What’s the Difference Between Disposable and Reusable Razors for Women?

Learn more about the main differences between disposable razors and reusable razors, so you can determine which one is right for your unique shaving needs. When it comes to choosing a razor, how do you know if a disposable or reusable razor is right for you? To help make the decision a little bit easier, here’s a guide on both disposable razors and reusable razors, including the main differences.

What are disposable razors and when should I use them?

Disposable razors are for one-time or limited use. In general, they can last from 3 to 10 shaves, but the best indicator it’s time to replace a disposable razor is when the blades become blunt. When you’re ready for a new razor blade, you can throw away the entire razor and grab a new one.

Due to their limited use, disposable razors are great for travelling and to have on hand for any house guests who might have forgotten their own razors at home. Many high-quality disposable razors are built similarly to reusable razors in that they have three to five razor blades — compared to just one or two — and an easy-to-grip handle for a better shave with less risk of scratches, cuts, razor burn and bumps.

What are reusable razors and when should I use them?

The main difference between reusable and disposable razors is that reusable razors have a razor handle you keep with detachable blade cartridges that you can refill as needed. Reusable razor blades typically last from 5 to 10 shaves; but, just like disposable razor blades, the best way to understand when to replace a blade cartridge is its bluntness. Regardless of the type of razor you choose, if the blade starts to pull at your body hair or feels rough when gliding across your skin, it’s time for a replacement.

Reusable razors are great for any time use. And, some reusable razors can even adapt if and when your shaving needs change, because different types of blade cartridge refills can fit the same razor handle. So, you can determine what type of blade works best for your body hair preference, whether that’s three or five blades, blades made specially for sensitive skin or blade cartridges with built-in shaving gel. And, using a refillable handle is also better for the environment because you throw away less plastic.

How to choose the right razor blade

Whether you prefer disposable or reusable, what’s most important is choosing a razor that helps you achieve your desired shaving results. See all the Venus shaving products available to make sure you get exactly what you need.

Selected guides

A Fundamental Guide to Hair Removal Methods for Women

Discover different tools and techniques for removing body hair at the surface or at the root, and find the best hair removal method, or methods, for your specific needs.

How to Choose the Best Razor for Women

With so many razor blades available, how do you know which one to choose? We’ve put together a guide on the different types of razor blades for women, so you can determine the right one for your shaving needs.

How to Shave for the Season: Tips for Winter and Summer

Harsher weather can leave skin agitated. Knowing how to shave correctly during the more extreme seasons of summer and winter can help prevent further skin irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs