The Best Electric Razor for Tough Beards

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What to Look For

Those with tough beards should look for foil-type shavers (which cut back and forth instead of rotating in a circle). Razors with "lift and cut" technology, specifically made by Philips Norelco, often work well on tough beards as they pull them from their position and then snip as close as possible to the skin.

Common Pitfalls

For tough beards, electric shavers need to be cleaned and changed more often than for light beards. This is because the constant wear on the shaver from the tough beard can add to extra wear on the razor blade itself, rendering it ineffective and making the hair even tougher to shave.

Where to Buy

You can buy electric shavers online at websites such as or In addition, they can be purchased at your local drugstore. Purchasing an electric shaver at a brick-and-mortar store will allow you to compare them in person, while shopping for them online may allow you to do price-comparison shopping.


Electric shavers can cost as little as $34 and as much as $350 for the Philips Norelco SensoTouch Electric Razor with lift-and-cut technology. Also recommended for tough beards is the Braun Series 5 Men's Shaver, which retails for about $179. While it is not always necessary to buy the most expensive shaver, it is important to take into account that shavers are an important grooming investment and typically only need to be replaced annually or once every two to three years.