Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor – Review

I’ve been shaving with the Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor for about three months now.

It’s my first battery operated shaver – so I was a bit concerned on the first use. After fighting through the adult-proof packaging and getting to the razor, I loaded the batteries (included) and turned it on to see what happens.

The razor has a soft hum and vibration. Nothing too dramatic. So I gave it a try.

Impressive! One of the best shaves of my life – confirmed by my wife and daughter. It was both smooth to use and left baby smooth skin behind. During two months of use, I haven’t had one nick.

However, after that very first shave, the quality of the shave degraded fairly rapidly. Within days, the shaving was just average, after a week and a half, not even that good.

Replacing the blades brought the quality back up for a day or two, then it begins to degrade again. It seems the blades have a really short life, for me at least.

On their website, Gillette says the blades on the Fusion Proglide Power Razor have “thinner, finer edges”. Perhaps that is the reason they don’t last very long? With the blade refills priced at $18.99 for a 4 pack, I would have hoped they lasted longer than that.

If not considering the cost – the Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Razor is great. Smooth, easy shave with no irritation. Slid right across my skin very easily with its little hum and vibration. Left clean shaven skin behind.

But the pricey blades need to be replaced often. I’m not at the stage in life yet where money is not an issue – so I’ll be headed back to my old Gillette MACH3 for now. In my experience, those blades last a long, long time – and cost less to begin with.

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Jimmy is an assistant editor and a writer here at News For Shoppers. He has more than two decades of experience in the shopping industry, having worked in sales and marketing in both the technology and fashion industries.