December 5, 2004

Review of Schick Quattro

The Schick Quattro is the latest entry in the razor wars between Schick and Gillette. No doubt you’ve heard (and probably joked) about its four razors, skipping the three razor evolution like Netscape skipped version 5. Recently a free Schick Quattro showed up in the mail so I decided to give it a try. I've been using various incarnations of the Mach3 for several years now, so this review will mostly compare the two.

Cartridge Sizesize.jpg
The Schick Quattro is a big razor. There are four razors packed into each cartridge, and if you haven’t gotten used to shaving with the three-blade cartridge of the Mach3, this is going to be quite a difference.

Overall the size didn’t create any difficultly in shaving except around the nostrils. As cartridges have gotten bigger, this is the one area of the face which seems to be overlooked. Shaving whiskers right under your nose is getting more challenging - with both the Mach3 and the Schick Quattro - and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the next innovations in razors is a head which is slightly thinner on the sides to reach these hard-to-get areas.

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The handle of the Schick Quattro is a little short. It’s molded to get thinner at the end, and when holding the Quattro during a shave, the handle barely spans the length of my palm. I would have preferred a longer handle, which would have given me a more confident grip. The handle also has a bigger curve than the Mach3 as it reaches the razor cartridge, which causes you to hold it further from your face.


Swivel/Pivot
swivel.jpgThis was one of the major differences in feel during the shave and I’ve tried to illustrate it in the picture to the right. Whereas the Mach3 blade is anchored on one side (blue arrow) and simply pivots up and down, the Quattro’s blade swivels where it attaches to the handle (red arrows), allowing the head to adjust more as it travels across your face. I actually think this is a slightly superior design. Due to the shape of the handle, you end up holding the Quattro further from your face; as a result, the razor head can more readily adjust to the contours of your face.

Shave
Overall the Schick Quattro gave a good shave, just as close as any Mach3 I’ve used. I only needed to do one pass over my face, and even when I went against the grain (which is a big no-no) the Quattro performed fine. I did get the occasional nick, but I get those with any razor - I think it’s more a matter of the smoothness of your face at the time you shave (acne, previous cuts) than the razor.

Summary
If you’re used to shaving with any razor except the Mach3 Power I think you will enjoy the Schick Quattro. Multi-blade razor cartridges make sense, and while it may seem silly to leapfrog Gillette and go from two blades to four, the Schick Quattro is an improvement on previous Schick razors.

Adding vibrations is where Gillette has made its one unparalleled improvement. Using a Mach3 Power doesn’t feel like shaving. You don’t pull the razor across your face and you don’t feel resistance when cutting beard hair - it seems to just glide. I would like to see Schick come up with some sort of equivalent technology.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at December 5, 2004 1:54 PM
Recent Comments

I had the same issue with my blades getting dirty that Disbelieving had. I thought I'd try it as a cheaper alternative to my long-time favorite, the Gillette Fusion Power, but this thing pales in comparison. It feels rougher on my face, and the blades get clogged with little hairs that won't come out, even after soaking it in rubbing alcohol overnight. Decided to order more refills for my Fusion Power and demote the Quattro to emergency situations.


Posted by: Derek at November 19, 2010 12:44 PM

I have Schick Quattro Titanium and think it's unbelievably bad. The shave is smooth enough but the four blades begin immediately to get gunked up with cut hairs that cannot be dislodged from the gaps between the blades, not by banging the handle on the sink edge and not even by vacuuming when dry. Didn't the engineers do any tests? After four shaves, it's permanently dirty and I don't want it near my skin. I'll never buy Schick again. I can't believe they went and marketed this. You have a certain amount of trust in the expertise of a company as established as Schick and then they put out a razor like this, with the simplest and most fundamental of flaws totally unforeseen.


Posted by: Disbelieving at June 25, 2010 5:10 AM

I have to agree, this is the worst shave I've ever had. I tried it twice and that's the last time. It barely works against the grain, but that's it, otherwise it just smears the shaving cream around and glides over your face. If you have anything but maybe a 2 hour "shadow" this thing is absolutely worthless. The wires they put on it so you don't cut yourself keep the blades from cutting ANYTHING! The trimmer leaves a lot to be desired too, but is this things only saving grace. Otherwise I'm going back to the Gillette Sensor for shaving. Glad my wife got a great deal on this piece of crap or we'd take it back. DO NOT BUY THIS, YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY! And no ladies, you can't use it on your legs either, my wife cuts herself using it. Gillette Fan 4Ever.


Posted by: Jon at August 20, 2009 7:04 PM

I got the Quattro for an Xmas gift from my wife and I have to say it is probably the worst razor I have used since the double edge. It is an ergonomic nightmare as far ass fitting the hand far to bulky and when I shaved with it I found it pulled much more on my 2 day beard than the Gillette Mach 3. When I cleaned the blade out under water I found it performed poorly there as well which makes it pretty expensive as a one shave blade. I did not ask the razor to do anything I don't get from the Gillette Mach 3 and it is a good thing to as I expect it would have failed there too. I hope the wife needs a leg razor because it will never touch my face for a third time (yes it was so bad I had to give it a second chance). Ken A.


Posted by: Ken A at December 31, 2007 2:26 PM

Well, my wife thought she had found the "solution" to our need for a shower razor, and we both tried the Quatro, and found it had several "defects." One: It is to slick with a little soap/shaving cream, it's hard to hold onto. Two: When dropped (for the above reason) it disintegrates. Three: The chome feature makes it slick, as well. Maybe a thumb dent would help. Anyway, back to Gillette. Don Heflin/o Naples, FL


Posted by: Don Heflin at March 1, 2006 12:16 PM

I disagree wholeheartedly with the Quatro review. It was absolutly the worst shave I have ever had (Head and Face) My face and head felt like it had been dragged along a gravely road


Posted by: Tom at October 6, 2005 11:20 AM
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