The Dollar Shave Club vs The Wet Shaving Club
Full Disclosure: We want you to buy our product. While we believe our review of The Dollar Shave Club is fair and honest, it is also our review. A review from a competitor trying to sell you their product. We are not affiliated in any way with The Dollar Shave Club.. While we think they have a good deal (if you like cartridge razors), we think our deal is better, and we think you will like our product better.
The Dollar Shave Club vs The Wet Shaving Club.
Welcome to the Internet, where is seems there are no shortage of brands wanting you to sign up for their shave club. So many online native stores, as well as legacy brands like Gillette, are all asking for a piece of your monthly paycheck to keep you stocked up in blades, creams, lotions, and now anti-testicle chafing cream? Sheesh…
With all the options out there, you might be wondering how The Wet Shaving Club stacks up against the other guys. We’re glad you asked. This will be the first in a series of articles where we compare what we offer to our competitors. Hopefully, you will come to the same conclusion we have – when it comes to the best shave experience at the best price, The Wet Shaving Club has you covered.
We will do our best to put our biases aside and let you, the customer, decide whether the offering from The Wet Shaving Club is better than the offerings of the rest.
Firstly, we’re going to look at is Dollar Shave Club. Started in 2011, it was one of the original subscription razor services. It gained notoriety when its founder made a series of viral videos, and later became a staple in podcast ads. Unilever, a massive international corporation, bought the company in 2016. But does being a first mover and viral marketing success mean you offer the best product?
It should be noted that we did not find any shave club that you can subscribe to for $1.
We asked The Dollar Shave Club what happened. Here is their response. Please excuse our lazy and poor grammar in the exchange.
Getting a starter kit with The Wet Shaving Club is very simple. Head on over to our store, choose your starter kit, check out and you’re set with a razor and blades for an entire year. There are other great shave accouterments you can get as well, but we’re not pushy about it.
Dollar Shave Club, on the other hand, is a whole ordeal. If you click on “Get Started” on their homepage, you’re presented with a survey asking about your grooming habits in order to create a customized starter set. Depending on your answers, your starter set will be populated with a variety of grooming products. Just want to get started with a razor and blades? It seems pretty hard to do so, as they REALLY want to upsell you.
We tried this survey a number of ways, but the only razor that it seemed to recommend for a starter kit was their most expensive one. Maybe it was an ID10T (old techy joke) error on our part?
After this laborious process, you can get rid of things you don’t want, but we don’t believe customers really should have to go through this to get started with a razor. After some digging through their site, we discovered a way to buy their lower-end razors. However, you’d never find that out even from their FAQ. There’s a question asking if you can skip the survey, and the answer makes it seem like it’s your only option. If you go to their not so easy to find menu and click “Blades”, FINALLY you’ll see all their other blade options. However, they don’t seem to want to present their cheapest option as readily as we do!
When you buy a starter set from The Wet Shaving Club, you get what you pay for. Therefore, you are not automatically signed up for additional razor blades or grooming products. However, we do have quarterly shave supply refreshment options, but they’re opt-in, not the default.
No matter what kind of razor you get, the Dollar Shave Club seems to automatically sign you up for blade refreshments. You can later change the frequency of blades, or even pause the shipments, but that’s just another thing in your life that you have to keep track of.
When Comparing The Dollar Shave Club vs The Wet Shaving Club, you must understand that our business models are different.
If you peruse our site for even a little bit, you’ll catch on pretty quickly that we’re all about safety razors and the experience of wet shaving. Therefore, we have articles, upon articles, upon articles about why you should upgrade to a safety razor, but we’ll go over the basics again here. Safety razors, by virtue of having one blade, are less likely to cause skin irritation. They’re far more hygienic and magnitudes more economical than their cartridge counterparts (more on that in a moment).
Dollar Shave Club, on the other hand, exclusively sells cartridge razors. The more expensive the cartridge, the more blades you get in that cartridge. As we’ve explored before, more blades actually increases your odds of getting razor burn. Cartridge razors trap more stubble and impurities, making them less sanitary. They also use plastic, which makes them harder to recycle. Safety razor blades, on the other hand, are plastic-free and are easier to recycle, making them much more environmentally friendly.
The Dollar Shave Club, like all the other cartridge razor shave clubs, make their handles (most of which are made with plastic) exclusively able to fit their blades. This means that if you no longer want to use their products, you now have a paperweight instead of a razor handle. Our safety razors, on the other hand, use standardized double edge razors. This means that if you don’t like one brand, it’s easy to change to another. Let us put this in bold and underline it. You can buy ANY STANDARD SAFETY RAZOR BLADE with our safety razors. You do not have to buy them from us!
Our razors open you up to a world of options. Theirs lock you into their razor ecosystem.
Like any great company, we’ve done the math on our product and how our prices compare to our competitors. Harry’s is in our chart, but we will get to them in another article.
Your first year of shaving with The Wet Shaving Club is $18. That’s razor and blades for an entire year. Dollar Shave Club is $48 with their cheapest blade, based off of a monthly resupply of cartridges.
Once you’ve got your safety razor from us, a year’s supply of fresh razors is $10. You read that right – $10. Your shaving supply gets cheaper year-over-year. If you are a daily shaver, with Dollar Shave Club, you pay 100% of your first year’s costs every year. By the end of your second year with them, you’ll have spent $96. With us, you’ll have spent $28.
There’s no comparison. When it comes to saving money, The Wet Shaving Club wins hands-down. Read all the details behind the chart above in our article “Is A Safety Razor Cheaper To Use”.
There you have it, a side-by-side comparison of The Wet Shaving Club vs Dollar Shave Club. We’ll get you a new razor quickly and easily along with a year supply of blades. No monthly fees. No subscriptions. No gimmicks. All our razor options are simple to find, and we’re not pushy about selling you anything you don’t need.
We know that as far as cartridge razors are concerned, the Dollar Shave Club makes a good razor. But in our opinion, that is like saying they are a tall pigmy. Or the best prostate exam. Hmm, maybe that was too harsh?
In our biased opinion, we clearly win this first “vs.” battle. While we go take a victory lap, head on over to our store and get the shave you deserve.
We have the razors and the plans for both highlighted below.
Our claims of the safety razor being a superior shave to the cartridge razor are based on our own opinions. As stated above, these opinions are biased, as we sell safety razors and not cartridge razors. However, we could sell cartridge razors, but we believe safety razors are superior.
The article above was meant to compare and contrast our offering to our competitor offerings. Everything written above is the opinion of The Wet Shaving Club.
The Wet Shaving Club is not affiliated in any way with The Dollar Shave Club. We consider them our competition. The above article was written based on our opinions of the offerings from each of our competitors compared to our offering.
The Dollar Shave Club an DSC is a registered trademark owned by Unilever
The Human Liberty Index (HLI) allows you to see what is likely the most impacting pricing variable for shaving products, the freedom of the workers assembling these products. Globalization has normalized the costs of raw materials and the technology required to build shaving products and many other products like them. In almost all cases cheaper products are made in locations with cheaper labor.
Often the quality is just as good, the unseen cost is most often the liberty of the workers that made the razor you hold each morning.
Our goal is not to judge, or to persuade you on how you should view the Human Liberty Index. Our goal is to inform the consumer, and let the consumer make the decision based on their own moral standards.
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