Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 7865cc vs 7850cc vs 7893s

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Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 760cc vs 799cc vs 7865cc

With Braun’s current flagship shaver — the Series 9 — still being offered at a premium price, the tried and tested Series 7 is looking increasingly more like a very compelling alternative.

Moreover, for the majority of men, the Series 7 still represents the best choice as it’s a great compromise of performance and costs and very few men will really benefit from the features of the more expensive Series 9.

The Series 7 is an excellent option for men with sensitive skin that suffer from razor burn, but also for anyone looking for a high-quality electric shaver that is capable of providing close and comfortable shaves.

There’s a plethora of currently available Series 7 variations and trying to decide which one to buy can be frustrating and confusing. Things are actually much simpler when we consider the differences between the Series 7 models that actually matter.

In this post we’ll address precisely that and help you narrow down your options so you can make the right buying decision.

Let’s get started.

An overview of the successful Series 7

The Braun Series 7 was first launched in 2010 and it quickly became one of the best-selling electric shavers of all time and a mainstay in pretty much every list of recommended shavers.

It was and still is highly acclaimed for its performance, particularly for the supreme comfort it provides during the shave.

For the other manufacturers, the Series 7 was the shaver to beat as it quickly became the unofficial benchmark in the industry.

Its main selling points were the unmatched comfort, close shaves, reasonable price of the replacement shaving heads, excellent cleaning station and a robust build quality, despite a couple of well-known issues.

First, the head locking mechanism was prone to breaking if you tried to move the shaving head when locked in the fixed position.

The head locking switch of the Series 7

The second issue is related to the paint right below the shaving head that would sometimes flake and chip after a couple of years.

This is caused by the alcohol-based cleaning solution that comes into contact with the paint during the automatic cleaning process; however, the damage is only visual.

Apart from these overall minor shortcomings, the Series 7 was a complete and highly capable electric shaver that stood the test of time and actually gained some sort of iconic status in the shaving community.

The 790cc is probably the quintessential Series 7 as all the other variations are derived from it, be it by adding or removing certain features.

Braun Series 7 790cc

Braun Series 7 790cc

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It’s important to note that these features don’t affect the actual shaving performance in any significant way. This goes for all Series 7 variations as you’ll see next.

The new Series 7

The Series 7 has been around for quite some time since its introduction, so Braun decided to give it a refresh.

Braun Series 7 7865cc [New]

Braun Series 7 7865cc

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In 2016 new models were introduced and this probably caused even more confusion.

The names don’t really make any sense and Braun also used some marketing terminology in an attempt to make the update look more than just a cosmetic makeover.

In reality, the differences compared to the older Series 7 shavers are mostly minor.

Here’s a summary:

  • All the newer Series 7 models are suitable for wet & dry use; in the past, there were both dry only and wet/dry variations, like the 790cc and the 799cc respectively. Also, the wet/dry models (both older and newer) cannot be used while charging as a safety precaution. This was however possible with the (older) dry only shavers.
  • You have the option of a silver, grey or black color Series 7 (market specific).
  • The newer Series 7 use the same shaving heads as the previous models (70s and 70b cassettes), even though Braun says they have 4 shaving elements. They don’t, the so-called SkinGuard doesn’t count as an active element.
  • The new marketing terms (Protective SkinGuard, 8-D shaving system, MacroMotion etc) don’t really refer to any new additions that weren’t already present on the older models.
  • The personalization modes (5 of them with the newer shavers, from extra sensitive to turbo mode) continue to be of little to no use. In theory, you would use them to adjust the output of the motor — less power for shaving sensitive areas, more for shaving thick, dense stubble. In reality, they just make the shaver feel slow and you should use the highest setting all the time as the Series 7 remains adequately comfortable.
  • The automatic cleaning stations included with the newer shavers lack two features that were specific to this series: the induction heating mechanism for actively drying the foils and the quick clean option. The latter was only available with certain older cleaning stations. They are now completely gone (more details later on).
  • Some of the newer variations come with an updated LCD display (7865cc, 7850cc, 7893s).

You can easily tell the new shavers apart from the older models as the updated Series 7 shavers follow the 78xx naming scheme. For example, the models for the North American market are the 7865cc (grey), 7899cc (silver), 7898cc (silver), 7893s (silver).

The new Series 7 7865cc comes in a grey color scheme.

Other model names like 7850cc or 7880cc that are primarily sold on the European market are pretty much identical to their corresponding American models.

As it was the case with the updated Series 9, Braun tried to unify the Series 7 line with this update.

As a result, all the shavers are now suitable for wet/dry use, they all cost the same on Braun’s website (previously the dry only variations were cheaper) and they even ditched the model names altogether on their UK site and only refer to them as Series 7 Silver or Series 7 Grey.

Braun Series 7 model comparison

Here’s a comparison table with the currently available Series 7, both the original and newer models:

ShaverUseCleaning stationSpeed settingsColor
Series 7 790ccDry onlyYes3 settingsSilver
Series 7 799ccWet & dryYes3 settingsSilver
Series 7 797ccWet & dryYes5 settingsSilver
Series 7 760ccDry onlyYes3 settingsBlack
Series 7 740sWet & dryNo3 settingsBlack
Series 7 720sDry onlyNo3 settingsBlack
[New] Series 7 7865ccWet & dryYes5 settingsGrey
[New] Series 7 7850ccWet & dryYes5 settingsGrey
[New] Series 7 7880ccWet & dryYes5 settingsBlack
[New] Series 7 7899ccWet & dryYes5 settingsSilver
[New] Series 7 7898ccWet & dryYes5 settingsSilver
[New] Series 7 7893sWet & dryNo5 settingsSilver
*[New] Series 7 7790ccDry onlyYes5 settingsSilver
* The Series 7 7790cc is an oddity — both the model name and the features are not in line with the rest of the shavers. It’s a dry only razor, but has the updated LCD display and comes with the updated cleaning station, so it lacks the induction heating system and the quick clean mode.

At this point I think we can safely say that all Series 7 shavers will provide the same shaving performance, regardless of other features.

What are the things you should consider when buying a Series 7?

When trying to decide which Series 7 would be more suitable for you, there are only a few things you should factor in.

1. Wet & dry use.

If you won’t be shaving in the shower or with shaving cream/gel, then you probably should opt for a dry only variation as they usually cost less.

The Series 7 790cc (7790cc) will probably be the best choice for most men.

For wet shaving, the 799cc, 797cc or any of the updated models like the 7865cc/7850cc/7893s are equally good options.

2. The inclusion of an automatic cleaning station.

As you probably know, the Series 7 is available with or without an automatic cleaning station.

The station is included only with the cc models like the 790cc, 7865cc etc; the s models (like the 740s or 7893s) don’t come with one and usually cost less.

Braun Series 7 7893s

Braun Series 7 7893s

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However, you’ll probably want a Series 7 that comes with a cleaning station for the added convenience.

Just like the Series 5 and 9, the Series 7 can be difficult to clean manually because the inner blades and the foils are merged into a single piece — the cassette — and it offers limited access for a thorough cleaning.

In time, fine hair clippings, dead skin and dirt will remain lodged inside no matter how thorough you are.

This is where a cleaning station is very useful, even though you don’t have to use it after every shave. In fact, you shouldn’t.

The Series 7 70s cassette

But do keep in mind that the cc models are a bit more expensive and you’ll also have to buy refill cartridges.

You can find cheaper alternatives to Braun’s solution or even make your own, but be aware that this may void the warranty.

Does the Series 7 cleaning station work with s (solo) models like 740s and 7893s?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions about the Series 7. And the short answer is YES, it works.

Braun Series 7 cc station

81365080

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Now, there is a bit of a nuance to that statement.

First of all, the cc variations feature a special coat of paint that can withstand constant exposure to the cleaning fluid. The s models don’t have it, so in time the alcohol-based solution will affect the outer finish. The damage will only be visual.

Braun officially recommends against using the S models with a cleaning station because of that, but there are many users that have successfully done so.

And to be perfectly honest, this is a problem that affects the cc models as well and the area right below the shaving head will eventually start to flake, despite featuring the special paint.

The Series 7 solo models are the only ones in Braun’s lineup that will work with a cleaning station. The rest of them — the Series 3, 5 and 9 — will NOT.

That’s because despite looking identical and even featuring the two metal contacts on the back, they lack a special chip used by the cc models to communicate with the station.

The Series 7 is an exception to this rule and even the s variants are fitted with that particular chip.

So if you’re planning on getting an s model and use it with an older Series 7 station for example, you can do that; or maybe you plan on buying a solo model and get the station separately later on.

Please note that in case anything goes wrong you are fully responsible and the warranty won’t cover any damage.

Old vs new Series 7 cleaning station

As mentioned previously, the cleaning base of the updated Series 7 lacks the induction heating system and the quick cleaning setting that were present on the older stations (790cc, 797cc, 799cc etc.).

The new Series 7 cleaning station (no induction drying or quick clean mode). Part number is 81622438.

I wouldn’t say that this is a deal breaker, but it is a letdown to see two unique features that made the Series 7 station that much nicer gone for good.

In practice, this means that with a newer Series 7 like the 7865cc you won’t get a cleaning station fitted with a system that actively dries the shaving head after the cleaning cycle.

The Series 9 station uses a fan, while the older Series 7 used induction heating. Induction heating was an optimal solution as it was very fast and completely silent.

A Series 7 that comes with the older station will be perfectly dry after 30 to 40 minutes, while the newer 7865cc for example will need a few hours for the alcohol-based fluid to naturally evaporate.

UPDATE: It appears that Braun phased out the older stations for all the Series 7 models that are currently being manufactured, including the 790cc. All the Series 7 now come with the new cleaning station, meaning no induction heating or quick clean mode. Also, there is no additional model name/number to differentiate between the 790cc shavers that come with the old or the updated station.

Again, I personally don’t consider this to be a major drawback — the station still does a great job at cleaning and lubricating the shaver — but I admit that I would rather have a nice feature than not having it.

You can still get it with some of the older 790cc/799cc/797cc that were manufactured previously, but you’ll have to thoroughly check it with the vendor.

Finally, you could get the old station separately from several online stores.

There are three part numbers you should be checking out:

  • 81365080 — this is the old model that has both the fast clean mode and the inductive heating system. You can get it from here: Amazon, Encompass, shavers.co.uk.
  • 5675 — this station is actually available in several variations despite all of them having the same part number. It can come with or without the inductive heating element, so unless you know with certainty that it does have it, the station above with the part no 81365080 is probably the one to have.
  • 81622438 — this is the new, updated station that ships with the latest Series 7 (no induction heating and no quick cleaning).

Dropping the induction heating system is definitely a cost reduction measure from Braun; we also saw it with the Series 5 cleaning station that also lacks any drying mechanism.

Another reason for this could be Braun’s very own Series 9; being the company’s top of the line shaver, it needed a premium feature to stand out from the other lower-end shavers.

3. Price.

If you can find a Series 7 that checks pretty much all the boxes and is significantly cheaper than other similar Series 7 shavers, definitely go for it.

As I said previously, the difference in performance throughout the entire series is negligible.

For example, the 790cc has 3 personalization modes, while the 797cc has 5. Will this translate into any noticeable improvements in the actual shaving experience? Nope. Just buy the one that is more reasonably priced.

Before making your purchase check out both the older and updated Series 7 models as their price seems to fluctuate quite a lot.

Braun 70s replacement head

braun-70s-cassette

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All Series 7 use the same replacement shaving head — the 70s (silver) or 70b (black). Also, all Braun cleaning stations use the same cartridges, so your costs of maintenance will be the same regardless of which model you end up choosing.

4. Color scheme and included accessories.

I guess these details can matter to some extent; if for example you absolutely want a black Series 7, then you can buy the 760cc, the 740s or one of the new 78xx models (country specific).

Some models have different travel cases (plastic, textile, faux leather) or slightly different LCD displays, but again, nothing dramatically different.

What are the differences between the most popular Series 7 models and which one should you choose?

As a general guideline, I would say to simply buy the one you can find cheaper, provided it meets your personal requirements (wet & dry use, clean & charge station etc.).

My personal picks would be the 790cc for dry use and the 7865cc/7850cc for wet & dry use. The wet & dry 797cc is getting increasingly harder to find or is very expensive.

Usually the 790cc and 7865cc will be the ones to buy as they don’t cost a lot more than the solo models and I think the cleaning station is worth having.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 799cc

These two are probably the best-selling Series 7 of them all. Luckily, choosing one or the other is very straightforward as the only noteworthy difference is related to wet & dry use.

Precisely, the 790cc is a dry only shaver, while the 799cc is suitable for wet & dry use. That’s it.

Braun Series 7 799cc

Braun Series 7 799cc-7

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Depending on how you prefer to shave you can opt for either of them.

As it’s the case with all wet/dry shavers, you cannot use the 799cc while it’s plugged in. The 790cc, being a dry only shaver, doesn’t have this limitation and you can shave with the razor connected to the mains.

The 790cc is almost always priced lower than the 799cc. Both use the same replacement shaving heads (70s/70b) and come with the same cleaning station.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 790cc-4

The –x used by Braun for variations of the same shaver signifies an incremental, usually minor improvement. It also designates shavers sold in different parts of the world, even though they are identical.

In this case, the 790cc-4 has 3 personalization settings (sensitive, normal, intensive), while the original 790cc only had one speed setting. This is a rather gimmicky feature as I mentioned previously and it won’t make any real difference.

It’s also worth mentioning that nowadays all 790cc shavers are actually the -4 variant, even though the retailers don’t always list it explicitly as the 790cc-4 and almost everyone refers to it as 790cc, including me throughout this post.

Braun Series 7 790cc (it’s actually the 790cc-4)

Braun Series 7 790cc

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It’s very easy to spot the 790cc-4 as the old 790cc didn’t have the two personalization buttons below the ON/OFF switch and it came with a white cleaning station (pictured below). It’s also discontinued and nowhere to be found.

790cc with no personalization settings and white cleaning base. Image source: Pinterest

The 790cc-4 includes a zip up travel case instead of the plastic one that came with the very first 790cc.

Bottom line: the Series 7 790cc vs 790cc-4 is a non-issue nowadays.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 7865cc

This is another case of dry only vs wet/dry Series 7 and there’s no clear winner as your decision should only be based on your shaving preferences.

The 7865cc is a recent iteration of the wet & dry 799cc, with 5 personalization modes and touted as a totally new shaver, but in reality it’s pretty much the same. You can check out my 7865cc review to get all the details.

Braun Series 7 7865cc

Braun Series 7 7865cc

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The cleaning station included with the old 790cc used to be fitted with the induction heating mechanism and the quick cleaning mode, but it’s not anymore.

To sum it up: buy the 790cc if you shave dry or the 7865cc if you prefer to shave in the shower or with shaving cream/gel.

Braun Series 7 7865cc vs 7850cc

The 7850cc is a very popular model in Europe that can now also be found on various online stores in the USA.

Braun Series 7 7850cc

Braun Series 7 7850cc

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There are really no differences between the 7865cc and the 7850cc, so my advice would be again to simply get the one you can find at a better price.

The same goes for the 7880cc that comes in a matte black finish. Other than that, it is identical to any other cc models from the updated Series 7.

Braun Series 7 799cc vs 797cc

The 797cc features 5 personalization modes vs only 3 in the case of the 799cc.

The two additional settings are an extra sensitive mode and a turbo mode that supposedly is 12% faster than the high power setting of the Series 7 shavers that only feature 3 modes (like the 799cc).

Braun Series 7 797cc

Braun Series 7 797cc

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As mentioned previously, in practice this turbo mode doesn’t seem to improve the results by a noticeable margin. However, since the 797cc usually costs less and it’s easier to find, I actually recommend it over the 799cc.

Both have the older, more feature-rich cleaning station.

Braun series 7 790cc vs 760cc

The Braun Series 7 760cc used to be a great inexpensive alternative to the full-fledged 790cc.

While the shaver was almost identical, the cleaning station that was included with the 760cc had some of the features removed: no quick clean mode, no automatic cleaning function and no hygiene indicator.

Braun Series 7 760cc

Braun Series 7 760cc

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This wasn’t necessarily a deal breaker and considering that it was priced significantly lower than the 790cc, it was actually the better option in the past.

These days the price is pretty much the same, in which case the 790cc is the shaver to buy. Moreover, it has an upgraded LCD display and comes with a faux leather pouch instead of the textile one.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 7893s

The 7893s is one of the more popular solo models. It’s part of the refreshed Series 7 generation, it’s suitable for wet & dry use and it obviously doesn’t include a cleaning station.

Performance-wise, as in how well it actually shaves, it’s identical to the 790cc. But since the latter comes with a cleaning station and the price difference is usually pretty small, I think the 790cc is a more compelling option.

Braun Series 7 7893s

Braun Series 7 7893s

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If however you can grab the 7893s for a great price, then by all means you should get it. After all, the cleaning station can also be purchased later on.

Conclusion

All the Series 7 models use the same shaving heads and will basically provide an almost identical shaving experience, despite some apparent differences that would suggest otherwise.

Hopefully this post cleared up some of the confusion regarding the Series 7 and the various models. I will keep it updated and include new models as they are being released.

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

227 comments on “Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 7865cc vs 7850cc vs 7893s

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  1. Father's Day Shopper

    FINALLY, an explanation for why there are both 3-digit and 4-digit model numbers out there for Braun Series 7 shavers! Thank you for providing such a clear and concise summary of the model number history, marketing, and features. Now that I understand the product labeling, I can choose the model that best suits my husband’s needs and my budget. Thank you!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your kind comment. Glad to hear you found the information helpful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Max

        Thanks so much for a great comparison between various models and accessories. Wet/Dry is a key for me, so this was really really great. Thanks again.

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  2. Ralph Perry

    Very clear and well thought-out. Rather than presenting a long list of technical details, this comparison site focused on the much smaller set of attributes that actually matter to users and help users make good, well-informed buying decisions.

    I spent the last two hours on various sites trying to find the razor that was best for me, and was no closer to an answer than when I started. I spent 5 minutes on this site and was able to identify the right razor for me, and I am very confident with that decision. That didn’t just happen by accident – it happened because this site is very well conceived and designed.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, Ralph. I really appreciate it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Dan Franchini

    Great Explanation of the differences in the series 7 models. I have been looking at the 790CC to replace an old Norelco SensoTouch 3D (1280X/47). I do have a couple of questions. is there any difference between the 70B & 70S replacement heads? the 70s is like $10 cheaper than the 70B. Any opinion in which style works better (rotary vs. foil)? I’ve always used rotary. The only foil razor I ever tried was a panasonic like 20 years ago, and I’m sure it doesn’t compare the Braun series 7.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Dan. The only difference between the 70s and 70b is the color; 70s is silver, while the 70b is black. Regarding the foil vs rotary question, it really comes down to personal preference. For example, I find foil shavers to give a closer and more comfortable shave compared to rotary shavers. It also allows me to control the razor more precisely. But that’s just my experience, others have found rotary shavers to work better. The only way to know which one would give you better results is to actually try them.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Chrin-ahhh

    Finally an understanding of them all. I was on youtube trying to findout reviews vs each other on them but clearly couldnt and even the brUan web page wouldnt provide even this detailed info. Much appreciated!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you found the article useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Duy Quang Nguyen

    This is the most definitive explanation about the Braun 7 series shaver that I’ve ever read. Now I could finally understand what do those numbers mean and be able to pick one for myself. Thank you very much!

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  6. Shaun

    From what I can tell, an “s” or “cc” designation after the model just indicates if the shaver comes with a cleaning station (cc) or not (s). I had an older Series 7 cc model and have now picked up a 7893s model. Can the s still be used in the cleaning and charging station? It appears to fit and charge, but I can’t seem to find any definitive answer.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Shaun,

      As mentioned in the article, the answer is yes, it will work, even though the solo models weren’t designed with that in mind.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Melanie

    Thanks so much for your thorough review! I’ve been reading it over and over- I am trying to buy a shaver for my husband’s birthday. My husband has sensitive skin and his razor right now is awful so he uses a handheld with cream at the end. Do you think I should go with a dry shaver and assume it’ll be that much better and he won’t need to use cream? Or is it safer to get a wet/dry? Also do you know what the -4 denotes in the 7 790cc-4? Thanks so much!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for your comment. The Series 7 is one of the most comfortable shavers out there. However, it would be very difficult for me to say with certainty if using it along with shaving cream would make a big difference compared to using it dry. And that’s because shaving is very personal and the results will vary to a high degree from person to person. If your budget allows it, you could opt for a wet/dry model like the 797cc or the 799cc (whichever has the better price as they’re the same performance-wise).

      All the currently available 790cc shavers are actually the 790cc-4 version and the 4 is actually used to differentiate it from an older iteration (790cc, currently discontinued). I actually touched upon this in the article as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. henry hofmeister

    melanie, definitely get the wet/dry. i have very dry at times and sensitive skin. aftershave burns like a shot of everclear. sometimes dry is better, sometimes shaving with a gel is better depending on what the day is like.

    ovidiu, GREAT article. you answered all of my questions in one shot, no need to look anywhere else.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Henry,

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you found the article useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Steve

    Hi, great article and really useful … I note however that e.g. Argos and Boots don’t sell the 7 790cc which I’d decided to buy from your review. Instead they sell the 7 898. I don’t see this covered in your review, could you advise? Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      thank you for your comment. The Series 7 7898cc is the model name sold in the UK and it’s basically the same shaver + wet & dry operation. You can go right ahead and buy it.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Steve

        Thanks Ovidiu for your quick reply.

        Just curious though as it seems all ‘best razor’ sites tend to end up promoting the 790cc which is ‘Dry only’ but selling in very few outlets and generally more than £200. The 7898cc on the other hand, which you say is Wet and Dry (by the way, I wouldn’t have looked for that feature) is generally available for ca £165?

        Any ideas why that might be?

        Thanks again – seems this information would be really useful for UK Customers

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Steve. Actually price oddities like this one are quite common when it comes to electric shavers; newer, more feature rich models can cost less than others that are arguably inferior. For example, that was the case (and still is to some degree) with the Series 9 and some Panasonic Arc 5 models. Store policies, price bumps from the suppliers etc. can contribute to this. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do a bit of research before pulling the trigger.

          The 790cc is still very popular, particularly in the USA and most review sites are based there and target that specific demographic. Also, a lot of those reviews haven’t been updated in years and at the time of writing the 790cc was probably the only widely available model. There’s nothing special about it and if you can get a newer model like the wet & dry 7898cc for less money then by all means you should get that one.

          I tried to cover the most popular models in this article, but Braun has lots of different names for the shavers sold in the different markets even though they are basically the same products.

          Best,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Steve

            Perfect, thank you for your clarification. I could have assumed the same but it’s good to see confirmation from someone who has clearly done a lot of the homework already.

            Thanks again, saved a lot of web searching for answers.

  10. Steve

    Hi Ovidiu, sorry it’s me again! I’ve had second thoughts about the cc variants – I can see me quickly not bothering to use it as it should be used. I therefore started looking for an ‘s’ option and found 7855s at £99.99 and 7840s at £149.99 from the same store. Please could you put me out of my misery and advise the difference. All of these variants seem totally confusing, it’s hard to imagine how Braun expect the customer base to understand the numbering system (there seems to be no system) or what they are getting for their money.

    Thanks in advance
    Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      I totally agree, Braun does a terrible job at documenting the differences between the various models. Regarding the 7855s and 7840s, the color is basically the only difference. I’ve seen the 7855s sold mostly in Eastern Europe and the 7840s is as far as I know made for the UK market. However, both are part of the updated generation (78xx), they come with the same accessories and use the same shaving heads (70s, 70b respectively). All the Series 7 are made in Germany, so you don’t have to worry about differences in quality control or anything like that. With the 7840s you’ll just be spending £50 more for the black paintjob.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. Steve

    That’s great, you are a fountain of knowledge, thank you.

    So apart from the cleaning aspect, the 7855s is the same technology shaver as the 7989cc – if I interpret “the updated generation 78xx as meaning they are all the same?

    Sincerely grateful
    Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, Steve. That is correct. The technology is the same and the shavers themselves are identical for all practical purposes. The only difference is that the cc models come with a cleaning station and inside the shavers there’s a dedicated chip used for communicating with the station (that’s why an s model will never work with a Braun station that was bought separately later on). Again, the shaving performance is identical.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Boris

        Thanks for this useful information. I need to replace my 790cc model and was hoping to keep the cleaning station and just buy a 7855s to use with it. But based on what you are saying the 7855s won’t work with my old 790cc cleaning station, right?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Boris,

          You are very welcome. I updated the article and the information. The 7855s will work with your 790cc station.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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    2. Emanuele

      very interesting here. Does the 7550 model or the 740s (wet & dry) model have an induction heating system that shortens the drying time after cleaning? Since I’ve never had an electric shaver, I’m basically a beginner and looking for a great shaver from Braun at a solid price.
      I bought the Series 3 350cc, luckily I did not need it, so I’ll most likely bring it back. He was just out for a bargain price, so i was so rushed. Instead of 109 CHF only 79 CHF.
      It is important to me when buying an electric shaver from Braun, that the shaving does not break immediately, as I find out from some sources about the Series 7.

      For me, only Series 5 and 7 in question.

      With kind regards

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Emanuele,

          The induction heating system is fitted to the actual cleaning station, not to the shavers.

          The Series 7 7855s and 740s are solo models (hence the “s” in the model name), meaning they don’t come with a cleaning station.

          As mentioned in the article, you can purchase the station separately later on if you choose so. The older cleaning stations that have the induction heating system can still be found on various online stores (amazon, ebay, shavers.co.uk).

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Emanuele

            thank you very much for your fast answer :).

            So, is that a myth that the Series 7 razors are “more sensitive? In my selection list are the following models: 740s wet & dry for 180€
            7840s for 196$
            7898cc for 237$

            Which one would you recommend to me?

            As I read in your comments, all Series 7 offer the same performance. All listed can be used in the shower. I can take it without the Clean & Charge Station, because I would save money with pure alcohol and oil using.

            How should I have to do the cleaning? Remove the razor head and place in to pure alcohol for 15 minutes?

            Thank you and best regards

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            You are welcome, Emanuele. Yes, the Series 7 is a very good option if you have sensitive skin. Regarding which one to buy, it comes down to your budget and how much are you willing to spend for certain features like the automatic cleaning station. The shaving performance will be the same regardless of your choice.

            The best way to clean a Series 7 manually would be with a bit of liquid soap and warm tap water. Your user’s manual will have detailed instructions on this. I wouldn’t recommend the use of pure alcohol for cleaning.

            Just the dry only models can be used while charging (790cc, 760cc, 720s etc.).

            Best,
            Ovidiu

          3. Emanuele

            not to forget, the Series 7 7790cc also works too while the charging.

            The Series 3 350cc makes an amazing shave. Of course, the Series 3 will most likely not offer the same comfort (for example a less pressure) as a Series 7.

            It struck me, that if you take out the scissors while shaving and knock out for continue, his work will do the best work in the chin area as well.

            I’m basically satisfied with my machine, but I would certainly enjoy a Series 7 more, but it costs more than twice as much as my Series 3 350cc.

            By mistake, I did not dry my face, because some hair was “sticking” and went over it with the shaver. How bad is that?

            The 350cc is fully washable, but no wet&dry. At the next shave I look to dry properly.

          4. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            That is correct, the 7790cc will work while it’s charging since it’s a dry only model. The Series 7 is superior to the Series 3 in all regards, so you’ll probably be more than happy with its performance, no matter which model you end up choosing.

            There’s nothing to worry about with regards to your face not being completely dry when using the 350cc. Yes, this can be detrimental to the comfort and the closeness of your shave, but definitely not to your razor. If you can safely rinse a shaver under tap water it can definitely handle some skin moisture.

  12. D. James

    Hello,
    Thank you for the easy to understand explanations of the Braun shaver series.

    I have decided to go with the Series 7 instead of Series 9, as it seems the Series 9 is made from more plastic parts (housing and head) and the cutting block foil heads are notorious for being flimsy and breaking easily.

    Question: Do you know if the defective head locking mechanism that was prone to failure on the 790cc has been corrected on the updated 7865cc model?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Not to my knowledge. I would still be extra careful when using the shaver with the head locked into position. I don’t think the mechanism can crack during normal use, but rather when you forget the lock is activated and you try to move the head.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  13. D. James

    Hello,
    Thank you for your detailed comparisons.

    Do you know if the head lock mechanism that was prone to breaking on the 790cc model has been fixed on the 7865cc newer series?

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  14. Quinn

    This was so helpful I just had to leave a comment. I’ve been researching for two days on an electric razor to get my boyfriend for Christmas. He’s in the military and has sensitive skin. This was a great find and I wish I found it yesterday. I know what to get now! Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad you found the post useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      1. Larry

        Can you help me with this. I heard the newer 7865 doesn’t have the heated drying like the 979. Is that true, I had read an online review and the guy said she thought his was broken but called Braun and they confirmed. I have purchased the 797cc but found the 7865 for about 15 less. Is this the case and others any other differences that make the 7865 better or worse? I am in my return period and want tho make the right choice. Thanks

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Larry,

          That is correct, the cleaning station that comes with the Series 7 7865cc lacks the induction heat system and the quick cleaning mode. I would personally stick to the 797cc.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Larry

            Thank you, sorry about all the typos. Very helpful article. I also appreciate your quick response time. Do you know why those features have been removed?

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            You are welcome, Larry. Most likely cost reductions – no induction heating components and a simplified manufacturing process. The lower end Series 5 and 3 also don’t have any systems to actively dry the shaver and now the Series 7 will join them.

  15. Mariusz

    Hi, is this true, that 799cc-7WD has the same steel foil placed into the shavinh heads like series 9 ? And what about the 7899cc according to the question above? I’ve just found the 7899 cc cheapper than the 799cc-7WD, so would be grateful for your advise?
    Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mariusz,

      All Series 7 variations use the same shaving head, the 70s or 70b cassette replacement. The 7899cc is identical to the 799cc in terms of shaving performance, so you can confidently buy the cheaper one. The only real difference between them is the cleaning station – the one included with the 7899cc lacks the quick clean mode and the induction heat system used for drying the shaver.

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  16. Martin

    Hi Ovidiu thank you for post8ng that amazing article! I like many have been doing loads of research and was going to buy the 7840s in the Black Friday sale but missed out. There are still 7855s for sale at a decent price but I couldn’t find anywhere till now that even described them! I want a new razor to upgrade from a Braun 340s which doesn’t shave close enough. Do you think I will notice significant difference with a 7855s?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Martin,

      Thank you for the kind words. A Series 7 will be a solid upgrade coming from a 340s. It’s a superior shaver in every aspect. However, the closest shaving electric razor in that price range is in my opinion the Arc 4 from Panasonic (for example the ES-LA63-S), but that one comes with a small trade-off in comfort compared to the Series 7. If you have sensitive skin, I suggest you to go for the Series 7, especially if you can get a great deal on it.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  17. Fred

    Hi Ovidiu. Somewhere I read that the wet/dry option allowed cleaning with water instead of the cleaning station; thus saving the purchase of the replacement parts for this purpose. Is this possible? If its is would I go with the 797cc?

    Fred

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Fred,

      It’s definitely possible – with the 797cc or any other electric shaver. Even if it comes with a cleaning station, you don’t necessarily have to use it; it’s there for the added convenience as it takes care of everything for you. However, you can definitely clean your shaver manually if you choose so. Most modern shavers can be safely cleaned with a bit of liquid hand soap and then rinsed under tap water. Just make sure to read your user’s manual and follow the instructions for a manual cleaning.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Fred

        Thanks Ovidiu. Great website. BTW, since the 790 is waterproof, I may not have to go to the wet/dry option in order to allow cleaning with soap and water. Is this correct?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are welcome, Fred. That is correct, you do not have to buy a wet/dry variation of the Series 7 in order to clean the shaving head with water. The dry only 790cc can be safely rinsed under tap water. Generally the wet/dry label refers to using the shaver with cream/gel or in the shower.

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  18. Kevin

    Three questions:
    1- Can the 7865 be used in my old 790cc-4 Cleaning Station which is still in great shape and what is the difference in the two cleaning stations ?
    2- Is the newer 7865 any quieter than the 790cc-4?
    3- I have the opportunity to buy a new 790cc (had my existing one for 5 years) or a 7865 at two different stores for about the same price! Is there any advantage with one over the other?
    Thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Kevin,

      1. Most likely yes.
      2. They are the same in this regard.
      3. The 7865cc can be used wet or dry, while the 790cc is a dry only shaver. The 790cc can also be used when charging. The station included with the 7865cc lacks the induction heating and quick clean mode found on the 790cc station. Unless you’ll be using your Series 7 for wet shaving, the 790cc is actually a better option in my opinion.

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      1. Kevin

        Ovidiu
        Thanks for your quick response!
        A few more questions on the 790cc:
        1- I know the 7685 can be used wet or dry when shaving which I wouldn’t be using but for cleaning under the tap water, is it safe to do this with the 790, which I would require when going away for a week or two where you wouldn’t have the cleaning station. In the past I would just use the brush after taking off the foil cutting head as I thought running it under the tap and taking off the cutting head for a thorough washing would cause a problem but perhaps it won’t if I were to do it every few days!
        2- I noticed the power cord in the 790 can also charge the shaver along with a shave when the charge runs out, which I understand cannot be done with the 7685!
        3- Is the heat induction any better than a fan which I understand is in the 7685, it seems the fan would possibly be quicker but could break down easier!

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are welcome, Kevin.

          1. You can safely clean the 790cc under tap water, Braun actually recommends this as a manual cleaning method. You just can’t use it to shave in the shower or with cream/gel.
          2. That is correct.
          3. The 7865cc doesn’t have a fan either; it doesn’t have any system to actively dry the shaving head once the cleaning cycle is complete. The cleaning fluid will naturally evaporate, which takes at least 3 to 4 hours. Induction heating is the best in my opinion, it’s quiet and fast. I own a Series 9 9290cc that uses a fan and the drying takes longer than induction heating. I haven’t used it long enough to comment on the reliability of the fan though.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Chris,

      The shavers are the same, the model names differ depending on where they’re being sold.

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  19. vaqaas

    Hi,

    Great article! Whereas the Series 7 razors of old and new are broadly similar – the same cannot be said for the cleaning stations.

    I notice one massive ommision. The clean and renew cleaning station from the 790cc-4 of the past have a 5 stage cleaning action that takes 40 minutes and includes drying by an induction heat mechanism.

    The newer Series 7 – for example 7898cc have a 4 stage cleaning action taking roughly 15 minutes and no drying process.

    I phoned Braun Customer services to ask why my 7898cc would was wet after a cleaning cycle and i was told that my old 790cc-4 had a cleaning station with an induction heater – the newer razors don’t.

    I’ve notices the accessories e.g. the travel pouch and the electrical cord all seem of much lesser quality…

    I loved my old braun 790cc-4 and i find my 7898cc-4 just as good – except the cleaning station lets it down.

    i have ordered a cleaning base from http://www.shavers.co.uk for £35 which has a heating induction mechanism.

    looks like Braun are cutting cost…. this is very apparent on the Series 9 which has plastic on the body of the razor. I was disappointed and went back to the trusted series 7!!

    Many thanks

    Vaqaas

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vaqaas,

      Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience.

      You are absolutely correct, I actually mentioned the same thing in a previous comment about the cleaning stations of the newer Series 7. I will update the article as well to reflect this particular aspect about the newer models.

      Also, as far as I know, a 7898cc shaver won’t work with the previous generation cleaning stations that include the induction heating mechanism (I assume that you intend to use the station from shavers.co.uk with your 7898cc). The same goes for the 790cc, you can’t pair it with a newer cleaning station like the one included with the 7898cc.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. vaqaas

        Hi Ovidio,

        Just to let you know the 7898cc is backwards compatible with the previous 5 action cleaning stations with induction heat mechanism.

        Hope this helps – works exactly as my old 790cc-4 did. no more wet razor!!

        thanks to Andrew at http://www.shavers.co.uk for his knowledge and advice and free next day despatch!!

        Many thanks

        Vaqaas

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Thank you for the follow up, Vaqaas. That is actually very interesting. Do you happen to know if that particular station is a genuine Braun part or if it was modded in any way? I am asking this because a Braun representative explicitly told me that the newer models are not backwards compatible with the older stations fitted with the induction heating system.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Vaqaas

            Hi Ovidiu,

            Firstly a humble apology for spelling your name incorrectly in last comment.

            It’s a 100% genuine part and as I mentioned I phoned Braun customer services and asked the question on newer models not having induction heater.

            Braun customer services connected my call to Olympic Shaver Centre (www.shavers.co.uk) as they are Brauns authorised retailer in my district.

            This is how I came into contact with Andrew and he supplied the original part in sealed retail box and told me it was backwards compatible – and when it arrived yesterday I tested it and it worked perfected. Tested it again too and it’s awesome.

            No modifications needed whatsoever! Result…

            Many thanks

            Vaqaas

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            No worries, Vaqaas. Thank you again for your detailed reply. I can only assume that Braun’s customer support rep was actually wrong about this when he replied to my inquiry.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad to know you found the information useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  20. Paul Rushen

    Thanks for the great article. I just received the 7865cc for Christmas. What has me so confused are the battery lights. Can you explain them as I am considering a call to Braun thinking it’s defective. I have one that’s completely lit (at 3 o’clock), the light at 6 o’clock is half solid and the one at 9 o’clock is not lit at all.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your comment. I totally agree, the battery status lights are counter-intuitive and unnecessary complicated. The one at 9 o’clock is the low-charge light, it will blink when the battery is almost drained (you can still shave once or twice when that happens). The light at 3 o’clock represents a full battery, while the one at 6 o’clock stands for a 50% charge.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  21. Mark

    Ovidiu –

    Thank you for this. Very helpful.

    Replacing a prior razor.

    1. As to the cleaning station, am I to understand from your article that it is useless with the s series, or just that certain features don’t work.

    2. How do we know which cleaning station we have (mine looks a bit different than those pictured above).

    3. Costco carries the 7893. Can I presume cc, or possibly s?

    Thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your comment. Regarding your questions:

      1. I updated the information, an a Series 7 s model will in fact work with a cleaning station.
      2. You can identify the station by the shaver’s model number (you didn’t mention your prior razor, so I’m afraid I cannot help you here).
      3. Definitely the 7893s, so no cleaning base.

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  22. JT

    I pulled the trigger and bought the 7865cc, mostly because of the wet+dry function & the cleaning station. I need to be clean shaven for work at my new job, have the Braun BT3040 and maintained a 2mm or 3mm beard at my old job where we could get away with a lot at work.
    Im planning on using it in the shower with shaving gel most times and I have 2 questions. Does a certain shaving cream work better with the electric shaver? Also would just rinsing the head under water after shaving with shaving cream for a couple days & then running it through the cleaning station damage the shaver in any way?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Any quality shaving cream should work just fine. I use Proraso, Speick and Nivea most of the time as they’re inexpensive, widely available and the quality is excellent. You can check out more options here.

      Regarding the cleaning, you can definitely perform it that way, just make sure to rinse the shaving head very thoroughly. I always clean my shavers with a bit of liquid soap whenever I use shaving cream. That’s simply because lather residues tend to dry and harden very quickly and are a real pain to clean later on. Using a few drops of liquid soap should only take an extra minute. Besides, Braun requires the shaver to be completely dry and free of any foam residues before using the station.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  23. Bianca

    Ovidiu, just wanted to express my gratitude for your article. It helps me find a perfect shaver for my bf in just 10 minutes – really, your effort is very much appreciated!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bianca,

      Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you found the information useful. I hope your boyfriend will enjoy his new shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  24. Dorothy

    Looking to get my son a shaver. Walmart has the series 7 790 for $249.99 Canadian & Best Buy has the series 7 7893s for the same price. Which one do I go with?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dorothy,

      The 7893s model is suitable for wet & dry use; the 790cc is a dry only shaver, but includes an automatic cleaning station. The 790cc would probably be a better pick for the added convenience of the cleaning station and it can also be used while charging. Most men prefer dry shaving anyway as it’s quicker and less messy.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  25. JCNeto

    I have no words to say tks!
    So many letters and so many models that drive us crazy.
    Very helpful explanation and honest.

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  26. David S

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I have an 7505 Braun, and like the fact that is on an electric cord and can carry it and charge it anywhere – health club, hotel, etc., without a charging station. I always dry shave.
    I almost purchased the 790cc and then recognized that the cord is for the charging station, and not directly to the razor.
    Are there any mobile razors like the 7505 that I can easily carry and connect to an electric cord?
    Thanks. – David

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi David,

      You can also plug the charging cord of the 790cc directly into the razor, so you’re not in any way restricted by the inclusion of the cleaning station. You can charge the razor via the station or directly using the same cord. Since you always shave dry, the 790cc seems like a great option as you can also use it while charging.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. David S

        Thanks, Ovidiu.

        OK. I am going to buy it.
        Your written reports of the Series 7 and Series 9, and comparisons within each and against each other are excellent and really made me think about things.
        Thank you.

        David

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

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

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  27. Adnan

    Thanks so much for the well written article. It has been a great help and I can now confidently make my purchase.

    Just one question, after looking at the comparison table above, I was wondering what is the difference between the newer models, 7865cc, 7898cc and 7899cc (besides the color)?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adnan,

      Thank you for the kind words. That’s pretty much it — the color. The 7865cc has a slightly different LCD display, but for all practical purposes the three of them are the same. As I said in the article, I would simply buy the one I can get for less money.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  28. Joerg

    Hi Ovidiu,
    just to make things more complicated: here in Europe (I am actually from Germany) a “7790cc” is available and sold in a lot of shops as Series 7 790cc (!!!) now which also has the 5-way intensive/sensitive-setting and the automatic cleaning station without any active drying – unfortunately. So the main difference between this Series 7 790cc/7790cc and the 7865cc – besides the colour and display – is just the possibility to use the 970cc corded because of only dry shaving.
    Manual available: http://www.service.braun.com/line/SH/S5692/S5692_33_MN.pdf

    With best regards
    Joerg

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Joerg,

      Thank you for the info. I knew that the 7790cc was basically a silver dry only 7865cc, but I wasn’t aware that Braun actually sells it as a 790cc. It’s a bit disappointing to see Braun resorting to this type of sneaky tactics — after discretely ditching the induction heating and presenting the newer Series 7 as having 4 cutting elements. At least the shaving performance remained the same.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to share this with us.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  29. Vince

    Very good summary! What is the lowest price you’ve seen the 790cc and 7865cc? I saw the 7865cc was $169 for a brief period on Amazon. Now the 790cc is $169 and 7865cc is $200. I am not in a hurry so I want to get a good deal.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vince,

      Thank you for your comment. Not counting Black Friday deals and such, I think the 7865cc was on sale for $149 until recently. Can’t really recall the lowest price of the 790cc, sorry. Keep an eye on both, you’ll likely find them at a lower price again. Also, don’t neglect other models like 799cc or 797cc if you can get a great deal on them.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  30. ayman alhaj

    i guess its more information than braun its self
    all the information i need i found it really full review and all data are in depth thanks alot

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, ayman. I’m glad you found the information helpful.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  31. Paul Pap

    Have had two 790 cc-4 for 15 years and still going strong.
    Caught this price at BJ’s and am considering 2 more for the future.

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  32. Charlie Black

    Hi,

    Great review, thanks. Can I use the cleaning system from my 790cc (with heat induction) with my new 7865cc? The 7865cc came with one obviously, but I want the heating…

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Charlie,

      You are very welcome. The answer is yes, you should be able to use your older station without any issues.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  33. Marco

    Hi Ovidiu,
    Thank you very much for your amazing article!

    I just bought a 7790 and I am very happy whit it! I dont use any cream or foam and that is the reason why I choose 7790. But I am very interested to know the technical diference between dry model and dry/wet one… I am pretty sure is just a marketing thing because you can use dry only models under shower or on wet skin… but just no cream…
    What do you think about that?

    Thank you !

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Marco,

      Thank you for the kind words! This a great (and quite common) question. The Series 7 models like the 7790cc, 790cc etc are suitable for dry only operation. However, many users have successfully used one with shaving cream as well. I cannot recommend using a dry only model in this manner as it goes against what the manufacturer recommends. I couldn’t tell you if there are additional gaskets or sealant fitted to the wet/dry models as that would mean taking both apart for a close inspection. They can be safely rinsed under tap water, so some waterproofing exists with the dry only variations as well.

      If anything happens to the shaver it will void the warranty and it’s entirely up to you if you decide to use a dry only model in this manner. Again, I cannot recommend using an electric shaver in a way that is explicitly forbidden by the manufacturer.

      I’m pretty sure the main reason behind this has to do with safety. Precisely, the dry only models can also be used while they’re plugged in. You can imagine the potential hazards of having a device connected to the mains and bringing it into the shower for example.

      I hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  34. Benjamin Sackmary

    Thank you very much for the amazingly detailed and thorough review of the Braun Series 7 line of shavers. Your discussion of Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 760cc vs 799cc vs 7865cc was very helpful to me. I can now go ahead and buy a replacement for my 797. With appreciation.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, Benjamin! I’m glad to hear you found it useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  35. Joe

    When you are referring to the “OLD” vs “NEW” cleaning stations for the series 7…I found this online … is this the ‘good’ older cleaning station?… NEW BRAUN ELECTRIC SHAVER CLEAN & RENEW FAST CHARGING STAND 81365080.
    Because I plan on purchasing a 7893s separately…then the Model 81365080 cleaning station separately…and finally the Cleaning cartridges. (I can get these separately for a lot less than buying the 7XXXCC model with everything included.) Based on comments before the 7893s Models do work with the cleaning stations…and that the paint may be effected after many uses.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Joe,

      That is correct, 81365080 is the part number of the old station that comes with induction heating and quick clean mode. It should work with the 7893s without any problems. The paint will eventually flake, but that seems to happen even with the cc models after a few years of use.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  36. Gustavo

    Hi! I came here from your Braun Series 5 Comparison And Differences article. I’m in train of replacing my old but excellent ones Micron (5410) and Micron Plus (5426). I was just looking for advices about 5030s. Daily shaving, doesn’t matter dry or wet nor cleanning station. What do you recommend? I can get 7840, besides 5030s. Very thanks!. Gustavo, Buenos Aires

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Gustavo,

      Thank you for your comment. I think both the 7840s and the 5030s would be very good options. However, if you can get the 7840s for a great price, I would recommend that one. To me the Series 7 feels more refined, more enjoyable to use and a bit faster compared to the Series 5, even though the end results are extremely similar in terms of comfort and closeness. You should also factor in the cost of the replacement shaving heads — the ones used by the Series 7 are usually more expensive.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  37. Don Richards

    Thanks for an extremely informative review. I came across a reasonably priced Series 7 790cc on eBay Australia with the seller being USA based. I need clarification on two things. Firstly in your review, reference is made to the older 790cc as the 790cc-4. The model I am looking at on eBay is referred to as the 790cc-7. What does that mean? Secondly, being a USA based seller would you know if the 790cc handles 110v to 240v power or is only 110v (USA standard). Hope you can help me with these two questions.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Don,

      Thank you for the kind words. The 790cc-7 is a newer model that has 5 power settings instead of 3. Everything else remains the same. Since it’s fitted with an automatic voltage converter, you should have no problems using it in Australia. I buy most of my shavers from the USA and use them in Europe (220v).

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  38. Dan

    Ovidiu thanks so much for your efforts on all of our behalf!
    It was time for a new 51S for my Series 5 Braun and decided it was time to check into the newer Brauns. I’m going with a Series 7 Wet/Dry model but I’m wondering if I can use my Series 5 cleaning station with my potential Series 7 shaver.
    Again, thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dan,

      Thank you for the kind words. Unfortunately the answer is no, a Series 7 won’t work with your existing Series 5 cleaning station. The metal studs on the back of the Series 7 won’t come into contact with the small metal plates when placed inside the station. And even if they did, the station still wouldn’t be able to communicate with the shaver as it will only pair with Series 5 shavers.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  39. Steve

    Thanks for all the research and sharing this.

    I got my son a new Braun at Costco, but I guess it doesn’t include a cleaning station.

    I’ve never used an electric, never liked them, but I tried his Braun 7 and it was pretty good, so I am thinking of getting one.

    I can get another one at Costco for about $100, or I can get NIB Braun 7898cc with a newer cleaning station for another $20, or perhaps a 7797cc with the older cleaner for about the same price.

    Alternatively, I can get cleaning station for about $50.

    Thoughts?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Steve.

      The only significant difference between the 7797cc and 7898cc is in my opinion the wet/dry feature. Precisely, the 7797cc is dry only, thus it can also be used while charging. You can’t do that with the 7898cc since it’s suitable for wet/dry operation. Both of them have the updated cleaning base (no induction heating or quick clean mode). If you can get the older station for a reasonable price along with a solo Series 7 model — that’s a viable option as well. Otherwise just get one of the two mentioned previously. I personally would get the 7797cc, wet shaving doesn’t really improve my shaves with the Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Steve. That’s an excellent deal. Enjoy your new Series 7!

          Reply
  40. Kris

    Hello Ovidiu,

    Great job, now I know everything about razors … almost because I have one question, maybe you can help me ? It’s my first electric razor so I have no practise but I predict dry mode would be perfect to me. I decise to buy 790cc-4 with old CC station with heating and now I found 7898cc in same price. I wonder what is the better old CC station in 790 or wet use in 7898 ?

    Best regards,
    Kris

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Kris,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      I personally would go for the 790cc and the old cleaning station. I do enjoy a wet shave myself, but not with a Series 7 (or any other Braun shaver in general). And that’s because it doesn’t seem to make any noticeable difference compared to a dry shave which also takes less time. It’s a whole different story in the case of Panasonic razors, but with a Braun shaver I wouldn’t bother.

      You also get to use the 790cc while charging, which is something you can’t do with wet/dry models like the 7898cc.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  41. James Garvey

    I have a cleaning base for my series 7 and does not have the extra button, but does have a heating symbol. The base has the part number BS5675. Does this have the induction heating element that was removed in current base models?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Yes, it should have the induction heating element. It’s a version of the Series 7 cleaning base that has the drying system in place, but it lacks the fast cleaning function.

      Reply
  42. Marc

    I’m wondering if there’s any reason not to use shave gel with the 790cc. It’s seems the only difference between that model and the wet/dry models is that the 790cc could be used with the charging cord on. Assuming I’m not using the cable, any other reason not to try gel?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Marc,

      You are actually spot on. The 790cc is suitable for dry only use as a safety precaution since it can also be operated with the charging cord on. The wet/dry variations only seem to be different in this regard. This is of course unofficial and Braun recommends against using a dry only model in this manner. However, many users have successfully shaved using cream or gel with their 790cc.

      You should proceed with care and also know that if anything happens to your shaver this will likely void the warranty. I cannot recommend using an electric shaver for anything else than its intended purpose (for obvious reasons).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      1. Marc

        Excellent. I was just hoping it wouldnt damage the razor. Thank you very much for the reply and for the in depth review. Very well done.

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  43. Braun Fan

    What is the difference between the 790cc-4, and 790cc -7 ? I just ordered a used 790cc-7. Thanks, I really enjoyed your thorough guidelines, braun can make things confusing sometimes!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment. The 790cc-7 is a newer release with 5-speed settings as opposed to 3 on the 790cc-4. Other than that they are pretty much identical.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  44. Hal

    Hello Ovidiu,

    I am trying to decide between the 7893s and the 740s(cheaper).
    Do you (or anyone else) have any opinions?
    Thanks for your help. Great service you offer.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Hal,

      Thank you for your comment. Performance-wise they are pretty much the same. The 7893s has 5 speed settings as opposed to 3 on the 740s, but this doesn’t make any significant difference. Both are suitable for wet&dry use and both will work with a Series 7 cleaning station if you decide to buy one later on. I would get the 7893s because I think it will fare better with scratches and wear and won’t show them as much as the black 740s. But again, if you can get it for significantly less money, go for it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  45. steve

    Outstanding explanation of a complex situation. Thank you! After hours of scratching my head and wondering what was going on, it took me 5 minutes to make up my mind after reading this article. Well done.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for the kind words. Glad to know you found the post useful.

      Enjoy your new Series 7!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  46. AJ

    Thanks so much for being so detailed and concise, it’s a confusing task trying to make the best decision when there are many variations of the same model.
    Thanks again for providing us with this knowledge.
    AJ

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi AJ,

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you found it useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  47. Ronn

    Very comprehensive review. But I have a question. Which model would be most suitable for a guy with very sensitive skin, who shaves every other day and wants a very close and smooth shave? Also, someone who needs a shaving gel to shave every time.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ronn,

      All current Series 7 models are pretty much identical in terms of performance, so you can choose one based on budget and availability. I would recommend the 7865cc since it’s a wet/dry model, comes with a cleaning station and it often costs less than other similar Series 7.

      I think the Panasonic Arc 4 and Arc 5 will provide a closer shave compared to the Series 7, but those aren’t nearly as comfortable and forgiving.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  48. Christian

    I’ve recently purchased the Brain 7790cc but was shipped a 750cc-7 by mistake instead.
    I notice the 750cc-7 has the Active Heat Inductive drying, but lacks the 5-speed shaving system the 7790cc has. (Seems like it only has 3-speeds)

    If prices are the same, which of the models should I choose? My main focus is a shaver for sensitive skin and a close shave.
    I can’t really find any information on the 750cc.

    Thanks! Big fan of the pace

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Christian,

      Thank you for your comment. The 750-cc is an older model sold on the European market, that’s why information about it is pretty scarce. It does have 3-speed settings instead of 5 and comes with the old LCD display (which is better in my opinion than the new one). Having used both 3 and 5-speed models, I haven’t noticed any significant difference between the two. I have sensitive skin as well and always use them on the highest power setting without any discomfort.

      Since you also got the station fitted with the inductive heating system, you could keep this one unless you have a very specific reason to opt for the newer model.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  49. Peter Human

    Will definitely purchase a Braun shaver series 7 when I visit my son in the USA later this year. Prices much more competitive in the USA than in Australia. Great information from website about which model to buy and the various features on offer.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Peter. Greatly appreciated. Hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  50. Miles

    All the 7 series the same except for the inclusion or not of the clean and charge station in the retail box. I had a 790cc which died but the clean station was working. I bought a 7855 on special offer but expected the clean station not to work with it. To my amazement the 7855 works with the old clean station and I can clean with the cleaning solution (as confirmed in your article). Therefore anyone who has bought a S only model can buy a clean station cheaply online and use it like a CC model – therefore why pay the premium for the CC models?
    Great article thanks

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Miles,

      That is correct, thank you for your comment. If the solo model along with a separate cleaning station can be bought for less than a cc model, then that’s a perfectly viable option as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  51. Adi

    Great review!
    I have one question. Is there is one model that has function wet and dry, plus cc station, and that works bouth with battery or cord plugged?
    I’m asking because when one day battery dies if I could use shaver without battery. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adi,

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

      Unfortunately the answer is no, none of the wet/dry models will work with the cord plugged in. Your only option would be to get one of the older dry only variations, like the 790cc or 760cc.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  52. Angelo

    Thanks a lot for the clear and comprehensive explanation. I bought the 790cc in 2011 and unfortunately I lost it during a trip (probably forgot in the hotel room). I was trying to understand if I could buy one without the cleaning station but had trouble understanding the different models and if I could actually use my old cleaning station. Your article completely clarified that; I’ll buy the 7893s and save some money!
    Thanks for that

    Reply
  53. Scott

    Your articles and reviews are always interesting and extremely helpful! For anyone who’s interested, I’ve had the Braun 7865cc for a week now and I can definitely say that it’s by far the closest, fastest and most comfortable shaver I’ve ever had, hands down. I keep it at the highest speed setting and it plows through coarse areas quickly and easily. It shaves just about as close as a blade for me. The clean/charge station keeps it in like new condition every time I shave. I wish I would’ve saved money by choosing this model first before trying others.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      That’s awesome, Scott! Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your experience.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  54. Giovanni

    I read your through analysis, so i chose my 7 series, Braun 7840 S razor, the very first electronic razor i have used. Using it by about 3 months, with shaving foam, i’m completely satisfied with it and it’s shaving performances, no more severe burns and cuts on my skin. Washing it with water, sometime adding liquid soap, and lubricating the blades with sewing machine oil.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      That’s great, Giovanni! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  55. Kaleem Jaferi

    Fantastic review. A thank you note is definitely due, so thank you so much for the well written article and sharing the details. Really appreciate it.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, Kaleem. I’m glad you found the article useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  56. Tom Cramer

    Hello, thanks for the great information. I am trying to decide which Braun series 7 I bought should I keep. They are both still in boxes. I found the 7893s at Costco for $100 and the 760cc at BJs for $129 as a clearance item. From what I am reading, they both will perform the same since they have the same heads. My main question is how much will they cost down the road to maintain? If I keep the 7893s, can I clean every day with soap and water and will it maintain its performance as long as the 760cc? How much does cleaning solution cost and how often to you have to replace? How much are replacement heads and how long do they last? Will they last longer with use of the cleaning station? Thanks for any information.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Tom,

      That is some dilemma. First of all, I think you managed to get both at an excellent price, so whichever you end up keeping it will be a great deal.
      Regarding the costs of ownership, it really depends on how you’ll be using your shaver. For example, you can use the cleaning station after every use or twice a month. That’s entirely up to you. The advantage of Braun cleaning stations is that you can take out the cartridge, put the cap back on and store it until you need it again.

      A shaving head can last longer with the use of the cleaning station only if you fail to clean and lubricate it regularly. I would use a bit of liquid soap and warm water and a light oil (clipper oil) or a spray lubricant like the Remington Shaver Saver. I don’t usually recommend cleaning stations if they’re not needed, but I think they’re really useful with the Series 5, 7 and 9. After weeks or months of use, there will be some hairs, dirt and dead skin (that a manual cleaning failed to remove entirely) lodged inside the shaving head. An automatic cleaning will get rid of that easily. If you use your station sparingly, a refill will last for months. Here are more details about this. Also, there are third-party alternatives that cost a lot less than Braun’s solution.

      The two shavers are very similar performance-wise, so it’s up to you to decide which one to keep considering the advantages of the cleaning station. You can also buy the station later on separately if you decide to go with the 7893s. The replacement heads are the same for both and should easily last one and a half years. The price varies, so you should check various stores before buying.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  57. Todd

    Hi Ovidiu,
    The replacement cassette foil cutters have an 11% recommendation at braun.com. The rep said they only have one cutter but their site shows a honeycomb style and also a pizza with a bullseye style foil. People swear by the original but dislike the replacement. Help!!!
    Thanks
    Todd RI

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Todd,

      Can you please share the link to the bullseye style cassette? As far as I know, the 70s/70b are only available with the honeycomb-like foil pattern (Braun calls it an Optifoil). In general, replacement parts get really bad reviews (not just the ones from Braun). I only bought a Series 7 cassette once, it was like 4 years ago and it still works (honeycomb style). I didn’t however use that shaver as much, so it’s not really relevant from a reliability pov.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  58. Marlow

    Hi Ovidiu!

    Thank you so much for your amazing informative website/article! It helped me choose the right Braun Series 7 shaver at the best cost!

    My original Braun 8585, which I have been using since forever has finally died, fell apart to pieces!

    After buying multiple replacement heads and cleaning solutions, I thought it was time to upgrade/replace. It was a really close shave when it was new. My cleaning station still works perfectly, however finding a replacement shaver for this old series is not very cost effective.

    Do you know if my old cleaning station had inductive heating? As it felt like my shaver was always dry/hot after a cleaning cycle. I wanted this feature in a replacement shaver I wanted to purchase.

    Before I found and read your website/article, I was considering buying a Series 5 shaver at the store. However, I purchased a replacement Braun Series 3 3050cc at the store on sale for $105.96 CDN.

    I returned the Braun 3050cc to the store. Lacked key higher end features etc….

    For only a slightly higher overall total cost, I purchased on Ebay a Braun 7893s and a separate New Inductive Cleaning Station! I saved a ton of money thanks to you!

    Way cheaper than the local Walmart for the Retail Braun 7865cc which is $249.96 CDN!

    Is it safe to say that when I get my new Braun 7893s it will blow away my old 8585?! It was a really smooth and close shave when it was new.

    Thank you again for such an amazing thorough articles regarding Braun Series shavers!

    Sincerely,
    Marlow

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Marlow,

      Thank you so much for the kind words, I’m glad you found the information useful.

      The station of your 8585 was indeed fitted with an inductive heating system.

      The 7893s is a superior shaver in terms of shaving performance and you should definitely notice that.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  59. Jerzy

    Very interesting and helpful post, thanks
    The manual is written that processes at drying occurs.
    Quote from the instructions:

    ” Whilst cleaning is in progress, the respective
    cleaning program indicator will blink. Each
    cleaning program consists of several cycles,
    where cleaning fl uid is fl ushed through the
    shaver head and a heat drying process dries
    the shaver. Depending on the program selected
    the total cleaning time will range from 32 to 43
    minutes. “

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment. The part about drying the shaver only applies to the older Series 7 models that came with the discontinued stations that were fitted with the inductive heating system.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  60. Istvan Kiss

    Hi!

    First of all, GREAT review! And not just this one. If it were up to Braun, then nobody would know what they were buying. But I have a question. You wrote that they removed the drying part from the 7 series’s cleaning station. And i read articles about that over time razer blades dullness in big part is thanks to that, that they remain wet after every shave and it causes micro rusts on the blades edges. That rust will flake off and eventially you cut yourself.
    Now this isn’t a razer blade but i think the principle the same, it has blades in it.
    So if I use the CC station and it won’t dry it off, wouldn’t it shorten the shaving head lifetime? Or it won’t beacuse it it alcohol based.
    And another thing, in another article you wrote that the every day use of the CC station is unnesesery. And between those clean it with for exempe tap water. But I plan to use shaveing cream in hope for a closer shave or at least I want to try it. But will the water clean it out properly, and agan… that rust thing.

    Sincerely,
    Istvan

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Istvan,

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

      Those are some excellent questions.

      In my opinion rust is not a problem with modern electric shavers from reputable manufacturers like Braun. I’ve been using them for almost 20 years and I am yet to see rust. Again, with high-quality stainless steel and other anti-corrosive treatments that are applied to the cutting edge of the blades, you won’t have a problem with rust. It goes a lot more into these blades compared to regular, cheap double edge razor blades.

      So I am certain there won’t be any problems in this regard with new cleaning stations that lack any drying systems. Even if you clean your razor with water and let it air dry it’s still perfectly fine. In my opinion this will not affect the lifespan of the blades. Improper cleaning and lack of lubrication will.

      Regarding shaving cream, if you clean your shaver with water and soap and every once in a while using the station, that would be very effective. A bit of shaving cream could remain inside the cassette after a manual cleaning and it can dry and harden. That, along with mineral deposits from hard water can lead to some nasty buildups. But if you use warm water and liquid soap and also use the station a few times a month for example, problem solved.

      Also, after a water & soap cleaning (with the shaving head completely dry) make sure to lubricate the blades using a light oil (like clipper oil) or a spray lubricant (Remington Shaver Saver or Braun spray cleaner). Here‘s a detailed guide.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Istvan Kiss

        Thank you for the thorough answer. But I didn’t mean actual rust that you can see with naked eye. And anyway, the problem is what the rust will cause. I was talking about something like this
        https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/6148SieKwpL.jpg
        Now I dont know if this is accurate or just PR, but this is a 350x magnification of a high quality Gillette blade. In the middle picture they used BLEW
        https://www.toolsofmen.com/blew-review/
        which basically all it does is dry the blade in a few minutes instead of airdrying it, and that is it. I was thinking along the lines of something like this problem only with electric shavers.

        And for the other part, the whole point of electric shawer + CC for me is the convenience and time save. So the whole manual cleaning you wrote is out of the question 🙁 . Even the wet shave would be a nuisance, but for a closer shave I would try to use it. And I plan to close the alcohol-based solution after use so it won’t evaporate. And rinsing the head under water quickly and into the CC every time.
        But did I understand correctly, even if I use the shaver and the CC every day (I shave every day), even by Braun’s standard it dosen’t need replacing for a few mounths?

        What I don’t get is, you answerd a comment “Braun requires the shaver to be completely dry and free of any foam residues before using the station.” How the hell and why? 😀
        What are they thinking? With what, a hair dryer? And isn’t the whole point of the CC that it dose everyting by it self?
        Maybe I should stick to dry shave but the problem is I don’t know how close a shave it does, and the 7 series a bit pricey for gamble… or just switch to Gillette, it would be a lot cheaper too.

        Oh and another question 😀 I always used cheap electric rotary shawers and they weren’t too good for my sensetive skin. Than a few mounths back I took out my grandad old Braun and started useing it every day a braun synchron 5340. And it was much more gentle or it appeard to be. The question is in your experience foil shavers better for sensitive skin or it was just some other factor like blade quality, cutting distance, dullness…

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Istvan.

          Again, I have to stress that it is extremely unlikely to experience any kind of water induced damage to the blades of an electric shaver. The cutting edge is different, the steel alloys are different and you cannot simply compare them to a regular razor blade.

          Besides, physical wear caused by the friction between the blades and the foils will be experienced long before any potential rust issues.

          As for the manual and automatic cleaning, everyone should use whatever works best for them, be it one or the other or a combination of both.

          Many users prefer the latter as a way of saving cleaning fluid and reducing the costs. For example, it takes me less than 30 seconds to clean a shaver with water and soap, so it’s really not a hassle.

          With proper use and care, a shaving head should easily last a few months, even if you shave daily.

          Regarding the shaver needing to be dry before the automatic cleaning, this is what Braun recommends so they can be perfectly covered (improper use).

          Lather, soap and other similar stuff could potentially clog the drain hole of the station or the mesh filter inside the cartridge.

          Also, if the shaver head is dripping wet every time you clean it, that excess water will end up in the alcohol-based solution and this will affect its electrical conductivity. And the station uses it to determine when to signal the user to replace the cartridge. So this could result in a premature false reading.

          That’s why it’s a good idea to try and have the razor as dry and free of any lather/foam before using the station.

          With regards to rotary vs foil, yes, in my opinion foil shavers are clearly superior for sensitive skin. The main reason for this is the very way the two types of shavers work. I wrote a very detailed comparison here if you want to check it out. 🙂

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Istvan Kiss

            Thank you agan for the thorough answer. I finally understud that rust is not a problem :), but I did not know that the blades tuch the foil. I suppose if you want cleaner shave, friction and physical wear the price.
            And the way it’s measures and signal the user to replace the cartridge is interesting too.
            I finally decided upon the 7 series beacuse you wrote in the comparison that there isn’t much of a difference in closeness between 7 nad 9, and the 7 is good for very sensitive skin too.
            The other contender was Gillette, but as I have found out in the last few days, you can’t have that smooth shave all the time. Just for a day, than 2-3 day beard, beacuse the skin will be too sensitive to shave agan…or at least mine. So it’s advantage became it’s disadvantage. Except it’s a lot lot cheaper.
            What would be AWESOME if you could show a video, how to do that proper and fast head cleaning after a wet shave. 🙂
            And if I properly clean it and put it in the CC every day then I wouldn’t need to use oil to lubricate it, beacuse the CC dose it, right? And the CC wont get dirty quickly beacuse the head was clean, right? Although I still don’t know how to dry it in the morning rush.

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Hi Istvan,

            That is correct, using the cc station daily will take care of lubrication as well, so there’s no need to use anything else. Regarding the cleaning and drying, as long as you shake off excess water and pat the shaving head dry with a clean cloth or paper tissue, it should be fine.

            I was actually planning on doing a detailed cleaning tutorial but never got to it. It is coming though.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  61. Sisira

    Hi my name is Sisira
    Let me know what is the difference between 740s-7 and. 7893s
    Which one is long life and best

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Sisira,

      Apart from the color (silver for the 7893s and black for the 740s) and 5 vs 3 power settings respectively, there aren’t really any differences. They use the same shaving heads and both are suitable for wet & dry use. I would go for the 7893s as the fifth power setting is supposedly 12% faster than the third one on the 740s.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  62. Tom Hartwell

    Very much looking forward to Ovidiu’s response / advice of my Braun shaver selection.
    I sent in my dilemma last week … March 3rd ?

    Have not seen his response posted yet or an email.

    PLEASE ADVISE WHEN I MIGHT HEAR BACK. THANK YOU.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Tom,

      I actually replied on March 4th, but you submitted your comment to a different article. You can check it out at this link.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  63. Robert Chiarello

    I spoke at length w Braun Customer Service about buying a cleaning station to mate with my 4 year old Braun Series 7 740s-6. They insisted that it could be done, wouldn’t work, no way ! I asked why, and the answer was because the company says so.
    I bought the “Braun 81365089 Pulsonic Shaver/Razor Clean and Renew Stand” from Amazon for $37.00
    It came without a power cord. I plugged a handy 12V Remington shaver cable in. It turned on the fill light. I tried the Braun cord that came with the Braun Razor. Voila, everything works perfectly. Razor is clean and cuts like brand new.
    BTW this model cleaner is available as of April 2019, costs less than any other choice, and comes with the heater that otherwise is no longer available.
    PS – Your ShaverCheck.com is the best source for info on electric shavers. Way more informative and accurate than the manufacturers.

    Reply
    1. Robert Chiarello

      My comment should have had NOT in the statement: “They insisted that it could be done”.
      It should read: “They insisted that it could be NOT done”

      Reply
      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Hi Robert,

        Thank you for your kind comment. I’m glad you found the information here useful and I hope you’ll enjoy shaving even more with your upgraded Series 7.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

        Reply
  64. sherko nader

    thanks for a very nice explanation.
    I wonder the 7840 and 7842 evnt 7842s .. er still confusion , because you did not mentioned this models..

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately it would be impossible to cover them all since there are a lot of region-specific models. The 7840s and 7842s are if I recall correctly sold in the UK and a few other European countries. However, the shavers themselves are identical to the 7893s and the likes (minus the color — black as opposed to silver).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  65. Luki

    Thanks Ovidiu for you great, regulary updated and informative blog about shavers!
    I have a braun 5875 which is now like 12 year old and the only problem is battery that can’t hold for so long now so I am looking for some update.
    The most important thing for me is foil shave that braun gets me but with the possibility to use the shaver plugged in as sometimes I forget to charge it.
    I shave 2 times a week with pretty low grow but I like that “not so precise shave” that braun gets me with mild mist on my face.
    I would like to keep it so I don’t want super clean shave of Panasonic.
    With that upgrade I would also like me a station to get rid of that process of manually cleaning and oiling the foil. Am I correct that station also oil the blades?

    As I read through few of your articles and reviews I think the best choice would be Braun 7790cc as it is 40$ cheaper then 7899cc and I think I don’t need the pricey 9 series.
    Maybe even less powerfull series 3 would be better?

    You are the best on the whole net. Hopefully you have some sponsorship from Braun and Panasonic 🙂

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Luki,

      Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated.

      I also think the 7790cc will be a very good option considering your requirements — definitely better than the 7899cc that doesn’t work plugged in. The 7790cc, on the other hand, can be used while charging since it’s one of the few dry only Series 7 models.

      Regarding the station, that is correct, the cleaning solution also acts as a lubricant, so if you use it on a regular basis there’s no need to manually oil the blades. There are also cheaper third-party alternatives to Braun’s original refills and they work really well.

      I think a Series 3 may also work since you have a light beard, but for me at least the Series 7 provides a much more enjoyable shave and I would absolutely prefer to the Series 3.

      I am actually not sponsored by any electric shaver brands and I’ve turned down all the free review samples and endorsement propositions so far. I wanted this website to be a useful resource and I think being completely unbiased is a must for that. 🙂

      Thank you again for your comment, I truly appreciate it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  66. BLZ

    This is one of the most helpful articles that I have encountered, thank you. I have always used electric razors, and pretty early on exclusively used Norelco shavers, despite their outrageous prices. More recently I tried a highly touted Panasonic which was pretty good. But the Braun series 7 is without question the best razor I have ever used. Thanks for all the help provided in this exhaustive review.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated. Glad you found the article useful in picking your Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  67. Robert

    I purchased the Braun 7893s a couple of weeks ago and I am amazed at how close and irritation free the shaves have been compared to my previous Panasonic ES8103s. I have shaved 11 since new times and the charge indicator shows half green at the bottom of the display. I haven’t figured out their scheme to indicate battery level because both the green lights blinked during charging and during the first few shaves and then indicated steady. What are the lights indicating in relation to the level of the battery charge? Obviously, when the red light illuminates you have two or three shaves remaining according to the owner’s manual.

    The only thing I wish it had was a plastic cover to protect the screen on the cassette. I store the shaver in the travel case and after a couple of shaves beard cuttings leaked out of the screen into the case. Tapping out the clippings on the counter onto a piece of tissue and brushing the remaining cuttings out of the top of the shaver after each shave should be sufficient to clean it without using water. A cleaning station is a waste of money, counter space and electricity. It’s an elctric shaver and doesn’t require surgical sterilization unless you are sharing it with all your friends.

    Great article.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Robert. I truly appreciate taking the time to share your experience. Yes, unfortunately Braun doesn’t offer a plastic cap with the Series 7 or the Series 9 for that matter. Only the Series 3 and certain Series 5 models come with a cover.

      Regarding the battery indicator, that’s one of the worst in the industry in my opinion. I wrote about it and what the indicators mean in my review of the 7865cc (it’s the same as the one on your 7893s), you can check it out here. However, it stopped bothering me simply because the battery life of the Series 7 is fantastic.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Robert

        Thanks for the review of the 7865cc and your explanation of the charging indicator lights. This morning I got shave number 14 since new and the red low battery light is still extinguished. When the red light illuminates if the shaver will provide a couple of shaves, then none of the green lights really matter except to indicate when the battery is fully charged when plugged into the AC. Only time will tell if the shaver cassette clogs up with beard cuttings and degrades my shaves because I intend to just tap out the shavings after each shave.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are welcome, Robert. I would also give it at least a quick rinse under tap from time to time; just tapping out the hairs is likely not enough. Dead skin cells, dirt, oils, along with fine shavings can gunk up the cassette in time. I actually use some liquid soap as well when I don’t want to clean the shaver in the station.

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          1. Robert

            The red recharge light illuminated after 20 shaves, which is amazing. As for occasionally rinsing out the cutter/screen cassette with soap and water seems to be overkill. The owner’s manual, such as it is, shows how to clean it without using water. Also, it states that by not using water to clean the head nor shaving wet doesn’t require applying light machine oil to the screens or the trimmer. Obviously, it’s in Braun’s financial interest to sell shaver cleaning stations which also provide a revenue stream for cleaning fluid. It will be interesting to see if the cutter/cassette lasts the 18 months by only taping out the clippings without using water. I will keep you informed.

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Thank you for comment, Robert.

            The battery life on the Series 7 is really great, this has been my experience with it as well. As for the cleaning, I do prefer to be a lot more thorough with all my shavers, so I at least give them a rinse under the tap when I’m not using soap. Additional lubrication is indeed needed in this situation, but it can be quickly fixed with a single drop of some light oil on each foil. Just tapping out the clippings will likely cause some of them, along with dirt and dead skin cells to remain inside the cassette. I think hygiene would be the main concern here, not necessarily the lifespan of the cutter. There are other factors that impact it, but as long as there is some lubrication, it’s hard to tell if it will be heavily impacted by your cleaning routine. But do let me know how it goes if you have the time.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  68. Steven

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I also came across Braun Series 7, 7842s – P model on Amazon Japan which is in black color and comes without a cleaning station. The price tag is quite attractive. I was wondering if the body is made of metal or plastic? It’s hard to say by looking at the images on the online store.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      It is certainly plastic, the official photos just make it look like brushed metal.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Steven

        Hi Ovidiu,

        I’m looking forward the new Series 8 model. I found they started to show up on different websites but not yet on Amazon Japan. The shaver looks quite affordable with a reasonable price tag.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Steven,

          I already ordered one a week ago, it should arrive in a couple of days. I will write a detailed review once I get to test it for a while.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  69. Zachary Abelardo

    Thanks for doing all that exhaustive, model comparison work! I was gonna sell my Braun 790cc 9595 Pulsonic SensoFlex, with white cleaning dock. Since these rare, white docks are no longer produced and nearly impossible to find… I’m keeping it now, as I do favor the fast clean feature and induction heating. However, I’m replacing the original, 2009 790cc shaver with a 797cc Turbo and ditching the face hatchet, Series 7 70S OptiFoil cassette, replaced with NOS Gillette Pulsonic 70S/9000 Series Smart Foil.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Zachary. That sounds like the right thing to do. Glad you found the information useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  70. James Hendricks

    nice going on the analysis. I hope to buy a 790cc with the older cleaning module with drying and quick clean. Would you share your thoughts on the best way to locate one?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi James,

      They’re getting increasingly difficult to find and being able to accurately identify one really depends on the vendor. I would try to contact the seller and ask him to explicitly confirm that the shaver is indeed from the older generation. Do not rely on product photos on websites, they do not reflect the actual product being sold.

      Ultimately, there’s the option of buying the cleaning module separately (I shared the part number in the article) if you still can’t find the older 790cc.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  71. Renato Ribeiro

    Hello, everyone. I’m intending to buy a Braun Series 7 7893s. Is the cleaning station mandatory? Or can I just clean it manually forever? Does the shaver suffer any harm without the cleaning station? Does it become less effective? Or it’s just about higiene?

    Thank you for your advices and sorry for my english.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Renato,

      The cleaning station is nice to have for the convenience. I usually recommend it for a more thorough cleaning after several manual cleanings as some dirt may remain trapped inside the cassette. But you can of course opt for a solo model like the 7893s and clean it manually (here are some tips on how to do it). As long as you clean it regularly and also lubricate the blades, the lifespan of the shaver (and blades) shouldn’t suffer.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  72. Willay

    This article really helped me make a decision about what razor to choose. I’ve not used an electric razor in about 15 years but I’m getting sick of cartridges. It was a choice between the series 7 and a DE razor for me. I went with the series 7 after reading this so let’s see how it works out.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Willay. Glad you found the information useful and I hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  73. Russ

    Awesome article, and you saved me $30! I was about to buy the 7865 when I saw the 7880 (listed as the “same model”) for $30 less. A quick check here helped me understand that there wasn’t a real difference so I ordered the 7880. Thank you, sir! You win the internet for today.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Russ. Glad you found the information helpful and actually managed to save some money. Enjoy your new shaver!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      It’s a feature that allows the user to alter the power of the motor. In the case of the 3 modes, these are Sensitive, Normal and High intensity. The newer models have two extra settings for a total of 5.

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  74. Joe Wilkes

    Hi Ovidiu,
    Many thanks for your exhaustive discussion of the Braun Series 7.
    I have the 7893s and I”m considering buying a charging/cleaning station for it.
    They are usually sold without the power cord. Do I need a separate power cord for the station or is it compatible with the power cord for the shaver?
    Joe

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Joe,

      You are very welcome. The station is compatible with the cord of your 7893s, so there’s no need to buy a separate one.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  75. John

    It is a great idea to bring some light into the numbering of Braun’s Series 7. To make it a little bit more confusing: You always point to the 7 7790cc as ‘dry only’ – but on the international Braun website it’s clearly labelled as ‘Wet & Dry’ https://us.braun.com/en-us/male-grooming/shavers-for-men/series-7/series-7-7790cc-silver.
    Again: Probably it’s just marketing and pricing. Here in Switzerland, above model currently costs CHF 136.- (including the cleaning station!) while 7898 costs CHF 241.-

    Regards
    John

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      Thank you for your comment. The information on Braun’s website regarding the 7790cc being a wet & dry shaver is unfortunately wrong. The shaver is waterproof, but it is officially suitable for dry shaving only since it can also be used while charging. Wet & dry models, like the 7898cc you mentioned, will not work when connected to a power outlet.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  76. Thomas

    Thank you! Really well explained.
    BTW: I consider BRAUN should change to a less confusing way of labeling its products. I almost refrained from buying a BRAUN shaver for this reason. BRAUN, listen more to your customers!!

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  77. Thurman

    Thank you for simplifying all of this. I know I am late to the party. But I am new to this razor. I got a series 7 after all the great reviews. I am coming from using “Magic Shave” for years. But after using my new shaver. I am now a believer. So maybe I will give myself time to get use to it. But I like it best.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey,

      Welcome to the club! Thank you for taking the time to comment, glad you found the article helpful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  78. Mikael Eriksson

    Hi
    I have a Braun 750cc-4 and I can’t find out if this is a wet & dry shaver of not.
    What would happen if I use it with foam?
    Grateful for info.
    Regards
    Mikael

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mikael,

      The 750cc is a dry only model (the shaving head can still be rinsed with water). Some users have successfully used their dry only Series 7 with shaving cream, but I cannot recommend something that goes against the manufacturer’s instructions.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  79. Fred Rochler

    The difference between the ‘wet & dry’ models and the older ‘dry only’ models is not insignificant. For many people, the fact that you can’t use the razor on mains if the battery fails or goes flat is a deal-breaker. Once the charging/cleaning station fails (they don’t last a great length of time) then how do you charge up the razor – unless you can open it up and replace the Lithium battery or buy a replacement charging/cleaning station you’re out of luck. With the ‘dry only’ models neither failure type negates the razor – you can ignore the battery or charger and just use it on mains power.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Fred,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, the dry only models can also be used from the mains and for some users that is a must-have. However, these models are getting phased out and almost all the newer releases, not just from Braun, are wet & dry models that will only work cordless. On the (almost) bright side, the batteries used by Braun are really good and should last for years. Also, the batteries fitted to the most popular shaver models are available and replacing them is pretty straightforward.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Fred Rochler

        Hi again,

        Very fortunate for me, I managed to get hold of a 760cc local stock here in Australia for only A$235 delivered, and it came with a model 5675 charging station. The charger/cleaning station has the ‘heating’ symbol on it, so I’m wondering if there is any way to tell if it actually does have the heating element installed. It doesn’t feel particularly warm in operation, and the symbol doesn’t light up or anything – but it does seem to be fairly dry after the cleaning cycle (about 40 mins).

        You are quite correct, the battery for the Series 7 is very easy to replace, I’ve already done it once on my older 720s and it’s only a 10 minute job. But the battery can be tricky to find, it needs to be a Sanyo UR18500Y 1300 mAh.

        At the moment, Braun seems to be still making a single ‘dry only’ model for the enthusiast, but how long that will continue I don’t know. I bought the 760cc as a replacement ‘spare’ which I’ll keep for future use, for the moment I can use the cleaning station on my older model. It certainly is a great shaver though…

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Fred,

          Thank you for the comment. The station is clearly fitted with the inductive heater, otherwise the shaving head would still be significantly damp after only 40 minutes. The drying symbol doesn’t light up like the ones on Philips cleaning stations for example. It would be interesting to know the manufacturing date of your 760cc, as far as I know they stopped making them.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  80. Dave

    Hello
    Has the head lock problem I keep reading about with the series 7 been fixed or improved?
    Should it be a deal breaker for purchasing this model?

    Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dave,

      No, it has not been resolved with any of the current Series 7 models. In my opinion it’s not by any means a deal-breaker. I find the locking feature of little to no use since the head of the Series 7 is very slim and nimble and I never felt the need to use it. It’s a different story in the case of other shavers that have a much larger head (for example, the Panasonic Arc 5 or the Braun Series 9).

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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