Are disposable razors more hygienic than razors with disposable cartridges?
Both disposable razors and cartridge shaving systems can be used at least three times before discarding (the whole razor in the former case, the cartridge in the latter). Hygienically, both choices are equal as long you practice proper storage habits (i.e., drying blades thoroughly and storing them in a dry, cool place after each use). Proper storage is key in maintaining the integrity of the blade and preventing mold or mildew from forming.
There are slight advantages to each choice, depending on your shaving habits. The disposable cartridge pack is designed so that you can store your blades in one compact holder and easily keep track of the ones currently in use, while also having the newer ones handy in the same space. It’s more difficult to keep track of disposable razors, and they’re a lot bulkier in a travel kit, but they work well for the person who likes to keep razors handy in different places, like the gym or the office. The disposable nature of this razor eliminates the worry of accidentally leaving a more expensive handle and/or cartridge set behind.
About the Expert
Craig the Barber is a licensed professional barber and men’s grooming expert, and a frequent contributor to Men’s Life Today. He owns the Los Angeles–based grooming service The Grooming Concierge, serves as a contributor to national magazines and television shows, and is the editor in chief of the daily blog The Men’s Room.