Schick Hydro 5 Review: A Dependable Contender for Your Morning Routine

Every great day begins with a great shave. You wake up, lather your face, and engage in a bit of personal care that makes you look great and feel renewed. But, not all razors are created equal, and if you’re shaving with a bad product, you end up with facial cuts and irritated skin. For this Schick Hydro 5 review, we put the razor to the test to see if it stands up against the competition. You need a reliable razor that will leave you looking great with an efficient, affordable shave that leaves no cuts, irritation, or bumps. Read on to see how the Schick Hydro 5 performs, and how it compares to other high-quality razors.  

Schick Hydro 5 Review

Some disposable razors allow you to dispose of the blades and handle all as one unit. For others, you keep the handle and replace the blades when they become worn or dull. The Schick Hydro 5 is in the latter category. The five-blade razors come in affordable packets, and our Schick Hydro 5 review discovered that this is a razor loaded with terrific new features.

Product Specs

The Schick Hydro 5 is a great razor for getting a close, comfortable, irritation-free shave. The razor features a hydrating gel reservoir that keeps your face lubricated and functions much better than a lube strip. The gel even keeps your face hydrated for up to an hour after you shave which helps prevent skin irritation. Skin guards keep the razor friction-free, and there’s even a trimmer you can use to shave hard to reach places. The trimmer is activated by flipping the reservoir back with your thumb.  

Pricing

The razors in our Schick Hydro 5 review ranged in price from $7 to $30. However, keep in mind that every razor company offers a different total amount of razors in their base purchasing price. Some packages came with as little as 3 replacement blades, and others had as many as 48. When evaluating the price, always take a moment to check the price per blade as well as the overall purchasing price.

How It Compares

For our Schick Hydro 5 review, we compared the Schick to 3 other razors on the market. We tested them on the price, blades, handle, flexibility, and overall performance. The other razors we tested were:

Gillette Fusion5

BIC Flex 5 Hybrid

Bump Fighter

Schick Hydro 5

Price $

The base price includes the handle and two blade cartridges.

Blades *****

The blades are very smooth with good safety features to ensure an irritation-free shave. We really liked the hydrating gel reservoir, and the flip trimmer feature is more advanced than you’d typically find in a disposable razor. Replacement cartridges are reasonably priced.

Handle ****

If we have one complaint in our Schick Hydro 5 review, it’s that the handle feels flimsy. The handle will hold up to multiple blade replacements, but you will probably have to replace the handle sooner with your Schick Hydro 5 than you would with other comparable razors.

Flexibility *****

The Schick Hydro 5 is very flexible. The handle bends with the face, and the razor head moves nicely no matter what kind of bone structure you have. This is a very comfortable razor.

Performance *****

Our Schick Hydro 5 review found that the Schick is a superior disposable razor. The gel keeps your face lubricated, and the skin guards limit irritation. The flip trimmer helps you shave hard to reach places, and your overall shave quality is very high. Shaving with the Schick Hydro 5 is a great way to spend your morning.

Gillette Fusion5

The Gillette Fusion5 is a 5 bladed razor with disposable cartridge heads. The blades are anti-friction, and there is a trimming blade on the back of the cartridge. A lubricating strip keeps the shave smooth. One razor blade refill is equal to approximately one month of shaves.

Price $$

Base price includes the handle and four-blade refills.

Blades ***

The Gillette Fusion5 has 5 blades that glide over your face comfortably and with minimal irritation. There is a trimmer blade mounted on the back of the cartridge, but we felt the trimmer blade to be more exposed than the flip option of the Schick Hydro 5. The lubrication strip helps keep your face hydrated, but it seems to fade quickly.

Handle *****

The handle is firm with a nonslip grip. The button to release the cartridge is wide and easy to locate and operate.

Flexibility ***

The Gillette Fusion5 felt stiff, and the blade heads did not conform to the contours of the face. We had to use the trimmer more with the Gillette Fusion5 than we did with the Schick Hydro5.

Performance ****

The Gillette Fusion5 offers a good performance overall. The blades are sharp, and the safety feature and the frictionless surface allow for a smooth, mostly irritation-free shave. The lubrication pad was not as effective as the gel reservoir of the Schick Hydro5, and we were less impressed with the trimmer on the side of the cartridge. The stiffer handle and cartridge head made it difficult for the blade to conform to the curves of our face.

BIC Flex 5 Hybrid

The BIC Flex 5 Hybrid comes with a handle and four blades. The manufacturer recommendation is to throw the handle away after you’ve used the four blades included in the original purchase. Each blade cartridge contains 5 blades and a trimming blade. The handles are not very flexible and wear down quickly.

Price $$

The purchase price includes two handles and eight total blades.

Blades ***

The blades are sharp and effective, but they only have a small lubricating strip and minimal skin guards. We preferred the blades on the Schick and the Gillette. The packaging claims that the head pivots at forty degrees, but we found it to be less.

Handle ***

Each handle has a balance sphere to help weight the shaver for more convenient use. The handle is so lightweight that we didn’t notice a huge improvement with the balance sphere. The tactile grip is easy to hold and operate.

Flexibility ***

Overall, the handle and blades felt very stiff and required a lot of use with the edge trimmer.  

Performance*** 

The BIC Flex 5 Hybrid provides a mostly irritation-free shave and is effective and convenient. This package would make a good travel shaver, as you can dispose of the handle and all the blades when they dull. The purchasing convenience of this shaver is superior to the shaving performance.

Bump Fighter

The Bump Fighter is the kind of disposable razor that you throw away the handle and razor head, rather than switch out razor cartridges. The razor is a single blade with a pivoting head and bump guards. The handle is very lightweight and breaks easily. Depending on beard thickness and your shaving frequency, you can use each blade for around a month.

Price $$$

Base pricing includes 48 disposable razors

Blades **

For a thick beard, a single blade can be an advantage over a multi-blade cartridge. The extra space in the shaving head allows hair to pass through. However, your shaving motion has to be slower and nicks and irritation are more likely. These blade heads cut fine, but there weren’t any lubricating elements, and we didn’t like the single blade.

Handle **

The handle is easy to grip and has enough bounce to provide a comfortable shave. The handle is designed to be disposable, and we found that we often broke the handle before the blade had dulled.

Flexibility ***

The pivoting head works very well on the Bump Fighter, and the flexible handle makes a smooth, comfortable shave possible. You have to be careful because it’s easier to cut yourself with a single blade, but if you have a light beard, these are a very convenient shaving option.

Performance **

The Bump Fighter does not perform as well as the other products in our Schick Hydro 5 review, but it is an effective shaver available at an affordable price. This shaver is available as a bulk purchase, and it is a good idea to purchase a set and store them in your bathroom closet for guests, and so you don’t have to shave with a dull 5 blade cartridge if you forget to purchase more.

Conclusion

Any of the razors in our Schick Hydro 5 review provide a good shave, but we preferred the Schick Hydro 5 over the competition. We loved the hydrating gel reservoir that lubricated the face and prevented bumps and irritation. We never cut ourselves with the Schick, and the flip trimmer made it impossible to cut your finger accidentally on an exposed blade. The handle was flimsier than we would like, but the starter package is affordable enough that you can replace the unit at a reasonable price if it should break. With good safety features, comfortable blades, and a superior lubrication element, the Schick Hydro 5 is our choice for a disposable razor.

Final Verdict: *****

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