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Heated razors are all the rage — here’s why you need one

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” and when it comes to upping the shaving game, Gillette is an innovator. The company created a new market when they introduced the world’s first heated razor.

For decades, companies like Schick and Gillette have been adding a few upgrades and extras to the cartridge razor, but there hasn’t been anything worth getting excited about. When rivals like Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s carved out a new way to buy razors, that was interesting, but again, it didn’t change the shaving experience at all.

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The one and only

The Heated Razor by Gillette Labs is the first and only razor on the market that lets you experience a barbershop-like experience from the comfort of your own home. It’s meant to feel like a hot towel is being applied to your face, providing comfort and a world-class shave all in one. According to the company, the razor heats up in less than a second to provide “continuous soothing warmth to your skin,” and it’s waterproof, so you can shave at the sink or in the shower.

Why do I need a heated razor?

The promise of a heated shaving razor is that it will not only feel fantastic on your skin but it also opens the pores as you shave and will reduce the chances of razor burn. Of course, most people shave using hot water already, but filling up your sink and shaving means the end of your shave will use lukewarm water at best.

A heated razor just feels better than warm water alone. If you’ve ever walked on a heated tile floor, it gives your face the same lovely feeling that your feet experience. What’s more, if you shave frequently, it may just be worth it to treat yourself to a spa-like experience on the daily.

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Is it worth it?

Based on our research, if it’s something you can afford (both to buy and continue buying the applicable razor blades), it is more than worth it. The starter kit is $200 and comes with the razor, charging stand, and two razor cartridges. A four-pack of the heated cartridges for replacement will set you back $25, so it’s more expensive than a standard razor blade replacement. But if you want to treat yourself or a loved one for Christmas, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or just because it’s a Tuesday, The Heated Razor by Gillette Labs is a solid investment.

You only have one face, so why not treat it well? People spend hundreds of dollars a year on facial soaps, lotions, and sunscreens, all meant to protect your skin. Heated razors may seem like a luxury — and they are. But they aim to protect your skin, give you an even shave, and keep razor burn at bay.

With all the pandemic hair that’s been grown over the past year, including many a beard and mustache, perhaps now more than ever, it’s time to invest in a razor that’s high-quality and effective. Your face will thank you.

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