Braun Series 9 Original vs Updated Models 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 problems.

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 original and the updated Series 9 models and hopefully help you make the right buying decision.

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

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 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 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.

Both the old and updated models that end in CC include the automatic cleaning station, while the ones ending in S do not.

Now that we know how to tell them apart, let’s see what are the actual differences 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.

So what’s the reason behind the 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.

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 variation of the Series 9 (9290cc) has a matte, frosted treatment and should handle better any fingerprints and smudges. This is actually the only difference between the 9290cc and 9295cc.

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 now the color scheme (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 and 9090cc 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 station. And this defies the purpose of having an automatic cleaning station completely.

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 cleaning station, my suggestion would be to seriously consider a Panasonic Arc 5 that has no restrictions in using the cleaning station.

There are also the 9093s and 9293s Series 9 variations that come without a cleaning station and usually cost less than the corresponding cc models.

Both the original 9093s and the updated 9293s are suitable for wet & dry use. The 9293s also includes a charging stand, while the 9093s does not.

To be honest, this won’t be an issue for most men as a 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.

To sum it up: 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 the same.

Corded and cordless use

All 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 of all wet/dry electric shavers, not just the Series 9 in particular.

The dry only variations from the original Series 9 line 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.

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 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 it wasn’t explicitly marketed as so.

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 in 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 in the meantime went out of business. 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 cc 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 discount 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 for 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 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 dropped significantly.

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.

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, an 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 — than you’ll likely be very satisfied with it.

Again, not taking into account things like value for money or the shortage of replacement shaving heads.

And this last part used to be by far the main concern — buying a product at a premium price 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 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 as I said in the beginning of this post, the 9290cc from the updated Series 9 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 here 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. 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.

71 comments on “Braun Series 9 Original vs Updated Models 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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