Shave Club Reviews | Which Shave Club is Best?

Looking for the best shave club but not sure where to begin? Well, don’t worry. I’ve tried the most popular shave clubs currently available so you don’t have to.

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.

The Competitors For Best Shave Club

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 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 more expensive for US customers, but not by much).

Best Shave Club - The Contenders

Dollar Shave Club

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Trial Cost: £5 | Blade Renewal Cost: £8 for 4.

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.

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  • Generally provided a much better shave than the other razors I’ve tried.
  • Good for sensitive skin (I shaved my head, face and neck with this razor with minimal irritation).
  • Dr Carver’s Shave Butter (that comes with DSC products) is a step above your average shaving cream, but it is a bit expensive.
  • Head/blade is easily attached to the handle without much fuss.
  • Literally the same product as the Pace 6 from Dorco except double the price.
  • Not a massive fan of the handle design in comparison to some of the higher quality razors (Cornerstone and Harry’s felt better).

Overall, DSC are around the middle of the ballpark for me. The quality of the razor itself is good, but it could be a little rough for some people. The handle leaves little stability, which probably makes it more suited to those with coarse, thick hair than those with sensitive skin.

Harry's

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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.

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  • If you’re only shaving your face, then this handle might actually suit you due to it’s flexibility. The head is different to the others as it is undoubtedly springier and has more pushback than other razors.
  • I love the feel of the handle itself – feel really high quality in comparison to the others, even though it’s only made out of rubber.
  • Harry’s have a variety of other products that you can get as well as razors, though they’re not the cheapest around.
  • You can’t shave your head with this (says so in the manual), and it’s not particularly good for shaving your neck either. That means if you’re a baldy or you have particularly coarse hair, this isn’t going to be the razor for you.
  • Blades aren’t as sharp as others, which means you’ll run through them relatively quickly and have to refill often (hence spending more money!).

All in all, the handle that you get with a Harry’s razor is definitely one of my favorites to use. However, the head is too flexible in my opinion, which can make it difficult to get a close cut. So although the quality of the handle is great, the head has too much flexibility for me to choose it as my favorite.

Cornerstone

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Trial Cost: £5 | Blade Renewal Cost: £8 for 4.

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.

  • If you’re only shaving your face, then this handle might actually suit you due to it’s flexibility. The head is different to the others as it is undoubtedly springier and has more pushback than other razors.
  • I love the feel of the handle itself – feel really high quality in comparison to the others, even though it’s only made out of rubber.
  • Harry’s have a variety of other products that you can get as well as razors, though they’re not the cheapest around.
  • You can’t shave your head with this (says so in the manual), and it’s not particularly good for shaving your neck either. That means if you’re a baldy or you have particularly coarse hair, this isn’t going to be the razor for you.
  • Blades aren’t as sharp as others, which means you’ll run through them relatively quickly and have to refill often (hence spending more money!).

All in all, the handle that you get with a Harry’s razor is definitely one of my favorites to use. However, the head is too flexible in my opinion, which can make it difficult to get a close cut. So although the quality of the handle is great, the head has too much flexibility for me to choose it as my favorite.

Pros

Cons

  • Generally provided a much better shave than the other razors I’ve tried.
  • Good for sensitive skin (I shaved my head, face and neck with this razor with minimal irritation).
  • Dr Carver’s Shave Butter (that comes with DSC products) is a step above your average shaving cream, but it is a bit expensive.
  • Head/blade is easily attached to the handle without much fuss.
  • Literally the same product as the Pace 6 from Dorco except double the price.
  • Not a massive fan of the handle design in comparison to some of the higher quality razors (Cornerstone and Harry’s felt better).

Bic

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Trial Cost: £5 | Blade Renewal Cost: £8 for 4.

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

Cons

  • Generally provided a much better shave than the other razors I’ve tried.
  • Good for sensitive skin (I shaved my head, face and neck with this razor with minimal irritation).
  • Dr Carver’s Shave Butter (that comes with DSC products) is a step above your average shaving cream, but it is a bit expensive.
  • Head/blade is easily attached to the handle without much fuss.
  • Literally the same product as the Pace 6 from Dorco except double the price.
  • Not a massive fan of the handle design in comparison to some of the higher quality razors (Cornerstone and Harry’s felt better).

Dorco

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Trial Cost: £5 | Blade Renewal Cost: £8 for 4.

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

Cons

  • Generally provided a much better shave than the other razors I’ve tried.
  • Good for sensitive skin (I shaved my head, face and neck with this razor with minimal irritation).
  • Dr Carver’s Shave Butter (that comes with DSC products) is a step above your average shaving cream, but it is a bit expensive.
  • Head/blade is easily attached to the handle without much fuss.
  • Literally the same product as the Pace 6 from Dorco except double the price.
  • Not a massive fan of the handle design in comparison to some of the higher quality razors (Cornerstone and Harry’s felt better).

Shave Kit

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Trial Cost: £5 | Blade Renewal Cost: £8 for 4.

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

Cons

  • Generally provided a much better shave than the other razors I’ve tried.
  • Good for sensitive skin (I shaved my head, face and neck with this razor with minimal irritation).
  • Dr Carver’s Shave Butter (that comes with DSC products) is a step above your average shaving cream, but it is a bit expensive.
  • Head/blade is easily attached to the handle without much fuss.
  • Literally the same product as the Pace 6 from Dorco except double the price.
  • Not a massive fan of the handle design in comparison to some of the higher quality razors (Cornerstone and Harry’s felt better).

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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 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 more expensive for US customers, but not by much).

Best Shave Club – The Contenders

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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

  • Generally provided a much better shave than the other razors I’ve tried.
  • Good for sensitive skin (I shaved my head, face and neck with this razor with minimal irritation).
  • Dr Carver’s Shave Butter (that comes with DSC products) is a step above your average shaving cream, but it is a bit expensive.
  • Head/blade is easily attached to the handle without much fuss.
  • Literally the same product as the Pace 6 from Dorco except double the price.
  • Not a massive fan of the handle design in comparison to some of the higher quality razors (Cornerstone and Harry’s felt better).

Verdict

Blade Quality:
 4.5/5
Handle:
 3.5/5
Value for Money:
 3/5
Overall:
 4/5

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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).

Pros and Cons

  • A pretty standard model that will work for the majority of people, though it does nothing to stand out from the crowd.
  • Although I don’t particularly like the handle, the blades themselves work pretty well.
  • £7 for 4 blades is a pretty good price; not the best, but it’s less than the £2 a blade that many other shave clubs offer.
  • Handle quality isn’t good enough compared to the others. Although the cartridge pop out looks good, it isn’t really effective.
  • Blade quality is around average, not as good as some others out there.
  • Bic are known for producing cheap razors and they should likely stick within this demographic – the razor itself isn’t good enough for it’s price.

Verdict

Blade Quality:
 3.5/5
Handle:
 3/5
Value for Money:
 3/5
Overall:
 3/5

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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.

Pros and Cons

  • If you’re only shaving your face, then this handle might actually suit you due to it’s flexibility. The head is different to the others as it is undoubtedly springier and has more pushback than other razors.
  • I love the feel of the handle itself – feel really high quality in comparison to the others, even though it’s only made out of rubber.
  • Harry’s have a variety of other products that you can get as well as razors, though they’re not the cheapest around.
  • You can’t shave your head with this (says so in the manual), and it’s not particularly good for shaving your neck either. That means if you’re a baldy or you have particularly coarse hair, this isn’t going to be the razor for you.
  • Blades aren’t as sharp as others, which means you’ll run through them relatively quickly and have to refill often (hence spending more money!).

Verdict

Blade Quality:
 3.5/5
Handle:
 4.5/5
Value for Money:
 3.5/5
Overall:
 4/5

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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.

Pros and Cons

  • This is basically the Dollar Shave Club but at a better price, though the razor blades are relatively expensive if you sign up for the shave club itself. You can find deals on the blades online at their own website or on Amazon.
  • Razor blade quality is one of the best out there in my opinion.
  • Although I don’t love the handle, it is easy to attach new razor blades onto the handle of the razor.
  • They can’t seem to make their mind up on pricing for the blades, which fluctuates a lot. Perhaps has something to do with their agreement with DSC, as their blades seem to have increased in price recently.
  • Like with the Dollar Shave Club handle, I’m really not a massive fan of the handle as it’s a little clunky. Aside from that, I can’t criticise it too much.

Verdict

Blade Quality:
 4.5/5
Handle:
 3.5/5
Value for Money:
 4.5/5
Overall:
 4.5/5

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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.

Pros and Cons

  • Awesome design and easily the best handle out of the bunch. It feels like a different quality in comparison to the rest.
  • The blades worked well with my sensitive skin and I didn’t find too much irritation.
  • Engraving your own name onto the handle is a little childish, but I still kinda like it.
  • The blades themselves are fine, but at over £2 a refill that’s a little pricey for me. Seeing as Cornerstone brand themselves as a shaving club for the people, you’d think they’d want to make them more affordable.
  • Like I said, I love the handle because it’s slim and sturdy. But for some, if they prefer something more sleek, then Harry’s is going to prove to be a better option.

Verdict

Blade Quality:
 3.5/5
Handle:
 5/5
Value for Money:
 3.5/5
Overall:
 4/5

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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.

Pros and Cons

  • Shave quality itself was pretty good, though it wasn’t particularly ideal for those with sensitive skin.
  • Handle is even bulkier than the DSC/Dorco one and it feels cheap.
  • Even though the handle feels cheap, this is one of the most expensive options. The rubber texture reminds me of a cheap Gillette razor, which is something I personally don’t like.
  • I contacted their customer service team about a dual order and they weren’t particularly helpful – in the end, I just kept mine and gave the duplicate to my friend – but they could’ve been a little more helpful about things.

Verdict

Blade Quality:
 3.5/5
Handle:
 4/5
Value for Money:
 2.5/5
Overall:
 3.5/5

Overall Verdict

Overall, for me the best shave club was undoubtedly the Dollar Shave Club or the Dorco Pace 6. This is mainly because I felt that the quality of the shave was better than the others, though.