I’m a sucker for adjustable safety razors. I recently picked up an adjustable double edge razor on Amazon for US $10. Read my review on how it performs, and whether or not you should buy one.
SNMIRN Adjustable Razor Product Description
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- GERMAN DESIGN MAGNETIC ADJUSTABLE FUNCTION: This adjustable double edged razor gives you a lot of flexibility. BEST safety razor for a close and comfort shaving.
- DIMENSION :Razor total dimensions are 2″ L x 1″ W x4.3″ H.Long handle (4.3 inches) is great for men with large hands. Razor weights 3.8 oz / 110g.
- QUICK AND SAFE BLADE REPLACEMENT: Easy and quick to change the blade.It is the most convenient and safe one to prevent occasional injury.
- CLASSIC STYLE: The SNMIRN Men’s Shaving Razor SZ700 with a classic and simple style, will be a smart choice for husband, boyfriend even students.
- WHAT YOU GET:1pc SNMIRN SZ700 Safety Shaving Razor, 5 pcs Titanium blades and 1pcs Cleaning brush.
What others say about the SNMIRN Razor
The Snmirn Adjustable Razor is considered to be one of the best selling razors on Amazon. With a Best Sellers Rank of #247,956 in Beauty & Personal Care and with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, this product has both good ratings and bad ones. Here is a random sample of comments from Amazon buyers and also reviews on shave forums:
The Blade is a bit noisy at the highest setting, but it’s not as much as the QShave.
The razor looks nice but the head is canted to the right. The blade does not sit square on this razor
Design is nice and design is mild below 5 setting and medium above that.
Razor with design for blade’s protection and not easy to rinse out
Lack of texture
Blade is exposed to neutral and there’s very little chatter
The SNMIRN has a bit of chatter at the highest setting.
Not as smooth as razors that clamp the blade close to the edge, but better than I remember any EJ/Muhle/Merkur closed-comb design I’ve tried (also includes Timor and Fendrihan SS MK1 and MK2).
Blade gap is smaller and blade chatter less on maximum setting.The design is nice and the shave is mild below the 5 setting and medium above that.
This razor has been surprisingly effective with its milder settings and sharper blade.
The blade of the SNMIRN is a bit noisy at the highest setting, but it’s not as much as the QShave.
The SNMIRN has less chatter than the QShave, which is a little bit annoying to some people.
Summarizing the reviews I’ve read the most common usage points seem to be:
- Blade exposure symmetry seems to be inconsistent (quality control issue).
- The razor is a bit “noisy” particularly at higher settings.
- Adjustment window biased to the mild side.
- No texturing on the handle.
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My Experience With The SNMIRN Adjustable Razor
“Out of the box” I think this razor looks well-built and feels hefty–better than I was expecting for US $10 (I actually paid US $15 as I sprung for the stand). I find the adjustment setting easy to use and the magnetic cap is strong but still easy to pop off and on.
But my first “challenge” with this razor was installing a blade. The magnet held the razor firmly but in the wrong position–it was shifted to one side (laterally). I had to remove and reinstall several times in order for the blade to sit properly with the magnet holding the blade.
My second “challenge” was holding the razor itself. The smooth handle made my normal grip a bit tenuous and I could feel it wasn’t very secure in my hand.
But I like to normally hold a razor near the bottom. On later shaves I discovered that if I hold the razor where the handle narrows, closer to the razor’s head, my grip was more confident.
I did not experience any “chatter,” noise, or significant quality control issues with the razor I have. Like other reviewers, I think the adjustment range of this razor is biased toward the “mild” side. But I like “mild” razors. Unless you’re one of those people who like to turn their shave “up to 11” I think most people shaving with this razor should be able to find a setting(s) they like.
What is it about magnets in razors these days? There have been several new-ish razors that use magnets in some way: the ShaveLogic S5 razor uses one to mount the cartridge; and the Mag-T razor and now the SNMIRN razor use them for blade mounting as well. Is it a solution looking for a problem?
The SNMIRN adjustable razor joins other inexpensive adjustable razors in its price range like the Qshave adjustable and the RazoRock ADJUST (and a similar razor from Stirling). Like those others it has its good points and challenges, and I am concerned about its long-term durability. I won’t be giving up my higher-priced adjustable razors like the Parker Variant. But over-all given the price I find it works well enough for me.