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.
Philips-Norelco Shaver 8100
Not only does it have a stealthy look and a hushed motor, but this shaver also handily neutralized all whiskers. Aided by a head that nimbly flexes, tilts, and pivots, the patented cutting system sliced our stubble to below skin level for a smooth, even shave. It earns bonus points for its 50-minute run time and its easy-to-read battery-level screen. To nitpick, we wish the detailer were more prominent: It made squaring off sideburns difficult. [$199; usa.philips.com]