Complete Braun Electric Shavers Review
Braun are a well known and respected market-leading Brand in the sector, and manufacture a huge selection of electric shavers ranging in cost from just $20 for a basic model right up to $390 for an all-singing, all-dancing bells and whistles model.
In this review, we have looked at the various features on offer within each Series to help you decide how important each one is and its value to you when making your choice, as well as giving you our top picks.
Braun electric shavers are all foil shavers - they do not make any rotary shavers.
Foil shavers are generally considered to give the closest shave and are the best if you shave daily, have fine, straight hair and if you have sensitive skin.
Braun electric shavers come with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty.
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We looked at three Smart Control shavers currently in the Series 1 range, with recommended retail prices from around $30 to $70.
Series 1 shavers fall within Braun's basic shaving technology category.
Series 1 Features
All of the shavers in the range benefit from being 100% waterproof for easy cleaning and a rubberised grip for a firm hold.
Each model has a slide out trimmer for shaping areas with longer hair e.g. sideburns, mustache etc. and a protection cap.
The special patented SmartFoil is specially designed to capture hairs growing in different directions for an efficient shave in all areas.
This is the least expensive of the three and is the only one that is for corded use only, great if you prefer not to bother having to keep recharging batteries.
It has automatic voltage adaptation (100 - 240v) for travelling abroad.
The 130s is marketed as a great, easy to use first shaver for beginners.
In addition to the features mentioned above, the mid-range 190s model has a rechargeable Ni-MH battery for cordless use, providing 45 minutes use from a one hour full charge.
You can do a quick 5 minute charge which will provide enough power for one shave and there is an LED indicator showing the energy level in the battery.
It also includes a touch sensitive system which adjusts automatically to the amount of pressure that you are exerting.
This model has the further additional feature of optimized cutting elements to give a closer shave.
This triple action system consists of twin SmartFoils with a trimmer incorporated in the middle.
The 195s is the more expensive of the three.
Series 1 Top Pick
My top pick of Series 1 is the Series 1 190s for a low cost, rechargeable device with touch sensitive technology that you can currently pick up for around $40 online.
For the cost of the 195s, you can upgrade to a Series 3 model with its superior technology.
The Braun Series 3 shavers range in RRP from $30 up to $200 and there are numerous models within the range.
Within Series 3 there are a further two model Brands easily available; ProSkin and Shave & Style.
Series 3 Features
All Series 3 shavers include SmartFoil and the triple action cutting system featured in the 195s model.
The two foils and middle trimmer pivot individually, to maximise contact with the skin through all the contours of the face, for a more efficient shave.
Some models have a MicroComb feature which is a series of ridges like a comb, situated on each side of the middle trimmer to guide the hair in.
The majority can be used wet or dry, so safe to use in the shower with shaving cream or gel if desired.
The Series 3 310s is a fully rechargeable shaver for wet & dry use, which has an affordable recommended retail price of just $45.
It is a basic Series 3 model, which still has the main features without the added MicroComb, which is reflected in the price.
It can be used wet or dry, cordlessly only, with a full charge time of one hour, which gives about 20 minutes of shave time.
There is also the quick, 5 minute charge option for 5 minutes shaving.
This is a great little shaver if you are on a budget.
Series 3 ProSkin models feature a rubber, ergonomic grip with dots to give a secure hold in the shower.
Some models, such as the ProSkin 3050cc, which is our pick, include an alcohol based clean and charge station
The advantages of the clean and charge station are:
- Convenience - cleans, charges and lubricates your shaver head automatically
- Optimises performance - keeps shaver head in top condition
- Hygienic - alcohol based cleaning solution
- Charges whilst cleaning - keeps the shaver ready for use
- Dried Automatically
The station has 3 cleaning modes depending on how intense it needs to be and is programmed for automatic selection so that you do not have to decide, you just press the button.
The MicroComb feature is also included with this model.
Available at around $100 online, this is a great product for the price.
Shave and Style models have the addition of a trimmer head and 5 trimming combs to trim your beard at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7mm lengths.
Our pick of these is the Series 3 Shave & Style 3010BT which is available online for around $90.
If you already have a Series 3 shaver and want to upgrade you can purchase the Braun Shave & Style BT32 for around $30, which consists of just the trimmer head and comb attachments.
(Suitable for all Series 3 models except Cooltec).
Series 5 Features
Series 5 shavers not only have the flexible head system of the Series 3 models, they also have individual suspension of each cutting head and the whole head pivots for maximum possible skin contact.
Further features include:
- CrossHair blades - for the closest possible shave from an electric shaver
- UltraActiveLift - designed to tackle the most problematic areas of the neck and chin
- LED Display - battery status and hygiene
- MultiHeadLock - provides 5 lockable angles for ultimate precision
- Precision Trimmer - for trimming sideburns and mustache
- Rechargeable - full charge 1 hour for 45 minutes shaving, quick 5 minute charge for one shave
Our top pick of the Series 5 shavers, this one has it all, including a clean and charge station for optimum hygiene, although you can charge just with the lead and plug for convenience when travelling.
Only for dry use, but waterproof for rinsing clean under a tap.
The MRRP for this shaver is $199.99, so it does represent a bit of an investment but the shaving technology is advanced and the product gives a good, comfortable, close shave.
If you want a similar shaver that can be used wet or dry the Series 5 5040s fits the bill for around $190, but comes without the clean and charge station.
Series 7 Features
Series 7 and 9 shavers are at the top of the Braun range. With the ultimate in shaving technology, they really do compete with traditional wet razor shaving for comfort and closeness.
Series 7 models have 4 individually suspended and floating elements on a pivoting head, with Braun's Micro and MacroMotion technology, giving 8 directional flexibility.
The term MacroMotion means that the 40 degree pivoting shaver head can maximise skin contact across the longer contours of the face.
MicroMotion means that the individual suspension of each cutting element enables the shaver head to maintain skin contact on the smallest contours of your face.
There are 2 optifoil elements to the head, with a special ActiveLift Trimmer to manage flat lying hairs and a skin guard to smooth the skin sandwiched in between.
There are 5 settings ranging from sensitive to turbo, so that you can select the best for you.
Braun's Intelligent Sonic technology is designed to adapt automatically to the density of your beard, providing extra power as and when required.
All of these features ultimately mean that you should not need to go over the same area more than once, significantly reducing the risk of skin irritation.
Our pick of the Series 7 range, this model comes complete with clean and charge station and has a MRRP of $289.99.
Although recommended for dry use, it is 100% waterproof for rinsing clean under running water.
Fully rechargeable in one hour for 50 minutes cordless shaving time, you can also use the shaver whilst plugged into the mains with the power cord provided.
Similar to the Series 7 790cc, this model can be used wet or dry and comes complete with 2 additional clean and charge replacement cartridges.
As you would expect, at the top of the range, Braun's Series 9 shavers are the bees knees in shaving quality and technology.
We have picked out two, the first can be bought for around $100 less, the second has every bell and whistle currently available:
The Braun 9090cc Shaver has four individual, independently flexible elements to the shaver head, providing Braun's Micro and MacroMotion technology.
The four elements work together to give a smooth, close shave with minimal irritation:
1 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute to remove all types of hair
2 Trimmer specially designed to direct and cut hair growing from all directions
3 Lifts and cuts hairs that are lying flat
4 OptiFoils for a close finish
Other features include:
Slide out Trimmer - integrated trimmer for precision shaping e.g. sideburns and mustache.
Multi Head Lock - for shaving difficult to reach areas, to lock shaver head into required position (5 options)
Waterproof - although recommended for dry use, the device is 100% waterproof for rinsing clean under running water
Advanced Clean and Charge - 5 action, alcohol based clean and charge station, selects cleaning programme (3 options), cleans, charges, lubricates and dries.
LED Display - shows battery and hygiene status and travel lock indicator
This top of the range shaver has all the features of the 9090cc model above, but with 5 specialized shaving elements and titanium coated trimmer.
The 5 floating shaving elements provide 10 dimensional movement to adapt even closer to your contours.
The additional fifth element is a protective skin guard to smoothen the skin whilst shaving, to give the most comfortable shave possible.
Can be used wet or dry and has a countdown LED display to show how many minutes of shaving time are left.