You would agree with me that you have to be really good to become a synonym of something. Over the years, Gillette has become a synonym of shaving and shaving accessories especially razors and let me say they are still the best a man can get.
This is because of its class-leading innovation and creativity. After being founded in 1901, Gillette has come a long way and is at the moment one of the most valuable brands in the world.
Over the years Gillette has evolved itself according to the needs of its customers and has produced the finest of products. In this article, I would review and discuss the best razors Gillette has produced till date and what are these razors best for. Let’s dive in.
A Tabular Presentation of Best Gillette Razors
|Razor||No of blades||Weight|
|Gillette Mach3 Turbo||3||1.92 ounces|
|Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide||5||1.92 ounces|
|Gillette Mach3||3||1.92 ounces|
|Gillette AltraPlus||2||0.8 ounces|
|Gillette Mach3 Disposable||3||4.6 ounces|
|Gillette Sensor3 Disposable||3||3.8 ounces|
|Gillette Fusion5 ProShield||5||0.6 ounces|
|Gillette Styler||5||3.52 ounces|
|Gillette Fusion Power||5||1.6 ounces|
|Gillette Vector Razor||2||1.92 ounces|
Gillette Mach3 Turbo – Sharper and Durable
Mach3 Turbo is basically the improved version of Gillette Mach 3. Essentially, the name Turbo comes from the newly installed sharp turbo cutting blades. These blades are stronger than typical steel blades and stay sharp for a long period of time.
In essence, the blades are engineered to give at least 15 comfortable shaves. In addition, this razor also has a long-lasting lubricating strip that provides a smooth and incredible glide.
What I love about this Gillette razor is the fact that it has a microfin guard, which works by stretching the skin and prepares it to be cut and this, in turn, gives a smooth shave.
This razor comes with a premium Mach3 handle that is well balanced and weighted for best shaving experience. You would like that Turbo Men’s razor is compatible with all Mach 3 blades. I have been using this razor for quite some time now. Wherever I travel I tag it with me.
Mach3 Turbo is quite an innovative and feature-rich razor from Gillette and I have to say I am impressed. For starter, it has a three-blade design and generally, with a three-blade design you have to go over the same spot again and again, however with this razor you won’t need to do that. Even though there are just three blades, but they are sharp enough to get all the hair in a single stroke.
In the period of its use, I have found the claim of Gillette about this razor true. Gillette has claimed that this razor lasts for good 15 shaves. Even after 10 shaves, the blades work like a new one. However, after the 10th and 11th shave they start to wear out, but still sharp enough to provide you 5 more shaves.
One of the criteria I like to consider when going for a razor is the cleaning of a razor. The cleaning of this razor is pretty simple. This razor doesn’t get clogged and even when it does all you have to do is to put it under the running water and that will remove all the debris.
In addition to above, the lubricating strip works well in the provision of a smooth shave. Along with the blades, lubricating strip also lasts long enough to provide you more than 10 comfortable shaves. The additional microfins also work well.
Personally, I have never had a problem with these blades regarding my comfort. I have used it several times but not once have it gotten any nick or cut, so this does perform well.
However, there is one area where there is a room of improvement. The head of this razor is bigger than it should be. With the head this big, it is difficult to shave under the nose and over the upper lips. Moreover, since it does not have a flexible head it is difficult to get the hair at the contours of the face. The smaller head is the solution of this problem which would make it easier to get both the hair at the contours and over the upper lip.
When it comes to price it is very affordable and considering the features, this razor has, one could easily spare some money for a comfortable, clean and smooth shave.
Gillette Mach3 Turbo vs Gillette Mach3
Gillette Mach3 Turbo is actually improved version of Mach3. Mach3 Turbo features sharper “turbo” blades while the Mach3 has stronger than steel blades that are sharp but not as sharp as turbo blades
Lubrication strip is also improved in Turbo, it has a lubricating strip that has more lubricant and lasts longer than Mach3. When it comes to weight, both weigh the same and weight is distributed evenly in both razors. However, the head of Mach3 is a little bit more flexible than Turbo Mach3.
|Attribute||Mach 3 Turbo||Mach 3|
|Head||Less Flexible||More Flexible|
|Lubrastrip||Improved with more lubricants||Less amount of lubricants|
Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide – Works with Contour of face
Fusion 5 ProGlide is the latest addition in the Fusion series. The features in this razor are enhanced and improved than its ancestor i.e Fusion 5. Gillette has improved the lubrastrip and precession trimmer in the model. The name “ProGlide” comes from the latest technology that is installed to make it’s head more flexible.
Flexball technology is the best thing about this razor. This technology makes the razor head flexible and because of this, the head adjusts itself according to the contours of the face and even at the trickiest area of the body like underarms. The flexball technology is the major reason I have switched to ProGlide from regular Fusion 5.
Essentially, the 5 blades design makes it sharp and fast and just like the regular Fusion 5 you don’t have to go over the same spot again and again. All it takes is one strong stroke and it cleans everything wherever it goes.
Another feature which made me switch my razor is its lubrastrip, which is also enhanced and has more lubricant and touch of mineral oil to make the shave even smoother. This lubrastrip is best for the people who have sensitive skins.
The improved precision trimmer is also a wonderful addition. This trimmer is best to shape the edges of the bead and to shape your sideburns.
Even though it is a five-blade design, clogging is not a problem. The blade is carefully installed in different angles and at distances to avoid the clogging. To clean the blade all you have to do is to put under the running water all the hair and debris would be removed without you tapping the razor against the sink.
This razor is compatible with all the Fusion 5 blades and even if you run out of blades you can easily get a hand on new ones by going to the nearest market or superstore.
However, despite all the features and advantages, there is an area where Gillette needs to improve. The very thing that makes this razor distinctive also makes it a little dangerous and that is flexball technology. The “Flexball Technology” requires a little getting used to. When shaving odd edges, its extra flexible head can lead to nicks and cuts.
When a razor has a stationary head, with any sharp curve its head would move with the handle. However, with this razor at any sharp angle the head moves and the handle stays still and this can result in cuts, so be mindful of this fact.
The price of Gillette Fusion 5 considering its features like flexball, enhanced strip, and precision trimmer is justified. If you want to give a shot to a new razor this is the one you want to purchase.
Gillette Mach3 – Comfortable, effective and Durable
Gillette Mach3 features the blades that are stronger than steel and stay sharper for a long time. These sharp blades are designed to last for good and comfortable 15 shaves. In addition, it also has a lubrication strip which glides over the skin and protects the skin from irritation and redness.
It also has new microfin technique. This essentially guards the skin and add to the comfort as they stretch the skin and prepares the hair to be cut.
In addition, the design of Gillette Mach3 includes a premium handle which is even weighed and balanced for a delightful shave. Also, it is compatible with all Mach3 blades.
It’s lightweight with a sharp triple-blade design. There’s a little moisture strip just above the blade, but you should probably use a good quality shave gel or cream as well as moisturizing the shaved area after rinsing off.
Since it features a three-blade design it cuts more hair in a single stroke and you won’t have to go over the same spot again and again. The combination of microfin guards and sharp blades will provide you with a close yet smooth shave.
The head is flexible so it is easy to get the hair from the trickiest body parts including the chin and jawlines. Because of its three-blade design it doesn’t get clogged and is very easy to clean.
Changing of blades is not as difficult as other razors. All you have to do is to push a button at the top of the blade and it will come off. To add new blade you need to push the button again and place the blade in. Release the button and you are good to go.
Essentially, the design is compact and sleek so people with larger hands may find it difficult to wield. Another problem with this razor is that its head swivels in just a single direction. The razor should have more rotation for flexibility and comfortable shave.
Since it is a lightweight blade you need to put pressure on it during the shave and it might not work well for the people who have dense hair and sensitive skin. So those people should really be careful while using this razor.
The price is very reasonable and affordable considering the features and the comfort one can get with this razor. Overall it is a good and sturdy razor and would easily fit in your travel kit and it would meet all your shaving needs.
Gillette AltraPlus Razor – Best Two-Blade Design Razor
For the people who are not fond of four-or-five-blade designs, Gillette had manufactured AltraPlus Razor back in the 1970s. Some people are vulnerable to cuts and nicks when they use four-0r-five-blade design and this is the reason Gillette had made this two-blade design razor.
Ordinarily, the twin blade design is flexible and can pivot around the handle. The blades are specifically designed to stay on the skin longer to provide extra closeness. Lubrastrip adds to the comfort during shave by lubricating the skin before blades make a cut. Both Altra and Altra Plus blades are compatible with this razor.
When I used this razor for the first time I was pretty impressed and surprised by the closeness this razor provided. The shave was even closer than a more-blade design. The reason behind this was its carefully designed twin-blade design. The first of two blades cut most of the hair as it pulls it out of the skin a tiny bit and then the second blade comes in. The second blades cut it below the skin line before the whisker can snap back and trust me there is no better shave than below the skin line.
The twin-blade design is a flexible design, not flexible like a ProGlide, but still flexible. It can pivot around the handle and can get the hair on the contour of the face like jawlines, chin, etc.
Lubrastrip lubricates the skin before it makes the cut which makes the shave more comfortable for the people who have sensitive skins. A four-or-five-blade design is more prone to clogging because the distance between the two blades is narrowed. Since it is just a two-blade design there is little probability of it getting clogged.
When it comes to durability AltraPlus aces at it. It can provide ten good shaves without wearing out and can be used for shaves when you are traveling.
The close and comfortable shave this razor provides comes at the expense of some other features. The two-blade design makes it less sharp and because of that, you might need to go over the same spot again and again. When compared with four-or-five-blade design, it cuts 50% less hair in a single stroke.
The other thing which got me thinking was its price, it looks like an expensive razor to me. There are other razors that have much more features than this razor and come at a much lower price than this. However, for the people who are prone to cuts and nicks, this is the only option and maybe that is why Gillette has kept its price high.
Gillette Mach3 Sensitive – Best Gillette Razor For Sensitive Skin
This is the very same razor because of which Gillette was criticized a lot. Don’t get it wrong it was not criticized because of its quality but rather for the ad that Gillette made to market this. The ad was somewhat misogynist and chauvinistic because of which Gillette faced a lot of backlashes. Because of controversy this razor often doesn’t get the attention it deserves, so here is what this razor is capable of.
It says it is a disposable razor but for a disposable razor, it has a lot of features. I have sensitive skin and I often get razor bumps when I use disposable razors but not with this one. I was pretty dubious about it at the time of purchase but when I used it on my skin it has become my disposable razor of choice ever since.
The first thing you were going to notice about this razor is its handle. The handle is designed with an elastomer which is well balanced and feels very comfortable in hand.
Essentially, this razor gave me a really smooth shave without causing any discomfort and I didn’t have to go over the same spot twice unlike the majority of disposable razors which I think is probably because of its blade design.
The design has three blades so with every single stroke we get two additional strokes which makes it more efficient. In addition, blades are also coated in a patented diamond-like coating which makes them stronger and shaper and consequently make them able to cut close to the skin.
Normally, I use shaving cream every time I shave but one time I decided to give it a shot without it and to my surprise it provided me a really smooth glide and it was because of its lubrastrip and because of its soft protective microfins which gently smooth down the skin.
What I love about this razor is that along with its innovative design it is easy to clean. It just took one wash to rinse off all the debris present between the blades and it is because of its open architecture system which is another addition to its long list of features.
The razor has a lot of good features but when it comes to the weight of razor, it is where it lags behind. Since it is a disposable razor the Gillette took a lot of weight out of it which has made it very lightweight.
The problem with light razors is that you need to put pressure on the razor while shaving and putting a little more pressure makes you, in turn, vulnerable to cuts and nicks so this is one thing you should really consider before purchasing this razor.
When it comes to the price of this razor, it is pretty affordable and the price is justified considering its features but since these razors are disposable and meant for one-time use only you can’t use them for an everyday shave as it will cost too much money. However, if you are away from home and forgot to pack your regular razor, this is the best bet for you especially if you have sensitive skin.
Gillette Sensor3 – Best for Coarse and Dense Hair
Next on our list of best Gillette razor is Sensor3. Gillette has designed this disposable razor to give 10 comfortable shaves which is its main marketing point. A disposable razor hardly gives two or three good shaves before its blades wear out. However, in this razor, this is not the case. The three chromium coated, skin sensing blades does not wear out easily and last long enough to give you 10 comfortable shaves.
First of all, the pivot head of this razor adjusts to the contours of the face. In addition, enhanced lubrastrip that is water activated with comfort gel technology provides ultimate comfort.
Normally, the disposable razors are not good for a dense and coarse beard, but I found this razor to be pretty effective in that case. My beard is fairly coarse and other disposable razors do not work well if I use on my two-or-three-day beard growth. The Gillette Sensor 3 however, is pretty effective in that case. I have always gotten fresh and sharp blades and these work well even on a week-long coarse beard.
Another thing I could not help myself noticing was its handle. The handle is made up of anti-slip rubber which is broad and ergonomically shaped. It also features a softer, gripper material which ensures secure handling. This helps during the delicate maneuvering to get remote areas that require finesse. The pivoted head also helps in this regard.
Moreover, Sensor3 features a comfort gel technology in its lubrastrip which I think would work best for the people who have sensitive skins. This prevents the redness and irritation that blade may cause by lubricating the skin and hair before blades cut them.
Basically, it has a three-blade design which means it is pretty sharp and gets a large volume of hair in a single stroke, however with this design it has its drawbacks. Firstly, blades are not carefully placed so clogging is likely to happen. Secondly, this design makes it hard to clean and you would have to tap the razor to clean the debris. Gillette has tried to make it more durable by making thick plastic handles which can withstand pretty vigorous tapping against the sink.
Being a disposable razor, it comes at a lower price which one can easily afford. The disposable razors that come at the same price hardly provide two or three shaves but this razor is good enough to provide you 10 shaves easily, this justifies its price without. In essence, this is a good razor and can be used as both traveling razor and regular razor.
Gillette Fusion5 ProShield Chill – Anti-Friction Blades for Greater Comfort
Gillette has designed Fusion5 Proshield Chill for incredible comfort. It features five anti-friction blades and lubrication before and after the blades which protect the skin from discomforts and cools while you shave. Moreover, it also has flexball technology that responds to contours and gets every hair. The precision trimmer at the back is best for styling the beard and to get hard to reach areas.
I have used this razor for a month at least and it has pretty much met all my shaving requirements. The best thing about this razor is its cooling technology. It definitely works and protects the skin from irritation and other discomforts. It hydrates the skin twice, once before the blades make a cut and the other right after blades have made cut. So, the combination of cooling technology and lubrication makes it best for sensitive skins.
The blades are sharp and provide a close and clean shave. The five-blade design gets almost all the hair in a single stroke and you would never have to go over the same spot again. Flexball technology is also pretty amazing. It makes the head flexible enough to get the hair from trickiest contours like jawlines and chin.
When it comes to durability, the blades work fine for a month, but the cooling effects go earlier which makes the last few shaves uncomfortable. The handle is also durable and can withstand abrasions and abuse.
Additionally, cleaning is not that difficult despite its five-blade design. It doesn’t get clogged easily and even if it does it is easy to wash off the debris. The precession trimmer is also a wonderful addition in its design. It is present at the top of the back of blades and makes the styling of facial hair easy and simple.
The areas where this razor needs improvement is its head size and flexball technology. The head is too big to get the hairs under the nose or over the upper lip. Additionally, you would have to use this razor very carefully in those parts, otherwise, you would get cuts and nicks.
The problem with flexball technology is that it can be a little too flexible on the contours. Sometimes, it changes the direction when you are shaving on the jawlines and that can cut the skin which would consequently make shaving uncomfortable. Improving the cooling technology would also help.
When it comes to price, it costs even less than some disposable razors so there is no way the price is high or unjustified. One refill lasts a month easily which makes it even more economical.
All-Purpose Gillette Styler – For All Your Styling Needs
If you are looking for all-in-one razor this is it. Gillette has designed this razor to meet all your shaving and styling needs. This Styler has everything you need to get any facial hairstyle.
Basically, it is an electric shaver/razor which can fit a variety of heads on it. The actual head is basically a trimmer which can fit three exchangeable combs (2mm, 4mm, 6mm) and ProGlide razor blade.
It works equally well on both dense and light hair. If you attach ProGlide blade it would give you a clean and close shave and if you attach the comb it would trim the beard to the size you desire, cool isn’t it? The benefit of attaching the blades with it is that you won’t have to put pressure on the razor and the motor would do all the work.
When it comes to trimming the beard, the three exchangeable combs of different sizes enable you to get the size of beard you desire. You can easily style your beard with these combs. In case you have denser and longer hair and want a clean shave you would have to use the combs first and when the hair is a bit shorter attach the ProGlide blade to further shave the hair.
The edge-precision trimmer creates crisp and defines the lines. This is best for sideburns and to make the edges of beard. Moreover, this shaver/razor is waterproof which makes you able to shave while you are taking a shower. It also helps in shaving the underarm and pubic hair.
The battery timing of this shaver has impressed me a lot. It takes just an hour for a complete charge and lasts for at least a week with regular use of course. The other thing which I was quite surprised with was its sound. It doesn’t make much sound like the rest of the electric shavers do. It won’t wake up the person even if you shave standing just beside him/her.
However, this shaver has a problem when it comes to durability. It slows down after five to six month of consecutive use and after a year it seems to expire. Maybe it is the life of motor that is too short or what else but this is one area Gillette should really focus on with this shaver.
The best thing about this razor is its price which is a lot less than other electric shavers. I don’t know how Gillette has made it possible, but the price is the most exciting thing about this shaver. Maybe this is the reason it doesn’t last more than a year but if it keeps coming at this price I would go for a new one every year it is that good.
Overall, it is a great shaver which can be used for all types of shaves and is also good for shaves when you are traveling because it won’t occupy a lot of space like the other bulky shavers.
Gillette Fusion Power Razor with Battery – A Vibrating Razor for a Close and Clean Shave
This is a battery-powered shaving system that comes with an advanced five-blade shaving surface technology. The PowerGlide blades are spaced closely together to reduce the pressure to prevent irritation and to add more comfort. It has a low-battery indicator and improved lubricating strip. Gillette has installed soothing micropulses to provide extraordinary comfort while shaving.
I used this razor a few months back and in my experience, I have found its blades to be pretty sharp. The five-blades design provides a closer and more comfortable shave. It gets all the hair in a single stroke and you won’t need to go over the same area again and again.
In addition, there is precision trimmer at the back of cartridge which helps in shaving at the trickiest area like over the lips. Trimmer can also be used to shape the beard edges and sideburns.
Despite five-blade design, it hardly caused any discomfort. The soothing micropulse and effect of the power function are so incredible that you won’t even feel the blades. The power function eradicates the need to put pressure on it and thus makes the shave comfortable and smooth.
Moreover, another reason for a comfortable shave is its microfin guards. They stretch the skin ahead of the first blade and allow the blade to make a clean cut without causing any discomfort. Before the blade makes cut the lubrastrip deliver water-soluble lubricant to the skin which makes the glide of blade smooth and consequently provides a clean and smooth shave.
The handle of this razor is also incredible and even in the wet condition, it does not slip from hand. This enables a firm grip and provides better maneuverability Because of its handle you can get the hair in the difficult parts like jawlines, chin and over the lips pretty easily.
The battery used in this razor is disposable but the indicators tell you when the battery needs to be changed. This razor can be used without the battery which is an exciting feature. Although in that case, you would need to put a little pressure on razor during the shave to get a closer shave.
The thing that caught me by surprise was its price I was hoping it to be a lot lesser than it actually is. A lot of other electric shavers/razor comes at a much lower price than this. In my opinion, the price is not justified and it should have been less.
Gillette Vector Razor – Most Affordable Gillette Razor
I would like to end this list of best Gillette razor with Gillette Vector. It is basically an imported version of Atra Razor. This is basically a pivoting twin razor that is very hard to find. It is compatible with the refills of all Gillette Atra, Atra Plus, Schick Super II and Vector.
I came across the razor when I was looking for an affordable handle to give a shot to Gillette Atra Razor. Gillette does not make those handle anymore and the only way to get the hand on those was to make a bid on an online auction shop that demands a too high price. So for me, this was the best bet to try out those blades.
The Vector cartridge that comes with this handle is also pretty good. I was able to get a pretty close shave out of it without even a bit of irritation. The handle, however, is not as good as I thought it to be.
When compared with other Gillette handles it lags behind. It is lightweight plastic, with a rubberized grip which is tolerable. The real problem is cartridge release mechanism which is very stiff both in removing the cartridge and putting it back on.
The best feature about this razor is its price. It is least expensive of all the razors mentioned in this list. So, I would recommend you to give it a try because for the price it comes in it does its job just fine.
Buyer’s Guide on How to Choose the Best Gillette Razor
With so many choices available it might be confusing to decide which razor is the right one for you. Every individual has different skin, a different type of hair and different shaving requirements.
Not all the razors can meet up the requirement of every other person which is why you need to take into account certain factors before making the choice. In this section, I will tell you the major factors you should consider when you are in the process of making the decision.
Type of Skin
Some people have sensitive skin while others don’t. The people who don’t have sensitive skin get used to almost every other razor. The people with sensitive skin on the other hand face difficulties.
The razors that are good for sensitive skins have improved lubrication mechanism and lubrastrip. Some lubrastrip have additional components like mineral oil like Fusion5 ProGlide which are pretty effective in lubrication of skin.
These strips lubricate the hair and skin by delivering the water-soluble lubricants so when the blade makes cut the irritation is lessened. People with sensitive skins should take a good look for these lubricating agents and strips before making the purchase.
Type of Hair
Denser, coarse, thin and short hair requires a different type of treatment. Some razors are good at providing the close shave on denser hair while others are good at providing close shave on shorter hair.
Basically, the razors that provide close shave on denser hair are generally more aggressive and if they are used on shorter hair they would produce nicks and cuts on the skin.
Similarly, if the razors that are good at providing close shave on shorter hair would be completely useless if used on coarse hair. So it is important to understand the type of hair you have and before making the purchase you must look at the aggressiveness of razor.
Number of Blades and How it Matters
Greater the number of blades, closer and more aggressive the shave would be. The number of blades is directly proportional to the aggressiveness of it. Razor with a five-blade design is a lot more aggressive than the two-or-three-blade designs.
The reason behind is that with a greater number of blades a larger area of skin comes in contact and more hair are removed in a single stroke. Essentially, when a larger area of skin comes into contact with blades, it means the pull that blades exert would also be on a larger area and consequently, it will produce a little discomfort. These type of blades are recommended to use on dense and coarse hair.
Using it on lighter and thin hair would increase the chances of cuts and nicks.
Weight of Razor
The weight of razor is pretty important because if the razor is lightweight you will have to apply pressure to get a close shave. However, if the razor is heavy, it itself will apply pressure and you won’t need to apply force by yourself.
Essentially, the aggressiveness imparts some qualities to the razors like giving a close shave, but at the same time require a higher degree of control.
Size of Head
Size of the razor head is also an important factor. The razors with bigger heads are easy to use on a beard, but they are difficult to get the tricky areas like under the nose and on the contours of the face.
A razor with medium-head size is best for every individual so it is recommended to take a look at the head size before making the purchase.
The length and material used in the handle are also important. Our hands are usually wet when we shave so if the material used in the handle is simple plastic it would easily slip from hand. This slip from hand can make a cut on your skin or nick at least.
The handles of razors should be carefully taken into account. Handle that have the grip on them should be purchased as they provide a firm grip and firm grip provides excellent maneuverability. This is important when you are shaving at trickiest areas like underarms and under the nose.
Handle’s size should also be considered, people with bigger hand should prefer the handle of bigger size while those with small hands should prefer the handle of smaller size.
Flexibility of head
The flexibility of the head is important when you are trying to get the hair from the contours of the face. A flexible head easily adjusts itself according to the contours of the face and provides clean and close shave over those areas.
Compatibility with Blades
Blades wear out after a certain period of time. However, if your razor is only compatible with a single type of blades you may face a hard time finding that particular blade. However, if the razor is compatible with multiple blades it would be pretty easy for you to get a new set of it.
Durability is a universal factor that everyone looks in everything purchased. The handles are generally durable but the blades in most cases are not. Generally, the steel blades last longer and stay sharp for a longer period of time so it is my recommendation to buy a razor with these blades
Last but not least, the price is a major factor one should consider before making the purchase. Don’t rush into the decision after seeing just one razor. Always compare a razor with others and compare the price of the razor considering its feature with its competitor.
Sometimes, the price of a razor is high for no apparent reason and at the same price, you can get a much better razor. So, before making the purchase make sure you are spending money on the right thing and that right thing justifies the money you are spending on.
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