Is Swapping to a Safety Razor Cheaper?
The simple answer is yes
To prove it we’ve done the maths. Like a GCSE maths test, no answer is complete without its full written workings, so if you’re ready to get into the nitty gritty see our conclusion explained in full below.
Gillette recommends that their cartridge blades are replaced every 5-7 shaves. Now, assuming you shave every other day, you’d ideally be looking to replace your blades every 2 weeks. Therefore, in a year, you'll likely go through 26 cartridge heads in total.
Currently, you can buy a pack of 8 fusion ProGlide heads from Gillette for £28.99. Annual cost of cartridge blades, total: £115.96
Compare this then to the safety razor...
Here at MÜHLE, we recommend that blades are generally replaced every 3-5 shaves. Assuming you shave every other day, you’d ideally be looking to replace your blades every week. Therefore, over the course of the year, you'll likely go through 52 blades in total.
MÜHLE razor blades are sold in packs of 10 and cost £4.50 per pack. Annual cost of cartridge blades, total: £27.00 This points to an impressive saving of £88.96
Even accounting for the purchase of a new R89, swapping still comes in £52.96 cheaper. In fact, to even come remotely close to the price of using a cartridge razor you'd need to shave every single day with a brand-new blade. And it's still cheaper.
A worthy investment, these well-crafted products are built to stand the test of time (and look great whilst they’re doing it). Becoming better value for money with every year they sit pride of place on your bathroom shelf, they’re also fantastic for the environment. In fact, the environmental protection agency has reported that about 80 million disposable cartridge heads are thrown away each year, with most of them ending up in landfills - with our safety razors the only waste is the small blade, made from metal (a recyclable material).
MÜHLE R89 Closed Comb Safety Razor
What our customers say
After 40 years of wet shaving, and using the same type of cheap razor, I decided to buy something a little more professional, the MUHLE R89.
Good quality and feels very nice to use. Definitely a more pleasant experience than using the multi-blade disposable razors.