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Gillette Fusion 5 Proshield Power Review: Results After 4-Months

Gillette Fusion 5 Proshield Power Review: Results After 4-Months
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Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power is a high-end cartridge razor with a Flexball and double lubricated strips. Does it really work? Here is my Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power review.

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About Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power

Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power is a battery powered shaver for men that includes a swivel head and two lubricated strips. The official product website is gillette.com, which was registered in August 1994. The screenshot below shows how the product page looked in October 2017.

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Claims & Features

  • Lubrication bordering the blades to prevent irritation
  • Thin, high quality blade
  • Shave comfortably with 5 precision blades
  • Trimmer on back for edging sideburns and under the nose
  • Flexible head for navigating facial curves
  • Each razor refill lasts approximately a month
  • Blades are compatible with any Fusion 5 handles

Cost

The Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power costs approximately $13-$16. It can be purchased online, or at a wide variety of stores including Target, Walmart, and  Walgreens. The unit comes with one razor blade and a battery. Replacement blades can cost as much as $5-$6 each and are sold in packs of 2, 4, or 6.

Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power Review

It was mid-2017 when I decided to put the Fusion5 Proshield Power to the test, and I thought the best way to do that would be to compare it to a gold standard in its category, the Mach 3 Turbo. Obviously there could have been any number of other blades I compared it to, but I chose the Mach 3 Turbo because of its high name recognition and popularity. I figured that more men have probably tried the Mach 3 than almost any other razor in its category.

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The features of the Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power include double lubricated strips. This means that the lubrication happens before and after the blades hit the whiskers. There are 5 precision blades along with a trimmer blade on the top of the head, which allows you to precisely clean up the edges and around the nose. A Flexball helps the head move smoothly along areas such as the jaw, so you can continuously shave without having to keep lifting the razor to shave at different angles. Finally, there is a vibration feature, which supposedly helps the blades grab the whiskers.

Since my first use of this razor in late June 2017, it has been my go-to razor, and I have used it extensively for about 4 months.

The first time you use the Proshield Power with a new blade, it delivers impressive results. The way the Flexball contours to your jawline feels comfortable and smooth. I know there are jokes about how many blades a razor needs, but – that argument aside – the blades here do a fine job of plowing through stubble quite easily. I’ve used it for my head, face, and chest, and I have never felt like the blades were outmatched. I do use the vibration feature every time I shave, but I’m not sure there’s any way to really know if it’s doing anything at all. Although it isn’t made of steel, the handle feels heavy in the hand and easy to hold thanks to rubberized grips. After four months of daily use, the battery has not needed to be replaced.

Refills for the Proshield Power are expensive! I recently bought a two pack of refills for about $11. While that cost could immediately turn off many consumers, I’ve found that these blades last far longer than those with other razors. In fact, each refill lasts me about a month, which includes shaving my face and head every other day. While the cost of refills may be high, it might not be that much more expensive over time. Read some of the 600+ reviews of this refill pack of 8 cartridges to see what others are saying about it.

To summarize, I think the Gillette Fusion5 Proshield Power is superior to the coveted Mach 3 Turbo due to its Flexball, double lubricated strips, and large comfortable handle. I don’t know if the vibration feature actually improves results, and refills are expensive – but each refill lasts weeks, which could recoup some of the extra cost.

Alternatives

If the “power” function doesn’t mean anything to you, there is a regular Fusion5 Proshield which costs slightly less, although it uses the same expensive refills. If price is a factor, you may want to take a look at the Mach 3 Turbo (also featured in the video below) which provides an excellent shave.

Be sure to check out my full comparison of the Proshield Power vs the Mach 3 Turbo.

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