How Long Do Electric Razors Last? (Razor Maintenace 101)

How long do electric razors last?

This question seems to pop up when we notice our shavers don’t quite perform like they use to. 

In this guide we’ll talk about the average lifespan of an electric shaver, what you can do to keep them longer, and highly effective methods you can put in place to bring your current shaver back! 

So with that said, let’s get into it. 

How long do electric razors last?

A quality and well-kept electric shaver can last up to 5-10 years. 

The body of the shaver itself is quite durable. 

The only other body parts on your shaver that you need to look at would be the motor and the battery. 

If one of them gives out, finding a replacement may be hard but finding actually going in and replacing the part itself(like the motor) is a nightmare. 

At this point, you’re better off just replacing the whole shaver (I’ll go through some of the best electric razors toward the end of this article. 

Where you have to worry about longevity comes with the blades in your electric shaver themselves. 

These you can actually replace. 

There are certain factors that affect how long the blades on the shaver last. 

This is: 

  • Quality 
  • Frequency 
  • Type of hair haircut
  • Maintenance 

Each plays its part in determining when you need to start taking a second look at your shave, more particularly, the blades. 


The quality to begin will determine how long rotary shaver blades last.

If purchased you your shaver cheaply from an unknown brand with little credibility, you shouldn’t be too surprised if they give it out sooner than the times I’ll mention dither down this article.

On the other, if you have a razor from a reputable brand, these blades are far more likely to last. 

Yes, they will eventually come to their end but it won’t be quality that will push them there it’s probably one of the other 3 problems you could come across.


The frequency at which you use your razors also plays a major part in how long they’ll last. 

If you’re using your shavers daily or even multiple times a day? You put more strain on your blade compared to someone who may use it once or twice a week. 

So it’s something you have to be aware of. 

But any bean that produces a razor should know this and have tested their razor to make sure that can withstand daily use. 

What may play a bigger role in possible damage would be the types of hair being cut. 

Type of haircut 

Your razor blades should be able to handle facial hair with no problem. 

If not, you may not even have a razor that can go the distance, to begin with. 

Not all facial hair is built the same. 

Some and whispy and some and thicker and denser: 

You shouldn’t be using your shaver on really long facial hair anyway but even short thick hair over time will wear your blades out. 

But this last one may kill your blades faster than you’d expect. 


If you didn’t clean and oil your electric razors, then you setting them up for failure anyway. 

After every single use, you should be taking off the guard on your foil or rotary shaver and removing all the hair picked up by the baldes.

Leave it in there and they can gum up around the blades or wake their way inside your razor, helping them to heat up. 

Then every 2-3 uses, using a petroleum-based oil, oil your blades slightly to keep the friction between them low which will help increase their lifespan.

At the end of the month take your blades and give your razors a general and oil clean as just throwing oil into your razors can gum them up too. 

Check out our guide on how to oil electric shavers. 

How often do replace electric razor blades

Now let’s say your razors just don’t cut all. 

We’ll it probably means they have met their maker but don’t worry, you don’t have to fork out $200 + for a new razor yet…

All you have to do is type in the model and look for replacement baldes and it shouldn’t be too expensive. 

If you don’t want to wait until the fateful day your blades give up on you, you can use this general guide to stay a step ahead.

I would probably replace the blades every 8-12 months. 

If you have sensitive or thicker hair which you cut every day, look to keep replacing your blades every 3-4 months. 

But only replace them if you must. 

When getting most new blades, it comes with new tools as the thin metal can get aged over time, and holes expose the skin of the guard too.

Replacing your blades is like cleaning out the cutter head. 

Just open the guard, take out the only blades, and put in the new ones.

Replacing foil shaver blades  

Replacing rotary shaver blades

Do electric razors get dull?

If you have electric razor blades and notice they start to just pull hair I suggest you start to look to replace them as it’s the start of them wearing out completely.

If you don’t change the blades and they go dull, then you will find that there is more tugging at the hair rather than cutting. 

And it will hurt.

Not only that, it will : 

  • leave uneven shave 
  • The motor has to work harder to cut as you likely doing multiple passes to cut hair 

You can probably change the blade. If the razor isn’t making clean cuts and pulls your hair then it’s time for a fresh blade.

Replacing the whole razor 

If you have a razor and the motor is weak, the batter is always flat and no matter how many blades you get, Your razors just don’t work the want you want. 

Then you may want to look into an upgrade.

Below are some reputable brands that have excellent customer service, producing shavers that cut close with no cuts. 

Check them out if you looking for a long-lasting reliable razor. 


In this guide, we asked the question, how long do electric razors last? 

It varies but with correct maintenance, you keep your electric razors for a long time and just have to worry about swapping out the blades. 

If you found this article on how long your groom tool lasts, please check out other articles on this topic below. 


How do I know when it’s time to replace my electric razor?

Signs of wear and tear, such as a dull blade or weak motor, are indications that it’s time to replace your electric razor.

How can I extend the life of my electric razor?

regularly clean and oil the blades, store them in a safe place and avoid dropping or mishandling the razor.

Patrick Boulang

Patrick Boulang

Patrick is the Primary editor for Clipphub. He has sales background however has always had a passion in barbering and personal self grooming. He now he spends most of his time giving information to hair clipper users to get them comfortable with personal grooming and improve their work on clients as he believes anyone can become skills with their blades.