THE Schick Hydro 5 Power Select is the kind of razor you’d expect to see in a James Bond film, or any movie prefaced with the text ‘In the not so distant future’. I’ve been using this razor for the last week and it stands up well next to my regular razor: the Gillette M3 Power (which will be the basis of my comparisons for this review).
To be honest, out of the box, I was sceptical of the Schick Hydro razor simply because of the blade count. My M3 Power is already packing three blades, while the Hydro boasts five. I’ve always been of the belief that any more than three blades is laughable overkill. But if the Schick Hydro is anything to go by, my assumption was wrong.
The three vibration settings—low, medium and high—allowed me to alter the intensity of the vibrating razor to dictate how close a shave I wanted. This was particularly useful for switching from shaving the thinner hair on my cheeks to shaping my beard on my jaw line. The LED screen is a nice addition for indicating battery life, but the power indicator is a negligible addition because it really doesn’t take long to learn the feel of the three vibration settings.
In combination with the provided Schick Skin Protect Shave Gel, I enjoyed many smooth and irritation-free shaving experiences. There was an absence of the shaving rash that I sometimes get when shaving with the M3 Power, and the clever skin guards on top of each blade ensured that I didn’t cut myself on those days when I was rushing to finish my shave and get out the door.
There’s a sneaky flip trimmer stored beneath the gel reservoir that enables an even closer shave for grooming purposes. Perhaps best of all, though, the head is incredibly easy to keep clean, and remains free of smaller hairs that tend to get stuck between multi-blade razors.
If you’re in the market for a new razor or are looking to upgrade to a satisfyingly close shave, the Schick Hydro 5 Power Select is an excellent choice.