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Buy by performance and price. And if you choose wrong, don't worry: All of the tested shavers offer a money-back trial of 30 days or more--a good idea, since some manufacturers suggest that it takes a few weeks for skin and beard to adjust to a new shaving method.
Electric shavers aren't cheap. Expect to pay at least $60 for most models, and $150 or more for some. They're also expensive to maintain. You'll need to replace the head every six months to two years, at about $25 to $45 each. And once the rechargeable battery no longer holds a charge, replacing the entire shaver is often less expensive and easier than replacing the battery.
You don't have to agonize too long over which electric shaver to buy. All the models we tested offer a money-back trial of 30 days or more--a good idea, because some manufacturers suggest that your skin and beard might need a while to adjust to a new shaving method. If you switch from a razor blade to an electric shaver, or even from a rotary shaver to a foil type or vice versa, give yourself at least a three-week trial period. If you've chosen the wrong model, simply return it and try another or ask for a refund.