Blade Runners: 4 Cordless Electric Razors Tested

Photo: Jens Mortensen

Giving yourself a close shave doesn’t have to feel like performing delicate surgery. We powered up these cordless electric razors to see which models make the cut.

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1. Braun Series 7

If you’re going to drag a motorized gadget across your face, it’s comforting to find one that underpromises and overdelivers. Braun advertises up to 50 minutes per charge from this foil shaver, but we regularly got more than 75. Although the three-head business end boasts a relatively small surface area, the oscillating middle head delivers 10,000 vibrations per minute. Translation: It’s just as effective as a bottle of Nair. But it’s also infinitely customizable; at the push of a button, for instance, you can dial down the power for lighter stubble.

WIRED Charging dock cleans, lubricates, and dries the blades. Foil holes never tugged, even on three-day stubble.

TIRED Buzzes like a fridge … with a chain saw inside. Dock display is almost as obtuse as Ulysses. $270, Braun

Rating: 8 out of 10

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