Razor manufacturers have long convinced consumers that more blades provide a superior shave. These companies are outdoing each other at the most number of blades each can wedge into their razors. Now, there are razors with 7 blades! When will this madness stop? Are more blades really better?
Let's cut to the facts.
The truth is, a single blade will provide just as close a shave as multiple blades. Extra blades are more likely to cause ingrown hairs, razor burn, or get clogged with hair, dead skin, and bacteria.
That's where the safety razor glides in.
The classic safety razor is making a huge comeback–and for good reason. A safety razor gives a smooth shave with less irritation. It’s economical, eco-friendly, and will last a lifetime. And let’s face it, shaving old school style will make you feel like a badass.
We know it can be quite daunting to choose a safety razor from so many brands and models available. So, we’ve spent hours on research, testing and poring over hundreds of reviews to come up with a catalogue of the best safety razors around. Additionally, we ranked our picks according to categories to cover every budget and specification.
It provides a pleasant mild shave for sensitive skin. Although lighter than most safety razors, it has very good balance and grip, and its long handle allows for more control, especially for wet shaves. Ideal as a first razor, backup razor, or traveling razor.
It won’t give as smooth a shave as other razors. The construction and finish make it evidently a budget safety razor. Don’t expect it to last as long as more expensive safety razors.
Despite its super mild aggressiveness, it actually delivers a pretty decent shave. If you want a smoother, closer shave, you’ll have to make several extra passes here and there. But given that this razor was designed for a mild shave, it can still give a closer shave with fewer passes than a multi-blade razor because of its weight and long handle. Do remember that a razor’s shaving efficiency also depends on the quality of blades you’re using. It’s a great option for those who want a mild shave or for new converts to old school shaving.
The butterfly head mechanism opens and closes smoothly with just a few turns. The vertical and horizontal grooves provide an excellent grip. Slip-proof grooves paired with a handle that’s over 4-inches long produce control and flexibility that’s comparable to most upscale brands. You should have no difficulty guiding the razor along tricky areas such as the chin, jaw, and neck. The 2.5-ounce weight is perfectly distributed across its 4.3-inch body. A carrying case with mirror and brush comes with your purchase.
At under $13, it’s almost ridiculous to ask for more than what this safety razor already offers.
As its name declares, this bad boy is super heavy and solidly-constructed. The 98R’s traditional three-piece assembly makes it effortless to maintain. It’s elegantly designed, delivers a super aggressive shave, and its built to last.
It’s not recommended for beginners. Its weight and size may be too unwieldy for small hands.
The Parker 98R’s exceptional heft gives it great leverage. You’ll need fewer passes to get a close shave for less irritation. Its classic design ensures consistent blade placement to prevent nicks and cuts, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. The long handle and superior grip deliver an aggressive shave that’s perfect for thick, heavy beards and coarse hair.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a safety razor with more heft or a longer handle. Its 4.3-inch handle alone is heavier and longer than most safety razors. The knurled, textured handle is a pleasure to grasp, even with wet and soapy hands. The handle, base plate, and top cap are easy to assemble and disassemble for thorough cleaning and precise blade alignment. The Parker 98R is compatible with any brand of double edge safety razor blades. Your purchase includes a pack of 5 premium blades.
With all its features, and backed by Parker’s decades-long tradition of crafting excellence, it’s worth every bit of its $29.99 price tag.
An heirloom quality safety razor with premium all stainless steel components. Minimal blade protrusion and close-combed to allow you to shave at a sharper angle minus the cuts or razor burns. Gives a mild shave that’s suitable for everyday shaving and gentle on sensitive skin.
It’s quite expensive. The compact handle may be too small for large hands. The shave quality is not suitable for those who prefer a more aggressive shave.
The Feather AS-D2 has an ideal weight to balance point ratio. This stability makes for a comfortable grip and allows the razor head’s density to do all the work. The proprietary design for the base plate has four bumps–one on each corner–for a more secure blade placement. Its low blade exposure gives a great shave with mild to moderate aggressiveness and can glide over sensitive areas without worrying about nicks or cuts.
The handle is finely textured with a cross sectional pattern that’s satisfying to grasp and pleasing to the eye. The grip has three horizontally aligned grooves on the top and bottom parts for added feel and control. Its razor head’s construction prevents screw thread wear. Its classic three-piece design can be taken apart and convenient to take along on your travels. The Feather AS-D2 comes in a stylish burgundy red gift box with a pack of Feather stainless steel double edge blades included.
Though seemingly steep at $162, the Feather AS-D2 may well be the last safety razor you’ll need to buy.
It can be adjusted to suit your desired shaving quality. Its vintage two–piece design from Solingen steel with a smooth chrome finish give it a distinct appearance. You get German craftsmanship and precision engineering that won’t break the bank.
The handle can get slippery when you’re shaving with wet or soapy hands. Assembling and loading call for a slight learning curve.
The Merkur Progress’ adjustable head lets you modify how much of the blade will stick out from the razor head’s top cap. This gives you maximum control over your shaving preference. There are five settings to choose from to fine-tune the smoothness of your shave. The first setting is the least aggressive and provides a very mild shave that’s ideal for sensitive skin. This setting is also ideal for shaving the body, head, or legs. Setting number five is the most aggressive and delivers an extremely close shave for thick beards or coarse hair. The settings can be changed mid-shave to address specific areas that need a milder or more aggressive shave.
The five settings are initiated by a turn of a knob at the base of the handle. The long, thick handle gives you greater control and balance. Its chrome finish prevents rust and corrosion. The straightforward two-piece build makes it more durable and easier to wash. It works with all standard double edge safety razor blades. The Merkur Progress is available in two variants: standard and long-handled.
For under $59 for the standard version and under $65 for the long-handled model, you’ll get unsurpassed versatility.
It’s easy to use; newbies and old timers will feel right at home with it. Its moderate aggressiveness is effective for close and comfortable wet shaves, and well-suited for normal to sensitive skin. The blade alignment is solid and secure.
It’s not practical for some beard types. The grip could use some improvement and the handle could be a few centimeters longer for larger hands.
While it isn’t the most aggressive razor available, it’s still capable of a barbershop quality shave with the standard three passes. Its mid-level aggressiveness gives you the advantage of experimenting with different blades to achieve the shave quality of your choice. For close shaves, go with Feather or Personna blades. If you require a milder shave, use a Wilkinson Sword or Derby blade. This razor is lighter than most models, but its blade placement and weight distribution more than make up for it.
This razor’s high-quality chrome finish is second to none. Even non-visible parts have the same polished chrome finish. This attention to detail makes it the most stylish and handsome safety razor in the market. It supports all branded and generic standard double edge safety razor blades. Purchase comes with customer support and service warranty when you register your item. It’s packaged in a sleek Edwin Jagger gift box. There are multiple handle options available.
Premium looks and functionality at under $26.
The Schick Hydro 5 hydrates your skin while you’re shaving. Its reformulated gel moisturizes your skin for up to one hour after shaving. With a flick of your thumb, the Hydrating Gel Reservoir flips back so all five blades trim and cut through tricky areas like under your nose or across your neck.
The refill cartridges are expensive, difficult to clean, and don’t last as long as double edge safety razor blades.
Okay, so we cheated a bit here. The Schick Hydro 5 isn’t really a safety razor. But we had to include it because this cartridge razor was specifically designed for sensitive skin. While it’s widely acknowledged that more blades cause more irritation, the Hydro’s five blades are moderated by built-in lubricating gel pads. The gel contains vitamin E and aloe vera to moisturize and replenish your skin as you shave and up to an hour after. The gel pads produce 40% less friction and drag for a smoother, closer shave. The Flip Trimmer finishes the job by smoothing out hard to reach places.
Schick's unique Hydrating Gel Reservoir lasts two times longer than ordinary lubricating strips. The Flip Trimmer mechanism is a very convenient innovation that is simple to activate, even with wet hands. The handle is ergonomically designed for a firm but comfortable grip. The skin guard on top of its Ultra Glide blades regulates skin flow and lessens friction. The large guard bar helps stretch the skin for a closer shave and maximum hydrating gel absorption.
For less than $39, which includes 1 razor handle and 17 refill blade cartridges, you’ll be doing your skin a huge favor.
The Merkur Classic is a steady, reliable workhorse of a safety razor. It has above average aggressiveness and a robust three-piece assembly at an affordable cost. It’s user-friendly and a pleasure to shave with; even novices will have fun shaving with this classic.
The handle is very light at 1.75 ounces.
The Merkur Classic’s fixed blade gap gives it a very manageable aggressiveness. It’s top-heavy, so the weight of the head does most of the task and makes up for the handle’s lack of heft. It has an impressive grip for control and navigation of delicate areas. Replacing the blade is quick and easy. Its efficiency lies in the simplicity of its design and construction, which guarantees a uniformly smooth shave each and every time.
When people say, “they don’t make stuff like they used to,” they’re certainly not referring to this beauty. Everything about this Merkur screams “classic.” It’s crafted for elegance and engineered for uncompromising function. It has a tried and tested three-piece assembly. Its crafted from durable German steel and chrome plated to withstand oxidation and rust. The razor head comes off effortlessly for convenient blade loading. The grip is knurled and notched to prevent slipping.
It’s the most worthwhile and rewarding $35 you’ll ever spend.