Women's Shaver Ratings
The editors of ConsumerReports.org asked 18 women to evaluate five different women's razors -- four name brand, multi-blade razors and one store-brand knockoff. Ultimately, no one razor stood out. It was all a matter of personal preference. In an accompanying video, the editors recommend doing your own testing (and consider the cost of the replacement heads) to find your favorite.
Good Housekeeping Research Institute asked 36 women testers to evaluate 19 razors -- seven refillable models and 12 disposables. They call out a few top models, identifying why testers liked each; click on the model's name for an individual review with pros and cons. A brief evaluation of the first year's cost is included.
Staffers test five top brands of disposable razors for shaving legs. They pick one winner, explaining what they didn't like about the others.
Staffers at Byrdie.com, a beauty website started by two former Elle editors, test "dozens of different razors." They name seven favorites, briefly explaining each one's strengths (and sometimes weaknesses). None of the losing razors are mentioned.
The author doesn't disclose exactly how these razors were tested, but brief tester comments included in each review make it clear that they were, in fact, subjected to hands-on testing. There's no mention of any models that didn't make the cut, and we don't know how many models were tested. A few models marketed to men -- like the Gillette Mach3 Turbo -- are included.
In this roundup the author picks top models in several categories, including "best investment" and "most innovative." She doesn't say how the razors were tested, but comments from the testers indicate that hands on testing was done. There's no mention of which models were tested or if there were some razors that didn't perform well enough to be included.
As always, Amazon.com is an excellent source for user reviews. Standout women's razors and epilators receive at least a 4.5-out-of-5-star rating after 100 or more user reviews. The best bikini shaver earns 4.4 stars with more than 1,800 reviews posted. The best electric shaver blows its category away, with a score of 4.3 stars over more than 3,000 reviews.
Target.com carries an impressive selection of men's and women's shavers, razors and epilators, some with thousands of user reviews. Standout models have at least 100 reviews and a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars or better.
Walmart.com is another rich source for user feedback -- some razors have amassed 10,000 reviews or more. Models are separated into manual, electric and epilator categories, and you can easily sort the results to find the top-rated picks.
Denisa-Alexandra Cinca reviews epilators, singling out the best five on this page (best epilator, best cheap epilator, etc.). The reviews aren't highly critical, concentrating more on features than performance. In fact, it's not clear that Cinca has tested all of the epilators. Some of the epilators are rated on a five-star scale, while others aren't rated at all. Still, this site is helpful for comparing epilators' features, and figuring out which features are actually useful.
Drugstore.com sells razors, electric shavers and epilators, but manual razors get the most customer reviews. Standout models receive a 4.5-out-of-5-star or better rating after at least 20 user reviews.
Julyne Derrick, About.com's guide to beauty, lists 10 tips for shaving your legs. She says she has "sampled several types and varieties" of razors and names her personal favorite.
TotalBeauty.com allows registered members (free) to rate and review thousands of beauty products. Based on these reviews, editors highlight the 11 best hair-removal products, including two manual razors and an epilator.
A contributing writer to AllWomenStalk.com lists her picks for the seven best razors, although there is no acknowledgment that she has tested each razor. From her comments, it seems that she has used some of the products.