Schick Quattro Midnight

Written by | May 9, 2005

Topics: Personal

Schick Quattro

Shaving. I’ve been doing it since I was thirteen years old.

Yes, that’s kind of young to start shaving.

I don’t know if I had more hormones than other boys my age or if I’m older than I believe am, like some professional baseball players from Cuba, but what I do know is when I grow out my facial hair, I look like either the Missing Link or Robin Williams’ chest.

Growing out my facial hair isn’t a time consuming affair. My five o’clock shadow sprouts out at about noon. After one day without shaving, I look Brad Pitt-cool. After two days without shaving, I look mature. After three days without shaving, I look scruffy. After four days without shaving, my face looks like the back of my head.

Ever since college I’ve been using my trusty Gillette Mach3 razor and it has served me well over the years. The Mach3 razor, which was the first triple-blade razor ever, was the first non-disposable razor I ever used.

It was great for the first few months. Shaves were much closer and more comfortable than the crappy disposable razors. Then I ran out of razor cartridges and shortly after that I found out how frickin’ expensive replacement cartridges were. It seemed like Gillette grabbed my Mach3 razor, pointed the handle at me, and then screwed me with it.

However, the shaves were great, so I kept buying the replacement razor cartridges, like a crack addict.

Being the cheap bastard that I am, I try to make each razor cartridge last a month. I do this by shaving my face every other day, not shaving my face on the weekends, shaving my chest once a month, and shaving my…Um…No wait, that would be waaay too much information.

Recently, long-time Impulsive Buy reader Goldberry asked if I’d be interested in a free Schick Quattro Midnight razor sample she received. Again, being the cheap bastard I am and my desire to have something new happen in my lonely life, I told Goldberry I’d review it.

About two weeks later, the razor arrived in my mailbox and I almost instantly put it to the test. I planned for the razor’s arrival by not shaving for three days, and I looked like a bum.

The main feature of the Quattro is its four blades, which gives the Quattro four chances to cut my hair or four chances to make me bleed.

After my face was properly lathered up, I took my first stroke with the Quattro. The first stroke I took surprised me because it didn’t pull on any of the long hairs like my Mach3 razor does. The protective wires that run perpendicular to the blades might have had something to do with that.

When I was done, I felt like it shaved just as well as my Mach3 razor did. Although I will admit, it was a more comfortable shave.

Despite the comfortable shave, I had some problems with the Quattro. It was hard to even out my Elvis sideburns because the head of the Quattro is slightly bigger than the head of my Mach3 and I wasn’t used to its size. Also, the longer hairs would get clogged in between the blades. Dipping it in water, rinsing it under running water, or constant verbal abuse couldn’t get the hairs out.

However, I did eventually get the hair out by running my fingers masochistically down the blades several times.

Mmm…The feel of cold metal on my skin. It’s intoxicating.

Oh…What?

Anyway, a day later I shaved with the Quattro again, except with much easier stubble. It plowed through my sexy Brad Pitt-stubble just as easily as my Mach3 could and this time there wasn’t any clogging.

Overall I was pleased with the Quattro. It gave me a shave just as good as my Mach3, but did it more comfortably.

Will it replace my Mach3?

I’m not sure because the price for the Quattro’s replacement razor cartridges is slightly more expensive than the Mach3’s. Well I guess that makes sense, since the handle of the Quattro is slightly thicker, which means it’s a little more uncomfortable when I’m getting screwed with it.

(Editor’s Note: Our fellow reviewers at The Message Whore also reviewed the Schick Quattro Midnight awhile back. Their review was much less favorable. You can read their review here.)


Item: Schick Quattro Midnight
Purchase Price: FREE (Thanks Goldberry!)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Pros: Four frickin’ blades. More comfortable shave than my Gillette Mach3. The feel of cold metal.
Cons: Longer hairs will become clogged in between blades. With four blades, it shaves just as close as my Gillette Mach3. Being screwed by razor companies.






30 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. marvo says:

    gko – Buy Mach3 blades off of eBay…Frickin’ brilliant! Dammit I bought underwear from eBay, why didn’t I think of buying Mach3 blades. Thank you.

  2. Travis says:

    Have tried the quatro, and the M3 Power (M3 power turbo i think) my face is a 3 blade face. The extra blade on the quatro just cuts me. I think the reason is the fact i shave without looking most of the time, and also dry shave allot. The M3 has the ablity to do what i need.. and i dont ever worry about cutting my self when i am shaving the most sensitive parts.

  3. Bob says:

    If you listen to the commercials for these razors they tell the whole story.Each blade does a specific thing.Only one blade makes the cut at the skin.Do we need to have hairs charged,pulled trimed?Give me a rasor with just the one blade that does the cutting,and I will vacation with the money I save.

  4. Toni says:

    Hey Marvo, your review inspired me to write about my first time shaving my legs. Here’s the link! I suppose I should trackback to this particular article so I’ll do that as soon as I can :)

    http://www.kaonashi.fierceblogs.com/index.php?p=141

  5. marvo says:

    Travis – Dry shaving? Shudder.

    Bob – Or you could grow a beard and save even more money.

    Toni – Was your first time shaving a recent occurrence? Only kidding? :-)

  6. CheapShopper says:

    I got a free Schick Quatro in the mail and I thought it was the coolest thing and being even more cheap than you when it comes to beauty supplies, I was really excited to get it. Unfortunately, I would give it a rating of 1 for the following reasons:

    1) when you drop it (as I do a lot in the shower) the head breaks off and it’s really hard to get back on without shredding your fingers when your hands are soapy in the shower

    2) you have to hold it a just the right angle to make contact with the skin. Otherwise, it feels like it’s just shaving off the top layer of skin

    3) i swear that the stubble grows back twice as fast as a gillette 2 blade with moisurizing pad

    Just my 2 cents!!

    PS – being female, I use it on my legs and underarms….:-)

  7. Robert says:

    Target has their own brand of razor cartridges which are compatible with the Gillette Mach3 razor. They cost less than half the price as Gillette’s own replacement cartridges.

    I personally use the Gillette Sensor Excel (2 blades). The Gillette brand package of 10 replacement cartridges costs about $12 at Target. The Target brand package of 10 replacement cartridges costs about $4. Even better, I personally like the feel and performance of the Target brand better than the original Gillette cartridges.

  8. Amy in GA says:

    does target make them for women too? personally, I have yet to find a razor that does what i want it to do. Stop the hair from growing back. If they create that razor, despite the price, I will buy it. I know they have that whole electroshock therapy for your hair folicals that will prevent hair growth, but that just seems a little too kinky for me. What happens if you get lost in the alaskan wilderness and need the hair for warmth? maybe the perfect razor won’t stop hair from growing back forever, just a month or so. Also, anyone know a good elec razor for women?

  9. marvo says:

    CheapShopper – Well I requested for a free woman’s Schick Quattro, so we will see if my legs and underarms like it.

    Robert – Unfortunately, I don’t have a Target here in this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I’ve been praying to the Shopping Gods for one, but this state has yet to receive one.

    Amy in GA – If you don’t like electrolosis, you can go the laser removal route, because lasers are cool.