Last updated on December 5th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
In the world of male grooming Braun is a market leader when it comes to electric shavers.
And at a comfort level not found in older electric razors.
If you’d ask me five years ago if I’d recommend an electric razor I might have hesitated because it was expensive and didn’t perform up to par.
But technology has improved so much that I would not shy away recommending one.
An innovative product
The 790cc is one of those innovative products in the market today.
At the forefront of these features is the OptiFoil feature that Braun claims to cut facial hair as short as 0.05mm.
Gregory Ham of Apartment Theraphy reckons that he didn’t need more than 2 passes to get a close shave.
It also utilizes a fully flexible head that adapts to the contours of your face, allowing it to reach more areas – especially trouble spots like the chin or neck area.
Now the bad news is the price
At close to $190, it’s a pretty serious investment for a shaver so is it worth it?
Well, we’re here to find out.
First, let’s look at the features:
- Intelligent sonic technology produces up to 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute to help cut heavy growth areas
- Fully waterproof body – you can rinse it under running water
- 50 minute run time
- Lithium ion batteries
- Pivoting head
- Has a cleaning base
- Has a pop-up trimmer that can trim the beard, sideburns and private areas
- ActiveLift trimmer help cut hair in problems areas like the chin and neck
- Uses a lithium ion battery that will last for 50 minutes on a single charge
- Comes with a clean and charge station fully equipped to deep clean and lubricate to ensure longevity
- Has 3 shaving modes – extra sensitive, normal and intensive mode
- Long battery life
- Fully waterproof
- Lightweight and ergonomic
- OptiFoil and ActiveLift features allow this to give you a close shave in as little as two passes
- The docking station make the cleaning process straight-forward
- You can plug the cord direct on the razor (no need to bring the heavy cleaning station when you travel)
- You will need to replace clean and renew refills at least once a month
- Because the cleaning solution consists mostly of alcohol it will evaporate
- No you cannot use this to wet shave
The 790cc used to be Braun’s top-of-the-line razor before the Series 9 showed up.
But don’t let this discourage you from having a look at the 790cc because it is still a good performer. With the reduced price, it offers a lot of value for your hard earned dollar.
And lots of men who’ve used this will agree.
What makes this a great shaver?
Well let’s start at the head of the razor where it has three features that allow this shaver to give you a close shave without having to shave the same area over and over.
This reduces the chance of irritation and saves you time.
These three technologies work in unison to cut your beard as close as possible without irritating your skin.
Underneath the OptiFoil exterior are Gillette blades that cut facial hair up to 0.05mm short while micro-vibrations help with shaving heavy growth areas.
Lastly, the ActiveLift blades work like a closer to clean up flat-lying hairs in hard to shave areas like the chin and neck.
Combine that with the head that fully pivots on an axis and flexible cutting elements help the 790cc cover more area on your face.
3 shaving modes
The 790cc is as versatile as other electric shavers in the market with three shaving modes from extra-sensitive (for men with sensitive skin), normal to intensive (for men with thick beards).
Warning: Not for wet shaving
Unfortunately despite having a waterproof design you can’t use this to wet shave.
This shaver is designed for dry shaving only.
Just in case you need the wet shaving feature, you’ll have to fork out $50 more and get the 7865cc wet & dry shaver.
If you’re comfortable with dry shaving this is a great option.
If you prefer to wet shave using an electric razor then go with the 799-c but it will cost around $70 more in Amazon.
Charging and cleaning station
All razors, yes that includes electric will function at its best when cleaned regularly.
Not only will this extend the life of the shaver but it will give you a better shave because your skin’s biggest enemy is a dirty blade.
This variant comes with a charging base that also doubles as a cleaning station that does that job for you.
With a push of a button, it will automatically clean, disinfect, lubricate, scent and dry the shaving head for you but at the expense of having to buy refills once it runs out.
30 minute cleaning cycle
It will take around 30 minutes for the standard cleaning cycle to finish but there is an optional “quick cleaning” button at the bottom part (the blue button) just in case you’re in a hurry.
While the primarily tool for cleaning this product is the cleaning base, you can also do it manually.
You can clean this manually
There are a couple of ways to clean this manually, first is to run it under running water with the shaver on then remove the shaving head and let it dry.
If you’ll wash this under running water Braun recommends that you apply mineral oil on the foil part of the head once a week.
The second way of cleaning this again to remove the foil head then gently tapping it on a face towel to dislodge any facial hair trapped.
Do not brush the top part where the foil is, only the base to dislodge any gunk and facial hair.
Some consumers recommend cleaning this part mid-shave if you’re shaving a heavy beard growth.
To see more maintenance tips, please watch the video below…
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Check out features and how this razor works in this video…
One of the biggest compliments it got was how close it shaved.
One of the best performing electric shavers
Not only did it perform the best but it was one of the more quite electric shavers.
Build quality is also another strong suite which is something you’d expect from Braun. The plastic used was substantial and you could feel it when you hold the product.
One consumer in particular mentioned that even after a year and a half, this razor still performed like it was brand new.
Expensive shaving head
You may need to replace the shaving head after 2 or 3 years of use. An original would cost around $60.
The cost of clean and renew refills is a concern for consumers. But according to one review, a single cartridge will last between 5 and 6 weeks if you use it for 5 days per week.
But your mileage may vary depending on how much you use it.
Some went as far as pouring alcohol onto the cartridge. But I wouldn’t recommend this because it can void the warranty.
Cost of running the clean/charge station
When you compute the cost of replacement cleaning cartridges, it will go for a little less than $7. But it should last over a month and that’s if you use it for 5 days. Some men have used the auto cleaning feature for as little as two days and they still got a fantastic shave.
Most of the complaints made by consumers who think the price of the refills are too high and are complaining about the running costs.
The cleaning solution that contains alcohol is another point of concern because it does evaporate rapidly.
One customer shared something that could put all of these concerns to rest.
Instead of using the cleaning solution every day, use it only once a week and then remove the cartridge and cover it with the cap so that it does not evaporate.
Make sure not throw the cap when you install the cartridge!
You will however need to remove the head and brush the heck of out it to remove any excess hair and gunk.
This would not be possible for men who have heavy beard growth so you have to play it by ear.
Amazon also sells extended warranties for this up to 3 years if you want more peace of mind.
This high-tech electric razor is great for the busy executive who travels a lot and simply does not have the time wet shave.
The foil design and the flexible head will result in a close shave in as little as two passes without irritating your skin.
The cleaning base disinfects, cleans and keeps this razor in tiptop shape for years to come and Braun says that if you follow the proper maintenance this will last for 7 years.
The initial investment is pretty steep but you get what you pay for.
A high quality razor that will shave your facial hair at a fraction of a time a manual razor would minus the pulling and tugging that plagued old electric razors.
Even if there’s an added expense to of around $7 per month to using this razor, it pales in comparison to the cost of cartridge razor refills that go as much as $30.
This is the minimal price you’ll have to pay for the convenience of the cleaning station that cleans the razor for you with a touch of a button.
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.