Braun Series 7 vs 9: Which One Should You Buy?

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Braun Series 7 vs 9: Which One Should You Buy?

Since the launch of Braun’s new flagship shaver, the Series 9, there’s been quite a dilemma in the electric shaving community: should you pick the latest and greatest Series 9 or is the Series 7 still good enough?

Having tested both, in this article we’ll tackle the Braun Series 7 vs 9 comparison and try to present all the relevant aspects in an objective and unbiased manner.

Moreover, we’ll see when you should choose one over the other and if it’s worth the upgrade for current Series 7 users.

Let’s get started!

Different models in a series, same performance

Before diving into the meaty details, it’s important to note that both the Series 7 and Series 9 are available in different variations.

These include models suitable for dry only use (like the Series 7 790cc or the Series 9 9090cc), for wet & dry use (Series 7 7865cc, Series 9 9290cc) and they can also come with or without a cleaning station.

Some models can have different names or color schemes depending on where they’re being sold.

What really matters is that all the models in a series, be it 7 or 9, have identical shaving performance and selecting one variation over another simply comes down to your personal needs and budget.

For this reason I won’t be necessarily referring to specific models from the Series 7 or the Series 9, but rather to a series as a whole.

Since their original release, both the Series 7 and 9 have been updated and new models have been introduced.

The newer Series 7 models start with 78; for example, 7865cc, 7893s etc.

Braun Series 7 7865cc [new]

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The updated Series 9 shavers use the 92xx naming scheme (9290cc, 9293s etc). The older models used the 90xx format (9095cc, 9093s etc).

Braun Series 9 9290cc [new]

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However, most of these updates were minor and didn’t improve the shaving performance to a significant degree. The most important addition is that all the newer shavers are now suitable for wet & dry use.

If you would like to read more details about all the different shavers in the Series 7 and Series 9 lines, you can check out the links below:

Braun Series 7 vs 9: shaving performance

There are many things to consider when deciding which electric razor would suit you the best.

However, most of us will agree that shaving performance is probably the most important one, so we’ll start this Braun Series 7 vs 9 debate by looking at three aspects: closeness, comfort and speed.

1. Closeness

The Series 7 was and still is a very popular electric shaver. One of the main reasons for its massive success was the definitely the shaving performance.

The high-quality micro-foil, machined with great precision, as well as the sharp blades and specially designed middle trimmer made the Series 7 one of the best electric razors of its time, capable of providing smooth and close shaves.

Braun Series 7 790cc

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For most men, the closeness provided by the Series 7 should easily be good enough.

The difference between shaving one side of your face with the Series 7 and the other one with the Series 9 will be negligible in the majority of cases, maybe with a slight advantage for the Series 9.

However, I will say that getting a close shave with the Series 9 requires less work on your part as it feels a bit faster and it’s effortless to use.

2. Comfort

The Series 7 was for many years the benchmark in terms of comfort. As far as electric shavers go, it was arguably the best choice for men with sensitive skin.

The micro-pulsations made shaving with the Series 7 feel more like a gentle massage, while the shaving head remained reasonably cool during use, further increasing the comfort of the shave.

It’s worth mentioning that the Series 7 has 3 or 5 speed settings that allow you to alter the power output from low (sensitive) to high-intensity.

The power button of the Series 7 is flanked by two buttons for selecting the speed settings.

In practice, the lower speed settings just make the shaver feel slow.

Since the Series 7 is already very gentle to the skin, I recommend using the high-intensity mode at all times.

With the new Series 9, Braun got rid of the speed settings but still managed to take the comfort one notch higher.

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

With an improved design of the shaving head, the comfort during the shave is outstanding.

The Series 9 foils remain perfectly cool during use, being extremely gentle to the skin. I’ve tested dozens of electric shavers and this one is without a doubt the most forgiving and comfortable of them all.

Even men with blemish prone skin will be perfectly fine using a Series 9.

The redesigned shaving head, with an additional trimmer that lifts flat-lying hairs, mows through the stubble with ease, reducing the number of strokes and minimizing the risk of irritation and razor burn.

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So the Series 9 takes the lead and is now the new reference in terms of comfort, although not by much as the Series 7 was already an excellent razor in this regard.

3. Speed

While the Series 9 marginally beats the Series 7 in the comfort department, it’s the clear winner when it comes to fast shaving sessions and sheer cutting power.

Being practically a beefed up Series 7, with more power and more cutting elements, the Series 9 shaves effortlessly even a two or three-day beard and does so extremely fast.

Even if you have very coarse facial hair, the Series 9 will have no trouble in providing a very smooth and fast shave. If quick, effortless shaving is what you’re after, then the Series 9 is likely a better choice.

The flexing capabilities of the Series cutting assembly 9 is also a definite improvement over the Series 7.

The range of motion of the 9290cc flexing shaving head

The movement of the cutting elements and the swiveling of the whole shaving head are buttery smooth and ensure constant contact with the skin.

The Series 9 is arguably one of the best foil shavers in this regard and it will work perfectly fine even when shaving tricky areas like below your jawline.

Braun’s implementation of specialized elements for capturing longer, flat-lying hairs that also grow in different directions is extremely effective.

The two middle trimmers on the Series 9 just work better than anything used on other foil shavers.

While the Series 7 was pretty good with longer hairs, the Series 9 is even better and will easily get those stray, wiry hairs that would normally require repetitive strokes and make your shaving sessions longer.

Winner: the Braun Series 9.

Build quality and ergonomics

The Series 7 set a high standard for build quality and ergonomics. It was a sample of what made Braun world famous for its simple, innovative and user-centered design solutions.

The Series 7 has a more understated design and looks a bit lackluster in comparison to the Series 9. Except for a few glossy black variations, the Series 7 also features a matte treatment on the plastic surfaces.

The construction however feels very solid and the chunky body contributes to this feeling as well.

The generous use of rubberized material on the back and on the sides ensures a fantastic grip.

Being around for quite a while, the design of the Series 7 has sort of become a classic. While there are a few notorious problems with it (I’ll get to them shortly), it’s a tried and tested design that stood the test of time very well.

The new Series 9 is not really a clear advancement with regards to build quality. The body of the razor is made entirely out of plastic and most models have a glossy finish.

The Series 9 9290cc Silver has matte, frosted treatment that will handle smudges and fingerprints better.

Braun Series 9 9290cc Silver

While there isn’t anything wrong with plastic, I would have expected the use of metal for such a premium product, at least on the foil frame.

The high gloss finish on some Series 9 models like the 9295cc is a fingerprint magnet and it’s impossible to maintain smudge-free. The glossy plastic will also begin to tarnish in time.

For these reasons I actually prefer the matte treatment used on the silver Series 9 9290cc.

There’s a black version of the Series 9 as well, but it’s not available in the US.

The shaver itself is larger than the Series 7, but this doesn’t affect the ergonomics in a negative way; it still feels nicely balanced and lightweight in the hand, with the rubber inserts on the back providing a very secure grip.

The shaving head of the Series 7 is noticeably smaller and feels more nimble when shaving tricky spots, like the area above the upper lip or around a goatee.

Braun Series 7 vs Series 9 shaving heads comparison

The Series 9 is bulkier and takes some getting used to, but that’s the downside of having an extra cutting element.

The pop-up trimmers on both are pretty average in my experience. While the positioning and ergonomics are not bad, they just don’t work as well as the ones on Panasonic shavers for example.

They are adequately wide, but the curved profile is a minus in my opinion. For long hair trimmers a straight edge just works better.

Secondly, you must hold the trimmer at a sharp angle relative to the skin in order to cut the hairs efficiently. Otherwise you’ll have to go over an area multiple times to get all the hairs.

The trimmer on the Series 7 is located on the front and sits perpendicular to the shaver when extended. The one on the Series 9 extends from the back and marginally passes the shaving head.

Both will get the job done, but again, neither is particularly good.

Potential problems

The Series 7 had a notorious problem with the head locking mechanism that was very poorly implemented.

As some unfortunate Series 7 owners have found out, if you locked the head for more precision and then forgot and tried to move it, the locking mechanism would simply break.

This was a well-known issue and was even acknowledged by Braun, but they didn’t really do anything about it. The newer Series 7 models like the 7865cc still use the same design of the head locking switch.

With the Series 9 this problem was finally addressed and the shaving head would simply snap into a different position (there are 5 of them) when applying more pressure.

Other improvements in the ergonomics department include the addition of a travel lock — the Series 7 still doesn’t have one — and an improved LED display.

The Series 7, even the newer models like the 7865cc use an LCD display on the bottom of the shaver that’s a bit confusing and not particularly useful.

Winner: Tie. It’s pretty tough to pick a winner in this category as both have their pros and cons. The Series 7 feels less plasticky, while the Series 9 improves a few key aspects of its predecessor.

Purchase price and cost of ownership

This is a rare case in the Braun Series 9 vs 7 confrontation where the winner is pretty clear: the Series 7 takes the lead when it comes to value for money.

Braun Series 7 790cc

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The price of the Series 9 models has dropped since the introduction of the line, but you’ll still have to pay more to get one.

Braun Series 9 9290cc

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We’re interested in 2 aspects here: purchase price and cost of ownership.

At the moment of writing, the price of a Series 7 is lower compared to its Series 9 counterpart. Given the fact that it’s an older model, the price will probably go down even more as time passes.

The running costs imply new shaving heads (called cassettes) and cleaning cartridges (only for the cc models that come with a Clean & Renew station). Since the cleaning cartridges are the same, the only difference in running costs is related to the replacement heads.

The price of the Series 7 replacement cassettes is noticeably lower than the original 90s/90b Series 9 shaving heads (these were discontinued and replaced by the newer 92s/92b cassettes).

Braun supposedly uses a different manufacturer for the newer 92s/92b shaving heads. This likely has something to do with various users reporting a premature failure of the older 90s and 90b cassettes that were used on the original Series 9 models, like the 9090cc or 9095cc.

These problems were most likely solved with the updated 92s/92b shaving heads.

Braun Series 7 70s/70b shaving head

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The updated replacement shaving heads for the Series 9, called the 92s/92b, are backward compatible with all Series 9 models, feature a titanium coated middle trimmer and are actually more reasonably priced, but they still cost more than the ones for the Series 7.

Braun Series 9 92s/92b shaving head

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If you’re on a tighter budget and want to reduce your costs as much as possible, then the Series 7 is the better choice.

Winner: the Braun Series 7.

Cleaning and maintenance

I don’t recommend buying an electric razor that comes with a cleaning station unless they’re absolutely necessary, especially since foil shavers are usually very easy to clean manually.

However, I will admit that Braun’s cleaning stations are some of the best in the industry and I actually suggest you opt for a model that comes with one, be it a Series 7 or a Series 9.

The reasons are quite simple. For starters, it’s a really great cleaning station. The cartridges use an alcohol-based solution that does an excellent job sanitizing and cleaning the shaver.

The solution also acts as a lubricant, so there’s no need for any additional lubrication if you use the cleaning base regularly.

Secondly, Braun’s shaving heads can’t be taken apart, so a manual, thorough cleaning is more difficult and time-consuming. A cleaning station is genuinely useful in this case.

The very intricate inner part of the Braun Series 9 shaving head makes it difficult to clean manually. It’s the same story with the Series 7.

You don’t have to use it after every shave and I actually recommend you not to. This will allow you to use the cleaning cartridge for a longer time while preventing hairs and dead skin to remain lodged inside the shaving head.

Here are more tips on how to make the Braun refills last longer.

Both the Series 7 and the Series 9 can be bought with or without a cleaning & charging station.

The models that don’t include one cost less, but I think it’s worth paying more for the added convenience of the cleaning base.

The stations that come with the Series 7 and 9 work in a similar manner and use the same cleaning cartridges, but they are different. That means you won’t be able to use your Series 7 razor with a Series 9 station or the other way around.

Braun Series 7 vs 9 cleaning stations

Series 7 cleaning station (left) vs Series 9 cleaning station (right)

The cleaning station of the Series 9 has a more simplified, almost minimalist user interface that allows you to charge and clean the shaver with only one button.

However, a notable difference compared to some of the Series 7 stations is related to the drying cycle of the cleaning process.

Precisely, the station that comes with the older Series 7 models (790cc, 799cc etc) uses induction heating to dry the shaving head and this process is completely silent and also takes less time. The Series 9 station on the other hand uses a fan to dry the shaving head.

The station included with the newer Series 7 shavers like the 7865cc doesn’t have any active drying system, which basically means that the moisture will naturally evaporate over the course of several hours.

The cleaning station of the 7865cc lacks the induction heating mechanism for drying the shaving head.

This is not a huge deal breaker, but definitely a cost reduction measure from Braun with the newer Series 7.

UPDATE: Braun stopped making the Series 7 stations that feature induction heating altogether, even for older Series 7 models like the 790cc. All the Series 7 cleaning stations currently being manufactured lack any active drying systems.

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

The cleaning base of the Series 9 uses a fan to dry the head of the shaver and while it is relatively silent (compared to other cleaning stations that use a fan), it takes almost three times longer to dry the razor compared to induction heating — around 40 minutes, but it’s still way ahead of the competition.

On the plus side, the fan does seem to dry the shaver better than induction heating.

Using the s (solo) models with a cleaning station: Series 7 vs Series 9

It’s worth mentioning that a Series 7 s shaver that doesn’t include a cleaning station (like the 7893s, 740s etc) will actually work with a Series 7 station, while the Series 9 s models (9293s etc) will not work.

That’s because the Series 7 s (solo) models actually come with the special chip found on the cc variations needed to communicate with the station. The Series 9 solo variations don’t have these components and won’t work with the corresponding cleaning stations.

Winner: tie.

Braun Series 7 vs 9: Who should buy which?

Now that we’ve gone through all the important aspects of the Braun Series 7 vs 9, let’s now see when one would be more suitable than the other.

You should buy the Series 9 if you:

  • Want the absolute best in terms of shaving comfort and closeness and your budget is not really a concern;
  • Have very sensitive, irritation-prone skin;
  • Need an electric razor that shaves extremely fast;
  • Have very coarse facial hair;
  • Shave irregularly, even every two to three days;
  • Have wiry facial hair that tends to lie flat on the skin and grow in different directions.

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The Series 9 9290cc with the updated shaving head currently represents the best option in my opinion.

It’s suitable for wet & dry use, comes with the automatic cleaning station and it generally costs less than other similar Series 9 variations. Again, the shaving performance is the same throughout the entire range.

You can read my full review of the Series 9 9290cc for more details.

You should buy the Series 7 if you:

  • Want the best compromise in terms of performance, comfort and costs;
  • Shave mostly daily or every other day;
  • Have sensitive skin and moderate to thick facial hair;
  • You’re planning on getting a cleaning station later on.

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If I were to weigh in on this matter, I would say that the Braun Series 7, regardless of the model, would be perfectly fine for most men. My picks would be the 790cc for shaving dry or the 797cc/799cc for wet/dry use.

Another worthy alternative would be the new Series 7 7865cc. Yes, the lack of induction heating is a minus, but it’s not a huge deal and the price is generally lower compared to other models that come with a cleaning base, so definitely consider this one as well.

Braun Series 7 7865cc

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As I said in the beginning, the actual shaving performance is identical throughout the entire Series 7 line, but these particular models are usually the most reasonably priced.

You could opt for a Series 9 if you can get a great deal on one and the price difference compared to the corresponding Series 7 models is not significant.

Series 7 owners: is it worth the upgrade to a Series 9?

If you already have a Series 7 and you’re wondering whether you should upgrade to a Series 9, the decision should be pretty straightforward.

Series 7 vs 9

If you’re currently satisfied with your Series 7, then the upgrade won’t be a significant improvement in terms of comfort or closeness. Definitely not to the extent of justifying the price difference.

The Series 9 will shave faster and you’ll likely see a difference in the time it takes to complete a shave, especially if you have a very thick beard and shave less often. But that’s about it.

However, if you don’t find the Series 7 to shave as comfortable or as fast as you’d like, then upgrading to a Series 9 is probably the more sensible decision.

How significant will the upgrade to a Series 9 be? Well, that really depends on your beard type and the shaving habits outlined previously.

There’s really not a clear winner in this Braun Series 7 vs 9 battle when you consider all the pros and cons of the two.

Regardless of your decision, you can’t really go wrong with any of the two as both the Series 7 and the Series 9 are arguably some of the best electric shavers you can buy today.

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

111 comments on “Braun Series 7 vs 9: Which One Should You Buy?

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  1. Michael Wadley

    Absolutely brilliant comparison – very, very helpful – thank you. I have long been a Braun convert and go straight to them but there is always this conundrum of a new model and technology to try and get your head around.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Michael. I really appreciate it. Glad to know you found the article useful.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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    2. Francis

      I agree absolutely with Michael. Extremely helpful article.
      I’ll stick with my Series 7.
      Thanks again!

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  2. Todorov

    Nice comparison, thank you!
    I’ve been using the Series 7 for some time. Couple of weeks ago my CC-station stopped working, so I’ve been considering an upgrade to the newer Series 9. However, looking at it, and holding it at the store left me with mixed feelings. Somehow, it feels more plasticky and not that sturdy in my hand. I’m not sure I like the chrome finish either. The positioning of the trimmer is also not that convenient IMO. So, I’m split. If the shaving performance is noticeably better for the Series 9, I’d live with the design, but otherwise… After all this thing is like 300 Euro over here. I can use my Series 7 without the CC-station just fine, it charges from the wall wart and cleans under running water. Also, once a week I “emulate” a cleaning cycle by immersing the tip of the head in a 70% alcohol with added a drop of liquid soap, and turn the shaver on for 30 sec or so. Haven’t noticed any deterioration of performance without the CC-station.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Shaving is a very personal matter and it’s difficult to objectively asses just how much better will a particular shaver be compared to another. It pretty much depends on your particular situation (how thick and dense is your facial hair, how often you shave and so on). I outlined in this article the cases where the Series 9 will be significantly better compared to the Series 7. If they don’t sound familiar, then the Series 7 will still be good enough.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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    2. Kevin

      Todorov,

      I have had issues with my Series 7 Cleaning Station as well… what I found was that the drain gets clogged with beard dust. Check the port that goes into the receiver portion of the cassette and ream it out with a pipe cleaner. I do like your method of compromise, I’m stuck on the convenience of the cleaning station.

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  3. Todorov

    Thank you for your answer Ovidiu!

    I researched the subject a bit further, just to find that there is currently a serious shortage of Series 9 (and even Series 7 for that matter) replacement heads everywhere. Even here in Europe, these are nowhere to be found at normal prices, even in German stores.
    I didn’t expect this from Braun, apparently the P&G ownership doesn’t do them any favor. I’m not going to pay Euro 300 for something that may end up as paperweight later on, just because there are not consumables for it.
    So, I’ll keep my 7 and wait and see how Braun will resolve this shortage issue.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome. That is unfortunately true, there is a shortage of replacement cassettes for the Series 7 and apparently for the Series 9 as well. And the prices of these parts have really spiked as we speak. Things will likely improve in the future and the prices will probably go down again as the parts become widely available, but at least at this moment, one should probably be looking for an alternative. The Arc4 or Arc5 lines from Panasonic are two very good options. They’re also very easy to clean manually, so you can skip the cleaning station as well. In the past Braun used to have a clear advantage over the competition in terms of running costs, even for the high end razors as the replacement heads were inexpensive. The Series 5 (which is very similar to the Series 7) and the entry level Series 3 still have this advantage.

      Thank you again for sharing this with us in the comments.

      Best,

      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The trimmer on the Series 9 is wider, has a slightly less pronounced curvature which I find to work better and it slides up instead of sticking up perpendicular to the shaving head. It’s not perfect as the large head obscures it, but you can get around this by removing the cassette when you’re using the trimmer.

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  4. Todorov

    Well, after seeing that replacement cassettes have slowly started coming back to the market, I finally pulled the trigger on the Braun 9290 cc.

    I’ve been using this alongside my Braun 799 cc-6 for the past couple of weeks , and here is my two cents:

    Aesthetically, the Series 9, especially 92xx models are more appealing, with their matte-gray finish. The CC station also looks sleeker and cleaner in design, and although the quality of the components is perhaps the same, the whole package feels more expensive. One thing to note is that the base of the shaver (the part that accepts the shaving cassette) on the 9290 is made entirely of plastic, as is the body of the cassette itself. This is a step back from the Series 7, where there is a lot of metal parts around this area.
    Ergonomically, the Series 9 is a step up IMO. The body curves gently and fits the hand better. You get a very secure grip, which is an advantage if you shave in the shower for example. The head-blocking slider is well-positioned and oriented such, that pushing it unlocks the head-really smart. The display is easier to read, but I still prefer the segment display for cleaning status at the bottom of the 799. Here, you have only a simple drop-shaped light indicator. Compared to displays found on flagship models from Philips and Panasonic, the one on the 9290 feels low tech. Not a big deal, but at that price it should have been better. Unlike the 799, this one has a travel lock. The trimmer slides up parallel to the body of the shaver. While it feels sturdier, to use it precisely one needs to remove the shaving cassette- not optimal IMO.

    Shaving performance… hmm, this is a tough one. I recently changed the cassette of my 799, so the two are relatively new. Used dry, they are about the same in terms of closeness. The head of the 799 is slimmer, which makes it easier to shave mustache area. With two days growth of my rather coarse beard, the Series 9 has an advantage in terms of speed and comfort. I shave every day, occasionally skipping a day during weekends. I even tried 3 days (Friday-Monday) routine with the Series 9, and it was OK, whereas the Series 7 starts to struggle and it takes longer time to cut longer facial hair.
    Using wet, with Proraso shaving cream, both perform great, but again Series 9 has a slight edge, not in closeness, but in comfort. Used with a cream, I get virtually 100 % irritation-free shave. Splashing some alcohol-based AS lotion afterwards does not cause any sting.
    I’d say that the Series 9 is 5-10 % better overall. If one shaves every day or for people with softer and slower-growing beard the advantage of the newer model may be marginal or non-existent.

    The CC station works as advertised, not much to say here, except that the fan that is used to dry the head seems a bit too loud. My Series 7 CC station has quit working altogether, so I cannot compare them side by side, but from memory, it was quieter.

    Overall, I’m satisfied. This is clearly the best shaver Braun has produced to date. In terms of shaving performance it is killer, but at that price I’d expect to see a better, more informative display and a quieter drier fan in the CC station. I hope that the overall plastic construction of the head base will not affect the longevity of the product.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience in such great detail. I must say that I agree pretty much in every aspect.

      All the best,
      Ovidiu

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    2. T. Botts

      I’ve had the Braun Activator 8000 series back in 2004, then series 7 when that came out. These shavers have lasted a long time. I upgaded to the series 9 today, 9295.

      I have no complaints about my series 7 but the 9 is night and day. Fast, close, zero pulling or pinching. Just a perfect first shave out of the box beyond my expectations. Feels great in hands when shaving. I do like the coiled cord that came with the 7 better but that is minor. I wonder if I can use it for the 9. Ovidiu, do you know?

      Awesome review!

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      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Thank you for your comment. Yes, you can use the coiled cord with your Series 9. Braun switched to the flat cords a while back and the coiled ones were discontinued.

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  5. Todorov

    Thank you Ovidiu for creating this good resource site and giving us the opportunity to share our thoughts.

    To be fair, I should say that the full price in Europe (Euro 269-299) is too high IMO. I got it for less than 200, with a pack of two extra cleaning carts included, on sale. At that price, one can say that it is a good deal, but at the regular price… I think the Series 7 prices have dropped substantially over the years, and it could be found easily for way under 200 Euro. I’d say that the Series 9 is worth no more than 20-25 % higher price than the current prices of the Series 7.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you found the information useful. 200 Euro for a Series 9 and two cartridges is an excellent deal.

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  6. Allan

    I’ve been pleased with the performance of my 790cc; I’ve used it for years and it’s been a great razor. However, it’s at this time just about impossible to obtain replacement cutter heads; if you can find them, the costs are absurd.

    Frankly, it sounds as if the situation with the 9 series is much worse; at least I can find heads for my 7 series, even if the price is insane. There seems to be many reports of there being simply no availability at all of any 9 series replacement heads.

    It’s been a great run with Braun, but I think it’s time to look at the Panasonic options, as I’ve eked out as much as I’m going to get with this current head, and the replacement price on the head alone is halfway to a brand new razor.

    Someone seems to be asleep at the switch there; this is like a car dealer telling you that they can sell you a car, but there are no replacement tires available for it.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Allan. Unfortunately you summed up the situation pretty accurate. The 70s/70b cassettes are expensive, while the 90s/90b or the 92s/92b are out of stock or cost as much as a new razor. There have been some complaints from the users regarding the Series 9 and reliability issues. Precisely, it has to do with the Hyper Lift & Cut trimmer (the one colored blue) falling apart after a few months of use. I haven’t personally experienced this problem with my review unit, but others have. I think this may have something to do with the shortage of the replacement cassettes – Braun trying to solve this problem and come up with a revised part. Some even speculated that the reason for the sudden update of the Series 9 (the newer 92xx models) was to actually replace the faulty shaving heads without explicitly admitting the problem. And it makes sense, the newer models only come with a slightly different color scheme and a golden colored trimmer. That’s hardly an update.

      Anyway, looking at alternatives certainly seems like a good idea, at least for now.

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      1. Frans Muller

        Hi,we have a problem in South Africa.I tried to buy a replacement head for my 7 series but they are not available in SA.I did call Braun in SA and they told me that they pulled out of SA a while back.I can only find some series 5 heads at a chemist and want to know if they will fit on my 7 series?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi,

          Unfortunately no, the Series 5 shaving head won’t fit your Series 7 despite the fact that they are very similar (the foil frame is longer on the Series 5 head). Your only option would be to order the part online on encompass.com or on Amazon.

          Hope this helps.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  7. Phil Miller

    I’ve had a Panasonic ES-RT51 wet/dry shaver for a few years, and been reasonably happy with it, I only dry shave.
    I have a very short beard and moustache, so the trimmer doesn’t bother me as I use a separate trimmer. Lately my Panasonic has started giving me false readings for the battery.
    I tend to shave some days with a conventional razor, and then when I’m in a hurry do a quick shave with my Panasonic, because it’s not really as close as my conventional razor.

    I’ve been looking at Braun series 7 shavers because if you lose your battery power, you have the option to plug it in and use it corded, whereas my Panasonic has to be charged.
    I’ve just read your article about series 7 versus 9 and I’m not sure if that would be a good way to go. I prefer the foil type shaver so that I can easily work around my beard and moustache.
    Do you have any suggestions, I’m not too worried about budget within reason if it’s a good product.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Phil,

      For your particular case – short stubble and shaving around a moustache – I would say that a foil shaver is definitely the way to go. With that said, since you were reasonably satisfied with the ES-RT51, I would consider buying another 3 blade Panasonic. They perform very well when used on short stubble, so there’s really no reason to go for a high-end model. Moreover, top of the line shavers usually have 4 or even 5 blades, making the shaving head very bulky and highly inconvenient for maneuvering around a moustache/goatee. But keep in mind that all Panasonic shavers are suitable for wet/dry use, meaning that they cannot be used while plugged in as a safety precaution.

      Also, only the dry only Series 7 variations can be used while charging, like the 790cc. And that one is again another great option that would be suitable for your particular case (dry only shave, corded use). It is more expensive than a Panasonic Arc 3, but it’s arguably a better product as well.

      Hope this helps,

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dennis,

      If the price is not an issue, you will probably benefit from the increased cutting power of the Series 9 since you have very thick hair – shorter shaving sessions, less passes and possibly less discomfort. The Series 7 is still a very good performer and the actual end result will probably be similar, even though getting there can be different to a certain degree when using the Series 7 or the 9. Both are pretty much the same in terms of comfort, arguably two of the best electric shavers in this regard.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  8. Braunster9

    Excellent insights and comparison. This week the price differential became less of a consideration for me, and I finally bought the USA version of the Braun 9295cc. Somehow, although the Braun site finally indicated it was available, Bed, Bath, and Beyond has it. Bottom line cost was $240. So not much more of a stretch cost wise. Any review I give would be kinda bogus, because I have not had it long enough to provide a true review of value. I have not had it long enough.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment and kind words. $240 for the 9295cc is a very good deal indeed. Hope you’ll enjoy your new shaver.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Erling

    Thanks for the great job, Ovidiu! I have had the Series 7 for a few years now, and am generally very pleased with the shaving results. The two things that bugs me are both related to build quality. First, the trimmer mechanism has broken twice, even with little use. The first time it was replaced under warranty, now I use a rubber band to keep it from popping half way up. Secondly, the paint on the body doesn’t seem to go well together with the cleaning fluid – the paint is flaking where it is in contact with the fluid. Has this been sorted out for the new offering? Or for the newer Series 7 machines for that matter?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, Erling. While I haven’t personally experienced any of them with my Series 7, there are two notorious problems related to the build quality: the head locking mechanism that will often break – this is even acknowledged by Braun – and the chipping/flaking of the paint just below the cassette. Some users reported the flaking after a couple of years of use or more. I have quite a few shavers in my rotation and my Series 7 was used sparingly, so no flaking yet. The Series 9 is a relatively recent shaver and I cannot comment on this matter yet, but if I were to guess I’d say that this would still be a problem. Same goes for the newer Series 7. The cleaning fluid is still alcohol based and that won’t get along well with the paint over time.

      On the bright side, the damage is only aesthetic and won’t affect the shaver in other way.

      The trimmer on the Series 9 is a totally different implementation compared to the Series 7 and arguably a better one.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  10. Ian

    I have a series 7 and have the paint flaking issue – it looks pretty bad under the cutting head and I was thinking of changing and came upon this site as the series 7 was an option under consideration – if build quality is even weaker and less metal has been used that doesn’t seem very encouraging and suggests the corrosion by the alcohol based cleaning fluid is likely

    I think I will hold off for a while

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      I think that’s a good call, Ian. Also, there is still a shortage of Series 9 replacement heads and P&G customer support couldn’t tell me when they will be readily available. At least for the time being, I think the Series 7 and the Panasonic Arc 5 are two very compelling alternatives to the Series 9.

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  11. Dave

    Okay, I’ve been looking at these two ever since my barber used one on me after a beard trim. The major question I have here, which I haven’t seen addressed yet is which would be better for shaving your entire head on a regular basis? I have a long beard, and wouldn’t use the razor for anything on face except the neck area (bottom) to keep my lines tight. I have sensitive skin as well (Ginger hair, fair skin) but my head using conventional razors for the last couple years is like leather now. I never cut myself, my skin has hardened it seems and can take some punishment.
    Which brings me to my question in a model recommendation here…
    Braun 7 or 9? Or Panasonic Arc 5? I naturally used shaving creams while shaving head with a conventional razor, and haven’t (up to the point the Barber used his Braun 9 on my head) ever dry shaved my head before. The closeness wasn’t as good as a conventional razor (leaving head smooth as silk) but I can see myself saving a lot of time if I can dry shave and get a reasonable cut to keep my bald head looking fresh. I shave daily BTW.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dave,

      if you plan on using the shaver (almost) exclusively for shaving your head, I would say that the Arc 5 seems to be the most suitable out of the three. First of all, the shaving head is massive and can cover a lot of ground quickly. Also, 4 out of the 5 blades are designed to cut short stubble close to the skin and this is again ideal since you shave your head daily and the shaver only has to deal with short hair. The Series 7 and 9 only have two foils designed for shaving close to the skin, the other elements/trimmers being intended to cut longer or flat lying hairs to a more manageable size. Finally, it is generally accepted in the community that Panasonic outperforms Braun strictly when it comes to the closeness of the shave, while Braun has the edge in terms of comfort. However, since you say that your skin can take some punishment, this shouldn’t be a problem. For these reasons my pick would probably be the Arc 5, even though I am quite sure that the other two will also be pretty good for shaving the head.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Dave

        Ovidiu,
        Thank you very kindly for the reply, this is a fabulous read and it couldn’t have come at a better time. So you think that the Panasonic’s C/C base is worth it? It seems kind of inferior to the Braun’s offerings, and also no cartridges from what I can tell. It looks like little packets of possibly an alcohol mixture to clean the head. Reason I ask, currently the Series 9 can be had for as little as $240 on Amazon, but the Arc 5 surprisingly is $30 more at the time of this posting. Looking to save a few bucks if it’s not really needed. I wouldn’t even ask about the Braun, since their C/C base is pretty amazing.
        Warmest Regards.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Dave. Glad to hear you found it helpful. Regarding the cleaning stations, the ones from Braun are very good indeed and definitely better than the ones that originally came with the first generation Arc 5. However, the ones included with the second gen Arc 5 (the ES-LV95-S you are referring to) and the third gen (ES-LV9N, but that one is still obscenely expensive) were significantly improved. The small packets/sachets contain a detergent that must be mixed with water. It is actually pretty cheap to buy and will also last quite a bit, so the running costs will be lower compared to Braun’s cleaning cartridges. And Braun’s solution is alcohol based, so some might argue that it is better at sanitizing the shaver. I wouldn’t say that one base is definitely better than the other and I think you’ll be satisfied with either of them. One advantage of Panasonic’s cleaning base is that you can just toss the shaver in it even if it’s wet and covered in lather. With Braun, the shaver must be perfectly dry and free from any foam/lather/soap as this will clog the base. This is only an issue if you plan on using the shaver with shaving cream, but if I remember correctly that won’t be the case. Unlike the Series 9, the Arc 5 is very easy to clean manually – something to keep in mind if you decide to skip the CC base – Panasonic also offers that shaver without a base at a lower price (ES-LV65-S). But definitely get the clean & charge station with the Series 9. You can also refer to this article for a very detailed comparison of the Arc 5 and the Series 9, even though it doesn’t explicitly address head shaving.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  12. Amjad

    Good comparison. Just one question, is base or cleaning station identical or series 9 shaver can be used on series 7 station?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Amjad. Regarding your question, the answer is definitely no, the Series 9 cannot be used with the cleaning station that comes with the Series 7. They are different, the Series 7 stays slanted at an angle into the station, while the Series 9 stays straight. Not to mention that it won’t physically fit and the metal studs on the back of the shaver won’t align with the ones inside the station.

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  13. Roy

    Something I don’t think you touched enough on was the popup razor/shaver portion. The 9 looks so much better than the 7. The 9 is like the older series braun that come straight up making it much easier to control for cutting around the ears and neck. I think this is a huge difference and makes the 9 a lot better.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Roy, that is correct, I only touched on this subject and I fully agree with your opinion regarding the trimmer on the Series 9. It is indeed better.

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  14. RKSwamy

    I was frantically looking for a comparative analysis between 7 and 9 series and finally found your article. I am a big fan of Philips, for the last 8 years. Now, I want to try a foil shaver. I shave daily, so decided to buy 7 series. Thank you guys for this wonderful piece.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey there, thank you for the kind words. Glad to hear you found the information helpful.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  15. Rachel

    Hi, I’d like to Thank you for such a good comparison, very usefull and I’m saying this right after I called their customer care for product info, your article is so much better.

    Just a simple question, with all the improvements, will 9 feels much cleaner and better than 7? I’ve read lots reviews online and found 7 has much better ratings than 9, lots people complain about 9 takes long time with angled places and not comfortable.

    I’m trying to understand this whole new world with shaving to figure out which is the best yo buy for my bf as a girl lol, it’s quite hard though.

    He doesn’t have lots beard and he shaves everyday (not on the weekedends) his current device is a million years old from Philip’s in an extremely ugly blue colour and he’s still happy with it.

    I think he just need a fast and comfortable one so I guess 7790/7795 will be good enough but one thing that attracted me from 9 is you mentioned 9 remains cool during shaving. He has very very short hair and I heard him hoping the shaving device could just do a simple shave&clean job for his hair, but if the shaving head heat up it will burn as the skin on head area is quite sensitive. 9095 is what I’m looking at in 9 series.
    It will be good to have wet&dry but I don’t think it’s essential, budget doesn’t really trouble me but I shall hope to get the best value and experience for what I pay.

    Pls guide me on this. I will be very grateful.

    Rachel

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for the kind words. In this situation – shaving daily, light to medium beard – I would say that the Series 7 would be a perfectly fine choice. The Series 7 also remains adequately cool during use, so there’s no need to worry about that.

      The Series 9 gets a lot of bashing online and there are very polarizing opinions. I think the main culprit for this is a combination of Braun over-hyping the product, the high price tag and maybe even the flashy chrome look compared to the crowd’s favorite, the Series 7. The replacement shaving heads used to be impossible to find and the price was ridiculous.

      Regarding its capabilities, I found the Series 9 to be at least as good as the Series 7, but everyone’s experience is different and there are other variables at play as well, like shaving technique, facial features, beard density etc.

      As I said in the article, for most men the Series 7 should be a suitable shaver. If your boyfriend currently uses a rotary shaver it may take a while to get used to the new shaving technique implied by a foil shaver, so keep this in mind as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  16. John

    Thanks for such a awesome review. I’m looking to replace my Norelco head shaver because blades are almost impossible to find. Stuck between the Series 7 and 9 also. I’m going to use it to shave my head and my hair on the back of my head gets a bit thick. Do you think it is worth the extra money to go to the series 9? Will these be ok for shaving my head or should I look at a different shaver?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      thank you for your comment. For shaving your head I would say that a rotary shaver will probably work better. Reaching behind the head is already a bit tricky and a foil shaver that only works against the grain by using straight (up and down) strokes can make this more difficult and increase the time it takes to complete a shave. A rotary shaver on the other hand works better with the spherical surface of the head and the flexing heads maintain better contact with the skin. Also, you can use circular, overlapping motions, up and down or sideways strokes and still be able to shave the hairs efficiently.

      I would definitely still consider a Philips Norelco as an option before going for either of the Series 7 or 9. The Norelco 8900 for example is an excellent compromise of price and performance.

      The Series 9 has more power, an extra cutting element and more advanced flexing of the head compared to the 7, which will result in a faster shave. As I said in the article, in the majority of cases the benefits of the Series 9 over the 7 aren’t enough to justify the high price.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  17. Scott Lane

    Your reviews are so helpful, thorough, and unbiased. Thank you for all the knowledge and expertise you provide!

    I am particularly interested in having a shaver that allows both corded and cordless operation so that when the battery runs down I can instantly finish shaving prior to the next charge. Do any of the latest (2017) models of Braun Series 7 or Series 9 offer 2-way usability?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Scott,

      thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate it.

      Regarding your question, only the models that are suitable for dry use exclusively can be used both corded and cordless. Since all the latest Series 7 and 9 are suitable for wet & dry operation, you cannot use any of them while charging. If this is a must have feature for you then your only option would be to go for a previous model, like the Series 7 790cc or Series 9 9090cc.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  18. Henrik

    Fantastic article – thank you for doing it (think I’ll go with the 9-series after all as there is a nice bargain right now)

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, Henrik. Definitely check out the the Series 9, I’ve seen some massive price drops lately and the replacement shaving heads shortage was solved as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  19. Jocelyn gagne

    I Ovidiu,
    Thank you for your comparaison.
    I Had à serie 7 and bought thé serie 9 wet and dry
    I like to buy new models. What i do not like about the serie 9 is that thé cleaning is way less well done than with the serie 7 i mean some dirt stays in the head after the cleaning
    That never happened with the serie 7.
    I am wondering if the drying with air does not start too soon and that the liquid did not have the time to do its job and drain all the dirt out.
    Also i have to change the cassette every 3 weeks as wit the serie 7 is was every 4weeks
    Did you have and other comments like mine?
    Yhank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment. I personally never experienced this with my Series 9. The drying cycle only starts after the cleaning is completed, so it’s unlikely to cause such an issue. This could also happen if the cleaning fluid is excessively contaminated with hair clippings and dirt. I would also advise you to remove the cassette and tap it gently on the sink to remove most of the hairs before using the cleaning station. If the problem is still persistent there may be something wrong with your cleaning unit.

      How often you need to replace the cleaning cartridge really depends on how you use the station. Again, I didn’t notice a significant difference compared to my Series 7. Performing the operation I mentioned above and maybe putting the cap back on the cartridge if you don’t shave daily should help you get more cleaning cycles out of one cartridge.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Jocelyn

        Thank you
        I will try to tap the cassette as you suggest
        And see if it makes a difference
        I do use the rasor every morning and clean it every morning with the system my bear is not strong But it was the same with my serie 7 so i do not know wy it is not as good as it should be. I do not understand wy i have a problem with this new model

        I understand that the cassette has more pieces than the serie 7 but the cleaning system is new also.
        If this does not help i think i will try to get the cleaning unit replaced by the store
        I will keep you posted with the developpement
        Thank you again
        Jocelyn

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  20. Anand S

    Thank you for the excellent reviews and comparisons. Very informative and helpful. I was looking for details on the cleaning process and nowhere could I find such a nice description of the process.

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  21. Murat Metin

    Thanks very much for the good review. Would you please make a comparison beteeen the sound levels. Is there a defference between them while shaving. I have 790 series and I really get annoyed due to the high noise level while shaving.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, Murat. The Series 9 is a bit quieter and more refined during the actual shave when the blades are cutting the hairs. However, I wouldn’t say that the difference is significant; after all, foil shavers are notorious for being pretty loud during use due to the way they work.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  22. Karen

    If my husband has a cleaning station for an older Braun, does he need the cleaning station to upgrade to a Series 7? Sorry, I don’t know much about razors.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Karen,

      Unfortunately I cannot answer your question without some additional details: the exact model of the older Braun shaver and station and the Series 7 variation that you’re interested in buying.

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  23. Ashley

    Thank you for the genuine and very helpful review. As a wife with no clue about razors, I have now read a few dozen blogs and comparison sites and yours is by far the most practical. Thank you!

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  24. Jason

    Great write up. Was hoping for a suggestion on which route to go.
    I am getting away from safety razor shaving (lots of reasons) and need the following:

    -smooth shave. I have sensitive skin, especially in the mustache area.
    -would like to do both wet and dry options.
    -i do not want to shave every day, but would prefer to save ever 2+ days.
    -closeness is not critical. Smoothness is my main priority.

    I was looking at the 9 series and the 7 series (wet version) and was hoping for you thoughts and feedback.
    Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jason,

      Thank you for your comment. Both the Series 7 and 9 would be perfectly good options, with the Series 9 being just a tad smoother, faster and more enjoyable to use. However, the Series 7 costs less and it’s a bit easier to use since it has a slimmer shaving head. I too have sensitive skin but never had any issues with the Series 7, even after a dry shave which would normally inflict some irritation. It also works very well on longer hairs, but again the Series 9 is better.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  25. Outlander

    Thank you for a great review. I almost decided which Series to choose. But there is a small problem: I only can get Series 9 without a cleaning station. Do I understant correctly: if I get 9260vs (9290cc is not available at the moment) it won’t work with cleaning station even if I purchase it separately? What would be your choise – 9260vs or 7865cc?

    Thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment. That is correct, unfortunately you won’t be able to use a Series 9 s model like the 9260s with a cleaning station purchased separately. The Series 7 s models are the only ones in Braun’s lineup that will work with a compatible CC station if you decide to buy one later on. That’s because the Series 7 s models are also fitted with the special chip that is needed to communicate with the station.

      Personally, I would probably go for the 7865cc — it’s good enough for me since I shave pretty often so I don’t really benefit from the extra blade and capabilities of the Series 9. And despite not being quite as smooth as the Series 9, the 7865cc is still a great pick for sensitive skin (which I suffer from). The cleaning base is definitely a plus with any Braun shaver since they’re fiddly to clean by hand. And a Series 7 with a cleaning station costs a lot less than a Series 9 solo model (9260s, 9293s etc.). So in my case a Series 7 makes more sense — be it a 7865cc or other similar variation (790cc, 799cc, 797cc etc.) as they’re basically the same with regards to shaving performance.

      Again, this is simply what would work best for me with my current shaving routine, so it won’t necessarily apply to everyone (it likely won’t to be honest). But hopefully it will help you out with your decision.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Outlander

        Thank you for your reply. You just ruined my world :-), as I already saw me buying 9260s. My shaving “rutine” is one or two times in a week. That means Series 7 is not the best choise for me. But you have proved me that cleaning station is a must, therefore I’ll wait until 9290cc become available. Thanks again, because you saved me from wrong decision.

        Best regards.

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  26. Gabriel

    If I shave only once or twice a week, how often do I have to replace the cleaning cartridge on the series 9?

    Best.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Shaving once or twice a week would basically mean 4 to 8 cleaning cycles per month. If you also remove the cartridge from the station and put the cap back on after every use, I’d say that one cartridge should easily last for 3 to 4 months. Braun officially recommends replacing it after two months once the cartridge has been opened and used (to maintain optimal hygiene). I personally have used a cartridge for more than 5 months without any issues. But the station was used very sparingly — like 3 times a month.

      As long as the cleaning solution is not overly contaminated with hair clippings and you don’t notice any buildups or funky smells, it should all be good. You should also remove most of of hairs from the cassette beforehand by tapping the plastic frame gently on the sink and cleaning the inside with the included brush.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  27. Louis

    Excellent information…I’ve been using my Series 7 pulsonic for several years but found the cleaning system annoying and expensive. I just tap the shaver head on the bathroom sink to remove hairs and blow out the rest. Seems to be okay. My question is can I use the Remington Shaver Saver spray that i still use on my MS3-2700 on the Braun (9595) to help with the lubrication? Seems like it shouldn’t be a problem.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Louis,

      Thank you for your comment. You can safely use the Remington Shaver Saver on your Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  28. David

    Ovidiu,

    Absolutely fabulous comparison of the two shavers. I’ve currently got a Series 7 790cc (dry only) shaver and have been really happy with it, although I find I need to use a pre-electric lotion to get a nice close shave, but many of these are alcohol-based which irritates my skin.

    Curious to get your advice as to the “water-proof-ness” of the dry only Series 7’s. I’d like to use a shave oil or something similar with the shaver. Given the shaver head can survive being rinsed under running water (which I do daily anyway), do you think the shaver would be ok to use on a moist face with some shaving oil? I don’t use it in the shower, and not contemplating using it with something really wet like shaving cream etc, so i don’t really need it to be 100% waterproof.

    Just trying to avoid the cost of upgrading to a specific “wet/dry” shaver if I really don’t need to.

    Cheers
    David

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your comment. You are right, in this situation you don’t need a wet/dry shaver as you can safely use your existing 790cc with a shaving oil. Just make sure to give it a more thorough cleaning using a bit of liquid soap.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  29. TERRY THOMAS

    This is by far the best review/comparison I have ever read. Thank you and now I have a decision to make

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  30. Carl Phillips

    Ovidiu,

    After being sick of buying blades and much research of your articles I took the plunge and went electric. I was very apprehensive because past electric shaving experience led to massive irritation and a face on fire. So, decision made, for the first time today, I started with Lectric Shave, shaved with my new Braun 7899cc, and finished with Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm. WOW! I am in smooth face with no irritation bliss!

    Rarely do I leave comments on blogs at all. However, you are an exception. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your clear and concise writings. Your reviews and reasoning have steered me into a decision that I don’t think I’ll regret. Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Carl

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Carl,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. That’s awesome! I’m glad it helped you with your decision. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  31. mike L

    Ovidiu, this was a great article in many respects, thank you for posting it. I’ve been using the series 7 for a few years, best braun so far, except for the trimmer, it basically sucks and now it broke (doesn’t snap close) even though I hardly use it only for side burns. I have the cleaning base and found it too expensive, I remove and tap the foil in the sink, blow on the heads after every shave, and every few days I rinse heads and foil. I did get used to having the base as convenient holder and charger and wanted to use it if I get a series 9, but I see it’s not compatible. too bad, they really should cut down on waste and make them compatible. I’m looking at getting the series 9 because the damn replacement foil for the 7 is almost a third the cost of a new shaver so when you weigh in cost and age (and partly broken trimmer) it makes sense to go this route. I actually did the same thing upgrading to the 7, when the 5 got old and needed new cartridge I upgraded to 7 (big difference for me). Again thanks for the nice article.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mike,

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

      That is correct unfortunately, you won’t be able to use your existing cleaning station with the Series 9, so if you want the convenience of it you’ll have to buy a Series 9 version that comes with one. Another option would be to get a Series 7 Solo model, like the 7893s or the 740s. You’ll still be able to charge it in your older station and these s models usually cost less than the cc ones.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  32. Steve Harding

    I have been using the same Series 7 shaver since I purchased it in 2011 and I’m still happy with it, but I’m now considering upgrading to a Series 9. Probably the 9290cc or 9280cc. Originally I thought about buying a new Series 7s so I could use it with my existing cleaning station, but the 7s models sold in Europe don’t have the two metal studs on the back, so won’t work with my old cleaning station. This is according to Braun at any rate. The thing that worries me about changing to a Series 9 is whether or not the shaving head is too large to get into all my facial nooks and crannies. Are you able to comment based on the tests you have done?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your comment. I am almost certain that the information regarding the European solo models not having the metal studs on the back is inaccurate. As a result, they will actually work with a cleaning station. Just out of curiosity, did you get that information from a Braun customer support rep?

      Regarding the Series 9, its shaving head is larger than the one on the Series 7, but not by a whole lot. It’s more compact than other 4 blade shavers like the Panasonic Arc 4. I haven’t had any issues with it in this regard.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  33. Adam

    I have a 7 series and generally it’s great. My only complaint is that the shaver starts to pull at hairs if I skip shaving for more than a day.
    Do others have this issue with the 7 series, and will the 9 series prevent it?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adam,

      Having used both, I’d say that the Series 9 is more efficient at catching longer hairs — as in it requires fewer strokes to get a clean shave, particularly if those hairs grow in different directions or tend to lie flat on the skin. I think the Series 9 is in this regard the most capable foil-based shaver you can buy right now. The Series 7 is not quite as good, but definitely better than most. I never experienced any pulling even on a two or three days beard, so unless your whiskers are very long — in which case any other electric shaver will start yanking them — I’d say that there are two things that could be causing this.

      The first one has to do with your shaving technique. Try to do slower strokes and always against the grain; going over long hairs very quickly can cause some pulling.

      If this doesn’t solve your problem, you may need to replace the shaving head of your Series 7.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  34. Skip

    Ok…after you start your post you make this statement shortly after:

    With a more powerful motor and an improved design of the shaving head, the comfort during the shave is outstanding.

    This is something “I” personally have been wanting someone to show a comparison of. Because I watch person after person say that a new clipper or shaver that comes out is more powerful or has a stronger motor, but where can this be seen/proven at? None of them ever show the…well I’m not sure the correct verbiage, but wattage, amperage, cc, horsepower, whatever, is never shown or compared… Heck, I dont even think the manufacturers or the big resellers even showcase this info, so how is it, people who are supposedly reviewing these products and making these posts, so sure the motor is stronger? This new Braun Series 9 could have the same parts in it as a Remington F5-5800, you see what I mean? where is the specs on this motor everyone speaks of?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Manufacturers don’t usually share this type of specs. Most of the time we’ll only see a CPM (cycles per minute) rating if anything at all. To me the Series 9 feels torquier/faster compared to a Series 7, despite the fact that both are fitted with 10 000 CPM motors. My assessment may be affected by user bias, but I always try to present my experience in an objective manner. Tearing down the shavers to get a look at the motors would set things straight, but I’m not very knowledgeable about electric motors, so that wouldn’t help. Moreover, these motors could be custom made and detailed information regarding the specs may not even exist.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Theoretically you could use it to shave body hair, but note that it only works on very short hair, so you may have to use a regular trimmer beforehand.

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  35. Bob Dorfman

    I’ve owned the latest Panasonic 5 blade shaver and for some reason it seems to leave behind stray hairs when I’ve gone more than one day without shaving. I switched back to my old Braun Series 7 but miss the wet/dry capability’. I’m thinking of going to the Braun 9 Series wet/dry. If used in the shower does the shaver head have to air dry before using in the cleaning unit or can it be hand dried with a towel and then placed in the cleaning unit?

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  36. Fred

    I have a 760cc. It is I don’t know how any years old. I have an even older Braun at another home, don’t even know the series number, but it is losing power and the charging station no longer works. My complaint about both is that with time the finish deteriorates and peels off (same complaint BTW about Braun tooth brushes, only worse with the non-slip grips). None of this effects performance of any of the products, but is an annoyance, and to me indicates not the best quality – if this happen on the outside, what does it say about the internals? If Braun is the best, then I don’t know what that says about the competition.

    Bottom line – has Braun improved the quality of the finish in the later Series 7 models or the Series 9?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Fred,

      Short answer seems to be no, the ones that come with the cleaning station are still affected to some degree by this despite Braun’s claims of using a special paint. It would be impossible to objectively say that one particular brand is the best. For example, I find Panasonic shavers to be superior in terms of build quality.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  37. Harlan J. Weiss

    First of all, the dirty little secret is that the cleaning solution is essentially denatured alcohol. Cleaning cartridges can be reused until their screens gets clogged (this takes many years) without harming the shaver. The lubricant and lemon scent don’t seem to make any significant difference. I bought a Series 7 a while ago, but still have my old Braun Sycro system shavers which still work amazingly well after all these years (some had to be repaired, batteries can give out). The Series 7 trimmer’s design is awful. I rarely used it and even now it doesn’t sit flat in the shaver. I actually bought a used 7570 on eBay when one of my Sycro’s refused to recharge and am very happy with it. My impression is that the 9 series has more expensive cassettes (more expensive than 7, which in turn is more expensive than Syncro) and a cutter that has been fixed – so the cutter is finally as good as the one on the Syncro.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Harlan,

      You are right, the cleaning solution mostly consists of alcohol — Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol in a special denatured form (SD – Alcohol 40 – B) — and a few other ingredients (perfume, Limonene, Citral). There are many users that have successfully made their own cleaning solutions at home and you can find quite a few topics online about this.

      To be honest, I find the trimmers on both the Series 7 and 9 to be mediocre at best.

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  38. Paul

    I got both my old wet/dry 7 series and the new wet/dry 9 series (no cleaning station for either) at Costco. I dry shave every morning and have to say that the 9 series does feel smoother, faster, and more powerful, which is a big plus for me. I am not crazy about the shiny part of the 9 series and prefer the minimalistic metalic look and feel of the 7 series but to me that’s just design and not as essential as the actual shaving performance. Hopefully the shiny parts won’t get tarnished overtime…but yiu can always returm/exchange since Costco has great return policy. The Costco price for my 9 series was under $200 before tax.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. The Series 9 is indeed faster, more comfortable and more enjoyable to use overall.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  39. Jukka J

    Thank you very much for this detailed and professional analyse.
    It’s helped me decided to stay with Series 7.
    Long term Series 7 user I find this very useful and even new information despite years
    of using several Series 7 razors.

    In my razors the trimmer seems to have first part to give up.
    Typically it not closed propely allthougt it still working normally.
    Opening and closing mechanisms seems to have quite fragile.
    There is some helpfull videos in youtube to replace it but it’s quite difficult to get one.
    Trimmer itself are precise to use and cuts effectively long hairs and I like it.

    Totally new information for me was the differences in cleaning centers.
    Got three of them so have to make some inspections… 😉

    I also use cleancenter only when need to charge and then take out and close cartrige to
    keep to costs reasonable.
    Daily just open head and tap dirt out.

    Braun razors are not so “enviroment friendly” as Philips razor as their drops more remains out of head than Philips machines and also in my experience shaving head temperature rises faster than Philips machine but shaving result is better in Braun.

    In old time razors have all stuff + mirror in their travel pouches.
    Novadays you need to pack charger separately, get some mirror and hope that
    cleaning brush dont disappear in first opening. 🙁

    Braun 7 Series is made in germany, what about Series 9 ?
    I’ts not good if new flagship model is more plastic feeling because man need some sturdy
    metal in his hand in first thing in the morning.. 😉
    Lets hope that they made some days a titanium undestructable real feel machine to start a new day in proper way 😉

    Thanks once more The BEST razor site in internet and all the best in the future and
    keep up the good work !

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jukka,

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.
      The Series 5, 7 and 9 are all made in Germany. And yes, the 9 seems more plasticky despite being their flagship model.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  40. Bob Dorfman

    If you remove the cutter/foil and rinse it and the razor with water after each shave, prior to placing in the cleaning unit, will the cleaning fluid last longer?

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  41. David Scott

    Very helpful review. On a slight tangent, does anyone know if you can get a power cable that will lie flat to the wall? The plug is quite bulky (I assume the series 9 uses the same as the series 7?) and sticks out a fair way from a wall-mounted shaving socket.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, David. Unfortunately there’s no such a cable and yes, the one from the Series 9 also has a brick that sticks out from the socket.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Thomas. I’m glad you found the post useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  42. Bengt

    My Series 7 is leaking the facial hair (remains) so my shirt or whatever I have on me is full of remains. I always have had a Braun…series 3,5 the latest is series 7 and I like the razor but this thing with the leak is not good. I have talked to a friend that have the series 9 and he say that the serie 9 does NOT have this problem. Anyone else who have experienced this problem?

    Thank you very much for this review 🙂

    Regards
    Bengt

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bengt,

      Thank you for your comment. It’s perfectly normal for some of the hair clippings to end up in the sink or on your shirt. I actually take my shirt off just to avoid this. 🙂

      Depending on the shaver, how you hold it relative to the skin and if you lean or not over the sink, this quantity may vary quite a lot. I therefore don’t think there is something wrong with your Series 7. I actually find some hairs even on the forearm and biceps of my right arm (I am right handed). While I haven’t paid close attention to this issue, I didn’t notice anything too different from using a Series 5 or 9. Try leaning a bit more forward, this will allow you to hold the shaver in a more upright position while still maintaining a 90-degree angle relative to the skin. Doing so will help with more hairs naturally falling into the hair chamber. Also, try using slower, more controlled strokes.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  43. Art Ogren

    I have a Series 5 that is easily 15 years or more old. The trimmer recently refused to “reholster”. No problem, I don’t use it. Wahl provided a $10 battery powered straight trimmer.

    A few days ago when pulling the power cord out of the shaver, it pulled out a “plug” from the base of the shaver. I usually use the cord rather than the charged shaver because the cord delivers a higher rpm sound for a faster shave. The Series 5 head also self adjusts to my face.

    It sounds as though both the 7 and 9 have heads that self adjust. Both sound as if I can operate it with the cord or without the cord. Both have cleaning stations as does my old 5. If the 9 gives the fastest, closest shave then that sounds like it is in my future. After all if I kept it for 10 years, that’s less than $25 dollars per year.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Art,

      One thing to note is that all current Series 9 are suitable for wet/dry use, therefore they cannot be operated with the cord plugged in. You could get the first generation dry only 9090cc if you can still find it, but they are usually hard to find and pricey. The Series 5 and 7 are still available in dry only variations (for example, the 5090cc, 5030s, 790cc etc.).

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  44. Simon

    Hi Ovidiu,
    First of all, you are doing an amazing job. I wish there was a way to reward the effort and time you share here (like voting for this site at a web awards). Please let us know if there’s such a thing.
    I read a great deal here and learned a lot. I’m trying to decide between Braun 9290cc and 7865cc (or 7899cc) and leaning on the first. I shave mostly every 3-4 days, sometimes even later. This and the fact that I tend to use shaving machines a long time (I’m using a Braun 4775 for over a decade and it’s still working fine) can justify the huge price difference for me (9290’s almost twice as 7865 here now). Also, I think shavers are quite an important part of men’s lives.
    My concern is the cleaning unit. Buying a 7-series and a separate induction-heated cleaner is tempting. But I decided that the drying function is not that necessary for me. Reading the comments for 9290 at Amazon, some people complained about the smell of alcohol during the drying process. Have you noticed such a thing? And I can’t see any buttons on the cleaning unit. That means, it’s not possible to have the shaver cleaned but not dried, right? Of course, it’s always possible to unplug it after cleaning to avoid the smell and noise. But this is probably not the best way to treat its software.
    Thank you sincerely.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Thank you so much for the kind words. There’s no web awards competition that I know of, but I truly appreciate your intention. My goal with this website was to present information in a way that is truly useful to the user or to the potential buyer, so the feedback I get from my readers is the most rewarding thing I could ask for.

      Regarding your question, unless your facial hair grows really fast and is really long after 3 to 4 days, I think a Series 7 would make more sense here. As I mentioned in the article, the Series 9 is worth the extra money if you have longer, coarse hairs that tend to lie flat on the skin and grow in different directions. In such a situation you will truly benefit from a Series 9; otherwise, the Series 7 will definitely be more than suitable for the job.

      When using a Braun cleaning station, regardless of the shaver model, you will pick up this boozy, citrusy smell, especially around the station. I do not find it offensive or overpowering and it’s stronger at the beginning when the cartridge is brand new (it will decrease in intensity as you continue using it). With the Series 9 station that uses a fan to dry the shaver, the smell is a bit more potent since the fan disperses it around. The Series 9 cleaning base has a single button that starts the cleaning and drying process. You can stop the process at any time by pressing it and I highly doubt that it will have any negative impact on the station.

      But as I said, I think you’ll be more than happy with a Series 7 and also spend significantly less on it. The shaving heads are cheaper too and you can use a third-party cleaning solution that’s very cost-effective.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  45. Bruno

    Very useful website. You’ve done a great job, thank you.

    I can’t decide between Braun Series 5, 7 or 9. I was almost about to buy 7 but then I red the complaints about the head locking mechanism being prone to breaking (which you also mentioned in 3 of your articles) and without warranty covering it, I’m really afraid of not being careful and that ending up happening. I’d really like for this new electric shaver I’m about to buy to last for about a decade without any problems. So I thought I’d rather spend a bit more money on a Series 9, which doesn’t have that problem and would also be better for my very sensitive skin.

    The problem with Series 9 is that I’m afraid it might be overkill for my light beard. I have very little hair on my cheeks. Most of my facial hair is on my upper lip, sideburns and under my chin and neck, but even those places aren’t that thick. Maybe Series 9 is too much? I shave about every 3 or 4 days. I’m also not sure if the size of S9’s shaving head makes it less easy to use than the other two Series. Seems a bit too large.

    Should I go for Series 5 instead? I’d much rather have a more recent and better Series like 7 or 9 (especially because of my sensitive skin), but at least Series 5 doesn’t have neither problems I mentioned above about the other two series. Either way I really don’t care about prices (be it very cheap or very expensive), what I really care about is what suits my case better. What do you think would be the best choice for me?

    Best regards

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bruno,

      Thank you for your comment. In my opinion you should still get the Series 7. Yes, the problem with the head locking mechanism does exist, but a simple way to avoid it is to not use the switch. The shaving head of the Series 7 is very slim (even a bit smaller than the one of the Series 5) and you really don’t need the locking feature, not even when you’re shaving right below the nose. Things are different with the Series 9 and its larger 4-blade head for example; and since you have a very light beard, I also think the Series 9 would be overkill. Finally, the Series 7 is a tried and tested model that should serve you well for many years. In my opinion it is the safer (and better) choice in this case.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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