The Best Disposable Razors: Sorting Through the Trash
We’ve previously written extensively about how much quality matters when choosing male grooming products—whether that be top quality shaving cream, beard trimmer or a first-rate safety razor. However, we’re also aware that not all men are willing or able to invest in the best shaving products and would instead prefer to spend their hard earned money elsewhere.
While we wouldn’t recommend anything other than a straight or double-edged safety razor for any man who takes his shaving seriously (how to shave with a safety razor), we understand that some men are always going to prefer the ease and convenience of disposable razors. Still, we’re in the mission to help, no matter what your personal preferences may be, which is why we’ve decided to guide you in your quest for the best disposable razors. We also have an article and video on how to shave with a disposable razor that will also help you get the best shave possible.
Of course, there are probably many of you out there saying that there’s no such thing as the absolute “best” disposable razors, as most of us have experienced the awful pain and irritation that is typically par for the course where most disposables are concerned. In terms of overall quality of the shave, you’re obviously right that a cheap disposable can’t compare to a high quality safety razor or such. Check out this awesome infographic on the science of shaving for more info and if you change your mind, come check out which are the top safety razors out there so you can be sure you get the right one for you and you budget.
On the other hand, companies like Bic, Schick and Gillette have made huge strides in disposables over the years, with most now producing at least a few varieties that can at least compare to many cartridge razors and the like. That being said, there are still many disposable razors that basically scrape instead of shaving the hair off your face, so it’s important to at least put a bit of thought into your choice if you want to avoid extreme razor burn.
The Best Disposable Razors: Single or Multi-Blade?
Most men who prefer a traditional shave will tell you that it only takes one blade to get the job done, especially as it usually seems that the greater number of blades the more irritation you’re likely to experience. While this is definitely true for safety or straight razors, it has more to do with the quality of the blade than anything else—meaning it’s not always true when it comes to disposables.
Nowadays, the majority of men that use cartridge or disposable razors prefer the ease and convenience of multiple blades, as they typically provide a closer shave in much less time—and in truth, we probably agree. Simply put, the quality and sharpness of the steel used in disposable razors is such that most single blade models won’t get the job done as well as those with two, three or five blades. That being said, single blade disposables are still far and away your cheapest option and there are at least a few models that are nearly equal to the more expensive multi-blade models.
Finding the Best Disposable Razor
It’s a fact of life that not all things are created equal and nowhere could this be truer than when it comes to disposable razors. While there are a number of companies producing quite excellent disposables, they are still far outweighed by the number of downright awful products still on the market—which unfortunately, we had to find out firsthand during our research.
So, when it comes to finding the best disposable razor, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s important to remember that like most other things in life, price typically equals quality—meaning that 20 pack of razors you picked up for a few bucks are probably not even worth the materials they’re made of. On the other hand, more blades doesn’t necessarily equal a better shave, for reasons we’ve already discussed.
The other thing to keep in mind when shopping for disposable razors is that the best or most well-respected brands became that way for a reason. While that pack of razors from some Chinese brand you’ve never heard of may be cheap (and may well still get the job done), it’s highly likely that you’ll still get a better shave from a razor brand you’ve heard of.
So, the biggest advice we can give you in this regard is not to take any shortcuts with your face, as you’ll probably regret it if you do. When it comes to choosing the “best” disposable razors, that means to stick with a brand you know and trust, and most of all, don’t be concerned about saving a buck or two. There is a time and place for penny pinching and your face definitely shouldn’t be one of those places—especially considering that you’re really not looking at that much of a difference in price in the long run. After all, you’re already putting price over quality by choosing a disposable razor, but that doesn’t mean you should take it to the extreme to save a few measly cents.
The Best Disposable Razors on the Market Today
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll probably already be familiar with most of the names on our list of the best disposable razors, such as Gillette Mach 3 or Fusion. Still, don’t be confused by the name, as Gillette and other companies produce similar products in both disposable and cartridge models. In case you’re not aware of the difference, a cartridge razor is one where you throw away the blade cartridge but reuse the handle, whereas with a disposable, you simply toss the entire thing in the trash when it becomes dull.
In truth, we don’t really understand why Gillette and others would choose to produce two such similar models, except maybe for the fact that the cartridge razors typically have sturdier, more solid handles that feel a bit better in the hand and may provide slightly improved control.
After testing out many disposables, we eventually found that there were basically only two categories—those that work and those that don’t. While there are a huge number of cheap disposables, there are decidedly less quality products on the market. Still, we decided not to actually rank the razors, as you’re likely to get about the same quality of shave with any of the products on our list. So, without further ado, here is what we consider the best disposable razors on the market today—in no apparent order.
#1 Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Razors
One of the best-selling razors of all time (both disposable and cartridge), there are millions of men around the world that swear by the Mach 3—and for good reason. These triple blade razors can provide a close, quick shave, while Gillette’s patented Lubrastrip provides extra lubrication for the face to help prevent razor burn and irritation. In truth, the only minor drawback to these razors is the price, as at between $15-20 for a 6-pack (usually around $2.50 per razor), they’re definitely not the cheapest disposable you’re likely to come across. That being said, even many men who typically always have to use a new blade for each shave often find that they can use one Mach 3 for at least a few shaves before it finally gets too dull.
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#2 Gillette Sensor 3 Smooth Shave Disposables
Another triple blade model from Gillette, we actually prefer the Sensor 3 over the Mach 3 for one major reason—the Sensor 3 comes with a pivoting head that helps to provide much better control. Not only that, but the Sensor 3 disposables are typically a bit cheaper and usually sell for around $1.50 per razor.
#3 Gillette Sensor 2 Plus
Gillette obviously isn’t the only name in disposable razors, but it may just be the best, as we’re also quite wild about the double-blade Sensor 2 Plus. There’s really not much to choose between the Sensor 2 and 3, as both feature the same grip and pivoting head and typically provide about the same quality of shave. Of course, the fact that the Sensor 2 has one less blade obviously lowers its price, as you can usually expect to pay somewhere between $0.50 and $1.25, depending on the size of pack you buy.
#4 Schick Men’s Quattro Titanium
See, we told you Gillette wasn’t the only name on our list. In fact, if we were forced to choose an absolute best disposable, it might just be the outstanding four-blade Schick Quattro Titanium. Why, you say? Well, basically because it has four blades and can thus provide a quicker, closer shave than most others. Nonetheless, we also like the fact that it has a pivoting head, while we also found the ergonomically designed handle to be more comfortable than most others. Of course, you should expect to pay a bit more for this one, as they often cost between $2 and $3 per razor.
#5 Schick Xtreme 3 Eco
With the huge amount of trash we all produce annually, it’s no surprise that companies are finally starting to catch on and offer more environmentally friendly shaving products such as the Schick Xtreme 3 Eco. As you’d expect from the name, this is a triple-blade razor, which we find works equally as well as the Mach 3. However, the real selling point here is the fact that the entire product is made using 100% recycled plastic (minus the blades obviously), allowing you to do your part for the environment while still getting a quality shave. At around $2 to $3 per razor, they may be a bit more expensive than your average triple-blade, but the more environmentally conscious men amongst us should find them well worth the cost.
#6 Bic Men’s Sensitive Disposable Razors
Once upon a time Bic was the disposable razor of choice, but the company has kind of fallen by the wayside with the advent of all the fancy multi-blade disposables. However, if you’re searching for a quality product for an incredibly cheap price, we highly recommend the single-blade Bic Men’s Sensitive. Not only is it one of the cheapest quality disposables on the market, but it’s also the only single blade that we found to truly live up to its “sensitive skin” billing. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to check out our article on the top shaving creams for sensitive skin. It may really revolutionize your shaving experience.
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