5 Razors That Actually Work — According To Our Editors

Remember the first time you shaved? It probably went something like this: One day, your mom came home with an extra set of pink razors and offered you some kind words of guidance like, "Please be careful and take your time," or, in my case, "Scream if something goes wrong." After years of watching those comically ecstatic Venus razor commercials, you knew roughly what to do once you got in the shower, sliding that pink razor over your armpits full of stubble and your hairy legs. The result? Silky, supple skin that made you feel like a walking, talking goddess.

It was a high that was frankly hard to come down from. But come down we did, especially once we realized that women's razors, for the most part, suck. I can't count the number of times I've purchased a new razor, been thrilled to shave with it for the first time during my nightly shower, and then woken up the next day with legs that felt like those prickly hairless cats. (Ever held one? I wouldn't recommend it.) Or, how about shaving at night and then waking up to red, irritated bumps along your bikini line? That's fun, too. Oh, and are these razors cheap? LOL, girl, NO. After all, the pink tax exists.

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We've had enough. It's 2020. We all deserve to stop wasting our money on razors that simply don't work. Ahead, our editors broke down the ones that do the damn job — and do it well.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Joy Razor Handle and 2 Blade Refill Cartridges


"When this sleek, pastel teal razor landed on my desk, it immediately had my attention — and, after the first swipe, I discovered there was much more than meets the eye. The handle has a truly no-slip grip, and the five blades and lubricated strip seriously cut down on irritation. I also love that this razor is a bargain, ringing up at less than $10 for a handle and two cartridge refills." — Thatiana Diaz, Senior Beauty Writer
Joy Razor Handle and 2 Blade Refill Cartridges, $0.00 Buy

Flamingo Razor


"When it comes to everything in my shower, I like there to be an aesthetic — which makes this rose-gold razor an immediate favorite. Not only does it look gorgeous next to my Nécessaire body scrub and Oribe shampoo, but it also costs less than $10 and gets the job done. Who says razors can't have it all?" — Diaz
Flamingo Razor, $9.00 Buy

Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Metal Handle Women's Razor


"It’s a little wild that it took until 2018 for a mass drugstore brand to launch a metal women’s razor. I have spent years replacing the cheap plastic handles that melt into my shower caddy, while my boyfriend has been using the same one since college. (The pink tax is so real.) While I could technically use the men’s version, I find that it’s just not as flexible around the bikini line, ankles, knees, and toes. But this one is! I’ve gone to town on my bikini line with it and have yet to find a single bump. And with a sturdier handle, I’m much better at replacing the razor heads after three or four uses." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Metal Handle Women's Razor, $14.99 $9.97 Buy
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Oui Shave The Rose Gold Single-Blade Razor


"As someone who balks at the $13 price tag of three disposable razors, you’d think a $75 model would insult me on principle. Not so! In fact, it’s really quite economical and better for the environment, too — less plastic to throw in the trash, yada yada yada. Anyway, the Oui is expensive but good. The weighted handle makes it so you don’t have to apply any pressure at all to get a really close, smooth shave, which is excellent for anyone who tends to cut themselves while shaving. Also, it’s very sexy and rose gold and makes me feel like that Queen of Versailles lady with the half-finished mansion outside Orlando." — Rachel Krause, Deputy Beauty Director
Oui Shave The Rose Gold Single-Blade Razor, $75.00 Buy

Venus ComfortGlide + Olay 5-Blade Coconut Razor


"This may go against the rules in the unwritten beauty bible but I don’t shave my legs with shaving cream. Not for any particular reason other than being lazy AF and never having time for that extra step. But my legs are, thankfully, never left bruised, bloody, or dry thanks to the Venus ComfortGlide Razor. This razor has five blades cushioned between two buttery Olay bars. It glides over my skin and moisturizes with every pass. I can literally shave my legs with my eyes closed and never worry about stabbing my leg or scraping them dry (although, for the record, I don't recommend blind shaving). It also comes with a shower hook, so I can keep my blades in shape for a few uses instead of leaving it to rust in a random corner of my shower caddy." — Aimee Simeon, Senior Beauty Writer
Venus ComfortGlide + Olay 5-Blade Coconut Razor - 1, $10.79 Buy
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