Using a shaving cream warmer (also known as a hot lather machine) can help you improve your shaving experience and enjoy a much more comfortable session by heating up your shaving cream, foam or gel at the right temperature to ease the work of the razor blade.
Thanks to these machines you can reap the benefits of a hot shave at home, with complete safety and without ruining your cream or gel.
But what are the best alternatives in the market? This is what you're going to find out in our 2019 top list!
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 Shaving Cream Warmers?
Best Hot Lather Machines of 2019
These days you can find a great variety of hot lather machines in the market. From the ones that can be used for foam or gel exclusively, to machines that can fit both types of products at the same time.
We’ve tested the best shaving cream warmer machines here at Shaving Pro, and these are the ones we recommend because they work good, fast and have a good price!
1. Conair HGL1 Combination Hot Gel/Lather Machine
In our opinion, the best shaving cream warmer is the Conair HGL1 Combination Hot Lather Machine.
You may know Conair from their hair dryers, but this company also manufactures high-quality bathroom appliances. A clear example of this, is this shaving cream warmer & dispenser designed to work with all brands of shaving cream or gel canisters.
Its size is perfect if you don’t have a big bathroom, and the machine keeps the shaving cream at a comfortable temperature. This warmer works with a power connection, using a 120V adapter.
Of all the compact heating systems on the market, this is the one that best does its job, and comes with an affordable price too. Of course, it is not designed for excessive use, such as in barbershops. But for personal use it is an excellent alternative, especially considering that Conair offers a one year warranty.
The instructions to use this Conair shaving cream warmer are very easy. Just turn the machine on and wait until the light indicator stops blinking. This means the cream is warm. It can take a few minutes to heat up in cold climates so it’s a good idea to take a hot shower in the meantime.
The only bad thing about this product is that it is designed to be used with canisters, so if you use high quality shaving creams, it will not be of much use. That said, the product works great, we recommend it.
2. Conair HLM10 Hot Lather Machine
The Conair HLM10 is one of the highest-rated warmers out there. It is able to put our shaving cream at the right temperature at only a minute, retaining the heat as long as you leave it on.
It works with all standard size bottles you can find in supermarkets and it is surprisingly durable! I’ve been using one of these for five years in a row and I’ve never had a problem with it. It comes with a detailed and easy-to-follow guide that will help you get the most out of it.
The only drawback is that this warmer doesn’t work with gels. But if you don’t use them it is an excellent alternative.
3. Lather King Hot Latherizer Machine
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 Hot Lather Dispenser
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.
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.
- 1Pop the top of the can off and introduce the can into the warmer.
- 2Close the lid and enter your desired heating settings.
- 3In 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
Where Can I Buy These Warmers/Dispensers?
The alternatives we’ve recommended here can be found on Amazon. The online shopping site is a good alternative if you have free shipping, as these machines have huge discounts from time to time.
Popular models tend to be unavailable due to high demand though, in which case it's a good idea to look for one in the beauty section of your favorite department store.
Remember, choose products that have a guarantee so you can replace them in case they stop working right.