Harry’s razors review

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I’m what leaders in the razor sciences refer to as “follicly gifted”; I have five o’clock shadow by 9 a.m. While being the only kindergartner with a full beard was great, as I became older, the facial grooming necessary for work became a hassle.

Additionally, I have mildly sensitive skin; I’m prone to razor burn, dry skin, and ingrown hairs.

As you may have surmised, I abhor shaving.

For most of my life, I shaved with the Gillette Thermonuclear Warfare 87 blade shaving system. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but I’ve always purchased whichever Gillette razor had the highest number of blades.

While Gillette provided an excellent shave, I was paying an obscene amount of money for replacement blades.

For the last few years, I’ve experimented with every shaving system possible. I’ve tried generic razors, the Dollar Shave Club, electric razors, and even an old-fashioned double-edge safety razor.

While every system has its pros and cons, I’ve yet to discover a shave with the right combination of cost, shave quality, shave comfort, and shaving time.

Recently, I was given the chance to review Harry’s razor blades. Here’s to hoping they transport me to shaving paradise.

What is Harry’s?

For those not familiar with Harry’s, it is a subscription based shaving system. I’ll get into pricing later, but basically, you choose a shaving package, and every few months you receive a refill in the mail.

Before subscribing you have two options, you can either select Harry’s free trial set (you’re responsible for $3 in shipping costs) or you can purchase a starter set for $15 to $30.

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The trial set includes their Truman razor handle and blade in one of three color options(Total Orange, Nautilus Blue, and Olive 107), a 2oz sample of their foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover.

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The starter sets all include the same equipment: a razor handle, a 4oz can of foaming shaving gel, 3 blades, and a travel blade cover. The differences between the starter sets is in the type of razor handle.

The Truman set provides the same handle as the free sample, the Winston set includes a razor with a polished chrome handle and rubber grip, and the Winter Winston set includes a limited-edition Winston handle which can be engraved with up to 3 letters.

The Shaving Set

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For the review, Harry’s was kind enough to send me the Truman starter set. I opened the kit and was immediately struck by its air of sophistication and its gentlemanly quality.

Harry’s is clearly trying to set itself apart from other shaving systems; this is a system for the refined shaver. I don’t mean this a snobbish, upturned nose sort of way; rather, an “I take pride in my daily shave” sort of way.

My kit included the Tropical Orange razor handle.

I really like the design the of the handle. While some may consider it plain, I would consider it to be minimalist. I’ve had my fill of chrome razor handles with a multitude of fluorescent colors; this is certainly a nice change of pace.

The entire handle is rubber; this makes for an excellent grip when shaving.

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The razor head is composed of 6 blades, five standard blades and one precision shaving blade. It is flexible and has a lubricating shave for comfort.

The blades are stored in a plastic container.

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The container opens to reveal the blades.

The foaming gel comes in a 4oz can, similar to what you would find at the supermarket.

I don’t have the ability to identify specific scents out of a product, i.e., “it smells of sandalwood, with hints of eucalyptus and orange peel”. I can tell you the gel smells “manly”.

I shave before taking a shower; therefore, the smell of the gel is washed away and doesn’t follow me throughout the day. If you’re someone who shaves after a shower, the fragrance isn’t overwhelming at all. It’s a subtle, clean fragrance that won’t offend you or those around you.

The gel lathers well and goes on easy. It provides for a smooth shave, allowing the razor to glide across your face.

One of the more interesting items that ships in the Truman set is the travel blade cover.

It’s a plastic cover that fits over the head of the razor blade. It opens and closes very easy.

I liked it for two reasons.

First, I have kids; the cover ensures that my kids will never accidentally cut themselves if the razor falls off a shelf, or they accidentally grab it reaching for something else.

Second, not every razor comes with some type of case or holder; however, the ones that do, don’t have the ventilation area Harry’s cover does.

My generic blades didn’t have anything and the lubrication strip would sometimes stick to the shelf or countertop.

My Gillettes had a holder; however, if I didn’t dry the razor, water would drip from it and pool where the razor head rested. The water would cause the lubrication strip to deform or fall apart.

Thanks to the ventilation on Harry’s cover, the lubrication strip doesn’t stain or deform, allowing you to get more life out of the blade.

The Shave

Before discussing the quality of the shave, I wanted to give you one more fun-fact about me.

Along with growing facial hair rather quickly, I’m also “lucky” enough to grow very coarse facial hair. Razor blades do not last long when I use them. I average a blade a week – a week and a half if I’m lucky – and the last shave is rarely pleasant.

After using Harry’s razors for a month, I was extremely pleased with the quality and comfort of the shave. The shave itself wasn’t the closest shave I’ve ever had, but it was definitely one of the more comfortable shaves I’ve ever had.

The closest shave I’ve ever had was from my double-edge safety razor; it would literally leave my face baby-smooth. Unfortunately, it was just too time consuming to use.

Harry’s falls in line with the Gillette razors I’ve used, and far exceeds the Dollar Shave Club or generic razors. It provides more than an acceptable shave for your average person.

As far as comfort goes, Harry’s may have been the most comfortable shave ever. Again, I think this is attributed to the fact that the lubrication strip is protected by the Travel Case. After multiple shaves, the strip was still in pretty good condition.

The Cost

Gillette is one of  – if not the most – recognized names in shaving. If you’ve made it this far into the review, I’d venture a guess that you’ve used a Gillette razor at one time or another. With that in mind, I’ll be comparing the cost of Harry’s to the cost of Gillette.

Harry’s Truman razor seems most comparable to the Gillette Fusion Manual razor. Both have 5 standard blades with a precision trimmer, both utilize a similar type of cartridge replacement system, and neither have any type of vibrating razor head.

The initial cost for both is the razor handle and blades.

As I described earlier, for the cost of shipping ($3), Harry’s will send you a razor handle with one blade, a 2oz sample of their foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover.

For $9.95, you can go to the supermarket and get a Gillette Fusion Manual razor handle with two blades.

Right off the bat, Harry’s is the clear winner. Yes, with Harry’s you’re getting one less blade, but you’re also getting a shave gel sample and the travel blade cover that I really enjoyed, for almost $7 less.

Once you have your razor handle, you’re going to eventually need to purchase replacement blades.

Harry’s charges $15 for eight replacement blades. You can choose to have the eight blades shipped every two, three, or five months.

I average about a blade a week, so I’ll be judging cost based on the every two months subscription. At this rate, I’d be paying just under $1.88 a blade.

Things get a bit trickier when determining the per blade cost of replacements for Gillette. They are more widely available in different package counts. You can find a four pack for $18.49 ($4.62/blade), an eight pack for $24.59 ($3.07/blade), or a twelve count for $27.32 ($2.28/blade).

As you can see, no matter what package you pick, you’re paying more for Gillette blades than for Harry’s.

A few notes about this section of the review.

First, Harry’s does offer a subscription plan that comes with eight blades, plus two cans of shave gel, but I wanted to do an apples to apples cost comparison. Gillette makes a dozen different shave gels which are sold are various stores for various costs. It would be too time consuming to make a fair comparison.

Second, Gillette also offers a subscription based shaving system; however, the cost is so offensive and obscene I chose not to include it in the comparison. I was afraid a Federal agency may shut down The-Gadgeteer if I printed such vulgarities.

Finally, I didn’t include the Dollar Shave Club or generic blades in the cost section because I don’t feel they provide the same quality shave as Harry’s or Gillette. Again, I was trying to do as much of an apples to apples comparison as possible.

Conclusion

I loved Harry’s razors, everything about them. I loved their appearance, their shave quality, their shave comfort, their shave time, and their costs.

For me, Harry’s provides the perfect combination of quality, cost, and efficiency. Anyone that’s required to shave on a regular basis should at least try Harry’s trial set.

I’m extremely tempted to become a full-time Harry’s customer. They only thing holding me back?….On Black Friday I made an impulse purchase of an electric razor. I’m currently debating whether to send it back or not.

If I do send back the electric razor, I’m 100% becoming a Harry’s customer.

Where to buy: Harry’s and Amazon

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Harry’s. For more information please visit their site.

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Product Information

Price:Variable
Manufacturer:Harry's
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • The ability to grow facial hair
Pros:
  • Appearance
  • Shave quality
  • Shave comfort
  • Shave time
  • Cost
Cons:
  • You have to shave (technically not Harry's fault)

93 thoughts on “Harry’s razors review”

  1. I just switched from the big G to Harry’s. It sounds like we have the same folical challenges, too. Just wanted to let you know that you might also find Harry’s products at your local Target. Same price, no shipping or commitment.

    1. Tried Harry’s and was disappointed. The handle feels nice and it looks like a quality product, but the blade head didn’t perform all that well. I could shave the area between my upper lip and nose at all…The blade head will simply not get into tight spots like that. The shave elsewhere was just ok, but not close. Thetes something about the way the razor handle feels as youre shaving along with the blade that doesn’t feel right to me. Ieel like I’m trying to work too hard to get a good shave.

    2. I bought My Harry’s razor and 2 carttridges in Target …just does not come with the gel for $9.95 but that’s ok….

    3. What’s wrong with harrys it’s a great razor I tried everything on the market just a bout everything even tried saftey razors dollar shave club harrys seems to work the best I’m sick of using Gillette I haven’t brought a Gillette razor in 10 years now I guess harrys is gonna be my razor now

    4. I just switched to harry’s a week ago and i bought it at walmart. I have used everything and shave daily and get bumps and blood on my neck nearly everytime. I used harrys 6 times now and WOW can i tell a difference. Its awesome. Only con is the size of the blade head and lack of movement makes it tough under nose and around ear area and maybe a little tough around corners of mouth. Other than that i love it and as long as price stays affordable i will continue to buy.

  2. I absolutely hate to shave, and like you, have some thick growth and sensitive skin. The problem for me with these razors (and others that have 5+ blades, as opposed to say 3) is that hair gets constantly stuck between the blades, and requires a real cleaning as I’m shaving. In fairness, I don’t shave every day, but I never have this issue with razors that use fewer blades spaced a little more apart.

    I thought the shave for the price was reasonable, but I certainly didn’t get a month form a single cartridge like you. Maybe 2.5 weeks tops. And as the other commenter mentioned, I found mine at Target, and it was worth the price. Comfortable handle, and I also like the cover for traveling.

  3. Hah, I just ordered the $30 midnight blue set, before being reminded by these comments that I actually saw the empty display area being set up in Target a couple of weeks ago. Well, if the prices are the same that will be good for replacement blades, anyway. And getting it online means I don’t have to go to Target during Christmas shopping season!

    Even the generic Mach3 blades I usually use don’t cost a lot less than $2, and they kind of suck anyway. Pity I will have to stop using my lovely Tactile Turn Pruner solid stainless steel handle… oh well.

  4. Coming soon in 2017 SmartRazor; the world’s first computerized razor with heated blades. The automatic heated blades cut through hair 200% easier than non-heated blades. Smooth, super close, and so comfortable.

  5. unlike you, i’m the guy who gets 5 o’clock shadow at midnight two days after his shave

    harry’s was an experiment

    picked up a set in august and we are just experiencing that telltale drag announcing a blade change is due (December)

    as somebody who started shaving when a roll of toilet paper and a styptic pencil were necessary I find this system a delight

    if there is con…the grip can be slippery

  6. You should probably note that Harrys offers a subscription service but you can also purchase as one-offs and not be tied to a subscription.

    I have similar facial hair to yours – you should probably consider shaving AFTER showering (including washing your face) to give your facial hair time to soften and you’ll end up with a smoother shave with less razor burn. I think the Harry’s shaving CREAM (instead of the gel) also helps provide a smoother shave – it’s more of a lotion-type substance and does well for lubrication without greasiness.

    I liked Harry’s blades but the Schick Hydro 5 won out slightly in my personal trial where I went 2 weeks with a Harry’s blade on one side of my face and the Hydro 5 on the other. Both were much more satisfactory than the equivalent Gillette brand. If you haven’t tried the Hydro 5, I would recommend giving that a shot too. (Refills can be bought on amazon for $1.16 a replacement head if you buy in bulk, which beats anything of the comparable disposable safety razor I’ve seen in stores or online.)

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      1. To be fair, I stopped reading this review then “Harry’s were kind enough to send me…”
        Can’t take a review of a “received for free” product seriously.

  8. Strongly recommend electric shaving -after- shower too. Works for me 90% better / closer than if I shave pre-shower. Wish I could use Harry’s but cannot shave w/ blades. I end up looking like a 14 year old entering puberty.

  9. I don’t think it needs to be a blade vs electric. I use them both. I use the blade most of the time, but it’s handy to have a electric shaver for quick shave when you need it.

  10. I am a woman who has been using Harry’s for a few years now. Am incredibly happy with the results and more so, Harry’s high quality customer service. Am still waiting for them to come out with a Women’s line…although I don’t know how much better it could be than what I currently use. Additionally I like that here on the west coast, Harry’s is now in many Target stores making it that much easier to get my blades.
    Thought the women on this site would want to know how well it works for all!

    1. Julie, thank you! I am grateful for the gentlemen who have convinced me to purchase Harry’s for my husband to try, but I was hoping a female would have some input. I do not like shaving, it is the worse. I end up torturing my poor husband when I have to let the hair grow out and wax. However, I will also try them and see if they work for my skin. If they work as you mention, they will have two more customers. My husband is in law enforcement and has to have a clean shave. He has a five o’clock shadow after shaving (but still sexy). Thank you gentlemen. I will be purchasing at Target first and go from there.

  11. Try shaving in the shower, while still wet, at the end of your shower. Stick a suction cup mounted mirror with razor holder on the glass or tile (available Wal-Mart), remove fog with a little bath soap (squeegee it clear with the side of your hand). I think you’ll find it the most comfortable shave you’ve ever had and blades last several times as long (Shake razor dry, don’t wipe, wiping destroys edge coating). Particularly effective for tough beard.

  12. i just joined harry’s and received my trial set last evening when i returned home. as a woman, i don’t shave the same areas as a man, thank god for that! but i will say, the areas that i do shave and this is my first go ’round, i am quite pleased with the results. i did not use the shave gel, and probably won’t due to the scent. but i am very happy with this and will continue to use harry’s.

  13. Received a Harry’s razor for my birthday. I’ve had a beard for 20+ yrs. The razor cut right through the beard (after I trimmed it back) and left me with a great naked face. I was surprised that I wasn’t left with a bloody razor burnt face. It was a nice smooth clean shave. However, the blade is too flexible. If you have a tight spot (around nose, corner of lips) or want a sharp trim at the sideburns, you’ll need to pull out another razor. I’ll just stick with my regular WalMart knock off brand.

    1. Agreed safety or straight razor the most comfortable least razor burn shave you will get. Take your time – lather up with a good shave soap and badger brush and enjoy – no need for a five razor blade.

  14. I am impressed with Harry’s shaving gear. I’ve been using the products for the past year or so and am completely satisfied. I especially like the shave cream and the shave cream dispensing container. Usually, with other brand name shaving creams, when you get to the bottom of the can, you get more air and foam rather than the cream itself. With Harry’s shave cream, you get the full measure of cream to the bottom of the can. Thanks folks…….keep up the good work.

  15. I am not a fan of these razor’s!I shave daily and these razor’s give me razor burn. Along with the fact I have also nicked myself, which I haven’t done in decades.
    I wanted to champion the little guy but I would not recommend these razor’s to anyone.

    1. Agreed safety or straight razor the most comfortable least razor burn shave you will get. Take your time – lather up with a good shave soap and badger brush and enjoy – no need for a five razor blade.

  16. Bought a starter set at Target. They provide a decent shave. I’ve had better, but at a much higher cost. These are not junk. The only negative complaint I have is the way the cartridge attaches to the razor. With five blades, hair will get lodged between those blades. As soon as you start tapping the razor on the side of the sink to loosen the hair, the cartridge will pop off. Running water across the blades does not work. To be fair, every discount razor seems to have this same problem. Other than that one issue, it’s a great razor.

  17. I switched to Harry’s blades from Gilette and was totally pleased. Then they came out with an “upgraded” version. It doesn’t shave as well, lasts about 1/2 the number of shaves per blade as the old ones. I have written to them about this. So I moved on to Schick sold by Costco and again, pleased at the same price as Harry’s. Harry’s products have a lot of plus’ but some badly done. The foaming shave gel is great but continues to run out of the spout after release. I have written to them about this as well and they haven’t improved the packaging.
    To me this is an example of a great idea gone awry.

  18. Absolutely the worst blades that I have ever used. These blades are worse than the first time that I used a cheap disposal blade. Right from the first shave I just about scraped my face off. Do not buy.

    1. I totally agree. I’ve been using this razor for college since the start of the year because I bough a lot of extra blades. And no matter what I do, it feels like it is just pulling the hair out of my face.

  19. Just about the best shave of my life! I am 65.. My first razor is still sharp as the first day!! All I do is rinse well and pat dry with towel. Razor handle feels very comfortable and well designed. ! A+++ Grade

  20. I was a happy Harry’s customer until they added that superfluous precision trimmer. I have lost count of how many times I have gouged myself with it when my razor slips. Harry’s customer service says they no longer sell blades without the precision trimmer and dismissed my comments about its peril. As soon as I finish my supply of Harry’s blades, I will look for a new vendor.

  21. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT HANDLE IS 3RD WORLD AND BLADES CUT MY FACE ON 3 SHAVES DO NOT BUY THIS Grade f-f-f

  22. First off- I like Harry’s razors. They give a good shave. But – I do have a huge gripe. Unlike any razor I tried over the years, I was surprised to discover that Harry’s engineers have actually designed the blade head to break down and be unusable after a week or so of shaves. When you make your money selling blades I guess you don’t want them to last long.The plastic simply bends and bends at the weakest point, requiring more pressure to get a good shave and eventually you can’t shave with it any longer. Gillette blades lasted forever although the blade got dull and the quality of the shave obviously got worse.

    1. YES, a hunded times yes! I use Harry’s to shave my head and while I like them they ALWAYS bend back and break. You are one of the only people I have seen catch on to this.

  23. Beg to differ. The handle/grip is slippery in the extreme. Also the blades at the top of the razor can’t really get at hair close to the base of the two nostrils. If you don’t have much hair at the base of the nostrils, this isn’t much of a problem. If you do–like me–you will cut yourself trying to get at those residual hairs.

    Ok ok guys: let’s calm down here. This razor delivers a decent shave. And that’s about it. It reminds me a bit of the iPhone: so classy, so beautiful, a bit restricted in its usability in the end. It was undoubtedly funded by investment bankers hoping to slay a Goliath. Maybe no one else on this string is going back to the overpriced Gillette. I am. This razor doesn’t work for some of us; I could barely hold the handle in my hand it wanted to slip out so badly. NB this isn’t shave-Shangrila: it’s try it and critically assess what you think works best and caveat emptor. For me, the razor did not deliver. (Nonetheless I do hope the competition will force Gillette to rethink their pricing and I am sure it will.)

  24. This review is poorly written and difficult to sort through. A simple table comparing the razors would have been more helpful and informative. Reading through this review was like dissecting an algebra problem. Hey Reviewer! Keep it simple in the future. None of us want to read your long-winded comments.

    Here is a template for a comparison table:

    Brand No. of Blades Quality of Shave [Other Columns] Cost Comments Rating

  25. Scammed by Harry’s Razor. I get better results from a 7-11 disposable. I shave in the morning and by 2-3 pm the stubble starts coming in… I canceled my order already. Do not recommend.

  26. Harry’s is lovely stuff, but there is one problem for me: I can’t shave my upper lip under my nose. The thing doesn’t allow me to get there and do it effectively. I can do a better job with something made in the Maldives and available at a dollar store or another low-end spot. Seriously, I can’t shave that area with Harry’s razor. Period.

  27. I’m on month two of Harry’s and will be going back to a good razor soon. I really wanted to like Harry’s but I’m done with the irritation, razor burn and poor shave. It’s like shaving with a cheap Bic or something. Loved the sales pitch but I’m headed back to a close comfortable shave. It’s worth the 2 extra dollars a month to me.

  28. Fail. The blades don’t easily clean between strokes. After 1/2 stroke the lather jams the 5 blades and the razon becomes a sled.

  29. Dirk Durstein

    Did not need all the excess packaging. A razor of all things does not require a bag and a reinforced cardboard box for safe mailing and transport. And I really don’t need a guide to shaving (particularly the archaic references to “against the grain”) or the other inserts. All that waste is not particularly green (although some of it can be recycled).

    The shave was decent but not close. Cannot rival the various Gillette blades you mention – or even their knockoff (but still overpriced) competitors at Schick. (The free shave cream seemed to have less lubricant than my can of Barbisol.) I normally have no “shadow” issues; but noticed that my beard seemed to grow back faster – no doubt the whiskers were not cut as low. Jury is out on how long the razor blades will last. The second shave was okay but not as comfortable – a bad sign. $3 for one razor and blade is no bargain; but cheaper than the ridiculous and unsustainable pricing from Gillette. What a weird market – like having to choose between a Corvette and a Spark, no models in-between. So much for “free” enterprise.

  30. Would any users of Harry’s recommend this for those of us who have to also shave their heads? Rather, CHOOSE to shave their heads?

  31. DOUGLAS HARRIS LANE

    It does matter what brand of shaver you buy. I can make one blade last for six months.Shaving once a day when I am finish i dry the Blade with a paper towel and blow dry with a hair dry

  32. I shaved one side of my face with Mach 3 and the other with Harry’s. Couldn’t tell the difference. Only good thing about Harry’s is that you don’t have to go to the store to buy your razors. Also, it’s hard to reach the hairs right below my nose. Think the extra blade at the top prevents it. I used my left over Mach 3’s to catch that part.

  33. I had heard this product advertised a lot on the radio by Gordon Deel. So, when I saw them in my local Target Store, I wanted to give them a try. Sadly, they failed to come close to the shave provided by Gillette products. The tray is un-useful as it only is a cover over the head. Price is similar and comparable to that of Gillette. So, if one product far exceeds the other, and is equal price, why should I use the one advertised on the radio? Sorry Harry’s. You have lost a customer. Really, the shave is much smoother, and closer with Gillette.

  34. I enjoyed the blades and the shave from Harry’s but several weeks ago a new blade cut a junk of chin ( about half the size of a small finger nail). The skin was attached to the blade. I contacted Harry’s to send them the blade for inspection. I was told they could not provide a customer service mailing address as that was against company policy. Instead I was told send a photo. I asked to talk to a supervisor who emailed me the same response. My question to them is what good is a photo going to do. They needed to see the actual blade to determine the problem. Their response was that they do not provide a mailing address! Needless to say I no longer do business with Harry’s.

  35. I used Gillette fusion blades for years now and I love them what I don’t love is the price so I decided to give Harry’s a chance.
    These are my first impressions:
    1. Harry’s construction really really cheap the blades seem to come off the handles way to easily. Gillette are incredibly well engineered and the handle and attqched blade have a solid feel.
    2. With Harry’s first two or three shaves are great and almost had me sold but after a week Harry’s really starts to drag. After about 10-14 days forget it time to changes blades. I get at least one month on a Gillette blade (average 5-6 shaves per week).
    3. I do like Harry’s little blade protector that comes with the handle. Also feels cheap but it’s small and great for traveling.
    Summary – You get what you pay for Harry’s is a cheap but not terrible razor the blades come in a fancy (and expensive to manufacture) retail box, they also have funny TV ads. They are cheaper per blade than Gillette but only last for 1/4 – 1/2 as many shaves so Gillette is actually much cheaper per shave in addition with Harry’s you have to change blades more frequently. I might keep the Harry’s around for when I travel, but I won’t part with my Gillette at home. If you like an expensive box you have to throw away and enjoy funny TV commercials buy Harry’s

  36. Gillette Fusion user, tried Harry’s…I found the blades don’t last as long and would end up purchasing more Harry’s blades over the same timeframe, so basically, it costs the same in the long run…

    YMMV, but that’s my experience!

  37. Harry’s claim 5 to 6 shaves per blade! They MUST be joking! My Wilkinson Sword Xtreme costs £about £3.50 for FOUR disposable Razors(depending on where you buy them) and EACH razor lasts me a month! Shaving every day with a normal tough beard.
    Harry’s, you are a joke!

  38. Excellent packaging and shaving foam! However, the five bladed razor only lasted for three shaves. It clogged up with thick beard bristle very quickly! I normally use a Gillette FUSiON blade- typically does about 40 comfortable shaves with a good quality Nivea shaving gel.

  39. A simple trick is to place the Nivea shaving can of gel in warm tap water before use.
    Reduces the cutting resistance substantially.
    The Harry’s concept of shaving sounded ideal, but the razor will need to be improved?

  40. I would say it is not a good product. Something the same as disposable razor. Very cheap design and technology. I cancelled everything with that company.

  41. First of all the good bit. The whole Harry’s experience does take you back to the good ol’ barbershop days. There is a manly flair about what they do that I like actually like a lot. Everything is very nicely packaged, you can pick a colour, so far so good. Until you start shaving…

    First of all the Gel, which does smell really nice, is actually a foam. To me this is important as a gel sticks much better to facial hairs and thus softens them much better. I started shaving and the experience was not great and I thought it could be the gel,… sorry foam. I tried the next day with a proper (Gillette) gel and whilst that was better the shave was still poor.

    I think that its for the following reasons:

    1) The blades are just too flimsy
    2) The tip of the holder actually bends, rather than being stiff. As you apply pressure to shave, it pushes the top of the blade away from your skin. To compensate you have to apply even more pressure, and you ultimately end up holding the razor at a 90 degree angle to your face. Razors HAVE to be 100% stiff and swivel, not bend.
    3) the lubricating strip is too thin, disappears to quickly so after 2 or 3 shaves you get that horrible burning sensation. You’ll be going through a lot of blades, quickly!

    Overall, good marketing, bad razor. I’ll stick with my Wilkinson Sword Hydra, 5 blades. I can easily get 3 weeks, 5-7 shaves per week, out of that thing. I tried Gilette, I now tried Harry’s, but that is still by far the best and most economical shave.

  42. I have been shaving for a.most 70 Years, & the shave I receive from Harry’s razors are the worst I have ever experienced. The shave is scratchy & uncomfortable. I have knicked the areas near my nostrils more than ever before. The Gillete blades I switched from were far superior. Definitely am dropping my association with Harrhy’s.

  43. Does anyone use cryo-tempered razors? I’ve been using Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power 8 Cartridges for at least 10yrs and can get over 3wks of use for each. $37.50 all in. I’ve read reviews from CR and here and no one mentions that they use….

  44. Tried Harry’s but they dropped me from their blade replacement program for no apparent reason. So being out of Harry’s blades I had to buy my old Gillette Fusion blades and found that the shave I got with them was much better and the blades were much sharper, in fact the last blades I got from Harry’s were not as sharp as previous ones. Glad they dropped me from their replacement program.

  45. Am I using a different product to you guys??

    It was a horrible shave! Tried the service for a few months – shave was not close at all and caused razor burn.

    Also tried BOLD KING which was just as bad. Reluctantly went back to Gillette – but shows what a decent R&D budget can ACTUALLY do. Pricey but worth it!

    🙁

  46. More garbage made to sell.

    I’ve been using Schick for years and decided to try Harrys. Harrys sucks!

    I have light hair on my face and neck, so even a disposable razor has been sufficient when I’ve ran out of my regular blades. I tried Harrys and the damn thing was RIPPING hair out of my skin! I got red marks and scratch marks all over my neck and face! It look like a cat had shredded my face.

    Not only that, the blade rusted over night! I threw out that first blade thinking maybe it was just a dud. After my face and neck healed, I used another Harrys blade, and the SAME thing! It wasn’t SHAVING the hair off, it was PULLING it out!

    I don’t have dense hair, and I don’t have that much of it. Even with the dollar store razors, I’ve NEVER had this kind of problem.

    I went back to Schick……the REAL blades. The ones that DON’T rip and pull the hair out or shred your skin.

    Harrys is nothing more than a gimmick to sell garbage.

  47. Gentlemen,
    To qualify my credentials first – been shaving for years typically because my beard grows noticeably by end of day. I have thus chosen to remain clean shaved with a daily wet shave using a razor for many years. However from time to time I have dabbled with the Emperors’ new clothes of shaving systems to have a go and see if they work. Nothing quite beats a nice close wet shave, closest protagonist ever was an integrated rechargeable Phillips shaver with a built in gel system which might still be selling for all I know? It became messy, despite being waterproof and expensive plus difficult to find the gel pods. So it failed for me.
    Like many I have deferred to ‘leading’ brand razors through 2, 3, and 5 blades – Gillette and Wilkinson Sword – currently using a powered 5 blade razor with a trimmer. Seeing the Harry’s offer I was intrigued and thought I’d give it a go.
    On opening the box I was immediately disappointed – the razor system appeared to use the application of pressure by bending back the blade to apply pressure when shaving. I have seen this and experienced it before with another brand – King of Shaves – which was utterly useless. However they do make up for their failings by making excellent shaving gel products that I still use.
    Despite this I decided to press on – it might be different? Using the foam shave provided (also in starter pack) I applied and carefully began shaving. Initially it felt comfortable but eventually noticed a raw sharpness almost scratching the skin whilst shaving. The closeness of the shave was cutting or ‘nicking’ the skin. As I progressed a second time in some areas it got very different. More nicks in various points – ear lobes in particular. I stopped and checked the razor realising the unprotected trimmer was the culprit for the ear lobes. Cautiously I continued in other intricate parts around nose. Trimmer blade was again catching and cutting the skin and making it bleed.
    I stopped, clipped on plastic cover and dumped it in the bathroom cabinet. My face was bleeding in several points at this time and I had to stop it returning to the look of many years ago – teenage novice shaver!
    Didn’t use the razor again for 3-4 days – until cuts healed sufficiently! Did reuse twice more, with much greater care but still finding a raw sharpness that I had earlier experienced which was uncomfortable. Test over.
    If you cannot replicate a close, comfortable (and safe) wet shave like I have been used to from brand leading products for years you don’t stand a chance. I rarely ever use foam shave products preferring shaving gel. So my 2nd and 3rd shaves were with usual shaving gel – not foam shave, all bases are now covered as far as I am concerned.
    I take pride in my appearance and personal grooming; a clean shaven appearance has become an image expectation. So it’s very unusual to ever see me slashed to pieces with cuts and nicks from shaving!
    Sorry but Harry’s didn’t work for me at all

  48. DO NOT BUY HARRY’s RAZORS!!!! It is a scam. I was initially sold on the discounted price and “made in Germany” blades– what a joke! If Mercedes Benz made cars like Harry’s razors they would be out of business! The metal blades are fine– but they are stuck onto the frame of the razor with CHEAP RUBBER that only lasts a few weeks before deteriorating and becoming loose and weak– making the razor unusable. I’m going back to my old razor– what a rip off!!!

    1. It seems to me on reading on Facebook about your blades that I am not the only one who is unhappy with my Harry’s shave I am onto my third shave and the blades now feel blunt it looks like your blades do not suit every beard growth.
      I am sorry to say that I will not become a regular customer.

  49. Just tried HARRY’S … Pretty close to the worst shave I have had!
    Only good thing I can say it that the Handle provided a good feel but the blades just don’t do the job.

    They are giving the Germans a bad reputation.

    The Gillette Fusion ProShield (for me) is perfect!

  50. All the nicks and bleeding are not worth the money saved… I’m going back to the Fusion, which is more nimble on inner and outer edges, and doesn’t make me bleed.

  51. Received Harry’s shaver set for Christmas. First impression very gimmicky. But then the shave. Blade only good for 2/3 shaves then sharpness of edge is lost. Very disappointed . A lot of hype for a inadequate shaver .my opinion

  52. Just received a Harrys Razor for Christmas. Without a doubt the WORST razor I have owned. Bad slippery grip, no angles, I only shave 3 times a week it this razor irritates my skin.
    PLEASE don’t waste any of your hard earned money on this. At least with any Gillette product you get what you pay for!

  53. I’m in the UK.
    Have tried Harry’s with a offer. I have the problem of a fairly slow growth and thus, if I have to shave every day, it can burn as there is not much to get at – but enough to show. For 18 years I have used Mach 3 and it’s been fine. I shave in the shower, so that my face gets the maximum warmth before shaving. I have not used a mirror for shaving in 25+ years as I know where everything is and fingertips tell you how you are doing.

    This is a slight improvement in quality and certainly cheaper. The gel is not bad but I have found most of them do the same job, other than that I prefer gel to foam. I used to use a cream but they went out of business. A pity as it was brilliant, long lasting and cheap. So there’s a challenge for someone!

    I have yet to make up mind but have accepted the first round of new blades and will see how long they last. Typically, shaving x4 or x5 a week, a Mach 3 blades lasts me three weeks.

  54. not a single negative comment on these blades?..hmm..I am for one an unhappy buyer. The shave experienced with this product did not provide any confort at all, in fact it was the worse I remember having. Yes they are less expensive than Shick’s or Gillette’s but you get what you pay for.

    1. I agree to an extent. After a month of use my assesment is: Meh. It is as good as the Mach 3 I have been using for 18 years. The one advantage is lower price – but that would not be difficult with a mature and saturated market. After all, it was Gillette that introduced two tier pricing.

  55. The WORST shave I have ever had… Used the blades for 10 days and couldn’t wait to switch back. I have a razor and blades anyone can have if you will pull them out of the trash.

  56. Hmm. I thought, 3 bucks to try it. No harm in that. The gel is pretty nice and while I don’t particularly like the design, the shave is better than I thought it would be.

    My problem: It was not at all clear when i signed up for the $3 deal that i had selected a plan committing me to regular shipments of product. I discovered that when I went to the site and checked my account. I didn’t like the razor well enough for a long-term commitment so I decided to cancel. They don’t make it easy for you to find out where to go to on the account page to do that. I think there was some deception going on here.

  57. As a gilette fusion owner and getting fedup with cost of their blades I decided to give Harrys a go… I got the orange razor with some blades. My gilette would give me a very good close shave which would last for 3 or more days. I have used the truman razor from harrys and found the shave to quite good, but the blade couldnt quite get in places like corner of the mouth easily. I also had two nicks(cuts) on my face from the blade. I found that to get a equally close shave with Harys Truman I have to press abit harder… and worse still I find that at the most I get 2days before I need another shave. The quality of Harrys is ok, but then again its alot cheaper than gilette fusion. If gilette blades werent so expensive I wouldnt look elsewhere as the shaves have 99% been good. I guess I should mention I have sensitive skin and used to get razor burn / rash quite easy, but for the last 5years?? of using gilette fusion this has completely disappeared. So will see how I get on with Harrys over the next few months but as I’m well into my first month I do wonder if I will still be using Harrys in the long term…

  58. Rusty!

    The blade start tugging after a couple of days, then today it was actually going rusty at about 1 week old.

    Stainless steel, it ain’t. I haven’t seen a razor blade rust on the shelf since the 70’s. My Gillette blades sure don’t rust.

    A triumph of marketing over quality.

  59. I tried Harry’s. I bought the black handle kit at Target. I also got the 8 blade kit too. I used every blade over 8 months, yes I shortened a couple of months. I thought this to be a very good test. The end result is the previous razors that I used to use Far outperformed Harry’s by a mile.The Gillette Sensor Plus 2 was and is far superior. I found Harry’s to not be as sharp, even in the 1st day I would use a new cartridge. That was my experience, and my humble opinion. Rob

  60. An short update. I think that this company (and others like them) are starting to have an effect on the market – as I am seeing big discounts from the main players. If Wilkinson and Gillette are discounting, then Harry is doing his job! From my point of view, I’m not much bothered either way but I have cancelled the automatic shipping. I saw this start with another brand in the UK a couple of years ago and didn’t think it a good idea. Others might like it.

    So I might buy some more – I might not.

  61. Charles L Curtis

    Harry’s started out great for me. An easy way to buy razors without tracking down a person in the drug store to unlock the goods. But after the 3rd reorder, they began sending razors designed for a different handle. This has happened twice now and it costs me $22. I don’t think they’re crooks. Just incompetent.

  62. My comment is not about the quality of the products, but the quality of the personnel at Harry’s. I called them once and ended up talking to a customer-support person who took it upon herself to dig a bit deeper and find out what was up with me. This person helped me immensely, and gave me enough shaving gear for a few years. The quality is very good, in my opinion, but the people are what makes Harry’s great. They really know how to support a veteran in need. I keep in touch with Harry’s people to this day.

  63. I’ve used Harry razor and find them very good. Reviewer didn’t mention the top mounted blade for under the nose/edge of beard etc.

  64. John Greenfield

    I am having trouble ordering the Harrys trial offer, could you advise me how to proceed or give me a telephone number so I can call you.

  65. Does anyone else know about the following tip on how to to get a close shave, with much less friction burn, and no nicks? You apply an essential oil to your beard first. I use lavender essential oil. A 4 fl oz bottle cost me under $6. You must use an essential oil, not anything else, like olive oil. I use the essential oil straight out of the bottle. I also apply it rather liberally. The first time you apply the shaving cream to your face with the essential oil on it, the lather is not that great. Just shave normally. Then the real magic occurs. The second time you apply the shaving cream, it lathers normally. Then you can shave really close, with no friction burn and no nicks! It’s amazing! Just try not to get the essential oil on your lips, because it doesn’t taste that good. I’ve been using this method for quite some time now and I just wish I knew about it sooner! Oh, you probably should apply just a drop of the essential oil to your skin the first time you try it to make sure that you’re not allergic to it.

  66. I have often felt that when a new razor comes out it is superb and the blades last for ages. Then when I’m converted they seem to be blunter when new and last less. Do the makers boost the quality for a while when they have a new line? Has anyone else noticed this?

  67. Everybody notice how there isn’t the slightest bit of criticism of Harry’s and then at the bottom read the source. “The sample for this review was provided by Harry’s.”. So what this is is a “review” written by Harry’s and in the best case our reviewer changed a few words around to make it less obvious this is advertising. We don’t need that kind of “review”.

    1. Hello “Harry”. Thank you for voicing your concerns about this review. In this day and age, it can be difficult to figure out what is true and what is fake, but I’m happy to let you know that this review was not written by Harry’s Razor company. It was written by Dennis Moore, one of my writers at the time he posted this. All comments and thoughts were 100% his. Harry’s just provided some sample razors so he could try the product for himself. If we ever post a pre-written article (which we wouldn’t anyway), it would be clearly marked as such at the top of the article.

  68. I commented earlier (March 10th) and then read this comment from Neil “Reviewer didn’t mention the top mounted blade for under the nose/edge of beard etc.”

    Having used the blades for four months – neither had I … so I looked on the blade and noticed the top blade for the first time. I looked at their web site again and, whilst they mention it, there is no close up photo or suggestion as the best angle and so. As this is a USP, they really missed the boat.

    I see that (here in the UK) they are using the old advertising technique of companring Apples and Oranges. They compare (today) the Gilette Fusion 8 pack with theirs. The Fusion (I read) is a different kind of razor which has a battery (what it does I do not know) so I would expect the blades to be more expensive.

    I have noticed a sharp discounting of the blades I use (Gillette Mach 3) and when I compared a couple of weeks ago, my supermarket were charging less for them than Harry’s.

    After trying them out, I shall not be buying more. They are a good blade but nothing better than the Mach 3 that I have been using for 18 years!

    There is no doubt that the market was ready for a shakeup and, after tech developments had pretty much run their course (how many blades do you need in one razor?!) price was the only place to go. However, I think that Harry’s will be surprised by the way in which Wilkinson and Gillette etc. respond on price!

  69. I ran out of my Walmart blades, which were working decent for me. I went to Walmart to get more, when I ran across the Harry’s display. I jumped online to check out the reviews and came across this article. I thought “Great! They are affordable and maybe I can get rid of these pesky ingrown hairs!” I purchased the orange handled one, but now wish I had checked to see if they had a red handled one to match the nice, huge chunk of skin I’m now missing from my chin that’s STILL dripping blood. I am in Healthcare Administration and shave everyday to make sure I’m well groomed, as I am in constant contact with families. How do you think they’ll feel about trusting me enough to leave their loved ones in my care when I now look like a prepubescent child that just got a hold of his daddy’s razor? Oh that’s right…I can put a bandaid over it. No one will notice, right?

  70. Mach 3 blades for me work as good as any,but i will admit all my shaving carried out in a sauna or steam room,not leaving any mess of course.you can buy 4 blades for 4£ from asda which are compatible with the mach 3 handle,which to me are a lot cheaper than harrys, etc and still a great shave.

  71. I’m not a big fan of Target stores, but i am a big gan of close, comfortable shaves and HARRY’S delivers that shave. If you dont want to wait for AMAZON to deliver your new razor, they’re also available at Target.

  72. Harry’s claims one can save some money, and not sacrifice quality, when using their product.

    As a steady user of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide, I thought I would give the Harry’s a try. The shave was not too bad, but not as smooth as my Fusion razor. If the price was really less, I might have considered it. But, the pricing is not less, and as a matter of fact, it would be less expensive to stay with the Fusion. Here is the math. Using Target pricing, no coupons, no sales.

    8 Fusion cartridges cost $26.49. Gillette states that a cartridge lasts a month, and sure enough, I change mine on the first of every month. The last few shaves might have a little drag, but no cuts. I shave every day, with and against the grain. So, 8 months costs me $26.49, or $3.31 a cartridge. (And, I can lower that price with coupons, or a bulk buy at Sam’s Club.)

    Harry’s say that you can get 6-8 shaves per cartridge, and even if I stretched that to 14 days, I would need 16 cartridges for the same 8 months. At $15.99 for 8, I would have to pay around $32 for the same 8 months. The cost goes up if I need 3 cartridges a month! No savings, none at all, and the shave is not as smooth.

    The gel is pretty good, but they have a delivery system that I dislike, as it oozes gel throughout the day. I have changed my shaving gels to those that do not get so messy. Although I like the gel well enough but I am not going to put up with the mess.

    Sorry Harry’s, all your claims are false!

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