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Learn How to Prep Your Meals Properly With These Expert Tips

It’s been a long day of work and all you want to do is have some dinner and relax. But, you don’t have anything prepared and you just don’t feel like chopping vegetables and hovering over a hot stove for an hour. So instead, you order takeout (again) and your fresh produce gets one day closer to rotting before you ultimately throw it out.

Sound familiar?

If this scenario is pretty typical for you, meal prepping just might be the trick to putting healthier meals on the table with far less stress.

Not only is meal prepping good for your health as it can help you stay on track with personal diet goals and prevent you from making potentially unhealthy last-minute menu decisions, but it is also a good habit all-around for your mental health. You can take a certain amount of mental effort off of your plate—figuratively speaking—simply by prepping your literal plates at the start of every week. When you no longer have to stress about what you’re going to eat throughout the day or plot out extensive time to cook each night, you free yourself up to focus on other daily tasks, or simply pencil in a sufficient amount of time to wind down from your busy schedule.

However, that’s all a bit easier said than done. Meal prep takes a bit of skill to learn up front, but once you have it down, you can ease into autopilot as it becomes part of your weekly routine. So how can you make meal prepping a habit and actually execute it properly? We spoke to a series of experts in the realms of food and nutrition to get their pro tips on the right way to meal prep.

So What Is Meal Prepping?

Sometimes referred to as “batch cooking,” meal prep is the act of preparing all of your week’s meals ahead of time—usually for a couple hours on a weekend afternoon—so that you don’t have to spend time putting individual meals together from scratch each day. Most people think of dinners when they think of meal prep, but maybe prepping healthy morning meals would be most beneficial for you. Or, maybe you tend to gravitate toward takeout for lunch, and you’re looking for something more economical. Whether you choose to meal prep your breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, or all of the above, one thing is for certain.

“The best meal prep can be mixed and matched to create a variety of meals throughout the week,” says Tammy Fry, certified plant-based nutritionist and author of Made with Love & Plants.

Her method, like that of most meal preppers, begins with what she refers to as “bases.” Typically these will be the cook-ahead items (like a protein source and vegetables), that can be combined with a variety of quick sides (such as rice, quinoa or salads) to create a complete meal, but with variation from day to day. She’ll cook up those bases on her meal prep day, and while everything is in the oven, she’ll also prepare meals that don’t require cooking, such as overnight oats or chia breakfast bowls.

Meal prepping is a little different for everyone, though, so don’t be afraid to tailor it to your needs. For you, it may just consist of simply slicing and dicing your produce for the week so you have one less step to take when it comes to meal time.

How to Meal Prep

Now that you know what meal prepping is at its core, let’s run through the steps to execute it efficiently (with tips from the pros, of course).

  1. Pick out some well-balanced meals that include many of the same ingredients. (That is, a healthy mix of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.) You can look for new recipes that you want to try, or stick to meals that you already know how to make.

    Fry suggests incorporating at least two bases—which would be your main protein source— and two to three different vegetables, plus two legumes, like chickpeas or black beans. Chicken would make a healthy and versatile option for a base, but if you follow a plant-based diet like celebrity chef and Certified Nutritionist Serena Poon, you can mix things up with tofu, tempeh, or even use your legumes as your source of lean protein for a few meals.

  2. Make your shopping list to ensure you have everything you need before you start cooking. As you plan out one to three dishes for each meal for the week, write down all of the ingredients that you’ll need and head to the store in one shot, suggests Poon. She also notes that you’ll want to make sure your pantry is well-stocked with an array of spices, bulk grains, and legumes.

  3. Schedule a day and time to do all of your batch cooking and portioning to make sure that you prioritize enough free time to properly and efficiently execute your menu, says Chef David Rose, Food Network TV personality and executive chef of Omaha Steaks. For most people, this will take about two hours, depending on the complexity of your recipes and your familiarity with them. But, when you’re first starting out with meal prep, be sure to give yourself some extra wiggle room. And, if you find that the process is just too long for you, try utilizing a pressure cooker to speed things up.

  4. When your designated cooking day rolls around, maximize your time by cooking several items at once. For example, you can have your proteins and vegetables roasting in the oven, and your grains cooking on the stove. Chef Rose also likes to use this time to portion out greens, raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other items that don’t require cooking ahead of time. By multitasking, cooking in phases, and pre-portioning raw ingredients, you’ll make the most of your time spent in the kitchen.

  5. Once everything is cooked, it’s time to gather your storage containers and portion out your meals the way you’d like to enjoy them throughout the week. Often, this includes your protein, veggies, and grains in each container, though some recipes may not lend themselves to that, so use your best judgement. Raw ingredients, of course, should be kept separate as they won’t need re-heating.

    Chef Rose likes to use tightly sealed containers and vacuum-sealed bags to keep out as much air as possible, effectively preventing food from drying out. Just be sure that you’re using microwave-safe containers if that’s how you’ll be reheating your food (and you know you won’t transfer the container’s contents to a separate bowl or plate).

  6. Now it’s time to store your food properly. Chef Rose cautions that you must always allow cooked food adequate time to cool down completely before storing. Popping that steamy container in the cold fridge will just create more warmth and moisture—the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and, ultimately, fast-spoiling food.

    Food that is intended to be eaten in the first two days after cooking can be stored in the coldest part of the fridge. (This is usually the bottom, as cold air sinks. But, if your refrigerator has a freezer above it, the top shelf will typically be colder.)

    If you don’t intend to eat your meal prep in the first two days, however, Chef Rose recommends labeling each container with the current date and storing it in the freezer. Then, practice the FIFO (“First in, first out”) method to ensure that you don’t let anything go to waste

  7. Reheat and eat when ready. Remove frozen meals from the freezer the night before to allow ample time to thaw. If you’re bringing a thawed meal with you to work, however, Poon recommends packing the container in an insulated cooler with an ice pack until you are ready to reheat and enjoy. Whenever you choose to enjoy your meal, the most important thing is to make sure you fully reheat it to the proper temperature, whether that’s in an oven or a microwave, or on the stovetop.

How to Turn Meal Prep Into a Habit (and Avoid Mealtime Boredom)

You won’t really get the full benefits of meal prepping unless you turn it into a consistent habit. And, in order to do that, you have to make it easy on yourself! After all, if it stresses you out or simply doesn’t enhance your life, you won’t want to keep up with it.

“One of the best ways to make something a habit is to understand the greater purpose of the activity for you,” says Poon. “Why will meal prepping support your health and happiness? Will it save you time and decision energy throughout the week? Will having food that supports your health on hand during busy times help you stay on track with your plan?”

Whatever your reason, just remember that you don’t need to go big straight out of the gate. Start with prepping just a few meals per week, and ease into things to build up your meal prepping skills so you don’t burn yourself out. Once you get into the habit, it can grow into a more comprehensive routine.

Here are a few other things our experts suggest to help form this healthy habit while also making your meals enjoyable.

Get Creative

Learn how to cook one ingredient and use it multiple ways all week long. To do this, Chef Rose suggests picking a protein and planning various vegetables and starches around it. For example, chicken breasts can be utilized to make:

  • A salad with fresh greens and vegetables
  • A quick bowl with brown rice
  • A wrap with lettuce or vegetables
  • A quinoa “fried rice”
  • A stir fry

Don’t be afraid to switch things up and try ingredients in a way that you haven’t before.

Add Variety

The key to making meal prep healthy is ensuring that you’re getting enough variety to provide your body a wide range of nutrients.

“Some foods have nutrients that others do not, even within a food category,” says Nyree Dardarian, licensed and registered dietician, and board-certified sports nutritionist for MLS’ Philadelphia Union and NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. “For example, orange fruits have beta-carotene, and purple ones contain anthocyanins.”

So, in order to get a full range, she suggests selecting two different-colored fruits and two different-colored vegetables each week, and rotating the colors you select from week to week.

If you need a little more inspiration for your dishes, Poon likes to make her meal prep a seasonal process by selecting whatever is fresh from the farmers market each week.

Keep It Simple

You don’t need to be an experienced home chef in order to meal prep. You don’t even need a ton of time. There are a few shortcuts you can take (without sacrificing nutrition or taste) that you might want to utilize when you’re first starting out, or when you have a particularly busy week that might not allow for your usual meal prep routine.

Dardarian notes that frozen vegetables are a great option as they can reduce prep time significantly, and they have more nutrients than some fresh vegetables because they’re flash-frozen at their peak. She also recommends rotisserie chicken as the parts can be used in different ways throughout the week, and you get a pre-cooked, juicy protein without any of the cleanup.

Make It Spicy (and Saucy!)

“Spices are your best friend,” Poon says. “I often prepare a simple base of grains, proteins and roasted vegetables, then add a unique sauce to the meal each day. Sauces and spices can make the same meal into a totally different dining experience.”

She says that you can also utilize spices to support your health and mood. For instance, you can use energizing spices, such as pepper and ginger, on the days that you are feeling low, and grounding spices, such as cumin, on days that are charged with stress and anxiety.

Don’t Force It

As Dardarian is so keen to point out, meal prepping is not for everyone. For example, if you like getting together with friends to enjoy a meal several times per week, you shouldn’t change that simply to implement a meal prep schedule in its place.

“Food has so many facets that extend beyond feeding the body: food is part of social experiences, holidays, vacations etc.,” Dardarian notes. “Enjoy life. Food should not be a chore; it is part of life and should be enjoyed.”

So yes, meal prepping can be incredibly helpful for some to keep track of their diet and feel more organized throughout the week. But if it takes away from your enjoyment of life or adds more stress to it, then it completely defeats the purpose.

Whichever might be the outcome for you, you’re now armed with the knowledge to meal prep the right way, so you can give it a solid try for yourself.

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Still Shaving With a Straight Razor? It’s Time for a Change

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Back in the day, men reached into the medicine cabinet for a razor and standard can of shaving foam to achieve a smooth face. Now, the male grooming climate has evolved, and a new crop of electric shavers has entered the fold, becoming an essential shaving tool for the modern man.

Not only can these mechanical face clippers shave time and money off your grooming routine (adios, expensive blade refills!), but they are also delivering clean-cut trims that feel as good as a standard razor.

No one said shopping for a shaver was a cake walk through the pharmacy aisle. In fact, it can get quite overwhelming, especially when each machine claims it’s the “best shave ever.” Our guide gives you insight on what you should look for when shopping the endless list of electric razors available today.

Are Electric Shavers Better?

Skeptical that an electric shaver can meet your needs? Or that you even need one at all? We’ll allow that a certain amount of subjectivity is involved in grooming preferences, and that some men really enjoy the lengthy routine of using a traditional straight razor to tame their daily facial hair growth, but electric shavers deserve your consideration.

Here are some of the perks of switching to electric:

  • Faster: You’ll save precious time every morning by grooming with an electric shaver
  • Reduce skin irritation: Do you regularly suffer from ingrown hairs, cuts or nicks when you shave? Good news: electric shavers have a foil, that greatly reduces the chances of these facial disasters
  • Mobility: With a traditional razor, you’re stuck near your shaving cream and running water, but with an electric razor, you’re free to move around, or shave away from your bathroom
  • Style your stubble: Traditional razors don’t offer you any control when it comes to your stubble. You’re either hairy or clean-shaven. But electric shavers come with adjustable blade lengths, meaning you can engineer the stubble length you desire
  • Cheaper (in the long run): The upfront cost of an electric razor is nothing to sneeze at, and often deters people from taking the plunge, but the truth is, over the long run, electric razors are cheaper: you’ll save on shaving cream and replacement blades, meaning the electric razor will pay for itself in no time

Does this make electric shavers "better" than traditional blades? That’s up to you, but the benefits are undeniable.

What to Look For

  • Closeness: There is difference between using a beard trimmer to shave, and a proper electric razor. If you are looking for a clean shave, you won’t be satisfied with something designed to take a beard down.
  • Comfort and convenience: You’re buying this product to make life easier, not add time to your daily routine. Note the difference in lower priced models and their higher priced counterparts as well as traditional foil shavers versus rotary models.
  • Technology: Today’s crop of shavers are loaded with more hi-tech features than they used to be. Multifoil blades and more powerful motors are great upgrades, but come at a price.
  • Speed: Look for CPM (cycles per minute). The faster the cycles, the quicker the shave.
  • Battery life: You shouldn’t settle for less than 50 to 60 minutes of power with cordless models.
  • Durability: Increased lifespan justifies a higher price.

Foil vs. Rotary

Foil

A foil design hosts oscillating blades within a thin layer of foil to lift hair away from the face, making for gentler shaves. The foil even lends itself to larger skin surfaces such as the top of the head. Many come in three- or four-blade options.

Pros:

  • Faster cutting speeds
  • Closer shaves
  • More precise execution
  • Better skin protection

Cons:

  • Not as adaptable to facial contours
  • Works best when used in straight lines

Rotary

These models typically rely on flexible heads with spinning razors that work best for making tight turns across the face. They also work well for daily maintenance of a clean-shaven look. Such features also come with certain shaving compromises.

Pros:

  • Eliminates hair in difficult areas more easily
  • Considered a better overall performer by experts
  • Offers more flexibility with minimal pressure
  • Suitable for shaving every other day
  • Quieter performance

Cons:

  • More prone to cause irritation
  • Not designed for trimming and edging

In response to the growing trend of electric shavers, the market has seen an influx of models from some of the industry’s biggest players including Braun, Panasonic, Remington, and Philips Norelco, each sharing their own unique features. Some come equipped with rotary heads or multi-directional blades for precision cutting, others support dry and wet shaving. Then there are hybrid models that have features of both beard trimmers and standard electric razors.

If this all seems like a lot to handle, keep reading for our guide of the best electric razors you can buy right now.

Best All-Purpose Electric Shavers

Best Overall Electric Shaver

Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body

Is it a razor? Shaver? Trimmer? Try all three. The OneBlade achieves the grooming trifecta (at a killer value) with an all-purpose design that allows users to edge, shave, and trim any length of hair. Philips has integrated a dynamic cutting head that operates at 200 passes per second with a dual-protection system that dices through longer strands without pulling the skin. The grip handle is impressive yet lightweight for the power it packs, with sturdy support to give users more confidence when shaving and a 45 minute life following a full charge.

Promising Review: "I’ve been wanting to buy this for years now! Always been hesitant, because I’ve tried over 5 different electric shavers. Nothing came close to a razor, until I finally pulled the plug on this. Seriously, this is not like any other electric shaver!!! It works wonders, especially when used as directed!!! I cannot stress this enough. If you been hesitant about buying it. Now, it’s your time. I liked it so much that I got one for my Dad. He loves it too!!!" — Amazon Customer
$49.79 at Amazon.com

Best Tried and True Electric Shaver

Braun Series 9

Almost 100 years ago, German mechanical engineer Max Braun founded his eponymous brand. Braun has taken design and engineering very seriously ever since. This Series 9 9290cc is a marvelous piece of electric shaving machinery, highlighted by its immaculate craftsmanship, ergonomic design, and phenomenal performance. It won both our Readers’ Choice Award for Best Electric Razor and our AskMen Grooming Award for the same title.

Patented SyncroSonic Technology carries serious horsepower, generating 40,000 “cross-cutting actions per minute” to achieve a complete shave without lathering up. The four-way shear system conquers three-day stubble with finesse, and included in the price is the cleaning system and travel case with a cleaning brush. If you need any more convincing, read our full-length review on the Series 9.

Promising Review: "I never thought an electric razor could handle my face and head until I purchased this razor. My facial hair is very coarse and what’s left of the hair on my head is about the same. It powered through with a total shave time of 15-20min max. I have the wet/dry model and have used it dry. I have yet to see any excessive bumping or irritation. I’ve been using a regular razor my whole life so I’m sure my skin has a certain tolerance. My regular razor would cause bumps all the time! I HIGHLY recommend this razor it’s worth the cost after the first use!" — Amazon Customer
$299.94 at Amazon.com

Best Electric Foil Razor Runner Up

Panasonic Arc3 3-Blade Electric Shaver

If the more premium Arc5 is out of your price range, rest easy knowing you can get similar quality results from its bargain brethren. This update is driven by a high-speed 10,000 CPM linear motor capable of slicing through stubble for consistent shaving at numerous angles and an attached trimmer for detailing. Its biggest selling point remains the active shave sensor technology that detects and adjusts power levels to match hair densities on the face, neck, and chin. A lightweight feel, quick charge (one hour) and strong battery life (45 minutes) add to its value. Not bad for the low-end Arc option.

Promising Review: "You can’t go wrong with this electric shaver. It is very ergonomic so it makes it easy to maneuver around your face. The shave is nice and close almost like using a blade. I highly recommend this product!" — Joseph
$69.99 at Amazon.com

Best Rotary Electric Razor

Philips Norelco 9000 Prestige Electric Shaver

The latest electric shaver to hit store shelves is a hi-tech special sensor built into the device to gauge hair density and adjust the blade to shave strands properly. No nicks, no tugs. Its three shaving heads come equipped with NanoTech precision blades (literally covered in nanoparticles to keep blades sharper longer), ensuring a super-close cut, even up to seven-day stubble. SkinComfort rings also surround each one and boast anti-friction coating that increases gliding. Philips throws in a click-on trimmer for beard and ‘stache styling, along with a plush travel case that complements the shaver’s executive look.

Promising Review: "This is the best Norelco I have ever owned. Close shave at only one week. Can’t wait to see how it goes once face gets used to it. Over 20 years in the military and wish I had a razor like this the entire time. I hate shaving with blade razors and will never use one again thanks to this." — John
$279.95 at Amazon.com

Best Budget Electric Foil Shaver

Braun Series 3 ProSkin

A mid-tier shaver with high-end performance, the wet/dry Series 3 ProSkin is a dependable option made for faster shaving and skin comfort and is perfect for electric razor newbies. Its signature head and MicroComb technology guide whiskers into the cutters for a more swift outcome. Pressure-sensitive blades allow for smoother strokes and protect skin from any chafing or irritation. The precision trimmer built into the back complements facial styling by accurately shaping your ‘stache and sideburns. Battery life is comparable to more expensive shavers, with a 45-minute battery life from a full charge or a full shave from just five minutes.

Promising Review: "For blood thinner patients check this shaver out! My father really loves it. He was in the hospital for 11 days. He had a tough beard going on. This Braun wet/dry shaver just did its job. A nice close shave. We even did the old credit card trick from the 1970s." — Szizzy
$70 at Amazon.com

Best Budget Rotary Electric Razor

Philips Norelco Shaver 5750

Instant shaving is a quality most men want in their electrical groomer. Philips’ budget-friendly shaver accomplishes it easily with a Turbo mode that gives a 20 percent power boost to mow through dense parts of your beard. Using its singular MultiPrecision blade system to tackle facial fuzz, working alongside five-direction flex heads to lift hair, then cut long and short strands with swift execution. Those preferring a dry shave can benefit from the machine’s Aquatec Wet and Dry technology without slapping water on their face. The accompanying smart clean system sweetens the deal by cleaning, lubricating, and charging the shaver for a solid hour of use.

Promising Review: "Norelco has a winner on this shaver. The numerous features and flexibility. Battery seems to last forever before needing a charge. It can be set for your beard and skin. I was amazed at the ability to shave in the shower and shaved well it did. I recommend this to everyone who likes electric shavers or those who want their first. Affordable and easy to use and easy to clean." — Chuck
$99.99 at Amazon.com

Best Electric Shaver for Beards

Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver

Getting a clean, smooth shave doesn’t always require the most expensive machinery. Remington’s popular foil shaver is proof that you can attain professional shaves at a budget value. The device lasts a full hour on a single quick charge and features an intercept trimmer that sits between the two foils and seizes longer hairs in fewer passes. That along with an integrated pop-up trimmer for shape-ups, and patented Pivot and Flex technology that moves with your grooves, make it impossible to overlook this oscillating facial hair remover.

Promising Review: "This is not my first electric shaver, however it is my first Remington electric. After reading the negative reviews I decided to ignore them and order it anyway because some people just can’t be pleased, or they don’t really know what to expect from an electric shaver. Used properly this Remington gives as good a shave as any other brand electric shaver. It arrived fully charged and after a dozen shaves it’s still at 80 percent charge. It is very easy to use and clean, and gives consistently nice close shaves. I’ve experienced no ‘razor burn,’ no pulling or pinching of the skin or any other uncomfortable issues. I’ve even used it on my scalp. I’m pleased with this purchase…good electric shaver at a reasonable price….and if it lasts, the replacement heads are much less expensive than the other brands I’ve used." — Anonymous
$46.99 at Amazon.com

Best Electric Shaver for Black Men

Panasonic ARC5

Black men have unique grooming needs, owing to differences in hair texture, coarseness and diameter. For these reasons, we recommend black men opt for foil designs, rather than rotary ones, as these can deal with curly, coarse hair more efficiently, reducing the risks of skin irritation. Here are a few of our favorite models:

High price and high performance, Panasonic’s flagship shaver model receives a prime upgrade highlighted by an automatic charging and cleaning dock and stronger five-blade system. The ultra-thin nanotech blades are built from superior Japanese stainless steel, keeping durability and precision in mind, while preserving build quality. Expect 14,000 CPM action that maintains peak execution no matter the battery life — a full 45 minutes after only one hour of charging. It’s a great shower companion that can be immersed in water for effective wet shaves. A trimmer and a sensor are also built in for shaping your face based on thickness.

Promising Review: "This is *absolutely* the best shaver OR razor I have ever used, and I have used many. Set aside your Norelco, your Braun… your Harry or Razor of Month club, and even the Viking uber-razor equipment. This shaver will give you and incredibly close shave, whether you have one-days worth of stubble or three-days worth or even five days (use the trimmer on rear for five to seven+ days worth). The charger and cleaning system, all-in-one, is superb. But back to the shaver… amazingly close and smooth shave with no nicks—which is much harder with a double-edge razor, no mater how good you are." — Ezra_NYC
$149.99 at Amazon.com

Best Barber-Approved Brand Electric Shaver

Wahl LifeProof Foil Shaver

Wahl’s built a credible reputation over the years with its barber-favored hair clippers, and the company’s line of electric shavers is quite impressive. The LifeProof 7061-100 is a hot seller that packs high-quality features into a budget-friendly value. It’s made for dry and wet shaving with a shock- and waterproof design built for longevity. The dual floating heads adapt to the contours of your face and neckline, leaving no stray hair behind. You can get 90 minutes of run time on a full charge and a full shave after just charging for one minute, thanks to its fast-charging capabilities. Personalize your grooming collection by choosing from four different colors: gray, green, orange, or yellow.

Promising Review: "I like how the shaver contours to the skin on my face. It cuts the hair follicles on the first try. It leaves me with a clean and close shave with no irritation. It is a shaver that is extremely portable to use in the shower, in your car, take with you when traveling. It holds a good charge and it is sold at a very reasonable price. A great shaver. A great shave at a low price." — Anonymous
$59.99 at Amazon.com

Best Portable Electric Shaver

Braun M90 Mobile Shaver

The M90 remains a staple for well-groomed travelers, thanks to unique design features from the integrated pop-up trimmer to its solid build quality. Two AA batteries power the machine and generate up to an hour of shaving time, which is quite good for one of the market’s older models. It offers impressive close shaves and snatches short hairs adequately, although completing a full shave does take a bit more time since it only features a single foil. Speaking of which, the foil and cutter can each be removed for faster rinsing. We suggest opting for a more advanced model for daily shaving, but toss this sucker in your dopp kit when hitting the road and you’re golden.

Promising Review: "The Braun travel shaver is a light weight, simple shaver that is easily packed in a bag. Normally, I travel with a AA flashlight, so I can transfer the batteries to the shaver and save on weight. Seems easier to travel with this battery razor than a disposable razor and shaving cream. Since it is a single band of blades, it may take a few repeated strokes for a reasonable shave, but that’s not really a problem if you can take the shaver in a car or touch up while you are watching television. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the travel shaver. My only wish is that Braun would sell a set of replacement blades, which would make it much better for the environment." — Ronald
$14.99 at Amazon.com

Electric razors used to be for dads who had to cut through stubble fast — and dry. Now, there are some option available that give just as good a shave as a razor blade, can be used wet or dry, and don’t use up a bunch of plastic every time you have to buy a pack of cartridge.

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This New Shaver’s Cutting Edge Technology Will Blow You Away

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No distinguished gent should be without a superior electric shaver. Needless to say, the market isn’t short on great options, as we’ve listed in our current best of roundup. However, the AskMen team was presented with a new groundbreaking shaver that’s been generating major buzz since its official announcement. We’re talking about the latest Braun Series 9 Shaver. Powered by several cutting-edge technologies and a dual-trimmer system engineered for flawless shaving, it’s easy to see why this grooming solution is already becoming an industry favorite.

As a newcomer to the scene, the Series 9 has yet to rank in Amazon’s top tier of Best Electric Shavers or Foil Shavers. That’s not to say it won’t skyrocket into the top ten of both categories come holiday season. We say that with confidence since it’s already managed to achieve an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon with 66 reviews to date. The hype will only continue to build from here.

Powered by Braun’s patented SyncroSonic Technology, the Series 9 separates itself from the crowd with the ability to generate 40,000 “cross-cutting actions per minute” thanks to its pivoting head and floating grills. The addition of two specially engineered trimmers labeled Hyperlift & Cut and Direct & Cut ensures precision shaving for suave skin care. A bundled clean and charge station, strong battery life, and wet and dry shaving capabilities (found on certain models) are warranting it mass appeal as well.

So now that we’re past the technical foreplay, let’s get down to business. See why Braun Series 9 is already being given top billing.

The Experience

Where do we begin? For starters, it’s impossible to overlook the Series 9’s immaculate craftsmanship. The all-chrome finish gives it the feel and look of a sports car, with its attractive Clean and Charge station being toted as an upscale garage to store it when not in use. Being able to keep the machine charged, lubricated, and sterile for everlasting use is one of its grandest selling points.

Performance-wise, the Series 9 enhances the traditional shaving routine in every possible way. The shaver head is far more efficient at buzzing through 5 o’clock shadows and long hair than the one featured on the Series 7, or any other high-end competitor at that. All praise goes to its revolutionary four-way shear system, which works together with the two Optifoil shaving foils and two trimmers to completely remove all unwanted facial hair — something we can say was accomplished seamlessly in both dry and wet conditions. Battery life proved to be just as impressive offering up to 50+ minutes on just a 5-minute charge.

No grooming device is perfect, but lucky for us, the Series 9 has very few drawbacks. The cleaning cartridges can be a bit pricey and tend to wear down faster than expected, though that’s all dependent on how much you use the machine. Purchasing the shaver by itself will require manual cleaning and it’s not a welcoming chore. It becomes tedious overtime, so we advise spending the extra greenbacks on the cleaning station bundle, as it’ll save you a ton of time and grief.

Beard groomers might not be too fond of the machine, simply because its pop-up trimmer isn’t as serviceable as the shaver. There is some unsteadiness to it that makes shaping up your goatee or hairline tricky. The price tag could be a concern as well unless you’re all for splurging on grooming tools. Outside of those, any other complaint about the Series 9 seems trivial.

Knowing we were able to take in a fully smooth shave without the need of lathering or washing our face was refreshing. The blades and pivotal head are powerful enough to snatch every inch of stubble, leaving no irritation or nicks behind.

CONS

  • Trimmer not so effective with long beards
  • Slightly noisier than other grade-A shavers
  • Cleaning cartridges are an investment
  • No lubricating oil for manual cleaning
  • High price tag

PROS

  • Comfortable and smooth shaves
  • Gorgeous and sophisticated design
  • Great battery life
  • Dynamic, alcohol-based cleaning system
  • Premium travel case with cleaning brush
  • Supports wet and dry shaving (9095cc, 9040s)
  • Two-year warranty

Meet the Competition

The Series 9 is designed to match up against the market’s most elite options. Its stiffest competitor just might be the Philips Norelco Shaver 9700 Series. The truth is both machines deliver phenomenal shaving experiences powered by their own proprietary technologies and unique features. The only major difference lies in the cleaning systems. This is where the Series 9 slightly edges out the Norelco 9700 with a faster cleaning procedure and more affluent, sturdy design.
Philips Norelco Shaver 9700 Series, $179.95 at Amazon.com

Let’s not overlook the Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5, for it’s an impressive electric shaver that offers similar performance at a lower price point than the Series 9. Design-wise, it’s solidly built for longevity, extremely light (7 ounces), and works in wet and dry conditions. The pivoting head takes advantage of the brand’s proprietary Lift-Tech foil technology to raise flat hairs for smooth cuts across the face. Unlike the Series 9, it’s capable of capturing hairs underneath the nose, though its larger head does provide difficulty shaving around the jawline. It’s isn’t recommended for men with sensitive skin either.
Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5, $158.79 at Amazon.com

The Verdict

Beautiful, super-charged, and smooth in its execution—the Braun Series 9 stands out as the Lamborghini of electric shavers. The specialized trimmers work equally well to leave a clean finish, where as the chic docking station does a refined job keeping them hygienic for long-lasting cuts. Its blend of lavish ergonomics and superior performance set a new standard for luxury grooming that won’t be rivaled anytime soon.

Industry Cosigns

Shaving is achieved incredibly fast and thoroughly but with unprecedented gentleness to the skin,” says Shaverscape.

The Telegraph believes, “It looks great, performs fantastically and made the whole business of shaving a lot less of a fuss.”

My Best Shaver shares are exact sentiments: “Its sleek design and advance cutting technology tells you why it is going to be the world’s leading electric shaver."

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The Most Stylish Electric Shaver We’ve Ever Seen

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This clever device is made for mustache and beard trimming, hair clipping, body shaving, and precision facial styling. The steel blades are custom cut to hold an edge longer and they’re small enough to work into tight spaces. Rather than a plug-in setup, the Luxitude Groomer comes with a docking station for both 110V and 220V outlets so you can easily pack it up and charge it on the road for quick trims before meetings, conferences, and more. The set also comes with four clipper head attachments and lubricant for easy use on all parts of your face and body. It even has its very own travel case.

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