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Contrary to the norm, I kind of enjoy shaving. Something about it puts me in a bit of a zen mood. Maybe it’s the precision, the accuracy that comes with perfectly sculpting my beard to make sure it looks pristine for a night out. I love making sure every tiny hair on my bald head disappears, giving me crystal ball energy upon wiping down. It’s almost like an art form if you work at it.
When it comes to shaving, I’m super specific when it comes to my shaving products. And, as SPY’s honorary bald team member, shaving is more than a regular part of my life.
Since I began at SPY two years ago, I’ve been putting aside my go-to razor on occasion so that I can test the best bald head shavers, like the SPY favorite Hammacher Schlemmer Ergonomic Head Shaver. I’ve also tested some newer razors brands I never let myself try previously. And in my guinea pigging, I had the experience of taking Dollar Shave Club’s 6 Blade Starter Kit for a whirl to see how this famous razor fares amongst every other razor I’ve tried in the past.
What’s the appeal of Dollar Shave Club? It’s right there in the name. The brand is famous not only for popularizing shave clubs in general but for making $1 razor cartridges a reality. For this review, we put Dollar Shave Club’s famous razor handle and cartridges to the test to see how it compares to the best men’s razors in the world.
Keep reading for our Dollar Shave Club Razor review. For this test, Dollar Shave Club sent SPY its 6-Blade Starter Kit, which includes its razor handle and two 6-blade cartridges. I prefer a super close shave, which is why I opted for six blades, but you can also try the brand’s 4-Blade Starter Kit. As with other razors, we evaluated this razor on three main criteria: overall design, price, closeness of shave.
Dollar Shave Club Razor Review: At a Glance
- Metal handle including rubber grip
- Two 6-blade razor cartridges
- One super, super smooth shave
- Extremely affordable shaving system
- Easy to combine with other Dollar Shave Club prodcuts
Design: A Truly Stellar Razor System
Just because Dollar Shave Club is cheap, it doesn’t mean that Dollar Shave Club’s razor feels cheap like your average drug store disposable razor. In fact, this is one of the best weighted handles I’ve ever held in my hand.
There’s nothing like a perfectly weighted razor handle. Too light or too heavy throws you off balance entirely, so that ideal weight is super important for an ultra-close shave.
But not only does weight matter, so does material. Plastics have a low-quality feel to them that makes a razor feel almost like a children’s toy that’s about to break right in your hands. DSC’s razor uses a heavyweight metal for quality purposes you simply can’t get with plastics. In addition, the metal is covered with a rubberized grip so your sweaty or wet palms don’t glide down the razor mid-shave.
When it comes to blades, some folks might question why DSC includes six. Think about it like this: you won’t need to go back and re-shave an area you didn’t quite get as frequently. All six blades ensure you get any hair you might have missed the first time around, and DSC gets it done excellently.
When your blade is ready for a bit of a revival, simply throw it out and stick your handle into the cartridge for an easy replacement pop-on. It’s so easy that a monkey could do it.
Closeness of Shave: Tied for the Closest Shave of My Life
Like lots of guys, I don’t only shave my face — I also shave my head. And also like lots of guys, I want to ensure my shaves are as smooth as my skin was the day I was born. I don’t want any remaining stubble.
The closeness of shave with DSC is pretty incredible. Given the 6-blade design, this isn’t something that came as much of a shock to me. The more blades, the closer the shave. The shave left my head and neck very smooth without any bumps or loose hairs un-snagged by the razors blade.
I will say this: in comparison to Harry’s 5-blade line of razors, I didn’t find much of a difference in the closeness of shave at all. When dipping down to four blades and lower, it’s definitely something more noticeable. But, the difference between Harry’s 5-blade shave and DSC’s 6-blade shave was relatively nonexistent. Comparing DSC to its competitor Harry’s, the two brands provide an equally close shave in my testing.
Price: Can You Still Get a $1 Razor?
It’s impossible to talk about Dollar Shave Club without mentioning the price. I mean, it’s quite literally called “Dollar Shave Club”. It’s what gets people’s ears buzzing.
In a world of overly expensive razors (we’re looking at you, Harry’s and Gillette), Dollar Shave Club is hard to beat. You can get the Dollar Shave Club 6-Blade Starter Kit for just $10. As mentioned, that includes a rubberized metal handle and two cartridges to get you going. More than enough of what you might need to formulate your own opinion.
As mentioned, DSC is affordable, but it’s not cheaply made. Sure, the shave might not be your personal favorite in the long run, but for $10, it’s completely worth trying. In comparison to the competition, Dollar Shave Club is practically free.
Now, you don’t need to break out a calculator to see that a handle and two cartridges for $10 hardly equals a $1 shave. To take advantage of the brand’s best price, you’ll need to join the club, which we also recommend.
The Verdict: DSC Should Cost A Lot More
In my Dollar Shave Club razor review, one thing became very clear: this shaving system should absolutely cost more. Not because I want it to, but because it’s one of the top men’s razors for sale right now. The shave, the materials, the ergonomic design — all are simply top tier.
Not to mention, using Dollar Shave Club’s other shaving products — Prep Scrub, Shave Butter and Post Shave Dew — will only heighten your shaving experience. These are three products DSC offers to prep your skin before your shave, shave stubble during your shave and treat your skin after your shave. Trust us, with their powers combined, you’ll enjoy the best shave you’ll ever have.
So Should You Buy It?
In short, yes. Dollar Shave Club is certainly a must-try for any guy that wants to enjoy a close shave at a ridiculously low price.
- Excellent shave
- Ergonomic and comfortable hold
- Incredibly affordable
- 6-blade cartridges might be too much for some guys, and with 4-blades you lose some precision
Also from Dollar Shave Club…
My experience with Dollar Shave Club was excellent, and the company has tons of other great products that you can buy a la carte or add to your monthly shave club subscription.
1. Dollar Shave Club Shave Gel
2. DSC Starter Kits
Dollar Shave Club, aka DSC, may have gotten its start as an online shave club, but the company has expanded into drug stores and other retailers. You can now buy DSC razors IRL right alongside Gillette and Bic razors. If you want to shop online, you can also buy DSC starter kits and replacement cartridges from Walmart and Amazon.
3. Dollar Shave Club Post-Shave Dew
Love a good post-shave product as much as you love a close shave? Then indulge in this refreshing post-shave dew, which is formulated to hydrate and soothe irritated skin.