questionswhat is the best option for a daily shaver?

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I used to use an Gillette M3 blade razor but blades are expensive. SO I got a Panasonic based on reviews. I can shave very smooth if I need in the shower (it will give me ingrown hairs if I do that but is very smooth) but mostly I use it dry... if you switch your face needs to adjust you can not go back an forth between electric and blade razors. The dry shave looks good.

I like my Panasonic... seen here but I did not pay that much.
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES8078S-Vortex-HyrdraClean-Shaving/dp/B000BT5DFM/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1298758496&sr=8-9
I got my son a Panasonic this year http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES4026NC-Rechargeable-Double-Shaver/dp/B0001209OO/ref=sr_1_8?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1298758563&sr=1-8
If he uses it, and ask, I will upgrade him to http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES7056S-Vortex-Triple-HydraClean/dp/B000GLJR66/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1298758695&sr=1-6 it has everything i like about mine it is wet/dry and has a pop up trimmer.

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@caffeine_dude: What was in the reviews that made you choose Panasonic? Did you look into others?

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I'm similar. 25. Only (until recently) used disposable razors, with a short-lived delve into electric razors.

The electric just didn't cut it. The shave wasn't close enough. I had a 5 oclock shadow at 9:30am.

Recently, I was given a safety razor as a gift. It does a great job, if I invest an hour to shave. To keep from razor rash, you need to shave at the slightest angle, and spend a great deal of time with one blade.

However, when using the safety razor I learned the right way to shave. This made the difference.

Pick up a book. Seriously. It's stupid, but apparently there are books. Things like softening and warming the skin make all the difference. Shave after showering, and spend a few minutes holding a warm, wet towel against your face. Use shaving balm before shaving. This is different than cream. It softens the skin. After shaving, splash your face with cold water and use moisturizer or aftershave.

The more you learn, the better you'll get from a disposabl

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Also, I found the old school shaving soap is better than cream. Cheaper too. Reviews say it's worse since it dries your skin, but my results say otherwise. Shaving soap all the way.

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@gregorylikescheapstu: I have been using electric for a few years because I wasn't getting the irritation but with the sacrifice of a close shave. I just lived with it because I needed to be clean shaven for work.

Thanks to the shirt.woot blog, I saw a webisode of "Put This On" a couple days ago with a how to shave with safety razors segment. It has all the tips you mentioned.

http://shirt.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=16369
http://putthison.com/post/3291575171/put-this-on-episode-4-grooming-jesse-visits-the

I'm considering it but wanted to hear if anybody else does it or if quicker options can work just as well.

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Give a disposable a shot while using the same methods of the safety razor. (Skin prep, at least. How to hold/pressure the razor is a little different.) The same disposable will have improved results, when prepping the skin.

Until the cold forced me to to go amish with my beard, I was shaving monday-friday with disposables and saturday/sunday safety razor. The routine keeps it well shaven all day, and my skin has been fine. Most of the irritation, I've learned, was just my failure to open the pores before, then close after.

If you do choose to use the electric, Gillette makes a liquid you splash on your face first. It makes the hairs straighten and be more apt for shaving. It did slightly improve my shave from the electric, but not enough for me to stay with it.

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I had similar irritation issues when I was younger, and I found it was mostly due to the shaving cream I was using and, as others have mentioned, that I hadn't prepared my beard/face for shaving. I've mostly used the Gillette Sensor blades, and more recently the Mach 3, and have found that for the most part it doesn't matter what blade I am using if I use a good quality shaving cream I get good results. I use a brush and lather cream at home, and when travelling there are several non-brush creams that give a close irritation-free shave, Neutrogena has one available at most drug stores in a tube that is good. When using a brush I mostly use Taylor shave creams, they are available on Amazon:
http://amzn.com/B0007MW2ZW

One tub will last me about 9 months, so I think it ends up being the same or even slightly cheaper than using an aerosol shave cream, but with much better results.

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I use a Merkur with a single, double-edged blade, a badger hair brush, and the mango shaving cream from Trader Joe's. The first few shaves like this took me about 20 minutes, but now that I've got the hang of it, I can get a pretty good shave in 5-10. This article, really, is all you need to get started:

http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2006/07/10/a-guide-to-the-gourmet-shaving-experience/

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I personally just use a Meijer knockoff of a Gilette Fusion razor. Works fine for me, but irritates my face a little. Probably mostly because I don't prepare for shaving. I prefer to shave before my shower, which also might have something to do with it.

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I like to shave while I am in the Amazon Jungle waiting for the predator to make his move. I don't use any creams, gels, or powders, just the sweat and my disposable. Sometimes it breaks on my face while shaving.

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I think "Men's Health" or "Men's Journal" just did an article on this, they said anything over 3 blades is a waste...(the first blade does all the cutting)

I've been meaning to upgrade my disposable but I can't bring myself to pay the extra 50-75 cents per razor...

In the mean while I get about 4 close shaves with no burn out of a "Gillette Custom Plus pivot" I wear a goatee and NEED to shave daily

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@elraphbo: That brings up another question for the masses;
How much do you use a disposable razor before moving to a fresh one?

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Norelco. They used to all be good at any price range but now the 70-100 buck ones are better. Close shaves, no irritation, fast and easy on the environment.

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@skippykj: Good question. I'm cheap, so I try to get as many as I can before I change cartridges, maybe 3 weeks or so of shaving? At $2 per cartridge for the Mach 3's it is ridiculous. Unfortunately by the end I have to do a lot more passes to get a smooth shave, but I still get decent results.

Anyone know of cheaper alternatives out there other than buying the genuine Gillette brand? I was buying "real" Mach 3's off ebay for a while, but the quality was awful.

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If you are talking manual not electric I agree about stockpiling cartridges they always sell with a few and when you go back you a) cannot find them or b) price is so jacked up. Alot of stores in my area even lock them up apparently its the most commonly stolen item or on of. Get some reviews together....seek coupons and then go buy the one you like with as many cartridges where coupons come in handy. They are always most affordable when model is new then 2 months later after freebies have run out BAM they have ya hooked. As a woman I find the men's ones to be better made & since they have to be flexible for face contours they tend to work better elsewhere. There are a few good disposables out there but not many. As soon as the smooth strip is gone its razor burn ciry

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Another thing that I really like about the Merkur is that, even though the razor was a little pricey, the blades are very cheap - they can be had for 50¢-75¢ each (depending on the quantity you buy), compared to a couple bucks for a name-brand cartridge.

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I also use a safety razor. I have a feather and am quite pleased at the price of the razor itself and refills. I shave my head and face with it.

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Wet shaving: Once you go wet, you never go back.

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@skippykj: Panasonic is my favorite brand. I have tried the circle blades, and a different foil blade. I preferred the foil. I love the stand and the water proof. If you get an electric razor the best thing for you to do is keep it clean. I can run it under water and put it in the stand and tell it to dry the blade. Once a week I let the stand clean the blade.
What in the review, I am not sure.
The razor works on 1 day stubble and 3 day for me.
@jasontheperson wet shaving is closer but I get pimples and ingrown hairs.

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I find that shaving with cream/gel gives a better shave but I am often too lazy to go through the whole process. I have a Panasonic electric (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES8103S-Pro-Curve-Rechargeable-Shaving/dp/B001DNE3KQ) that I use almost every day, and it gives a decent shave.

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I have tried lots of razors but could not find one that I liked so I designed my own based on the classic wet shaving razor. By distilling down the design to what really matters I found that you need just one really sharp, inexpensive blade to give the best shave a man can get. Now sold around the world the Goodfella double edged safety razor makes a unique addition to every man's life. Take a look at it now http://www.goodfella.com/razors.html

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@skippykj: I would not recommend http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES4026NC-Rechargeable-Double-Shaver/dp/B0001209OO/ref=sr_1_8?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1298758563&sr=1-8 to an adult. It is missing "the middle teeth?" This is why I would upgrade my son if he uses this.

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@skippykj: http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/52194148-3d8f-4ba0-abd4-26ef164b6ecf/panasonic-es8109s-vortex-wet-dry-shaver-with-nano-technology-and-hydraclean-syste#0 not sure if you are still following your question but this is a good deal. Remember if you switch shaving methods give your face time to get used to the new method.

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@caffeine_dude: You really love those Panasonic's

Since this question I have gone back to disposable razors with the prep/post techniques (hot face soak before/cold rinse after), 2 passes (1st with grain, 2nd against/across), and Neutrogena's post shaving lotion. I have been doing every other day hoping my skin would adjust and everything would be great. For now I still get a fair amount of irritation so if it doesn't stop in a few weeks I'll probably go back to electric.

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@skippykj: Ya, strange thing in this day being committed to a brand name (unless it is apple). Are you sure 1 week is enough adjustment time, I thought I read a month?