Friday, June 8, 2012

A Review Of Dorco Razors

Shaving is an expensive endeavor, especially if you're going to use name brand razors and blades. Normally, I shave with a straight razor and trim my goatee with an electric trimmer. Although I find it very relaxing to shave with a straight razor, I don't always have time to do so. When I need a quick shave before work or a night out, I have always had to revert back to using my name brand razor, which is a Schick Quattro Titanium with Trimmer. I go through about eight cartridges on that in a month, which costs me at least $20. 

I recently investigated DollarShaveClub.com which has a great marketing campaign, launched with an amazing viral video and offers shaving supplies delivered to your doorstep at reasonable prices. However, I cringed at the idea of getting sucked into providing a perpetual revenue stream for these guys. I don't like the idea of a having yet another monthly bill, especially for something like shaving supplies.

I did a little more investigating and it turns out that DollarShaveClub.com is just a re-seller. They acquire their razors from Dorco USA, re-package them, jack up the price and sell them to the consumer. Consider this: Dollar Shave Club's high-end razor, "The Executive", which has six blades, lube strips and a pivoting head, will cost you $90 over 10 months (razor plus 3 catridges per month). Dorco offers a six-blade model, the SXA1000, that has the same features as "The Executive", but costs only $28.66 for a 10-month supply (the razor plus 30 cartridges).

I took the plunge and ordered from Dorco. Apparently, they're perpetually out-of-stock of many of their items. I was able to get their Father's Day variety pack for a mere $29.50 which consists of:

It shipped quickly, and, since the total was over $25, shipping was free. So, how does it shave? The blades are all a little "tuggy" at first, but after those first two swipes, the shave is great. It offers a closer shave than my Quattro. What's even better is that each Dorco cartridge is compatible with each razor. So, a three blade cartridge will fit on a six blade razor. I do wish that the lubrication strip lasted longer than it does, but that's not a huge deal to me. I'm just glad it doesn't smell like lavender.

Bottom line here is, if you can deal with their inventory issues and don't mind ordering your supplies in bulk, then Dorco offers a great way to shave and save.

EDIT: March 5, 2013: About 9 months after making this order, I'm down to just a few of the four blade disposable razors. I went ahead and ordered the six-pack of 6-blade cartridge refills along with an additional four-pack of 6-blade refills. So, I like the Dorco shaving experience enough to order from them again. Inventory didn't seem to be an issue this time, as everything appeared to be "in stock" on their website. And my original Dorco shaving handle is still in great shape, so, no need to order a new one of those just yet. 

It's not quite a Dorco coupon code, but if anyone wants to use my referral link and get 20% off their next Dorco order,  visit http://dorcousa.refr.cc/X6GB72N .

49 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I placed an order and I'm looking forward to giving these a try.

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  2. I'm a rabid Dorco fan and I dig this post.

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  3. I tried Darco 6 blades razors and they were not bad but again they are not as good as Gillette Fusion. I also tried the 5 blades Magnum from Wall Mart and they are still comparable to Darco 6 blades. I think Dollar General and Walgreen have their own 5 blades generic brand but I never tried them. For the price, I think Darco blades and the rest of the generic 5 blades razors are for the budget person but remember we always get what we paid for. I will stick with the Darco and Magnum cartridges simply because they cost 1/4 of the price of Gillette Fusion cartridges. Thank you for posting your experience with Darco razors. Every review counts even if it is negative. God Bless, Adam

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    1. The Perfect Review. They're not bad but far from the quality of name brand blades. As a plus, I have gone through 2 handles which I never had experienced with name brands.

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    2. I just read in another review that the cartridges will fit onto a Gillette handle.

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  4. I've broken two handles in less than 2 months. The connection is made of cheap, weak plastic. No I have lots of blades and no handles. The blades are definitely inferior to the Gillette blades. Anyone know where I can get a handle for cheap?

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    1. Try emailing Dorco. If you are polite, companies often are able to give you a discount.

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    2. I have had the same issue. They want you to mail back the broken one. Really? Spend $4 to mail a $0.10 handle back to them so they can send you another one? That doesn't seem right. I am really happy with the blades. If only their handles didn't break. BTW, I got through one blade & just put a second blade on about a week ago, then it broke.

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    3. I've also had this issue, the linking between the razor and the razor blade SUCKS. There is no linking at all. It just slides on, theres nothing actually holding it in. So after a few swiped in curvy areas it will fall off, constantly, before the blades are even near ready to be thrown out. It's rather annoying. I appreciate them as the one company who makes decent blades for cheap but without them fixing that design feature, I don't think I would want to be 100% committed to this companies products.
      If they do fix it, count me in, I'll keep buying!

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    4. Which handle model are you guys having issues with? I've been using their top-of-the-line handle for four months and haven't had a single issue with it.

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    5. My "top-of-the-line" handle lasted 5 months before it fell apart in my hands this morning. I emailed Dorco about it and ordered 2 replacements. I stopped by Walgreens to pick up some disposables to tide me over. They sell a generic 6-blade razor that's made by Dorco. The handle+2-cartridge pack costs about 50% more than Dorco's direct cost.

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    6. I'm at about 5 months for my top-of-the-line handle. It still seems to be holding together well. I am, however, running out of replacement blades for it. Time to order more Dorco replacement blades. Meanwhile, I have plenty of disposables from the original shipment to tide me over.

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    7. The 2nd handle I've used with the same shipment of cartridges just broke. As stated above, the mechanism that hooks the cartridges to the handle fell apart. That leaves me with 8 unused cartridges and no handles. Good thing I didn't throw out my Gillette.

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    8. Over a year in and my handle is still in great shape. To the anonymous poster with the leftover 8 cartridges and the irrational love for Gillette: Contact me via e-mail and I'll buy the remaining 8 off of you.

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    9. I have been using the 6 blade razor from Dorco for almost 9 months with no issues at all. I just ran out of blades and switched back to my gillette razor while waiting for my blades and it sucks! I have had no issue at all with the handle or the connection point for the blades.

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    10. you must work for Gillette, I love this razor, no trouble at all for almost a year, and the blades last

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    11. The release button popped of my handle. I sent them an email and they replaced it with a better one than I had for free. They sent me a return label so it did not cost me a cent to return the old one. The blades are great and much better than Fusion.

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  5. Any chance a gilette or schick handle will fit these cartridges?

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    1. No. Like Gillette and Schick, Dorco's razors have a proprietary mounting system. But as was mentioned above all their cartridges fit all their razor handles, so you can order one handle and all their cartridges to see which one you like best. I've never broken a razor handle and don't find that Dorco's is particularly flimsy. YMMV.

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  6. Now you can get them shipped right from Amazon with free Super Saving Shipping on orders over $25 or free shipping with Amazon Prime. In Stock NOW!!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Dorco-Plus-Blade-System-Trimmer/dp/B008O82O7C/ref=zg_bsnr_3778671_4

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    1. This is true, but the prices are a lot lower directly on their website.

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  7. Great review, I'm looking at switching from DCS to buying direct from Dorco or using Amazon. I started a year long review of my DSC experience, but I'm afraid it won't last that long...

    http://dollarshaveclubreviewed.blogspot.com

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  8. If you really want to slim down the budget and get an even better shave, try going back to the old double edge safety razors and blades. A hundred blades quality blades can be had for less than $20 including shipping (or about the same for Wilkinson's at Walmart). At that price you can use them 3 times and then into the recycle. A decent quality razor (to hold the blades) can be had for $30 and up, but it lasts a lifetime.

    While you are at it, ditch the canned shaving cream and go back to a decent shave soap. These can also be quite economical, shave wonderfully, and are a lot lighter on the planet without the cans. A decent Omega shaving brush can be had for as little as $12 and will last a good 5 yrs or more.

    Badgerandblade.com is a great info site. West Coast Shaving westcoastshaving.com or Lee's Safety Razors are a good place to shop.

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    1. I got sucked in by the whole safety razor thing from badgerandblade. Wasted a bunch of money on lavendar shaving soap and an expensive german razor and badger brush set. I read all these testimonials of how "real men always shave with a safety razor, bla bla bla." What a sucker. Actually believed I was getting a closer shave for awhile but didn't take long to realize I had been played.

      Went back to Gillette. Now I'm thinking about giving this Dorco a try....maybe I'll just be getting sucked in again!

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    2. Double edge is not for everyone. It does take more effort compared to multi-blade cartridge razors, no doubt about it. It is like driving a stick shift vs. an automatic. But even if you decide to revert to a cartridge razor, a good brush and traditional soap or cream can improve your shave. I find a brush and cream improves my shave considerably whether using a cartridge razor or a double edge, and it does not require much more effort than using canned foam.

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    3. I have incredibly delicate skin . I have to use all natural handmade soap, JR liggets shampoo etc to keep my skin from looking like I have chicken pox. So I usually just wear a full beard. But not and then I like to be clean shave or a bit more manscaped. I use a brush/shave soap but I use a $10 double edge razor from those "older folks" catalogue ( sells anti slip mats, walkers etc). It's made by Gillette and my blades are from Wilkinson) It works great for me, but then I rarely shave everyday. My wife really likes Dorco and in a pinch, I used it and it worked pretty good. moisturizing strip broke me out but not until after the wedding we attended. ( everything breaks me out )

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  9. Anybody that says the dorco six blade top of the line is inferior to a Gillette fusion is full of it,further more if they are willing to shell out 30 bucks for replacement blades compared to 4 is just ignorant.if you sign up for their mailing list there are times when they have 50 percent off sales and you can get almost five years worth of supplies for under 50 bucks.I was a loyal Gillette follower ,but not anymore only an idiot would keep letting Gillette take advantage of the fact that they are loyal customers.that obnoxious smell that you smell in the morning when your shaving isn't your cheap ass old spice,that smell is American greed.

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    1. Nicely said
      I agree 100%

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    2. Well... I'm sayin' it. :) I've been using the Dorco shavers for almost a year now, 3-blade, 4-blade, and 6-blade. I've found all of them to be poorly made and a slightly inferior shave to my Mach-3. I've had so many of the Dorco cartridges break so far, I've lost count. That pretty much cancels out the bargain I thought I was getting on them. I'd used Mach-3 for 3 years prior, and NEVER had a cartridge or handle break.

      In Dorco's defense, they did send me a couple new packs of 6-blade cartridges when I emailed them with pictures of all my broken ones. But honestly, I don't really want MORE of them when they just keep breaking!

      Of all the Dorco cartridges I tried, I'd have to go with the 3-blade as the best overall shave. But they are still made of cheap crap plastic and they break after about 3 or 4 shaves.

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    3. Dorco is way better than Fusion!!!!!!

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    4. I disagree. I really wanted to like Dorco, but I've gone through 4 cartridges with only 1-3 shaves per cartridge. They just keep falling apart! Right now I have one cartridge that is barely hanging on (top plastic connector is broken so it's dangling by the bottom connection). I bought a ton of cartridges but I just seem to be blowing through them like crazy. I have fine, blonde hair so it's not like I'm over working them. Maybe they just aren't good enough to handle female legs.

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  10. Has anyone ever tried the Dorco double edge safety razor blades??

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    1. Dorco ST-300 blades are my favorite DE blades for their mildness. I get a good shave without nicks or razor burn. Derbys are also good mild shavers. Treet Carbon Steel were way too sharp for my skill. (Of course, I avoid Feather DE blades.)

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  11. I have shaved with dorco now twice. I have to say not as close as the "major brands"...but its shaves really well...the shave definitely far exceeds the cost.

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  12. My beard is tough and shaving was not particularly pleasant. After several years I found the Gillette Fusion and it made an incredible difference. Close shave, no cuts, etc. However, the price was killing me as I used a blade every two weeks. (I shave everyday.) I started using the 4 blade Dorco two weeks ago and WOW.... they are just as good as the 5 blade Fusion. And way cheaper. I will continue using the Dorco razors and not give my money to Gillette so they can pay rich athletes to sell me their razors.

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  13. I'm prett much a convert too. The DORCO system seem to give a close shave, not as comfortable (by a slight margin) as the pricy guys, but for the money...more than a good bargin...that said, I'm just not into stocking up 5 years worth of shaving stuff...I can buy it every six months or so...and be a happy camper...I do switch back and forth on the DORCO and power Fusion every now and then...jut for a change...thanks for the posts and opinions....

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  14. I just received my order from Dorca: two boxes of six blade cartridges, a premium handle with two cartridges and three 3 packs of disposable blades. I thought I would give the disposable a trial run through. Well, it is just an awful blade. My face is scratchy and there are many areas of my face that are very rough, I'm sure if a shaved a second time my face would be better off but in the a.m. I don't have time. Tomorrow I will try the six blade catridge. If I get the same result I will donate the unused Dorco blades to a local men's shelter and go back to my Fusion. Happily the money I spent was nominal ($35) and it was worth the try. MadMoney Murph

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  15. Great article. Its amazing how foolish people are to sign up for gimmick subscription contracts that are actually expensive.

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  16. I have been in search of the best razor for 20 years...I've tried every razor/cream combo off the shelf..then I started researching online...Found Dorco and Harry's. I thought I'd try Dorco first... I have very coarse hair (compare it to steel wool) and a very sensitive neck. I have a beard on my face so I shave my neck and the randoms on my cheek bones. I thought I found the holy grail of a razor with Dorco but was sorely mistaken. It tugs and my neck resembles a crime scene. The bloodiest my neck has been in a while! The razor burn was pretty evident too. Next try- Harry's. Then brutal laser removal.

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  17. I decided to try to the 6 blade w/trimmer from Dorco to replace my Schick Quattro due to the high cost of the replacement cartridges. The Dorco has performed very well for the first two weeks I have been using it. I am interested to see how long the cartridge lasts before having to replace it as I could get a month out of the Schick cartridges. I will write again with my findings.

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    1. I use a Schick Quattro with a trimmer, and I like the combination. You can beat the high cost of replacement cartridges by running the blades over denim (in the opposite direction of your shave direction) after each shave. I've been going on the same blade now for 3 months.

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  18. I am very pleased and impressed with the Dorco Pace 6. It took a few shaves to get used to, but it's a close shave at a great price. The only minor complaint i have it that I have a rough coarse beard and some hairs get trapped between the 1st & 2nd blades so I need to bang the razor alot more than i'm used to. Other than that it's perfect. I won't be buying fusion blades any longer

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  19. I just received my Dorco Pace 6 last Friday April 17th and have shaved twice and it works fantastic for me. I don't have a real heavy beard. I've tried all the different razors over the years, single blade to Fusion and it's hefty price. I am sold on Dorco for now. Hoping the handle doesn't break from reading above reviews, it does see pretty sturdy though.

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  20. I just received my Dorco system (blades and razor). I thought it was the worse shave I have ever experienced. Very rough and my skin felt irritated. Having only used it for one shave, I was unpleasantly surprised when I asked to return the product and the response was that "because of the personal hygiene nature of our products" they would not take anything back that was used. Very, very poor customer service if you ask me. If you can't stand behind your product, you shouldn't sell it. You definitely get what you pay for (maybe even less than what you paid for) with the Dorco product. I am switching back to my fusion blades. Expensive, but my face is worth it.

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    1. bull crap, this is a great razor every bit as good a Gillette you must work for them phony

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  21. i bought these razors from letsshave.com in india. i have tried gillete sensor excel, mach 3, mach 3 turbo, fusion and fusion power. but the very first time i tried dorco, it seems to have won over all of them - in smoothness, closeness, price, clogging (slow stream of water cleans them very fast and leaving no hairs), gel or lubrication strip seems to be good for sensitive skin. with just two shaves over, i can say that these blades seem like they will last longer.also, the fact that any blade fits the handle (razor) is a great positive. i think i am never going to go back to fusion power (or use it as a second blade only).

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  22. I've been using a 1965 Gillette Slim adjustable for probably the last 12 years or so, with whatever soap & blades HEB's sells, and a Czech brush. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

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  23. I used Mach 3 razors and shave gel everyday for many years. I cut myself so much I rarely wore white or light colored shirts. I switched to Dorco 6 blades and Creamo Cream a year ago. My face is smooth after shaving and cuts are very rare. I'm wearing light colored shirts again. I've heard Fusion is better, but the price is insane. I'm sticking with Dorco.

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  24. I ordered 20 of the 6 blade cartridges and the 7 blade one just for the handle and 2 cartridges.

    I found them both abysmal. They don't seem as sharp as other brands, or maybe it's because there's 6 or 7 blades tugging at once, but it introduces a lot of drag and tugging at hairs that left my face irritated all day, and my face was not particularly sensitive before.

    I asked about a refund but they don't offer a money back garuntee for anything opened, so my only option was to ship back all the closed cartridges and get nothing for two ways of shipping cost. So I'm begrudgingly making my way through the pile I ordered, but I can't reccomend these at all.

    Maybe the 3 or less blade are better, maybe it's just too many blades. But also some carts seem better than others among the same 6 blade ones, so I think they also have QC issues.

    No joke, my 5 week old Hydro was providing better shaves than a brand new one of these.

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