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The best razor subscriptions for men in the UK

Are you fed up with paying a fortune for razors from a supermarket? Or is your current razor not giving you a close shave? Well, there are plenty of subscription services out there that promise you better results and for a cheaper price. But how do they compare when they come up against the big companies we find on the high-street? I’ve taken a look at some of the best razor subscriptions on the market.

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The best men’s razors compared in this article

  • Cornerstone
  • Harry’s Razors
  • Dollar Shave Club
  • Estrid
  • Brighter Shaving
  • The Bearded Colonel
  • Gillette
  • Wilkinson Sword

For most of my adult life, I have resented shaving. Not only does getting rid of my facial hair take up much of my valuable time, but it also costs me a small fortune. After trying several different brands from supermarkets, I found the best razors came from Gillette. But I found they were making a dent in my pocket with the Mach 3 replacement blades costing almost £10 for 4. And that’s the cheaper range. Don’t get me started on the cost of their Fusion Power blades.

I have tried cheaper alternatives such as disposable razors, but they can be a real pain (literally). They tend to give me razor burn, cause skin irritation and have the habit of giving me ingrown hairs.

Why take out a razor subscription?

There are a couple of big reasons why you should think about taking out a razor subscription, also known as a shave club.

Making life easier – having your razor cartridges delivered to your home reduces your chances of ever running out. Plus, you can also have extras like shave gel, moisturisers and beard oils delivered at the same time.

Money saving – due to the limited choice on the high street, companies such as Gillette and Wilkinson Sword have dominated the market for so long, that they have often been able to set whatever prices they like. On top of that, retailers also needed to make a profit. But shave clubs operate independently from retailers, so in theory, can charge less.

Which is the best shave club?

Over half a year, I trialled eight of the most popular shaving subscription services in the UK, taking into consideration price, sharpness and longevity to decide which gave the best shave. In fact, it was originally ten, but Shave-Lab is no longer operating and Dorco only sells blades through Amazon.

Most shave clubs offer subscription boxes at a special price for new customers, so it doesn’t cost you a fortune to try them out. Please note that these offers are subject to change.

Cornerstone

Cornerstone Razor set

Created in 2015 by Oliver Bridge from his kitchen table. Thanks to crowdfunding, the company now has over 250,000 subscribers. Not only can you buy shaving items, but hair and body products, toothbrush heads and condoms. Something for the weekend?

Trial price: £21. The starter set included an engraved handle, six razor cartridges and shaving cream. If you want more, you can add moisturiser and face cream, but it will cost you £14 extra.

Any discounts?

Cornerstone used to offer their trial box for just £4, although that was several years ago. Cornerstone is usually listed on TopCashback, which will earn you between 10 – 20% back. And if you click around the Cornerstone site, a pop-up should give you £5 off.

Performance

Although it looks nice and is of good quality, the razor handle isn’t very comfortable and is actually quite weighty. I never felt like I had a comfortable grip. The five-blade cartridges gave a fairly close shave, although the blades become duller far quicker than I hoped, meaning I needed new blades far sooner.

Rating: 3 out of 5.


Harry’s

Harry's razor set

Harry’s is an American company founded by Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider back in 2012. Although they initially operated a subscription-only service, over the last few years you can now find Harry’s products in most major stores. They offer a whole range of products including skincare, shampoo and hair styling goods. Plus, they also donate 1% of their sales to nonprofits helping men access therapy and other life-changing mental health resources.

Trial price: £3.95. Includes razor handle and one cartridge, shaving gel and travel blade cover.

Any discounts?

Very hard to come by, but that’s because the kit is so cheap. Harry’s isn’t even listed on cashback sites.

Performance

The rubberised handle is incredibly comfortable and combined with the five-blade cartridge, the whole system gives a really good shave. The blades stay sharp far longer than many of its competitors and it’s also cheaper than most.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

Established back in 2011, this is a popular brand across America. However, they have only fairly recently entered the UK market. The company sells all manner of personal care goods including hair clay, toothbrushes and cologne.

Trial price: £4. The starter kit includes a handle and 4 razor refills.

Any discounts?

Dollar Shave Club is listed on cashback sites where you can earn between 10% and 25% back.

Performance

Although the handle is quite heavy, it feels comfortable in the hand. The razor also gave a nice, smooth shave, although I found that I needed to go over a couple of areas more than once. The blades were only good for around 3 shaves though, before I found they were turning slightly dull.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Estrid

Estrid razor

Estrid has created a razor free from animal products which are usually included in the moisturising strips. They claim that the razor is better for people, animals and the planet. You can choose from five different pastel coloured handles.

Trial price: £7.95. The kit includes a steel handle, a holder with a suction cup and 2 razor blades.

Any discounts?

Not listed on cashback sites but you may be able to find a 10% discount code if you search on Google.

Performance

The handle of the blade was a little weighty, so it’s not the most comfortable to use on this list… although better than the handle from Cornerstone. The blade gave a smooth shave, but I found it wasn’t always the closest and I would often have to revisit parts of my face. The blades also became blunt fairly quickly.

Rating: 3 out of 5.


Brighter Shaving

brighter shaving razor

Brighter Shaving became fed up with razors having a short life, so set out to create a sharp blade that would last for far longer. They claim that their ‘StaySharp’ blades are the longest-lasting on the market, which means it reduces waste and saves us money. And unlike many of its competitors, the cartridges come with 6 blades, which should give you a smoother shave.

Trial price: £7.95. The starter pack comes with a handle and 2 blade cartridges.

Any discounts?

Brighter Shaving is listed on cashback sites, which will earn you around 5% back. If you sign up for the Brighter Shaving newsletter, you should be sent a code for a 10% discount.

Performance

A decent handle with a blade that gives a very close shave. But some days, I found it too close and it had a tendency to leave little nicks. But the blade stayed sharp for a decent length of time and overall, a decent performer.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


The Bearded Colonel

The Bearded Colonel razor

The Bearded Colonel is UK’s longest-running razor subscription service. This five-blade razor cartridge will give you a clean shave thanks to its unique roller that helps glide the razor through the shaving cream, rather than pushing it aside. This should put an end to razor burn and is a great option for anybody with sensitive skin.

Through the Bearded Colonel shop, you can also buy accessories like a wash bag, shaving brush, beard oil and shave cream.

Trial price: £10. As a standard member, you’ll receive a starter handle and 4 cartridge refills. If you want to splash out, for £40 you become a VIP member which means a stainless steel handle, storage tin and 20% off future refills.

Any discounts?

The Bearded Colonel can be found on most cashback sites for around 10% back. You may also find a code, which can give you as much as 30% off of your first order.

Performance

A razor sits nicely in the hand during shaving. Overall, it gave a good shave, but not always the most comfortable as I could feel almost every stroke. However, although not very smooth, it didn’t miss much and there weren’t any cuts. The blade lasted for several shaves too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


Gillette

Gillette began making safety razor blades well over 100 years ago and the rest, as they, say, is history. But if you find that buying them from your local supermarket is proving to be a little too expensive, why not try their shaving subscription service? Gillette claims that you’ll save 15% with your subscription.

Trial price: £3.95.  Contains one handle and blade, a 75ml shaving gel, and a travel case for your razor.

Any discounts?

Gillette UK is listed on cashback sites, but subscription razor blades don’t always qualify. A quick look on Google does show that you can sometimes find a 15% off code for new users.

Performance

A generally good performing razor, with a comfortable blade which gives a smooth shave. The downside is that the blades don’t last quite as long as their competitors.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


Wilkinson Sword

Wilkinson razor

The company originally manufactured guns in the UK back in the 1700s and it wasn’t until the 1960s that they began to produce razor blades. Wilkinson Sword actually introduced the first stainless steel blade, meaning users could now use their razor for a week, rather than just one shave.

Trial price: N/A. Unlike the other subscription services on this list, you won’t receive a razor, only 15% off your blade refills. A razor will need to be bought separately.

Any discounts?

You can usually find 5-10% back through a cashback site. And a search on Google can show up a 10% discount code at times.

Performance

This gave a closer shaver compared to the Gillette razor, although there were a few small cuts here and there when it was brand new. The blades last slightly longer too.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Which razor gives the best shave?

First of all, let me be clear that none of the razors above gave a bad shave. I’ve owned some pretty poor razors in the past, which have either left me with endless cuts, a shaving rash or just a terrible shave.

The best razor has to be Harry’s. It really provided the most comfortable shave without any nicks and stayed sharper for longer. Plus, the handle was the most comfortable.

Bottom of the list came Cornerstone. The shave wasn’t too bad, but I felt that the blade went dull fairly quickly. Plus, although the handle looked fancy and I appreciate the personalization, it just wasn’t nice to hold.

Which is the cheapest razor subscription?

This trial is not all about comfort, and I’m also looking for the best value. Below, I have worked out how much each blade costs.

Cost and quantityPrice per blade
Wilkinson Sword£10.19 for 8£1.27
Brighter Shaving£13.88 for 8£1.74
Harry’s£14 for 8£1.75
Gillette Mach 3£15.49 for 8£1.94
Dollar Shave Club£8 for 4£2
Cornerstone£14 for 6£2.33
Estrid£9.95 for 4£2.49
The Bearded Colonel£10 for 4£2.50

As you can see, the subscription prices can vary wildly. The Wilkinson Sword Hydro 3 blade is the cheapest option by quite some way at £1.27 per cartridge. The rest increase steadily in price, with The Bearded Colonel costing almost twice as much.

Is subscribing cheaper than a supermarket?

Harry’s, Wilkinson Sword and Gillette are all generally available at major supermarkets. But how do the prices compare?

Cost and quantityPrice per blade
Gillette Mach 3 Sainsbury’s£16 for 12£1.33
Gillette Mach 3 Tesco£11.62 for 8£1.45
Wilkinson Hydro 3 Sainsbury’sN/AN/A
Wilkinson Hydro 3 Tesco£8.50 for 4£2.12
Harry’s Sainsbury’s£15 for 8£1.86
Harry’s Tesco£15 for 8£1.86

Surprisingly, the Mach 3 blades are actually far cheaper when bought straight from a supermarket and you could save as much as 60 pence per blade. Although it’s important to note that both Tesco and Sainsbury’s had special offers on, these do seem to be run quite regularly.

The Hydro 3 and Harry’s blades were cheaper through subscription.

Are shave clubs worth it?

As I have found out over the last six months, don’t assume that a subscription is always the cheapest way to buy your razor blades.

If you’re a Hydro 3 fan, then paying £1.27 per blade through a subscription is a no-brainer. But it’s a surprise that the Gillette Mach 3 can be found cheaper at a supermarket when there are special deals running. You would think that Gillette would be keen for you to buy directly from them.

Of course, shaving isn’t just about the cheapest blades and a lot can be said about comfort. As I said above, Harry’s gave me the best shave, but it wasn’t the cheapest. It’s certainly worth trying out several different brands to see which you find the most comfortable.

And don’t forget, having a subscription does mean that you should never run out of blades again, meaning it’s one less thing to remember when you do your shopping.

A tip for keeping your blades sharper for longer

If you’re struggling with a blunt blade and looking for the cheapest option when it comes to shaving, take a look at this Razorpit. Place your razor in it after you shave and it will prolong the life of your blade. Click on the image for more details

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