Gift Guide: 4 Electric Razors Under $30
Here's a gift you're actually better off buying at the last minute: an electric shaver. It can take a few weeks to get used to a new razor, so most manufacturers let users try one out for at least 30 days and get their money back if they're not pleased with the results. Shopping close to the holiday gives a man in your life almost the full trial period.
Even a guy who generally uses a manual razor might appreciate an electric for on-the-go touch-ups. Some past converts caution that it can take time to adjust to using an electric razor and find the right amount of pressure to apply in order to get a close shave without accidentally pulling hairs or irritating sensitive skin.
There are two different types of electric shavers: foil and rotary. Although both work well, some men prefer one over the other, so it's best to opt for the type your loved one already uses or give him a chance to see which one he likes better.
Cheapism.com surveyed the marketplace and found four inexpensive electric razors that make good gifts. They're all well-regarded for their shaving capabilities and cost $30 or less. Not that you should skimp on a gift, but this way you can pick up a couple of other presents, as well, such as a nice aftershave.
The Braun MobileShave M-90 (starting at $21) runs on two AA batteries, making it convenient for travelers who don't want to bring a recharging base with them -- or commuters who need a quick shave while waiting in traffic. This foil shaver features a pop-up trimmer for styling and comes with a brush for easy cleaning. It's also safe to rinse under water.
The Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 (starting at $30) uses a collection chamber to cut down on mess and comes with a cleaning brush for anything left over (unfortunately it can't be washed under the faucet). This rotary shaver relies on a rechargeable battery, which lasts for about 35 minutes after an eight-hour charge. Users say the three floating heads are gentle on skin and provide a close shave. There's also a pop-up trimmer for a mustache or sideburns.
The Remington MSC-140 (starting at $10) is a compact foil razor that runs on AA batteries. It doesn't include a pop-up trimmer, but how much can you ask for when it's only $10? Users say it provides a good, close shave for about six to eight months, at which point buying a brand-new one is cheaper than replacing the head on most other razors. One reviewer bought five to have on hand wherever he may need a shave.
The Remington R3-4110A (starting at $28) is a rechargeable rotary shaver that requires 16 hours to charge the battery and only 30 minutes to drain it. Even so, 30 minutes provides many shaves and it's easy enough to leave the razor plugged in overnight. Users admire the shaver's performance, especially considering the low price, and appreciate that it can be easily cleaned with a quick rinse under water.