Skip to main content
Two rows of colorful razors lay atop an orange background. Credit: Getty Images / Vladimir Sukhachev

The Best Razors for Women of 2022

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Two rows of colorful razors lay atop an orange background. Credit: Getty Images / Vladimir Sukhachev

Why trust Reviewed?

Reviewed's mission is to help you buy the best stuff and get the most out of what you already own. Our team of product experts thoroughly vet every product we recommend to help you cut through the clutter and find what you need.

Learn more about our product testing
1
Editor's Choice Product image of Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Swirl
Best Overall

Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Swirl

Our Best Overall razor feels luxurious on the skin and gives a close, smooth shave with five blades. Read More

Pros

  • Large head
  • Flexible design
  • Plenty of lubrication

Cons

  • None that we could find
2
Editor's Choice Product image of Solimo 5-Blade Razor for Women
Best Value

Solimo 5-Blade Razor for Women

Our Best Value option, this five-blade razor offers a close, smooth shave for a low cost. Read More

Pros

  • Plenty of lubrication
  • Good size head
  • Flexible head

Cons

  • Wall holder falls down
3
Editor's Choice Product image of Athena Club Razor Kit
Best Subscription

Athena Club Razor Kit

This is the best razor subscription because of its sturdy, quality razor that gives a smooth shave. Read More

Pros

  • High quality build
  • Sturdy wall holder
  • Flexible subscription model

Cons

  • Not enough lubrication
4
Product image of Schick Hydro Silk 5 Sensitive Care Razor

Schick Hydro Silk 5 Sensitive Care Razor

This five-blade razor has a flexible design that allows you to easily maneuver in hard-to-reach areas. Read More

Pros

  • Flexible design
  • Easy to use in curved areas

Cons

  • Awkward handle
  • Wall holder falls down
5
Product image of Gillette Venus Smooth

Gillette Venus Smooth

This three-bladed razor has a small head that needed more lubrication for a smoother shave. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to use in curved areas

Cons

  • Small head
  • Not enough lubrication

For many, shaving body hair is a typical part of the routine. The combination of a great razor, water, and shaving cream or other lubrication can leave you with smooth skin. You know that having the right tools makes all the difference in your results, and while it may seem that “razors for women” is a marketing gimmick to get you to spend more on pink products, there are design differences: Men's razors are intended to remove facial hair, while the women's ones are engineered for body hair.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

The Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl laying on a shower shelf with body wash behind it.
Credit: Reviewed / Jessica Kasparian

The Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl is our Best Overall because it provides a clean, smooth shave.

Best Overall
Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl

After coating my legs in Barbasol Shave Aloe, I glided the five-blades of the Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl against the grain (the opposite direction my leg hair grows) and received a smooth, clean shave. One swipe removes all of the hair in the razor's path and one or two swipes in tough-to-reach areas, like around the knees or ankles. The blade has a coating of lubrication around it to aid in this, and I didn’t experience any scraping, pinching, or nicking—instead, the razor felt comfortable against my skin and left my legs feeling silky.

The “swirl” refers to a silver ball between the handle and the head of the razor that allows it to swivel and rotate, with the idea that it could help the blades contour to the body for a closer shave. I expected this to make the razor significantly more flexible than others on the list, but this wasn’t the case. In fact, nearly every razor has some mechanism for the cartridge to move in response to gentle pressure, meaning you can keep the blades against the skin no matter the angle you’re shaving from.

The bottom line: This is an excellent razor, but the swirl element is not what makes it special. This razor stands out because of how well it removes hair and makes it easy to maneuver through large swaths of hair. You can find it in a pack with handle and one, two, or four cartridges, as well as purchase refill packs of four or six extra cartridges. (It doesn't come with a shower hook or holder, but we found that most of those don't work anyway.)

Pros

  • Large head

  • Flexible design

  • Plenty of lubrication

Cons

  • None that we could find

The Solimo 5-Blade Razor for Women laying on a shower shelf with body wash behind it.
Credit: Reviewed / Jessica Kasparian

The Solimo 5-Blade Razor for Women won our Best Value spot because it offers a luxurious shave for a low cost.

Best Value
Solimo 5-Blade Razor for Women

This five-blade razor from Amazon’s brand Solimo feels nearly as luxurious on the skin as our Best Overall pick. It glides effortlessly across the skin with shaving cream and it even works well without lubrication, thanks to a coating of conditioning ingredients around the perimeter of the blades. I quickly shaved my underarms without bothering to apply the Barbasol and the results were silky smooth.

When you’re in a pinch and want a quick shave, this product excels because of its no-fuss design and ability to remove hair in one pass. Though great, it didn’t score our Best Overall spot because it has a smaller head than the Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl and a clunkier handle. The win here is that you can find this razor in a pack that includes one razor handle and either two or 12 cartridges, the latter option making it cost a fraction of a price per cartridge compared to the Gillette Swirl. Unlike the Gillette, it comes with a holder that suctions to the wall, but the accessory fell down over and over again throughout my shower, rendering it useless.

The only real downside is that you’ll have to purchase the full 12-pack again (which includes another razor handle) to get the exact same blades, as Amazon doesn’t seem to sell refill cartridge packs for the women’s handle. This is odd because Solimo offers a package of 12 men’s cartridge refills that appear to have a different design with a squarer and less lubricated head, but I did not test these. Reviewers report that the men’s refills are compatible with the women’s handle, even if they may have different design elements on and around the blades themselves.

Pros

  • Plenty of lubrication

  • Good size head

  • Flexible head

Cons

  • Wall holder falls down

A hand holding a pink Athena Club Razor in front of its wall mount, which is stuck to the shower wall.
Credit: Reviewed / Jessica Kasparian

We crowned Athena Club the best razor subscription for women.

Best Subscription
Athena Club The Razor Kit

The benefit of using a razor subscription service is that you don’t have to keep tabs on how many razor cartridges you have left and run to the store at the last minute when you realize you’ve run out. Athena Club’s The Razor Kit, which we’ve crowned the Best Subscription for women’s razors, includes a razor handle, two five-blade cartridges, and a handy magnetic hook that sticks to the shower wall and holds the razor securely.

The razor itself glides over the legs with ease, though it does not have a thick coating of lubrication around the blades in the way that the Gillette Swirl, Solimo, or some others do. It was smooth enough that I could shave quickly, but moving haphazardly resulted in a few stings (no blood was drawn—I described it to a friend as feeling a zing on my skin).

This razor also stands out for its sturdy, durable build quality. The handle feels weightier than others, which I attribute to Athena Club’s use of aluminum and fiberglass in place of the usual all-plastic handle.

Subsequent shipments, charged separately, include replacement cartridges based on the frequency you shave. The subscription model, included items, and shaving results are almost identical to the other popular subscription razor Billie, but the blade quality on Athena is better, which bumped it higher in our scoring.

Pros

  • High quality build

  • Sturdy wall holder

  • Flexible subscription model

Cons

  • Not enough lubrication

Product image of Schick Hydro Silk 5 Sensitive Care Razor
Schick Hydro Silk 5 Sensitive Care Razor

Like others on this list, the Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Skin razor slid across my legs, removing all hair in its path in a pass or two. Like every other razor with a removable cartridge, this has a flexible head that makes it possible to hold the handle perpendicular to the legs while still keeping the five blades against the leg. This was helpful in curved areas, like the back of my knee.

Where this differs is its handle design. While most handles have a curve that slopes downward to the razor head, this slopes down and then lifts up right before the razor head, making the blades on the same plane as the highest part of the handle. This is a small detail, but it gave me pause when using the razor because it felt different in my hand than others on this list. To push to the top of this list, this razor would need to feel more natural to hold and have a sturdier build. Still, I got a good shave and wouldn’t hesitate to wield this again.

You can snag this in a package with one handle and two cartridges. Refills come in packs with four cartridges. It comes with a holder that suctions to the wall, but it was ineffective, as the device kept falling.

Pros

  • Flexible design

  • Easy to use in curved areas

Cons

  • Awkward handle

  • Wall holder falls down

Product image of Gillette Venus Smooth
Gillette Venus Smooth

The Gillette Venus Smooth is one of three razors on this list that contains three blades. The fewer blades didn’t hinder my experience at all, but the razor’s smaller head did. Though the actual blades appear to be the same size as the ones on other razors on this list, the surface area of the head made me feel like I had less control while shaving. The surrounding plastic also didn't seem to have as much lubrication as others on this list. The result was a mild scraping sensation that didn’t hurt or leave irritation but also didn’t feel as great against the skin as other razors.

That said, if you prefer a smaller head for more precision work, such as along a bikini line, you may enjoy this, as it’s easier to get into curved areas. You can find this razor in a pack with two cartridges and refill with an eight-count package of blades.

Pros

  • Easy to use in curved areas

Cons

  • Small head

  • Not enough lubrication

Product image of Billie Razor
Billie Razor

Though it falls further down this list, the Billie razor is a top-notch choice both as a standalone razor and as a razor subscription service. Like others, its five blades effectively remove hair in one pass, though it may take a few passes in curved areas, such as around the knees or ankles. The results are a clean, smooth shave that’s easy to achieve if you don’t mind working more slowly in trickier spots. Its lubricated cartridges help to achieve that silky-skin effect. The handle is comfortable to hold but not the highest quality, which is where it falls short compared to the Athena Club subscription razor.

The service costs the same as Athena and has a similar pricing model. Your first shipment includes the razor handle, two cartridges, and a mount that magnetizes to the razor and sticks to the wall. From there, you receive four replacement cartridges per shipment, with delivery frequency (and recurring charges) based on how often you say you shave.

Pros

  • Flexible subscription model

  • Plenty of lubrication

  • Smooth results

Cons

  • Cheaper quality

Product image of Gillette Mach3 Turbo
Gillette Mach3 Turbo

The Gillette Mach3 Turbo is our Best Overall men’s disposable razors because it provides a close, clean shave for facial hair. After using this on my legs, I can see why it earned those accolades. It has a small, three-blade head, similar to the Gillette Venus Smooth, that allows you to work effectively in hard-to-reach or curved areas, like around the jawline or, in my case, around the knees. It skates well across the skin without tugging or scraping and offered me the aforementioned clean shave.

This is a great option for a razor and only fell further down this list because its basic model doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd—and because of my own preferences (like a larger head). You can find the handle in a pack with two cartridges and purchase a five-count of cartridges for refills.

Pros

  • Sturdy handle

  • Close, clean shave

Cons

  • Basic design

Product image of Bic Soleil Smooth Colors
Bic Soleil Smooth Colors

The Bic Soleil razors are the only non-refillable option we tested. The cartridge housing the three blades has no flexibility, as it’s cemented to the handle in one position. These feel cheap, but get the job done in a few passes. The small head makes it easier to maneuver the razor in curved areas, but it isn’t as effective at removing hair in these spots as others on this list. In a pinch, these disposables work fine, but you have to take your time and use plenty of soap or shaving cream to avoid missing hair or causing uncomfortable friction on the skin.

The one we tested came in a pack of eight razors, though other sized sets are available.

Pros

  • Easy to use in curved areas

Cons

  • Cheap quality

  • Small head

  • Non-refillable

What to Look for in a Good Razor

There’s no shortage of razors for women out there. After looking through best-seller lists and reading reviews, I narrowed the playing field to 11 options at varying prices from brand names you’ve either used or will recognize. When picking a razor you'll want to consider the following attributes:

Efficacy: How effectively does the razor remove the hair? How effective is the razor in hard-to-reach or curved areas?

Ease of use: How easy is it to use this razor in hard-to-reach or curved areas? How easy is it to remove the cut hair from the razor? If the blades are designed to be interchanged, how easy is it to attach and detach cartridges from the razor? Overall, how easy is it to use this razor?

Comfort: How comfortable is it to hold and use the razor? Were there any mishaps (cuts or nicks) with the razor? How does skin feel after shaving?

Build: How’s the build quality of the razor? How portable is the razor based on size, shape, weight, and storage ability?

What Should You Know About Razors for Women

The author using the coral colored Billie razor to shave around her knee while sitting at the edge of a tub.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

A great razor maneuvers around tough-to-reach or curved areas, like the knees.

Let’s address the elephant in the room—do you need a “women’s” razor if that’s the gender with which you identify? Technically, no, but using one may help if your aim is to tackle large swaths of hair on the body. After crowning Gillette’s Venus Extra Smooth Swirl the best women’s razor (and its Mach3 Turbo the best men’s disposable razor), we reached out to the company’s experts to learn more about the design differences that go beyond the colors these razors come in.

Cartridge shape: The cartridges on Gillette’s men’s razors are smaller and have square edges that better fit the surface and angles of a face for removing facial hair, according to Kristin Monaco, senior products research engineer at Gillette. On the other hand, women’s razor cartridges are larger and have rounded edges to glide over larger, curved areas, like the legs.

Lubrication: Gillette’s line for women, called Venus, has more lubrication around its blades than those designed for men because it makes it smoother to cover the amount of surface area on a larger body part in a single sweep.

Handle: At Gillette, razor handles designed for men are slender, but the Venus razors have an ergonomic design and a “mermaid tail” at the end that “help to provide a better grip for the wet environments” of a shower where body shaving is often done, Monaco says. Someone using a Venus razor can grip it toward the head or near the end, depending on comfort and what gives them the most control.

Beyond whether you’ll purchase a razor designed for facial or body hair, the other major consideration is how many blades you want. Most often, you may opt for anywhere from two- to five-blade razors, all of which can provide a clean shave. “Typically more blades means a closer shave and fewer missed hairs,” Monaco says. This is because the cutting edges themselves are closer together the more blades the razor has. However, with the number of blades being equal, there's no difference in the orientation, spacing, or sharpness of the blades themselves from Gillette's men's razors to its women's.

The best way to figure out how many blades you need for your desired results is through trial and error—and predicting what areas you’ll shave. “Some people find that three blades provide the right amount of closeness that they’re looking for and other people find that five blades are required,” says Monaco. If you know you’re only going to shave your legs and the hair is wispier and skin softer, you can probably get away with a two- or three-blade option. If you plan to shave the bikini area where the hair is coarser, you may like the results from a four- or five-blade better.

Meet the tester

Jessica Kasparian

Jessica Kasparian

Beauty Editor

@jkasparian_

Jessica writes and edits beauty content for Reviewed's lifestyle section.

Jessica holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Emerson College, and she's written for 7News, Boston.com, Citizine, and Boston Common Magazine.

See all of Jessica Kasparian's reviews

Checking our work.

Our team is here for one purpose: to help you buy the best stuff and love what you own. Our writers, editors, and lab technicians obsess over the products we cover to make sure you're confident and satisfied. Have a different opinion about something we recommend? Email us and we'll compare notes.

Shoot us an email