People who develop razor burn from cartridge razors would benefit from these. “There are safety razors with closed combs and longer handles that are recommended for women’s legs and armpits,” says Dr. Batra, who notes they can also be used on the face as a dermaplaning tool to exfoliate the skin while removing peach fuzz.
The Best of Beauty Award-winning Hanni Weighted Razor was designed to make replacing its blades a less intimidating experience, but that’s only one of the reasons to give it a try. “My shaving routine felt so much better and painless,” says associate news editor Gabi Thorne. “Since no pressure is needed, I didn’t have to work too hard, and its blade is sharp enough that I didn’t have to go over the same spot over and over.”
An especially chic option is the Best of Beauty-winning The Single Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor by Oui the People. Made to easily remove even thicker, curly hair with absolute ease, this splurge-worthy hair remover applies the exact amount of pressure needed for a smooth and thorough shave that won’t irritate skin.
Electric razors have a blade and motor, and they fall under either foil or rotary options. Foil electric razors have a “foil” or thin metal sheet with holes overlying the blades. “The tiny holes in the foil capture the hair, and the oscillating blades come by and cut it,” says Dr. Ilyas. “This makes for a safe and fast shave, but not necessarily as close as with a traditional razor.” It’s worth noting that even though these are thought to be less irritating, they still can be. It’s possible that not only hair gets pulled into the foil, but skin as well. (Ouch.)
Rotary electric razors have three circular heads that are spaced out like a triangle. “The round guard of each head captures hairs, and an internal spinning blade or cutter shaves these hairs,” says Dr. Ilyas. This is also a safe and fast shave that permits quick movement around the contours of the neck and jawline, where hairs are captured at multiple angles.
Electric razors tend to be favored by people with beards who are on the go and need a quick shave. “They are not necessarily great at catching fine or peach-fuzz types of hair growth,” Dr. Ilyas says. “Coarse, thick hair is ideal for these as the blade of hair can get trapped in the mechanism to allow it to be cut,” which is why many people are a fan of using them for leg-shaving in or out of the shower.
Whether you’re bathing or just need to quickly touch up your legs sans water, the Philips SatinShave Prestige Wet & Dry Cordless Electric Shaver is a great option. The go-anywhere tool comes with dual foils within a flexible head, as well as “soft-touch comfort cushions,” all of which ensure the most comfortable shave possible.
The affordable Panasonic 4-Blade Wet/Dry Electric Shaver combines inner blades and outer foils to create a close yet safe shave on legs, underarms, bikini line — no amount of curvature is a problem. It also has a trimmer and a bikini comb for any grooming and touch-ups you may want to do.
Braun lists its Series 5 Electric Shaver as one of its “men’s” electric razors, but we’re not hearing any of that. This 5050CS model’s features are fantastic for anyone’s body hair: three flexible blades, multiple attachments for exactly the shave or trim you want, three weeks worth of shaving in a single charge, and more.
Finishing Touch’s Flawless Nu sets itself apart from other electric razors with its unique blade design that has more than 200 points of contact (in other words, points of hair-cutting) and a pivoting, flat head that practically floats over skin for a close yet comfortable dry shave.
Straight razors have a metal blade and a handle that doubles as storage for said blade. These are the sharpest razors you’ll find, and they provide the closest shave, but they’re also the hardest to learn to use; if you’re not too skilled in the shaving department, you might struggle a bit at first.