What to look for:
Blade type: Seek a stainless steel blade for hygienic purposes and premium sharpness.
- Razor head: Flexibility is everything for a safety razor, so look for one that locks the blade in place firmly and can be angled across the face for precision shaving. It’s worth bearing in mind that most cartridge razors have typical pivotal heads to perform basic shaves.
- Maintenance: A quick rinse and wiping of the blades every few shaves suffices for cartridge razors, whereas straight razors require more to preserve shelf life, like cleaning the razor lock system.
- Length and weight: Consider a smaller grip for better balance or a razor with some heft to let the weight do the shaving for you.
- Special features: It’s always worth noting that any cartridge razor with lubrication strips or multiple blades work best to provide smoother strokes.
Gillette SkinGuard Razor
Best for: Sensitive skin and those who suffer from razor bumps
What to know: Raised blades to minimise skin contact
Our verdict: Shaving is one of the most irritating habits you can have, but it’s still necessary for anyone who doesn’t want a beard. If you’re going to be dragging a razor across your face on regular basis and are worried about damaging your skin, then try out Gillette’s SkinGuard Razor. It features raised blades to minimise skin contact, and a comfort guard between the blades to cushion the skin, and reduce tugging and pulling. Included with the razor are five cartridge refills.
£31.10 at Amazon
Best for: Straight razor shaves
What to know: It’s sharp AF when locked into the highest setting
Our verdict: Critical acclaim alone has placed this stunning razor on most “best of” lists. The Futur is a modern take on the classic double-edged razor that blends full adjustability, balance, and style into a gorgeously ergonomic design. It’s super-aggressive on the shave end with multiple settings that leverage different cutting angles, catering to all facial contours, and is great whether you’re a left or right-handed. The shave remains consistent from start to finish with the blade gap slicing through hair instantly and scooping up shaving residue for an effortless cleanup. A chrome-plated, matte finish guarantees sustainability for years on end.
£54.45 at Amazon
Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Razor
Best for: Effortless shaves
What to know: A single AAA battery powers up the razor
Our verdict: The notion of a razor sporting a gryo ball in the handle screams gimmicky – but as the saying goes, don’t knock it ’till you try it. The next-gen Fusion5 Proglide model supersedes grooming expectations, with an orange ball hinge offering the kind of flexibility that inspires you to experiment with facial styles. The pivoting razor blade cartridge does a fantastic job of snatching stubble and uses thinner blades for decreased facial resistance, doing away with any frustrations associated with pulling and tugging. But it’s the electronic functionality of the Proglide that clearly steals the show, delivering pleasant micropulses on the skin to give you a better glide. And it’s a super cost-efficient alternative to more expensive razors.
£21.01 at Amazon
Best for: Facial styling
What to know: It’s an all-in-one grooming system
Our verdict: Ingenuity, thy name is Philips OneBlade. This is a shaver, trimmer and styler, combined together in a sleek unibody design with a unique shaving head that seamlessly follows the contours on your face. Getting around facial indentations is a breeze as the teeth of the comb can easily get in between tough spots – like clefts – to clear out fuzz, thanks to its rapidly oscillating blades. It’s this same guarded teeth enclosure around the razor that acts as a comb, guiding thicker hair directly into the cutter to achieve soft, non-irritable skin. Each blade is designed to last up to four months on an average of two shaves per week.
£44.97 at Amazon
Best for: Muscular types
What to know: Merkur blades perform best with this model, according to most owners
Our verdict: Athletic types with big hands will find comfort in this long-handled razor. It has a fully textured and long non-slip handle that allows big fists to get a good grip, while providing excellent shave control. You’ll find the blade gap is tight enough to get close to the skin without you needing to applying any extra pressure. The brass frame and easy blade replacement system via butterfly design makes it an ideal companion for professional shavers.
£23.99 at Amazon
Weishi Long Handle Safety Razor
Best for: Classic shavers
What to know: This is a good beginner product for those new to safety razors
Our verdict: Some guys just want something that resembles their old man’s razor. The Weishi Long Handle is as close as you can get to an old-fashioned look that’ll bring you back to your first-ever shave. The build quality is impressive when you factor in how affordable it is, while the lengthy handle accommodates huge hands and provides good heft, letting the razor do all the work. It’s something you’ll be proud to pass onto the next generation.
£14.98 at Amazon
Rockwell 2C Razor
Best for: Cowardly shavers
What to know: The handle has been constructed from high-end chromed zinc alloys.
Our verdict: Shaving can be intimidating for those with little experience. Rockwell helps boost your confidence with its line of safety razors, personalised to ensure the safest shaves possible. The 2C features patented adjustable shave settings to accommodate any skin type and stubble length – adjusting it to Size-1 makes it nearly impossible to cut your face. It’s a solid option for any amateur whose biggest fears are nicks. The build quality is also remarkable.
£29 at Amazon
Bolin Webb R1 Razor
Best for: Pretentious shavers
What to know: It uses a Gillette Mach 3 razor head
Our verdict: A succinct demonstration of modern design and engineering, the R1 exudes sophisticated swag with a contoured handle to help you manage beard outlining with ease. The blades are evenly sharp and have the ability to tackle all forms of body hair, be it one you face, chest, or arms. Not to mention that the striking appearance looks super slick in your bathroom, especially when docked on the eye-catching Gravity Razor Stand.
£60 at Amazon
Dorco Classic Razor
Best for: Bang for your buck
What to know: Perfect for quick shaves as there’s no messing about with changing blade fittings
The verdict: The classic design may be simple, but this razor is anything but – it’s a highly innovative piece of (shaving) kit. The world’s first razor to utilise seven precision-aligned blades, the new Dorco Classic calls itself the “ultimate shave”. They’re big words, but it’s got the skills to back them up: the blades are slimmer and longer lasting thanks to its open structure design, while a rubber-mounted guard bar helps you trace the contours of your face with the pivoting, flexible head. Plus, a lubricating strip containing antioxidants heals razor burn and helps sooth sensitive skin.
£8.74 at Dorco
Baxter of California Safety Razor
Best for: Well-kept beards
What to know: It’s designed for traditional wet shaving
The verdict: Beautifully crafted, Baxter’s nickel-plated shaver is perfectly balanced so that you can safely glide it across your skin without applying any extra pressure – the end result is a non-irritant, ingrown-free face. A chrome finish and decorative handle adds to its lavish look. Much like the brand’s other award-winning grooming products, Baxter packages the razor smartly in a black gift box, with starter blades and an instruction card for newbies.
£54.53 at Amazon
Mühle R41 Grande Open Comb Safety Razor
Best for: Mid-level shavers
What to know: Open-comb safety razors lubricate and protect the skin better than closed-comb razors
The verdict: Any guy bored with intermediate shaving and looking to enter the next stage should consider owning this safety razor. Shorter than the Merkur Futur, the Mühle R41 is easy to maintain, with contours that prevent blade-clogging or nicks. It features a statement handle with a decorative line pattern that makes it easier to grip during wet shaves. Single-cutting action ensures a silky skin texture only a true shaving connoisseur can appreciate.
£27.86 at Amazon
Harry’s Truman Razor
Best for: Low cost
What to know: Cartridge refills cost £7.50 for a 4-pack
The verdict: This German-engineered five-blade cutter does a great job of gliding through stubble and allows shaving gels and creams to rinse off easily. The specially designed cartridge features a “Gothic Arch” blade that’s positioned 30 to 45 degrees for elite shave control, and a precision trimmer can touch up sideburns and tackle hairs trapped above the upper lip region. Flexible rubber hinges and a nourishing strip infused with aloe vera and vitamin E round out the Truman’s notable attributes. Choose from multiple colours (blue, orange, olive) to give your countertop some pop.
£8 at Harrys
BIC Flex 5 Hybrid Razor
Best For: Gym and travel junkies
What to Know: It’s far superior to those multipack single-use disposables
Our verdict: Since 1975, BIC has manufactured more than 60 billion razors. How’s that for heritage? Even with that, the company hasn’t exactly garnered the greatest reputation among the grooming consensus; it’s labeled the cheapest in terms of performance and value. Well, the Flex 5 Hybrid has silenced skeptics by combining convenience with (way) better-than-expected quality. Between its exclusive hybrid technology and five flexible blades — *five* — the razor actually comes pretty close to the shave you’re used to with the *other* guys. Does it give you that fresh-from-the-barber shave? Probably not, but it isn’t going to leave you with the knicks and irritation associated with the other throwaway blades at the same price.
£8.99 at Amazon
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American Crew Ultra Gliding Shave Oil
Before picking up your facial grooming tool, make sure those whiskers are lifted and ready to cut. When times doesn’t allow for a quick shower, rely on a pre-shave oil to condition your skin for proper razor glide. American Crew’s sleek ointment is one of our current favorites, employing botanical ingredients that boast anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties. It also doubles as a quality beard oil that helps soften hairs.
£6.73 at Amazon
Clinique For Men Face Scrub
Exfoliating should be part of every pre-shave routine, making way for a smoother shaving canvas for your blade of choice. Here is a facial scrub that puts in serious work by purging your kisser of excess dry skin and grime. Fine grains gently buff away dead skin cells and refreshes your skin for the day. Men of all complexion types (normal, oily, sensitive, etc.) should have it in their shower caddy.
£24.98 at Amazon
Cremo Cooling Shave Cream
Next, you’ll want to follow up with a superior shaving cream that develops a warm, rich lather and keeps hairs straight. Cremo sells some of the market’s best-reviewed and cost-friendly options, though we’re fond of the Cooling Shave Cream because of its refreshing and skin-invigorating properties. It creates a thin layer of protection to minimise the risk of razor burn and spoils your mug with natural additives like aloe and macadamia seed oil. No harmful fragrances. No parabens.
£13.90 at Amazon
Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Aftershave
Inflammation or redness is a typical side-effect of shaving and you would be remiss to not apply some form of aftershave right away. Pacific Shaving remains one of our favorite post-shave relievers, and also doubles up as a moisturiser with mild cooling agents and skin-healing properties to care for injuries. Its blend of naturally-derived caffeine and organic ingredients makes it a must for sensitive skin. The budget-friendly value is another incentive for you to stock up.
£9.99 at Amazon
Jack Black Bump Fix, Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Solution
Pseudofolliculitis barbae, aka razor bumps, is just one of the conditions that comes with shaving but lucky for you, Jack Black makes treating those blemishes simpler with a post-shave formula that reduces ingrown hairs, while “preventing new ones from forming.” It doubles as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and free hairs trapped underneath skin by clearing pores of blackheads. The potent mix of plant extracts, herbs and healing botanicals keeps skin hydrated and healed.
£27.50 at Amazon
Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Travel Kit
Herschel’s Chapter Travel Kit is the on-the-move home for your entire shaving set. This toiletry bag shares the attractive construction of the brand’s signature weekender bags, combining an attractive minimalist design with sturdy aesthetics to hold your heavy artillery of razors and other grooming essentials. A limited lifetime warranty promises that each kit is capable of sustaining the damage of exposed blades and leaked shaving creams. Choose from a variety of colours to match your personal style or razor handle.
£26.20 at Amazon
Cartridge vs. Double Edge
Every gent with a penchant for the clean-shaven look should know a few things about particular blades. For instance:
- Both cartridge and double edge options are the most affordable shaving options out there
- Cartridge-based razors are designed to last for a few shaves, but provide the closest shave
- Double-edged razors are built for long-term shaves and work best to prevent acne
- Razors are the perfect introduction tool to shaving and lay the foundation for more expert devices like straight razors, electric shavers, and beard trimmers
- Shaving facilitates the removal of dead skin, therefore helping to prevent blemishes