Mens razors buyers guide
When it comes to shaving, it’s essential to have a good razor. However, with so many different options on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll take you through the various types of razors available, as well as the pros and cons of each.
One thing I will say from the off, is that I strongly believe the standard of razors at the moment is very high. The thing that makes the most difference when shaving is what you put between the blade and the skin hence I created Pure Shave Shaving Cream.
Types of Razors
Disposable razors are one of the most affordable options on the market. These razors are designed for one-time use, and can be easily thrown away after use. Personally, I don’t think these give a great shave and a fixed head makes them slightly awkward to use. (Don’t get me started on the plastic waste issue here! – avoid if possible)
Cartridge razors nowadays offer a huge step up from disposable razors. Most have multiple blades for a closer, smoother shave. These razors feature a versatile handle with flexible heads that can contour the face easily. Replacement cartridges are available that can be easily swapped out as and when needed. While more expensive than disposable razors, cartridge razors can provide a higher quality shave.
Safety razors are a more traditional option, featuring a single blade that is protected by a safety guard. These razors require a lot more time and skill to use effectively, but can provide a very close, precise shave. They are also a more environmentally-friendly option, as the blades can be recycled and the razor handle itself can last for years. One additional point of note here is that you need to change blades more often, approximately after every 4-5 shaves. Click HERE to see the Pure Shave safety razor
Popular Razor Brands
Gillette is one of the most well-known brands in the shaving industry. They offer a wide range of razors at different price points. Their most popular option is the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide, which features five blades and a precision trimmer for hard-to-reach areas. Replacement cartridges can be purchased in packs of 4 or 8, with prices ranging from £13 to £24 – The approximate price for a single cartridge works out at £3.00 each.
Cornerstone is a UK-based company that offers a subscription-based service for their razors. Their starter kit includes a razor handle and one blade*, with replacement blades sent out as needed. Their razor features five blades and a flexible head for a close, comfortable shave. The starter kit costs £12, with replacement blades priced at £15 for a pack of six (£2.50 each). *offers are available
Harry’s is another subscription-based service, offering a range of razors at different price points. Their most popular option is the Truman Razor, which features a precision trimmer and a rubberised grip for added control, the starter kit is £14. Replacement blades can be purchased in packs of 4, 8 or 16 with prices ranging from £2.00 to £1.75 depending on what purchase options you choose.
Wilkinson Sword is a stalwart of the UK shaving scene that offers a range of razors at different price points. The most popular option is the Hydro 5 Sense Razor. This features five blades and a shock-absorbing handle for added comfort. Replacement blades can be purchased in packs of 4 or 8, with prices ranging from £8 to £14. Roughly £2.50 per cartridge.
A quick tot up of prices per year – based on using two cartridges a month.
- Gillette £72.00
- Cornerstone £60.00
- Harry’s £42.00 – £60.00
- Wilkinson Sword £60.00
- Safety Razor blades From £8.00 upwards
Whilst the safety razor is the clear winner here, the additional time it takes to shave with them can be a stumbling block for some people.
To Sum Up…
Choosing the right razor is a personal choice, and it’s important to consider your own individual needs and preferences when making a decision. Some factors to consider may include price, the number of blades, the type of handle, and ongoing costs. Each of the brands we’ve reviewed offers a unique set of features and benefits, so it’s worth taking the time to research each one before making a decision.
Whether you choose a disposable razor, cartridge razor or a safety razor, as I said at the beginning, I firmly believe it’s what you put between your face and the blade that really makes the difference.
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Read our review in GQ magazine HERE