brucedoesbms wrote:ABOUT $0.22/unit:
YOU do the math...
Yeah, I've done the math and my Panasonic ES8103 beats these cheap disposable razors in value, even if I paid the retail price of $149. AS it turned out, I paid only $16.95 for a store display unit that was never even plugged in so the comparison isn't even close.
1) I bought some single blade Bics at a price of 20 for $1.99. AWFUL. I shaved with them for a month and NOT ONCE did I escape without a nick or cut. In fact, I went to work one day with 7 cuts, one of which bled throughout my subway ride, inviting more than a few stares.
Because of my coarse beard, shaving took 20-30 mins, with some areas taking up to 5+ passes. The area under the nose was impossible to shave cleanly. We missed more than a few shows and appointments because it took me so long to shave -- and wait for the blood to clot (and yes, I have a styptic pencil).
Each razor lasted 3 shaves max before it started to pull painfully on the whiskers.
2) I tried several multiblades, i.e. Mach 3, Quattro, etc. Shaving was much faster and smooother, taking as little as 10-15 min, although the area under the nose was still a problem. The blades lasted about 7-10 shaves. The worst part was cleaning the damn razors which clogged up frequently because of my thick whiskers. I found myself using a toothpick or toothbrush to get the whiskers out several times per shave. Rinsing with water alone -- even a high pressure stream -- wasn't good enough. The more blades, the harder to clean. And I still got nicks and cuts. At $3 per razor, I'd spend about $90/yr on the razors alone. Shaving cream/gel and hot water are additional costs. As are bandages.
3) Shaving with the Panasonic takes about 3-5 mins. And I don't have to be in the bathroom while doing it. I've shaved while eating at the breakfast table as well as in the office. There's no messy lather to wipe off (although I can use cream/gel as an option)). And I have yet to bleed. Maintenance is a quick rinse under the water, which doesn't need to be done immediately (unless you use shaving cream). Then once every two weeks or so, an icon tells me to use the Turbo cleaning mode which vibrates the head at 17,000 rpm. Simply rub liquid soap on the foil, and turn on Turbo mode. After it turns off automatically in about 20 secs, rinse under water. That's it. The foil and heads need to be replaced after 1-2 years. Electrical usage is minimal, and probably less than the cost of hot water and shaving cream needed to shave with a blade.
And yes, the Panasonic shaves as close as a blade, and even closer under my nose.
So you do the math ... which is more cost effective? Which costs more in dollars as well as time and labor over the lifetime of my Panasonic? My last Panasonic linear shaver lasted about 5 years. The shaver wins hands down, even at the retail price of $149 (Amazon has it for about $80).