When you want a clean, consistently smooth and nick-free shave, you need a good, sharp, and reliable razor to do the job. Last week we asked you which razors you thought were the best, and then we took a look at the top five razors based on your nominations. Now we’re back to highlight the winner of our poll.
Here are LH, we ourselves are huge fans of safety and straight razors, so we were surprised these even made it into the top five, much less took the final vote, but the people have spoken. The Gillette Fusion/Fusion ProGlide series of razors took the top spot with 40% of the total vote. We know some of you were concerned about a vote tampering or a corporate push to Gillette to the top of the poll, but we looked for that kind of rigging and couldn’t find any (however, if you do find anything, please send it to us). Still, while they may not be economical or even offer a particularly high-quality shave compared to other razors, the Fusion models do offer fast, simple. consistently nick-free shaving for people who just want to get it done, and the battery-operated models vibrate for an even smoother, more luxurious shaving experience.
Similarly, Gillette’s 3 blade models, the Gillette Mach 3/Mach 3 Turbo series, took second place with close to 23% of the votes cast. These are the razors that all but defined and transformed the disposable cartridge industry, so we’re not surprised many of you love them and use them happily. Many of you pointed out that three blades is the sweet spot for a cartridge razor, and any more will just get clogged. In third place with close to 20% of the vote was the Merkur 34C/38C double-edged safety razors—high quality, well regarded, and affordable all around. In fourth place with close to 10% of the vote was the Merkur 180 Long Handle safety razor, and bringing up the rear in fifth was the Edwin Jagger DE89 safety razor, with 8% of the votes cast.
If you don’t see your favorite listed here, it may have made the honorable mentions! Make sure to check the full hive five feature for more details about these contenders and the other honorable mentions that didn’t make the top five.