Gillette M3 Power Razor: "Does It Work?"

For men, grooming tools have come a long way since the straight razor. Single blades gave way to double blades. Foam has all but replaced gel. And in 1937, the Remington Company created the first electric shaver. In this week's Does It Work? report, we test a brand new male grooming tool that's creating a lot of buzz.

The new Gillette M3 Power promises the world's best shave. Meteorologist, Mark Scirto agreed to show up at work a little scruffy to help us test those claims.

So what's so different about the M3 Power? The battery powered motor for starters. Gillette explains it this way. Facial hair grows in different directions and can even lie flat against the skin. That means men often take multiple strokes to get a close shave, which increases the risk of irritation. The M3 Power's motor sends out what Gillette calls "micro-pulses" to raise hair up and away from the skin so you can shave more closely in on easy "power stroke."

We had Mark shave one side of his face with Gillette's M3 Power, then try Schick's new product called the Quattro on the other side. New for 2004, it's the world's first four blade razor. It made us wonder if we'd be up to eight blades in 2008. After shaving on both sides, we had Mark do the old "credit card test" from that 70's commercial. After rubbing on both sides..." "This one does feel smoother than this one," Mark says about the M3 Power side of his face. "The M3 feels smoother than the Quattro." And with fewer strokes than usual, for Mark that means less chance of irritation or cutting himself. "You didn't feel it lift and pull like you would on a normal razor," he says. "It just felt like the razor was smoothly going across your face instead of pulling the whisker up and cutting it. It just felt like it was gliding across your face."

Does It Work? We give the Gillette M3 Power, a yes. We paid almost 13 dollars for the M3 Power. The Quattro was just under 8 dollars.