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When it comes to getting rid of pesky hair on the body, most people nowadays turn to a shaver. But with the huge choice of products on the market, it can quickly become difficult to decide on a particular razor.

With our big razor review 2021, we want to help you find the best razor for you. We've compared shavettes, system shavers and electric shavers and listed the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide which one to buy.




Summary

  • The type of razor you choose depends on the part of your body you want to shave and how much time you want to invest in shaving.
  • Most alternatives to razors have results that last longer, but are also more painful.
  • The most important thing is to choose a razor that fits your needs when buying.

The Best Shaver: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for shaver

Shavers come in a wide variety of designs. The individual product variants can be distinguished according to the following criteria:

In the following paragraphs we explain what is important in the individual criteria

Body part

Different parts of the body have different lengths and thicknesses of hair, so there are razors that are specially designed for specific parts of the body. You can choose between body shavers, intimate shavers and beard trimmers. One thing to keep in mind is that a few blades are more likely to provide a precise shave, and several blades are more likely to be used for a close result.

If you want to shave your genital area, for example, you should choose a razor with a flexible head, as this makes it easier to reach hard-to-reach areas.

Wet/dry

When deciding between a wet or dry shave, several factors play an important role. Personal preference, skin type and how much time you have available, but also whether shaving is more of a ceremony for you or more of a chore are all factors you should consider when deciding.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Wet Very close, Shaving results in a nourishing peeling effect, Gentle on the skin Time-consuming (applying shaving foam and letting it work), High risk of injury, Expensive
Dry Gentle on the skin (especially good for impure or sensitive skin), Short time required, Small risk of injury Less close shave

With both wet and dry shaving, you should clean the razor blade properly and replace it regularly. And with both, use an aftershave to avoid pimples, eczema and skin inflammation.

Man/ Woman

Often women look for a women's razor in the store/online and men look for a men's razor.

In principle, however, there is little difference between men's and women's products. The only simple distinction is colour and price. Manufacturers charge a higher premium for products that are specifically aimed at women.

Battery charging and running time

The battery charging and running time is only relevant for electric shavers (a system shaver or shavette has no battery!), but it is still an important point in this case. Most older models need a power socket to operate, but this is no longer the norm.

Even inexpensive models now have an integrated rechargeable battery, although the quality varies considerably. You should be able to count on a battery life of about 50 minutes and most batteries are charged after about an hour. However, some shavers require much more time to fully charge, for example several hours.

Hand luggage suitability

Before we go into more detail about the suitability of different razors for hand luggage, we advise you to check what is allowed in your hand luggage before you fly, either directly with the respective airline or via their website. This can vary from airline to airline.

Because razor blades are sharp and could injure someone, they are considered a dangerous item.

Therefore, carrying wet razors with replaceable razor blades in hand luggage is prohibited.

Carrying the razor blade is generally more of a problem than the razor itself, which is why an electric razor with a shaver blade should not really be a problem. Thus, one can also clearly distinguish between wet razors and electric razors.

Type of razor Allowed/prohibited in hand luggage
Razor blades Prohibited
Razor blades Prohibited
Electric razor Allowed
Wet razor Matter of discretion

If your razor is taken from you at security, you can buy another one in the duty free area. And of course, razor blades and wet razors may be carried in your suitcase.

Decision: What types of shaver are there and which is right for you?

If you want to buy a shaver, there are three types of products you can choose from:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Shavette Very close shave, Enormously long life, Perfect for patterns/ contours, Low running costs Time consuming, Risk of injury, Fall prone, Initial purchase cost
System razor Low purchase price, Less risk of injury, Blades are available virtually everywhere, Easy to use, Blades usually come with built-in skin care products Higher cost per shave, Blades from different manufacturers often not interchangeable, Shave not as close and precise, Harder to shave contours accurately
Electric shaver Good for sensitive skin, Little time needed to shave, Easy to clean, Different attachments = different functions Must be plugged in/charged to use, Some devices are not waterproof

In the following section you can learn more about the different shavers.

Shavette

Shavette

Shavettes are razors with replaceable blades. The blade is changed after every shave, which offers unbeatable hygiene. Since it can have an enormously long life span if well cared for, barbers nowadays predominantly rely on shavettes.

Although shavette blades and shaving soap have to be bought regularly, it still has advantages over modern electric razors because it does not require electricity and can be cleaned more quickly. Shavettes offer an extremely smooth shave and patterns and contours can be shaved perfectly.

Advantages
  • Very close shave
  • Enormously long life
  • Perfect for patterns &
  • contours
  • Little running costs
Disadvantages
  • Time-consuming
  • Risk of injury
  • Sensitive to falls
  • Initial purchase costs

Shaving with a shavette, however, takes a little longer than with a system or electric razor – especially if you don’t know how to use it yet, you need patience and practice time.

The blade is really sharp, so you should take your time and shave carefully to prevent injuries.

Systemrasierer

System razors

System razors are small, handy razors with a multi-blade system. Most system razors have 3 to 6 blades and have gel pads before and after the blades to care for the skin immediately before the razor is put on.

The blades therefore have no direct skin contact and shave at a considerably shallower angle than electric razors or shavettes. This type of shaving is therefore particularly gentle, so there is no need for a long pre- or post-treatment of the skin. In case of time pressure, the shave can also be done dry.

Advantages
  • Low purchase price
  • Less risk of injury
  • Blades are available practically everywhere
  • Easy to use
  • Blades usually come with integrated skin care products
Disadvantages
  • Higher cost per shave
  • Blades from different manufacturers often not interchangeable
  • Shave not as close and precise
  • Harder to shave contours accurately

The blades and shaving head of system razors form a unit and must be disposed of together when they are worn out. Since the shaving head is generally movable, this type of shave can also follow the contours of the body nicely.

Elektro Rasierer

Electric shavers

Electric shavers are shaving systems that have a sophisticated head system that can be extended with several attachments. Completely independent shavers, but also beard trimmers are offered in this design. These modern devices have a lifespan of around 2 years and impress with their comfort and the speed that can be achieved with them.

The device simply has to be switched on, then you can start shaving – a much shorter time expenditure compared to wet shaving. The comfort factor of modern devices has been significantly increased by self-cleaning devices and charging stations. In addition, when travelling, it is no longer necessary to carry a wet razor, brush and shaving gel, so you have more space in your suitcase or hand luggage.

Advantages
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Little time needed for shaving
  • Easy cleaning
  • Different attachments = Different functions
Disadvantages
  • Must be plugged in/charged to use
  • Some devices are not waterproof

Electric shavers are a relatively inexpensive purchase, although the shaving foil also needs to be replaced after a long time. With a waterproof unit, cleaning is also straightforward – just hold the unit under running water.

Rasierer-2

A barber will always give you a close, accurate shave.
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Guide: Frequently asked questions about shavers answered in detail

In the following guide, we have answered the most important questions about shavers for you.

Who are shavers suitable for?

Shaving is the most common hair removal method in Germany. The razor cuts the hair on the surface of the skin and stubble grows back within one to three days.

Shavers are particularly suitable for those who want to remove their hair painlessly. The type of razor you use is up to you, but different razors are best for different purposes.

How much does a razor cost?

A good razor does not have to be expensive, many inexpensive models already provide a good shave

Type of razor prices
Shavette from 22 euros
System razor in a pack of three from 4 euros
Electric razor from 29 euros

As you can see, you can buy very reasonably priced models of all types.

What are the alternatives to a razor?

If you want to remove your hair more permanently or avoid cuts, there are also some alternatives to a razor.

Epilating

With epilation, rotating mini tweezers pull out the hair at the root. This thoroughly removes the hair stubble and only a thin fuzz grows back after two to four weeks. The initial purchase can also be somewhat more expensive than a shaver.

To give the skin enough time to relax: Epilate in the evening!

Because it pulls briefly when the hair is pulled out, sensitive skin can react irritably.

Epilators should therefore only be used on the legs, because the skin on the face, bikini line and under the armpits is thinner. The whole process also takes a little longer than shaving.

If you are sensitive to pain, a numbing and cooling gel can be used. It's also best to keep the area you're epilating tight. And the more regularly you use your epilator, the less painful it will be, as fine hairs will be easier to pull out.

Depilatory cream

Depilatory cream works very quickly and easily, but there are chemicals in the tube. The hairs are loosened directly under the skin surface by the active ingredients and after a short time the hairs can be removed with a scraper. This method is completely painless and the hairs grow back more slowly. The skin remains smooth for up to ten days.

However, due to the high pH value, the acid mantle of the skin can be damaged and skin irritations or contact allergies can occur.

It is therefore better not to use this method under the armpits or in the bikini area, as pimples can develop there.

Before first use, be sure to do an allergy test on a small area 24 hours beforehand. The product can be used if the skin is not irritated. There are often a few hairs left even if it has been applied correctly.

Wax

Wax is used to enclose the hairs and then pull them out with a jerk. This makes hair removal more permanent, but it also hurts a little. In order to be pulled out well, the hair should be at least half a centimetre long. This method can be used on the whole body and lasts four to six weeks, after which the hair grows back softly.

Of all the methods, waxing is the most painful. It works best on dry and oil-free skin, so it's best to use body powder before the treatment so that the wax sticks to the hair and not the skin.

IPL

IPL stands for Intensed Pulsed Light Ellipse System - the hair roots are destroyed by pulses of light. The wavelength can be varied in the IPL procedure and adjusted for each treatment. With this treatment, the hairs detach from the lasered root, but remain stuck in the skin for about 14 days until they fall out. This method pinches a little but is hardly painful.

After the treatment, you may feel a slight tingling or burning sensation, depending on how you feel the pain. If the skin in the treated area is red, it should be cooled.

How do I shave properly?

The skin can easily become irritated when shaving, so it is advisable to be calm and careful when carrying out the procedure.

Your body should be completely clean, free of dirt or grease.

This happens automatically when you shave in the shower. A little shaving foam/gel can be applied to make it easier to cut the hairs.

A special aftershave product or mild body lotion should be applied after shaving and you should also rinse your razor thoroughly to remove hairs.

Red and dry skin

If your skin is irritated or red after shaving, the blades may be dull or you may have been too rough. To better prepare the hairs for shaving, you can leave the shaving cream to soak longer. Also make sure that you always shave in the direction of hair growth and that your aftershave does not contain alcohol.

Avoid ingrown hairs and pimples

To avoid pimples, always clean your razor thoroughly. But often the cause of blemishes is ingrown hairs. These are caused by shaving against the direction of hair growth or by going over the same area too often. Regular exfoliation with special anti-pimple ingredients can also reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.

Avoid cuts

Cuts are one of the biggest problems when shaving. By stretching the skin sufficiently and taking your time to shave without pressing the blade too hard on the skin, these injuries can be avoided. In addition, a sharp blade should always be used.

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