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Buying Guide

If you've ever stood in a store aisle or browsed through a list of products, daunted by the broad array of shaver or electric toothbrush choices, this guide can help. We'll give you a quick rundown of what to keep in mind when buying personal care and beauty products, like electric shavers, electric toothbrushes, curling irons, hair dryers and scales. Find the personal care and grooming tools that help you look and feel great.
Shavers and Trimmers

You can find electric shavers and trimmers for just about any shaving need, including shaving your face, trimming your beard or getting rid of unwanted nose hair. Whether you're buying a shaver for yourself or as a gift, you can use this guide to help find what you need.

Electric vs. manual

If you use a disposable razor, here are a few reasons why you might consider switching to an electric one:

  • Electric shavers provide a fast, easy and convenient way to shave, because you don't need to use shaving cream or gel. You don't even need water, although many electric shavers can be used wet or dry.
  • Electric shavers are portable and great for traveling. Most have a rechargeable battery, so once they are charged you can use them almost anywhere.
  • A manual razor scrapes against the skin, which can cause irritation, cuts and razor burn. With an electric shaver, you can worry less about getting nicks or cuts, and some models are designed to reduce skin irritation with hypoallergenic shaving heads and aloe strips.
  • The blades of a manual razor often lose sharpness within several days. With an electric shaver, you won't have to keep buying disposable razors or replacement razor blades.

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Rotary vs. foil

The two main types of electric shavers are rotary shavers and foil shavers.

  • Rotary shavers have round heads with blades that spin. They are designed to be moved across the skin in a circular motion and work best for long or fast-growing hair. The shaver heads adjust to the angles and contours of your face, making it easier to shave difficult areas like the chin and neck.
  • Foil shavers have rectangular heads with blades that move back and forth behind a thin layer of metal, called a foil. The foil is designed to protect skin from irritation and provide a more comfortable shave. Because of their rectangular shape, foil shavers are more precise for trimming around sideburns and other straight edges.

The electric shaver you choose will depend on individual factors, like your skin sensitivity, shaving frequency and facial hair type and style, but it really boils down to personal preference.

Keep in mind it can take time for skin to adjust to a new shaver. With a high-quality shaver, redness and irritation should lessen with regular use.

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Make the most of your daily routine

A few extra features can make your shaving experience even better. Here are some things to look for:

Enjoy the flexibility of shaving how you want. Shave in the shower to save time, or use shaving cream for added comfort. Note that some electric shavers may be labeled as water resistant or waterproof, but that doesn't make them a wet/dry shaver.

Hypoallergenic design
If you have sensitive skin, look for shavers with hypoallergenic blades, foils and shaving heads, all of which are designed to minimize allergic reactions.

Pop-up trimmer
Some shavers include a trimmer attachment or a built-in pop-up trimmer, so keeping your beard, mustache or sideburns looking great is easy.

Battery run time
For the traveler, make your shaving experience more convenient with a model that can provide more than a few shaves on a single battery charge. If you often forget to recharge, look for a quick-charge feature or battery level indicator. The quick-charge feature takes only five minutes or so to charge enough for a single shave, and a battery level indicator can warn you when the battery charge is low.

You want your shaver to last, so look for a model built with high-quality materials like steel or titanium blades. You could also add a Geek Squad® Protection Plan to ensure you get the most out of your investment. If you've purchased a protection plan and your new shaver stops working after the manufacturer's warranty expires, we'll repair or replace it.

Shop shavers by feature: Wet/Dry | Hypoallergenic | Pop-up trimmer | Rechargeable

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Maintain your new shaver

To make your device last and keep getting the best possible shave, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and replacing shaver heads.

Cleaning system
Electric shavers usually come with a cleaning brush. Some have a fully washable design so you can rinse them under running water. If the idea of cleaning your device after each use sounds like a chore, look for a model with a self-cleaning system. This usually includes a cleaning and charging stand where the shaver is placed after use. It's basically a miniature dishwasher for your shaver, which automatically cleans, charges and lubricates the shaver at the touch of a button.

Replacement heads
For most models, shaver heads will need to be replaced every six months to two years. Some shaver models have a shaving head replacement indicator, so you won't have to keep track of when you last replaced it.

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Find the right trimmer

Whatever your style — full beard, goatee, stubble — Best Buy carries a wide variety of trimmers to help you maintain your desired look. You can also find hair cutting kits for crew cuts, buzzcuts and other short styles.

Haircutting kits
Some hair clipper or hair trimmer models have rechargeable batteries, but many of them come with a power cord. They usually come with either adjustable blades or a number of guide combs for cutting different lengths. They're ideal for short hair styles as well as touching up sideburns and necklines.

Beard trimmers
For shaping your beard or facial style, some beard trimmers come with adjustable guide combs, while others feature as many as 19 or more different built-in length settings. Some have an angled design, which is useful for blending areas with different hair lengths, such as your sideburns and beard.

Precision trimmers
Sometimes called nose trimmers or detail trimmers, precision trimmers have extra small heads for removing hair from sensitive and hard-to-reach areas, like the nose, ears and eyebrows.

Body groomers and all-in-one trimmers
Trimmers with a much broader range of length settings - some have 20 to 50 or more - are called multigroomers, body groomers or all-in-one trimmers. Depending on the model, they can be used for trimming and grooming a variety of areas, including the face, head, back, chest or anywhere you have unwanted hair.

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Women's Shavers

Women have a lot of choices when it comes to hair removal. For busy women, an electric shaver or epilator saves time, is easy to use when traveling, and saves money usually spent on manual razors and shaving gel.

Electric shavers

Women often choose to use an electric shaver for many of the same reasons that men do. It's faster and more convenient to use than a manual razor and generally pain free. You'll get fewer nicks and cuts and less skin irritation with an electric shaver, too.

Most women's shavers have a foil design with blades that move back and forth behind one or more foils. You'll find features that are similar to men's shavers, like wet/dry operation and hypoallergenic blades and foils. Some also have pop-up trimmers or bikini trimmer attachments.


If you want to spend less time shaving, an epilator may give you the longer lasting result you're looking for. Epilators remove hair from the root, leaving skin smooth and stubble free for weeks at a time. Plus, since epilators use multiple rotating tweezers instead of blades, there are no replacement shaver heads to buy.

When choosing an epilator, look for a model with speed settings, if you want to control how gentle or fast the epilator works. In addition, a washable model can save time and be easier to maintain; you just rinse it under running water after each use.

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Electric Toothbrushes

Today we have dozens of choices when it comes to brushing our teeth. This section describes the different types of electric toothbrushes, including ones made just for kids, and explains what makes them a great option for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Why use an electric toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes, sometimes called power toothbrushes, use thousands more brush strokes per minute when compared to a manual toothbrush. In addition to the high number of brush strokes, there are many more reasons to use one:

  • The two-minute timer helps you brush longer. Most dentists recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes, and if you've never actually timed yourself, you may be surprised by how long that feels. Many electric toothbrushes come with a built-in two-minute timer, which encourages you to brush long enough every time.
  • They can make it easier to be gentle. Brushing your teeth can improve gum health, but if you tend to brush too hard, it can do more harm to your gums than good. A powered toothbrush can help you be gentle on your gums while still giving you a powerful clean.
  • Electric toothbrushes can be motivating for kids. The best toothbrush for kids is one that they'll actually use, and some models go the extra mile to win kid approval, with fun colors and music that plays on a two-minute timer.
  • People with limited mobility may find them easier to use. An electric toothbrush does most of the work, so they can be a good option for people with arthritis, the elderly, or anyone who has trouble using their hands. If you're a caregiver who helps someone brush their teeth, you might find it's easier with a powered toothbrush.

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Electric Toothbrush Types

In sonic toothbrushes, the brush head vibrates back and forth. This side-to-side motion is similar to what you do with a manual toothbrush, but with much smaller and incredibly fast brush strokes, generally about 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute.

Oscillating or rotating
Oscillating or rotating brushes have round brush heads which spin extremely fast in one direction, then the other, generating thousands of brush strokes per minute. Bristles may also pulsate in and out. The small round heads make them easier to maneuver around your teeth.

Made for kids
Kids' electric toothbrushes tend to have smaller brush heads, designed for little mouths. Some have two-minute timers that play music, different power modes for little kids and big kids, and boxier shapes so the brush doesn't roll away when applying toothpaste.

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Get the extras you want

Since an electric toothbrush lasts much longer than a manual toothbrush, it's worth making sure the one you buy has the features you care about.

Two-minute timer: With a beep, pulse or other type of indicator, the toothbrush lets you know when the dentist-recommend two minutes are up.

Quad pacers: Some models beep at 30-second intervals, helping you spend an even amount of time brushing each quadrant of your mouth.

Settings or modes: Different brushing modes, such as sensitive, whitening and deep cleaning let you control the power and speed.

Pressure sensor: The toothbrush lets you know when you're pressing too hard, with a beep, light or vibration.

Rechargeable: Most electric toothbrushes are rechargeable and come with a portable charging station. Some have a battery indicator light to let you know when the battery needs recharging. If you're a traveler, a model that uses AA batteries may be easier to pack.

Ultraviolet sanitizer: Some toothbrushes have an ultraviolet light in the charging base which sanitizes the brush head and kills bacteria.

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Brush Heads

Before you make a decision about which toothbrush to buy, check out the cost and availability of replacement brush heads. Electric toothbrush heads should be replaced every three months, just like a regular toothbrush.

Some brands offer a wide variety of brush heads, many with unique bristle designs for specific uses, like gum health, plaque control and precision cleaning.

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Water Jets

Also called oral irrigators or hydro flossers, water jets are personal care devices that pressurize water and spray it out in a thin stream for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line.

Why use a water jet?
While it's not a replacement for brushing or flossing, using a water jet on a regular basis is an easy way to improve gum health and help prevent plaque buildup on your teeth. Water jets can be used with braces, implants and other dental work, and they're easy to use. Just point the water jet at the spaces between your teeth, and it does the work for you.

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Skin Care and Spa

Prioritize your mental and physical health with products that will pamper your skin, massage your feet, shoulders and back, and relax your state of mind. Treat yourself to a gift of relaxation, or buy one for someone you love.

Take care of your skin

Sonic facial and body cleansing brushes: Revitalize your complexion with a sonic facial or body cleansing brush. These motorized devices can exfoliate skin and reduce blemishes and dry patches.

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Get the spa treatment at home

Relax at home whenever you want or buy a gift of relaxation or aromatherapy for someone you know.

Massagers: You don't have to pay a professional massage therapist to get some relief. Find comfort at home with a neck and shoulder massager, heated massage cushions, foot massagers and more.

Aromatherapy diffusers: Fill a room with your favorite natural fragrance and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at home. A diffuser disperses essential oil molecules into the air, letting you relax with your favorite scent.

Light therapy: Help improve your energy level and mood with an energy light. Or, wake up with a gradually increasing light that simulates sunrise.

Best Buy carries other skin care and spa items, too, like electrotherapy pain relief units, foot spas, manicure systems and more.

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Hair Care

To frame your face with the right hair style, you need the right tools. Best Buy has hair dryers, hair straighteners, curling irons, curlers and hair cutting kits to help you tame your waves or put some life into your pin-straight bob.

Hair Dryers

Choose your technology
Technology found in hair dryers can help your hair dry more quickly and protect it from heat damage.

Ionic: This technology actually breaks water molecules apart by creating negative ions, so your hair dries faster.

Ceramic: The infrared heat created by ceramic dryers is gentle on hair.

Tourmaline: A tourmaline hair dryer produces both infrared heat and negative ions, so even when hair is exposed to high heat, there's less damage.

Choose your extras
Find a hair dryer with the attachments and features you want for creating your best look.

Diffuser: This attachment adds fullness and bounce to hair by spreading heat over a larger area.

Concentrator: Controls frizz and helps shape your style by concentrating airflow to a smaller area.

Cool shot button: This seals the hair cuticle, the hair's outermost layer, helping your style hold its shape longer.

Styling brush and comb attachments: Start shaping your style before your hair is completely dry.

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Flat Irons, Hair Straighteners and Curling Irons

Choose your technology
Flat irons — sometimes called hair straighteners — and curling irons are powered by technology that is similar to hair dryers.

Ceramic: Curling irons and hair straighteners with this technology heat up fast and maintain an even heat.

Tourmaline: Produces negative ions which create a smoother, silkier hair texture, reducing frizz.

Titanium: Produces even heat and has an extremely smooth surface for easy styling.

Choose your size, settings and features
Keep a few things in mind as you shop for your ideal curling iron or straightener.

Barrel size: If you like large, bouncy curls, choose an iron with a 1.5" or larger barrel. For tighter curls, select an iron with a 1" barrel or smaller. The smaller the barrel size, the tighter the curls.

Heat settings: Depending on the model, the curling iron or flat iron could have two, five or even 30 heat settings. More settings give you more control over the amount of heat applied to your hair.

Auto shutoff: Curling irons or straighteners with this feature will automatically shut off when they sense no movement for a certain period of time.

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Mirrors and more

Check out our selection of curlers, mirrors and hair cutting kits for more options that can help you create your very own style. They also make great gifts.

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Recycle your old curling iron or hair dryer

Did you know you can recycle curling irons and hair dryers? Most Best Buy stores will accept curling irons, flat irons and hair dryers for recycling at no charge, no matter who made them or where you bought them.

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Measure more than weight

Today's scales do a lot more than measure your weight. Depending on the model, you can monitor:

  • Body fat
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Heart rate
  • Muscle mass
  • Bone mass
  • Hydration level

Make it a bit easier to get in shape with a scale that gives you a more complete picture of your health.

Track your health stats

Keep track of your personal stats right from your compatible smartphone with scales that have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities. Choose a scale that allows multiple users to create personal profiles, if you have more family members that want to track their health data.

Keep it simple

Prefer just the basics? There are also traditional scales that measure weight.

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Shop Online or In Store

Find a wide variety of shavers, electric toothbrushes and other personal care products on Your local Best Buy store also has a selection of personal care devices. Plus, our friendly Blue Shirts are there to answer questions and help with choosing the personal care products and grooming tools that suit you best.

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