Shaving is a minefield. The moment you take a sharp blade to your face, you run the risk of a seemingly endless list of possible problems: cuts, nicks, razor burn, ingrown hairs.
Getting an effective shave takes patience, experience, technique, and of course, the right equipment. And that starts with your razor. Using a good razor puts you light years ahead of the game. But knowing what is the right razor for you is hard, thanks to an avalanche of options out there.
And there are debates—oh, the debates. Some people say more blades give you a better shave; others say the more blades you use, the more you are prone to irritation and ingrown hairs. Some people say electric razors are the way to go; others swear by single-use disposables. There are traditionalists, who favor old-school techniques, and modernists who lean toward technology. Not to mention subscription shaving clubs who say we’ve been duped into paying higher prices for drugstore brands for years.
Where you fall on the debate is a personal decision. Everyone’s skin is different and therefore, so are our shaving needs. No matter what razor you use, always make sure it’s sharp (switch it after a few uses), since a dull razor wreaks havoc on your face no matter what kind it is. Don’t shave too fast, even when you’re pressed for time, because that’s when you’ll end up gushing blood. And always shave after a shower, when facial hair is at its softest and easiest to cut.
The razor you choose comes down to your personal preference and what your skin needs. To help you find the best option for you, check out the 12 best razors for every man.
Best All-Around Razor
Gillette’s Heated Razor turns warm barbershop shave into an at-home endeavor with chargeable, heatable cartridges that soften hair while it shaves.
Best Budget Razor
It’s hard to beat the price of this simple yet effective razor—and it actually works too. There are five blades that give you a close shave anywhere you use it, which also makes it the best razor for legs if that’s what you’re looking for.
Best Cartridge Razor
Harry’s has quietly taken over the world with its well-priced, easy-to-get razors. Yes, the brand’s razors are inexpensive, but they also work. Really work. The classic multi-blade cartridges work well for all kinds of skin types. And since they’re inexpensive, it’s easier to change them out more often to keep them sharp.
Best Disposable Razor For Anywhere
These three-blade disposable razors give you a super-close shave on your face, with the innovative pivoting head glides over contours easily. But this feature means the razor also gives an equally good shave on other places of your body like your head or chest.
Best Disposable Razor
These razors make a case for the beauty of classics. There are two blades and no bells and whistles. Pop a couple in your Dopp kit for when you want a close shave on the go without lugging around extra cartridges.
Best Electric Razor For Anywhere
The beauty of this electric razor-trimmer hybrid is that you can use it for literally any look on anywhere you want to shave. It gives a close, clean shave on both your face and body, but also comes with length guards if you want to keep some length.
Best Safety Razor
Making the switch to a safety razor can mean fewer ingrown hairs and post-shave irritation—but it can also be scary. The blades on this razor easily snap on and you’re able to adjust the length of the blade, which can make the transition easier and less painful.
Best Razor To Prevent Ingrown Hairs
The thinking behind the resurgence of the safety razor is that a single blade actually won’t give you as close of a shave as a multi-blade razor, which is important for anyone who deals with ingrown hairs and razor bumps since shaving too close can actually make it easier for stubble to get caught in your skin. Bevel’s weighted safety razor makes it easy to make the transition without shredding your neck.
Best Men’s Razor for Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation, shaving can become a special kind of hell. This new Gillette razor has a special guard on the blade, which prevents it from shaving too close and thus causing irritation, but doesn’t sacrifice efficacy. You still get a pretty close shave (though not baby smooth) without the rash.
Best Electric Razor
An electric razor that doesn’t pull or irritate your skin, even during the adjustment period? Yes, please! You can use this one for both wet and dry shaving with minimal irritation—and the cool charging pad will even charge your iPhone.
Best Green Razor
This razor has a removable bamboo handle and durable metal parts. And that’s all not to mention the recycled packaging. But you aren’t sacrificing quality to be kinder to the planet. This option shaves just as well as any other razor.
Best Gillette Razor
The classic Mach3 is like the Goldilocks of razors. It’s just right. It has three blades, which is enough to give you a close shave, but not too many that the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs increases exponentially.