Electric Shaver vs Manual Razor – All You Need To Know

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Technology has facilitated us in an indescribable way. Automatic equipment are far much better than manual equipment but as they say “Old is Gold”, some manual equipment is still better than the automatic ones. For instance, take the razors, some people still use the manual razors and don’t prefer the electric shaver. If you are stuck between deciding which razor to use? Worry no more because we will help you decide with the help of this article which is a comparison between Electric shaver and Manual Razor.


Before moving on I think giving you a brief history of razors will be more benefiting and engaging as well. And it’s not bad to know about the history of what you use.

Human hair grows between 1.25 mm to 1.50 mm annually and the man spends his 3000 hours of his life shaving his hair……Hair??!!…3000 hours??!!… I must say I was very surprised to know that. As we all know shaving is something that was invented shortly after the birth of mankind. People used shaving equipment made of stone. Then with time these types of equipment were modified and were made of bronze, copper, and iron. There were some people who didn’t touch their hair on any part of the body, they were called “barbarians” means “unbarbered”.

The very first book or should I say the first guide for shaving was introduced by Jean-Jacques Perret in 1770. In this book, he shared his advice for shaving oneself. Because at that time people men didn’t actually know the proper way of shaving themselves so they would often cut themselves. So in order to introduce a proper way of shaving by oneself, some people introduced learning guide while others started working on modifying the razors for more grip and control. In late 1847, a man named Willian Henson created a hoe like a razor which gave the user more control and better safety. His invention no wonder became a success.

From then till now, the evolution of razors has moved forward from straight razor to manual razors and now with the Electric razors.

Buying the perfect razor to get a perfect shave isn’t that easy, in fact, it is far from child’s play. Here is some factor that you need to consider while buying the best perfect razor for you.


Before you buy a shaving razor you need to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do you cut yourself often?
  • Do you get sunburns after going out in the sun right after a fresh shave?
  • Do you have a sensitive skin?
  • Are you prone to razor burns?

After being able to answer these questions you should then decide which razor you want to buy. There are razors out there that are perfect for those whose skin is prone to razor burns and have a sensitive skin.


Please if you want a better secure shave you should be ready to buy high-quality shaving equipment which will be expensive, don’t buy the cheap stuff it will only get you a poor shave. Good quality electric razors are Braun Series 9290cc, Panasonic ES-LV9N-S, and Philips Norelco Series S9311 and good quality manual razors are Merkur Futur adjustable safety razor, Gillette mach3 men’s turbo razor, and Feather SS Japanese straight razor.

FOIL OR ROTATORY (Electric razors):

Electric razor saves a lot of time, that the reason they are very famous. They are different from manual razors in every way. They don’t require shaving cream. The electric shaver vibrates to trim your hair. There are basically two types in electric razors foil and rotatory. If you know more about these types you will get closer to getting the perfect electric razor.


There are two types in straight razors disposable and straight. The disposable razors are easy to use, easy to dispose of and are more modern while straight razors are more classic and they require much more care but once taken care of, they will get you the best shave you ever had. Now it’s up to you which one you like.


Now that you have read the factors, it’s time to read the pros and cons of both electric and manual razor, this will help you finalize your decision. After reading this carefully you will surely come up with an answer to your question ELECTRIC SHAVER OT MANUAL RAZOR?



  • Saves a lot of time
  • Shave much faster than a manual razor
  • They don’t require any shaving cream
  • They are accurate in shaving facial hair
  • They are safer to use i.e. no cuts, nicks or ingrown hair


  • They don’t provide a super-smooth shave
  • They are complicated to use
  • Almost all the model is not water resistant
  • They require electricity to run
  • Need more care and maintenance
  • Expensive



  • Easy to use
  • Get you a super-smooth shave
  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Their parts are easy to find
  • Requires no electricity to work, highly portable


  • Requires shaving cream
  • Not so safe at all
  • Careless use will result in cuts and nicks
  • Requires experience


Let’s lay some facts on the table, according to our research, an electric razor will last for 15-20 years if you are using it with great care while a manual razor can last for life if it is well maintained and used with care. A decent quality electric shaver will cost you $150-$250 while a high-quality manual razor will cost you $30 max.

You have to replace the electric shaver blade every 16 months and an electric razor blade will cost you $25-$35. For the manual razor, you have to replace the blade every month which will cost you 20$.
I will spare you the math and tell you that using an electric shaver for 20 years will cost you in $xxx while using a manual razor for 20 years will cost you $xxxx.


I hope you have read the article carefully and have decided which razor you want to use for shaving. Here is the part where I share my opinion which I liked the most. I like the electric shaver because of its overall cheap. It is safe to use and more controllable. I also prefer the manual razor for traveling because as I said earlier electric razor required electricity to work and manual razor does not require any electricity to run.






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