Let’s face it: It’s not easy losing your hair. The first time I realized it was time to shave my head, I was in my mid-20s and my hair was getting noticeably thin on top. Shaving my entire dome was a challenge. I tried a traditional multi blade razor, but I always ended up butchering the back of my head because I couldn’t see what was going on back there.
Then, I moved on to electric shavers, which oftentimes left me with stubble and razor burn. Thankfully, electric shavers have evolved in recent years: Instead of rigid razor heads, there are now razors that are flexible, USB-chargeable, and can be used wet or dry. I put two of these new-and-improved razors to the test – Freebird (you may know them by their former name, Freedom Grooming) and Skull Shaver – in my quest to find the perfect shave.
Smoothest and Least Irritating Shave: Freebird
I think this is the most important factor in any shave. We need a razor that shaves as closely to the skin as possible, but without creating angry razor burn. I found that Freebird was faster and gave me a much closer shave than my Skull Shaver, which means shaving less often! We can all agree that there’s always something we can be doing with extra time. I tried my Freebird razor in the shower and dry, as well as with and without shaving cream, and every single time the shave was smooth and my skin looked flawless.
Fastest Shave: Freebird
Besides a smooth shave, I was looking for a fast shave. I don’t want my morning routine to be longer than 15 minutes from start to finish, and that includes brushing my teeth, washing my face, and shaving my head. With the FlexSeries from Freebird, I could shave my entire head within 5 minutes or less. All I needed was a charged shaver and a little pre-shave oil to create a more lubricated, smoother shave with less irritation. I prefer to shave dry (aka no shaving cream) but I’ve also dabbled now in shaving in the shower, which makes for an even faster morning grooming routine. Compare that to the Skull Shaver razors, where they were fast too, but I found myself changing my grip style too many times as I shaved, which slowed me down.
Most Blade Variety: Skull Shaver
Skull Shaver’s blade variety really stands out for me with 3, 4, or 5 blade count choices. Freebird only has the signature 5-blade head, and although it works great (seriously!), I can imagine some guys out there have specific preferences for blade count. I still can’t tell what’s best: Is it 3-blades, 4-blades, 5-blades… 7-blades? For me, Freebird's head couldn’t be any better, but the variety is definitely there with Skull Shaver.
Most Affordable: Freebird
Much like with the blades, Skull Shaver has multiple razors to choose from. Which, honestly, I found a little confusing. Their base-level razor starts at $49.99 but you can also choose their Silver ($109.99), Gold ($139.99), or Platinum ($249.99) options. It was not exactly clear to me what the differences were to justify the varying prices. The Silver and Gold options honestly felt like the same exact shaver just with different cosmetic treatments.
Freebird only has one razor ($69.95) – the FlexSeries – which I appreciated from a simplicity standpoint. Freebird’s blade refill starts at $17.95 and you can choose between 4, 6, 8, and 10-week delivery options, so you’re never without a fresh smooth shave.
Best Overall Razor: Freebird
I am not someone who spends a lot of time shopping for grooming products – you can imagine how happy I was to see that Freebird (you might know them by their former name, Freedom Grooming) has curated kits that take all the work out of this! I grabbed their Best Buzz Kit, which included my FlexSeries shaver, a fresh blade, shaving cream, pre-shave oil, after-shave lotion, head wipes with witch hazel and aloe vera, multiple tool heads, and more for a complete routine.
Freebird’s shaver is smooth, fast, and inexpensive in comparison to the Skull Shaver, so it wins in my book. Order your kit from Freebird today to have the best shave of your life!