Best Razors for Women

Good Housekeeping
Gillette Venus Embrace
Refillable Razors

Women panelists tried out 19 razors with three or more blades (seven refillables and 12 disposables) and rated their prowess at hair removal (without nicking), grip comfort, and maneuverability. The competition was tight, but these five won by a hair.

Best Refillable

If you prefer refillable razors for their greener aspect (less plastic to toss), you can't go wrong with the five-blade Gillette Venus Embrace ($12 with two cartridges). It glides oh-so-smoothly while cleanly removing every hair.

First year's cost: $75.*

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Schick Quattro TrimStyle

Refillable with Trimmer

For shaving plus grooming your bikini line, try the Schick Quattro TrimStyle ($11 with one cartridge). Its four blades whisk away stubble; the handle has a built-in waterproof motorized trimmer.

First year's cost: $63.*

Gillette Venus Spa Breeze

Refillable with Gel

The three blades of the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze ($10 with two cartridges) are flanked by gel bars, so it glides over skin without extra shaving cream. It's also far less bulky than its competitor, the Schick Intuition.

First year's cost: $70.*

Gillette Venus
Embrace Disposables

Best Disposable Razor

Gillette Venus Embrace Disposables ($10 for three) topped this category, thanks to the razors' five-blade heads--identical to the refillable version's.

Yearly cost: $77.*

Bic Soleil Bella Disposables

Budget Buy Razor

Four-blade Bic Soleil Bella Disposables ($6 for three) provide a great shave at an even better price. They also come with scented handles, which don't affect performance but left testers wondering, Why?

Yearly cost: $46.*

Gillette Mach3 Turbo

Are Men's Razors Better Shavers?

A lot of women think so, which is why we tested the men's market leaders. The three-blade Gillette Mach3 disposable finished in last place, while the refillable three-blade Gillette Mach3 Turbo scored just as well as the top women's picks and costs about $62 for the first year.

*Cost assumes an average of eight every-other-day shaves per cartridge or razor.


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