This is our review of the best electric shaver under 100 bucks. You will quickly see why we recommended these shavers at this price point. You may even see more value in these over more expensive models.
Tired of your safety razor? Or maybe you just don’t feel like putting in the time and effort into it anymore.
Investing in a quality electric shaver doesn’t have to break your bank. Today we are going to give you our recommendations on what we think are the best.
There are many great razors out there for less than $100 you just have to know what you are looking for
2017 Update: Many of these razors have recently taken a drop in price with the new year. Be sure to check the current prices for the most update information. These are still our some of our top rated shavers but they have just gotten cheaper!
Features to Consider
When shopping for a great electric razor, foil or rotary, there are some basic elements or features to look for.
Power. This is one of the most important features of an electric razor. You don’t want to spend all day shaving especially if it takes you longer to shave with an electric shaver than a safety razor, then why would you buy one? Try to look for razors with at least 10,000 cycles per minute. As you look at more expensive shavers this number will increase.
If you have a thicker or heavier beard you may have trouble finding a razor powerful enough to get the job done under $100.
Maintenance. This is another important feature. Try to look at how often you might need to replace the head on your shaver. Some might go two years and others may only go one year. OF course this will vary from person to person as well depending on the thickness of your beard and the frequency of use.
Obviously if you have to shave every day with a thick beard you will have to replace your heads faster. If this is the case you should look and see how much the replacements costs. This could add up over time.
Most companies recommend to replace the heads on your shavers every 12 months or so but you may be able to stretch this out to 18 months depending on usage.
Foil vs. Rotary. You may have a preference or you may not. Usually the rotary electric shavers will perform around the contours of your face better than the foil shavers. It also said the foil shavers will get a little closer of a cut.
So, there is some give and take here but again, the preference will depend on the person. If you have sharp jaw lines or a prominent chin, maybe you should opt for a rotary.
Or if you want the closest shave possible maybe you should get a foil.
Either way both types will come with different types of lifting technologies that help raise your hair to give you the closest shave possible. Do your research and you will be able to make an informed decision.
Special Features for Sensitive Skin. Not all razors have specific features aimed to alleviate irritation if you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin you will want to look for these features.
Some have special surfaces that they place on the heads to help reduce friction. Other razors have different speed settings to help eliminate redness or razor bumps.
From the many reviews we have done there are several features that are pretty standard these days or don’t vary much from shaver to shaver. One is the batteries. Sure one might give you 50 minutes of shaving after a full charge and another might only give you 45…so what?
Do you really care about 5 minutes?
LED displays. Pretty much any electric razor will at minimum have a display that will tell you when the battery is low. Which if you think about it, is pretty much all you need. Some of the more expensive shavers will have full displays that might give you a battery percentage, when to clean or even when to replace the head.
Wet/Dry shaving. This is also pretty standard these days. Even the electric razors under $100 are mostly capable of wet/dry shaving.
So this is not really a feature you need to seek out as most of them have it included. However it is nice to know you can hop in the shower or use a shaving cream!
There are a handful of these electric shavers under $100 that do not offer wet & dry shaving so be sure to look at that if you think you want this feature. Even if you don’t think you will use it it makes cleaning easier and you never know, you may change your mind one day!
Trimmer. When you are looking at electric shavers under $100 not all of them come with a mustache trimmer. Some of them are sold as attachments so if this is important to you then definitely make sure the shaver you like comes with this.
OK enough jibber jabber, the moment you have been waiting for!
Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc3 Wet Dry Electric Razor
This is, on our opinion, one of the best, especially if you like foil razors. Not only does it come with your standard 2 year limited warranty, it also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. This just goes to show you Panasonic stands behind their product which should make you feel comfortable with your purchase
Read our full review here.
It comes with all your basic standard features but boast a powerful motor with over 13,000 cycles per minute!
The main feature that we like is that each of the 3 nanotech blades have their own suspension. This allows the blades to stay close to your skin even around the contours of your neck, chin and jawline. Panasonic really stepped up their game with this feature.
It also has a pretty nice LED display for being just under $100.
There are over 800 happy customers that give this shaver an average rating of 4.3/5 stars. You can read the reviews on Amazon.
PHILIPS NORELCO ELECTRIC SHAVER 5500 WET & DRY, S5370/86
A close runner up is the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 5500 WET & DRY, S5370/86. Even though this rotary shaver doesn’t quite pack the same punch it is still well worth the $94 price tag.
If you prefer rotary shavers to foil shavers than this would be a good one for you.
Read our full review here.
The main feature we love is its turbo mode! The turbo mode gives you a 10% boost in power so you can finish your shave even fast. Or this is helpful if you have a heavy beard.
It is also easy to clean and comes with a precision trimmer. Two little added bonuses for the price point.
This one didn’t get as high a rating on Amazon but it still has over 300 reviews which is a nice sample size. You can read them for yourself.
Philips Norelco 1150X/46 Shaver 6100
Here is another top Philips candidate. The main reason we didn’t list this one at number two is it doesn’t come with a trimmer like the 5500 model.
Read our full review here.
However, this is still a quality shaver for under $100. The main feature we like on this one is its DualPrecision rotary heads.
This feature uses two different slots that help give you the closest shave. One cuts your normal hairs and the other, smaller hole, lifts the remaining stubble to give you a cut below the skin level.
It also has a better shaving surface with its SkinGlide technology which will help those of you with sensitive skin out there.
The Shaver 6100 boasts a nice 4.2/5 stars on Amazon with over 1,500 reviews! It might take you a while to get through them all but have a look for yourself.
PANASONIC ES8243A ARC4 ELECTRIC RAZOR FOR MEN
This Panasonic Arc4 is slightly less than Arc3 above but it has more than twice the reviews on Amazon and a slightly higher rating at 4.4/5 stars!
Read our full review here!
It has many similar features but as the name implies you get the fourth blade in the foil head. This allows for greater efficiency with each blade giving you 13,000 cuts per minute! This reduces your shave time.
It also has a more advanced digital display that shows you:
- Battery indicator with 5 levels
- Cleaning reminder
- Sonic vibration cleaning mode
- Head replacement reminder
- Usage timer
This is one of Panasonic’s most highly rated electric shavers and with such great ratings it is no wonder it is so popular. Check out reviews yourself!
Panasonic ES-LT33-S Arc3 Electric Razor
Another Arc3? Yes this one is the LT33 which is built with just a little less power than the LT41, however, it is still a a great shaver for less than $100.
Read our full review here.
It has nearly all the features as the LT41 with just two minor differences. The first is that the motor is slightly less powerful with only 13,000 cuts per minute instead of 14,000. You shouldn’t really notice this all that much but if you have a thicker beard or more sensitive skin you may want to opt for the LT41.
The other minor difference is the LED display only has a 5 stage power display while the LT41 has 10 stages. Again not a big deal and this is one of those ‘bells and whistle’ type feature that doesn’t really matter a whole lot. With 5 minutes worth of charging you can get a full shave anyway.
It is almost like Panasonic made the LT41 after this model realizing they can make it better for pretty much the same price as there is only a $1 difference on Amazon.
This razor does have a slightly higher rating but on many less reviews.
Well there you have it these are our top recommendations. We hope you enjoy whichever razor you choose. Just think about which features are important to you and go from there.
We hope you can see why we think these are some good choices to start with. They have almost all of the features that we listed and some of them have even recently take a price decrease with the new year like we mentioned earlier. So be sure to check the current price on Amazon.
Just because these shavers cost less than $100 does not mean they are cheap. With the right care and maintenance, you should see 10 years of use out of them, easy.