Choosing an electric shaver is a big decision – even more so if you are prone to sensitive skin. Luckily there are a range of electric shavers made specifically for sensitive skin.
According to a Proctor & Gamble study on the prevalence of sensitive skin, 50-60% of men report having some degree of sensitivity. Another study revealed that sensitive skin affects 50% of the European population.
Sensitive skin can be defined as unpleasant skin sensations like burning, pain, or stinging in response to something that shouldn’t provoke these sensations. It can affect any area of the body but today we’re concentrating on the face.
If you’ve ever suffered from sensitive skin, then you’ll be used to having to choose your skin care products wisely. It’s not just lotions you need to be mindful of when you have sensitive skin – any external stimuli can cause sensitivity, including electric shavers.
7 Best Electric Shavers For Sensitive Skin
With that in mind, here’s our guide to the 7 best electric shavers for sensitive skin.
Braun Series 9 9340s
The Braun Series 9 model 9340s is a top of the range electric shaver for sensitive skin. It has five shaving elements, which means it removes more hairs per stroke than other competing electric shavers, making it an excellent choice for men with sensitive skin as you don’t have to go over the same part of your face due to missed hairs, which can cause irritation.
The two specialised middle trimmers are excellent at grabbing any hair type and regardless of whether the shaver is used wet, dry, or with foam or gel.
The shave is exceptionally close and with 40,000 cutting actions per minute, the shave is flawless. It’s even capable of cutting hair as short as 0.05mm and its comfort flexi head works in 10 directions.
With such a close shave, you’d be questioning how it is so good on sensitive skin. Well, added to the fact that more hairs are cut per stroke than any other razor, this shaver also has 10,000 sonic vibrations that help glide the shaver over your skin easily.
The patented technology means that there is a cushioning sonic wave between your skin and the cutting elements and so your face is better protected from shaving irritation.
Another benefit of this technology is that the vibrations also help to lift and loosen hairs, making them more easily captured by the shaver. This also makes the shave faster too.
This unique shaver uses Braun’s unbeatable AutoSense technology, which automatically adjusts the shaver’s power according to the density of the hair. Most shavers have a pre-set power output – with the Braun Series 9 you have a tailor-made shave even on dense beards. So, if you’re cutting stiff stubble, a thick beard, or have a week’s worth of growth, the shaver will respond accordingly.
This technology works with a microprocessor and sensors that analyse your hair density as you go. You won’t experience power lag as this is constantly running and automatically adjusting the shaver’s power. If the density of hair is higher, it provides more power. Those painful tugs of cheaper shavers just don’t happen.
Wet shaving compatible
Many people with sensitive skin need to use specialist shaving foams, creams, or oils to soothe their skin while shaving. The good news is that this shaver is completely waterproof to five metres deep so you can use it for wet shaving, making it great to use in the shower where the warm water and steam will help soothe your sensitive skin and make for an irritation-free, comfortable shave.
What’s in the box?
As well as the shaver, it comes with an easy-to-use charging stand, which means it will always be charged and ready for use. If you are using the battery when away from home, rest assured that the Braun Series 9 uses the most advanced Li-Ion technology and one charge will last a whole month!
It also comes with a fabric travel case, a smart plug, a cleaning brush, and a manual.back to menu ↑
Philips S7370 Series 7000
If you shave every day or every other day and prefer a rotary shaver, this Philips rotary shaver is the best we’ve found for sensitive skin. It is specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind and offers a unique design to provide comfort.
GentlePrecision Blade System
The Philips Series 7000 S7370 has a specially designed skin-protection system that means you get a really close shave even on all hairs whether flat-lying, short, or long. The first of the shaver’s blades raises the hairs up away from your skin, allowing the second blade to cut them comfortably.
The Philips Series 7000 has a coating consisting of thousands of tiny beads. These beads create a low-resistance, soft surface for your shave. Lots of skin irritation from shaving is caused by friction. Philips’ Comfort Rings are designed with anti-friction in mind. This means it will move effortlessly over your skin to minimise irritation while leaving you with hair-free skin.
Shaver head movement
The heads each move in five directions and so the razor will be in the perfect position for the shape of your face and neck wherever it goes. This closeness also means it delivers a very close shave and you won’t need to go over the same area, which reduces the chances of irritated skin.
Precision trimmer attachment
The rotatory shaver head easily switches to a precision trimmer attachment, which is great for trimming your sideburns, moustache, or goatee. It is a SmartClick Precision Trimmer, which means you can switch the head with a simple click.
Dry or wet shave
The QuickRinse System
Both the precision trimmer attachment and the rotary shaver head can be washed easily under running water, meaning you can keep them in perfect condition.
Charging – and quick charge
The Philips Series 7000 uses a long-lasting lithium-ion battery that charges in under an hour. Each charge will provide around 50 minutes of shaving time – Philips say this is equivalent to around 17 shaves. If you do run out of charge and need to shave, it has a quick charge option. This will provide enough charge for your morning shave in just five minutes of charge time.
What’s in the box?
Each shaver comes with a UK 2-pin plug, a precision trimmer attachment, a user manual and a travel case.back to menu ↑
Philips Shaver Series 5000
The Philips Shaver Series 5000 is an excellent shaver for sensitive skin for its price. It has 45 steel precision blades that perform as many as 90,000 cutting actions per minute. This makes for an effortless shave that’s really gentle. With so many cutting actions, you don’t need to go over the same area repeatedly. What’s more, the blades are self-sharpening and so will always cut closely and precisely.
This powerful electric shaver has a built-in automatic sensor that will adapt to the density of your hair. The Power Adapt Sensors automatically track the hair density 125 times every second to adjust the power as it’s needed.
The heads of this shaver turn 360° – adapting to any shape they come across. There is also a pop-up beard trimmer which means you can also trim your beard, sideburns, or moustache with ease.
Quick clean pod
The Philips Series 5000 comes with a cable-free cleaning pod. This cleans and lubricates the shaver in 60 seconds, which means it will stay working well for a long time. It’s also really easy to open the shaver head in a single touch to run it under the tap for cleaning.
The Philips Shaver 5000 series comes with a high-performing lithium-ion battery which charges in one hour to produce up to 120 minutes of use. If you’re running short of time, a quick 5-minute charge will provide enough power for your morning shave.
What’s great about Philips is that they are keen on driving sustainability. As a result, the production facilities use 100% renewable energy and the packaging is made with materials that have been recycled. The shavers also each have an Eco passport. So, if you’re keen on watching your carbon footprint whilst taking care of your sensitive skin, the Philips Series 7000 is a good choice.
What’s in the box?
Each shaver comes with a travel case, the Quick Clean Pod, and a cleaning brush.back to menu ↑
Braun Series 3 ProSkin
When it comes to a budget buy for sensitive skin, the Braun Series 3 ProSkin electric shaver wins hands down. It’s safe to say that Braun has got something right with this electric razor!
The Braun Series 3 has three shaving elements that each float independently of one another. This means that they adapt to the contours of your face really well for your comfort. The head has a specialised micro comb to capture more hair per stroke. This means that you have a gentler and faster shave as you don’t need to go over the same area lots of times. There is also a pop-up, built-in trimmer for moustache, sideburn and beard shaping. You can also use it to trim a longer beard before shaving if you want to be clean shaven but your beard is too long.
Foil design with maximum skin protection
The Braun 3040s has stainless steel blades and a SensoFoil design that captures more hairs in a single stroke. This is designed to give you a close shave while being gentle on your skin. By minimising the number of times the razor passes over your skin, there is less skin irritation, making this shaver ideal for sensitive skin.
As well as this, the micro comb captures any flat-lying hair so that they get cut, avoiding repeated strokes. The comb features two rows of evenly spaced, fine grooves surrounding a middle trimmer that moves independently.
The skin is also protected further by the pressure-sensitive shaver blades. These retract automatically to protect the skin. This makes it easier to tackle the more difficult areas too, like the neck, jawline and under the nose.
Shave dry or wet
This electric shaver gives a fantastic, comfortable shave whether you use it wet or dry. It is 100% waterproof and washable and can be used with gel, foam or in the shower for a perfectly smooth face.
The shaver is 100% waterproof down to a depth of five metres – so if you fancy doing a crazy sponsored shave at the bottom of a swimming pool, you’re good to go!
Battery life and voltage adaption
The Braun 3040s comes with a premium NiMH battery. This means that a full charge will last 45 minutes with no loss in performance. The last few minutes of its battery life will be just as powerful as the first few and the shaver is fully charged in 60 minutes.
There is a Quick Charge option for emergencies, which will provide enough power for one shave.
This Braun electric shaver has a Smart Plug, which automatically adjusts between 100 and 240v, meaning it’s suitable for use wherever you are in the world.
What’s in the box?
The shaver comes with a protection cap, a Smart Plug and a cleaning brush.back to menu ↑
Remington F6 Electric Shaver
Waterproof rotary head
The Remington F6 is 100% waterproof and can be used wet or dry, with foam or gel and without. Being 100% waterproof means it’s also really easy to clean.
The rotary head has a pivoting neck and flexing blades, meaning you can shave cleanly with lots of control.
The shave heads are also multidirectional and have dual track blades that will target all hairs in any direction so there are no irritating missed areas that need to be passed over again (which makes you more at risk of skin irritation).
Comfort and control
The F6 has an ergonomic handle giving you complete control over your shave, even when you’re using it in the shower. The ergonomic grip handle means you won’t risk dropping it in the shower or if your hands are wet from wet shaving.
The pivoting neck and flexing blades provide maximum comfort and control throughout the shave. These follow your unique facial contours for a close, clean and irritation-free shave.
Stubble Styler accessory
What’s unique about this shaver is that it comes with a Stubble Styler accessory. This is a clip-on accessory that means you can use your shaver and create a deliberate three-day stubble look. So, if you’re keen on this particular look or you want to prevent skin sensitivity further, this is a great option to have.
If you need to neaten up sideburns, a moustache or goatee, this electric shaver has a pop-up comfort trim detailer. You can even use it to neaten up your hairline too.
The Remington comes with a USB charging cable, which means you have lots more charging options no matter where you are. You can charge it with any device that has a USB port. This could be a computer, PC, wall socket, or phone charger. This makes it ideal for travelling around the world too – no matter where you are, you know you’ll be able to charge it.
The shaver is fully charged in 90 minutes and has two 3-stage LED indicators to show you the current battery status. There is also a 5-minute quick charge option that will provide enough power for one shave. On a full charge, the shaver will last one hour.
What’s in the box?
This shaver comes with a stubble styler head guard and a USB charger cable. There is no foil cover but the stubble styler can be used to protect the shaver.back to menu ↑
Philips Series 3000 Electric Shaver
This electric shaver is excellent for sensitive skin as it has 27 precision-engineered self-sharpening blades. This provides a consistent, comfortable, clean shave.
5D pivot and flex heads
The Philips 3000 has heads that are fully flexible with a 5D pivot. The floating movements help the shave adapt to the contours of the face.
You can use this shaver wet or dry for a comfortable shave that is consistent across your whole face. It’s 100% waterproof meaning that you can even use it in the shower. This also makes cleaning worry-free too.
There is a pop-up trimmer attached for sideburns, moustaches and goatees.
Since you can use this electric shaver in the shower, it makes sense to have an ergonomic handle design. The handle on the Philips Series 3000 is made from non-slip rubber, which ensures a secure shave no matter whether you shave wet or dry.
The shaver can be cleaned really easily. With a single touch of a button, the head will flip open so you can rinse under the tap and clean it. As previously mentioned, you don’t need to worry about getting any part of it wet as it is 100% waterproof.
Battery life and charging
This cordless electric shaver has an LED battery indicator with three stages to alert you to a low battery. It is fully charged after one hour and will last for 60 minutes. You can also use the quick charge option – charging for five minutes to give you enough charge for a single shave.
The lights will blink while the shaver is charging and then will go out when it is fully charged.
This shaver has automatic voltage adaptation and so will work in outlets between 100 and 240 volts, making it ideal for travelling anywhere in the world.
What’s in the box?
The Philips Series 3000 comes with a charging stand, a travel pouch, and an integrated timer. The shaver also has a protective cap.back to menu ↑
DynaBliss Electric Razor
Though DynaBliss is not as well known in the UK as some of the other brands mentioned in this guide, this electric shaver is certainly worth looking into for all of the features it has for a really great price.
A close, smooth shave
This electric shaver has a floating head that goes in four directions. There is also an ultrathin, double-track spherical cutter net. Combined, these features provide a clean yet close shave as it runs over the contours of your face without irritating your skin. The high-speed motor also has exceptionally low noise, allowing for a more enjoyable shave.
A pop-up trimmer
There is also a pop-up trimmer built into the shaver, which is ideal for sideburns, goatees, and moustaches.
Can be used wet or dry
This electric shaver has an advanced waterproof system. Not only can you have a wet and dry shave, but you can also use it in the shower. Because the whole body is washable, you don’t have to worry about getting it wet and can easily clean it by running it under the tap.
Fast charging with an LED display
Compared to all of the other electric shavers for sensitive skin in this review, the DynaBliss will last two whole hours on a single charge. And, unlike the others, you can still use it corded while it is charging.
There is also an LED display on the handle, which shows the battery life, status, and charging indicator.
For convenience, this electric shaver can charge via USB cable using any device with a USB port. So, if you’re travelling with a laptop, this can double up as the shaver charger too. It can also be connected to a USB wall socket or your phone charger.
Due to its long battery life and the ability to charge anywhere with a USB, this electric shaver is a fantastic accessory for travelling. It also features a travel safety lock and so won’t turn on and run the battery down. Finally, it can be charged anywhere in the world without worrying about different voltages!
What’s in the box?
The shaver comes with an instruction manual, a soft storage pouch, a USB charging cable, and a cleaning brush.
In this article we’ve seen seven different electric shavers that are all recommended for sensitive skin. But what is it that makes a shaver good for sensitive skin? Here are some final considerations before you make your decision.
A shaver that covers more ground and captures more hairs will mean that you’ll have less irritation. Equally, if you don’t need to press into the skin to capture all of the hairs, you won’t have as much sensitivity caused by friction.
When it comes to electric shaving, the motor and torque matter. An electric shaver that responds to the thickness of your stubble automatically is recommended if you have sensitive skin.
In addition to that, you need sharp blades and so choosing an electric razor that has self-sharpening blades is a good idea.
Finally, one of the best things you can do is wet shave with an electric shaver using a shaving gel that is designed for sensitive skin.
So, with all of this in mind and if money’s no object, the Braun Series 9 9340s is arguably the best electric shaver for sensitive skin available. That said, all seven of the shavers we reviewed have been specifically chosen to meet the needs and requirements of all people with sensitive skin, regardless of budget.