Gillette Proglide Review
Gillette’s brand new innovation Proglide launched this month, showcasing 5 shorter blades; maximising contact whilst minimising irritation. We put this champion product into the hands of our Grooming Editor, Steven O’Neill, to put it through its paces and review its performance.
Gillette’s Proglide takes on similar logistics to that of Fusion, having the same cartridge connection and similar electric qualities. Proglide comes in both ‘manual and powered’ varieties so I had to try both. First off, the blades are snappy at chopping off your growth; 5 blades maximise the contact and prevent an over zealous technique. One stroke does the trick, reducing the time your daily shave takes. “Pull” from the blades is minimal on short growth and comfort is at the heart of the Proglide. In terms of performance, both electric and manual variants are great. The only difference I experienced using the powered version was a pleasant sensation. In terms of getting close to the growth, they both appeared as effective as each other.
The blade cartridges have a rubber plate on the trailing edge which is great for keeping the face clean during the shave. One red herring I would like to raise at this point- on heavier growth the rubber plate will cause some drag and isn’t all that comfortable. Longer growth should be clipped beforehand- as with any other razor.
My preference lies with the Proglide powered version. I particularly like the vibrating sensation during the shave, whether this adds to the performance is another matter, however, I didn’t note any major differences using the manual Proglide.
Following the Proglide review I award Gillette’s latest innovation 9 out of 10.