I ordered trials to find the best shaving razor subscriptions – here’s my review of Harry’s, Cornerstone and grüum!
For several years I used Wilkinson Sword’s Quattro Titanium Precision Razor having seen the adverts on TV. The trimming function appealed massively as my sideburns grow at a ridiculous rate (giving me the nickname Elvis when I forget to trim them).
The Quattro razor is fine. When it broke, I decided to buy the Gillette Styler (Gillette’s equivalent to Wilkinson’s trimming razor) as it was on sale.
The 5th blade makes all the difference.
The Gillette razor’s head glides and angles better to contours than Wilkinson’s; I definitely won’t be going back.
But I decided to get a bunch of trials of the razor subscription services having been bombarded by advertisements (good targeting marketing departments!).
Here’s my review of the best shaving razor subscriptions.
Cornerstone razor review
I ordered the Cornerstone Luxury Gift Set which includes a personalised chrome razor handle, 6 razor blades, shave gel, pre-shave scrub and post-shave balm (rrp £35)
The chrome handle feels solid and weighty, so it can suffer several bashes against the sink for instance.
But that’s where the positives end unfortunately.
The handle has little shape (almost just circular with a line indent for grip on the underside), add to that the chrome finish feels quite slippy when your hand is wet or covered in shaving gel. I think the printed initials on the handle looks a tad gimmicky.
The blade has the worst cut or the four razors too, leaving longer hairs then the rest of the records meaning I was shaving more often.
Their skincare products however are brilliant. The pre-face scrub contains cedarwood and volcanic sand exfoliating grains while the after shave cream is blended with mint and honey so your skin feels smooth and fresh before and after shaving.
It’s such a shame the razor isn’t up to the same standard as their skin products. I wouldn’t but Cornerstone razors again after this trial.
Price of razor, shave gel (150ml) and 6 razor cartridges – £29 (£2.33 per razor cartridge)
grüum razor review
I opted for the Precision 6 5-blade razor (with handle) and shave gel (rrp £19.88)
For me, the grüum razor is the best looking razor you can buy on the market. There are 6 colours to choose from.
The handle is perfectly ergonomic with a flat edge for your index finger and an indent for your thumb on the back.
The blade cuts the closest out of the three razor subscriptions and is on par with Gillette’s. The edging blade also performed the best for my wild sideburns and better than the Gillette and Wilkinson trimmers. It has the same feeling as a shavette.
grüum claim their razor offers a clog free experience due to better blade spacing. I can confirm this is true; grüum’s is the only one that doesn’t have hair clogged between the razor.
The shave gel contains aloe vera and antibacterial witch hazel, with orange and eucalyptus.
Price of razor, shave gel (120ml) and 8 razor cartridges – £40 (£2.88 per razor cartridge)
Harry’s razor review
I ordered a razor (The Truman), travel blade cover and shave gel (rrp £12.50)
Harry’s razor is somewhere between grüum and Cornerstone’s, not great but not bad either. The cut is somewhere in between the two.
The razor features a rubber grippy handle (which there are 3 colours to choose from) so no chances of slippage. I do wonder what state it will be in six months time however, so I’ll provide an update in time.
Harry’s shaving gel, which contains aloe vera, is of the lather type (which I prefer).
Price of razor, shavel gel (114ml) and 8 razor cartridges – £26.50 (£1.88 per razor cartridge)
Even though grüum is the more expensive of the razor subscriptions, I think it’s well worth the money if you can afford it. It’s looks great and gives the closest shave.