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A Fusion Fan Who Is Now A Satisfied Schick Hydro User
on November 29, 2015
I've used Gillette brand blades for well over 30 years. A number of years ago I participated in a 3-month Gillette consumer test of a new razor and blade system and have a pretty good idea of what to look for in a razor system and how to rank them. I've always considered them the best on the market, especially after every once in a while trying another brand and then coming back to Gillette.
However, the pricing on Gillette's blades has become completely unreasonable. Moreover the durability of the newer Fusion blades leaves a lot to be desired which may be an indication of quality control problems. I can rarely get more than 5 shaves out of a Fusion blade before it goes dull, resulting in a poor and uncomfortable shave.
The last Gillette price increase was the trigger for me to again investigate an alternative brand. I tried a couple off brands and wasn't satisfied. Then I came across the Schick Hydro 5. I'm in love with it. This shaving system provides a superior shaving experience at a very reasonable cost. The blades are significantly less expensive than Gillette and they last twice as long. I can usually get 10 shaves out of a single blade before there is a decline in performance. The Schick Hydro handle has a different weight and balance than the Fusion and this took a few days to get used to but now I find it as good, if not better, than the Gillette. The razor head seems to glide more evenly on my skin, even when shaving against the grain. And it has a clever little flip guard at the top that allows you to expose the top blades for trimming beneath your nose and other tight spots.
If you'd asked me 6 months ago if I'd be using a razor not made by Gillette my answer would have been "no." Schick Hydro has changed my mind and I couldn't be happier. I'm getting a better shave at a cost much less than Gillette.