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8 Things To Know Before Choosing Electric Shavers

8 Things To Know Before Choosing Electric Shavers

Electric shavers are convenient, and easier to use than hand razors. They can come with a range of features like multiple shaving heads, chilling heads, sonic vibration, and shaving sensors that determine distinctions in beard density, and modify the strength accordingly. FOr most men, there will come a time when you’ll need to shave. These kinds of devices can be used to trim virtually all types of hair, including on your body and face. Plus, they will significantly reduce the need for traditional razors.

In order to make the right selection and perfect for an electric shaver, you have to evaluate and consider your needs. Here are features of electric shavers you should look for.

1. Rotary or Foil

Today’s electric shavers call fall into one of two categories. They are either rotary shavers ,or foil shavers; however, they both operate the same ways fundamentally. Both will achieve the same goal, but they’re slightly different from one another.

  • Rotary shavers: These razors utilize circular blades that are adaptable, and have three round heads with rotating circular cutters that work to conform to your face. The cutters angle under the heads and trim your hair, while a guard protects your skin from the blade. Rotary electric razors generally suit those with regular to tough skin types, and with a medium to coarse beard density. These blades are capable of delivering a closer shave. They are also really effective for longer hairs, and normally contain motors that operate almost silently. Rotary shavers are perfect for men who have long and/or thick hair, as well as those that do not intend to shave every day.
  • Foil shaver: Alternatively, a foil shaver is made of a thin curved metal foil that covers a collection of cutting blades. Foil shavers are best used moving in a straight, long back-and-forth movement over the face and neck. The foil remains still even though the cutter block techniques from side to side and cuts hair as it makes its way into the holes in the foil. When the razor is used, the foils will physically lift the hair, before guiding it into the blade. When buying a foil shaver, you will receive several different cutting blades. You will also find foil razors that contain spring-loaded heads. These shavers are a little louder than the aforementioned models and they are not great for long hair.

2. The Cost

Not everyone can afford the same type of razor as a result of financial capacity. For this reason, you should buy a razor you can afford, but is also of good quality. Spending a little more can be beneficial, but not always; therefore, you shouldn’t feel obligated to invest too much.

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In addition, you ought to consider the longevity of an electric razor before buying, as well as the initial price. Take the price of lubricant and replacement blades into mind. Ensure that the expense of keeping your razor functioning properly actually fits into your budget.

3. LED or LCD Interface

As shavers have become more innovative, more and more are actually equipped with LED interfaces or panels. These features are not a necessity, but it can prove to be very beneficial.

An LED panel would allow you to look into the razor’s status at any point in time. If the battery needs to be recharged, you’ll be informed immediately by checking the LED panel.

4. The Corded or Cordless

Electric razors can be equipped with a cord, however, they may also be cordless. You may find both set ups to be compatible.

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Cordless razors provide freedom and convenience, however, the battery might become a hindrance if it needs to be recharged too frequently. Travelers should definitely opt for a cordless razor, while the ones that seldom leave home might be best suited with a corded model.

The cord can be restricting, but some will appreciate getting maximum power at all times. It is vital to note that if you a corded model, you should examine the cord carefully. An extended cord might be an annoyance to spin up and set away, but it’ll offer you additional flexibility during your shave. Several cords will also be springy or retractable. This can be helpful and make it much easier to store the cord.

5. The Maintenance Requirements

All razors require maintenance. Some will have to be cleaned out thoroughly every day, while others will only need periodic cleanings.

Consider your lifestyle. Are you the sort of individual who has the time to clean and oil your razor frequently? If not, you will want to choose a razor that requires very little maintenance.

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6. Accessories

What accessories are included in the package? It is important to consider accessories that come with the shavers you buy. Some razors will come with a travel case and lubricant; some do not come with the lubricant, in which case you would have no choice but to buy your own.

It is also a good idea to choose electric shavers that come with a cleaning brush. The brush can help you keep the electric shavers clean and well maintained.

7. Battery Life Span

If you do decide to choose a cordless razor, you will want to pay very close attention to the battery life. How long will you be able to use the razor on a full charge? How long does it take to fully drain the battery? As a basic rule, you should remember that a longer battery life is always better.

8. Warranty

Finally, it is essential to consider the coverage included with the electric razor. A warranty might be the last of your concerns, but it may later prove to be of assistance. If your razor unexpectedly develops fault, you may have to get it fixed or replaced. This is where a warranty will come in handy; a warranty could potentially provide you with a brand new razor, without the additional cost. Be sure to get the longest warranty you possibly can.

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What it really comes down to is personal preference. As with everything in life, the best way to ensure a close and comfortable shave, and a razor that you can enjoy for many years, is to choose quality products, use them appropriately, and look after them.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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