So why am I reviewing a razor on a site catered to tech reviews? Because, like many techies, I watched this promo ad for the Dollar Shave Club. It was everything a good commercial should be: it was clever, it was funny, and it promised to save me money. In short, it was a great ad that stuck with me.
I’ve been using Gillette razors for most of my adult life (settling on the Mach3 model for the past three years). The Mach3 is a solid razor, to be sure, but I couldn’t help but feel like I was being fleeced at the counter every time I had to purchase replacement cartridges. (As of this writing, it’s $20US for eight measly Gillette Mach3 cartridges.)
Fast forward to two weeks ago. I was in the market for new razor blades. I was at a shaving crossroads – do I take the red pill and stick with my expensive Gillette? Or do I swallow the blue pill and try something new?
If you’ve read this blog long enough, I think you know the answer…
With credit card in hand, I enrolled in the Dollar Shave Club. Signing up was very easy: just pick the razor that best fits your budget. I chose the the “4X” option ($6 per month for 4 blades) because it resembled my Mach3. My Dollar Shave Club welcome package arrived within a few days. Inside the small, environmentally friendly mailer were the following goodies:
- a razor handle (more on that in a bit)
- a sample packet of Shave Butter
- 4 razor blades
- a membership card
- a leave behind
The blade handle has a nice, sturdy feel with a solid grip. They could have skimped here, and I’m glad they didn’t. The handle also has a flexible 90-degree pivot head, to follow the contours of the skin as you shave (and minimize knicks).
The cartridges themselves come with a lubricating strip and 4 stainless steel blades. The back of the unit is open, to allow for quick rinsing and cleanup. Installing the new razor blade cartridges was straight-forward and simple.
To properly field test the unit, I grew some facial hair (not included).
The included Shave Butter trial pack is awesome. It lathers on your face, without the foam. Shaving was smooth and clean. I’ll let the results speak for themselves.
Are Shavings Worth It?
Absolutely. Dollar Shave Club delivers as advertised. I’m averaging $1.50 per cart with the Dollar Shave Club, versus $2.50 from a similarly branded Gillette Mach3. Billing occurs once a month, and the prices listed include shipping. You can cancel at any time, so there’s no pressure of commitment. You can also upgrade or downgrade your plan whenever you want to. This is the best thing to happen to my face (and wallet).
Dollar Shave Club gets a solid thumbs up and earns the coveted 5 Bob Weiner rating. Shave with confidence, boys.