So, the Dollar Shave Club (henceforth known as DSC) has been around for a while, but I’ve only been aware of it in Australia for a short time. After much deliberation (none at all really), I decided to give it a go; here is my review.
TL;DNR: Meh; it’s convenient, and as good as any Gillette razor, but not as cheap as a traditional safety razor, and not as good. They are great if you insist on using a cartridge razor, but won’t replace my safety razor any time soon.
The Full Review
The idea behind the DSC is pretty cool, for between $4-$10 per month (depending on the plan), they will send you a set amount of razor cartridges. This means that you will never run out of razors, and they end up being cheaper than most name brand alternatives. They offer cartridges with 2, 4, and 6 blades, at $4, $7, and $10 respectively; the 2-blade cartridges send 5 per month, while the others only send 4 per month. In an effort to keep costs low, I went with the cheaper option; because really, good technique is better than more blades anyway.
For the first month the blades come with a handle (the cartridges are only compatible with this handle), and a pack of 5 cartridges; the handle is a bit flimsy, and it took a bit of effort to actually get the cartridge attached (but it may be easier for you), but it was finally time to shave.
I had just shaved the day before, so I figured I that would be the perfect time to test the razor out, before working up to it’s limit; but after that first shave, I don’t recommend trying it with and substantial facial hair growth (2+ days).
Even after the usual process (hot shower, pre shave cream, lather), the blades felt uncomfortable in comparison to what I am used to; they cut the hair just fine, but they noticeably pulled and dragged along my skin, and left my face quite red afterwards. None of this was any worse (or better) than the Mach 3 that I learned to shave with though, and I do have fairly sensitive skin.
I know that some people swear by the DSC, but honestly, I don’t think that it’s all that great, I get a better(and more comfortable) shave with my grandfathers old double-edged safety razor than I do with any modern multi-blade razor, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper too (about $30 for 100 blades, which is about 400-500 shaves); assuming that my pack of blades lasts around 1.5 years (a conservative estimate), they only cost me about $1.60 per month. That being said, I am probably biased, and I understand that (for some reason) some people prefer to use multi-blade razors; I’m just not much of a fan.
All in all, if you insist on using the modern multi-blade cartridge razors, the Dollar Shave Club may well be a worthwhile investment; just know that there are better and cheaper alternatives when you are ready to make the switch.