Top 5 Electric Shavers for Sensitive Skin

What to Look For

If you have sensitive skin and are struggling with razor burn, irritation and/or ingrown hairs, you may well be considering changing to an electric shaver.

Electric shavers are advantageous in that the blades do not actually touch the skin like the blade of a razor does, eliminating the risk of cuts and nicks.

When the blade or blades of a razor are passed across the skin, it also removes the very surface layer and so the more passes you take the more chance you have of causing irritation.

Generally, the higher end products with the better technology are the best and they can be expensive initially.  However, when set against the cost of continually replacing disposable razor cartridges, it actually can work out to be similar or even cheaper across the year.

​There are certain things to look out for when choosing the best electric shaver for use on sensitive skin:

Motor Speed

The motor is important as the more powerful and fast the motor is, the more comfortable and gentle the shave will be, with less chance of pulling on the skin.

Some models offer the option of low, medium and high speeds so that you can select which is best for you, depending on the area you are shaving.​

Blades

Top quality, very sharp blades are important so you must ensure that you change the shaver head as recommended (usually every 12 - 18 months depending on use and beard thickness).

Some electric shavers come with an LED display that includes a shaver head replacement indicator.​

Generally, foil shavers are considered the best for sensitive skin, as opposed to rotary shavers, as they tend to be more gentle on the skin.​  

However, technological advances over the years have improved rotary shavers in this respect and there are some now available with specifically designed features for use on sensitive skin.

Wet or Dry Operation

The ability to use the shaver in the shower with shaving creams, gels or foams is a definite plus if you have sensitive skin.

They allow the shaver to glide even more easily across the skin for a gentler and more comfortable shave.​

Philips Norelco 4500 wet or dry

Our Top 5 Recommended Shavers

Braun Series 9 9290 Wet & Dry Shaver

Braun Series 9 9290

This top of the range shaver from Braun has 5 shaving elements, titanium coated trimmer and adapts automatically to beard density.  Wet and dry use.  Includes clean and charge station and premium travelling case. Current cost around $300

Braun Series 7 799cc

Braun Series 7 799cc

Braun's top electric shaver for sensitive skin, with 3 shaving modes, flexible cutting elements for wet or dry use.  Complete with clean and charge station and 2 extra cleaning cartridges. Current cost around $220

Philips Norelco 7300 S7370/84 Shaver

Philips Norelco 7300 S7370/84

Specially for sensitive skin, includes comfort rings in shaver heads for smoother glide.  5 directional flexible heads to closely follow facial contours. Wet or dry use, comes with clean and charge station and travel case.   Current cost around $130

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4

Features dual motor, 4 hypoallergenic blade shaving system with pivoting head to follow facial contours exactly. Use wet or dry, includes sonic vibration for cleaning thoroughly under tap. Complete with travel lock and pouch. Current cost around $110

Braun Series 3 3040s Wet & Dry Shaver

Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040S

Good on a tight budget, includes 3 pressure-sensitive elements to shaving head and can be used wet or dry.  Head includes Micro Comb to catch more hair for an efficient shave first time. Current cost around $55

Products in More Detail

Braun Series 9 9290c in the bo

Braun Series 9 9290

The Braun Series 9 9290cc model is the ultimate in shaving comfort and technology.

If you have sensitive skin and can afford the hefty $300 price tag, this is definitely the shaver for you, from one of the leading and most respected shaving Brands.

In the Box:

  • Braun Series 9 Shaver
  • Clean and Charge Station (inc. cleaning fluid refill)
  • Travel Case
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Smartplug mains cord/charger (100-240v)
Braun Series 9 9290cc Whats in the Box

Product Features:

There are 5 elements to the shaving head, each designed to perform a specific function, which combine to provide a shave to meet all needs.

The ​first and last elements are the OptiFoils, which are the cutting elements.

Then you have the titanium coated HyperLift and Cut trimmer to lift and cut flat hairs and the Direct and Cut trimmer for hairs that grow in different directions.

Braun Series 9 9290 shaver 5 elements

Finally, there is a protective skin guard, which is a bar that smooths the skin for a more comfortable shave.

The head is flexible, and pivots freely, whilst each of the 5 elements are independently floating to give 10 directional contouring.

Braun Series 9 9290cc contour adaptation

What this means is that it can capture and cut more hair in one pass, so that risk of irritation is minimised.​

Braun's patented SyncroSonic technology allows the shaver to adapt to the different densities in your beard and increase or decrease automatically in power a​s required.

There is a head locking feature so that you can lock the flexible head in a choice of 5 positions for difficult areas such as the jawline.

An integrated slide-out trimmer is located at the back of the shaver for precision trimming of areas such as sideburns or mustache.

The easy to see LED display in the body of the shaver indicates battery hygiene and travel lock status.

The Braun Series 9 9290cc is fully charged in just one hour for 50 minutes continual cordless, wet or dry use, with the option of a 5 minute quick charge for a single shave.

The 5 action clean and charge station automatically selects the correct cleaning program to clean, dry, lubricate and charge the shaver at the touch of a button.  This keeps it hygienically clean and in optimum condition, to preserve the life of the shaver head.

Braun Series 9 9290cc Charging Station

All in all, a premium product with all the technology to provide the best, closest and most comfortable shave, even for sensitive skin.

Braun Series 7 799cc

Braun Series 7 799cc

This shaver from Braun is specially designed to be suitable for use if you have sensitive skin.

The earlier version (Series 7 790cc model) is the same, but we have chosen this in preference as it can be used wet or dry, unlike the 790cc model which is dry use only.

In the Box:

  • Braun Series 7 Shaver
  • Clean and Charge Station (inc. cleaning refill)
  • Travel Pouch
  • Smartplug mains cord/charger (100 - 240v)
  • Cleaning Brush
Braun Series & 799cc Whats in the Box

Product Features:

The Braun Series 7 799cc model has 4 individually floating elements on its 40 degree pivoting head, to give 8 directional contouring.

The head consists of 2 OptiFoil elements, with ActiveLift Trimmer and a skin guard sandwiched between them.​

Braun Series 7 4 shaving elements

The ActiveLift Trimmer lifts and cuts any flat lying hairs whilst the skin guard smooths the skin to give added comfort.​

A headlock is included so that you can lock the shaver head in one position for precision in awkward areas.​

Braun Series 7 799cc Headlock and Trimmer

Features Head Lock and Trimmer

This model benefits from 5 settings ranging from sensitive to turbo, allowing you to select the best choice for you.

​An integral pop-up trimmer is provided for precision trimming of sideburns and mustache and the shaver can be used wet or dry, in the shower, with or without shaving foams, gels etc.

As with the Series 9, the Sonic technology adapts automatically to the different densities in your beard to provide extra power as required, reducing the need to keep going over the same area again and again.

The Li-Ion battery is fully charged in just one hour for 50 minutes shave time, with the option of a quick, 5 minute charge for a single shave.

Finally, the 4 action clean and charge station selects cleaning program, cleans, charges and lubricates​ the shaver automatically to keep it in tip-top condition.  Just pop it in after use and press the button.

Braun Series 7 799cc cleaning station

​This shaver has all the features required to make it a good choice for anyone with sensitive skin.

Philips Norelco 7300 S7370/84

Philips Norelco 7300 S7370 /84 in the box

The Philips Norelco 7300 is a rotary shaver which includes design features specially developed for use on sensitive skin.

Philips are the leading manufacturer of rotary shavers and this product comes with a 2 year worldwide warranty.

In the Box:

  • Philips Norelco Shaver 7300
  • SmartClean (inc. cleaning cartridge)
  • SmartClick Precision Trimmer
  • Power Cord
  • Travel Case
Philips Norelco 7300 S7370/84 Shaver

What's in the box (power cord not shown)

Product Features:

Consisting of 3 independently flexing heads, moving in 5 directions to follow your facial contours closely, each head has a comfort ring to reduce irritation.

These comfort rings have a microbead coating designed to reduce friction and improve glide, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable shave with minimal irritation.​

Philips Norelco 7300 5 directional head

Comfort rings in head to help glide across skin

The blades are angled to the optimal cutting position which gives a clean, close shave whilst also reducing the risk of tugging and pulling, another cause of irritation.

Philips Norelco dual action blade

Dual action, angled blades

The shaver can be used wet or dry, with or without shaving foams, gels or creams and there is a trimmer attachment included for precision work around sideburns​ etc.

​The LED display on the body of the shaver indicates when the battery is low, when a new shaving head is required and then the travel lock is in operation.

Also included is Philips' SmartClean System, which cleans, lubricates and charges the shaver.  

The SmartClean system uses cartridges with an alcohol-free liquid which is great for sensitive skin.​

The Norelco 7300 S7370/84 model comes complete with a travelling case with a built-in ventilation chamber to dry it whilst you are on the move.​

Philips Norelco 7300 SmartClean System

If your preference is for an electric shaver with a rotary head, then this model is ideal for you, and currently available for around $130.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4

This foil shaver from Panasonic features hypoallergenic blades and foils, for a gentle shave on sensitive skin.

This is a good quality shaver for the mid-range price of around $110 with an attractive, ergonomic design for a comfortable hold.

There is a 2 year limited warranty offered for this product in the USA, including cover for parts, labour and rechargeable batteries.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

In the Box

  • Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver
  • Universal Voltage AC Charger
  • Protective Head Cover
  • Travel Pouch
Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

What's in the Box

Product Features:

The shaver head consists of 4 stainless steel hypoallergenic blades operated by a dual motor system which provides both back-and-forth and side-to-side movement.

This enables the shaver to lift and position the hair correctly for the most efficient and effective results.​

Panasonic Arc4 Shaver Head

Arc4 Shaver Head

The powerful motor delivers a high speed of 14,000 cycles per minute​, for a very comfortable shave with no risk of irritation from pulling.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Shaver Head

Multi-Flex Pivoting Head

The blades are set at an angle of 30 degrees, the optimum cutting angle to cut the hair as close to the skin as possible whilst the fine, slit hypoallergenic foils shield the skin from the blades.

The multi-flexing, curved head is designed to follow facial contours exactly, and unlike other foil shavers, may be used in a circular motion if you wish.​

There is an integrated precision trimmer in the head for detail work around sideburns and mustache.

The device is fully waterproof for both wet or dry shaving, with or without foams and/or gels and it has a sonic vibration mode for thorough cleaning under running water.

There is a 10 stage LCD display in the handle with charge indicator, battery status and a reminder for cleaning and when replacement blades are required.

A travel lock ensures that you do not accidentally run down the battery when travelling.

Panasonic Arc4 LCD Display

This product represents good value for money, and if you want to switch from rotary to foil, would be a good choice for the option to use in circular movements as well as in straight lines.

Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040S

I have included this shaver as a good option for someone on a budget, as it currently retails online at around $55.

There are cheaper shavers on the market, but if you have sensitive skin I would urge you not to be tempted to buy a bargain-basement shaver that you may well live to regret.​

Braun are a leader in the market and you can be confident that you are purchasing a well-made product with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty.​

Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s In the Box

In the Box:

  • Braun Series 3 Shaver
  • Protective Cap
  • Charging Cord
  • Cleaning Brush
Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s In the Box

What's in the Box

Product Features:

This Braun Series 3 shaver head has 3 independently moving shaving elements which are sensitive to pressure.  They automatically retract for a gentler shave which is great for sensitive skin.

The central Micro Comb is designed to catch and lift hair to the best position for cutting, for better efficiency with fewer passes.

Braun Series 3 Proskin Micro Comb

Micro Comb Technology

Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Trimmer

Precision Trimmer

A slide-up trimmer is located on the back of the device for tackling areas such as sideburns and mustache where more precise shaping is required.

​The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s is fully waterproof, for wet or dry use and the NiMH battery is fully charged in an hour for up to 45 minutes continual shave time.

It even has a 5 minute quick charge feature​ for a single shave, in case your batteries are empty, and there is an LED reminder for when charging is needed.

All in all a good quality product at a reasonable price.

Sue
 

For the past 12 months, I have been testing and playing with all sorts of hair removal products for Hair Free Life. My goal is to provide the most accurate and up-to-date hair removal consumer information on the internet. When I'm not photographing, reviewing and researching hair removal products I play the drums in a samba band and am a volunteer for the Swindon Lions! Got any questions? Write to us below: