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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I have used disposal razors (great when you have the facial hair of a teenager), electric razors (pretty good for a while, but the replacement blades are expensive), and several generations of Gillette razors. The Mach3 is the best yet, though I have yet to try the new Fusion razor.

Gillette makes all sorts of claims regarding the Mach3. I am unable to tell whether any of the claims have merit. I can tell you that the blades, though expensive, last a long time for me. I have moderately tough facial hair. The old disposable razors gave me a few days of shaving and they were history. I have shaved up to two months with these razors and still got a good shave.

I have read that there are controversies about the value of three blades. I think the three blades help keep the razor at the optimum angle on my face for shaving. I do get a pretty good shave as well. I do use Edge Advanced Shave Gel in combination with my Gillette Mach3, which may help get me a better shave.

Most men in the United States shave, whether we like it or not. The Gillette Mach3 gives me the best and most consistent shave I have ever had. Until I find a better razor, the Mach3 is the one for me.

Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
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I've been using the Mach 3 since it came out when I was in college sometime in the early 90's. I don't need anything fancy and only have to shave every couple days or so. Gillette keeps adding things like batteries and more blades but who needs it? Keep it simple and do the job. This is a plus on both.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2006
This is a really good razor, it always gives me a good shave (and I have pretty tough facial hair), so you know, it does its job well.

My only complaint is that yes, the blades are kinda pricey, but I usually combat that by not shaving so often. Come on, I'm a college student, I can be fuzzy. But this is a great razor, give it a try if you think you're a little rough. Sorry I can't go into too much more detail... but it's a razor. It does its job well, what else can I say?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I grew up with cheap plastic disposable razors. A couple of years ago I tried the Mach 3 and I haven't turned back. Oh, I have tried a few other products, just to see if something was better. The Schick Quattro my wife gave me (after getting a coupon for a free one) found itself at the city landfill after 7 days.
I have a full, thick beard and fairly sensitive skin. This blade cleans my face perfectly and I find it extremely rare to suffer a nick or cut on my face. The handle is perfectly designed and bends to the contour of my face. The blades pop in and out easily.
One drawback is that the blades are just a bit pricy. But, the blades also last as long as three of the disposable blades I used to use. The moisturizing strip could last a little longer, but it isn't a major factor for me.
I gave this product a 5 because it is the best razor I have found. I will keep trying to use new razors to see if someone can beat it, but, until then, I am staying with the Mach 3.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2008
My fiance' got me hooked on using his razor after I forgot mine on a trip. I have to say it is the best and closest shave I've ever had. It didn't feel like I was scraping my skin off with my hair. Cost isn't so bad compared so some other shaving systems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2012
the title says it all, Gillette makes one of the best razors out there!!. i tried various brands, the Mach 3 is the best!!. i personally think it's better than the pro-glide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2011
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I've been using the Mach3 for years and was surprised to find it still available. Great design, does a great job and blades are long lasting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
I switched back to razor shaving after using a Norelco for years. I forgot how much I enjoy a good clean razor shave. I purchased the Gillette Fusion Manual Razor first since it seemed to be the latest and greatest model.
I wish I would have known how much discomfort having so many blades can create. The Fusion worked fine when I didn't miss a day, but I paid a painful price if I skipped a day or two of shaving. This wasn't an old razor, and the Fusion's 5 blades caught my hair like sticky tape and pulled and yanked as I moved the razor down my face. It wasn't a pretty site ...

After doing some research I figured I'd try the Mach-3. I hadn't shaved in a few days and figured this was going to hurt. I was pleased to find the Mach-3 didn't hurt at all. I just had to make a few more passes due to the amount of hair I was shaving, but it never hurt and I never cut myself either. Daily shaving is not much different than the Fusion, but the Mach-3 really pays off when I hit a thick patch of hair and it doesn't hurt. I'm going to stick with the razor for a while. I may go the way of the older style safety razors eventually but for now I'm happy.

For those of you (like me) who like to use the cup/brush/bar, the Mach-3 also seems to be the standard blade the brush holder/cup combo kits standardized on. This razor has a good reputation.
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51 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2008
Mediocre and Overpriced, March 13, 2008
By supernatural (Illinois) - See all my reviews

Unfortuantely, these mediocre and overpriced blades are probably the best shave that most people will get from the mass produced blades and shaver systems. It gives a better shave than most 2 blade razors I've tried (Excel, etc.), and 3 blades is about the most blades that I can use on a razor and be able to get to all the nooks and crannies on my face - thus I don't recommend the Fusion or any other razor with more than 3 blades. Here are a few other points:

1) For thicker beards, these blades will rarely last more than a few shaves before you feel the tug and pull leading to razor bumps.

2) I do give these blades credit for the flow through design allowing hair and residue to be rinsed through the blades without clogging them; but, then again, why do you need 3 blades in a razor? With an exceptional blade, you should only need one to cut your facial hair.

3) Another design flaw with this razor (as well as most razors) is that the "fins" or whatever they are called, on the bottom portion of the razor head (that supposedly "prep" your beard) actually scoops away the shaving cream before the blades have a chance to touch that portion of your face - so now you have 3 blades being pulled across inadaquately lubricated skin. Trust me, you need the shaving cream there when the blade scrapes across.

4) I would recommend getting a classic double edge razor. My wife has noticed a huge difference in my face and neck - no more razor burn! I can shave everyday now. I prefer a Merkur double edge razor which can be found on Amazon or you can do a google search for "classic shaving" to find them for cheaper. The blades will usually run about $5 for a ten pack, and one of these super sharp blades last about a week for most people. Think of the cost savings and the benefit to your skin if you only gave up purchasing the ever increasingly expensive and insane multiple blade cartridges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've tried many razors over the years including various electrics, and when I don't have a beard I always come back to the Mach3. The Mach3 was introduced by Gillette in 1998, and while I don't remember exactly when I bought a Mach3 set (or "system," i.e., a handle and two blades), it was probably in 1998 or 1999. Since then I've gone through a number of blades but have never replaced the handle, because I haven't had to.

I have a pretty tough beard and have to shave daily if I want (or feel obliged) to look clean shaven.

According to the current Wikipedia entry for the Mach3, the blades cost 9 cents to produce. I've read conflicting stories about the history of disposable razor blades and I'm not sure what to believe. But it seems to me that disposable razor blades and cartridge type blades in particular, like printer inks, are high profit margin items that deserve to be characterized as ripoffs. I recently tried using old fashioned double edge razors, the kind I stated with when I started shaving in the last sixties - I not only have my own old double-edge blade holder but have two even older ones that I inherited from my late dad - but as has always been my experience, I could not get through a shave without an annoying cut or two (and then I end up going out with little pieces of bloody tissue stuck to my face). If I thought I could get a clean, bloodless shave with a straight razor I'd go that route. Electric razors can be okay in a pinch but it takes too much time and effort for me to get a really clean shave with an electric, and even then it's never as clean as the shave I can get with a Mach3. (I discovered Aveeno shave gel a few years ago and though I don't have sensitive skin, I've found that it works better for me than any other gel or cream I've used.)

Obviously, not all guys have as good an experience with the Mach3 as I've had, and that makes sense, because every guy's beard and skin is different.

When I have more than a couple of day's growth, I find it easier to go over my beard with an electric before applying gel and using a Mach3; otherwise the Mach3 has to do too much work.
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