Disposable Shavers VS Electric Shavers
The price range of disposable shavers can vary from a dollar each to even 15 dollars upwards depending on how much you are willing to fork out for. But the question is whether the overall cost of disposable razors are cheaper than the cost of a mid-range electric shavers and what are the key differences. As an electric shaver user myself, I stopped using the electric shaver and switched to manual razors for about 2 months to get the best results and to let my facial hair get used to the feeling of a manual razor.
Disposable razors are great if you are going on a short get away because of its small form factor and the weight. Additionally, most guys prefer it because there is literally no maintenance needed for it and you can easily replace it after they are blunt or if they spoil. Disposable razors have been known to provide subpar performance especially for the cheaper models which has two blades but you can always pay more to get a model that will provide you with a closer shave and better coverage. For the cheaper models you can get in a pack of 3 or 5 at less than $1 per shaver or the higher end models at $5-10 dollars per shaver.
Experience using disposable shavers
My experience of using disposable shaver for about 2 months really varied on the model, For the cheaper models that cost about $1 per shaver, the experience I got was mostly negative, this is especially so if you tend to have a lot more facial hair. I found myself using more shaving foam because it was constantly getting stuck and a lot of stray hairs that were not cut. The performance of the blades was also a hit and miss with some of them being not as sharp as I would like it to. I won’t mention brands because most of the different brands I chose was giving me the same results. The life of the shavers tend to be about 2-3 weeks with some of them even showing some rust even though I dried them after usage. I figured that these models were really meant for those on holiday or need little to no shaving done on their face.
My experience with using this price range razors were much better. With the high price you pay you usually get a better grip and also more blades to give you a closer shave. They also perform much better and I can use it without using shaving foam. They also last much longer, some of the models even lasting more than 2 months, way past my experiment duration. They also maintain its sharpness despite being used on a daily basis which is an additional bonus point. Some of the models also have bonus features such as replaceable blade heads or even pivoting heads to give you better coverage. Overall the $5-$10 range performed really well but the comfort of using an electric shaver still trumped the manual razor. The razors in this price range is really for those who are on long term holidays or does some shaving on a daily or fortnight basis.
Though I am an electric shaver user, I must say I enjoyed using the more expensive disposable razors but after coming back to an electric shaver, I just did not want to go back to a manual razor. Yes, a manual razor still provides you with the closest shave you can get but today’s electric shavers are also capable of doing the same but provide you with better comfort and functions. Using a Braun 3series 340s-4 Wet & Dry Shaver as a comparison to the manual razors, I found the Braun to be a great performer in terms of comfort. It gave me no problems even shaving near my chin and neck area which I found little difficulty using the $5-$10 disposable razors. The Braun could also be used as a wet shaver which was a bonus especially after showering. Couple that with a trimmer for side burns. I found the Braun 3Series to be a do it all shaver. However Maintenance was of course much more difficult than a disposable razor. Cleaning the unit took me 5 minutes at times which included removing the metal foil, the blades and brushing the unit. However, this maintenance only needed to be done every week so it wasn’t that troublesome to do. Overall, being a user of a high end electric shaver with self-cleaning capabilities I was pretty satisfied with the Braun 3 Series performance. As for cost, the Braun 3 Series only cost me $60 dollars and I can foresee myself using this for probably 1-2 years before I need to replace some parts. In other words, if you are looking for an affordable way to shave, the electric shaver is still the best method. Though it costs significantly more at the start, you save overall in the long run.
To conclude my findings, I still prefer the feel of an electric shaver but if you are someone who cares a lot for convenience and also travel a lot, getting a disposable shaver is still the best way to roll. The starting cost of a disposable razor is much lower than an electric shaver but in the long run it will definitely cost more. This does not include the use of accessories such as shaving foams as well which will increase the comfort during your shaves. Click if you would like to check out our electric shaver reviews.