There are a lot of shaving products out there, so it can be difficult deciding on the product that's right for you. It's complicated by the differences between shavers, too: a product that works fine for one person may not be so good for another person. On this page, I'll list the best shaving products that I'm aware of, based on my personal experiences and on the feedback I've received from hundreds of other shavers. I'll include the products that I think are the very best, and products that I think represent the best price/performance value.
The best razor I've used so far is the Gillette Fusion cartridge razor. It provides the closest shave of any cartridge razor I've tried, it cleans up pretty easily, and the blades last a good number of shaves. It's also the most expensive cartridge razor around, which is its only downside.
The best value in a razor today is probably the Schick Extreme III. In terms of quality, it's very similar to the Gillette Mach 3 (another favorite of mine), but it's usually available for less money. The blade does tend to gunk up a bit more than the Mach 3, but shaving quality is excellent. This is the razor I tend to use myself, most of the time.
There are many more options on the shaving lubricant side of the shaving equation, which makes the choice more challenging.
The best shaving lubricant I've ever used is Billy Jealousy's Hydroplane shave cream. At $20 a bottle, it's very pricey, but it virtually eliminates shaving irritation and provides excellent protection against nicks and cuts. It also cleans out of your razor very well. It's completely amazing, in my opinion.
Another great option is shaving oil. There are a number of shaving oils listed on my Reviews page, and they're all of similar excellent quality. A $5- or $6-bottle will usually last around 90 to 100 shaves, and provides virtually no irritation and excellent protection against nicks and cuts. The only downside is that your skin may feel a bit oily afterwards, and it does tend to gunk up razor blades more than other shaving lubricants.
The cheapest option I know of is to use baby oil as a shaving lubricant. It is nearly (though not quite) as good as using shaving oil, but considerably cheaper. It's widely available, too, unlike some of the other shaving lubricants I've mentioned. Most of the shaving gels and creams available in typical supermarkets aren't as good as baby oil, so why pay for them when baby oil will get you excellent results at a fraction of the cost?
The effectiveness of any shaving product depends on the individual using them. People vary in terms of their hair thickness and coarseness, skin conditions, sensitivity to chemicals and smells, and other factors which may affect their use of a particular product.
That is to say, a product that works well for one person may not be so great for another. In all things, if you find something that works well for you, stick with it.
The products I've mentioned above work great for me, and I've gotten a lot of positive feedback about them from many different people over several years. As a result, I'm confident they'll be good products for most other people.