Shaving has been part of men's grooming routine for decades, and various types of shaving razors have been introduced over the years. But the most common dilemma of all still remains highly debated today – “Single-blade vs Multi-blade, which is better?”
To see if a single-blade razor or multi-blade razor is better, we’ll compare both types of razors based on four characteristics – performance, ease of use, cost and environmental friendliness.
Both the single and multi-blade razor can deliver a comfortable shave.
The multi-blade catches and cuts more hair in a single glide.
1st blade: Catches the hair and pulls it
2nd & 3rd blade: Cuts the more exposed hair and ensure nothing is missed.
However, while multi-blade razors do shave more hair in one go, it also increases the chances of ingrown hair, razor bumps and skin irritation. More blades, more problems.
Single-blade razors can help reduce such mishaps, especially if you have sensitive skin. It is designed to achieve a smooth shave while reducing the chances of ingrown hair and razor bumps.
In comparison to a multi-blade razor, there are no extra blades that can cause the hair to be pulled while shaving.
Ease of use
One benefit of using a multi-blade razor is the effortless shaving experience. Simply run the razor over your skin and you can get the job done easily.
Single-blade razors, on the other hand, require a little practice to achieve an effective shave. It takes some time to get used to the pressure and angle of the shave.
Single-blade safety razors are undoubtedly more cost-effective than multi-blade razors. With an average of 4 shaves per week, here’s how much you’ll spend (based on our calculations):
Multi-blade refills can cost up to $10 per cartridge while single-blade razor refills can be as cheap as $0.20 per blade. It is recommended to replace your blades every 3 to 5 shaves.
More than 2 billion razors and refill blades are tossed out in the U.S. each year. Though many multi-blade razors are not ‘single use’, throwing them away contributes significantly to plastic waste from repeated blade purchases.
On the contrary, single-blade razors only require the replacement of the stainless steel blade, which is recyclable and more sustainable.
Moreover, single-blade razors are more durable, minimising purchases and material consumption.
Choosing the right razor for your skin
Picking the right razor depends on many other factors – skin type, user’s experience and budget. Here’s a quick comparison to sum it up.
A single-blade razor is better in terms of performance, cost and environmental friendliness. The multi-blade razor is an easier tool to learn and use if you're new to shaving.
If you have no prior experience with shaving, you can go for a multi-blade razor to familiarise yourself with the shaving technique. Once you think that you’re ready to take facial grooming more seriously, you can make the switch to a single-blade razor.
Ultimately, make your choice based on your grooming style and evaluate the different features of both types of razors.
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