Remember the blade wars? Where every shaving company added a blade to its razors until it was fully ridiculous? Wisely we seem to have leveled off when it comes to blades, but the newest innovation is heat. Gillette is making a Heated Razor, and if you thought razors were expensive up to now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
I’m going to tell you what supposedly makes this razor so great, what it can do, how it feels and whether it might be a nice if splurge-y investment.
What is Gillette Heated Razor?
As the name hints, this is a standard razor with the addition of heat, and yes it’s waterproof for sink or shower use. A hidden heating bar heats the blade cartridge to bring a warming sensation to your shave, a feeling Gillette says is like THE PLEASURE OF A HOT TOWEL SHAVE IN EVERY STROKE. While this product is clearly geared at the guys, this is also something us ladies might enjoy so I’m here to share the experience.
Setting up Gillette Heated Razor
Thankfully there’s not much in the way of set up. The Heated Razor Starter Kit by GilletteLabs comes with a charging base and cable, the razor itself and an extra blade cartridge. Plug it in, and set the razor on the magnetic base where it’ll stand on its own—that’s kinda cool. Let it charge up.
In case you’re wondering, no you can’t use a regular razor in this set up; it’s not like the base just heats up the razor. This is a special razor with a Stainless Steel Warming Bar built in.
Does Gillette Heated Razor really feel hot?
Power of the Stainless Steel Warming Bar
The warming bar heats up in less than a second and it really does feel warm fast, and distributes warmth to the skin. As soon as you push the power button it warms, which you can see by the pulsing orange light. When it goes solid, it’s ready. Worried you’ll be placing searing heated metal against your mug? Gilette says the heat is adjustable: that four intelligent heat sensors consistently maintain even warmth at the chosen temperature through each shaving stroke, while built-in safety features ensure an even and safe level of heat.
I can say that before I figured out how to adjust it, the blades felt warm against my legs, but searingly hot when I placed it on the back of my hand. I gave it to my husband to test and he found it uncomfortably hot when pressed against his face.
You can choose two levels of heat (109°F/43°C and 122°F/50°C) to get your preferred temperature. Long pressing on the button changes the heat level… you can tell the difference by the light shade; orangey-red is warmer, yellowy orange is cooler. I will say that when holding it against my skin for testing, it’s noticeably cooler on the cool setting. Which one will bring you the most joy while the blade is in motion is something you’ll need to try.
The razor blades are 5-bladed (yes I’m giggling) for what Gillette says is incredible comfort. The razor also uses Gillette’s FlexDisc technology which allows the head more range of motion against your face, or legs, to maintain skin contact in order to give a smooth shave, but also to maximize the heat delivery.
So they say, but I didn’t really feel the heat a lot because I was constantly moving the razor, as you do when you shave. So while in motion, you lose some of the effect, but if you hold still, it’s too warm.
Battery Life: Gillette Heated razor
While your razor can live on the counter and plugged in if you like, if you want to take it on the road, the battery will give you up to 6 shaves from a single charge, depending on how long your shaves take. Of course,it’ll also still work as a razor, sans heat, if the battery dies. I tried the battery by turning the razor on and leaving it on for a bit and it did last me about ??? sessions.
Overall review of Gillette Heated Razor
This is a nice idea in theory, but it’s one that comes with a hefty price tag. While the warming is noticeable when you’re holding it still, that’s not how you use it and the active warming sensation is less noticeable the quicker you shave. With that said, this does eliminate you putting a cold razor against your face first thing in the morning, but could you get this same effect by running your razor under hot water? Definitely.
While I love me some technology, this device just feels like a solution looking for a problem that no one’s asked Gillette to solve.
The Gillette Heated Razor sells for a whopping $200 US and as of the taping of this video it doesn’t seem to be available in Canada yet. Blades cost about $25US/4-count cartridge pack.
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