There's A Razor For All Your Hair-Removal Needs — Here's How To Find It

We don't know about you, but we're not quite ready for tights just yet — and we want to get the most out of our bare legs before tights season officially starts. But maintaining smooth legs (if you like things stubble-free, that is) requires the right blade for you, and the dizzying array of razors (arrayzor?) on the market is almost as varied as the types of hair removal itself.

It’s a daunting proposition: Are a million blades better than, say, two? Are online “clubs” the most inexpensive way to go about the whole cartridge thing? So many questions — luckily, we have the answers. Here, your guide to all the different razors on the market, and how to track down your best bet.
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Standard Refillable
Perhaps the most common razors, these require that you simply purchase a handle, which comes with either one or two separate blade cartridges that you replace. Alas, acquiring razor-head refills can get weirdly spendy, to the point where they’re frequently under lock and key at the drugstore. Standard refillables are great for committal customers. Try Schick Quattro for Women or Gillette Venus Embrace, boasting four and five blades, respectively.

Gillette Venus Embrace, $6.39, available at Target.
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Dual-Purpose
I tend to shave quickly, cutting my legs the eff up as if I were a 12-year-old who’s new to the shaving game. Schick’s Hydro Silk cartridge includes five blades and gives me a super-close shave without horror-movie blood and a mad dash for a styptic pencil. The other end features a trimmer for “bush administration,” whether your preference is '70s-style or manicured landing strip.

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor, $13.99, available at Ulta.


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Men’s
When you reach for a gentleman’s razor to tackle your stubble, the sad reality is that you’re far more likely to end up with nicked knees. New York City dermatologist Ellen Gendler, MD, says it’s a common myth that men’s razors are better for women. “The skin and hairs are different than a man’s face, and women are shaving much larger surfaces and need a razor that can work with their body shape,” she explains.

Women’s razors tend to have features like pivoting heads for curvy areas and ergonomic handles for better grip in the shower. If you’re going to boldly go where many women have out of necessity (or out of zero other options at their boyfriend’s apartment) gone before, go for this one by Gillette.

Gillette Mach3 Turbo, $8.99, available at drugstore.com.
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Subscription-Based
Also in the men’s category are razor-industry disruptors Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s. Both are subscription-based services that send high-quality razors and men’s grooming products to your door for a few dollars monthly. Thanks to the elimination of expensive celebrity spokespeople, the cost of razors is next to nothing, making these options a much cheaper proposition than investing $20-plus a month in cartridges at the drugstore.

In addition to razors, Dollar Shave Club offers skin-care and hair-care essentials like Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter and Magnanimous Post Shave Moisturizer. Harry’s sells shave gel and skin-care items as well, like Foaming Shave Gel and Daily Face Wash. Both plans start at $3 a month.

Oui Shave is a similar concept, but a bit more upscale and designed for women. The company offers razors starting at $48 (for a reusable, gold-plated affair) and plans ranging from $25 per month to $25 for four months (with kicky names like “I Shave for Stubble” and “I Shave for Dates”), in addition to its own neroli shave oil.

Dollar Shave Club Razor Subscription, $1-$9, available at Dollar Shave Club.
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Compact
Bulky hair-removal paraphernalia need not be included into your packing strategy, jet-setters. You can lighten your load considerably by bringing a compact choice like this one, which has all the convenience of your regularly scheduled razor, including the same blade, but with a short handle and compact case for perfect portability.

No longer will you have to shake out a wet razor and toss it into your cosmetics case, as this one comes in its own natural habitat that’s waterproof. Keeping this grooming tool on your person ensures you’ll never be relaxing poolside and notice That One Giant Hair By Your Ankle That You Missed ever again. Plus, you can use a Venus Breeze razor cartridge with it.

Gillette Venus Snap, $9.47 at Walmart.
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Multiple Replacements In One
This is a good option for those who are clumsy and/or, perhaps, studying abroad and want to bring multiple blades in a single apparatus. A precursor to refill cartridges, the Flicker yields five blades in one, housed in a circular razor that kind of resembles a pack of birth-control pills, which you click to expose a fresh blade.

The Flicker features a single blade, but it’s wrapped in wire, so cutting your skin is virtually impossible. The shave on this one isn’t super-close, but it’ll do the job and it’s easy to handle. I find the blades on these tend to last longer than those on refillable cartridges with moisturizing strips, as the strip will be a thing of the past after only a few shaving sessions. This blade is less hydrating for the same reason, but does the job longer.

Flicker Classic Women's Shaver, $24.95 for one (which includes five blades), amazon.com.
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Disposable
These tend to fall into the “you get what you pay for” category, but there is a time and a place for disposable razors — mostly, weekend jaunts when packing an extra refillable cartridge would take up precious bag real estate. Typically, disposable razors are single- or double-blade affairs, but Bic Soleil Twilight went for a triple blade, leaving you with a close shave and fewer nicks. Because the only Nick in your life should be of the Jonas variety.

Bic Soleil Twilight, $6.99, available at Ulta.
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Refillable With Gel
Perfectly portable for tropical vacations, refillable cartridges with shave gel in tow make #konmari-ing your beauty stash on the go a breeze. Schick Intuition’s moisturizing razor boasts hydrating strips you can actually see and comes in nourishing and sensitive-skin iterations. Gillette Venus & Olay cartridges also lather as you shave, so you can skip packing a separate shave gel, leaving you with more room to pack shoes.

Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment Coconut Milk & Almond Oil Razor, $13.29, available at Ulta.
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