What else we’ve considered
Panasonic Arc5 (LV67-S), ($160)
The Panasonic Arc5 was previously our choice for the best electric razor for men with coarse hair, but I recently removed it. While the brand has put research and development into cutting thick and curly hair, the overall design is very similar to other foil shavers/razors. You’ll find contouring and pivoting blade heads, a powerful motor, and different power settings on most any similar razor worth having.
The Bevel Trimmer, which is arguably more similar to the Andis T-Outliner, is a better choice for anyone who has coarse hair and specifically wants to avoid razor bumps — a common issue while shaving or trimming. You won’t be able to use the Bevel Trimmer in the shower or run it underwater, though.
However, if you must have a wet and dry razor, the Panasonic Arc5 would be a better choice. I’ve used it on my neck and face and it’s pretty good. I got a few razor bumps here and there, but it was far less egregious than other trimmers.
GilletteLabs Heated Razor, ($113)
When you think of electric razors, grooming tools with a motor and an oscillating blade usually come to mind first. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor doesn’t have either of those attributes, but it is a razor and it technically is electric.
Coming in the form of a more traditional multi-blade razor, it features five blades for a close shave, FlexDisc technology to contour to your face and neck, and most notably, an Intelligent Heat Control System. Located directly underneath the five-blade system is a warming bar that delivers the sensation of a hot towel in every stroke of the blade.
Wet shaving with traditional razors is not my preferred way to groom my facial hair, but I thoroughly enjoyed using the GilletteLabs Heated Razor. The heat feels amazing. I didn’t include it on this list because if you already use traditional multi-blade razors, chances are you’re content with your more affordable blades and you’re not specifically looking for an electric version. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor isn’t cheap, but it’s a wonderful gift or item to splurge on for anyone that likes wet shaving with traditional razors.
Read my full Gillette Labs Heated Razor review here.
Andis Profoil Lithium Plus, ($56)
While the Andis Profoil Lithium Plus can be used at home, it’s something you’d probably find in a barbershop along with a professional barber’s other grooming tools. If you’re looking for a multi-functional grooming tool, this isn’t the right choice for you. But if you need a strong and dependable razor with one setting for a close shave, you’ll find this to be an extremely useful and cost-effective option. I always pay close attention to the tools the barber uses and I’ve gotten extremely close fades and shaves with the Andis Profoil Plus. And, I’ve gotten equally good results at home during my own testing. The only reason this doesn’t make the list is that it doesn’t have multiple functions, which most people grooming at home really want.