What the best women's shaver has
- A close, clean shave. The best shavers (and razors) remove
all hair cleanly in a single pass, without leaving razor burn or bumps behind.
- A handle that's easy to hold, even when wet. Many
women shave in the shower, where dropping a razor or shaver can be particularly dangerous.
- Reasonable cost of ownership. Most manual razors require replacement
blades/cartridges that drive up the cost. Remember to factor in shaving cream
or gel as well. Electric shavers need replacement blades and foils at least
once a year to keep performing at their best.
Know before you go
- How much noise can you tolerate? If you're very
private, you might want to avoid epilators -- they tend to be quite noisy.
Electric shavers make less noise. Completely silent manual razors are the most
private option of all.
- Are you prone to nicks and cuts? For those who are prone to nicks and
cuts -- or for whom nicks and cuts can be dangerous because of medication or a
health condition -- an electric shaver may be the safest option.
- How do you feel about shaving cream? You can use an
epilator or electric shaver without shaving cream. Most razors require shaving
cream or gel, although a few have built-in gel bars to eliminate that need.
- Do you travel frequently? A disposable razor is the best option for
traveling, there's no need to carry a charger, batteries or additional
The dollars and cents of it
If you're looking for the most
budget-friendly women's shaver, don't let the initial low cost of a manual
razor -- $6 to $12 each – sway you. You'll need to buy refills, which can run
you anywhere from $75 to more than $100 per year, depending on how often you
shave and how quickly the blades go dull, in addition to shaving cream. All factors
considered, manual refillable or disposable razors are actually among the most
expensive hair-removal options.
Electric shavers cost $35 and up, but
cost less overall than manual razors, even considering twice-yearly foil and
blade replacements (about $36 per year). Epilators cost the most upfront -- $70
to $90 -- but have no maintenance needs to speak of beyond regular cleanings.