We know, we know: Tights, trouser and jean weather is officially upon us, and we're sending our legs into strict hibernation (aka they're only to be seen again when the coast is clear and the temperature is above at least a good 17 degrees—minus the potential exception of a Christmas party or two, of course). But for those of us who choose to shave our body hair, tucking our legs away for winter doesn't necessarily mean we forgo hair removal altogether.
In fact, research carried out by Gillette Venus found that those of us who choose to shave our legs do so on average three times a week in the colder months. If you're going to bother shaving, however, you're going to want something that does the job in minutes to make the chore worthwhile. And that's where finding the best razor becomes important. We've tested the high street's roster of razors to find which ones leave legs smooth but not raw, and which ones are quick but not unreliable.
Keep scrolling to find out which razors made the cut.
So you've already got Netflix, but what about a razor subscription? Friction Free Shaving offers a monthly delivery of new razor heads for £9 a month that not only negates the need to actually remember to stock up, but they are the sharpest, closest-shaving blades that make this shave job just as impressive as waxing. Team Byrdie is hooked.
Not only is this razor tiny, but it comes housed in a casing that means you won't slice your fingertips when rooting around your wash bag. And the handle may look weird, but you honestly don't notice the difference when using it.
Around the blades of this razor lies a hunk of gently-foaming soap that plays the part of a shaving foam, making this one a particularly time-efficient option. The head also feels as though it's set on a rollerball, and it has the flexibility to navigate the contours of the body particularly well, meaning nicks and cuts are nonexistent.
Shaving does have a tendency to make skin feel drier, especially if you're not on a stringent body lotion regimen. This razor, however, teams Gillette's signature blades with panels of solid Olay moisturiser, meaning it rehydrates as it removes hair so you won't be left with flaky shins.
Forget all preconceptions that disposable razors are a recipe for ravaged legs: Bic's have suspended blades that glide rather than drag over skin. There's also a strip of coconut milk–infused gel, which does help the razor move more smoothly along limbs, although it's not enough for you to forgo shaving gel or cream. We love Malin + Goetz's Vitamin E Shaving Cream (£23), which has this rather nice cooling sensation on skin.