Best Men's Shavers / Razors

For most men, shaving is a hairy fact of life. While some might enjoy the regular grooming ritual of a slow, wet shave, others are satisfied with a quick shave that gets the job done. Whatever your preferred shaving style is, knowing what you value in a good quality men’s razor for facial hair can make shaving a much smoother experience. Continue Reading...

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Oscar Razor

Oscar Razor

4.5  (75)
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Christina D.
Christina D.
 
Oscar Razor
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Philips One Blade

Philips One Blade

4.0  (12)
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Mureed A.
Mureed A.77 posts
  One Blade
Philips Personal Health
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Bic Flex 5

Bic Flex 5

3.5  (12)
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Searle
SearleNSWSydney, NSW
 
Face cuts from BicI am a man of 65 years and have used disposable razors for a good many of those years. I find that Schick makes the best Razor, even Gilette and Aldi prince are OK: However every time I use a Bic it cuts my skin, always used with excellent foams... Show details
Coles Rapid 5 Razor

Coles Rapid 5 Razor

2.8  (22)
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Brad W.
Brad W.VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC3 posts
 
Make sure you have a blood transfusion handyColes seem to have a thing for providing sub standard razor blades for men that inevitably draw blood. They are hideous. I’m willing to bet they have been designed by a scolded woman who bears a grudge against men. Absolutely dangerous. Show details
Schick Hydro 5

Schick Hydro 5

2.6  (32)
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Frank
FrankNSWSydney, NSW
 
VERY TRICKY CONSUMER PRACTICEThe razor is high quality. How ever the packaging is tricky. 1Razor + 1 shown at the bottom of the package, (including a razor image next to 1 + 1. You think you are getting 2 razors but there is only ONE in the box. VERY TRICKY CONSUMER PRACTICE.
Schick Xtreme 3 Sensitive Disposable

Schick Xtreme 3 Sensitive Disposable

2.6  (27)
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Mach1
Mach1AU41 posts
 
Not smooth and blunt out of the packI usually use the Schick two blade exacta 2 and can use one for about a week. Thought I'd try the Xtreme 3. Felt blunt by comparison and I only got about three days out of the first one before giving up. Show details
Gillette Mach3 Turbo

Gillette Mach3 Turbo

2.5  (26)
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Karl
KarlWAPerth, WA4 posts
 
Gillette Fusion ProGlide

Gillette Fusion ProGlide

3.1  (8)
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Robert
RobertNSWMid North Coast, NSW8 posts
 
Gillette Fusion 5I have been using this razor for three months now and I find that I can get a maximum of 3 shaves from each blade before it becomes blunt. If I use it 4 or more times it causes skin irritation. They are the worst blade made by Gillette. Show details
Gillette Fusion Power

Gillette Fusion Power

2.2  (20)
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Adam M.
Adam M.VICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC3 posts
 
Schick Hydro 3

Schick Hydro 3

2.6  (8)
Rob
Rob
 
Switched from GilletteI switched from Gillette following their controversial masculinity toxicity. Found Schick 3 gives me 5 fair shaves but Schick 5 gives me 30 great shaves and best value. Chalk and cheese comparison. Show details
Gillette Fusion

Gillette Fusion

5.0  (2)
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Tingroove
TingrooveQLDCentral Queensland, QLD14 posts
 
Freedom Razor

Freedom Razor

5.0  (2)
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Marina
MarinaNSWSydney Surrounds, NSW8 posts
 
Easy to use and does the jobI bought this for my husband and he loves the trimmer. He uses this to get rid of longer hair and then uses the razor. It's also great because you can use it the shower. Show details
Schick Quattro Titanium

Schick Quattro Titanium

3.7  (3)
remi1au
remi1auWAPerth, WA9 posts
 
Braun Series 9 Pro

Braun Series 9 Pro

3.7  (3)
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Keepn them honest.
Keepn them honest.VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC4 posts
  9467cc
BiC Sensitive

BiC Sensitive

2.3  (6)
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Nina R.
Nina R.NSWSydney Surrounds, NSW6 posts
 
Ouch!Bought these one time to clean up tattoo areas and was mortified at how badly these can cut you, they definitely have a sharp blade but there needs to be something more to hold back some of the blade. One wrong move and OUCH Show details
Schick Quattro Titanium Free Style

Schick Quattro Titanium Free Style

4.5  (2)
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Petrio
PetrioBrisbane31 posts
 
Wahl Traditional Barbers Safety Razor

Wahl Traditional Barbers Safety Razor

3.3  (3)
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Michael
MichaelNSWHunter Region, NSW12 posts
 
Bic Hybrid 3

Bic Hybrid 3

3.3  (3)
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Greg B
Greg BNSWSydney, NSW6 posts
 
One of the Best ,Disposables ,Available At any Price!Why,spend more?.This is one of the best disposables,"I", have,ever used!!.Nothing flash??.Just has never,let me down!!.Why buy Gillette?Bic and Shick,is better!.Even Aldi blades are Very Good!.Better than Gillette.I Get ,between 5,6,Shaves Consistently from this product!. Show details
King of Shaves Hyperglide

King of Shaves Hyperglide

4.0  (2)
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QLDZDR
QLDZDRBrisbane535 posts
 
The correct angle for my faceThis has a unique design, it is so logical when you hold it against your face you wonder how we have all been conditioned to accept the design of the standard razor. I use it these days because it is quicker. Show details
Schick Quattro

Schick Quattro

2.5  (4)
brant
brantQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD11 posts
 
Gillette Labs with Exfoliating Bar

Gillette Labs with Exfoliating Bar

2.7  (3)
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Paul J.
Paul J.NSWSydney, NSW4 posts
 
Gillette Heated Razor

Gillette Heated Razor

5.0  (1)
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Brian
BrianQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD10 posts
 
Edwin Jagger DE89

Edwin Jagger DE89

5.0  (1)
Andrew W.
Andrew W.VICWestern District, VIC10 posts
 
Koi For Men 6 Blade Razor System

Koi For Men 6 Blade Razor System

1.2  (9)
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Mary Simet
Mary SimetQLDNorth Queensland, QLD
 
Koi For Men 6 Blade Razor SystemPurchased this product yesterday for my husband. It has been charging for approximately 18 hours and is still showing red. I wish I had seen the reviews before purchase. I will be returning it to Coles tomorrow as not fit for purpose, ie unchargeable, therefore unusable. Show details
Philips Shaving Heads SH30/51

Philips Shaving Heads SH30/51

3.0  (1)
bpmicra
bpmicraVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC9 posts
 
Philips Personal Health
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Gillette Sensor 3

Gillette Sensor 3

3.0  (1)
lynxau
lynxau2 posts
 
Not a bad optionI was surprised using these razors I get 3 to 4 shaves per razor for $12 with 10 cartridges from Coles
This razor is worth a try as razors getting very costly here in Australia
OneBlade Genesis Razor

OneBlade Genesis Razor

2.0  (1)
The Purple Hamster
The Purple HamsterSydney39 posts
  Verified
Coles Rapid 3 Razor

Coles Rapid 3 Razor

2.0  (1)
SLC2283
SLC2283NSWHunter Region, NSW71 posts
 
Kiat
Kiat
 
Awful, cheap, breaks easilyIf it feels cheap and plasticky, it's because it is. Bought 2 of these and each barely lasted me a month before the cheap plastic but holding the cartridge broke off. The shaving wasn't smooth at all and cut me way more than schick hydro razors. A very disappointing and poorly designed product

Merkur Solingen Heavy Duty Safety Razor

Merkur Solingen Heavy Duty Safety Razor

1.0  (1)
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banjo
banjo
 
Corrodes quicklyThese corrode in a short period of time. The chrome plating will pit exposing the cheap pot-metal the razor is made of, and corrodes making the razor useless if happens on the edge.
I wrote to the German company but were rude. Blamed the water quality.
Man shaving his neck in front of the mirror
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Is it better to shave with a razor or electric?

This is a question only you can answer, as both manual shaving razors and electric razors have drawbacks and benefits. What you choose will ultimately depend on how close you want your shave, how protected you want your skin to be while shaving, how much time you’re willing to spend shaving, and how much money you’re willing to part with up front.

CriteriaElectric razorsManual razors
Closeness of shaveA less close and precise shave than a manual razor.A closer shave than an electric razor, as the blades make direct contact with skin.
Level of controlYou have less control, as the rotating blades are doing most of the work for you.More control available, as you’re in charge of the direction and speed of the razor.
Time commitmentQuicker to use than a manual razor - no wetting and lathering required. Time spent actually shaving is also shorter due to the electrically powered blades.Takes time to wet and lather face, and to shave slowly and gently to avoid cuts and nicks.
Skin safetyLess likely to cut or nick yourself using an electric razor - however, razor burn is still possible due to the high speed of the blades.Easier to cut yourself or develop skin irritations like razor bumps and ingrown hairs, especially if using a cartridge razor with multiple blades.
Difficulty levelEasy to operate, as the electrically operated blades oscillate evenly over your skin’s surface.Depends on the type of manual razor you’re using, e.g. safety razors take more practise to use effectively than disposable razors.
Upfront costMore expensive upfront cost for the device than manual razors, usually starting around $80.Cheaper initial cost than an electric model.
Ongoing costBlades require replacing every 6-18 months, depending on the make and manufacturer of your shaver, and how often you use it. Can be $50 for new blades.High ongoing cost, especially if you’re using disposable razors, or frequently buying replacement razor cartridges.
MaintenanceNeed to recharge or replace batteries, clean blades regularly, and lubricate blades with oil.Easier to maintain than an electric razor, especially single-use disposable razors.

Types of Razors

Disposable Razors

These are also known as disposable cartridge razors or multi-blade disposable razors. These razors can be bought in packets from supermarkets, and are made up of a (usually plastic) handle attached to a cartridge that can have anywhere between 2-7 blades on it.

In better-made disposables, the top and bottom blade edges will have a lubricating strip on one edge and a comb to help flatten skin on the other edge.

Pros
Cheap to buy, as a pack of disposable razors from the supermarket can cost you $10 and under for 5 razors.
Convenient, as a replacement will involve ducking to the shops. They’re also great to throw into a sports bag or to use while travelling.
Good quality disposable razors are easy to use, as they are set at an ideal shaving angle. They also pivot and adapt to the contours of your face, making it easy to shave.
Very little maintenance required. If you opt for single-use disposable razors, there’s no maintenance - you can use them once then throw them away.
Cons
Blades become dull quickly, as they’re not made to last.
More blades are more likely to result in irritated skin, especially if blades are dull.
It’s expensive to keep replacing disposable razors, especially if you shave daily.

Shaving Systems

These refer to reusable razors where you keep the handle, but swap out old razor cartridges for new ones. The cartridge is the part of the razor that houses the blade, as well as a blade guard, lubricating strip and comb, if included.

You can buy shaving systems at supermarkets, though it’s also common to find monthly subscription services for men’s shaving systems, like for the popular Oscar Razor.

This usually involves ordering one razor handle and cartridge to begin with. Then the razor manufacturer will mail you your chosen number of new cartridges every month.

Shaving systems have similar pros and cons to disposable razors. However they are usually made with better quality materials - including the handle and the blades.

Safety Razors

A scalloped bar safety razor
A scalloped bar safety razor.

These are more traditional men’s razors that evoke a nostalgic, barber-shop feel.

These attractive steel razors feature a short, solid handle that holds a cutting head.The most common type is a double edged safety razor. This has a replaceable, double-edged blade, which is surrounded by a safety bar. The bar protects the skin during shaving. Safety razors are designed for long-term use.

Is a safety razor really better?

In a nutshell, if you’re willing to put in the time and patience to learn the skill of using a safety razor effectively, you could be rewarded with plenty of close shaves that are both gentle on your skin and bank account.

Safety razors have earned themselves a strong following in the male shaving community. Here are some reasons why.

Pros
Offers a close shave, with superior precision. Also gives you more control over your shave - as you choose the angle and level of pressure.
High longevity, as a well-maintained safety razor can last you years.
Affordable - the initial cost is often around $60 (but can range from $30-$150) and replacement blades are cheaper than cartridge razor replacement blades. They’re also cheaper than disposable razors, when you consider the ongoing cost of the latter.
Blade replacements are compatible with most safety razors - you don’t have to match the blade replacements exclusively with the razor brand.
Easier to clean than cartridge razors, as most designs have a gap between the blade and the bar, so don’t get clogged as easily.
Cons
Potentially steep learning curve, as the handle is heavy, the head doesn’t pivot and you have to manually set a 30-45 degree angle - while using the correct amount of pressure.
Can result in lots of cuts and skin irritation in the beginning stages of transitioning to a safety.

Safety bar designs

Safety bars come in different designs - some will expose the blade minimally, resulting in a more gentle shave. Other safety bars expose the blade more to the skin, resulting in an aggressive shave. Neither is better or worse, it just depends on what feels more comfortable to you.

A gentle shave

  • Flat bar: This offers the most gentle, and least aggressive type of shave using a safety razor. It’s the safest choice, and has a gentler learning curve - but may require more passes to remove all hair.

A medium-aggressive shave

  • Scalloped safety bars have a bevelled guard, which provides a medium amount of aggressiveness. They’re good for sensitive skin, as you won’t have to make multiple passes over skin (which you’d do with a flat bar), and they’re not as abrasive as blade designs used to achieve aggressive shaves.
  • Closed comb bars are also good as a happy medium, as the safety bar closes the combed blade on the bottom.

Aggressive shaves

  • Open comb: Here the comb-like blade is completely exposed to the skin. It’s a very effective - and aggressive - blade design, and tackles thick, coarse hair with ease. It’s also the friend of men who shave infrequently. However, since the sharp blade is so close to the skin, open combs are only recommended for experienced safety razor users.
  • Slant bars: These safety bars are positioned at a diagonal (instead of in a straight line). As a result they use a slicing motion instead of a cutting one. This means you have to apply less pressure to get a clean shave the first time around.

If you’re not sure

If you’re new to safety razors you might not know the level of aggressiveness you prefer. If this is the case, you can start off with an adjustable safety razor.

This lets you adjust settings that control how exposed the blade is to your skin. Figuring out what feel you prefer and using that setting may end up being more resourceful than choosing safety bar design without trying it first.

What is the best way to shave for sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, you may be sick of your skin being in a constantly bumpy, irritated or bleeding condition after a shaving session.

Switching from disposable razors to a safety razor may help be more soothing to your skin, as disposable razors are more likely to cut skin with their multiple blades.

Marketing for men's razors commonly spouts the view that the more blades in a razor, the better. However, this isn't neccessarily true for sensitive skin. When more blades are making more contact with your skin, it's likely to make skin more irritated.

Skin can also become more irritated and sensitive when the razor that you’re using is unclean. If you’re using anything other than a single-use disposable razor, maintaining razor hygiene is important. Otherwise bacteria builds up on the blades, thanks to a mix of old hair, dead skin and shaving cream residue.

When this makes contact with skin, it can make it more irritated, and even leave you with infected bumps that are painful.

Quick tips for razor hygiene

Some tips for razor hygiene include rinsing your razor with hot water after every use, covering the blades in a clean plastic cover, storing the razor upright in a dry, non-humid spot, and replacing your razor regularly, before you start to notice the blades have already become dull or dirty.

Safety razor being rinsed in tap water

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