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This is one of the most popular razors out there and the three blade razor that I use the most and hence why I have decided to review it. Believe it or not before this I used to use disposable razors and found them adequate but after using this Mach 3 there is really no going back and I truly believe this is the best a man can get.
So to describe this razor it has three blades and hence the term Mach 3. The handle is metal which provides the sturdy feeling that you don't get with disposables, plus of course it is heavier than disposables but this isn't a bad thing. If I remember correctly the Mach 3 was the first mainstream razor with 3 blades, however I think know you can get as many as 5 or 6 blades on a razor so talk about overkill.
There is also a light blue strip above the blades which I generally do not use, however this is meant to create a smoother shave but up to this day I am not exactly sure what it does. I generally use this strip along with the bluntness of the blades as an indicator for when I need to change the razor head.
In terms of the actual use of this razor I find it to be an incredibly close shave. I generally only need to go over an area once in order to get rid of all the hair, whilst with the two blade disposables I would need to go over the area twice or even more. I can go several shaves without needing a new razor head and each time the quality does hold firm so this is a big plus.
In terms of price it is just over £8 at Boots, however I have seen this on offer at £6 so you should shop around before buying this and just use my price as a guide price. Overall this is decent value, although there are cheaper razor's out there is you consider this to be too expensive.
Overall this is a quality razor and fully deserves all the appeal that is has received over the years. It is one of the most popular razors for good reason and I will be using it for many more years to come so this gets four stars.
Over the years I've tried and tested many brands and forms of razor and electric shavers with some of them being cheap and useless, others expensive and efficient but have never found the one system that I've been happy enough to continue buying on a regular basis. I flit from brand to brand and usually base my purchasing decision on price or if something is being offered on special offer as shaving is something that I don't particularly like doing but I realise that it has to be done. Cheap razors are generally a false economy as the blades inevitably become too blunt too quickly and need replacing far too often, expensive razors work well but the cost of replacement blades make me baulk at how much they cost so whenever I resign myself to the fact that I need something better than a cheap supermarket branded razor I end up buying a brand new complete system.
The Mach 3 from Gilette isn't new on the market place and isn't as up to date as later systems that offer more blades for their (extortionate) price yet ended up being the last razor I bought as I saw it on offer online at amazon. At a little under £5.00 and being able to use vouchers to make the purchase I didn't begrudge spending more than I usually would as I figured it wasn't really costing me anything and having had previous experience with a Mach 3 razor before I knew that I'd get plenty of use out of it and wouldn't have to think about buying something else for a few weeks. It comes as shown in the supplied picture, a stick razor with its own stand and included in the price is a replacement razor cartridge.
The Mach 3 is a triple blade razor and is designed to move with the contours of your face ensuring a quick, clean and close shave. It's well designed, comfortable to hold and weighs very little and as far as razors go it does do the job it was designed to do with ease. Shaving, as already mentioned, isn't a highlight of my day but the Mach 3 does make a tedious job that little bit easier and even if I've gone a couple of days without shaving the blades are sharp enough to make quick work of removing my facial hair and stubble.
Used with a good quality shaving gel I find the Mach 3 quick to use, repeat strokes are seldom necessary as it does slice through the hair well and because I don't have to go back over the same area more than a couple of times I find that my skin does not become irritated. I don't have sensitive skin as a rule although I do have a patch of skin on my neck that can become inflamed if I over-shave the area so I like to use something that can remove the hair there without much effort.
How long the blades last will be different for each individual user as everyone's skin is individual to them and facial hair growth can vary, for me I find that if I shave 3 or 4 times a week I can get a good month's worth of use out of a single cartridge before the blades become too blunt and if I'm being lazy and sporting a goatee then they last a bit longer as I have less to shave. For the price this system costs I think it represents the middle ground in terms of how it compares with other razors as it's not the cheapest around but neither is it the most expensive, the fact that it comes with a replacement cartridge makes me more favourable towards it and although these can be bought separately I usually find that it's cheaper just to replace the whole thing.
I do think that the Mach 3 is a good razor overall taking value for money into consideration and although I'll probably flit to another brand once both of my cartridges have become too blunt to use I would still recommend the system to other people. It provides a clean, close shave with minimal irritation for me, it's quick and easy to use and the cartridge head is easy to replace. Razor blades and shaving systems aren't something that I can muster much enthusiasm over in all honesty and are something that I have to buy to keep on-top of my grooming regime but there are enough positive attributes with the Gilette Mach 3 for me to award 4 stars as rating here as well as a recommendation to give one a try should you be looking to try something new that won't break the bank.
Thanks for reading my review.
I have tried lots of razors on the market when there are special offers in the supermarket, however I always come back to the mach 3 after discovering how bad a shave I can get with other razors.
The Gillette mach 3 is a simpy designed razor. It may not look as fancy as others on the marrket, but in it's fairly minimal style it achieves it's purpose far better than other brands.
The razor consists of metal handle with rubber strips to provide a better grip. This handle has a mechanism for slotting and locking the replaceable blade into place.
The replaceable blade has 3 blades and a lubricating strip which fades as the blades wear out from green to white letting you know a new blade is needed.
The 3 blade design means that compared with a single blade less pressure is applied to the skin in a particular area. This means that skin irritation and razor burn (shaving rash) are less of a problem. The blades cut closely and move around your facial features well. When my girlfriend steals it for her legs I am also informed that the razor performs well there too.
I have very thick stubble and have found that using other razors, such as wilkinson models with wire guards, they block quickly and cannot be cleaned out. As blades are expensive this is an important factor to me and I find the mach 3 blade can last several weeks of daily shaving compared with generally just a few days with other brands.
The head of the razor tilts to help position the blades close to the skin and I find that a close shave is very easy to achieve using this razor.
The Mach 3 is very well made. I have never had one wear out quicker than I loose it or leave it in a hotel room.
The price of the Mach 3 can vary dramatically. Usually you buy a starter pack for around £6 which include 2 blades and then refill packs of blades which are in the region of £8 for 4 or £14 for 8. This is towards the expensive side of razors, but I have found due to how long the blades last it is far more economical to me than buying other brands or using disposable razors. It's currently £3.99 on amazon, and offers can often be found for the razor (although you will find the blades are very rarely reduced in any way)
The razor is good value if you have heavy chin growth and extremely well made. Highly recommended.
I have used the Gillette Mach 3 for over 14 years, and although I have experimented with others over the years, I keep on coming back to this marvelous product. There have been a few upgraded models over the years, from the Turbo, to the Mach 3 Power. This review will concentrate on the original model, still very much in production.
* history *
The Mach 3 first appeared in 1998 and as it was a premium Gillette product was subject to a huge marketing campaign. Over the years its varoius incarnations have been promoted by some of the most high profile sportsmen in the world.
* Design *
The design of the Mach 3 made it pretty unique when it first came out. the handle matt silver metal with black rubber grips positioned over the thumb area, and a black rubber back piece, which makes it comfortable, and easy to hold with wet hands. It also feels well balanced, and not too light and flimsy. It also makes it look quite attractive, and I guess, rather manly, if thats important lol! The detachable blade cartridges clip on to the handle and are are fastend and released by an easy to use button, which when depressed, releases the cartridge.
The cartridges themselves have 3 blades, which was a new idea when it first came out, and over the years has become pretty much the standard for many premium razors (4+ blade razors are also these days) . Above the blades is a blue strip, which helps to moisturise the skin whilst shaving. This strip fades in time, and can be a handy indicator of the cartridges lifespan.
* In use *
The cartridge allows the blades a good range of movement, and is able to move around the shapes of your face (or wherever!) The blades give a good shave, and even with sensetive skin such as mine, I have found it to always give me a close, and comfortable shave.
The cartridges are easy to snap on and off, thanks to the above mentioned release system. It should also be noted that the Mach 3 original, Turbo, and Power blades can be used and interchanged, between any of the three corresponding handle versions.
The main reason I have kept the Mach 3 as my prefered razor is actually to do with the positioning of the blades in relation to the handle. As you shave the handle is almost at right angles to your face, rather than sloping down. Personally, I find it far easier to shave like this, but this is possibly just a personal preference.
* Price and availability *
The Mach 3 has always been a premuim shaving product, and its catrridges, which normally come in 4 & 8 unit packs remain fairly expensive at aprox £6-8, and £10-14 respectivley. They are also occasionally available in larger value packs, or in gift bundle sets, often around Fathers day and Christmas. This can be fairly prohibitive prices for some, but the can often be found for cheaper online.
Both the Mach 3 and its cartridge packs are widely avaliable at major retailers, although I have found that due to its ongoing popularity, they blades can somtimes be sold out.
The blades are often security tagged in supermarkets etc, since their high value and small size can unfortunatley make them very desirable to shoplifters.
* Summary *
Given that I started this review by stating that I have used this model for over 14 years, its fairly easy to guess the outcome of my conclusion: I have found no better range of manual razor than the Mach 3, its design and ease of, in my opinion, easily surpass all of it competition, and I will continue to use it as long as it remains commercially available. I should also add that quite a few women I know also prefer to use a Mach 3 over any femle aimed products.
I used to buy disposable razor blades like my dad does, but they only last about a week each so I got sick of having to keep changing them. It also felt like I was spending a lot of money as I was forever buying more.
Disposables also give a poor shave, in my opinion. I don't think that they have as sharp a cutting edge as Gillette Mach 3 blades and they don't seem to have the skin-protection strips (although they may have improved in the last 20 years since I made the move to Gillette Mach 3 blades).
The Gillette Mach 3 handle is excellent. Disposables are featherlight and you feel a lack of pressure control. The Mach 3 is more sturdy and the perfect weight for controlling the strokes on your face. It has a rubber grip so that it doesn't slip in wet fingers giving you a nasty cut on the cheek. The handle clips into the blades really easily and getting the blades back out is simple - so, changing blades (which I do about monthly) is a simple matter.
The other good thing about Gillette Mach 3 is that being a men's razor it doesn't attract VAT like women's razors do, so my girlfriend has her own and does her legs with it!
Let me start out by saying that I have sensitive skin which means that I can't shave every day but when I do my skin unfortunately regularly cuts up and I have been advised previously to buy a specialist cut-throat razor with a certain mix of metals to shave with but at a cost of a good couple of hundred pounds which I refuse to spend and simply can't afford so I have tried a number of different razors with little luck so I decided it was time to try a different approach and try one with fewer blades than others but did this work out as a good move?
- This is a well designed razor which has a head that moves in response to the changes in gradients whilst you shave meaning you are less likely to cut yourself whilst shaving.
- Sharp blades ensure that you get a shave with as little drag as possible and a clean removal of hair without the pain that can happen as hairs catch and pull.
- Greater spacing between blades means that you have a more comfortable shave with less drag and hair clogging. This is in my opinion the biggest things that makes this razor such a great piece of kit to have as the difference in drag between this and a 5 bladed razor is so big it is untrue.
- Great value packs can be had by shopping around as you can get a pack with the razor, a blade for use and 15 blades replacement blades for just £20.
- A comfortable handle which makes it easy to use and allows for you to control your shave with ease, again this helps with reducing shaving cuts.
- The blades last for a good few shaves which make for real value for money whilst still giving a great quality of shave.
Overall I have been really impressed with this razor and the comfortable, easy shave which it gives each and every time. The blade spacing makes for the most comfortable shave I have had in years and the fact I am not cut up each time is a real bonus. Great value special packs make it a really excellent value for money purchase and one I can see myself regularly making.
In the world populated by an ever-increasing amount of razors with blades and functions galore it seems surprising that Gillette has managed to maintain this rather modest offering.
We all know that a manual wet razor is still the most effective shave that you can have and when I was looking for one to replace a cheap disposable I wasn't loured by the five blades or by battery-powered razors out there so I opted for the moderately priced fairly standard Gillette Mach3.
This razor came with 2 replacement blades and the product itself has a rubber grip around its metal frame. The head contains three blades but there is an addition of a moisturising strip at the top and some rubber fins at the bottom. The moisturising strip is meant to hydrate your skin after shaving whereas the rubber strips are meant to lift the hairs closer to the blades to make the shaving closer. I don't think these are much more than a gimmick as I have saved enough with the bog standard single blade razor to know that a good moisturising afterwards is all you need.
One the positive side, the razor feels sturdy and well-built and its pivoting head is more than capable of reaching all the contours. It has given me the closest and most effective shave without going overboard on extra bells and whistles.
On the negative side, the cost of the replacement heads can be extortionate and in many cases I have found that it is cheaper just to replace the whole razor. As a committed environmentalist this really seems crazy.
Overall I would urge people not to be tempted by the more fancier brands at around their. You don't need a battery in your razor and you don't need any more than three blades and I would even argue that you don't need a moisturising strip or rubber fins. Just get yourself a good shaving brush 10 min with this razor and a good aftershave balm and you'll be looking at your best guaranteed.
I have owned a Gillette Mach 3 razor for about 10 years now, and although I have recently been using the Gillette Fusion razor, I do still use the Mach 3 from time to time, especially when I run out of new blade cartridges for the fusion.
The Gillette Mach 3 razor was introduced by Gillette back in 1998, after they had spent over $750 million in research and development costs!
The mach 3 was quite unique in that it contained 3 blades, as opposed to the pretty standard 2 blades of most other razors.
The theory behind the mach 3 design of the razor with 3 blades, was that the extra blade would be there as back-up to the other 2 blades, and that if any stubble got missed by the first 2 blades, then the third blade would get it, thus reducing the need to go over the same area more than once, and therefore reducing the irritation caused to the skin.
This was exactly the result that I got when I started using the mach 3, and so I was always very happy with it, and I still am today, apart from the fact that Gillette have now introduced the Fusion razor, which contains 5 blades, and so this improves the mach 3 again quite significantly.
The mach 3 is a very attractive shaver, it has a nice strong silver shaft to it, with a fantastic black rubber grip, perfectly positioned at the top and bottom sides where it is gripped between the thumb and index finger whilst shaving.
A little further along the shaft, after the rubber grips, is a large black plastic button, which is there to release the blades when required, this works really well, as a simple press of the button releases the blade cartridge effortlessly.
The Blades themselves contain 3 individual blades, all of which are evenly spread and very tightly positioned together. At the bottom of the razor, under the 3 blades, there is a small blue, ridged, rubbery area, which is there to make the stubble stick out, just before the blades come into contact with it.
At the top of the razor, above the 3 blades there is a bright blue indicator strip which is designed to let you know when you need to replace the blade cartridge. This strip gradually becomes faded, until it eventually becomes white.
Overall the Mach 3 is a great shaver. It was the best of its kind in my opinion for a number of years, but the Fusion, is another huge improvement by Gillette. The blades (about £1 per cartridge when on offer) for the Mach 3 are a little cheaper than the Fusion, and so I will keep buying the odd pack of blades for it when I see them on offer, as I am happy to still shave with the Mach 3 from time to time.
The shave is smooth, and I get very little irritation from the blades, but I do find that as the blades get worn out, the shave starts to feel very rough and painful, and so the blades need replacing quite often - about every 2 months from my experience to get back to a nice smooth shave again.
Also available in the Gillette Mach 3 range is the Mach3Turbo, and the M3Power razors, which all have interchangeable blades, which is very handy.
The Mach 3 produces a very good shave, and I would still be using it regularly today if Gillette hadn't designed the Fusion.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
The Gillette Mach 3 razor was the first proper razor I boguth as a teenager. It seems many years since it was brought out, but I can remember it as being the first razor I experienced and I still own one to this date. As with all Gillette series razors it came packaged with its own holder which it clips into and on the underside you can store replacement cartridges. The set comes with one replacement blade and at around £4 they are now very reasonably priced.
Now I have experienced numerous different razors and in particular Gillette products I can make a good judgement on it I feel. Although it may not suit all men, the razor itself is extremely light and not at all bulky in the palm of ones hand. For me, this is a positive, but it may not suit those with large hands. There are 3 rubber straps across the top of the shaft providing adequate grip to the user. The replacement heads are simple to attach and with 3 blades it is also compact.
The Gillette Mach 3 razor has a forwards and backwards pivot to give a closer shave and more accurate shave. A lubricated strip in front of the 3 blades provides comfort to the user and also indicates when the head needs replacing as wear will clearly show on the strip.
As the razor head itself has an open back to it, it is easy to rinse clean after use and when the woman in your house uses it (it always happens, it is inevitable!) she will be able to clean it without you noticing!
In its day the Mach 3 was a very capable piece of technology, and the fact I still have one in my cupboard and use it occassionally is testiment to the longevity of the Gillette products. I would recommend it as a good first razor as it is simple and not too bulky for younger hands to control.
*This review also appears on Ciao under my username danielclark691.
I have tried most things to de fuzz various parts of my body. Waxing is too painful. Creams don't work well enough and I think razors designed for women just are not good enough. So I turned to my fiancés razor. Gillette Mach3. Its brilliant!
The Gillette Mach 3 costs round about £6.00. You can find them in most chemists.
The Mach 3 is quite a stylish razor in my opinion. . The handle is very nicely shaped and angled. It has almost a swan neck shape to it. It is silver in colour with black rubber grips on the front and back of the handle. These are great. When I shave I often use hair conditioner instead of shaving foam or gel, this can be quite slippery on my legs so I find the rubber grips really good.
The razor has a pivoting head so the blades stay in contact with your skin when you go over uneven areas like knees.
To change the blade cartridge is easy enough, you simply press a small black button just below the blades and the cartridge just pops out. To put a new one in just push it onto the end of the handle and it will click into place.
I cannot personally comment on how the Mach 3 performs for men. All I can say is when my fiancé has shaved his skin is really smooth, there's no redness or soreness at all.
As for me, well I think the 3 blades on the Mach 3 shaves legs and underarms really close. It never snags my skin. Its far better than any other womens razers I've tried, especially the disposables. I find these are really scratchy.
To buy new blades will cost roughly £11.00 for 5. Quite expensive but they do last a good while.
I would definitely recommend the Gillette Mach 3 razor for both men and women. Its just a shame its not pink.
Gillette Mach 3 Razor
I always used a electrical shaver because I found it quicker to shave but I like the feeling more with the razor and it does give me a better shave. So here we have Gilette which is known from the many commercials on television and I have used this brand for many years now.
Gillette is a company founded in 1901 as a safety razor manufacturer in Boston, USA. Since 1901, the company has grown into a global company with other brands like Braun, Duracell and Oral-B. Gillette Mach 3 has been introduced by Gillette in 1998 after having spent 750 million on research and is the first of its kind with three blades. Since then, various versions has been released.
The Gillette Mach 3 is distinguished by the 3 blades that are on the head of the razor. According to Gillette, these three blades ensure that there is less pressure put on the skin and you get smoother and closer shave with less effort. This should cause for less irritations. The hairs that the first two blades miss will be caught by the third blade. Sounds believable but seeing the ad I was not completely convinced until I saw an offer and decided to give it a try anyway.
For me I think it is just important that I can shave quickly and easily and must say that the Gillette Mach 3 has proven to me that this is possible. Often it removes the hairs in one go and sometimes I have to go over it again. My skin responds well to razor and I have little irritation or red skin. You should of course keep the knife clean, which is also very easy. I do about 2 months with a razor blade and then I can feel it's getting rougher while shaving.
Of course it depends on what shaving cream you are using to prevent skin irritation but I use the Gillette Mach 3 to my satisfaction. It doesn't give me skin irritation and is also easy to clean. The only negative I find is the price of the blades. You can last a few months with the blades but when you have to buy new ones I always find them pretty expensive but it's worth it.
Lets face it no amount of 'shaves as close as blade or your money back' advertising speil is going to change the fact that razors are a better option than electric shavers. I have owned a number of electric shavers in my time, but the truth is that razors deliver a closer shave.
So here we have Gillette, the market leader with the razor that has seen outstanding success the world over. There is no question that advertising has converted some men to their product and kept many more from trying any alternative. The big question is, does it live up to the hype?
As stated above I have tried many shaving products in my time, disposables of varying quality, electric ones from numerous firms. For years I resisted the 'best a man can get' but I decided to give Mach 3 a try 6 or 7 years ago. The long and short of it is I have only tried one other razor since - Gillette Fusion (bought on special offer).
The shaving experience is the smoothest I have experienced, obviously also depending on what shaving cream you use. You also have the option to use the aloe vera gel strip razors which provide added lubrication or to use the traditional mach 3 razors. It isn't necessary to press into the skin either, as it is with so many electric / disposables. Having said this, after I have used the razor say 5 times, I will already have to shave against the grain on certain parts of my face to get a really close shave. Hardly worth complaining about really, as I was forced to do this regularly with all other razors.
I've also cut myself less on Mach 3 than on any other razors. It used to be a common experience to get a nick or two per shave, but with Mach 3 I'd say it happens once every 3-4 shaves and always a small cut.
Joy of joys when using Mach 3 you can also get away with not shaving the next day, if you are not particularly heavy in the facial hair department. The razor is nicely shaped and sits well in your hand. Depending on what packaging you buy it comes with a razor stand.
There are precious few downsides really - perhaps one is if you don't shave for a few days you can get hair lodged between the 3 razors. The other is the price of refill razors which can be a little expensive. But again mesaure that up against disposables which are an ongoing cost, or even disposables - where you have to replace the expensive foil and cutter regularly, its pretty good value.
So the answer to my question is yes, it does live up to the hype, its rather macho marketing and such like. To be clear I am not one of those that thinks that having half a dozen razors on his shaver is cool. Nor do I enjoy standing in front of a mirror slicing off facial hair. But the fact is that Mach 3 makes this chore quicker and does it very well.
I've recently started wet shaving and was a little bit apprehensive about the idea. In order to calm my nerves, I did a fair amount of research into which kit to use in order to make it as pain and hassle free as possible. Most places I read recommended the Mach 3 and I hardly found a bad word written about it, so it seemed the obvious choice.
Having used the razor every day for a couple of weeks, I can tell you I haven't been disappointed.
Initially, on inspecting the razor, I was a little scared by it. I think I was expecting some of the safety rails you see on the Wilkinson Sword adverts, so was a little surprised to find no such safety kit - just 3 blades staring at me...It seems a really unlikely thing to drag across your face. Thankfully, however, in the two weeks I've been using the razor, I've yet to have to much as a scratch and I've never had a closer shave...my skin feels soft and smooth after every shave...it's almost addictive.
The unit itself was only £6 to buy, so far from expensive - and the cartridges are no more expensive than any other branded blade, so I think the Mach 3 scores highly in terms of value too.
The thing's comfortable and easy to hold. In all, a great piece of kit - I can't find fault.
I bought my boyfriend this razor as he is in the army and so has to be clean shaven on a daily basis. The reason I bought him this razor is due to the adverts for it showing the closenss of the shave that this razor could acheive. As he has a 6 o'clock shadow by dinner time but needs to look clean shaven all day long he often complained how his regular razor was underacheving and needed something better.
As soon as he used this razor he said how much better the closeness of the shave was and much easier to use. He found it caused less shaving cuts and also reduced his shaving rash to next to nothing because of the soapy strip along the top.
Even his peers have commented on the difference.
He has now said that he wont be changing razor ever again even though it is slightly more expensive then other razors, he has said that it is definatley worth it, and advises other men to use this razor
There is no question that this is the best razor on the market right now. At least as far as I'm concerned. I am one of those unfortunate men who suffers badly from 'razor rash' as a nasty after effect from shaving. But I have found that the Mach 3, reduced this hugely because of how smooth a shave it provided. Never before using this razor had I managed to shave clean leaving my skin completely smooth, and yet the Mach 3 managed it. The blades also seem to stay sharper a lot longer than other razors, my only having needed to change the blades once and I bought my Mach 3 shortly after I first saw it advertised on TV. A Lot of people, particularly my better half, don't seem to understand the necessity of a high quality razor. Yes the Mach 3 is one of the more expensive razors on the market, but you are getting premium quality for your money. I've never cut myself with this razor, and it genuinely is a closer and smoother shave. It really is worth spending the money on, even RRP, and truth to tell, you could probably easily find one for much cheaper by searching different online and high street stores. If money is an issue for you in this climate, its still worth the time to find this razor for a manageable sum.
Provides a close shave, in fewer strokes, with less irritation.