What I like
- Sharp blades
- Easy to clean
- Good handle design
What I don’t like
- Not cheap
- An excellent razor. Highly recommended.
The Gillette Mach 3 triple-blade razor was introduced in 1998 to great hype and fanfare. In a short time, it was flying off of store shelves. And it’s no wonder, as it is an excellent razor.
A razor is only as good as it’s blade, and the Mach 3 blades are excellent. They’re extremely sharp and durable; I get more shaves out of a Mach 3 blade than any other blade I’ve used. In front of the blades, ‘micro-fins’ are intended to help your hair stand up straight. Behind the blades, a ‘comfort strip’ is intended to soothe the skin. They seem to do their jobs, as the irritation level is pretty low. The blades have an interesting ‘open’ design that makes them easy to clean.
The handle is different than most cartridge razors. It changes the way pressure is applied to the blade when shaving, and in my opinion makes it easier to shave without applying too much force to the blade. This helps to reduce the chance of cuts, and reduces overall irritation. The handle is also easy to grip.
Since the Mach 3 was originally released, Gillette has released various updates to the product, including the Mach 3 Turbo and the M3Power. The updated versions cost more than the original Mach 3, but in my opinion they don’t add enough to be worth the extra money. I’ll take the original Mach 3 over the ‘improved’ versions any day of the week.
Overall, the Gillette Mach3 is a reliable razor that produces excellent shaves with a minimum of irritation. I highly recommend it.
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