In this month’s edition of Consumer Choice magazine, 18 types of disposable razor and shaving system were put to the test — a “shaving system” being the industry term for when you buy the razor handle and replace the blade when it becomes blunt.
After being put through their paces, the magazine chose one disposable razor and six shaving systems as its “choice buys”.
Each of the razors were tested for the quality of the shave, skin protection, the lifetime of the blade and ease of use.
Two shaving panels were used. One involved men who shaved five to seven times a week, while the other was made up of men who shave two or three times a week.
The testers were a variety of ages with normal-to-sensitive skin and were looking for “closeness, comfort and beard re-growth after 12 hours”.
Top of the disposable tree was the Wilkinson Sword Xtreme3 Sensitive. It was the only disposable razor to make the grade, scoring 61%. The Consumer Choice study found it performed well across most of the criteria.
Of the shaving systems examined, the Gillette Fusion Proglide Power razor came top of the pile with an impressive 83% score.
“Shaving daily and shaving every three days was no problem to it and it even received great results in the shaving closeness of more difficult areas,” the study said.
“The blades glided well over the skin and our testers found it extremely quick for everyday use and for three-day-old beards.”
In fact, Gillette razors were all selected as the “choice buy” options for shaving systems in the Consumer Choice study.