Top Shaving Razors and Products for Men
Anyone who has shaved long enough knows that the right shaving tools are just as important as technique and skill. With hundreds, if not thousands, of shaving products on the market, however, choosing the right tools for the job can sometimes be frustrating. But, just as an artist must use quality brushes and paints, men need high-quality shaving products in order to get the job done right. Whether you’re a man who prefers disposable razors or one who prefers a double-edged safety razor, rest assured there is a product out there that is perfect for you. We’ve rated the top razors and shaving products for 2018, so you can find the best option for your needs and budget. Keep reading to learn more!
There are several types of razors to choose from, but most men prefer either cartridge razors or safety razors. While truly disposable razors (handle and cartridge are fused and thrown away together), these are often not a good choice for men who want a truly close shave. In addition, the cost of disposable razors can add up quickly, even if immediate costs seem low. For men who prefer the use of a safety razor, by far the best you can get in 2018 is the Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor. The Merkur Futur is manufactured in Germany, and this razor is truly unlike any other razor on the market currently. From the stylish, distinctive look to the full adjustability with six different settings that let you customize your shave, you can’t go wrong with a Merkur Futur in your hand. That means you can use one tool for the exact shave you want, without needing to buy a bunch of different razors for different jobs. The Merkur is also great for beginner and advanced users alike, unlike most safety razors that require some skill and experience. It’s also heavy in the hand and just feels like a quality tool, and has a longer-than-average handle that’s ideal for men with larger hands. A clip, instead of a screw, makes loading new blades a breeze.
Prefer to just grab a new cartridge and go? No worries. The Gilette Mach3 Turbo is your answer. Not only is Gilette a major name in the shaving industry with decades of experience creating razors and shaving products, but the Mach3 has fast garnered almost a cult following thanks to micro fins that smooth the skin and straighten facial hairs before the blade passes over them. The Lubrastrip adds lubrication to the skin, as well, so you get a smooth, comfortable shave every time, and the metal handle feels comfortable and sturdy in the hand, thanks to rubber grips to minimize slippage. In addition, the Mach3 has sharper blades than most cartridge-style razors, and three separate blades create the closest shave possible with just one stroke. Gilette also has another cartridge-style razor that deserves notable mention - the Gilette Fusion Proglide Power, which offers a few more bells and whistles than the Mach3. With Flexball technology, the blades easily adjust to every contour of your face and neck to minimize nicks and cuts, and users have the option to use battery power and microchip technology to ensure a consistent shave every time. Battery-powered micro pulses are designed to give you a closer shave by reducing friction, while the microchip automatically turns off the batter after eight minutes of use.
Of course no shave is complete without a good shaving cream or shaving lotion, and the best picks for 2018 are Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream, Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shaving Cream and Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Super Slick Shave Cream. All three of these top products offer incredible skin-moisturizing ingredients, excellent lubrication for a close, nick-free shave and zero ingredients that might irritate freshly-shaven skin. If you’ve got a little extra money, Taylor of Old Bond Street is definitely a great way to go, but all three of the top three shaving creams are worth the investment and will get you a comfortable, close shave with minimal effort every time.