Pros: very comfortable, good build quality, flexible shaving head, rich bundle of accessories, great battery life, wet & dry use, useful cleaning & charging station
Cons: not the best performing shaver in this price range, slightly under-powered, no integrated trimmer
In 2020, Braun released 3 new lines of electric shavers for men.
Among them, one stood out in particular: the Series 6.
Not only because we didn’t previously have a Series 6, but the shavers in this range seem to balance cost and performance just right and at least on paper, seem like a very compelling package.
The Braun Series 6 6075cc that I bought is arguably the most popular model and in this review I’ll be sharing everything you need to know after using it consistently for the past few months.
As you’ll see next, there are pros and cons you should be aware of before pulling the trigger on the new Series 6.
We’ll also check out a few alternatives from Braun and from the competition that could actually be better options (depending on your needs).
Let’s dive right in.
Important: Other Braun Series 6 USA models like the 6090cc, 6072cc, 6040cs or 6020s are identical performance-wise, so this review will be relevant for those as well.
Table of Contents
- Series 6 features overview
- Build quality and ergonomics
- Included accessories
- Battery life and charging
- Shaving performance
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Replacement parts availability
- Wrapup — who should buy the Series 6?
- Alternative shavers
Series 6 features overview
Here’s a quick summary of the most important features.
1. Three-blade shaving system
The Series 6 comes with a familiar shaving system that we’ve seen in the past with many Braun models.
Precisely, there are two foil elements that cut the hairs at skin level and one slit trimmer that captures and trims longer, flat-lying hairs to a more manageable length.
These 3 cutters also move independently, helping them stay flat on the skin.
2. SensoFlex shaving head
In addition to the three cutters being able to move, the whole head unit can swivel up and down.
It’s the most basic example of a flexing shaving head, but also the most effective one.
The head of the new Series 7 for example can also move sideways, but the benefits are minor if any.
Having used the new Series 5 as well, which is basically a Series 6 with a fixed head, I definitely appreciate the flexing head of the 6075cc.
It makes a noticeable difference, especially when shaving the neck and the area where it meets the jawline.
3. Cordless, wet & dry use
The Braun Series 6 is fitted with a rechargeable Li-ion battery and can only be operated cordless.
The battery should provide enough power for approximately 50 minutes of use.
All the shavers in the Series 6 family, including the 6075cc in this review, are 100% waterproof.
That means you can rinse them with water and also shave in the shower or with your shaving cream/gel of choice if you prefer so.
A direct consequence of the wet/dry operation is that the shaver will not work with the cord plugged in.
4. Automatic cleaning station
Being a cc model (standing for Clean & Charge), the Braun 6075cc comes with an automatic cleaning system.
The station included with the Series 6 automatically cleans, charges and lubricates the shaver.
There are a couple of interesting compromises that Braun made with this station though (more details in the cleaning and maintenance section).
Fun fact: the Series 6 solo models that don’t come with a cleaning station will actually work with one if you choose to buy it later on.
5. EasyClick attachments
One of the defining features of the new 2020 Braun shavers is the inclusion of various attachments.
My Series 6 6075cc comes with a beard trimmer and 5 different size combs that you can use to pre-trim or maintain your beard.
The trimmer must be attached manually to the shaver’s head (after removing the cassette).
Other models in the Series 6 range can come with more or fewer accessories.
For example, the 60-B7200cc available in Europe doesn’t have any combs, just the beard trimmer.
On the other hand, the 6090cc also includes a stubble trimmer and 4 special stubble combs in addition to the regular ones.
6. Misc features
Other features worth mentioning are: a (basic) LED display, 5-minute Quick Charge, travel lock, automatic voltage converter.
The Braun Series 6 comes with a 2-year worldwide warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Build quality and ergonomics
With the Series 6 (and the rest of the 2020 models), Braun also moved away from the familiar design language we’ve seen with their previous Series 5 and 9 shavers.
Personally, I think they did a good job and I like the way the Series 6 looks, especially the 6075cc in this dark color scheme.
The shaver is made entirely out of plastic, but it feels extremely sturdy and well-built.
The finishes are excellent and there are no rough edges or uneven gaps between the different panels.
On the front of the razor, there’s a generous, rubberized thumb rest right above the power switch.
The very basic LED display is located below and covered by a glossy plastic cover.
There’s a very large rubber sleeve that covers the back of the shaver and extends to the sides as well.
This, along with the sculpted, thin body and the reduced weight of the razor make it very enjoyable and easy to use.
The ON/OFF switch also doubles as a travel lock and you activate it by pressing and holding the button for 3 seconds.
A red padlock icon on the display will let you know that the shaver is locked.
The charging port is located at the very bottom and it’s the typical Braun two-prong port.
Let’s now talk about some of the negative aspects regarding the ergonomics of the Series 6.
First of all, the LED display is as basic as it gets, with only 3 levels that show the battery charge.
Other shavers in this price range (from Panasonic for example) will show the remaining charge in 10% increments and even display the duration of the shave.
The Braun Series 6 will however show notifications when you need to clean the shaver (using the station) or when it’s time to replace the shaving head.
Speaking of, another aspect that I feel is a bit of a letdown is the shaving head itself.
While I do appreciate the up and down swivel, I feel like the range of motion is a bit too short.
Secondly, the plastic frame surrounding the foils seems unnecessarily wide and you can definitely notice that when shaving.
It can sometimes get in the way and you can’t really see the area you’re shaving.
For example, the older Series 7 and 5 feel more nimble and are easier to use.
Finally, there are no release buttons for the cassette, so you must remove it using sheer force.
The most effective way to do it is to start from one side, using your thumbnail to pry it off. Don’t try to pull it straight as it will be a lot harder.
The lack of a release mechanism is in my opinion a cost-cutting decision and a bit surprising for a shaver in this price range. Again, even an entry-level Panasonic Arc 3 has one and it costs a lot less.
Overall, I’d say that the Series 6 fared quite well despite these issues.
Here’s what you’ll find inside the box (6075cc model):
- The electric shaver
- Automatic cleaning & charging station
- One cleaning cartridge
- Beard trimmer attachment
- 5 comb attachments
- Cleaning brush
- Travel case
- User instructions
That’s a pretty sweet bundle and the inclusion of the 5 combs and cleaning station makes the 6075cc the pick of the Series 6 range in my opinion.
Fortunately, Braun also released these accessories separately, including the stubble trimmer and the cleaning stations.
They are compatible with all the Series 6 models, so you can confidently purchase any of them later on.
Just a heads-up, the user manual is the worst I’ve seen yet. There are basically no instructions, just some illustrations that aren’t particularly useful.
Battery life and charging
As mentioned at the beginning of the review, the Braun Series 6 will only work cordless.
A fully charged battery will allow you to shave for up to 50 minutes before needing to plug it in.
Fortunately, it even slightly surpassed that during my tests, so I’m really pleased with the battery life.
Being a cc model, you can charge the Series 6 6075cc either directly with the included charger or via the cleaning station.
There is a caveat though — while in the case of other Braun stations the charging would start as soon as you place the shaver in position, that’s not the case here.
Since the Series 6 lacks the connecting pins on the back of the shaver, the station can only charge it via the bottom port.
In order to physically connect the port to the station, you must press the button on top of the holder which will also start the cleaning cycle.
It’s not a huge inconvenience, but it is there.
Charging the Braun Series 6 from 0 to 100% takes approximately one hour. A 5-minute quick charge will allow you to complete one shave when you’re in a hurry.
Again, the Series 6 will not work while connected to a power outlet (as a safety precaution).
Let’s now get to the part of the review that matters the most, and that is how well the Braun Series 6 shaves.
I’ve tested my Series 6 6075cc over the course of a couple of months, alternating between it and several other shavers that I thought would make interesting alternatives (and I’ll get to that as well).
Many electric shavers perform differently when used on short vs long facial hair, so I shaved daily and every other day for the most part, but also tried it on a 3-day beard to see if it can handle longer hairs.
Finally, since it’s a wet/dry razor, I used it with shaving cream as well.
I’ll break down the performance into several chunks, starting with the closeness.
Closeness of the shave
For the most part, the closeness provided by the Series 6 was decent. Not great, but definitely not too bad.
I have medium to coarse facial hair just to put things in perspective, and in this case, I’d say that the Series 6 would be borderline adequate.
On the cheeks the closeness was actually really good, but on the neck, chin and below the nose it could have been better.
I happen to have thicker hair in those areas and I could sometimes feel some rough patches left, especially after a dry shave.
Using the Braun Series 6 with a good shaving cream actually improved the closeness a bit, but I still wouldn’t say it was great.
The motor fitted to it is similar in my opinion to the one found on the new 2020 Series 5, if not identical, so if you have a very coarse beard, the Series 6 probably won’t be the best option.
For example, I had to use slower strokes when shaving areas with thicker or longer hairs. With something like a Series 7, I am able to get them a lot faster.
In conclusion, the 6075cc and the rest of the Series 6 variations aren’t going to blow you away with a really close shave.
If that’s the main thing you’re after, you’ll be better off with the aforementioned Panasonic instead.
But if good is good enough, then you’ll likely be satisfied with the results.
After testing the Series 6 extensively, the comfort during the shave was in my opinion one of the highlights of this razor.
Even when using the shaver dry, without any pre-shave, it is adequately comfortable. I have a really sensitive neck, but didn’t have any major issues with the Series 6.
In fact, I find it noticeably more comfortable than the Series 7 70 from 2020.
The key to getting a really smooth shave with it is to go slow, using controlled strokes, always against the grain, and never press too hard.
Just let the shaver do the work.
Moreover, if you press too hard, the head will tend to stick to the skin and it won’t glide so easily.
The culprit is in my opinion the use of plastic on the cassette. Plastic tends to stick to damp skin a lot more than metal.
The foil frame is also quite wide and since the foils don’t stick out as much, it can actually touch the skin and cause the head to drag on the skin.
That’s one of my main complaints regarding the new design of the head/cassette.
But getting back to the comfort of the shave, the Braun Series 6 is definitely good.
If you add a pre-shave or a quality shaving cream, it’s even better, although if you don’t have any skin sensitivity issues you may not see a significant improvement.
Shaving longer hairs
The name Series 6 suggests that performance-wise, the shaver should sit right between the (old) Series 5 and Series 7.
If we refer to the older models (that are actually better than the new 2020 models), things aren’t so good for the Series 6.
In my experience, the Series 6 feels more like a Series 3 ProSkin with a flexible head.
And that is reflected in the performance of the shaver when used on longer hairs.
It’s not really effective at capturing them, especially the ones that stay flat on the skin.
You’ll have to go over those areas multiple times and the rather wide head that tends to stick to the skin clearly doesn’t help here.
This, along with the slower motor can make your shaving session longer.
So I would say that the Series 6 is a good choice if you have light to medium hair and tend to shave more often.
If your beard grows slower, you will still get good results even when shaving every 2 to three days.
But for most men, using it daily or every other day will be optimal.
Wet shaving with the Series 6
I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I used the shaver dry for the majority of the time.
Even though I love using shaving cream with my electric shavers, in this case, the main benefit of doing that was the improved gliding of the head and a slightly closer shave.
So it didn’t really justify the overhead and extra work.
But the shaver worked really well and if that’s something you enjoy, the 6075cc can definitely be used that way.
Do keep in mind that you’ll have to clean it manually and also dry it before using the station.
The shaver must be free of any foam residues that can clog the station and cause excessive pressure in the cartridge.
Using the EasyClick attachments
The trimmer and different size combs that come with the Series 6 6075cc can be of great use to some men.
For example, if you sometimes like to alternate between a stubble look and clean shaven or you need to pre-trim your beard before a shave, they should come in really handy.
Unfortunately, none of those apply to my shaving habits, so I clearly didn’t get the best out of them.
I shave regularly, usually daily or every other day, so I only used the beard trimmer to shape my sideburns (without any combs).
And for that, it doesn’t work quite as well as an integrated trimmer.
First of all, you constantly have to swap the cassette with it and that can be fiddly since there are no release tabs.
A slide-out trimmer would have been a lot more practical since it’s always there.
Secondly, the trimmer is a lot bulkier than a pop-up trimmer and gets in the way. As a result, you don’t always see what you’re doing.
Finally, it just doesn’t cut the hairs very effectively when used in this manner.
So while these attachments can be really useful in several other situations, for me (and for men that just need a trimmer for some quick touch-ups), they’re not really ideal.
I personally would take an integrated trimmer over them any day.
Since it’s fitted with a slower motor, the Braun Series 6 6075cc is pretty quiet for a foil razor.
It also doesn’t vibrate excessively, which makes the perceived noise less disturbing.
It’s still nowhere near a rotary razor, but again, not too bad.
Cleaning and maintenance
The Braun 6075cc is one of the Series 6 variations that come with an automatic cleaning & charging station.
Other cc models that are shipped with the station include the 6090cc, 6072cc, or the 60-B7500cc (European model).
The station included with the Series 6 is called a SmartCare Center and it’s actually the same that comes with the new Series 7.
With the 6075cc, you can either use the station or simply clean it manually.
The new SmartCare center looks extremely similar to the Series 3 station and it feels like a downgrade from Braun’s previous stations.
First of all, there’s the fact I mentioned earlier in the review — you cannot just charge the shaver, you’ll have to go through a cleaning cycle as well.
There are no cleaning modes, just a single, standard program.
The station also lacks any active drying system (like a fan or inductive heating), but that’s to be expected. The Series 9 is the only one in Braun’s current lineup that comes with such a feature.
My biggest gripe with the station is actually that protruding arm that holds the shaver in place.
It makes the station take up more space in your luggage and it won’t fit in my cabinet where I usually store the stations I’m currently using.
That said, let’s see if it still does the job right.
First, you must open the station by pressing the button on the back and then insert the cleaning cartridge.
Remove the cap, then slide the cartridge from the front until it snaps in place.
Close the station, connect the cord and you’re good to go.
I recommend removing the cassette from the shaver and tapping out most of the hairs so they won’t end up in the cartridge. This allows you to get more cleaning cycles out of a cartridge.
The shaver must be placed with the front facing the arm.
As mentioned earlier, simply placing the shaver in position won’t do anything.
You must press the button on top of the arm that locks the shaver and physically connects it to the station.
Once the button is pressed, the cleaning cycle will automatically begin.
During this time, the fluid will be pumped from the cartridge and flushed through the shaving head multiple times.
The cleaning takes approximately 2 minutes and 45 seconds, after which the shaver continues to charge.
There’s a plastic ring surrounding the button on top of the arm that is actually an LED and it will inform you about the level of the cleaning fluid.
Blue means there’s enough fluid, while yellow means you’ll only be able to use the cartridge 2 or 3 times.
When the ring turns red, the cartridge must be replaced.
Throughout the cleaning and charging process, the LED ring will flash intermittently.
You can leave the razor in the station until it’s completely charged.
After that, I prefer to take it out, remove the cassette and let it air dry completely.
I also remove the cartridge from the station and put the cap back on to prevent the fluid from evaporating.
Since it’s alcohol-based, it can evaporate pretty quickly.
The automatic cleaning is very effective and the shaving head was always perfectly clean.
You absolutely don’t have to use the station after every shave. I tend to clean the razor in the station after 3 or 4 shaves and simply clean it manually in the meantime.
This is a good compromise that allows me to save cleaning fluid and also prevents dirt from accumulating inside the cassette.
The cleaning fluid also acts as a lubricant, so you don’t have to oil the cassette yourself if you use the station on a regular basis.
The shaver can of course be cleaned manually.
Since it’s completely waterproof, you can simply rinse it with warm tap water. For more thorough cleaning, just use a bit of liquid soap.
Here’s how to do it.
Once you’ve finished shaving, turn off the razor, remove the cassette and gently tap the plastic frame on the sink to get rid of the bulk of hair clippings trapped inside.
You can also blow over it or use a can of compressed air if you have one at hand.
The included brush can be used as well, but only on the inside of the cassette, not directly on the foils.
Put the cassette back on, add a bit of water and place a few drops of liquid soap on the foils.
Turn the razor on to lather the soap. Add a few more drops of water if needed.
Let the shaver run for 15 to 20 seconds, then rinse it under the tap.
Turn it off, remove the cassette, and give it a final rinse, inside and out.
Shake off the excess water, pat the shaver and cassette dry with a cloth and let them air dry.
The cassette of the Series 6 contains the blades and the foils and they can’t be separated.
Because of this, some dirt and hairs may be trapped inside over time if you only clean it manually.
This is when the station comes in really handy as it can remove that hard to reach dirt.
Also worth mentioning, if you’ll be using soap to clean your shaver, you will need to lubricate the blades manually as soap will remove any traces of lubricant.
You can use fine machine oil, clipper oil, sewing machine oil or even a spray lubricant for electric shavers.
A single drop of oil on each foil will suffice. Here’s a guide on how and when to do it.
Replacement parts availability
The Braun Series 6 uses a new cassette called 53b (b standing for black).
It looks again extremely similar to the one used by the Braun Series 3 and in my experience, it’s quite similar performance-wise.
That’s a bit disappointing from a shaver that should have been noticeably better, especially considering the price and how Braun positions it in its lineup (between the Series 5 and 7).
Anyway, the cassette is already available which is a pleasant surprise. Usually, that’s not the case with newly released shavers.
Braun Series 6 replacement head (53b)
The price is a bit on the expensive side in my opinion, but it’s likely to go down as time passes.
According to Braun, you will need to replace the cassette every 18 months, but that will vary a lot in practice.
Other accessories are available as well, like the cleaning station and trimmer + combs.
The station uses the same Braun CCR cartridges, but there are third-party alternatives as well that cost a fraction of the price.
Wrapup — who should buy the Series 6?
First of all, I think it’s important to set your expectations straight.
This is a decent electric shaver, but pretty far from Braun’s best performers like the original Series 7, Series 9 or even Series 5.
To me, it feels more like a redesigned Series 3 ProSkin with a flexible head.
But even so, the Series 6 is my favorite out of all Braun’s new releases.
It strikes the right balance of price and features and I enjoyed using it more than the others.
It’s a really comfortable electric shaver, easy to use and will work great as a daily shaver, especially for someone who has light to medium facial hair.
It can eventually handle a coarse beard as well, but your shave will take a long time and the closeness won’t be great.
If you can get the 6075cc or other cc variation for a good price, I think it is a good package overall.
The included accessories can be really useful as well.
That said, if you want a really close shave or you tend to shave less often and have wiry, flat-lying hairs, you should probably look somewhere else.
If getting a really close shave is important for you, then you probably shouldn’t get a Braun Series 6.
Instead, for the same price or even less, you can buy a Panasonic Arc 4 that is in my experience significantly better in that regard.
Both will shave closer, faster and will be better suited for coarse facial hair.
Do keep in mind that they’ll also work best when used more often as longer, flat-lying hairs can be an issue.
These models don’t come with an automatic cleaning station, but they’re extremely easy to clean, so you don’t really need it.
Another worthy alternative to the Braun Series 6 6075cc would be the older Series 5 (NOT the 2020 Series 5) if you can still buy one.
The 5190cc or 5195cc would be my picks if you can get them at a reasonable price.
Otherwise, the 5140s (no cleaning station) is also a great option.
In my opinion, the Series 8 is superior to the Series 6 in all aspects: more powerful, better with long and flat-lying hairs, higher quality cassette, it comes with an integrated hair trimmer, the cleaning station is more practical (no protruding arm, you can charge the shaver separately, 3 cleaning programs).
The newer models that start with 84 (like the 8457cc) come with the same station as the Series 9, which means it also has an active drying system.
But a solo Series 8 (no cleaning station) will probably be closer in terms of cost to the Series 6.
I think the Series 6 should only be considered if you absolutely need the trimmer and combs to maintain or pre-trim your beard on a regular basis. Although in that case, a dedicated beard trimmer would make more sense.
If you have any other questions regarding the 6075cc or the Braun Series 6 in general, make sure to post them in the comments below.