The New Braun Series 8: Everything You Need To Know

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The New Braun Series 8: Everything You Need To Know

The Series 8 represents Braun’s latest line of electric shavers for men.

And while launching a new Braun shaver is usually a big deal that implies some extensive marketing campaigns and promoting, that wasn’t the case with the Series 8.

It was quietly rolled out somewhere in 2019 without even issuing a press release. And for a long period of time, the Series 8 range wasn’t even listed on Braun’s USA website for example.

The new series sparked a lot of interest among potential buyers despite being this elusive product that wasn’t even available in most countries, at least in the beginning.

And unsurprisingly, the question on everyone’s mind was of course whether this was the successor of the Series 7.

Well, I bought the Series 8, used it for a few weeks and in this article I’ll cover everything there is to know about Braun’s newest shaver, including how it compares to the brand’s current top performers, the Series 7 and 9.

Let’s dive right in.

What exactly is the Series 8?

When I first came across the Series 8, I immediately thought that Braun just decided to Frankenstein together different parts of the Series 5, 7 and 9.

And to be honest, the reality isn’t very far from that.

From a purely visual standpoint, the new series definitely exhibits Braun’s current design language that we first saw with the Series 5 and Series 9.

The Braun Series 8 8370cc.

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So the Series 8 is a 3 blade foil electric razor that appears to fill the gap between the Series 7 and 9 (at least from the name perspective).

However, considering its features, price, and particularly the shaving performance, things are a bit different in reality as you’ll see.

But the Series 8 does come with some distinctive features and improvements of its own.

Let’s quickly go over the most important ones.

Braun Series 8 features overview

3 Shaving elements

Braun Series 8 features a familiar 3 blade shaving head.

As mentioned previously, the Series 8 features a familiar 3 blade setup, with two outer foils that shave hairs close to the skin (called OptiFoils) and one middle trimmer for catching and trimming longer, flat-lying hairs.

It is pretty much identical to the ones used on the Series 7 and 5 as you can see in the image below.

The Series 5, 7 and 8 have almost identical shaving heads.

The Series 5, 7 and 8 have almost identical shaving heads.

However, it is a new part specifically made for the Series 8 called 83M and won’t fit the other two models, mainly because of the shape of the plastic frame.

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Again, the foils and middle trimmers themselves seem identical to the ones used on the Series 5 and 7.

This immediately hints at a somewhat similar shaving performance, but we’ll get to that right away.

Fun fact: Braun still tries to push the idea that the Series 8 has 4 shaving elements. That’s misleading, to put it lightly. We’ve seen the same approach in the case of the S9 (which according to Braun had 5 shaving elements).

60 minutes of cordless shaving time

This is in my opinion one of the main highlights of the shaver and a clear improvement over most other shavers in Braun’s lineup.

The Series 8 is fitted with a larger battery that is good for an impressive 60 minute worth of shaving time, compared to the usual 45 or 50 minutes.

There’s no information so far regarding the existence of dry only Series 8 models, so we’ll just assume that all of them will be wet/dry shavers, meaning they can only be operated cordless.

In this context, the larger battery is definitely welcome, along with the 5-minute quick charge function.

Beard density sensor

This is the same technology found on the Series 9 and on some shavers from Panasonic for example.

According to Braun, the sensor reads the density of the beard and adjusts the power output accordingly. In reality, this technology has always been pretty much useless.

It also means that there are no personalization modes like on the Series 7 (those were also rather gimmicky, to be honest).

8D shaving head

Braun says that the Series 8 has an 8-directional shaving head. I honestly have no idea how they came up with that number.

The shaving head can only swivel up and down and the three shaving elements can move independently.

The three shaving elements of the S8 can move independently.

And to be honest, that is good enough. In fact, in my opinion this simple setup seems to work the best.

Panasonic’s super complex flexing shaving heads for example are just annoying and only look good in the specs sheet.

Travel lock

This isn’t normally a big deal that’s worth mentioning, however, in this case, I think it is important simply because the Series 7 didn’t have a travel lock.

So yes, on the Series 8 the power button can be locked from accidentally turning the razor on.

Advanced 32-bit processor

Just like the latest Series 9 93XX models, the Series 8 comes with a 32-bit MCU (memory control unit).

While such details are usually relevant in the case of smartphones or computers, a 32-bit MCU will be able to process a lot more data and a lot faster than the 8-bit MCU that other shavers use.

How much will this impact the actual shaving performance is debatable, but in my opinion it won’t make a significant difference.

Sonic technology with 30 000 cutting actions per minute

By this, Braun simply means that the Series 8 is fitted with a 10 000 CPM (cycles per minute) motor, just like the Series 7 and 9 (30 000 divided by 3 shaving elements).

The Sonic part means that we still get those tiny vibrations/pulsations that supposedly help to catch more hairs during a stroke.

Warranty

The Braun Series 8 comes with a 2-year worldwide warranty and 60-day money-back guarantee.

Braun Series 8 model comparison

In typical Braun fashion, the Series 8 will offer several variations that come with a cleaning and charging station. These models have names that end in cc (standing for Clean & Charge) — for example, the 8370cc, 8390cc and so on.

The shavers that don’t include a station end in s (standing for solo) and cost less t han the cc variations. For example, the Series 8 8350s.

Braun Series 8 8350s

Braun Series 8 8350s

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So far, here are the models expected to be available: 8320s, 8325s, 8330s, 8340s, 8345s, 8350s, 8360cc, 8365cc, 8370cc, 8371cc, 8380cc, 8385cc, 8390cc, 8391cc.

The performance and features are identical throughout the entire Series 8 and the differences mainly stem from the inclusion of the station or other minor differences (color, accessories, availability in specific regions, etc.).

For example, the 8370cc (8390cc) and 8391cc are identical, except that the latter comes with a hard leather travel case instead of the common textile variation shipped with the 8370cc.

The Series 8 8370cc, 8390cc, 8385cc, 8380cc, 8350s and 8340s seem to be the models available at this moment in the USA, UK, Germany, and even some countries in Asia like Japan.

The 8370cc is the model that I’ve bought and the one that can be bought in most regions. Interestingly, it’s also the only Series 8 available in the USA and the only one listed on Braun’s USA website.

Braun Series 8 8370cc

Braun Series 8 8370cc

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As the name suggests, it comes with a cleaning and charging station that actually looks identical to the one of the Series 5 (and 9).

In the UK, there are currently four variations available: 8391cc, 8390cc, 8370cc and 8350s.

I cannot say with certainty if a solo Series 8 will work with a cleaning station purchased separately, but my guess is that it won’t.

Also, the Series 8 station lacks any drying mechanism. On older Series 7 models we had inductive heating, while the Series 9 station has a fan that blows air over the shaving head, helping to evaporate the cleaning fluid faster.

It’s not a deal-breaker in my opinion and it was to be expected; the Series 9 needed some extra features to justify the higher price and the flagship shaver status.

How does the Braun Series 8 shave?

While this won’t be a detailed analysis of the Series 8 performance, I will briefly go over the most important aspects.

In short, it shaves really well.

It is very similar to the Series 5 and Series 7 in terms of closeness and comfort. In fact, I’d say that it sits somewhere between those two, although closer to the Series 5, at least in my experience.

It’s gentle and forgiving but powerful enough and suitable for coarse beards as well.

I have very sensitive skin and didn’t have any major problems using it, be it dry or wet.

The closeness will be good enough for most users, but again I think the Panasonic Arc 4 and Arc 5 still have the edge here, even though they’re not as comfortable as the Series 8.

The Series 8 is also quite good with longer, flat hairs on the neck, definitely better than other foil shavers in this price range from the competition.

The slide-out hair trimmer is mediocre at best, but that’s the case with all Braun electric razors.

The battery life is fantastic and unlike the Series 7 with its useless battery indicator, the Series 8 has a simple, 5-level indicator.

The cc station works really well, the cleaning cycle is very short and does a great job of removing all the hairs and gunk from the shaving head.

The Braun Series 8 during the automatic cleaning process.

The Braun Series 8 during the automatic cleaning process.

You can of course clean the shaver manually and only use the station every once in a while for a thorough cleaning and remove any remaining debris from the cassette.

Cleaning the Series 8 manually.

Cleaning the Series 8 manually.

The cleaning unit uses the same Braun CCR cartridges, but there are cheaper third-party solutions available as well.

In conclusion, the Series 8 is a good and capable electric razor that will be suitable in the majority of the situation.

How does the Series 8 compare to Braun’s other shavers?

The Braun Series 7, 8 and 9 respectively.

The Braun Series 7, 8 and 9 respectively.

We absolutely have to compare the Braun Series 8 to the brand’s other top models, namely the Series 7 and Series 9.

In my opinion a direct comparison with the Series 5 makes the most sense since they are a lot more similar, so we’ll put it against the S5 as well.

But let’s start with Braun’s most popular model, the Series 7.

Braun Series 8 vs Series 7

Braun Series 8 vs Series 7.

First of all, I have to mention that I don’t personally think about the Series 8 as a new Series 7, but more like a standalone product.

The Series 7 is Braun’s best-selling shaver and it will be updated at some point…with a new Series 7.

Important update: Braun released a new Series 7 model in 2020, but as far as shaving performance goes, it’s a downgrade from the current Series 7 referenced in this article. For more details, my comparison post.

But until then, let’s see what are the main differences between the Series 8 and 7.

Objectively speaking, the Series 8 comes with a few improvements over the Series 7.

Here they are:

1. Bigger battery

While the battery life on the Series 7 was very solid, the Series 8 is just fantastic in that regard, arguably one of the best out there right now.

2. Better battery indicator

The current Series 7 (78XX models) are fitted with a weird and useless, awkwardly placed battery indicator.

Braun Series 8 vs 7 battery indicator.

Braun Series 8 vs 7 battery indicator.

The one on the Series 8 is a simple 5-level indicator that just does its job and doesn’t require reading the manual to know what it means.

3. Better head locking mechanism

This is another well-known pet peeve with the Series 7 that was addressed with the Series 8 which features the same locking switch as the Series 5 and 9.

The head locking switch on the Series 8 vs 7.

The head locking switch on the Series 8 vs 7.

The Series 7 had a badly designed locking mechanism that would simply break when you tried to move the head from the locked position.

With the Series 8, the head will simply move into a different position with no damage to the ratcheting mechanism.

4. Travel lock

As mentioned earlier, the Series 7 didn’t have a travel lock. Not a huge deal, but again it’s something that was addressed with the Series 8.

It can be activated by pressing and holding the power button for 3 seconds.

5. No personalization modes

I consider this as a plus for the Series 8 since they were of little to no use on the 7.

On the other hand, the Series 8 has a built-in beard density sensor. To be honest, I cannot tell if it works or not. But it is there.

6. 32-bit MCU

Again, I don’t know how much this matters, but at least on the specs sheet, it is superior to the Series 7’s (presumably) 8-bit MCU.

7. Quieter operation

The Series 8 is (to my ear) slightly quieter than a Series 7 on the highest speed setting. It’s still not as quiet as a rotary shaver, but it’s not too bad for a foil machine.

8. Price

At least at the moment of writing this comparison, the Braun Series 8 seems to cost less than a corresponding Series 7.

For example, the model I bought (8370cc) costed less than a Series 7 790cc or 7865cc.

That can very well change, so we shall see how things evolve in this regard.

So far these are pros of the Series 8 over the Series 7.

Let’s now try to find some negatives.

1. Less solid build quality

To me the Series 8 seems just a bit more plasticky and maybe even flimsier than the Series 7. I have owned a few Series 7 and I know that they can take a beating.

Time will tell if the Series 8 will hold up just as well.

2. Ergonomics

The Series 8 feels heavier despite my kitchen scale only showing the Series 8 being 1 gram heavier. It’s not a huge difference, but I could tell the difference after years of using the Series 7.

The reason is probably the different weight balance of the shaver along with the rest of the aspects that affect its ergonomics, like shape and girth.

During and after use, my hand would sometimes fatigue when using the Series 8, which is something I never experienced with the Series 7.

3. Bulkier cleaning station

The station of the Series 8 is a bit larger than the one of the Series 7 and in my (subjective) opinion it doesn’t look as good.

4. Series 8 Solo models won’t work with a cleaning station

The Series 7 solo models were the only ones in Braun’s lineup that would work with a compatible cleaning station. It’s likely that they’ll still remain the only ones.

5. Pricier replacement shaving heads

The Series 8 comes with a new cassette, called the 83M. Right now it is very difficult to find and it also costs more than the 70s cassette used by the Series 7.

So is the Braun Series 8 a better shaver than the Series 7? Specs-wise, Yes.

But is it fundamentally better? No. In fact, if we consider strictly the shaving performance, the Series 7 is in my opinion better.

Braun Series 7 790cc

Braun Series 7 790cc

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While the end result will be quite similar — I actually shaved half my face with the Series 8 and the other half with the Series 7 — I would personally pick the Series 7 over the Series 8 without hesitation.

Here’s why:

  • The Series 7 in the highest power setting feels faster despite having the same 10 000  CPM motor;
  • The shaving head is ever so slightly more compact. This makes it feel more nimble;
  • The pivoting of the shaving head, along with the movement of the three individual cutters seem to have a greater range of motion, further contributing to an enjoyable, faster, and efficient shave;
  • The Series 7 feels lighter than the Series 8; even though they weigh the same, the Series 7 is probably better balanced;
  • The Series 7 seems to catch those flat neck hairs with fewer strokes despite using what seems like an identical foil setup;
  • The closeness of the shave with the Series 7 is slightly better;
  • The Series 7 is overall more enjoyable, more comfortable and easier to use.

Again, the differences aren’t by any means huge, but as a long-time user of the Series 7, I can definitely notice them and would actually prefer the Series 7 over the Series 8 (despite its flaws that were addressed with the Series 8).

Braun Series 8 vs Series 9

Braun Series 8 vs Series 9.

In my opinion the Series 8 vs Series 9 comparison is a bit of a stretch, however it does make sense. Some potential buyers may want to know whether getting a Series 9 is worth the extra money.

So let’s check out the main differences between the Braun Series 8 and 9.

The Series 9 has an extra cutter for a total of four, making it more capable when shaving longer, wiry, cross-directional hairs.

If that sounds like you and you also shave less often, the Series 9 is probably a better choice.

Braun Series 9 9290cc

Braun Series 9 9290cc

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Otherwise, most users will likely be fine with the Series 8 (or 7).

Both the Series 9 and 8 are fitted with 10 000 CPM motors, however the Series 9 feels torquier and faster, which will likely translate into shorter shaving sessions, especially if you have very coarse, dense facial hair that tends to lie flat on the skin.

The Series 9 is also more forgiving and gentle, but the differences aren’t huge. The same is true with regards to closeness, both the Series 8 and 9 being similar, but again with a slight edge to the Series 9.

So yes, unsurprisingly, the Series 9 is the better shaver and it should be given the price difference from a Series 8.

The two shavers are similar when it comes to design, size, and how they feel in your hand.

Design-wise, the Series 8 (left) and 9 (right) are very similar.

Design-wise, the Series 8 (left) and Series 9 (right) are very similar.

During use, however, the Series 9 with its larger 4 blade shaving head will take more getting used to.

The Series 8 battery is better than the current Series 9 generation (92XX models), however Braun recently updated the Series 9 and fitted them with the same larger battery and the same 32-bit MCU. Those models are the 93XX and are already available for purchasing.

Also, the Series 9 is still in my opinion Braun’s quietest shaver so far. Compared side by side, the Series 8 is louder.

The cleaning stations of the Series 8 and 9 look exactly the same on the outside, but the one of the Series 9 is heavier and is fitted with a fan that dries the shaving head once the cleaning cycle has completed.

Braun Series 8 and 9 cleaning stations.

Braun Series 8 and 9 cleaning stations.

The Series 8 will actually fit inside the Series 9 station and the shaver will charge, however the cleaning and drying functions will not work.

So the choice between the Series 8 and Series 9 should be pretty straightforward; if your budget allows it and especially if you have wiry, coarse, flat-lying hairs (and shave less often), then get the Series 9.

It is the more powerful, faster, and more capable shaver between the two — and it should be since it costs more.

Braun Series 8 vs Series 5

This is the comparison that makes the most sense in my opinion, despite what the names of the series might suggest.

Theoretically, the Series 8 should be better than the Series 7, but not as good as the Series 9.

But as we saw, that’s not quite the case. In fact, considering how the Series 8 actually shaves, it feels more like a revised, refined, and rebranded Series 5.

Important update: Braun released a new Series 5 model in 2020, but just like the Series 7, it is a downgrade compared to the previous Series 5 referenced in this article. More details here.

Compared to the Series 5, the Series 8 doesn’t vibrate as much, is a bit more forgiving on sensitive areas like the neck, a bit quieter and has a larger battery.

They are extremely similar design-wise and (unsurprisingly) feel very similar during use.

Braun Series 8 vs Series 5.

Braun Series 8 (left) vs Series 5 (right).

The shape of the shaving head frame is different, so the cassettes aren’t cross-compatible. At least at this moment, the cassette used by the Series 5 (52s/52b) is a lot cheaper and widely available.

The cleaning stations are also basically the same, despite having different part numbers.

However, the Series 8 for example won’t fit perfectly inside the Series 5 station and while it will charge, the cleaning function won’t work.

Neither has the drying system found on the Series 9 station that again, on the outside, looks the same.

In conclusion, while we were all waiting anxiously for a worthy Series 7 successor, the Series 8 is not that shaver — it’s basically a slightly better Series 5.

And since the Series 5 costs less, it’s widely available and uses a significantly cheaper (yet similar) shaving head, I would actually recommend it over the Series 8, at least for the time being.

Should you buy the Series 8?

If you can get the Series 8 without jumping through hoops and it has a reasonable price, then yes, it’s a good shaver. In Europe, in particular, you can now buy it pretty much everywhere.

Otherwise, for slightly more money, you can get a Series 7 that is still an excellent shaver despite its age.

As mentioned previously, it shaves better, it’s widely available and the replacement shaving heads are also easy to find and usually cost less.

If you can get past a few shortcomings of the 7, at least for now, it is probably a safer (and better) choice than the Series 8 for most users.

However, once it becomes more popular and the price of the replacement cassette will drop, the Braun Series 8 will be a very appealing electric shaver.

But until then, the Series 8 makes it really difficult to choose it over a Series 7 (or a Series 5 if you’re on a tighter budget).

114 comments on “The New Braun Series 8: Everything You Need To Know

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  1. Sam T

    This throws a wrench in gearbox! I currently use a Series 9 but when I travel I carry and use Wahl Lifeproof shaver because it is supposedly very rugged and has a 90 minute charge. However after an extended 30 day trip I found I missed my Series 9 and it’s comfort level. I was considering the Series 7 but now will have to consider the 8 because the ergonomics seem the same as the Series 9 and will probably take less time to adjust! Thanks for the review…

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, the transition from the Series 9 to the 8 should be really smooth. With regards to comfort during use, it’s also (a lot) better than the Wahl.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Jume

    I have the 8370cc which I have been very happy with. It provides a fast and close shave. Two minor points: the Clean & Charge station clearly has the three icons for automatic cleaning program selection which supposedly adjusts the cleaning cycle based on length of time since last cleaning. This function in not available on this model however. The cleaning function works very well though; it’s just a bit annoying to have the three icons there that never light up and serve no function. Another even more minor point is that you eject the cassette for manual cleaning by pressing the little black plastic piece on the side. Both the left and right side have the identical plastic piece with the eject icon molded into it but only one side is capable of being depressed. Not an issue really unless someone tries too hard to depress the wrong side and damages it.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jume,

      Thank you for your detailed and highly informative comment. I totally agree with the two aspects you mentioned. Regarding the cleaning station, I also own two Braun Series 9 cc shavers and even though the three cleaning modes are enabled, the stations always select the longest, high-intensity mode. Even when I use the shaver for a 3-minute quick shave, it would still select the longest cycle. So I wouldn’t be too worried about not having this function on the Series 8.

      Glad to know you enjoy shaving with the Series 8, it is all in all a really good shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Kenny T.

        Hi –

        Can you confirm that only one side of the eject button works? I switched from a 7 series to the 8 series and I’m totally confused with the eject button only working on one side. Why would the button has the word eject if it does not work.

        Thank you!

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Kenny,

          Yes, I can confirm that only one of the side buttons actually works. And this is something other readers have pointed out as well, so it’s definitely not a case of a faulty shaver. As for the reason, I guess it comes down to saving costs. The logistics of manufacturing one type of button imply lower costs than having to use two types, even though the difference between them is marginal (the eject symbol). They probably thought that you’ll be squeezing the head on both sides anyway, so the confusion won’t be a big deal. At least that’s my take on it.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  3. Steven

    Hi Ovidiu,

    Apparently, the clean and charge station looks identical to Braun Series 3 CoolTec. I can’t see any difference. I believe Series 8 is not yet rolled out worldwide but interestingly, you can find it in a very fancy packaging being sold in China on Tmall website directly from Braun. I wonder if it’s a one-off campaign.

    I’m sharing the URL here: https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a220m.1000858.0.0.50369edeeemufH&id=587211509216&skuId=4161289338860&is_b=1&cat_id=2&q=braun%208

    Tmall is one of the well known online shopping websites in China and products are completely authentic. Also, the product photos come with a video clip which explains the new shaver. The model being sold online is 8370cc.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you so much for the info, that’s very interesting indeed. The launch of the Series 8 is so far very atypical for Braun and I’m very curious to see how it will unfold. That is an excellent observation btw, the S8 station does seem identical to the one that comes with the CoolTec.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Steven

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I asked one of my friends in Hong Kong to place an order for a Series 8 shaver on Chinese Tmall website and ship it to me. Apparently, they run out of stock and the shaver has been completely sold out!

    Braun took exactly the same sales technic with CoolTec, they are still selling the refreshed model in HK and some other countries. I’ve got my hands on the latest/refreshed version of CoolTec from HK last year and I think the battery life has been improved hugely from the initial launch back in 2013.

    I believe Braun is taking the same campaign to market Series 8 regionally.

    I’ve been a big fan of CoolTec over the past years due to its reasonable performance, cooling technology and cheap replacement blades or cassette. However, I believe it’s time for me to move on with something else, perhaps a Series 8 as a New product stands out for the time being.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for the update, I really appreciate it. If you do manage to get the Series 8 let me know what you think of it if you have the time. It should provide better performance than the Series 3 CoolTec.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Steven

        Hi Ovidiu,

        Definitely will do. I’m kind of hesitating to purchase it on eBay and most likely will wait to buy it from Amazon.

        I’ve been keeping an eye on Panasonic latest ES-LV7D, the D series. Panasonic is doing a free outer blade replacement campaign here in Japan until end of July. It means, if you purchase this shaver from local shops or Amazon Japan, you’re then eligible to get a free outer blade replacement from Panasonic directly by feeling up a form and submitting it to them free of charge.

        You may take a look at it here: https://panasonic.jp/shaver/5blade_2019cp.html

        I wonder if this triggers a new Panasonic Arc 5 is on the way as Panasonic normally announces its new shavers before fall.

        Thanks,
        Steven

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Steven,

          Thank you again for the info. I’m also curious to see what’s next from Panasonic. At least now I know I’m not the only one getting excited about the prospects of a new electric shaver. 🙂

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  5. Arif

    just bought my series 8 from costco. I am transitioning from series 7 that I owned for last 5 yrs and really loved. However, as you mentioned it’s head lock was faulty and broke a while ago which was quite annoying for me as I like shaving with head locked. Hoping to give series 8 a try tomorrow morning and see if I made a good investment

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Arif. Hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new Series 8. If you have the time, let me know your thoughts on it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Michael Dale

    Love the article and the 8. I am wondering if you know where I can buy replacement coils and blades for it? It’s like it doesn’t exist.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your comment. So far the replacement cassette is not readily available; apart from the Encompass link in the article, I haven’t managed to find it anywhere else. I will update the article as soon as it becomes available.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Mark

    I recently bought the Series 8 from Costco as well. I had been using Norelco’s for probably 30 years, and I always felt each time I bought a new Norelco it was better than the one before. But that stopped with the Norelco 5000. I never liked that shaver, not comfortable and not a particularly close shave.

    The Series 8 was on sale, so I decided to give it a shot. I LOVE this razor. I have a very light beard that always seemed to shave easier if I skipped a day. Not so with this Braun, it works great even with a very short beard. It’s so comfortable, I actually look forward to using it every morning.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mark,

      Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the Series 8. Glad you’re enjoying the shaver!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. DANNY TUCKER Sr

    I just purchased the Braun Series 8 and I shaved with it one time. I am a black man with a course beard. I received a satisfactory shave. So far, I am pleased with my purchase. I bought it on EBay as an open box (new) product. I did check with Amazon and foils can be found there.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Danny. I still can’t find the replacement shaving head for the Series 8 on Amazon. Can you please share the link with part?

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Gerard Nealon

        9/12/20 Hope this helps. It comes from the Costco site review section for this model Braun 8.
        “I ordered the Series 8 and am awaiting arrival so I ‘ve simply rated close to what other have said because it was a required field. I was concerned about others comments about replacement parts for the elusive Series 8.
        I finally found a live chat with someone at Braun (or maybe Braun .encoompass)
        They sent me this link for the replacement head.
        It’s not cheap at $48.95 but it does exist!
        https://braun.encompass.com/item/12307571/Braun/81686533/. I also confirmd abaility to locate it by going to their Braun.Encompass.com site and searching for 83M”

        In addition, I think ALL reviews from ALL manufacturers should have a separate section from African-American users of the product (which is what I’ve been searching for today). Our problems with thicker beards, ingrown hairs, are well known in the industry and a more transparent review section for our particular problems and needs would be of great service and help to us.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Thank you for your comment, Gerard. I’ve seen a few listings of the 83M head and in my opinion the price is very high and yet another reason to consider a Series 7 or 5 instead.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  9. Chris Sheahen

    I have used Braun shavers for years. Tried the Series 9 and wasn’t impressed. Went back to my 7. It has been the best for me. However, I saw the 8 at Costco for a good price and took a chance. Used the 8 for a couple of weeks and very satisfied. Shaves me a bit closer than the 7, and very comfortable. Cuts the flat lying hairs better than the 7. My 7 was a few years old and the trimmer just broke, so it was time to do something. I’m happy with my choice of the 8.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the Series 8. Glad to know you enjoy shaving with it. I would however take into account the fact that your Series 7 is a few years old, so the blades don’t cut as well as they used to. I actually compared the Series 8 to a Series 7 that I got a couple of months before, so they were basically both new. Anyway, happy shaving!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Eric,

      It appears to be out of stock on Encompass as well. Until recently they had it in stock, so keep an eye on it. I will update the post when that happens.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Sheila,

      Electric shavers are ideal for shaving short, dense, coarse hair — basically men’s facial hair. However, they could also work for shaving other body parts, provided that the hair is very short. Otherwise it will likely miss the flat-lying ones. Also, the skin must be taut, so you may want to use your free hand to stretch it, especially under the arms where it can actually pinch and even nick the skin.

      I guess an epilator (that uses tweezers to pluck the hairs) is out of the question and therefore you were looking into electric shavers. A body groomer could also be an option here (Philips has quite a few in their Bodygroom range).

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  10. Andy

    I am currently using the series 8 that I purchased from Costco, it replaced a Series 7 from Costco. I returned my series 7 due to the button breaking (to make the head not move) twice. The 8’s design is much better in this regard. The lack of speed control is not a big deal as I never noticed a difference on the 7. For me the gig difference is that my 7 didn’t have a cleaning station and my 8 does. There is no appreciable difference in the shave quality.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Andy,

      Thank you for your comment. Glad the Series 8 lived up to your expectations, especially if you don’t notice any differences in shave quality compared to the Series 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  11. Stephen

    My wife just bought this for me at Costco. I am concerned that parts are STILL not available, even directly from Braun’s website. Is this model just being test-marketed on unsuspecting consumers ? I think the shaver is ideal, but will eventually need a new foil/cutter. What gives ?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Stephen,

      I couldn’t answer, to be honest, as I am as puzzled as you are by Braun’s whole approach to launching and selling the Series 8. There’s still no official info on any of these things, including the availability of replacement shaving heads. My guess is that they will eventually be readily available; we’ve seen this with the Series 9 as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  12. ChrisC

    Just bought the 8 series and am getting use to the shave. It does not shave as close as my Wahl Bumpfree shaver. Also I am concerned about replacement parts. I have not been able to find them anywhere.
    Trying to decide if I should return the 8 and just buy replacement parts for the Wahl or expect that Braun will get parts in the future.

    Reply
      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Hi Chrisc,

        Thank you for your comment. My guess is that the cassettes will eventually become available. So in my opinion you should return it only if you’re not satisfied with the performance of the shaver.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

        Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jonathan,

      It is not quite as good as the Series 9. As I mentioned in the article, the Series 8 is basically a Series 5. A better shaver for very sensitive skin would be the Series 7 (it also costs a lot less than the Series 9), so I would consider it.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  13. Vincent

    Hi guy,

    thanks for your review. Really interesting. Just a comment on the only things which is not good in the Serie 7 as it is in the Serie 5 and 9 (and 8) … the trimmer. Indeed I use my shaver trimmer to cut the hairs of my armpits when they are too long. After time, the Serie 7 trimmer mechanism cannot be closed anymore. However my Serie 7 has 10 years already 🙂

    Cheers,
    Vincent

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vincent,

      Thank you for your comment. I’ve heard about the trimmer issue a couple of times. It hasn’t happened to the Series 7 shavers that I’ve owned so far but to be fair, I don’t use the trimmers that much as I don’t really like Braun popup or slide-out trimmers (they seem dull and it takes more work to get the job done). I actually have a Panasonic Arc 3 in my cabinet that I use just for trimming my sideburns (Panasonic popup trimmers are much better in my opinion).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    2. David Silberman

      The reason the trimmer will not close is because too many small hairs have gotten stuffed behind the trimmer plate. Go on Youtube to see how to get the hairs out from behind the trimmer. It will then lie flat again.

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  14. Tco

    Was looking in to all the series 7 models (mostly 7790cc & 7880cc) and then the series 8 also shows up.
    Though (still) not available in The Netherlands…

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Yes, the availability of the Series 8 is still very limited. I ordered mine from the USA (it ended up being very pricey with the shipping fee and customs duties). If I were you, I would seriously consider one of the Series 7 models available in the Netherlands.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. tco

        I’m gonna try to harass Braun a bit and see what and if they reply.

        One Dutch site has them (bol.com, “our amazon”) but they are €400,- currently.
        Also sent them a message to basically say… ‘what the heck?’, don’t expect much but ah well.

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      2. tco

        Small update (in case you or anyone cares)

        Braun says they are officially released in August in the Netherlands.
        They said some general info (battery bla bla) and sent a spec form attached to the mail.

        Couple more sites in the Netherlands have them. Price differs greatly.
        I bought the Braun Series 8 8365cc now for €196,-. (might raise or lower still but I think this should be a decent price).
        Currently also a 50 euro cashback (or more/less depending on series) action.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Thank you for the update. The price is in my opinion (still) too high; the cashback program does make it more reasonable though.

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  15. Roy Faverty

    Just try and get a new shaving head for the Braun Series 8, I have been trying for 4 days now and it is virtually impossible. Frustrating at every level of contact with Braun Service. I have use Braun for years, I think I am done with Braun and for the record I have a coarse beard and I bought a cheap Panasonic shaver 10 years ago and it still shaves closer than the Braun Series 8. Plus the shaver head on the Series 8 plugs up with fine cuttings very fast and starts shaving poorly. A lot of time wasted on a shaver of poor quality. I don’t like being negative as I have used many fine Braun Shavers over the last 65 years, this is not one of them.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Roy,

      Thank you for your comment. Getting new replacement parts for the Series 8 is currently a problem as I’ve also mentioned in the post. That’s why I actually recommended the Series 5 and 7 as safer alternatives, at least for now. Sorry to hear you weren’t satisfied with the performance of your shaver — apart from the cassette availability issue and maybe a hint of false advertising, the Series 8 is actually a good shaver and most users so far have been pleased with it. But of course, your mileage may vary.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  16. Anders Simonsen

    Hi
    First; thanks for your very informative site!
    After been using Norelco’s for +20 years, I thought I might should try a foil type.
    Reading the reviews, I was concerned about the noise level and also found the size of the shaving head on Series 9 and Arc 5 simply too big vs was I’m used to. So ended up buying the Braun Series 8 and must admit I’m pleasantly surprised. Noise level is a bit higher than my Norelco, though less than expected. But wauw! – the shave is really close! And though I should be careful when comparing with a 18 month old rotary head, I don’t recall my Norelco have ever shaved that close.
    I’m curios too see how it will compare quality wise over the long run, but definitely a great start with this Serie 8 and foil type shaver for me. And no heat/burns at all.
    I’m impressed, being an all-time rotary user.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Anders,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts on the Series 8. I’ve actually said it on quite a few occasions that for most users, a foil shaver will likely be a better choice. I’m glad that was the case here as well and that you’re pleased with the performance of your Series 8.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  17. Felipe

    I have a 12 year old Series 3 Braun shaver. It’s been great and still works but I think it’s time to upgrade. I’m eyeing the Series 7 but wondering if you think it’ll be updated soon (next couple of months, perhaps?). I’d hate to buy it right before it’s updated. Thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Felipe,

      Thank you for your comment. I know exactly that feeling and while we can only speculate, I don’t think we’ll see a brand new Series 7 in the next couple of months. There’s no info so far regarding a major update of the Series 7.

      –Ovidiu

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  18. Erik

    First of all, I am looking for a new shaver to upgrade my older series 3, and your site is a great help. Both to determine which brand, and also which series.

    Then a small FYI: “32-bit MCU (memory control unit)”. MCU stands for Microcontroller Unit. Just a very small standalone computer. And recently 32-bit ones are barely more expensive than 8-bit ones. Thats probably also the only reason they put one in here, since it really should not be required for a shaver.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Erik,

      Thank you for the info, much appreciated. Glad you found the site useful!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    2. Tobias Fünke

      As for the 32bit MCU, it seems very likely to me that it’s a cost saving measure. As Erik pointed out, these days there’s no significant price difference between 8bit and some 32bit MCUs. It might even be easier to source the 32bit Chips these days, but I’m not sure if that’s a major issue if you order literal millions like Braun certainly does. Same goes for development costs, it might be easier to write software for the 32bit processor, but I’m not sure if that even matter once you consider just how many units they share the development cost across.

      Anyways, since the 32bit Chips are more powerful, they are likely able to move more functionality into the MCU and save on external components. For example, they might be able to just ditch an expensive motor driver, do all the logic on the MCU and use a simple transistor to handle the current. Same goes for voltage- and charge-regulators.

      In the end they’ll be spendig some extra on the MCU but save more in other places. And since marketing apparently thinks it can’t hurt, they call it a feature.

      As a consumer, I expect near zero benefit from this change but I also don’t think it hurts anything. Just a way to achieve the same thing at marginally lower cost.

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      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Tobias, many thanks for the fantastic insight regarding the MCU — it makes perfect sense.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      It could be the charging port, the cord or some other internal issue, including battery connections. Did it have this problem from the beginning?

      –Ovidiu

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  19. Bob

    I Bought my Braun 7893s from Costco in late April 2019. A few weeks later I came across the series 8 shaver in Costco packaged with the cleaning station but I couldn’t find any information on the series 8 anywhere including Braun’s website. Therefore, I kept my 7893s because I don’t need or want a cleaning station and I haven’t had a reason to lock the head so the problem with the head lock is a non issue. Although the charge state indicator was a bit confusing at first I figured it out and it works. An LCD screen with a digital charge readout would be a useful upgrade which is not on the series 8 shaver. The red recharge light on the 7893s illuminates at roughly 14 or more days of usage with at least two additional shaves available. Therefore, the bigger battery capacity is a small upgrade. After reading your very through review I am staying with my current series 7 shaver until either it dies or Braun comes up with a major feature upgrade.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the comment, Bob. I totally agree and I think you made the right call by sticking to your Series 7. I also prefer it over the Series 8.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      No, there’s no dedicated space for the brush. But I think you could squeeze it in the travel case.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  20. Bob

    I am bald and shave my head with gel and razor but nick myself!. I am considering moving to a Braun electric and shaving my head every day instead of the old routine of “when I felt stubble”, lol it seems you most highly recommend the Braun 7 which I can now find on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond! Is this a great one (my terminology) for head shaving? I will be travelling some in retirement and will not always take the cleaning kit with me, but just use the brush till I get back home. I want an electric that will give a razor close shave and may just show a shadow but feel nothing! Is that possible with the Braun7?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bob,

      Realistically speaking, no electric razor will ever shave quite as close as razor blade. But on the bright side, they are a lot more comfortable and safe and some of them do get reasonably close. It’s a fair compromise in my opinion.

      A Series 7 would be suitable to shave your head, at least that’s what other users that have tried it are saying. I personally don’t shave my head, so I cannot say anything from experience. I have a barber friend that uses a Series 9 as a head shaver for some of his customers and he’s really happy with it. Considering the differences between a Series 9 and 7 (as face shavers), I think a Series 7 will also be good enough.

      You can simply clean it with some warm tap water, so there’s no need to bring the cleaning station with you.

      There are of course some electric shavers specifically designed for shaving the head (I wrote a guide on that topic here if you want to check it out).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  21. Roman Markowicz

    Will any of Braun shavers (series 7 or 8) work in Europe?
    Braum used to be dual-voltage but now not a word is mentioned about the ability to switch OR the charger automatically switching to 220V.
    Thank you for a possible answer.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Roman,

      Yes, they are fitted with automatic voltage converters and will work in Europe as well. You will need to use a simple plug adapter if your shaver came with a USA plug for example (something like this).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  22. d jackson

    Brann’s owners manual has been worthless. You would think that for a razor that sells for over $100 someone could write a manual that is understandable. Series 8 says on the box that it has different setting for the closeness of shaving, but nothing in the manual. I want the closed shave I can get and have no idea how or if I can set my razor to a setting somewhere on the razor that does that. Any help would be appreciated, and Braun might hire a 3rd grader to WRITE a manual with words. Thanks

    ps this is my 4th Braun razor over the last 20 years and I love them, but I would enjoy it more if I could understand and use all the features they say it has.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      No, the Series 8 does not have any settings that you can adjust in order to improve the performance for a closer shave. Some of their marketing copy on the packaging could be confusing. For example, the beard density sensor (that acts independently and you cannot change it).

      There are some things you can do in order to get a closer shave, like using a pre-shave lotion plus some tweaks to your technique. I wrote a guide detailing these steps if you want to check it out.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  23. Keith

    This is one of the best reviews I’ve read. Thank you.
    I was thinking of upgrading from my Series 5, which I’ve used for a number of years, to the Series 7, but then saw the Series 8 (the Series 9 is way to expensive). However, after reading your review, and some comments, I think the Series 7 will be best.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Keith. Glad you found the post useful. I also think the Series 7 will be a better option.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  24. Stanlkey Gershbein

    I’ve been using the Series 8 for several months and it stopped working. How doe I open it to find the battery and change it.?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      I think it would be better to send it to a Braun service center and have it repaired or replaced (it’s definitely still under warranty). Besides, you can’t be certain that the battery is the cause of the problem and even so, with the Series 8 being a newer model you may not be able to source a compatible battery. The operation itself isn’t very complicated (involves removing a few screws and panels), but I don’t think it would be the best option here.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  25. Ananda Tammita

    Hello,
    I have a question of Power cord compatibillity of Series 7 and 8 as I need to buy S8 body without charger cord with an intention to use my series 7 charger if it is fitting Series 8 shaver pl?
    Thanks,
    Ananda

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Ananda,

      Yes, it will work just fine. The Series 7 charger connector a 90 degrees angle as the shaver has the port on the back (the Series 8 has it at the bottom), but it will still work without any problems.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  26. john

    i have the series 7–for years—and enjoy being able to take a cord to recharge as needed when traveling. Does the series 9 or 8 allow recharging with cord?

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  27. Ian

    best review ever!

    I am enjoying my series 8. I was going to get series 9, but I feel 9’s head is too large for me.

    I can’t wait you to review new Braun Series 7 (360 degree?), cuz you review well!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ian,

      Thank you for your comment, glad you’re enjoying your Series 8. I actually reviewed the new Series 7 here and also compared it to the old Series 7 here. In my opinion it’s not better than the older model. In fact, I’d say that the current Series 5 (on which the Series 8 is based on) is also better, so I’d recommend holding on to your Series 8, at least for now.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  28. Ananda Tammita

    Dear Ovidu,
    In Series 8 cleaning station is not compatible with solo model, tried, even station not recognised the shaver but charging taking place, re 83M foil it is available at Australian seller on ebay for around 50USD.
    And I have a question of Charger Cord comaptibility of Series 7, 8 and 9 appreciate any comment on this pl?
    Thanks,
    Ananda

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Ananda,

      Thank you for the info, much appreciated. The same charger is compatible with the Series 7, 8 and 9 (model 492-XXXX).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  29. Wai

    If the prices of 7898cc and 8390cc are the same, do you think I should go for the 8390? I know you regard the 7 series highly. My concern is whether even the new stocks were manufactured years ago. I am not heavily bearded but have sensitive skin.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      I would still go for the 7898cc. The Series 7 is a very good shaver and I would particularly recommend it over the Series 8, especially if you have sensitive skin.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  30. Glenn

    Thanks for your excellent review. My Series 3 that I’ve had for years died a few days ago, so I’m now in the market for a replacement shaver.
    I found a good deal on the Series 8 (8370cc) – on sale, it’s a bit cheaper than the Series 5 (5190cc) and quite a bit cheaper than the Series 7.
    Based on your review, the Series 8 seems to be marginally better than the Series 5 from a feature and performance standpoint.
    In your opinion, given the slightly better price, should I go with the Series 8 over the Series 5? From what I can tell, the Series 8 replacement heads are still on the expensive side but do now seem easier to come by.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Glenn,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated.

      That is correct, the Series 8 is marginally better than the Series 5 and if you can find one that costs less, it would make more sense to choose it over a similarly specced Series 5. I think the price of the Series 8 cassettes will also go down as time passes.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Glenn

        Thanks for your advice, Ovidiu. I actually just now came across a previous-generation Series 7 (7899CC) on sale for approximately the same price as the Series 8. With prices being similar across the Series 5, 7, and 8, it seems that the Series 7 is the best overall choice, so I’m going to go with that one. Looking forward to the upgrade from my Series 3!

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          No problem, glad I could be of help. I think that’s easily the best pick in this case — if I were to choose between similarly priced Series 5, 7 (old generation) and 8, I would go with the 7 without any hesitation. I think it’ll be a significant upgrade from the S3.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
  31. Mathew Gennaro

    any idea where i can buy the charger and cleaning station indepentently? Mine didnt come with one and id like to get it

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The charger is the type 492-xxxx included with pretty much all current Braun shavers, so you should be able to get it from various (online) stores. If your Series 8 is not a cc model, I’m pretty certain it will not work with a cleaning station purchased separately.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  32. Rami

    Hi there, anyone experienced that the series 8 cassette release buttons not working on both sides? I got a brand new Braun series 8 and just noticed that the cassette release button is ONLY working on one side. Is this normal, or mine is faulty and I should return it? Thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Rami,

      There is nothing wrong with your Series 8. Only one release button actually does anything, the other one is there just for symmetry.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  33. Gee

    Hi,

    Read your review and others. Most like the Series 7 over the Series 8. There is at least one reviewer that likes the 8 over the 7. You mention getting it without jumping through hoops and at a good price. Currently COSTCO has the 8370CC for $179.99 minus $50.00 rebate which brings the price down to $129.99. So at that price is it worth it over the Series 7?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      That really depends. For me personally it would still not be worth it over the Series 7 — I would pay more for a shaver that in my case works noticeably better. I do have very sensitive skin and coarse hair, so the Series 7 makes more sense. For other users that don’t have to deal with these issues, the differences may be minor, which is why some even prefer the Series 8 over the 7.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  34. Jeremy

    Hi, would you recommend the Series 7 (7071cc) or Series 8 (8370cc) for me? I have sensitive skin and place more weight on comfort and closeness of shave. The price difference is not much, the 7071cc being about $15 cheaper compared to the 8370cc. Thank you for your detailed reviews!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jeremy,

      Strictly between those two models, I would go with the 8370cc. It is more comfortable, especially during a dry shave. However, if you can up your budget a bit more, you could get a previous generation Series 7 (like 790cc, 7865cc, etc). That one is better than both in pretty much every aspect, including comfort.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  35. Avi

    Hey Ovidiu,
    Thank you for this objective and detailed review + comparison. Very informative and definitely helpful. I’m currently deciding between the Braun 7 series and Panasonic 5 blade shaver. Thanks for the research and time!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Avi,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. I think both the Series 7 or the Arc 5 (depending on your needs) will be better options than the Series 8.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  36. Anthony

    I recently purchased a Braun series 8 and am having a hard time getting a close shave. I am 86 and my skin is soft and have a few wrinkles, should that make a difference? Is it the razor or am I doing something wrong? Please advise. I don’t want to have to return it.
    Paptony@aol.com

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Anthony,

      Wrinkly skin can make shaving more difficult, so try to use your free hand to keep it taut. Also, always go against the grain, so make sure to adjust the direction of the strokes accordingly. A pre-shave lotion like the Williams Lectric Shave can also help in this case. The Series 8, which is basically a Series 5 underneath, is a very decent shaver, so try to make these adjustments before deciding to return it. I also wrote a detailed guide on this topic that you might find helpful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  37. Curtis

    Hi Ovidiu – You have kept answering these questions for a while! Great information. I have a question…

    My son is 17, and has very sensitive skin – currently using an S3 that is pretty awful for razor burn. He also has a developmental disability that makes it very difficult for him to hold a razor straight to his face. The new S7 has a pivoting head that would make it a lot easier for him to shave independently. I own an ancient 720 that I absolutely love, and an S9 that is comfy but still prefer the nimble head of the old 720. Both are better suited for his sensitive skin (with the slight edge to the S9 there) but are a challenge to keep straight enough without me assisting him. Do you think the new S7 is worth considering for off-angle use or should I just buy another old S7 or S9 for him and continue to persist with teaching him to hold the razor straight? He can’t use mine forever…lol.

    Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Curtis,

      In my opinion, going with another old S7 would be the best option in this case. The new S7 looks good on paper, but I don’t find the flexing head any better compared to the older one. In fact, the foil frame of the new head is wider compared to the older one, it is made out of plastic and because it touches the skin, it doesn’t glide as easy on the face. Finally, the head and foils have limited range of motion. All these make shaving with the new S7 more difficult (not to mention the performance drop, the older one being more comfortable and a better shaver overall).

      I personally find the original Series 7 one of the easiest to use foil shavers out there, mainly because it has a very narrow head with an excellent range of motion and it’s also very forgiving.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Curtis

        Thanks for the advice – I had a hunch that it was likely the best option. Very nimble machine. In Canada the 7893 is only $15 more than the new S7 – no brainer. It’s in the mail and will be here in 2 days – thanks amazon prime. Lol.

        My old 720 gets a little warm on the top after 3-4 minutes – time for a new foil?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          No problem, glad I could be of help.

          Regarding the foil getting a bit warm, as long as it’s still able to provide a decent shave, there’s no need to change it. All foils do get a bit warm eventually, but the Series 7 in general is a lot better than other shavers in this regard (for example Panasonic foils tend to get really hot). A drop of light oil (clipper oil) on each foil or even using a lubricating spray for electric shavers (Remington, Braun or Philips) will help and also prolong the life of the cassette.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
  38. Doug Nishimura

    Hi. On your reviews you preferred the old 7 series to both the new 7 and the 8. So this leaves me with the question – between the new 7 and the 8 which one is better? I am assuming old 7s will be hard to find from now on.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Doug,

      I would actually prefer the Series 8 over the new Series 7. It’s a better shaver, at least in my experience. It would be a real shame if Braun decided to completely axe the old Series 7 just to push the new ones.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  39. Gerard Nealon

    Is it true that the Braun Series 8 (marked down $50 at Costco to $130 through 9/13/20) has a charging /cleaning station attached to it, but oddly, the station does NOT include a drying element/fan/stage in the cleaning/charging stand like we have been accustomed to throughout the years? Why would they do that??

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Yes, that is true, unfortunately. The reason is costs savings. The Series 8 is basically a Series 5 with a bigger battery and the Series 5 station never featured an active drying element like some of the more advanced Braun models (specific Series 7 versions and the Series 9).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  40. arafat sabri

    hello guys, could you please advise the s8 for sensitive skin? i need to relax for 5-6 days before can start shaving again…

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Arafat,

      The Series 8 would be suitable for sensitive skin since it’s basically a beefed-up Series 5, although it’s not quite as good as a Series 7 (the original models like the 790cc, 7865cc and so on). If you have very sensitive skin, I would go with one of those Series 7 instead.

      5 to 6 days between shaves is quite a lot, but it is doable if your facial hair grows slow and isn’t very dense/coarse.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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