Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
I've been using disposable razors all my life. My buddy says I should upgrade to a system razor. What's the difference?
First off, to clarify your question for readers, disposable razors are the ones you buy in a pack; when the blade dulls, you throw the whole razor out. With system razors, you buy a single, reusable razor and the blade cartridges separately. The cartridges are disposable but not the razor itself.
You’ll notice the difference as soon as you pick up a system razor. From the construction of the handle for a better grip, to blades made from higher-quality steel (and usually an extra blade or two) ... all of these attributes help you get a better shave.
Another nice feature unique to system razors is pivoting heads with moisture strips on top of the blade. Anything that keeps moisture between the blade and your face will help you get a smoother and more comfortable shave. On the other hand, disposable razors are usually very light in weight. To compensate, men tend to apply too much pressure when shaving, which may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
The number of shaves you get with a system razor really depends on how thick your beard is, but disposable razors, by contrast, are usually meant to be used fewer times and then thrown away.
I say make the switch. You’ll be amazed at what shaving in the 21st century feels like. -- As told to Caroline Kinneberg