2006-02-12 :: Electric Shavers
Every 2--4 years I buy a new electric shaver. The record so far
Bought an entry-level single-screen Braun and was
happy to leave blades. This razor died due to the trimmer falling apart
and the screen (foil) cracking and developing larger holes.
Got a more expensive tilting-head Braun with dual
screens. It was marginally better than the cheaper Braun it replaced.
And it died for the same reason -- the little flip-out trimmer literally
fell apart. I was never quite happy with the shape of the tilting head.
It seemed to be a clunky design and was somewhat annoying trying to trim
precisely around a goatee with it.
Bought a Remington triple-screen foil shaver. It was a
real improvement over the Brauns since it cut shaving time almost in
half and seemed to do a better job. It also worked with the cord
attached when the battery was run down. With the Brauns, a run-down
battery meant you had to wait for the unit to charge before you could
use it -- not a good feature when you're in a rush to get out the door.
This model also lasted noticably longer than the Brauns and its still in
usable shape although the side trimmer is starting to fail.
Bought a new
Remington Titanium MS-5500 with a self-cleaning base that contains
an alcohol/water/oil cleaning solution. The base looked gimmicky but,
so far, it cleans the head well and genuinely saves some time. The
screen (foil) quality is also a noticable improvement over the previous
Remington and a huge improvement over the old Brauns. But, to be fair,
I don't doubt that the Brauns have improved over time. And, I do seem
to buy a higher-priced model each time so its not exactly a fair