Stay away from Dollar Shave Club

If you’ve watched ESPN for any time, you’ve probably seen commercials for something called Dollar Shave Club. It’s a service that sends you a razor and blades and then every month, replacement blades for the razor.

Dollar Shave Club has two things going for it: price and convenience. The 4x, a 4-blade cartridge and probably the most popular of its three cartridges, is only $6 a month and the shipping is free. This is cheaper than what you would pay for a 4-blade razor in a store. Receiving the replacement cartridges in the mail is a lot more convenient than buying them in a store. Because replacement cartridges are a high-theft item, most places lock them up, resulting in an inconvenient shopping experience.

Nobody would ever lock-up Dollar Shave Club cartridges.

The blades in a Dollar Shave Club cartridge just aren’t very good. Although they are very sharp, at least when you first use one, the blades doesn’t have any flex. This becomes very problematic when you are shaving something curved, like your head. When shaving something curved, flex is good. It allows the blade to adapt to the surface it is shaving, not only resulting in a closer shave, and hopefully, fewer cuts.

The last time I shaved my head with a Dollar Shave Club cartridge, a brand new cartridge, I cut my head in three places. Cut is an understatement. They were more like gouges. They bleed a lot.

I had to walk around with Band-Aids on the back of my head like a weirdo for a week. I then had to wait another week for the wounds to completely heal to shave my head again.

I canceled my Dollar Shave Club membership. I also went out and purchased a new razor that uses cartridges good enough to steal. Even though I had only been using Dollar Shave Club for a few months, I couldn’t believe how incredibly different, how exceptionally better, the store-bought blades were.

Use Dollar Shave Club for a few months and you’ll really appreciate good blades, blades good enough to steal.

Stay away from Dollar Shave Club.

Author: Rick Rottman

This is my personal blog. It's where I write about things when I feel like it.

13 thoughts on “Stay away from Dollar Shave Club”

  1. Thanks for the advice. This product (which pops up on every web page I go to since I clicked on it once about six months ago) looked promising. I suppose that’s good marketing.

    After reading your review, I will continue to buy razors at Sam’s Club and ignore those enticing web ads.

    I have been enjoying your blog.

  2. I cut my head just like yourself and switched right back to regular razors. Cutting my head is not worth a lower razor price.

  3. But how do you even quite DSC? I got my first pack and found that it took me 20 minutes to shave. I had to go over each area again and again and it didn’t seem to do anything. So I tried to cancel my subscription, but I couldn’t even find a way to do that! All I could find was how to postpone the next shipment for up to a maximum of three months. How did you cancel?

    1. You have to click on your account and in the middle of the page look for a link that says membership settings and then on that page a small link that says stop membership or cancel membership.

  4. I’m a female and I use the executive 6 blade option from dollar shave club… It sucks, I cut myself all the time especially on the knees and shins… I never used to cut myself but for some reason this razor does it everytime or gives me razor burn…. I’m going back to using the shick titanium razor for men if they still make it….

    1. They do as that is the razor I use now after I got cut from using dollar shave club razors. You can find them at Walmart.

  5. I used one of these razors, cut my ankle and ended up in the fucking hospital and could have died from the blood infection. It was a newish razor, normal cut…but this happened a few weeks into using DSC razor and I have never in my life cut myself that bad with my CVS razor. Never again.

  6. I have been a DSC customer for about 2 years. At first I went with the mid level 4 blade razor and was very disappointed. Cut myself every day which I basically never did with my Gillette razor. And I just got a bad shave even where I didn’t cut myself. But since I was out of job and desperate to save money, I switched and tried the “humble twin” instead which is $3/month when including shipping. Surprisingly, I got a much better shave with that twin blade than their four blade option (still not quite as good as the Gillette, but close) and rarely ever cut myself. The handle for the humble twin is almost like a disposable razor and not nice and solid like the 4 blade DSC handle which I really liked, but I can live with that. I’ve stuck with DSC and the humble twin and I find the 5 blades they send last the full month and I have a medium thickness facial hair and shave every day. Once in a while I get a blade that does not seem up to snuff, but then I only use it once or twice and throw it away. I would rate the quality of the humble twin product a B. But cost savings are worth that to me. I would have rated the 4 blade product a D and basically it was unusable to me as I eventually would have bled to death.

  7. DOLLAR SHAM CLUB…whaat some f#@kng B.S.!!!! They spam-orama with ADs, SSSPPPAAAMMM…ADs!!!!!!!!! SPAMS!!! Must be a GREAT product to require 24 HOUR SPAM!!!!! Dollar Shave Club Sucks. How to stop Dollar Shave Club Ads? Please stop dollar shave club ads? Avoid dollar shave club ads?

  8. All 3 RAZOR BLADES AMD REFILLS ARE THE EXACT SAME RAZORS THAT MY LOCAL SUPERMARKET BRAND HAS! ( MARKET BASKET) in and around New England! WHEN I SAY EXACT, I MEAN THE VERY SAME HANDLE AND BLADES, for $2-4 CHEAPER THAN DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB!! I THOUGHT I WAS SEEING THINGS THE FIRST TIME I LOOKED, but AS I TOOK PICTURES OF THE 2,4 & 6 BLADE MODELS AT THE SUPERMARKET, when I looked on there website, MY THOUGHTS WERE VERIFIED! So Basically, THESE DSC BLADES ARENT EVEN THERE OWN DESIGN, THERE BOUGHT FROM SOME WHOLE SALER, AND HAVENT EVEN TRYED TO CHSNGE THE HANDLE DESIGNBIR COLORS!! PROBABLY MADE IN CHINA. Instead of the Gillette Blades that are actually made right here in BOSTON were I live. Kinda feel like it’s a scam in some way!??

  9. So I used the dollar shave club for about a month and finally just threw them out. I wanted to see what other people thought about the blades because I was feeling the same way. Every time I used them I got cut and some times nicked small chunks of skin out. I finally got fed up because I forgot that I had formed scabs and I wasn’t supposed to shaved and I ended up shaving off my scab. I was like this cheap razor is not worth me getting, nicked and cut. I will be taking myself to the store and buying some better razors.

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