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I've been shaving for almost 10 years, and I have used a lot of different razors in my life, but nothing compares to the Gillette Fusion Proglide power. This has to be the most comfortable and efficent razor on the market today.
Gillette became very popular with their Mach3 model years ago, and have been improving on it ever since. Their recent upgrade to 5 blades is a blessing in comfort. I can shave anytime with this razor and not get razor burn or bumps. I have sensitve skin so in the past I only shaved every 2-3 days to prevent irriation, but with this razor, I can shave everyday and not have a problem.
The razor has a small motor that vibrates the razor, giving it a soothing feel. The motor runs on a single AAA battery, and doesn't need to be replaced very often. This small vibration really helps reduce cuts and irritation.
While the cartridges aren't all that cheap, they last a very long time. I shave everyday, and I replace the cartridge about every month. It has a blue indicator strip that slowy turns to white when it is time to replace.
The razor is black and blue in color, with a blue plastic base. The base protects the razor as well as having a spot to hold a set of razor cartridges.
Overall, this is an excellent razor. Anyone with sensitive skin should give this a try, it will solve that problem and give you the closest shave that you've ever had!
Having been whisked off to Cambridge without strategic planning prior to the 'up sticks' spontaneity - I was caught short; hirsute-wise. On day two, I'd appeared gingerly in the hotel bathroom mirror at the darkening skin irritator i.e. my stubbly chin - The guilty culprit for reddening the soft skin tissue on the damsel's chin and nape; she's not best pleased as she applies extra foundation to stop her emulating a flushed chinned woman prematurely going through the menopause.
After seven minutes deliberating over my choice of blade in Boots, I opted for the reassuring brand Gillette Fusion Pro-Glide. Reassuring due to the fact Gillette know what they're doing when it comes to male grooming, according to the mavericks of sport. I paid 19.99 GBP for the privilege, but in that price I got six extra blades tagged on in the package. Including a 'triple A' battery 'fully charged' - you'll be amazed how little a battery is charged up while purchasing electrical devices including batteries. The battery was already slotted into the handle of the Pro-Glide; as if hibernating, neatly burrowed in its ergonomic capsule; waiting for the circled dash logo to be activated. By now my hirsute appearance made a toddler in pushchairs stare at my chin's uncouthness - there is nothing quite like a toddler's stare that makes you ponder your own attractiveness, well, lack of it anyway. Even though you know what is required in the grooming stakes - a toddler's stare confirms the uncouthness you're showing to the world, in this case Cambridge. I apologetically smiled to the toddler - who by now, ten seconds later had transfixed his stare to a very scraggly bent gent counting his coinage. When it came to levels of uncouthness, I was up there with the best.
The Best a Man can Get - or anything hairy.
Gillette certainly ticked most of the boxes when it comes down to product design. In the past I've found razors to be innately finicky, twiddling the razor head to cover the contours of my chiselled jaw line, was no mean feat. Pulling faces in the mirror was part shaving; to get to the hard to reach areas, I still see it as a solitude performance that is suppose to be for your eyes only. Not fit for your eyes of your lover to spy on, in my case snigger over and thereafter get the question. Why do you pull such grotesque faces while shaving? Now my facial skin has relaxed slightly, the expressions have been exaggerated an iota more while shaving to get that hairless polished end product. The five blades of the Pro-Glide are extra thin, and supposedly more durable. Grip wise, Gillette has catered for the clumsiest of men - the razor's girth is thicker than anything I've gripped that deals with facial hair that is. The Pro-Glide has an intricate rubber grid handle; with a sky blue rubber thread entwined, not dissimilar to a 'F1' tyre. Towards the head is a rubber elongated circle which requires pressing if you want to change blades. By pressing it, the blade is ejected as if in a James Bond movie. Once the five thin blades are clicked onto the razor head and you're face is lathered up; the Pro-Glide is ready - it is time to click on the 'on switch'.
The blue LED light glows in the brightest of bathrooms, when activated - the micro-chip inside the Pro-Glide mechanism keeps the blades vibrating side to side at an incessant rate. Pitched at a few octaves lower than an angry mosquito, the Pro-Glide's vibrating resonance could be mistaken for a female sex aid. The vibration motion of the blades prevents 'hair pulling' and in no time at all your jaw line contours will be as smooth as a ripe peach. Helped by the line of green gel that's on the blade; again, this is very durable also - expect to still see the evident green line after ten shaves. The lower blue rubber grip on the blade enables the hair to stand upright prior to it being cut within 0.2 seconds of contact - allowing the Pro-Glide to perform to a high standard of male grooming. Fusion Pro-Glide's design traits imitate a James Dyson product, the clue is in its retractable blade head - a grandiose piece of Gillette product design knowledge. While in use the blade-head is as versatile as any razor blade on the market. Flexibility, ease of use, and comfort, rolled into one.
Notably, I'm rather thick - skinned, and therefore I rarely snick myself shaving, even when rushed and do a quick robust shave to save time. Nevertheless, I'm careful around the philtrum - where the skin thins out like a mini-tub ice-cream spatula; you use to get at the movies, or watching pantomimes. Having the apparatus to groom efficiently now paves for me not to have so many hirsute days, whereby my bristly chin is guilty of crimes against feminine skin and provokes toddlers to stare. I'm in the process of thinking where I could shave next? The problem is I'm not sure if the summer is ready for my body-form smoothness let alone anyone else who maybe wandering adjacent to me; naturally pushing a pushchair with a toddler staring at me - now that would be a sight.
Highly recommended for those who generally like smoothness and repulse against hirsuteness.
I'm baaaaack, and it's time to talk about the age-old premise of men rubbing thin shards of metal over their faces all in the aid of beauty and appearance. I previously wrote about my old favourite tool for wet shaving, the Gillette Mach 3, but after the handle of that became the victim of a mis-placed foot, I went out to get a replacement. I was intending to buy another Mach 3 as I was never a fan of the original Gillette Fusion, but for some reason I got temped in to buy it's glossy and heavily advertised updated brother, the Fusion ProGlide. Here are the thoughts of this market leading men's razor.
--Whooo! Take the ProGlide Challange! Erm...(Punch!)--
The Gillette Company were formed in 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts, and started producing their key product base of safety razors from 1902. Over the years, Gillette became a worldwide brand name and synonymous with men's hygiene products, includings soaps, gels, foam and deodorant. Their primary product and the one they are most recognised for are the re-usable razor handles combined with disposable blade cartridges, and in recent years the inclusion of multiple sprung blades. They have made various advances over the years developing re-usable and disposable razors, and branding support products like shaving gel into a new model name. Like many large cosmetic brands, they were merged into part of the giant consumer goods company Procter and Gamble in 2006.
The branding for Gillette however remains, and their newest update to their flagship men's razor is the Fusion ProGlide, commercially endorsed by Tennis star Roger Federer and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy. These are not a far cry from the stereotypical shaving commercials as this proves to be the trusted method of selling to a modern man. The first adverts for the ProGlide, as to act as a comparison with the older Mach 3 and standard Fusion models, had an annoying 'reporter', bouncing into a men's changing room to ask about their shave experience. This guy would seriously get a stern word in the lug hole if he invaded my ablutions, and if he didn't disappear quickly, the multiple blades would have a difference use altogether. This advert was dropped, but in a strange way this made the product more memorable than any previous versions, so well done to Gillette's marketing team on creating the most annoying but effective TV campaign of the last two years!
--Price and Packaging--
These products for me have always had a price imbalance and it's obvious why, to maximise the profit on replacment blades. The razor handle itself with one head costs as little as £11.99. I got mine for a mere £7 on an offer. However, it only came with a single blade head included, and a packet of replacement head costs a massive £17 for 6! It's often documented on the cost of razor blade cartridges, and the ProGlide is no exception, in fact it's the most expensive in the range. No wonder why Gillette want everyone using these instead of their older products. Shopping around may prove a little fruitful, but generally the cost of these remains rather constant.
Maybe some of that cost is eaten up by the overkill on packaging. Sealed plastic bubble packages with card inserts are used for both the razor and the replacement blades, and while this provides good protection and looks smart, it's all a bit too much I feel. The designs are modern, sleek and provide all the information clearly in a blue/orange mixture of colours. Slightly eye-catching in the supermarket aisle, but not a big difference to the other brands and products. Telling the difference between the standard Fusion and the Fusion ProGlide is not a quick matter, having to examine the packets as they are very similar. That all said, it's all recyclable and easy to open.
--Design and Durability--
The ProGlide takes the exact design cues from the standard Fusion razor. A metal handle with ergonomic rubber grips and smooth shape, with a few enhancements that are mainly cosmetic, like the ProGlide logo on the underside. As far as razor handle designs go, it's modern and attractive, with a slight mechanical feel but with a swish style. It's easy to grip and manipulate in your hand, and is rather light in weight, but solid to the touch. I would think it will last longer than my previous Mach 3 because metal is used for the shaft and not plastic, so it should outlive many cans of shaving gel. The blade cartridge clip is well designed too, robust and easy to release and replace. Very good and an improvement on the Mach 3 design. What isn't an improvement is the holder you get, which is pretty much useless given the fact that a smart holder came with the Mach 3. It's a small tray of plastic that feels cheap and doesn't provide any enhancement to the storage of the razor.
The blade heads themselves are a slightly different story. Matching with the blue and silver colour scheme of the handle, they are again nicely built and don't seem fragile. The pivot point is strong, moves well and the 5 blades are all sprung well. There is a sixth blade on the back edge of the head which is suppose to be an accurate trimming blade, this stays out of the way during normal shaving, but steadying the head with a thumb could result in a little cut from this blade. Despite the apparent build quality, the longevity again comes into question. Gillette claim these blades last longer and provide the same quality of shave up to 13 times. I found it started to wear after the fifth shave, and needed replacing by the tenth time. I haven't got the coarsest of facial hair, so I would think a man with dark hair and a darker completion would find an even lower life span on these razors. For me, no real difference in lifespan from the Mach 3, but at a higher cost.
--Shaving Results - A Face to Pull With...?--
It seems I have been complaining about the cost and short life of the blades, but the best quality the ProGlide has to offer is also the most important, the quality and ease of the shaving experience. Like I have said before, I was disappointed when I used the original Fusion. It was uncomfortable, scraped and tugged on hairs quite a lot leaving my cheeks and neck quite sore. I put this down to the fact it has just too many blades, which would clog up with cut hairs too quickly. The ProGlide has addressed these issues, and much like the advertising says, it does reduce the snagging and pulling of the hairs. Gillette say the blades are engineered to be thinner and sharper, and the head includes an additional strip alongside the rubber foils and the moisturising strip. This is called a micro-comb, a tiny black line placed just under the first blade, which makes the hairs stand up just before the blades make the cut. This seems to be very effective, as the shave is remarkably improved. I was surprised when I first used it, it felt different straight away, and noticed that it glides smoothly over 3 days of growth without the resistance of the previous Fusion and Mach 3. I would still say the Mach 3 shaves very well, but will admit this is better.
Five blades is still too much I think, as you regularly have to rinse and clean the head during shaving, but not as frequently as the older models. The blades are sharp, very sharp too, and makes for a quick shave, you don't have to run over the same area time and time again, thus preventing razor burn and soreness. However, be careful with movement, these blades will not have any trouble making a neat five-line slice in the skin which is very painful. I did this on my bottom lip, and it was the worst shaving cut I have ever given myself. Ouch. If respect is given to the razor however, the results are very good. A close shave without soreness, and easy to move across the skin, even under the chin and neck area. The other parts of the razor head do the job too. The moisturising strip works well, and unlike the Mach 3, doesn't become sticky after the first use. It does lose it's effectiveness however after about five shaves, halfway into the lifespan of the blades. As mentioned before, I feel the sixth blade on the back edge is pointless and I have no need for it at all. Some may find it useful, but for me it's not needed. Thankfully though, it doesn't get in the way much. Small quibbles really, but overall a better shaving experience than any razor I have used before. Just.
It's a rarity that big brand claims are proven to be 100% true with a flagship product, but Gillette have almost got this spot-on. I'd say the lifespan claim is wrong, but the quality of the shave is better than before, and the blade head lives up to it's hype of reducing pulling, snagging and scraping. The design of all of the parts is modern, functional and neat, and makes for a very good wet shave. I was always a big advocate for the Mach 3, and to some extent will remain so, but this is a better razor and the results show. Not perfect, but close to a problem-free shave than there has ever been.
Mach 3 or Fusion ProGlide? The latter just shaves it...
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
I stole one of these from my husband (and a new blade cause I didn't want him to worry that I'd blunted his blade. I'm considerate like that). His came in a box set with the shaving gel and moisturiser, but only one razor head with the set. He must have liked it, because after it sat unused and unloved for a few months he was out of his regular blades so used this and before you could say, Oooh your face feels smooth, he was hotfooting it down to the shop looking for replacement blades!
It was the closest shave ever on my fuzzy winter legs, really lovely and smooth without loads of going over and over the same area ... until I got to my knees, when for some reason the razor took exception to the presence of bone under my skin and sliced a little chunk of flesh right out. It then did the same on the other knee, but hell, the rest of my legs was in lovely condition. The moisturiser had a very manly smell so I didn't use it, but my husband did once and mumbled something about it being for girls (and yet I notice that half the thing is empty, so clearly he likes it more than he's admitting).
The pack of 5 claims that you get a month per blade but I wouldn't use the blade for that long. It did my legs/underarms twice and was then pretty much at the end of its usable life. I would think that men shaving just their faces might get 3-4 uses out of it before risking red spots and sore chins. A shame considering how expensive the blades are.
I hate to love it.
I got this razor for Christmas in a box set with the shaving gel and post shave moisturiser. I only got one razor head with the set and hated every stroke I took across my face as it was the best shave I had ever had and knew I wouldn't be able to afford replacement blades!
It was the closest shave ever and I felt next to no drag on a 3 day growth. I was seriously in shock.
If I had the money I would use this razor everyday but as I cannot afford the blades I'm stuck with using my original razor however, the razor is a fair price so would make a great Christmas or Birthday present.
I have used the same head three times now and it is just about at the end of its useful life. The pack of 5 states that you get a month per blade but I personally wouldn't use the blade many more times as I am starting to feel the drag.
Ever since Gillette revolutionised the way razors are made back when they introduced the original Mach3, they've had some hits and misses with razors released after the initial breakthrough. Gillette's Mach3 Nitro Power and Fusion Power were big improvements, while others, such as the Mach3 Turbo, showed no clear improvement. Happily, Gillette hit gold with their newest razor, the Fusion Proglide Power.
Similar to the Fusion models which preceded this, there are 5 blades on every blade to. However, these blades are (noticeably) thinner and finer. Gillette claims it creates less tug and pull, hence the "Proglide". In my experience, this is certainly true. It literally is the razor doing all the work. All it needs is a guiding hand.
Carried over from the original Fusion is the precision trimmer blade, which Gillette have cleverly placed anti clogging slots, to combat the previous problem of hair getting stuck. The blade is also said to be sharper, although it feels the same to me.
The aloe vera lubricant strip from the Fusion also returns. Added with more lubricant than ever for moisturising according to Gillette, I honestly fail to see how this helps. It's probably the razor's most useless feature, especially considering how most use aftershave.
So what is new to the Proglide Power and not just an improvement. Exclusive to the Power version (not manual) is a microcomb, designed to guide those stubbly hairs to the blades. A good idea on paper and it does seem to work too.
Also added is a new suspension system (which is more flexible than the Fusion), which helps keep the blade to the hairs and reduces the amount of strokes on one area you have to do. Definitely a noticeable change on Gillette's part.
The power is also set to turn off during moments of inactivity if the user forgets to do it themselves. A smart and neat feature there.
The one problem I do have is this supposed ergonomic handle. One of the problems I had with the original Fusion Power was my knuckles switching the power off. While Gillette have made the power button to require a stronger press, they sacrificed the way it grips, with too many ridges on the handle not allowing a tight grip. At least the original Fusion was easier to grip. This newer razor is also much heavier. Understandable but the grip doesn't help to make it easier.
So the razor is easily an improvement. However what hurts is the price. While it has at least come down since its launch, paying somewhere near a tenner is slightly cheeky on Gillette's part. Near £10 is maybe the price the most expensive store should sell it, not all the moderately priced ones. It's up to you to decide if you think the price is worth it or if you would rather just wait a little bit longer. The fact that a pack of 3 blades costs the equivalent of the razor itself is also cheeky. However, after 2 months of weekly use, I'm still on the original blade it came with, so at least the blades last long.
I would say buy this razor if you're fed up of Fusion. It's a must if you're still on the Mach3's. Just try and look for the best price you can.
Every day I have to get up and shave and sometimes if you have not got the right razor then it can be just an irritating thing to do. I found the new Gillette Fusion Pro Glide an excellent razor because it just seems to make shaving effortless.
This is a power razor so you have a battery you put inside the razor usually an AA size and you then turn this on at the side to give yourself a vibration to help with the whole shaving experience.
If you have had the original Gillette fusion razor the blades were bigger but not by a big amount the new pro glide has smaller and thinner razors they claim will cut closer to the skin and give you a smoother finish.
This razor was expensive it cost me £6.85 for the razor and one additional blade which can last a few months depending on how often you shave and how much facial hair needs to come off. At weekends I never shave and then come Monday morning I have facial hair which is quite thick.
This razor is good for cutting shorter hairs but when it comes to longer ones I have to say it struggles. There seems to be a pause half way through like the razor is stuck in the hair and that is not good enough especially since the blades are meant to be sharper.
I found if I have a shave each day the skin is smooth and you cannot see stubble either which some razors always leave behind. I have cut myself on several occasions because of my speed in which I shave so the blades are definitely sharp to do damage if you rush around.
After that morning shave I always feel fresh and the razor never seems to have hairs stuck between the blades like some of the razor blades I have had in the past. Cleaning the blades is simple a quick wash under the tap and all the hairs have gone and the razor is ready to use again.
The power part just adds a bit of vibration and to be honest I see no difference from a power razor to a normal manual one so that part I find just a bit confusing. In terms of the price of blades the price is high considering and I saw them in a 4 pack for £9 which is very high for me but if you get a good shave then it might be worth it.
I have found the grip on the razor excellent at the front which enables me to have a nice close feel shave without worrying I might miss any and the end results for me were excellent. If you have a lot of facial hair sometimes I feel the razor gets lost and stuck but it does take the hair of eventually.
Price wise there is a problem but overall a very nice razor and offers superb results.
Earlier today I was in my local Boots store and decided to check out the razors as I needed to get a new one as I had been using disposables for a few months after I was using a similar Gilette razor which also used a battery like this Pro Glide Power. I found the razor for a reduced price of £6.49, The normal price for one of these razors is £12.99 which although expensive for a razor it's what you would expect to pay for one of the battery operated razors from Gilette and also the other big name in shaving, Wilkinson Sword. The Fusion ProGlide Power comes with five blades on the front for shaving with and one on the back for edging beards and sideburns.
Using the battery power
To take advantage of the battery power of this razor All you need to do is press the button on the top of the razor and the buzzing will start, There are extra gripping areas on the new shaft which makes it easier to hold and use. I was very impressed with the shave that this razor gives. I think it gives the shave a more soothing and comfortable shave than without. It might take a bit of getting used to if you've never used a battery operated razor before.
You can choose to use the razor without turning the switch on. I would advise that if you are doing a daily shave then you probably wouldn't benefit from the battery all that much but with this razor you still get a quality shave even when you don't have it switched on. So in Summary it won't give that much more if you use the battery for a short shave than not using it. I will continue to use the battery operation when I have let it grow a bit and need a longer shave.
As usual with Gillette razors you will also find the accompanying shave gels and balms and that is of course no different in the fusion range. I have used these with the Fusion razors before and was very satisfied with the results. In the range are Shaving Gel and Foam and also the After Shave Gel and also an After Shave Balm which is particularly good and really compliments the results of the shave. The blades are of course available too. These products are a little more expensive than some other shave products from Gillette but you ultimately get the results you pay for.
This is a relatively new thing in razors and is a great idea, It's basically a little blade on the other side of the razor from the blade you use to shave. It concentrates on your sideburns and for your more designer beards so to speak, ie to get into the harder to reach parts and to style a goatee beard for instance. I think this part is a great addition and one that works really well. I like to keep a bit of a beard going so I will use this feature from time to time. An excellent feature which is a plus for a wash bag.
I think this is an excellent razor which benefits from the added battery ability, It gives a clean and smooth shave with ultimate comfort and ease of use. The fact that you can interchange between the Fusion and the Fusion ProGlide blades is another bonus and both will work very well indeed on the razor. If you are looking to get a new razor then give this a look in your local Boots as there are some great deals on this and other razors in the range. So overall an excellent razor which will give great results for a wide range of shaves in great comfort.
I've been a fan of Gillette for ages now I think their razors are by far the best on the market. Having a beard I don't shave that often just enough to keep my face smart and tidy. That is why I'm such a fan of the fusion range, I find them accurate and they give me an excellent shave. I really didn't think they could improve on the fusion.
As razors go the pro glide is a bit expensive at around the £7 mark, the cost of the refills is also a bit steep, so shaving is no longer a cheap option. There are some reasonable cheap razors out there, but for the best shave you really do have to cough up some serious dough.
Gillette claim this is their best shave with thinner and sharper blades. I've always found the fusion to give a very good shave and I have had no complaints apart from the refill and initial price. When I tried the pro glide, which my son purchased, I was amazed, I was of course expecting a good shave and with four blades and a styling blade at the top I knew it would be.
Of all the razors I have used even the fusion there has always been a slight drag on the blades especially when I shaved near the beard to get that defined look. The pro glide advert gives the impression that drag is a thing of the past and in use this certainly does seem to be the case. This is without doubt the best shave I have ever had. There was no need to go over areas to get rid of that stubborn stubble; it was gone first stroke of the pro glide.
My face was like a babies bum smoothness wise it didn't actually look like a babies bum although I know some folk who might disagree. Because there is no repeat shaving as it were the blades last longer so the added expense is negated in this and the cost balances out. Cheap blades simply don't last even if in the first instance they do give a good shave they soon go blunt, not so with the pro glide the blades last a seriously long time in comparison and I put this down to the fact that you get a better first time shaving experience.
For all its expense the pro glide does live up to the advertising claims, it is a superb razor which gives excellent results. The control you have over the shaving is second to none as in the finished quality of the shave. Silky smooth every time. I wasn't expecting to get as good results as I got I firmly believed the previous fusion to be unbeatable in getting a good shave....................I put my hands up and freely admit I was wrong.
I recently purchased a Gilette Fusion Proglide at my express market. Being as I seen a lot of T.V commercials from Gilette and there "on site surprise interviews", on the Fusion Pro Glide, I decided to pay twice the amount for this new technology from Gilette.
To my "awful" surprise, the new Gilette Fusion Pro Glide was the same if not worst than my regular cheap two blade Gillete shaver. The Gilette Fusion Pro Glide shaving stick consist on 5 blades which are thinner than ever (according to Gilette). According to Gilette, having extra and thinner blades results in a better and closer shave. Unfortunately for myself, this was not the case. I have tried the Gilette Fusion Pro Glide five times now. Honestly, my shave has not gotten any closer than my two blade Gilette razor. The Gilette Fusion Pro Glide is also suppose to simply "Glide" when you shave. Each and everytime that I shave with the new Gilette Fusion Pro Glide, the Razor pulls And tugs harshly on my beard. This gives an uncomfortable feeling that you might cut yourself and it scares the daylights out of me at times. The "vibrating" act of the powered Gilette Fusion Pro Glide takes some getting used to but seems to do it's job by moving and lifting your hair.
There are three features that I enjoy about the Gilette Fusion Pro Glide. I like the fact that the Fusion Pro Glide razor cartridge can be changed literally by a click of a button. To change a cartridge when it has become dull, simply press a button and the cartridge will clip out. Simply click a new cartridge on the stick and depending on the frequency of shave and thickness of your beard, the cartridge may last another two to three months! Another feature that I really like about the Gilette Fusion Pro Glide is the 6th blade (on the other side of the shaving blades). This other "stand alone" blade is the trimming blade. The trimming blade works flawlessly to trim you beard, side burns and mustache! The Gilette Fusion Pro Glide Has a good grip to it and gives the impression of a solid stick and one that will not slip out of your hand while shaving when your hands are wet.
To Conclude, even though I don't think that the Gilette Fusion Pro Glide shaves or glides any better than my regular two blade Gilette shaver, I will continue to buy the Gilette Fusion Pro Glide since I really like the fact that the cartridges are replaceable which helps save the environment by not wasting a good stick and just replacing the important part (the cartridge). I also like the fact that the Gilette Fusion Pro Glide has a trimmer built in (which I use almost every morning)!
Another year and another new release from Gillette who once again are claiming to have advanced the field of shaving with the Fusion ProGlide Power, a razor that has been "reengineered and redesigned" to provide a "most comfortable shave." Now be it online, on television, on advertisements, or on the product packaging there are a lot of buzz words floating around this product trying to persuade you into buying. Hearing things like "low resistance coating" "lubricating polymers" and "blade stabiliser" is all well and good but the proof is in the shave, and the real question is can this new razor cut it and live up to the hype?
Firstly there is no denying the rather high cost of the Fusion which can be found in retailers as cheaply as £6.49 or as expensive as £11.79, the replacement blades don't seem to vary as much in cost, however are pretty expensive with a blister pack containing three blades can be found for £9.99, and since the razor vibrates you also have to factor in the cost of replacement batteries (AA size).
I'm glad to say that it does provide a close shave and has no trouble getting rid of stubble. It has a six blade design which helps to remove more hair on the first past, meaning that you don't have to repeatedly shave the same part of your face. It is waterproof and hence shower proof, while I personally wouldn't want to shave in the shower as if would be difficult to see what you are doing, others may find this an advantage as it would save time.
The vibrating nature of the razor is a pretty strange sensation to begin with (almost like using a sonic toothbrush) but you get used to it quickly. It is easy to grip and comfortable to hold and the actual design is pretty neat and modern.
The biggest drawback however was the fact that I developed a shaving rash after only two morning's use, something which I have never had problems with before. It is possible that it's down to not being use to shaving so close, but the rash was pretty bad meaning I had to return to my normal Fusion by the third day. It would therefore pose problems for anyone that has soft sensitive skin.
At the end of the day it does do what it was designed to do, and allows you to achieve a very close shave over that of previous razors from Gillette. For that it does deserve merit. It's just a shame that the running cost is so high. That combined with the rash it gave me, means that sadly it is likely to sit on my bathroom shelf.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
Gillette Fusion Proglide Power / 1 Cartridge / Incredible Comfort / Even If You Shave Every Day 1. Thinner, finer blades glide effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull / 2. A MicroComb that helps guide stubble to the blades / 3. + Precision Trimmer Blade Redesigned Precision Trimmer, with improved blade and anticlogging rinse slots / All Fusion cartridges can be used with all Fusion handles.