We spent a month using the latest crop of electric shavers on a variety of faces covered with everything from thick stubble to light scruff. Shaving under both wet and dry conditions, we rated the contenders (on a scale of 10) on performance, ease of use, and overall features.
Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5
Rating: 9 (Best in Class)
If money is no object, then this is the razor to buy. The Panasonic features a five-blade cutting system that detects the density of your stubble and adjusts the power accordingly. It's quiet and easy to guide, combining close-cutting precision with the maneuverability of a pivoting neck. In a single pass, it obliterated everything from a sandpapery five-o'clock shadow to those hard-to-snip flat-lying hairs. A bright LCD screen displays battery life and a cleaning reminder; the rubberized grip is easy to hold. By far the best of the bunch. [$600; shop.panasonic.com]