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Best Razor for Men

A good razor is an essential tool for achieving a close shave. Shaving creams, gels, lotions, and number of blades are all a factor, but it's personal preference that matters most. The most common type of razor today is the disposable cartridge safety razor, which provides extra safety against cuts. Despite this, straight razors (also known as "cut-throat" razors) and single-blade safety razors remain extremely popular with experienced shavers. We've selected the best razors you can find on sale today, factoring in user comfort, shaving effectiveness, and overall value for the money.

Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor

Merkur is well known for their top quality shaving implements, especially in the safety razor department. The Model 180 is their best effort and stands out as the top safety razor on the market for a number of reasons. For starters, the Merkur Model 180 has a longer handle which makes it a great choice for shavers with larger hands or those who are just more comfortable getting a better grip on their safety razor. This safety razor feels good in the hand and is very easy to control making it easier to get a closer and cleaner shave. This razor is sturdy, built to last and designed to give you the closest and most comfortable shave possible – in short it delivers in every area you want from a quality safety razor.

Edwin Jagger DE 89L Double Edge Safety Razor

Those who have an interest in older style methods of shaving are probably very familiar with the name Edwin Jagger. This company has a reputation for producing top quality, highly effective shaving implements and their DE 89L Double Edge Safety Razor is a perfect example of the attention to detail that places them near the top of the list in many old style shaving product categories. The DE 89L has a longer handle that is easy and comfortable to grip whether you opt to shave before, during or after your shower. This razor feels very solid and the weight is perfectly distributed for the most comfortable shaving experience possible. This razor from Edwin Jagger delivers everything you could want from a top of the line razor at a price that is very easy to afford.

Merkur "Heavy Classic" Double-Edged Safety Razor 34c

The handle of the Merkur Heavy Classic isn’t quite as long as the two razors that finished ahead of it on our list but it is one of the heaviest razors on the list. The second entry on our list from Merkur is rock solid, sturdy and built to last. The Heavy Classic has excellent texture and is both comfortable to hold and easy to hold onto. These details are essential for achieving the closest, safest and most comfortable shave possible. This razor from Merkur looks good, feels good and is built for lasting performance.

Parker 94R "Hefty" Double Edge Safety Razor & 5 Shark Super Chrome Blades

Parker is another big name in the old style methods of shaving. This company produces relatively low cost, always high quality products that are easy to implement into your shaving regimen. The Parker 94R is well built and perfect for those who tend to have heavier beards. The wider blade gap handles heavier growth more handily with fewer chances for nicks, cuts or razor burn. The Parker 94R is also very comfortable to use and comes in at a price point much lower than many other top of the line safety razors on the market.

Feather Double-Edge Razor by Jatai

The Feather Double Edge Razor is relatively light compared to the other entries in our top five. This fact though doesn’t diminish the overall feel of quality of this razor at all. This safety razor is very well built and could undoubtedly be your “go to” razor for years to come. The Feather Double Edge has a long handle and very solid grip. This razor fits well in the hand, is comfortable and offers great control during shaving. These features help to ensure that you’ll get a close and comfortable shave each and every morning.

Bic Sensitive Disposable Razors For Men

A common gripe of those who have to use disposable razors on occasion is that they are rough on the skin. The Bic Sensitive Razor makes that complaint a thing of the past. The blade edges are covered and the blade is fixed which makes this razor very easy to control and minimizes the chances for cuts and nicks. This disposable is very basic, which makes it easy to use and easy to clean. This simplicity allows you to get more comfortable shaves out of each razor. Couple that with an already low price and you’ve got a very affordable set up for clean, comfortable and safe shaves at home or on the road.

Schick ST2 for Men Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor

This quality razor from Schick stands out from the crowd with a few unique features. The ST2 has a simple cleaning feature that helps keep the blades clean during and between shaves. This simple push of a button allows you to get more out of each razor and ensures a cleaner closer shave. This unique disposable also features a handy strip with aloe and vitamin E which helps to keep your face and neck lubricated during the shaving experience. This is another attribute which promises a safer, cleaner shave every morning.

Gilette Good News Disposable Razor

Anyone who has ever used a disposable razor is probably familiar with Gillette. This company has been producing the GoodNews! and other quality disposable shaving options for decades. The GoodNews! Disposable is very lightweight and features and excellent grip for the best possible control during your morning shave. This control means that you’ll be able to get through your morning ritual a little bit faster and with fewer cuts and scrapes. This simple twin blade model isn't flashy but performs very well for a very affordable price.

Schick Xtreme 3 Razor

The Xtreme 3 from Schick is loaded with innovative features to enhance your shaving experience. This razor features a head that flexes and pivots with the unique curves and contours of your face to help deliver the one of the closest shaves possible with a disposable. The Xtreme 3 also utilizes a lubricating strip to help minimize the chances for nicks, irritation or razor burn. This razor does carry a larger price tag than many of the other options on our list but those who love extras will be happy to pay the extra money for the features.

Bic Comfort 3 Advance Razor

The Comfort 3 Advance is the second entry from Bic in our top five disposable razors list. While this effort is very different from the Bic Sensitive that landed at number one, it is a top caliber disposable that gets the job done. The Comfort 3 Advance has a heavy handle that is more reminiscent of a safety razor than a disposable. This weight and grip make this razor very easy to control for a clean shave. With the Comfort 3 Advance you also get a pivoting head that closely follows the curvature of your face for a quality shave every time. This razor is very affordable considering the extra features, is very comfortable and performs exceptionally well for a disposable.

Dovo 5/8" Best Quality Full Hollow Carbon Steel Straight Razor

While many products out there don’t live up to their name, the DOVO 5/8’ Best Quality Razor certainly does. This straight razor outperforms the competition while coming in at a very reasonable, mid level price. This razor holds an edge well and feels very comfortable in the hand. These are two qualities that help ensure that you’ll get a close, comfortable and safe shave every single morning. This top quality razor is also cleaner and more convenient than many competitors’ products. You don’t need to oil this durable carbon steel blade to prevent rust.

Parker SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor

Parker Safety Razor is consistently rated among the top of a variety of categories when it comes to shaving. The SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Razor is a perfect example of what this company does consistently well. This top caliber straight razor is easy to use and comfortable. This makes it a great razor for those just transitioning to a new style of shaving. The SR1 Stainless is also a bit heavier than other entries on our list – this razor is well built and designed to last. Add these features to the low price tag and you’ve found yourself a real winner with the SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Razor.

Dovo Silver Shavette Satin Finish Straight Razor

The Dovo Sliver Shavette is another entry that offers the convenience of replaceable blades. While this might not completely satisfy the shaving purists who want to hone and strop their straight razors, it is a slightly less complex transition for those just breaking into old style shaving. The Dovo Silver Shavette fits the hand well and is very comfortable to use. Though it doesn’t have quite the weight of the SR1 from Parker, this straight razor feels solid and secure and is also available at the right price. This is an excellent transition razor that is very easy to use and that combines the spirit of old style shaving with the ease and convenience of some of the more modern methods.

Parker SRW Stainless Steel Straight Edge Barber Razor

Parker Safety Razor continually delivers top quality products for those that want or need to keep that clean cut look. Their SRW Straight Razor has the attributes anyone new to shaving with a straight razor is looking for without the hefty price tag. The SRW Straight Razor from Parker represents another great transition razor for those looking to learn the time honored tradition of shaving with a straight razor. This high quality, low cost razor gives you the straight razor experience without all of the time and effort spent honing your blade. This straight razor looks and feels great and performs as well as any of the higher cost, traditional style straight razors out there.

MD Black Dragon Straight Razor

The Black Dragon Razor from MD is unique in more ways than just one. This stylish, sleek straight razor certainly stands out for the crowd in terms of appearance but it goes well beyond that. This straight razor is well balanced, sturdy and performs very well. The Black Dragon is very easy to control, which is a critical aspect of straight razor shaving. While this cool razor may cost a bit more than the other shavettes on our list it certainly delivers when it comes to looks and a clean shave.

Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor

Merkur is well known for their top quality shaving implements, especially in the safety razor department. The Model 180 is their best effort and stands out as the top safety razor on the market for a number of reasons. For starters, the Merkur Model 180 has a longer handle which makes it a great choice for shavers with larger hands or those who are just more comfortable getting a better grip on their safety razor. This safety razor feels good in the hand and is very easy to control making it easier to get a closer and cleaner shave. This razor is sturdy, built to last and designed to give you the closest and most comfortable shave possible – in short it delivers in every area you want from a quality safety razor.

Schick Hydro 3 Razor

The Hydro 3 Razor from Schick works well for a variety of skins types and for men with heavy beards. This quality razor features a lubricating gel that helps keep skin hydrated and helps to cut down on the risk of skin irritation. The three blades help to improve efficiency of each pass and help to decrease the overall shave time. You also get the benefit of a slip proof handle with excellent grip on this razor. This means that you can safely and effectively get a clean, close shave while your hands are wet during your shower.

Gillette Mach 3 Sensitive Disposable Razor

The Gillette Mach 3 Sensitive has a number of features specifically designed to make the shaving experience easier on the skin. The head of this razor pivots and each blade is spring mounted to ensure the appropriate pressure on your skin throughout the shaving process. The Mach 3 Sensitive also features a built in lubrication system that creates a smoother, more pleasant shave. This razor is also sturdy and stable in the hand ensuring the necessary control for a closer and safer shave. In addition to the safety and comfort features, the Mach 3 Sensitive is also a very affordable option for achieving an excellent shave.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual 1 Up Razor

Right on the heels of the Mach 3 Sensitive comes another well put together effort from Gillette. The Fusion ProGlide features elements that help produce a cleaner, more comfortable shave with less irritation. This top quality effort features a specially designed comb that gently lifts and sets up facial growth for a closer, smoother shave. The ultra thin blades also minimize discomfort by cutting quickly and cleanly with less pulling than traditional blades. Whether you opt for the manual or battery powered versions of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide you can rest assured that you’ll get a clean, pain free shave.

Schick Quattro Titanium Razor

The Schick Quattro is the only four blade razor on our list and it has other unique features that help set it apart from the competition. The titanium coated blades are designed to last longer and hold their edge longer than the blades of other popular razors. This razor holds up well and delivers close shave after close shave without irritation. Another great comfort feature is the long lasting vitamin E and aloe strip that keeps your skin smooth and hydrated during the shaving experience. The head of the Quattro also pivots to allow you to simply follow the contours of your face to achieve the best shave possible.

Jeff Wilson
I started  competing in athletics 29 years ago at the age of 5, since then I've participated in a large number of team and individual sports including: baseball, soccer, running, boxing and cycling.  I've worked as a coach, a trainer and a personal fitness consultant and I've had health and wellness articles grace the pages of a number of popular websites and print publications.
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