Braun Series 9 Model Comparison: What Are The Differences?

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Braun Series 9 Original vs Updated Models Comparison: What Are the Differences?

Braun launched the Series 9 back in 2015 as the company’s new flagship. The shaver was highly anticipated worldwide and it pretty much delivered on the promises, even though not without the usual hiccups.

Oddly, just one year after the big launch, Braun rolled out an apparently minor update to the Series 9 that caused a lot of fuss and confusion.

To make matters worse, at that time a lot of outrage emerged among existing Series 9 users as the replacement shaving heads were nowhere to be found.

In this post we’ll address all the important aspects regarding the various Series 9 models and hopefully help you make the right buying decision.

Braun Series 9 comparison: what are the differences between the original and the updated models?

If you’re trying to decide between something like the Braun 9095 vs 9290 or 9290 vs 9295, this section should come in handy.

Both Series 9 generations can be easily identified as they use a consistent naming convention.

The models in the older series use the 90xx template. For example, the Series 9 models for the American market are the 9090cc, 9095cc, 9093s and so on.

The newer Series 9 shavers use 92xx in their name: 9290cc, 9295cc, 9293s, 9260s.

Braun Series 9 9290cc

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As it was the case with the older generation, the differences between the new models come down to color and included accessories;  the shaving performance throughout the entire series is identical.

Here’s a table that quickly summarizes the differences between the Series 9 models for the American market, both original and updated:

ModelColorCleaning stationWet & dry use
9095ccChromeYesYes
9090ccChromeYesNo
9093sChromeNoYes
9290ccSilverYesYes
9295ccChromeYesYes
9293sChromeNo (includes a charging stand)Yes
9260sSilverNo (includes a charging stand)Yes

Please note that model names can vary depending on where the Series 9 shavers are being sold in different parts of the world (the actual products are, again, identical).

Both the old and updated models that end in CC (standing for Clean & Charge) include the automatic cleaning station, while the ones ending in S (Solo) do not.

Now that we know how to tell them apart, let’s see what are the most important differences between the two generations and how they affect the shaving performance.

1. Titanium coated middle trimmer.

This is the most obvious change as it can also be identified visually. The HyperLift&Cut trimmer that used to be blue on the older 90xx shavers now has a distinct golden color on the newer 92xx shavers.

First of all, it’s important to address the fact that the Titanium coating is actually Titanium Nitride which has in fact a golden metallic color. Some users were wary of Braun’s claim (and for good reason) as Titanium usually has a matte gray color.

The shaving head of the Series 9 9290cc with the updated, Titanium coated trimmer.

So what’s the reason behind this new trimmer? Well, a Titanium Nitride coating is often used for its anti-corrosive and edge retention properties, so it makes perfect sense to be used on the cutting elements of an electric shaver.

While I haven’t tested the original 90xx shavers, all the reports and reviews I’ve come across so far univocally state that the actual shaving performance of the old and updated shavers is pretty much the same.

2. New silver color scheme.

The original Series 9 shavers were available in a chrome and glossy black finish.

With the new 92xx models, a new silver color was introduced and to me it actually looks nicer. But that’s just a personal preference as I don’t particularly care for the flashy chrome finish.

Braun Series 9 9290cc [Silver]

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The silver variations of the Series 9 (9290cc, 9260s) have a matte, frosted treatment and should handle better any fingerprints and smudges. The color is actually the only difference between the 9290cc and 9295cc models.

Braun Series 9 9295cc [Chrome]

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3. Wet & dry use for all the new Series 9 variations.

This is another important change.

While the older Series 9 were explicitly marketed as wet & dry (9095cc, 9093s) or dry only shavers (9090cc), the wet & dry seal is present on all the shavers in the updated Series 9 lineup.

For example, the only difference between the 9295cc and 9290cc is the color treatment (chrome for the 9295cc, silver in the case of the 9290cc).

Moreover, the two shavers cost exactly the same on Braun’s website, while in the case of the older 9095cc (wet&dry) and 9090cc (dry only) the price difference was significant, with the wet & dry 9095cc being more expensive.

This approach is clearly an attempt at unifying the entire Series 9 line. For example, Braun UK ditched the 9295cc and 9290cc names completely and only refers to them as Series 9 chrome (9295cc) and Series 9 silver (9290cc).

However, be advised that in Braun’s view wet & dry only refers to using the shaver with water or in the shower. You cannot use the cc models with shaving cream or gel as this will eventually clog the cleaning station.

Actually you can, but you’ll have to manually clean and dry your shaver completely before tossing it into the cleaning base. And this defies the purpose of having an automatic cleaning station completely — if you plan on using cream or gel.

The Series 9 9290cc Silver during the automatic cleaning cycle.

This limitation affects both the original and the updated Series 9. In fact, this is the case with all Braun electric razors that include a cleaning station.

So if you plan on using your electric shaver with cream or gel but also want the convenience of a cleaning station, my suggestion would be to seriously consider a Panasonic Arc 5 that has no restrictions in using the cleaning base.

We also have the wet/dry 9093s and 9293s/9260s Series 9 variations that don’t include the cleaning station and usually cost less than the corresponding cc models.

To be perfectly honest, the wet & dry feature won’t be of much interest to most men as a quick dry shave is by far the more popular option. And the Series 9 is already an excellent performer out of the box, so adding a shaving cream won’t make that much of a difference here.

The updated 9293s and 9260s also come with a charging stand, while the older 9093s does not.

Important: the S models will NOT work with Braun’s cleaning stations. Despite being identical to the CC models in their construction and design, the s models lack a dedicated chip used to communicate with the station. This means that you won’t be able to pair an existing Series 9 station with a 9293s for example. It’s the same story if plan on buying an s model and getting the station separately later on — it won’t work.

Corded and cordless use

The Series 9 models that are suitable for wet & dry use can’t be operated while charging as a safety precaution.

Since all the updated shavers can be used in the shower or with shaving cream, you won’t be able to shave with the cord plugged in.

This is a limitation present on all wet/dry electric shavers, not just the Series 9 in particular.

The dry only variations from the original Series 9 like the 9090cc or 9040s can be operated while charging.

The Braun Series 9 shavers have the option of a 5-minute quick charge, so the lack of corded operation in the case of the newer shavers shouldn’t be an issue.

I guess this can be a problem after years of use when the battery can’t hold a decent charge anymore, but Braun shavers have an excellent track record regarding battery life.

The rechargeable Li-ion battery of the Series 9 can also be bought separately and replaced. You can find more details in this comment.

5 shaving elements? Not really

It’s also worth mentioning that Braun explicitly refers to the Series 9 92xx models in the official press release as having 5 shaving elements. And to anyone looking at the shaving head of the Series 9 it’s pretty clear that there are only 4 active, independent cutting elements.

The SkinGuard on the shaving head of the Series 9 9290cc.

The fifth one is according to Braun the SkinGuard element which is nothing more than a metal slat (located just above the Direct&Cut trimmer). That hardly counts as a shaving element.

And this lead to some confusion regarding the older 90xx and the updated models that seemed to feature 5 elements, when in fact the SkinGuard element was present with the older ones as well, only that it wasn’t explicitly mentioned or touted as being an actual shaving element (it’s not).

Why the sudden and quietly rolled out update?

In the official press release of the updated Series 9 Braun only mentions the Titanium Nitride coated trimmer. Apart from that, just the usual corporate lorem ipsum.

While we can only speculate, I think the trimmer was indeed the main reason for the unexpected update.

As I said at the beginning of this post, there was a shortage of replacement shaving heads for the original Series 9 (90s and 90b cassettes). Moreover, there were also some reports from various users stating that the HyperLift&Cut trimmer on their original Series 9 would break after just months of use.

Braun never acknowledged these issues officially, but the fact that the original problematic parts couldn’t be bought anymore, coupled with the sudden update make a strong case for this.

UPDATE: Chris, one of our readers, pointed out in a comment that Braun outsourced the production of the original shaving heads for the Series 9 (90s, 90b) to a company that went out of business in the meantime. As a result, there was a long period of time when Braun couldn’t find a supplier for the production of the cassettes, hence the shortage. They eventually found a new manufacturer for the current 92s/92b shaving heads used on the 92xx models.

Performance — is the updated version better?

Strictly from a performance standpoint most likely no, there isn’t any difference between the two in this regard.

However, given the reports stating that the older 90s/90b shaving heads found on the original Series 9 would sometimes fall apart, the problem was probably fixed with the updated shavers.

If you already bought the original Series 9 you can also get the new shaving heads used by the newer shavers and I actually recommend you to do so. They are backward compatible and will fit the 90xx models perfectly.

Price and availability

Both the original and updated Series 9 shavers can be bought from various retailers. The price varies tremendously for both generations, so I highly recommend doing a bit of research before buying either of them.

My personal pick would be the 9290cc Silver from the newer generation. It appears to have the best price out of all the models that come with a cleaning station and you’ll definitely want that as well.

Moreover, you won’t have to worry about the shaving head falling apart. You can also check out my detailed review of the Series 9 9290cc.

Braun Series 9 9290cc [updated]

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The original Series 9 can sometimes be found at a great price and despite the risk of a faulty shaving head, it still represents a viable option.

Braun Series 9 9090cc [original]

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As I said previously, the newer shaving heads can be used on the older Series 9 as well.

Speaking of which, here’s where things can go a bit sour.

Series 9 replacement shaving heads (cassettes)

At the moment of writing, it still appears to be a shortage of 92s/92b replacement shaving heads. The older 90s/90b are still available, but they are obscenely expensive and are not worth buying, particularly with the risk of the middle trimmer falling apart.

The newer cassettes, 92s/92b, are relatively decent in terms of costs, but apparently they are out of stock everywhere.

UPDATE: The shaving heads are back in stock and the price has also dropped.

92s/92b replacement shaving heads

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It’s not uncommon to experience a shortage of replacement parts for a new product like the Series 9, especially since there wasn’t an immediate need for those parts, at least in theory.

A shaving head should last for 18 months of use, even though in real life you’ll probably need to replace it sooner than that.

Overall I think Braun handled this situation quite poorly — the lack of effective communication, no official information regarding the potential problems of the old Series 9 cassettes, no statement regarding the shortage of replacement heads.

Should you buy a Series 9? Which one?

I mentioned on several occasions that the Braun Series 9 is, as far as shaving performance goes, a fantastic shaver. Definitely one of the best you can currently buy.

If the Series 9 is a good match for your particular needs — sensitive skin, close shaves, coarse beard, longer/flat lying hairs — then you’ll likely be very satisfied with it.

Again, not taking into account things like value for money where the Series 9 doesn’t score particularly high.

The shortage of replacement shaving heads used to be a serious issue as you could end up spending a premium price on a product and not being able to use it in the future.

Braun eventually sorted out the problem and the updated cassettes are widely available and this time the price is also right.

I reached out to Braun about this matter and they confirmed that there was a high demand for the 92s/92b replacement heads and this has caused some of the retailers and service centers to run out of stock.

Regarding which generation Series 9 should you buy, it’s really up to you and there’s no right or wrong approach to this. If you can find the original Series 9 at a bargain price I think you can go for it, even if that implies the risk of the older, possibly faulty, shaving heads.

All aspects considered, I think your decision should be based mainly on two things: price and whether you need a cleaning station or not.

And mentioned earlier in this post, the 9290cc from the updated Series 9 currently seems to be the best option. It has a lower priced compared to other cc variations of the Series 9 and it comes with the redesigned shaving head.

Moreover, the s models like the 9093s and the 9293s are not significantly cheaper compared to the 9290cc that also includes the excellent cleaning station.

Alternatives

If the Series 9 doesn’t fit within your budget, the Braun Series 7 is still a perfectly fine alternative and for most men it would be a great choice. Also, the price for both the shaver and the replacement cassettes (70s/70b) is lower compared to the Series 9.

I wrote a comprehensive post comparing the Series 7 and 9 and I highly recommend you to check it out if you’re on the fence.

Finally, there’s the option from Panasonic, the Arc 5, which is in my opinion a better alternative to the Series 9 if you plan to use it with shaving cream or you’re particularly interested in getting a very close shave.

For more details here’s a complete comparison between the Arc 5 and the Series 9.

What was your experience with the Braun Series 9? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

176 comments on “Braun Series 9 Model Comparison: What Are The Differences?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Alex. Regarding the material used for the SkinGuard component, it is most likely stainless steel.

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      1. Alex

        One more thing, what is the material of the trimmer?
        I would think it is stainless steel, but I don’t understand why it would break and how titanium coating helps against it. Could you please share your thoughts about it?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are welcome, Alex. In these applications the material used is almost always stainless steel. Sometimes a more hypoallergenic grade is used to reduce the risk of metal allergies. The Titanium coating has excellent anti-corrosive properties and this hints at one of the possible causes of the trimmer failing. Depending on a few factors (steel grade, oxygen, salinity, exposure to water) stainless steel can corrode. There’s also the wear/friction that happens every time you use the shaver. That’s why lubrication is very important. Finally, there’s the possibility of a design flaw, but we can only speculate.

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          1. Alex

            Thanks for informative reply!
            I have sensitive skin and I am curious about materials because aluminum or nickel can cause irritation to my knowledge.

  1. Dan

    I bought the Braun 9095cc when it came out, specifically for the wet/dry feature only to find out, as you mentioned, that it was not certified for use with shaving cream because of the cleaning station. I have been in contact with Braun customer service, and they have confirmed that the updated 92XXcc shavers are now compatible with shaving creams and foams as shown on the Braun website as long as the foam is rinsed out before using the cleaning station. Also of note they stated that the 7 series wet/dry (799cc, 797cc) are also NOT certified for use with creams and foams, but again the updated 7899cc IS certified. Very confusing, as I doubt there is any physical difference between the older and newer cleaning stations.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are absolutely correct regarding Braun’s take on wet shaving with the Series 9. In the case of the older Series 7 (799cc, 797cc) the wet/dry use only refers to shaving in the shower, with no explicit reference to shaving creams and gels. But almost everyone (including myself) have used them with shaving cream and had no issues. I’m pretty sure that the newer models are exactly the same apart from the new color variants and some marketing copy taken from the Series 9 (Protective SkinGuard, 8-D Flexible Shaving System and so on). Same goes for the older/newer shaving stations. As far as I know, the wet/dry variations of the Series 7 (including the newer 7899cc, 7865cc etc) have the same limitations regarding the use of shaving cream as the Series 9: the shaver needs to be dry and free from any foam before placing it in the cleaning station.

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  2. Colin

    I guess I lucked out: I bought a 9095cc as soon as they were available and was due to replace the head in July. On a whim I ordered the 92S head on Amazon Saturday. It was supposed to be “in stock 24 May,” but oddly arrived at my door yesterday. It works as well as the original and now Amazon is showing “ships in 2-4 weeks,” so I must have gotten the last one at the warehouse.
    My original head lasted 16 months and was still working well, although the blue paint on the trimmer quickly chipped off in the first 4 months of ownership.

    I have always been a Lectric Shave guy, although the Afta Preshave is an OK product. I never thought to try it with shaving cream. I previously had a Norelco 1290x and it sucked with shaving cream, so I gave up. Norelco lost my business when they switched to a much cheaper head (RQ12+ were garbage compared to the original RQ12).

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, Colin. There is indeed a very high demand for the 92s/92b replacement heads. If you are satisfied with the dry shave performance of your Series 9 there’s really no reason to use it with shaving cream. Moreover, you’ll have to clean it manually every time before using the cleaning station, and that’s a big bummer. I personally don’t find the Series 9 or 7 to perform significantly better with shaving cream as it’s the case with Panasonic shavers for example. I also use the pre electric shave lotion from Speick alongside Lectric shave and that one works decently, even though I’m not too fond of the scent.

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      1. Colin Eliot

        Thanks for the heads up about the Speick pre-shave. I had never heard of it, but was able to easily buy a bottle on Amazon. It works great! The best way I can describe it is that it works the way Lectric Shave *used* to work. I could not tell you when they changed the formula, but I am almost positive they tweaked it a few years ago. It used to leave my face feeling very dry (in a good way) and gave a great shave. Now it leaves that oily feeling, which while certainly reducing friction, I feel reduces the ability of the shaver’s blades to catch certain hairs. I never minded the smell of Lectric Shave: I shave before I shower, so within a few minutes that scent is rinsed away.
        As an aside- I have found that despite being a foil shaver, rotary motions can improve the shave with a Braun. I will normally do a quick job with the head in free motion mode and it cleans up the vast majority of my stubble. Then I will stop it, lock the head at a slight angle, and “touch up” whatever areas need a little extra work (jawline and neck usually). While I still primarily go in slow linear motions, I have found that quick linear, like a flick of the wrist, can catch some trouble spots (maybe hits the hairs with the guard and stands them up?) and also small overlapping circles can work wonders. Similarly when I used a Norelco, I would use linear motions in addition to its preferred swirls and it worked well. I think many people get poor shaves from electrics because they don’t experiment enough with how “that model plus their face” sync up.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Colin,
          I’m glad to hear the pre-shave lotion from Speick worked great for you. Regarding the different techniques used with foil and rotary shavers, you really hit the nail on the head.

          I actually mentioned in a past article that when shaving with a rotary razor you can (and should) also use up and down, linear strokes. Trying different approaches and mixing things up is part of finding out what works for your skin and beard when using a particular shaver.

          Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, it really is a valuable piece of information that we should all take into account.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The 9296cc is the model number for the UK/European market. It is identical to the Series 9 9295cc sold in the USA.

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  3. Stefan Lumassegger

    Hi there — IMHO, Braun makes it incredibly hard to find out (subtle) differences between their models by just calling everything “Series x”. I would very much appreciate a table listing 4-digit numbers, their characteristics and maybe also cross-references, i.e. which shaver can use which cleaning station (don’t even know whether there’s more than just one “washing machine” out there for a certain series ?) or which blade block can be used in which models etc. Don’t know if this non-knowledge is on purpose from Braun or just ignorance ? Would you know if there’s any such table around or maybe you have your own which you might be able to share ? Thanks lots, Stefan

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Stefan, thank you for your comment. I must say that I agree with pretty much everything you said. I would also add that Braun isn’t the only one that does this, Philips Norelco being notorious for coming up with names that make no sense. I think this is the result of not investing enough resources into really understanding your customers and their perspective.

      I do a lot of research myself and this involves buying and using the actual shavers, going through Braun’s user manuals and so on. I tried to provide something similar to your suggestion for the Series 7 here and I will soon post a detailed guide on the cleaning stations.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Igram

    i just saw a special offer for the Braun Series 9 9093s Wet and Dry Waterproof Foil Shaver for Men, i noticed this model does not include cleaning & charge station, what is the big difference and risk if i buy without it?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The only difference between the Series 9 9093s and the 9095cc is the cleaning station. Both shavers are suitable for wet & dry use and are absolutely identical performance-wise. You’ll have to clean the 9093s manually after every use and because Braun’s cassettes can’t be taken apart cleaning is more time consuming compared to other foil shavers (like the ones from Panasonic which are easier to clean). That’s pretty much it.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Yes, the newer 92s/92b cassettes are compatible with the first generation Series 9 shavers like the 9095cc, 9090cc etc.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the comment, Jamal. Glad you found it useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Bruno

    Can you please comment on head orientation and shave quality since nobody else seems to discuss it?

    I’ve been using my 9090cc since December 2016 with the head oriented in the original configuration (with the blue trimmer closer to the front of the shaver). Even though Braun states that that the orientation does not matter and shows photos in both configurations, I have recently flipped it so that the blue trimmer is now closer to the back of the shaver. The sensation is now that of an even closer and smoother shaving experience with the closeness lasting longer through the day.

    My guess is that in the “skin guard” attached to the Direct Cut Trimmer prevents intimate contact with the foil closest to it on the upstroke. Since the Hyper-Lift & Cut Trimmer is flatter and appears lower in height, perhaps a more intimate contact of the foil next to it is permitted (on the upstroke). Thoughts/Comments?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bruno,

      thank you for the comment. While you can only fit the shaving head one way on other shavers, you can get the same effect by flipping the shaver and holding it upside down when shaving.

      Your observation regarding the different results you get depending on the orientation of the shaving head is correct. I actually noticed this with all foil shavers that don’t have a symmetrical configuration of the shaving elements (Panasonic Arc 4 is another example).

      You can use this to your advantage. I often flip my razor to get a closer shave on certain areas (for example right below the nose) or tilt it more towards one of the outer foils. This allows just one foil to stay in contact with the skin without other elements (like the SkinGuard you mentioned) getting in the way.

      This is a great observation and in my opinion one that is more related to shaving technique. I will definitely mention it in the full review of the Series 9.

      Best regards,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Khosrow

    Thank you for your information. I have 2 questions please answer me.
    1- I found 9095cc £148.00 at Costco and 9296cc £212.00 at Amazon, if only important difference is shaving head so after it is broken can be changed by new one @ £50.00 please let me know which one do you recommend to buy.
    2- If I go for Cheapest 9095 @ £148.00, Amazon offered 7998cc @ £164.00 which costs more expensive, so now what do you recommend me.
    Many thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome. I would definitely go for a cheaper Series 9 than a more expensive Series 7. £148 for the 9095cc is a great deal and yes, the shaving head is the only important difference between the two. But please keep in mind that there’s the risk of the shaving head falling apart prematurely. You can use the new updated shaving heads (92s and 92b) with the first generation Series 9 like the 9095cc.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Bryan Tallo

    Ovidiu: great article! I too was having problems with the foil & cutter head on my “older” 9095cc Series 9 shaver. Shaving performance suffered greatly and I actually had to do a once-over with my old Series 7 shaver AFTER shaving with my 9095cc Series 9 just in order to get a close shave. I emailed Braun (P&G) and they graciously agreed to send me a 92S head to try to see if that might help to improve the shaving performance. I have not received the newer 92S with the titanium HyperLyft&cut from them yet but I will forward comments here after I try it out.
    One more question: the Braun Series 9 foil & cutter head can be orientated two ways onto the shaver. Which way is best? Should the direct&cut trimmer or the hyperlyft&cut element be toward the front of the shaver…or vice versa?
    Thanks!
    Bryan

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bryan,

      Thank you for the kind words. Regarding the orientation of the Series 9 shaving head, I wouldn’t say that one way is better than the other. Since the Series 9 has an asymmetrical shaving head, you can actually get different results depending on how it is oriented. Braun says that it doesn’t matter, but I would strongly suggest to try it both ways. I actually emulate this with pretty much all foil shavers that have an asymmetrical arrangement of the cutting elements (like the Panasonic Arc 4 for example) by holding the razor with the front facing up to see if I notice any significant difference in how it shaves.

      Please let me know how it goes if you have the time.

      Best wishes,
      Ovidiu

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    2. Bruno

      I found that the head orientation is best with the Hyper- Lift-and-Cut trimmer facing the back of the shaver. This way, it is first to contact the skin on the upstroke (against the direction of hair growth). With it oriented the opposite way (the way Braun ships it), the “skin guard” impedes proper function of the Lift-and-Cut trimmer diminishing shave closeness. This may account for some reporting that the shave is not as close as the Series 7, when this is not the case when the orientation is changed.

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  8. Bruno

    Ovidiu, can you also comment on the lifespan of the shaver head when used wet vs dry? Why are the Braun recommendations the same (18 months) regardless of method of use, when the reality is that wet use (as with DE wet/foam shaving) results in a quickly dulling blade from water minerals and added blade friction. I also found the same to be true with cleaning of the shaver head under water to remove clippings…rapid deterioration of the cutting head quality. This may be the reason some have reported heat, noise issues, dull head, flaking of blue trimmer finish, and breakage/self-destruction of the head components (trimmers fall out) within only 6 months of use.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bruno, there are more facets to this problem. The 18 months life span of Braun’s shaving heads is merely a theoretical guideline. We have no idea on how Braun tests their products or if it is a realistic depiction of real life use cases. Cleaning your shaver with water and liquid soap also strips the blades off of any form of lubrication, increasing the wear of the blades if you don’t lubricate them regularly. And in the case of using foam/lather you are basically forced to clean your razor in this manner. In my opinion this is the main cause that can lead to a premature wear of the cutting parts with regards to wet shaving. Mineral buildups from hard water can definitely play a part, that’s why is very important to thoroughly clean, dry and lubricate the shaver every time.

      I personally prefer to use shaving cream with my wet/dry electric shavers and I haven’t noticed a significant difference in the lifespan of the shaving heads compared to my dry only shavers. But I do take the time to proper care for them.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Dave Stull

    I have a 9293s and a 90XXcc, I keep one at work and the other at home. The 9293s did not come with the charge and clean station, but shouldn’t it work in the station? Mine doesn’t seem to want to work, yet it has the same body. Do you know if it’s not supposed to work in the cleaning station? Thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The models ending in s, like the 9293s, won’t work with the stations included with the cc models, even though the shavers themselves are virtually identical. It’s the same situation with the Series 3, 5 and 7 shavers. Only the cc variations will work with the cleaning stations.

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  10. Ken

    Thanks for all of your info, it has been very helpful. My question is if the 9290cc and the 9295cc can be charged with the cord provided for the cleaning station like the 9293s? There are times like traveling where I may not want to pack the cleaning station but will still need to charge the shaver.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ken,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      The answer is definitely yes, you can charge any Series 9 that comes with a cleaning station by plugging the included cord directly into the shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. Ali

    Hello, this is a wonderful post first of all thanks a lot. I have four questions.
    1. I am legally blind, so I am not able to distinguish visually the orientation of the foil on the shaver. any -non-visual ways I can try which orientation works better for me?

    2. What are the differences between 92s and 92b shaving heads? I have 9095 CC. And regarding the fact you mentioned, not using the cream with cc models, what if I rinse fully under hot tap water first and then put it in the cleaning station. Do I still need to do more manual actions?

    3. I am not familiar with electric shaving lotions, are there any post links or references you have already written that I can learn about it or you give a brief summary here how to use it instead of shaving cream?

    4. And lastly, as a blind user, how can I learn how to shave well with the Braun. I mean how I can learn the good motions and techniques I should use. Previously I have had rotary shavers and I am absolutely new to Braun.

    Thanks
    Ali

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Ali,

      Thank you for the kind words. Regarding your questions:

      1. I think the best approach to distinguish between the two possible orientations would be to simply touch and feel the shaving head. The Series 9 has 4 cutting elements with an asymmetrical disposition. This means that during a stroke the order of the cutting elements that touch your skin can be foil – HyperLift&Cut trimmer – Direct&Cut trimmer – foil or foil – Direct&Cut trimmer – HyperLift&Cut trimmer – foil. Try to differentiate between the two middle trimmers and remember which one was on top when holding the razor face down for example. Some Series 9 users have reported that one orientation yields better results versus the other. If I were you I would first try to find out if this leads to a significant difference in your case. For example, shave one half your face then flip the shaving head and feel it to remember the position of the middle trimmers. If the results are significantly better in either of the cases just continue using it that way. I hope this makes sense.

      2. The only difference between the 92s and 92b is the color: 92s is silver, 92b is black. The 9095cc has the silver chrome finish, so the 92s would be more suitable. If you want to use shaving cream and still use the cleaning station, you must first thoroughly rinse any foam/lather and Braun also recommends that the shaver be completely dry before placing it into the station. That’s basically all you have to do.

      3. A pre-shave lotion can be viable alternative to shaving cream and can improve your dry shave results. I actually wrote an article on this topic, you can access it here.

      4. The most important thing when using a foil shaver is to shave against the grain. You can use your free hand to determine the direction your hair grows and use short, controlled strokes and adjust the direction accordingly. For a complete guide please check out this article that covers the techniques required by both rotary and foil shavers.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Francis, unfortunately no, you can only use the station with the cc models. It won’t work with the ones ending in s like your 9299s, even though they are virtually identical.

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  12. Joseph

    Excellent article, many thanks for taking the time to provide it. I have the Braun 9290CC which is the best shaver I have owned. I use it daily and always clean it in the base after every use. I have experienced just one problem and would appreciate your observations. After about 2 weeks of use, a residue of “whiskers” is left in the cleaning station, just near to the drain hole. This requires constant clearing of the base unit. I returned the first 9290CC because of this but the replacement does the same. Apart from this, I would have scored the shaver 10/10.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Joseph. Glad to hear you enjoy shaving with your Series 9. To be honest I never checked the inner part of the cleaning station that came with my review unit after using it, so I am not aware of this issue. However, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. When the cleaning fluid is flushed through the shaving head with all the hair clippings suspended in it this is likely to happen because of how the station is designed. Wiping it clean with a damp tissue every week or so should be good enough.

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    2. Bruno

      Or as an option, remove the head and manually tap it out first before placing in the clean and renew station in order to minimize the volume of whiskers going into both the clean and charge station and the solution. The solution will stay less contaminated and may last longer.

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      1. Bob Dorfman

        You can also remove the head and rinse it under water and rinse the inner shaver head prior to putting it in the cleaning station

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  13. Ramiro Prudencio

    Thank you for your insights. Given how important (or at least how frequent) shaving is for most men, it’s great to have someone tracking these products and providing useful insight. Speaking of which… I recently (Sept 2017) bought a Braun Series 9 in the UK, the 9296cc. Rather than having a number indicating the remaining battery level, it has lines. Have you identified the reason for these two different methods of indicating battery level? Thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the comment, Ramiro. I really appreciate it. Regarding your question, the display of the Series 9 (regardless of the variation) shows the remaining battery using the 5 horizontal bars. On certain models (9290cc, 9295cc, 9296cc, 9291cc and the first generation 9095cc and 9090cc) the display will actually show a digit instead of the bars, but only for the last 9 minutes of remaining shaving time. That’s also the reason why on some official photos of the Series 9 there’s a 9 on the shaver’s display.

      I hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. David

        I was about to ask the same question about the displays and have just got my answer 🙂 I recently bought a Series 9 and love it, been shaving with a razor since my last electric died about 15yrs ago and love it. Gives just as good a shave as the razor. Thanks for a very informative page.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      They are absolutely identical as far as I know, the 9297cc being just the name of the model for the Asian market.

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  14. Kevin

    This is a very helpful thread mate , cheers for it 🙂

    My shaver is a 9095cc

    I also had a question about the number 9 , thank you for your infos

    I understand that water will wear blades quicker , especially hard water ?

    But what about the pre shave lotions ? And the pre shave powders ? Will those as well have any impact on the blades over time ?

    Im also wondering if holding a hot wet towel over my face pre shave , and using the wet shave option will improve my shave quality and or shave experience ? It really helps with manual blades (a hot shower while shaving also helps immensely with a manual blade , will it also help alot with this braun?)

    I ve also noticed in the instructions that my model cannot be used with a foam or a gel .

    Can i please ask , is that just a restriction for the cleaning station (meaning i cant clean the foam/gel in the station ) , but i can use the foam/gel and just clean the razor manually myself , clearing it of the foam/gel ?

    Im a bit concerned about the trimmer breaking as i read here , do you mean the pop up sideburn/mustache trimmer ? Also will in shower/wet use wear that down over time ?

    Is this razor not meant to work while plugged in ( likley due to wet use ?)

    When it arrived i immediately wanted to use it and figured id just plug it in and shave , but i had to wait for a full charge (So now when batter finally goes ill have to send away and wait for a battery replacement ).

    One more question , can i buy a plastic cap guard for mine , ive always had one on my previous Brauns to protect the foil while travelling

    If these are too many questions , please accept my apologies

    Cheers

    K

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for your comment. Regarding your questions:

      • It’s difficult to say how will hard water impact the wear on the blades. However, the best you can do is to thoroughly clean and lubricate your shaver, be it manually or using the cleaning station.
      • As long as the pre shave lotions/powders don’t clog the razor it should be all good.
      • You can try a wet shave and see how it impacts the quality of your shave. This tends to vary quite a lot, some men will see a significant difference while others won’t see any improvements. You can check out this article for more details on the pre electric shave routine.
      • Braun explicitly says that you can use the updated Series 9 with foam/gel. In the case of the previous shavers, like your 9095cc, it only says that you can use them in the shower. However, many users have shaved successfully with cream/gel, including myself. Just make sure to clean it thoroughly of any foam before using the station. Also, keep in mind that this can void your warranty, so it’s up to you to decide if you should try it, even though there’s really no reason to think that it will damage the shaver.
      • The trimmer is actually the blue HyperLift & Cut element of the shaving head. There are reports of the trimmer breaking after a few months of use in some cases. It’s still unclear if there was indeed a faulty part from the get go. However, you can always buy a new updated shaving head (92s/92b). They are backwards compatible with the original Series 9.
      • Wet/dry electric shavers can’t be used while plugged in as a safety precaution.
      • If you can find a compatible protection cap I see no reason not to use one.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  15. Terry

    Great review on the 9 series. I am planning to purchase it for the daily use, I have mild hair growth. I come to find the 3 models on the 9 series for really good deal on local Hong Kong shop , what is your opinion on them ? My initial thought is go for cheaper option but without a cleaning station, the long term use of cleaning solution is a huge cost, and I am rather spend the money on a new shaving head.
    9030S, USD128, dry only
    9040S, USD138, wet & dry
    9090cc, USD190, dry only, with cleaning station

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Those are indeed excellent deals, even for a first generation Series 9 and you can always buy the updated 92s/92b replacement heads. Regarding the cleaning station, it’s really up to you. If you don’t mind cleaning your shaver manually you can go for an s model and save some money, especially in the long run. Keep in mind however that Braun shavers are more difficult to clean manually compared to other foil shavers. The inner part of the cassette is very intricate and fiddly to clean. You’ll also have to lubricate the foils and blades yourself on a regular basis.

      If you think this won’t be a problem then it’s totally fine if you choose to skip the station.

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  16. ben

    hi there,
    is it true that the older model 9090cc can oporate while cord is connected to the electricity therefor can be used when battery dies advetualy and the newer model 9295cc will not oporate connected by cord to the electricity ?
    thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ben,

      Yes, that is correct, the 9090cc can be operated while the cord is connected. The 9295cc is suitable for wet/dry use and can’t be operated while charging as a safety precaution.

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      1. ben

        hi there,
        i was told by a friend that owns a 9090cc that he uses it as a wet/dry mechine for the last 2 years with no issues…

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Ben,

          I’ve seen many users successfully using the 9090cc as a wet/dry shaver. However, this may void your warranty and of course there is the risk of damaging the shaver.

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          1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Yes, 92s/92b is the updated cassette and it’s also compatible with the original Series 9 models.

      1. Bob Dorfman

        This is very frustrating. Both Panasonic and Braun when releasing their new models also do minor redesigns of their cleaning/charging units to require customers to buy the more expensive shaver/cleaning unit packages rather than keep the existing cleaning units and purchase only a new shaver.

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  17. Ken

    There must be a comparison somewhere, but I can’t find out what the difference is between the 9240s and 9293s models?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The 9293s is the name of the model sold in North America, while the 9240s is intended for the European market. Apart from the color and the specific power plugs, they are absolutely the same.

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  18. Ali Abdolrahmani

    Hello Ovidiu
    It is around 15 months from my purchase of 9095cc. In my last three shaves I feel burns during shaving specially when going to shave the area between my nose and lips and my neck. Is this a sign of my blades becoming dull and should be replaced? Is it common that these do not last for 18 months? do you think the new model of blades are more long lasting than these original ones? I expected them to last longer. I clean my shaver regularly using the station and shave at most three times a week and my hair is not that much thick. Any suggestion on how regularly cleaning the unit with station and how regularly changing the cleaning solution?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ali,

      The foils getting excessively hot can very well be a sign of wear and you’ll likely need to replace the shaving head. The foils and blades are machined with great precision and after a while the metal can warp and cause more friction between the moving parts and that will generate more heat, leading to razor burn. 15 months is actually not too bad. We do not know how the manufacturer came up with 18 months, but I will assume that their testing methodology was based on light use and ideal conditions.

      The most important thing you can do to prolong the life of the blades is to clean your shaver after every use and to lubricate it regularly. Using the station takes care of everything, so you definitely didn’t do anything wrong.

      Regarding the updated shaving heads for the Series 9 (92s/92b), I couldn’t tell you if they last longer since I haven’t used my 9290cc for that long. I also have other razors in my rotation, so I don’t use the Series 9 as often as you, so my experience wouldn’t be that relevant. I don’t think the difference between the old and new parts is significant in this regard, but I still highly recommend getting the updated cassettes as some of the older ones were prone to breaking.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. ali Abdolrahmani

        Thanks a lot, I have ordered one now.
        Just one last question, any ideas on how often to change the cleaning solution?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Ali. When the indicator starts blinking red you should replace the cleaning cartridge. When will this happen really depends on various factors (frequency of use, how much dirt and hair clippings are trapped inside the shaving head, how quickly the fluid evaporates when you don’t use the station etc).

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          1. Ali Abdolrahmani

            Thanks. since I am legally blind, I have to ask my wife to check this. May I ask where this indicator is located and what is its color when it is normal?

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Hi Ali,

            The indicator is located just above the station’s power button and slightly offset to the left. The light is actually turned off and will only glow red when the remaining fluid is enough for roughly 3 more cleaning cycles. After that it will also blink and that’s when you’ll need to replace the cartridge.

  19. Xxx

    Can I buy automatic cleaning station separetaly if I have braun 9240s or any other S model?
    Thanks for the advice!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Unfortunately the 9240s will not work with a cleaning station. In fact, none of the s models will; only the cc shavers are fitted with a special chip that allows them to communicate with the station.

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      1. Frankie Cole

        Hi, quick question. Does the charging station make that much of a difference. Debating weather to go with the S model or CC model.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Frankie,

          That’s really up to you. I never recommend the cleaning stations unless they’re absolutely necessary. In my opinion the Series 9 is such a case and the cleaning base is genuinely useful. Trying to remove all the hairs from the shaving head is very fiddly. The first time I used my 9290cc I did a quick dry shave, then tried my best to clean the head manually with water. I put a brand new cartridge inside the station, placed the shaver inside and did a cleaning cycle just to see how well I managed to clean the cassette. To my surprise there were quite a few hair clippings on the bottom of the cartridge.

          I never use the station after every shave though; I usually do 3 manual cleanings before putting the razor through an automatic cleaning cycle. But I really appreciate having it so I can have the razor properly sanitized.

          Anyway that’s just my preference with regards to the Series 9, I think the station is worth the extra money. With Panasonic for example I never buy the one that come with a station, it’s simply not needed.

          Hope this helps.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  20. Melanie

    My husband is a long-time user of Braun shavers with the cleaning station. His only complaint on the models he has had so far is that the cleaning fluid seems to evaporate quickly. For Christmas, I’m going to give him a series 7 or series 9, and so far could go either way. (Thanks to your great review, I at last understand the series 9 variants.)

    So my question is whether the life of the cleaning fluid varies between the two series. This could be the deciding factor!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for your comment! I wouldn’t say there’s a significant difference between the Series 7 and the Series 9 in this regard. The cleaning cycle of both is very short, with the the Series 7 having a slight advantage since it uses induction heat and that dries the shaving head faster. However, the most important factors that impact the life of the cleaning cartridge are the following: how often you use the station and how dirty is the shaver. On top of that, being alcohol based, the fluid tends to evaporate pretty quickly. You can minimize this by taking the cartridge out of the base and putting the plastic cap back on if the station won’t be used daily. One thing I always do after completing my shave is to remove the shaving head and gently tap it on the sink to remove the bulk of hairs before cleaning it in the station.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  21. Iman All

    Hi Ovidiu
    Thanks for all your information
    If it’s not too much can you tell me what’s the difference between 9299s & 9290cc ? I know the cleaning station is one difference but I don’t understand why is there this much a different price range between this two!! Can you update me about this, is the different in price make 9299 a better shaver !?
    Thanks in advance

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Iman,

      You are very welcome! The 9299s doesn’t include the cleaning station as you have correctly pointed out in your comment. Apart from that, a matte gold finish and a more premium packaging, there’s absolutely no difference between the 9299s and any other wet/dry Series 9 in terms of shaving performance. In my opinion the price of the 9299s is ridiculous. The 9290cc will give you an identical shave, it costs a lot less and comes with a cleaning station.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Iman

        Thank you ovidiu
        The really issue for me is that I have a chance to get one of them for free – I like to know if you where in my shoes which one would you choose!?
        The one with the cleaning station or the gold one
        I’m so sorry to ask such a silly question

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          For my personal use I would definitely choose the 9290cc for the added convenience of the automatic cleaning base. Unless you plan on selling the shaver or you absolutely must have a golden Series 9, the 9290cc is (objectively) a more compelling package.

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  22. Paul Ahrens

    Terrific site and thread, thanks.

    I am switching to electric and my 9095 arrived today. I intended to try both the Remington Face Saver and Williams Lectric Shave pre-shaves, after looking at another thread here. My questions are about shaver cleaning when using these pre-shaves, which are not foam nor gels. If shaving dry I would likely just stick the shaver in the cleaning station, but it makes sense to me to use a pre-shave (and post balm) from what I have read.

    I believe I read somewhere that the shaver should be dry when placed in the cleaning station. If that is the case:
    1. If using the Lectric Shave, is there any need to hot water wash out the shaver before putting in the cleaning station? If so, that would mean I could not stick it in the charger right away if my assumption on the dry shaver into the cleaning station is correct?
    2. Similarly, would the Remington Face Saver (talc plus ???) require the shaver be hot water washed (and then dried) before putting in the cleaning station? I don’t know if that pre-shave causes gunk ala the foams & gels that require washing (and drying) before the shaver goes in the cleaning station.

    Please help me sort this out. I need to check where I think I read that one should not put the shaver in the cleaning station unless dry.

    If I’ve got this right and either of these pre-shaves require hot water wash first, would I want to shave, pop off the head and how water wash, let it dry overnight, then (dry, of course) stick it in the cleaning station in the morning before shaving. I understand the typical clean cycle is pretty fast.

    Thanks for helping me understand all this

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your comment. The Lectric Shave is alcohol based and will evaporate within 20 seconds after applying it to your face. I use it every time I shave dry and haven’t had any issues with gunk buildups. In this case a manual clean is not necessary, you can simply toss your razor into the cleaning base once you’ve finished shaving.

      The use of a pre-shave powder that contains talc and a few other chemicals can be problematic in the context of using an automatic cleaning station, particularly a Braun station that uses an alcohol solution and it’s more susceptible to clogging. It’s unlikely for anything serious to happen, but I personally wouldn’t use a talc powder and then clean my razor in the cleaning station. So in this case a manual cleaning should probably be performed just to be on the safe side. I know this is inconvenient, so the Lectric Shave is the way to go in this case. Just make sure to wait for 20 to 30 seconds after applying the splash to your face to make sure it has evaporated completely.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  23. Paul

    Thanks, Ovidiu. I appreciate the prompt reply! I shaved dry today but will try the Lectric shave tomorrow.

    I did find in the manual, under Charging the Shaver in the CC Station: “Important: The shaver needs to be dry and free from any foam or soap residue!”. My confusion is about the “dry” requirement. There is also a 5-panel “cartoon” strip included separate from the manual that shows (1) a red “X” over sticking the foamy shaver in the station, (2) rinsing foam/soap from the shaver, (3) shaking the water off (at least that’s what it looks like), sticking the shaver into the station (showing another red “X” over a bubble of foam/soap next to the shaver (to make the point a 2nd time I presume), and (5) a 1-2 picture of how to put the shaver in the station (not very clear what that is trying to show, as it appears to show tilting the shave forward, which would separate the charging contacts on the back).

    So, I’m not clear whether the shaver needs to be completely dry when inserted into the station. For instance, if I used the Face Saver, I could hot water rinse it (including popping the head off/on for better job of that), shake it off so it was not full of water (but not dry) and then stick it in the station? That is, if the picture is saying un-dry is ok but not unless you shake off the majority of water. Or does the shaver need to be completely dry going into the station? If the first step is a fluid wash, perhaps the importance is not getting more than a couple drops of water into the cleaning solution so it is not diluted substantially. I could see dry-dry being the requirement only if the first cleaning step was a fluid free air blow for loose particles.

    I’d appreciate clarity on this as it might allow me to try the Face Saver (talc type), with quick steps of a how water wash, shake it free of (most) water, then into the station.

    BTW, separate issue, the instructions advise to change the cleaning fluid when the lights so indicate. Is that pretty reliable. I believe is works off the fluid level. Does one sometimes have to change it earlier because the solution gets dirty enough that cleaning does not work well?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are welcome, Paul. Ideally, the shaver would have to be completely dry before inserting it into the station. However, if you perform a manual cleaning beforehand, thoroughly shaking off the excess water from the shaving head and also patting it dry with a paper towel, it should be fine. Please note that there’s always a risk (even minor) of something happening that may void your warranty when doing anything outside the recommended usage.

      After shaving with a talc powder I recommend using a bit of liquid soap in addition to hot water to make sure you have removed any residues from the shaving head.

      Regarding the level indicator, it is pretty reliable in my experience. I never had to replace a cartridge sooner due to excessive hair clippings/dirt accumulation. However, I do remove most of the hairs from the shaving head before using the station by lightly tapping the cassette on the sink. I also brush off any remaining hairs from the inner area of the pivoting head.

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  24. Michael Schmitt

    Does the Series 9 (9090cc type 5790) have a head replacement indicator? Or is up to the user to keep track of when 18 months is up?

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  25. Rita

    Hello Ovidiu,
    Thanks for all of the information. It’s very helpful. I have one question want to ask you.
    I live in Canada. I want to buy the series 9 for my husband but there is just 9095cc in Canada. I also can buy the 9295cc from U.S but I have to drive to U.S to pick it up. What do you recommend it? Is it worthy to buy the newest model 9295cc in U.S?
    I want to buy the good model and use it for many years so I don’t mind the price.

    Thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment. Performance-wise the two are pretty much identical. The 9295cc already comes with the updated shaving head (part no. 92s) that addresses any potential problems that the older one might have had (90s). That part is however backwards compatible with the previous models, so if you decide to buy the 9095cc you’ll be able to use the newer shaving cassettes.

      If price and convenience are not an issue, I would say to go for the 9295cc. But since you would have to drive to another country to get one, ordering a 9095cc along with an updated shaving head is probably a more convenient alternative.

      I hope your husband will enjoy his new shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Erik Heyl

        Thanks for that, I’m in the exact same boat, in Canada as well (after trying the “traditional” safety razor way and always getting cut due to my hairs being flat, growing every which way etc. 9095CC it is. Thanks again!

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  26. Danny

    Thanks for all the info, really appreciate it! I just got the 9295cc from Bed Bath and Beyond for $211 US tax included! The comfort and closeness is light years ahead of my trusty norelco click & style with RQ12+ head. This is the next level, this will replace the norelco for shave and my double edge. Love that I can use dry and with shave cream. Do you know if you could use shave oil with this model ?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Danny,

      Thank you for your comment! I haven’t personally used shaving oils with my electric razors, but I don’t see why you shouldn’t give it a try. Just make sure to use a light oil specifically designed for shaving, like Somersets Shave Oils or Shave Secret and apply them very sparingly. This will reduce the chances of the razor getting clogged.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  27. Ricardo

    Thank you for this detailed article and all other related ones. Has there been any word if Braun will be coming out with a Series 9 shaver that is built sturdier and not with plastic?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ricardo,

      Thank you for the kind words. Regarding your question, there isn’t any official info about such a product. I would be very surprised to see a new Series 9 released anytime soon given Braun’s track record. Their update cycle is quite long — by update I mean the introduction of a vastly different product, not just an incremental improvement like the 90xx and 92xx models.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Ricardo

        Ovidiu, thanks for your response. By reading your article reviews on both the Braun and Panasonic foil shavers I have come to a solution. I have purchased a brand new in the box second generation Panasonic Arc5 with cleaning station included for $150.00. My main objective is to achieve optimal closeness and have the flexibility of adding comfort by using shaving creams, gels, lotions, or pre-electric splashes if desired. I have not yet tried the Panasonic yet (will be arriving soon) and I don’t know how my skin will at first respond with a dry shave using the Arc5 but when I do I will be commenting on this post with my personal results and opinions. Ovidiu, how can a person identify or label sensitive skin? I have always assumed that shaving produces some skin irritation or redness as a result of shaving. I’m trying to figure out if I have sensitive or “very” sensitive skin when it comes to shaving? Thank you.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Ricardo. $150 for the ES-LV95-S is a very good deal. I think you made the right decision considering what you’re trying to achieve with your razor. For me this setup (Panasonic shavers + shaving cream) works amazing. I only use a very thin layer of watery lather. This seems to be ideal, but feel free to experiment with different things.

          There’s actually a thin line between sensitive and very sensitive skin and this threshold seem to vary from person to person. People seem to evaluate their experiences very differently.

          In my opinion, you’re dealing with (very) sensitive skin — in the context of shaving — when you always have to make specific adjustments to your technique & shaving routine and only use certain tools and products just to get a decent shave. Not great, but bearable.

          Shaving shouldn’t inflict significant discomfort provided that we take care of the basics (a suitable razor and good technique). If that’s not enough, we can assume that we’re dealing with sensitive skin. The severity can vary from some razor burn and redness to more serious issues like ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

          Hope this helps.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Ricardo

            Appreciate your input Ovidiu. Will charging the Panasonic ES-LV95-S in the accompanying station also take care of lubrication or only clean and charge the shaver? I have not come across this info yet. Thank you again.

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            That is correct, Ricardo; if you clean the shaver with the included station there’s no need for additional lubrication. The cleaning fluid acts as a lubricant as well.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  28. Juan-Carlos Reyes

    Ovidiu, what an incredible review. I had wasted DAYS researching just Braun alone, and I was still confused and unclear about the different models and features, and was really not close to a decision. But with your clear, thorough and well-written review my decision became crystal clear. Thank you, sir for taking the time to write this, and other reviews. Braun should consider hiring and paying you!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Juan-Carlos,

      I’m very glad to know that you found the information useful. Thank you so much, I am humbled by your kind words.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  29. Mike Jennings

    Super helpful and informative info Ovidiu – thank you for your clarity and thoroughness!
    Decided to get the 9095cc on Amazon as way less expensive then the 92xx versions. Even if spend the extra $50-65 for the replacement head in the next 6 months still turns out cheaper and will get the titanium gold head then. If the original head lasts a year or more its well worth it. Merry Christmas!
    Mike from Canada eh!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Mike,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the information useful. It sounds like you got a really great deal on the 9095cc and I hope you’ll enjoy shaving with it. Merry Christmas!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  30. Ricardo

    Ovidiu, I currently use and have been using the Braun 7 (great product BTW) for the past 5 years. My normal shaving routine and habits consists of shaving only once weekly. I follow this as it is more comfortable first and foremost. Also, as my beard grows in it does so nicely and even becomes softer as it gets longer and so I take advantage of this and make it part of my looks and outfit. Inevitably and quickly my beard becomes much fuller and no longer comfortable and so I prefer to shave it off. I say all this only to point out that there are times when I have to shave more times in between and to ask the following. Will using one foil shaver such as my Braun 7 for those in-between shorter stubble shaves be okay? And then using the more powerful Panasonic Arc5 for those days my beard is fuller? Would there be an issue switching between foil shavers of different brands? I’d appreciate you input and opinion please. Thank you again.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Definitely no problem switching between two different foil shavers (as longs as they’re both high quality products and suitable for the job).

      The Arc 5 is a lot more powerful and has more cutting elements, so that is definitely an advantage. However, while it’s superior to the Series 7 with regards to raw cutting power, in my experience the Series 7 is better at capturing flat lying hairs. You therefore may need to do more passes with the Arc 5 on certain areas to get those stray hairs. Again, the problem is capturing the actual hairs.

      This of course depends on the particularities of your facial hair, but shaving less often means a longer beard and the problem of flat lying hairs is usually more serious as the hairs grow longer and tend to stay flat on the skin. This is in my opinion the only potential issue you could have with the Arc 5 when shaving a longer beard. It may simply not be the case here, but I had to mention it.

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  31. Ricardo

    Hello,
    Is the following correct? Braun Series 9 model 9090cc = all black color and model 9095cc = chrome color? Thank you.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The Series 9 9090cc is a dry only shaver, while the 9095cc is suitable for wet/dry use. Both come in the silver/chrome finish.

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  32. Ricardo

    Hi Ovidiu,
    I would like to share with you and readers that Braun is offering a $50.00 rebate with Series 9 until the end of the month (a December 31) just a few days more. I just came across this info today. I also added the Braun series 9 model 9295-chrome to my arsenal because of the kind of low price through Bed Bath and Beyond’s 20% coupon although chrome was not my first choice but model 9290 is not available to me but no matter. Price at BB&B is $239.00 minus 20% with mailer coupon (these coupons are everywhere in my area and also easily available online) and then take off 50.00 rebate. I think comes out to $142.00. Take advantage!

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  33. Oskar

    Hola buenas, estaba pensando en comprarme una 9296 ya que la vi bastante asequible pero por esperar subio de precio desorvitadamente. Acabo de ver otra oferta de una 9291 y mi pregunta es, la diferencia solo es el color o hay aluguna mas?
    Gracias

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      1. Oskar

        Muchas gracias por resolverse la duda amigo. Al final compré la 9295 por el mismo precio que la 91. Mañana la recibo.
        Un saludo

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  34. Alan Wilcox

    I bought my series 9 rechargeable shaver model 9240s from Health Express via Amazon on 28/8/17. On 8/1/18 after 4mths use I found a hole in the foil making it unusable and dangerous. I found it impossible to obtain a usable address to contact Braun to make a claim. The website requires serial numbers and other details which are only on the box. I contacted Olympic Shaver Centre and bought a replacement foil because they said the foil was not covered by the warranty, which excludes “normal wear and tear(e.g. foil and cutter block)”. I consider 4mths. wear abnormal. Olympic, and your excellent user reviews, seem to regard 6-18mths life normal, and Braun recommend replacement of the foil after 18mnths. I found Braun Customer Service abysmal, and Product information seriously lacking. I bought my shaver in haste when my Philishave failed whilst I was on holiday in France, and had I seen your excellent site reviews before ordering I would have bought a 92xxcc instead.
    Alan Wilcox

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Alan,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m really sorry to hear about your experience. With normal use (and proper maintenance) getting only 4 months out of a cutting block is unacceptable.
      I hope you’ll have better luck with your second Series 9 cassette.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  35. Steve

    I’ve been using the Arc 5 for a while now and usually clean it with soap and water before just drying it in the cleaning station to preserve blade/screen life.
    Does the Braun series 9 have the Dry only setting on the cleaning station? Or will it only do the full cleaning cycle?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      The answer is no, you cannot just dry your Series 9. The station can only do a complete cycle which involves both cleaning and drying. This is one of the aspects that make the Panasonic stations superior.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  36. Mikel Alla

    Hello!
    Thank you for the explanation!
    Which is a difference among 9290 cc, 9295 cc, 9296 cc and 9297 cc?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mikel,

      You are very welcome. 9290cc comes in matte silver, while the 9295cc has the glossy chrome finish. 9296cc is the model number for the UK market and it’s the same as the 9295cc — chrome finish. 9297cc is the model sold on the Asian market and it’s the same as the 9290cc (matte silver).

      Also, 9296cc comes with a leather travel case, while the rest have textile/fabric cases.

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      1. Mikel Alla

        Thank you very much!
        Why 790 cc is listed the first and 9290 cc the second at the list of the best shaver?
        Best regards,
        Mikeli

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Mikel. With electric shavers it’s almost impossible to come up with an objective ranking system that will cater to everyone’s needs. I would actually suggest you to ignore the position in the list and just focus on finding a shaver that’s suitable for you. Here are two articles that should help you out:

          What’s The Best Electric Razor For Men (2018)? The Ultimate Guide
          Braun Series 7 vs 9: Which One Should You Buy?

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  37. Jonathan

    I’ve recently decided that I should make the investment for a high end flagship electric shaver and after reading your review and finding a killer deal on eBay for a new Braun Series 9 9290cc I pulled the trigger and purchased it today. It does not, however come with the cleaning charger base. I see online, a few sold as replacement parts but I am having a difficult time determining the part number or model number for the base that is packaged with the 9290cc. Would you, by chance, be able to confirm what this particular part number or model number is? I’d greatly appreciate it.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jonathan,

      I’m really sorry to hear about that. The 9290cc normally comes with a cleaning base, so I would assume that the vendor didn’t include it. The part number for the Series 9 cleaning station is 81481301. Please note that your Series 9 will work with one only if it is indeed one of the cc models; the s (solo) models will not work.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Jonathan

        Thank you very much for the info. I bought separately the Series 9 cleaning station #81481301 and it does indeed work with the razer. One more question if I may, I notice that media pictures of the Series 9 razer show a 9 on the shaver’s LED display. I’ve yet to see a number displayed on my unit’s led screen. Just battery bars and a water drop. Is this razer supposed to display a number on the screen or is that just marketing for Braun’s advertising. Thanks for your help previously. You pointed me in the right direction!

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Jonathan. As I explained in a previous comment, the display of the Series 9 (regardless of the variation) shows the remaining battery using the 5 horizontal bars. On certain models (9290cc, 9295cc, 9296cc, 9291cc and the first generation 9095cc and 9090cc) the display will actually show a digit instead of the bars, but only for the last 9 minutes of remaining shaving time. That’s also the reason why on some official photos of the Series 9 there’s a 9 on the shaver’s display.

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  38. Leo Lazar

    Hi Ovidiu
    I purchased a Braun series 9 back in August, use it for 3 months and after that it got locked, I guess in travel mode. The on off button does not work properly anymore and I can not turn it on and stay on for more than a few seconds – very frustrating!
    Can you shed any light on this problem?
    Thank you!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Leo,

      That clearly looks like a hardware malfunctioning and I recommend sending your Series 9 to an authorized Braun service center to have it fixed. The warranty should cover the repairment since you purchased your shaver in August.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  39. Mehran

    Thanks to your information.. I bought one shaver as 9095cc but for me the big noise was a problem at beginining when I used one series 5 before… Now I understand that my shaver series 9 was a problem at start… what is your idea?? Can it resolve to repair or I must buy the new one???

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mehran,

      Just to make sure I understand this correctly — you bought a Series 9 9095cc that was louder during use compared to a Series 5. If that’s the case, I’d say that there’s definitely something wrong with your Series 9. I own both and the Series 5 is clearly louder during use and vibrates quite strongly. I couldn’t tell if the noise of your particular unit is caused by a faulty shaving head or other mechanical problem, but the best solution would be to send it to an authorized Braun service center. If it’s not out of warranty the repairing costs should also be covered by it (except if it’s a problem with the cassette in which case the warranty won’t cover it).

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  40. Len Nunn

    Hi Ovidiu,
    Just a quick question: Is it possible to replace the Lithium-ion battery in the Series 9-9290cc model? I have had many bad experiences with fixed Li-ion batteries in electrical appliances “dying”, rendering the appliance useless and left with no alternative but to discard expensive equipment.
    Thanks a million!
    Len

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Len,

      Yes, it is possible to replace the battery in the Series 9. The OEM part no is 81377206 and can be bought from various online stores. Here are a few links:

      While replacing it yourself shouldn’t be too complicated, make sure to take extra care not to puncture or bend the battery.

      I hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  41. John Wicks

    I recently purchased one of the new Braun series 7’s (7865cc). Love this shaver!
    My question is in regard to making up my own cleaning solution for the supplied cartridge. I plan on mixing 5 ml of Wahl light machine oil into 500ml ethyl alcohol, which if I understand correctly should be sufficient for 3 cartridge refills. I realize by employing homemade cleaning solutions I run the risk of voiding the warranty, but perhaps more importantly, am I right in assuming that this – ‘concoction/recipe’ – would be a safe and effective, cheaper alternative to Braun’s offering?

    Thanks so much for your sage advice and thanks in advance for your reply.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      I haven’t personally tried to make my own cleaning solution, but I am familiar with the various recipes that exist. First of all, I would use specially denatured alcohol (SDA 40-B) as it’s not as harsh to the plastic surfaces of the shaver and the gaskets in the station as the other options (isopropyl, rubbing alcohol etc.). Secondly, I wouldn’t add any machine oils to the mix. I would only use denatured alcohol, some distilled water (around 20 – 30ml) and D-Limonene (one tablespoon). This last ingredient is also used by Braun in their solution (it dissolves grease and leaves behind that nice citrus scent).

      An alternative would be alcohol, distilled water, glycerin and a few drops of essential lemon oil. Water is important for its conductive properties, if you don’t add any the station will signal an empty cartridge. Also, make sure not to fill the cartridge to the brim with the solution.

      Again, I haven’t personally tested any of these methods, so I cannot guarantee for their safety and efficiency.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. John Wicks

        Thanks so much for the comprehensive answer, Ovidiu. Greatly and sincerely appreciated.
        When you say de-natured, is this the same as grain alcohol? Or Isopropyl? The reason I was considering ethyl alcohol was because I’d read that certain other additives don’t dissolve when added to isopropyl, but apparently do so in ethyl alcohol. Not sure whether or not that’s correct.
        I’d also read about the D-Limonene. Do you happen to have any ideas on where I might obtain some? And I was under the impression that some kind of lubricant was a necessary addition, in order to help reduce premature wear and tear on the blades and foils. In view of your comments, since I don’t wish to damage the shaver, I’m thinking I should maybe just bite the bullet and buy the Braun replacement cartridges from Amazon, or wherever I can get the best deal. I presume if I purchase one of the multi-packs – for a discount price – that the cleaning fluid won’t evaporate over time while they’re stored and unopened.
        Thanks again.
        John

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, John. Denatured alcohol is a just ethanol (ethyl alcohol) with an agent added to make it unsuitable for consumption. SD alcohol 40-B (the variation widely used in cosmetic products, including by Braun in its cartridges) contains a specific agent which also happens to make this mix more suitable for this type of application. That is it won’t be as aggressive to plastic and other materials.

          The ingredient list of Braun’s cleaning solution printed on the cartridge is very basic and vague (Alcohol and perfume), but I would assume that the lubricating properties of the mix are enough. I am quite sure that they don’t add any machine oil or anything similar.

          I couldn’t tell you where to buy D-Limonene (possibly ebay or amazon), but essential lemon oil should work just fine. If I recall correctly, D-Limonene is found in essential lemon oil alongside Citrol, which is another component of Braun’s formula.

          I guess buying the original cartridges in bulk would be the safest choice for now. However, I will dig more into this as I’m quite interested in this topic and I will post a comprehensive article once I have everything sorted out. But until I can test it myself, I cannot recommend a homemade cleaning solution.

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          1. John Wicks

            Thanks so much, Ovidiu. This is very helpful. I will have a look around some beauty supply stores and see if I can locate the specific ingredients you mentioned. In the meantime I look forward to your proposed research and reading your future article on the subject of a safe and effective, homemade cleaning solution.
            Thanks again.
            All the best,
            John

  42. Frank

    My razor indicates to use 90S as a replacement part. Reading that it seems to be an inferior head, do you know what other heads will fit my 9090CC? Which one should I get?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Frank,

      You can use the updated 92s cassette mentioned in the post, it is backward compatible and will fit your 9090cc.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  43. Breb

    Hi Ovidiu,
    I see there are different CCR types (I presume for different cleaning station models). I ordered a 9295cc online and I would like to get some CCRs for spare. Could you please share a compatible product code, or a link on amazon or ebay?

    Multumesc!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Breb,

      They are all basically the same, there aren’t any CCR refills designed to work with a specific Braun cleaning station. The names/packaging may vary slightly depending on where they’re being sold or manufactured, but they’re all compatible with all Braun cleaning stations. As long as you’re buying genuine Braun CCR cartridges, they will work with your 9295cc.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome. CCR-4 for example commonly refers to a pack of 4 cartridges, CCR-3 to a pack of 3 and so on. I am familiar with that document and I think it is genuine. I will be posting a detailed guide on how to make your own Braun cleaning solution pretty soon as well.

      Reply
  44. ali

    hi
    many thanks for your informative article.
    i used to have panasonic ga-20 which was terrible specially when i wanted to shave area around my neck.
    recently i have been struggling with razors to,i get so many irritations and belmish.
    so i am consideringto buy another electric razor,and base on what i have read braun series 9 seems to be a good choice.
    but i have heard claims about the differences between 9290 and 9290cc.
    hey say 9290cc is ordered by middle east and 9290 is ordered by European countries and is better,is it?
    do you think 9290 (cc or without cc) will do the job ? i am sick of relentless shaving

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ali,

      You are very welcome. The 9290 actually refers to the 9290cc model that comes with the cleaning base, there isn’t a different 9290 Series 9. I live in Europe and I bought the 9290cc from a local shop. If you see a reference to a 9290 (without the cc) it is most likely a case of an incomplete model name.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  45. piero

    Hi Ovidiu, can you please explain the difference between the 9260s and the 9293s ?

    Also, is there any real advantage of getting a model with cleaning station, compared to a model without? Maybe the first one lasts longer?

    Thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Piero,

      The only difference is the color (the 9260s model has a matte/brushed silver finish, while the 9293s comes with a high gloss, mirror-like treatment). The advantage of the station is that it makes cleaning a lot easier. Simply using the station shouldn’t affect the longevity of the shaver compared to a solo model (like the 9293s for example) unless you fail to clean and lubricate it regularly.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  46. Shane Plumridge

    Thank you, I have been a Braun user for most of my adult life (51 now) and found them to be exceptional – my last one just died after 8-9 years hard labour.
    I am not a fan of the cleaning station as the replacement cleaners are expensive and with a little TLC each couple of days longevity and performance didn’t fail me cleaning it myself.
    From your article I think I will go the 9293s model
    Again thank you for a very informative article.
    Shane

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Shane,

      Thank you for your comment. That is true, the cartridge refills can get pricey. I hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new 9293s!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  47. Mehran

    Hi Dear Ovidiu, thanks a lot for your perfect information, wherein this is the second time for our communication…

    Can you advise me the difference between 9260s and 9240s… I know all details except the first one made by Aluminum and the second made by plastic… the rest details is clear for me but this topics No…

    Thanks again for your assistance.
    Ciao
    Mehran

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mehran,

      You are very welcome, I’m glad you found the information useful.

      Regarding your question, they are both made out of plastic, with the 9260s having a matte silver finish and the 9240s featuring a glossy black treatment. The 9260s is sold on the American market, while the 9240s is intended for the European market and will come with the appropriate power plug. These are the only differences between the two (the shaving performance is identical).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  48. Mehran

    Thanks for your quick reply… Today I bought 9299 and surely my old shaver as 9095 was broken from beginning but I think service Braun don’t believe me, but it is true story…

    Any way, I think the repairing cost is too much here in my country as Iran…

    Thanks again.
    Ciao
    Mehran

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