Deciding what type of razor to shave your face with shouldn’t be a difficult choice. Whilst there are tons of brands out there to choose from, there aren’t too many methods out there that you can choose to shave. The two main ones are to use an electric razor, or to use a razor with a blade (a manual, cartridge razor).
Whether you’re just starting out with shaving your face, or you’ve been shaving one way for years and are interested in trying something new, this will be useful. So, let’s look at the main differences between using an electric razor, and using a cartridge razor with blades.
Blade vs Electric Razor
Cartridge Razors (with Blades!)
The main type of razor that people use nowadays are cartridge razors. This includes all the big brands like Gillette and Wilkinsons, and all of the subscription shaving companies too, like the Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s. These types of cartridge razors are created with maximum speed and efficiency in mind – they’re intended to give you a quick shave, with minimal chance of cutting yourself.
They come on many different varieties, and they can have anywhere from just a single blade to the most being 7 blades currently, I think. Most people tend to prefer a 3 blade razor for shaving sensitive areas, like their scalp, or a 5 or six 6 razor for shaving their face. They also tend to have a moisturizing strip as part of the razor blade head too, which can help to minimize irritation.
Recommended Cartridge Razor – The Gillette Mach 3. If you’re looking for a cartridge razor to use, then I’d advise that you start with the Mach 3. It’s one of the most popular razors in the world for a reason.
Side note: One way that you can cut the costs of using a cartridge razor is by using a safety razor instead. Generally, a new blade costs only 10 or 20 pence, and in comparison to a cartridge razor, you’d save a heck of a lot of money. Safety razors are definitely harder to use, and have a bit of a learning curve for you to get used to them. However once you are used to using a safety razor, then it can be the most cost efficient way for you to maintain and clean shaven face.
Whilst cartridge and safety razors have their benefits, nowadays many people are looking to use an electric razor instead. This is a great alternative to using blades, and it can be the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin.
Recommended Electric Razor – Philips Oneblade. The Philips Oneblade is perfect for those that want to rock stubble or even a short beard. It’s relatively cheap and their heads last ages, too.
All in all, it’s difficult to say which of these options would be better for you without trying them out. For most people, starting with a cheap razors is probably best, as it will give you a chance to get used to shaving, and see how you get on. If you do find yourself getting irritation, redness or razor bumps, then it might be time to switch to an electric razor instead.