Hard to beat a good straight razor shave, but here's the secret...
A great shave is 90% prep, and prep is something you can do no matter what mechanism you use to cut that follicle.
Steaming towel wrap? Yes please! Just microwave that wet towel and it's piping hot. Another? Indeed, it helps to do it twice.
Yes, it adds 6-10minutes to your schedule. If you wanna call that needless primping, go ahead. I call it the necessary time for beard hairs to go from fighting mad to soft and easy going.