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GilletteMach3 Turbo

*Est. $10 for razor
Reviewed
November 2009
by ConsumerSearch
GilletteMach3 Turbo

Best value razor

Pros
  • Reasonably priced replacement cartridges
  • Comfortable, good shave
Cons
  • Doesn't shave as close as some competitors
  • Slender, but flimsy design
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Gillette Mach3 Turbo's three-bladed manual razor has been around for over 10 years and is still rated among the best of manual razors. Reviewers say the Mach3 provides a close, comfortable shave at a reasonable price for both razor and replacement cartridges. Most reviewers who compare the Mach3 to both the five-bladed Gillette Fusion (*Est. $11) or the four-bladed Schick Quattro (*Est. $10 for razor) say the shave is better than the Quattro but not as good as the Fusion. Still, the Mach3's replacement blades cost about a dollar less than those of the Fusion, so there's a significant cost savings over time.

StrictlyMensBusiness.com, an Australian website, provides the best review of the Mach3 Turbo, comparing it with seven other leading razor brands. Which? magazine also compares the model with other razors, giving it good reviews. The razor fairs favorably in reviews from The Boston Globe, ShaveReview.com and TheDartmouth.com. We also consult owner comments on Amazon.com.

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Our Sources

1. Strictly Men's Business

This Australian website rates and reviews eight razor brands. The top finisher is the Gillette Mach3 Turbo, which the reviewers call "arguably still the best cartridge razor on the market."

Review: Men's Razor Review, Editors of StrictlyMensBusiness.com

2. Which? magazine

In this extensive report, Which? magazine compares six manual razors. The top finisher is the Gillette Fusion Power Phenom (marketed in the U.K. as Stealth), but the Mach3 Turbo finishes in the No. 2 spot and is praised for its close and smooth shave.

Review: Razors, Editors of Which? magazine, April 2009

3. The Boston Globe

Naomi Aoki asks six firemen to shave one half of their faces with the Gillette Mach3, and the other half with the Schick Quattro razor. Four out of the six testers say they'll stick with the Mach3, while only one would rather use the Schick Quattro. (The remaining tester says the difference between the shaves was "too close to call.")

Review: Gillette vs. Schick: Firefighter Shave-Off Chalks One up for the Hometown Blade, Naomi Aoki, Sept. 19, 2003

4. Amazon.com

More than a dozen owners review the Gillette Mach3 Turbo razor at Amazon.com. Most give the razor positive reviews, but some complain about the blades' price and frequent need for replacement.

Review: Gillette Mach3 Turbo Shaving System, Contributors to Amazon.com

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