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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by unstartable » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:10 am

I have a pretty coarse beard and shave every day. I think Schick Hydro 5 gives the best, most comfortable shave, but use the Kirkland razors because of price. Either one will last a week.

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3 is good

Post by Bogle7 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:20 am

Schick Extreme 3
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schick-Xtrem ... /149548040
80¢ each

I shave 6 days a week and get 1 month from a razor.
I rinse the razor after shaving and let it dry in its holder.
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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by themesrob » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:33 am

I've tried quite a few brands, usually from forgetting a razor when traveling (but once or twice just to experiment). Mach 3 is still the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to transition.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by jhfenton » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:44 am

I also buy mine directly from Dorco when they have sales. I don't go through them very fast, so I only place an order about once per year.

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Post by Kuna_Papa_Wengi » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:59 am

Dorco! https://www.dorcousa.com/

I've been using these for several years now. Great prices and quality. I bought a sample pack of blades for around $30. I'l use a cartridge for several months before I feel like I need to change it out, so that pack has lasted me a long time.

I was using a Mach3 before that.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by Kuna_Papa_Wengi » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:01 am

themesrob wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:33 am
I've tried quite a few brands, usually from forgetting a razor when traveling (but once or twice just to experiment). Mach 3 is still the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to transition.
Price and quality. Why pay more for the Mach3 when you can get as good or better quality from Dorco for less money?

All else being equal, would you invest in a mutual fund that has higher fees and/or lower returns?

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by rooms222 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:02 am

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Has any one tried BIC Hybrid 3 or BIC Comfort 3 ?
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I have been using the BIC Flex 3 that I got off Amazon. They give me about 11-12 shaves (usually shaving every 2-4 days), so good longevity. BIC and Schick seem to be putting better technology in their disposables lately. I first noticed Gillette doing it in the Mach 3 disposable about 7-8 years ago, and BIC and Schick have followed through. The Modern Shaving Systems area of badgerandblade.com deals with questions you are having (i.e. not going back to Double Edge, but more modern razors). https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/fo ... stems.271/

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Re: 3 is good

Post by JoMoney » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:13 am

Bogle7 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:20 am
Schick Extreme 3
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schick-Xtrem ... /149548040
80¢ each

I shave 6 days a week and get 1 month from a razor.
I too get about 1 month from a razor... I usually get a ten-pack of no-name twin blade disposables from the dollar store and that will last me all year.
https://www.dollartree.com/assured-twin ... cks/245202
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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by Murgatroyd » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:27 am

bondsr4me wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:33 am
StrawMan wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:42 pm
I know that a few of you mentioned that Single/Double Edege Razors (wet shaving) isn't for you. But you should give it another shot. I moved away from using Mach 3 Razors probably 10 years ago. One of the best and cheapest things I've ever done. I personally prefer SE Razors and use a GEM Razor made in the 1920's. Gives the best shave ever. Get a good soap, brush and lather up!
I very much agree with you about using good soap and a brush.
I use a badger brush and Proraso tube shave cream.
This makes for the best, smoothest shave IMO.

I have tried many razors: Gillette, Schick, Harry’s, Merkur safety, Parker safety.
I have tried many blades: Derby, Merkur, Astra, Feather.
I like the Astra blade with my Parker 99R the best.

I also think the Schick Hyro 5 is the best cartridge, beats the Gillette Fusion hands down.

I got started using Gillette safety razors back in the 60’s.
It does require developing technique.
You just can’t use much pressure, that’s why people cut themselves.

DE safety razors are worth a try, just ease up with the razor pressure.
Badabing!! Exactly where I wound up. About 8,9 years ago I got sick of Gillette crazy prices. Sampled blades just like you did. Amazon has a 100 pack of the Astra blades for About $10. They last me 2 or 3 shaves depending on growth. It’s such a Boglehead thing to do!

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by grettman » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:30 am

Good thread. I am interested in no longer using Gillette razors.

I forgot all about dorco razors! I used these before and they were great. Often you can find deals via slickdeals...

I plan to drop Gillette when my current razor is finished.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by jpelder » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:31 am

I grew a beard, which cuts down on shaving cost considerably! :beer

I use Dollar Shave Club for my neckbeard and cheek cleanup razors (I know straight from Dorco is cheaper, but it's not by much, and I use some of DSC's other products).
I do agree that Gillette and Schick are better than Dorco/DSC, but not 2-3 times better

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by BogleMelon » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:45 am

+1 to Schick Hydro 5. I buy mine from Costco on a sale
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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by themesrob » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:03 pm

Kuna_Papa_Wengi wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:01 am
themesrob wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:33 am
I've tried quite a few brands, usually from forgetting a razor when traveling (but once or twice just to experiment). Mach 3 is still the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to transition.
Price and quality. Why pay more for the Mach3 when you can get as good or better quality from Dorco for less money?

All else being equal, would you invest in a mutual fund that has higher fees and/or lower returns?
no, but having tried Dorco, I would never describe it as "as good or better quality" -- YMMV, of course. And as for price, right now you can buy 15 Mach3 refills on Amazon for $24.74, and you can buy 16 Pace3 refills from Dorco for $25.40. Considering 15-16 refills would last me for a year or more, I'm not seeing much of a distinction.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by glock19 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:12 pm

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WanderingDoc:

I intend to never use a Gillette or Proctor and Gamble product. I don't use any of those shampoos, feminine hygiene, and toiletries anyway, so Gillette goes into the garbage for good. So excited! 8-)
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I'm with you Doc. Excellent prescription.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by aristotelian » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:39 pm

Not sure if OP would consider ditching cartridges altogether, but I got fed up with different proprietary systems that are always getting phased out. Switched to traditional Dual Edge Safety Razor and will never, ever go back to cartridge. IMO, they are the like the index funds of shaving. Simple, no hidden fees. $30 or so will get you set up with enough blades to last several years, and when those run out you can replace them without worrying about having to upgrade to "Mach 12".

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by mcraepat9 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm

Strange direction this thread has gone in.
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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by pejp » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm

mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by queso » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm

pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by praxis » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:57 pm

I've tried many also. I read some reviews and Bic 3 blade flexible head was #1 so I bought a pack. They were ok. My problem is getting a close shave without scraping my skin and bleeding on my pillow. I shave in the shower before bed. I concluded after years of cycling through brands that Schick 2 blade disposables (Xtreme 2) have the right blade angle for my face and my shaving style. I have to go over each part of my beard multiple times as usual to get it smooth, but: 1) it needs fewer passes 2) I don't ever cut myself 3) the blades last me a month. Two other points: 1) my beard is not heavy and 2) my preferred shave lubricant is a dollop of cheap hair conditioner.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by AerialP » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm

queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by queso » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:03 pm

AerialP wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm
queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.
lol.. I see what you did there. :happy

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by lthenderson » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:07 pm

My solution was to grow a beard and then just shave the neck once a week. One blade usually lasts me three months that way so buying the standard 10 pack of blades is a two and a half year supply.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by folkher0 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:03 pm

Honestly, Dorco Pace Comfort Thin 2 and Barbasol shaving cream is the best combination for me. I have a thick beard and need to shave daily. I rarely get nicks or skin irritation. A blade lasts me several weeks or more. I tried them all: sensor, Mach 3, Quattro, whatever. With this combination I spend pennies and have no desire to go back to Gillette or Shick.

I don’t like more than 2 blades—it’s awkward to drag a huge cartridge under my nose or chin.

I last bought cartridges several years ago. I honestly don’t even know how much I paid it was so long ago.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by NHRATA01 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:15 pm

AerialP wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm
queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.
I had traditionally used no name single blade disposables since my skin was rather thick and resistant to irritation. Perhaps if my skin is getting more thin and sensitive I'm wondering if I should move to Gillette products now?

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by stoptothink » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:18 pm

themesrob wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Kuna_Papa_Wengi wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:01 am
themesrob wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:33 am
I've tried quite a few brands, usually from forgetting a razor when traveling (but once or twice just to experiment). Mach 3 is still the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to transition.
Price and quality. Why pay more for the Mach3 when you can get as good or better quality from Dorco for less money?

All else being equal, would you invest in a mutual fund that has higher fees and/or lower returns?
no, but having tried Dorco, I would never describe it as "as good or better quality" -- YMMV, of course. And as for price, right now you can buy 15 Mach3 refills on Amazon for $24.74, and you can buy 16 Pace3 refills from Dorco for $25.40. Considering 15-16 refills would last me for a year or more, I'm not seeing much of a distinction.
If you are paying even half of regular price for Dorco razors you are doing it wrong. With coupon codes and flash sales, they are usually <1/3 the price of "name brands".

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by samsoes » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:18 pm

AerialP wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm
queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.
Thick skin can be sensitive as well, especially when changing blade types or changing from a blade to a shaver.
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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by queso » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:23 pm

NHRATA01 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:15 pm
AerialP wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm
queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.
I had traditionally used no name single blade disposables since my skin was rather thick and resistant to irritation. Perhaps if my skin is getting more thin and sensitive I'm wondering if I should move to Gillette products now?
If you are truly thin skinned I'd take a look at the Emo line from SJW Industries. They are expensive, but guaranteed not to cause you any pain or discomfort. Bonus - you get a trophy with every order.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by mptfan » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:25 pm

queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:23 pm
If you are truly thin skinned I'd take a look at the Emo line from SJW Industries. They are expensive, but guaranteed not to cause you any pain or discomfort. Bonus - you get a trophy with every order.
Their products seem to be very popular with young people.

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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by NHRATA01 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:28 pm

queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:23 pm
NHRATA01 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:15 pm
AerialP wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm
queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm


I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.
I had traditionally used no name single blade disposables since my skin was rather thick and resistant to irritation. Perhaps if my skin is getting more thin and sensitive I'm wondering if I should move to Gillette products now?
If you are truly thin skinned I'd take a look at the Emo line from SJW Industries. They are expensive, but guaranteed not to cause you any pain or discomfort. Bonus - you get a trophy with every order.
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Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Post by azanon » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:38 pm

AerialP wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:01 pm
queso wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
Indeed. This thread has repeatedly shifted into medical advice, which per the policies is to be steered away from the forum. There are many other online outlets and forums which dispense guidance regarding the care of overly sensitive thin skin.
It helps to know that we're not alone. Those distressed enough by the subject discussion as to be compelled to chime in would very likely have an equal if not worse case of the same medical condition.

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