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Welcome to our big shaving brush test 2023. Here we present all the shaving brushes we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best shaving brush for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a shaving brush.




Summary

  • You can use a shaving brush to whip up shaving soap and then apply the foam to your face. This prepares your skin especially gently for a wet shave.
  • Shaving brushes differ in material, shape, size and handle. A distinction is usually made between badger hair, pig bristles and synthetic fibres. Pig bristles provide a great massaging effect. Badger hair brushes, on the other hand, are particularly gentle.
  • The purchase costs are somewhat high, but with the right care you will enjoy your shaving brush for a long time.

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Guide: Questions you should ask before buying a shaving brush

What is a shaving brush and what do I need it for?

If you have decided to shave wet, you will need a shaving brush to lather up the shaving soap or shaving cream. You can also use it to apply the lather to your face and spread it more evenly.

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With the help of a shaving brush, you can easily spread shaving soap or lather on your face. (Image source: 123rf.com / 37349866)

This creates a thick lather and makes shaving easier and less irritating to your skin. As a little extra, it also massages your face and activates your pores. Your beard hairs stand up and allow for a very smooth shave.

When looking for the perfect shaving brush, don’t be put off by its appearance. A shaving brush may look fancy because of its beautiful shape, but it may not feel good in your hand.

This will inevitably affect your shave. That’s why in most cases it’s better to go for a classic shape.

What is a shaving brush made of?

A shaving brush consists of the hairs and the handle. Different materials can be used to make them. For example, the handle can be made of plastic, cork, metal or wood.

Inexpensive brush models are usually made of pig bristles or plastic bristles. Higher-priced products, on the other hand, are made of badger hair. Silver tip badger hair is of the best quality and is therefore the most expensive.

Did you know that some manufacturers use the name “Dachszupf” for their material?

This simply means a medium quality, a fine and soft badger hair.

What do I need to shave with a shaving brush?

Do you want to avoid skin irritations, razor burn and small pimples? Then we recommend some care products that you can use together with your shaving brush.

To prepare your skin for shaving, we advise you to use shaving foam, shaving cream or shaving gel. This will make your whiskers swell and soften. This makes it easier for your razor or straight razor to pass over your skin and also protects your skin.

It’s best to test a few products to see which ones suit you best.

What are the alternatives to a shaving brush?

You can probably already guess: the best alternative to a shaving brush is your fingers!

Shaving foam straight from the spray can is particularly suitable. You can spray it directly onto your face and then carefully massage it in with your fingers.

You also have the option of using shaving gel. This is also rubbed onto your face with your fingers. As soon as it comes into contact with the skin, it turns into a foam. Let it work for a short while and you can start shaving right away.

Young men usually prefer shaving foam because it takes less than a minute to apply and is therefore very convenient.

Decision: What types of shaving brushes are there and which is the right one for you?

The main difference between shaving brushes is the material used. They can be made of the following hair types:

  • Badger hair
  • Pig bristles
  • Synthetic

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. We want to help you find the best shaving brush for you.

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Brushes made of animal hair ultimately have a not very pleasant fur smell. Therefore, you should think carefully about the choice of material, because brushes made of plastic do not produce these odours.

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What distinguishes a shaving brush with badger hair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Badger hair brushes are very strong. This allows you to lather up very fine-pored shaving foam. This makes it much easier for your razor to glide over your face and gives you a particularly smooth result.

Advantages
  • Great skin feeling
  • Elastic and fine
  • Produces a dense and firm lather
Disadvantages
  • Expensive
  • Complex cleaning
  • Not vegan

High quality shaving brushes can last for years if well and thoroughly cared for. Therefore, the investment pays off in most cases.

Badger hair can be divided into 3 types:

  • grey badger hair:
    • cares for the skin
    • Foam with good consistency
    • good value
  • finest badger hair:
    • very good price-performance ratio
    • gentle to the skin
    • very good quality
  • Silver tip badger hair:
    • very high quality
    • high durability
    • most expensive and best badger hair

What distinguishes a shaving brush with pig bristles and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Bristle brushes tend to be one of the cheaper models and are made of pig bristles or wild boar bristles. When lathering up, your skin is massaged particularly strongly.

Advantages
  • Greater massage effect
  • Cheap to buy
Disadvantages
  • Short life
  • Stings the skin

The initial cost of a bristle brush is lower than a badger hair brush. However, they don’t last very long either. So you may well have to buy a new one after just one year.

For example, if you have a light beard or shave irregularly, the inexpensive shaving brush might be just right for you.

Men with sensitive skin should prefer high-quality badger hair.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of shaving brushes made of synthetic hair?

Shaving brushes made of synthetic fibres are very similar to those made of badger hair. Like real badger hair, the fibres are wider at the lower end and become thinner towards the tip. This makes them particularly soft on your skin.

The brush also lasts much longer than brushes made of animal hair. Due to the manufacturing process, the brush head loses much less hair than brushes made of pig bristles or badger hair.

Advantages
  • Vegan
  • Easy care
Disadvantages
  • Not recyclable

When foaming up, a strong and creamy foam is created that spreads very well. Your skin is massaged very gently and is therefore also recommended for men with very sensitive skin.

If you are looking for a travel brush, we also recommend a plastic shaving brush. Animal hair dries much longer after shaving than synthetic fibres.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate shaving brushes based on these factors

The search for a good shaving brush can sometimes be difficult. To help you, we show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many shaving brushes.

These are the things you should look for when buying a brush:

  • Hair quality
  • Care requirements
  • Ring gauge
  • Lathering
  • Handle

Below you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to buy a model based on the criteria or not.

Hair quality

The most important criterion for buying a shaving brush should always be the material of the bristles. Do you prefer a gentle massage or should it be a little stronger?

Badger hair offers you a fine lather and is particularly gentle on your skin. However, it is a little more expensive to buy. In addition, you need to plan a little more time for care so that you can enjoy your brush for longer.

Brushes made of pig bristles produce a less fine lather and are not suitable for men with very sensitive skin. They are more suitable for harder soaps. However, the purchase costs are particularly low.

Did you know that there are also shaving brushes made of horsehair?

These are very similar to pig bristle brushes and are also a lot cheaper than badger hair brushes.

If animal welfare is particularly important to you, you should opt for shaving brushes with synthetic fibres. They require less care and are hardly any different from those made of badger hair. In addition, they are significantly cheaper than badger hair.

Care needs

You don’t want to spend too much time shaving in the morning? Then shaving brushes made of synthetic fibres are the right choice for you. Unlike brushes made of animal hair, they do not need to be cleaned after every wet shave.

The care is very uncomplicated. Just hold the brush head under running water and the brush is clean.

Shaving brushes made of human hair, on the other hand, require a lot of care. They need to be cleaned very thoroughly with soapy water after every wet shave. In addition, a brush stand for drying and storage is indispensable.

Ring gauge

The ring gauge refers to the shaft opening of a brush. The hairs or synthetic fibres are embedded in this.

High ring sizes have the advantage that the shaving soap foams up particularly quickly. In addition, it massages your skin much better.

If you are looking for a brush for daily shaving or for travelling, you should rather go for a shaving brush with a low ring size. The drying time is a little shorter.

Lathering

Lathering depends on your preferences. Do you prefer to lather in your hand or directly on your face?

Are you more of a hand foamer? Then you should pay attention to the size before buying. Handy and small shaving brushes are the best choice for you.

If, on the other hand, you are more of a face latherer, we recommend that you go for larger and more densely tipped products.

Handle

Different materials can be used for the handle of a brush. They can be made of wood, plastic, metal or horn.

When using wooden handles, make sure that they are treated and well sealed. Otherwise, this can lead to problems if you soak your brush frequently.

If you are looking for a handle that is particularly easy to clean, plastic handles are just right for you.

Interesting facts about shaving brushes

How do I use a shaving brush?

1. Lather

To lather up your shaving soap, the brush needs to be slightly damp. To make sure it’s not too wet, it’s best to hold it under a tap and then shake it out a little.

You can then lather up your soap by making circular movements with your shaving brush. To collect the lather, you can place the soap in a jar or small bowl, for example.

With shaving cream, you can put a small amount in the palm of your hand and lather up the cream in the same way.

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When lathering up, it is advisable to moisten your skin beforehand and apply the foam in circular movements. (Image source: 123rf.com / 42273624)

To ensure that you get something out of your brush for a long time, make sure you don’t apply too much pressure when lathering up and only touch the soap with the tip of your brush. Otherwise, there is a risk that the bristles will become brittle after a short time.

To create a fine-pored lather, very fast circular movements are necessary. The movement should come loosely from your wrist. Don’t be discouraged if the first few times don’t work so well. With a little practice, lathering will become easier and easier.

2. Application

Before applying, moisten your face a little. The rule here is that less is more. If your skin is too wet, the foam won’t stick to it very well.

It’s best to start with your cheeks and apply the foam in circular motions. Occasionally, you will need to pick up some additional foam from the jar or your hand.

Then spread the foam on your chin and upper lip. Avoid the lips. Finally, apply to your neck.

Tip: Leave the lather on for a short time to prepare your face and beard hairs for a wet shave.

How do I care for a shaving brush?

To ensure that your shaving brush lasts a long time, there are a few important points to bear in mind when caring for it.

After every shave, you should rinse the brush with warm water. The easiest way to do this is to hold the brush under a running tap. This prevents soap residue from accumulating between the fine hairs in the long term.

To dry the shaving brush, you should first knock it out. You can shake it out like a throwing motion to get rid of the first water residues. Afterwards, we recommend storing it upside down in a shaving brush holder.

Avoid knocking the brush out at the sink. This will only damage the binding and loosen the brush hairs. You should also avoid hair dryers and heating, otherwise the bristles will become brittle.

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Do not place the brush on the handle. Otherwise moisture will collect in the base of the hair, which can cause mould to form.
  • Do not wring or squeeze the hair. This can damage the hair structure and the attachment.
  • Do not dry-rub. Rubbing dry with a towel, for example, also destroys the attachment and hair structure.
  • Do not store damp brushes in closed containers. Otherwise your brush will quickly become mouldy and start to smell strong. In addition, there is also the risk of mould.

How do I clean the shaving brush?

To achieve a complete cleaning of the brush, you should always clean it thoroughly. We recommend using a cleaning agent every three to four months. This will remove annoying limescale deposits as well as oil and soap residue.

We present the 2 most popular ways to clean your shaving brush:

1. Option: Soap and vinegar bath

Make a soap bath with lukewarm water and pH-neutral soap. Soak your brush for about 10 minutes. Then soak it in a vinegar bath for another 10 minutes.

This is to remove dirt and lime from the hair particularly carefully. At the same time, some are of the opinion that the acetic acid rather destroys the hair structure.

2. Option: Shampoo and conditioner

This option is the gentlest and quickest way to clean your hair. It is best to shampoo your brush with a mild shampoo (baby shampoo is suitable here, for example). Let the foam work in briefly. Then rinse briefly with water.

To care for your brush in the long term, you can then rub a conditioner into your hair. Leave it on again for a short time and then rinse it out.

In the end, it is up to you how intensively you care for your brush. Sometimes it is worth trying out several options.

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