Saturday, August 2, 2014
Shaving Showdown: Gillette Mach 3 versus Dorco Pace 3
Well, the handle on the Pace 3 feels much fatter in my hand...this felt awkward at first, but I soon adapted. After awhile, the Mach 3 handle felt too thin, almost like a 1950s razor. Advantage: PACE 3.
However, the blue indicator on the Mach 3 turned white about the exact instance the blade became dull, which is a very nice feature. I found the Pace 3 blue bar never turned any other color, giving my no clue as to how worn out the blade was. Advantage: MACH 3.
But the Pace 3 was only $1.24 per cartridge at Amazon! That's where I bought the Pace 3 I used in my test. But checking the Dorco website, buying blades through them directly caused the price to go sky-high. [NOTE ADDED LATER: Please see comments below - I may have misunderstood the Dorco website pricing]
Bottom line on price: I could save about $1 per week using Pace 3 blades from Amazon. Advantage: PACE 3.
So - what am I gonna do? I think I'll probably keep both handles and use whichever one strikes my fancy. I'll make a regular effort to buy Pace 3 blades through Amazon, but if I end up needing to buy Mach 3 blades at Ralphs because I'm too foolish to think ahead for a Pace 3 shipment, I'll know it's only costing me an extra buck fifty a week. C'est la vie.