Bakblade 1.0 VS Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus

Both of these products are excellent back shavers. Both these products are currently being offered to purchase. So, there lies the dilemma, of which one to purchase. So in the post, I hope to lay the groundwork and understanding to help a potential purchaser make the best-informed decision on the Bakblade 1.0 VS Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus back shavers.

What is The Bakblade 1.0?

The Bakblade 1.0 is the George Washington of Bakblade, the founding father, the trailblazer, the original. This is the product that started shaving back hair and taking names while doing it. The clear winner in the earlier days of back shavers being brought to market. Yes, there was a time when you couldn’t purchase a dedicated back shaver online.

blue bakblade 1.0 bigmouth

This is also called the Bakblade 1.0 Bigmouth, later to be called just Bakblade 1.0.

You can read my full review of the Bakblade 1.0 Bigmouth here, What Is Bakblade?

Does It Destroy Back Hair?

Yes, of course, it does.

As it leaves a pile of back hair lying on the floor all around your feet when you are done using it. It works and works well.

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What Is The Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus?

The newest, the latest, and the greatest is the best way to describe the 2.0 Elite Plus. I just recently reviewed this back shaver and it immediately impressed me so much it took the all-time greatest back shaver I have reviewed to date.

bakblade 2.0 elite plus back shaver

So, since the original Bakblade 1.0, Bakblade has been steadily improving and innovating its back shavers and company. Pushing to better their product with each alteration of their back shaver.

To learn even more about this specific back shaver head on over to my full in-depth review here, Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus Back Shaver Review.

Does This Obliterate Back Fur?

Being it is my top back shaver I now recommend it does massacre back hair. Leaving nothing but clean smooth dolphin skin in its wake.

Main Differences

Now to the meat and potatoes of the matter. Let’s do a deep dive and explore the different characteristics of each of the back hair removers.


These are actually the same size in length which is about 17 1/2″ inches long.

Shaving Head

The biggest difference is the shaving head. With the 1.0 you get a single-row cartridge that is filled with three safety razor blades. The width of this is 5 inches.

measuring bakblade shaving head with tape
The Bakblade 1.0 Shaving Cartridge Size

With the 2.0 Elite Plus, you get 3 cartridges stacked on top of each other and each of the cartridges is filled with two side-by-side safety razors. The width of these cartridges is 3 3/8″ inches wide. (see below)

upclose back shaving head 2.0 elite plus
Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus Shaving Head

So in effect with the newer 2.0 Elite Plus, you are getting redundancy with each shaving pass, thereby getting a quicker and smoother shave. This thing really knocks down hair with each stroke.

The 2.0 Elite Plus takes the blue ribbon here.

The Handle

The other big difference is the handle. As the 1.0 is a one-piece construction while the 2.0 elite Plus is a two-piece construction. The two-piece construction allows for the back shaver to be folded and stored out of the way or for easy packing when traveling.

1.0 and 2.0 elite plus bakblade handles
Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus on top and 1.0 on the bottom.

This goes to the 2.0 Elite Plus.

Wielding & Weight

This is one area where I think the 1.0 shines over the newer model but is not a deal-breaker by no means. The 1.0 is just lighter and more wielding than the newer model. It is more balanced and there is something special about just gripping it and using it, it just feels right.

This goes to the 1.0 Bakblade.

Other Things To Possibly Consider

Another important reason to go with the newer model is future-proofing. As older models typically and eventually get weaned out. So who is to say in two years or 5 or ten years that you will still be able to buy replacement cartridges for the older Bakblade 1.0? That is a lot of time and a lot of things can change in that time.

So in order to protect yourself by being able to buy replacement cartridges, I would also recommend getting the newer model 2.0 Elite Plus.

Which One I Would Recommend…If It Isn’t Obvious

They both work great but the newer model with all its upgrades reigns supreme and so the nod goes to the Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus. It just has the newer improvements that make it better both in performance as well as storage/travel friendlier.

Both are great choices, I just think the newer model 2.0 Elite Plus edges out the older model by a few key features.

2 thoughts on “Bakblade 1.0 VS Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus

  1. I don’t like the BakBlade 2.0 compared to the 1.0. First I couldn’t understand why it took two blades vs the original 1.0. The 1.0 handle is lightweight and easier to control with a longer handle that reaches everywhere. I now own both models and currently am stockpiling 1.0 blades for the future.

    1. Richard,
      I too love the Bakblade 1.0 “Bigmouth” back shaver. It was my highest-ranked back shaver before its bigger brother came along. Simple is better for some people and the 1.0 is 100% perfect for all the points you point out. It is super lightweight and very maneuverable and very well-balanced. The 2.0 is very top-heavy and you feel it when comparing the two. Hopefully, the 1.0 blades will be around for many years but you are wise to stockpile them as you never know if they will shut down the line.
      One thing is for certain Bakblade makes the best back shavers. Either choice and you will have a great back shaver. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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