If you’re the kind of man who can grow facial hair, you know upkeep is a daily or weekly task whether you like it or not. There are a lot of high-quality premium razor subscription services and electric shavers on the men’s grooming market, but what about the humble disposable? The best disposable razors for men let you perform quick everyday touchups on the fly.
Thankfully, you can always head to the nearest convenience store to pick up a disposable razor. But if you’ve been in this boat before, you know every solution comes with new problems. In this case, which disposable razor should you buy? With established manufacturers like Gillette and Schick stocking shelves with slightly different options and upstart subscription services like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, there are a ton of options to consider.
To help you choose the best disposable razors for the job, we evaluated over two dozen of the best men’s razors. For our criteria, we considered the following factors:
- Disposability. Technically any razor is disposable if you throw it in the garbage, but we’re mostly looking for one-piece razors with no removable head that are designed to be thrown out, handle and blades. But there’s only so many good options for those, so we also included the best semi-disposable razors, you know, the ones where you purchase multiple razor cartridges in a pack. These razors tend to be more expensive (often too expensive, in our experience), but there are some high quality options.
- Price per razor. Disposable razors frequently come in packs of six or more, so you can figure out how much you’re paying per razor or per cartridge.
- Cartridge counts. For semi-disposable razors, the amount of cartridges included in a pack and the cost of buying replacement cartridges straight up can affect the long-term cost of shaving, so we factored in those costs too.
- Razor features. Features like a lubricant strip for additional comfort or a swiveling razor head for improved control could be the difference makers for you.
- Chromium-coated blades vs titanium-coated vs stainless steel blades. Chromium and titanium help prevent rust on blades but they’re not as effective as stainless steel, and this can affect the price of the razors. But because these razors are disposable and generally won’t yield more than five shaves, rust isn’t a big concern.
- The number of blades. More blades generally mean more irritation and blade clogging, but they can also shave through more hair and offer a closer shave. Most disposables have one, two or three blades and some have as many as six. The jury is still out on whether more blades equates to a better shave or not. Ultimately it’s a matter of personal preference and comfort more than anything, and you can find people who swear by more blades or less blades for the so-called best shave. That being the case, we made sure to include at least one option for every number of blades. We even found one great six-blade razor, and it’s manufactured in the United States to boot.
- User reviews and product testing. User reviews are useful to spot red flags in a particular disposable razor. We’ve also included the disposable razors trusted by SPY editors for everyday shaving.
We also considered price per blade as a factor, but did not weight that heavily because more blades do not necessarily equal a better or more pleasant shave. We also thought about the number of shaves you’re likely to get out of a given razor or cartridge, but the truth is that varies widely based on how often you shave and how coarse your facial hair is, so we didn’t weight that factor heavily either.
In the end, we landed on 15 of the best razors for men. Whether you’re looking for an all-around great disposable razor or the cheapest disposables available, the men’s disposable razors we found will get you through your daily shave without any hassle. And if you aren’t shaving often enough to justify buying a permanent safety razor, then the options here can make for solid substitutes.
1. Gillette Sensor3 Men’s Disposable Razors
The Gillette Sensor3 Men’s Disposable Razor strikes the right balance between quality and disposability. Three blades offer a comfortable shave without too much irritation or ingrown hairs due to Gillette’s water-activated Comfortgel lubricant strip and pivoting razor head. These are also heavier in the hand than more pared-down disposables and feature an anti-slip rubber handle for solid control. As long as you’re not trying to shave off your whole beard, this disposable will get the job done.
2. Gillette Sensor2 Plus
We’re big fans of Gillette disposable razors, and the Sensor2 Plus has everything you need in an everyday razor. There’s a lubricating strip above the dual razor blades that provides an extra layer of moisture for a closer, smoother shave than the Gillette Sensor 2 blades often found in drug stores. Sure, there are fancier products on the market, but the Sensor2 Plus line provides everything you need at a reasonable price. If you’re the type of guy who re-uses his razor blades or dry shaves, then these are an excellent and long-lasting option. These razors are affordable, durable and provide a smooth shave that won’t leave you with cuts or razor burn.
3. BIC Twin Select Men’s Disposable Razors
BEST BUDGET RAZORS
BIC’s Twin Select Men’s Disposable Razor was the cheapest price per razor we could find without going for packs of 50 or 100. Of course, at under 40 cents per razor, you get exactly what you pay for: 2 close-together razor blades stuck in a rigid, lightweight basic handle, with no lubricant strip or head swiveling. That being said, they’re better than the cheapest of the cheap in our experience, but not ideal for handling more than minimal scruff. If you’re not too worried about skin irritation or just need a quick touch up during your morning grooming routine, you can’t get much more affordable than BIC’s Twin Select Disposable Razor.
4. Gillette ProGlide Men’s Razors
Formerly known as the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide, the Gillette ProGlide Men’s Razor stands out in the marketplace for a few reasons. Besides the obvious fact that it uses five blades, this razor uses what Gillette calls FlexBall Technology to help the razor pivot and swivel around the contours of your face. In practice, that means you don’t have to contort your arm into weird angles to shave the trickier parts of your face. In another notable feature, Gillette uses thinner blades with anti-clogging rinse slots to help release trapped hair when rinsing. Ultimately, because of the number of blades, you’ll still get some stuck hairs, but the slots definitely help. And then there are the usual trappings of a high-quality razor: a precision trimmer on the back of the razor head, a lubrication strip with mineral oil and a micro-comb on the bottom of the head to help guide hairs to the blades.
The Gillette ProGlide is the standard among semi-disposable razors, and you’ll find their razor cartridges in packs of 4, 8 and 12 in virtually ever drug store in America. So why didn’t we rate this popular razor higher in our ranking of the best men’s razors? The Proglide does offer a smooth and precise shave, but truth be told, it’s overpriced. The razor cartridges are expensive compared to other options on this list. Most men would be better off buying a safety razor or sticking with the cheaper Gillette Sensor 2 Plus razors featured above.
5. McKesson Twin Blade Disposable Men’s Razors
BEST VALUE PACK
When shopping for the best razors, sometimes you just want the absolute cheapest option available. Maybe you travel a lot or perhaps you don’t grow that much facial hair and just need a cheap, basic razor every once in a while. If you can spend a few dollars more than the budget pick and only need a truly basic razor, you can’t beat the price of the McKesson Twin Blade Disposable Razor. If you go for the box of 100, you’re paying about 16 cents per razor, and if you get the pack of 50, you’re paying about 17 cents per razor, so no matter what, you’re getting the cheapest razors available. But like the budget pick, be aware these razors are extremely basic, like the one-use kind that might be included in a hotel or hospital. You’re getting a plastic handle and two razor blades and that’s it. But in their defense, the blades are stainless steel, so they’ll get the job done.
6. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Disposable Razors, Sensitive
If you’re OK to spend a bit more on your disposables, Gillette’s Mach3 Disposable Razor is definitely another quality pick. Three blades work to shave more effectively with fewer strokes and the lubricant strip keeps things smooth the whole way. But what really sets this disposable apart is the spacing of the blades. The closer the blades are set together, the easier they will clog, but these blades are set just far enough apart to make it easy to rinse hair away from the blades. Overall, the Mach3 is a great disposable, but it costs more per shave than most other disposable options.
7. Schick Xtreme 3 Sensitive Skin Disposable Razors
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
It should come as no surprise to see Schick included alongside Gillette and BIC. All three make disposable razors for sensitive skin, but Schick’s Xtreme 3 Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor edged the others out for three reasons. The heavyweight handle is no joke and doesn’t feel flimsy like cheaper disposables. More importantly, this razor uses three flexible blades to improve contouring as you shave around your face. Any more blades and you’re likely to irritate your skin due to the closeness of the shave. Taken all together, these razors make for a smooth shave for even the most sensitive skin.
8. BIC Sensitive Single Blade Shaver
BEST SINGLE BLADE
Not everyone is comfortable with a single-blade shave, but if you prefer the consistency, easy washability and less irritation of a single blade, BIC’s Sensitive Single Blade Shaver will deliver for you. Because these razors only have one blade, they tend to cause fewer razor bumps and skin irritation. Also, they are actually slightly cheaper per razor than our budget pick, but the pack itself remains more expensive. Ultimately, your personal preference for one blade versus two or three blades is more important than the minimal price savings here.
9. Schick Xtreme 4 Disposable Razor
BEST FOUR-BLADE RAZOR
As we mentioned at the top, more blades does not necessarily equal a better shave, depending on how you define better. That reminder out of the way, if you are interested in a four-blade razor, Schick Xtreme 4 Disposable Razors will meet your needs. With most razors with more blades, rinsing can be a problem because the blades have to be placed close together to fit into the small space of the cartridge. Unlike Schick’s other four-blade offering, the Schick Quattro, these cartridges rinse out relatively easily. A heavy, non-slip, easy-to-hold handle means you won’t fumble this razor, even if you get some water on your hands from rinsing, and a pivoting head helps you achieve the shaving angles you need. The only notable downsides are the lack of lubrication strip and the use of titanium-coated blades, but those shouldn’t be dealbreakers for this very solid four-blade razor.
10. BIC Flex 5 Hybrid Men’s 5-Blade Disposable Razor
BEST FIVE-BLADE RAZOR
Though it’s not as well known as the Gillette ProGlide, the BIC Flex 5 Hybrid 5-Blade Disposable Razor system is significantly cheaper and offers a comparable five-blade shaving experience. One key difference besides price is the use of flexible blades. While the ProGlide relies on its FlexBall for contouring, the Flex 5 Hybrid’s flexible blades bend ever so slightly as you press to address the contours of your face. Like many other pricier five-blade razors, this razor includes an aloe and vitamin E lubrication strip, a precision blade and above-average anti-clog slots, so don’t let the lower price fool you. It’s got all the trappings of comparable razors, just at a much more competitive price. The only downsides are the pivoting head can feel a bit flimsy and the flexible blades might be a leap too far for those accustomed to traditional blades.
11. Pacific Shaving Company 6-Blade Razor
BEST MADE IN THE USA
If you want as much of your dollar to stay in the United States as possible, then you want to buy from Pacific Shaving Company, which makes all of its products in the USA. In addition to making a whole line of excellent shaving products, Pacific Shaving Company also makes great disposable razors for men. Not only do the razors feature a pivoting head like the Gillette Proglide, but the cartridges use six blades, which is pretty rare for razors and makes it genuinely difficult to miss a spot. Add in the usual features, like a trimming blade, pivoting head and lubrication strip, and you’ve got yourself one of the best razors for men.
This set ships with five cartridges to get you started, but manufacturing in the USA does tend to cost more than most other places, so you’ll have to pay a bit more for this razor handle and replacement cartridges. Also, the cartridge is pretty big to fit all those blades in, so you’ll have to rely on the trimming blade for the more narrow spots like just under your nose or ears.
12. Bioshave Triple Blade Men’s Razors, Biodegradable Handle
Unfortunately, there aren’t many quality environmentally friendly disposable razors for men. Metal blades and plastic heads won’t degrade and there are more eco-friendly options in the razor world. But if you have to go disposable and want to try to save the razor from the landfill, Bioshave offers triple-blade razors with biodegradable handles made from 80% plant-based resources. That makes the handles hypoallergenic, recyclable and compostable, but you’re going to pay a lot more for the eco-friendly privilege. Still, Bioshave proves that the best razors for men don’t have to harm the environment.
13. Harry’s The Truman Razor
Razor subscriptions, or shave clubs, are another great option to consider. These shave clubs give you premium tools for shaving, but they’re usually marketed toward men who are already skeptical of cheap disposable razors. Harry’s is a great place to start if you’re curious about the subscription route. Their Truman razor has five blades, a flex hinge, a lubricant strip and a precision trimmer. The handle feels great in your hand, and you can choose between a few different colors to make the razor feel more personal to you. If you want to try before you subscribe, you can always buy the razor as a one-off to test it and make a final decision later.
14. Gillette Gillettelabs Heated Razor
Gillette’s Heated Razor, the first of its kind, is trying to create a whole new category for razors. The company set out to replicate a hot towel shave, with arguable degrees of success. While we ultimately don’t think Gillette achieved that goal — to be fair, it’s damn near impossible to top a traditional hot towel shave — we do think Gillette is on to something unique and interesting and perhaps worth considering for the more adventurous, deep-pocketed shaver. The starter kit includes the razor itself, 2 blade refills and the charging station.
As for the electric razor itself, it’s pretty neat. It heats up in less than a second and remains warm as long it’s on to soothe your skin as you shave. You can choose between two temperatures, 109 or 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and the razor is completely waterproof and safe to use in the shower, which is truly remarkable for something electric. With five blades and Gillette’s contouring Flexdisc technology, the Heated Razor closely resembles the design and shaving experience of traditional five-blade razors, but with the added bonus of warmth. And though it’s definitely a stretch to consider it disposable, you do have to replace the razor heads when they get dull.
If those were the only facts, this would get a strong recommendation, but there’s one major downside. We said deep-pocketed earlier because the Heated Razor costs an eye-popping $200. It’s difficult to recommend a $200 anything, let alone a razor, so we do not recommend it for most people because it’ll take years of use to make it worth your while. Factor in the price of replacement cartridges too and it’ll be decades before you feel like you’ve got your money’s worth. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, something on the cutting edge that stands alone, something a bit more radical than the usual junky razor, then you should give the Heated Razor a shot.
15. Dollar Shave Club – Executive 4-Blade Razors
If you want to invest in a grooming subscription service for men that covers all of your shaving needs, then it’s time to finally sign up for the Dollar Shave Club. This grooming box will send you a personalized package of all the skin and hair grooming tools you need, from shave butter and face moisturizer to the stainless steel razors below. The shave club’s Executive line of razors features a weighty handle with a comfort grip. Every month you’ll receive disposable stainless steel razor cartridges. Customers can choose between 2, 4 and 6-blade razors. In our experience, even the best razors with six blades are really just showing off. No one really needs more than three or four razors. That’s why we’d recommend the 4-blade Executive razor, one of the best semi-disposable razors for men.