is it better to shave in the shower or sink
Kristina Davis

Is it better to shave in the shower or sink?” is a question that has been asked over the years by various men.

We all have different preferences especially when it comes to how we practice our daily routine.

Some people, if not most, shave over the sink rather than in the shower and I know you are wondering why to change a perfectly fine routine.

And that is precisely where this article comes in. I’ll be guiding you in making a decision that is ultimately yours, to begin with.

So to answer the question above, the choice is up to you. After reading both the advantages and disadvantages of both methods, you are free to pick whichever works for you.

Is It Better To Shave In The Shower Or Sink

shave in shower or sink

I, for one, can’t truly answer this question, all I could do is give you enough pointers that would help you answer it yourself.

Both methods, as I said earlier, have their unique advantages and disadvantages.

And that is why we are going to compare both methods’ pros and cons to help you select your perfect routine.

Before we jump right into the comparison, talk about each of the routines separately.

Shaving At The Sink

As I said earlier, many men now perform their wet shave ritual at the sink.

Some people will get in the shower first just so they can soften their hair before going back to shave it at the sink.

While others just go straight to the mirror and wet shave instead.

But the one thing they all have in common is the average time taken, which should be around 15 to 30 minutes.

shaving cream in sink

Depending on the individual’s routine and product usage, the time might vary.

All they have to do is stand in front of their sink and mirror and shave away, occasionally rinsing their razor to get rid of the lather.

If you don’t like water while shaving, you can also shave at the sink because it allows you to shave without having to worry about water touching you.

Note: Shaving at the sink is the best option for those who love dry shaving.

Shaving In The Shower

Some people are fortunate enough to have a fog-free mirror in their shower giving them the option to shave often in it.

One of the main reasons why some men decide to take a shower before shaving is because the hot water softens their skin.

It lifts their hair in such a way that it makes it comfortable to shave.

Also, some people who get razor bumps and skin irritation while shaving are fond of not shaving in the shower.

man shaving using mirror

This is because the water makes the skin soft and supple, making the razor blade move easily. This would prevent the skin from getting nicked or cut.

Even with the numerous advantages, the process involved might be challenging depending on the instrument you select.

Using an electric shaver in the shower might be tricky at best.

This is because of the additional equipment needed like a lather bowl, brush, and the like to ease the shaving process.

Tip: I would advise that you make use of lather while shaving.

Shaving In The Shower Vs Sink

shaving shower vs sink

Now that we are fully aware of how both shaving routines work, we can now go about discussing both their advantages and disadvantages.

Shaving In The Shower

We have just 21 percent of the men population that shaves in the shower. It’ll be interesting to know why they consider it in the first place and why they are so little in number.


Here are some of the numerous advantages of shaving in the shower you might want to consider.

  1. Shaving in the shower is beneficial to those with sensitive skin
  2. The heat and steam coming from the shower would soften the hair and open the pore, making it extremely easy to shave, especially for those that want to close shave.
  3. It keeps the skin soft and smooth, allowing the razor to move easily across the face, preventing nicks and cuts, razor burns, and irritations.
  4. The water running from the shower would help you rinse off the stray hair and shower cream so that’s a plus.

All in all, it saves a considerable amount of time by allowing you to do two things simultaneously.

shaving in the shower


Everything in life has its bad side, even basic home routines like shaving. Here are the disadvantages of shaving in the shower.

  1. The presence or the force of too much water can make the razor jump while shaving.
  2. In continuation to the point mentioned above, the presence of too much water might not allow the lather to form enough.
  3. You might not be able to get a close shave, especially for those who do not have a nonsteam mirror in their shower.
  4. The biggest disadvantage of them all is that shaving in the shower can cause clogging.
Note: The drains might have some longer hair and hard water deposits and the tiny hair might just be what it needs to fully clogged.

I know you are wondering, with all the disadvantages, is it ok to shave in the shower at all. Well, my dear readers, it is up to you to decide if it is worth the risk.

Shaving In The Sink

Shaving in the sink is the most common routine men follow when shaving.

shaving in sink


Here are the advantages of shaving in the sink.

  1. It allows you to close shave using whatever razor blade
  2. It is simple and convenient so you don’t have to ruin or modify your routine.
  3. It is easier to rinse the tools after every swipe
  4. You don’t necessarily have to get wet to complete the process, you can dry shave or use some shaving cream.


  1. It can sometimes be time-consuming, especially if you are one to shave every day.
  2. It can sometimes be tedious for that same reason.
  3. You are more likely to end up with skin irritation and razor burn or you can even get nicked.

Tips For Shaving Both In The Shower And In The Sink

tips shaving in shower and sink

Choosing whichever routine works for you depends on your preference, skin type, and the materials available.

But whatever you choose, these are some tips applicable to shaving generally.

Shower Before Shaving

It is important to shower before shaving to open your pores and soften your hair. If you don’t want to shower, at least rinse your face before shaving.

Tip: Water alone goes a long way in easing the shaving process.
showering before shaving

Use Shaving Oil

It doesn’t necessarily have to be shaving oil.

It can be any pre-shaving product that would help lift your hair so that you can have a smooth shaving experience.

So you can make use of shaving cream or shaving oil, whichever one works for you.

Make Use Of A Mirror

You have to make use of a mirror, especially if you are doing a close shave.

use a mirror
Tip: It would help you get the hair and also prevent you from getting nicked unnecessarily.


In conclusion, if you are faced with the question of the day “is it better to shave in the shower or sink?“, You should understand that the answer truly depends on you.

I would prefer shaving in the sink but that doesn’t mean you have to.

With all that has been said so far about both methods, I hope you are able to choose wisely on your own.