Nowadays, there is a great number of companies, specializing in appliances for shaving hair. Most shaving hair devices have either a foil or a rotary head. The cutters in foil head oscillate behind a perforated screen and in rotary heads they spin behind a fine grid. Men's shavers are available in both forms. As for women's models, most of them use the foil design which is considered to be more effective on legs` hair.
Shaving body hair with the help of electric shavers is not that cheap. Prices may range from about $60 to $200, with most women's devices priced below $100.
Electric shavers have a number of advantages. While shaving hair from their heads, flex independently and hug face and body contours. This may reduce irritation, because you can apply less pressure.
Most shavers have a slide-up or a pop-out trimmer for sideburns, beards and other longer hair. It is less convenient to use the models, which make you remove the shaving head to use the trimmer.
Most of today's shavers are cordless. The mostly acceptable are those with a built-in charger which lets you plug in a cord for charging or shaving when the batteries are low. It is a common model for men. Less versatile are models employing a charging stand or adapter that precludes shaving while the recharge mode.
Besides, there is a quick-charge feature that partially charges the battery in about five minutes for one short shave. It is a way out for those who can't wait for an hour or more for a full charge. But manufacturers warn that it can shorten battery life. As for the models provided with a cord they let you shave for as long as you like if you are near a power outlet.
A charge indicator can be of great use. It tells when the battery is full or low.
Keeping shavers working can cost more than expected. Close encounters with stubble eventually wears down cutters and heads. Replacement costs range from less than $20 to more than $60, based on the 6- to 24-month intervals manufacturers usually recommend.
There is also another hefty expense. It is batteries that usually cost from $15 to more than $50 including labor and shipping. As for installation, typically it must be handled by the shop or manufacturer. Most rechargeable batteries that come with shavers should work from three to five years.
Epilators ($60 to $80) are a shaving alternative for women. They pluck out hair using a spinning cylinder with a series of tweezerlike devices. This process is time-consuming and a bit uncomfortable because you may feel slight pinching while hairs are uprooted. But some recent tests of these devices proved them to cause less pain than earlier versions using a reciprocating coiled spring. And unlike shaving, the process leaves hair-free legs for up to several weeks.