PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When the weather is hot and clothes are skimpier having a razor that does a great job shaving legs is a priority for women.

There are so many choices, and they come with three, four, five, even six blades. But which one does the best job? Consumer Reports ShopSmart wanted to find out.

Whether it’s a skirt or a sleeveless top during the summer, women give razors a real workout.

“I just like the feeling of smooth legs. I don’t like the feeling that they’re rough,” said Liza Barth, a consumer.

Does buying a more expensive razor guarantee a close, smooth shave? To find out, Consumer Reports ShopSmart recruited 18 women to test five razors.

There were two from Schick, as well as two Gillette Venus razors, plus a store-brand razor from CVS. They cost $5 to $13 – not all that much. But it’s important to factor in the cost of the replacement heads.

“The replacement shaving heads for the Gillette Venus Embrace cost $3 and 25 cents each, at least,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, of Consumer Reports ShopSmart. “The store-brand replacement shaving heads cost only 83 cents each.”

To ensure a clean shave with no nicks, a blade should be changed frequently, so this cost can really add up. To test, the panelists used each razor twice – replacing the shaving head between uses.

“I like the razor with the heavier handle,” said consumer Melissa Valentino. “I felt I didn’t need to apply as much pressure to get a close, smooth shave.”

“I like the razors that were lighter in weight, more than the heavier ones,” said Elizabeth Duque.

“No one razor stood out. It turns out it’s all about personal preference,” said Freeman. “So, our advice is do your own test at home and start with the cheapest razor first.”

ShopSmart says if you find a store-brand razor you like, you can save as much as a hundred dollars in the course of the year.

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