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Sometimes more of a good thing is just more, not better
on March 27, 2013
I hate shaving, so I'm always happy to try new products that might make shaving better. I can just imagine that Schick heard feedback like "I love the lubricant stuff, but it doesn't last long enough" and "I like a big handle with some weight and grip to it" and maybe "the more blades the better", though I think three blades is enough.
Anyway, I give Schick credit for trying to fill those wishes. This Hydro 5 razor has a big long-lasting lubricant reservoir thingy. It has a really nice grip, complete with a rubbery texture. And five, count 'em, FIVE blades. Plus, a glidy thing below the blades to help keep the balance, keep the blades on the right line.
BUT, to me, it's all just TOO MUCH. The lubricant did the job, but then I had to wash off the excess. I've yet to notice any four or five blade razor do any better than the same brand's three blades. The grip - yeah, that's a plus - it's probably the best razor grip available. But all these things take up space. I compared the Hydro 5 to my Mach 3 Power, and the shaving head is easily 50% bigger. Seriously, it's huge.
So, how's the shave? Well, the outcome is good - no stubble, except for this one spot on my neck that avoids every razor I've ever used. On the outside, the look and the touch says my face is really nice and smooth. BUT, my skin tells me that it has been worked (though I can't see any evidence). It did NOT feel smooth in the process. It felt very grabby on my chin and neck. It felt like a shaving cut a few times, though I don't see any cuts.
Bottom line: Schick tried, but they missed the mark. The result is good, but the action of shaving was not smooth. And the final indictment: after I finished, I went back to my Mach 3 to get just under my nose, because the Schick Hydro 5 was just too big to get to that spot properly.