Product Review: GilletteLabs’ New Heated Razor
Few things are worse to a man than a bad shave. Maybe you ran out of shaving cream and had to resort to just using water, or you only had an old blade on you and ended up getting a lot more cut up than you originally intended. Whatever the case might be, it’s no big secret that us guys will fork over a pretty penny to avoid these discomforts, and even more so, to elevate our shaving experiences to the next level of comfort.
Cue the Heated Razor: the first-ever innovation to come out of industry titan Gillette’s new GilletteLabs premium division. After completing a highly-successful round of crowdfunding at the end of 2018, this hot new product officially made its public debut last May via luxury shaving retailer The Art of Shaving. The Dornob team recently got the chance to put one to the test first-hand, and we’re happy to say it did a pretty good job of living up to the hype.
From the moment you first glimpse the Heated Razor’s sleek black packaging, it’s pretty apparent that it was designed to be a class act. This message translates outside the box, too, thanks largely to the razor’s wireless magnetic charging dock, which keeps it propped up on your bathroom countertop like it was suspended in mid-air. Pair that with the bright strip of light that runs up its handle whenever it’s on or charging, and you’ve got a decidedly modern new toy on your hands.
Even better, the Heated Razor runs about as smooth as it looks. It’s true that it only offers one major feature over most conventional blades — heating — but it does give you a surprising amount of control of that feature. Press the power button once to activate the thick gold warming bar underneath the razor’s five total blades. No need to wait around after turning it on, either, as this bar is ready to go in less than a second. After that, you’re free to start enjoying an ultra-smooth shaving experience the company likens to “the comfort of a hot towel.”
When it came time for me to try out the Heated Razor, I was immediately impressed by how easily the blades seemed to glide over all the contours of my face. I credit this to the incorporation of Gillette’s patented FlexDisc into its design, which gives the cartridge a refreshingly wide range of motion. And as someone who constantly finds themselves running their regular razors under hot water to achieve some semblance of the same effect, I think it goes without saying that I was quite pleased with the heat, too. If the initial temperatures was ever too hot for me — though to be completely honest, it never was — all I had to do was hold the power button for a few seconds longer than normal to switch to a lower heat setting.
After about a month of using the Heated Razor, it finally came time to recharge. This too was ultra-easy. Just stand it up on the charging dock for a few hours, make sure the dock’s actually plugged in, and you’re good to go.
I still use my Heated Razor to this day, and I have no plan on going back to my old shaving routine anytime soon. Of course, it is a luxury item, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not the $200 price tag is worth it. But if you’re as tired of getting cut by cold, uncomfortable razorblades as I was, it’s definitely something to consider swiping up.