Best men’s razor UK: Our pick of tried-and-tested razors for men
Not all razors for men are created equally. Here’s our pick of the best men’s razors in the UK with tips on how to get the perfect shave every time
W hen it comes to the best razors for men, you’re going to want to find a razor that gives you the smoothness you want, without any irritation, all while offering great value for money.
Everyone’s skin is different, therefore your shaving needs are different too. Picking the best men’s razor will come down to what your personal preference is and what suits your skin best.
However, there are so many razors for men available it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’re here to save you time and give you our take on what we think are the best razors.
Razors for Men: What to look out for
Using a traditional razor is slower than an electric razor, but nothing quite beats the results of a traditional shave. If you decide a manual razor is for you you’re then faced with the choice of whether to use a disposable razor, a cartridge razor, a straight razor, or a safety razor.
We wouldn’t recommend using a disposable razor unless you’re caught short whilst travelling or similar. That’s because they’re not usually good quality, meaning you’re more likely to get a shaving rash, or nicks and cuts.
A cartridge razor is a popular choice for most men. That’s because it’s an easy and safe razor to use. You can easily replace the blades and the shave itself is quick. The downside to these is cost. With a cartridge razor, you’ll have to replace the blade cartridge every 3-4 shaves. They’re also not environmentally friendly because of the amount of plastic waste.
A safety razor is a more cost-effective option compared to a cartridge razor, plus they’re more environmentally friendly because they have a permanent, usually metal, handle. A safety razor has a protective shield to stop you from cutting yourself, but they take a bit of practice to master properly.
A straight razor is similar to a safety razor but can be more dangerous because it’s essentially shaving with an open blade. However, it will give you a closer shave. We’d recommend leaving this type of shave to a professional barber unless you’ve fully mastered using a safety razor first.
You can also get razors on subscription. This means you won’t be left with a dull blade, or have to go out shopping for razors. A razor subscription is particularly a good idea for you if you shave regularly because they’re much better value for money.
Best razors for men UK
1. Gilette ProGlide – £12.99
3. GilletteLabs Heated Razor for Men – £125
4. Bulldog Original Bamboo Razor – £6
5. Ottoman Stubby Double Edge Safety Razor – £5.69
7. The Personal Barber subscription service – £9.99
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1. Editor’s Pick: Gillette ProGlide
£12.99 | Buy now
There’s a reason why Gillette is one of the best-known, if not the best-known razor brand in the UK and it’s because its razors give you a really great shave for an affordable price. The ProGlide from Gillette is no different.
This razor has what Gillette calls ‘flexball’ technology, which means the razor head can pivot so it fits the contours of your face. In practice, this means it can move around your cheek bone, following the curve, rather than in a straight line. You can really go in any angle or direction and still get a close shave.
As an added bonus, there’s a trimmer on the back of the cartridge so you can shave your sideburns and under your nose. Elsewhere, the lubricating strip has mineral oils, so it’ll be kind to your skin.
Buy now from Boots
2. Budget Buy: Wilkinson Sword Hydro
£5.45 | Buy now
You can’t beat the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Skin Protection Advanced Razor when it comes to price and quality. It has five blades with skin guards, so it’s easy and safe to use.
Its shock-absorption technology means it will put the same amount of pressure on your skin no matter what part of your face you’re shaving, and this means it will cut the hair evenly.
We particularly like the handle and how easy it is to hold whilst shaving. It also has a menthol strip to make it a cooler shave for your skin, limiting any irritation. All for just a fiver.
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3. Luxury Buy: GilletteLabs Heated Razor for Men
£125 | Buy now
If you like a hot towel shave, but don’t want to have to go to the barbers every time, the premium GilletteLabs Heated Razor for Men is the perfect solution for you.
The heat produced by this razor means your shave will be much more comfortable, it also makes it more effective by helping the hair follicles to expand, thus lifting the hairs up.
There are two choices of heat which you activate by pressing a button and, even though it’s heated, this razor is also waterproof.
The razor itself has five blades and they’re the thinnest and finest blades Gillette offers, so you’ll get a really close shave. It should also mean you have fewer cuts, but that depends on how much care you take. When you’ve finished shaving it’s really easy to store with the magnetic docking station. It will charge wirelessly too.
Buy now from Boots
4. Bulldog Original Bamboo Razor
£6 | Buy now
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly razor then the Bulldog Bamboo Original Bamboo razor is a good choice. That’s because the bamboo handle is far more sustainable than a plastic one.
The metal of the blades is made from un-chromed metal components and the packaging it comes in is also made from fully recycled materials.
Bulldog is known for its hair products, but this razor lives up to the brand’s reputation. You get the razor, plus two blade cartridges, each with five blades. There’s also a lubricating strip with aloe, which helps to glide the razor over your skin.
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5. Ottoman Stubby Double Edge Safety Razor
£30 | Buy now
As safety razors go, we think the Ottoman Stubby Double Edge is the best safety razor for men. We like it because it has a wide, textured handle that’s heavy, giving you much more grip. This makes it easy and safe to use. The control you get with this razor is also much better than other safety razors.
The blades are made from stainless steel so they won’t go rusty, and it’s so heavy duty that it can even be used on beard hair or thick stubble. In the pack you’ll get 10 blades, which should last you about 2-3 months depending on how much you shave.
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6. Philips OneBlade Face and Body Electric Trimmer
Maybe you like a clean-shaven face for work, but prefer a bit of stubble for the weekend. If that’s the case then this Philips OneBlade razor will work for both.
It’s essentially a stubble trimmer and shaver multitool. This shaving multitool will cut any length of hair. It’s also a waterproof razor, so you can use it in the shower. You’ll just need to rinse it under the tap if you use shaving foam.
There’s also a Philips OneBlade that comes with a body comb meaning you can shave your body hair with it too. Should you need to.
Buy now from Amazon
7. The Personal Barber Razor subscription
£49.99 | Buy now
Whether you shave daily or once a week, The Personal Barber offers a six-weekly delivery option or a 12-weekly option and in each box, you’ll get new shaving products included, meaning you can try out new products.
The shaving products that come in the box are of great quality. The shaving creams smell really nice too. There are even other razors you can upgrade to, so this is a really personable razor subscription service to suit pretty much everyone.
Buy now from Amazon
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