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We convene a panel of 22 men to trial shavers, as all tested models are marketed as men’s shavers intended for regular facial use.
Overall score includes:
Shaving performance (60%)
Ease of use (30%, or 40% for the two corded models)
Battery life (10%)
Performance and ease of use results are equally weighted between each of the panellists’ opinion.
Shaving performance is based on each trialist’s view of how effective a model is at giving a close shave on both one- and three-day beard growth. Points are deducted where skin appears dry, shadowed, grazed or red after shaving. Models also receive a penalty if they pull hair instead of cutting, cause grazes or nicks or result in any skin irritation. The benchmark for a high performance score is the shave given by a high-end, five-blade manual razor.
Ease of use is equally weighted between controls (are they easy to read and operate?) handle comfort, heaviness, and the level of pressure required for a close shave.
Battery-life testing is conducted in the lab, as is the durability test where we drop each shaver six times from 80cm at different angles (all models came through unscathed).
This information is available to Consumer members only.