A few months ago, I shared my thoughts on Dollar Shave Club.
Apparently, the idea of selling shaving razors online has created a flurry of competition in the past few months – and so I happened to find myself behind the blade once again, testing out razors from an outfit called ShaveMob, who’s motto is “Shave Smarter”.
ShaveMob, while similar in concept to Dollar Shave Club (in that you can order razors online) has a few unique twists to its brand that make its service unique:
We’ll first look at ShaveMob’s offerings, and then I’ll stack them up side-by-side to see which company deserves your dollars.
ShaveMob’s review packet came in a neatly bundled tube. In the packet were two sets of razor cartridges (each containing 4 razors) and one handle. Side note: Aarti received a ladies’ razor and cartridges, but she hasn’t had a chance to try hers out yet.
The handle is solid, with ShaveMob’s logo at the base. The handle exudes class via its design and is easy to grip.
Size-wise the ShaveMob stainless steel handle is comparable to the Dollar Shave Club offering. Style-wise, I prefer the clean, classic look of the ShaveMob handle. Detaching the blade from the ShaveMob handle involves moving the small lever up on the end of the handle. It was easy to attach and detach blades. The handle contains a pivot head, which allows your razor blade to better track the surfaces of your skin.
ShaveMob sent me two sets of blades to review, “the Average Joe” (featuring 4 blades) and “the Caveman” (featuring 6 blades). Both blades come with a lubricating strip, and a non-clogging flow-through blade design. My review will focus on the 4-blade razor, as I have not had a chance to use the 6-blade model as of this writing.
My biggest question going into this review was: “How does ShaveMob’s razor compare with Dollar Shave Club’s own offering?”
This is me, sans shaving for 5 days. And this is my control: Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter. It doesn’t foam, and it provides a good lubricant to my face, preventing nicks and cuts.
For this test, I started out with two brand new blades, one from each competitor.
First up, I shaved one side of my face with ShaveMob’s razor. Shaving was smooth and pleasant. The contoured handle and razor pivot made for a very contoured and clean shaving experience.
Next, I shaved with Dollar Shave Club’s razor. Again, a very pleasant experience – recapped in more detail from my earlier review. Here’s my shaved face – after shaving with the DSC blade. (Yes, I’m holding the wrong razor in this photo – but cut me some slack – it was 5:30AM on a work day.)
Both razors felt comfortable against my skin. Both offered a close shave. After the shave, I looked at the blades. The Dollar Shave Club did a better job of wicking away hair compared to the ShaveMob unit, which collected hair on the blade’s surface. This is presumably because the spacing between the blades aren’t as tight on the DSC model compared to the ShaveMob model. Cleaning both blades involved a simple rinse in the sink.
I typically use my razors for two weeks before chucking them, so the real test in a blade’s quality is how well it performs after 14 days. In the interest of science, I replicated the test above (shaving half my face with the Dollar Shave Club razor and shaving the other half with the ShaveMob razor) for the past two weeks and haven’t noticed any anomalies. The lubricating strips on both models have held up. I have yet to experience a nick or cut from either blade. Both blades still provide a smooth shave, but the blades on both are at the point where they need to be replaced.
Given that the overall shaving experience was similar between both Dollar Shave Club and ShaveMob, the decision now comes to cost. Let’s use the Average Joe (mid-tier model for our cost comparison).
For that specific model, ShaveMob offers three price points (with shipping included in the price):
|(2 month supply) 1 handle + 4 cartridges||$10.99|
|(6 month supply) 1 handle + 12 cartridges||$17.99|
|(12 month supply) 1 handle + 24 cartridges||$29.99|
ShaveMob’s pricing works out to $2.74/razor for the first option, $1.50 for the second option and $1.24 for the third option.
Dollar Shave Club offers its mid-tier model for $6 (includes shipping) which includes 4 cartridges per month. This works out to $1.50 per razor cartridge. A year’s subscription would cost $72. Both blades being equal, ShaveMob has the better price per razor for the 12 month supply.
I got a great shave from both razors. In my mind, I couldn’t find any significant differences between the two competitors. Given that fact, ShaveMob hands down beats Dollar Shave Club in pricing. You get the same quality blades at ShaveMob but pay only half of what you would pay at Dollar Shave Club. Another advantage: ShaveMob doesn’t require that you subscribe to receive its blades. Buy your year’s worth of blades upfront and be done – no subscription needed.
There is no contest here, folks. The winner, without a doubt, is ShaveMob.
ShaveMob gets 5 out of 5 Bob Weiners.
In light of its competition, Dollar Shave Club gets 4 out 5 Bob Weiners.
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