Even though our best electric shaver guide is made up primarily of foil shavers this does not mean that foil shavers are necessarily better. The debate over foil versus rotary shavers is one that continues to rage and it is certainly difficult to declare a winner as each has their own benefits. The primary reason that so many foil electric shavers feature on our overall top 5 is due to the high quality and great value for money offered by so many Braun shavers in particular, which we feel gives them a slight edge over the leading player in the rotary shaver market – Philips Norelco.
Foil shavers feature usually a number of rectangular foil guides over an oscillating blade. The holes in the foil catches and lifts facial hair which is then cut by the blade or blades. In many cases foil guides feature different sized or shaped holes which are designed to catch different hair lengths or thicknesses – to ensure a shave which doesn’t miss a trick. The better foil shavers also now feature contouring – the foil guides, and sometimes the blades, flex and pivot slightly to ensure that they stay close to the skin when shaving around more angled areas of the face such as the chin and neckline. Foil shavers are best used in an up and down motion which comes more naturally than the circular motion required with a rotary shaver – especially if you have used a manual shaver previously. Furthermore, as they generally have a larger cutting surface area, foil shavers can offer a quicker shave than some rotary shavers.
On this page you can view our review summaries for our pick of the top 5 best foil electric shavers available today. Over the coming weeks we will be adding full reviews for all of the shavers featured here but you can review existing user reviews by clicking the ‘buy now’ button under each review summary.
Top 5 Best Electric Foil Shaver On The Market
1. Braun Series 7 760cc-6 Foil Electric Shaver
It should come as no surprise that Braun tops the list of our greatest foil shavers as they have built a solid reputation as a true great in the industry, and foil shavers are their speciality. However, some may find it surprising that this particular model is our pick of the bunch. Although not the latest series 7 shaver, the 760cc delivers a stunning shave for a great price. Both the closeness and comfort of this shaver are truly top class and the shaving technology in use here is the same as later series 7 models (namely the 790cc – found in third place on our list). Although the 790cc is technically an upgrade on the 760cc, we felt that the minor improvements didn’t necessarily warrant the extra cost and in terms of the shaving experience itself, the 760cc offers the best shave per $ spent than any other foil razor currently on the market.
2. Braun Series 7 790cc-4 Foil Electric Shaver
The 790cc comes with a higher price tag than the 760cc. However, although it does have additional features on that model, when it comes down to it, we are of the view that they represent a fairly minimal improvement in the shaving experience. The shaving technology being utilised for this shaver is exactly the same as the 760cc model and the upgrades are largely cosmetic – an extra battery level, a slightly more advanced cleaning dock and a nice leather pouch. Granted, the extra spend for the 790cc is relatively minimal, but don’t expect a much improved shaving experience for that additional cash. This shaver is undoubtedly every bit as good as the 760cc but the extra spend is not necessarily worth the extra features. If you’re willing to pay the extra for the additional elements then go ahead – but be aware that you could save a little by going with the 760cc instead.
3. Braun Series 5 550cc Foil Electric Shaver
The Braun Series 5 550cc shaver warrants its place on our list of top foil shavers in no small part due to its relatively low price and the fact that it offers a truly great shaving experience for close to $50 less than the other Braun shavers on our top 5 list. Although it is only a mid-range series 5 shaver it does have a lot to offer, cramming in much of the technology utilised in the more powerful series 7 Braun shavers. It is lacking a little in some of the extra features that the 760cc and 790cc offer but this is to be expected for the price. Given the lower price tag on this shaver, it would definitely be a great choice of shaver for anyone new to electric shavers or anyone who does not want to fork out for the more expensive options above.
4. Panasonic Arc4 ES-LA63-S Foil Electric Shaver
This Panasonic Arc4 shaver is another that owes its place on our top foil shavers list at least in part because it represents great value for money. Despite having less features and fewer blades than Arc5 shavers, the Arc4 ES-LA63-S gives a comfortable and close shave. This electric razor can be used wet or dry and a Multi-Flex Pivoting head to give flexibility which enables great contouring and makes it easy to get into tricky spots. There is no cleaning dock as there is with the Braun’s – we think this is a negative, but it does depend on your preference or otherwise for using a cleaning station. We’d still go for the Braun shavers above over this but if you have less cash to spend on a shaver this is one that is definitely worth a look. Read more user reviews or purchase this shaver by clicking the ‘buy now’ link below.
5. Braun Series 9 9090cc Foil Electric Shaver
The series 9 9090cc is one of Braun’s more recent models and comes with their top of the line shaving technology. The 9090cc uses a quadruple action cutting system with two Optifoil, a HyperLift&Cut trimmer and a Direct&Cut trimmer. These are designed to give a closer shave than the previous triple cutting system and, with each cutting element pivoting independently this shaver is supposed to work better with the contours of your face. It certainly does provide a close and comfortable shave, although the shaving head is quite wide – which means some users may find it a little difficult to use on trickier areas. Another downside with this particular model of the series 9 is that it is not suitable for wet shaving – although it is waterproof so can be cleaned easily! Although this is a great shaver it falls down a little on price – it simply does not offer the same value for money that the 760cc (and 790cc!) offer.