Shaving has always been a basic grooming necessity for men since ancient times. Different types of razors have been used to date, including bronze blades, among other tools. These days, the shaving options available are enough to fill up a whole aisle in a store.
Today’s shavers are mainly grouped into two: traditional razors and electric shavers. Both categories have legions of devoted users who swear by them. If you’re torn between electric and traditional razors and you’re not sure which one to use, here is the comparison of their benefits and draw backs.
- Electric shavers are generally faster than traditional razors when it comes to cutting hair. With an electric shaver, you don’t have to go over the same area repeatedly as the machine rolls up the skin so that the hairs stand up for a clean cut.
- Electric shavers are more portable although slightly heavier: you can use it in any place that has electricity.
- In most cases, you don’t need special grooming accessories when using an electric shaver, such as gels, creams, and more.
- They are built to be versatile: they can shave beards, mustaches, side burns, and facial hair.
- There’s less risk of cuts, nicks, and ingrown hairs when using an electric shaver.
- They don’t give as close a shave as traditional razors.
- Electric shavers require practice to get used to the shaving technique.
- They are noisy: depending on where you shave from, this may be a big hindrance.
- They need electricity or at least rechargeable batteries.
- They don’t come cheap. However, in the long run, a good quality machine may save you money.
- Traditional manual razors provide the closest shave you can get out of a razor.
- They are easy to use and a lot of men don’t even need practice time to learn how to use them.
- They’re very easy to clean.
- They are way cheaper than electric shavers; however, they don’t last as long and the costs can add up with time.
- They are slower to shave.
- The blades take a short time to become blunt so you’ll be replacing them more frequently.
- They are not very versatile. Some areas are hard to reach with manual razors.
- They’re more prone to accidents such as cuts and nicks.
That’s it. You can now weigh your options and make an informed buying decision.