Men have been using razors to shave for thousands of years with archaeologists dating the first razor-like items to as early as 18,000 B.C.
At the same time, an electric razor is a modern invention that first was patented in 1930. Today it will not be an exaggeration to say that when it comes to shaving and razors, men have enough options and choices to fill out a few aisles of a drug store. The question then becomes: what and how do you choose?
The answer completely depends on your preferences. There is a reason why modern electric razors did not completely replace manual razors that have been around for thousands of years and this reason is very simple: both electric and manual razors have their advantages and disadvantages. One is not better than the other, just very different.
The biggest benefits or electric razors are speed and safety. Many electric razors offer a dry shaving option, which means that you don’t have to soften and protect your skin by applying water and shaving gel or foam to it. You can simply turn on the electric razor and start shaving.
Electric razors are also designed in a way that protects you from accidental cuts. Such design, however, does have a disadvantage, which is that electric shavers cut hair not as closely as the manual razors do. For this reason, if you want a really smooth shave, a manual razor would be a better choice.
Combined with dry shaving option, this means that you can shave quicker than you would with a manual razor.
Because electric shavers have motors, they are usually heavier than manual razors.
Electric razors are more versatile than the manual ones. They typically come with a number of settings and options and you can use them not just to shave, but also to trim beards, sideburns and mustaches.
The first disadvantage of an electric shaver is obvious: electric shavers need electric power. This means that you either need an outlet or you need a charged battery. Both of these requirements are typically not an issue in the Western countries today, but as all other electronic devices, electric shavers can break, run out of battery and have many other issues that manual razors don’t.
Because an electric shaver needs an electric motor to power the blades, electric shavers are heavier than manual razors. They also make noise. Some models are noisier than others but none of them are absolutely quiet in the way manual razors are.
Since electric shavers are fundamentally electronic devices, they need maintenance just like other electronic devices do. You will need to charge the batteries, make sure that the connector part of the shaver is clean and unobstructed, that the cords are not damaged and so on.
Finally, you will need to learn how to use an electric shaver. They are not as easy to use as the manual ones.
Manual razors require no maintenance. You don’t need to worry about batteries, recharges and so on. All you have to do is change the blades. The frequency of how often you need to do so depends on a number of factors, including how often you shave and the make and model of the blade and the razor. Because manual razors are manual, they are also light and produce no noise.
Manual razors also provide a closer shave than electric razors.
Shaving with a manual razor typically takes longer than shaving with an electric one because you need to wet your skin and apply a shaving product.
Manual shavers are not as safe as electric ones and you can get cuts and nicks with them.
Finally, manual shavers are less versatile. With a manual shaver you can’t set a mode that will leave a few millimeters of hair or that will trim a beard.
Both manual and electric razors have their own pros and cons. Decide on what’s most important to you and then choose a device that will fit your criteria
- Fast Shaving
- A lot of options such as grooming and trimming
- Safe to use
- Can use dry
- No need to use shaving products
- Can be heavy
- Can be noisy
- Need maintenance, batteries, recharging, etc.
- Can break
- Not as smooth as manual razors
- Smooth shaving
- No noise
- No Maintenance
- Slow, require skin preparation and use of shaving products
- Increased probability of cuts and nicks compared to electric razors
- Need to replace blades often
- Less versatile compared to electric razors