The Top Shaving Cream Warmers of 2023

shaving cream warmer dispenser

​Using a heated shaving cream dispenser can help you improve your shaving experience and enjoy a much more comfortable session by heating your shaving cream, lather or gel to just the right temperature for the razor blade to glide easily and minimize damage.

Thanks to these devices, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a hot shave at home, in complete safety and without having to ruin your shaving cream or gel.

Here we share with you what we consider to be the best shaving cream warmers/dispensers of 2022.  From models designed for home use to those designed for professional barbershops, we've got you covered!

4 of the Best Shaving Cream Warmers (Dispensers) of 2022

​Today you can find a wide variety of hot foam machines on the market. From those that can be used exclusively for foam or gel, to machines that can use both types of products at the same time.

We've tested the best hot lather shaving machines here at Shaving Pro, and these are the ones we recommend because they work well, they work fast, and they're a good value!

1. Conair HGL1 Combination Hot Gel/Lather Machine

Conair HGL1 Combination Hot Gel/Lather Machine

​In our opinion, the best shaving cream warmer is the Conair HGL1 Combination Shaving Cream Warmer.

You may know Conair from their hairdryers, but this company also makes quality bathroom appliances. A clear example of this is this shaving cream warmer & dispenser, which is designed to work with any brand of shaving cream or gel canister.

The size of this Conair shaving cream warmer is perfect if you don't have a large bathroom, and the machine keeps the shaving cream at a comfortable temperature. This warmer works with a plug, using a 120V adapter to connect.

Of all the compact heaters on the market, this is the one that does the job best and comes with an affordable price. Of course, it is not designed for excessive use, such as in barber shops. But for home use, it is a great option, especially when you consider Conair's one-year warranty.

The instructions for using this Conair shaving cream warmer are very simple. Just turn it on and wait until the light stops flashing. That means the cream is warm. It's worth noting that in cold climates, this warmer can take a few minutes to warm up, so you may want to take a hot shower while you wait.

The only bad thing about this product is that it is designed to be used with canisters, so if you're using premium shaving creams, it won't help much. Other than that, the product works great, we recommend it.

2. Conair HLM10 Hot Lather Machine

Conair HLM10

​The Conair HLM10 is one of the highest rated warmers on the market. It is able to bring our shaving cream up to the right temperature in as little as one minute, and will hold the heat for as long as you leave it on.

It works with any standard size bottle you can find at the grocery store, and it is surprisingly durable! I've used one of these for five years in a row and have never had a problem with it. To help you get the most out of it, it comes with a detailed and easy to follow manual.

The only drawback to this warmer is that it doesn't work with gels. But if you don't use them, it's an excellent alternative.

3. Lather King Hot Latherizer Machine

LatherKing Hot Latherizer

If you want to go full pro with your shaving session, you can try using the Lather King Hot Latherizer Machine. This warmer is more expensive than smaller machines, but it works much better too! That’s why it is the best shaving cream warmer for barber shops and men who are serious about their shaving experience.

The machine is fully protected against rust and corrosion. It works with a special liquid soap and distilled water. It is perfect for barber shops accustomed to taking care of several shaves a day. If you are planning to use it a home, make sure you clean it regularly to avoid clogging issues.

4. Lather Time Professional Shaving Cream Warmer

Lather Time Professional Hot Lather

This is another great lather machine for professional barbers out there. It has been designed specially for barbershops, with a big soap cup to keep you from having to fill it over and over again. But even if you are just looking to get that barbershop feel at home, you can still use it without having to fill all the cup.

It comes with a non-slippery rubber surface, to minimize the chances of it falling to the ground, but even if it falls, it just feels sturdy.  We have not tried dropping it from the table, but it seems to us that it could end up pretty much unscathed!

What you may not like if you are planning to use it at home is that it needs about an hour to fully heat up (that’s because is geared more towards professional use).  So if you shave early and don’t have the time – or power of will – to get up about an hour earlier, you may be better off using another alternative. For barbershops the time it takes to heat allows all the cup to heat evenly to provide multiple comfortable shaves.

Types of Shaving Cream Warmers

There are basically two types of shaving cream warmers:

Warmers with universal fitting made to hold standard shaving cream cans. They are used mostly by people who just want to warm up the cream they currently use. These warmers give you more freedom when it comes to select a product, be it for its brand or its scent.

​Warmers that use a shaving cream concentrate. This ​concentrate is perfect for barbershops, but you won’t find a big selection of brands such as the ones you can find when using a universal fitting shaving cream warmer. However, the brands that you do find are all high quality.

How Do We Evaluate The Best Shaving Cream Heaters?

  • Price. The best products always come with a higher price. In general, you can expect to spend between $50 and $250 on a good warmer/dispenser, although you have to keep in mind that the most expensive ones are for continuous use.
  • Durability and quality. The product has to be durable enough to have safely it by your side when we are in the bathroom, so if it falls, nothing happens. A good brand with a guarantee says a lot about the product.
  • Compatibility. If you like to use different canned shaving products, it is better to choose one in which all fit. Now, if you expect to use your high quality shaving cream like Proraso or Art of Shaving, I’m afraid you will not be able to use them with these machines.
  • Ease of use. Since we only want the shaving cream to warm up to the ideal temperature, we need quick and simple controls. At the same time, we need a machine capable of heating up quickly and without spoiling our products.

​How To Use ​A Shaving Cream Warmer

Using a warming device is actually very easy. These machines come with a tool to take the top off a standard cans.

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    ​Pop the top of the can off and introduce the can into the warmer.
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    ​Close the lid and enter your desired heating settings.
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    ​In about 1 or 2 minutes, depending on the warmer mode, you will have the cream or gel ready, and you can apply on your face.

​The top-rated machines out there have a timer and a sound or blink will let you know. When you’ve finished with the can, you simply take it off and replace it with another following the same procedure.

​Why Should You Heat Your Shaving Cream

  • ​Warming machines heat up shaving cream or gel at the right temperature to help you cut away facial hair with fewer accidents, and is specially useful for men with sensitive skin.
  • ​They make shaving a little bit easier and pleasurable, especially during the cold months of the year!
  • ​Once the shaving cream has achieved the right temperature, the machine will keep it warm for as long as you continue applying it.
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    ​The main benefit of using a tool like this one is that it helps open up the pores and softening whiskers, so your beard comes off easier when you pass the razor, reducing irritation, tugging and hair-pulling.
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    ​It gives you the benefits of shaving after a hot shower but faster.
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    ​Warmers work with cream and gel cans. They have a system that makes them compatible with all standard-size cans, although now you can also find models designed to fit bigger cans in the market.

Additional Tips

  • ​Remember to shake your can of cream before putting it on a dispenser. This is something that the dispenser will not do for you. A lot of issues stem from not shaking the can before use.
  • ​Experiment with the heating settings. You can read many recommendations online, but the right amount of heat will vary from person to person.
  • ​Keep your eye on the light. These machines have light indicators that let you know when the cream has reached the desired temperature.
  • ​Don't overlook safety features of a hot lather machine, even the top-rated products must be handled with care. The outside of the unit should not get too hot or else it will be dangerous to manipulate. Look for units with auto shut-off, which will turn on the machine as long as the cream is cool.
  • ​If you need a warmer for a barbershop, you might want to look for bigger machines, capable of working for many hours a day without breaking down.

​Remember, choose shaving products that have a guarantee so you can replace them in case they stop working right.