Electric shavers, sometimes also called lady shavers, are one of the easiest and most common ways for women to remove their body hair. Just like ordinary manual razors, these electric-powered devices contain razor blades that serve to remove hair at the surface and provide a quick and painless shave. We’ve compiled 8 of the best electric shavers for women to use based on your situation.
Compared to manual razors, electric shavers come with a bunch of different advantages. They are more versatile because can be used on wet or dry skin and do not require the use of water and/or shaving cream. They are also safer to use because they don’t get as close to the skin as manual razors, which eliminates the possibility of cuts and razor burns.
Electric shavers will last you for a long time while an ordinary razor needs to be disposed of after a certain number of uses, depending on its quality. That is not only very inconvenient, but it creates a financial burden on the user as well as an ecological burden on the environment, as most razors are made of plastic.
The downsides of using an electric shaver are that they don’t get very close to the skin so the shave will most likely never be as smooth as it would with a normal razor and that they need to be charged or have their batteries replaced regularly since they are useless without power.
Lady shavers come in many different forms, each serving a different purpose. Here are some of the best picks for any concern.
Best Electric Shavers for Women‘s Body and Legs – Panasonic ES2207P
The highly praised Panasonic ES2207P seems to be one of the best ones on the market right now. This lightweight yet powerful device boasts a 3 floating blade system that allows for easy following of the contours on your body which ensures effortlessly smooth skin. The blades are also hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin, ensuring that there will be minimal skin irritation after using it.
It can be used on wet or dry skin and may be safely used in the bath, as it is completely waterproof. The Panasonic ES2207P is also equipped with a pop-up trimmer, ideal for trimming down some longer or coarser hair before shaving them off completely.
The Panasonic ES2207P electric shaver is cordless and rechargeable, bringing us to its only downside — it does take a long time to fully charge, and one charge only lasts for about 30 minutes. That might be an issue for some, but for many, its pluses — smooth shave, friendliness towards sensitive skin, pop-up trimmer, and others — outweigh this problem by far, as it is one of the most popular currently available lady shavers.
Best for the intimate areas – Philips BikiniGenie Cordless Bikini Trimmer
When it comes to removing hair in the bikini area, it often gets a bit tricky. That part of the female body is very sensitive and regular-sized shaver heads are often too big and clumsy for them to be effective down there. That’s why a bikini-specific shaver comes in handy.
The Phillips BikiniGenie bikini trimmer is great because it comes with a small, precise head, can be used on wet or dry skin, and the package includes several add-ons for even more convenience. The head is replaceable with either a trimming comb (the package includes two different ones for 3mm or 5mm hair length) or a mini shaver head to be used after trimming. Also, the built-in blades in this shaver are rounded for more safety, eliminating possible nicks and cuts.
It runs on AA batteries which need to be replaced every so often, and it enables easy cleaning with an included cleaning brush.
Best Electric Shavers for Women‘s Facial Hair – LEUXE Facial Hair Remover
While facial hair removal is often considered a strictly male thing, everyone has some kind of hair on their faces, regardless of gender, so it is no wonder that some women might choose to remove it.
Female facial hair removal by shaving might be a bit controversial because the last thing we want is for the hair to start regrowing looking darker and thicker each time we shave it, so many women go for epilation, laser, or other more permanent methods rather than classical shaving. And while these solutions might be better suited for female facial hair removal, shaving is still the cheapest, least painful method available, which is a huge plus to many.
LEUXE Facial Hair Remover is an elegant, compact, pen-resembling electric shaver that comes in a great-looking, feminine design. It is specifically designed to painlessly remove peach fuzz and fine female facial hair. It is equipped with rotating stainless steel blades, a LED light for the user to see and remove every single stray hair, and it is also hypoallergenic.
The only con of using LEUXE on the face is that as it is meant for removing peach fuzz and fine hair, it does not seem to work as well on whoever might have coarser, thicker hair on their face.
Best Electric Shaver for Travel - Magnitone GoBare! Compact Mini Lady Shaver
This little cute-looking lady shaver is actually a beast in disguise, making it an ideal choice for travel. Compact and lightweight, it won’t take up too much space in your bag but it will get its job — keeping your skin smooth and silky — done.
The Magnitone GoBare can be used on legs, bikini area, and underarms, and it is a 2-in-1 shaver and trimmer. It also allows for both, wet and dry use, and it is completely waterproof. The blades are rounded to help reduce skin irritation. Its best feature is, however, the charging. Not only it is rechargeable and it can be USB-charged, but once the battery is full, it will last for up to impressive 100 minutes of use time.
Best Electric Shaver for Women with Coarse Hair – SaikerMan Electric Shaver
For those of us who might have thicker, coarse, curly hair, a regular razor is unfortunately often not enough. That is why it is better to use an electric shaver equipped with multiple rotary blades which allow for the hair to be lifted, picked up, and cut from every angle.
SaikerMan Electric Shaver is a five 4D rotary blade system and can be used on legs, arms, armpits, and the bikini area, and it can be used for wet or dry shaving. Thanks to its size and shape, it fits into any woman’s palm perfectly and allows for firm grip and precise shave. It also includes a small pop-up trimmer for longer hair that can be trimmed and later shaved.
It is rechargeable and can last for up to 45 minutes.
Best for Teenagers – Philips SatinShave Essential
Teenage girls are just in the age when they start to grow more body hair for the first time of their lives, and many are ashamed of it and want to mow it down. To do so, they need a device that allows them to shave safely and which ensures that the shave will be irritation-free, as teenagers are prone to breakouts and other skin issues.
Philips SatinShave Essential is a simple lady shaver that fits the requirements for this category perfectly. The cap has a safe shaving system to protect the skin from any cuts and burns, and it has a hypoallergenic foil for less burn, shaving bumps, and rashes that might occur during a shave.
This shaver is suitable for wet or dry use, cordless, runs on AA batteries, and it is a simple, effective device more than suitable for teenage girls’ introduction to body hair removal.
Best Electric Shaver for Beginners – Philips SatinShave Prestige
This is a similar product to the previous one, so the beginner premise stays the same — it is easy to use, safe, and suitable for sensitive skin. But, as grown-up women might want a bit more than that out of their shaver, this one comes with multiple different accessories.
The biggest change is that unlike the SatinShave Essential, the Philips SatinShave Prestige comes with a bikini trimmer and shaving head, making it a 2-in-1 body and intimate shaver, and while teenage girls might not need this feature, adult women will certainly appreciate it. The trimmer has pearl tips and safety cushions for a safe and smooth trim.
Another difference is that this is a rechargeable device, and with only 1 hour charging time, it is perfect for those of us in a hurry. It also includes two different shaving speeds while the SatinShave Essential only has one. For beginners, it is a great, safe, entry-level lady shaver.
Best for Skincare – Braun Silk-épil Lady Shaver
Although Braun as a brand is mostly known for their epilators, they do have a line of lady shavers with an interesting added value — not only does the lady shaver comes with a shaver and a trimmer, both commonly seen on other razors from any brand, but it also has a built-in vibrating exfoliation tool for an extra smooth effect.
Skin exfoliation is very important for any kind of hair removal, as the lack of it can result in stubs and ingrown hair that are hard to shave or pluck. That’s what makes this shaver from Braun a useful, interesting twist on the regular electric shaver.
Like most products from Braun, this device is rechargeable, 100% waterproof, and suitable for use on wet or dry skin.
Commonly asked questions before buying an electric razor answered
Why choose an electric shaver?
Electric shavers are for those who prefer traditional shaving (cutting of the hair on the surface of the skin) over other methods such as epilation, waxing, or laser removal. The reasons for that might be fear of pain, budget, time, or anything else.
But why replace the ordinary razor with a lady shaver? When using a regular razor, the blade is in direct contact with the skin. That may result in cuts, nicks, rashes, redness, and other forms of compromised skin which not only hurt but also look terrible.
However, the blades in electric shavers, although they do come in very close proximity to the skin barrier, are designed in a way so that they do not touch the skin directly. They also do not require the use of water, shaving cream, or any other appliances, and still leave you with fairly smooth skin.
The downside of that is that the shave is not as smooth as it would be with a manual razor, so if you are a sucker for that silky smooth feeling you get when you touch your freshly shaved legs, a lady shaver might not cut it for you.
Another reason is an environmental one. Ordinary razors are made of plastic that often ends up in the ocean, and because they do not last that long (not even talking about how many of them are only single-use), they need to be disposed of and replaced quite often. An electric shaver is, however, an investment that pays off over time, because if treated correctly, it can last a very long time, especially if it is rechargeable.
Does it hurt?
No. In fact, electric razors are probably the least painful methods of body hair removal, maybe along with chemical depilation creams. Because the hair is being cut on the surface rather than plucked from the follicle, the process itself is painless.
On top of that, electric shavers come with a much lower risk of cutting yourself by accident than regular manual razors, they are much safer and much less irritating to the skin. Epilators and electric shavers often look very similar, so some people might assume that they are the same and that using them equals pain, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Do I need to use shaving cream?
In general, there is no need to use shaving cream with most electric shavers but for those who want to use it, it is usually possible. If your skin is very sensitive, it might be a good idea to use one.
Most shavers mentioned in this article allow for wet or dry use, but there are some on the market that are not waterproof and can only be used in dry conditions. Shaving cream cannot be used with those, so it is always important to read the description of each electric razor before buying one. If you have sensitive skin, you may need shaving creams or gels otherwise it can get irritated.
Foil or rotary?
Foil shavers are what we usually imagine when we say “electric shaver”, as they are the ones that most resemble regular razors or epilators. They are most suitable for fine to regular hair on large, flat surfaces such as legs or arms.
Rotary shavers are usually equipped with multiple rotating blades next to one another, and they are best suited for coarse and curly hair and uneven surfaces such as the bikini region or armpits. Facial lady shavers also usually include rotating blades.
Whether you choose a foil one or a rotary one is completely up to you, your hair type, and your preferences.
Do I need a different shaver for each body part?
Not necessarily, but it is a good idea.
While regularly sized shavers are great for arms, legs, and even armpits, they might often be too harsh and too wide in order to properly maintain the bikini area. Luckily, some of them come with replaceable shaving heads, so that you can just switch the head for a trimmer or a bikini-sized shaver and you are good to go.
The face is, however, a different story. Regular lady shavers usually aren’t built for very short and fine hair, so it is very well possible that they won’t work on female facial hair. On the other hand, using a bikini shaver on your face is a bit unhygienic.
If your goal is to shave the entire body, I would recommend going for one versatile lady shaver that comes with a bikini cap, and one pen shaver specifically for the face. As a woman though, you might want to reconsider and reach for an epilator to take care of your peach fuzz instead.
What parameters to look for when choosing an electric shaver?
Since the goal of buying an electric shaver is for it to last you for a longer period of time, it is important to make sure that you choose a good one, and more importantly, the right one for you.
One of the obvious things to consider is the intended purpose. Which areas of the body are you planning to be using your shaver on? What is your hair type and thickness? Are you planning to shave off all your hair completely, or just to maintain it well kept at a certain length? How about your skin, is it sensitive?
Answering those questions should give you a pretty clear idea about what kind of shaver do you need with which accessories.
Wet or dry use is another thing to think about, although I would say that it is always best to choose a device that can do both. That way you have the possibility to shave quickly in dry conditions, as well as to take your time to soothe your skin before shaving in the shower or a bathtub.
Battery lifespan is another important thing to look out for in a lady shaver, especially if you are planning to travel with it. Those that run on replaceable batteries are dangerous because you never know when it’ll run out. Those that are rechargeable make you dependent on an electrical outlet, especially if they are fully corded. USB charging is great because it is convenient, but tends to not be as powerful.
You have to weigh out your priorities on that one and see which option fits your lifestyle the most.
Can a woman use a men’s electric razor?
Yes, but it is not the best option.
While using disposable razors for men is completely fine and a great way to avoid the pink tax, when it comes to electric shavers, women’s and men’s are designed for different purposes. Men’s electric shavers are made for the face and with coarse facial hair in mind, so they are not suitable for large areas like legs or curved areas like the bikini region. They have their blades go closer to the skin, so using a men’s razor might cause irritation for some women.
On top of that, as men are typically much more likely to buy an electric shaver than women are, men’s shavers are paradoxically often more expensive and it is very much possible to find one of the same quality in pink for a better price. There are many good, reasonably priced lady shavers on the market, so using a men’s shaver should be nothing more than a last resort.