I admit I’m a sucker for new Gillette Razors. The SuperBowl for me entails losing five hundred bucks on the underdog and catching a glimpse of Gillette’s newest innovations in men’s shaving during the commercials between the first and second quarter. When the Mach 3 Turbo came out in red, I was at CVS before halftime. But now the Mach 3 has given way to Gillette Fusion. And I’m here to tell ya, it’s worth the bucks.
I am none too thrilled with the whole powered razor craze. I think it’s just a gimmick to sell more razors and batteries. I like to shave the old-fashioned way, using just my right hand and a well-designed razor. The Gillette Fusion is just that. I purchased both the Gillette Fusion and the Gillette Fusion Power just to see what all the fuss was about. I didn’t notice much of a difference at all between the final shave, batteries or no batteries. The powered Fusion vibrates, which I found uncomfortable, even if it did eliminate the slight pull on my face when using the unpowered Fusion. I suppose it’s a matter of personal preference, so you might want to try them both, then decide.
The Gillette Fusion is exciting because it boasts five blades for regular shaving and a lone sixth on the back for use on difficult areas like under the nose and sideburns. It also contains more densely packed microfins under the blades to help whiskers stand up to aid a cleaner, closer shave. The Gillette Power also boasts an eight minute automatic shutoff feature, a low battery warning light and an easy-to-open, easy-to-close battery compartment.
The lone blade on the back is improvement enough on Gillette’s past products to warrant the purchase of a Gillette Fusion. Any man who has struggled with the stubborn hairs on his upper lip will agree. If I had a nickel for every time I notice an errant hair in the rearview mirror of my car at a red light and cursed myself for missing it, I’d have a hell of a nickel collection. The lone blade on the back of the Gillette Fusion helps reduce that concern, maneuvering deftly in those hard to reach places.
Another improvement on the Gillette razor is that the aloe and soap strip on the top of the cartridge lasts significantly longer than it did on Gillette’s previous versions. The strip serves as an indicator of when it’s time to replace the blades. Longer life on each cartridge will more than make up for the cost of the new razor.
The new Gillette Fusion and Gillette Fusion Power are both stylish and effective. So, whether you’re a power guy, or a non-power guy, I recommend you give the Gillette Fusion a try.