Which? tries new King of Shaves Hyperglide razor Does this new razor mean you can ‘just add water’?

22 March 2014

The new King of Shaves Hyperglide razor promises to revolutionise shaving. Does this new razor mean you will be able to throw away your shaving foam? We asked a Which? researcher to try it so we could bring you their first impressions.

Find out just what our researcher thought, and whether they will ever need to lather-up again, in our first look review of the King of Shaves Hyperglide.

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Hyperglide's self-lubricating cartridge

This new razor from King of Shaves is the latest addition to its range. 

It looks very similar to previous razors from King of Shaves, such as the King of Shaves Azor 5. But rather than a ‘lube strip', it has a five-bladed head and an innovative self-lubricating cartridge that becomes slippery when it comes into contact with water. 

This technology was developed for the medical industry, and this is the first razor to utilise it. The advertising campaign promises you can 'just add water for an incredible shave' so we asked our researcher to see if this was possible.

Five blade head

The Hyperglide has a head with five narrow and flexible blades. That, along with a hinge, means it should be able to easily follow your face's contours - giving a close shave without any nicks or cuts.

It also features a single edging blade at the top of the razor that should accurately trim the edges of beards, sideburns, and around the nose to give a neat finish.

Our researcher shaved with the razor as normal for two weeks to see how well it compared with his usual razor.

If you'd rather see the results for razors that have been through our lab tests, skip straight to our full men's razor reviews.

How we test men's razors

For our full lab tests, each razor is shaved with for a week by 12 men. They tell us how close and comfortable the shaves were and how easy the razors are to use - including shaving around facial hair. They also log whether they cut or nick the skin during shaving. 

Each razor is also sent to the Which? test lab where we measure the sharpness and durability of the blades. 

Our men's razor Best Buys don't drag your skin, shave closely, are comfortable to use and unlikely to cut your face. A Don't Buy razor doesn't stay sharp for long, doesn't shave close enough and can cause nicks and cuts.

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