Last updated on August 15th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
With the Series 9 in the market right now, there’s no better time to buy a lower variant Braun because of the savings you’ll get.
I’ve already compared the Series 7 and 9 so today we’ll compare the Series 5 and 7.
To give you an overview of what to expect in this article, I’ll be comparing all the major features of these shavers from the shaving head, charging times down to the accessories and warranty.
This will help make a better choice if you’re on the fence between these two very good products.
To help guide you in this review, I’ve created a table of contents section…
- Shaving head
- Shaving Performance
- Wet/Dry Shaving
- Travel Lock
- Battery and Run Time
- Charging Station
- To Wrap Up
The Series 5 shaver was the Braun shaver that integrated the pivoting head. It is similar to the Series 3 in that it has three cutting elements but the main difference would be the middle shaving element that’s thicker.
Its job is to grab hair, straighten it then cut. Being ticker means more cutting area and a better job at tackling hard to shave areas such as the neck and chin area.
Now, it will not cut as close as a safety, cartridge or a straight razor but it’ll finish the job much faster.
If you put these two shavers side by side, you’ll notice one thing. Both have the exact same shaving head. Just check this out and see for yourself.
This means that if you don’t mind the additional features that the Series 7 brings to the table then just save the $$$ and go with the Series 5 period.
Hence, shaving performance will be the same. So consider the other features you’ll see below before making your final choice.
Both the Series 5 and Series 7 head pivots and locks at 5 different positions to help you find the most comfortable setting in shaving different areas.
Winner: Series 5
Like what I’ve said both the Series 5 and 7 will perform roughly the same because both have the same cutting head. So let me just share a few of videos of both shavers in action.
First the Series 5…
Sorry I can’t find a decent English video for the shaving test so I’m settling with this. I’m guessing that this is around a 4 or 5 day beard growth and the Series 5 shaver was able to handle it pretty well.
The entire process took less than 8 minutes from start to finish and there was no visible irritation after on the cheeks or neck area.
It’s a dry shaving process so you’ll save quite a bit of time applying shaving cream.
If you have not seen my review of the Mach 3 please click on this link to see why I think this is the best cartridge shaver right now.
Impressive! The difference isn’t a lot considering the Series 5 did the job much quicker and potentially less irritation. And you’ll save a lot of money by switching to an electric razor. Another thing when using an electric razor is that you won’t need to buy a trimmer because this razor has it.
Next let’s move to the Series 7
You can fast forward to the 6:04 mark to see the shaver in action.
This is probably a 2 or 3 day growth and the Series 7 was able to effectively shave pretty close. There’s no visible irritation but just in case you experience irritation then apply some shaving cream. And use an electric shaver that’s effective for sensitive skin. These shavers can shave both wet and dry.
Tyler says that to maximize the efficiency of this shaver, you’ll need to shave more often and not allow your beard to grow longer than stubble.
Electric razors are most effective when shaving just stubble as you’ll see in this video. One workaround would be using the trimmer to mow down excess beard then use the electric shaver to finish the job.
Another similarity with these two razors is the trimmer that pops up from the back.
One improvement Braun did in the Series 5 and 7 shavers is the shape of the trimmer. Before the Series 5 came out, Braun trimmers had a boxy trimmer but that has since changed.
The new design has a more rounded edge – at least on the Series 7 and 9 (the Series 9 electric razors pop up to the side so it’s a new design).
This will help mow down your beard close to a stubble so that you don’t need to buy a separate beard trimmer. The performance of these two variants is the same because both have the same design.
Most Series 7 variants you’ll see in Amazon work only for dry shaving even if it’s water proof. Only the black 740S and the 7865cc are usable for both dry and wet shaving.
What’s the difference between the two?
The 740s does not have the clean and charge station, while the 7865 has it.
Most Series 5 shavers have wet and dry functionality so the only choice you’ll make if you go with this variant is to go with the more expensive shaver with the clean and charge station or the cheaper one without it.
If there’s a difference between these two Braun shavers then it would be the interface.
The Series 5 shaver has a simpler interface with less buttons. There are only two switches – the power and lock that turns on the power and locks the shaving head in place. There are also three LED strips that indicate how much battery is left.
In the Series 7 shaver, you’ll see more buttons and a different charging status design. Aside from the power button, the design is completely different.
First, the Series 7 has different 5 different shaving modes from sensitive all the way to aggressive. There are two buttons to toggle different settings.
Another difference would be the placement of the shaving head lock. In the Series 5 it was on top of the power button, in the Series 7 it’s on the side of the shaving head.
At the button of the body, you’ll see the status of the battery and shaver whether or not it needs cleaning. Instead of just LED stripes, Braun utilizes a round LCD screen which is a nice touch.
Winner: Series 7
Yes, both of these shavers come with travel locks so you won’t have the TSA rummaging through your baggage if the shaver starts buzzing.
These shavers come have a lithium ion battery that will run for about 50 minutes on a full charge.
Both have a quick charge feature that gives you enough time for a full shave after charging for only 5 minutes. This is a great feature to have if you’re in a hurry and forget to charge the razor.
It will take 60 minutes to fully charge both of these razors.
Both variants are can bought with the charging station that cleans and charges the shaver at the same time. The difference would extras that the Series 7 charger brings to the table.
While the Series 5 charges, cleans and dries the shaver, the Series 7 adds an extra step which is lubrication.
The charging station isn’t a necessary tool but it’s a nice to have. You can clean both of these razors manually because the head is removable.
Winner: Series 7
All Braun electric shavers come with a 2 year warranty. If you think that isn’t enough then you can purchase the optional extended warranty in Amazon of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
Take note that this extended warranty isn’t available if you purchase this direct from Braun.
Being a newer model the, Series 7 is more expensive. If you look at Amazon the Series 7 costs between $130 and $170. The Series 5 is cheaper ranging between $85 and $120. If you’re looking for the variant with the charging and charge station look for the “cc” next to the model number.
One good reason to buy from Amazon would be the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Winner: Series 5
In terms of shaving performance, there isn’t much of a difference between the Braun Series 5 and 7 razors. Both of these have the same cleaning head which means it will cut almost the same.
Two main differences would be the non-shaving features like the preset controls and clean/charge station which the Series 7 has an extra function which is to lubricate.
Expect the same run time and charging time plus the quick charge feature.
If you don’t mind not having the speed controls. Or the lubricating function in the clean and charge station or the extra status indicator that tells you when you need to clean the shaver then save yourself some cash and go with the Series 5.
Garrick spends his days researching and writing about grooming. When he’s not in front of his computer, you can find him hanging around with his wife and son.