The Difference Between Men's And Women's Razors

When a discussion about the difference between men's and women's razors broke out at Allure HQ, we quickly realised that none of us could actually describe what the difference was (aside from a higher likelihood of pink plastic in the women's models). While either version will do the same fundamental shaving job, there are differences in terms of the shave angle and head design.

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Reader's Digest investigated the question, and discovered that manufacturers typically change the angle and design the head so it's easier to see large areas of leg (the most likely shaving target for women). The other obvious difference is in pricing, though that's not as extreme as you might imagine and can work in either direction. Bic charges $5.86 for a four-pack of men's razors, and $4.29 for a four-pack of women's (at standard Woolworths pricing), which gives women the advantage. On the other hand, a 10-pack of women's Schick costs $7.51, while an 18-pack of men's from the same brand is $11.49.

Do you buy gender-specific razors, or just keep a big bag of disposables everyone can use? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Men’s and Women’s Razors: What’s the Difference? [Reader's Digest]


Comments

    I kind of figured that men and women use razors for different body areas so I just always bought the women ones. It's interesting to know that there is a difference other than colour. I also find that women's razors have more moisturising stuff built in because I figure we're shaving larger areas than men. And because faces are more sensitive than legs, I figure personal preference comes in to play more with moisturising products used.

    I have given most (mens) razors an honest try, and in the end I find my shaving prep makes more difference than the razor itself (once you go above a certain quality threshold).

    I like the Idea of a Life hacker article on how to shave..

      I agree!

      Here's the best "How to Shave" article that I've come across:
      http://artofmanliness.com/2008/01/04/how-to-shave-like-your-grandpa/

    I pay a barber $10 for a straight edge shave once a week.

      Would love to find a place that does that near me.

      I've always wanted to try a straight edge shave from a barber, but I'm too self concious about the other customers staring at me, waiting for their haircuts.

        I'm not understanding what you would be self-conscious about?!?

    I shave myself with a straight razor. I find that it gives a smoother shave and hair regrowth is slower and softer. I have gone from shaving 6 days a week down to 3. I don't have to pay ridiculous money for blades. The only down side is time but I enjoy it when i do it

      @Ross - which city are you in and where do you get your cut throat razors honed? I started using them a while back but couldn't find anywhere in Melbourne where I could reliably get them honed so after the paste stropping wasn't enough I simply moved to DE razors. Would love to get back into the cut throats but don't really want to send my razors interstate, let alone overseas, for a reliable sharpening service.

    I have a beard now, it's great and saves me money.

      And you sir win the internets. Beards rock.

        I am pretty awesome if I do say so myself. And I do.

      Not to mention it saves you time too!

      Do the maths and you'll find that you have almost a whole month of leisure time over your daily-shawn bretheren for every decade you remain bearded.

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