Smooth Electric Shavers

Men these days want a shaver that's more on the cutting edge. Consumer Reports tested 14 electric shavers to find which gives the closest shave.

Staffers tested foil shavers, or rotary shavers.

"The staffers who used the rotary shavers used each one of those for a week," said Consumer Reports Maxine Siegel. "The staffers who used the foil shavers used each one of those for a week, and they each self-evaluated for smoothness."

Sensory panelists also evaluated the shavers. To judge roughness, they trained with sand paper, with one on the scale being the roughest and nine the smoothest.

Then, they touched the staffers' cheeks, jaws and chin to assess the closeness of the shave. All the shavers rated good to excellent.

The top-rated foil shaver was the Braun 360 Degree Complete for $170. The Philips Norelco Speed-XL for $130 came out on top for rotary shavers.

Be aware you need to use a new shaver for at least three weeks before deciding whether it's right for you.

Both the shavers Consumer Reports recommends offer at least a 30-day money-back trial. That gives you enough time to size up the shaver to see if it's right for you.


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