Braun M90 Review: A Solid Travel Shaver

Review Summary

Pros: AA battery powered, solid build quality, clever design features, travel lock, waterproof, inexpensive, integrated popup trimmer, versatile and lightweight, decent performance on short hairs

Cons: shaving takes a long time, works best for shaving short stubble, not recommended for heavy beards or long hairs, not as compact as other travel shavers, no travel case, not the most comfortable shaving experience, limited use of the popup trimmer

Our Rating:

[4 out of 5 stars]

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The M90 is probably the most popular model from Braun’s line of mobile shavers.

The portability, clever design features, and affordable price make it a very compelling option for shaving on the go.

Let’s see how it performs in the real world in our Braun M90 review.

Features overview

The Braun M90 is a single-foil electric shaver powered by two AA batteries.

This is a common approach for a mobile shaver as there’s no need to carry a charging cord and AA batteries are cheap and readily available.

In my opinion, a USB port would be ideal, but we’re yet to see them on mainstream electric shavers.

The razor is waterproof for easy cleaning under running water and you can also use it in the shower with shaving cream/gel.

The M90 also features a cleverly integrated protective cap, a pop-up trimmer and a cleaning brush. We’ll talk more about each of them in the next section.

Build quality and ergonomics

The Braun M90 mobile shaver is entirely made of plastic, with no rubberized surfaces.

The matte finish does provide a decent amount of grip though.

The color scheme features a dark blue for the body of the razor and light grey for the protective cap and the plastic frame of the foil.

Braun M90 held in hand

The build quality is very good for a razor in this price range and it’s probably my favorite part about the M90.

It feels rock-solid, the plastic doesn’t flex or make any cracking noises even when serious pressure is applied and everything looks and feels of high quality.

Braun M90 in hand.

The M90 exhibits some of the traits that made Braun’s industrial design from the Dieter Rams era world famous. It uses simple solutions that work brilliantly.

First, there’s the integrated rotating protective cap that also doubles as a travel lock.

M90 travel lock.

When it covers the foil, the ON/OFF switch is physically locked and can’t be operated.

Turning the cap 180 degrees unlocks the switch while also extending the total length of the shaver, making it more comfortable to hold and operate.


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Braun practically fixed 3 problems (travel lock, protective cap, ergonomics) with only one clever feature, the rotating cap. This is what good design is all about.

Another brilliant solution is the included cleaning brush that slides into the back of the shaver and is securely held in place.

Braun M90 cleaning brush.

This apparently minor detail just makes things much easier for the user. The cleaning brush is a small item that’s easy to misplace or you simply forget to bring it along.

Again, props to Braun for thinking about the small details.

To access the battery compartment, you must turn the bottom cover 90 degrees counter-clockwise and pull.

Braun M90 battery cover.

When opened, this hatch remains attached to the body of the shaver, so you can’t lose it and also has a rubber gasket around it to keep water from getting in.

Braun M90 battery hatch.

These are small details that ultimately make a big difference. The battery cover locks securely and everything lines up perfectly.

Overall, I was very impressed with the build quality and the ergonomics of the Braun M90.

Battery life

The M90 is powered by two regular AA batteries and they can be easily replaced with new ones.

Depending on how you use the razor, a couple of quality alkaline AA batteries should provide one hour of shaving time. And that’s actually quite good.

You can also use rechargeable batteries (with a separate, standalone charger) to reduce your running costs to a minimum.

As I said at the beginning of this review, I find the solution of regular, replaceable AA batteries to be a decent one for a travel shaver.

Since you don’t have to carry around a charging cord or wait quite a lot for a full charge, the Braun M90 is a versatile and practical travel razor.

Cleaning and maintenance

Being a basic and simple electric shaver, the M90 is extremely easy to clean.

Moreover, the foil and cutter can be separated, unlike the ones on other Braun shavers that use cassettes. This makes the cleaning process extremely straightforward and easy.

Removing the foil is done by gripping the frame from the sides and pulling it gently forward.

The foil should come off very easily and expose the cutter.

You can tap the foil frame on the countertop to remove the hairs and use the included brush to clean the cutter. Do not use the brush on the foil as it can be easily damaged.

Being waterproof, the Braun M90 mobile shaver can also be rinsed with water.

Cleaning the M90 with water is very easy

You can put a few drops of liquid soap on the foil for a more thorough cleaning and let it run for a few seconds.

Rinse off all the soap from the foil and cutter with warm tap water, then pat dry with a cloth. Leave the foil unattached until everything is completely dry.

Cleaning with water and soap removes pretty much all lubrication from the blades, so it’s highly recommended to use a couple of drops of clipper oil on the cutter and foil at least once a week.

This will minimize the friction between the blades and the foil, reducing the heat and minimizing the wear.

Shaving performance

The shaving experience with the Braun M90 was a bit of a mixed bag. However, I will say right off the bat that for its intended purpose, it worked quite decently.

When used for everyday shaving, the razor performed well.

The closeness was adequate and dealing with short hairs wasn’t a problem.


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However, being a basic razor, with just a single foil and a not-so-powerful motor, completing a shave was more time-consuming than usual.

Shaving every two days or more with the M90 unfortunately showed its limitations.

Longer hairs were constantly being left behind, especially on my neck where they tend to lie flat against the skin.

Trying to go over them with more passes only resulted in discomfort and I ultimately had to use the popup trimmer to cut the stray hairs.

Speaking of which, this is pretty much the only use for it. Its positioning, small size, and curved edge make it very difficult to use. But at least it’s there.

Braun M90 trimmer.

Another gripe I have with the Braun M90 has to do with comfort.

More precisely, the post-shave comfort.

While during the actual shave everything seemed just fine, right after completing a shave I always experienced some noticeable stinging and redness on my neck.

This sensation faded pretty quickly once I applied an after-shave balm.

Using a pre-shave did improve comfort, but it was still not a smooth experience. If you have sensitive skin (like I do), definitely keep this in mind.

Overall, using the M90 for shaving a one day beard shouldn’t be a problem for most men.

However, using it for longer, thicker hair will most likely result in an unpleasant shaving experience.

Being a mobile shaver, the Braun M90 is intended to be used sparingly as a backup/complementary shaver.

Included accessories

There’s not much to say about this as the retail package only includes the shaver and two AA batteries.

To be fair though, the protective cap and the cleaning brush are basically part of the shaver and there’s also no need for a charging cord. The scarcity of the package is somewhat justified.

Being a mobile shaver, I would have liked to find a travel case as well, but unfortunately there isn’t one.

Replacement parts availability

This is another area where things go a bit sour with the M90. There are two main problems with the replacement parts: durability and cost.

The blades tend to go dull pretty quickly, especially if you have medium to thick facial hair.

The foil doesn’t hold up much better either and there are multiple stories of users who have experienced this.

Precisely, the foil can break after one year or even after a few months of use. Mine seems to be just fine, but others apparently weren’t as lucky.

And then there’s the price issue.

In the past, the foil and cutter would cost as much as a brand new M90 shaver, and in that case you were better off buying the whole shaver instead.

Luckily, the price has dropped since and it’s now somewhat reasonable.

Wrapup — Who should buy the Braun M90?

The M90 is not a full-fledged electric razor intended to be used as an everyday shaver.

There are people who have successfully managed to use it as one, but I don’t see it happening for most men. I personally couldn’t use the M90 for anything more than a quick shave after one day of growth.

If you have a very light beard and don’t suffer from sensitive skin, you could get away with using it as your main shaver.

But in other situations, I just don’t see it happening because of the average performance and the sheer time it takes to complete a shave.

The M90 was intended to be a complimentary razor and to be used on the go. And for that alone, it does the job fine.

You can keep it in a drawer at your office, in your gym bag or in the glove box of your car and it can be very convenient for cleaning up a five o’clock shadow.

I wouldn’t consider it a viable option for traveling if I was away for more than a couple of days. If that’s the case then I highly recommend sacrificing a bit more luggage space and bringing along a proper shaver.

Being inexpensive and very well built, the M90 is a great shaver to have as a backup solution. Just toss it in your bag and you’re all set.


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Alternative shavers

I was never fond of travel shavers as I’ve always preferred the performance and comfort of a more advanced, full-fledged razor.

While not as compact, it always seemed like a good compromise to me.

A good alternative to the M90 would be the Panasonic ES3831K. There are a few reasons for this.

Panasonic ES3831K

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The Panasonic is also a wet & dry shaver. Being able to use it with shaving cream is a big plus for me as I always get better results when wet shaving with Panasonic razors.

With Braun, the improvements of a wet shave aren’t that significant.

Secondly, the Panasonic is slightly more compact. While the M90 is not by any means a large shaver, the ES3831K is smaller.

Another bonus point for the Panasonic is the price. The shaver itself is usually cheaper, even though the gap is now a lot smaller than in the past (as the M90 used to be more expensive).

Also, the replacement foil and blade for the Panasonic are cheaper than the ones for the M90.

Lastly, the Panasonic seems to be more frugal with the power consumption, being able to go for months with 2 AA batteries.

For more details make sure to check out my review of the ES3831K.

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13 thoughts on “Braun M90 Review: A Solid Travel Shaver”

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  1. I do not have heavy beard growth and find the shave very comfortable by using a light pass over all areas of the beard. It is effective and does a good job and is pleasant to use. I find that I am using it more than my mains electreic Braun

    • Thank you for the comment, Gordon. Sounds like you’ve found the right shaver. If you have a light beard the M90 could very well be used as an everyday shaver.


  2. Very difficult to get spare foil – over a month quoted as all seem to come from China. It will break after a few months so forced to throw away the shaver and get another which I hate in view of the plastic involved – envronmentally unsustainble. (Like my other pet hate, computer printers where the ink cost more than printer!)

    • That is true and unfortunately it’s the same situation with other travel shavers as well.


  3. bought the panasonic over the braun and had to return it the pain on my neck was too severe it felt like somebody slit my throat! i have a panasonic 4 blade shaver and theres no problem with redness or sensetivity

    • It is a lot less forgiving than an Arc 4, especially on the neck. I also have to be really careful using it in order to avoid discomfort and razor burn.


  4. I had the M60, and it was just good enough to avoid the bin. Compared with the older e-razor, it was huge, the battery compartment was hard to open and it didn’t last long. I ended up with an iShaver which was vastly better as a travel shaver in every respect, but is sadly no longer available.

    • Thank you for your comment, Tim. I never got the chance to try it unfortunately, so can’t really compare it to the M60/M90 from personal experience.


  5. I bought the M-90 in Feb 2022, and the user guide specifically says you can use it wet:

    “This appliance is suitable for use in a bath or shower. When using it in a shower, we recommend that you apply shaving foam or gel.”


  6. The m90 is prone to razor burn on the neck area if you do not use it as a wet shaver. It seems shaving cream prevents this and also keeps the shaver cleaner. The shaver reminds me of the Braun 123, I had way back as teenager in 1988. None of the current Braun models other than the M-Series are similar to that time. The reality is that this shaver is better than a lot of electric shavers costing three times as much, and it is important to remember no electric shaver can shave as a close as a blade. I use it mainly on days when I am very busy and using it before passing over my face with a standard razor saves time. It is a wet and dry shaver and it costs less than blade refills. I bought my first one at Frankfort Airport when I forgot to pack my razor. I went into a shop at the airport and salesperson sold me an M90 for about 25 Euros. I had for a long time not used an electric shaver, and I was surprised it allowed me to presentable when I arrived at my destination. Since then I keep one around. It is a good product.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. That is true, it’s a bit too aggressive when used dry and shaving cream can make it more manageable. If you need a similar shaver (even smaller in size), but significantly gentler during a dry shave, there’s XIAOMI MIJIA Braun Electric Shaver that was recently released. A bit pricier than the M90, but a lot more comfortable and quite a bit better with longer hairs. I will be reviewing it as well.



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