Please tell us that you’re not just using Barbasol and a back of Bic razors. You’re not, right? It’s time to step up your game, and the only way to do that is to start with a right proper shave. The most common misconception from gentlemen is, “So long as I’ve shaved, I’m good.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Using a shaving kit helps to reduce irritation, soften skin, eliminate ingrown hairs, act as skincare: need we go on? Without further ado, let’s just jump into the top ten shaving kits for men.
The Best Shaving Kits for Men
When was the last time you felt pampered? This luxury shaving kit is about to remind you how you should be taking care of yourself. You get a full boar hair brush, which comes with an acrylic stand to keep it in the proper position, allowing gravity to remove residual moisture after you’ve cleaned your kit. Van Der Hagen included one of their own shape soaps that apply easy and wash off your brush just as quickly, so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
That soap has a very light sandalwood scent, giving you a masculine aroma after you’ve put your kit away. Last but not least, the real star of the show is your heavyweight ceramic shaving mug. It’s different from a standard bowl because you get a knob handle to hold it like an artist, and slowly apply your shaving soap in even, circular brush strokes. The ceramic construction provides proper heat retention, so you’ll never be left with a cold, bumpy shave again. Just make sure you pun on some nice aftershave, after you finish shaving with this cool kit.
Quality weighted shaving mug
Boar hair brush
Van Der Hagen money-back guarantee
- BrandVan der Hagen
- Weight1.5 pounds
Toss out those single-use razors, and get into the game. Bevel Shave System is like the ultimate starter pack. Not only are you going to get a quality safety razor, but they’re also going to include twenty spare blades with it. You won’t be running out anytime soon. That razor is heavy but provides even weight distribution so you retain complete and utter control when it’s in your hands. Between the textured handle and the high-grade stainless steel construction, it’s about as premium as you can get for a safety razor.
Bevel also uses natural ingredients when it comes to your beard oil, balm and shave creams. Even if you think you have flawless skin and barely have issues with it, the skin on your face is different. You need the right products to nourish your skin and protect it from the fact that you’re dragging hot steel across it. Shave, nourish, protect, and do it all over again the next day. Bevel’s kit includes everything you’re going to need to get started, all at cheaper prices than if you bought these products separately.
Kit includes a safety razor, shave creams, balm, and oil
Twenty spare blades included
Natural products help reduce skin irritation
Hardware is made of high grade stainless steel
- Weight1.88 pounds
You don’t have to go bare bones to get a shave. Trimming your beard (the right way) and maintaining proper shape, volume and angles is another form of shaving. Rapid Beard makes it easier to upkeep that Viking facade with their deluxe kit. The star of the show, and what you’ll be using to keep your beard in check, is the high-quality barber scissors. Stainless steel, sharp as a nail, and built with the right weight to keep all the power in your hands. Trim your stache, hack into that beard, and keep clean, linear lines going to maintain the perfect well-groomed look.
You get a sandalwood beard comb with fine bristles, as well as a boar bristle brush for maximum staying power. One of the tricks of maintaining a healthy, aesthetic beard is properly distributing oil throughout it. Apply your beard oil, use your boar bristle brush to distribute it, and you’ll be on your way to a glorious face mane. Boar hair is the number one component that high-end beard brushes use, due to durability and eliminating static from cropping up in your beard.
Includes all-natural beard balm and oil
Sandalwood brush and comb remove static from hair
Top quality barber scissors cut hair properly
Kit includes a fold-up box and bag for easy storage
- BrandRapid Beard
- Weight15.2 ounces
Gentleman Jon gives you everything you’re going to need to get started. This attractively-priced shaving kit includes an evenly balanced steel safety razor, as well as five Aster blades to refill it. That’ll keep you for a few weeks while you get into the rhythm of having a proper shave. The most key attribute to this safety razor is the firm grip along the entire handle, giving you unparalleled traction on your fingertips, and keeping the control at the helm where it belongs.
This is a six-part kit though, and the rest of these components aren’t just filler products. You get a simple, quality shaving bowl crafted out of stainless steel. There are a few grooves along the interior, helping you build up a lather with your included shaving soap. Last but not least, the shaving brush is made of quality wood and actual badger hair, which doesn’t fray or break after extended use. You’ll be on your way to a full lather and proper shave in no time, riding on the back of Gentleman Jon and their fantastic shaving kit.
Six-piece kit includes everything you need to get started
Five additional blades + alum block
Premium shave soap and steel shaving bowl
Shave brush made of real badger hair
- BrandGentleman Jon
- Weight2.09 pounds
They don’t call themselves The Art of Shaving for nothing. These gents really know how to provide a better shaving experience, and while you’re not going to get your safety razor in this kit, you will be able to handle your pre and post shave game like it’s nobody’s business. Start with the pre-shave oil, opening up your pores and allowing for your shaving cream to dig deep, removing dirt and paving the way for an easy shave. Your blade will glide across your skin, reducing irritation to a screeching halt.
You get an included shaving cream, as well as a full badger hair shaving brush. Badger hair has always been and always will be the go-to material for a superior lather. No fraying, no breaking, and it can handle repeated applications flawlessly. Last but not least, you’ll also get a post-shave balm to work overtime. Standard aftershave is, admittedly, irritating and uncomfortable. Beard balm is like a luxurious spa treatment for your skin after you’ve just dragged hot steel across it, finishing off your four-step system.
Includes a four-part system
High-quality shave brush with polished handle and badger hair
Sandalwood essential oil opens pores and reduces ingrown hairs
Aftershave balm has a light, relaxing scent
- BrandThe Art of Shaving
- Weight2.5 pounds
It’s hard to argue with the fact that the French understand cosmetics and pampering products better than anyone else. When we think of quality perfume, fragrances, and skincare, we see French products as top-tier. This Ultimate Shaving Kit is only going to reinforce that fact. In true French fashion, you get an old-fashioned wide-handled barber style safety razor. That will feel fantastic on your skin after applying your shave soap with your black badger brush.
What’s more is that you’ll get to lather it up in a standard wooden shaving bowl with a lid. Wooden shave bowls retain the scents of your previous soaps, so you can get a unique, attractive scent after using different soaps and shaving creams for a while. Everything comes in a wooden cigar box, and depending on their stock, it will either be a Hemingway or Ashton box (both high-quality and aesthetic as can be). Get on the good foot with a proper shave.
The kit comes in an Ashton or Hemingway cigar box
Shaving brush contains full black badger hair
Polished wooden shaving bowl
Wide-handled traditional barber safety razor
- BrandMaison Lambert
- Weight2.9 pounds
Simple and elegant, the Edwin Jagger three-piece set is the perfect way to get started with wet shaving, without jumping off the disposable razor bandwagon. If you’re transitioning from disposable heads, you’re not alone. It’s only been recently that proper wet shaving has become popular as it was in the fifties, so you’ll get to use the Edwin Jagger weighted razor handle with most disposable razor heads.
You’ll have to bring your own shaving bowl to the party, but with that, you’ll be able to use your badger hair shave brush to work up an excellent lather. It’s about the lather, but it’s also about applying it thoroughly, and no brush will make you feel more pampered than this. It’s all going to come with a nickel-plated stand, keeping your instruments of shaving power in their right angles: no rust gathering on the razor head, no moisture-related mold growth in the brush.
Nickel-plated dual handle shaving stand
Badger hair brush w/ comfort grip wooden handle
Edwin Jagger weighted razor handle works with most disposable razor heads
- BrandEdwin Jagger
- Weight9.1 ounces
If you’re subscribed to Dollar Shave Club, then you’re likely using your disposable razor heads with a Gillette handle or something similar. That’s one way to do it, but you could be applying them to Harry D Koenig’s chrome-plated steel handle for even better control. This kit comes with what we refer to as a perfect transition razor, between disposable and a traditional safety razor. Use your disposable heads with this kit, after working up the best lather of your life.
You get a chrome-plated shaving bowl with a small loop, allowing you to hang it on the included stand. Keep your shaving items aesthetic and in the right angle to prevent rust and mold growth. You have to keep your Harry D Koenig & Co’s Four-Piece Shaving Set in pristine condition, but with the ultra-soft bristle shave brush, we don ‘t think that’s going to be a problem. Not only does it help you create the perfect lather, but it’s also going to come to clean extremely easily after a bit of time under the faucet.
Three-prong chrome stand
Wide-rimmed shaving bowl
Lightweight shave brush
Weighed razor handle works with disposable razors
- BrandHarry D Koenig & Co
- Weight2.5 pounds
You’re going to see the word “lather” a lot here. That’s because RS crafted a superior shaving bowl that lets you work up a great lather, while the ceramic construction retains heat from your hot water. You can’t expect to get a proper wet shave if you don’t start out with the right components. That includes your shave brush, which is what whips your included shave soap into such a fluffy cloud to apply to your skin.
RoyalShave Black and Chrome Shaving Set also comes with a stand to stash your brush on, as well as your textured safety razor. The handle is not only built with proper weight distribution between both ends but also comes with a pack of razor head replacements to get you going. Enjoy the superior shave, sandalwood aroma from your shave soap, and a smooth feeling, all from one of the top brands that truly understand what it means to be a groomed gentleman.
Six-piece kit includes everything you need for a proper shave
Stand w/ spots for your textured handled and shave brush
Includes razor head replacements and high-quality shave soap
Ceramic shaving bowl retains heat and works up a great lather
- BrandRoyal Shave
- Weight3.4 pounds
The star of the show if the short-handled double-sided safety razor. Merkur did something out of the ordinary. Where most companies promote their safety razors as having long handles, Merkur boasts about their short-handled razor. It gives you excellent control without having a braided texture on the handle, providing better comfort. Merkur Safety Razor Set also includes a boar hair brush, making application an absolute breeze.
You’ll be lathering up your soap with that brush in your included frosted glass shaving bowl. While it isn’t our first material choice for a shaving bowl, Merkur is about the unconventional way of doing things. Heat retention is minimal, but it fits perfectly at the base of your chrome-plated stand, which also holds your razor handle and brush.
Includes a narrow-handled boar hair shave brush
Short-handled double-edged safety razor made of stainless steel
The chrome-plated stand comes with the perfect alignment of products
Frosted glass shaving bowl
- Weight1.6 pounds