Shaving on the road is a hassle. Low-quality disposable razors are super fun to use. And if you pony up for the “good” disposable razors you can pay $45 for blades and a handle you only use a few times. Plus there’s the awesome anxiety of packing travel-size shaving cream and hoping it doesn’t leak all over your stuff (it happens). The alternative is a heavy, expensive electric razor that only works when you plug it into the sketchy bathroom outlet. But wait, your only adaptor is charging your laptop, phone, kindle, and also an orange, somehow (USB-vitamin C amiright).
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are (a few) lightweight, waterproof, battery-powered travel razors that won’t turn your neck into a pollack fanzine. But finding the right travel electric razor is a lot harder than skimming Amazon for the best reviews.
You have to find the right electric shaver that fits how you travel. And how you want your beautiful face to look. Here’s how to pick the best electric travel razor for any trip, duration, or destination.
How to Pick the Best Travel Electric Razor
Ditch the Features
Electric razors are not swiss army knives. They can’t do all.the.things. They can shave your face. Operating a bunch of moving parts takes up a lot of battery power (ask your older cousins about battery life on a DISCMAN). So every cool new feature or gizmo, like edging tools, or trimmers, or lubricating vibrating strips, suck the juice away from the one thing you need an electric razor to do—shave your face.
Less is more, especially when it comes to battery life and effectiveness. Personally I love an electric razor that ticks (only!) the following boxes:
Under 6 oz if possible. Keep it light. I’ll take a light (kind of good) electric razor over an awesome brick.
AA (or AAA) batteries are so much easier than charging, even with USB, outlet converters, etc. You’re not going to use this razor all that much. Batteries are affordable. Really.
Wet/dry functionality makes cleaning your razor so much easier, plus you can shave in the shower.
Built-in Blade Cover or Lock
Travel razors are typically pretty delicate. Especially if you get one with a lot of features. Make sure you have a blade cover to keep it all safe and sound. You don’t need a whole case, just the blade cover. Also, get a razor that won’t turn on in your bag at the touch of a button.
It’s Actually a Good Razor
Not all electric razors are created equal. Don’t sacrifice function for a travel-sized package if you can’t actually shave your face with the dang thing. Look at the RPM of the travel razor. If it’s less than 6000 you might be in trouble.
Electric travel razors shouldn’t cost a million dollars. Keep it real so you can splurge on mustache wax, you dapper bastards.
There’s a lot of competition in the electric travel razor space. And that means more travel razors you can actually afford. Here are 5 of my favorite electric razors that you’ll actually want to use when you travel.
Best Travel Electric Shavers Under $20
I think rotary blades are a little fancy, but hey that’s just me. This solid little travel razor is a great utility hitter for keeping your beard under control. The two rotary blades might be less than you’re used to in an at-home electric razor (three is the norm), but that’s the whole point—this is a travel razor. Less is more.
You get 60 mins of shave time (fewer moving parts), and it works with 2AA batteries. If you’re gone for a week, an hour is all the shave time you need. It’s waterproof, sturdy, and works. Done.
Another solid example of a great electric travel razor, the Panasonic has all the features you need in a 5.4 ounce package. It’s wet/dry ready, takes 2AA batteries (90 minutes of shave time), and just plain gets it done.
This is a single blade foil razor, so it doesn’t have all the flashy features as an at-home electric razor. But that’s ok. It’s powerful enough that you can actually shave in a few minutes instead of half an hour. Seriously, some “travel” electric razors barely have enough juice to turn on let alone trim that shag carpet you call a face. Get something with enough oomph to get the job done.
Remington TF70CDN Battery-Operated Foil Travel Shaver, Men’s Electric Razor, Electric Shaver, Black ($13)
If rotary blades aren’t your thing (wassup), this dual foil electric razor is perfect for travel. It’s got a built in blade guard/lock so it won’t go off when you’re going through TSA, and it’s not going to break in your bag.
It also works with 2AA batteries (40 minutes of shave time), and only weighs 6 ounces. Win-win.
Disposable Electric Travel Razors
Honestly, you don’t need a big bulky electric razor to get a good shave. You don’t even need something permanent. There are some fantastic disposable electric travel razors that get a little boost from a AAA battery in the handle.
Plus, huge upside: You don’t have to clean and maintain these razors like traditional electric shavers. Whenever you take a trip, just pop in a new blade head and you’re good to go. If you’re just looking for a no hassle way to maintain your travel beard or stubble, a disposable electric-sided razor is a solid option.
Gillette Mach3 Power Men’s Razor ($18.50)
The Gillette Mach3 is marketed as a razor for guys with sensitive skin (aka me), but that doesn’t mean it’s not tough enough for your travel beard. Quite the opposite actually. This blade is designed to glide over your skin, instead of slicing into it thanks to the micro vibrations from the battery powered handle. I know it sounds stupid, but it actually works.
I’m a big fan of battery powered travel razors, and not just for packable size. Yes, this blade only weighs 2.4 ounces and takes one battery, but it’s a beefy little travel shaver. Give it a go.
Schick Hydro Groomer Razor ($18.50)
I bought this travel out of desperation on a trip. It was either this, or the single-use Bic razors/sandpaper sticks that just carve the hair off your face. I’ve been using this razor for 4 years. It’s durable, wet/dry friendly, and the disposable blades are the best.
I use the electric razor side to trim my beard on trips and the blades to shave when I have access to shaving cream. A truly functional hybrid is rare in the travel space (usually they just suck at two things), but this travel razor has performed for a shockingly long time.
Electric travel razors can either be amazing or a useless, clunky pain in the ass. Find an electric razor that’s battery powered, waterproof, lightweight, and powerful enough to actually shave your face and you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle. Plus you’ll look so dang good, you handsome devil.
- AA Batteries work in every country
- Lightweight is key, especially if you’re traveling for the long haul
- Wet/dry capabilities are worth a couple extra bucks
- Electric disposable razors are surprisingly good at trimming up your travel scruff
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