Prefer a permanent five o'clock shadow to a perfectly clean face? Then the Philips Norelco Stubble Trimmer ($35) may be right up your alley. Sporting nine length settings, this precise powerhouse can trim as close as 1mm, and does so comfortably thanks to a flexing guide comb and self-sharpening, hardened Inox steel blades. Just remember that it's for facial use only, lest you end up with an itchier downstairs than your buddy who picked up crabs on his last trip to Panama.
Remember that Fusion Chrome Power Shaving Set we told you about a while back? Well, now the set's optional, as is the "power." The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Razors ($100-$150) include the Fusion Chrome Power, the Fusion Chrome ProGlide Power, and the Fusion Chrome Manual, all featuring a perfectly balanced, nicely weighted and handcrafted polished chrome handle, as well as Gillette's smooth-gliding five-bladed Fusion shaving system. A great marriage of lasting elegance and disposable convenience, without the decidedly sporty blue and orange color scheme.
First came the BodyGroom, then the Professional BodyGrooming System, and now the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro ($70). This third-generation electric groomer offers a shaving head that moves from front-to-back and side-to-side, rounded blades and combs to prevent scratching, five length selections, and, of course, water-resistance for wet or dry use. Next up? The BodyGroom Pro XL, for dudes with really big, really hairy balls.
Thankfully abstaining from adding yet another edge to its multi-blade face, the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide ($11) improves on its predecessor in other ways. The blades that are there have been re-engineered to offer thinner, finer edges, and join a new blade stabilizer, streamlined comfort guard, a larger Lubrastrip, an enhanced precision trimmer, a larger, more comfortable handle, and, exclusively on the Power model ($13), a new microcomb that helps guide hairs to the blade, all resulting in a closer, more comfortable shave.
Keep your facial hair in check throughout the day with the Kent Mustache & Beard Comb ($9). Saw cut and handmade in England, this diminutive comb -- just over 3 inches in length -- is small enough to keep in your pocket for mid-day grooming, and is gentle enough to use on both the face and scalp.
Join the wet shaving crowd with the Baxter Safety Razor ($60). With a classic polished design, textured grip, and double edge blade, the Baxter is a nice way to get into the world of wet shaving, and comes complete in a black gift box with a pack of starter blades and an instructional card.
Get an extremely close shave while using a piece of history with these Vintage Straight Razors ($160-$170). With heritages dating back to the 1920s and '30s, these immaculate blades are in like new or better condition, with authentic vintage designs as well as original scales, pins, and super-sharp blades that will remind you why you ditched your electric razor in the first place.
Whether you're an old pro at wetshaving or new to the game, the Merkur Heavy Classic Safety Razor ($49) will have you shaving more closely than ever before in no time. Handcrafted and double-edged, the Merkur's chunky body provides extra weight, letting you apply less pressure, resulting in a more comfortable, smoother shave.
Sure, there are cheaper shaving sets you could buy, but practically none that look this good. The Olive Wood Shaving Set ($200) is handmade in Germany, with olive wood handles, plated metal accents, silver-tipped badger hair in the brush, Gillette Mach 3 blades in the razor, and an included, minimalist stand.
Get a clean, close, and refreshing shave with Proraso Shaving Cream ($11). Made with eucalyptus oil, menthol, and glycerin, Proraso promises to soften even the heaviest of beards, leaving you with a smooth shave and well-moisturized, nourished skin.
Shaving oil or shaving cream? Get the best of both worlds with the Eyre BioBotanics Absolute Shaving System ($39). The organic, 100% natural shaving solution combines both Lemon Myrtle Shaving Oil and Kunzea Shaving Cream in a dual-chambered can, letting you prepare your skin for the shave with the oil, then lather on the rich cream to get a smooth, close, comfortable shave.
Get more power and longer life with less charging from the Wahl Lithium Ion Trimmer ($40). As the world's first groomer with a Lithium Ion battery, the new Wahl offers a one hour charging time, more than two hours of run time, and more than twice the torque of a normal NiMH/NiCad trimmer, and includes a charging base, trimmer blade, detailer, dual shaver, and clipper blade.