Does This Work? Gilette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor

Jamie Katz, our contributing editor, is 19 hours post-shave in this photo of him—and, he swears, he appears much more clean-shaven than he usually would at this point. In fact, after just one use of this vibrating razor, he was sold. Read all about it here:

The Product: Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power, $12.99,

The Claim: Thinner, finer blades with a low-resistance coating glide effortlessly through hair for less tug and pull; a larger, ergonomically designed handle offers better control; an innovative Microcomb helps guide hair to the blade; and electronic micro-pulses soothe. 

My Results: This product is completely off the hook: It’s like tasting a perfect champagne when you expected an ordinary beer. From the first stroke on, the Fusion ProGlide Power gave me the fastest, smoothest, closest shave of my life, including barbershop sessions with hot towels and newly stropped straight razors (actually, those can do some damage). The blades literally glide across your skin—you barely feel it—and shave so closely there’s no need to return to trouble spots, because there aren’t any. This means you can complete the shave in considerably fewer strokes, which saves both time and skin tissue. And if you’re a woman shaving an area even more tender than my exquisitely sensitive face, I’m confident this razor will fit the bill for you, too. I have no idea which of the new features is most responsible for this amazing leap into shaving genius, but I am actually looking forward to using the razor again tomorrow morning, because I still can’t believe this thing. When an everyday chore is transformed this completely, it’s time to thank someone—in this case, Gillette.

Overall Score (out of 5 stars): Five stars. The only downside may be the cost of replacement blades, but I’m hoping this may be offset by longer blade life, because the average shave time is probably half of what it was.