April 26, 2010

Review of Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor

7 Advancements.jpgGillette sent me a Fusion ProGlide Power Razor and a package of cartridges for review, I've put it through its paces, and I'd like to share my opinion of this new razor (which is not even out on the market yet).

[Disclaimer: My daily shave comes from a Merkur safety razor, so I may be a bit biased when it comes to multi-blade razors.]

First, here's what Gillette has to say about the technologies found in the Fusion ProGlide:

  • Re-engineered Low Cutting Force Blades with 15% thinner, finer edges and our advanced low-resistance coating enabling the blades to cut effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull.
  • A Blade Stabilizer to maintain optimal blade spacing for comfort while allowing the blades to adjust to the contours of a man's face.
  • A streamlined Snowplow Comfort Guard which channels excess shave prep to help maintain optimal blade contact, stretching the skin for a close, comfortable shave.
  • An Enhanced LubrastripTM , 25% larger than before, infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers, enabling the razor to move smoothly over skin even on repeat strokes.
  • An improved Precision Trimmer including an enhanced blade, a comb guard to better align long hairs, and new rinse-through slots.
  • A Redesigned Handle with bigger, more ergonomic grips for better control and improved transition between front and back shaving surfaces.
  • An innovative Microcomb, exclusively on Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power, that helps guide hair to the blade.

My first impression was that the ProGlide Power felt good in my hand - very 'grippy' - and well built. It came with a plastic razor stand, which might come in handy if your bathroom counter or medicine cabinet is crowded or not conducive to easily storing razors.

I shaved with the ProGlide several times on one-day beard growth, trying it with the power feature and then without using the power setting. I also waited a few days and shaved a heavy beard growth with it.

When shaving a one-day growth with the power feature, I got a great, close shave with it, but in my case, it was almost a too-close shave (I generally use a double edged safety razor due to the tendency for ingrown hair on my face.) When shaving without using the power feature, I realized that I not only didn't notice a difference in the shave, but I was glad to not have the razor vibrating in my hand - to me, it was annoying and unnecessary. It may be that the texture and thickness of the beard affect whether the power feature works well, and for me, it wasn't a selling point - in fact, it meant that I would have to also buy batteries for it, which is a downside of it to me.

After waiting several days, I used the ProGlide Power on a heavy beard growth, and I was (predictably) disappointed in the performance. As with every multi-blade razor I've ever tried, the multi-blade cartridges clogged up with hair very easily, and I spent almost as much time rinsing and cleaning it as I did in shaving with it.

My conclusion: If you regularly use a multi-blade razor, and shave every day (not letting your beard growth build up), then you might find the ProGlide razor to be a good addition to your shaving routine. I wasn't impressed by the power feature at all, as I didn't notice any real difference in the quality of the shave when using it. I wouldn't count it as having no effect, as it may work differently for different facial hair types, however. If you regularly use a safety razor, I don't think that the Fusion ProGlide has any features to entice you to change your choice of razor.

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Posted by Derek Markham at April 26, 2010 11:47 AM
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