, many beards grown, many different styles were applied, and many shavers rejected.
However, the more products we tried, the longer it took. And the longer it took, the more excited we got to start writing this one-of-a-kind and hot-topic review. After all, who doesn’t want a reliable electric shaver at their disposal, clean shaved or full bearded?
From shaping your beard all the way to cleaning every speck of hair from your face, these shavers are the best and brightest available in the market today and can be a valuable companion for you throughout 2020.
The main idea behind this review isn’t to find the best shaver out there, but the best electric shaver for sensitive skin. So if you’re tired of all the rashes and cuts after shaving with a razor blade of one of those shavers that leave marks on your skin, we’ve got your back.
Apart from post-shave comfort, we also considered the shaving experience and their speed, maneuverability, value for money, and numerous other criteria as you’ll see throughout the review. Once we’ve reviewed the best electric shavers we picked for you, we’ll move on to a buying guide to help you understand things to check before investing.
Our goal is to give you a comfortable, pain-free shaving experience and glowing skin right after, free of scratches and rashes so that you can meet the world head-on and with confidence.
So, let’s get shaving!
At a Glance: Our Picks for the Best Electric Shaver for Sensitive Skin
- Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor for Men ES-LV95-S
- Philips Norelco SP9820/87 Shaver 9000 Prestige
- Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc
- Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body, Hybrid Electric Trimmer QP2630/70
- Panasonic Razor, ES-LF51-A
- Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 7500
- Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9290cc
- Panasonic Electric Shaver and Trimmer for Men ES8103S Arc3
- Electric Razor for Men by Braun, Series 5 5190cc
- Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 3 3040s
Best Electric Shaver for Sensitive Skin
With promising features out the wazoo, the Panasonic Arc5 (ES-L65-S) electric shaver is nothing short of perfection when it comes to finding a razor – especially if you’ve got sensitive skin. The 5-blade trimmer means you can get the closest shave possible quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, comfortably.
The five blades work harmoniously with the “Active Shave Sensor Technology,” a feature that allows for the shaver to adjust power based on the density of hair. This means smoother shaves, no pulling, no abrasions, and efficiency. The automatic acceleration and deceleration lead to increased battery life as well.
And that’s not all; the Arc5’s blades have a thin arc foil right above them to make sure the blades don’t harm your sensitive skin. At the same time, this makes even the closest of shaves possible. The shaving head can flex thanks to the multi-flex pivoting technology, allowing the shaver to follow the face bumps.
It also features a flexing head, which moves from side to side coupled with the active shave sensor technology to get into the most difficult corners without any hitches. This includes the under-side of your jaw, below the lips, and even around the thyroid.
You must remember the thyroid scratches each time you shave – something that you won’t have to worry about with the Arc5. The pop-up trimmer offers great utility when it comes to detailing your goatee, sideburns, and mustache if that’s what you’re looking for.
With its 14,000 cuts-per-minute capacity, you get cleaner shaves with just a few passes! Short of time? Don’t worry, the Arc5 is also waterproof. Clean yourself up under the shower and cut down on your shaving time!
- Packing Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.8 x 6.5 inches
- Weight: 7 ounces
- Color: Silver
- Average battery life: 45-60 minutes
- Close shaver
- Shave sensor: follows the shape of the face
- Pivoting head
- Wet and dry shaver
- Charges quickly – 30-40 minutes for full charge
- Charging station isn’t very aesthetically pleasing and is sturdy
- Might be too light for some
With so many features to offer, the Panasonic Arc5 (ES-L65-S) electric shaver will definitely be an upgrade to your existing shaver. Neither is it one of the more expensive options out there, nor is it the cheapest chip of the block. It is what it is, and it’s almost perfect.
The only downside to this electrical shaver is the rather bulky and somewhat unappealing charging station, but you can simply place that in your bathroom cabinets and call it a day.
If you don’t want to sacrifice on style or luxury while catering to your sensitive skin, the Philips Norelco SP9820/87 is a no-brainer. This shaver makes it to the top three of our best electric shavers for sensitive skin for a number of reasons, the prime one being its negligible effect on sensitive skin – something that cannot be said about over rotary electric shavers.
Feature-rich, high-end, comfortable, ergonomic, and most importantly, premium, the Philips Norelco S9000 has it all. Although there are minor differences in others from its series, the SP9820/87 takes the cake easily not only because of the features, but also because of its overall customer satisfaction.
Not to mention Philips’ adept customer service.
It’s not just the shaver that’s premium here but also the cleaning station and travel case – something that the competition simply can’t beat. The edging trimmer’s head can easily be swapped out with rotary foils if you’re looking to cut lines and design your beard, or simply want to fashion your sideburns.
The grill mesh atop the three blades means no harm befalls your skin as you shave, not does it leave any rashes so that you can enjoy the premium shave the whole day! All it takes is 3 to 4 passes with this rotary shaver and you’ll be clean as a newborn baby.
Late for work and the shaver isn’t charged? Don’t reach for the blade just yet; the S9000 Prestige has a 5-minute charge functionality. Within 5 minutes, your shaver will be ready and waiting for you. When charged fully, the shaver lasts for up to 60 continuous minutes, meaning you can squeeze out numerous shaves out of this bad boy.
The design also means that hard-to-reach areas can easily be accessed, especially around the neck and jaw.
- Dimensions: 10 x 6.3 x 4.2 inches
- Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Color: Chrome
- Battery life: 60 minutes
- Premium travel case plus travel locking capability
- Click-on precision trimmer
- Facial cleansing brush
- 5-minute quick charge
- LED display for battery indication
- Premium design and feel
- Dry and wet shave
- Not water-proof
This is the White Horse of electric shavers no matter which angle you look at it. Unfortunately, this applies to the price point as well – the only reason this isn’t our top choice. Plus, since it’s a rotary shaver, it might pull some hair from time to time if you’re shaving after a while. Shave every day and the White Horse shall serve you well.
Elegant and intelligent; that’s how we would describe Braun’s electric razor for men. It is yet another one of the best electric shavers for sensitive skin that would serve you well in 2020. It has four shaving elements; 3 blades and 1 skin guard that work in harmony to make sure two passes with this bad boy are enough to give you a clean shave.
The “Smart Shaver” technology reads your facial features and adapts accordingly, giving it a much higher IQ than the competition. The first shave might not be the best shave you ever have with this electric shaver, but once it learns your facial map, it’s smooth shaving from them on.
No matter your face structure, beard type, or face contours, Braun’s electric razor 790cc is up for the task. Its AutoSensing motor adjusts power based on hair density, saving power where needed and unleashing the beast where power is required.
Adaptability aside, you can manually adjust the shaver thanks to its five TurboSensitive modes to get extra power when needed, a gentle shave if that’s what you’re in the mood for, or something in between. All it takes is a push of a button. Its Sonic technology means it can pick up and cut down even those hair that are lying flat against your skin.
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches
- Weight: 1.97 pounds
- Color: Gun metal grey
- Battery life: 50 minutes
- Ergonomic and attractive design
- Learns and adapts
- Efficiently trims hard-to-reach facial hair
- Dry/wet shave
All in all, a great allrounder for those powerful shaves, as well as being a great companion to those with sensitive skin. All these features don’t mean any sort of compromise from the shaver in any regard, though. And the premium build shouldn’t fool you into thinking that it can’t take a beating.
Strenuous use is what it’s made for, so you don’t have to worry about giving the machine a rest every once a while. Let it whirr, let it rip, and let it cup. The product has served its purpose rather well since its release in 2016, satisfying customers all over the globe.
Good for wet as well as dry shaves, this shaver can save you a lot of time as you shave in the shower thanks to it being waterproof. Just make sure you don’t put it to charge before drying it. If not for the bulk and high cost, this would definitely be higher in our list.
This vibrant electric shaver is a suspicious one. It looks like a razor blade, whirrs like a single blade trimmer, but acts as a double-sided electric shaver, perfect for people with sensitive skin. It is nothing short of genius.
Vibrancy, aesthetics, durability, and functionality, that’s what the Philips Norelco OneBlade promises its customers. The diffident outlook covers the trimmer/shaver combination perfectly, acting like a blade with one key difference – it shaves both ways.
In fact, the manufacturer recommends using both sides for a quick and smooth shaving experience. Two, at most three passes, and you’ll get a clean close shave just like most of its high-priced competitors.
The green color isn’t just there for aesthetics, mind you. The green teeth around the blade mean that your skin doesn’t touch the blades, thus leaving behind no rashes, no cuts, and no irritation. The trimmer catches your hair between the teeth, cutting it off with the oscillating motion of blades under it.
- Dimensions: 3 x 5.1 x 8.9 inches
- Weight: 6 ounces
- Color: Black and green
- Battery life: 60 minutes
- Lightweight and ergonomic
- Green teeth to protect the skin
- Easy to use
- Includes addition combs for more protection
- Very cost-effective
- Dry/wet use.
- Can cut longer hair with ease too without pulling
- Long battery life
- Includes body trimming comb
- Can be damaged by water
- Not as durable
- Might be too light
While this is a gentle and very effective shaving tool, the low price tag comes with its own downsides as well. The build isn’t as durable or ergonomic, even though it is very attractive to look at. The bright colors are always ready to brighten your morning.
Just make sure you store it safely once done.
The Panasonic ES-LF51-A is yet another shaver with great potential for comfort and a good shave – all at an affordable price. This cordless shaver is made out of stainless steel, except the handle where it has soft rubber grips so that you get a good grip while getting a close shave.
It has a rather impressive-looking cleaning station that you won’t shy away from displaying on your dressing table or keeping on top of your bathroom sink. Its cleaning cartridge and travel case are equally premium, letting you carry it around confidently for a quick shave.
Its integrated edging trimmer means that it can reach even the most difficult corners with ease. Considering the fact that this is a budget shaver, Panasonic’s ES-LF51-A gives a very quick, close, and clean shave every time, without irritating the skin in anyway. It has 4 ultra-sharp stainless-steel blades under a mesh to deliver a smooth shaving experience.
While trying it out, we found that this shaver feels like a powerhouse in the hand – and for good reason. Its powerful motor delivers 13,000 cuts per minute, making it one of the fastest shavers in our list.
In our experience, it about three to four passes to get the clean shave you’re looking for – which is why it isn’t higher up on our list. This means your shave will be relatively slower, but the fact that the shaver is waterproof makes it so that you can shave while under the shower.
Cleaning the shaver is as simple as placing it in the charging station and pressing the Clean button. It will shed off all the hair inside and be ready for your next shave in a matter of seconds. If you are going for a model without the cleaning kit, the head comes off with a snap so that you can clean it.
- Packing Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.5 x 6.2 inches
- Weight: 6.4 pounds
- Color: Blue
- Battery: 30-40 minutes
- Ergonomic grip
- Easy to use and clean
- Needs 3-4 passes for a clean shave
While it offers many features and is one of the smoothest shavers out there, the fact that it’s slow to shave and has a reduced battery life is something that a traveler might not get used to as easily. This is perfect for people who need a shave before leaving for work, but might not sit as well for those who live on the job.
Another shaver from Phillips’ Norelco series is the 7500cc electric shaver – a cousin to the one we reviewed above. This is yet another rotary blade shaver that takes a big slice of the cake that is the best electric shaver for sensitive skin.
Philips claim that the 7500 is their “most comfortable shaver,” we simply had to check see how true that claim was. This features the GentlePrecision technology, where the blades collect hair before cutting them to ensure the skin doesn’t end up taking the brunt of it. This means less irritation, which means smoother shaves.
It takes 2 passes to give off a clean shave for a day-old stubble, while anything beyond that requires up to four passes. Plus, it’s the cheaper alternative.
- Packing Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.3 x 10.2 inches
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Gentle and smooth
- Wet and dry shave
- Easy to handle
- Good-looking charging station
- Rather loud
- Shaving heads can get expensive
- Longer hair might get pulled when shaving
The Philips Norelco 7000 series features Philips’ Comfort Rings, which are thousands of tiny (powder-like) beads just under the foil, which not only collect hair but also ensure that the shaver glides comfortably over your face.
While this is a rather inexpensive choice of shaver, it makes for a rather loud and bulky shaver, which can be a problem for many – especially travelers.
This is a relatively more expensive variant of the shaver we reviewed above, but is just as comfortable, elegant, and intelligent. With four shaving elements, it only takes up to two passes for it to give you the clean, close shave you’re looking for.
Braun’s electric shaver series 9 is an older series but gets the job done nonetheless, leaving little to be desired out of this series, the 92900cc being no exception. This shaver is a bit expensive but is worth the purchase.
The shaver isn’t for men with sensitive skin but also for women, giving a comfortable shave even in the tightest of corners.
- Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 9.9 inches
- Weight: 2.08 pounds
- Color: Silver
- Battery: 70-80 minutes
- Easy maneuverability
- Fast shave – needs only 2 passes
- Wet and dry shave
- Long battery life
With so many features and an impeccable design, this is a very good electric shaver for sensitive skin. However, this is for those looking for a premium shaver at a premium price. For people on a limited budget, you can get most of the same features as this shaver at a slightly lower cost – but you might miss out on durability and that premium feel.
This weirdly shaped shaver and trimmer is an all-in-one solution for men with sensitive skin. The head has a removable cover on top which gives it a unique outlook, making sure it stands out of the crowd.
Shave directly or with shaving gel, the Panasonic Arc3 model is a wet/dry shave that can give you the closest shave without compromising on comfort. The shaving head can pivot up to 30 degrees, ensuring that you get the best shaving experience possible.
What’s more, the shaver features nanotech blades that are perfect for people with allergies, let alone those with sensitive skin.
If you simply want a trimmer for your beard, the Arc3 doesn’t leave you hanging but has a three-blade system in the shaver head to give you smooth trims without pulling on any hair.
- Packing Dimensions: 10.2 x 4 x 5 inches
- Weight: 1.1 lb.
- Color: Silver, black
- Battery: 42 minutes
- Wet and dry shaves
- Hypoallergenic shaver
- Unique looks
- Not waterproof
- No charging base
This shaver is yet another great candidate on our best electric shaver for sensitive skin list since it has almost all the features you could ask for in a shaver; comfort, class, looks, quickness, and power. This is easily one of the best-selling electric shavers on this list, and it is easy to see why.
However, you might have to invest a bit extra if you’re looking to display your investment since it doesn’t come with a charging base.
Braun got a lot of bad press at the time of release because of this electric razor for men since it seemingly copied the design of Panasonic’s Arc3. From automatically adjusting the power when shaving to a picoting head, this razor has it all.
The automatic adjuster means that you won’t be applying any extra pressure on your skin to get a cleaner shave, thus eliminating any chances of rashes or burns after the shave. This shaver also adjusts itself based on the beard’s thickness, remembering your shaving process as well.
With an Actilift trimmer option, the shaver acts as a two-in-one, being the perfect choice not only for getting close, clean shaves, but also for trimming beard and even the hair if need be! Bald people can go the whole nine yards with this shaver thanks to its high-quality build and powerful motor.
Not only does the pivoting head adjust to corners of your neck and jaw, it also adapts to the head’s smooth curve perfectly. Where the beard requires three to four passes, the head requires no more than two passes for that clean shave.
- Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 10 inches
- Weight: 2.17 pounds
- Battery: 40 minutes
- Color: Black with blue outline points
- Easy and simple – only one button
- Silent operation
- Relatively wallet-friendly
- Short charge time – 3 minutes for one shave (Quick charge functionality)
- Ergonomic and small
- Not as many features
- The charging station isn’t as attractive
- Not waterproof
The Braun 5190cc has LED lights on the front to indicate when the battery is low. It has three levels, with the final blip good for two head and face shaves consecutively, making this a good option not just for those of you looking for private use but also for barbers and salon owners.
The shaver is suitable for wet and dry shaves. With the quick charge option, the shaver is ready within 3 minutes to give you a head and face shaving session – with some battery to spare.
You don’t need to purchase a separate cleaning station – the charging station performs the same functionality.
Dry the shaver and place it in the charger. Push the CleanandCharge button and it will automatically shed off all the hair inside – not to mention clean out the rest of the shaver. You simply have to oil the motor every few months to keep it in top shape.
From the looks of it, this Braun electric razor for men with sensitive skin is just another shaver. However, only Braun enthusiasts can recognize at first look that this is more than that.
For people on a tight budget, the Series 3 ProSkin is the perfect choice. You won’t get as many features but you’ll get the shaving experience of a lifetime with this. It’s smooth and it’s soft – something that other shavers with the same outlook simply can’t do.
This shaver isn’t as heavy as its cousins – the Series 5, 7, or 9, but it doesn’t try to be either. With a modest price tag, this is for those of you who don’t mind sacrificing on features to get a cost-effective shaver – yet want extreme value for the money they spend.
The German build means that you get a durable and good-looking shaver which you can carry around with style. It won’t give off that unique, robust look that many others do, but people surely will look again to see what you have in your hand.
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s has 2 ultra-sharp blades located just under a thin SensoFoil, which serves to protect that sensitive skin all while trapping even the smallest hair and giving you that clean shave you’re looking for. This is achievable with the SensoFoil and ProSkin Micro Comb combination – something that other shavers within the price range simply can’t offer.
- Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.2 x 8.7 inches
- Weight: 12.5 oz
- Color: Black and blue
- Battery: 105 minutes
- Lightweight and durable
- Easy to use
- Portable and good looking
- Precision trimmer included
- Wet and dry
- Not as many features
- It doesn’t twist or bend around your face.
With a battery life much longer than any other electric shaver, even the more expensive ones, this shaver is for the travelers. One full charge, which takes no more than 45 minutes, and you can carry it around easily.
What’s more, despite being waterproof, the motor gets enough ventilation that you don’t have to give the shaver any breathing time between shaves.
Buying Guide for the Best Electric Shaver for Sensitive Skin in 2020
We have listed almost every electric shaver worth buying above, but that is not to say that you shouldn’t go for any other shaver. The heart wants what it wants, and if you buy anything short of what your heart wants, you won’t be able to get the shaving experience that you crave.
To that end, we’ve compiled a buying guide for you to consider when making a purchase so that you get the best value for your money and don’t end up spending money on the wrong product. So, let’s dive right into it!
Type of Shaver
There are many different types of shavers, and not every shaver sits right with every skin type. Not to mention shaving habits can result in rashes with even the gentlest of shavers. However, most of the times it’s the type of shaver to blame.
For example, rotary shavers are notorious for being harsh on sensitive skin – with a few exceptions. Here are a few common types of electric shavers:
These shavers usually have a foil around the blades. The foil is what touches the skin, and the holes let hair inside the foil for blades to cut. These are considered to be the best shavers for sensitive skin, but it is important to note that not every foil shaver is suitable for the task.
Some of the best electric shavers for sensitive skin when it comes to foil shavers have a foil so thin that no matter how hard you press; the skin doesn’t go beyond the holes in foil to be exposed to the blades.
These are also more precise compared to other types of shavers.
Rotary shavers are usually not as easy on sensitive skin, but there are a few exceptions as mentioned above. These have three or four rotating heads, each with a sharp blade inside. Shaving with these requires a circular motion, which means skin usually ends up getting trapped between the heads.
These shavers are suitable for those who shave on alternate days, but make sure your hair doesn’t grow too long between shaves or the rotary heads risk pulling on them. Those with flexible heads are usually better for sensitive skin.
These are notorious for irritating sensitive skin and we don’t recommend using these types of shavers for closer shaves. In fact, these shavers are more suited for people who have fast hair growth.
These are great for maintaining a stubble, beard, or your hair, since these don’t offer as clean a shave as the other shavers.
A wet shave is much better for sensitive skin than dry skin. We recommend using foam, shaving cream, or even water to make the shaving process easier on the skin. However, some brave people also prefer dry shaves as they shave on their way to the office.
We recommend looking for shavers that are compatible with both types of shaves so that you can use it as you like. Most wet shavers are also waterproof, which means multitasking with these is a lot easier and time-saving.
Cordless or With Cord
Mobility plays an important role in making sure you get the best possible shave – not to mention an even one. Corded shavers usually have the advantage of giving you peace of mind in terms of battery life, so you can take your time with your shaves and design your beard, if that’s your thing.
However, these shavers are much harder to maneuver, which can make the shaving experience rather painstaking. To make sure the process is smooth and without hitches, go for the cordless options.
These might cost slightly more because of the battery but are completely worth the investment. Plus, these are perfect for travelling as well.
What’s a good shaving experience when you can’t even hold on to the shaver properly, right?
That’s the thing with shavers – you need one that is just right for you – not the one that’s okay. A shaver only feels good in your hands when it has an ergonomic grip, isn’t too heavy, and isn’t as big as your head. However, too light or too small, and you risk losing control.
It’s all about maintaining the perfect balance – which is why you’ll notice that we made sure to point out which one is too heavy for use and which is too light. When choosing the best electric shaver for sensitive skin, make sure you take this into account.
However, it’s not just about keeping these factors in mind as a rule of thumb – some people actually prefer bulkier shavers to lighter ones, or lighter ones to bulkier ones. If you’re just starting out, try to find a lightweight one and move up when upgrading to experience both of them.
Cleaning – Manual vs Automatic
You’ll see that in the list we made above, some shavers are easier to use and clean than others, while some have the option of cleaning themselves out on their own. This is not just a feature, it’s a convenience.
While some electric shavers only require you to rinse them with water, others are harder to clean. They need to be pulled apart each time. For some, it’s as easy as pressing a button. When purchasing a shaver for yourself, make sure you purchase the right one, i.e. the one that is easier to clean.
However, some people like to give cleaning a manual touch, which is commendable on its own as well. Even those with the automatic cleaning option can be pulled apart, so it’s better to have this feature than not have it at all. Pulling apart the same thing over and over again isn’t just time-consuming, it becomes boring after a while too.
No matter the features, shape, weight, or type, a shaver will always pull hair if the blades aren’t sharp enough. It is one the most basic requirements of anything that cuts that it needs to be sharp. Low-quality shavers might seem to be an appealing option, but most of the times they house low-quality blades too, which wear off rather quickly.
Even those electric shavers that are designed for sensitive skin can become a bad option rather quickly in that case. So make sure you buy a high quality electric shaver that will retain the sharpness for a long time.
When you feel like the blades are starting to tug on your hair, it might be time to buy a replacement part or perhaps upgrade. Which brings us to our next and final consideration.
The best electric shaver for sensitive skin isn’t necessarily the one that is most expensive, but one that is the most comfortable to use. And comfort usually comes with high-quality shavers. However, the same high-quality shaver can also mean a lack of spare part availability, or that they’ll be rather expensive.
Some of the best eclectic shavers for sensitive skin come with spare parts for repair and maintenance, while for others, such as Philips shavers, you simply have to get in touch with the manufacturer for spare parts.
Before investing in an electric shaver, make sure its spare parts are easily available and cost-effective.
We would like to reiterate our statement: the best electric shaver for sensitive skin is not just the one that doesn’t bite your skin but also one that feels right in your hand. It should glide off the face perfectly and with a few passes should leave a clean and clear face behind; not a single speck of hair or sore skin.
We tried to paint a clear picture with our recommendations above, but if they don’t work for you, our buying guide is hopefully enough to help you make an informed decision about the best electric shaver for sensitive skin. After all, the more love you show to your face, the more attractive you’ll look!
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