COMFORT: Look for something that will be comfortable in hand. Double-edge razors come in a variety of handle lengths and varying weights that can mesh better with men depending on their hand size and steadiness. For instance, a man with large hands might choose a longer handled model to most closely replicate the feel and ease of using a cartridge razor. Similarly, some men prefer a heftier razor that handles whiskers without requiring them to exert as much pressure and is easier to balance.
FORMAT: Razors come in two basic formats: 3-piece or twist-to-open (TTO/butterfly). A 3-piece razor has a blade housing that comes completely off to replace the blade, whereas a TTO has a knob on the handle’s bottom that causes the blade housing to flip open like butterfly wings. The chosen model or format doesn’t have much impact on shave quality, but a TTO generally makes for quicker and simpler blade changes.
LOOKS: Since it’s going to be sitting or hanging in your bathroom, the new razor might as well look nice. From textured handles to laser etching to unique finishes and colors, it’s worth picking a look that fits your lifestyle, bathroom aesthetic and personality.