The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Men's Foil Shaver that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Men's Foil Shaver that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Men's Foil Shaver. They responded that Shave Quality is by far their most important concern, followed by Comfort of Shave, Ease of Use, and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Men's Foil Shaver. Based on their answers, The Best model must be rechargeable and have 2 heads. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Men's Foil Shavers that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts and a consumer panel. Each Men's Foil Shaver was rated for its Shave Quality, Comfort of Shave, Ease of Use and Features.
Each unit was tested over an extended period of time by a consumer panel. Panelists used each model during their normal shave routine.
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Shave Quality score.
Panelists determined how comfortable each shave was by looking at the following:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Comfort of Shave score.
For each Men's Foil Shaver, panelists determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Men's Foil Shaver.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Men's Foil Shaver easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample..
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Men's Foil Shaver to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
You know you're not going to make it to the barber's for a straight shave before work. But using a foil shaver at home produces almost the same results, without the waste of disposable razors. Electric foil shavers use oscillating blades hidden behind thin layers of foil. They produce a close shave on the first pass, reducing the skin irritation that often occurs with multiple passes. With their pivoting head, the shavers are easy to maneuver around all areas of the face and neck. They're also comfortable and pleasant to use, without irritating vibration or loud noise. You can use them dry, with shaving cream, or even in the shower, and because they are waterproof, cleanup is easy. Either rinse the blades under the faucet, or set the shaver in its base for automatic cleaning and drying while the shaver recharges. The battery indicator light will tell you the next time charging is needed.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.