We review 14 men’s razors, including shavers from Gillette, Schick, Bic and King of Shaves, and tell you which will leave your face smoothest after shaving.
The test involves:
- a user trial which assesses shaving satisfaction and the potential for cuts and abrasions
- an assessment of handle comfort and control, and
- an assessment of sharpness and longevity of the blade.
We recommend seven shavers that performed very well overall.
For the best shave, you’ll need a razor that is easy to control and that can achieve a smooth result without damaging your skin.
For more information on hair removal, see beauty and personal care.
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Shaving system vs disposable
Razors with reusable handles and replaceable blades are known as shaving systems. Most of these come with three, four or five blades to shave with, and some also come with a trimmer blade on the back of the blade cartridge. These systems have the ongoing cost of replacement blades, which is something to consider before buying one.
Alternatively, disposable razors are sold in multi-packs and are significantly cheaper than shaving systems. While the most basic of these come with a fixed head and only one blade, most now come with at least two blades and have lubrication strips to help make the shave smoother.
All the shaving systems score significantly higher for shaving satisfaction than the disposable razors. You’re more likely to experience cuts, nicks and burns when using a disposable razor than with a shaving system. The Bic 2 Sensitive disposable razor performed so poorly for shaving satisfaction that we wouldn’t recommend buying it. It’s the only razor tested to have an extremely high risk of cuts.
Brands and models tested
- Gillette Fusion
- Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power
- Gillette Mach 3 Turbo
- Gillette Fusion Power
- Schick Quattro Titanium
- Schick Hydro 5
- Gillette Fusion ProGlide
- Schick Quattro Titanium Freestyle
- Schick Hydro 3
- Bic Flex 3
- King of Shaves Azor
- King of Shaves Azor 5 Sensitive
- Gillette Blue II (A)
- Bic 2 Sensitive
(A) The model tested doesn’t come with a lubrication strip. This may have an effect on the shaving satisfaction score.
How we test
Shaving satisfaction A safety assessment is conducted that assesses the potential for cuts and abrasions by applying differing loads to the razors. The user panel assesses any cuts/nicks/burns, the closeness of the shave and the ease/comfort of the shave.
Handle comfort and control The user panel assesses aspects like control, comfort to hold and using the razor around facial hair.
Blade sharpness and lifetime Using a test machine the cutting forces of the blades are measured to determine blade sharpness. Durability (how long the razor stays sharp) was also assessed.
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