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A few weeks ago I did a silly thing.
While shopping for razor blades for my Mach 3 Turbo - the best razor I've ever used - I spotted this, the Fusion ProGlide.
It was black and gold, and shiny...so shiny!
Not only was it shiny, it was cheaper to buy this with three spare blades that it was to buy a pack of blades for the Mach 3. I was sold - in the trolley you go!
The trouble is, lost in the excitement of this new toy (don't judge me, I have a very dull life) I neglected to take into consideration the difficulty I had last time I needed a new razor; I went through 3 or 4 before settling on the Mach 3 Turbo. While I don't have especially sensitive skin I do suffer from sore and tender skin after shaving.
So, since I shave pretty much every other day it wasn't long before this came out of the packet for its first run.
First impressions were good. Very good. The five blade system meant there was a little less resistance, and while I had to cover the same areas multiple times I put that down to the new razor and not being quite used to it.
However, after that first shave it didn't seem to perform nearly as well. By the second and third times I used it the blades felt dull and left me quite sore, and the oily lubricating strip was bone dry by the third use. That was a disappointment, it meant that I was using a blade every week where the Mach 3 Turbo blades seem to last at least a fortnight - often as many as 10-12 shaves before needing replacing.
In short I think the Fusion is a bit of a cop-out. It was meant to be a new and improved version of the M3 but I think they've gone forward in some respects and backwards in others. The main selling point for me is longevity - at the prices they charge I need a blade to last me a while. The cynic in me thinks they may well have improved significant aspects of the Mach 3, but reduced lifespan to sell more replacement blades...
A very quick comparison;
The fusion uses 5 blades to the Mach 3's three, yet the M3 seems to stay sharper for longer.
They both use a lubricating strip which acts as an indicator to change your blade (fades green to white). The Fusion is depleted after 3 uses whereas the M3 gets 6 or 7 before it has faded completely.
Both sets of blades are shockingly expensive at approximately £15 per pack of 8!
The precision trimmer is far better on the Fusion, though the M3 was adequate for my own needs (trimming/shaping my sideburns!)
The 'blade stabiliser' works perfectly well on both, but is more suited to the wider 5 blade razor, so definitely works better on the Fusion.
Both look good and are ergonomically well designed to fit the contours of a hand.
The razors themselves cost between £10 and £15 - but there are always deals with free blades thrown in worth looking at - especially if you work on each blade costing around £2.
In summary the Fusion Proglide is a very good razor, but after owning arguably the best of the Mach 3 series in the Turbo, the Fusion doesn't feel quite as 'top of the range' to me as Gillette make out.
They do this in a manual version (mine) and a battery assisted 'Power' version. I would assume that the Power is the better model, so it may well be the best on the market in that particular incarnation, but this one falls a little short of its predecessor for me guys, sorry.
For this review I'm going to talk about the Gillette Fusion Proglide as a Razor. I'm going to go into detail about the advantages, disadvantages and my overall feeling towards this shaving razor.
I brought this after browsing my local Boots store for some new toiletries. I first came across it in the discount basket. It was £4.99. This included two extra razors as well, so I got a pretty good deal out of it.
-- Advantages --
I tested this razor out straight away when I got home. I only usually buy the very cheap disposables ones, so I was hoping for something a bit better in this particular razor.
I noticed it feels a lot smoother to shave that previous razors. I used to always get shaving rashes sometimes off the disposable ones, but for this one, I didn't suffer from it.
After I finished shaving, I noticed the shave was a lot closer than before. Usually I could still feel a slight stubble. But for the Proglide, my skin felt really smooth! So far I'm very pleased with the purchase!
-- Disadvantages --
As much as I liked this Razor, it still had some disadvantages. It's stated that the Gillette Proglide lasts around a month. For me, it lasted just over two weeks. I shaved everyday so I was slightly disappointed it didn't last a bit longer. I think the mistake I made was to actually shave everyday. If I just used it every two days, then it may have lasted a good month. If you like to a leave a bit of stubble then you can get away with maybe just shaving three times a week. I tried this with the other replacement blades, and it did last slightly longer.
Another disadvantage was the price of the blades. I ran out, so I went to my local Boots store again to check how much the prices were. I was shocked to see that four blades cost around £10. I didn't purchase any at this time. I managed to get a pack of four for about £8 online, So a slight saving.
-- Overall feeling --
My overall feeling is that I was pleased with the purchase. It's the best razor I've ever purchased and you will not get a closer shave with any other one. The only thing that puts me off a repeat purchase is the price of the blades. If they were around about £1 a blade I may purchase some again.
In the long run it's very expensive for what it is. You could easily save £100 a year by just growing a beard! For this reason I'm going to give it a 7/10.
Having spent many cheapskate years shaving with disposables, this razor was an epiphany! I was used to a good shave on day one from the old plastic ones, deteriorating over 4-5 days to a shave akin to dragging a rusty garden implement across your face.
The Gillette is not cheap - the razor itself can be picked up fairly reasonably with a couple of heads, but the replacement heads are eyewateringly expensive, but don't let this put you off.
First thing on a cold winter morning if the hot water is not as hot as you would like, these razors are a joy. They glide across your face beautifully and continue to do so for, in my experience, about 10-14 days. As well as being very comfortable, I now hardly cut myself at all and the shave you get is second to none.
The good design of the head means that it sheds the shavings well and is easy to wash out between swipes!
Replacing the heads is really easy - they just clip in and out.
Once they feel you smooth chin, Wives & daughters WILL use it on their legs etc... This will severely reduce the life of your precious blades, so guard them with your life!!
I promise, you will never want to go back to the plastic face knives again!
Wow! Call me converted, after a luke warm reception towards a gillette mach 3 that I got for my 18th (typical present) I found that it just didn't shave well at all, and the blades were expensive so I ended up using a vintage (also gillette) double edged safety razor that cost a lot more than the mach 3 (but it is made of steel and it about 60 years old), but the blades cost pennies. Shaving with the double edge was great, I loved it, it was fun, cheap and nostalgic, but one day I tried a pro glide and I could tell immediately it was better than the mach 3 in every way, for a start it wasn't lurid green, and was a classy gold and blue, a real sculptural object with more metal on display than the mach 3. The integrated fine trimmer is very useful for under your nose, or eyebrows. It still has the same problems that all cartridge razors have, the fact it clogs if you have more than 3 days growth, and the fact it's expensive, but I really think that 5 blades is better than 3 and they have produced a great product that I, as a shaving elitist with a penchant for the fine craftmanship of old razors, wold be happy to use every day- quick, simple, effective.
I bet you are wondering how I got this razor for no cost to me whatsoever, huh?
No, I didn't steal it. Gillette gave it to me.
Still confused? I don't blame you. I'll explain...
Gillette, for a number of years, have offered to give away one fo their razors to people for their 18th birthday. The idea behind this promotion is that even though they are giving away a razor, which most likely actually cost them very little to produce, they will still make a profit as they will have encouraged these people to use their shaving products alongside their razor for possibly even the rest of their lives (hence why they give it away to 18 years olds). The shaving foam and other products are known as complimentary products and this business model is a well established concept, you have beneficent form this many times and haven't even known it - to buy a car is actually far cheaper than it would be without this model, it is actually slightly subsidised by the massive profit made on petrol and diesel used in the cars. So, as I am sure you have guess by now, I have recieved one of these razors for my 18th birthday. If you have just missed out, don't worry as Gillette has now extended the promotion to 19, 20 and 21 years olds too!
Visit their Facebook page to claim it and they will send it to you for free!
That's enough about getting razors for free. Now on to the razor itself...
I was instantly impressed with the quality of the razor. It is a very weighty razor which makes me feel like it is more of a quality product. obviously, as it is only about 20cm long and 2cm across for the most part, it is not so heavy as to ever cause discomfort or annoyance to hold during operation. I have actually tried to snap the razor in two to test its quality and failed repeatedly, its strength is top-notch.
The blade on the razor is very good. It claims to be the slimmest blades ever used on a Gillette razor to give both the closest shave with the least irritation. I have never actually used other Gillette razors so cannot comment on how true this is in comparison to other Gillette razors, however I have tried other brands and I can say that it is far more comfortable than them and it does in fact glide across skin very well without causing any irritation - at least on my skin, other skin types can be different of course. Once the blades wear out, they can be replaced via a refill pack from many common shops an supermarkets.
I am used to electric shavers but this razor is tempting me to switch back to a wet shave. It is THAT good!
I found this to be the best razor , i have tried the wilkinson sword hydro 5 recently and i just didn't find it any good even with the top blade pulled back .
With the proglide i found to be the most comfortable close shave out there it gives you less razor rash
and redness , plus the blades are strong and durable , which last a long long time , i use my pro glide blade with the power handle which is battered operated i think that gives you are more closer shave with less irritation , the pro glide does what it says it does glide just be care full if you have any blemishes as you may cut yourself , it is very safe to use and i recommend that you do use gillette to buy there shaving foam they do quite a lot of ranges for sensitive skin to normal skin types
the only down side to the pro glide is the cost of the blades , but saying that they do last a very long time
This razor is one of the best for sure, no doubt! The razors are sharp and last a anywhere between 2 weeks and a month depending on how resistant your beard is. Now the easiest comparison to make for me is the comparison to the standard manual version of this razor, is the battery power really enough to justify the extra money? For me, no. The battery power does assist with shaving but not by a huge amount in my opinion, you can allow your beard to grow slightly longer before shaving and have a relatively pain-free shave but the manual is cheaper and is compatible with the same razors as the fusion (i'm not sure if there's a difference).
So, the advert says you can 'glide' even against the grain...mmm, maybe for some but not for me, i'm still unable to shave against the grain, it's still uncomfortable despite what shaver I use, including this one. Having said that, I still get a clean shave compared to any other razor that i've used so i can't complain. This razor for me is one of the best on the market but i'm positive that the manual version of the proglide is just as effective as the fusion version if price is what's ailing you.
Bought this to go on holiday with as i couldnt get any blades for my usual razor. This came with a free blade and also i bought a pack of extra blades to go with it. It is easily as good if not better than the Mach 3 and a bit cheaper, dependent on where you shop. I found that the blades were probably not as sharp however this suited me as I have a tendency to cut myself on the upper lip with the Mach 3.
The handle is made to fit comfortably into your hand but this would depend on your technique of shaving. The end is weighted slightly and this helps by allowing you not to have to put too much pressure on the blades when shaving. It has a good clean cut and does shaves as close as any other razor that I have used.
It comes with a little holder which sort of gets in the way really, have never used the holder to put the razor back on after a shave however I guess its there to stop it dripping everywhere when you are finished.
A good reliable razor, only suggestion would be to keep a blade handy because they seem to blunt all of a sudden and that does hurt if you cant change the blade.
i bought this product for my husband as part of his birthday gift but ended up using it myself, and may i say was the best shave my legs have ever had, also was left really really smooth too!! will deffinitelly be buying again and would reccomend to anyone, man or woman!
I have purchased these for my husband, as he is very particular about his appearance. The presentation is great, however accessing the product is difficult and fiddly. On use the product seemed to do what it said and left his face smooth and clean shaven. The availablity of new blades was straitforward and simple to replace on the handle of the razor.
The product is easily identifiable on the shelves. It would be of benefit to the customerif there was the inclusion of more blades as this would make the product more appealing to purchase in the first place
However for a device tha is used on a daily basis the initial purchase is quite expensive, although decent razors are. As always Gillette live up to their reputation.
However I feel that the product was value for money & I would buy the razor and the replacement blades as a regular purchase when shopping. My husband, who is the product user is very happy with the razors performance
The razor gives an extremely smooth and comfortable shave, with little irritation, compared to its market competitors. I personally have a sensitive neck area and this razor is the best I have tried for getting a close and more importantly comfortable shave. The razor head itself has a large number of blades which are close together therefore spreading the pressure of the head across a greater area and giving a closer shave. The weighted handle is also another nice touch, giving a very balanced and easily manoeuvrable feel to the whole piece of kit when using it. The main negative with these razors is the price of replacement heads; however the blades are of such a quality that they do last considerably longer than any disposable blades I have used. So if money isn't your main factor when picking a razor, and you want a quality comfortable shave then this is the product for you.
I noticed the Fusion ProGlide on sale a little while ago and picked one up, thinking it was a bit of a bargain and always up for trying something new. I used to use Venus razors (that's right, I'm a girl) but since trying out my boyfriend's last year I opted to go for a man's razor. It actually worked more effectively, and even though the ProGlide definitely gets a recommendation for me, I'd still prefer not to have the lubrication strip across the top (hence 4 stars).
Gillette is a P&G product, and across the front of this is a 'Worldwide Partner' logo to show it's sponsoring the Olympics (hence this is a 'special edition' pack). It's a huge brand and one of the most popular when it comes to shaving, so I have faith in their products being effective. I've always used Gillette for razors, but this is now my second guy's razor that I've bought. It seems almost taboo for a woman to buy a man's razor when she can choose a pretty-looking one with a scented strip on it, but I've actually found them to be more effective. I gave this one a try because it was on sale at the bargain price of £3, and compared to buying a new packet of blades for my other razor, thought it would be worth trying this out instead. Just to note, this is the manual razor, not a battery one which can be bought alternatively.
This comes in a dark blue plastic box with clear front that peals back so that you can see the razor inside. It looks masculine but efficient, in the sense that it's quite understated. Opening the pack is made a lot easier by the peal back tab at the top. This was a definite bonus to me to save the initial frustrations of trying to scissor open hard plastic, which is what you usually have to do with razors. Included with the razor handle are two blades. The blade handle has a plastic 'coat' around it and the spare blade it towards the back, kept safe in a neat little razor holder which can also hold the razor itself (I'm a sucker for the little things as I found this quite cute).
The razor is sturdy enough and does look fairly masculine, but it's not the heaviest of guys razors I've come across. It's ergonomic to hold and not too big, even for my little hands. It looks neat enough and popping the razor in / out is very easy to do. The razor is described as providing 'incredible comfort - even if you shave every day'. So what makes this different from the rest? It has thinner, finer blades to reduce pulling of hair, a lubrication strip for more 'lube' and a smidge of mineral oil, and a +1 precision trimmer blade that's been improved along with the 'anticlogging rinse slots'.
When using this, I have actually found it glides very well, probably better than other blades I've used in the past. It feels smooth across the skin and gentle. I go slightly slower as this is a guy's razor and I don't want to have nicks all over my legs, but I also use Gillette (the female one!) shave gel. This helps to make the glide smoother, but the lube strip definitely does make a difference. The blades do seem to be quite fine as I'm left with smooth legs that are soft and not aggravated by aggressive shaving.
The one downside for me would be, strangely enough, the lube strip. I'm glad it's there as it does seem to provide the 'glide' -like movement over skin, but I prefer the last razor in this sense that offered the option of moving the strip up so you didn't have to use this. I say this because I find the lube strip can often get a bit messy, or start coming out in small clumps, making shaving far more difficult. I haven't noticed too much of a problem with this but already I wish there was the option just to make shaving, and cleaning of the razor, easier without worrying about a gunked up gel strip.
Overall, I would recommend this (for guys and gals alike). It does what it claims by providing a smooth, close shave and leaving skin hair-free and soft. I've given it 4 as I would have liked the option of moving the gel strip out of the way. Replacement blades can be pricey, but then again, they are for most re-fillable razors like this. If you see this on offer it's definitely worth a try because it's effective yet still gentle enough.
Sells for around £11.99 Olympics edition (Boots)
4 replacement blades £11.55 (Boots)
Gillette Fusion Proglide / 1 Cartridge / Thinner Finer Blades glide effortlessly thorugh hair with less tug and pull / All Fusion cartridges can be used with all Fusion handles.