The cartridge razor has come a long way in recent years. With most including four or five blades, they do an exceptional job delivering smooth results with relative ease.
Whether you are just starting your shaving journey or you are simply looking for a quick gift for an upcoming holiday or special occasion, we’ll share with you some of the best cartridge razor shaving kits available.
Note: For a more traditional shave, check out our reviews of the best safety razor shaving kits.
1. Best Overall: Gillette ProGlide Shield Gift Set
The ProGlide is the latest cartridge model by Gillette and the perfect razor for any man looking to start shaving or looking to upgrade from a previous model, such as the Mach3.
With a pivoting FlexBall head coupled with large lubricating strips, the Gillette ProGlide does an excellent job of remaining on the surface of the skin with each pass. This allows for closer and smoother results while delivering a comfortable shave.
The kit includes eight cartridge heads, which should easily last you for several months. Additionally, Gillette also includes a travel case, making this the perfect gift for a man that likes to take their shaving supplies with them to the gym or on a business trip.
2. Premium Pick: The Art of Shaving Heated Razor with Sandalwood Shaving Kit
If you are looking to take your shaving game to the next level, then the Gillette Heated Razor delivers that oh-so-comfortable barbershop shave in the comfort of your bathroom.
Winner of countless awards, the Heated Razor by Gillette is unlike anything else on the market. Featuring a stainless steel warming bar along with a long-lasting Lithium-Ion battery, it delivers a hot shave on demand. This helps to soften the hair and provides nice and warm results – perfect for those cold winter mornings.
Functionally, this heated razor is just as good as its traditional cartridge razor counterpart. It features a flexible head, waterproof design, and is travel-friendly.
Also included in this kit from The Art of Shaving, you’ll find pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm to complete the experience. It’s a top-tier cartridge razor kit that doesn’t get any better than this.
3. Affordable: Schick Hydro Skin Comfort Gift Set
Schick is a great affordable alternative to Gillette. Their refills are cheaper while still delivering comfortable results.
The narrower head on this razor by Schick features only three blades. This helps to significantly reduce irritation while shaving. Further increasing comfort, Schick added their signature gel pools that effectively reduce post-shave razor burn.
Also included in the kit, you’ll have Edge shave gel, the award-winning Bulldog Original Moisturizer, and three cartridges.
For under $10, this cartridge kit by Schick is the perfect little set.
Related: Schick Hydro Stubble Eraser Review
4. For Travel: Dollar Shave Club Shave Essentials
Dollar Shave Club made a splash in the shaving industry in 2011 by providing dirt-cheap razors delivered to your door every month. While they have since expanded into skincare, deodorants, and more, their cartridge razors remain a hit with men.
Consider going with the Dollar Shave Club Shave Essentials kit if you travel frequently. It contains everything you need to get a close and comfortable shave on the road without overloading your favorite Dopp kit.
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In the Shave Essentials kit, you’ll have six-blade refills, an upgraded metal handle, a small razor head cover, along with silky-smooth shave butter.
Consider signing up for their subscription service if you like having fresh blades sent to your doorstep.
Related: Dollar Shave Club Review
5. For Razor Bumps: Gillette Sensitive Skin Shave Set
If you have sensitive skin or commonly get razor bumps after shaving with a cartridge razor, then you need to give the Gillette SkinGuard a try. This two-blade cartridge razor by Gillette has been specially designed to reduce irritation while still delivering great-looking results.
By spacing out the blades, this razor doesn’t experience the hysteresis phenomenon, also known as lift and cut. This ensures that the hair is never cut beneath the skin’s surface, so it never has a chance to become ingrown.
The razor also comes with an aloe vera-based soothing shave cream to add comfort. Expect a refreshing finish to your shave.
Related: Gillette SkinGuard Review
6. Razor Not Included
If you have a cartridge razor that you are happy with or plan to buy one separately, consider some of these complementary shave collections. These sets contain all the supporting supplies for a great shave.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Shave Collection Gift Set
Luxury skincare specialist Kiehl’s makes tried-and-true men’s grooming products that perform exceptionally well. The Ultimate Shave Collection Gift Set contains everything you could want for refreshed and irritation-free skin. The set includes award-winning face wash, brushless shave cream, post-shave cream, and facial cream.
What’s so great about Kiehl’s is that many of its products rely on natural ingredients, including Vitamin C, aloe vera, caffeine, menthol, soybean oil, and more – allowing your skin to be well-nourished and moisturized.
Proraso Vintage Gino Tin Gift Set
Since 1908, Italian-based Proraso makes high-quality shaving supplies found in the top barbershops worldwide.
The Proraso Vintage Gino Tin Gift Set is a perfect introduction to Italian shaving. The gift set contains their highly-revered pre-shave cream, shaving cream, and aftershave balm. In addition, the Proraso green label products all have a menthol and eucalyptus base that provide an invigorating and refreshing feeling.
Related: Proraso Shave Cream Review
If you shave daily, you’ll enjoy working Proraso products into your grooming routine.
Pro Tip: While you can get away with applying the Proraso shave cream with your hands, we recommend using a shave brush as it will generate a thick and cushioned lather.