Braun Series 9 Pro (9477cc) Review: Should You Upgrade?

Review Summary

Pros: very fast and powerful, comfortable, excellent closeness of the shave, great performance with longer and flat-lying hairs, easy to use, practical cleaning station, solid battery life, power case

Cons: pricey, limited availability (in the USA and Canada), not as comfortable as the standard Series 9

Our Rating:

(4.5 out of 5 stars overall)

Value for money:

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With more than 6 years since the introduction of the original Series 9 and two incremental updates along the way, a major overhaul to Braun’s flagship shaver was long overdue.

And while we were all expecting an all-new Series 10, Braun decided to follow the same approach as before and simply improve the existing Series 9.

But this time around, the changes do seem to be more significant than before: the new 2021 Series 9 Pro comes with a redesigned shaving head (cassette) and a really interesting accessory, the power case.

I managed to buy the Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc model ahead of the USA launch and in this review, I will be sharing the things that truly matter to us, the end users.

Having tested the shaver extensively for a couple of weeks, I’ll discuss the pros, cons and shaving performance and we’ll also see if it’s a worthy upgrade for current Series 9 owners.

That said, let’s dive right in.

Features overview

As mentioned above, I got the Series 9 Pro 9477cc model, which includes the automatic Clean & Charge station and the new power case.

In the beginning, only the 9477cc and 9465cc (no power case) were available in the USA exclusively through Braun’s website.

However, more Series 9 Pro models are beginning to show up on Amazon, like the black 9460cc or the gold 9419s.

For example, the 9465cc is the Noble Metal model that only includes the standard hard leather travel case instead of the power case.

Braun Series 9 Pro 9465cc

9465cc.

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Performance-wise, it’s identical to the 9477cc, so you might consider this a 9465cc review as well.

The 9477cc is also available on Amazon in various European countries, alongside many other S9 Pro models, with or without a cleaning station or power case.

The shaving performance is however identical throughout the entire Series 9 Pro range.

The shavers that do not come with a cleaning station (called solo models) will only work with a Series 9 station of type 5430, also shipped with the 93xx Series 9.

So if you already own a 93xx Series 9 (like the 9385cc or 9390cc), you can use your existing cleaning station with a solo S9 Pro like the 9427s, for example.

For more details about the various Series 9 models, differences and compatibilities, you can check out my comprehensive guide.

With that out of the way, let’s start the review with a quick look over the most important features of the Series 9 Pro.

1. New 4 blade shaving head

Braun Series 9 Pro shaving head.

This is in my opinion the highlight of the 2021 S9 Pro — a change to the actual shaving head that can have a direct impact on the performance of the shaver.

Referred to as a 4+1 Pro head, the Series 9 Pro comes with a redesigned cassette that also has a new part number, 94M.

Compared to the previous Series 9 cassettes that come with the regular Series 9, the S9 Pro cassette has a new trimmer that should be even better at catching and cutting longer facial hair.

The new ProLift trimmer.
The new ProLift trimmer.

According to Braun, the new Series 9 Pro can shave a beard length of up to 7 days, improving the already excellent performance of the regular Series 9 in this regard (5 days).

Another benefit of this redesigned cutting element could be in the form of reliability.

As some users have reported in various online reviews and even in the comments section of this website, some of the existing Series 9 cassettes would fail after a few months of use.

And in many cases, the culprit seemed to be one of the two central trimmers.

But we’ll have to wait and see if the 94M cassette will be better in that regard.

Tip: the new 94M/94s cassette is backward compatible with all the previous Series 9 models. So you will be able to use it on your existing Series 9.

The redesigned element is now called a ProLift trimmer (the one with the gold finish) and it is different than the previous HyperLift&Cut trimmer when compared side by side.

94M and 92s cassttes.
The new 94M cassette (top) next to the old 92s (bottom).

I will share my thoughts on it in the performance section of the review after testing the Series 9 Pro on various beard lengths.

The other 3 shaving elements of the cassette have remained unchanged.

By the way, Braun still tries to push the idea that the Series 9 has 5 shaving elements (the so-called 4+1 Pro Head).

Well, it has 4 active shaving elements, so that’s just marketing fluff. The Panasonic Arc 5 for example truly has 5 blades. The Series 9, including the 2021 Pro, has 4.

2. Flexing shaving head and a redesigned locking switch

The range of motion of the Braun Series 9 Pro.

Things are exactly as before with regards to the flexing capabilities of the S9 Pro’s head.

And that’s good because the Series 9 has the simplest and most effective head I’ve seen on any foil shaver.

Even though it only moves up and down, the range of motion is generous, the head is pretty slim for a 4-blade shaver and the 4 cutters also move smoothly.

This makes shaving with the Series 9 Pro effortless and it’s very easy to maintain the foils in optimal contact with the skin.

What is different in the case of the Series 9 Pro is the switch that locks the head in place for more control.

Previously, the thumb rest doubled as a switch, while in the case of the S9 Pro models there’s a small, dedicated switch right below the thumb rest.

I honestly don’t see any advantages to this change, but it is there and Braun makes a pretty big deal out of it, calling it a Precision Switch, even though it does the exact same thing as before.

3. Sonic + AutoSense technology

The shaving head of the Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc.

The former is again carried over from the regular Series 9.

Basically, the 4 blades move at a rate of 10 000 oscillation per minute, hence the 40 000 cross-cutting actions per minute in the specs (4 * 10 000).

That’s not anything out of the ordinary (Panasonic shavers have motors capable of 14 000 cutting actions), but the numbers alone don’t mean much.

The Series 9 Pro continues to feel very powerful and fast, even more so than previously (mode details later on).

The AutoSense technology supposedly adjusts the power depending on the beard density, but I have never been able to notice any differences in speed.

Again, this is pretty obvious in the case of other shaver brands that use a similar technology as you can hear and feel the changes in speed.

4. Wet & dry, cordless only use

My S9 Pro 9477cc is a wet & dry shaver, hence it will only work cordless.

In fact, all the other Pro models are wet & dry as well. You can shave dry or with your shaving cream or gel of choice.

Just like the previous Series 9 generation, the 2021 Pro shavers are equipped with larger rechargeable batteries that provide up to 60 minutes of cordless shaving.

5. Power case

This is another novelty of the Pro models and one that is quite useful in my opinion.

Precisely, it’s a hard travel/storage case with a built-in rechargeable battery that charges the shaver while it’s stored inside the case.

Not all models include this case though, but fortunately, the 9477cc does.

The new Braun Poer case that's included with various Series 9 Pro models.

And just like the S9 Pro’s new cassette, the case is also compatible with the older Series 9, so you will again be able to buy it and use it with your existing shaver.

It’s also compatible with the Series 8.

I will get back to the case later on in the review.

6. Clean & Charge station

The so-called 5in1 SmartCare center only comes with the cc models and it’s the same station of the 93xx Series 9 models (type 5430).

It automatically cleans, lubricates, dries and charges the shaver.

As usual, we’ll check it out in the Cleaning & Maintenance section.

7. Pro LED display

Nothing has changed here either compared to most of the previous Series 9 models.

Braun Series 9 Pro display.

As such, we have the same white backlit display that shows various icons like battery charge, cleaning reminder and so on.

Being a Pro display, it also shows the last remaining 9 minutes of battery charge in actual Arabic digits.

8. Precision trimmer

The usual slide-out trimmer is present on the Braun Series 9 Pro as well.

The trimmer on the Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc.

It comes in handy for trimming and shaping your sideburns or even trimming a few stubborn flat-lying hairs.

Build quality and ergonomics

Being an evolution of the Series 9, the Pro shares pretty much everything with its predecessor.

As such, the shaver’s dimensions, weight, build quality and overall aesthetics and fit&finish have remained unchanged.

The Series 9 Pro and Series 9.

That said, the Series 9 never set any standards in this regard (Panasonic is in my opinion the best with its Arc 5 and Arc 6 lines).

While the Series 9 Pro is clearly above average when it comes to the quality of the construction, things could be better.

For example, the shavers always looked and felt a bit plasticky with the thinner panels and lighter weight.

The 9477cc that I’ve been testing comes in a matte silver color, so it looks better in my opinion than the chrome versions and the satin finish helps with hiding smudges and hairline scratches.

The Braun Series 9 Pro held in hand.

And I also think that the Series 9 Pro looks more spectacular in the official photos than in reality.

And for the price of the shaver, they could’ve used aluminum instead of plastic for the silver panels (like Panasonic does in the case of a few selected models).

However, there’s nothing really wrong with plastic and my 9477cc still feels pretty solid in hand, with no creaking sounds or panel gaps.

Starting from the top, we have the 4-blade 94M cassette that apart from the updated gold trimmer, is the same as the previous 92 cassettes.

It’s very easy to remove thanks to the two release tabs on the sides of the head.

Removing the cassette from the Series 9 Pro is very easy.

But it’s not always as smooth to put it back on as it sometimes snags onto something. A quick fix to that would be to press and hold the release tabs while putting it back in place.

Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning nevertheless as some users have asked me specifically about a fix.

The range of motion for the 4 cutters is on the other hand excellent.

It also takes just a bit of pressure in order to move them, so this system actually helps with keeping the foils in contact with the skin at all times.

The 4 cutters on the Braun Series 9 Pro can move independently.

I personally find this, along with the very basic front-to-back flexing of the entire head to be the most efficient system on any foil razor.

Below the head there’s a texturized thumb rest that used to double as a head locking switch.

This is one of the changes specific to the Braun Series 9 Pro, a rather insignificant (and unnecessary) one.

There’s now a smaller tab that acts as a standalone switch. In the free position, the head can swivel freely.

Sliding the tab down will lock it in a fixed position, while a ratcheting system still allows you to move the head manually in a different position.

The Series 9 Pro PrecisionLock: free (left) and locked (right).
The Series 9 Pro PrecisionLock: free (left) and locked (right).

This can be useful when shaving a tighter spot like right below the nose.

In my experience, the previous implementation of this worked just fine, so in the case of the S9 Pro, it’s merely another thing added to the list of new features.

The power button is very clicky and has a very short travel when pressed.

It’s also a travel lock that you can activate by pressing and holding the button for 3 seconds.

A red padlock icon will show up on the display to confirm that the power button is now locked and the shaver can’t be switched on by accident.

The travel lock padlock icon shown on the Braun Series 9 Pro display.

You can deactivate the travel lock by pressing and holding the power button again for 3 seconds.

The display is the same as before, pretty basic and not particularly sharp. There’s some backlight bleeding around the symbols when they show up on the display.

The battery indicator has 5 levels, represented by 5 small segments that turn off gradually as the battery charge drops.

The Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc in this review, as well as the rest of the Pro models, come with the more advanced display that also shows the remaining 9 minutes of use in actual Arabic numerals.

In the past generations, this was only available on a few specific models.

Other icons that show up on the display of the S9 Pro are the foil replacement reminder, cleaning indicator (cc models only) and low charge.

Braun Series 9 Pro 947cc back view.

On the back of the Braun S9 Pro there’s the usual slide-out hair trimmer, exactly as before.

The dimpled rubber sleeve is very grippy and that same material is used on the trimmer itself.

You can also see the two metal studs that connect the shaver to the cleaning station.

My 9477cc weighs 206 grams (7.26 oz), so it is 10 grams lighter than my other older S9 shavers, including a 9290cc that comes with a smaller battery.

I personally find it very enjoyable and easy to use, even for beginners. The head is pretty slim for a 4-blade foil razor and conforms easily to the different areas of the face.

Overall, the Pro Series 9 is exactly as before in terms of build quality and ergonomics.

It probably won’t wow you, but there’s nothing that really stands out in a bad way either.

Included accessories

The Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc that I’ve been testing comes with the following accessories:

  • Clean & Charge station (Type 5430)
  • 1 x Cleaning cartridge
  • Power case
  • Charger
  • Cleaning brush
  • User manuals

There’s no textile or leather case included with the models that come with the power case. Also, there’s still no protective cap for any of the Series 9 Pro models.

Braun S9 Pro 9477cc accessories.

I would have liked to see one of those textile/leather cases included as well and give the user an option when traveling.

The standard Series 9 leather and textile cases.

While the power case is really nice and useful, it’s also very large and heavy (I will be getting into more details in the charging section).

Battery life and charging

The Braun 9477cc, as well as the rest of the models in the new 2021 Pro range, are all suitable for wet&dry use.

As a consequence, all of them will only operate in cordless mode, so you won’t be able to shave while the razor is charging.

The battery fitted to the S9 Pro is the same one used in the previous generation, so you’ll get around 60 minutes of cordless shaving time.

That’s pretty good and above the industry average. Moreover, Braun has a good track record regarding the reliability of their batteries.

Charging a Series 9 Pro from the mains takes around 50 minutes.

Charging the Braun 9477cc.

In the case of the cc models like the 9477cc, 9465cc, 9460cc, etc. you can do that by plugging the cord directly into the shaver’s port (the regular way) or you can also charge it via the cleaning station.

Quite a few Series 9 Pro models, be it cc or solo, also come with the so-called Braun PowerCase.

The Braun PowerCase.

This accessory is brand new and quite exciting.

It also works with every other previously released Series 9 and Series 8, so you can buy it and use it with your existing shaver.

The only part number I’ve found so far is 9484pc.

The case works like a power bank and according to Braun, it provides an additional 50% worth of battery charge to your Series 9.

But after trying it a few times, I think that number is highly underrated as I’ve been able to charge my shaver from 0 to full a couple of times and I still have some charge left in the case’s battery.

The new Braun Power case that's included with various Series 9 Pro models.

The charging time using the case as opposed to charging directly from the mains is also impressive, being only slightly slower.

The case itself is built like a tank.

It’s extremely sturdy, very nicely finished and offers excellent protection. The cleaning brush also fits nicely in its own place.

The inside of the PowerCase.

That said, it’s also quite large and heavy, which isn’t great when traveling. And that’s the main purpose of this case in my opinion.

Once you place the shaver inside, the case won’t automatically start charging it unless you press the case power button.

The top cover also has this small cutout/window so you can see the charging progress on the shaver’s display.

The viewfinder in the PowerCase that allows you to see the shaver's charge level.

In order to charge the case’s battery, you’ll have to use the standard Braun charger (also included with each shaver).

So the case features Braun’s two-prong connector instead of a USB Type-C port for example.

That would have been more practical when traveling since you probably already have a charger for your phone or laptop.

But nevertheless, this type of accessory is genuinely useful and hopefully we’ll see something similar from the other brands as well.

I also think Braun deserves props for making it compatible with the previous Series 9 and 8.

Shaving performance

Let’s now get to the part that matters the most: how good the new Braun Series 9 Pro shaves.

There’s a lot to be covered here, so I’ll break down this section into several chunks.

But if you like to skim through the details, here’s the short version:

The Braun Series 9 Pro (9477cc in this particular review) shaves fantastic.

It’s one of the most enjoyable, comfortable and effective electric shavers on the market right now.

Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc

Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc.

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The S9 Pro is a safe buy for the majority of users out there, regardless of what they’re wanting from an electric razor (if the budget is not an issue). It’ll probably do the job (and quite well).

That said, there are some shortcomings as well as you’ll see next.

Closeness of the shave

This was never one of Braun’s strong points, at least not in the past 10 years or so.

While the closeness has always been more than adequate, it lagged a bit behind Panasonic, the brand that is still class-leading in this regard.

The Series 9 is in my experience the closest shaving razor in Braun’s current lineup.

And with the new Pro, things are at least as good as before.

The new shaving head/cassette of the Pro models (94s/94M) features a redesigned cutter that in theory doesn’t have any influence on closeness.

The two outermost foils are the elements that actually cut the hair at skin level and those are the same as before.

And since the Series 9 Pro comes with the same motor as before, the closeness should also be pretty much the same as before.

After testing it for a few weeks, I can confirm that it is at least as good and most users will find it very satisfying.

And I say at least as good because the Series 9 Pro sounds and feels a bit faster than my other, regular Series 9.

It’s a bit louder and feels punchier, even though on paper it is exactly the same.

I also used it side by side with another 92xx Series 9 and the Pro just bites into the hairs with more strength.

It is a bit difficult to explain, but it feels slightly more powerful and effective at cutting the hairs close to the skin.

The closeness, especially on the neck and cheeks is among the best I’ve got (while shaving dry). Maybe a tad better than with the regular S9, but it would be really difficult to quantify.

Where the Series 9 Pro still lags behind an Arc 5 for example is right below the nose and on the chin where my beard is really thick and dense.

But it’s not a huge difference and I’m probably nitpicking.

All in all, the closeness with the Braun Series 9 Pro is really good. And that’s not even the shaver’s main advantage over most other foil razors out there.

That said, I don’t think you should necessarily buy it for that alone if you already own an older Series 9 in good condition.

A cheaper option would be to buy the new cassette that is backward compatible (more details on that in the Replacement parts section).

Comfort

Regardless if you’re shaving wet or dry with the Series 9 Pro (with or without a pre-shave lotion), the comfort will be very good.

Unless you deliberately try to inflict some pain by pressing the head excessively or moving it extremely fast over sensitive areas, you’ll probably enjoy a smooth and irritation-free shave.

That said, the Braun S9 Pro, which to me seems (subjectively) more powerful, can also feel just a bit rougher if you’re very sloppy.

Again, I did try it side by side with the standard S9.

The Braun Series 9 Pro with the regular S9.

The difference is not major by any means, but I was able to notice it.

It didn’t result in any post-shave rash or discomfort, but during use, the Pro (with the new cassette) is slightly rougher.

My S9 Pro 9477cc also pinched the skin a couple of times and snagged a few long hairs.

The foils get only a bit warm after extended use, so no problems in that regard.

As a disclaimer, I have very sensitive skin, especially on the neck.

I think the Series 9 Pro will still be a great option for users with irritation-prone skin that also experience razor burn, ingrown hairs/folliculitis or need a few days between shaving sessions.

But if you want the absolute best for very sensitive skin, I think you should get one of the standard S9 models. The new 94M cassette, in combination with the punchier motor, are slightly less forgiving.

My guess is that the AutoSense sensor is just more liberal with the power, hence the Braun Series 9 Pro runs at peak power most of the time.

Speed and effectiveness when shaving longer hairs

This is the area where the Series 9 Pro 9477cc really shines and it’s better in my experience than any other foil razor on the market.

It’s powerful and fast and it takes me less time to complete my shave compared to using anything else, especially when shaving longer stubble.

The S9 Pro is very effective at catching difficult facial hair: longer, stray, flat-lying hairs that also grow in different directions.

These are usually a big problem for foil shavers and require many passes in order to get them.

The Braun S9 Pro 9477cc is one of the best I’ve used so far when shaving a 4-day beard (most of the hairs on my neck stay flat on the skin as well).

Braun says that it can shave even a 7-day beard and I think that’s doable.

The redesigned ProLift trimmer is apparently the key element that makes the Pro Series 9 so effective.

The old one was already really good, to be honest, but any improvements are welcome.

The very simple head flexing system and the generous range of motion for the individual cutters allow optimum contact with the skin without much effort on your part.

This, together with the razor’s effectiveness with difficult hairs make for very enjoyable and short shaving sessions.

Also, most of the clipped stubble remains trapped inside the cassette.

Usually a foil shaver will make a mess on your forearm and shirt, but that is minimal with the Series 9 Pro.

Wet shaving performance

Braun shavers are generally very good when used dry regardless if it’s an entry-level model like the Series 3 or a range-topping Series 9.

They’re very comfortable, especially when compared to similarly priced razors from other brands and quite good with long and flat-lying hairs.

Most users will shave dry anyway, so the dry shaving performance of the Series 9 Pro was a priority during the test period.

But since all the Pro models are suitable for wet shaving, I also tried the 9477cc with shaving cream.

Unsurprisingly, the performance was stellar, the head glides easily on the skin, provided you’re only using a thin and watery layer of lather.

The comfort and closeness are also top-notch, but not that far off compared to a dry shave.

Some users could benefit more from shaving wet, but I think most will rather save some time and shave dry.

For example, I did notice a smoother finish below the nose where the hairs are very wiry and coarse compared to simply shaving dry.

Hair trimmer

I was never a fan of Braun’s slide-out trimmers (first introduced with the Series 5).

The new Series 9 Pro uses the exact same design, with the trimmer located on the back of the shaver.

The Braun 9477cc with the hair trimmer extended.

I find it awkward to use because of the way you have to hold the shaver and it’s only effective when you go against the grain, so you must hold the shaver upside down.

That’s also not ideal when you’re edging the bottom part of your sideburns, for example.

And even when moving against the grain, it’s just not as effective as a Panasonic trimmer nor does it cut the hairs as close to the skin.

I also wouldn’t use it to pre-trim my beard as it would take a lot of time and effort.

In conclusion, the trimmer on the Braun Series 9 Pro is mediocre at best, so just as it was on the regular Series 9.

Noise level

As mentioned a couple of times earlier in the review, the Braun Series 9 Pro is a bit louder than the standard models, but still among the quietest shavers in Braun’s lineup.

That doesn’t mean much though as foil razors are loud nevertheless.

And so is this one, especially when compared to a rotary. So nothing out of the ordinary in this regard — it will still wake up someone sleeping nearby for example.

Cleaning and maintenance

We know that the Braun Series 9 Pro is available with various accessories, the automatic cleaning&charging station being probably the most important one to factor in when deciding which model to buy.

Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc.

Personally, I prefer getting the ones that come with the station (for any Braun shaver from the Series 5 and up).

There are a few reasons for that:

  • The cc models don’t cost a lot more than the solo models;
  • There are many cheap third-party cleaning solutions available;
  • The station is the most practical out of all the brands since you can take the cartridge out, seal it and store it for future use;
  • It’s easy to use and does a great job cleaning and lubricating the shaver;
  • In time, some dirt and grime will accumulate inside the cassette and it is fiddly to clean it manually.

The Series 9 Pro 9477cc that I’ve been using comes with the cleaning station, so you have the option to clean it manually or automatically.

Let’s see what each of the two methods is like.

Automatic cleaning

The cleaning station bundled with the 9477cc and with all the other S9 Pro shavers is the same one from the previous 93xx Series 9 generation.

It has 3 cleaning modes (Short, Normal, Intensive) that the station automatically selects depending on how dirty the shaver is.

In practice, that claim is a bit misleading as the shaver itself cannot assess that; instead, it uses a simple timer-based logic to determine how long it’s been since the last automatic cleaning cycle.

In the case of the Series 9 Pro, the station tends to select the intensive cleaning mode extremely often, even after a short shaving session.

That was the case with the previous Series 9 as well. It’s not a big deal since the difference between the three cleaning modes is rather insignificant.

In order to get the station ready for use, you simply remove the cap from the cartridge, pop open the station by pressing the button on the back and slide the cartridge in place from the back.

Inserting the cartridge into the S9 Pro station.

Make sure the station is on a flat, sturdy surface so the solution won’t spill.

Close the station and connect the charging cable and you’ll all set.

The shaver must be dry and free of lather/foam before using the cleaning station.

So if you shave wet (with shaving cream), make sure to rinse the shaving head with water and pat it dry with a towel.

Also, before placing the shaver in the station, the head locking switch must be in the free position; otherwise, the shaver may not sit properly in place.

Tip: Before cleaning, I also like to remove the cassette and gently tap out the hairs so they won’t end up in the cartridge. This way it will last longer and the solution will remain cleaner.

The Series 9 Pro station selects the cleaning modes once the shaver is placed inside.
The Intensive cleaning mode being selected (3 droplets).

Once you put the razor in place, the station will determine the cleaning program and show one, two or three droplets, corresponding to a short, normal or intensive cycle.

The shaver will also begin to charge automatically.

You then press the start button and the cleaning will begin.

The 9477cc during the automatic cleaning process.
The 9477cc during the automatic cleaning process.

Throughout the cycle, the shaver will be turned on and off and a pump will flush the solution through the shaving head.

It’s very short — even the intensive one lasts a couple of minutes — but quite loud.

After that, the station will start drying the shaving head. There’s a small fan that blows air through a cutout in the front of the station.

The drying phase lasts less than 50 minutes and it’s reasonably quiet. You can stop it at any time by pressing the start button on the station.

But if you let it run through the entire cycle, the shaving head will be mostly dry, at least on the outside.

On the inside, it will still be a bit damp, so I prefer to take out the shaver from the station and let it air dry with the cassette removed.

Braun S9 Pro 9477cc with the cassette removed for effective drying.

The station charges the razor, but not during the actual cleaning or drying.

I always take out the cleaning cartridge and put the cap back on once the drying is done.

This way the alcohol-based fluid won’t evaporate and the cartridge will last longer.

Being able to do this makes Braun stations really practical (as opposed to the ones from Panasonic or Philips).

The fluid also acts as a lubricant, so you won’t have to do it yourself (more on that next).

Manual cleaning

If you get a solo Series 9 Pro or for some reason you don’t want or can’t use the station, you will have to clean the shaver manually.

And for the most part, that’s pretty straightforward.

Here’s how I usually do it.

Just as before, I like to remove the cassette and tap out the bulk of hairs trapped inside.

Tapping out the hairs from the cassette.

Make sure to do it gently and never hit the actual foils on a hard surface, just the plastic frame.

You can also use the cleaning brush, but only on the inside of the cassette.

Some users take this one step further with a few jets from a can of compressed air.

That’s pretty much what a basic dry cleaning would look like.

But since the Braun Series 9 Pro is waterproof, rinsing everything with water and (optionally some liquid soap) is certainly more effective and recommended.

You don’t want dirt building up in the corners of the cassette as it will be difficult to remove in time.

So I simply put the cassette back in place, turn the shaver on and rinse it generously with warm tap water.

Rinsing the shaving head with warm water.

I do this for 10 to 15 seconds. For some extra thorough cleaning, I also add a few drops of liquid hand soap on the foils and with the shaver still turned on, I spread it with my finger so the lather covers all 4 cutters.

Cleaning the shaving head with liquid hand soap.

After that, I rinse everything with warm water and finally turn off the shaver.

I prefer to remove the cassette and give everything one final rinse, inside out. I then shake off the water and pat everything dry with a paper towel.

In order for the moisture to evaporate completely, I don’t attach the cassette to the shaver just yet and let it air dry overnight.

That’s pretty much it.

As you can see, manually cleaning the Series 9 Pro 9477cc is pretty effortless, however, I think it’s better to also use the station at least once a week.

It does a better job than me at removing any stubborn dirt, especially from the inner corners of the cassette.

Lubrication

Manually cleaning an electric razor also implies the need for lubrication.

If you only clean it dry or with water, but without soap, then once or twice a week should be enough.

If you also use soap, then you should lubricate the cutters after every cleaning as soap removes any trace of lubricant.

Regarding what you should use, any type of light lubricant that is mineral oil based will do. For example, clipper oil is cheap and effective.

You can check out this guide for a few options that I personally use.

Another excellent choice would be a spray lubricant for electric shavers. That one also cleans and removes mineral deposits from the blades.

Tip: If you use the cleaning station regularly, there’s no need for additional lubrication.

Replacement parts availability

All the S9 Pro models come with Braun’s new cassette, the 94M.

The letter M only designates the matte silver color of the foil frame.

That said, there could be a 94s as well that will feature a glossy/chrome silver frame.

And that’s because the Series 9 Pro 9477cc comes with the 94M cassette (matte finish), but the online user manual mentions the 94s as a replacement part.

The printed booklet does indicate the 94M as the only available cassette though.

The Series 9 Pro 94M cassette is already available in Europe and will probably be in other parts of the world as well.

Braun 94M cassette

Braun Series 9 Pro 94M cassette.

See on Amazon.co.uk

However, the previous 92s/92b/92M cassettes that come with the regular Series 9 will also fit the Pro shavers.

So if for some reason you cannot get the 94M, you can fall back to one of the older cassettes.

Braun 92s cassette

Braun Series 9 92s replacement cassette

See the price on Amazon

The only difference is that ProLift trimmer fitted to the 94 cassettes that’s a bit better at catching longer hairs.

But then again, I don’t find it quite as smooth and gentle as the previous cassettes.

Getting back to the 94M cassette, you will be able to use it on your existing Series 9. I already tried it on my 9385cc and 9290cc and it works perfectly.

The price of the new cassette will likely be higher, at least for now, but should go down as time passes.

As usual, Braun recommends changing the head every 18 months, but in practice, that’s not really the case.

Depending on how often you shave and how coarse your beard is, you may need to replace it sooner than that.

Properly cleaning and lubricating your shaver will however extend the cassette’s longevity.

Wrapup—Who should buy the Braun Series 9 Pro?

Considering the pros and cons of the Braun Series 9 Pro (9477cc), the users that would benefit the most from it are the same as in the case of the standard Series 9.

Precisely, men with sensitive, irritation-prone skin or men that shave less often.

But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.

If you want a great-performing electric razor and your budget is not limited, the Series 9 Pro is one of the best you can currently get.

Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc

Braun Series 9 Pro 9477cc.

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It’s comfortable, shaves close, it’s fast and powerful and very efficient at catching difficult hairs.

It’s also quite manageable for a 4-blade shaver, so even a beginner will get used to it.

If you also shave your head, the Series 9 Pro is one of the most capable out there.

The flexing of the head and in particular the movement of the individual cutters makes shaving the scalp a breeze.

I do not shave my entire head, but I do cut my hair myself and I always use a Series 9 for the skin fade on the sides and back of my head.

It shaves extremely close and it’s very comfortable when used in that manner, unlike other popular options like the Andis ProFoil or the Wahl Finale that are quite harsh and aggressive.

Black men should also consider the Braun S9 Pro as its performance is among the best with wiry, curly hairs that tend to become ingrown.

Overall, the Series 9 Pro would be a very safe choice for most users.

As hinted throughout the post, I don’t think you should upgrade if your Series 9 is still in good shape. While the S9 Pro feels punchier and a bit faster, the overall performance is similar.

That said, there are some better alternatives in a couple of situations, which leads us to the next and final section of the review.

Alternative shavers

The first one is when you have a rather limited budget and the Series 9 Pro 9477cc costs more than what you’re willing to spend.

Also, the availability in the USA and Canada is quite limited at the moment.

So getting one of the previous Series 9 generations makes a lot of sense.

Braun Series 9 9370cc.

See the price on Amazon

If the 93xx models like the 9370cc or 9390cc are also too expensive, the next best thing would be the venerable Braun Series 7.

I am not referring to the 2020 S7, but to the previous generation that is a lot better.

The Series 7 is the closest shaver performance-wise to the Series 9 (Pro), in the sense that it has a similar profile: very comfortable, good with longer facial hair and an excellent/safe choice for most users.

The Series 7 is also significantly cheaper, especially if you go for a solo model like the 7893s.

However, I think you should get a cc version like the 7865cc for the same reasons I outlined above for the S9 Pro.

Braun Series 7 7865cc

See the price on Amazon

The 7 won’t be quite as good as the S9 (Pro) with longer hairs, but it’s still better than most foil razors out there. So even if you shave every 3 to 4 days it will still perform well.

For more details, you can check out my detailed comparison as well.

Finally, if you’re extremely particular about the closeness of the shave, you’ll probably want a Panasonic Arc 5.

Panasonic es-lv65-s Arc 5

See the price on Amazon

That one edges ahead when it comes strictly to closeness.

On the other hand, the Series 9 Pro is a lot better with longer, flat-lying hairs. It’s also more comfortable.

For these reasons, I recommend getting the Arc 5 if closeness is particularly important and you tend to shave more often as the Panasonic works best on short stubble.

The price of older models like the ES-LV65 is also very reasonable.

That shaver doesn’t come with a cleaning station, but you don’t need one as it’s easy to clean manually and the Panasonic stations aren’t as practical.

The Arc 5 can come across as too aggressive for men with very sensitive skin, so you should factor that in as well.

That pretty much concludes my take on the new 2021 Braun Series 9 Pro (9477cc).

Over to you now — Have you had the chance of trying it? If so, what was your experience?

If you have any other questions regarding the Series 9 Pro, make sure to post them in the comments below.

36 thoughts on “Braun Series 9 Pro (9477cc) Review: Should You Upgrade?”

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  1. Thanks Ovidiu – outstanding review as always, and I agree on all points. As an exclusive wet shaver, I found the shave as comfortable as my 9385 after a couple of weeks, but I do agree with the perception of a slightly closer shave and perhaps a more aggressive feeling head (presumably because of the redesigned central cutter). With a good lather, almost imperceptible, but I can see a dry shave needing more attention to pressure and technique than with the 93X cassettes. An expensive shaver, but with the addition of the charging case maybe actually more of a bargain than it appears, because like you I agree the case is a tank and would likely cost a fair penny if purchased separately. Although heavier and bulkier than the conventional leather or fabric, with a fully charged case you could probably travel close to a month (or more) with just shaver and case, depending on how you shave, and it will certainly protect the shaver. Kudos to Braun for the addition!

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    • Thank you so much, Allan. I honestly don’t know why Braun greatly underestimates the figures for the case — that thing can store an impressive amount of charge. And you’re right, it could probably get you through a month of traveling.

      I think the most obvious difference compared to the 93xx cassettes (at least in my experience and only during a dry shave) is that the 94M is grabbier (and even pulls a few hairs) when you move the shaving head faster over an area with denser/flat-lying hairs. I’ve tried doing it several times, alternating between the 9477cc and my 9385cc and the latter is simply more forgiving when used in that manner. But again, I don’t think this will be a problem for most users.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Good Review.

    Yeah, based on this review, I’ve concluded I’ll wait for Braun Series 10. And possibly get the new head (94*) if the need arises.

    I recently examined a Braun Series 9 Sport model very carefully to see if there were any differences. As far as I could tell, it was the same Series 9 with an overall black color. Apologies if this is already covered here at shavercheck.com.

    And…. I’ll keep watching for the ARC-6 appearance in the US.

    Thanks Ovidiu.

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    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for the comment, much appreciated.

      Holding on to your Series 9 for the time being is probably the best option. Regarding the Sport model, you are correct, it’s just a regular Series 9.

      I doubt Panasonic will officially release the Arc 6 outside of Japan, but you never know. I will be getting it via a proxy service as they don’t ship to Europe where I’m based.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Hi Ovidiu,

    Thanks for an inadept review. I’ve seen Pro version around for sometime in the shops here in Tokyo. S9 Pro comes with a premium price!

    Speaking of which, I’ve been using Braun Syncro Pro for about 4 months and I still believe it gives a closer shave than any other Braun shavers. I was also able to get my hands on Braun 360 Complete as well as Braun Activator. The original 360 Complete foil and cutter block came with such a disappointment! Although foil and cutter block replacement on the same shaver gives way better outcome.

    I wonder what pathway Braun has taken that decided to debut S9 Pro as everyone was anticipating S10 to be debut since S9 lifespan has already passed 6 years. I believe S9 Pro will stick around for another at least a year or couple of years.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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    • Hey Steven,

      Thanks for the comment, much appreciated. I would love to get my hands on a Syncro someday. I’ve been meaning to buy a couple of must-have (older) shavers for quite some time.

      As for the Series 9 Pro instead of a Series 10, the reason is probably the same as why Apple used to launch the S iPhone instead of a completely new model: it saves them time and money and people would still buy them. I also think the S9 Pro will stick around for a couple of years.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Glad to see you reviewing the S9 Pro. For me it’s a bittersweet launch, as I was expecting the 10S. Now as a inside information from P&G who owns Braun, in the last 2 years, there was a lot of innovation in the brands such like Oral-B for ex. But the general direction of the company trough out the lineup is “cost cutting” and you can feel that in every product. Hoping to read more from you.

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    • Thank you for your comment and info, Cosmin. That’s really interesting — unfortunately, that direction was pretty obvious considering the shavers launched during the past 5 years, particularly the 2020 Series 7 which to me was a major letdown.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Another great review! Very timely as I was just considering an S9-Pro yesterday… From everything in your review it sounds like a pass to me. I’ve been using my 9370 for years and I’m very happy with it. I recently dug out an older ES-LV61 Arc 5 (that was initially bought for my wife but she never cared for it) and was struck by how much better that shave was than I get from the 9370 (faster too – I can get the 9370 close to the Arc but it takes a lot longer to get that last bit) I’d say my skin is average (not sensitive) and I don’t perceive a comfort difference between the two razors. I’ll be switching to the ES-LV61 going forward. I realize there are several newer Arc5 models but from your reviews, the “upgrades” seem to be targeted primarily at “comfort” rather than performance. Something I don’t seem to need. What a happy find to already own an older but better performing razor that’s essentially “new”! (I do LOVE the clean&charge station of the 9370… I’m gonna miss that convenience but as you say, the Arc5 is easy enough to clean manually)

    Again, another great review!

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    • Hey Kenneth,

      Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate it.

      I think you made the right call, there’s really no point in getting it, especially since you’ve stumbled upon the Arc 5 that seems to be just right for what you need.

      The ES-LV61 is actually a first-generation Arc 5, but still a mighty performer compared to even the latest models like the 2021 revision G. The motors have been refined and are more compact, but the speed is the same at 14 000 cycles per minute and the two inner blades are also the exact same ones that come on the 2021 models. You could upgrade to a newer foil when that time comes, but as you’ve said, the improvements are mostly related to comfort. Here’s a post that you might find useful when replacing the foil/blades.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Ovidiu, congratulations for your review.
    I currently own three razors: a braun 9 series, a Panasonic es lv67 and a philips 9000 series.
    In the last two years I have mainly used the Panasonic and the braun, until a month ago I saw on the internet the advertisement of the new dual precision sh 91/50 heads for Philips 9000 series and I decided to buy them to see if the results with them were on a par with the other two foil razors.
    Well, to my surprise, after trying it for a month, I can safely say that I got the best results ever with these new dual precision heads.
    Now I will also try to buy the new 94m foil for braun and the panasonic arc6, to see if they live up to the results obtained with the dual precision from Philips which are currently my favorite choice for daily dry shaving.

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    • Hi Giuseppe,

      Thank you so much for the comment, I truly appreciate it. I am yet to try the SH91 (on any Philips), but they do seem very intriguing, especially coming from someone that normally prefers foil razors — just like I do. I will definitely try them.

      I’ll be reviewing the Arc 6 as well, hopefully soon enough.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Thank you, Ovidiu, for this excellent review, as always. No surprise here, Braun is not progressing much lately. After I got my Panasonic ARC 6, I have no interest in trying anything else. However, I would appreciate if you could review the new Philips Series 9, it would be very helpful to have your comprehensive review. Thank you for your outstanding efforts!

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    • Thank you for the comment, Vasyl, you are way too kind. That is correct, unfortunately, and in some ways, it’s actually regressing (for example, the 2020 Series 7.).

      I will be reviewing the Philips Series 9000, for the moment I’ve only ordered the new SH91 heads (that come on the Series 9000) to check out the compatibility with other current Philips shavers.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      • Ovidiu – I can confirm that the SH91/50 heads (cutters + comb) on the new Series 9000 fit the original Series 9000 Norelco shavers (and probably many others), and function just fine. The locking rings are identical, and although the cutter shaft appears slightly different, it runs normally. Nice that Philips has made all of these cutter/comb combos interchangeable, because for a modest price you can essentially duplicate the shave of any recent model by just swapping out the cutters/combs on the body of your shaver.

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  8. Good review Ovidiu.

    As a 9350 owner who doesn’t travel for long terms, I’ve concluded I will not upgrade to Series 9 Pro and will not buy a separate power case neither. But I’m considering get a 94M cassette when available in my country, because much of the hairs in my neck stay flat and my 92M cassette is already 14 months old.

    Did you notice the same improvement catching flat hairs when attaching the 94M to a standard Series 9? I mean, the new cassette fits in previous Series 9, but series 9 is less powerful than Series 9 Pro, so I don’t know if the greater effectiveness shaving flat hairs only lies with the new ProLift trimmer.

    Thanks

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    • Hi Pablo,

      Thank you for the comment. The effect is still noticeable even when I used the 94M on my older Series 9, although to a lesser degree. The closeness is also slightly better.

      In my case, the flat hairs were cut more effectively, but I also had to go a bit slower to avoid any of them getting pulled. That does seem to happen more often with the 94M cassette. It’s also a bit less forgiving if you press harder (it did pinch the skin a couple of times).

      I think it’s worth getting once it’s readily available and at a similar price to the 92 cassettes.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Amazing and very informative review as always! Thanks so much, Ovidiu!

    I’ve been using 9477cc for a few weeks here in Australia. Can’t agree more on most of your points, perhaps your rating on performance feels a bit harsh (4 stars) vs (4.5 stars on ‘older’ 92XX/93XX models).

    Performance-wise this shaver is a beast. The slightly higher pitch reminds me of the ‘turbo’ setting on old Series 7 which in fact was 10% higher rpm than what normal function is (i.e. 11,000 vs 10,000rpms). Braun makes reference on their website that Pro is up-to 10% quicker/more efficient than older Series 9 which might mean they implemented something similar to the ‘turbo’ as part of the autosense functionality (e.g. overclocks the motor).

    There is definitely an improvement in the closeness that I can feel, especially after a wet shave compared to the old Series 9. Interestingly, I found that Braun states on their website the following:
    – Old Series 9 – shaves UP-TO 0.05mm
    – Pro – shaves BELOW 0.05mm
    This could be just a marketing trick but nevertheless, there is definitely a noticeable improvement with closeness – not sure if this is due to the new cassette or a bit stronger motor.

    I also found that the power case is quite robust except for the plastic bit that connects two sides of the power case – it feels very thin and not the most robust solution Braun could put there… could be just my impression but I feel like this might snap after a period of opening and closing the case. I guess the time will tell.

    I also own Series 9000 Prestige and Panasonic LV9Q in addition to Series 9. I have been switching between these 3 shavers every few months just to see which one I prefer. After >2 years of switching – I have to say that Braun Series 9 is the one I always tend to go back to. For me, it hits the best balance in terms of comfort, closeness, and simplicity (e.g. simple head, good cleaning station, easy to take on trips) so it ends up the one I tend to gravitate to over and over. Hope someone tossing between a number of shavers finds this useful.

    Lastly, someone mentioned a 91/50 shaving head from Philips – this head has exactly the same shaving rings as Prestige, except Prestige one has some sort of ‘nano particles’ sprayed over the materials and 91/50 is a simple stainless steel version. I would say 99.99% shaving performance will be the same as Prestige.

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    • Hi Miki,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share this — really valuable info.

      I admit that it was a toss-up between the 4 and 4.5 performance rating — I might just bump it up to 4.5 as I continue using it.

      I’ve also noticed the 10% faster statement on their website, but to me it seemed related more to the ProLift trimmer and how effective the Pro is with longer/flat hairs. But as you’ve said, the bump in power is noticeable as well.

      I’ll be getting the SH91 heads pretty soon and I’ll compare the performance to the Prestige’s SH98 (I also expect similar results).

      Thanks again for the comment, much appreciated.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      • Thanks so much for replying Ovidiu!

        Braun is leaving things up for interpretation, e.g. they don’t refer to 10% efficiency on 94M replacement cassette pages of their website so I am interpreting that it has something to do with a shaver itself. Interestingly enough they do say the following:
        “For Series 9 Users: Upgrade your Series 9 with the new ProLift trimmer helping to capture and cut more hair thanks to its innovative geometry – 30% wider opening and 35% thinner tips vs. Series 9.?”

        Anyhow – forgot to mention another thing – I actually appreciate the change of the lock switch. The way I hold a shaver (resting my thumb where old Series 9 lock was) caused a lot of unintended switching of the head and it made me hold the shaver less comfortably as such. No more problems with a Pro so this is a huge improvement for me.

        Another interesting thing I noticed is that pop-up trimmer is a hit or a miss depending on the device, e.g. this is my 3rd Series 9 device (1st was 9290, then 9390, now 9477) and with the first 2 the trimmer was substandard – couldn’t straight sideburns with it. However, with 9477 the trimmer is super sharp and efficient – as good as Panasonic ones. I heard these before on Amazon reviews where some people mentioned that after having to replace their Series 9 the trimmer on a replacement unit was better.

        Lastly, I also noticed a new Series X on Australian website:
        https://au.braun.com/en-au/male-grooming/stylers-and-trimmers/series-x

        Not sure if this is letter X or roman numeral for 10 – it looks more like Philips’ version of OneBlade. Same as per your review – it doesn’t look like Braun will be coming out with another Series shaver for at least another couple of years.

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        • Hi Miki,

          That is indeed one situation where the S9 Pro locking switch will be better. The thumb rests on all my older S9 are really stiff and jerky, so it never occurred to me that some users might accidentally slide them up during use. But it makes perfect sense.

          As for the S9 Pro trimmer, I don’t know if I’m just unlucky or simply not getting along with it, but mine seems just as blunt as before.

          I was actually interested in getting the Series X, but couldn’t source one locally yet. And you are correct, it’s just a OneBlade alternative, so a totally different type of shaver/product.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          • Hi Ovidiu,

            Have you considered to do a review of the Philips Oneblade? It is not a shaver but it’s the best trimmer I’ve found for when my the beard is too long and I need to trim it before use my Braun Series 9. As a supplementary tool for this task, I think it’s priceless. Because, as you’ve already mentioned, the pop-up trimmers don’t work as well.

            And for this reason, a review as a useful device to combine with a good shaver can help to newbies and oldies.

            Thank you and keep up the good work!

          • Hi Javier,

            Thanks for the comment and suggestion. I have actually considered reviewing it for quite some time, but I simply haven’t got to it yet. But I will, hopefully sooner than later.

            I also think it’s a fantastic tool for pre-trimming a long beard.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  10. I have been using Philips rotary shavers for long time.
    I have just bought the series 9 pro and I am impressed. It’s really well made and shaves very good. Main reason for not upgrading to latest prestige shaver is lack of cleaning station.
    After each shave, it displays the foil replacement indicator for a second with some bars. What does this mean? Is it like a lifetime indicator?

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    • Hi Ahmed,

      That is correct, the number of bars in conjunction with the foil icon shows the cassette’s remaining lifetime. You shouldn’t however decide when to change it based solely on that, but rather when the performance starts to drop significantly.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. Hi Ovidiu,

    Thank-you so much for posting these reviews. Your website is an invaluable resource!

    Braun certainly don’t make it easy with all the models on the market. I’d love to get your advice on a couple of options currently available in Australia. Comfort and value for money are my priority.

    This is what is available this week (prices in AUD):
    Braun Series 9 9467cc $449
    Braun Series 9 9360cc $399
    Braun Series 8 8453cc $275
    Braun Series 5 5140S $199

    What would be your pick for best value for money for a comfortable shave for sensitive skin? I have had a beard for 8+ years and returning to using a foil shaver. I will likely shave every 2-3 days (gotta clean up my act for work!).

    I’d be very grateful for your thoughts.

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    • Hi Luke,

      Many thanks for the comment.

      The budget pick would be the Series 8 8453cc — that one is basically the Series 5 plus a bigger battery plus a cleaning station (performance-wise they are the same). I think it’s worth the price difference. As someone with sensitive skin, I find it adequate, regardless of whether I’m shaving wet or dry. The most comfortable of the models you’ve listed is however the Series 9 9360cc. As I mentioned in the review, the Pro is a bit more aggressive and somewhat less forgiving than the standard S9.

      That said, the 9360cc costs more than the Series 8, so if you want the one that offers better value for money, that would be the Series 8.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    • I have, actually. The comfort is great and the shave overall is very similar to what you’ll normally get from a 92xx or 93xx Series 9 with the 92 cassette. When used on the Pro, you do feel that the shaver is more powerful, but the comfort still remains excellent.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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