With so many razors available online and in stores, choosing the right one can be an overwhelming job. Are five blades really better than one? How important is a rotating head? What’s the most cost effective option?
To make razor-buying a simpler process, we’re looking at the main categories of razor and discussing who they’re most suited for.
We’ll get this one out of the way early. Electric razors are a convenient option when you’re on the move or don’t have easy access to a bathroom, but they’re one of the worst options for getting a close shave. Because of their design, electric razors are generally used for dry-shaving, meaning you won’t get the same results as a standard razor – great when you’re getting off a red-eye flight, not ideal for daily use.
All that being said, unlike other options on our list, electric razors are particularly good for those who struggle with limited mobility or who spend a lot of time travelling, so they certainly have their place.
Inexpensive, mass-produced and found in every supermarket or corner shop, disposable razors are an ecological nightmare. Yes – they’re convenient. Yes – they’re cheap. But at what cost? On top of the issue of disposable plastic, this style of razor offers some of the worst results. The flimsy blades are only designed for one or two uses, quickly becoming blunt and increasing the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.
If you take away one thing from reading this blog, let it be “never buy disposable razors”.
It doesn’t get much more traditional than a straight razor. The lowest cost, most environmentally friendly option on our list, nothing quite beats a hot towel and straight razor shave from a barber who knows their stuff.
Are they convenient? No. Are they cool? Hell yeah.
With all the convenience of disposable razors but better results, it’s no surprise that cartridge razors are the most popular option in the UK. Blade cartridges can be replaced when needed, reducing the amount that ends up in landfill (though still not a particularly environmentally-friendly solution).
The high cost of replacement cartridges is this option’s greatest downfall, and one of the reasons many are instead opting for the next razor on our list.
If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Anyone who’s used a safety razor will tell you that they give great results and, after the initial investment, are very cost-effective. While a safety razor can set you back anywhere between £15-200, you’ll quickly recoup that with the low price of blades (as little as £0.10).
They do take a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t look back.
The Best Type Of Razor Is…
The one that best matches your needs, budget and time constraints. Yep, it really isn’t as clear cut as one razor being better than all others. They all serve a purpose and come with their own unique pros and cons – what’s best for you might be different from the next person, and may even differ over time.
We’ll let you in on another little secret; ultimately, a razor is a razor. If it has a sharp enough blade and you’re using it right, you’re going to get a close shave. What really makes the difference is what you put between your skin and the blade.
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