Everybody who shaves has varying considerations when it comes to choosing between manual and electric shavers. Each shaver type has different costs and benefits, so it’s important to weigh up the differences between the two before making a decision.
If you’re looking for a more painless shave, electric shavers are definitely the way to go. Manual razors have higher rates of abrasion than electric shavers, and skin infections are much more likely to occur as a result of using manual razors. Another benefit of using an electric shaver is that you will be much less likely to develop razor burn as a result of using an electric razor than a manual one.
Razor burn not only irritates the skin, but may also cause temporary aesthetic damage to your face. Repeated razor burn can cause hemorrhaging, and is most certainly something to avoid at all costs! Electric shavers are much less likely to cause razor burn than manual razors, so electric shavers are definitely the winners on this front.
Many don’t know this, but each time you use a manual razor, a thin layer of your skin is smoothly removed from whatever area you are shaving. If your body has difficulty healing itself or if you are taking blood thinning medicine, manual razors should be avoided. The former group might find using a manual razor to be mildly inconvenient, but for the latter, the removal of skin by manual razors can be dangerous! In addition, senior citizens might find using manual razors to be difficult, as an unsteady hand can cause more cuts than a younger, more steady hand.
Electric shavers come in all shapes and sizes. Many include ‘bells and whistles’ such as waterproofing, allowing the user to shave in the shower, saving the busy person even more time! Manual razors are not as varied. In most cases, the head or the razor itself are disposable, contributing to the diversion of waste into landfills. Aside from the electric power used, electric shavers have a negligible impact on the environment.
Although many manual razor users swear by how close a shave they deliver, manual razors require more time to use, and are not as convenient for a shaver with little time to spare. An electric shaver requires the user to simply shave and go, whilst a manual razor requires the use of shaving cream and aftershave, with water a necessity in most cases. However, the time saving achieved by using an electric shaver may be depleted if the shaver does not remove all the hair that the blades have passed over at once, necessitating a repeat shave.
Frequent travelers would understand that carting around grooming equipment can be a hard task. If manual and electric shavers were to be graded on portability, electric shavers would win hands down. Using a manual razor on the go necessitates bringing along shaving cream and aftershave, which not only takes up extra weight under already-tight baggage allowance conditions, but might not even be allowed on board an aircraft, depending on your jurisdiction. Electric razors require no such accessories, and some models slip nicely into the pockets of their users.
A manual shaver allows for a closer shave and more time alone with your thoughts through the extra preparation needed. An electric shaver allows users to shave almost anywhere where mains power is available, and in many cases, no water is required. However, it’s best to make a decision based on your lifestyle, as some issues raised with either one of these shaver types might not apply to you.