After seeing Dollar Shave Club’s hilarious YouTube commercial and periodic Facebook ads, I decided to give them a shot. I have a bad habit of waiting way too long to replace blades, leaving me with a patchy shave at best and an occasional nicked chin at worst. When I did replace my razor, I usually ended up replacing the whole thing, which would cost $7+ and only came with 2 cartridges.

If you haven’t heard of the Dollar Shave Club, their model is refreshingly simple: pay a few bucks a month to get a quality razor up front and replacement cartridges delivered to your mailbox every month.

Their plans start at $3 per month ($1 + $2 s/h) for the twin blade razor, $6 per month (s/h included) for their 4-blade model, and $9 (s/h included) for the “Executive” 5-blade version.

When I first signed up, I figured I would give the cheapest version a try and upgrade if they were too cheaply made. The first package came a few days after signing up and included a plastic razor and 5 replacement blades. At first, they seemed to work reasonably well, but after a couple of uses I found that I wasn’t getting a very close shave and even nicked myself once or twice.

I wasn’t terribly surprised by the results. I expected that two blades probably weren’t going to suffice in the first place, but I was still a little disappointed. However, I decided to upgrade to the $6 4-blade model.

When the new razor arrived earlier this month, I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality. It was made of a sleek metal that felt sturdy and manly. I felt the difference immediately with the first shave, much smoother than the previous. Honestly, I think this is one of the best razors I have ever used, ranking right up there with some of the more expensive Gillette models.

The $6 model comes with 4 replacement blades. Because my facial hair doesn’t grow very fast, I don’t need to replace my blade every week. As you can imagine, then, I was excited to see that DSC offers an every-other-month plan for guys like me. As long as I can make my blades last at least 2 weeks, this equates to $3 a month for a great razor and fresh blades in my mailbox every month without any effort required. At this point, I am about a week and a half into my first blade with the new model and it’s still going strong. I don’t think I’ll have any problems with the every-other-month plan.

Overall, I’ve been extremely happy with my Dollar Shave Club experience and I look forward to staying with them for a long time to come. If you found this short review helpful and would like to sign up, I would really appreciate it if you would use the referral link below. If you do, they’ll give me a few bucks for recommending them, and they’ll do the same for you if you spread the word.