How to Shave with an Electric Razor

how to shave with an electric razor

Given Up on Shaving with an Electric Razor?

As some of you might know, results can be pretty frustrating if you don’t know how to shave with an electric razor using a proper technique.

As is the case with any male grooming practice, from manscaping to nose-hair trimming, there's always a technique or process that makes life easier and gets you better results. 

I know men who have tried it once or twice and quickly gave up on it, but knowing the proper way of shaving using an electric shaver can save you time and make shaving more practical.

You might have just bought a new electric razor or maybe you received it as a gift, (believe it or not electric shavers tend to be very common gifts to give to younger men. In any case for whatever reason, you decided to try this shaving method and you might be disappointed with the results after your first try.

Well let me tell you something. Most men are!

electric shaving irritation on neck

Apart from not giving the desired results, they get a bad shaving experience because they're not sure how to shave with an electric razor without irritation?  can lead to rashes and skin irritations.

Do not get discouraged though, in this article I will share with you some tips on how to use an electric razor in the best way to get the results you want.

After all it is extremely convenient when you're in a hurry and this is coming from a man who is a fan of the old school shaving techniques, like straight razor shaving.​

To get a deep and super smooth shave with an electric razor you have to consider certain factors. In addition to the pre-shave preparation (this is the most commonly skipped step, yet it’s essential), you have to know some basic techniques, and as you’ll see, it's not hard at all.

Let’s start with the first and most essential step, choosing the right electric razor for your needs.

Choosing Your Electric Razor

The first step to a good shave with an electric razor is choosing the right one for you. The market offers a wide variety of electric razors ranging in different prices for all types and preferences. What you choose should all depends on the thickness and length of your beard and the sensitivity of your skin.

You can choose a razor only for dry shaving or a more advances wet & dry option.

With a wet & dry razor you can use it in the shower but what’s most convenient when using these waterproof electric razors is that you can use them even when applying gels and other types of shaving creams on your face.

The pre-shave preparation for these two types of razors is different. With the wet shavers the whole shaving experience will be much more comfortable, however the process is a bit longer.

Now there essentially two types of electric razors, the foil shavers and the rotary shavers.

a foil blade electric shaver

Foil Shaver Blades

electric shaver rotary blades

Rotary Blades

These two types use different technologies. For a detailed understanding of the difference between the two check out this post by Remington.

Foil shavers are considered to be less stressful on sensitive skin than the rotating head razors. In my opinion, however there is not much difference, and the only important thing is the quality of the razor.

The high-end electric shavers will work well on all skin types. If you’re looking for a recommendation, here are the top 3 electric shavers which are currently available on the market.

Best Electric Razors/Shavers


(ES-LV95-S) Arc5

Braun Series 9 9296cc


Philips Norelco S9311/52

Braun Series 9

The Braun series 9 electric shavers are really top quality electric shavers. At the very high end of the range they have the Braun Series 9 9296cc  which is a wet & dry rotary electric shaver.

This machine is quite expensive but it is, without a doubt, the absolute best electric shaver on the market. So, if it is within your budget, I do recommend you invest in the Braun 9296cc.

It is the most powerful shaver out there and ideal for those 2 to 3 day old facial stubs. This means that if you have one of those beards that grows quickly and thick, and you hate shaving each and every day, the Braun is the best choice for you.

This really is a monster electric razor with a powerful motor that never gives up. You’ll see that it will be well worth the initial investment. Also, as with most Braun products, it is a durable, well-made product that usually lasts for a very long time without any issues.

Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 


A cheaper alternative to the Braun is the Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Electric Razor. This is also a rotary razor that can be used in wet or dry conditions. It is the only foil razor with 5 blades.

Now more blades does not necessarily mean better shave quality, but this electric razor does guarantee a very clean shave thanks to its very powerful motor that works at 14,000 rpm.

Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry 

Finally, if you prefer a rotary electric shaver, then the best choice on the market must be the Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shavers.

This is not the usual rotary electric shaver you might be used to seeing your father use. With an elevated shaver head, the three rotary blades on the Philips will flex and tilt to the contours of your face much more easily that the traditional rotary shavers.

Philips has named this as the 8-direction ContourDetect Heads.

This shaver can be used on stubble and also on longer beard hairs that haven’s been shaven for a while. Like the other two electric shavers mentioned above, it’s a wet & dry shaver and and as far as rotary shavers go, the Norelco Series 9000 electric shavers will provide the closest shave.

Now that we’ve seen what are the best choices out there, it’s time to focus on the best way to shave your using electric shavers.

How to Shave with an Electric Razor Properly

There are essentially 3 phases to obtain the perfect shave with an electric razor.


Know Your Electric Razor

Before you start using your brand new electric shaver, read the manual.

I can hear you screaming right now ..... Come on! Who reads manuals? We’re men. We shave every day, we don’t need a manual, right?

Well, if you want to do this correctly, then I suggest you take a few minutes to go through the essential parts of the manual.

Every electric shaver is different in terms of technology and design, so it is important to know the the peculiarities and strengths of the machine you will be using. This will ensure you can take advantage of the best features that are available at your hands.

Going through the manual will help you learn to leverage your razor to its fullest potential and also take care of it for a longer lasting life.

A good electric shaver is not cheap, and therefore it is in your interest to make sure you maintain it properly for optimal performance and longer lasting use.

Clean and Maintain Your Electric Shaver

You must know that in order to get an exceptional shaving experience, apart from a good handling technique, it is essential you learn how to properly maintain and clean the shaver.

Keep the cutting head always in the best condition and change it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. The performance will remain constant over time and you'll avoid irritating the skin with blades that have lost their sharpness.

Some modern electric razors, like the Braun 9296cc come with basic automatic cleaning that cleans, lubricates and charges the shaver automatically. Others must be cleaned and lubricated manually .

Check out this e-how video to learn how to clean your electric foil shaver.

Preparing the Skin for Shaving

The trick to getting a deep and smooth shave lies in the skin preparation phase.

A good pre-shave preparation will allow you to remove the hair without any effort.

Unfortunately many men think that this step is a waste of time, but, believe me, any extra time it takes to prepare your skin for the shave will be more than made up for in the subsequent shaving process.

Here's how to prepare your skin:

  • Shave in the shower or right after taking a shower. If you have a waterproof electric shaver (wet & dry type) then you can go ahead and shave directly in the shower. If your shaver is not waterproof, then you should shave directly after taking a shower.
  • The water temperature should be neither too hot nor too cold, just hot enough to be comfortable on the skin. The hot water will help open the pores of the face and soften the hair allowing for an easier and faster shave. At the same time this also reduces the chances of irritating the skin.
  • If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for a shower before your shave, then you can wet a clean towel with hot water and press it lightly on your face a minute or so.
  • Applying shaving gels, shaving creams and pre-shave alcohol-based lotions (or talc based alternatives, if alcohol irritates your skin) will help you get a deeper and super smooth shave because in addition to keeping the hairs raised for the shave, they also help eliminate the excess oil in the skin.

You will notice that all the steps mentioned above are aimed at obtaining the prerequisite conditions for an easier and smoother shave.

In other words, your want to relax your skin and soften the hair.


Finding Your Shaving Technique

The trick to the actual shaving process is finding the right angle and more comfortable technique.

This means that the ideal shaving technique will vary from one person to the other depending on the skin type, the thickness of hair and many other factors.

For example, some men feel that shaving against the grain gives them the best shave, however others will find that shaving against the direction of hair growth will cause irritation to the skin.

It is therefore important to try different methods and find the one that suits you best.

How do I find the direction of hair growth?

Gently rub your fingers on the skin and notice which direction feels smoother. This is the direction of the hair growth. The other direction which feels pricklier and resistant is the direction against the grain growth.

Start From the Sensitive Areas

man shaving using an electric shaving man

For those of you who, like me, have sensitive skin, it is better to start shaving on the most sensitive areas first.

Using the razor when it is still cold on the most sensitive areas, such as the neck, will lessen the stress on the skin. Some shavers will tend to heat up after a few minutes of use, and this heat will cause skin irritation.

Other Tips for Shaving with an Electric Razor

Another tip ... or rather three:

1. Smooth out and tighten the skin being shaved by holding down the skin with one hand while maneuvering the razor over the taught skin with the other hand. This will flatten the area being shaved and will allow you to obtain an easier and more efficient shave.

2. To avoid irritation remember not to press too hard on the skin and not to pass on the same area over and over again.

3. Foil razors work better when you move them up and down, while for rotating head razors use circular movements.

Wet & Dry Shaving Methods with an Electric Razor

wet & dry electric shaver rotary blades

Today, most electric razors, both the rotating head shavers and the foil ones are wet & dry.

Producers are trying to give their customers what they ask for and many men want to use shaving cream with an electric razor and/or shave with electric shaver directly in the shower.

Besides the convenience and efficiency you get from shaving directly in the shower, many users prefer the feeling of freshness and delicacy that shaving with foam and gel gives.

Wet Shaving with an Electric Shaver 

For best results when wet shaving with an electric razor follow these recommendation;

1. If you tend to shave first thing in the morning, wait at least 15 to 20 minutes after you wake up. This is because the face is slightly swollen in the morning and the hairs are more difficult to cut.

wet shaving man applying shaving foam to his face before using an electric wet shaver

2. Before applying gel or shaving cream rinse your face with warm water. This will open the pores and soften the hair follicles.

3. Apply the shaving cream/gel by massaging it into the face and neck and leave a thin layer of foam. The massage will help to soften the hairs. Do not let the foam dry out. If need be use warm water to keep it moist.

4. If you are using a fully waterproof electric shaver, rinse the cutting head under running water regularly to unclog it from hair or foam build up.

Dry Shaving with an Electric Shaver 

Dry shaving is generally a faster process, but does not give you as close a shave as the wet shaving option.

Having said this, sometimes, dry shaving is your only option, and is ideal if you are in a hurry or you need to shave in a public place, like the airport on long business trips. Some men dry shave with their electric razor in the car or at work, for example.

man drying face with towel before dry shaving with an electric shaver

The dry shaving process is easier and does not require gels and shaving creams. Unlike the wet shaving process. For best results when dry shaving with an electric razor the skin and the hair should be completely dry before starting to dry shave.

This ensures the best results, because the cutting head eliminates the hair more easily. You should  still wash your face before, however make sure you let it dry thoroughly before beginning to shave.

There are some electric shave lotions created especially for dry shaving that help you get a better experience. They are produced with alcohol that dry the skin oils and keep the hairs raised during the shave.



After shaving, it's good practice to apply a moisturizer or similar after-shave product, to keep your skin healthy, get a fresh feeling and reduce the chance of skin irritation.

Moreover, some aftershave products like the Decleor are intended to slow down the regrowth of hair and avoid you the hassle of having to shave again after a few days.

Applying an after shave moisturizing lotion is especially important if you used an alcohol based pre-shaving product, since alcohol has the effect of drying the skin.




Good For: All Skin Types.Post-Shave. An after-shave tonic designed to eliminate skin irritations due to redness, ingrown hairs and razor burn after shaving. Provides needed moisture and enhances collagen synthesis to firm skin and reduce wrinkles. For problematic shavers, ERASE may be used twice daily.Use With: SHAVE CREAM, SHAVE GEL, SOOTHE-GEL


Clean and Lubricate the Electric Razor

You’re almost done! Don’t forget to clean and lubricate your electric razor so that you find it ready to use on your next shave.

Use the cleaning brush supplied to clean the shaver from the residues after each shave. Do not slam the razor on the sink to free it of hair residue!

Empty the razor of all the accumulated hairs using the brush that came with it, then sprinkle a little bit of lubricant on the blades. It’s important you don’t clean it under water after applying the lubricant as otherwise you will wash it all off.

If you’re lucky enough to have the Braun Series 9 9296cc then you can just pop the electric shaver in its Clean&Charge station

Replace Worn-out Parts

Change the cutting head every now and then, according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Many men never change the cutting head and eventually find themselves with a useless razor which they throw away. However it’s cheaper and easier to replace worn blades over time and keep it working in perfect order.

You can find replacements cutting heads for almost any brand from online shops. Amazon has over 500 results for electric razor cutting heads! ​

The maintenance of the electric razor is important. Razors are like cars: they give you more satisfaction if you take care of them and replace any worn parts. 

Let's Recap

To summarize, here are the 5 golden rules for a good shave

How to Shave With an Electric Shaver -  Summary of Steps

1. Prepare the skin well. It must be free of dirt and sebum (the skin's natural oil). Use a pre-shave product containing alcohol. They are formulated with ingredients that ensure the protection of the skin and minimize the chances of irritation.

2. Start with the sensitive areas first, while the razor is still cold. The motors in the electric shavers will tend to generate heat after a few minutes of operation, especially the cheaper brands. This is bad news for people with sensitive skin since the heat will increase the chances of skin irritation.

3. Hold the razor at the right angle and direction for your shave. Use your free hand to pull the skin as you shave, so the hair will stand straighter. This ensures maximum contact with the skin and reduces the shaving time.

4. Press the shaver gently on the skin and do not spend more time than necessary on the same area.

5. Always moisturize your face when ready.​

6. Clean and lubricate your electric razor after every use. If your razor is equipped with automatic cleaning station ... use it!​ 

.. and make sure you replace the cutting heads every now and then. 

The steps outlined above will not only ensure you get a better shave, but it will help you prolong your shaver’s operating life. 


If your first shaving experience with an electric razor did not go well or you still have not found the technique that suits your skin type, do not give up!

The skin may take several weeks to adjust to the new technique. So, my advice is to keep at it for a couple of months.

man using foam and shaving with an electric shaver

Shaving with an electric razor is generally an easy task, but if you are a beginner or you just can’t get a shave that satisfies you, the above tips can help you.

I have shared with you the most essential pointers on how to get a super smooth shave with an electric razor. Follow these steps and see how this helps you get a more positive shaving outcome.

Do you have any other tips or suggestions on electric razor shaving for your fellow readers? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Remember. A good electric razor will make a big difference to your shaving experience. Therefore, invest in one of our recommended options below and you will be set up with a good tool for years to come.

To conclude, here's a dynamic list showing the current best selling 10 Men's Electric Shavers based on sales. This list is updated daily, based on latest purchases.

Bestseller No. 1
Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 (Model AT830/46) Frustration Free Packaging
2,380 Reviews
Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 (Model AT830/46) Frustration Free Packaging
  • DualPrecision heads are designed with slots and holes to quickly and comfortably shave both long and short hair
  • A great gift, the shaver's Aquatec Technology allows you to shave wet with gel or foam for extra skin protection or dry for convenience
  • For best results, replace shaving head every 12 months with SH50/52 replacement head
SaleBestseller No. 2
Braun Electric Shaver, Series 7 790cc Men's Electric Foil Shaver/Electric Razor, with Clean & Charge Station, Cordless
10,252 Reviews
Braun Electric Shaver, Series 7 790cc Men's Electric Foil Shaver/Electric Razor, with Clean & Charge Station, Cordless
  • Braun Series 7 is a smart shaver that reads and adapts to your beard
  • 4 synchronized shaving elements shave in one stroke what others do in two*. *Proven on a 3 day beard. IPI research institute, February 2015
  • Innovative Sonic technology helps capture even hard to catch hair with 10,000 microvibrations. ActiveLift trimmer captures flat-lying hairs in problem...
Bestseller No. 3
Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver, Men's Electric Razor, Electric Shaver, Black
3,090 Reviews
Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver, Men's Electric Razor, Electric Shaver, Black
  • Cordless Or Corded Use - Enjoy flexibility and convenience with the ability to shave cordless or corded Plus, a 5-minute quick charge function...
  • 60-Minute Cordless Runtime - Get up to 20 days of shaving between charges Washable - The shaver easily washes clean under the faucet
  • Charging Time: 2 Hours
SaleBestseller No. 4
Braun Electric Shaver, Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Men's Electric Razor/Electric Foil Shaver, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue
1,836 Reviews
Braun Electric Shaver, Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Men's Electric Razor/Electric Foil Shaver, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue
  • MicroComb technology. Catches and feeds more hair for a faster shave
  • Triple Action Cutting System, 2x SensoFoil, Middle trimmer
  • You can use the Series 3 ProSkin with water, foam or gel for even better gliding and a smoother skin feeling
SaleBestseller No. 5
SweetLF 3D Rechargeable 100% Waterproof IPX7 Electric Shaver Wet & Dry Rotary Shavers for Men Electric Shaving Razors with Pop-up Trimmer, Blue
571 Reviews
SweetLF 3D Rechargeable 100% Waterproof IPX7 Electric Shaver Wet & Dry Rotary Shavers for Men Electric Shaving Razors with Pop-up Trimmer, Blue
  • USB QUICK-CHARGING & LED DISPLAY- Enjoy up to about 120 minutes of shaving (or approximately 30 full shaves). The shaver only requires 1 hour to...
  • A SMOOTH AND CLOSE SHAVE - With 4-direction floating heads, the 3D rotary shaver automatically adapts to the contours of the face, neck and even the...
  • POP-UP TRIMMER & ONE TOUCH OPEN - Skin-friendly and convenient pop-up beard trimmer easily trims sideburns, moustache and any facial hairstyle. It...
SaleBestseller No. 6
Hatteker Mens Electric Shaver Razor Beard Trimmer Rotary Shaver Cordless Sideburn Trimmer Wet/Dry 2 in 1 USB Rechargeable Waterproof Classic Black
436 Reviews
Hatteker Mens Electric Shaver Razor Beard Trimmer Rotary Shaver Cordless Sideburn Trimmer Wet/Dry 2 in 1 USB Rechargeable Waterproof Classic Black
  • 2 IN 1 Multi-Functional Electric Razor----for shaving beard, sideburns.The 3D rotary shaver with precision blades of upgraded double-blade technique...
  • Waterproof/Wet and Dry-----The whole body of this electric shaver is washable, allows you a comfortable dry shave or a refreshing wet shave with...
  • Upgraded LCD Display/One-key lock ----- Charge Indicator/Battery capacity/charging state of the battery is displayed in percent/Low battery...
SaleBestseller No. 7
Braun Electric Razor for Men/Electric Shaver, Series 3 310s, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue
274 Reviews
Braun Electric Razor for Men/Electric Shaver, Series 3 310s, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue
  • 3 pressure-sensitive shaving elements for efficiency and skin comfort
  • 2 rechargeable long-life NiMH batteries
  • Wet&Dry shaver for use with water, foam or gel. Middle trimmer that easily cuts even longer and more difficult hair
Bestseller No. 8
Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Men's Electric Razor, 4-Blade Cordless with Wet/Dry Shaver Convenience
3,483 Reviews
Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Men's Electric Razor, 4-Blade Cordless with Wet/Dry Shaver Convenience
  • Electric razor is the 4-blade, dual-motor shaving system with precision-honed 30° angle Nanotech blades for maximum durability and sharpness
  • Powerful Hyper Performance Dual Motor which features a linear drive that delivers 14,000 cuts her minute - that's 56,000 cross-cutting actions per...
  • The Panasonic Arc 4 Multi-Flex pivoting head enables the men's electric shaver to glide smoothly along the individual contours of the face, chin, neck...
SaleBestseller No. 9
Philips Norelco OneBlade hybrid electric trimmer and shaver, FFP, QP2520/90
2,142 Reviews
Philips Norelco OneBlade hybrid electric trimmer and shaver, FFP, QP2520/90
  • Rechargeable OneBlade can trim, edge, and shave any length of hair.
  • Shave any length - not as close as a traditional blade so your skin stays comfortable
  • Trim it down - click on combs for a fast and even trim in all the right places
SaleBestseller No. 10
Braun Electric Razor for Men/Electric Shaver, Series 3 ProSkin 3010s, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue
1,927 Reviews
Braun Electric Razor for Men/Electric Shaver, Series 3 ProSkin 3010s, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue
  • 5 pressure-sensitive shaving elements for efficiency and skin comfort.
  • Specialized Micro Comb capture more hair in each stroke.
  • 4 rechargeable long-life NiMH batteries.The Smart Plug comes with automatic 100-240 voltage adjustment

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  1. Applying shaving cream after wetting your beards makes them soft and very easy to shave – so you don’t have to use lots of force when shaving. In return you prevent ingrown hairs and other skin issues which are always caused by dry shaving.

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