As popular as depilatory creams and epilators are, shaving is still the go-to method of body hair maintenance for the majority of women. It’s easy to see why! The best electric shavers for women can trim hair right down to the skin, without nearly as much discomfort as epilating or waxing.
The trick is to find a decent shaver, though! Crappy shavers and trimmers can be extremely painful, snagging hairs and causing lots of frustrating. Thankfully, our resident beauty expert is on the case! Alice McLaughlin has been comparing and reviewing dozens of shavers and trimmers for women, and you’ll find all her recommendations below.
Best Women’s Electric Shaver Reviews (2018)
It’s a perfect maintainer for ladies who shave regularly. A foil shaver like this is ideal for trimming stubble right down to the skin, for a smooth look you can’t achieve with a trimmer blade.
It’s a cordless wet/dry model. We don’t think it’s worth bothering with corded models that only work on dry skin. Shaving when your legs/pits are wet is way more comfortable. Plus, corded models are impossible to clean properly. The best thing about the Phillips is that it’s available for the same price as most of the corded shavers!
It’s very inexpensive. You can grab one of these for well under $20. Since it’s as reliable as a lot of $75+ models, that makes it very appealing for us. This is a shaver that lasts a decent amount of time but also doesn’t cost much to replace when you wear it out.
It comes with a travel cap and a cleaning brush.
Foil shavers like this are only good for maintaining body hair that’s already quite short. You can’t use one of these on leg hair that’s grown out for a month, or on armpits you’ve never shaved.
So, if you occasionally let hair grow out, or are starting trimming for the first time, you’re going to want to pair this with a trimmer like the Panasonic model below. On its own, it’s best for ladies who never let their hair grow out beyond short stubble. This is a maintainer, not a bushwhacker!
It’s not rechargeable, so you’ll need to stock up on AA batteries. Some people find that annoying, but we actually think it’s a hidden advantage. Inexpensive rechargeable batteries conk out quickly, and you’ll have to throw your whole device away if they do. So, stick to AA’s and just get yourself some rechargeable AA’s if you don’t want to deal with swapping out cells.
All in all, it’s highly maneuverable–exactly as a detail trimmer should be! The head pivots 10 degrees in either direction. That allows you to easily follow contours without having to twist your wrist awkwardly. The handle is ergonomic, too.
The round-tipped blade makes this a lot easier on sensitive skin and in sensitive areas than your average trimmer.
The trimmer head is nice and small so it works great for nose hair, unlike a lot of other wand detailers. You don’t need to use a separate attachment, either, so it’s very convenient.
It gets very close on its own, for areas that you don’t want to maintain with a foil trimmer. It’s also perfect for prepping areas that you haven’t maintained in some time before you use your foil trimmer on them.
It comes with eyebrow attachments.
It may not work in the bikini area for all women. If you have thick, wiry pubes, you may need something more powerful, such as the Panasonic all-in-one below.
It’s not wet-dry, though that’s standard for most trimmers, especially at this price.
Once the blades get dull, it’s disposable.
It combines a foil shaver and a trimmer attachment in one convenient gadget. It’s always more convenient to have one tool that does multiple things!
Better still, the whole thing is waterproof–even the trimmer head. That’s not true of the small detailer above.
It’s comfortable to use. The handle is ergonomic, the blades don’t snag or irritate skin, and you can maneuver it pretty handily all over your body.
It doesn’t cost much more than the individual foil shaver/trimmer tools we’ve recommended above. While there are certainly pricier, fancier models on the market, the Panasonic does just as much as them and isn’t any less reliable.
The trimmer attachment on this is great, especially for thicker facial hair and the bikini area, but it’s not as maneuverable as having a separate detailer. You can’t use this for nostril hair, for example.
Since it’s rechargeable, you have to ditch the whole thing when the battery wears out. You can’t simply swap out AA’s like you can with the other electric shavers we recommend.
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