What every best Razors has:
- A substantial, grippy handle.
- A close, comfortable shave.
- An affordable price.
For a true baby-bottom-smooth shave, experts say you simply can't beat an old-fashioned safety razor like the Merkur 34C. You'll need to shave more slowly and carefully than with a modern cartridge razor, but you'll be rewarded with that old-school, clean close shave. You'll save money, too: Good razor blades cost just 33 cents each, and the handle can last practically forever.
It's not just a gimmick, users say: The Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide FlexBall really does shave closer, with less irritation, than other cartridge razors. Its swiveling ball-hinged handle helps you follow facial contours to shave closely with no nicks, and Gillette loads up the replaceable cartridges with goodies like five blades, a lubricating strip and built-in trimming blade.
To save money, users say you should skip the drugstore and buy razors online: The Dorco Pace 6+ looks and shaves a lot like the top-rated Gillette cartridge razor, but Dorco's cartridges cost less. The Pace 6+ has six blades, a lubricating strip, tilting head and single-blade trimmer on the back, just like pricier cartridge razors.
Ultra-cheap disposable razors can wreak nicks and razor burn if you're not ultra-careful, but users say the Gillette Mach3 Sensitive Disposable delivers a much smoother, less nerve-wracking shave than its competitors. Unlike bare-bones disposables, it boasts a contoured handle, pivoting head, lubricating strip and three spring-mounted blades. If you're traveling and need to pick up a cheap razor, this is the one to get, users say.