Founding father Benjamin Franklin once said that the only things that were certain were death and taxes. While that axiom is still true today, we’d like to think there’s a little wiggle room to include shaving in that list. Even if you’re trying to grow a beard that would envy that of Rip Van Winkle, you’ll probably have to shave at some point or another. So when that moment arises, why waste time going to the drug store to pick up–and probably overpay–on a razor and shaving cream when you can just have it all sent to you?
Enter: Shave clubs. By providing a subscription service that mails you new razors each month, shave clubs eliminate all the hassle of that drug store experience, so you can just, you know, shave. To that end, many clubs now can even send you pre- and post-shaving balms, facial moisturizers and more depending on what you need, all focused on ease of use. But we’re taking an easy process and making it even easier. By rounding up five of the top shaving clubs available, all that’s left is for you to focus on getting your best shave possible. Our picks, below.
THE BEST ALL AROUND
Harry’s wasn’t the first to start selling razors online, but they’re perhaps the ones that perfected it. Founded in 2013, the brand focused on overhauling the entire shaving experience, including designing a razor that’s easy, comfortable and intuitive to use. The cartridge has all the typical features you’re used to seeing (five blades, a flex hinge, lubricating strip and a precision trimmer) while costing less than a standard refill. We really love the handle, which has a textured grip for control (and while there are different colors to use from, the orange one will add a nice pop of color to your bathroom). And if that wasn’t enough, the shave cream has aloe and cucumber to refresh and hydrate your skin throughout the shaving experience. The starter set starts at $8, with a variety of subscription options (including refills on not only blades, but shaving cream as well). Oh, and if you don’t like the order, it’s on the house. From start to finish, Harry’s is focused on making something as tedious as shaving fun.
THE OLD SCHOOL SHAVE
For those that want the feeling of an old school, wet shave, Bevel is the kit for you. The complete system includes a safety razor, a brush to apply the brand’s natural ingredient cream (it’s made from all kinds of oils and moisture to help protect your face), and plenty of that great aforementioned shave cream. With three different plans depending on your shaving frequency, there’s plenty of flexibly to ensure you’re getting what you need. Bevel also boasts that their system will actually help you see clearer, smoother skin in about month; so if you’re a person that constantly sees lots of skin irritation, this is a worthwhile switch to make.
THE MOST TRUSTED
Gillette was a little late to the punch on the whole subscription service razor blade trend, but there’s value in sticking with a classic. With subscription services for three of Gillette’s most popular razor styles–the Sensor3, Mach3 and ProShield–you’re just a click away from being able to get blades from a brand that continues to push and evolve the shaving experience. Gillette’s online shopping experience is also the most streamlined out of the five we’ve selected: You’ll just pick from one of the three razors previously mentioned, choose your frequency and then you’re right on the checkout page, for a quick and simple shopping process. Overall, Gillette continues to provide comfort and ease for the shaving experience–and there’s definitely a lot of value in that.
4. DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB
You might remember Dollar Shave Club from their initial, fun and clever YouTube spot, but if you don’t, they’re the ones that made ordering razors online into what it is now. , the company just had $1 blades, but has now moved into offering a more comprehensive shaving routine that includes pre-shave face wash, shaving cream and a post shave cream. The best part? Their introductory kit is $5 and comes with trail sizes of the various creams we just mentioned, as well as a razor and a blade, making it a great option to give a shot before making a larger commitment. As with other clubs, you can adjust your subscription preferences on the fly, as you see fit. Dollar Shave Club remains a great solution if you’re just looking to take the hassle out of shaving shopping.
5. PUBLIC GOODS
THE TRUE $1 RAZOR
The artist formally known as Morgan’s has shifted to a new name–Public Goods–and expanded to focus on health, writ large. However, there’s still a dedicated shaving club service as part of their offerings. Public’s razor is made with a bamboo, for a stylish and sustainable upgrade from traditional metal handles. In fact it looks so good, you may find it go missing when it’s time for your significant other to shave their face or legs. Speaking of shaving, blade refills start at $1 for a pack of four, making them the cheapest available out of all the options. With other face care options (shaving cream and moisturizer are present here too!) to add a larger subscription service or a la carte, there’s plenty of options to make sure you’re saving face–in the best way possible.