About Defender Razor

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Apr 15, 2016

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.

See Also: Dollar Shave Club vs. Harry’s vs. ShaveMOB: Which Men’s Shave Club is Best?


Read 27 Defender Razor Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 4.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 19 4 star: 0 3 star: 1 2 star: 4 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 70% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Tough shave

    • By Brandon K.,
    • Bellmore, NY,
    • Jan 6, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    The Defender is not smooth, tugs and burns. I used both regular and sensitive blades, just not comfortable, Harry's is still the best.

    I have to shave over spots to get an effective shave, I feel there is some defect in the make of the blades.

    I would not recommend the Defender. It is only good when the beard is light but still hurts.

    I do not have sensitive skin and never experienced the discomfort I have with the Defender.

    I don't understand some of the rave reviews.

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

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  • Much better than store bought blades

    • By Stan F.,
    • Roxbury, NJ,
    • Jan 3, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I shave every other day both my face and my head. It is a breeze to shave with the Defender. Easy motion with standard blades. The gliding of the razor is a pleasure. Rinsing had been a problem with other blades I've used over the years. Both clogging and getting dull too quickly has been a problem that is now solved. My beard is not a heavy one so the blades used prior would go over the hair. The flexibility of the Defender makes shaving a pleasure (almost).

    Even when I skip a few days, I don't encounter problems. I heartedly recommend these blades to any man that shaves.

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

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  • A great razor!

    • By Mike M.,
    • Champaign, IL,
    • Nov 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This razor does what it says it will do: shave close, shave smooth, and clean up easily. It glides nicely over my skin, even the tough corners around the lips, with no nicks and no harder pressure required. I go a few days between shaves, and the longer hair clogs up other multi-blades I’ve used quickly. Not so with the Defender, and it cleans up with a quick shake under the faucet. Four or five shaves per blade. The best blade I’ve used.

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money.

    • By Joe P.,
    • Ohio,
    • Oct 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Bought this because the concept made sense. Unfortunately, the reality is that the blades are not up to par, the spacing makes them less effective than traditional twin blade razors and most annoyingly, the suction cup pops off my shower door every time I try to remove the razor...lol.

    The blades dulled very quickly although I only shave every other day. I'm on my third blade in a little under three months. I can't recommend this product.

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

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  • Good razor

    • By Nat P.,
    • Massachusetts,
    • Oct 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    For years I used a Bic disposable for sensitive skin. I decided to give Defender a try and lo and behold, I switched. It gives a closer shave than the Bic and it doesn't irritate my skin. It's more expensive than a Bic but I think it's worth it.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Defender Razor has my business

    • By Randal G.,
    • Georgia,
    • Aug 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been a Harry’s customer for 2+ years. Good shave but hard to clean blades out. I’ve been using Defender for a month. I really like it. It glides on my face and head better than any razor I’ve ever used. I can put a little more pressure on the razor without nicks and/or razor burn. Shave is close. Blades clean easily and it lasts me about 2 weeks...same as Harry’s blades. I use Cremo Shave Cream...best around for the money. I like the company culture and customer service is very responsive and helpful. They also support our military men and women.

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

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  • 1 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Razor is no better than a dollar store

    • By Tony D.,
    • Michigan,
    • Feb 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I thought I would try after reading reviews. These are not high-end blades, I had to I had to grab my Sensor Power Razor, after a minute it would not cut my beard at all. Once I grabbed by Sensor, I could shave! These are a joke and falsely portrayed as good blades.

    Get a Sensor and then you will have a good blade.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    This is not a scam!

    • By Kenny S.,
    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Feb 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    As an African American male with coarse hair, I would like to say the Defender Razor is not a scam. I have a tender head when it comes to shaving and I've tried everything known to men from. The Art of Shaving, Andis Trimmers, Wahls Finale, Andis ProFoi, Bevel, and of cause Gillette Razors that are so expensive. My hair is a challenge every time I have to shave. So, today I decided to try the Defender Razor and I am so like "WOW." Thank you for thinking outside the box. Please, watch the video. Because every word said in the video is so true. I shaved my head after two days off and my head did not hurt. It felt great to shave without the pain of shaving. I can't thank you enough. I am a customer for life.

    Sorry, I ripped up the receipt before I saw the comment "The Defender Razor is a Scam" and customers only giving it one star. That does not sit well with me. Let the TRUTH be TOLD. Time for a change and this is a great razor. Yes, it's LEGIT.

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

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  • 0 out 35 people found this review helpful

    False pricing

    • By R C.,
    • Illinois,
    • Oct 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    You cannot try it for $5.00. That is just for the handle. Try shaving without a razor. The cost for 4 razors and handle is $12.90. Their statement is fraudulent.

    "Defender's blades are set further apart, so your razor rinses clean and doesn't clog. It's one of our customers' favorite 'Why didn't anybody else think of that?' features. Try it for yourself for only $5 + free shipping."

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Wow!

    • By Randy A.,
    • Walla Walla, WA,
    • Sep 26, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am an old retired cop and cynical as hell! I bought this razor expecting the usual sub-par performance. It is without a doubt the best razor I have ever used. And I have used them all! Always with the same complaint, the darn things clog up with debris. This one does not and it did a fantastic job in about half the time!

    Thank you, I will be a loyal customer from here on out. I shave my head, and it’s usually a struggle! No more! It literally slicked my head as smooth as a baby’s butt!

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

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  • 4 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Mediocre blades

    • By Farhad S.,
    • Florida,
    • Aug 27, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Next to disposable razors, this razor is pretty bad. The handle is thin and hard to control. The blades aren't as sharp as Gillette blades. The shaving is not as smooth as Gillette. Over all, it's not a good quality razor and not a bargain at all. I would not recommend.

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

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