Foil shavers are probably the most popular type of electric razor. Two of the biggest brands: Braun and
Panasonic produce foil shavers, while Philips Norelco and a few Remington razors are rotary.
Using a foil design is very easy. You want to hold the shaver at a 90 degree angle to your face. This may vary a
bit as you shave your neck and chin area, but this angle is ideal for shaving your face.
Shaving against the grain (up) and with the grain (down) works well while using this design. To get a very
close shave in certain areas you will want to pull your skin tight with your free hand, and then shave the area.
This is not always necessary but for certain areas it works well.
Depending on what model you use will dictate how hard you need to press in. Generally the harder you
press in the closer you will get, but this can also lead to more irritation. A more powerful unit like
the Braun Series 7 will produce better results with less effort, as opposed to some lower end products.
The same rules apply when using a rotary shaver as they do with a foil, however there's one new technique which can be used. Not only
can you shave up and down, but you can also shave side to side, and in a circular motion.
Most people use all three techniques, and your best form will come with a little
practice. Using a combination of each technique will probably produce the best results.
Remember to maintain a 90 degree angle in most areas and not to press in too hard. Pressing in too hard can lead
to irritation. This is why it's generally recommended to use an electric shaver for several weeks so you get use
to it, and find out which process works best for you.
This tutorial wouldn't be complete unless we discuss wet shaving.
Certain models like the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D can be used wet. This means you can use them in
the shower, or at the sink with shaving cream.
Set up should be done in the same way you would go about a shave with a disposable blade. You should
rinse your face will warm to hot water, then apply shaving cream or gel. Massaging the shaving gel or cream into
your face will help it absorb better and lead to a smoother shave.
Wet shavers come in both the foil and rotary designs. Following the techniques described above will also work
with a wet shave. The only difference is that every few strokes you will want to rinse under
Sticking to this technique will really come down to personal preference. Some users find they get a closer finish, while
others find a dry technique is just as good and much quicker. If your model can be used wet then it's
worth a try, however buying a system solely for doing wet shaves is usually not recommended.
Cleaning regularly is highly recommended. You should clean it after every use. You can clean it with
its cleaning system, or you can clean it manually.
Most foil units will allow you to remove the foil cap so you can rinse it off or brush out any stubble. Some
rotary shavers allow you to remove the blades for a very thorough clean, or you can just rinse them under water.
It's sometimes recommended to clean it manually even before using the cleaning system. This isn't always
necessary, but if you have a lot of facial hair then brushing it out before putting it through the system can be
Most cleaning systems are optional, but they are very convenient. They will cost you a bit more, however you
don't always have to use them.
Find a quick tutorial on how to clean an electric shaver here.