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Although we specialize in comfortable underwear & lounge apparel, you can correctly assume that we're absolutely obsessed with comfort, and when it comes to your shaving routine, we refuse to settle for less. We want nothing but the best in terms of quality, convenience, and comfort, because no guy wants to be the victim of a painful shave or wait forever to get shaving supplies.  

Several shaving companies have stepped up to combat this issue, and perhaps the two most famous are Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club (DSC). Both services send shaving supplies to your mailbox at low prices. You’ll receive shipments either monthly (DSC) or at a frequency you specify (Harry’s).

Both of these companies offer a great deal for shavers, but we wanted to know which one was the absolute best. So we pitted Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club together in an all-out match to declare the winner once and for all.

Plans

Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club (DSC) offer similar plans in terms of gear, but they’re much different in terms of frequency. Harry’s asks you how many times per week you shave and sends out supplies based on that information. On the other hand, Dollar Shave Club sends a set amount per month (for example, 4 blades a month). So with DSC, you have to do the math.

Both companies offer similar shaving supplies as add-on items. They also both provide razor handles. But when it comes down to it, we prefer Harry’s for the straightforward shipping times and ease of ordering.

WINNER: Harry’s

Customization

When we ordered the equipment, we looked out for options we could personalize. We liked that Harry’s uses the frequency of your shaves per week as a guide. It was a no-brainer to calculate, and it meant that we’d get exactly what we need when we need it. Harry’s also provides a selection of razor handles for you to choose from.

Dollar Shave Club was less flexible due to their structure. They offer less personalized options, and while their pricing model is simple (see below), it also made us stop and think. How many shaves would 4 blades a month give us? How often do we go through blades? This made Dollar Shave Club much less intuitive, and Harry’s won for maximum customization.

WINNER: Harry’s

 

Price

In terms of pricing, it’s somewhat tricky to declare a winner because of the way each service calculates how many supplies you’ll need. If you shave once per week or less and choose only blades, Harry’s will cost $3 a month for you. If you shave 5 to 7 days a week and choose to add on blades, gel, and an aftershave, that price catapults to $38.  (Harry’s also has free shipping!)

DSC provides less flexibility in terms of price, but their prices are dead simple. They have plans that cost $3, $6, and $9 per month. Depending on whether or not you order extras, you could spend anywhere from $3 to $19 a month.

This is a tougher match because the payment models serve different needs. If you buy other shaving supplies at your local stores, then DSC will give you cheap blades. However, if you want a super convenient, all-in-one solution, it’s Harry’s all the way. In the end, we settled on a tie in the price category.

WINNER: Tie

Aesthetics

Harry’s:

Harry’s impressed us with their sleek design and packaging. It’s clear that a lot of effort went into producing all of the products. There’s no obnoxious branding here, only the subtle H’ logo.


The razor itself is a simple, minimal piece with a smooth handle and elegant appearance.

We’re also big fans of the razor stand.

Heck, even the razor stand packaging is superb.

Need to keep your razor dry? Enter the clamp-on razor head cover. It doesn’t add any bulk and helps your razors last longer.

The extras are top-notch, too. It’s a remarkable set that definitely deserves a place in your bathroom.

Dollar Shave Club:

From the first glance, you can tell that Harry’s and DSC have quite different design tastes. The DSC set looks like a collection of run-of-the-mill drugstore items. That doesn’t mean they’re badly designed--they’re not. It’s simply a difference of style. Harry’s is the classy gent while DSC is the blue-collar everyman.

The razor’s ribs and wide head attachment make it about 50% larger than it needs to be.

To us, the razor looks identical to any random razor you’d find in any store. It’s a sturdy, effective piece, but in terms of aesthetics, it falls flat.

However, we’re fans of the witty lines that are featured on the packaging.

The extras have more countertop appeal, but they also resemble standard drugstore supplies.

The DSC set is great, but it didn’t blow us out of the water like Harry’s did.

WINNER: Harry’s

Comfort

Comfort is the number one priority in shaving. If you have a stylish razor that gives you horrible razor burn, there’s no point in using it! So when we tested Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, we looked at comfort first and foremost. It was one of the big deciding factors for us in declaring an overall winner.

Harry’s:

Harry’s gear not only looked amazing, but also gave spectacular results. The razor performs like a good razor should: it slides smoothly across the face and doesn’t irritate. It produces a noticeably clean feel that’s a hallmark of a nice shave.

On a functional level, Harry’s also stands out. It was a cinch to wash out the shaving cream in between strokes. The cream itself creates a nice lather on the face that makes shaving even more easy. When it comes to shaving with cartridge razors, Harry’s is one of the best we’ve tried.

Dollar Shave Club:

From the beginning of the shave, DSC’s workhorse gear was quite different from Harry’s. The DSC razor didn’t tug or irritate, and it did the job. It didn’t glide as smoothly as the Harry’s razor did, but it was by no means a bad or uncomfortableshave. It was a good middle-of-the-road shave. However, since Harry’s had spoiled us, we found it hard to go back.

We found that the DSC razor had a tendency to hide shaving cream in its nooks and crannies. We’d later find the cream dried and hardened, and it took some trial and error to get it out. The design of the razor makes it difficult to get all of the cream out effectively, so if you’re pressed for time, you’ll likely find some dried cream the next day.

WINNER: Harry’s

And the winner is…

Harry’s! From the moment we laid eyes on the packaging to the last stroke of the razor, Harry’s was the clear-cut (pun intended) winner. The razor is effortless to use, and the products yield wonderful results. We liked Dollar Shave Club, but we loved Harry’s.

If you’re not ready to use a safety razor and want to automate the process of getting shaving supplies, Harry’s is the best option.

Do you love Harry’s as much as we do? Or do you prefer Dollar Shave Club? Tell us in the comments! Also, feel free to check out our round of amazing underwear and lounge apparel here.

Comments

Robert Langford:

I do not want anything by a name called Harry’s.
DSC has been very good for me and I am faithful to what works.

Nov 24, 2016

Sam Sicurella:

I have been using Harry’s for a couple of weeks now and have no complaints other than the prices they charge are in US $ so not as great a deal as it looks at first glance. I just ordered the DSC 6 blade package which is in Can $. We shall see if it is as good as Harry’s.

Nov 18, 2016

khalil mohammed:

I want to buy harry blades but does not exist in the Jordanian market

Thank you

Nov 15, 2016

Frankie :

Harry’s is the best shave for the money period, thank you for the product and honesty Dortch or not dam good product, I appreciate your honest distribution to the USA

Nov 14, 2016

H Herdklotz:

I tried both Harry’s and what is now called ShaveMOB. I like the feel and quality of Harry’s razors better and the shave cream is also a good one. I would only recommend testing to be declared hypo allergenic but even if not I found it great!!

Staying with Harry’s from here till ….

H Herdklotz

Nov 11, 2016

Leo:

Used Harry’’s blades for a year, they were great. A new ones last for three days. Tried DSC – one blade works for 10 days and longer! That is my choice.

Oct 21, 2016

James Briscoe:

I’m DSC all the way. I use the 6 blade. I thought it was a great idea from the get go. I’ve not been disappointed. I use the after shave, and after ordering the shave butter , Yes!!!!! my Wife shave’s her legs with the 6 blade as well. I got her own. she love it. I get them ever other month. no more Gillette for me! DSC baby!!!!

Oct 14, 2016

Chuck:

I just ordered the Harry’s top of the line razor and stand. Upon receiving the next day I received an email from Harry’s that stated their razors are not to be used for shaving heads and hopefully one day the will make one for heads. Harry’s is strictly for your face. They will refund my money in full.

Oct 09, 2016

Chris C:

I’m subscribed to both plans as I have three shavers at home. My teenage son and wife like DSC for the closer shave of the 6-blade exec. I only shave once a week and prefer the Harry’s. It handles my full stuble beard effortlessly without tearing my face up. I like the Harry’s pricing and scheduling options better.

Sep 24, 2016

Brendan Howley:

Started out with DSC after that brilliant ad. Couldn’t resist. Daily shaver: solid results. Then my daughter, a designer at Facebook, gave me the Harry’s kit for Xmas two years ago, based on recco from her designer peers at work. Well, if you love design, you’ll love Harry’s—and for me, the Harry’s shaves are clearly better than DSC 4. I haven’t tried the 6 but the Harry’s blades live up to the ‘made in our own German factory’ hype. I have three Harry’s now—one for home (the steel top of the line) and two of the orange epoxy econo model, one each for the gym and the road. I just gave my 17 year-old son my original Harry’s handle and a month’s supply of blades. He loves the thing. I don’t have a heavy beard so I get a month’s worth of shaving out of a single blade. Beats the hell out of Gillette on cost. BTW I swear by Arbonne microscrub, shave gel and aftershave balm. Vegan (I’m a carnivore but vegan goes to ingredient purity), organic, super-rich stuff. Best I’ve used. Out.

Sep 22, 2016

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