Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ranting Stan's Irrational Hatred Of The Week: Electric Razors

Actually, it's not so much an irrational hatred - more of a continual disappointment. I'd really like an electric razor that was effective as a good wet shave - but I've never found one that even came close and I've tried all sorts over the years.

Back when I started shaving, electric razors were an expensive luxury item. They cost about a fiver for a cheap one, which may not sound a lot in the grand scheme of things, but to someone just out of school whose take home pay after tax and "lodging" (£5 a week to my mum) was around £8 it was a big outlay. So, like most youngsters just starting shaving back then, it was the old safety razor and lather for me.

The thing with that is that you get used to it - and get used to the excellent shave quality that you get from a wet shave. I didn't get my first electric razor until I was about 20 - a twin headed Phillips - by which time I'd been wet shaving for some years and in comparison it was useless. It spent most of its time languishing in its box in my drawer only coming out for holidays or times when there was no hot water of a morning - which, after I'd moved into my first flat of my own, was about one morning in three.

That was when I decided to splash out and buy one of those ones that "shave as close as a blade or your money back". It didn't and I didn't get my money back either - probably because I never asked. Since then I've tried various types - Braun, Hitachi, more Phillishave and others- and nothing has ever even come close to matching the quality of shave I get with a wet shave.

So I hate them - not because they are a bad idea, but because they are a continual let down.

8 comments:

Cetewayo said...

Additionally, electric razors play havoc with my skin. Can't beat a wet shave.

JPT said...

But on the adverts they look so effective...

Pavlov's Cat said...

I've also never got on with them, someone told me you have to rub some sort of pre-shave unguent or emolliant in first to get the best result.

I'll stick with a hot shower and then a wet shave with a Fusion ( easily the best razor I've used)

Anonymous said...

Wet shave = great cut
Dry shave = rash

Classic Shaving said...

I too once upon a time bought a Braun in the days when I didn't know better, then when I came across wet shaving.... The Braun "got lost" :)

Henry Crun said...

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Stan said...

That was the fella!

I presume he went bankrupt? As close as a wet shave, my arse!

Anonymous said...

I have a cheap (the cheapest) Philips electric shaver for Mon-Fri, as I really cannot be bothered with the whole wet-shaving thing while getting ready for work. It only reduces valuable sleepminutes, and I don't want that. So, Mon-Fri, its 30 seconds under the shower, a further 30 seconds of Bzzzzzzz with the cheap Philips, into shirt, on with necktie, into car and away I go. (Strangely though, I take time to ensure my necktie is nice and symetrically done, using the American half-Windsor knot. I absolutely hate the typical English schoolboy "round, then round again, then over" tie knot, it looks so awful). But on Saturdays and Sundays, when I have the time to get up and bathe/shave/pamper myself at leisure, it's a Gillette Mach 3 blade for me.