With all their alluring names, sparkling pink packaging and promises to deliver the closest shave you've ever had, it's no wonder choosing a women's razor is as difficult as gliding one over your knees and coming out of it cut-free. You may be a habitual daily shaver or only bother for a night out, but if you like to go hairless, a disposable or replaceable razor is usually the quickest, easiest and cheapest way of getting there.
Our buying guide covers all the essentials you'll need to consider when choosing the best women's razor for your legs, pits, bikini area or anywhere else you prefer to keep smooth, including tips for shavers with sensitive skin and coarse hair. We also recommend our 10 favourite products from Amazon, Tesco, Asda and eBay, from faithful brands like Gillette Venus and Wilkinson Sword as well as eco-friendly newcomers Bambaw.
Choosing the best women's razor for you will largely be determined by how often you shave, your skin and body hair type, and whether you'd prefer disposable, reusable, or plastic-free. Let's take a closer look.
First off, disposable razors vs reusables. As you can imagine, one of these gets thrown away after a few uses, and the other only needs the head replacing. We'll go over the draws and setbacks of each below, so think about which would best fit with your lifestyle choices and grooming habits.
Most good brands offer razors with replaceable heads, which are generally better value for money in the long run even though their initial cost can seem quite expensive. They're also somewhat more environmentally-friendly too, as you'll be throwing away much less plastic than if you were to replace the entire razor every time it became blunt.
Market leaders like Gillette even allow you to mix and match between varieties of replaceable blade heads, so you can try out a few to find your favourite, or just have the freedom of grabbing whichever is available or on offer at the time.
With the plastic-free revolution still going strong, those looking for a more sustainable shaving option will be pleased to know that metal safety razors are back and updated for modern times with comfortable handles and stylish designs. Pro tip: Look for metal razors with dual-sided blades to get double the use from each one!
Hugely unfair though it is, the infamous 'pink tax' is all too real, and a quick online search will show the same sized pack of razors for men to be half the price of the women's version – even from the same brand. If a low-priced shave is your top priority, disposable razors are normally the cheapest option.
However, as with most things in life, a low price usually equates to a lower performance product. With razors, features such as comfort, ease of use and the lifespan of the blades will be compromised. They're also much more wasteful and almost always made of plastic.
That being said, they'll still have some appeal to frequent travellers or those who don't shave too often. They're also a fair buy if they'll only be used on smaller body areas – say, for someone who gets their legs waxed but needs a budget underarm razor for home use.
Here's the lowdown on blades: the more a women's razor has, the better, especially if you have sensitive, easily nicked skin that's prone to razor burn. A higher number of blades means less space between them, so there's less chance of your skin getting caught and being pulled by the razor.
Efficiency-wise, with more blades you will also remove much more hair in a single sweep, speeding up the time it takes to shave larger areas or thicker, coarser hair. If you're not going over the same patch of skin over and over again, it also won't become as irritated.
Try to choose razors with a minimum of 3 blades, but preferably 5. Safety razors are the exception here, as they are designed somewhat differently and will only have a single, horizontal blade.
As well as providing padding to reduce the possibility of cuts, razors with lubricating strips are a must-have if your skin is sensitive, dry and prone to shaving rash. Look for those with extra-caring ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E.
There are also strips with gel or body butter that foams up upon exposure to water, which can mean – for some – that there's no need for other products when shaving. However, if your skin is delicate or your hair quite thick, they may not be sufficient on their own. Instead, they can offer some extra moisture alongside your usual foam or cream.
Women's razors are designed to move and glide over various curves and hard-to-reach areas. Unfortunately, this is why men's razors don't really cut it!
Manoeuvrability, comfort and usability aren't really measurable until you try the razor itself, but it's absolutely worth looking for mention of larger, ergonomically-shaped handles or those with enhanced grip and flexible heads.
Onto the products! We've sussed out which of the latest razors on the market really are the best a woman can get, and ranked them for their effectiveness, value for money, and any additional features that won us and our stubble over.
Pack of 8
|Lubrication||Dual moisturising strips with vitamin E|
|Handle/Head Features||Comfort handle|
x 2 Additional Blade Heads
|Lubrication||Dual shaving gel bars|
|Handle/Head Features||Pivoting head, soft-grip handle|
|Lubrication||Dual moisturising strips with aloe vera|
|Handle/Head Features||Easy grip travel handle|
x 2 Additional Blade Heads
|Lubrication||Incorporated shaving foam with aloe vera, vitamin E and provitamin B5|
|Handle/Head Features||Pivoting head, easy grip handle|
|Handle/Head Features||FlexiBall rotating head, enhanced grip|
|Lubrication||Dual water-activated moisture ribbon with aloe vera|
|Handle/Head Features||Non-slip metal handle, rounded pivoting head|
|Lubrication||Water-activated serum with shea butter and chamomile|
|Handle/Head Features||Waterproof bikini trimmer with comb|
|Handle/Head Features||Ergonomic carved bamboo handle|
x 2 Additional Blade Heads
|Lubrication||Flexible moisture bars with body butters|
|Handle/Head Features||Comfort grip non-slip handle, extra large flexible head|
x 3 Additional Blade Heads
|Lubrication||Moisture strip with aloe vera|
|Handle/Head Features||Flexible head, ergonomic handle|
Friction Free Shaving
Beauty Complete Collection Pack
ComfortGlide With Olay 2-in-1 Women's Razor
Double Edge Safety Razor
Hydro Silk Bikini Trimmer and Razor for Women
Platinum Extra Smooth Women's Razor With Metal Handle
Swirl FlexiBall Women's Razor
Intuition Sensitive Pro-Vitamin B5 Razor
Snap Women's Portable Razor
Comfort Glide Spa Breeze 2-in-1 Women's Razor
Miss Soleil Colour Collection
The Ultimate Women's Razor
For Your Most Luxurious and Moisturising Shave
Sustainable Shaving With Bamboo and Steel
A Multipurpose Razor With Bonus Bikini Shaper
An Almost Plastic-Free Metal Handled Razor
Innovative Ultra-Flexible Razor for Tricky Areas
Best Razor With Shaving Foam for Sensitive Skin
Compact Yet Powerful For Travel, Gym, and Swim
Gorgeously Scented Shaving Gel Bars for Minimum Fuss
Value Disposables for Occasional Shavers
|Lubrication||Moisture strip with aloe vera||Flexible moisture bars with body butters||None||Water-activated serum with shea butter and chamomile||Dual water-activated moisture ribbon with aloe vera||Water-activated serum||Incorporated shaving foam with aloe vera, vitamin E and provitamin B5||Dual moisturising strips with aloe vera||Dual shaving gel bars||Dual moisturising strips with vitamin E|
|Handle/Head Features||Flexible head, ergonomic handle||Comfort grip non-slip handle, extra large flexible head||Ergonomic carved bamboo handle||Waterproof bikini trimmer with comb||Non-slip metal handle, rounded pivoting head||FlexiBall rotating head, enhanced grip||Pivoting head, easy grip handle||Easy grip travel handle||Pivoting head, soft-grip handle||Comfort handle|
Still not convinced about using razors? Not to worry, because we have some other recommendations for products to help you out.
There you have it, the ultimate guide to buying a women's razor online to keep bookmarked in your browser.
In conclusion, we'd recommend going for a razor with replaceable blades to limit plastic waste, save money, and up the quality of your product, as well as bearing extra comfort features in mind. And whether you want to go metal or plastic, we hope you've found some inspiration from our picks.
Author: Natasha Dziubajlo
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