OT Good electric razor?

I'm getting tired of trying to find a double-edged razor and blades that give a close shave.Currently trying three brands of blades.
In the past I've used Remington and Norelco electrics. The brands don't give a close shave any more. These in the ~$50 range. Decades ago Norelcos were my favorite.
Do I have to spend $100 for a good electric? Or don't they cut close either?
<Sigh> Seriously considering a beard. Never tried one.
Maybe I just have an unusually tough beard?
Suggestions?
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On 8/3/18 2:20 PM, KenK wrote:

Double edged razor? Yikes, haven't used one of those since the 60's!
Get yourself a bag of 20 disposables at Sam's Club or Costco for $20+. I've been quite happy with the Schick Extreme3. Shave close, last a really long time, and I never nick myself. A bag lasts me a couple of years.
I use a two razor rotation system. The most delicate parts of my face to shave are upper lip and chin. Once a razor starts to pull on those areas, I downgrade it for use only on cheeks and neck where it still does a real good job and I take a fresh razor for lip/chin.
When that one starts to pull, I toss the one I've been using on my cheek/neck and replace it with the one I've been using on my lip.
Keep them straight by putting a little rubber band on the new lip/chin razor handle and take it off when it becomes the cheek/neck device.
I also use $1.39 Barbasol shave cream. It works better for me than the somewhat more expensive Gillette Foamy. I don't like the gels at all. A real PIA to put on and way too expensive. And the really expensive "hydrating" gels are a total ripoff.
Trick for long life is to get all the water off the blade before you store it. Corrosion is a worse enemy than whiskers.
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On 08/03/2018 04:14 PM, Wade Garrett wrote:
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How about Cremo?
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On 8/4/2018 12:01 PM, Mark Lloyd wrote:

How about changing the subject line to wet shaving or sticking to the OP's original inquiry?
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On 8/4/18 1:15 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:

The OP brought up wet blade shaving and concluded by asking for suggestions on how to get a good shave as opposed to growing a beard.
Hence, the wet shaving replies addressed the *intent* of his question rather than the subject line
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Forgot to mention. I tried several nrands of disposables before going the the double-edged. They didn't work well for me either.
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On 8/4/2018 1:58 PM, KenK wrote:

Disposables all suck compared to a good Gillette or Shick.
I find it smoothest to wash my beard with soap at the sink, wash my eyeglasses too. Leave beard wet. Then I get into the shower, wash my head, then, using a plastic mirror hanging in the shower I shave. Edge gel and the multi-blade razor.
The extra softening time makes quite a difference to me. My beard is not real heavy and can easily skip a day. YMMV
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On 8/4/18 4:24 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Shaving in the shower, be really, really careful not to drop your razor ;-)
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I alternate using a Fusion 5 and a couple cheap triple blade razors. Doesn't really matter. Got a good shave with a Schick injector single blade. The key is getting your face wet for a while and using a good gel type shaving cream. That's why barbers use a hot towel.
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On 8/3/2018 2:20 PM, KenK wrote:

I prefer Phillips/Norelco. They might suggest new heads every year or so but I don't get one and just keep them clean. The new battery Norelco's can even shave you when your face is wet. Maybe even in the shower. I shake out the head and every now and then immerse the head while the razor is running to get it clean.
The Remington screen type razors are OK but if it misses a hair and it curls around or bends over it can grow long since it does not go straight in the screen. The Norelco elongated holes don't miss.
I haven't shaved with a blade in 20 years since I needed to start using blood thinners. Won't let a barber touch me with a blade either. I don't have any problems and shave every day since it can be done at any time and doesn't require shaving cream preparation or clean-up.
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On Fri 03 Aug 2018 11:20:54a, KenK told us...

Seriously, your beards and eyebrows grow coarser over the decades. Both and my partner have noticed this.
Realistically, a $50 Norelco will never be as good as an $85 Norelco, speaking fro experience. I'm 73 and very happy with my $85 model. I have a friend who bought the top of the line Norelco. He had me try it once and I have to admit it was modestly better than my $85 model, but not $100 more better.
I've tried several different brands, but I always end up sticking with the Norelco.
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On 8/4/2018 12:05 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:

Actually, when looking to buy new cutters for my old corded Norelco, I was in Walmart and notice a center of the aisle cart with cordless Norelcos for $39. It's the best Norelco I've had in 50 years. And I've always tried to get the latest cutter technology through the years. The person that cuts my hair was amazed that I used and electric.
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On Friday, August 3, 2018 at 1:20:59 PM UTC-5, KenK wrote:

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When I complained that my decades-old rotary shaver wasn't holding a charge my wife bought me a top of the line Braun with skin-type settings and a"hy giene" cycle that washes the head in some kind of solution. The best featur e is that I haven't had to charge it for about a month now. However, I don' t think it works any better than my old shaver. I still have to do a blade shave about once a week to get those hairs that grow long because the shave r misses them. The hygiene cycle tank takes up space on my counter and who needs it unless sharing a shaver with someone. I've shaved each half of my face with the extreme positions for skin type and find no difference. In other words, in my opinion, don't fall for the marketing gimmicks on the high-end models.
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On 8/4/18 11:28 PM, Ed60062 wrote:

Good advice for selecting many products!
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On 08/04/2018 10:28 PM, Ed60062 wrote:
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I used to have one of those fancy shavers. It had a removable head, which kept coming off while I was trying to shave. For that and other reasons, a lower-priced shaver was a lot better.
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I've used Braun for about 20 yrs and like it just fine
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KenK posted for all of us...

There was a recent posting on blade razors so I won't bore you.
I was a user of Norelco rotary's. My wife likes to buy me razors so why argue? I have found the newer models that have replaceable cutters (not heads) are terrible. The arcitec series is the one I like the most. I do not believe they shave as close as a blade. I have never tried a foil model so if a maker allows a trial period I may give one a go.
I have had a beard similar to Unc and just tired of it. I had problems when it filled in of being itchy. I am a slob so I had to check carefully for food deposits... ;(
Lately I have been using a Gillette Fusion every 2-3 days. My wife tells me I have a rash on my face. I don't know if it's allergies, eczema, psoriasis or rot. Another doctor to visit.
Now that I have made this thread clear as mud I will go...
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I'd suggest a CORDED Norelco rotary.
no more fussing with batteries and chargers.
Every bath I've been in around the world has a 120 volt outlet these days.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com posted for all of us...

I prefer the rechargeable models because they can be used wet if desired. They seem to use very good batteries.
Does anyone use Williams 'lectric shave?
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On 08/13/2018 03:51 PM, Tekkie® wrote:
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I have one like that (Norelco). It works well, but still not as close as a blade.

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