Rotary Shavers

Rotary Shaver

Rotary Shaver

Electric shavers have a long history, but the high quality razors of today are fairly divided between foil shavers and rotary shavers. Both styles of shaver have their merits, and each man will have to choose the style that fits his face best.

Of course, all men’s shavers, regardless of whether they are foil or rotary, compete with traditional manual razors for market share. A man interested in switching from one to the other should remember to try the new product for at least one to three weeks to allow his skin to adapt. The top models of the major brands (Norelco, Braun, and Remington are mentioned in the link, Panasonic is another) are all fine razors, and their return policies might make it possible to try them at home before committing to a purchase – look for at least 30 – 60 days.

Most rotary shavers have two or three rotors that lift the hair off of the skin before cutting it away. All should work well enough on the face, but it is the challenging neck hair that separates the best from the rest. The finest shavers for men will have pivoting rotors, allowing them to hug the contours of the face, and most come equipped with a trimmer for longer hair and sideburns.

The results of a poll at the Electric Shaver Page listed the Philips Arcitec 1000 series as the best rotary shaver. The next highest rated rotary shaver, the Philips Speed XL 8100 series, finished a distant fifth.

Owning to the popularity of rechargeable rotary shavers today, there are even sites designed to help their users ensure that their razors are kosher.