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Best Head Shaver for Men – Top 7 Smoothest Review For Jul. 2020

BEST OVERALL
Philips QC5580 Do-it-Yourself Hair Clippers with Head Shaver Attachment
BEST BUDGET
Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3 Electric Razor, Men's 3-Blade Cordless with Wet/Dry Convenience, Comb Attachment for Trimming, and included Premium Automatic Clean & Charge Station
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT
HeadBlade MOTO Men's Head and Skull Shaving Razor - Revolutionary Dual Active Suspension
Our Rating
9.7
9.5
9.2
MSRP
$143.90
Price not available
$16.50
Dimensions
9 x 5.5 x 2 inches
6 x 2.5 x 2 inches
3 x 2 x 1.5 inches
Weight
6 ounces
6 ounces
4 ounces
Wet/Dry
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power
Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
Manual
Warranty
2 Years
2 Years
1 Year
BEST OVERALL
Philips QC5580 Do-it-Yourself Hair Clippers with Head Shaver Attachment
Our Rating
9.7
MSRP
$143.90
Dimensions
9 x 5.5 x 2 inches
Weight
6 ounces
Wet/Dry
Yes
Power
Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
Warranty
2 Years
More Information
BEST BUDGET
Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3 Electric Razor, Men's 3-Blade Cordless with Wet/Dry Convenience, Comb Attachment for Trimming, and included Premium Automatic Clean & Charge Station
Our Rating
9.5
MSRP
Price not available
Dimensions
6 x 2.5 x 2 inches
Weight
6 ounces
Wet/Dry
Yes
Power
Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
Warranty
2 Years
More Information
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT
HeadBlade MOTO Men's Head and Skull Shaving Razor - Revolutionary Dual Active Suspension
Our Rating
9.2
MSRP
$16.50
Dimensions
3 x 2 x 1.5 inches
Weight
4 ounces
Wet/Dry
Yes
Power
Manual
Warranty
1 Year
More Information

Men who start to lose their hair or see the first signs of grey – or just envy the look of guys with shaved heads – all say the same thing about their hair: “It’d be simpler just to shave it all off.”

 

Shaving Your Head Properly Requires the Right Head Shaver

Anyone who’s ever done that, though, knows that shaving your head isn’t quite as easy as it seems.

It takes time and experience to get comfortable maneuvering a razor along your scalp, it’s difficult to see and reach much of the area you’re shaving, and quite honestly, it’s hard for most people to do a good job unless they have the right equipment for the task.

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Groom+Style’s favorite head shaving products – there is something for everyone. We tested them all so if you have any questions please contact us via email or the comment section below, we would love to help.

 

For those who aren’t particularly coordinated, using a manual or straight razor is a prescription for disaster. And since long hair will jam up most electric shavers, standard ones aren’t built to tackle hair on the top of the head, you need to be quite selective.

Modern day personal grooming has been elevated to an art by advanced technology and luxurious products. There is now almost an endless choice of shaving products and equipment than ever before. Selecting the best electric razor for a bald head requires a careful examination of your needs and preferences, before settling on a suitable product.

Have you wondered how to shave your head? What’s the right equipment to properly shave a head? We’re glad you asked. Here’s a rundown of the top 7 electric head shavers you can buy.

 

1. Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro

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Philips Norelco QC5580/40. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Groom+Style Team had a very difficult time deciding which electric head shavers should list at #1 and #2 because our two top choices have very different qualities.

This Philips Norelco model makes it to the top of our rankings for three reasons: its unique head design, its ability to trim longer hair before the balder attachment gets your head nice and shiny and its reasonable price.

The most interesting of the three features is the rotating head of the “Do-It-Yourself”, which moves easily through 180 degrees.  It eases the difficulties of shaving yourself with a standard a non-rotating head.

Using the head is simple; all you need to do is to select the angle that works best for you. This will make shaving in the hard to reach areas like the neck, and sides of the head more accessible. In addition, it makes shaving the beard, jawline, and chin easier. You simply rotate the head to select the angle at which you’d like to shave and the head will stay flat to the scalp or skin, making it a snap to reach and shave everything from the sides of your head to your neckline – without having to do contortions to reach everywhere.

A very versatile, effective, easy to clean, and reliable electric head (face and body) shaver that is great for those hard to reach areas of the scalp.

No competitor offers this sort of convenient operation.

There’s a dial on the head which allows you to choose more than two dozen different lengths for your trim (from zero to 5/8 inch) before moving on to the balding tool (of course, you can also just stay with a buzz or close cut without a complete shave).

The trimming function on the QC5580 is the best of any electric head shavers we’ve seen. Use the trimmer first, to shorten the hair before switching to the balder. The balder shaves very close to the skin, giving a smooth finish. This versatility makes this shaver indispensable. The blades have rounded edges, to minimize cuts, and for a smoother, more even shave. There are also two attachment combs, one for longer hair lengths and one for precision work.

The actual shave is where the Norelco falls just a bit short of the mark set by our #2 choice. The balding attachment is a foil shaver rather than a rotary one, and we’ve found that rotary is a better choice for getting the completely bald look on the head in a lot less time. This shaver requires several passes and some strong pressure to completely remove all short hairs and stubble from an area – which can mean more irritation or razor burn on your scalp than a rotary shaver. Don’t get us wrong; the shave isn’t bad at all, it’s just not as clean as the next razor on our list.

This Phillips comes with a Lithium-Ion battery. It is good for one hour of use, after 60 minutes of charging. You may use it with, or without the power cord, for more portability. The shaver has a battery level indicator; a white light for a full charge, and an orange light for low battery. This is important in case you are shaving far from a power source.

Also, it is compatible with all voltages worldwide. This is very convenient while traveling since you will not require an adapter.  The Phillips QC5580 comes with a small handheld mirror to help you reach those hard to shave spots. The whole package comes in a handy storage pouch.

The QC5580 has a nice feel in the hand thanks to its rubber grip, it’s easy to clean under the tap, doesn’t require lubrication and has self-sharpening stainless steel blades.

We give it an “A” for convenience, design, and versatility (it works well as a beard trimmer as well as a hair trimmer); if we didn’t have to give it a “B” for the actual balding function, this would be the perfect unit.

Note: the QC5560/40 model only has the trimmer and does not come with the shaver attachment – so make sure you buy the QC5580.

Specifications of the Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro:

  • Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Length Settings: 14
  • Attachments: Balder, large comb (3-15 mm), precision comb (1-3 mm)
  • Washable: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Production Center: Netherlands and China

Check Philips Norelco QC5580 Price on Amazon

 

2. Skull Shaver Pitbull Generation 

Note: If you are interested in buying a Skull Shaver, please focus on the Pitbull range – it is the latest generation of skull shaver with improved production quality and build.  There is a Silver, Gold or Platinum – G+S would recommend the Gold.

 

head shaver - Skull Shaver Pitbull Generation 
The skull shaver has been around for a while now, and the company has had a chance to improve the reliability and quality of their products. It is very easy to use, very effective, causes no irritation and comes with a 1-month money back guarantee.

You’ve probably guessed from our description of the Norelco Philips that our #2 choice, the Skull Shaver, does a better job on the actual shave but isn’t as versatile overall. We don’t mean to imply in any way that you can’t compensate for the shortcomings; as you can purchase a hair trimmer attachment that fits this unit which will let you trim your hair down to the point where it’s ready for a shave. But if you want to use this shaver out-of-the-box, you’ll need to have first trimmed your hair another way.

So if you plan on letting your hair grow out at times you just have to buy the trimmer attachment(link to Amazon). Using the clipper attachment you will find that getting your head almost bald is very simple, and to do the rest you just need to use the Skull electric head shaver.

In addition to the clipper, other attachments available for purchase include a charger/stand, a body shaver and a nose and ear trimmer.

The shave itself is simply terrific. The Skull shaver uses rotary blades (which, as we’ve mentioned, are better suited for head shaving – unfortunately, most of the good rotary shavers are all made by the same company, Philips Norelco).

But this unit doesn’t have the three blades you normally see on shavers; it has four full rotary blades. They move individually and are mounted on a large head that flexes and swirls to follow the contour of the scalp, letting you remove just about every blade of hair and giving you a very close shave without nicks or cuts very quickly (you don’t have to go over and over each patch), no matter what direction you move the shaver.

And moving the shaver is extremely easy, because of the way it’s built. The Skull Shaver doesn’t have the traditional long handle of a foil razor or the bulky “L” shape of a rotary razor; it simply has a very small, patented base which easily fits in the palm of your hand, somewhat like a square bar of soap.

This makes the head shaver feel almost like an extension of your arm, allowing perfect control of the unit even if you’re shaving the back of your head. It’s a terrific idea and the team were surprised no one else had thought of it earlier. Flexibility, comfort, and ease of use are the most important traits you’ll love about the Skull shaver and combined they make the shaving of your head an utterly pleasurable experience.

The latest generation of Skull Shaver is now waterproof can be used in the shower and cleaned under the faucet.

While other bald head razor shavers need to be charged before they can be used, the Skull shaver is different and once you open the box you can start using it right away. This is because it comes partially charged and if you run out of battery, all you need to do is plug it into your wall outlet and in 2h you got a full charge ready to be put to good use (allowing you to shave your head up to 3 times).

As mentioned above this head shaver (which can also be used on the face) won’t be right for you if you like to let your hair grow out for a while and then shave it completely, unless you also purchase the trimmer attachment.

If you prefer the bald look for the long term it’s the ideal unit for daily or bi-weekly use, even though it’s pricier than most competitors.

More details on the Skull Shaver:

  • Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Length Settings: None
  • Attachments: None
  • Washable: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Warranty: One year

Check Skull Shaver Price On Amazon

 

3. Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 (AT830/46)

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Philips Norelco Shaver 4500. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

We don’t usually list two models from the same manufacturer, but we’re making an exception for one reason. The Philips Norelco QC5580 at the top of our rankings is a foil shaver, while this unit is a more standard (for Norelco) rotary shaver.

It’s a very nice choice if you want a dual-purpose razor that does an equally good job on your face and on your head.

The 4500 (formerly known as the PowerTouch) is a three-blade wet/dry shaver, with heads designed to catch both long hairs and stubble. They’re also free-floating in Norelco’s proprietary Pivot, Flex, and Float and Lift and Cut systems; this allows the rotary heads to follow the contour of your face and head to catch all of the hairs many razors leave behind and slice them off right at the point where they emerge.

best head shaver - Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 AT830_46
A great compromise rotary head (and face if you want) shaver with 3 ultra flexible rotary heads that will follow the contour of your scalp with ease, and is reasonably priced.

It’s not quite as comfortable to do your head shaving with this product as with some of our higher-ranked choices since you do have to do some maneuvering or use your “off-hand” to get the razor around to the far side of your scalp.

We like the 4500 as a primary razor that can give you a close shave on your face and your head.

Checking facts and figures of the Philips Norelco Shaver 4500:

  • Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Length Settings: None
  • Attachments: None; pop-up trimmer for sideburns
  • Washable: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Run Time: 50 minutes, plus quick-charge three-minute shave
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Production Center: Netherlands and China

Check Philips Norelco 4500 Price On Amazon

 

4. Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor ES-RT97-S

Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor ES-RT97-S
Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor ES-RT97-S. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Our second last choice is another “all purpose” unit meant for shaving both the face and head. The Panasonic Arc3 is a three-blade wet/dry foil shaver that delivers a close shave thanks to its MicroArc technology. It also has a comb attachment with five settings, which allows you to use the razor as a trimmer for the hair on your head before shaving it.

Since this is a foil shaver, you’re going to have to go over most spots on your scalp at least several times before you’ve got a completely-bald look, but it gets the job done.

best electric head shaver - Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor ES-RT97-S
For the #2 and #3 choices, you will need to buy a separate trimmer attachment (if you ever want to let your hair grow out), the Panasonic Ar3 comes with one already. Another great all-rounder!

The Panasonic Arc3 is well-designed, powerful, comes complete with a charging stand and only requires a rinse under running water to clean.

As with the Norelco 4500, we wouldn’t choose this shaver just for head shaving. However, it’s a good choice as a versatile razor to use on the face, head, and other areas.

The specs for the Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor ES-RT97-S:

  • Dimensions: 6 x 2.5 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Length Settings: None
  • Attachments: Comb (five settings, 1 to 7 mm)
  • Washable: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Production Center: Japan

Check Panasonic ES-RT97-S Price On Amazon

 

5. HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Head Razor

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HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Head Razor. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Note: If you are interested in the HeadBlade, then consider buying the “Kit” – it comes with the razor, shave cream and replacement blades.

Check HeadBlade ATX Kit Price on Amazon

This product comes with a number of “ifs”. If you want a shaver that’s designed specifically for the head, if you want a shaver you can have a little fun with, and if you want a shaver that won’t break the bank – the HeadBlade line is tailor-made for you.

Out of the company’s several models, we’ve chosen the ATX All Terrain Head Razor. Why would you call a head shaver an ATX? Because it looks like a toy ATV. Yes, we’re serious. There are two wheels on the front of this tiny razor with the spring-loaded, four-blade cartridge suspended from the back, on a head that looks something like the blade of a snow plow.

head shaver - HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Head Razor
Ok, something a bit different…for those people who do not want an electric shaver, but are sick of their standard Gillette Razor.

You grab the HeadBlade by the handle (shaped something like the seat of an ATV) with your finger in the hole provided to ensure a firm grip and roll the shaver over your scalp. That does two things: it brings you back to the days when you were three and loved playing with toy cars, and it shaves your head closely.

There’s no clipper attachment for the ATX, so you’ll need to do that manually or with a different unit before using this shaver to remove all remaining hair. The wheels are designed to position the head at the right angle for the portion of the scalp that is being shaved, minimizing nicks and cuts (if used properly) while following the contour of the head.

This product comes with two wheels at the base, a huge improvement from the pad in earlier models. The wheels make shaving faster and smoother, rolling over the scalp with ease. This little innovation from Headblade makes the shaving fun, with this almost toy-like gadget, that will appeal to masculine instincts.

Be ready for a learning curve if you decide to give the HeadBlade a try. You’ll definitely feel a little foolish the first time you take this ATX for a spin, and you need to be patient and shave slowly without bearing down too much or you could end up missing spots or cutting yourself. You’ll probably also need to use your “off” hand to shave some parts of your head, so that adds to the challenge of getting used to this unit.

You may also have to do some manual trimming of tight areas like behind the ears because the HeadBlade isn’t designed to fit into those spaces easily. You’ll get the best results when using cream rather than gels. With practice, the duration of the shave should be consistently shorter than with traditional razors.

The Headblade Sport is rather light in weight.  This may be an advantage in some ways, but not when it comes to getting a close shave. The lighter weight encourages you to press down on the shaver, leading to cuts. With practice, you should be able to balance the pressure evenly with ease. Luckily, there are videos to bring you up to speed in no time.

If the ATX All Terrain sounds intriguing, but you’re not sure whether you want to lay out money for something which might not be right for you, no worries. But if you decide it’s not for you, be sure you take out the blades before giving it to your nephew to play with at Christmas.

A non-electric head shaver, that does not have a trimmer.  With practice, you can shave your head completely bald.

A look in-depth at the HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Head Razor:

  • Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Length Settings: None
  • Attachments: None
  • Washable: Yes
  • Power: Manual
  • Run Time: Not applicable
  • Warranty: One year

Check New HeadBlade ATX Price On Amazon

Check HeadBlade ATX Kit Price on Amazon

 

6. Wahl 5-Star Balding Clippers

Ok, for those guys who do not want to shave completely, but want a closer trim than most hair clippers offer (i.e. closer than 0.5 or 0.4mm) the Wahl 5-Star Balding Clippers are a brilliant solution.  These clippers are corded, very sharp and powerful, and come standard with a #000000 blade which will trim to 1/150″ or 0.1mm [#2105 (6×0) blade].

balding clippers - Wahl Professional 5-Star Balding Clipper 8110
An extremely high quality and powerful clipper that will trim to 1/150″ – 0.1mm.

There is a learning curve with these clippers as the blade is very fine and zero-gapped, so you will need to go slow to start, and clear out excess hair from the blade as you trim.

A look in-depth at the Wahl 5-star balding clippers:

  • Length Settings: Will trim to 1/150″ – 0.1mm
  • Attachments: Blade guard, 2 attachment combs (0.5 and 1.5)
  • Washable: No
  • Power: Corded
  • Run Time: Not applicable
  • Warranty: One year
  • Production Center: 70% still manufactured in the U.S.A. 

Check Wahl 5-Star balding clippers price on Amazon

 

7. S4 Eclipse Scalp Razor

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Headblade Reviews – S4 Eclipse Scalp Razor. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Headblade continues to forge a comfortable niche in the shaver market. The S4 Eclipse scalp razor is another top-rated razor for bald head shaving with an award-winning design which certainly impresses. The S4 Eclipse scalp razor is without a doubt another prestigious offering from Headblade.

This razor follows in the footsteps of the Headblade Sport, adding distinct improvements in design and styling.  In the S4 Eclipse razor, Headblade brings to market a top of the range scalp razor that has few equals.  Inspired by the earlier award-winning Headblade Sports razor, the S4 Eclipse is clearly a leader in its class.

Description

The S4 Eclipse is a sleek and well-designed razor that comes with the following features:

  • A hand polished grade 304 stainless steel body
  • A non-slip, rubber finger ring
  • A fully enclosed body
  • A wheel, for balance and better stability
  • A zip-up hard case for travel and storage

The Headblade S4 Eclipse will surprise you straight out of the box. The industry-leading, stainless steel finish has a classy and beautiful look. This is in stark contrast to the plastic material other razors use. The S4 Eclipse feels smoother and sturdier than other razors and should impress on the bathroom shelf.

The stainless steel body is longer lasting than plastic, especially when accidentally dropped. Stainless steel additionally keeps the shine better than plastics, which fade and scratch with repeated use. The S4 Eclipse is surprisingly easy to clean.

The trademark Headblade rubber ring on the S4 Eclipse, speaks volumes of the highly ergonomic design this product offers. The ring is pliable, allowing you to adjust for better comfort. The non-slip rubber is essential for wet shaves, especially in the shower.

Another distinguishing feature is the wheel at the base of the razor. This is an intuitive addition, which balances the razor and makes it easy to apply pressure evenly while shaving. The wheel also balances the weight perfectly, so no additional pressure will be required to get a closer shave. This is important in providing an even and faster shave when shaving without a mirror.

The small size of the S4 Eclipse allows it to fit snugly into the palm of the hand. The stainless steel encasing increases weight, so the razor can shave closely without the need to press upon it. Combined with the curved design and wheel, the S4 Eclipse comfortably follows the contours of the head, minimizing the risk of cuts.

The zip-up hard case that comes with the S4 Eclipse is another plus. Well designed and handy, the case makes it easy to pack or simply store away the razor when not required.

The S4 Eclipse gives a fun and handy shave.

Check HeadBlade S4 Eclipse Price On Amazon

Can I use an Electric Face Shaver as a Head Shaver?

Some of the electric head shavers on this page, such as the #1 choice, have specific design features that make them ideal for trimming and then shaving the scalp. Other models such as the Philips 4500 and Panasonic Arc 3 are great shavers that can be used on the head and face – and have the benefit of being reasonably priced.

However, if you are in the market for a premium product that will shave your face and scalp then you could also consider the Braun Series 9, Panasonic Arc5 and Philips Series 9000.  Each of these models come with a cleaning station so the shaver can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before switching between the scalp and face.

best head shaver - face shavers as head shavers
Groom+Style tested our Top 3 Electric Face shavers on our heads to see how they performed. Each of them worked brilliantly.

Note: you will need a separate trimmer/clipper if your hair ever grows longer than about 2mm because these models do not have clippers included.

The Braun series 9 was our preferred model to use on the scalp (due to the balance and the foil range of movement), but the Panasonic Arc 5 also provided a beautifully shaved scalp – while the Philips 9000 with its rotary design was comfortable and easy to use (the finished shave was just not as close as the other 2 models).

You can read more about these products on Groom+Style’s Best Electric Face Shaver Page or alternatively;

Check Braun Series 9 Price on Amazon

Check Panasonic Arc 5 Price on Amazon

Check Philips Norelco S9721/84 Price on Amazon

With so many shavers and razors available, selecting the best electric razor for a bald head is a balance between functionality, ergonomics, and price. While manufacturers keep coming up with improved technology and styling every year, these five are among the best electric razors for shaving your head bald for Jul. 2020.

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Anthony
Anthony
1 year ago

Hi there,
I’m wanting to buy a new beard trimmer in the less-than $100 range. I’m looking to get the closest possible cut for head “shaving” while also being able to use it for beard trimming. I understand that means not getting the absolute closest shave, but that’s okay. The #1 QC5580 looks like just what I need, but the price is a bit high. Any suggestions? Sorry if someone else asked and I missed it.
Anthony

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1 year ago
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Hi Anthony,

Thanks for the question, yes I think the Philips QC5580 would be the ideal choice but if it is not within your budget then you could consider the Philips Style Shaver QS6141/33 Dual Ended Shaver & Beard Trimmer – we have a full review on our beard trimmer page below, it falls just within your price range as well.

https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/5-best-beard-trimmers-for-men/
Or link direct to product on Amazon -> https://geni.us/philipsstyleshaver

Hope this helps.

Kind Regards,
Pierce

John M
John M
1 year ago

Hi guys, I’m looking for something that I think falls between the cracks of these options: I want an electric shaver that basically does what the Wahl plug-in 5-star balding clippers do (allowing me to get down to about 0.1mm without being ‘clean shaven’) but as a shaver, not a trimmer. I already have a Wahl trimmer that is cordless that I use to get down to 0.4mm, now I want something easy to trim it just a bit further, but it needs to be mobile, electric/cordless, and able to use on the road every day to maintain 0.1-0.2mm, so… Read more »

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1 year ago
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Hi John, Thanks for the great question. Please start by reading the answer above to Kurt on the 21st of November 2017…effectively you want a trimmer that either comes with a blade of specification #000000 – 1/150″ – 0.1mm (#00000 – 1/125″ – 0.2mm) or a trimmer where you can switch out the blades for the one you want. We have not found too many trimmers with the shorter blades that are cordless and reasonably priced…we list a few options in the answer to Kurt, but the prices are a bit steep. The key brands to focus on in this… Read more »

MS
MS
1 year ago

Hi, Great list. I started shaving my head 2 years ago (got rid of my dreads and never stopped since!) w/ a Philips Cruzer6 trimmer w/o a guard and it’s done a great job so far since I like a bit of color to my scalp. Figured it might be time for a new one so I’m in the market. I want that almost bald look of extremely short hair but I also realized it has to be something quiet. I shave every 2nd or 3rd day and always in the shower. I’ve thought of rotary shavers but I’ve heard… Read more »

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1 year ago
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Hiya Maazin, Thanks for the question. First, a few things to keep in mind: – To meet all your key requirements (a high-quality rotary, “silent” and waterproof head shaver) you might have to pay a premium price – You need to be aware that not all shavers will come with a trimmer. That is fine as long as you do shave every few days, but if you miss a week you might need to revert back to your Cruzer 6 to trim the hair short enough to be able to shave it. – If you were to compare foil and… Read more »

Faris
Faris
2 years ago

Hi all. Seeking headshaver only. I’m a senior bloke only need to shave sides and back nowadays. I currently have my old wahl clippers but I hate using them as they are one directional cutting slow, inaccurate and they still scare me.
NEEDS: With age comes laziness. My shaving frequency can vary between one & seven days. Those rotary shavers e.g. Bald Eagle & Philips look OK. Are there any that are length adjustable? And can handle a 7 day growth?

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2 years ago
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Hi Faris, Thanks for the question. It seems like you will need a product that has a trimming and shaving function (considering you might have a bit of growth after 7 days etc.). Based on this the 3 main options we can recommend are: 1) Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro – can trim to variable length and then shave bald if you want 2) Skull Shaver Pitbull Generation – you will need to buy the separate trimmer function (link to Amazon -> http://geni.us/skullshaverclipper) – with the trimmer function you can trim then shave bald if you want 3)… Read more »

George
George
2 years ago

Dear Pierce I read your message carefully and I appreciate your detailed reply. I would like to thank you for the time and your efforts to help me. My questions are: 1.It seems the Braun series 9 or the ARC (I feel the Braun and Arc are better quality that Skull shaver) might be the solution for me because besides the facial hair will take care of my head also. My question is are there any plastic combs which I can attach to them trim to 0.10 mm instead of shaving bald? Because this is what I need. Do you… Read more »

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2 years ago
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Hey George, No problem, its great to be able to help – this way we are always learning as well. Yes, the Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro comes with a trimmer (0.5mm) and foil shaver attachment. The Panasonic Arc5 and Braun Series 9 are certainly very high quality. They do come with “basic” pop up trimmers, which trim to about 0.2 mm or less, but they are not really designed to trim a whole head (they can be a bit scratchy and trimming a whole head might leave uneven patches) – they are really just designed to trim… Read more »

George
George
2 years ago

Dear Pierce Hoping you can help… For the last 7 years, I have used Oster 97 (amazing clipper) with an original OSTER blade 0.22mm length. I then read about the Andis blade of 0.1mm so bought this and attached it to the Oster clipper, which cuts my hair to 0.1mm which is the ideal length for me. Now the problems: 1/ Oster is heavy, with a 3m cable and needs more time for cleaning, so it is difficult to take it with you when you travel. 2/ Cutting your hair takes a significant amount of time with getting the cable,… Read more »

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2 years ago
Reply to  George

Hey George, Yes, this is a tricky one, and the G+S team is not sure we have a definitive answer for you. We typically have the same experience as you, the shorter the cutting blade (0.2mm -> 0.1mm), the “longer” the trim can take, with hair getting stuck and more time that is needed to clear the hair etc from the trimmer blade, and the more careful you have to be not to cut/nick yourself. This seems to improve exponentially as you go to longer blades – with less hair getting stuck etc. We can recommend a lot of trimmers… Read more »

Kobe
Kobe
2 years ago

Hi, if money is not an issue which would you choose, Braun 9095cc or Skull Shaver? Will be used twice a week with very close shave. Thanks so much.

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2 years ago
Reply to  Kobe

Hey Kobe, Motivated by your question I went and completed a test – shaving my head using 3 of G+S’s top-rated electric face shavers. The approach and results are listed below. Approach 1) I trimmed my head hair to 1.4mm using the Philips Norelco Beard & Hair Trimmer Series 5100 – BT5210 https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/5-best-beard-trimmers-for-men/ 2) I segmented my scalp into 3 sections, 1 for each shaver I would use. https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/mens-top-5-best-electric-shaver-list/ a) Philips Series 9000 – Top of my head b) Braun Series 9 – Left side of head around to the middle back of my head b) Panasonic ES-LV9N-S – Right… Read more »

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

I’ve been shaving my head daily for several years. I prefer to use electric and shave dry. Same for my face and my 10 year old Braun foil works great for that, but not for my head. A while back I got the Bald Eagle Essential which worked great on my head and I really liked it. Unfortunately, it stopped working (would charge fully, then go back to no-charge when power button was pressed) and the best the manufacturer would do was to offer a discount on a new one. I am not the type to spend money on something… Read more »

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2 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Hey Eric, Thanks for your question, and sorry for the slight delay, it is quite busy nearing Christmas. Yes, the Philips Norelco 4500 is a wet/dry shaver so those will not work while plugged in, the 3100 is a dry shaver so will work while plugged in. The manufacturers do not want customers trying to plug in wet shavers and using them in the shower. Stepping back though for a moment, do you prefer to use a rotary or foil shaver? Do you like to be completely bald, or would you be happy with a cutting length of 0.2mm? We… Read more »

Kurt
Kurt
2 years ago

Hi I would like to know if the Philips Norelco do it yourself razor can cut hair resulting to a length of about 0.04mm, my hair is getting thinner but I do not want to shave it completely bald. I currently use a Philips Hair Clipper Series 7000 and it just doesn’t cut my hair as short.

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2 years ago
Reply to  Kurt

Hi Kurt, Thanks for the great question. The Philips Norelco QC5580/40 will trim to about 0.5mm which is the same as the Norelco Hairclipper 7100 you currently have. What you effectively want is a trimmer that can be fitted with blades that can be zero-gapped, or of the size specifications: #000000 – 1/150″ – 0.1mm #00000 – 1/125″ – 0.2mm #000 – 1/50″ – 0.3mm etc. There are a few companies which sell trimmers which either come with these close blades, or where you can buy additional blades. The main companies are Wahl, Andis and Oster. The best, (reasonably priced… Read more »

Ono
Ono
2 years ago

I have been going bald for a number of years, now, strictly using a hair trimmer at the lower setting. Recently I decided to try shaving and I really like it. I used my Gillette Pro Glider and was *almost* happy with the results. I was getting read to order a HeadBlade, when I realized I was having an annoying problem. On the back of my neck and climbing over the base of the skull, I have 3 creases that are quite deep; the razor doesn’t go inside and I couldn’t get an adequate shave in that area, even with… Read more »

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2 years ago
Reply to  Ono

Hi Ono, Thanks for your question. I am guessing you have tried most of the following suggestions, but it is usually best to get the obvious stuff out of the way first…When you attempt to shave those deep creases, is there anyway to “attack” them at different angles? Can you move/adjust your head, or stretch your skin in anyway that reduces the creases? If not, then unfortunately, it is unlikely that the HeadBlade will be able to access those areas. It is quite possible that a foil (Philips Norelco QC5580/40 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro or Panasonic Arc3 Electric Razor ES-RT97-S)… Read more »

JJ
JJ
3 years ago

I have been using the HeadBlade shaver for over five years. It gives an extremely close shave but it is NOT fast and you have to clean up in tight spots with a hand razor. Also, if you do not use the head blade soap (which has some type of lanolin or other lubricant in it), using regular Gillette Foamy is rough because it dries very quickly. You have to shave in one direction, then shave back against the grain to get your head really smooth. Clean as a whistle but, again, not fast… As a heads up: the Head… Read more »

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3 years ago
Reply to  JJ

Hi JJ,

Thanks for the comments about your experience with the HeadBlade. That is great information that the American Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not let you travel with the HeadBlade in your hand luggage. Hopefully, the Skull Shaver serves you just as well over the next few years.

Kind Regards,
Pierce

M
M
3 years ago

Hi, Very interesting read. Thanks a lot. I have a head full of hair but I want to shave it (my hair isn’t that good, guys, because people dish out at me when I mention I want that ). Anyway, blades like Gillette ProGlide are not effective, they take a lot of time and are painful as they tug on the hair. So I have two choices, either rotary or the straight electric one. I tried my dad’s rotary one when I first hit puberty on my face and it caused me to have a severe acne outbreak (don’t know… Read more »

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3 years ago
Reply to  M

Hi Maj, The two key things you will find with specialist electric head shavers is that: – they will have a trimmer and then close shaver (whether it is foil or rotary). It is really helpful to trim the hair down to a manageable length before attacking it with the foil or rotary razor. The same goes if you are going to stick with manual blades – not sure but your Gillette ProGlide might be tugging hairs because the length of your hair is to long? So always trim first and then shaver – or at least once your hair… Read more »

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

I got my money back, without any problems.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Good to hear – shame you had such a disappointing experience with the skull shaver.
Kind Regards,
Pierce

Paul hamilton
Paul hamilton
3 years ago

I was slightly nervous about buying a skull shaver having read the reliability issues but went ahead and bought one. Clearly the manufacturers know there is a problem with this brilliantly designed product why don’t they fix it? Mine never worked. Not even for a minute.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Paul hamilton

Hi Paul,

That’s not good to hear. Did you get your money back or product replaced under the warranty?

Cheers Pierce

Andreas
Andreas
3 years ago

Is it possible to use any rotary or foil facial shaver as head shaver?

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3 years ago
Reply to  Andreas

Hi Andreas, In theory yes, you can use most high end (read powerful) electrical shaving devices as head shavers – however specialised head shavers will have a few advantages over pure facial shavers. Specialised head shavers will have features such as the rotating head of the Philips Norelco (which helps you reach hard to reach areas) and a combined trimmer and shaving function in one (you need to be able to trim you hair first before shaving). If you have and existing facial shaver then why not give it a go and see how it performs on you head. If… Read more »

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

I disagree completely about the 4500 Norelco. I’ve had several razors over the last 10 years and this is the only one that leaves head stubble and never shaves close enough, no matter how many passes you make. It’s a real waste of money for a head shaver. It really shouldn’t be listed here.
On the bright side, for a face razor, it does a decent job and is the quietest razor I’ve used.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your perspective. We found it did a reasonable job on the head and face – what is your preferred head shaver?

Cheers for now,
Pierce

Frank Geltner
Frank Geltner
3 years ago

I have been using the Braun Series 7 with cleaning unit for many years (I make each cleaning cartridge last 3 months by refreshing with common Isopropyl alcohol); though I am really not sure that using the cleaning unit is really worth the investment. I am ready to purchase my next shaver. You have touched on most topics, including the thought of getting to the “out of sight” areas on the back of the head — at the neck and around the ears. I had been leaning toward the Braun Series 9, but have heard that the replacement foils have… Read more »

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3 years ago
Reply to  Frank Geltner

Hi Frank, Thanks for the message – and highlighting a very important point about the braun series 9 shavers – the replacement foil issues. Firstly, I guess if you go for the bald eagle (as I am sure you are aware) you will be limited to using it on your head. If you go with the Braun Series 7 or 9, you have a bit more flexibility. Not 100% sure what your priority is (one device for head and face, or primarily head shaving). Braun does seem to have done themselves a bit of a diservice with the way they… Read more »

Burhan erdal
Burhan erdal
3 years ago

Hello I am.in between Phillips 9000and braun9 series what do you think if it is head I think I should buy Phillips because it is rotary shaver. I wanna buy without the cleaning kit I think they are waste of money what do you think

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3 years ago
Reply to  Burhan erdal

Hi Burhan,
That sounds like a reasonable argument. Please consider the fact that you would most likely need a separate trimmer if you purchase the Philips Norelco Series 9000 i.e. you will need to trim the hair on your head first before shaving it. That is one of the benefits of the specialist head shavers, they come with a trimmer and shaver in one unit.
Cheers Pierce

Doug
Doug
3 years ago

Thanks once Pierce for the great info…. The 5200 is going back to Costco today….and I’ll most likely order the 4500/4600 from Amazon.
I wonder why an evidently older, less expensive model tests out/does a better job???

Again….very informative site and appreciate the responses…

Doug

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3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Pleasure Doug,
Glad to help.
Cheers Pierce

Doug
Doug
3 years ago

Hey Pierce~ I bought it to do both…..although honestly….having been a blade shaver all my life…..I’m not sure if I’m ever going to get used to using an electric shaver on my face… I don’t know. I imagine they’ve come a looooooong way since the last time I tried one about 25 years ago. Thanks much for the response, and it’s going back to Costco in the next few days UNUSED. I’d rather spend the money on something recommended by those who have actually researched these. Not sure when you actually put this together… Is there any new recommendation you’d… Read more »

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3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Hey Doug, Without knowing your hair type (foil/rotary shavers), shaving history (goals for changing from manual to electric), budget and exact requirements (more facial shaver then hair, wet/dry shaving) it is tricky to give personalised advice. Having said that this list of best head shavers above is up to date (newer models are added once they are “proven” to be better than the shavers on our current list) as is our list of the top facial shavers – https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/mens-top-5-best-electric-shaver-list/ – please read both top 5 head shaver and top 5 face shaver articles. Trying to find a quality budget shaver… Read more »

Doug
Doug
3 years ago

Thanks for the reviews! Very helpful. A few days ago, and prior to finding your site, I purchased the Philips Norelco “Shaver 5200” (although the model number is S5290) from Costco for $100.00. Some of it’s “attributes” are the “5-Direction Flex Head”, Aquatec Wet & Dry Shaving, SmartClick Precision Trimmer, and it comes with an additional shaving head. Wonder if you happened to review this shaver as well, or did it come out after your study. I can’t review how it works for me yet because I haven’t even taken it out of the box as of yet). Curious as… Read more »

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3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Hey Doug,

Having reached out to our experts (and at the risk of making you regret your purchase) it appears “early” reports on the 5200 are not that glowing. Have you bought it to shave your head or face (or both)? One of our contacts mentioned that it takes longer than it should to shave facial hair. Please do let us know how you get on.

Cheers,
Pierce

Rick Jackson
Rick Jackson
3 years ago

I too have had trouble with the skull shaver motor seizing up they do have A1 year guarantee and are very friendly and prompt with returns although I have to pay the shipping and they would like a $5 fee for sending you a new one and they send it fast butt like I said I’m on my third one and you only get it replaced from the original date of purchase so I’ve had to seize up and quit working on me if this one does I’m out of luck and I just don’t understand what the problem is… Read more »

Dan SHEa
Dan SHEa
3 years ago

I like the fact that your #5 choice for best electric head shavers is not, in fact, electric.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Dan SHEa

Hi Dan, We do think it is fun to break the rules sometimes…
– Lisa

Matthew Markovich
Matthew Markovich
4 years ago

Your # 1 choice is no longer available on AMAZON and no indication if it will be back. What happened?

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago

Hi Matthew,
Thanks for letting us know. This should hopefully work for our US and Canadian based readers now. For readers in the UK/Europe they will have to go their amazon store and search for the head shaver directly. Let us know if you still have problems with the link.
Kind Regards,
Pierce

Troy
Troy
4 years ago

The motor on the Eagle skull shaver sucks. It burns out surprisinginly fast.

Stan
Stan
4 years ago

I’ve had a couple of Skull Shavers, and the motor always seems to seize up after about a year, sometimes less. They do an OK job, but because of the lack of durability I wouldn’t recommend them.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Stan

Thanks for the comments Stan and Troy. I believe Skull Shavers offer a 12 month warranty, which might be helpful for you? Did you clean the shaver head frequently?
– Lisa

David Priestley
David Priestley
4 years ago

After your review of the Philips Norelco QC5580/40 I decided that that is the one for me but I haven’t bought one so far because I’m confused. The QC 5580/40 all show being a few hundred dollars (You state it is less than $50) but there is a QC5560/40 around $40 but it does not show the head attachment only a hair trimmer.
Can you alleviate my confusion please?

August
August
4 years ago

Looks like my go to the QC 5800 is gone. Ow. From Phillips and from Amazon.

Mark G
Mark G
4 years ago

Mark, Braun will tell you that none of their razors are designed to shave anything but your face. I have an older Braun 4745 that I’ve used for years to shave my head and it works pretty good. I would presume that the more current Braun models would be at least as good if not better, even if they’re not technically designed for head shaving.

Jax
Jax
4 years ago

I’ve heard the 5 star electric shaver is really good for the face. Which electric shaver would you recommend best for black skin (bald head and face)?

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago
Reply to  Jax

Jax- Black skin is more sensitive than others so please choose Braun 9 or 7 series & Panasonic Arc 5 if you really want foils. Please note that all the listed shavers are top of the reange. We dont pitch 1 superior product against 4 mediocre ones and test it as its a bit unfair. In other workds, only the best in the market make it to the list-even to be compared!

-Lisa

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

Any advice

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

What about the Braun series 9 9095cc? I’ve been research Phillips , bruan and bald eagle. The reviews I read about bald eagle was that it was great but wasn’t that close of a shave and read similar about Phillips. The best I could find was the Braun but they never say a word about shaving your head with it. I want the best razor for both that gives the closest shave.

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark- Braun 9095cc and Panasonic Arc5 are like rolls-royce of shavers. You just, simply cannot go wrong with them!

-Lisa

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Hi, I’m interested in purchasing a skull shaver. Can you tell me if there are any retail outlets in Toronto (Canada) that carry it. I’ve been burned in the past so I’m very leery of shopping online. I’d appreciate any help. Thanks.

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Chris, I’m not really sure if the retail outlets in Canada sell them. I would suggest you buy it from Amazon CA online. Its pretty safe and comes with a great refund/returns option if you dont like the product. Worth a shot!

-Lisa

Bernard T
Bernard T
4 years ago

Also, Skull shaver is the brand but the model name is Bald Eagle Smart, and now I see one thats called Bald Eagle Skull Shave upgrade for cheaper?? They look similar..would you happen to know the difference other than price pleasE? Thank you very much!!

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago
Reply to  Bernard T

SkullShaver is trying to push their new version “Bald Eagle Smart” a lot, rightly so as its a superior product. The price point on Bald Eagle is around 130$ whereas, skullshaver and the skullshaver upgrade could set you back 95-100$. We think Bald Eagle is absolutely worth the price-with just a 30$ premium, you end up getting 90 minutes of shaving per charge (skullshaver only lasts 30 mins/charge) and a wet shave option that skull shaver doesnt support.

Hope this helps.

-Lisa

Bernard T
Bernard T
4 years ago

Thank you! I need one so when I drive or in public transportation I can just bust it out and use it without water, I am hafl asleep reading your stuff so I apologize but do they need water around to be effective? I did not see anything about water needed or mentioned other than a little bit of waterproof when cleaning. Not sure if you will answer but please give advice if you can for the best on the go one. I got my eye on the skullshaver…looks like it would meet my needs. If you have any advice… Read more »

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago
Reply to  Bernard T

Bernard,

The retun policies are pretty good but most of the razor companies are usually volume businesses so you should be absolutely fine if you wish to do trial and error. Yes, Skullshaver is the brand and Bald Eagle Smart is the model name. I would suggest you just go with Bald Eagle Smart and there will no qualms about it later.

-Lisa

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GroomNStyle
4 years ago
Reply to  Bernard T

Bernard- Bald Eagle Smart is effective both dry and wet so doesnt necessarily need water but its always a good idea to prep your head for a shave with water how much ever effective they are!

-Lisa

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