What every best Women's Shavers has:
- A close, clean shave.
- A handle that's easy to hold, even when wet.
- Reasonable cost of ownership.
Good Housekeeping tests eight popular women's razors by sending them to 22 women across the United States. After using the razors three times, the women rate each one's performance, ease of use and overall satisfaction. Based on the results, Good Housekeeping names the best disposable and best refillable women's razor. This page also shows the 2011 winners, all of which are still on the market.
After reviewing nine body razors and testing five, TheSweethome.com names two winners -- the best refillable, and the best disposable. Editors explain what they like (and dislike) about the winners, and they also talk about the cost of refills.
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.
Staffers test five top brands of disposable razors for shaving legs. Ganda Suthivarakom names one winner, explaining what staffers didn't like about the other choices.
Harling Ross tests five shavers -- two single-blade safety razors, two multi-blade refillable drugstore razors, and a popular electric razor for women -- and judges how much they irritate her skin, how quickly the hair grows back and how attractive the razors themselves are. The winners are the two single-blade safety razors: They irritate her skin less than the drugstore razors and keep her legs smooth longer than the electric shaver.
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 comments included in each review make it clear that they were, in fact, subjected to hands-on use. There's no mention of any models that didn't make the cut, and we don't know how many models were looked at overall. A few razors 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 again indicate that the reviewers were hands-on. However, there's no mention of other models that were tested or if there were some razors that didn't perform well enough to be included.
As usual, Amazon.com is an excellent source for user feedback on women's shavers, razors and epilators. Many products earn ample feedback, often numbering hundreds of reviews, while the most popular products sometimes earn thousands.
Target.com carries an impressive selection of men's and women's shavers, razors and epilators, some with thousands of user reviews. Standout razors have at least 100 reviews and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars or better. Bikini trimmers, electric shavers and epilators are less popular, but we found models averaging better than 4 stars over 100 or more reviews.
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.
TotalBeauty.com editors test products to name their 2017 Editors' Picks -- including the best disposable razor. The site also allows registered members (free) to rate and review thousands of beauty products. Based on these reviews, Editor's Pick and Readers' Choice winters are named, as are two honorable mentions for each award.
Denisa-Alexandra Cinca reviews epilators, singling out the best five on this page (best epilator, most affordable 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.