It’s a big decision, but it’s likely to be one you won’t regret. Shaving your head, whatever your reason for it, can give you a strong new look. The bald head isn’t for everyone; you’ll need to assess whether a shaved head look will work for you, considering the shape of your face and head (Haircuts for Balding Men). Once you’ve done that, you need to pick your tool for getting the job done. Now the first big split in the road is whether to use some form of a manual razor or an electric razor. There are pros and cons to each of these approaches. From a mile high perspective, generally speaking, the razor approach will get you the closest shave but an electric shave is easier to perform with less chance of nicks and cuts. So welcome to Prim and Prep’s guide to finding the best electric shaver for your head! If you are considering the manual razor approach, be sure to check out the Best Razor for Shaving Your Head article so you’ll have the right tool for the job and this instructional article on how to shave your head.
The convenience factor of an electric shaver is hard to beat, but not all shavers are created equal and there are some unique criteria one must consider when selecting a shaver for your head. These criteria include the ability of the shaver to conform to the spherical shape of one’s head instead of just the primarily flat surfaces of a face and a design that allows you to easily reach all parts of your head with ease. Below are the top shavers I have found to be the best for shaving your head based on personal experience and copious amounts of research.
Head Shave Aftercare
Before you pick out the best electric shaver for your head, plan ahead. Once bald you have a whole new area of skin to take care of (particularly in the early days of being bald, and just after each shave when you’re going to be most sensative)
It will be thirsty! After each shave your scalp could be dry and raw. Especially as it becomes used to be being shaved. You will need to pick out a great sensitive after shave balm or moisturizer. It is well worth noting this however; the product you use on your face after a shave may not be suitable for your head. It’s a different type of skin on your scalp and you’re going to be particularly sensitive whilst the skin settles into the routing of being shaved.
Keep shampooing. You may have shaved your head but you are still going to have hairs there. Especially if you are shaving with an electric shaver, as you won’t get as close as you would with a manual blade. Keep shampooing and conditioning to allow for a healthy scalp.
Rub it. It’s no secret that massage stimulates blood flow. So to keep your scalp healthy following what is potentially a traumatic experience for it, get a head message. You can do it yourself. But getting someone else to is going to be a lot more fun. A healthy scalp will help with that strong bald look you were going for.
Sun block! A sun burnt scalp will hurt. A lot. If you were already thinning, you may already be in the habit of using a sun block. But now you must be sure to do it. And not only on particularly sunny days. With nothing protecting your scalp from the sun’s rays it is going to be worth investing in an SPF moisturizer or balm
And without further delay, here are……
The 2018 Best Electric Shavers for Your Head
#1 Pitbull Platinum Shaver
A superb piece of kit! When we were compiling this list in the Prim and Prep office, this was the name shouted out from every corner. A brilliantly built, great looking electric shaver that has generated some incredible reviews.
Ease of Use/Comfort (10/10) A brilliantly designed electric razor. A brilliantly sturdy grip and experience, but still light and agile. It can be used whilst charging, although charging won’t be a regular experience thanks to its superb battery life. It is water resistant so safe for shower use and has a really nice travel lock feature alongside the travel case which is included.
Performance (10/10) This thing is premium quality. Built to be the very best on the market. Rather than taking our word for it though, we’re going to leave this bit to those that have already bought one and used it. Their words speak volumes!
- ‘annihilated a five day stubble. Super smooth, didn’t pull my hair or nick my skin’
- ‘The blades are by far the best I have seen in an electric shaver! They provide a deep, smooth cut every time without leaving the skin on fire!!’
- ‘easy to use and shaves real close and quick’
You get the idea right?
Functionality (10/10). Using an electric shaver can sometimes result in a not particularly comfortable experience. Tugs, pulls and nicks are common. The Pitbull Platinum is very different. It’s unbelievably comfortable. In fact, you’ll almost feel like you’re getting a head massage rather than shaving your head. If you use your shaver when the rest of the house is asleep there will be no complaints from them thanks to its super quiet motor. The shape makes the grip incredibly easy as well, so you have an amazing level of control. Plus you can use it dry when it a rush, or as a wet shave when you have a bit more time.
Price (9/10). It’s a little pricey. But so are Ferrari’s. It’s because Ferrari’s are brilliant. Like the Pitbull Platinum Shaver.
Verdict (10/10) To quote another Amazon reviewer, ‘don’t just think about putting it in your cart, do it’. We couldn’t agree more.
#2 Bald Eagle Shaver
This is the only electric shaver actually specifically designed and marketed for head shaving. There are three models, the “Essential”, Pro, Smart. I will break down in this review the differences between these models.
Ease of Use/Comfort (10/10): What makes this shaver good for the head is the unique design in which the shaver is held with your palm facing your skull making it extremely easy and comfortable to reach all parts of your head. It also has an astonishing 5 rotary blades! This covers a lot of surface area and as there is a lot of skin to go over on your head, this kind of coverage is very valuable. As with most rotary blade shavers, the shaver is fairly quiet. Cleaning is a breeze as well. Simply detach the shaver head from the handle, run it under water and its good as new.
Performance (9/10): The Bald Eagle shaver a fairly good motor clocking in at about 10,500 CPM allowing it to shave the hairs with ease providing a close fast shave. The motor resides in the handle which keeps the blades cool. This helps prevent irritation of the skin. Personally I love this shaver and had no issues with razor burn or dry patches. Based on the countless reviews and forums and I read, this experience seems to be same for most people as well.
Functionality (7/10): The functionality of this shaver is really the only criteria where the different Bald Eagle Models differ. The Essential’s battery life is short (approximately 30-60 minutes) with a charge time of about 5-7 hours and cannot operate while charging. The Pro and Smart models have a 60-90 minute battery life with a charge time of about 2.5-3 hours. The Smart also has a convenient LCD screen that displays battery life. All models can be used for both dry and wet shaving but they explicitly state not to use shaving gel and not to use in the shower/bathtub, so if you prefer wet shaving in the shower, this is not the shaver for you. Lastly, it is not the best shaver for your face. I personally don’t shave my face with the Bald Eagle, but I do know many people who do that don’t seem to have a problem. that this shaver has a few cons.
Price (9/10): The price is very reasonable relative to other top quality electric shavers. Replacement razors are inexpensive as well which need to be replaced every 3 to 4 months.
Verdict: When considering all the criteria, the Bald Eagle is the best head shaver on the market today. The couple of cons regarding functionality are minimal as long as you are a dry shaver and I found that I really did not find the battery life/charge time to be much of an inconvenience. The quality shave it provides with substantial coverage for speed and the unique handle for comfort and ease far outweigh these drawbacks. I think it is also very important to mention the great customer service that this company provides. I have read many testimonials in which the individual reached out to the company to report an issue or lost part and the company responded promptly rectifying the problem even if the fault of the issue may have been on the customer The Amazon community seems to agree with me on the Bald Eagle shaver as well. Check them out through the links below.
#3 Philips Norelco 1250x SensoTouch 3D (Shaver 8100)
Ease of Use/Comfort (8/10): This shaver really molds to your hand and has a really good sturdy feeling like real top quality materials were used in the manufacturing process. I think the quietness of this shaver also is evidence of this case as well. This is not always the case for electric shavers that sometimes feel plasticy and fragile. The three rotary blades don’t cover as much area as the Bald Eagle’s five rotary blades but it isn’t too shabby. Most rotary shavers cover a lot more area relative to foil shavers in general. Cleaning is a breeze as the head is easily detachable which can simply be run under water.
Performance (9/10): This shaver provides a superbly close and thorough shave with its powerful motor and dual blade system. This shave provides a whole other “dimension” to your shave as there are three dynamic parts working independently, flexing, curving, and rotating to shape to every contour of your skull with precision.
Functionality (10/10): This shaver can be used for both wet and dry shaving. Battery life pretty good, lasting for several days and has very fast charge time (1 hour). It is also a great shaver for the face as well!
Price (7/10): This shaver is quite a bit more than the Bald Eagle. There is a less expensive version, the Philips Noreleco 1150x SensoTouch 2D (Shaver 6100), that is pretty darn good as well. It just has a little weaker motor and only as a 2D gyroflex countour following system instead of the 3D system.
Verdict: This is a great tool for shaving your head and what sets it apart from the Bald Eagle is that it is a great shaver for the face as well. So if you’re looking for that quality all in one shaver and willing to sacrifice the ease of use of the Bald Eagle’s unique design, then this is the shaver for you. With a 4.2 out of 5 stars rating with over 1,600 reviews on Amazon there is no doubt that the people have spoken and the Philips Norelco 1250X Sensor Touch 3D is a winner.
#4 Panasonic ES-LA93-S Arc4
Coming in at #3 is the only foil based electric razor that made the grade. Generally, the rotary type razors are the best head shavers as they cover a lot more surface area a lot faster which a key factor in determining the best electric razors for shaving heads. Let’s find out why I have found this foil razor to an exception.
Ease of Use/Comfort (7/10): This shaver fits very comfortably into your hand and is easy to maneuver over the contours of one’s head. It is a little heavier than most shavers and slightly noisier as there is actually two motors with this shaver but these two motors really make a difference in performance. The shaver comes with a charging and self-cleaning station which is extremely convenient. The vortex cleaning system does a great job and assures you a clean fresh shave every time. Just place the shaver in the charging station after every shave, initiate the cleaning cycle, and it will do the rest. Manually cleaning it is very easy as well if you prefer.
Performance (9/10): The shaver has a very large and wide shaving head with 4 foil blades! Powering these hypo-allergenic nanotech blades is a very fast motor (14,000 CPM). The combination of these factors result a very thorough quick shave as this shaver can cut through the thickest of hair in a single pass. It’s Multi-Flex quick-pivoting shaving head really does a great job at contouring to your head resulting in a close even shave.
Functionality (9/10): This shaver can be used for both wet and dry shaving but you can’t use it when charging. A full charge takes about 1 hour and will last about 45 minutes which is about as good as it gets. It has a nice LED screen which will depict battery life, shave time, etc. This is a great razor for not only the head but for the face as well.
Price (6/10): This shaver is not cheap but can be well worth the price.
Verdict: If you prefer foil shavers and don’t mind investing a little bit more money, the Panasonic ES-LA93-S Arc4 is the right razor for you. It has superb performance, top of line technology, is a great razor for both head and face, and has the versatility to work as both a wet and dry shaver. This shaver has justified its price tag as this shaver has received 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 600 reviews.
Well, there you have it, the 3 best electric razors for shaving your head. I assure you, you can not go wrong by selecting any one of these 3 shavers. They all have their pros and cons and it really then comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer rotary or foil? Do you want it to work just as well for your face? These are just a few of the questions you need to ask to determine which one is best for you. I’ll leave you to it. Be sure to check out the benefits of shaving your head infographic for additional validation.
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I will leave you with a couple of very important tips that you should know no matter what shaver you decide to use:
- Before you shave your head for the first time or if you have let it grow out a bit since your last shave, you need to trim your hair very short with electric clippers or even shave it with a razor first. These shavers can only endure so much hair at one time before they don’t shave efficiently or effectively.
- Even if you decide to use the electric shaver for day to day maintenance of your shaved head, I would still recommend shaving your head with a razor once a week or so. For recommendations on the best razors to use, check out Best Razor For Shaving Your Head.
- Just like your shaving routine for your face, you need to be sure to use quality products such as one of the best shaving creams, shaving soaps, or shaving gels as well a first-rate shaving brush to apply the shaving cream and exfoliate the skin. If the skin on your head is particularly sensitive, you are betting off using a shaving gel or one of the leading shaving creams for sensitive skin.
- I definitely recommend, as I do with all shavers, to clean it after every use. This will assure you a good consistent shave every time and increase the longevity of the life of your shaver. As most of these shavers are not cheap, you definitely want to preserve its life and keep it running smoothly for years to come.
Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert and body grooming aficionado. His work has been featured on many other prominent publications including Good Men Project, Addicted to Success, Steven Aitchison, and Sharpologist.