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Electric shavers aren't for everyone. There, I said it. For sure, some guys (and women, too) are forever bonded to their manual razors. More power to them, so to speak. But for me and millions more an electric provides values that can't be matched by a manual razor.

First, the negatives, just to be fair.

It's certainly true that no electric, even today, gives you as close a shave as a good manual razor correctly used. For some with sensitive skin that's actually a good thing, but there are times when nothing but a manual does the job you want.

It's also true that some people just prefer the lighter, smaller grip and body of a manual. I hear you. But I just can't go along with you here. It's a personal decision, of course, but I like a certain amount of heft in my hand when I shave. To each his own.

And that's really the key when it comes to electric shavers. If you prefer this style of shaving, you're in luck because there are a few really good ones on the market. Here, "good" has a pretty broad meaning.

Closeness is one aspect. An electric shaver may not shave as close as a manual pressed hard, but today they get as close as many men and women will want. It often takes a few passes, for sure. It's typical to have to go back and forth a few times. But electrics get it done and in not so much time at that.

Adjustability is another aspect of a good electric. It used to be that manual razors had a little mechanical dial at the bottom that let you adjust the shave to suit your face. No longer. Good electric shavers have that flexibility in depth today. Whatever your shape of your face, or skin type there's a setting for that.

Still one more important value of an electric razor is durability. Certainly, a good manual razor's blade will outlast those of the past. Remember how those interchangeable blades used to rust after one or two uses? Even later, when they got coatings to prevent that, they developed micro-pits along the edge pretty fast.

Today's electric shavers last incredibly well. Not forever. Braun and Panasonic both recommend changing the blade/foil about every 18 months. Though, in truth, that number is typically far too conservative. But they stand up well and continue to give good shaves day after day for a very long time.

It helps if they're kept in good condition and that's where some of the better shaver models excel: the cleaning system.

They've been around a while now. Braun has had one for several years. But they're better than ever. You place the shaver upside down into a combination charger/cleaning system, turn it on, and the thing is cleaned, disinfected, and dried all in one step. Some even lubricate automatically. All while it recharges. The whole operation typically takes less than an hour.

Technology in electric razors has advanced in all kinds of other ways as well. Extremely rapid motors have them vibrating at incredibly high speeds. Computer-designed hole patterns in the foil aid in getting a close shave everywhere. Chargers and cleaners shut off automatically and even track the last time they were used.

An electric shaver may not be for everyone. But for anyone who likes that style of shaving, today's models are marvels of engineering.