- Fashion and Beauty
Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Review
- getting closer where it counts
I went half my life without having to shave, over 25 years that is. I had a beard long before I made it to college, but I'm in a position now that requires a clean face. I miss my beard. At times it would have made the members of ZZ-Top proud, but most times it was short and trimmed. If I let it grow out now I could give Santa Clause a run I suppose.
But I need to shave now. Last month I ran into a bit of a snag and lost my trusted Mach 3 razor. In the ten years now that I've had to shave I've seen the razors go from twin blades to 3, 4 and now 5 blades. Not only that but you can get regular or turbo powered blades. When I first saw that, I thought it just a gimmick. Why blend a disposable blade with a battery-powered vibrator? Who knows what they were thinking or where.
Chance has it when I went to replace the lost Mach 3, the was on sale and cheaper than my Mach 3. I thought it time to see if this was just a gimmick. Worse case I got a cheaper razor handle. So I bought it and decided to setup a bit of an experiment. Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor
Let me show you the results. This could shave a few bucks off the college expences and keep them in your pocket.
I got my in store cheaper because the package was open. This is the whole reason I got to travel down this road. I'm so cheap.
Now one doesn't have to use the named gel for the best effect of the razor but I like gel vs. foam out of a spray can. Easier to travel with as well. Once it foams up on your face the differences are minimal.
What side of the fence are you on?
Now I am, asking for those that use manual razors with replaceable refill heads, not electric models. Electric razors are a whole other ball of wax.
Manual or powered refill shaver.
The Great Experiment
I was always the would be scientist of the family because I was always doing experiments so when I took the leap and bought this new powered shaver, the first thing I did was to set up an experiment.
I think this was more or less to prove to myself, the skeptic, that a powered head was better than a manual razor. I decided the left side of my face was the manual side and the right was shaved with the power on. After a month I'm sure to see some difference. Easy experiment to try and pull off.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the packaging was the ergonomic handle - it just fit right in your hand. It was comfortable. When I figured out how to put the battery in and picked up the handle again I was even more surprised. The weight of the battery made the handle even more comfortable. It balanced in my hand just right. I was amazed at the design changes compared to my old Mach 3 razor.
Now the other upgrades to the refill head besides the increased number of blades, is the blades are supposed to be thinner and sharper. There are more open vent to channel the soap foam away when you rinse the head. There is a micro comb on the front to comb the beard is different, I don't see if that is important but it seems fine. The is also a single blade on the back edge used to square off edges of sideburns. That is cool. Easily controlled that way.
I like this design so far.
The Results Are In
I was surprised how fast a month went by. The results are in and I was surprised myself at the results. At first I wasn't convinced but the difference between using the power feature and going manual didn't really show up until about three weeks in.
As expected the first shave with the new razor was clean,close and smooth. I tried the razor without power first and truthfully, it didn't feel that much different than my old Mach 3. Even when I tried the power option I wasn't too convinced that it was even different. Both shaved sides felt the same. I even asked the wife is she could tell the difference, before I even told her about the experiment. She thought I meant a difference between the new razor and the old one.
So I was about to give up and say there was no difference and that the power option was just a gimmick for sales. I decided to keep going and see the experiment through. Now typically I changed refill heads on my old Mach 3 razor every three weeks. That's when the colored indicator strip would loose its color and the blades would start to pull on the beard instead of cut cleanly. I found the same with the new . The indicator strip started loosing it color and the blades started to stick and pull on the beard instead of cut through. Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor
This is where the difference started to show through. Where the manual blades started to pull and stick, the powered option enabled me to comfortably shave close for close to a week longer. Ah ha. That is the reason for the power design. For once they have added something that is in the consumers favor. If using the power feature allows me the get an extra weeks use out of a refill head that will save me more than the upgrade cost over the year. This is awesome.
manual blades 17+ per year at $2.27 = $38.59
powered blades 13 per year @ $2.27 = $29.51
the difference $9.08
Your results may vary but for me the results are obvious