One Shaver to Rule Them All

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One Shaver to Rule Them All
Foil shaver, beard trimmer, and detailer all in one.

Kitchen guru Alton Brown famously hates cooking gadgets that only have one purpose. Maximizing cost and space efficiency is important, but the problem lies with under-developing products that could serve multiple functions.

Consider this when thinking about electric shavers. Traditionally they serve 1.5 functions: shave facial whiskers as close as possible, and trim sideburns. But if you want to rock stubble one week, maintain your slick mustache after Movember, or grow a beard you’d have to buy all different gadgets, usually costing upwards of $50 each.

These days men frequently change how they maintain their facial hair and the folks at Philips Norelco have caught on. The StyleRazor Pro has a regular foil shaver for clean shaves, reversible large and medium trimmers for detail trimming such as goatees and mustaches, a beard comb with 12 settings that allows for length variations from stubble to beard, and a detail comb for clearing up nose and ear hair.

I’ve been very pleased with the StyleRazor for the few weeks I’ve been using it. As with all electric razors your beard type may shave differently. I have fine facial hair, but if your 5 o’clock shadow is 3 hours early and denser than cotton you may need to stick to a blade.

Pick up the StyleRazor Pro on Amazon: $98.51

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page.

  • Chris

    I’ve been spoiled. If it doesn’t have a vacuum and accompanying chamber to collect hair, I’m no longer interested in your shaving device. Throwing my clippings all over my bathroom sink like a savage, really!

  • TJ

    I go with a DE wet shave. I love the ritual each morning.

    • James

      Same here, although it’s every other morning for me. Cold water, brush, soap, blade… Electric shavers are for girls ^^

    • yaleman

      Yep, once you go DE, you don’t go back. :)

    • http://pleaselikeme.tumblr.com statelypenguin

      Put me in this camp. Since I switched a few years ago my neck doesn’t break out anymore, and if I feel like really paying attention I can get a perfectly smooth shave. Plus my almond soap smells MUCH better than anything out of a can.

      • Geran Brown

        Where did you get your soap from? :)

        • http://pleaselikeme.tumblr.com statelypenguin

          Hey sorry I didn’t respond sooner I didn’t realize I had a reply.  I bought mine from classicshaving.com.  I’ve tried the almond, bay rum, and something else which I forget.  I liked the almond best but I have a soft spot for the smell of almond.

  • C. Ryan

    The reviews for this product are sub-par. I really enjoy this site so I have to ask why this product is being promoted? It seems like this is a beard trimmer but not good for a clean shave or even a decent 5 o’clock shadow. Please don’t sell out.

    P.S. Alton Brown is the man.when it comes to anything culinary

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      The shaver has 4+ stars on Amazon and shaves better than the 3-head style electric shavers I’ve used in the past. No selling out at all, just an honest review. As with all electric shavers your mileage may vary depending on hair type and thickness.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      The shaver has 4+ stars on Amazon and shaves better than the 3-head style electric shavers I’ve used in the past. No selling out at all, just an honest review. As with all electric shavers your mileage may vary depending on hair type and thickness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mustnotsleep Steve Gordon

    Strange Norelco would go for a foil blade, when their whole selling point is their rotary blades are better. Foil blades are pretty crap at getting hair which grows in all different directions or is more than a day’s growth.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      This is my first foil shaver, all my others (3 or so) have been rotary blades. Honestly, I think I like the foil blade better. For me the rotary shavers required me to keep shaving in circles over the same area.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mustnotsleep Steve Gordon

        I had a strange experience with Braun’s top-of the line foil shaver a few years ago – one of those self-cleaning, digital ones. It shaved mint for about a week, then gradually I found it started just not doing the job and giving me hideous irritation. Luckily their return guarantee let me take it back and traded for a more modest wet’n’dry Norelco. That lasted for a few years until water finally took its toll and it went all HAL9000 on me – it would turn on and off by itself in the middle of the night!

  • Michael

    Seems like a nice product, but I’m not sure it’s right for me. I’m looking into getting my first electric razor- I’m mainly interested in convenience, as I don’t grow a very thick beard. Looking for something that will give me a decent shave with a few features for trimming/body hair.

    Other options?

  • jacobcrim

    I’ve never understood the appeal of electric shavers. I used to be the guy who used cartridges with seven blades in them, but I went the DE route. It just feels so good whipping up the soap with brush, lathering my face ETC. I need to take the next step to a straight razor, time to MAN up.