Dollar Shave Club Review
The Dollar Shave Club is the world’s most high-profile razor subscription service. But are the flashy advertisements all hype and no substance?
Or is Dollar Shave Club really the best way to shave? Let’s find out today in our Dollar Shave Club review.
What is the Dollar Shave Club?
The Dollar Shave Club (DSC) is a razor blade subscription service which sends high-quality razors to your door every month for just one dollar (plus $2 for shipping and handling).
The idea is that instead of buying razors every month and “spending a fortune”, guys can save $100 or more through the subscription service.
In their commercials, Dollar Shave Club claims that guys spend an average of $20 on brand name razors, with the vast majority of that money going towards celebrity endorsements and flashy commercials or “things you don’t need” like back scratchers, a vibrating handle, and a flashlight.
Obviously, the commercials are tongue in cheek, but you get the point: most of us spend more than we should on razors, or leave old blades on for too long.
The Dollar Shave Club was founded in July 2011 in Venice, California. The company became well-known after this video hit the internet in 2012 and went viral.
What Kinds of Razors Are Available?
Each razor has stainless steel blades, an aloe vera lubricating strip, and a pivoting head.
According to a 2012 article by Lifehacker.com, Dollar Shave Club’s razors come from an online store called Dorco. Dollar Shave Club buys its razors from that company in bulk and marks them up. You can buy from Dorco yourself for the same price – although you need to buy razors in large bulk shipments to enjoy most of the savings.
There are three different types of razors offered by the Dollar Shave Club:
The Humble Twin: “A great basic shaver, for guys who dig simplicity and precision.” This razor features 2 stainless steel blades and comes with 5 cartridges per month for $1 plus $2 shipping and handling. There’s also a lubricating strip along the edge.
The 4X: “Member favorite – a gentle shave in a single stroke.” This razor includes 4 stainless steel blades and comes with 4 cartridges per month. It also has a 90 degree turning pivotal head and a lubricating strip. $6 per month with free shipping.
The Executive: “The final frontier – it’s like a personal assistant for your face.” This razor has 6 (!) stainless steel blades and comes with 4 cartridges per month. There’s a special trimmer edge built into the blade. Like the 4X and The Humble Twin, there’s also a lubricating strip. $9 per month with free shipping.
The Dollar Shave Club is available in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Canadian customers can simply add 50 cents onto each price listed above (that price includes shipping and handling). So the twin blade is $3.50 per month, 4X is $6.50 per month, and the 6X Executive razor is $9.50 per month.
In Australia, the Dollar Shave Club is a little more expensive. The cheapest plan costs $4 per month, with the middle plan costing $7 per month and the Executive plan costing $10 per month.
Dollar Shave Club Affiliate Program
The Dollar Shave Club offers a generous affiliate program which rewards customers who refer their friends. Every time you refer a friend, you get a free month. There’s no limit to how many friends you can refer. If you refer 1,000 friends, you can receive 83 years of free razors.
Unlike some affiliate programs, you won’t earn cash money from this program: you just earn free razors.
How Does Dollar Shave Club Work?
Dollar Shave Club is designed to make shaving as simple as possible. Here’s how it works:
— You sign up for the club and pay your monthly fee of $3, $6, or $9 per month using a credit card. Your card will be charged very month.
— You’ll immediately begin receiving razors every month. All new members get a free compatible handle. After that, you’ll continue receiving 4 to 5 cartridges every month (1 shipment per month).
— You can easily upgrade or downgrade your plan at any time – if you want to try out The Executive for one month, and then decide you can’t afford it, for example, then you can easily do that.
— You can also cancel at any time thanks to Dollar Shave Club’s “Satisfaction Guaranteed” promise.
— Shave your face using the shaving cream of your choice. Replace your blades every week, or slightly more often than that if you’re using the twin blade plan.
— Different razors have different handles. Most people report that The Executive handle is significantly better than the razor handles below it.
— If you don’t shave often enough to need 4-5 blades per month, then you can switch to the “Not So Hairy Plan”, in which case you’ll receive razor blade orders every other month
— There’s no activation fee to join
— You can choose to add different bonuses to your order on checkout, including Easy Shave butter, Magnanimous Post Shave aftershave, Miracle Repair Serum, Hair Paste, and even toilet paper
Should You Sign up for Dollar Shave Club?
Dollar Shave Club combines the right price with the right level of convenience. If you’re tired of spending $15 to $20 per month on razor blades and keep forgetting to pick up razor blades when you’re at the grocery store, then Dollar Shave Club could take a whole lot of hassle out of your life while saving you money.
If, on the other hand, you don’t mind a little bit of inconvenience, then you may be able to find better deals by ordering from online retailers like Amazon or Dollar Shave Club’s supplier, called Dorco.