The $1 razor test: Pass or fail?

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When you think of razor blades, what name comes to mind? It’s probably Gillette, Schick or Dollar Shave Club.

But how about ReliaShave? It’s the highly rated $1 disposable razor available at Dollar Tree, in case you haven’t heard of it yet.

ReliaShave is sold in packs of two for both men and women, making the cost of each individual handset just 50 cents.

It has six blades and that little lubricating strip just like other more popular and more expensive brands.

Read more: This futuristic razor cuts with a laser

But is it any good?

A lot of people might be skeptical of such a cheap razor. But we’ve tried it here on Team Clark, and here’s how we graded its performance on a scale from A to F:

Clark B-
Kim A
Charis B+
Joel C+
Priscilla A
Theo A
Lori A-
Alex D
Sally A-
Sarah B

Follow this method to extend the life of your blades

Clark has long maximized the life of his disposable razors for 10 or even 12 months with one little trick: Blotting the blade or blades dry on a towel after each use.

The reality is that razors degrade more from moisture than from actual cutting, so you’ll get extended performance out of each razor if you can keep the blade dry.

“A few years ago, I was doing an affiliate radio station visit in Greensboro, N.C. and a morning show guy gave me ”˜a lifetime supply’ of 10 disposable blades because he thought my whole deal with using a razor for so long was funny,” the consumer champ says.

Maybe the idea of drying your razor to extend its life sounds crazy to you. But if you’re used to using a super-expensive Gillette or Schick and you can stretch it for weeks or even months, we’re talking about real dough you’re saving.


“That money feels better in my wallet than in Gillette’s or Schick’s,” Clark says.

Read more: 10 surprises you didn’t know about Dollar Tree

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