When you’re looking to get yourself a new razor, it can be difficult to know where to begin. With cartridge razors being some of the most popular types of razor around, the majority of people don’t know what to look for in a good razor
The last few years has seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of Shave Clubs. Essentially, these are just subscription boxes that deliver a new set of razor blades to your door every month, along with any additional extras you might need (like shaving foam or balm).
After forgetting to purchase razor blades again the last time I was at the store, I decided I should consider looking at joining up to a shave club. But which shave club was best? Well, it can be difficult to know, especially if you haven’t tried any of them before – you can only really check reviews of shave clubs online.
So, that’s exactly what I’ve done. I bought 6 of the best shave clubs currently available on the market and decided to compare them to each other to find out which one of them is the best.
If you read other reviews online, they’ll give you a long spiel about how the Dollar Shave Club is the best thing since sliced bread, or Harry’s are revolutionizing the world. Well, sorry to disappoint, but you definitely won’t get that here. Just an honest review of the 6 shave clubs, and which one I found worked best for me.
So, here’s a brief overview of each of the shave clubs – you can click through each one to get a much more in depth review of each of them individually. Note: I’m actually based in the UK, so 2 of these 6 are only available for UK users. I did however reach out to the companies themselves to check whether the 4 others that are huge in US markets – Dollar Shave Club, Harry’s, Dorco and BIC – provide the same razors to their US customers. They all assured me that they provide pretty much the same deals to both markets, though the prices may differ a little (in fact it’s usually a little cheaper for US customers).
Best Shave Club - The Contenders
Dollar Shave Club
Trial Cost: £5 Blade Renewal Cost: £8 for 4 blades
The Dollar Shave Club is undoubtedly the best known shave club - they were purchased by Unilever for a billion dollars a few years ago, so it's no surprise that their marketing has helped the companies continued growth.
Pros and Cons
Bic Shave Club
Trial Cost: £3.95 Blade Renewal Cost: £7 for 4 blades
Slightly cheaper than the DSC, the BIC shave club was another one that I was eager to try myself. BIC itself is generally known for their cheaper razors, so much so that their name is synonymous with shaving your head with a razor ('bic your head' is a common term).
Harry's Shave Club
Trial Cost: £3.95 Blade Renewal Cost: £14 for 8
Harry's have seemingly come out of nowhere and you can't get away from their advertisements online. If you've ever even Google'd Harry's, their advertisements will start to follow you around like a bad smell. But, their razors are surprisingly popular.
Dorco Shave Club
Trial Cost: £1 Blade Renewal Cost: £14 for 6 blades
I couldn't resist trying out the Dorco Shave Club, especially as it was only a quid. Dorco are one of the more establised razor companies on the list, so I had high expectations before even using their razors myself.
Cornerstone (UK Only)
Trial Cost: £10 Blade Renewal Cost: £14 for 6 blades
The most expensive choice by some distance, I liked Cornerstone from reading their About Page, which indicates that they're a real grassroots company not backed by millions of dollars.
Shave Kit (UK Only)
Trial Cost: £6.50 Blade Renewal Cost: £8.95 for 4
One of the newer shaving subscriptions to come to the UK is the Shave Kit. This company was actually recommended to me by a friend that uses them after switching from DSC.