Dorco Pace 6 Plus Versus The Gillette Pro Fusion
You're probably disappointed in how expensive Gillette razors are these days. And, I'm sure you would love an alternative. That's why I wrote this Dorco Pace 6 Plus review.
I know I was getting pretty frustrated with how much I was paying. I thought about joining the Dollar Shave Club, but didn't really want any recurring payments out of my bank account.
In the barbershop where I work, many of my customers talk about how ridiculous it is to have to pay almost $19 for 4 cartridges of Gillette Fusion razor blades.
That's why when I found out that Dorco was making a razor called the Pace 6 Plus to compete with the Gillette Fusion, I was very excited and curious about if it was a good deal or not. I haven't seen too many Dorco razor reviews, so I felt I needed to look further into this to be able to give a good recommendation.
I have been using the double sided Dorco straight edge blades for safety razors and for my Dovo Shavette for work for over a decade. So, I was very familiar with the brand but only so far as double sided disposable blades for straight edge razors was concerned.
It turns out that they have many different types, from a 2 blade to a 6 blade. But, for the sake of comparison to the Fusion, I will only review the Dorco Pace 6 Plus. And, of course, even if you are going to use a disposable razor, I recommend you do the full wet shave routine at least once a week. You should check out my post How To Give Yourself a Perfect Wet Shave.
I have been using the Pro Glide for a few years for when I don't feel like doing the shave with my safety razor. Luckily since I don't use it much the cartridges last me a long time. They are expensive, nonetheless. I hesitate to admit that sometimes there are some sketchy guys that come into the shop selling stuff that "fell off the truck". I never buy anything but I do always ask if they have Fusion cartridges. I would be all over those, for sure!
A few weeks ago I started using the Dorco Pace 6 Plus to see if it compared to the Gillette Pro Fusion. I got my brush and soap out and got started with the wet shave routine. The 6 blades looked a little like overkill, but I didn't think too much of it. The handle felt a little heavier than the Fusion, so it definitely didn't feel chintzy.
But, the real test would be with the actual shave. First swipe, VERY smooth. I felt the difference immediately. I went through the rest of the shave as normal and was sort of surprised that it was as good as it was.
I say sort of since, as I said, I was already familiar with the fact that they make a good product. But, these razor cartridges are so cheap I just wasn't totally convinced they would do a good job. These are cheap razor blades, but they are not cheap razor blades! They might not be expensive but they are of the highest quality, I assure you.
Dropping the price even further is the fact that Dorco is always running a promotion. For instance, if you click the next link you will see many items up to 50% off.
The Dorco Pace 6 Plus surprised me in a few ways. I figured that with 6 blades it would be hard to wash and would be gunked up. I have a thick beard and that happened often with the Gillette. I always accepted it as a fact of life. But, the Dorco Pace 6 Plus washed right out every time.
The other surprise is that, 3 weeks later I am using the same blade. I didn't use my safety razor at all during this time to see exactly how long I could go before I needed to change the cartridge. Tomorrow I will be changing it for the first time. Your results will vary, since beard types are all different. If you do the wet shave routine you will also extend the life of your razor blades.
So, is the Dorco Razor any good? The Dorco Pace 6 Plus is not only cheaper than the Gillette Pro Glide, but it is as good a razor as the Gillette. Don't let the price fool you!
The popularity of subscriptions like The Dollar Shave Club is a good indication that guys are tired of spending a fortune for cartridges for their disposable razors. The Gillette, and even Schick, products are just too expensive. Instead of signing up for a subscription, I recommend going with Dorco Pace 6 Plus. You will save money with these and not need to have your card charged every month to do it. And on top of saving money, you will also get a better shave.
The ironic thing is that after doing some investigating, I discovered that the Dollar Shave Club has a 6 blade system that uses the Dorco Pace 6 blades. And it costs more money. And you are on the hook for a monthly payment. It actually costs less to buy direct from Dorco to get the same exact razors and it only takes a couple of days to receive them instead of waiting until the next month.
I'm not opposed to the Dollar Shave Club at all, but I would rather not have to deal with a subscription and buy directly from Dorco.
The moral of this story is that you don't have to spend a fortune on razors anymore. There are cheaper options that will give you a great shave. I hope you give Dorco a try. And if you do, please leave a comment below on what you thought of the razors. My wife has even converted to Dorco and is using the Dorco Shai 6 Disposables.
Since the writing of this review Dorco has released the Dorco Pace 7. It has 7 blades and a rotating head. Compared to the Gillette FlexBall, it has the same ability to pivot and get over the contours of your face but with one extra blade and at a fraction of the price. Click the image below for more information!