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Electric Shavers
Do any of you guys use them?

 2:14 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Just curious, do any of you chaps use an electric shaver on a regular basis?

I used one about 10 years ago (a remington) and got fed up with it rather quickly because it was uncomfortable to use. The fast moving cutting blades made the protective foil hot and this caused an unpleasant sensation on the face, causing irritation.

Have shavers progressed since then? are they really a viable alternative to wet shaving?

Be glad to get your opinions.




 10:47 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I haven't owned a razor of any kind for at least fifteen years.

You guys must have been really suckered by the marketing men to think that you actually need one.


 10:52 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

wet shave - Gilette sensor excel. Always does the trick.

Also has anyone tried a cut throat and hot towel affair at a traditional barbers. I went to one for my sisters wedding with the groom and the best man - now thats a close shave! :)


 11:04 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yup, sensor exel for me to, after a bath, when the hairs are soft anyway, then lots of hot water and foam, brilliant. I used to use a horrible cheepo electric, but I smashed it up after it tugged on my face for the 100th time (and I had a whisky hangover). That was the end of the electrics.

Wet shave is such a nice luxury thing to carry with you when traveling as well. No bulky electric and looking for a power point, just a reflective surface and some water and your cooking :-)

Going for a nice bath and a shave soon...


 11:28 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

heh only @ webmaster world would you see a thread like this. :)
Btw, Mach 3.
I was given a Braun electric a few years back and it's taken that long to grow the skin back on my face. Oddly enough it never did take any whiskers off while it removed the flesh from my body 1 painful strip at a time :P


 11:54 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I tried several electrics over the years and they were all rubbish, until a friend recommended a Panasonic es8003 3d thingey. Absolutely brilliant, haven't used a blade since :-)


 12:31 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

For anyone who is interested there is an article from The Guardian (UK) about electric shavers:



 1:19 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

i agreethat mach3 is the best man can get :)

i never use eletric razor - they are supposed to be getnler to skin that "razor" but they arent - i got irritation once i used it...mach3 will do it!


 1:21 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well electric shavers do grind hairs back into the skin - nice!

But I had a bad experience once with a Mach 3 whereby a bit of skin above my lip came off - it stung for ages and didn't look too good either!


 1:22 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

You cannot beat the Phillishave. I use it in the shower most days and my skin never gets dry while shaving in the shower. Not too cheap but I got about 20 of the shaving gel packs free with it.


 1:40 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Does anyone use anything but Google?


 2:36 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

jeremy goodrich - try the gel or foam out, I always used the gel when shaving with a blade-

europeforvisitors - heh. If I were betting, I would bet that most people who read this forum probably use Google- but that many computer users who just got their computers are using MSN (due to it being bundled with IE/etc)- and that eventually everyone turns to Google.

One would only use other search engines in case Google didn't seem to turn up what you were looking for in the results, aka they haven't indexed the site and hopefully another engine has. Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck finding things when they weren't in Google SERPs. heh.


 2:38 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

See, this is the problem with the Holidays! Electric shavers are advertised on TV like they're the best things in the world- some breakthrough innovation . Then your girlfriend or wife goes out and buys you one. She thinks, 'wow, that must be nice, my boyfriend still uses a wet razor!'

When you receive it you have to explain to her why she MUST RETURN IT IMMEDIATELY! She starts crying and convinces you to try it. We all know what happens next: BURNT NECK AND CHEEKS!


 3:13 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

i think my dad had a panasonic electric. i used it in my youth and the chewed my neck up. the worst razor burn i have ever had.

when the mach 3 came out i switched to that and had no real problems. other then a terible skin infection.

i seriously hate shaving. currently i will clip my beard using some cheapo hair clippers about once a week. and i will shave part of my neck and face with the mach 3 about once a week as well.

there is some new electric out there where you can dial your sensitivity level. so it could be set to 5 o'clock shadow mode. this would kind of be nice. i just cant justify spending 100 dollars on one. perhaps if there was a money back guarantee i would try it.


 3:57 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Then your girlfriend or wife goes out and buys you one. She thinks, 'wow, that must be nice, my boyfriend still uses a wet razor!'

You know, even though -- as I mentioned before -- I usually use a Panasonic Sonic 3 wet/dry electric, with regular shaving gel, I use a Sensor Excel sometimes. And among the days I always use that regular blade are the mornings when my girlfriend is over... because that's what she wants to watch. So I'd probably never get an electric as a gift.


 4:03 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

She likes to watch you shaving?


 4:30 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nothing but the blade here.


 4:39 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

She likes to watch you shaving?

OK, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that. But come on, it's not that odd is it?



 4:48 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes it is!


 4:55 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Weekdays I use a Gillette Excel kept in Razor Guard. Time consuming but close shave. I have used Mach 3's and I find they are the same as the Gillettes. Razor Guard does kept the blade from becoming dull and makes it last.

Weekends I use an electric which has a closeness dial. Philips, works well.

Shakil, whats this sissy talk, an electric shaver is kinda like a power tool, hehe.

(BTW: No body watchs, that is weird, might be fun though.)



 4:58 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Shane - you make a good point about electric shavers saving time, or rather wet shave taking too long in the mornings.


 4:58 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mach3 is the best. Keeps me from having to shave everyday. I do get ingrown hairs frequently, so I shave about 2x a week (or when my SO tells me to). I tried a wet/dry electric a while back. Still had ingrown hair, so I went back to a blade.

On a similar note, I just purchased a new product for acne and ingrown hair from Neutrogena. They have a face wash, shave gel (not a foam), and an aftershave. The results so far are good. I am alergic to some fragrances, but this one I am not. It has a tingling feeling to it. I guess it is the salycitic acid for the acne.


 5:02 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>She likes to watch you shaving?

>OK, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that. But come on, it's not that odd is it?

Not at all! I believe it's pretty common. My GF even use to dress up [angelina.cc.tx.us] for that special occasion.


 5:02 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

So, I am curious:

How much time do you spend shaving?


 5:02 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use the Simple face scrub - works well even before an electric shave!


 5:19 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use the Norelco with the built in shaving lotion. Gotta say I love it. I've used it for 3 years and wouldn't use a regular blade again. Always used to get bad skin irritation regarldess what kind of blade I used. Now, never...nada, not ever.


 6:25 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Neutrogena products are great. I use the shaving gel and the after shave lotion. They have reduced razor burn and ingrowns on my neck drastically.

I shave every other day or so- in the shower.


 7:48 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

any ladies post here yet?


 8:03 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I guess bikini line issues could possibly have been brought by female members, tarheel2002.


 12:19 am on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use both. I shave wet in the shower (just soap, no shaving cream/gel), and trim the stuff near my moustache/goatee with an electric razor... when it's working. Unfortunately, it hasn't been, not lately. I have an old Braun that finally gave up the ghost. Last time I took it in to the shop, the owner said, yeah, they don't make 'em like they used to -- repair this one instead of getting a new one. Sadly, the shop is now gone and I can't get mine fixed. Gotta get a replacement.


 12:42 am on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I think I'm old fashioned, if not just old. I shave with whatever I grab at the store. Mach3 is good, but I got a closer shave with a Wilkinson double edged blade in a decades old "twist-and-drop-in-the-blade" razor handed down to me by my grandfather. Yes, it still works great, and you adjust the closeness of the shave by twisting the handle and adjusting the tension on the previously flat blade. Sure slows down the process though, you don't want to even think of shaving quickly . One sidewards slip, and there ain't enough stiptic pencils in Manhattan to stop the bleeding. (Ah, a REAL man's shave! LOL:) )

(Not recommended for anyone used to the "safety razor" generation, or electrics. Not to worry, though, I bet most of you guys have never even SEEN one of those things.)

To get back on topic, I shudder when I think of my first several experiences with electric shavers. I realize they've come a long way, but until I get one as a gift, blades will be in my medicine cabinet. (Add to that the annoying habit of a former boss shaving in the car on the way to meetings.)

<kidding>My original thought was.... WOW.. guys discussing "beauty secrets" --this must be the new millenium! Does anyone have any preferences for hair coloring? Nail polish? Does this monitor make me look fat?</kidding>


 12:52 am on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mach3 forever ;)

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