- Gillette developed a $200 heated razor that delivers heat directly to your face while you’re shaving. It has 5 blades, a warming bar with two heat settings, and FlexDisc technology to contour your face and neck with the heated razor.
- Almost all men use some form of heated razor to make shaving easier and reduce irritation. Hot towels, running blades under hot water, and shaving in the shower are some of the most common techniques.
- I usually prefer to shave with clippers or an electric razor, but I put the GilletteLabs Heated Razor to the test to see if it’s worth the hype and the steep price tag – and it worked remarkably well.
From advanced face-contouring systems and multi-blade razors to soothing balms and moisturizing aftershaves, grooming companies are constantly working to come up with products that make shaving a more pleasant and comfortable experience.
But one thing that almost all guys can agree on is that the most important thing to stave off irritation is heat. Hot towels, running blades under hot water, and shaving in the shower are just some of the tricks that help.
To make things easier on us, Gillette introduced the world’s first heated razor, which brings a warming sensation right to your face.
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The GilletteLabs Heated Razor is a state-of-the-art device – and it better be for $200. It features five blades for a close shave, FlexDisc technology to contour to your face and neck, and most notably, an Intelligent Heat Control System. Located directly underneath the five-blade system is a warming bar that delivers the sensation of a hot towel in every stroke of the blade.
Designed with a high level of craftsmanship, The razor handle is made from high-grade aluminum zinc, so it feels substantial in-hand and never rusts. It also comes with a magnetic wireless charging base that almost gives the illusion of the razor floating while it’s charging. Everything that goes into it equates to a $200 razor.
How it works and what it feels like to use
The first step to using the GilletteLabs Heated Razor is to set it on the charger. It takes 60 minutes to fully charge, but you can get up to six shaves on a single charge. Once you’re ready to shave, simply turn it on and shave as you normally would. The warming bar heats up almost immediately, so you won’t have to wait to begin. You can adjust the heat level by holding down the power button until the light indicator changes colors. The standard high-heat setting makes the lights glow in a darker reddish-orange color, while the lower heat setting glows in a pale orange color. I tried both settings and personally liked the high-heat setting better.
The heat makes every stroke comfortable and smooth. I didn’t feel like I was tugging at my hair or scraping my skin, and even after my face was shaved smooth, I was tempted to do extra passes because the heat was so satisfying. I also really appreciate that Gillette designed the razor to be waterproof. You can run the blade under water without hesitation or take it in the shower if that’s your preference.
Immediately after I shaved, I was happy with the results. My face was smooth and free of any cuts. Over the next couple days, I didn’t get any razor bumps as my hair started to grow back in. In my past experiences, it didn’t matter what brand of razor I used or what type of preparation I did before shaving, I’d end up with bad razor bumps, which every guy knows to be uncomfortable and not a good look.
In short, the GilletteLabs Heated Razor is no gimmick. The heated technology makes a huge difference in comfort during and after a shave. And, although I’ve consistently opted for electric shaver or clippers for my grooming, the GilletteLabs Heated Razor is the exception to my rule. It’s precise, easy and enjoyable to use, and as an added bonus, it looks cool.