I enjoyed Matthew’s guest post last week, Cutting Down on the Cost of Razor Blades. Several commenters, including MillionDollarJourney and Dimes, pointed out the cost advantage of opting to use a decent quality electric razor. Here’s what (a different?) Matthew had to say:
I’d agree with the above comments about electric razors. I’ve had two now, each cost about $80 and lasted about 8-10 years each. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never had to replace the blades and I’ve learned that when the battery dies, I can just plug it in to use it. $10 a year for shaving? Not bad at all…
Back in high school and college, I was a die hard electric razor user. At some point in my life, someone — perhaps my father — mentioned that a standard razor would be better for my face. Most notably, no more random pimples.
I wouldn’t say that my face was breaking out often back then, but one was sure to rear its ugly head right before dates and job interviews. I made the switch to Gillette Mach 3, and I’ve been paying (for the blades) ever since.
I don’t particularly think the face is any smoother now; in fact, I believe the electric razor (Norelco) provided a closer shave. I’m also not sure that there’s been any difference in the pimple department, either. I don’t go on dates or job interviews anymore. At least, not recently.
I’m thinking of going back to electric. Do you have any tips for the best razor? Or do you think I’m crazy for going back? Please let us know.
Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published April 10, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.