Is A Safety Razor Cheaper To Use?
Is a safety razor cheaper to use than a traditional cartridge razor? The short answer is yes!
The answer used to be, “yes, but it will cost more in year one”.
However, thanks to The Wet Shaving Club, that answer has changed. Keep reading for details.
Safety Razors Are Cheaper To Use In Both The Short And Long Term
It may seem counter-intuitive, however using almost any safety razor will save you money in the long term versus using a cartridge razor. Furthermore, if you take advantage of our shave club offering like Our Half Price Shave Club then you will reap some serious savings!
Let us look at the Half Price Shave Club. The examples below assume you shave 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Click Here to see how often we recommend you change your safety razor blade.
Your first purchase is $18.00. Your entire year’s worth of shaving product (razor and blades) ships in one box.
Shipping is Free!
Your total out of pocket (excluding tax)? Yep… $18.00!
Want to keep you current razor handle? Perfect! It should still be in great shape.
So all you need is your 100 blades. What does that cost?
A 100 Pack only costs you $10 at The Wet Shaving Club.
Shipping is free!
Your total out of picket(excluding tax)? Yep… $10.00!
Total 5 Year cost of shaving with our Half Price Shave Club Deal? $58
How Much Does Harry's Cost Over A 5 year Span?
This analysis assumes Harry’s prices stay the same during this 5 year period.
With Harry’s Razors, you buy the handle first. For this example, we will assume you buy their least expensive handle The Truman. That currently (as of 5/10/2020) costs $9.
We are also going to assume that you are paying $1.88 per cartridge. That means that you are buying 16 at a time for $30. That is currently the best price we found that did not require signing up for a periodic billing.
We are also using the cartridge replacement timing that Harry’s says many of their customers use.
Note: This is not an official recommendation from Harry’s. But is the only thing we found that gave an indication on how often you should replace your blades.
This is a screenshot from Harry's Website (5/10/2020).
As you can see, they point out that “most folks” replace their blades once every 6-8 shaves. Therefore for our example, we will assume that you need to replace your cartridge at Harry’s every 8 shaves. We are also assuming that you shave 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
These are the same assumptions we use in our cost assumptions.
You pay $9 for the handle, and you buy 46 cartridges.
46 cartridges X changing cartridge every 8 days (or 8 shaves) = 368 shaves. We could not make the math work out for exactly 365 shaves. 46 Cartridges at $1.88 per cartridge equates to $86.48 for the year.
$9 for the handle plus $86.48 for the blades = 95.48 for the first year of shaving.
You have the handle. From everything we can tell, their handles are well made and will last you quite a while. Therefore we assume you will only have to buy the cartridges for the remaining four years of this cost study. That means 46 cartridges per year. Again, 46 X $1.88 per cartridge. That costs you $86.48 per year.
So the year two cost? $86.48
Total 5 Year Cost to shave with Harry’s? $441.40
Therefore the safety razor is cheaper to use. In fact, you can use the safety razor for 5 years and not spend $441.40.
How Much Does The Dollar Shave Club Cost Over A 5 year Span?
This analysis assumes The Dollar Shave Club prices stay the same during this 5 year period.
The Dollar Shave Club math is pretty simple.
Their entry level package is $4 per month for their handle and five 2 bladed cartridges. It is called The Humble Twin.
They ship you those five cartridges monthly for $4. Therefore we will assume they are recommending that you use all five cartridges monthly if you shave every day. Interestingly the only the we found on their site about how often you would need to change your blade says that they recommend changing cartridges weekly.
This Is A Screenshot From The Dollar Shave Club (5/10/20)
They are sending you 60 blades annually with the Humble Twin Package.
So for $4 per month or $48 per year, you get a year’s worth of shaving with the Dollar Shave Club.
Year One = $48
Year Two = $48
See a pattern here? $48 per year X 5 years = $240 for five years worth of shaving.
Once again, the safety razor is cheaper to use!
Conclusion - The Safety Razor Is Cheaper To Use
We have shown that the safety razor is cheaper to use than the cartridge razor. It is cheaper in the both the short term and long term. What are you waiting for then?
Questions about the Shave quality difference between a safety razor and a cartridge razor? You will upgrade the quality of your shave if you choose to start shaving with a safety razor. For more on this, check out our article “Safety Razor vs Cartridge Razor”
The fact is, you have nothing to lose. Especially with our Satisfaction Guarantee. When it comes to the question of The Safety Razor vs the Cartridge Razor.
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The Wet Shaving Club™ is not affiliated in any way with The Dollar Shave Club™ or Harry’s™. Pricing quoted above is subject to change.