New Braun Series 7 (2020) vs The Original Series 7: Which One Is Better?

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New Braun Series 7 (2020) vs The Original Series 7: Which One Is Better?

The Braun Series 7 is one of the most popular electric shavers of the past decade.

After years of incremental and minor updates, in January 2020, Braun finally (and suddenly) released a brand new Series 7 line, called the Series 7 70.

But unlike the previous iterations, this one really is a new product from the ground up.

The new line is a complete departure in terms of design and ergonomics from Braun’s current electric razors.

But what really interests us is whether the new Braun Series 7 70 is actually better than the original, tried and tested Series 7 and whether it’s worth buying.

I have been using both generations side by side for a couple of weeks and in this article, I will share everything you need to know in order to decide which one would be best for you.

This will be an in-depth comparison of the new Series 7 vs the original Series 7 version, presenting the key differences and the pros and cons of both generations in a useful and easy to grasp manner.

Let’s dive right in.

The new Braun Series 7: Same name, different shaver

The new, updated Braun Series 7 70.

As mentioned in the beginning, Braun launched the new Series 7 in early 2020.

The notorious Series 7 name stuck, although the new models have nothing to do with the original ones.

The updated shavers are only available in the USA, at least for the time being. There’s no official information yet, but my guess is that they won’t be released outside the USA.

In order to differentiate them from the original Series 7, the new model names all start with 70 (hence the Series 7 70): 7085cc, 7075cc, 7071cc, 7027cs, 7020s.

The older generation razors have either a 3 digit name (followed by cc or s), like 790cc or 740s or they start with 78, like 7865cc or 7893s.

Here’s a table that summarizes the main differences between the new Series 7 70 models.

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

Image credits: Braun USA

As usual, the models ending in cc come with an automatic cleaning & charging station, while the ones ending in s do not.

The novelty of the Series 7 70 is the cs model that comes with a basic charging stand instead of the cleaning center.

Performance-wise, all the Braun Series 7 70 shavers are identical.

As shown in the table above, the differences only consist of color and accessories.

While all the models include a common set of accessories (charging cord, travel case, cleaning brush, beard trimmer attachment), there are some accessories specific to certain models.

These are mainly different size combs that you can attach to the trimmer so you can achieve the desired beard length. We will take a close look at them later on.

Let’s now get back to what interests us the most — the main differences between the new versus the OG Series 7.

Braun Series 7 70 vs Original Series 7 Comparison

New versus old Series 7 models.

1. Design, build quality and ergonomics

The old Series 7, while still a very capable and relevant electric shaver after all these years, was getting a bit long in the tooth.

At least from a design perspective, it seemed a bit dull and outdated.

The new 2020 Series 7 looks more modern and more in line with the current offerings from the competition.

New and old Series 7 design.

The new Series 7 (left) next to the original model (right).

The design language is also completely different from the likes of Braun’s other current lines of electric razors (like the Series 9, 8 or 5).

That same design approach trickled down to the rest of Braun’s USA-only releases from 2020, precisely the Series 6 and 5.

The body of the Series 7 70 is thinner and sculpted to allow for a better grip. The shaver is also lighter than the original S7 by approximately 30 grams.

Just like its predecessor, the new shaver is also made in Germany.

The old Series 7 had a thick, shorter, chunky body that despite its substantial girth, still ensured excellent ergonomics, mainly thanks to the very generous and grippy rubberized surface that covered most of the body.

The original and new Series 7 profile comparison.

The original and new Series 7 profile comparison.

On the new Series 7, the top half of the shaver’s back and the sides feature a dimpled rubber surface, while a rubberized thumb rest area on the front further enhances the grip.

In my experience, both are perfectly adequate in this regard.

Another important area that saw a massive overhaul is the shaving head.

While the new Series 7 70 still comes with a familiar 3 blade shaving system, with two foils and one middle trimmer, the similarities end there.

Braun Series 7 shaving head comparison.

The old Series 7 had a very slim and nimble shaving head that could only swivel up and down.

However, despite the very basic flexing capabilities, it was one of the best and most ergonomic implementations and made the razor extremely easy and enjoyable to use.

The large range of motion of the shaving head, along with the very slim head and the independently moving shaving elements, made the old Series 7 one of the best foil shavers for maintaining contact with the skin with minimal effort.

The old Series 7 shaving head showcasing the large range of motion.

The old Series 7 shaving head showcasing the large range of motion.

Even beginners could use it and it worked perfectly fine for men with more prominent facial features.

Upon a first look, the new Series 7 appears to have an advantage thanks to a more complex shaving head.

Called 360 Flex, the head can also swivel from left to right in addition to the up and down motion.

The new S7 head.

However, I didn’t find this new system particularly useful in practice.

First of all, the up and down range of motion is quite limited (compared to the original Series 7). And the new left to right movement is even more limited.

Secondly, while not that obvious from the photos, the head of the new Series 7 is wider and thus not as nimble, especially when shaving below the jawline or around the sideburns.

Thirdly, the three shaving elements don’t move as easily as the ones of the older Series 7.

The Series 7 70 vs original Series 7 shaving head.

Again, these differences may not be obvious from the images, but they are noticeable when you actually use the shavers side by side.

The shaving head was actually the first thing that caught my attention when I first saw the official product photos of the Series 7 70 (and not necessarily in a good way).

While on the old Series 7 there was a release button on the side of the allowing you to easily remove the head, there’s no such feature on the new S7.

The release button on the old Braun Series 7.

The release button on the old Braun Series 7.

Precisely, on the Series 7 70, the shaving unit (called cassette) is friction fitted and you must simply use brute force to remove it.

The Series 7 70 uses a new shaving head, called 73s (silver) or 73b (black).

You have to grab it by the scalloped edges of the frame between your thumb and pointing finger and pull it straight from the shaver.

Removing the cassette from the new Series 7 70 takes more work.

Removing the cassette from the new Series 7 70 takes more work.

And sometimes it’s a real fuss to remove it, requiring a lot of force and there’s not much leverage or grip. If your hands are wet or covered in foam/lather, that’s even worse.

Ditching the release button is a cost-cutting decision in my opinion.

Another cost-cutting measure is the use of plastic for the foil frames instead of metal.

I am referring strictly to the parts surrounding the individual cutting elements.

The 73s cassette of the new Series 7 70 (left) next to the old 70s cassette of the original Series 7 (right).

The 73s cassette of the new Series 7 70 (left) next to the old 70s cassette of the original Series 7 (right).

On the older Series 7, the foils are held in stainless steel frames, which is definitely more difficult and more expensive to manufacture than injecting plastic into a mold.

The quality of the older cassette is also reflected in the way the three shaving elements move so easily and smoothly.

On the new 73s/73b cassettes, the motion is jerkier and requires more force.

The new and older cassettes are not interchangeable, so you cannot use the older one on the new shavers and vice-versa.

Finally, the special setup that allows the so-called 360 Flex must be very sturdy and reliable.

The head is suspended on two slanted mounts (the outer ones in the image below), while the one in the middle houses the shaft that drives the blades.

The two struts that allow the actual flexing of the head appear to be made of metal.

At this point, it is premature to say how well it will last in time when subjected to daily use.

All in all, I personally prefer the simple, more useful and more user-friendly approach of the original Series 7.

That one also had a head locking mechanism that prevented the head from moving.

It was a poorly implemented system though as the mechanism would simply break if you tried to move the head from the locked position. But at least it was there if you needed it.

Still related to ergonomics, the 2020 S7 finally has a travel lock that you can activate by pressing and holding the power button for 3 seconds.

The original Series 7 never got this feature, quite common on mid-range to high-end razors.

The battery level indicator on the S7 70 is also clearer and more useful, but still far from the excellent percentage display on some Panasonic shavers for example.

The Series 7 70 battery level indicator versus the old one.

Overall, the build quality is similar in my opinion, with the older Series 7 feeling just a bit sturdier, but nothing dramatically better.

However, I feel like the old cassette is definitely a step up in quality and craftsmanship.

I will update the post as I continue to use the new shaver and report any reliability issues if that will be the case.

2. Cleaning station

When comparing the new Braun Series 7 vs the old one, we cannot leave out the cleaning stations as those have also been modified radically.

And again, in my opinion this isn’t necessarily a good change.

The new Braun Series 70 cleaning station is now called a SmartCare Center (type 5434) and if we place it next to the old Series 7 station, the main difference it’s pretty obvious.

The SmartCare Center (left) next to the previous Series 7 cleaning station (right).

The SmartCare Center (left) next to the previous Series 7 cleaning station (right).

On the redesigned station there’s now a protruding arm that holds the shaver in place.

It’s the exact same system as the one on the entry-level Series 3 cleaning stations. That’s not really a good sign if you ask me.

Moreover, while on the original Series 7 station you could just charge the shaver without cleaning it, on the new one you can’t.

Basically, just placing the shaver in the station won’t do anything since the charging is done via the port at the bottom of the shaver (it lacks the two contact pins of the old Series 7).

You must press the button on the top of the arm that essentially locks the shaver and physically connects it to the station, while also starting the cleaning cycle.

The new Series 7 during the cleaning process, while the old one is just charging.

The new Series 7 during the cleaning process, while the old one is just charging.

The original Series 7 razors conveniently connect to the station via the pair of metal studs on the back.

There are also no buttons or indicators on the S70 station.

So from the get-go, the new station seems less practical. The striking similarities to the old Series 3 station are (again) an indication of some cost reduction measures.

Fun fact: the exact same station of the new Series 7 (type 5434) is included with the Series 6 as well. This is the first time when two separate lines of Braun shavers share the same station.

The station of the original Series 7 was among the best out there. And still is to some degree.

While the first S7 stations (now discontinued, part number 81365080) came with a quick clean option and an inductive drying system, the current stations don’t anymore.

However, they’re still pretty good.

With the 2020 Series 7 stations, gone are also the 3 cleaning modes (Short, Normal, and Intensive) that the station would select automatically.

There’s only one standard cleaning setting.

In my opinion, the new 2020 station is a step back from the original one.

And also from a practical point of view, the SmartCare center is more difficult to store and to travel with because of that long protruding arm.

On the bright side, the station is still really good at cleaning and lubricating the shaver. It uses the same CCR cartridges and the cleaning process lasts less than 3 minutes.

The new solo Series 7 models (7020s, 7027cs) will also work with the new cleaning center.

So you can purchase one later on (in case Braun will make the stations available separately) or use the one of an existing Series 7 70 cc shaver.

It’s the same situation with the old Series 7 solo models — they will also work with a compatible station.

The old Series 7 shavers will obviously not work with new centers (and vice-versa).

3. Included accessories

Apart from the usual goodies included with both Series 7 generations (like cleaning brushes, chargers and travel cases), the 2020 models bring yet another major change.

All the Series 7 70 come with a separate beard trimmer and various other comb attachments (depending on the model).

While the old Series 7 featured a retractable pop-up trimmer, the new one ditched it completely in favor of this trimmer attachment that Braun calls EasyClick.

The accessories that come with The Braun Series 7 70 7075cc. Image credits: Braun.com

The accessories that come with The Braun Series 7 70 7075cc. Image credits: Braun.com

But to be perfectly honest, after using the trimmer of my new Series 7 unit, easy is not the first word that comes to mind. Fiddly is more suitable for the whole experience.

I personally prefer built-in slide-out or pop-up trimmers.

Original Series 7 trimmer.

Original Series 7 trimmer.

They’re always there when needed, you can’t lose them or forget to pack them and you don’t have to constantly yank out the shaving head and snap the trimmer in its place.

I guess I wouldn’t nitpick on it if Braun would have fitted a release button like on the old S7.

But getting back to the attachment themselves, all the new S7 70 models come with the beard trimmer (called a Precision trimmer) and up to 5 combs.

The new Series 7 with the beard trimmer attachment in place.

The new Series 7 with the beard trimmer attachment.

The trimmer simply snaps in place instead of the cassette.

My Series 7 is the 7071cc model which doesn’t include any combs, just the trimmer itself.

The 7085cc is sort of the range-topping model as it comes with the most accessories and also includes a stubble trimmer and 4 special combs for it (on top of the standard 5).

Please refer to the table above for a complete overview of these accessories.

As for performance and how useful are these new attachments, that really depends on the user’s needs.

For example, I shave pretty often and I don’t have a beard, so in my case, a click-on beard trimmer doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

I do need a trimmer to shape and tweak my sideburns, but for that, I would rather use a pop-up trimmer like the one on the previous Series 7 models.

For some light grooming and touch-ups, I found them a lot easier to use and more convenient since I don’t have to swap shaving heads.

So I would actually prefer the old S7 with the built-in hair trimmer.

However, if let’s say you shave less often and you need to pre-trim your beard or maintain a goatee, these attachments will work a lot better.

Depending on your needs, you should opt for a model that also includes more combs or even the stubble trimmer (specific to the 7085cc version).

So far these accessories aren’t available to purchase separately, but they might be in the future (like in the case of the Series 3 BT).

Also worth mentioning is that the 2020 Series 7 comes with a similar textile hard travel case as the old ones.

It’s quite useful, well-built and it will actually accommodate both the shaver and the trimmer (props to Allan for the heads-up).

There’s no room for the charging cord though, so you will have to pack it separately.

4. Performance

The new versus the old Series 7 comparison really comes down to shaving performance.

Other aspects are important as well, but if you plan on buying a new Series 7 or you’re wondering whether you should upgrade your old Series 7, performance is probably what interests you the most.

Since it’s a rather complex topic, I will break it down into several chunks.

Closeness of the shave

The Series 7 and Braun shavers in general aren’t quite the best out there when it comes to closeness (although most users will find it perfectly adequate).

So it was only reasonable to expect some improvements from a brand new Series 7.

Well, I personally haven’t noticed any with regards to closeness throughout my tests.

I even shaved half my face with the old Series 7 and the other half with the new one and I honestly couldn’t find any significant differences.

The result is not surprising at all to me given all the hints about the new S7 70 mentioned above.

It’s not by any means a bad shaver, on the contrary, I think the closeness will be good enough for most men.

But again, if you were hoping for a closer shave from the new Braun Series 7, that’s not going to happen.

In fact, on certain areas where my facial hair is very dense and thick (like below the nose), the old one was maybe even slightly better.

My 7865cc that I’ve owned and used constantly for the past 2 years appeared to get a bit closer and give a smoother shave.

Braun Series 7 7865cc

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It could also be due to the slimmer head and the higher quality cutting elements.

So in terms of closeness, I’d say they are on par, with maybe the original Series having the edge in several situations (for example, when shaving a coarser beard).

Comfort

The Braun Series 7 was for many years the benchmark when it came to comfort.

It was just in a class of its own and the razors from Philips and Panasonic just couldn’t match it.

Only the more expensive and newer Series 9 managed to be marginally better, so beating the Series 7 at its own game will be a challenge for the 2020 Series 7 generation.

And while it’s definitely a comfortable and gentle shaver, the old one is still ahead in my opinion.

This is particularly obvious when shaving very sensitive areas.

In my case, that would the neck.

With my old Series 7, I was able to shave dry with minimal to no discomfort, even in the high power speed setting which shouldn’t be used for shaving sensitive areas.

The foils never got hot even after a long shave.

I’ve been using this particular shaver for almost 2 years, so there’s definitely some wear on the foils and blades which normally could cause them to get hot. But that was never the case.

The new Series 7 was perfectly comfortable on the cheeks, chin, and jawline, but occasionally not quite as smooth on the neck.

This happened especially when I used faster strokes, causing some stinging and pinching. But interestingly, this almost never happened with my previous Series 7.

I was able to reduce the discomfort by using slower, more controlled strokes on the neck, but the takeaway is that the older shaver was just more forgiving.

And while it didn’t cause me serious discomfort, the foils of the new shaver got noticeably warmer during use.

All in all, the new generation is clearly suitable for sensitive skin as well, but again, it couldn’t outperform the old Series 7.

Shaving longer, flat-lying hairs

One of the key advantages of the Series 7 (apart from comfort) was its ability to cut longer, flat-lying hairs.

It was surprisingly good for a foil shaver and clearly better than anything from the competition.

That middle trimmer with its unique design and wide slits was the main reason for this.

The new Series 7 cassette (left) vs the oder one (right).

The new Series 7 cassette (left) vs the older one (right).

The Series 7 70 appears to have a similar system, but on closer inspection, we can see some interesting details.

The middle trimmer appears to have significantly smaller slits.

And again, it looks almost identical to the one on the Series 3.

Moreover, it uses the same plastic guide micro-comb that surrounds the trimmer and supposedly feeds the hairs to the cutters.

To put it bluntly, the trimmer appears to be taken straight from the S3. Here’s a side by side image of the two (the Series 7 cassette on top):

The new Series 7 cassette (73s) next to the similarly looking Series 3 cassette.

The new Series 7 cassette (73s) next to the similarly looking Series 3 cassette.

But most importantly, in real-life use, it again failed to match the performance of the original Braun Series 7.

Long and flat hairs on the neck required more strokes in order to get a clean shave, while the old shaver managed to cut them a lot faster.

In the case of short and relatively straight hairs, the differences are negligible, but if you shave less often and have patches where the hair grows parallel to the skin and in different directions, I think the old Series 7 is still the better option.

Speed

Basically, we’re simply interested in how long it takes to complete a shave using one versus the other S7.

And there’s really no nuance to this comparison — the old Series 7 is just better.

It sounds and feels (and essentially is) faster.

Besides the actual motor output (Braun doesn’t provide the specs, so I can only assume this), there are other factors that contribute to a faster shave in the case of the original Braun Series 7.

The most important one is in my opinion the design of the shaving head.

The original Series 7 shaving head.

Despite the new one looking very impressive with its flexing capabilities, in practice, the old one just seems to work better.

The head tapers towards the foils which stick out more and you can actually see them touching the skin during use, allowing for greater control and precision.

On the new Series 7, they aren’t as tall and the wide chrome-plated foil frame surrounding them gets in the way and sometimes you can’t really see the foils.

The new Series 7 with its wider foil frame and head.

Also, for some reason, the new shaving head just doesn’t glide as easily over the skin. It tends to get a bit stuck even when there’s minimal moisture and the stroke is jerkier.

My guess is that the plastic surrounding the middle trimmer and foils is the culprit as plastic tends to drag more on the skin than metal.

The wide head, along with the (presumably slower motor) and the smaller range of motion of the head and of the actual shaving elements, prevent the updated Series 7 to be faster (and more enjoyable to use) than the original one.

This was constantly my experience after comparing both Series 7 generation over a couple of weeks.

Again, I am not trying to bash the new one or to imply that it’s not a good shaver. It’s just not better than the current one.

AutoSense versus Speed settings

Series 7 AutoSense vs Speed settings.

The very first Series 7 shavers (circa 2007) didn’t have any beard density sensors or speed settings — just a good old fashioned power button, as basic as it gets.

With the next iterations, Braun fitted the Series 7 with either 3 or 5 speed settings (in the case of the later 78xx models).

Basically, you could adjust the power output of the motor via two buttons from Low to High-intensity depending on the area you’re about to shave.

The original Braun Series 7 (pictured a model with 5 speed settings).

The original Braun Series 7 (pictured a model with 5 speed settings). The power LED would change its intensity/color depending on the setting.

In practice, since the original Series 7 was already very gentle and comfortable, the lower speed settings didn’t make much sense for most users.

For example, I always use my Series 7 in the highest power setting, even when I shave my neck and it’s still perfectly smooth and gentle.

The lower settings just make the shaver slower.

Braun ditched these speed settings in favor of a beard density sensor for the 2020 Series 7 models called AutoSense Technology.

The AutoSense Technology of the updated Series 7.

Image credits: Braun.com

Instead of manually adjusting the power of the shaver, it is now done automatically. Or so it should.

I never really noticed the sensor at work whenever I used the new Series 7.

Maybe the adjustments were just so small that I wasn’t able to detect them. Either way, to me it always seemed like the shaver was running at full speed.

Which again is fine as the new Series 7 70 is also very comfortable for most of the time.

The takeaway is that both approaches are rather gimmicky and you shouldn’t pay too much attention to either.

The Series 7 would probably perform just as well with no sensors or speed settings.

Noise level

The new Braun Series 7 is objectively quieter than the old one (running in the highest setting) by a few decibels.

The noise it makes during use has a lower frequency and it’s raspier, while the old one has a higher pitch.

This is consistent with my assumption that the original Series 7 has a faster and torquier motor.

So the Series 7 70 is reasonably good in this regard for a foil shaver, but don’t expect anything groundbreaking. It still makes a lot of noise, especially when cutting the actual hairs.

The S9 remains in my opinion Braun’s quietest electric shaver.

5. Availability and value for money

Since the 2020 Series 7 is a USA exclusive release, things aren’t looking great from an availability point of view.

If you live outside the USA, getting one could be more difficult.

You can of course import it, but it won’t be as easy as simply buying the shaver locally. There are freight charges, possible customs fees and so on.

The new Series 7 is only listed on the Braun USA website, again a clear indicator that Braun only intends to sell the Series 7 70 in the USA.

Interestingly, the original Series 7 models (78xx) were removed from Braun’s USA website and only the new ones are now listed.

So far both generations can be bought in the USA from various retailers, but we shall see if that changes in the future.

As for costs, the new Series 7 shavers are priced lower than the ongoing models.

And they really should be given the previously mentioned cost reduction measures (particularly the cleaning centers and the shaving heads/cassettes).

So the buying price could be an argument for getting the new Series 7 instead of one of the original models.

The cost of ownership should be lower as well; I’m mainly referring to the replacement shaving heads (cassettes) since the SmartCare stations use the same cartridge refills.

The new cassettes used by the Series 7 70 (73s and 73b) aren’t yet available, so we can only speculate with regards to their price.

But given the cost of the shaver and by comparing the new heads to the older ones, I think they will be cheaper as well.

In my opinion the production costs are lower (no cassette release button, plastic instead of metal), so that should be reflected in the shelf price as well.

I will update the article once the new cassettes become available.

The old Braun Series 7, as well as the cassettes (70s and 70b) are widely available and can be easily bought pretty much anywhere in the world.

Braun Series 7 70s cassette

braun-70s-cassette

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And my guess is that they will continue so for many years to come.

Conclusion — Which Series 7 (old or new) should you buy?

I think we can all agree that the Braun Series 7 70 from 2020 is a completely new line that has nothing to do with the original Series 7 (apart from using the same name).

It feels like a line of shavers in its own right that could (and should) live alongside the old Series 7.

In my opinion, naming this new family of shavers Series 7 wasn’t the right decision (from a user perspective) because it doesn’t make much sense.

Calling it something like Series 6 for example would have been more appropriate.

The price is lower and performance isn’t quite as good compared to the original generation.

The Series 7 name does however have a lot of brand equity and it will nevertheless give the 2020 models a boost.

But getting back to which one should you actually get, I think it depends on the use case.

Current Series 7 owners (the original models) should probably stick to their shaver.

Strictly from a performance perspective, getting the new Series 7 isn’t justified.

I found my older Series 7 to be consistently faster, more comfortable, more enjoyable and easier to use.

Objectively speaking and strictly with regards to shaving performance, the old Braun Series 7 is the better razor.

So at least in my experience, getting the Series 7 70 will not really be an upgrade.

The same goes for potential buyers outside the USA that think about getting the new Series 70 instead of the readily available original Series 7.

I don’t think it’s worth the hassle, again since the performance wasn’t actually improved.

Moreover, the final cost (with shipping, taxes) will probably be similar, so the price advantage of the new Series 7 will be pretty much gone.

Finally, for someone living in the USA the newer models could be a very compelling option.

The price is right and they’re really good shavers overall.

As for which one I would personally choose, the older Series 7 is the more suitable option in my case.

The better shaving performance, more practical cleaning station and the integrated pop-up trimmer definitely tip the scale in its favor.

I would gladly pay more for these, considering that I’ll be using the shaver for many years (as I did with many of my Series 7 razors).

As for which models from each generation to get, well, that comes down to your needs and budget.

If you won’t be needing to trim your beard, I would go for one of the cheaper Series 7 70 with fewer accessories like the 7071cc or even a solo model like the 7020s.

Braun Series 7 7071cc

Braun Series 7 7071cc

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Again, I’m not too fond of the new station with its fewer features and that protruding arm.

So while I would normally recommend a cc Series 7, a solo Series 7 70 is a good option too.

From the original Series 7, you can’t go wrong with the 790cc.

Braun Series 7 790cc

Braun Series 7 790cc

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It comes with that excellent cleaning station, it works cordless and corded and it’s usually available in many countries.

As an alternative, the 7865cc is just as good, although it will only operate cordless since it’s a wet/dry model.

If the cleaning station is not a must-have, some of the solo models like the 7893s can be found at a lower price.

And the cost should always be a decisive factor, so make sure to do some research before pulling the trigger.

The performance throughout a series is the same, so get the cheaper one if it meets your requirements (wet/dry use, cleaning station, accessories, etc.).

Hopefully this post will clear some of the confusion regarding the new Series 7 vs the current generation and help you make the right decision.

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

38 comments on “New Braun Series 7 (2020) vs The Original Series 7: Which One Is Better?

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  1. Avi

    Thanks for the in depth review!

    How would you say it performs for sensitive skin as compared to the ARC 5?

    Is the cleaning station a must like you’ve written about other Braun models (Including the previous 7 series)? Or can you manage without it with the new cassette?

    Thanks again for the great review!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Avi,

      Thank you for your comment, glad you found the article useful.

      To me, it still feels a bit more comfortable than an Arc 5 like the ES-LV65 but similar to the newer ones (the models with the golden rollers).

      As for how necessary is the cleaning station, the shavers still come with a cassette that integrates the blades and foils in the same piece, so it’s pretty much the same story. No station is absolutely necessary, but with most Braun shavers, I think it’s quite useful for giving the shaver a thorough cleaning every once in a while. It’s just that the new Series 7 station is not quite as practical as the older one. But I would still rather have it, especially since some cc models (like the 7071cc) don’t cost a lot more than the solo version.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Avi

        Sounds good. I wonder whether things will be different for the new Series 5 which has a new “Easy clean” system that looks interesting.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          I will definitely cover that in the review of the new Series 5. I already have it (and also the Series 6), I just didn’t get the chance to try them yet.

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    2. Steve Barth

      Thanks for the great review. I have a 7071 on order as a replacement for my older 760, which I should receive next week. I originally considered the 9 Series, but just could not justify the high price more than double the 7071. I will let you know what I think of the new one after I try it for awhile.

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  2. Giovanni

    I am a satisfied owner of a Braun 7840 model. I use it with foam, to reduce problems with my sensitive skin, one time in three days. After using it for 15 months, the performances are quite the same (good) of as new. A bit too much noisy, but efficient shaving. Accurate head rinse and lubrication after each use, with drying of water, no problem except for some moist traces into the center of the on-off button, where is located the led indicator. I think i’ll use this piece till the end of it’s of lifetime. Thank you for publishing these articles in a so accurate way!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Giovanni,

      Thank you for your comment. Glad to know you’re satisfied with your Series 7, I had a similar experience with my own S7 shavers through the years. Excellent, consistent performance without any major problems.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Javier

    Terribly comprehensive article as always. It was a great read and it will be a trusted source of information for the future.

    Thank you very much!

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  4. bob Blaize

    Thanks for a great review.
    I just purchased my second Series 7 Razor, and when I saw the title of your review I thought that you were going to tell me that I should have waited.
    I have a Braun Series 5, and several other brand electric shavers. My experience is that the Panasonics with the 4 heads gave a closer shave than the Brauns, but were irritating to my skin. The Remingtons were also a contender, giving a close shave (At a really reasonable price) but sounded like a buzz saw.
    Overall, the Braun Series 7 is my choice for the best shave, and long lasting, quite, and clean.
    Keep testing, and I’ll keep reading.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, Bob. I think you made the right choice by going for another classic Series 7. My experience with those brands has been pretty much the same as yours.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Barry H.

    Thanks Ovidiu for continually writing unbiased reviews. I’m in the hunt for an electric shaver; coming from using handheld manual shavers, it’s a tough decision. I tried the Panasonic Arc5, but returned it after one shave. Now realizing that I’ll never get the closeness of my straight edge, I’m going to try the Braun 9 Series. I read the review you posted comparing the new 9300 to the 9200 series and I’m probably going with the 9295 shaver. After reading the review about the new 7 series, I believe Braun intentionally made this shaver for millennials. It’s less expensive and the tell tail signs are less expensive parts, particularly speaking about the plastic head. Again, thanks again for your great reviews and I’ll reach out to you about my dealings with the Braun 9295.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Barry,

      You are very welcome, glad you found the information useful. I also have to agree with what you said. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Series 9.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Nick Nichols

    Ovidiu, excellent review. I appreciate your efforts. You would think a guy with over 6 decades of shaving would have it figured out. Based on your reviews I bought a Arc 5 Panasonic. Been using for several months. Tried various creams, lather. Works great, but I have developed my new go to shaving mode.
    I start by wetting the whiskers, then apply Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil. I use my Gillette Pro Fusion 5 blade razor. 2-3 minute shave. I then use the Arc 5 to get areas that are harder to get at with the razor. Talk about a clean,smooth result, unmatched in my experience. The shave oil really works and my skin seems to appreciate my new method.
    Hey, thanks for letting me share.
    Nick

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Nick,

      Many thanks for your comment. That’s a very interesting routine, especially with the addition of the oil (I will have to try it myself as I mentioned in a previous email). As long as it works great, you’re definitely doing it right.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Bert Zuber

    Thanks, Ovidu, for continuing your hard work in the area of Braun information. I bought my Series 7 about 18 months ago, largely in response to the thorough analysis on Shavercheck. After many years with over-priced Norelco shavers and brief detours to Panasonic and other brands I discovered that the Series 7 was the best razor I had ever used. I still think so. I use the cleaning station once a week so as to minimize extra expenditures. That seems to work well for me.
    Again, we all owe you a great debt for your consistent efforts. Thank you.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bert,

      Many thanks for your kind comment, much appreciated. I totally agree, the classic Series 7 still continues to be an excellent all-around electric shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. Ben Cluff

    Thanks Ovidiu for a very thorough comparison.
    Is the new Series 7 razor made in Germany?

    I look forward to your review of the new Series 6 and Series 5.

    I have been using a 5190cc for the past two years and I am very happy with it.
    regards,
    Ben

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, Ben. Yes, the new Series 7 is still made in Germany (and so are the other 2020 models, the new S6 and S5).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Allan Hancock

    Great review as always Ovidiu. I actually found my 7071 gave me a closer shave than my Series 9, and the 360 head did function as advertised. I noticed that the foils protrude a bit further on the new 7, so it’s easier to push too hard without realizing it, and a lighter touch is required (which may account for heating up) .

    Several things I didn’t like about the older Series 7 (which I still have), included the flimsy popup trimmer that broke on my original, the too-delicate head lock, the wonky battery indicator and the paint dissolving in the cleaner. I agree about the build – Braun could have taken a lesson from the older cassette and used metal separators on the head, but longevity is still a question with the 73. Overall, I like this version better than either my older 7 or the Series 9 as far as the shave, but the older Brauns are more robustly made. The head is a little larger than the older 7, but a little smaller than the 9, so an easy switch for me.

    The simplicity of the display bothered me until I realized I never really pay attention to either my bar indicator in the 9, or the very precise percentages on my Panasonic LVs – I usually just shave and drop all of them into the cleaner to clean and recharge. I find whether I’m looking at a disappearing bar or a diminishing percentage matters not at all to me, although it might be useful on the road without a charger.

    I also agree on the brute-force head removal – it takes some getting used to, although I think I’ve just about mastered it – you sort of tilt it off, but push it straight on. I do like a removable trimmer (like my Norelcos), because they’re easy to replace when they get dull or break, without buying a new shaver, and they do reduce the bulk of the shaver body, but they are more inconvenient. The carrying case (at least mine does) indeed has a slot for the trimmer, which adds somewhat to the thickness.

    As far as the cleaning station, that also took some adjustment. I’m used to a cleaner with an arm on my Norelcos, but you could recharge the shaver without cleaning it. In the new 7 it’s all or nothing – pushing the lock button starts a cleaning cycle. One advantage I came to realize – and this is an assumption – is that having the arm connect directly to the charging port means the station will work with any of this series’ shavers – even if you bought an additional single shaver without a station. In the previous Brauns, if you bought an “s” suffix Braun you couldn’t use it in a station – no charging contacts.

    Overall, like you, I’m still on the first cleaning cartridge, so I don’t have a final judgement, but my preliminary experience is that the new Series 7 gives me a closer shave compared to my older 7 or Series 9, it does seem to follow the contours of my face better, it’s easier to give yourself a razor burn and requires some attention shaving, and it’s not quite as robustly built. The station is a wash, and it’s great that Braun has used the same cleaning cartridges for the last decade. I’m kind of getting used to just pushing the Start button and having the cleaning cycle immediately kick off – and the warning lights seem consistent with previous stations as far as cleaning fluid level – I got the flashing green/yellow ring around the start button for about a week before the (currently) flashing red light came on, after about a month of use. I like it, and it may in fact be my morning shave for awhile. Time will tell.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience, Allan. As usual, your review is spot on and highly informative. You are right,
      there is actually room for the trimmer in the case as well. I noticed the space above the shaver’s head when placed in the case, but never thought that it would be enough to fit the trimmer too. I was wrong. Hopefully Braun will sell the trimmers separately as well.

      It’s interesting that on my unit (7071cc) the foils don’t protrude as much as on my old Series 7 and they don’t move as smoothly, which is one of the main reasons why I prefer the older one. And everything you mentioned about its negatives is true, but I personally got over them because I just enjoy using it more than pretty much any other shaver.

      Regarding the compatibility of the solo (s) S7 models with the cleaning stations, the older ones actually have the contact pins on the back and will work with a cleaning station. The solo Series 5 and 9 for example also have them, but those will not work with a station purchased separately. I don’t know right now if these new Series 7 s models will work with a station despite the fact that it uses the shaver’s charging port. With the Series 3 for example, we have the same system, but the solo models do not work with a cc station. There’s a chip inside the shaver that allows it to pair and to communicate with the station.

      I will update the article as soon as I get one of the s or cs versions and try to clean it in the station.

      Thanks again for your comment, much appreciated.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    2. Steve Barth

      Hi Allen,

      I just received my 7071 yesterday and shaved with it for the first time this morning. It did seem to shave closer than my older 760 model, a definite improvement in neck and jaw problem areas. I will need to get used to the new cleaning system. For my 760 I usually ran it every three days when the cleaning indicator was at the lowest point. I don’t see anything like with the 7071. I guess they want you to run it each time. No heated dryer on this ne either.

      I had originally planned to replace the 760 with a Series 9, but this one seems to do a good job at a much lower price. I was able to buy it new on Ebay.

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  10. Allan Hancock

    Interesting about the Series 3 regarding the station Ovidiu – I just assumed since it connected directly to the charging port it would work with any shaver. I have two of the new 7s, but both are cc models so both work with a station. I’ll be interested in your findings – would be great for folks to be able to buy a “home” and “away” shaver without collecting stations (or to just replace a broken shaver without purchasing shaver/station) ! Thanks again for the great reviews!

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    1. James Sheehan

      Allen and Ovidiu
      I have all 3 of the New Series Brauns, the 7071cc with the cleaning station and the the 6020s and 5018s without and I can verify that the New Series 5 and 6 both work in the New Series 7 cleaning station. So yes you can have a home and travel shaver and this is what I am doing, the 7071 stays home and I travel the 6020s or 5018s then clean them when I get home.

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      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        James, thank you so much for clearing this up. That’s great news, especially for someone wanting to buy a second (travel) solo shaver.

        I also have all 3 2020 Brauns, but for the Series 6 I went with the 6075cc model. I got the 5018s as well, but I am yet to open the box.

        Again, many thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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  11. Allan Hancock

    Great – thanks James! That’s actually what I do as well, and my travel saver can get pretty fuzzy after a couple of weeks on the road, so good to be able to just drop it in the station when I return. It’s actually a pretty good idea to be able to use a single station for a range of shavers, so kudos to Braun for doing it – and hopefully we’ll see some replacement parts and accessories forthcoming.

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  12. Vesselin

    Thanks for a through review as always.

    The first thing I thought when I saw these new models (5, 6, 7) on Braun’s website was ‘they just put a Series 3 head on a new body design’. The cleaning station and the trimmer attachments also suggest to me that this is more of a Series 3 tier product. And the swiveling head seems to be the only potentially worthwhile update, the self adjusting motor being kind of a gimmick.

    So is there an actual performance improvement over a Series 3? If not, I just don’t see much point in spending more. You can get a Series 3 with an attached trimmer and get the trimmer head and combs separately if you want them. They’re not that great by the way. I’d go with a dedicated trimmer if you want to maintain a beard.

    Or you could get the old Series 5 which in my opinion was the best value in the line-up.

    Now when the old models are eventually gone, it appears that you’d have to go all the way to the Series 8 to get an actual improvement in performance.

    Anyway. I’m currently using an Arc 3 and I’m quite happy with it but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vesselin,

      Many thanks for your comment, glad you found the article useful.

      I also think that the old Series 5 is still the best value for money, at least when compared to the new Series 7. I actually think it’s a better shaver in pretty much every aspect. Also, the Series 8 is essentially a Series 5 with a bigger battery, so they’re identical in terms of shaving performance.

      I personally don’t think the old (original Series 7) will be gone, at least not anytime soon.

      As for the comparison with the Series 3, I actually like the very narrow head of the Series 3 better (there’s no wide frame surrounding it) and also the fact that the cutters protrude more. I don’t really miss the swiveling head of the new Series 7. But the 7 is more powerful and maybe a bit more comfortable. The performance gap however isn’t as big as in the case of an old Series 7 and the Series 3, in which case the 7 is hands down a much better shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Vesselin

        Hey,

        Thanks for taking the time to reply to my comment.

        I’ve used a Series 3 and I get what you mean about the more narrow head. It was quite effortless to get the area under the nose with it.

        It’s good to hear that the new shavers at least have a bit more power over the 3 but I’m still not impressed with the new line-up.

        I’m sure, of course, that the old ones will still available for many months to come and it’s not like people don’t have options overall.

        Anyway, I’m not personally looking for a new shaver right now. I just developed something of an interest in this area while researching for myself a couple of years ago.

        Thanks again for replying and keep up the good work!

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  13. tommy

    Hello,

    Thank you for your great review.

    I have some questions.
    1) Is casette totally different between original and new one? Isn’t it exchangable?
    2) How about “cleansing brush”? I saw that the deep pore cleansing brush is also adaptable in this new braun series 7. So I wonder how we can buy it.

    Thanks:)

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Tommy,

      Many thanks for your comment, glad you found the post informative.

      Regarding your questions:

      1) The new cassette is totally different than the old one and they are not interchangeable.
      2) I’ve actually asked myself the same question. The cleansing brush appears on the new Series 7 product page, but doesn’t seem to be bundled with any of the models. The same goes for the body trimmer attachment. They may become available separately or bundled with a new (to be released) Series 7 model. I will update the article as soon as I have more info.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  14. Paul D

    I have a question, as opposed to a comment. I am a fan of Braun, have been using the series 7 for sometime now, and was looking into the 360 flex, and following the reviews. I have always looked (have not found it yet), a razor that shaves close and thorough along the jawbone. Can someone help me in that regard, I would appreciate it, thx

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Paul,

      The jawline is always a tricky area to shave regardless of the shaver you’re using. I did find the performance of the new Series 7 (360 Flex) to be underwhelming and I honestly don’t think you’ll see an improvement over your current Series 7 — on the contrary. In fact, I actually consider the old Series 7 one of the best options for getting a smooth shave along the jawbone: the head is very slim (compared to other 3 blade shavers) and the foils themselves move easily and have adequate range of motion.

      What I personally do in order to get a better shave along the jawline is to pull down the skin on my neck with my free hand, so the area that rests on the jawbone will shift slightly below, so it’s easier to shave. I then do the exact opposite, by pulling up the skin on the cheek. I hope this makes sense.

      A rotary shaver can perform better if you have very prominent facial features. The Series 9000 Prestige from Philips is the best in my opinion, but all rotary shavers come with their own specific caveats (they’re not as comfortable as foil shavers and don’t shave quite as close).

      In my opinion getting a new shaver isn’t the solution — I don’t think you’ll see significant improvements just by doing that. Working on your technique and approach will likely lead to better results.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  15. Vincent

    Would the beard trimmer with attachments (7085cc or 7075cc) be good enough for light or medium body hair trimming?

    I’m looking to get rid of my dedicated body trimmer/groomer (Philips G370) and just have one device for face and body. I don’t use the body groomer often and when I do it’s just the #2 or #3 attachments, so it’d be great to have one less device in the house — however, if the beard trimmer on the 2020 Series 7 would be really annoying for this purpose I’ll stick with having two devices.

    I realize there’s an actual body trimmer attachment yet to be released but since I’m not going to hold my breath for that, I was hoping you could comment on using the beard trimmer for that purpose in the meantime, given it has similar combs/attachments.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vincent,

      I think it could work decently as a body trimmer, but I can’t really say anything about the combs right now. I got the 7071cc Series 7 which only includes the trimmer (no combs). And while the trimmer will cut body hair pretty effectively (at skin level), using the combs could be a different story. They’re designed to be used on a (dense) beard, and from past experience I can tell you that this type of combs will usually stick to the skin when used below the neck (there’s so dense hair to glide on) and even fall off the trimmer when more force is applied. And it can get really annoying if that happens constantly.

      I will be getting a Series 6 that basically uses the same accessories as the Series 7 and the model I ordered also comes with 5 combs. But until I actually try them I can’t really give you any valuable insight.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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