About Defender Razor

Except for adding more blades, modern razors have remained largely unchanged for over 40 years. Despite this, the cost of replacement blades has skyrocketed—so much so that a deluge of low-cost options have entered the market over the past few years.

One of the most recent additions to this industry is Defender Razor, who claims to give customers a superior shave that costs less and feels better, without sacrificing quality. Defender Razor’s 3-blade products are made of high-grade stainless steel, so the company claims they’ll also last three times longer than other brands, while featuring some never-before-seen technology (we’ll go into more detail in the following section).

Perhaps you just recently became fed up with the extraordinarily high cost of replacement razor cartridges, and you’re looking to venture “outside the box.” Or, perhaps you’ve tried all the subscription services out there, and are looking for something new. Either way, we’ll answer all your most important questions about Defender Razor here.

Let’s start by taking an in-depth look at Defender Razor’s unique designs.

What Makes Defender Razor Different?

Based on what we learned from the company’s promotional video, it seems like Defender Razor has turned traditional razor design on its head. Here’s why:

Independent Blade Suspension

One of Defender Razor’s more unique features is its independent blade suspension, which allows each blade in the cartridge to work independently of one another. This way, the blades will conform to the curves of your face, remain in close contact with your skin at all times, and provide maximum safety, closeness, and comfort.

Defender RazorHere, you can see how Defender Razor’s independent blade suspension allows for greater flexibility.

Each blade is also mounted separately with its own embedded safety guard, which can help protect skin and prevent nicks, cuts, and irritation.

Defender Razor’s Cartridge Design

Not only do Defender Razor’s cartridges flex, but they’re also engineered to pivot from the center, allowing the cartridge to move in both directions for better control when shaving at any angle.

Defender RazorCaption: Instead of pivoting from the bottom, Defender Razor’s cartridges pivot from the center, providing greater control.

Although Defender Razor’s cartridges don’t have a built-in trimming edge like many mainstream manufacturers, they are up to 50% thinner than the competition, allowing the blade to be located much closer to the edge of the cartridge. According to the company, this can dramatically increase accuracy and make it much easier to shave directly underneath the nose.

While you’re shaving, you might appreciate Defender’s four anti-friction glide strips, which work to protect your skin before and after each blade makes contact. And speaking of protecting skin, Defender offers regular, sensitive, or extra sensitive cartridges for skin that’s easily irritated, prone to breakouts, or that frequently results in painful bumps or ingrown hairs after shaving.

The Importance of Blade Spacing

Yes, this technically falls under the previous section, but it’s important enough to warrant its own area.

Despite being up to 50% thinner than other products, Defender Razor’s cartridges feature blades that are placed an ideal distance apart, which helps prevent multiple blades from trying to cut the same hairs at the same time, which can lead to painful tugging and pulling. Instead, this design allows each hair to be cut with minimal resistance.

This unique spacing also allows for multiple strokes without clogging, as well as “effortless” rinsing.

Defender’s Unique Handles

Each of these cartridges attaches to one of two handles: the standard Defender handle or the Defender Dual Head.

The standard handle might look a lot like a traditional razor handle, but there are some important differences. First, it’s made from a soft touch, non-slip polymer (the company claims to have tested dozens of different polymers before finding the “ideal material”) for better grip. And for improved control, the handle also features 5 reference holes.

Defender RazorThe standard Defender handle, shown here with its highlighted reference holes.

This certainly seems unique, but it pales in comparison to the Defender Dual Head handle (shown below); just put your forefinger through the hole and control with your thumb.

Defender RazorDefender’s Dual Head handle might look funny, but it’s claimed to provide a “faster, cleaner” shave.

According to the company, this will provide “maximum control and accuracy” by allowing you to shave with or against the grain without changing grip or angle. This way, you’ll be able to shave faster and achieve cleaner results.

Given all these features, you might believe that Defender Razors will cost you an arm and a leg. Is this really the case?

Are Defender Razors Expensive?

Defender claims that by using “innovative manufacturing techniques and selling directly to our customers,” they’re able to provide high-quality replacement cartridges that are up to 50% less expensive than leading brands. How much less? Here’s where they’re priced:

  • Dual Head Handle: $14.95 each
  • Standard Handle: $4.95 each
  • Defender Blades (4-Pack): $7.95

Regardless of which options you choose, all orders come with free shipping.

Important note: If you sign up for automatic shipments, you’ll be able to save 20% on blades through their Club Membership. In contrast to a lot of less-than-stellar companies, Defender Razor claims you can change or cancel at any time directly through their website.

Defender Razors also come with a 30-day refund policy, which you can request by sending them a contact form message.

With such low pricing and feature-packed products, it’d be easy to imagine that customers are over the moon about Defender Razors. Is this the reality, though?

What’s Everyone Saying About Defender Razors?

It appears that Defender Razor hasn’t offered their products for very long. Why? Because there wasn’t much online feedback for the company, and most of what we encountered appeared within the last month or so.

With this in mind, the biggest source of customer feedback we found was on this Reddit thread. However, only one user actually shaved with Defender’s razors, noting that the sensitive option felt “delightful” on their head, but that they preferred Dorco razors for their face (we’ll come back around to this next).

One other user mirrored a concern we also shared; specifically, that there’s no mention of exactly what differentiates the normal, sensitive, and extra sensitive cartridges: “It bothers me greatly that they don't explain the differences between normal and sensitive lines anywhere. For all I know they just changed the color and are banking on the placebo effect.”

Outside of this, the only other Defender Razor review we came across was an in-depth YouTube video, where we were able to see it go head-to-head against the Gillette Pro Glide system. Overall, the reviewer found:

  • Both razors looked like they provided the same shave.
  • After a touch test though, the Defender Razor provided a much closer, smoother shave. In fact, you could actually hear the difference as he ran his hands over his head.
  • He noted that, despite Defender’s claims, it was difficult to remove hair/shaving cream from in between the blades of both razors.

Overall, the reviewer felt they found something as good as traditional cartridges, but at a much more affordable price. The only thing they didn’t like was the lack of a trimming blade, although they still recommended giving it a try.

Are There Other Inexpensive Razor Options?

As we alluded to at the beginning, consumers have become fed up with overpriced replacement razors over the past several years, leading to an influx of razor subscription services like 800Razors.com, ShaveMOB, Dollar Shave Club, and more.

Like Defender Razor, most of these companies offer high quality replacement cartridges and handles that are comparable to mainstream brands, but at a fraction of the price.

Unlike these other services though, Defender’s razors are developed and manufactured in-house, whereas Dollar Shave Club and ShaveMOB’s razors are sourced from the exact same company (Dorco). And 800Razors.com gets their razors from the same company that owns Schick!

On top of this, Defender Razors feature a completely unique design, which could very well end up providing you with a closer, more comfortable shave. Let’s continue this thought into the final section.

Should You Sign Up for a Defender Razor Subscription?

Just like clothes, food, or anything else, each and every one of us has our own unique preferences about what constitutes a good shave. On top of this, each of us is blessed with different features and skin types, which means that what I consider a great shave could be sheer torture for someone else.

For these reasons, there’s no way to know whether or not Defender Razors are right for you without giving them a try. The good news is that the company offers a 30-day refund policy, so you should be able to recoup most of your money (less S&H charges) if you’re not satisfied.

The only thing we might recommend is immediately putting Defender’s subscription service on hold as soon as your order is placed. This way, you’ll be able to try the razors without forgetting your automatic shipments. Then, if you’re pleased, you can reinstate your subscription and receive regular shipments of a product your enjoy.

Did you like Defender Razors, or were you disappointed by their performance? Whatever happened, be sure to tell us about it by writing a review below!

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12 Customer Reviews for Defender Razor

Average Customer Rating: 4.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 9 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 1 1 stars: 1
Bottom Line: 75% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Best I've tried!

    • Carmi, Illinois,
    • Mar 21, 2017

    I have had my DEFENDER single blade for a month or a little more and I really love these blades and handle. After not shaving 3-5 days, as usual, these things cut through the stubble like a hot knife through butter. No joke! It takes fewer strokes too, so that helps my face not get irritated. Also, you'll be done shaving a lot quicker.

    I honestly love these and will use these for as long as the company is in business! I am a genuine customer, and my review is no BS.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Solid razor

    Everyone's needs vary, so as they say in the shaving world, "YMMV" (your mileage may vary,) but the developers did quite a lot right in my opinion.

    1. The head flexes like a pivot head but with enough give to not force you to press too hard and cut yourself.
    2. The triple blade design is plenty; 4-6 blades is expensive overkill.
    3. The blades are spaced enough to prevent ingrown hairs. Essentially, you get a multiple pass shave (unlike a single blade, which requires re-lathering and is time-consuming) but in one sweep because the blades have space in between.
    4. The blades are plenty sharp and last a while. They also don't cost an arm and a leg.

    The result for me is an easier shave with a good result.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Cheyenne, WY,
    • Mar 12, 2017

    I received my new Defender Razor last night. I was very excited to try it. I had not shaved my head since the day I ordered it. I got into the shower last night for a long daunting task of shaving off a week's worth of hair (normally it takes close to 45 minutes). I was in and out of the shower right at 25 minutes.

    This new razor just gave me the perfect smooth cut that I was hoping for. No burn, no clogging, and no special products needed. Just a smooth head was all that was left.

    I really enjoyed using this razor and can't wait to use it again. I would recommend this razor to anyone that likes a close head shave.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great shave

    • Kansas,
    • Dec 13, 2016

    I am very impressed and have purchased many as gifts. I started out using this for my face and was so impressed that I use it for my head as well. It's almost effortless to get a close shave. The quality of the handle and blades is impressive. It seems that they definitely did their homework. I've tried all the other mail order companies and won't go back.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Maybe because I'm a woman...

    I had high hopes for this razor. I get razor burn often so the ads made me think this was the one for me. Maybe it's because I'm using it on my legs, bikini area and underarms instead of my head and face but I was not pleased. I still got razor burn but I didn't even feel like a got a "close shave," and the days between shaves are fewer. While using it, I almost can't feel the moisture strips. It feels like I'm just dragging hard plastic over my skin. I felt less irritation and a closer shave with my knock-off women's Venus. However, I will say the Defender Razor did pivot very nicely around my knees which my other razors don't do well. But for the overall experience, I'll be going back to my knock-offs.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 15, 2017

      Mike Stumbo

      My wife had the same problems as you described, she always cuts herself with all the other brands. However with this one, not only does she have less ingrown hairs, but she doesn't cut herself anymore. So what could be the difference between my wife and yourself, you may ask?

      This is simply my opinion, but it could be the shave cream, soap, or oil you're using. Rolling Razor is the name of the company that makes the Defender. They make a shave oil for women scented with pomegranate which, in my opinion, smells amazing.

      I also would like to point out that my wife only shaves once a week. She has been able to make her little bottle of shave oil last two months.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great shave

    I have been using a 5 blade razor that I have been fairly happy with. However, shaving my head with so many blades tends to give me razor burns if I shave too often. Defender razors have changed that with the unique design.

    I get a very close shave, no razor burns and no cuts at all. The blades do rinse out easily and seem to last a long time. I have been a member of Dollar Shave Club and Harry's. I definitely like Defender the best. BTY, I use the sensitive blade.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Decent Razor

    • Nov 23, 2016

    This blade did get the job done, but I had some thoughts:

    Pros

    • Blades are affordable, even without the membership
    • Blade is wider
    • It's a very comfortable shave, very little friction, love the independent suspension

    Cons

    • The depth is too shallow, so you really need to work to get a good shave
    • If you do work, to get depth, you WILL cut yourself
    • With mine, it did keep clogging up. Requires a bit of rinsing to get it ready to use again
    • Took a bit of experimenting to change blades out

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great razor!

    • Easton, MA,
    • Nov 7, 2016

    I got my new razor yesterday and used it right away.

    I must say my first impression was that it was kind of lightweight.

    I found that to be a total pleasure, and shaving with the Defender was very smooth and easy. The blades did not grab or pull, and it was very easy to clean. I highly recommend this razor above the five-bladed, much-advertised one that I had been using.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Instant Razor Burn

    I received this razor in the mail yesterday and decided to try it out last night. After only three pulls across my face, I noticed immediate razor burn areas and my face felt like it had been sliced into tiny little wafers. I will be returning this horrible product for a refund and I suggest every man stay away from the Defender. It should be renamed "The Mauler". It is cheaply made and the blades are too thin (in depth) to cut actual facial hair.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Believe the ad

    • Boca Raton, FL ,
    • Oct 28, 2016

    I watched the ad and it made complete sense. It's not often when the claim matches the experience, and I must say I am very excited about this product now. I spend a fortune on brand new blades, as I often do not use them twice. Whether it is because my wife shaves her legs with them before I use them again, or I just like the concept of a "brand new" blade. However, due to the ability to clean this blade so thoroughly, I can see myself using each cartridge several times.

    Happy Face.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Definitely worth trying out

    • Chespeake, VA,
    • Sep 26, 2016

    The Defender Razor popped up as an advertisement on my Facebook feed randomly one day. Instead of passing over it like I do with all the Dollar Shave Club ridiculousness. Their video was straightforward and the technology seemed worth trying. I'm Navy and absolutely despise shaving. No razor has ever given me a pain-free, knick-free shave but the Schick​ Hydro 5 has been my go to until now. After trying these for a week I've been able to go against the grain every day with only extremely minor irritation. I did notice more comfort with the sensitive blades vs the normal blades, I don't think it's a placebo. I think I'm sticking with these for a while, I just can't justify paying $18 dollars for 4 cartridges anymore and these give me a top notch shave.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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