Any man will know that patience and good technique make for a better wet shave. But what’s equally important is to have the right razor on hand to get a closer shave, avoid nicks, reduce irritation and keep your face and neck free from ingrown hair. It’s no wonder that nearly half of survey respondents (46%) have tried multiple brands of razors in search of a trusty shaving pal. So, how do you find a razor that offers the right combination of ergonomics and value? That’s where we come in, comparing the top razor brands on the market to find you the cleanest shave.
Canstar Blue surveyed 748 Australians for their feedback on the men’s razors/razor heads they’ve purchased and used in the last six months. Note: this does not include electric shavers.
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their men’s razor brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
ALDI achieved five-star reviews for effectiveness, value for money, comfort, packaging convenience, and overall satisfaction. Gillette and Schick were the only other brands to score five stars, sharing wins for effectiveness, comfort, and design.
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
ALDI’s range of razor blades is small, but an excellent deal. Among the range are Prince Calibre razors, made with six ‘L’ shaped blades, nestled closely together for a sharp shave and easy rinsing. They also have a lubricating strip infused with Vitamin E, aloe vera, and MicroSilver BG ─ an antimicrobial element that supposedly helps prevent skin irritation. The Prince Calibre razor pack comes with one handle and three razor heads, available for $8.99.
Not all men’s razor brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.
If you do choose to use disposable razors, stop them from ending up in landfill by recycling them, with the easy Terracycle program. You can also recycle razor heads from cartridge razors.
This will depend on your shaving routine, how confident you are with a razor, your skin type, and your budget. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want a model with a decent built-in lubricating strip. Our survey found nearly one in five men (22%) buy razors with additional protection for sensitive skin. If you’re not a morning person and usually rush out the door, then a cartridge razor might be what you need to get the job done quickly. If you’re new to shaving, then you may want to start with a safety razor first to build confidence. To give you some options, here are the types of razors our survey respondents had most recently purchased:
When it comes to what sort of razor you use, the best answer is usually the one that delivers you the best shave! That might mean razors meant for the opposite gender, or using razors with additional protection. If you, the small portion of Aussies (6%) get ingrown hairs from shaving, then you should consider using a shaving cream or gel to help the blades glide across the skin, as it certainly worked for 61% of shavers out there.
Finally, the decision to shave is up to you, and if you find it a boring chore, you may be pleased to know that 17% of men reckon it’s now socially acceptable to rock the body and facial hair, and 11% are happy to just pick up the razor every fortnight – rock that five o’clock shadow fellas!
Megan is Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Editor, leading the team that focuses on consumer products and services, ranging from supermarkets and groceries to home and personal appliances and retail stores. She interprets Canstar Blue’s bespoke research on the thousands of brands that we compare, rate and review, to help shoppers make better purchasing decisions.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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