Electric Razor vs Blade
How do you know when you should buy an electric razor or keep using your razor? They both do the same thing, namely, take the hair off of your face. Why choose one over the other? Luckily, with some products like the Gillette electric razor, you don’t have to really choose but more on that later. Each has their pros and cons, so there is no one size fits all solution. What works for me and my skin might not be the best fit for you or yours. Let’s take a look at both systems to see how they compare. So what are our choices anyway? Here are the different types of both razors, electric and blade:
Cartridge Disposable System This is the most common razor for men since they are easy to use and just about everybody has the handle for their preferred system. Then all you have to do is occasionally buy the replacement cartridges. Pros
- Closer shave than with electric
- Very smooth experience
- Can sometimes be faster than shaving with an electric razor
- A low initial outlay of cash
- Cartridge blade replacements are expensive
- Can irritate the skin
- You have to use shaving cream and can’t shave dry
- Not environmentally friendly
Safety Razor This is the old school razor that was the first to replace the cut-throat razor. They have a double edge blade that drops into the head of the razor. With a handle, it works very similarly to a cartridge razor except it only has one blade and is insanely sharper. Pros
- Very close shave
- Less learning curve than with straight razors
- Less chance of irritation
- Replacement blades cost pennies
- Can be dangerous
- Need to do a wet shave which takes time
- Still a bit of a learning curve
Straight Razor This is the original razor that for centuries was literally the only way to shave. Some guys do it themselves at home after they’ve mastered the art, and others just go to the barber and have them do it for them. It can be a bit dangerous, but once learned it truly is the best way to shave. You can read this article on all the ins and outs of straight razor shaving. Pros
- Very close shave
- Blade never needs replacing
- No further costs as you go
- Make a style statement with your razor
- Can be passed down to kids
- Very steep learning curve
- High initial cash outlay
- Takes a while to shave
Foil A foil razor has blades beneath a foil cover that rock back and forth. These blades are very sharp but the holes in the foil only allow the hairs to get inside to be cut and not the skin. Foil razors are ideal for people with sensitive skin since the skin really doesn’t make much contact with the blades. To use it you go in up and down motions and not circular. Older models used to have a bad rep because you couldn’t really follow the contours of the face. Newer models have the blades on a cushion, so you can get a close shave on your chin and jawline, for example. Look for models like the Braun Series 7 if you have sensitive skin and angular facial features. Rotary This version has circular shaving heads. Rather than foil, the covers are made of stainless steel and have much more open space. The blades underneath rotate and are not quite as sharp as the foil ones. To shave you go around in a circular motion. You have to go over the same spot quite a bit to get all the hairs. This, and the metal covers over the blades, make this not ideal for those with sensitive skin. To see how they compare more in depth, then check out this article about foil vs rotary electric shavers. Now we have an idea of what you might be looking at by switching from razors to electric razors and hair trimmers. If you still want to look into an electric razor, but think that a 2 in 1 is still your best choice then let’s take a look at the Gillette electric razor that has a blade system for the best of both worlds.
How Does the Gillette Electric Razor Work?
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Men’s Razor Styler 3-In-1
Hybrid Trimmer and Electric Shavers
There are two different brands and models that are essentially the same thing. They are both electric razors and hair trimmers in one. The more well known and popular is the Philips Norelco Oneblade Pro and the other is the Remington DuraBlade Lithium Hybrid Trimmer and Edger.
Let’s take a look at how they compare.
First, here are the ways they are similar. They both are electric razors and hair trimmers, but you have to realize one thing and that is that they only shave to just below stubble. They are both made for guys with sensitive skin. Guys who would normally steer away from using an electric razor since they get irritated will be able to use either of these without getting razor burn. Then they are both foil style razors, just the way the foil works is different than a traditional electric razor. Both of these have flat heads with the foil over the blades. Both have edging blades at either end of the blade so you can simply flip it to its side to trim the edges of your beard or hairline. You don’t need to pop up or slide an attachment, it is always there and ready to go. Enjoy wet or dry shaving from either of them so you can use it in the shower, they are also a cinch to wash by simply rinsing under the faucet if you plan to use it dry.
Now the differences.
The most obvious one is the price. The Remington Durablade is the cheaper of the two electric razors and hair trimmers by almost a third. Is there a huge downgrade in performance due to the price? Not really. As far as the shave goes, they are both equal. You get 30 minutes of runtime more with the One Blade Pro compared to the 60 minutes of the Durablade. The way they charge could be a deal breaker to some, also. The Durablade uses a USB cable so it can be charged anywhere. The One Blade needs a charging base so you are slightly constrained as to where to charge it. The Durablade can make bringing it on international trips easier because of this too. Another edge the One Blade has is with the attachment comb to change the length you want to trim the beard down to. It has a dial so you only need one comb rather than needing to change the attachment everytime you want to go to another length. Plus, the dial can give you 14 different length settings for way more accuracy. The edge goes to the Durablade when it comes to ergonomics, though. It has a much better shape and the texture really feel non slip. I feel like I would have a more secure grip of this in the shower. Also it feels a lot more sturdy. If I drop it I don’t feel like it would smash. The One Blade I feel like you need to be more gentle with. Lastly, the One Blade Pro has an LED display showing how much battery life is left.
Which one is better?
If I had to choose one and price was not a factor, I would go for the One Blade Pro. I do like the Durablade quite a bit though. Especially the ergonomics of it are much more friendly in the hand. But since they do an equally good job as electric razors and hair trimmers go, I would likely pick the Durablade rather than the One Blade if I didn’t want to spend too much. The One Blade is not that much better to warrant such a big difference in price.
With any of the three trimmers and shaver hybrids, I covered today you can make your life so much easier. They are all slim and ergonomic and offer a lot of flexibility. All without compromising on performance. If there is anything I can’t stand, it’s a tool that tries to do too many things and ends up being mediocre at everything. That is not the case here. Do you need more information about any of the tools I reviewed here? Let me know by dropping a comment in the box below and I will get right back to you to help.