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Best Razors 8/29/11

Whether it's a skirt or a sleeveless top during the summer, women give razors a real workout. Liza Barth

"I just like the feeling of smooth legs. I don't like the feeling that they're rough."

Melissa Valentino "I shave my legs almost every day, year-round and in the summer especially."

Does buying a more expensive razor guarantee a close, smooth shave? To find out, Consumer Reports ShopSmart recruited 18 women to test five razors. There were two from Schick, as well as two Gillette Venus razors - plus a store-brand razor from C-V-S. They cost five to 13 dollars - not all that much. But it's important to factor in the cost of the replacement heads.


Lisa Lee Freeman "The replacement shaving heads for the Gillette Venus Embrace cost three dollars and 25 cents each, at least. The store-brand replacement shaving heads cost only 83 cents each."

To ensure a clean shave with no nicks, a blade should be changed frequently, so this cost can really add up. To test, the panelists used each razor twice - replacing the shaving head between uses.

Melissa Valentino "I like the razor with the heavier handle. I felt I didn't need to apply as much pressure to get a close, smooth shave."

Elizabeth Duque, "I like the razors that were lighter in weight, more than the heavier ones."

"No one razor stood out. It turns out it's all about personal preference. So our advice is do your own test at home and start with the cheapest razor first."

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