history of electric shavers

History of Electric Shavers

Of course everybody is familiar with the electric razor and it has been a household staple for many years now, at least in homes that have men inside of them! There is no doubt that people still shave their face using the old school method of a manual razor and shaving cream or even a dangerous straight razor, however more and more people have begun using the electric version. Electric shavers are great because it eliminates the need for shaving cream, it’s a lot cleaner, using them is easy, and they provide for a really close and smooth shave every time. And that’s why we are here today, to talk about the history of electric shavers.

The Beginning

history of electric shaversThe first electric shaver was not invented until the late 1920’s. To be exact, a man named Jacob Schick, a Canadian, invented the electric shaver in the early half of 1920, then he filed for a patent on April 23, 1928, and finally received said patent on May 30, 1930. The reason for inventing an electric shaver was because Jacob was a very busy business man and often did not have time to wet shave with shaving cream, especially on a daily basis, therefore he was looking for a way to speed up the process, which of course he did when he came up with this great innovation. However his greatest reason for creating the electric razor was because he thought that if a man shaved cleanly everyday he could potentially live to the ripe old age of 120.

These early electric razors could only be used for dry shaving as the ability to combat water damage had not yet been developed. Furthermore these early electric razors were a type of electric razor that had blades which were exposed, making it fairly dangerous to use. Also the first electric razor invented by Jacob Schick was very big and bulky. It actually required two hands to operate and often ended up giving people severe cuts. Even though the first electric razor invented by Jacob Schick was not ideal, by 1937, the same year he passed away, he had sold over one and a half million of them at 25 dollars per razor, making him a very wealthy man.

The Next Steps

The next step in the history of the electric razor was taken by The Remington Brand Corporation which produced their own electric razor in 1937. This Remington brand razor was much more effective at giving a closer shave than the earlier version invented by Jacob Schick. Remington has since then been one of the leading contributors to the manufacturing of electric razors.

One of the main contributions that Remington made with their first and subsequent electric razors was the foil screen. In other words Remington Razors used a small foil screen that was places between the blades and the face to provide for a safer and more comfortable shave. These foil type razors would become standard and some of the most widely used shaving tools around. Also their version of the electric razor could be easily used with one hand, yet another improvement over the original.

Philips Introduces The Rotary Razor

In 1939 came the next step in the evolution of the electric razor and involved a change in the make of it. In 1939 the Philips Company, another company centered around male grooming products, decided to introduce the rotary electric razor. A rotary electric razor had a set of 2 spinning or vibrating blades that were circular. This differed great from the foil type razor which was bulkier and where the blades were set in a rectangle formation. The main advantage of the Philips’ rotary blade electric shaver was that it was smaller, as well the placement of the blades allowed men to shave in places where previous razors could not reach well. Later on in 1966 Philips added a third set of spinning blades to create a triangle formation that would make it even easier to shave.

The Cordless Revolution

In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the cordless electric shaver began to take hold on the greater public and people were quite happy with it. Having batteries or even rechargeable batteries made the electric razor much more portable than before. In fact Remington and Philips were some of the first to make this innovation.

Flexibility & Better Batteries

It wasn’t until the 1990’s hen the next innovation was made in terms of electric razors, that being the addition of flexible and moving razor heads that provided for a much closer shave more akin to a wet shave. Around this time the major electric razor producers also started creating and adding much better batteries to the cordless versions to make their longevity much better.

Wet Shaving

The next evolutionary step of the electric razor saw these tools become water proof, meaning that people could wet shave with an electric razor. As well they could be cleaned under running water and later with a special self cleaning tool that used water.

The Final Step

The last evolution of the electric razor saw Braun come out with a razor that had 4 special cutting elements, each designed for a specific purpose; one for flat hairs, one for curly hairs, and 2 for providing a close finish.

choosing electric shaver

How To Choose An Electric Shaver

The electric shave has become very main stream and is in all reality the most popular way to shave. This is because using an electric shave is much easier and faster than using a conventional straight razor or even a cartridge razor. Electric shavers are great because they are most often battery powered and can be recharged, don’t require shaving cream, provide for a close shave, and almost never require the blades to be replaced. For anybody out there who is interested in using an electric shaver, but doesn’t know which one to get, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Today we are here to talk about how to choose an electric shaver that is right for you.

Rotary Versus Foil

choose electric shaverThe two main types of electric shavers are rotary razors and foil razors, each being ideal for specific things. Foil razors are great for long sweeping motions up and down the neck. Their most notable feature is that they are better for men with sensitive skin that is prone to irritation. On the other hand, men with tougher skin can definitely handle a rotary razor, that being one with 3 sets of circular blades. Rotary razors are better for getting a close shave because they tend to move with differing facial features and stay closer to the skin than foil razors.

Your Skin Type

One thing to keep in mind when choosing an electric shaver is the type of skin that you have, especially if it is sensitive and prone to irritation. If you don’t have sensitive skin you may be better off getting a rotary style electric razor. On the other hand, foil shavers are usually considered to be less harsh, cause less irritation, and are better for sensitive skin in general. On a side note, using the right shaving technique in regards to the particular razor you have, as well as the use of pre-shaving products to prepare your skin can also make shaving with an electric shaver much easier and more comfortable.

The Power Source

The net consideration that you should keep in mind when purchasing a new electric shaver is what the power source is like. Generally speaking there are three main different types of power sources for electric razors, those being rechargeable, battery, or the plug in version. Those that plug into an electricity socket are the most reliable because they never need to be recharged, but they do require access to a power socket. On the other hand, battery powered electric shavers are much more portable, but they also require the batteries to be changed often. The most versatile of these is the rechargeable shave because it has rechargeable batteries on the inside and uses a power station that plugs into the wall to recharge. The rechargeable type can often be used for several shaves before they need to be recharged.

Wet Versus Dry Shaving

Another consideration to keep in mind is whether you would prefer to do a wet or dry shave. Most people prefer to dry shave because it removes the need for water, thus being a lot cleaner and less messy, not to mention that you don’t need a sink and can do it pretty much everywhere. On the other hand you can also get electric shavers that are waterproof which means that they can be used to shave in the shower or to wet shave. Of course an advantage of this is that wet shaving may be slightly better for sensitive skin. Keep in mind that many electric shavers can be used for both wet and dry shaving.


Something else that should be kept in mind before buying an electric shaver is what the reviews of the particular razor that you are looking at are like. It’s a good idea to see what other people have to say as to its ease of use, portability, and its efficacy when it comes to providing for a close shave. Keep in mind that some people can be overly harsh or rewarding when they write product reviews so it’s a good idea to read five or ten of them to get a good overview of the product which you are looking at.

The Brand & Price

Now this is more your own personal preference than anything else. Some people like Braun, some like Philips, and some like any number of other brands; the choice is yours to figure out. The same thing goes for the price. That being said, you don’t need the most expensive one because after a certain price point there is no difference, but you also don’t want the cheapest models because they won’t work as well and will probably break down after a short amount of time.