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Is The Dollar Shave Club a Good Deal? My Review.
Updated (2019) with the current best deal for delivery razors:
Dorco – Click here for 50% off deals – EASILY better than Dollar Shave Club and Harry's for the investment. I've been using their razors for more than a year now.
If you spend much time on the web, you've probably seen an ad somewhere for the Dollar Shave Club. Their tagline says, “Save Time, Shave Money”. Since I'm all into saving both time and money, which is why SavingsAngel is so great, I was curious. At first, I thought that the Dollar Shave Club was going to be something that would help me shave dollars off my spending in addition to keeping my face baby smooth. Let me share my findings…
What is the Dollar Shave Club?
Here's the skinny according to their website. First off it is a membership but there is no membership fee. For $5 you can get a Starter Set in order to check their products before buying full sizes.
- Shave Butter Travel (3 oz)
- Executive Handle (1 ct)
- Razor Cartridges (4 pk)
Next, you set the timing on your Restock Box.
Your first Restock Box will ship approximately 2 weeks after your starter set. The Restock Box will then ship every 2 months, 3 months, or 4 months depending on how often you shave and want to receive more product. You can add or remove products from your restock box. Currently, the Restock Box containing the full-size items as what was part of the starter set costs $24.70 with free shipping.
For the purpose of this review, I checked the price of just receiving the blades without any of the other products. These are the options:
$9 a month gives you 4 stainless steel, 6-blade cartridges a month. A free weighty handle comes in your first box.
$7 a month will get you 4 stainless steel, 4-blade cartridges a month. A free sporty handle comes in your first box.
$4 a month is the least expensive and comprises of 5 stainless steel, twin blade cartridges a month with a free reusable handle in your first box.
At first glance, it doesn't sound too bad if you go through a lot of razors at your house. What's a few bucks each month to have razors delivered to your door and free shipping? But when I added up each option, $48 for a year for the least expensive, $84 for a year for the middle of the road blades, and a whopping $108 for their best model it gave me pause.
Most of the reviews I read said the highest priced Dollar Shave Club razors were comparable to the Gillette Fusion razors. Is that really a good buy considering the alternative to getting razors from my local drugstore or grocery store at SavingsAngel prices?
First, you have to determine how many razors per month you go through.
SavingsAngel Di shares,
“At our house, a good Gillette Fusion razor will last my husband, who has a fairly heavy beard, a couple of months. And I'm able to use it for some time after he's done.”
For me, I can't quite make a razor last that long – but I shave every day. I go through a razor every month and a half. This is much longer than four blades per month like the Dollar Shave Club recommends – but I use a simple trick to make my razors last longer…
I dry them after each use.
It works by reducing the corrosion on the blades. There are stories of guys making blades last an entire year – but I can't seem to do that. Maybe my skin is just too sensitive – and my stubble a bit too rough. Anyway… before drying, I would have to replace my blade every two weeks – and I would always feel like I was getting so ripped off.
Without using any coupons, the best current price I could find on the Gillette Fusion5 ProShield Men's Razor (with handle & 1 blade refill) is $7.69. However, that price will go down when I can stack a high-value coupon with a great sale. Or when I can get money back at the register at stores like CVS. If I am able to use one cartridge per month, I'm close to $47 a year on razors alone.
At my purchase price and usage, I spend about $26 for a year's worth of razors. My experience tells me that the Dollar Shave Club, for my family, would be an unnecessary monthly bill. The Club does offer an every other month plan and you can adjust your shipping frequency at any time. Plus you can earn credits for referring friends which could cut down on your cost.
If The Dollar Shave Club fits your family for price and convenience, check their FAQ's, before joining just so you know what you're getting before you sign up.
Personally, for $26 a year, I'll stick with what I have been doing and that has been following the deals I get from SavingsAngel.com.