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August 3, 2014 8:17 PM   Subscribe

I want to try and electric razor but I am worried it will irritate my sensitive skin.

I have really sensitive facial skin that breaks out after shaving. I have tried all kinds of razors, shaving creams, and post shave balms with little impact. I want to try an electric razor but I am worried it will irritate my sensitive skin and I will be stuck with an expensive electric razor that doesn't work for me. I would like to purchase a Braun Series 7 or Series 5. Is there a good place to purchase either with a no hassle return policy if it just doesn't work for my skin. I looked around on Braun's website and there doesn't seem to be a clear money back guarantee for the U.S. and there are horror stories on Amazon about refunds from Braun.
posted by cycleback to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (10 answers total)
 
Costco
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:18 PM on August 3, 2014


Anything other than Costco since I don't have a membership?
posted by cycleback at 8:24 PM on August 3, 2014


You can buy electric razors at drugstores like CVS, Wallgreens, etc. I have no idea what their return policy might be for an electric razor that has been used.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 8:34 PM on August 3, 2014


Costco was what I was also thinking due to their generous return policy, but even with a membership it appears they don't carry the Braun Series at this time.

I've had all good experiences in general returning items to Amazon within 30 days (note: I have Prime so I'm not sure if it's different without it). Looking at the Amazon comments, the problems look to be with returning them to Braun rather than directly to Amazon. If you want to be sure with Amazon, I'd recommend going to the 'Contact Us' describing this exact (and definitely reasonable) concern and ask if you'd be able to return it hassle free. Then at least you'd have something in writing if you get any brushback.
posted by slomodinkens at 8:44 PM on August 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's not an electric, but have you tried Bevel?
posted by AaRdVarK at 8:50 PM on August 3, 2014


Is Bevel somehow different than any other safety razor?
posted by cycleback at 9:22 PM on August 3, 2014


Not really. It's an all-in-one package deal, with periodic auto ship. Honestly, you're better off with a Merkur that feels good in your hand (in terms of size/weight/balance), an assortment pack of blades (prolly don't start with a Feather), a brush that strikes your fancy, and then some experimentation with products and technique.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 11:05 PM on August 3, 2014


I would go with a high-ish end department store such as Macy's. They take returns easily, and you'll likely be able to find the Braun on sale too.
posted by COD at 4:51 AM on August 4, 2014 [1 favorite]


Any big-box usually has a good selection of electrics. My local Meijer, for instance, has Braun, Norelco, etc. Plus replacement parts. Their return policy has generally been quite good, though I've never tried to return a used shaver.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:30 AM on August 4, 2014


I got my last razor (Norelco) at Target. They had/have quite a selection, made slightly less satisfactory by the difficulty of distinguishing between similar option.

Some electrics can be cleaned by holding them under a faucet. This is much easier than sweeping them out with the little brush (provided) and trying not to leave a mess on the sink.
posted by SemiSalt at 11:19 AM on August 4, 2014


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