Frequently asked questions about electric shavers


Which brand of electric shaver should I buy?

What is the advantage of having a "Cleaning Station"?

How much does it cost to maintain my shaver?

What's the difference between cordless & cord/cordless?

Why does my shaver foil wear out so quickly?

How often should I change the screens and cutters?

 

 

Which brand of electric shaver should I buy?

This is the most common question we are asked. Since nobody but you can decide which shaver works best with your face and beard, all the major manufacturers provide a "Money Back Guarantee". This lets you try a shaver for several weeks at no risk. If you don't adjust to the new shaver, you send it back to the manufacturer for a full refund.
If you have never used an electric shaver before, the place to start would be whether or not you have sensitive skin or a heavy beard. If you have sensitive skin, you might try one of the Philips or Panasonic wet/dry shavers, this would give you the opportunity to try shaving wet with gel or shaving cream to minimiZe irritation. If you have a heavy beard, you could try the Braun or the top-of-the-line Panasonic shavers which have motors designed to deal with dense beards. These shavers are designed to give the best shave when used dry.
Whichever shaver you choose, your face and beard will require a week or two to adjust to the new system. The Money Back Guarantee allows for plenty of time for sensitive skin to settle down with a new cutting method.
If you have used an electric shaver before, were you happy with the performance? If you were, then we suggest you stay with the shaving system that has been working for you. For instance, don't switch from a foil system Braun shaver to a Philips rotary shaver if you were happy with the foil shave. If, however, you were unhappy with the electric shaver you tried, you should try the other system or another brand to see if you are able to find the right shaver for your face and whiskers. If you are unsure how to decide which shaver to try, please call us..

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What is the advantage of having a "Cleaning Station"

A cleaning and charging station can be a lifesaver when maintaining your shaver if you have shaky hands or trouble seeing. Keeping a shaver clean and lubricated is the best way to extend the life of your parts. It also ensures that you get as close to an "as new" shave as possible every day. The cost of the cleaning solution for the various cleaning centers runs around $10 a month, but would pay you back in the long run by extending the life of your screens and cutters. If, however, you are in the habit of cleaning your shaver every day after you use it, the cleaning centre would be only a convenience and might not be worth the extra maintenance cost.

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How much does it cost to maintain my electric shaver.

Changing the screen and cutter is a judgment call. For foil/ screen shavers you should change the screens every 6-9 mths. and the cutters once a year. The replacement parts costs varies with the models. In most cases manufacturer's have discontinued selling the foils and cutters separately. They recommend changing both at the same time. A set of Braun or Remington Panasonic screen and cutter range in price from $32.00 to $47.00 (depending on the shaving system). Rotary head shavers require fewer replacements and may be more economical to use. Philips / Norelco rotary shaving heads will last approx. 2 years. They range in price from $35 to $50 for a set of 3. Always clean and lubricate your shaver to make these heads last longer.

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What's the difference between cordless and cord/cordless?

Cordless electric shavers work only when the batteries are charged. The Cord/cordless designation indicates that the shaver can be plugged in and used whether or not the batteries are charged.

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Why does my shaver foil wear out so quickly?

If your screens are wearing out more quickly than the expected 12 to 18 months suggested by the manufacturers, you are probably (1) pressing the shaver against your face too hard in trying to get a better shave or (2) not keeping the screens and cutters clean enough. You will get a better shave if you pass the shaver very lightly across the face. Pressing harder just pushes the cutters against the foil and wears out both parts. The shaver should be cleaned every time it is used for best performance.

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How often should I change the screens and cutters?

The manufacturers suggest that you should replace your screens and cutters roughly every 12 to 18 months depending on how clean you keep your shaver and how heavy your beard is. If you feel that you are wanting to push harder or are making more passes across your face than usual or the shaver is pulling your whiskers, your cutters may be worn out.