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Since my husband is 1) obsessed with finding the perfect razor, and 2) currently running a razor review website, there are quite a few razors hanging around the Borton household. Recently, a pretty little parcel arrived in the mail from Harry’s (a razor company started by one of the founders of Warby Parker), and I must say I was very impressed. Aside from the beautiful packaging, the razor itself—The Truman—was so beautifully designed. I especially loved the green color Brian picked out (good job, hubs!).
Last night after running with Brian and Maggie, I realized I not only was in desperate need for a shower, but also that my legs could use a good shave—perfect time to give The Truman a try! Here are my thoughts…
The razor is beautiful, sleek and well-designed. I like how simple it is, and as someone who feels a little crazy when she sees bad font selections, design wins big points in my book. Right off the bat, I decided I really wanted to love it. Once I started shaving, I liked how flexible the blade cartridge was—it was especially easy to use on my knees, which I tend to miss when using disposables or even most cartridge razors.
Lucky for me, I didn’t get any razor burn—my legs are looking nice and pretty today! You might recall that I have extra-sensitive skin, so this is saying a lot coming from me.
My legs feel super smooth today, which is perfect now that the sun is out and spring is really in full swing here in San Diego. Smooth legs are an absolute must for sundresses
A Note About The Shaving Cream
While I was more than pleased with the razor, the shaving cream was less than sub-par. It didn’t lather at all, and even felt a little drying. The fact that I had a great shave is certainly a testament to the razor, not the shaving cream product Harry’s is offering! Honestly, I think using conditioner or even body wash would have proven just as (if not more) effective. Alternatively, if you’re feeling luxurious, I recommend trying the 4-part shaving system from The Art of Shaving. Yes, it’s marketed to men (just like the Harry’s razor), but it’s definitely a product for women, too. I personally use the lavender scented set—and the badger brush!—for my usual shaves and have been really pleased.
Of course, after using it for its full lifespan, I’ll be doing a full review on Razorpedia. Until then, though, I have to say I’m sold on The Truman. Visit Harry’s to order one and try it for yourself >>
Have you heard of Harry’s? Would you ever ditch your current razor and give it a try?
P.S. This happened, minutes after tweeting about this blog post…
(Disclosure: Razorpedia is one of my beloved sponsors, but this is not an officially sponsored post.)
I’m what leaders in the razor sciences refer to as “follicly gifted”; I have five o’clock shadow by 9 a.m. While being the only kindergartner with a full beard was great, as I became older, the facial grooming necessary for work became a hassle.
Additionally, I have mildly sensitive skin; I’m prone to razor burn, dry skin, and ingrown hairs.
As you may have surmised, I abhor shaving.
For most of my life, I shaved with the Gillette Thermonuclear Warfare 87 blade shaving system. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but I’ve always purchased whichever Gillette razor had the highest number of blades.
While Gillette provided an excellent shave, I was paying an obscene amount of money for replacement blades.
For the last few years, I’ve experimented with every shaving system possible. I’ve tried generic razors, the Dollar Shave Club, electric razors, and even an old-fashioned double-edge safety razor.
While every system has its pros and cons, I’ve yet to discover a shave with the right combination of cost, shave quality, shave comfort, and shaving time.
Recently, I was given the chance to review Harry’s razor blades. Here’s to hoping they transport me to shaving paradise.
For those not familiar with Harry’s, it is a subscription based shaving system. I’ll get into pricing later, but basically, you choose a shaving package, and every few months you receive a refill in the mail.
Before subscribing you have two options, you can either select Harry’s free trial set (you’re responsible for $3 in shipping costs) or you can purchase a starter set for $15 to $30.
The trial set includes their Truman razor handle and blade in one of three color options(Total Orange, Nautilus Blue, and Olive 107), a 2oz sample of their foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover.
The starter sets all include the same equipment: a razor handle, a 4oz can of foaming shaving gel, 3 blades, and a travel blade cover. The differences between the starter sets is in the type of razor handle.
The Truman set provides the same handle as the free sample, the Winston set includes a razor with a polished chrome handle and rubber grip, and the Winter Winston set includes a limited-edition Winston handle which can be engraved with up to 3 letters.
For the review, Harry’s was kind enough to send me the Truman starter set. I opened the kit and was immediately struck by its air of sophistication and its gentlemanly quality.
Harry’s is clearly trying to set itself apart from other shaving systems; this is a system for the refined shaver. I don’t mean this a snobbish, upturned nose sort of way; rather, an “I take pride in my daily shave” sort of way.
My kit included the Tropical Orange razor handle.
I really like the design the of the handle. While some may consider it plain, I would consider it to be minimalist. I’ve had my fill of chrome razor handles with a multitude of fluorescent colors; this is certainly a nice change of pace.
The entire handle is rubber; this makes for an excellent grip when shaving.
The razor head is composed of 6 blades, five standard blades and one precision shaving blade. It is flexible and has a lubricating shave for comfort.
The blades are stored in a plastic container.
The container opens to reveal the blades.
The foaming gel comes in a 4oz can, similar to what you would find at the supermarket.
I don’t have the ability to identify specific scents out of a product, i.e., “it smells of sandalwood, with hints of eucalyptus and orange peel”. I can tell you the gel smells “manly”.
I shave before taking a shower; therefore, the smell of the gel is washed away and doesn’t follow me throughout the day. If you’re someone who shaves after a shower, the fragrance isn’t overwhelming at all. It’s a subtle, clean fragrance that won’t offend you or those around you.
The gel lathers well and goes on easy. It provides for a smooth shave, allowing the razor to glide across your face.
One of the more interesting items that ships in the Truman set is the travel blade cover.
It’s a plastic cover that fits over the head of the razor blade. It opens and closes very easy.
I liked it for two reasons.
First, I have kids; the cover ensures that my kids will never accidentally cut themselves if the razor falls off a shelf, or they accidentally grab it reaching for something else.
Second, not every razor comes with some type of case or holder; however, the ones that do, don’t have the ventilation area Harry’s cover does.
My generic blades didn’t have anything and the lubrication strip would sometimes stick to the shelf or countertop.
My Gillettes had a holder; however, if I didn’t dry the razor, water would drip from it and pool where the razor head rested. The water would cause the lubrication strip to deform or fall apart.
Thanks to the ventilation on Harry’s cover, the lubrication strip doesn’t stain or deform, allowing you to get more life out of the blade.
Before discussing the quality of the shave, I wanted to give you one more fun-fact about me.
Along with growing facial hair rather quickly, I’m also “lucky” enough to grow very coarse facial hair. Razor blades do not last long when I use them. I average a blade a week – a week and a half if I’m lucky – and the last shave is rarely pleasant.
After using Harry’s razors for a month, I was extremely pleased with the quality and comfort of the shave. The shave itself wasn’t the closest shave I’ve ever had, but it was definitely one of the more comfortable shaves I’ve ever had.
The closest shave I’ve ever had was from my double-edge safety razor; it would literally leave my face baby-smooth. Unfortunately, it was just too time consuming to use.
Harry’s falls in line with the Gillette razors I’ve used, and far exceeds the Dollar Shave Club or generic razors. It provides more than an acceptable shave for your average person.
As far as comfort goes, Harry’s may have been the most comfortable shave ever. Again, I think this is attributed to the fact that the lubrication strip is protected by the Travel Case. After multiple shaves, the strip was still in pretty good condition.
Gillette is one of – if not the most – recognized names in shaving. If you’ve made it this far into the review, I’d venture a guess that you’ve used a Gillette razor at one time or another. With that in mind, I’ll be comparing the cost of Harry’s to the cost of Gillette.
Harry’s Truman razor seems most comparable to the Gillette Fusion Manual razor. Both have 5 standard blades with a precision trimmer, both utilize a similar type of cartridge replacement system, and neither have any type of vibrating razor head.
The initial cost for both is the razor handle and blades.
As I described earlier, for the cost of shipping ($3), Harry’s will send you a razor handle with one blade, a 2oz sample of their foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover.
For $9.95, you can go to the supermarket and get a Gillette Fusion Manual razor handle with two blades.
Right off the bat, Harry’s is the clear winner. Yes, with Harry’s you’re getting one less blade, but you’re also getting a shave gel sample and the travel blade cover that I really enjoyed, for almost $7 less.
Once you have your razor handle, you’re going to eventually need to purchase replacement blades.
Harry’s charges $15 for eight replacement blades. You can choose to have the eight blades shipped every two, three, or five months.
I average about a blade a week, so I’ll be judging cost based on the every two months subscription. At this rate, I’d be paying just under $1.88 a blade.
Things get a bit trickier when determining the per blade cost of replacements for Gillette. They are more widely available in different package counts. You can find a four pack for $18.49 ($4.62/blade), an eight pack for $24.59 ($3.07/blade), or a twelve count for $27.32 ($2.28/blade).
As you can see, no matter what package you pick, you’re paying more for Gillette blades than for Harry’s.
A few notes about this section of the review.
First, Harry’s does offer a subscription plan that comes with eight blades, plus two cans of shave gel, but I wanted to do an apples to apples cost comparison. Gillette makes a dozen different shave gels which are sold are various stores for various costs. It would be too time consuming to make a fair comparison.
Second, Gillette also offers a subscription based shaving system; however, the cost is so offensive and obscene I chose not to include it in the comparison. I was afraid a Federal agency may shut down The-Gadgeteer if I printed such vulgarities.
Finally, I didn’t include the Dollar Shave Club or generic blades in the cost section because I don’t feel they provide the same quality shave as Harry’s or Gillette. Again, I was trying to do as much of an apples to apples comparison as possible.
I loved Harry’s razors, everything about them. I loved their appearance, their shave quality, their shave comfort, their shave time, and their costs.
For me, Harry’s provides the perfect combination of quality, cost, and efficiency. Anyone that’s required to shave on a regular basis should at least try Harry’s trial set.
I’m extremely tempted to become a full-time Harry’s customer. They only thing holding me back?….On Black Friday I made an impulse purchase of an electric razor. I’m currently debating whether to send it back or not.
If I do send back the electric razor, I’m 100% becoming a Harry’s customer.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Harry’s. For more information please visit their site.
- The ability to grow facial hair
- Shave quality
- Shave comfort
- Shave time
- You have to shave (technically not Harry's fault)
79 thoughts on “Harry’s razors review”
I just switched from the big G to Harry’s. It sounds like we have the same folical challenges, too. Just wanted to let you know that you might also find Harry’s products at your local Target. Same price, no shipping or commitment.
Tried Harry’s and was disappointed. The handle feels nice and it looks like a quality product, but the blade head didn’t perform all that well. I could shave the area between my upper lip and nose at all…The blade head will simply not get into tight spots like that. The shave elsewhere was just ok, but not close. Thetes something about the way the razor handle feels as youre shaving along with the blade that doesn’t feel right to me. Ieel like I’m trying to work too hard to get a good shave.
I bought My Harry’s razor and 2 carttridges in Target …just does not come with the gel for $9.95 but that’s ok….
What’s wrong with harrys it’s a great razor I tried everything on the market just a bout everything even tried saftey razors dollar shave club harrys seems to work the best I’m sick of using Gillette I haven’t brought a Gillette razor in 10 years now I guess harrys is gonna be my razor now
I absolutely hate to shave, and like you, have some thick growth and sensitive skin. The problem for me with these razors (and others that have 5+ blades, as opposed to say 3) is that hair gets constantly stuck between the blades, and requires a real cleaning as I’m shaving. In fairness, I don’t shave every day, but I never have this issue with razors that use fewer blades spaced a little more apart.
I thought the shave for the price was reasonable, but I certainly didn’t get a month form a single cartridge like you. Maybe 2.5 weeks tops. And as the other commenter mentioned, I found mine at Target, and it was worth the price. Comfortable handle, and I also like the cover for traveling.
If hair gets stuck between the blades, I use a can of “air duster”….a few squirts and the hairs are gone…..
Hah, I just ordered the $30 midnight blue set, before being reminded by these comments that I actually saw the empty display area being set up in Target a couple of weeks ago. Well, if the prices are the same that will be good for replacement blades, anyway. And getting it online means I don’t have to go to Target during Christmas shopping season!
Even the generic Mach3 blades I usually use don’t cost a lot less than $2, and they kind of suck anyway. Pity I will have to stop using my lovely Tactile Turn Pruner solid stainless steel handle… oh well.
Coming soon in 2017 SmartRazor; the world’s first computerized razor with heated blades. The automatic heated blades cut through hair 200% easier than non-heated blades. Smooth, super close, and so comfortable.
unlike you, i’m the guy who gets 5 o’clock shadow at midnight two days after his shave
harry’s was an experiment
picked up a set in august and we are just experiencing that telltale drag announcing a blade change is due (December)
as somebody who started shaving when a roll of toilet paper and a styptic pencil were necessary I find this system a delight
if there is con…the grip can be slippery
You should probably note that Harrys offers a subscription service but you can also purchase as one-offs and not be tied to a subscription.
I have similar facial hair to yours – you should probably consider shaving AFTER showering (including washing your face) to give your facial hair time to soften and you’ll end up with a smoother shave with less razor burn. I think the Harry’s shaving CREAM (instead of the gel) also helps provide a smoother shave – it’s more of a lotion-type substance and does well for lubrication without greasiness.
I liked Harry’s blades but the Schick Hydro 5 won out slightly in my personal trial where I went 2 weeks with a Harry’s blade on one side of my face and the Hydro 5 on the other. Both were much more satisfactory than the equivalent Gillette brand. If you haven’t tried the Hydro 5, I would recommend giving that a shot too. (Refills can be bought on amazon for $1.16 a replacement head if you buy in bulk, which beats anything of the comparable disposable safety razor I’ve seen in stores or online.)
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Is this a post from a ShaveMate employee. You should say so.
To be fair, I stopped reading this review then “Harry’s were kind enough to send me…”
Can’t take a review of a “received for free” product seriously.
Strongly recommend electric shaving -after- shower too. Works for me 90% better / closer than if I shave pre-shower. Wish I could use Harry’s but cannot shave w/ blades. I end up looking like a 14 year old entering puberty.
I don’t think it needs to be a blade vs electric. I use them both. I use the blade most of the time, but it’s handy to have a electric shaver for quick shave when you need it.
I am a woman who has been using Harry’s for a few years now. Am incredibly happy with the results and more so, Harry’s high quality customer service. Am still waiting for them to come out with a Women’s line…although I don’t know how much better it could be than what I currently use. Additionally I like that here on the west coast, Harry’s is now in many Target stores making it that much easier to get my blades.
Thought the women on this site would want to know how well it works for all!
Julie, thank you! I am grateful for the gentlemen who have convinced me to purchase Harry’s for my husband to try, but I was hoping a female would have some input. I do not like shaving, it is the worse. I end up torturing my poor husband when I have to let the hair grow out and wax. However, I will also try them and see if they work for my skin. If they work as you mention, they will have two more customers. My husband is in law enforcement and has to have a clean shave. He has a five o’clock shadow after shaving (but still sexy). Thank you gentlemen. I will be purchasing at Target first and go from there.
Try shaving in the shower, while still wet, at the end of your shower. Stick a suction cup mounted mirror with razor holder on the glass or tile (available Wal-Mart), remove fog with a little bath soap (squeegee it clear with the side of your hand). I think you’ll find it the most comfortable shave you’ve ever had and blades last several times as long (Shake razor dry, don’t wipe, wiping destroys edge coating). Particularly effective for tough beard.
i just joined harry’s and received my trial set last evening when i returned home. as a woman, i don’t shave the same areas as a man, thank god for that! but i will say, the areas that i do shave and this is my first go ’round, i am quite pleased with the results. i did not use the shave gel, and probably won’t due to the scent. but i am very happy with this and will continue to use harry’s.
Received a Harry’s razor for my birthday. I’ve had a beard for 20+ yrs. The razor cut right through the beard (after I trimmed it back) and left me with a great naked face. I was surprised that I wasn’t left with a bloody razor burnt face. It was a nice smooth clean shave. However, the blade is too flexible. If you have a tight spot (around nose, corner of lips) or want a sharp trim at the sideburns, you’ll need to pull out another razor. I’ll just stick with my regular WalMart knock off brand.
Have tried Harry’s 7 times and get a Barber’s straight razor result…..Excellent !!
Agreed safety or straight razor the most comfortable least razor burn shave you will get. Take your time – lather up with a good shave soap and badger brush and enjoy – no need for a five razor blade.
I am impressed with Harry’s shaving gear. I’ve been using the products for the past year or so and am completely satisfied. I especially like the shave cream and the shave cream dispensing container. Usually, with other brand name shaving creams, when you get to the bottom of the can, you get more air and foam rather than the cream itself. With Harry’s shave cream, you get the full measure of cream to the bottom of the can. Thanks folks…….keep up the good work.
I am not a fan of these razor’s!I shave daily and these razor’s give me razor burn. Along with the fact I have also nicked myself, which I haven’t done in decades.
I wanted to champion the little guy but I would not recommend these razor’s to anyone.
Agreed safety or straight razor the most comfortable least razor burn shave you will get. Take your time – lather up with a good shave soap and badger brush and enjoy – no need for a five razor blade.
Bought a starter set at Target. They provide a decent shave. I’ve had better, but at a much higher cost. These are not junk. The only negative complaint I have is the way the cartridge attaches to the razor. With five blades, hair will get lodged between those blades. As soon as you start tapping the razor on the side of the sink to loosen the hair, the cartridge will pop off. Running water across the blades does not work. To be fair, every discount razor seems to have this same problem. Other than that one issue, it’s a great razor.
I switched to Harry’s blades from Gilette and was totally pleased. Then they came out with an “upgraded” version. It doesn’t shave as well, lasts about 1/2 the number of shaves per blade as the old ones. I have written to them about this. So I moved on to Schick sold by Costco and again, pleased at the same price as Harry’s. Harry’s products have a lot of plus’ but some badly done. The foaming shave gel is great but continues to run out of the spout after release. I have written to them about this as well and they haven’t improved the packaging.
To me this is an example of a great idea gone awry.
Absolutely the worst blades that I have ever used. These blades are worse than the first time that I used a cheap disposal blade. Right from the first shave I just about scraped my face off. Do not buy.
Just about the best shave of my life! I am 65.. My first razor is still sharp as the first day!! All I do is rinse well and pat dry with towel. Razor handle feels very comfortable and well designed. ! A+++ Grade
I was a happy Harry’s customer until they added that superfluous precision trimmer. I have lost count of how many times I have gouged myself with it when my razor slips. Harry’s customer service says they no longer sell blades without the precision trimmer and dismissed my comments about its peril. As soon as I finish my supply of Harry’s blades, I will look for a new vendor.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT HANDLE IS 3RD WORLD AND BLADES CUT MY FACE ON 3 SHAVES DO NOT BUY THIS Grade f-f-f
First off- I like Harry’s razors. They give a good shave. But – I do have a huge gripe. Unlike any razor I tried over the years, I was surprised to discover that Harry’s engineers have actually designed the blade head to break down and be unusable after a week or so of shaves. When you make your money selling blades I guess you don’t want them to last long.The plastic simply bends and bends at the weakest point, requiring more pressure to get a good shave and eventually you can’t shave with it any longer. Gillette blades lasted forever although the blade got dull and the quality of the shave obviously got worse.
YES, a hunded times yes! I use Harry’s to shave my head and while I like them they ALWAYS bend back and break. You are one of the only people I have seen catch on to this.
Beg to differ. The handle/grip is slippery in the extreme. Also the blades at the top of the razor can’t really get at hair close to the base of the two nostrils. If you don’t have much hair at the base of the nostrils, this isn’t much of a problem. If you do–like me–you will cut yourself trying to get at those residual hairs.
Ok ok guys: let’s calm down here. This razor delivers a decent shave. And that’s about it. It reminds me a bit of the iPhone: so classy, so beautiful, a bit restricted in its usability in the end. It was undoubtedly funded by investment bankers hoping to slay a Goliath. Maybe no one else on this string is going back to the overpriced Gillette. I am. This razor doesn’t work for some of us; I could barely hold the handle in my hand it wanted to slip out so badly. NB this isn’t shave-Shangrila: it’s try it and critically assess what you think works best and caveat emptor. For me, the razor did not deliver. (Nonetheless I do hope the competition will force Gillette to rethink their pricing and I am sure it will.)
This review is poorly written and difficult to sort through. A simple table comparing the razors would have been more helpful and informative. Reading through this review was like dissecting an algebra problem. Hey Reviewer! Keep it simple in the future. None of us want to read your long-winded comments.
Here is a template for a comparison table:
Brand No. of Blades Quality of Shave [Other Columns] Cost Comments Rating
Scammed by Harry’s Razor. I get better results from a 7-11 disposable. I shave in the morning and by 2-3 pm the stubble starts coming in… I canceled my order already. Do not recommend.
Harry’s is lovely stuff, but there is one problem for me: I can’t shave my upper lip under my nose. The thing doesn’t allow me to get there and do it effectively. I can do a better job with something made in the Maldives and available at a dollar store or another low-end spot. Seriously, I can’t shave that area with Harry’s razor. Period.
I’m on month two of Harry’s and will be going back to a good razor soon. I really wanted to like Harry’s but I’m done with the irritation, razor burn and poor shave. It’s like shaving with a cheap Bic or something. Loved the sales pitch but I’m headed back to a close comfortable shave. It’s worth the 2 extra dollars a month to me.
So Dennis – did you keep your electric or continue shaving w Harry’s
Fail. The blades don’t easily clean between strokes. After 1/2 stroke the lather jams the 5 blades and the razon becomes a sled.
Did not need all the excess packaging. A razor of all things does not require a bag and a reinforced cardboard box for safe mailing and transport. And I really don’t need a guide to shaving (particularly the archaic references to “against the grain”) or the other inserts. All that waste is not particularly green (although some of it can be recycled).
The shave was decent but not close. Cannot rival the various Gillette blades you mention – or even their knockoff (but still overpriced) competitors at Schick. (The free shave cream seemed to have less lubricant than my can of Barbisol.) I normally have no “shadow” issues; but noticed that my beard seemed to grow back faster – no doubt the whiskers were not cut as low. Jury is out on how long the razor blades will last. The second shave was okay but not as comfortable – a bad sign. $3 for one razor and blade is no bargain; but cheaper than the ridiculous and unsustainable pricing from Gillette. What a weird market – like having to choose between a Corvette and a Spark, no models in-between. So much for “free” enterprise.
Would any users of Harry’s recommend this for those of us who have to also shave their heads? Rather, CHOOSE to shave their heads?
use HeadBlade for your head
It does matter what brand of shaver you buy. I can make one blade last for six months.Shaving once a day when I am finish i dry the Blade with a paper towel and blow dry with a hair dry
I shaved one side of my face with Mach 3 and the other with Harry’s. Couldn’t tell the difference. Only good thing about Harry’s is that you don’t have to go to the store to buy your razors. Also, it’s hard to reach the hairs right below my nose. Think the extra blade at the top prevents it. I used my left over Mach 3’s to catch that part.
I had heard this product advertised a lot on the radio by Gordon Deel. So, when I saw them in my local Target Store, I wanted to give them a try. Sadly, they failed to come close to the shave provided by Gillette products. The tray is un-useful as it only is a cover over the head. Price is similar and comparable to that of Gillette. So, if one product far exceeds the other, and is equal price, why should I use the one advertised on the radio? Sorry Harry’s. You have lost a customer. Really, the shave is much smoother, and closer with Gillette.
I enjoyed the blades and the shave from Harry’s but several weeks ago a new blade cut a junk of chin ( about half the size of a small finger nail). The skin was attached to the blade. I contacted Harry’s to send them the blade for inspection. I was told they could not provide a customer service mailing address as that was against company policy. Instead I was told send a photo. I asked to talk to a supervisor who emailed me the same response. My question to them is what good is a photo going to do. They needed to see the actual blade to determine the problem. Their response was that they do not provide a mailing address! Needless to say I no longer do business with Harry’s.
I used Gillette fusion blades for years now and I love them what I don’t love is the price so I decided to give Harry’s a chance.
These are my first impressions:
1. Harry’s construction really really cheap the blades seem to come off the handles way to easily. Gillette are incredibly well engineered and the handle and attqched blade have a solid feel.
2. With Harry’s first two or three shaves are great and almost had me sold but after a week Harry’s really starts to drag. After about 10-14 days forget it time to changes blades. I get at least one month on a Gillette blade (average 5-6 shaves per week).
3. I do like Harry’s little blade protector that comes with the handle. Also feels cheap but it’s small and great for traveling.
Summary – You get what you pay for Harry’s is a cheap but not terrible razor the blades come in a fancy (and expensive to manufacture) retail box, they also have funny TV ads. They are cheaper per blade than Gillette but only last for 1/4 – 1/2 as many shaves so Gillette is actually much cheaper per shave in addition with Harry’s you have to change blades more frequently. I might keep the Harry’s around for when I travel, but I won’t part with my Gillette at home. If you like an expensive box you have to throw away and enjoy funny TV commercials buy Harry’s
Gillette Fusion user, tried Harry’s…I found the blades don’t last as long and would end up purchasing more Harry’s blades over the same timeframe, so basically, it costs the same in the long run…
YMMV, but that’s my experience!
Harry’s claim 5 to 6 shaves per blade! They MUST be joking! My Wilkinson Sword Xtreme costs £about £3.50 for FOUR disposable Razors(depending on where you buy them) and EACH razor lasts me a month! Shaving every day with a normal tough beard.
Harry’s, you are a joke!
Excellent packaging and shaving foam! However, the five bladed razor only lasted for three shaves. It clogged up with thick beard bristle very quickly! I normally use a Gillette FUSiON blade- typically does about 40 comfortable shaves with a good quality Nivea shaving gel.
A simple trick is to place the Nivea shaving can of gel in warm tap water before use.
Reduces the cutting resistance substantially.
The Harry’s concept of shaving sounded ideal, but the razor will need to be improved?
I would say it is not a good product. Something the same as disposable razor. Very cheap design and technology. I cancelled everything with that company.
First of all the good bit. The whole Harry’s experience does take you back to the good ol’ barbershop days. There is a manly flair about what they do that I like actually like a lot. Everything is very nicely packaged, you can pick a colour, so far so good. Until you start shaving…
First of all the Gel, which does smell really nice, is actually a foam. To me this is important as a gel sticks much better to facial hairs and thus softens them much better. I started shaving and the experience was not great and I thought it could be the gel,… sorry foam. I tried the next day with a proper (Gillette) gel and whilst that was better the shave was still poor.
I think that its for the following reasons:
1) The blades are just too flimsy
2) The tip of the holder actually bends, rather than being stiff. As you apply pressure to shave, it pushes the top of the blade away from your skin. To compensate you have to apply even more pressure, and you ultimately end up holding the razor at a 90 degree angle to your face. Razors HAVE to be 100% stiff and swivel, not bend.
3) the lubricating strip is too thin, disappears to quickly so after 2 or 3 shaves you get that horrible burning sensation. You’ll be going through a lot of blades, quickly!
Overall, good marketing, bad razor. I’ll stick with my Wilkinson Sword Hydra, 5 blades. I can easily get 3 weeks, 5-7 shaves per week, out of that thing. I tried Gilette, I now tried Harry’s, but that is still by far the best and most economical shave.
I have been shaving for a.most 70 Years, & the shave I receive from Harry’s razors are the worst I have ever experienced. The shave is scratchy & uncomfortable. I have knicked the areas near my nostrils more than ever before. The Gillete blades I switched from were far superior. Definitely am dropping my association with Harrhy’s.
Does anyone use cryo-tempered razors? I’ve been using Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power 8 Cartridges for at least 10yrs and can get over 3wks of use for each. $37.50 all in. I’ve read reviews from CR and here and no one mentions that they use….
Tried Harry’s but they dropped me from their blade replacement program for no apparent reason. So being out of Harry’s blades I had to buy my old Gillette Fusion blades and found that the shave I got with them was much better and the blades were much sharper, in fact the last blades I got from Harry’s were not as sharp as previous ones. Glad they dropped me from their replacement program.
why would you pay £2.95 for one razor when you can get 20 bic razors for £1.50?
Don’t buy Harry’s blades they’re horrible
Am I using a different product to you guys??
It was a horrible shave! Tried the service for a few months – shave was not close at all and caused razor burn.
Also tried BOLD KING which was just as bad. Reluctantly went back to Gillette – but shows what a decent R&D budget can ACTUALLY do. Pricey but worth it!
More garbage made to sell.
I’ve been using Schick for years and decided to try Harrys. Harrys sucks!
I have light hair on my face and neck, so even a disposable razor has been sufficient when I’ve ran out of my regular blades. I tried Harrys and the damn thing was RIPPING hair out of my skin! I got red marks and scratch marks all over my neck and face! It look like a cat had shredded my face.
Not only that, the blade rusted over night! I threw out that first blade thinking maybe it was just a dud. After my face and neck healed, I used another Harrys blade, and the SAME thing! It wasn’t SHAVING the hair off, it was PULLING it out!
I don’t have dense hair, and I don’t have that much of it. Even with the dollar store razors, I’ve NEVER had this kind of problem.
I went back to Schick……the REAL blades. The ones that DON’T rip and pull the hair out or shred your skin.
Harrys is nothing more than a gimmick to sell garbage.
To qualify my credentials first – been shaving for years typically because my beard grows noticeably by end of day. I have thus chosen to remain clean shaved with a daily wet shave using a razor for many years. However from time to time I have dabbled with the Emperors’ new clothes of shaving systems to have a go and see if they work. Nothing quite beats a nice close wet shave, closest protagonist ever was an integrated rechargeable Phillips shaver with a built in gel system which might still be selling for all I know? It became messy, despite being waterproof and expensive plus difficult to find the gel pods. So it failed for me.
Like many I have deferred to ‘leading’ brand razors through 2, 3, and 5 blades – Gillette and Wilkinson Sword – currently using a powered 5 blade razor with a trimmer. Seeing the Harry’s offer I was intrigued and thought I’d give it a go.
On opening the box I was immediately disappointed – the razor system appeared to use the application of pressure by bending back the blade to apply pressure when shaving. I have seen this and experienced it before with another brand – King of Shaves – which was utterly useless. However they do make up for their failings by making excellent shaving gel products that I still use.
Despite this I decided to press on – it might be different? Using the foam shave provided (also in starter pack) I applied and carefully began shaving. Initially it felt comfortable but eventually noticed a raw sharpness almost scratching the skin whilst shaving. The closeness of the shave was cutting or ‘nicking’ the skin. As I progressed a second time in some areas it got very different. More nicks in various points – ear lobes in particular. I stopped and checked the razor realising the unprotected trimmer was the culprit for the ear lobes. Cautiously I continued in other intricate parts around nose. Trimmer blade was again catching and cutting the skin and making it bleed.
I stopped, clipped on plastic cover and dumped it in the bathroom cabinet. My face was bleeding in several points at this time and I had to stop it returning to the look of many years ago – teenage novice shaver!
Didn’t use the razor again for 3-4 days – until cuts healed sufficiently! Did reuse twice more, with much greater care but still finding a raw sharpness that I had earlier experienced which was uncomfortable. Test over.
If you cannot replicate a close, comfortable (and safe) wet shave like I have been used to from brand leading products for years you don’t stand a chance. I rarely ever use foam shave products preferring shaving gel. So my 2nd and 3rd shaves were with usual shaving gel – not foam shave, all bases are now covered as far as I am concerned.
I take pride in my appearance and personal grooming; a clean shaven appearance has become an image expectation. So it’s very unusual to ever see me slashed to pieces with cuts and nicks from shaving!
Sorry but Harry’s didn’t work for me at all
DO NOT BUY HARRY’s RAZORS. It is a scam. I was initially sold on the discounted price and “made in Germany” blades– what a joke! If Mercedes Benz made cars like Harry’s razors they would be out of business! The metal blades are fine– but they are stuck onto the frame of the razor with CHEAP RUBBER that only lasts a few weeks before deteriorating and becoming loose and weak– making the razor unusable. I’m going back to my old razor– what a rip off.
It seems to me on reading on Facebook about your blades that I am not the only one who is unhappy with my Harry’s shave I am onto my third shave and the blades now feel blunt it looks like your blades do not suit every beard growth.
I am sorry to say that I will not become a regular customer.
Just tried HARRY’S … Pretty close to the worst shave I have had!
Only good thing I can say it that the Handle provided a good feel but the blades just don’t do the job.
They are giving the Germans a bad reputation.
The Gillette Fusion ProShield (for me) is perfect!
All the nicks and bleeding are not worth the money saved… I’m going back to the Fusion, which is more nimble on inner and outer edges, and doesn’t make me bleed.
Received Harry’s shaver set for Christmas. First impression very gimmicky. But then the shave. Blade only good for 2/3 shaves then sharpness of edge is lost. Very disappointed . A lot of hype for a inadequate shaver .my opinion
Just received a Harrys Razor for Christmas. Without a doubt the WORST razor I have owned. Bad slippery grip, no angles, I only shave 3 times a week it this razor irritates my skin.
PLEASE don’t waste any of your hard earned money on this. At least with any Gillette product you get what you pay for!
Have tried Harry’s with a offer. I have the problem of a fairly slow growth and thus, if I have to shave every day, it can burn as there is not much to get at – but enough to show. For 18 years I have used Mach 3 and it’s been fine. I shave in the shower, so that my face gets the maximum warmth before shaving. I have not used a mirror for shaving in 25+ years as I know where everything is and fingertips tell you how you are doing.
This is a slight improvement in quality and certainly cheaper. The gel is not bad but I have found most of them do the same job, other than that I prefer gel to foam. I used to use a cream but they went out of business. A pity as it was brilliant, long lasting and cheap. So there’s a challenge for someone!
I have yet to make up mind but have accepted the first round of new blades and will see how long they last. Typically, shaving x4 or x5 a week, a Mach 3 blades lasts me three weeks.
not a single negative comment on these blades. hmm..I am for one an unhappy buyer. The shave experienced with this product did not provide any confort at all, in fact it was the worse I remember having. Yes they are less expensive than Shick’s or Gillette’s but you get what you pay for.
I agree to an extent. After a month of use my assesment is: Meh. It is as good as the Mach 3 I have been using for 18 years. The one advantage is lower price – but that would not be difficult with a mature and saturated market. After all, it was Gillette that introduced two tier pricing.
The WORST shave I have ever had… Used the blades for 10 days and couldn’t wait to switch back. I have a razor and blades anyone can have if you will pull them out of the trash.
Hmm. I thought, 3 bucks to try it. No harm in that. The gel is pretty nice and while I don’t particularly like the design, the shave is better than I thought it would be.
My problem: It was not at all clear when i signed up for the $3 deal that i had selected a plan committing me to regular shipments of product. I discovered that when I went to the site and checked my account. I didn’t like the razor well enough for a long-term commitment so I decided to cancel. They don’t make it easy for you to find out where to go to on the account page to do that. I think there was some deception going on here.
As a gilette fusion owner and getting fedup with cost of their blades I decided to give Harrys a go… I got the orange razor with some blades. My gilette would give me a very good close shave which would last for 3 or more days. I have used the truman razor from harrys and found the shave to quite good, but the blade couldnt quite get in places like corner of the mouth easily. I also had two nicks(cuts) on my face from the blade. I found that to get a equally close shave with Harys Truman I have to press abit harder… and worse still I find that at the most I get 2days before I need another shave. The quality of Harrys is ok, but then again its alot cheaper than gilette fusion. If gilette blades werent so expensive I wouldnt look elsewhere as the shaves have 99% been good. I guess I should mention I have sensitive skin and used to get razor burn / rash quite easy, but for the last 5years?? of using gilette fusion this has completely disappeared. So will see how I get on with Harrys over the next few months but as I’m well into my first month I do wonder if I will still be using Harrys in the long term…
The blade start tugging after a couple of days, then today it was actually going rusty at about 1 week old.
Stainless steel, it ain’t. I haven’t seen a razor blade rust on the shelf since the 70’s. My Gillette blades sure don’t rust.
A triumph of marketing over quality.
I tried Harry’s. I bought the black handle kit at Target. I also got the 8 blade kit too. I used every blade over 8 months, yes I shortened a couple of months. I thought this to be a very good test. The end result is the previous razors that I used to use Far outperformed Harry’s by a mile.The Gillette Sensor Plus 2 was and is far superior. I found Harry’s to not be as sharp, even in the 1st day I would use a new cartridge. That was my experience, and my humble opinion. Rob
An short update. I think that this company (and others like them) are starting to have an effect on the market – as I am seeing big discounts from the main players. If Wilkinson and Gillette are discounting, then Harry is doing his job! From my point of view, I’m not much bothered either way but I have cancelled the automatic shipping. I saw this start with another brand in the UK a couple of years ago and didn’t think it a good idea. Others might like it.
So I might buy some more – I might not.
Harry’s started out great for me. An easy way to buy razors without tracking down a person in the drug store to unlock the goods. But after the 3rd reorder, they began sending razors designed for a different handle. This has happened twice now and it costs me $22. I don’t think they’re crooks. Just incompetent.
Subscription box & product reviews, along with other ramblings
Harry’s is a razor company that was built out of respect for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience, and most importantly for guys who know they shouldn’t have to overpay for a great shave. Harry’s products are designed and manufactured using an exacting construction process and only the finest materials. By selling directly to the consumer online, they are able to shave off excess costs and offer a great shave at a great price.
Harry’s offers shave plans to deliver your shave supplies automatically, based on how often you shave. It’s three easy steps; tell them how often you shave, select your products (choose from blades, shave gel, aftershave), and they’ll deliver them to you with free shipping.
Disclosure- I received products from Harry’s free of charge for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are always my own.
If you shave 5-7 days per week, your supplies will be delivered every 2 months; while if you shave 1 day per week or less, your supplies will be delivered every 5 months. You can also choose in between, if you shave 2-4 days per week.
When choosing your shave supplies, you have 3 options to choose from, or you can customize your own plan. Their 3 options are: blades only, blades and gel, or blades, gel, and aftershave. These options range in price from $5- $12.67 per month, when you choose the “in between” option of shaving 2-4 days per week. I’m not sure if the prices change with more or less frequent shaving.
The charges with a shave plan are recurring, just like most subscription boxes, but you can cancel any time.
I was given the opportunity to try out the Truman Set. This set is not part of an automatic delivery plan, but one of those plans would be great for when I’m close to running out.
The Truman set includes: 1 Truman Razor Handle, 1 Foaming Shave Gel, 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges, and 1 Travel Blade Cover. The cost for this set is $15.
My Truman Set arrived in a nice, sleek box.
I really liked how neatly everything was packed into the box, as well as how sleek everything on the inside looked.
I moved the “great shave guide” so you can see everything.
At the top we have shaving cream, there is a small sample packet of aftershave on top of it, below that is the razor handle in the white box. At the bottom, on the left is the travel blade cover, and on the right is a box of blades.
They include some tips for a smooth shave. I think this is great, so you can get the most out of your blades. This is geared towards men, which is completely understandable since Harry’s is geared towards men. But I used everything in the Truman Set myself, since I need a great shave as well, and my fiance is letting his beard grow for our wedding.
I chose shave cream instead of foaming shave gel. The tube of shave cream is a good size. The shave cream smells great, but the scent isn’t overpowering. It goes on nicely and really does contribute to a great shave. I tried both with and without it to compare, and my shave wasn’t nearly as nice without it.
I love that it came with a travel blade cover, I use it after every shave because I am so afraid of cutting myself. It has little holes/slots in it so that water can drain out.
The little box with the cute little woolly mammoth on it has blades inside.
The box had 2 blades inside, I put them side by side so you can see what it looks like from the top and bottom.
The razor handle with a blade comes inside it’s own box. It’s well presented.
The handle fits nicely in even my small hands. It’s comfortable to grip and easy to handle while shaving.
My set also came with a sample of Harry’s after shave moisturizer. A little goes a long way, and a guy could probably get a couple uses out of even this small sample. It has a nice “manly” scent that is nice, it’s not too strong to be overpowering.
Now that we’ve covered the box, you probably wondering how was the shave?
I took the razor and shave cream to the shower with me and put it to the test. I only needed a small amount of the shave cream to allow the razor to glide over my skin easily. I shaved both legs, as well as my underarms and couldn’t believe that I came out with only one teeny tiny cut. I normally cut myself more than I’d like to admit. My skin wasn’t irritated by the razor either, no razor burn.
I applied some of the after shave moisturizer to both legs and couldn’t believe how incredibly smooth they were. I don’t shave every day, or even every other day, but I was able to go even longer in between shaves with this razor. I shaved again yesterday and have barely any stubble today, I was also able to use the same blade with no issues of it being dull. I got a much better shave with this set than with the $10+ razors that I normally buy.
I think the shave plans are great, because you can get all of your shave supplies delivered when YOU need them. No worries of running out, finding time to go to the store, trying to decide which razor you need. And the price! You can’t beat the great shave you get for the amazing price. The price of the blades is really unbelievable, I’m used to spending upwards of $15 for a pack of 4 refill blades that really don’t work that well.
Grooming with Harry’s – The Truman Set Review
Unlike the elaborate skincare ritual I embrace, when it comes to shaving, I want things simple. There’s nothing basic about my simple though. Known for an uncomplicated approach to a task I have yet to enjoy, Harry’s offered to send The Truman Set my way a few weeks ago. My morning routine using Harry’s is easy without being lazy and the brand’s classic aesthetic adds a vibe to the shower that feels very “masc chic”.
A few steps above the competition, Harry’s focuses on superb quality and craftsmanship. The savings, are literally, a bonus. Offering two razor options, Truman (4 blades) and Winston (5 blades), you can treat yourself to a set, including a handle, three blade cartridges, a razor head travel case and a Foaming Shave Gel or Shaving Cream for $15 or $25 respectively. If you prefer to shop à la carte, other add-ons include a Razor Stand, After Shave Moisturizer, and various refill choices.
Available in four colors (orange, blue, ivory and olive) and designed in NYC, the Truman handle serves perfectly sculpted ergonomic realness. Substantial yet lightweight, with a comfortable grip and sleek curves, this stylish razor ups your sinkside game with its visual appeal. Trendier and more affordable than the big names on the market, Harry’s performance is most definitely noteworthy.
Going places with Harry’s.
With four German engineered blades to a cartridge, the Truman razor is simple but refined. Cut to angled precision, the blades glide over the face smoothly for an ultra close shave. While I’m far from being crafty with any shaving tool in hand, there have been no nicks, cuts, nor irritation with Harry’s. The Aloe and Vitamin E comfort strip sure helps. Hinging over 60 degrees, this razor gets around seamlessly, addressing challenging areas like the jawline and around the mouth. Not gonna lie but considering the quality of my Truman Set, I actually do wonder how can it be so inexpensive?!
Foaming Shave Gel
Complementary to my Harry’s shaving ritual and ensuring a smooth experience is the Foaming Shave Gel. Packed with calming Licorice Root Extract, nourishing Aloe, and soothing Cucumber, this lightly scented gel-to-foam formula softens the hair for the ideal pre-shave prep. Great on all skin types, this hydrating foam is packaged in a dapper aerosol tin that will give every shower a #TopShelfie status.
You really do not have a reason not to try The Truman Set for $15. Exploring the concept via this popular offering is a fantastic way to upgrade your shaving routine and discover new favorites. Receiving just cartridge refills on auto-delivery is also an option. Evolving from a casual summer encounter into something more serious, I can see myself and Harry doing the long term thing.