Three blades? Four? Five? How many blades do you really need, and is it
all about marketing? What about those battery-powered razors? This ConsumerSearch
report answers those questions.
In general, reviewers say the following about shopping for a cartridge razor:
get too hung up on the number of blades. Although most reviewers agree
that four- and five-blade razors provide a closer shave than two- and three-blade
razors, the extra efficiency doesn't offset their increased price.
the cost of replacement cartridges. The Gillette Mach3, Gillette Fusion
and Schick Quattro razor are all roughly comparable in price for the
razor itself. Replacements are another story, ranging from less than $2
to more than $3 apiece.
- Treat your blades well. Some consumers claim they can
increase the shelf life of their replacement cartridges by keeping
them dry. Treating your blades well will extend the life of your cartridges
and lower your costs.