Disposable Razor Comparison
Gillette Sensor2 Plus Pivot
Gillette Mach3 Sensitive
BIC Twin Select Sensitive Skin
Schick Hydro Silk
Gillette Simply Venus
Gillette Venus Sensitive
Schick Slim Twin ST 2
Schick Xtreme 3
Gillette Venus Original
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Disposable Razor Buying Guide
What is a Disposable Razor?
As great as the above disposable razors are, you may find yourself interested in shopping on your own. If this sounds like you, keeping the below list of considerations in mind is sure to get you the best shave possible.
What is your preferred type of razor?
Perhaps you’ve recently switched over from a safety razor or straight razor? Due to vast differences in the way modern razors operate, making the switch can be a little tough at first. While this will be covered in more detail momentarily, I’ll mention that the amount of blades in the razor you decide to go with plays the most important role in getting the most traditional feel you can get out of a modern razor. Typically, a higher blade count translates to a more modern-feeling razor, while less blades will give you an experience closer to that of a safety razor.
Do you go through razors quickly?
The following rule holds true for both disposable and reusable razors alike. If you go through razors very quickly, this is likely due to hair getting trapped underneath the blades. While you can brush said hair out in a couple of seconds with a designated toothbrush, who wants to do that? Getting a razor which either has one blade or several spaced out blades can remove this issue completely. If you have thick hair or wait a while in between shaves, such a razor should be seen as being downright essential. Otherwise, razors whose blades are more closely spaced will usually offer a smoother shave.
Why do you prefer disposable razors?
If it’s for the convenience, you’ll have the luxury of choosing any brand you wish. On the other hand, if you buy disposable razors purely as a cost-saving initiative, going with more basic razors is always a good idea. Not only will these typically be lower in cost, they’ll generally give a great shave, being that every dollar you put into the razor will go into the quality of its blade(s) and nothing else.
Blade Counts and the Difference They Make
We’ve reached a point in human history wherein razor manufacturers have adopted the habit of constantly trying to fit as many blades as they can into a single razor. As a consumer, it can be easy to get stuck in the more-is-better mindset. However, this is not always the case. Let’s take a look at the difference between razors according to their blade count and find out which count you need.
- One Blade – This is the most basic type of razor you can buy. However, this does not mean that it’s the worst. If you’ve ever used a more traditional razor (such as a safety razor), you’re likely aware that nothing has the potential to give you as close a shave as the single-blade razor. At the same time, nothing has the same potential to leave your skin feeling like sandpaper as the single-blade razor. Razors with one blade have a steep learning curve, not only for teenagers, but for grown men who have been shaving for a decade or more. After mastering this curve; however, you’ll have the smoothest face on the block.
- Five Blades – While you may find some razors out there with six or more blades, these are rather rare. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll consider five blades as being the upper limit of what you can expect to find in a modern razor. The master of the five-blade razor simply will not get as close a shave as the master of the single-blade razor. However, if you decide to go with this type of razor, you’ll likely incur a significantly lower amount of razor burns and cuts throughout the course of your shaving career. While it may not have as much potential as the single-blade razor, it operates much more smoothly.
- Everything Else – Perhaps both of the above blade counts appeal to you, though you just can’t decide which one to pick. If this is the case, you can always opt for a razor who’s blade count lies somewhere in the middle. Typically, these have the potential to offer a smoother shave than the five-blade razor, though won’t be as difficult to master as the one-blade razor. You can go with three blades, or you can lean closer to one particular side of the spectrum.
Common Disposable Razor Features
Which of the above types of razors you decide to go with all comes down to want you want to get out of your razor in the first place. Of course, this is rather subjective. The below characteristics; however, are always a great thing to see in any razor. That being the case, it can’t hurt to keep an eye out for them.
- A Lubrication Strip – There is absolutely nothing wrong with a lubrication strip. While many features may be more suited toward certain people, a lubrication strip is something we can all use. Not only does it allow your razor to glide more smoothly across your face, it keeps your face moist in case you have to go back for a second stroke. As we all know, those second strokes can be razor burn city.
- A Pivoting Head – You might notice a huge difference after switching to a razor with a pivoting head. On the other hand, you may notice no difference at all. Because a pivoting head has no potential to actually hinder your shaving experience, there’s really nothing to lose by giving these razors a go.
- A Rubber Handle – Much like the pivoting head, the worst possible thing a rubber handle can do is nothing at all. However, you’ll likely find the increased grip to be a good thing, being that you won’t have to hold it so hard to use it, which may indirectly reduce the rate at which you cut yourself or incur razor burns.
Outside of looking for a razor with the three qualities listed above, whether or not a razor will best suit your needs depends on what your needs are in the first place. It goes without saying that some razors will be better than others, though factors such as a razor’s blade count will play a huge role in how likely you will be to stick with your new brand. Keep these factors in mind when shopping for razors and you may very well find cuts, scrapes, bumps and razor burns to be a thing of the past.