New Braun Series 7 vs 6 vs 5 (2020 models): The Definitive Guide

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New Braun Series 7, 6 and 5 (2020 models): The Definitive Guide

In January 2020, Braun quietly released 3 new lines of electric shavers on the USA market: the Series 7, the Series 6 and the Series 5.

And while Braun’s previous releases were mostly rebranded, older shavers (like the Series 8 or the 93xx Series 9), these 2020 models are completely new: new design, new shaving heads, new accessories, and new cleaning stations.

Even though it wasn’t a massive launch, these shavers sparked a lot of interest among current (and future) Braun users.

However, there are a lot of unanswered questions as well, particularly regarding how these new series compare against each other and what are the differences between the various models in a series.

In order to address this, I bought the new Series 7, 6, and 5 and thoroughly tested them for a couple of weeks.

In this guide, I will share my conclusions, covering all the important aspects (including how they compare to the previous generations) and hopefully helping you make the right decision.

Let’s dive right in.

Braun Series 7

The new Braun Series 7.

The launch of a new Series 7 is undoubtedly a big deal for Braun; the original Series 7 was arguably their best-selling electric razor of the past 10 years, so the hype around this particular series is not surprising.

Well, it finally happened and we have a new Series 7 lineup, at least from a name perspective.

It’s important to note that this is a USA only release; the old Series 7 models are still widely available around the world (and still promoted heavily).

At this moment both the new 2020 Series 7 and the older models are available in the USA, even though Braun’s USA website now only lists the new models.

We can easily identify the new razors as all of them start with 70, while the original Series 7 have either 3 digits (like 790cc) or start with 78 (like 7865cc).

For clarity’s sake, we will refer to the new 2020 Series 7 as Series 7 70.

Let’s quickly take a closer look at what they have to offer.

1. Main features

New design

While not technically a feature, I think it’s definitely worth mentioning.

The new series comes with a brand new design that has nothing in common with the original S7.

The new Series 7 also sports a new design.

It looks more modern and slick and this is a welcome change as the older one was getting a bit long in the tooth.

3 blade shaving system

It’s business as usual with the shaving system of the new Series 7: there are two foils that cut hairs close to the skin and a middle trimmer that captures those longer, flat-lying hairs.

2020 Braun Series 7 shaving system.

However, the shaving head is completely redesigned and uses a new cassette. The part number is 73s (silver) or 73b (black).

360° Flex head

The shaving head of the new Series 7 70 is suspended on a special mount, allowing it to swivel not just up and down, but from left to right as well.

The left to right flexing head of the new S7.

The three cutting elements can also move independently.

Autosense technology

Braun ditched the speed settings found on the current Series 7 and went with a sensor that supposedly detects the beard density and adapts the power accordingly.

The S7 is the only one that comes with this technology (the new Series 6 and 5 don’t have it).

Easy click attachments

Gone is the pop-up trimmer as well; instead, Braun includes these trimmer attachments and combs that you can use instead of the regular shaving head.

The EasyClick precision trimmer.

The included accessories vary depending on the model — we’ll take a detailed look in the next section.

Cordless, wet & dry use

All the new Series 7 70 variations can only be operated cordless (50 minutes of use) and are suitable for wet & dry use.

Since they’re waterproof, you can also clean them with water.

2. Braun Series 7 (2020) Model Comparison

So far there are 5 Series 7 70 models, the differences between them consisting in color and included accessories.

The performance is identical throughout the entire Series 7 70 lineup.

Here is a table showcasing the differences:

Model nameAccessoriesPrice
Series 7 7085cc (black)
7085cc
Cleaning station, beard trimmer (5 combs),
stubble trimmer (4 combs)
See on Amazon
Series 7 7075cc (black)
Braun Series 7 7075cc
Cleaning station, beard trimmer (5 combs)See on Amazon
Series 7 7071cc (silver)
Braun Series 7 7071cc
Cleaning station, beard trimmer (no combs)See on Amazon
Series 7 7020s (silver)
Braun Series 7 7020s
Beard trimmer (no combs)See on Amazon
Series 7 7027cs (silver)
Braun Series 7 7027cs
Charge stand, beard trimmer (5 combs)See on Amazon

Images credit: Braun USA

Note: all Series 7 models come with a hard travel case, cleaning brush and charging cord. The table only depicts the accessories that vary across the different models.

Until now, all the Braun models that came with a cleaning station ended in cc, while the other ones ended in s.

With the new Series 7, Series 6 and 5, we have the cs models as well; these do not include a cleaning station, but come with a basic charging stand.

3. Performance

There are obviously high expectations from a Series 7 and I’ll have to admit that I was both excited and reluctant about this one.

Unfortunately, after using the 7071cc Series 7 for a few weeks, I was a bit disappointed with its performance.

Braun Series 7 7071cc.

Braun Series 7 7071cc

It’s not a bad shaver by any means, but it’s clearly a step down from the previous generation: it’s not as powerful, it’s not as good with longer, flat-lying hairs and it’s not as forgiving if you have very sensitive skin.

The closeness is adequate, but definitely not the best in this price range.

To me, the new Series 7 70 feels more like a Series 3 on steroids. And it makes sense since the shaving head is remarkably similar (pictured below).

The new Series 7 cassette (top) next to the similarly looking Series 3 cassette.

The new Series 7 cassette (top) next to the similarly looking Series 3 cassette.

Again, I think it’s a decent shaver, especially when used on short facial hair and for users with less coarse beards, but it feels underwhelming for a Series 7.

The Series 5 is the most powerful of these new USA models; it is especially noticeable when compared side by side with the Series 6 and 5.

The 360 Flexing of the head also seems more like a gimmick that looks good on the specs sheet as the left to right movement doesn’t seem to improve the experience to a significant degree.

The AutoSense technology that should adjust the power of the shaver automatically also doesn’t seem to be doing anything, at least I wasn’t able to detect any changes in the shaver’s behavior.

For more details regarding the performance and all the pros and cons of the new S7 70, make sure to check out my review of it and also the comparison with the previous Series 7 that we all know.

The cleaning stations that come with the 2020 Series 7 models also seem to be a downgrade.

The Braun Series 7 7071cc during the cleaning process.

The Braun Series 7 7071cc during the cleaning process.

You cannot just charge the shaver anymore without also cleaning it, there are no cleaning modes (short, normal, intensive) and there’s a long arm that sticks out and makes the station more difficult to store and transport.

Again, it looks more like a Series 3 station that was slightly modified.

There’s no active drying mode either, so the cleaning fluid will naturally evaporate over the course of several hours.

In all fairness, the inductive drying system was dropped from the older stations as well a few years ago.

Important: the s and cs Series 7 models that don’t come with the cleaning station are compatible with it and will work with one purchased separately (or from a cc model).

The EasyClick attachments are a bit fiddly to change since the cassette doesn’t have any release buttons (a cost-saving measure and another step down from the old S7), so you’ll have to use brute force to remove it.

Series 7 7071cc trimmer attachment.

For someone rocking a beard or design stubble, the trimmer attachment could be very useful, especially with the Series 7 models that include different size combs.

However, if you prefer a clean shave and only need a trimmer for some quick on the fly tweaks (like shaping your sideburns), an integrated trimmer would have been a lot more useful and practical.

Braun Series 6

The Braun Series 6.

The Series 6 is the novelty of this 2020 launch in the way that we didn’t previously have a Series 6 line (as opposed to the Series 7 and 5).

And just by comparing it side by side to the Series 7, it’s immediately apparent that they are quite similar.

To me, the Series 6 feels like a less powerful Series 7 that also lacks some of its bells and whistles.

But other important aspects (like the cassette, ease of use, ergonomics) are pretty much the same.

1. Main features

3 blade shaving head

The Series 6 comes with a very similar shaving head to the Series 7, comprised of two foils and one middle trimmer.

The Series 6 cassette seems identical to the 73s/73b and it will even fit the Series 7 perfectly (and vice-versa), even though it has a different part number, 53b (black).

Fun fact: the new Series 5 also uses the same 53b cassette as the Series 6.

SensoFlex shaving head

Unlike the Series 7, the head of the Series 6 can only move up and down.

Braun calls this up and down movement SensoFlex in the case of the Series 6. This would be the first major difference compared to the Series 7.

The three cutting elements can still move independently.

The Series 6 shaving head can only move up and down.

Since the Series 6 costs less and is basically a less advanced model, they had to give up on some of the features.

But as you’ll see, you’re not losing much in terms of actual shaving performance. I’d even say that a shaving head that can only move up and down (with decent range of motion) is all you need.

EasyClick attachments

The same accessories available with specific Series 7 models are also present with the Series 6 shavers.

The accessories included with the Braun Series 6 6075cc.

The accessories included with the Braun Series 6 6075cc.

Precisely, we have the same trimmer that comes with all the 2020 models and up to 5 combs and also a stubble trimmer with 3 combs (available only with the 6090cc).

Cordless, wet & dry use

All Series 6 models are suitable for wet & dry use and again will only work cordless (50 minutes of use).

You can safely clean them either using the station or with water.

2. Braun Series 6 (2020) Model Comparison

There are 5 Series 6 models available at this moment.

The performance is identical throughout the entire range and again the only differences are related to color and included accessories.

Here’s a table with all the Braun Series 6 models compared:

Model nameAccesoriesPrice
Series 6 6090cc (blue)
6090cc
Cleaning station, beard trimmer (5 combs),
stubble trimmer (3 combs)
N/A
Series 6 6075cc (grey)
6075cc
Cleaning station, beard trimmer (5 combs)See on Amazon
Series 6 6072cc (blue)
6072cc
Cleaning station, Beard trimmer (no combs)See on Amazon
Series 6 6040cs (blue)
6040cs
Beard trimmer (no combs), charging standN/A
Series 6 6020s (blue)
6020s
Beard trimmer (no combs)See on Amazon

Images credit: Braun USA

Note: all Series 6 models come with a hard travel case, cleaning brush and charging cord. The table only depicts the accessories that vary across the different models.

3. Performance

The similar cassette and the overall resemblance to the new Series 7 70 also hint at a similar performance.

The Braun Series 6 held in hand.

And after using the Series 6, I can confirm that it’s true, but there are a couple of important differences.

The first and most noticeable one (at least for me) was the less powerful motor fitted to the Series 6.

The shaver feels a bit underpowered, especially when shaving areas with dense and coarse hair.

For this reason, I don’t think it would be a good fit for users with a heavy beard. If you have light to medium facial hair you should be fine.

The second difference was the comfort; surprisingly, I found the Series 6 to be better than the Series 7 (despite the lack of power).

With the Series 7, I would often get some stinging and pinching during a dry shave on my neck. With the Series 6, this happened a lot less.

The closeness was ok-ish, maybe a bit behind the Series 7.

Overall, the shaving performance of the Series 6 was decent, but again, rather underwhelming for a shaver in this price range.

I will share a few alternatives that are better in my opinion later on.

My Series 6 is the 6075cc model that comes with the cleaning station.

Fun fact: the station of the new 2020 Series 7 is identical (same part number, model 5434) to the one that comes with the Series 6 shavers.

So for the first time, Braun uses the same station across multiple series.

Braun Series 5

The new Braun Series 5.

The Series 5 is the most affordable family of shavers in this release.

If I were to summarize it in one sentence, I’d say that the new Series 5 is essentially a Series 6 with a fixed shaving head.

Everything else is basically the same.

Let’s quickly go over the most important features.

1. Main features

3 blade shaving head

You can probably see where this is going — as already mentioned, the Series 5 uses the same cassette as the Series 6, the 53b.

The shaving head of the new Braun Series 5.

The shaving head of the new Braun Series 5.

The new Series 5 comes with a fixed shaving head, so it won’t even swivel up and down.

The three cutting elements are still able to move independently though.

In my opinion, this new Series 5 feels and performs more like a redesigned Series 3 than a Series 5 (I am of course referring to the older Series 5).

EasyClean system

The party piece of the new 2020 Series 5 is what Braun calls EasyClean.

Precisely, it’s a design feature that allows you to clean the shaver manually without removing the cassette.

Spoiler: in reality, it doesn’t really work.

EasyClick attachements

The same click-on trimmers and combs are present here as well and vary among the different Series 5 models.

The Series 5 5018s with the trimmer attachment.

The Series 5 5018s with the trimmer attachment.

There’s also a body trimmer + comb attachment specific only to the Series 5 (precisely, the 5050cs model).

Cordless, wet & dry use

All the Series 5 models are waterproof and will only operate cordless (50 minutes of use).

2. Braun Series 5 (2020) Model Comparison

There are also 5 Series 5 models available right now and just like the other ones, the differences are only related to color and accessories.

Here are all the new Series 5 models compared:

Model nameAccesoriesPrice
Series 5 5050cs (white)
5050cs
Beard trimmer (no combs), body trimmer (2 combs),
charging stand
See on Amazon
Series 5 5049cs (blue)
5049cs
Beard trimmer (5 combs), charging standN/A
Series 5 5035s (blue)
5035s
Beard trimmer (no combs), stubble trimmer (4 combs)N/A
Series 5 5020s (blue)
5020s
Beard trimmer (5 combs)See on Amazon
Series 5 5018s (blue)
5018s
Beard trimmer (no combs)See on Amazon

Images credit: Braun USA

Note: all Series 5 models come with a cleaning brush and charging cord (there’s no travel case unfortunately). The table only depicts the accessories that vary across the different models.

You may have noticed that there aren’t any cc models available with this new Series 5 line.

So you’re not getting an automatic cleaning station regardless of the model you choose.

But there’s a silver lining to that: all the Series 5 models are actually compatible with the cleaning station included with the cc Series 7 and Series 6.

Cleaning the Braun 5018s in a compatible cleaning station.

Cleaning the Braun Series 5 5018s in a compatible cleaning station.

I tried cleaning my Series 5 5018s using the station of my 7071cc and it worked perfectly.

Hopefully, Braun will also start selling the cleaning station separately.

3. Performance

Being the least capable (at least on paper) and the cheapest of the 3, the Series 5 should also perform worse.

The new Braun Series 5 5018s.

And that’s somewhat true, even though the gap between the Series 5 and 6 is very small.

To me, they shave extremely similar, but I do miss the flexing head of the Series 6.

With the Series 5, you need to do more adjustments and wrist work, which can make your shave less enjoyable.

But other than that, the results are extremely similar in terms of comfort and closeness.

However, compared to the older Series 5 generation (with models like 5040s and 5190cc), the performance is clearly a step down.

The older Series 5 was more powerful, better with longer hairs and more comfortable.

In fact, with its fixed shaving head and the less powerful motor (same as the one in the Series 6), the new Braun Series 5 truly feels like a glorified Series 3.

For more details regarding the performance of the new Series 5, make sure to check out my review of the 5018s.

Another letdown was the EasyClean system that doesn’t really work as advertised.

According to Braun, you can clean the shaver without removing the cassette.

There’s a cutout below the shaving head covered by two rubber flaps.

Rinsing the shaver using the EasyClean cutout.

The water pressure forces the flaps inward and the water flushes through the cassette, ideally removing the hairs trapped inside.

I tried it several times and even though I was extremely thorough, there were still quite a lot of hairs left behind.

So no, it doesn’t really work. Sticking to a more traditional method of cleaning will definitely get you better results.

Braun Series 7 vs Series 6 vs Series 5 (2020): which one to buy?

Braun Series 7 vs Series 6 vs Series 5

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the 3 new families of shavers are more similar than different.

This doesn’t of course automatically make it easier to choose one over the other — quite the contrary.

Here’s an actionable summary that highlights the differences that really matter and should make it easier for you to decide which one to get:

SeriesProsCons
Braun Series 7 (2020) The most powerful of the 3
Flexible shaving head
Suitable for medium to coarser hair
The least comfortable of the 3
The most expensive of the 3
Uses a virtually identical cassette as the other cheaper series
Underwhelming performance compared to the old Series 7 or even the old Series 5
Not great with long, flat-lying hairs despite the more powerful motor
Noisier than the Series 6 and 5
Braun Series 6 (2020) Flexible shaving head
The most comfortable of the 3
Probably the best compromise of cost and performance
Uses the same cleaning station as the Series 7
Not suitable for coarse facial hair
Similar performance-wise to the entry-level Series 3
Only suitable for shaving daily or every other day
Uses the same motor as the cheaper Series 5
Braun Series 5 (2020) Budget-friendly
Compatible with the cleaning stations shipped with the new Series 7 and 6
Uses the same cassette as the Series 6
Not suitable for coarse facial hair
Similar performance-wise to the entry-level Series 3
Fixed shaving head
The EasyClean system is a gimmick
A Series 3 is cheaper and comes with an integrated trimmer (certain models)
Only suitable for shaving daily or every other day
No travel case

If you can get past the cons and you’ll be using it mostly daily and don’t have a coarse beard, the Series 6 is probably the most compelling package, especially the 6075cc model that comes with 5 combs and a cleaning station.

Braun Series 6 6075cc accessories.

See the price on Amazon

And I think these accessories can tip the balance in favor of the new Series 7, 6 or 5 when deciding between them and any other shavers that don’t offer such accessories.

Otherwise, I think there are better options out there for roughly the same money.

My main gripe with the 2020 Series 7, Series 6 and Series 5 is that they perform a bit underwhelming, they share similar parts (cassettes, design, cleaning stations and motors in the case of the Series 6 and 5) and are in many ways a downgrade from some existing Braun models.

So in my opinion, unless you have a very good reason to opt for one of these three new releases, I think you’d better off with something else.

And that leads us to the final part of this guide.

Are there better alternatives?

There are probably no surprises here as I’ve mentioned them quite a bit throughout the article.

So yes, the old Series 7 and 5 are simply better in every way that matters and if you can get them and don’t need the trimmer attachments and combs, I think you’ll be a lot happier.

Now, the comparison to the old Series 7 is a bit of a stretch considering that its price is clearly higher.

The new and old S7.

The new and old S7.

However, it’s well worth the extra money in my opinion and if you opt for one of the solo models, you may even save some cash.

Again, you’ll find a very detailed comparison here, but to summarize, the old one has a vastly superior cassette, it’s more powerful, more comfortable (especially during a dry shave) and it’s a lot better with flat hairs.

Braun Series 7 790cc

See the price on Amazon

The cleaning station is also more practical.

Now, if the Series 7 is out of your budget, the old Series 5 is in my opinion still better than all the new 2020 Braun models, including the Series 7 70.

It’s actually quite close performance-wise to the old Series 7 (just not as refined and smooth), but it costs significantly less.

So all the advantages of the old Series 7 are still valid in the case of the old Series 5: it’s more comfortable, more powerful, better with longer, flat hairs and has a higher quality shaving head.

My choice would be the 5190cc as it comes with a cleaning station or the 5030s for its reasonable price and the ability to be used corded as well.

Braun Series 5 5190cc

See the price on Amazon

Do keep in mind that unlike the 2020 models, the old S5 solo shavers like the 5030s will not work with a station purchased later on.

So if you want to use the station, you’ll have to opt for a cc model from the beginning.

So there it is, I truly think the old models will be a better buy unless you need the trimmer attachments and accessories that are only available with the new ones.

But then again, if you constantly grow a beard or stubble, you’d be better off with a full-fledged, dedicated beard trimmer instead.

And these older models will also be around for a while, so no need to worry about the availability of replacement shaving heads.

The 2020 Series 7, Series 6 and Series 5 were only released in the USA, so the rest of the world will still get the old ones.

And at least for now, you easily get them in the USA as well.

Finally, if you’re on a really tight budget, consider the Series 3 as well; it shaves very similarly to the Series 6 and 5 and it’s even available with a trimmer attachment and combs (the 3010BT model).

If you have any questions, make sure to post them in the comments below.

10 comments on “New Braun Series 7 vs 6 vs 5 (2020 models): The Definitive Guide

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  1. John Bayless

    Thanks for all the great information here — I’ve been paging through your reviews for a couple of hours.

    I’m looking on Amazon and cannot tell if the Series 7 790CC they are selling is the new 7790CC that has five speed modes. Most of the info on its listing seems to be about ALL series 7 shavers.

    Amazon is telling me I ordered one of these before in 2012 . . . and I know that was the older model. Do you know if the one they are selling is the newer 7790cc?

    I’m about to just buy a 7865 to be sure I get any updates since the 2012 790cc.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      Thank you, I really appreciate it.

      That would be impossible to tell just from the product listing as you can’t rely on the accuracy of the information. Also, many stores simply list the 7790cc as 790cc. Unless you have the confirmation from the vendor, it would probably be safer to get the 7865cc. But just keep in mind that the 7865cc will not work while charging. For me that’s not a big deal as I always shave cordless, but it seems to matter to others.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Carlos,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. Glad you found the site useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  2. Steve Barth

    I bought a new 7071cc a couple of months ago to replace my older 760cc. I really tried to like it but now have switched back to the older model, which I find gives me a better and smoother shave. I liked the new ‘form factor’ of the new Series 7, but the ‘plastically’ feel of the shaving head makes it less comfortable on my skin. I also did not like that the cleaning station did not have a ‘clean only’ mode like the older one, and so used up the cleaning fluid twice as quickly as the older model. In my opinion, the new Series 7 shavers are definitely a step down from the older models – but they do look good!

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    1. Steve Barth

      I meant a ‘charge only’ mode, as with the new cleaning station will only charge and clean simultaniously.

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      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Sorry to hear about the disappointing experience, Steve. I feel the same way about the new Series 7 and I tried to express this as clear as possible in this post and in the direct comparison to the previous generation. In my opinion, the older one is superior in every way, at least with regard to performance.

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        1. Steve Barth

          Yes, unfortunately I did not see your review prior to buying. Your review, though, was spot on. Thanks for taking the time and interest in providing such great info for prospective buyers. Stay safe!

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  3. Vesselin

    Thorough, well structured and easy to understand article as always!

    Regarding the new range, it’s pretty much what I expected based on the info on Braun’s website. Quite disappointing.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you, Vesselin, much appreciated. I completely agree, I got the same feeling from the images and available info when I pre-ordered the shavers. I was actually hoping to be proved wrong, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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