What every best Razors has:
- A substantial, grippy handle.
- A close, comfortable shave.
- An affordable price.
Wirecutter conducts the granddaddy of all men's razor tests. Dan Koeppel tries 100 razors, asks 30 barbers for their recommendations and has 10 men test three finalists. Koeppel explains the testing process and results at length. He names a disposable pick, an old-fashioned safety razor pick and an overall best razor.
Consumer Reports tests four razors from three shave clubs: Dollar Shave Club, Gillette Shave Club and Harry's. Eight male staffers shave their faces daily with the razors for eight days. They and Consumer Reports' sensory experts judge the closeness of each razor's shave after the first day and the last day. Consumer Reports then ranks the razors from best to worst.
Here, five testers shave with seven popular safety razors, rating each one on how easy it is to maneuver, rinse and load blades, as well as its build quality, shave closeness and overall satisfaction. A winner and two runners-up emerge.
Mark Herro, a retired Texas A&M University telecommunications manager, became a widely known shaving guru after posting YouTube instructional videos on how to shave the old-fashioned way, with a straight or safety razor. Here, he gives a great primer on double-edge (DE) safety razors and names his favorites (and honorable mentions) in several categories.
While Herro prefers straight or safety razors, he notes in this article that "modern cartridge razors have their place." He evaluates seven less expensive alternatives to the popular Gillette Fusion ProGlide. He talks about "our testers'" experiences with the razors, but he doesn't say he tested them himself. Herro says all seven work well.
David Alexander regularly tests all kinds of razors -- major-brand razors, cheap razors, upscale razors, subscription-club razors. Many get a one-page review, where Alexander describes his shaving experience and rates the razor on a 5-star scale. Alexander's five favorites are named on this page.
Brady Dale, a four-year Dollar Shave Club subscriber, pits that company's subscription razors against Harry's and Gillette's. He says Dollar Shave Club "clearly wins" on price and service, but the pricier Gillette subscription razor delivers the best shave.
Lifehacker polls its readers to find out which razor they like best. With more than 10,000 votes cast, five razors rise to the top: two Gillette refillables and three old-fashioned safety razors. Alan Henry describes each razor and explains why readers say they like it. He says he also kept an eye out for corporate vote-rigging, but he didn't find any.
Amazon is an excellent source for owner reviews of men's shaving razors. Standout razors earn at least a 4.5-out-of-5-star rating after 100 or more user reviews. Safety razors earn the highest reviews, but there are a few top-rated refillable and disposable razors, too.
On his personal blog, clean-shaven computer software engineer Mark Doliner tests six razors from Gillette and Schick (including the vaunted Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power) for a few months. He prefers one of the Gillette razors. He concludes that more blades aren't always better, and most blades last equally long.
The Gillette Fusion ProGlide FlexBall "is a bad idea," Kevin Roose argues. It's just a "dumb novelty" that isn't really any sort of shaving innovation, not worthy of Procter & Gamble's multi-billion-dollar R&D budget. Roose says the "cheapo razors" he buys online (he links to Dorco's website) are just as good as Gillette's pricier razors.
Retail websites, including Target mostly reprint reviews from razor manufacturers' websites (Gillette, Schick, etc.) and from people who got free razors in exchange for their reviews. These owner reviews aren't nearly as objective -- or critical -- as those at Amazon.