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Now, being a fully grown man, I have been shaving since the last year of high school. My father always had an unwelcome recommendation of Bic disposable razors, but upon seeing the bloody horror his face would become after a bathroom preening session, I wisely choose a more expensive and safer razor, I didn't wish to look like Freddy Kruger in my college days. My first razor was a cheap Lynx thing, which was soon replaced by a Gillette Sensor. I have stuck with Gillette since then, more by default than anything else, and currently have a Mach 3 Turbo and a Mach 3 Power razors, both can fit the Mach 3 Turbo blades with slightly different results. I buy mostly the power type, so this review is going to cover both versions as their similarity is such.
---The Best a Man can Get... From Boston to Isleworth---
The Gillette Company were formed in 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts, but only 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. 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. Of course, like many large cosmetic brands, they were merged into part of the giant consumber goods company Procter and Gamble in 2006.
The branding for Gillette however remains, and their current latest men's razor is the Fusion Pro-glide, commercially endorsed by Tennis star Roger Federer. During the 2000's Gillette's advertising used celebrity sportsmen considerably to front their products, including David Beckham and Tiger Woods. However, this type of TV advertising has started to decline since the personal and professional life problems of Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry, which resulted in their sponsorship deals being cancelled with Gillette. At the moment, they have an annoying 'reporter', bouncing into a men's changing room to ask about their shave experience. This guy would seriously get a smack in the chops if he invaded my ablutions!
In Britain, From 1930 to 2006, Gillette based their European operations in Isleworth, West London from the iconic landmark Art Deco Grade 2 listed Gillette Building, and as a result, the adjacent road junction was named Gillette Corner, which also include the location of the Sky Sports TV Studios. This is on one of main thorough-fairs into London, the A4, and can be seen today as a master-class of industrial design. Whilst the building stands out as unique and intriguing, it also provides a nice piece to stare at travelling into London, with it's neon Illuminated clock tower making to hard to not notice. After the P & G merger, Gillette moved their European base to the Czech Republic, and the Gillette building was sold to The Bonnington Group. Like the Hoover Building on the A40, it will be more than likely redeveloped into some kind of hotel or business/entertainment park, but rest assured it will still stand as a fantastic building to welcome you to London.
---Price and Packaging---
One thing that been a constant with Gillette are the seemingly ever rising costs of their products, and buying the blade cartridges to their razors has always been a particular pocket emptier. The Mach 3 Turbo blades will cost you anywhere between £7.50 to £9 for a pack of 4, depending on the retailer. Packs of 8 are available for just under double this price range. Large supermarkets like Tesco will generally go for the middle ground, and I got my lastest 4-pack for £7.79. It would have been £8.80 for the power version, which are essentially the same. These are pricey little buggers, considering you can pick up a new razor including 2 cartridges for £10, and many disposable, supermarket own or rival brands (Wilkinson Sword) having similar products on the market, and on the whole they are mostly cheaper than Gillette's range.
I do hope that most of this cost goes toward the development of the blades themselves, because the packaging is frankly average. A thin folded and glued piece of card holds a plastic holder for the blades to sit in, and that's it. The holder however, can be fitted into the bottom of the razor's holder itself which is a nice touch. The rest of the design to the packet has a image of the razor cartridge mounted onto it's handle, with gradients of blue and white swishing around under the clear Mach 3 Turbo title, with Gillette's font logo attached. It does make it obviously a Gillette product and it's al very familiar if rather basic. A small number of the contents is printed on the front, and the back cover merely has one phrase, repeated in 10 languages plus all the relevant manufacturer information and contact details. The card, of course is fully recyclable, as is the plastic holder, but the razors will have to be disposed of correctly. Whilst a Non-wasteful, functional and practical design, it is quite basic and doesn't stand out without the might of the Gillette brand labelled all over it.
---Design and Durability---
I have always liked the shape, design and feel of these Mach 3 razor's, and the Turbo and Power versions are no exception. As mentioned before, the plastic holder which comes with the replacment blades can be fitted to the holder of your razor. This is neat, and makes changing the blades hassle-free. Simply click out the old one into a bin, and push into a new one from the holder without handling the blades at all. I also use it to store the old blades, and then throw them away when the holder is full.
The blade cartridges fit well and securely into the razor handle, and seldom fall off under the pressure of shaving or washing. The fitting clip is the same on the Turbo and Power versions, and so are interchangeable with both the handles. weather or not this makes a difference with the 'Power' facility is unknown, as I cannot detect any difference at all. The layout of the 3 blade design is mostly common nowadays, with a light rubber strip at the bottom, followed by 3 blades which move slightly up and down to adjust to the contours of your face, and the moisturising strip at the top which apparently contains Aloe and Vitamin E. I like to use this strip as a guide to when the blades are becoming blunt, as it fades over the course of several shaves, giving you a good indication of how much use you have before the dreaded red-rash set's in!
The design is certainly in context with the rest of the accompanying range of Mach 3 products, colour coded in black, silver and blue for the Turbo, green and orange for the Power version. Looks nice, and rather masculine, and overall it is easy to use, clean and store.
---Shaving Results - The Rough with the Smooth---
Now, I don't believe there is a razor on the market that is perfect for everybody, because we all have difference faces, skin types, hair texture and coarseness etc etc.... but the reason I have stuck with Gillette razors such as the Mach 3 is because I find them easy and comfortable to use. The Fusion type, in my experience, is useless and after 2 short months of using one, reverted back the my old Mach 3. The problem with the Fusion is it's just to much work. The handle is angled really oddly, and having 5 blades is just a big faceache, not to mention catch your finger on the fifth, 'trimming' blade. It seems to me there is a limit of the number of blades that should be on any single cartridge, and 3, erm, is the magic number.
After a good warm face wash and the application of a quality gel, soap or foam, the Mach 3 does shave nicely. The cheek area's are particularly easy, the without whipping the razor across your face like the ad's tend to show, I am normally cut and razor burn free. This also is the case with my neck and chin, however I have some coarser hairs that grow here at some garish angles, and the odd tug and snag does occur, especially when shaving against the grain, but happy to report that any cuts stay at a minimum but can be rather sore sometimes. Shaving around the lips can be a little harder, under the nose being the most tricky. The head of the Mach 3 is quite wide, and so making all the blades come into contact with the skin in these places is difficult. If you action is slow and steady, then no problems will occur, but without careful positioning sometimes an accidental sideways stroke on the upper lip will leave 3 rather painful but neat slices in your skin, rendering your next meal of fish and chips without salt and vineger! Most of the time however, you can achieve a pleasant and pain-free shave, cutting nearly all the stray and stubborn hairs to leave a smooth, it sometimes slightly pink, laughing gear.
Things to notice are that, upon first use of a new cartridge, the moisturising strip wants to deposit all of it's contents the moment it gets wet. This creates a slimy feel to the shave, and after rinsing your face and the razor, leaves a sticky goo on the blades, which requires another rinse after it has dried. This effect doesn't last long however, and the blades can give you up to 2 weeks worth of shaving without replacement. The moisturising strip will being to fade after about 5 shaves, and soon after the blades will become harsh to use during regular shaving. Good rinsing and preparation helps this, and getting all the cut hairs out of the cartridge is a sound thing to do before and after every shave, as they will stick between the separate blades in the deign.
Whilst the price of these replacement blades is rather high, they are cheaper than any newer Gillette razor on the market, and are still sold in huge quantities. Some people may feel they cannot justify such a cost if they find other razor's which perform as well or better, and I would agree with this. Also, there maybe a time soon that the Mach 3 stops production, with Gillette pushing the Pro-Glide type and soon another model. That will be unfortunate, because I feel the Mach 3 razor is still the best Gillette have produced. Some people will have issues with all of this, and switch to a cheaper or rival brand merely out of dislike for Gillette.
However, the Mach 3 Turbo razor and it's power equivalent provide a good, trouble free and easy shave. The blades cut well into most of the tricky hairs, and leave your flesh mostly untouched. Whilst shaving against the grain can sting a little, and sometimes the odd hair can put up a protest and 'pull', the design of 3 blades seems to function like it should and gives a very comfortable, burn-free shaving experience, which, to me has yet to be bettered buy any newer products.
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I came to wet shaving relatively late in life. One of the rites of passage as a boy is when you learn to shave, frequently by watching your father. Growing up, my father tended to use an electric shaver, so when I first needed to shave, that was the method I tended to use. This may have been partly influenced by shaving technology not having advanced much beyond the Bic disposable razor back then. Fortunately, by the time I decided to try wet shaving, the triple bladed Gillette Mach 3 was available and that's the razor I've used ever since.
Admittedly, dry shaving does have its advantages, as there's virtually no risk of shaving cuts and if all you need is a daily shave, it can be a bit quicker and cleaner than a wet shave on a daily basis. But it doesn't give you as close a shave, so these days I tend to use a wet shave at the start of the week and an electric shaver for maintenance before letting my chin have a break at the weekends and starting the whole process again.
I have tried out various other razors over the years, but I have always come back to my Mach 3 blades, as I find them the best shave overall. The Bic disposable blades are too rough and always leave me with a serious shaving cut problem, especially on tough weekend growth and the Gillette Fusion are too expensive for not much reward, with the blades tending to clog up with hair too easily and becoming dulled and ineffective far too quickly and with the razor head being a little too big for precision shaving, which is more important to me now than it used to be, as I now sport a beard.
The blades have a fairly simple design, but three close set blades topped with a blue conditioning strip, which seems to be standard for most blades these days. This contains aloe vera and vitamin E, which supposedly condition the skin and reduce the chance of razor burn, but it also doubles up as a way of telling when your blades need replacing. There is also a section of ribbed plastic below the blades, which helps making the hairs stand up and should enable more hairs to be cut on the first pass or the razor, helping get a closer shave and also reduces razor burn as you don't need to keep shaving the same area over and over again.
The packaging is pretty bland, but functional. If you're looking to buy a new razor, this isn't the sort of thing that will stick out and encourage an impulse purchase, but I think that may well be intentional on Gillette's part, now that the Fusion is available and they'd like to encourage new shavers to buy that instead. However, the design is labelled well enough and has been consistent enough for some time that if this is your blade of choice, you'll always be able to pick it out on the shelves easily enough. I also like the plastic insert which holds the blades, as this slips into the back of the razor holder itself and means that when a new blade is required, you can just pop the old one off and take the new directly from the holder.
Of course, effectiveness of design means nothing if it's not functional and this is where the Mach 3 blades have worked best for me over the years, at least in most aspects. The three blades work well together and provide a very close shave, but they're spaced well enough apart to allow for decent razor glide which minimises the razor burn I found I got when I used the Gillette Fusion blades. I've found that whilst it can sometimes take a couple of passes to clear up some of the hairs on my neck which grow at strange angles, I can generally get a close shave first time with these blades and it's a very comfortable shave, even shaving against the grain which is what I tend to do.
The three blades are also spaced widely enough apart that they don't get clogged up too easily which not only improves the life of the blades, but makes for easier cleaning. Usually, a simple rinse under the tap is enough to clear the hair from the blades, although occasionally with longer hairs I do find I need to shift stubborn clogs with a fingernail and then rinse, but I've rarely had trouble with cleaning the blades and cleaning is a far quicker and easier process than I found with the Fusion blades.
The blades are also very robust. Although the blue strip is designed to be a marker of the life of the blades, I've found that the Mach 3 blades retain their sharpness long after this strip has been worn out and the strip itself seems to last a lot longer than on the Fusion blades. Admittedly, the quality and ease of the shave does dull a little over time, but I've found I can save money without causing myself too much damage in terms of shaving cuts or razor burn by using them well beyond the life of the conditioning strip, as long as I keep the blades clean.
The one issue I do have with these blades is with that conditioning strip, which can be a minor annoyance on the first few shaves with a new blade. The conditioning gel seems to come off in much larger quantities during the first few shaves, which can make for a slightly slimier and messier shave. I've found that the early shaves can leave you with a slimy coating on your skin and this can sometimes repel the shaving foam, leaving some of that behind, which is a slightly uncomfortable feeling. However, this does pass after a few shaves and whilst the shave may be marginally less comfortable, I find the benefits of the gel strip and increased comfort can be had by choosing an effective shaving gel and I tend to find that the Gillette Fusion range provides the best gel to work in tandem with these blades.
Whilst the Gillette Fusion blades do admittedly provide a comparatively closer shave during the early life of the blades, the shorter lifespan of the Fusion blades combined with the cheaper price of the Mach 3 blades means I remain a devoted Mach 3 follower and am likely to remain so. I don't often go to places where a shave close enough that it can be told be touch is required and so the Mach 3 blades have done the job most effectively for my needs over the years and I see no need to pay a little more for what would ultimately be significantly less long term value.
Gillette Mach 3 blades can be found for £7.79 for 4 or £13.71 for 8 in Sainsbury's and around 50 pence more in Boots. Both retailers do sometimes have offers on shaving products, and I tend to watch out for these and stock up, even though a single 4 pack of blades, used sparingly and generally beyond their recommended shelf life can last for quite a few months. The same can't be said of the Fusion blades in my experience and so paying roughly 50 pence more per blade simply isn't worth the money from my point of view, especially as I'm very happy with the shave I get from my Mach 3.
The introduction of the Gillette Mach 3 blade cartridges in 1998 represented a huge improvement to the previous '2 blade' cartridges that had been on the market for a while.
The key to a great shave in my opinion is a shave which is:
Quick and easy
Close to the skin
These qualities in a shave depend almost completely on the type of blade that is used, along with a little assistance from a decent shaving gel or foam which suits the skin.
When I first started shaving many years ago, the razor my father gave to me had just one blade, which seemed ok to me, as I had no experience of any other shaving blade.
A few years later I upgraded to a Gillette Sensor razor, which had 2 blades, and I instantly noticed an improvement in terms of all the key areas I listed above.
A few years later again, I tried the Mach 3, which had 3 blades (are you seeing the pattern here?). This again was a vast improvement on the 2 bladed razors, and I stuck with it for many years, and I still use it occasionally now.
~~ Mach 3 Blades ~~
Each blade cartridge contains 3 individual blades, all of which are evenly spread and very tightly positioned together. At the bottom of the razor, under the 3 blades, there is a small blue, ridged, rubbery area, which is there to make the stubble stick out, just before the blades come into contact with it.
At the top of the razor, above the 3 blades there is a bright blue indicator strip which is designed to let you know when you need to replace the blade cartridge. This strip gradually becomes faded, until it eventually becomes white. I do find the indicator strip is a bit misleading, as Gillette recommend changing the blade once the strip starts to fade, but I tend to get a lot longer out of the blades
~~ Cost and availability ~~
The Mach 3 blades are available from most pharmacy stores, chemists, or supermarkets etc, and work out at a cost of around £2 per blade. These blades are much better value if they are bought in bulk - for example, a pack of 8 blades from Boots currently only costs £12:69 which works out at just £1:59 per blade. I tend to find that a Mach 3 blade lasts me around 2 months (if I ignore the indicator strip), after which I start to find the shaving experience becomes more painful, and starts to give me a mild rash, and I know it is time to replace the blade cartridge.
The blades are easy to fit to the shaft of the razor, as they just clip into place and hold nice and firmly while shaving. To remove a blade there is a little black rubber button, which can be pressed in to release the blade effortlessly.
During the shaving process the blades get a little clogged up with hair and stubble, but a quick swirl about in a bit of water in the sink soon clears the blades, and leaves them ready to tackle the rest of the growth!
~~ My overall Opinion ~~
The Mach 3 blades were ahead of their time when they first came out, and seemed as though they led the way in the male shaving market for many years. I was really impressed and happy to use the Mach 3 blades, before I received a Gillette Fusion kit, just over a year ago, which contain a cartridge with 5 blades on it. This is the only shaving blade that I have used that is better than the Mach 3 blade in terms of:
Quick and easy
Close to the skin
Needless to say there does seem to be a direct link between the number of blades on a razor, and the quality of the shave achieved from the razor. I doubt very much that 5 blades will be highest number of blades on a razor, as I suspect the inclusion of a few more will make the Fusion look substandard at some point in the future.
Unfortunately the addition of the extra blades to the razor cartridges does seem to be driving up the price of the cartridges, and so I will always be happy to keep my Mach 3 razor in my cupboard, as the blades do represent very good value for the quality of the shave. They may not give THE Best shaving results compared to the likes of the Fusion, but they do produce a very reliable and satisfactory shave, without the huge expense in replacement blades.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
Shaving was always a bit of an issue for me in the past - if it wasn't for the terrible shaving rash that I got from electric razors, it would be the sheer amount of cuts that I accumulated from cheap disposables. That all changed however, when I stared using the Gillette Mach3 - but why is the razor which was first released in 1998 so good? Well, it's down to a combination of its three anti-friction blades, and the effective and soothing lubricating strip.
Value for Money
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Price-wise, an eight pack of Mach3 blades can currently be purchased for £12.69 - working out at £1.59 each. The price *is* more expensive than the majority of other shaving systems on the market, especially when you consider the cheapness of the supermarket-own disposable blades. In terms of their longevity, I find that I can use each blade around six times before I need to change it - and considering the fact that I only shave once a week, I certainly feel that I get my money's worth. The lubricating strip which I mentioned in the opening paragraph is designed so that it turns from green to white when the blade needs replacing - the system actually works rather well, and usually falls in line with my six-shave lifespan estimate.
Using the Blades
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Whilst shaving, I find that (as long as I use a decent amount of shaving foam), the Mach3 blades cut through stubble with minimal effort. I normally shave first in the direction of the hair growth, and then re-foam and go in the opposite direction - the end result is a really close shave without any cuts (well, *hardly ever* any cuts), and most importantly for me, no shaving rash. Rinsing the blade is easy, by simply holding it under a running tap - i've found some other brands to be frustrating in the fact that freshly chopped hair frequently gets caught up, but this doesn't seem to be so much of a problem for the Mach3.
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Quite simply, Mach3 blades are the best blades that I have ever used - they offer decent value for money (even though they are more expensive than most others), and offer a top quality shave - highly recommended.
Mach3 blades Made by Gillette
I have bought mach3 blades for years now. I have bought cheaper blades in the past which do not usually last as long as these but I always end up going back to Mach3 as they are the best.
They give you a nice close and clean shave. They leave your face (or whatever else your shaving) Nice and smooth. The stubble always seems to stay away for longer.
They come with an anti friction coating which reduces irritation. This definitely helps and makes a difference to giving you a nice smooth shave.
How long the blades last
I find these blades always last for longer. Other expensive blades only last around two or three shaves and the cheaper ones one or two shaves. I manage to get up to around six good shaves out of one blade before they start to go blunt.
Other blades that are cheap do not work as well as these and they cut my skin and just leave stubble.
Expensive but worth it.
You can buy these blades in most super markets and they are available online.
They cost around £10 for 8 blades. You only have to buy one handle which will last you for all the blades that you buy. The handle will cost around £5. With this you get a couple of blades to use. A four pack of blades costs around £6.
Being a woman I may not be the best person to review this product but I have had a Mach3 Razor for years now and I think it is better than any alternative designed for women. Before I met my husband, almost ten years ago now, I would use anything to shave my legs and underarms with, I've tried products specifically for women, Bic disposable razors and the battery operated kind, all of them I found to be rubbish. So after complaining to my then boyfriend he gave me one of his Mach3 Razors. Since then I have never looked back.
Basically once you have bought the Mach3 Razor once all you have to do is go out and buy the disposable blades as and when you require them. They are called Mach3 because there are three blades positioned closely together to give a closer shave in just a single stroke. As described:
" A revolutionary triple-blade shaving system for the closet shave ever in fewer strokes - with less irritaion."
I find and my husband agrees, that these blades really do work, after using the skin is so smooth and soft you wouldn't even know hair grew there. It will also stay like this for a couple of days until the hair will begin to grow and you'll need to shave again.
The blades can be used more than once and you will find the longer you use the blades the less effective the shave will be.
The blades are also good in that they don't irritate the skin, my husband never gets cuts or nicks when using them, and neither do I.
Everything about these blades is totally positive apart from one thing, the price. They can be very expensive to buy. They come in 4, 5 and 8 packs, and you can expect to pay over £10 for an 8 pack. I try to shop around to find the cheapest price for these blades and I currently get them from Bodycare, a 5 pack costing £6.19. I wouldn't ever buy them from somewhere like Boots.
I find because the blades are so expensive I tend to keep them on the razor longer thus making the blades less effective and this isn't how you should do it, the blades really do need replacing on a regular basis.
So, even though I am a woman I am still a very big fan of Gillette Mach3, the three blades really do give you a close shave and are the most effective product I have found for shaving my legs and underarms, my husband agrees they are great too!
I've been shaving now for a number of years initially with the guidance of my dad buying a single bladed razor.
I've tried using electric and battery versions but they really don't give me a good shave and they irritate my skin - but I did use them extensively while I was at Polytechnic.
I moved on to a twin blade (Gillette Sensor) a little while later and found it offered a more comfortable sensation on my face.
I've used the Mach 3 triple bladed razor for several years (and it's slightly more expensive twin the Mach 3 Turbo, as at one point I did have one of each - probably a Christmas present or something).
When I first used the blades (that are available in most supermarkets in 5 or 8 cartridge packs) they made a significant difference to my shaving experience and coupled with the Gillete Series shaving gel gave me a pretty smooth feel. I have found it works out cheaper to buy the cartridges in 8 packs rather than 5 as the cost per blade is lower - currently being sold on Amazon at £9.74 for 8, larger sizes are also being sold such as 12 and 20, but extremely expensive. Amazon's price is very similar to that of my local Asda, so it doesn't seem to be an issue where you buy them.
Well, the Mach 3 has been out a while now, and its been superceeded by the Fusion and Wilkinson Sword's 5 bladed version, so what do they do? You've guessed it, they make the blades blunter so they last less time and persuade you to buy a "better" product. I used to be able to use a blade for about a month before they went blunt, now 2-3 weeks is a struggle, and I'm lucky if I get a smooth feel after my second shave.
(As an aside, my son bought one of the new fusion razors, which snapped in half the first time he used it).
Replacing blades is easy as there is a push "switch" at the top centre of the handle which takes less than a second to remove and replace.
After many years I'm becoming disappointed, with the blades? No, with the company. When the twin and triple blades came out the companies advertise how each blade would cut that much closer - so how much closer can they go? It all seems to me like a lot of hyoe, especially as many have said that the best shave they've ever had was with a cut-throat razor at a barbers.
I love the razor, but I wish they'd bring back the quality and lower those damned prices before we need a mortgage to buy them.
First off, I will say I used to use these all the time and my wallet was certainly feeling the effects. They are not cheap to buy. You can buy them in varying sized packs. A pack of 4 or 8 is the conventional way to buy them.
What are they:
Razor blades designed to fit into the Gillette Mach 3 razor. The blades are suitable for men or women, but are mainly designed for facial shaving. Obviously you could use them to tackle hair on other stubborn areas; back, shoulders, feet, under arms, chest, etc.
Do they work:
Yes they do work. There are 3 blades, packed closely together and with a lubricating strip which is supposed to make the shave more comforting. The positioning of the blades is designed so that you take less strokes when shaving. This is all very well, but you are always going to get parts of the face where you miss a bit and need to go over again anyway, so I find this sentiment a bit pointless.
How to use:
You should always ensure the face has been washed and prepped with warm water first. Soak for at least five minutes to open the pores and loosen the hairs. This will make for a more comfortable shaving experience. Ideally, you should use a sponge or flannel to soak upon the face to really allow the pores to open up.
Use clean warm water to shave, never boiling as this will sting the face, but not too cold or this will make the shave difficult too. Take small even strokes and work around the face gradually. Try and allow about ten minutes for a thorough shave. Anything less will mean you don't get the job done properly.
Use the blades with a gel or foam. Gel will give you better lubrication and make the shave smoother. Be sure to rinse the gel off with warm water, then follow with several splashes of cool water to seal the pores afterwards.
The blades are comfortable over the face, they do glide smoothly over the face and seem to find the contours of the face and work with it. One can rinse the blades easily mid-shave and they don't give you lots of nicks and cuts.
Despite a good shave, they are costly. The cost seems to have risen every time I go shopping. A pack of 4 blades now costs about £5. This is far too expensive in my view. A blade will probably last you for say 3 or 4 shaves before being discarded, which means buying a new pack every fortnight or so. This is obviously a costly procedure over an entire year.
So what do I suggest:
I stopped using Gillette Mach3 and tried Tesco Matrix blades. They are about £1.32 for 4 blades, a huge difference in price. I am delighted to say that I got just as good a shave with the Tesco blades. They are the same technology, 3 blades, lubricating strip and leave the face feeling smooth. Gillette might be the best known and trusted name, but it just doesn't wash for me now that I have found an alternative.
Where to buy them:
Most larger supermarket sell these, though some of the best deals can be found online if one is prepared to sift through the various pages on Ebay and see what is on offer!
Men, seriously, try Tesco Matrix, you won't regret it. Gillette works but is overpriced.
I have been shaving for only a year now,Gillete is the leading brand so I thought to make them my first choice,I use to use Gillete Fusion Blades to shave,they have five blades in it,so they give a closer shave but they are too harsh on the skin and you just can't shave against the grain if you use them.I decided to try Gillete Mach 3 blades and the advertisement states that you can even shave against the grain with them,these blades are much better on the skin and have two anti-friction coatings on the top and bottom of the blades which allow you to easily shave against the grain with them.When this blade is used in combination with the Gillete Hydra Gel it works much better.I will surely recommend you this product,especially if you are new to shaving, it is much better than other razors on the market which don't deliver much.
The Gillette Mach3 is one of the best Razors in the market! I use them for over 9 years and i Love it.It has "only" three blades, compared to five for the Gillete Fusion. There is something about it that makes mu shaving a good experience! I dont have to repeat the shaving, i only do it once! and after i shave with other razors i get a rash all over and with Mach3 I dont have them at all, i dont know why, but it simply does not happen!
Sometimes is pretty hard to find the replacemente as well, i tried to go to Tesco e they never never never have or will have them! i only find them at Boots Obviously!! hehehe
Overall its one of the best razors in the market and i would not change it for any other one! eventhough i can't never find the replacement for it!
I have used the Gillette Mach 3 for many years now and they are quite expensive to buy.
When I have purchased these in the past, sometimes I buy from the supermarket, but other times buying online can work out a bit cheaper. A few times I have bought them from Amazon (yes, really) and they worked out cheaper, but their price varies and you have to buy two packs to get over the £15 for free delivery. But this isn't a problem - view it as an investment to save money!
The blades themselves are fairly sharp but are quite close together. I find hair easily gets caught between the blades whilst shaving. It isn't hard to get out but this is the reason I haven't gone for any of these 5 bladed shavers yet!
It doesn't take long for the blades to blunt either. Although when I say blunt, I mean past their best. They still seem as good as those cheap disposables you can buy.
They have a greeny blue stripe along which is a lubricating strip. This does help stop irritation if you need to go over the same place more than once. This stripe quickly wears away and some people think that the blade is now also over, but this isn't the case.
Gillette were one of the companies to invent the 'Razor-blade selling' technique. This is where you sell the main item at a loss (the starter pack with the handle and a few blades). You make all the money back on the blades themselves. Clever, but this is why these blades are never that cheap, but shop around. I saved £6 by buying two packs from Amazon instead of Tesco a few years ago.
I have been using a Gillette Mach 3 razor for years. Ever since I first tried it, I was amazed, having scrapped away at my face with many a dull bladed disposable razor, I was convinced by a friend to give the Mach 3 a try. I initially thought the 3 blades would caude more drag on the skin and cause more irritation. However, I was amazed to find that it was a very comfortable shave and also allowed me to be really rather quick with the shave.
Being someone who is prone to bouts of beardiness, it not unusual for me to have rather more than just a days stubble to be removing. I have found that the mach 3 blade can cope with this fairly well, though as with any blade, it can soon get clogged up with hars, which is when you are most likely to end up with the blade dragging and irritating the skin or even causing shaving nicks.It is however very easy to combat this by doing the initial shave using very short strokes and rinsing the blade thoroughly before the next stroke. With other blades this technique might cause irritation but with the Mach 3 as it causes so little drag on the skin, it works very well indeed and gives a great shave with little or no irritation.
The blades can be purchased in packs or 4 or 8. In the pack the blades are housed in what I think of as a magazine, which holds 4 blades and clips into the back of the razors holder, so your fresh blades are aways handy. Changing the blades couldn't be easier, on the razor there is a small black button just behind the blade head, a press of this causes the blade head to spring off. Once this is done, you can simply push the end of the razor into the attachment section of the new blade head in the magazine on the back of the razor holder, and it attaches and comes out of the magazine nicely. The whole process is designed so you don't have to even touch the blade head at all so there is no risk of injury from handling the blades. It really couldn't be any more simple.
I would advise shopping around for these blades as they can be very expensive depending on where you get them. Supermarkets and high street shops tend to be much more pricely that places like wilkinsons, which normally stock them much more cheaply or have offers on them, the only problem is they often run out of stock so it's often good to stock up while they have them.
We always use Gillette mach 3 blades.
Coming from a woman that probably sounds quite odd but my fella has been using them for years now and swears by them so thats how I started to use them when cheekily using them in the shower to shave my legs without him knowing !
They aren't the cheapest razor blades out there but unlike other cheaper brands, they dont shred your skin to bits.
I find they leave my legs smoother and for longer when using mach 3 blades and the blades stay sharp enough for quite a while.
I like the packaging the Mach 3 blades come in, which is once the outer packaging is removed it is a clear plastic razor blade retainer.
Once finished with the razor blade it is easily inserted back into the plastic retainer until all the blades are used so all razor blades can be disposed of safely in one go.
I was at a wedding reception on Saturday night and had the obligatory clean cut shave with my trusted Mach before I went anywhere, I have used the new Gillette 5 blade razors, but can't help thinking the whole thing is getting to be somewhat "Gimmicky", with King of Shaves Magnagel, the Mach 3 does a tremendous job in keeping growth to a minimum, minimum?, there is no growth with this combination of a good shaving gel and Mach razor.
----Buy For the Year----
I have mentioned in a previous preview that I buy my razors in bulk, a 25 pack of Mack three razors last me a year, I don't shave every day, but every 3rd day, so this purchase, costing around GBP20.00 is a very good one, a single five pack of Mach razors cost around GBP5.00.
One razor will give me an easy 3 good shaves, then I dispense with it and fire another one in its place, some guys I know still use them after the missus has done her legs and underarms with one, I have sensitive skin, this would rip my face in two, leaving me in blotches and a considerable amount of pain, more power too them. With today's technology, I think a razor blade that could last a lifetime would be achievable, I wish.....
----Types of Mach----
Mach 3 Original - Run of the mill 3 bladed razors, as good as the others I'm about to mention. The one I use most.
* Features three blades for a close, comfortable shave
* Specially positioned blades progress gradually closer to your beard, resulting in fewer strokes
* Each blade has a patented DLC Comfort Edge to help minimize irritation
* Advanced indicator lubricating strip features a gradually fading blue stripe to alert you that it's time to change blades
Mach 3 Power Nitro - It sounds like a new Euro fighter Jet, but is the blades for the battery operated Gillette handle, I found the vibrating razor uncomfortable and annoying in those "hard to reach" places.
* Three spring-mounted blades extend gradually closer to your beard for a close shave in a single stroke
* Easy Glide blades are covered with patented coating for incredible glide and optimum comfort
*Gentle micro-pulses stimulate hair up and away from skin; requires one "AAA" battery (not included)
* Shower-safe razor has a centrally located power button and strategically placed gripping surfaces
Mach 3 Turbo - I really fail to see or feel the difference between the turbo and the Original blades, I think they last longer and have extra lube.
* Made with soft, protective microfins to guard the skin
* For a close shave with less irritation--even when shaving against the grain
* With advanced anti-friction coating on blades
* All Mach3 cartridges fit all Mach3 razor handles.
----One Size Fits All----
This is the benefit of buying any of the Mach range, they all fit whichever handle you have regarding their different functions.
I have asked a couple of work colleagues and friends if they found any difference in them, none, except the super turbo Nitro one is in a flashy green colour.
Forget razors with 15 blades that take 3 AAA batteries and have more gizmo's than a Swiss army knife, the Mach range is the best in Gillette's armament, the 5 blade razors are more expensive. Always use a good shaving gel, and don't be afraid to go against the grain.
What is the difference between men and women? No, not the obvious biological ones, but what is the most obvious difference between the two unique breeds of human ? well, one has to shave every day and the other a lot less often ?. But it?s important that men do try and increase the amount of times they create the baby?s bum appearance on their rotund visages!! In the years leading up to puberty the male species just cannot wait until they start sprouting all sorts of unspeakable bum fluff and approach that fateful day when THEY HAVE TO TAKE THE RAZOR TO THEIR SPOTTY VISAGES on a regular basis. In the years following twenty they start getting well and truly miffed at having to scrape their flesh with a blade every day and start going for the rugged George Michael look and then later in life they go for the artistic moustache in the mistaken belief that it creates some sort of animal magnetism which females find impossible to resist. At some point in this meandering ramble through the various ages of adulthood they will rely for a while on the foul, orange handled, disposable Bic razor because it?s so convenient but will quickly get tired of having to blood a new razor every other month and start looking for something more dashing and technical? ENTER THE GILLETTE MACH 3 RAZOR? It?s that very cool and swishing television advert that sells the big boys on the Mach 3 and the promise that they?ll get a shave that is closer than ever before ? the razor lifts and shears your whiskers not once, not twice, but an incredible three times and you?ve got a wicked lubricating blue strip which makes it glide across your face leaving y
ou soft to the touch and wonderfully attractive ? God, we?re so easily fooled? Well, actually, no, we?re not. Gillette?s Mach 3 razor is in all seriousness one damn fine shaver and you do actually feel very good after you?ve dragged it across your chin and (certainly in the early days of a new blade) it leaves a wonderfully smooth surface behind it. I?m in the habit of shaving of an evening because I?m far too lazy to get out of the sack early enough in a morning to sort myself out and I always find that even then my chin is still really smooth when I do eventually emerge from the pit of despond to face a new day. It?s quite a feat of bathroom engineering is the Mach 3 and I?m not sure whether the lubricating strip actually makes any real difference but at least it fools me. Gillette also make the point on their flash enabled site that the strip gives you a warning when the blade is losing its edge by fading away when you are no longer getting the optimal shaving experience ? God it sounds like an Audi. I?ve never cut myself badly with a Mach 3 and have been very happy with it. The company even now offer you a money back guarantee that you?ll get the closest shave yet or your money back. I started using the Mach 3 about two years ago now and it gives me one of the best shaves I?ve ever had ? Mrs D was suitably impressed when I used it for the first time and she was so supportive that she soon allowed me to get a pack of ten refills for my trusty blade ? hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line, Manfred, Mrs D and my money are rarely parted before there is a desperate need?.
A revolutionary triple-blade shaving system for the closest shave ever in fewer strokes / with less irritation / 3 Blades specially positioned to extend gradually closer to your beard, to shave you progressively closer in a single stroke /