Wet Shaving Vs Electric Shaving: Which Is Better?

It is without a doubt that men love to exude their style via their facial hair.

But at some point, that beard or mustache needs to either be trimmed down or taken out altogether. For many decades now, the typical way of shaving, now referred to as wet shaving, consisted of taking a either a doubled edged safety razor or a straight razor with some shaving cream to the face and carefully shaving the skin clean to remove any facial hair.

As time passed and technology has advanced dramatically, more and more men are beginning to utilize modern shaving techniques, which are typically dry in nature and implement a technological shaving tool such as an electric razor. While this method seems like the obvious choice, there is more to be seen than meets the eye.

Check out the pros and cons of each method, and find out below why we prefer wet shaving over modern shaving as long as you are not time sensitive.

wet shaving or electric shaving?

Wet Shaving

Wet shaving has been the time tested and traditional/conventional method chosen by men who want a no nonsense way of removing their facial hair. And this is for good reason.

Wet shaving the old fashioned way will without a doubt get you the absolute closest shave that you could ask for. Electric shavers can hype all the tech they want, but a spinning blade behind a plastic cover will never outdo the sheer power and proximity of a raw blade against the skin. As a result of this closer shave, many men believe that their skin is cleaner and smoother, and ultimately healthier by doing it the right way and not trying to cut corners.

That being said, it is true that wet shaving will indeed take you more prep time, as it requires creating a potent lather by using a shaving brush on your face and repurchasing blades. Although the modern day men choose to instead use manual razors with disposable razor heads such as the Gillette Mach3, and opt for an already made shaving cream ( which we are against by the way ), it still takes more time than just simply putting an electric shaver on your face instantly. However, it is important to note that these tools are extremely inexpensive, especially relatively speaking in comparison to electrical razors. They can also be picked up at virtually any convenience store, making them easy to replace when traveling, but not necessarily easy to travel with.

Pros:

  • Smoother and cleaner shave.
  • If done properly, it is healthier for the skin
  • Cheaper in the long run.
  • More durable products that won’t need replacing.
  • Interchangeable parts that are easy to find.
  • A more customized and enjoyable experience: From the shaving cream and soap you use to the razor and the brush.

Cons:

  • More time consuming.
  • Multiple products required, which take up more space.
  • Technique is more difficult and can result in more bumps and cuts, especially if using Double edged safety or straight razors.
shaving brush and safety razor

Safety razor resting on the shaving brush.

Modern Day Electric Razor Shaving

Seen as the “quick and dirty” way of shaving, modern electric shaving typically involves using a machine with raw blades covered by a foil or rotary head without any shaving cream usually. From a conceptual point of view, there seems to be a large amount of appealing qualities about modern shaving techniques.

To start, using an electric razor is a very luxurious and premium experience, as it takes a lot of the manual work out of the equation, only requiring you to simply guide the tool along your skin as rapidly rotating blades pick up all the legwork for you. It also cuts the hairs much quicker than a traditional razor, saving the user a large amount of time.

Furthermore, an electric razor substantially reduces the risk of cutting yourself, a valid concern with traditional wet shaving techniques.

That isn’t to say however that electric/modern shaving technique do not come without their fair share of flaws. Most obvious is the cost. Many electric razors can cost upwards of $200 and require replacement heads and cleaning kits.

Speaking of batteries, if you are on the road and have a dead razor with no access to a power source, you are out of luck; traditional users will never have this issue, and only require their tools and some water. Of course the shave itself will simply not be as close and luxurious as that of a traditional wet close shave. In fact, many users of electric razors report that their faces become irritated from the irregular blade spinning patterns, and are worse off just to save a few minutes of time in their day.

This, however, is mostly due in part to them having sensitive skin and mistakenly using an electric shaver we believe, so don’t get discouraged by that deal. Also, many electric shavers now come with either wet use capability or a wet feel function ( such as Braun ) that allows you to get a less irritating shave overall.

Pros:

  • Luxurious way to shave.
  • Much quicker than traditional shaving.
  • Portable. Less products to carry with you.
  • The technique is very simple to learn and master.

Cons:

  • Expensive upfront cost.
  • Battery dying can permanently disable the shaver. ( Although they come with multi year warranties )
  • Not as smooth of a shave as that by traditional razors.
  • Not an ideal option for people with sensitive skin.
  • You don’t get the “true” experience of shaving, if that matters to you.

The Choice Is Clear ( But Ultimately Comes Down To Preference )

After looking at the trade-offs between wet and traditional shaving methods, it is quite clear why we prefer wet shaving beats modern shaving. While it is indeed more convenient and less time consuming to take out your electric razor and be done in half the time that a traditional wet shave would take, it is not quite the trade off of giving up the intricate experience and opulent quality of the shave, as well as the inexpensive price tag that makes wet shaving the ultimate value for shaving aficionados. The time tested method of traditional wet shaving is the true winner for us based on its unbeatable combination of cost and quality, however it truly comes down to preference on what you value more important in regards to your time and the closeness of shave you want.