* Prices may differ from that shown
I have tried many different razors for shaving my face and have recently tried out these Gillette Fushion Power Razor, and I can say I was very impressed with them a happy with the results which they produced. This razor is perfect for my needs and glides effortlessly across my skin and even makes easy work of certain area's which I have had difficulty with, with other razors.
This razor really has done a wonderful job and gets rid of all unwanted hair brilliantly, the five blades it holds ensure the total removal of my facial hair. Also the cartridge features a truly innovative precision trimmer, a single blade at the back of the razor and by turning the razor over and locking into place you can use this to get to hard to reach places. The comfort guard reduces the chance of catching and nipping your skin, this razor glides over the skin with precision, leaving no hairs behind as it does a wonderful job of removing your hair and delivering a brilliant close shave, which in turn leaves you feeling great.
This comes equipped with a Enhanced Lubrastrip, as this strip which contains vitamin E wears off this will tell you that your blade is losing its effectiveness, this is a brilliant feature which lets you know when it is time to replace the blade on your razor. You can if you like put a battery inside of this razor and when switched on this razor will produce subtle micropulses which are meant to reduce friction and help the razor glide much more easily, now I must admit I have not used this feature but if it sounds good to you, you can give it a try.
I think the manufacturers of this razor have really gone the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction, this is not just another razor put out on the market, it has been made with real focus given to the consumer, and the out come is this brilliant razor which does a fine job and has extra features for a even better performance. You can pick this razor up online from a number of different places both Amazon and Ebay sell them, or like me you can pick it up at your local supermarket whilst doing the local shopping, you can expect to pay about $10 for this item.
- Less irritation than Mach 3--so comfortable, you barely feel the blades
- 5 PowerGlide blades spaced closer together and flexible comfort guard reduce pressure for a more comfortable shave
- Features an enhanced indicator lubrastrip containing aloe, vitamin E and natural oils and which fades from blue to white to indicate cartridge change is needed
- Includes a precision trimmer for those tricky spots
- Battery power (with low battery indicator and automatic shut off) produces micropulses which reduce friction and increase razor glide
Overall I would say this is a fantastic razor which is certainly worth buying if you are looking for a great performance from your razor, then this produces a excellent close, clean shave and this is a product I will be recommending highly to all who are interested. It is not only me who is saying this is a great razor, as there are good reviews written about this razor all over the internet
Gillette is, to me, one of the two premium names in razors and blades in Britain today (the other being Wilkinson Sword). If a shaving product goes under the Gillette name then it's got a mark of quality and is definitely worth a look.
In fact, my shaver of choice for a long time has been the Gillette Fusion Power. It has a solid and quite heavy plastic handle that is ribbed for a good grip and up at the business end there is a head which detaches by pressing a large sprung button. A new head easily pushes on to the end of the handle and fits into place with a very definite and satisfying click.
The head itself is sprung so that it moves up and down to follow the curves of your face and neck. It has five blades, a big section with orange ridges which raise the hairs before the blades get to them, and a lubrication strip. This strip is blue to start with and fades to white the more you use it. Gillette say that you should change the head when this strip goes white as the blades are starting to loose their edge then but honestly I use them for about a week after that and they're still good enough. They're too expensive not to use until they're totally worn out.
Which brings me to the question of price. I got mine years ago but you can buy them today (August 2013) at between eight or nine pounds, which includes one shaving head and a battery. The real cost is in the replacement blade heads. Prices vary immensely but the other week I bought a pack of eight heads for twenty pounds which is a fairly representative price.
In the middle of the handle shaft is a button. Press this and the head with the blades on vibrates from side to side. It's such small movement that you can't see it but you can certainly feel in the handle as it vibrates like... well, like something that vibrates! But is the vibrating head of real use or just a bit of a gimmick? I don't really know. I think it's a little of both. It probably does help but not that much that you'd want to pay a really lot extra just for that difference.
But overall it really does provide one of the closest shaves I've ever had, especially with a new blade head. It does its job easily and quickly and most times I don't need to go over any of my hairy bits more than once. It just glides through the foam or gel and removes unwanted hair. Job done. You may pay more for this than many other shavers but, as with so many things in life, you get what you pay for.
I have tried numerous razors to get my legs feeling smooth and silky and nothing seems to work. The Gillette Venus is a little to delicate, in that hair only stays gone for a short amount of time before the dreaded prickles begin to appear. So, I decided perhaps it was time to experiment and so popped out and bought myself a pack of this brand 'Gillette Fusion Power Razor' to see if a 'men's razor' would be a little more sharp and keep the hair away for as long as possible.
I managed to buy one of these in my local supermarket for about £8 which is expensive compared to my usual feminine products, but well worth the money. Equally additional blades are expensive costing as much as £16! I find it a bit of a waste of money and so simply buy myself a whole new razor, perhaps a sign of my secret entrepreneurial skills, or even more likely a sign of my own laziness!
This razor is excellent. It glides effortlessly across the skin even in awkward to reach places such as the bend in my knee. Of course translating this to use by men would mean that it would also do the job in reaching areas such as the sideburns with precision effect. The razor does an great job at getting rid of all the hair, with its 5 blades that ensures total removal. As well as this, the cartridge features a 'truly innovative' precision trimmer which is basically a single blade at the back of the razor. To use it is simply a case of turning the razor over, as it then locks into place and is easy to use in tricky to reach regions. There is an efficient 'comfort guard' that lessens the chance of catching, which especially on the face is an understandably horrible feeling. Similarly, I have noticed much less catching on my legs when I use this razor, as it appears to float over my skin, leaving much less bumps. It allows for a particularly close shave which leaves your skin looking and feeling great.
An 'Enhanced Lubrastrip' is a green strip that slowly changes to white once the razor begins to lose effectiveness, as the aloe and Vitamin E within the strip wear off. This is an excellent feature even the most unobservant of us (like me!) will be aware when the razor has lost its effectiveness and know to change the blades or buy a new replacement.
By popping in a battery, the razor produces subtle micropulses which apparently reduce friction and help the razor to glide much more easily. In my personal opinion, this is a pretty pointless feature, and I prefer not to utilise it, by simply not adding a battery. However, if this sounds appealing to you a battery power indicator alerts you when the battery is running low which is a useful feature as you know when more power is needed. The manufacturer clearly cares for its customers and ensures top quality as well as convenience to the customer. It would have been easy to simply push out a new razor onto the market, like all the other ones on offer, but instead they have focused on their customers which is an admirable trait.
My boyfriend also has his own Gillette Fusion Power razor (in fact he was the one who recommended I get myself one after all my moaning!) and he also praises its effectiveness at giving him a clean, close shave. I can really notice the difference since he began using this, and his face is so much smoother and softer. I think it is the tell of a good product if not only it has two happy customers, but both a female and male happy customer, singing its praises despite different expectations from their products.
I was a great believer in just buy cheap razors because they all do the same job. However i realised that i bought 8 razors for £1.00 and each razor lasted 4 shaves, so in a month i was spending £2.00 which for quite a while i thought thats fine, cheaper than chips. Then i bought a gillette fushion razor and i am into my second month of using it and the original blade is still fine and working as good as the day i first used it, much to my suprise. So basically for £5.00 i have got a razor with 2 spare blades and its worked out much much cheaper.
But money aside, buying cheap razors was pretty uncomfortable and didnt work all that great and took twice as long because the blades were so poor, so this razor is a breath of fresh air!
The shave is so smooth and the design of the razor is very clever with the flexible head to help guide around your face much easier (so yoga not required to bend your arm into almost impossible positions to reach those harder to reach areas on your face...or maybe thats just me?) But never the less this is a very well designed razor!
The main selling point of this razor, over others on the market is the battery powered vibrating blades which are designed to 'ease' shaving.
Don't get me wrong, this is a very good razor as you would expect from gillette. It does provide a very close shave and the battery life in the vibrating razor is very good. the extra blade provided on the reverse of the razor is very handy to reach those hard to reach areas and the moisturising strips do provide a degree of comfort.
However the price of the razor is obviously increased because of the added vibrating feature and in my experience this doesnt increase the quality of the shave. It seems like an added marketing feature which gives little overall difference to the shave.
Another problem is the blade life. If you use this product to trim long facial hair, you will find that with regular use you will be changing the blades very often. This is a major problem as the blades do not come cheap. If the blades being to wear the shave does tend to become very uncomfortable.
I have recently bought a new razor from this line of products without the added feature. there's no denying that gillette do provide a very good shave, but for this razor, i feel the vibrating action is not needed and is a marketing ploy, not to be given in to!
The act of cutting through hair on a man's face has long evolved from the old straight razor, with disposable, electric, vibrating and nuclear powered razors now being on offer; Gillette fusion does do something to push the progress a little further. There are five blades compacted together which give a close shave, but not any closer than earlier Gillette models with less blades. The best addition in my opinion is the large singular blade on the back of the head; This enables you to easily trim your facial hair before shaving it with the main razor or you can use it to shave the tougher hairs around your chin etc.
This razor also has a vibrating function, which in all honesty is largely useless apart from when you need to get rid of hair in harder to reach places such as just under your nose. I find it hard to tell a major difference between the closeness with and without the vibrate on although the action itself can sometimes feel more comfortable and maybe slightly 'therapeutic' which seems important these days.
The bulkiness of the handle to take the battery doesn't impair handling at all; in fact I prefer this size. It's fully watertight so don't worry about shaving under the shower. One drawback however is the price, although I found you could literally buy individual Fusion razors and use the heads they come with, and have it cost less than buying a multipack of Gillette Fusion razor heads. A strange marketing choice.
Overall this is a sound razor, you don't have to go over your skin multiple times to remove all your hair and a blue strip at the top helps tell you when you need to switch blades. The time it takes to go blunt is only just above average but the extra large blade on the back makes up for this fact. Actually, the single large razor blade is more useful to me than the blue strip or the battery powered vibrate function....maybe we haven't evolved that much.
I am a long time user of Gillette Fusion Manual Razor, but when I was staying with a friend for a short while, I forgot to take my razor with me. Luckily she had a fresh set of razor blades and a Gillette Fusion Power Razor, and she gave this to me so I could still shave without having to shell out on a new razor and blades.
The main difference between the Fusion Manual and the Fusion Power is the fact that the Power is battery operated and vibrates. This is apparently to help make the hair stand up on end and make it easier to get a closer shave.
The razors are pretty much the same from here on out. They are the same shape and size, with the same width blades, just the Power is a little bit heavier as there is a battery in it, but this is hardly even noticeable. There is a button on the Power that is to switch on and off the vibration. Obviously this button is not on the manual version as there is no need for it.
The razor is mostly silver, with the occasional bit of metallic orange. I have seen the same razor available in other colours, usually for promotional reasons. The battery comes supplied with the razor when you first buy it, but should you need to replace it, it is just a simple AAA battery which you can buy almost anywhere.
Gillette do sell seperate blades for this razor for around a pound extra than the manual blades, but I have found that the manual blades fit perfectly on the Power, and vice versa, so you are better off buying the cheaper ones, as it really does make no different what so ever.
When I first turned on the Power, I was quite surprised at how powerful the vibration actually is. I expected it to be hardly anything, but it reminds me of a childs power toothbrush! You can not feel it so much on the skin you are shaving, but you can feel it in your hands and wrist when holding the razor, and I found that after use, I had a strange feeling in my arm from the vibration.
The Power shaves well, and is quite easy and effortless, although I did not find it to have any different effects to the manual razor. It took about the same amount of time to shave, and my skin was just as smooth afterwards. I also found that the regrowth was at the exact same rate as I get with using the manual razor. I noticed that the blades intended for the Power razor actually last a tiny bit less time than the manual ones do, and I think this is something to do with the vibration of the razor.
Personally, I feel that this is a good razor, but I do not find the need for the vibrating power over the manual version. I have since gone back to my manual razor, which does me just as well as the power razor did.
If you wish to buy this razor, you can buy it in quite a few places. You can buy it Boots and Superdrug for £11.69 but you can also buy it from Amazon for £9.99. The replacement blades will cost you £11.29 for a 4 pack, and £21.49 for a pack of 8. It is cheaper to buy the manual handle and blades, and you will get just a good a shave for a better price.
I give this razor a 4 out of 5, as even though it does a perfect job, it is cheaper to buy the manual razor and that way you not only save a few pounds, you don't end up with a weird feeling arm from the vibration.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
In my opinion, when it comes to razors there are a lot of gimmicks about and the number of different razors about for men is vast to say the least. When I bought my Gillette Fusion Power razor I initially felt it was quite bulky. The head has five blades, apparently for comfort and precision. The body of the razor itself was also quite meaty, with an orange button halfway up the shaft to turn the power on.
The reasoning behind the 'Soothing micropulses' is to reduce friction against the skin and give added glide. There is also a flexible head to allow the razor to follow the contours of your face. Obviously Gillette are keen on you using their new and 'improved' Fusion Power blades and although the razor itself costs £5 with one blade head, the blades are quite expensive at around £8 for 5!
The Fusion Power does have a couple of useful features, there is a low-battery indicator and the unit automatically cuts out after 8 minutes just in case you leave it on or accidently it switches on during travel.
Gillette expect you to believe that their latest razor is the best model yet, and with the cost of the units and replacement blades there is good reason for them to do this. The cheap initial cost suckers customers in, only to find that the cost to replace the blades is extremely high. I have since opted for an electric shaver as I find it a lot cheaper in the long run.
I would, however, recommend the Gillette Fusion Power for when you go on holiday. You can pick up the product for £5 with one blade and as it includes a battery it is a cheap razor to take on holiday without the worry of carrying an expensive electric shaver. The Gillette Fusion Power loses one star for replacement blade cost and another star because this is just another marketing ploy by Gillette with no real improvement on previous models.
I have a collection of different razors which are designed to be re-used by buying new blades for them. The reason for this rather large collection is because the price of the blades is in my opinion extrotionate so I end up buying the razors when they are on offer as even with buying one every few weeks it still works out cheaper for me.
Disposible razors are obviously cheaper but I have yet to find any that are actually decent enough to use without leaving me with nicks and clumps of random patches of hair left over.
Probably the razor that I end up buying the most is the Gillette fusion as this is the one that seems to be always on offer. I find this to be the best of the mid range razors at giving a close shave and leaving my skin nick free.
Alongside the normal fusion razor Gillette have also come out with a power version which although it looks the same at frist glance it has one big difference and that is that it uses a battery to supposedly give a better shave.
First of all as a nomal razor the fusion is great. It has 5 blades which really do give a close shave without the need to have to go over your skin multiple times which bviously helps with the irritation shaving can cause. There is also a precision blade on the back of the razor for getting those awkward little patches under the nose etc.
There is also a little lubrastrip which is supposed to release aleo vera and vitamin E to the skin as you are shaving. This is released when the strip gets wet.
Although the lubrasrip is a good idea in theory in practise I find it prety much useless as it dries up after the first use.
As I try not to shave everyday I find that I can get one head on he razor to last me a few weeks before I have to change it and it stays sharp for ages unlike disposible razors where I am lucky if I can shave my whole face before they are blunt.
Now for the power part. The power is activated by putting an AAA battery in it and then all you have to do is press the button. The part where the battery goes is completely watertight so you don't need to worry about running the razor under the tap.
When you turn the power on it starts to vibrate which is supposed to give you an even closer more comfortable shave. In my experience though I find it more difficult to shave properly when the vibration is activated and I actually ended up nicking myself a few times because of it. The area over the adams apple is especially difficult to shave when the vibration is turned on.
As for giving a smoother shave that's another thing I'm not sure of as I find that the razor gives a close enough shave already so I don't really see the point of the vibration action.
I also found that with the vibration on it caused me to have even more problems with shaving rash than when I shaved normally.
To be honest I truely believe the power action is unneeded and just an expensive gimmick and you would be better buying the cheaper original fusion razor.
The fusion power razor is priced at around £10.99 but it is always on offer in one shop or another and this is usually 1/3 off but if it were me I would put it back on the shelf and but the cheaper manual version instead.
5 stars for the razor but only 3 for this power version.
Any man, and maybe some women as well, know the hassle of that daily shave just so they can look neat and tidy at work, or even at play. Plus, any man will tell you that a close shave makes you feel that little bit fresher, thus giving you that extra bit of confidence.
Unfortunately, getting that close shave is not as easy at it sounds without either leaving little clumps of hair in that awkward spot, usually right under the nose, or ripping chunks from the flesh on your face and chin, especially when using cheap and nasty disposable razors which seem to blunt on the first stroke.
So, to get that perfectly close shave, you know the one, the one where your misses actually enjoys stroking your face, maybe even letting you kiss her, (if you brush your teeth of course). That smoothness that if you did the silk test it would slide effortlessly down you cheek, dropping straight onto the floor, you know the test, the one on the television ads with the lady and them long legs...Anyway, slightly losing track there I'm afraid, back to it... To get that perfect shave there are several ways to do so, maybe using a good quality electric/battery operated shaver, which cost more than the average man earns in a month. Or there's the disposable razors, which can cost more than a weeks shopping for a family of four.
And it is the latter that I am going to talk about here, although this particular one won't cost you a small mortgage, even if it has a name that everyone has either used or at least heard of, this one being the fusion power by that well know company called Gillette.
What does it look like then?
Well, it looks like a bit of a bulky razor with some nice curves, funky orange colouring and a chunky, solid feeling handle.
There is a small power button about half way down which operates the 'pulsating action', and just above that button there is a small, but very readable, battery power level indicator.
The battery slides into the bottom of the handle, the little battery compartment cover twisting off with ease whilst staying in position when needed to.
The handle has some rather well position groves and notches, being exactly where you need them when you're shaving. There's one just below where the actual blade compartment lies, which is ideal for you finger to be placed to give you better control. Plus, the middle of the handle has many notches either side so that, even with soap filled hands, the grip on this razor is faultless.
It has a smooth 'pivot' action which helps glide the quite wide head full of blades around those more contoured parts of the face.
As for the disposable heads themselves, well, each head has six blades in total, five on the front and one on the back, the one on the back, the precision trimmer, is designed to be used on such things as trimming side burns or those tight little areas under the nose.
Caution... Do be aware of the precision blade as it has no cover at all and can slice you finger if you are not too careful, but it does trim those sideburns to perfection though.
The blades, which are situated on a flexible 'comfort' guard to aid in the smoothness of the shave, are what they call 'power glide', and are fitted closer together to give a closer shave. There is what Gillette call an enhanced 'lubrastrip' which holds a small amount of Aloe vera and also a touch of vitamin E which is all good for that after shaved feeling, these are house in a little blue strip above the blades, when the blue fades to white you know that you have to change the blades.
Then there is the choice of using the vibrating power option, which, with what they call 'micropulses, helps glide the blades across the face, giving a more smoother feeling.
The power is achieved with the help of a AAA battery slotted into the handle, plus there is a low battery indicator so you can keep an eye on the power you have. And don't panic, the entire handle is water tight so there is no chance of any damage to the battery supply.
** IN CONCLUSION...
For me this has got to be one of, if not the best 'disposable' razor I have come across in many years, (and when I say disposable I just mean that the blade heads are disposable and not the actual razor handle).
It claims to offer a smoother shave with less irritation to the skin, being so comfortable you hardly feel the five blades stroking your face, and for me the claims are well justified.
The actual shape of the razors handle allows for a good grip, giving more control as it glides around the face, with a well positioned finger rest near the top of the handle for one of my finger to rest on.
And it offers a 'pulsating ' action for that more pleasurable experience in the bathroom.
If you decide to use the 'pulsing' option, pressing the tiny little button on the handle to activate it, this does initially feel a little weird as the entire razor begins to vibrate ever so gently, pulsating is the proper word, (calm down ladies... wait your turn), with a slight humming noise emitting from the unit itself,
This is supposed to help reduce the friction between the blades and the skin, making the blades glides easier across the skin, leaving less chance of any rashes appearing as you shave.
I personally felt that the 'pulsating' option made not one bit of difference as the shave I achieved from using it and not using it was exactly the same and I felt very little difference on my face as I shaved either way.
The disposable heads may be a little on the large size, they do house 5 blades after all, and this can make getting to those hard to reach areas a little tricky, but Gillette have thought this through and added that 6th blade, the precision blade, to get at those hard to reach places.
Caution...( I know I have already stated this warning but I do believe that it is worth repeating)...
This precision blade has no cover or guard at all and can slice you finger if you are not too careful. SO DO BE CAREFUL.
The blade head is easily change with the press of a button, which lies directly below the head, this is made easier if you use the razor stand to hold the used blade head.
The price of the actual razor sells from as low as £5.00 to a mouth dropping £12.00, although I have seen many special offers on in the big super markets, which is where I got mine from. The only downside I have found, as I have with all razors of this type, is the cost of the actual blades themselves, as they sell for more than the razor itself, as much as £8.00 for four. But if you want a shave of this quality then needs must and the wallet may have to suffer.
For me personally, and the misses agrees, (so does her chin), this razor with 'disposable' blades gives the closest shave I have comes across in a long time.
In all, if you want that close shave where your face will feel as smooth as the proverbial babies bottom, without the rash, then this is one is defiantly the one for you.
Or, you could continue with your old razor, be it electric, fully disposable or even cut throat, and never know what you are missing.
The first razor i had ever used was a standard mach 3, and i was highly impressed with the results that this razor gave me, until i was bought the Gillete Fusion Power for xmas last year. At first i was a bit unsure about having a shave with a razor which vibrates, and was worried about getting lots of cuts, but how silly was i. The five blades on the front offer an extremely comfortable shave no matter what shaving gel you use, and using these blades with the vibrations make the shave that much better. I havent really noticed too much of a difference in how close the shave is with the power on but the razor does seem to glide much easier when it is. On the back of the razor head is a single blade designed for trimming, which too be honest i have only used once when attempting a design, and found it to be quite handy.
The Fusion power is activated by a little push button on the top of the handle, which is powered by a single AAA battery which neatly slots in the handles tube. The battery doesnt last too long though, which is quite possibly the products only problem. This coupled with the price of razor heads can make the Gillete Fusion Power quite expensive to run.
This product is definetly better than its previous models and is a very comfortable shave, i highly recommend it as an upgrade for anyone who uses disposables are older models.
I bought the Gillette Fushion when it was on special offer where I work. I had been using a Gillette Mac3 and after using the Power Fusion just a couple of times I noticed the differance in the two.
The main feature of the Fusion Razor is the fact it vibrates when you are shaving which is supposed to make shaving easier which I believe it does but only by a little bit. One side of the razor has a precision razor which is a handy little feature to have for the harder to reach parts of your face like under your nose.
The Gillette Fusion Power is a very good razor, and is probably the best on the market at the moment, however this means the replacement razor blades are alot more expensive then any others which can cause to be a problem for some people!
I have had my Gillette Fusion Power Razor for a few months now and it is very easy to use and I dont have to replace the blades too often. I would recommend this product to almost any male, as long as you can afford to pay the price to replace the blades when they cant be used anymore!
I know you might think it's a bit strange reading a review from a women when it's a man's product but I use a Gillette Fusion razor pretty much every day!
I used my partners Gillette Fusion one day to shave my legs as I had ran out of disposables on holiday and I was very impressed! I have tried all womens disposables and more expensive razors and none of them compare to the razor!
The razor has a button on it which causes it to gentle vibrate but don't worry that it's going to cause it to slice your skin as it is only a very gentle vibration, even without pressing the button it still gives you a good shave.
I use it on my legs and underarms and it's fantastic! I don't need to continue going over the same area and it's great for going over your knees!
Now I know they are expensive and the blades cost a fortune but if you are a lady that wants to use it then as our hairs are not as coarse as a mans beard the razors tend to last a lot longer.
Definately worth the buy and if you add up all the costs of the disposable packs you buy I'm sure it will equal out using the Gillette Fusion!
They say that Gillette is the best that a man can get. I do not agree, it depends what you mean by best! It might deliver a close shave, but what about the price tag, does that make it the best buy?
I used to use Fusion before switching to another brand. Why did I stop using it? Purely because of the price. A new razor will cost somewhere around seven pounds and packs of four blades will cost a similar price. If you buy twenty blades, then you be paying around twenty odd pounds. This is a very costly razor to maintain.
Performance wise, it does deliver. I found I got less nicks and cuts when using it. The four bladed action and lubricated strip always glided like a silk worm over my chops and left me feeling smooth. The time it takes to shave was minimised by a few seconds, thanks to the sharp blades and well contoured design. The handle is comfy and it also looks very cool in the bathroom. I found that blades needed replacing after a week, which meant you got a handful of shaves out of them before they dulled.
The razor is lightweight and comfy to use and ideal for travelling with. I used to to use mine with a wide range of gels and foams to see which one delivered the best results. On the downside, the price is just way too much and they have now priced themselves so far out of the market, it is quite ridiculous. I cannot fault the way the razor performs, but there are altenatives in stores that do just as good a job for a quarter of the price, this is the only factor that stops me buying this razor again.
I hate shaving. I have very sensitive skin and the morning ritual of scraping a sharp blade across my face often results in my neck looking almost like I've got sunburn. I have been using a Gillette Mach 3 for several years now, and found it to be the best razor I could find.
Despite techniques to minimise razor burn, such as wetting my face thoroughly, using only new razors, a good quality shaving cream and aftershave balm, I still suffer discomfort and reddening after shaving. Recently, dissatisfaction with my current razor caused me to consider Gillette's Fusion Power instead.
The first bad news about this razor is the price: it's expensive. The razor costs around £9-11, with a pack of eight replacement cartridges a wallet-draining £17-19. The razor does at least come with battery included.
Gillette make several impressive claims for their razor. The 'power' refers to the vibration effect which is supposed to prevent the blades catching on the skin, allowing the cutting edges to glide over the surface, reducing razor burn.
Five blades are used, which are closely spaced and coated with a low friction material. The result of this is supposed to be an extremely close, comfortable shave.
One really innovative feature, I thought, is the blade on the top edge of the cartridge. This allows for the trimming of hairs close to the nose, which would be difficult to do with the usual cutting side.
The razor body is quite chunky and is easy to hold. The power switch falls naturally under the thumb allowing for activation by touch. Initially, this felt ideal, but in use, I occasionally hit the power switch by accident, switching off the razor. A button at the bottom of the razor handle might have been preferable.
I must admit, I was eager to try my new razor, but very sceptical. This scepticism disappeared within a few seconds of starting shaving. The razor does, indeed, glide smoothly over the skin: so smooth, in fact, that I thought it wasn't working! Checking after a few strokes showed a very close shave. I quickly developed a different technique than for a manual razor. All that was required was to slowly draw the razor across the skin: the vibrating action ensured a close cutting action with no 'catching' against the skin.
I found that fewer strokes were needed to remove the beard; fewer strokes should, of course, mean less irritation. The result of all this new technology was a faster, closer, less uncomfortable shave than I was used to with my old Mach 3. After finishing shaving, I was really pleased with the results. My skin was really smooth, but more importantly, it was not red at all. The dreaded 'razor burn' had finally been banished!
I have been using the Fusion Power for three months now and will never go back to my old Mach 3. My skin has never looked better, and I don't dread the act of shaving as much (in fact, using the powered razor is actually quite therapeutic with the beard slowly and easily being removed, leaving clean and smooth skin behind). I've also found that the number of nicks I suffer has been reduced drastically (presumably due to the vibration action making for smoother strokes).
The blades have a lubricating strip, which is also indicating. When it changes from blue to white, it's time to change the cartridge. I find that I get about ten shaves before the strip changes colour. This means that the eight refills will last over three months. Considering the benefits to me, this is not bad value at all. The supplied Duracell battery is also still going strong so addition battery costs should be minimal.
Having been converted to the Fusion Power, one question occurred to me: would Gillette's manual version of this razor be as effective as the battery operated one? I decided to find out.
Now I realise that this is going to sound like an 80's washing powder commercial, but this morning, after applying shaving gel, I shaved one side of my face with the power switched on to the razor, and the other with the power off. Was there any difference?
Well, I was surprised by the results. Firstly, there was no detectable difference in the quality of the shave at all! Both sides of my face were clean and smooth.
There was a difference, however, in the comfort of the shave. The vibrating action renders shaving extremely comfortable, with no catching. With the power off, this comfort disappears somewhat. Like my old razor, I could feel the skin catching as I was using it.
The other difference was the number of strokes required. I found that about twice as many strokes were needed to give a smooth shave with the power off. Although there was no skin irritation evident, I'm sure that, over time, the extra scraping of my skin would cause irritation. After this test, I'm convinced of the efficacy of the vibrating action of the Fusion Power: it is not a gimmick.
Other, less expensive razors give an acceptable shave. For those, like me, who have very sensitive skin, or those who like an extremely close shave, the Gillette Fusion Power could be exactly what you're looking for.