The Ultimate Guide to Drugstore Razors
Have you checked out the razor aisle lately? It’s so overwhelming that you probably just reach for the one you’ve been using for years—not even willing to open up the floodgates of choice. But what if there’s something better out there? We asked our staffers to test dozens of different razors and tell us which they loved best, worked fastest, and stayed sharp longest. The best of the bunch, above.
Schick Intuition ($20)
Yes, it’s expensive, but it makes shaving “so easy you could do it with your eyes closed.” The bar of soap within the razor (making soap or shaving gel unnecessary) also smells great and “lasts well over a week, even shaving every day!”
Gillette Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor ($12)
The built in soap on this one also “make it great for your overnight bag.” The wide head is slightly cumbersome around the knees and ankles but it’s worth it because “after shaving every day day for a week and a half, it’s still going strong.”
Gillette Venus & Olay Exfoliating Razor ($11)
Another one soap and razor combo, this one features a pivoting head and 5-blade razor. It’ll get you through four to five shaves before it starts to dull and be careful: “The blade head popped off the handle a few times mid-use which was sort of annoying.”
Schick Hydro Silk for Women ($12)
Though you’ll need shaving cream with this one, it does come with a moisturizing strip around the blade, one that “doesn’t leave a slimy, soapy residue.” The blades are so sharp that you don’t need to go over the same areas twice—at least on the first and second use.
Gillette Venus Embrace Disposable Razor ($14, for 3)
Even the most skilled shaver recoils in the face of a disposable razors. It’s nearly impossible to use a dinky plastic handle with one or two dull blades and not cut yourself. But this one comes with a moisture strip that actually makes a difference. You will, however, need shaving cream “by the second or third use.”
Bic Soleil Disposable Bella Flexible Blades ($6, for 3)
Sure, this one features four blades for a close shave, but it’s the “substantial handle” that makes it so much better than your average disposable razor. It features a “rubber grip” that’s “easy to hold on to”—and it stayed sharp for eight uses!
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor ($12)
This razor features five blades, “so it got virtually every hair.” Its moisturizing ribbons keep your skin hydrated (though you still need soap or shaving cream), and it comes with a suction-cup shower holder, “which is handy!” The head’s fairly wide, which can “make it difficult to get into smaller places, like around your ankle bone.”