Dollar Shave Club Review

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Review: Dollar Shave Club’s convenience – totally worth it

While I love my beard, there are times when a razor is needed.  I was tired of paying $35 dollars for a pack of blades when I only really use the damn things once in a blue moon.  So I got suckered into a hilarious YouTube video for Dollar Shave Club.  I’m lazy and I don’t want to have to make a special trip to the store to buy razors so I went to their site to see what they had to offer.

 

 The Start

The site is very simple to use.  It’s incredibly simple to sign up and their pricing was much more to my liking.  And the concept of a low monthly fee and I wouldn’t have to think about it any more made sense.  The first month they would ship me a handle and heads from whichever pack I choose.  There’s a two blade kit for $1/month, a four blade kit for $6/month, and a six blade kit for $9/month.  If you get anything other than the $1 kit, shipping and handling is included.  Even with the cost of shipping it’s still cheap.  Since I only shave on rare occasions in the month I opted for the simple two blade kit.  However, anyone who shaves on a more regular basis may want to up their kit.  According to the website, you can downgrade anytime you want, and you’ll be sent a new handle that next month for free.

Five heads is plenty for my use in a month so even the most expensive kit saves money.  Adding to the major convenience of a monthly club was the fact that I didn’t have to remember to buy razors anymore.  So I signed up and about 2 weeks later I got my first kit.

The Goods

Dollar Shave Club Review

I received my Humble Twin, the two blade razor, along with a trial pack of their Dr. Carvers Easy Shave Butter and my cartridges in a protective plastic case.  Pretty much the same setup I would get from buying a kit in the store.  My first impression was great.  The additional marketing reminded me of the humor they used in the YouTube video that got me to check them out in the first place.  The handle is weighted nicely and very easy to hold.  Attaching and removing the blades is about as easy as it gets.  Each head had two blades and a lubricating strip on the top which is standard on most blades these days.

I don’t need much in a razor.  I’m not looking for the next multi-purpose tool so the simple design actual speaks to me.  I don’t need any overdone frills like the Gillette Fusion has.  As long as the shave works that’s what I’m paying for.  Really, all I’m looking for is the damn thing needs to work without ripping my face apart.

The Shave

Since I don’t shave every day there was a little more than stubble growth when I first set to using my new blades.  Even the two blades should be able to handle what I was getting ready to send it’s way. Since I had the Shave Butter I figured I’d follow the instructions and slap some on my face before shaving.

For the blade, the shave was significantly better than some of the other options out there.  I may have to upgrade to The 4X or The Executive since I’ve heard some pretty darn good things about them for if you want a faster and closer shave that doesn’t have to work as hard as the simple two blade, Humble Twin.

Also, for your lady friends, this razor works well for them too.  My girlfriend kept stealing my blade until I got her on the monthly shipping of her own pack.

The Bottom Line

The Dollar Shave Club razors are a pretty good deal.  Not necessarily because the blades are any cheaper than you would get if you bought this same kit in bulk, but because of the automation. But seriously for $3 ($1 a month plus $2 shipping) the price is pretty freakin’ cheap. Let’s face it, I don’t really want to spend time at the grocery store.  And I usually can’t remember to buy razors until I’ve run out of fresh blades.  The fact that new blades show up at my door step automatically every month is pretty awesome.  This isn’t even a particularly new concept, you can setup automated repeat orders of a lot of things on Amazon.  In this case, it was just the right combination of marketing, ease of use, and decent product.  With that, I have a feeling I will be using Dollar Shave Club for awhile.

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