If you're willing to endure high ownership costs, reviewers say the four-bladed Gillette Fusion ProGlide offers a close, bump-free shave. Though technically a men's shaver, it's quite popular with women as well. It's not built to withstand a lot of drops, but the textured handle is easy to grip when wet.
Men and women love it. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide is nominally a men's shaver, but it's popular with women as well. Both genders agree that it gives a close, smooth shave with very little in the way of irritation or bumps. Some women are adamant that it performs better than any women's razor can. "Fantastic smooth shave, not one nick, no irritation. Smooth and fabulous," writes a woman posting to Walmart.com.
The biggest complaint we found about the ProGlide is that the blades dull quickly -- sometimes after just a few uses. The moisturizing strip runs out quickly as well, which makes for a more uncomfortable shave.
On the brittle side. Although we're focused on what women think about this razor, it's worth noting some durability concerns brought up by men. "I seem to keep getting very short life with the actual razor handle. The rubber grip material comes unglued and stretches out," writes one man posting to Walmart.com via Gillette.com. Another notes that the razor tends to break, requiring a replacement blade, after even a low drop. Still, most say the razor's textured handle is easy to hold on to, even when wet, and they like that it has a bit of heft to it.
The Gillette Fusion ProGlide is also available in a battery-powered, vibrating version (the ProGlide Power), which sells for about $11 and requires a single AAA battery. Reviewers, however, don't seem terribly impressed -- the manual version usually ranks higher.
If you replace the razor blades every two weeks, expect to pay about $8 per month or $96 per year. Some users, however, recommend changing blades at least once a week. That would balloon your ownership costs to $192 per year.
More than 1,000 Amazon.com reviewers rate the Gillette Fusion ProGlide manual razor at about 4.5 stars. Quite a few of the 2013 reviews are the result of a product testing program run by Gillette, so we dug down to reviews from the previous year for some more candid opinions.
Review: Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual 1 Up Razor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
More than 1,200 Walmart.com users give the Gillette Fusion ProGlide an overall rating of 4.7 stars, with about 1,000 giving a perfect score. A few reviews for the ProGlide Power are mistakenly mixed in here. Pay close attention to the sidebar; it lists whether the reviews come from Walmart.com or from Gillette.com. Although the Gillette-sourced reviews are overwhelmingly positive, there are enough negative reviews mixed in to convince us that they're legitimate.
Review: Gillette Fusion ProGlide, Razor, Manual, 1ea, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2013
About 15 customers review the Gillette Fusion ProGlide at Drugstore.com, giving it an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars. None of the reviews are from women, but it's worth noting that all the male reviewers praise this razor's smooth glide; in all but a few cases, they also say it gives you a close, comfortable shave.
Review: Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2013
The Gillette Fusion ProGlide receives nearly 100 reviews on Viewpoints.com, with an average score of 88 out of 100. Some reviews of the ProGlide Power are mixed in here, and a few reviews are obviously fake, but we still gleaned some useful opinions.
Review: Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of June 2013