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Reviews: Braun Series 7

What Is a Braun Series 7 Razor?

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There are a few different Braun Series 7 shavers available, but the differences between the models are minimal. In this article, we are focusing on the Series 7 790cc Men’s Electric Foil Shaver. Advertised to be a smart shaver, it is smart because it reads the density and quality of the beard using a processing chip called Responsive Intelligence and an auto-sensing motor. This automatic customization adapts the amount of power needed to get close, gentle, and efficient shaves even with the densest of beards. 

This model of razor has high-quality shaving elements known to Braun; the Braun Series 7 790cc has four shaving elements and a dedicated skin guard that protects against abrasions. The sonic technology provides further protection with 10,000 micro vibrations per second that reduce friction as the shaver moves across the skin. The ActiveLift trimmer lifts up hairs that are lying flat against the skin, reducing the number of missed whiskers or the need to do repeat passes on the skin. The eight-direction flexible head and independently floating cutting elements allow this shaver to reach the trickiest of contours around the lip, chin, jaw, and neck.

If the automatic functions of the Braun Series 7 790cc aren’t satisfying enough, the user has the option to choose from five turbo/sensitive modes to further adjust the shaver to increase the power or settle down. It is waterproof up to five meters and works equally well dry, wet, or with shaving cream or foam. The waterproof aspect means a rinse to clean is fine, but users may prefer the four-action, alcohol-based cleaning and charging station which cleans, lubricates, and charges the shaver at once.

The Braun Series 7 continues to provide the Braun precision trimmer for hard-to-reach places or detail work around sideburns and beards. It has a Li-Ion battery that holds a full powered charge for 50 minutes and only requires one hour to recharge fully. There is also a five-minute quick-charge option which usually gives enough time to finish a shave. A premium display will let you know about what the battery charge is with three different steps.

Product Specs

Above is our full view of the Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Foil Shaver. To recap, it has auto-sensing and adjusting, four shaving elements, a dedicated skin guard, sonic technology, an ActiveLift trimmer that lifts up hairs, an eight-direction flexible head and independently floating cutting elements, and five turbo/sensitive custom modes. It is also waterproof up to five meters, comes with a cleaning and charging station, a precision trimmer, a rechargeable  Li-Ion battery, a five-minute quick-charge option, and an LCD display.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare to the Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Foil Shaver.


Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Razor for Men, Rechargeable and Cordless...
  • Intelligent Sonic technology automatically increases power while shaving in difficult areas and on...
  • The Series 7 electric razor comes with an ActiveLift trimmer that captures flat-lying hairs in...
  • OptiFoil cuts hair as short as 0.05mm for perfect closeness; Fully charged in 1 hour

Battery Life

Durability

Design Quality

Warranty

The Li-Ion battery of the Braun Series 7 790cc will last up to 50 minutes of shaving time after just one hour to fully recharge. It will retain full power for the entire 50 minutes and also has a five-minute quick charge.

The Braun Series 7 shaving heads last up to 18 months, which is longer than previous models. However, the replacements are more expensive. Users report the shaver to be made of flimsier materials than the previous Series 5. It continues to carry Braun’s two-year warranty.

The customization of Series 7 is really appreciated by some and not so much by others, leading to a difference in opinion on design quality. If we examine the Braun Series 7 for what it is, a highly customizable shaver, the design is spot-on.

Braun shavers all carry a two-year warranty according to customer service representatives. The warranty is dated from the proof of purchase date or the date of production if no proof of purchase is available. Warranty information can be found on the Braun shaver manual.

Pros

  • Clean shave for all hair types
  • Little, if any, irritation
  • Swivel head or lock in place

Cons

  • Works better dry than wet
  • Cleaning solution is expensive
  • Replacement heads are expensive

Philips Norelco Shaver 8900 Rechargeable Wet/Dry Electric Shaver with...
  • The Philips Norelco Shaver 8900 is designed to contour to the curves of your face and cut closer to...
  • Unique contour detect technology follows the curves of your face to cut up to 20% more hair in a...
  • The SmartClick Beard Styler is designed to prevent skin irritation with its rounded tips and comb...

The Philips Norelco 8900 Electric Shaver is an automatic cordless razor made by a company trusted with the production of electric shavers for decades. It is a comparable electric shaver to the Braun Series 7 in many ways. It has the ability to automatically adjust to the needs of different beard types using v-track precision blades for a closer cut and “contour detect technology” to glide around difficult spots with comfort and ease. It has heads that will pivot and move in eight directions to get to tough places. It is waterproof and the “aquatic technology” keeps blades running smoothly whether saving wet or dry and ensures comfort when using it before a shower, during a shower, or with gel or foam.

It has a SmartClick beard styler and an adjustable shaver handle with five different length settings for customization. This shaver comes with a “smart clean system” that will clean, lubricate, dry, and charge the electric shaver in one hour to give 50 minutes of shaving time. The shaver will alert users when the battery charge is declining with an LED display. It comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty.

Battery Life

Durability

Design Quality

Warranty

The battery on the Philips Norelco 8900 lasts for 50 minutes but will decline in power as the battery charge declines, so it is best used fully charged.

The shaver itself is quite durable and tough, but the blades wear down quickly and may need to be replaced as often as every six months.

This carries the design quality we have come to expect from Norelco shavers. It shaves well and has the added touches of features such as an ergonomic handle, lightweight design at under a pound, and long life reliability.

The Philips Norelco 8900 Electric Shaver has a two-year manufacturer warranty.

Pros

  • Works around angles and contours
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Quick charge and good battery life

Cons

  • Expensive replacement blades
  • Power declines as the battery charge dies
  • Head can jam if not cleaned often

Panasonic Electric Shaver and Trimmer for Men ES8103S Arc3, Wet/Dry...
  • Sharp Men's Shaver Blades: Panasonic Arc3 men's electric shaver with three ultra sharp Nanotech...
  • Wet/Dry Electric Shaver and Trimmer 2 in 1: Built in pop up trimmer details mustaches, beards and...
  • Flexible Pivoting Head: Panasonic flexible pivoting electric shaver head glides effortlessly to...

The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver is a close-to-the-skin trimmer that works as well as many shavers. It works well for sensitive skin because the hairs are cut at the base rather than shaved off the skin. It has blades angled at 30 degrees on a head that pivots which helps to trim beard hair at its base. The flexible, pivoting head reaches all the difficult spots around the jaw, chin, and neck. It has a sonic vibration to help the shaver glide across the skin while removing whiskers.

The LCD battery indicator will alert the user when the battery is running low and needs to be recharged, which is helpful because this shaver actually keeps all of its power until the battery quits. The blades and foils are hypoallergenic, and it also has a trimmer.

Battery Life

Durability

Design Quality

Warranty

The manufacturer says that the battery on the Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 will last 42 minutes on a full charge, and users reflect that the charge lasts far longer than that (for up to three weeks before it needs to be recharged). 

The durability of the Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 isn’t the greatest. Many users report the shaver itself, or parts and pieces of it, breaking in the months following the warranty expiring.

The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver design is fair for the price. It is lightweight and easy to travel with. The replaceable parts are inexpensive, which is good because frequent replacement will occur. It is a basic, usable electric shaver.

The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver carries a two-year limited warranty. Some users report difficulty with customer service to redeem the warranty. 

Pros

  • Light and portable
  • Less expensive than other foil shavers
  • Replacement foils and blades are inexpensive

Cons

  • Foils do not last long
  • Full shave takes 10-15 minutes
  • Cleaning razor is difficult

Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver, Men's Electric Razor, Electric Shaver,...
  • Intercept Shaving Technology Pre trims longer hairs
  • Pivot and Flex Foil Technology Stays close to skin for smooth results
  • Rechargeable Battery 60 minutes of cordless runtime

The Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver is a good, basic shaver that is very affordable and surprisingly well made. It is corded or can be used cordless for up to 60 minutes after a two-hour charge. It also has a quick-charge feature so that if the battery is low, a few minutes on the charger gives most enough power to finish up a shave. The Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver pivots and flexes to help stay close even around chin, lips, neck, and jawline. This shaver has a three-stage cutting system with a middle trimmer around the two foils to pre-trim long hairs before shaving. Included is a pop-up detail trimmer in the body of the shaver to trim sideburns and shape beards. This is not fully waterproof but can be washed clean under a faucet.

Battery Life

Durability

Design Quality

Warranty

The manufacturer states the shaver should get 60 minutes of run time between charges. Users report a short battery life.

The majority of users report that the Remington F5-5800 is a very durable and sturdy shaver.

The Remington F5-5800 has no major design flaws and all the needed elements for a daily shave. The foils do lose cutting power quickly and are not covered under the otherwise great warranty.

The Remington F5-5800 Rechargeable carries a two-year limited warranty. It does not cover replacement foils, which cost about $ USD each.

Pros

  • Long lasting motor
  • Bargain priced
  • Easy to use and clean

Cons

  • Not waterproof, dry shave only
  • Does not self-clean
  • Short battery life

Conclusion

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Overall, we rate the Braun Series 7 Razor at 4.5 out of 5 stars. The Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8900 is a similar product with a similar quality. The choice between the two may come down to preference between a foil shaver and a rotary. The Braun Series 7 Razor far exceeds the features of the Panasonic Electric Shaver and Trimmer and the Remington F5-5800 Foil Shaver. It is a far higher quality product that will last longer and be more reliable than the bargain-priced models.