Wet shaving with a straight or safety razor is a reliable way to get a close shave, but there are a few notable disadvantages. For one, it takes time–you have to lather up, shave, and then rinse off, ticking valuable minutes off your morning.
Plus, shaving with a safety razor is hazard-prone, causing nicks and bumps that are truly difficult to avoid. If you’re tired of that hustle, an electric razor can reduce the time and risk from your grooming routine. Here are just a few of the reasons we love electric razors, like our new obsession, the Panasonic Arc5.
1. It does the work for you.
If you’re tired of stroking your face up and down with a safety razor, it’s time to change things up. Electric razors cut your facial hair with super precise movement.
The Arc5 itself has five independent blades that deliver up to 70,000 cross-cuts per minute—meaning lots of micro-snips in very quick succession.
2. It has a flexible head.
Many safety razors have a stiff head that limits you to parallel motions. Electric razors, on the other hand, typically have flexible heads that follow the contours of your face. The Arc5’s head moves in 16 directions and pivots to meet every angle of your jaw and lip.
3. Its blades are far more sophisticated.
Safety razors definitely have well-made blades, but electric razors require blades that are more specialized and exact. The Arc5 has inner blades that are angled at 30 degrees to help cut hair at the base. Together with specialized outer foils, they lift, hold, and then cut each hair on your face—nixing razor bumps.
4. Battery life isn’t the pain you think it is.
The Arc5 has 50 minutes of battery life after just an hour of charging. If you forget to plug it in overnight, it has a three-minute quick charge feature that’ll let you squeeze in a morning shave before you return the razor to the charging dock.
5. You can shave anywhere—wet or dry.
With a quality electric razor, you can shave in or out of the shower. The Arc5 has a waterproof body and ergonomic handle that stops it from slipping out of your hand. And with the threat of nicks eliminated, you won’t even necessarily need a mirror in there.
6. It's “smart.”
Beyond just being a reliable, thorough electric razor, the Arc5 has a smart feature: a sensor that detects your beard density and adjusts its power based on how thick or thin the hair is. A straight or safety razor definitely can't do that.