4 Types of Razors - The Pros and Cons
We've talked to hundreds of men about what types of razors they've used and which razors they'd like to try. There seems to be a lot of confusion or uncertainty about some of the razors available on the market today.
1. Cartridge Razor
This would be your cheap throw away razors that are relentlessly marketed on television. Typically a plastic or cheap metal handle and you clip on the head.
- Great entry-level razor that is fairly safe.
- Low entry cost
- Found virtually anywhere at any store
- Wear out quickly
- Over time, among the more expensive shaving option
- Flimsy low-quality blades
2. Electric Razor
- Used on the go
- Dry shave, no need for water
- Great if you have a solar charger and lost in the great Outback of Australia and need to keep a buzzed face.
- Horrible shave as it doesn't get very close
- Causes skin irritation
3. Safety Razor
- Razors are super cheap and average between $0.09 and $0.70 per blade. That's about $36 per year in blades.
- Safety razors range from $25 to $185. Slightly more expensive than a cartridge razor upfront, and after two months, you're actively saving money every month.
- These razors require a delicate touch, but once mastered there is rarely any irritation, rash or ingrown hairs.
- Takes a few hours to practice on how to use it effectively.
- Nicks can be worse than a cartridge razor.
4. Straight Razor
- A sharp straight razor will give you the closest and smoothest shave of any blade.
- Buy once and if it's cared for, it'll last your entire lifetime.
- Straight Razors are easily the most cost-effective razor you will ever buy.
- You'll look like a man's man while you shave and that will help with the ladies, trust us.
- Bonus: If you buy a shavette straight razor, you can change out the blades and don't have to worry about sharpening it.
- Not for the faint of heart, a lot of people are intimidated by it as it has potential to cause serious lacerations if used incorrectly.
- Takes some practice which isn't really a con because you'll feel awesome while doing it and you'll be getting good at getting the best shave.
- You will have to get a strop and sharpen the blade before each shave by sliding it back and forth. Admittedly, honing a big blade you're going to shave with sounds worse than it is. You can skip this step by purchasing a shavette, which has replaceable blades.