Whether you prefer rotary or foil shavers will likely come down to personal preference, which makes it hard to say whether either is really better than the other, with both having pros and cons. Look for our comparison post which will be coming to the site shortly and which we hope will allow you to make your own mind up about the right choice for you. Whilst our best rlectric dhaver guide does feature a lot of foil shavers, there are definitely some fantastic rotary shavers on the market. Particularly those manufactured by the market leader in rotary electric shavers, Philips Norelco. This is reflected by the fact that four of their razors feature in our top five best rotary electric shavers and their 9300 model shaver is only just pipped to the top position in our overall best electric shavers list by a very good Braun shaver.
Rotary shavers have three disc heads which rotate and which have spinning blades underneath. The guides lift up the hair and the blades cut it off. As with foil shavers, the guide holes in rotary shavers tend to be of different sizes and/or shapes to accurately cut all different lengths and thicknesses of hairs. As the blades rotate in a circular fashion, this requires the user to move the razor across his face in a similar manner – trying to use a rotary shaver in an up and down movement will likely result in hair being pulled rather than cut.
Contouring on a rotary shaver is generally considered to be above that of foil shavers as each shaver head is able to move independently, pivoting to maintain close contact with the face when shaving in more angled and awkward areas. Most rotary heads also flex together when pressure is applied more centrally on the razor. This makes for an easier shave around the nose, chin and jaw.
This page displays our complete review summaries for the top rotary shavers available. We will be adding to this site over the coming weeks and will be including full reviews of all top rated razors. In the meantime, you can view more user reviews by clicking the ‘buy now’ button under each summary.
Top 5 best Rotary Electric Shaver On The Market
1. Philips Norelco Rotary Shaver 9300 S9311/84
The 9300 is the first in the 9000 series of Norelco shavers and does come with improvements on the series 8000 shavers. Firstly, it uses the V-Track blade system, which means the blades are designed to give a closer shave than typical flat blades and which are an improvement on the UltraTrack heads of the previous series. It also comes with different, variable Personal Comfort Settings and an upgraded contouring system which allows even more movement of the blades to fit around the contours of your face. Whilst this shaver is perfectly good, the improvements are relatively minor and we’re not entirely convinced that the shaving experience is vastly improved – certainly at the recommended retail prices we would take the 8100 over the 9300. However, with the current online prices, it’s certainly worth the extra 5 bucks for this upgrade and you won’t go wrong with this top pick of the rotary shavers.
2. Philips Norelco Rotary Shaver 8100 1250X/40
The Norelco 8100 was formerly branded as SensoTouch 3D and this is one of the more basic in the series 8000 range. However, it still packs a mighty punch at a lower price than some of the others in the range. It uses Philips’ Gyroflex 3D system which moves each of the rotary blade heads independently, allowing pivoting and tilting that makes it super easy for this shaver to follow the contours of your face. The shaving heads are also designed with three different specialised tracks to target hair of different lengths which is supposed to ensure the closest possible shave. This shaver only just misses out on the top spot due to being so close in price to the 9300, which just pips it with a few additional features. The power offered by this model, along with the closeness of shave really does make it a top class electric shaver and a purchase that will not disappoint.
3. Philips Norelco Rotary Shaver 8500 1260X/40
There is very little difference between this shaver and the 8100. Although this model does represent an upgrade, the differences are largely cosmetic and we’re really just marking this down slightly on value for money. The 8500 and 8100 share the same shaving heads and system, along with their technology. For an additional $25 you get an additional two battery level indicators and an extra 10 mins use time from a single charge. These extras aren’t bad for the price and if you’re happy to spend a little more for these extras, then go for this shaver over the 8100 – but don’t expect to encounter a much improved shaving experience. Having said that, the good points mentioned above regarding the 8100 apply to this shaver just as much – it will provide a close and comfortable shave and you could do much worse from your razor. It just comes down to whether you’re willing to pay a little extra.
4. Philips Norelco Rotary Shaver 5700 S5370
We’ve included this shaver in our top 5 list as it represents a great deal of value for money. The contouring system is not as advanced as more expensive models, and neither is the blade technology. However, the standard of shave that this razor offers for $70 less than any other Philips Norelco on our top 5 list is truly a great deal for the price – although it won’t deliver the closeness of shave that you will get with the higher series models. One of the great features of this razor are the Turbo mode, which gives a 10% extra power boost to help make shaving quicker. This shaver can also be used for both wet and dry shaving. Whilst we’d still go for the 9300 over this, if you’re looking for a great shaver in a lower price bracket than the others on our list you can’t really go wrong with the 5700.
5. Remington XR1370 Hyper Series Rotary Shaver
The only non-Philips rotary razor that we consider even worth including on our top list. This is more of an entry level shaver than some of the others on our list and the price tag reflects that, but it does give a comfortable and skin friendly shave and is really held up by value for money. The contour heads work well and this shaver is powerful enough to do the job reasonably quickly. If you’re happy to spend more to purchase one of the Norelco models then we would definitely recommend that you do so, but if you’re looking for more of a starter electric shaver then this is a perfectly respectable shaver for quite a lot less money. You just may end up wishing you’d spent a little more to get a top of the line Philips Norelco shaver.