You don’t know a good shave until you’ve had a wet shave with a straight razor or safety razor. Although you may think you're doing just fine with your expensive drugstore razor, don't be fooled. The truth is you are missing out on the closest, best shave of your life.
Classic wet shaving brings a combination of tools together that make shaving something to enjoy, while also reducing waste and saving money. And one of the most important elements of the best shave you’ll ever have? A quality shaving brush.
You might be wondering:
Why is a good shaving brush so important? The truth is, your shaving brush can mean the difference between the best shave of your life, and burning and cutting yourself with your blade.
Let me explain.
The only way to get the perfect lather is to use a quality shaving brush. And when lathered on the face, a good brush will comfortably exfoliate and lift the hairs for a cut-throat shave.
Here's the best part:
We spent hours pouring over different products and reviews to bring you this list of the best shaving brushes ever.
So, keep reading. We guarantee our list has something for everyone.
Very low cost and very little shedding make the Omega Pro an awesome value for such a small investment. It also lathers pretty much anything you throw at it.
Some guys mention it smells a little unpleasant, but that should reduce significantly after a week of regular use.
The Omega Pro 48 is made of boar hair, which is known for its strength and stiffness. It is virtually mistake proof and extremely forgiving when you are learning how to properly lather your soap.
The Pro 48’s handle is lightweight and fits comfortably in your hand. The chrome finished ABS is eye-catching and feels nice while working up a good lather.
Boar is more forgiving than badger, but you still need to make sure to clean and dry it properly. It is very easy to clean, and will hold up for 5-10 years or more if you take care of it.
Made from horsehair yet still has a similar feel of badger hair. Less expensive than many brushes on the market. Creates a thick lather that helps soften hair for an easier and smoother shave.
Some users don't like the grip of the handle.
The bristles are made from horse hair. The tips of the bristles are extremely soft, while the bases of the bristles are stiffer.
The handle is a dark redwood with a smooth and easy grip. The Vie-Long logo is visible on this handle.
This brush is built to last several years and with proper upkeep, the bristles should not fall out.
This is a very affordable brush that is great for wet shavers of all kinds. It’s such an attractive brush and works up a great lather with a variety of different shaving soaps.
The Parker Deluxe is the smallest brush on our list, and while some men like it, others would prefer something a little heftier.
If you have a beard and want a clean face, this brush is stiff enough to get the soap past a thick layer of hair to the skin underneath. The base of the brush is stiff with softer tips (that will only get softer over time), but enough oomph to work up a great lather.
This handle is absolutely stunning. It is so well balanced and feels nice in your hand. The pictures do not do the glossy Rosewood justice, by any means. The Parker Deluxe is a dapper little brush that looks great on the counter.
This brush includes a stand, that makes drying after each shave effortless. It takes 1-3 weeks for this brush to fully break in depending on how often you shave, and with proper care you can expect it to last you about 10 years.
The Edwin Jagger is handmade in England. It comes with a matching drip stand so your brush can air out after your shave. This brush made from badger hair, making it great for building up a good lather and handling coarse beard hair.
Some users wish the handle of this brush was a little longer.
The bristles are made from quality badger hair which holds firm to create an excellent lather. These bristles hold up even with the coarsest beard hair, they absorb hot water during the shave to create a smoother gentler lather. The badger hair softens and lifts beard hair to help get a closer shave that lasts longer.
The handle is imitation ivory and medium in size. It is very smooth and easy to grip. This Edwin Jagger brush also comes with a drip stand, to air out your brush after a nice shave.
After shaving, make sure to thoroughly rinse the brush with warm water. The drip stand helps preserve the brush by allowing it to properly dry out. The brush comes with special care instructions to help ensure longevity. The bristles of this brush do not fall out like with other brushes.