Picture it: you’re in the middle of an extra-thorough grooming routine the morning of a big presentation at work. You know you have to look your best, so of course the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a good, fresh shave. You open your medicine cabinet, go to put a new blade on our razor and realize, oh crap, you’re out of razors. Now you’re left with a problem—do you shave with an old razor risking cuts, nicks ,and irritation, or do you skip shaving completely and hope for the best?
Every human man who shaves has experienced something like this situation at least once in his life and probably will at some point again. You’re left with no great option and no matter what you choose to do, you spend the rest of the day cursing yourself for not buying more razors (personally, even if I promise myself to pick some up after work, I inevitably forget). These situations are exactly why shaving clubs exist.
There are plenty of different kinds of shaving clubs—straight up subscriptions, pre-curated routines, boxes of samples to try—but what they all have in common is that they take the guesswork out of shaving. You don’t even have to remember to buy blades or razors—they just show up to your door like magic. And depending on which shave club you use, the rest of your grooming routine could show up with them. Imagine never going to the store to buy razor refills and shaving cream ever again! If that sounds like a dream come true to you, then you are primed and ready for a shaving club membership.
No matter what kind of razor you use or how extensive your grooming routine is, there is a shaving club out there to make your life easier. These are the best shaving clubs for men that we’ve found.
The Bevel shave system was developed specifically to address the needs of men (particularly men of color) who struggle with ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and other shaving issues. Even if you don’t, these top of the line products are ideal for anyone who wants a smoother shave with less irritation. Start with the Shave Kit, which includes a Bevel safety razor, blades, shaving brush, pre-shave oil, shave cream, and post-shave balm (i.e. everything you could possibly need to shave). Choose the auto-ship option to get a monthly delivery of everything except the razor. There are also options to get just the blades or almost any other combination of goods including the brand’s newer skin, body, and hair products if you want to go beyond shaving.
The reason Harry’s is so popular, not to mention a Men’s Health favorite, is because it makes shaving simple. All you really need to get a great shave is a good razor and cream, right? Harry's is best for guys who don’t want all the extra fuss, and the shave club makes it even easier. Start by choosing one of two handles (the classic Truman or the slightly weightier Winston) and set your auto-ship to include blade refills and shaving gel. Depending on how fast you go through the blades, you can set the auto-shipment to two, three or four months. Harry’s now offers a membership program as well, which provides discounts, expedited shipping, early access to new products, and more for just $15 a year.
Public Goods, formerly known as Morgans, is essentially a one-stop-shop for almost anything you need, not just for your shaving routine. The company prizes sustainability and creates their products with eco-friendly packaging and ethically-sourced ingredients, so you can feel good about using them. Start with the two-week free trial to try out any of their products (we recommend the shaving kit), and then for a $59 annual membership, you get access to a plethora of well-priced grooming goods. Case in point, the bamboo razor handle is $11 and blade refills will run you only $1. And to really make the most of your membership, don’t sleep on their other offerings—everything from paper towels to pantry items to dog food.
Dollar Shave Club basically invented the shaving subscription model and continues to be one of the best out there. These days, the subscription goes way beyond just shaving, which makes this club one of the most customizable on this list. Start with a quick quiz about your grooming habits, and they’ll recommend the best razor, cream, and other products from their vast selection. From there, you can choose which ones you want to receive (we suggest going big because, why not) and they’ll be shipped to you at a discount. Choose how often you want to receive your products (every month or less frequently), and your grooming products show up at your door. You could stick to shaving, but we suggest trying their other products, too.
There’s a reason Gillette razors remain so popular—they just plain work. If you find yourself unable to make it to the drugstore, or when you do, you forget that you came in for razor cartridges, the Gillette shaving club is for you. Start by choosing between the ProGlide Shield or the SkinGuard razors (both solid options in our book depending on how many blades you like in your razor) and they’ll send it to you for free. Two weeks later, you’ll get your first box of blade refills and a full-size shaving cream. Adjust your frequency based on how much you shave (every day, a few times a week, or once a week). Best of all, every fourth box they send you is free, so you’ll end up saving both money and time.
Okay, this subscription service isn’t specifically about shaving, but it’s a great option for anyone into grooming, whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast. With a membership, you’ll receive a monthly box packed with around five samples of various grooming products. You can’t choose the samples that are included, but you can trust the expert curators at Birchbox. It’s a great way to try products from top brands that you’ve heard of and some you haven’t. When you use a sample you love, head to their site to order the full-size version. Before long, you’ll have a complete grooming routine and more.
Supply is all about streamlining and solving problems you didn’t even know you had. Everything is built around their safety razor, a modern update to the classic. Unlike some other safety razors, this one is great for beginners because of its ergonomic shape and easy-to-change blades. The razor handles aren’t cheap (at least $75 depending on the color and material you choose), but that price of admission is worth it in our opinion. Set up an automatic subscription for the blades and anything else you need (might we suggest the shaving cream) and you’re set. To get a feel for all their thoughtfully-made products, buy their Ultimate Starter Set first, and then subscribe to whatever you want to keep using.
Brickell products are go-tos around the Men’s Health offices for one simple reason—they’re damn good. The brand doesn’t have a subscription box service, but you can opt-in for auto shipping for almost any product they offer, which basically equates to creating your own subscription service. Our advice is to start with the free sample box (the shave & beard box is perfect) to get a feel for the products before committing to ordering the full-size. We guarantee that once you try them, you’ll be as impressed as we are.
Traditionalists say there are plenty of reasons to use a safety razor instead of a cartridge razor: a single blade can give an incredibly close shave without as much irritation and reducing the possibility of razor bumps. Plus, the reusable metal handle of a safety razor can last forever, making them a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. This novel shave club is built around this idea—they don’t offer any plastic razors or accoutrement at all. Start with buying a safety razor handle and you get a year’s supply of blades for around $18. They aren’t spaced out into monthly deliveries like other clubs, but still—imagine not needing to buy more blades for a full year! That in itself might be enough to convert us to the safety razor life full-time.
Including Amazon on this list may be a little bit like cheating, but if you’re not utilizing the subscription option for products you use a lot (like shaving goods), then you’re missing out on one of the best features of the shopping site. By utilizing the subscribe button, you not only save money, but you can essentially create your own subscription club. Not every grooming purchase offers the subscribe function, but the vast majority of the ones on Amazon do. If you’re having a hard time deciding, might we suggest the Solimo 3-Blade Razor (Amazon’s house brand which is actually quite good) and The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Cream (there’s nothing like a luxe shaving cream to take your routine to the next level).