Last updated on September 10th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
When it comes to electric razors, Braun is a market leader when it comes to sales. And today we’ll be looking at the Series 7 and 9 – two of their latest variants.
To give you an overview of what to expect from this comparison, I’ll be comparing the general differences between the two.
I’ll start with the obvious which the shaving head then move down to the other features such as accessories and what not.
If you’re not familiar with electric razors, I suggest you spend a few minutes and read my article comparing Foil and Rotary shavers.
This should give you a head start on what to expect from these types of razors, pros and cons and other important info.
Braun is a foil type shaver and widely known to be the best at manufacturing such.
To help guide you in this review, I’ve created a table of contents section…
- Shaving head
- Shaving performance
- Wet/dry shaving
- Battery and Run Time
- Charging station
- To Wrap Up
Before I continue with this article please watch this video to give you an overview on the basic differences between these two…
The Braun Series 7 was one of the first foil shaver that comes with 3 different cutting elements. These include two OptiFoil cutting heads that flank that flank the ActiveLift Trimmer at the middle.
The latter captures flat laying hairs on problem areas like the neck and cheek, lift them up and the OptiFoil mows it down.
To make things comfortable, Braun adds a skin guard to protect skin from friction from these cutting elements.
8-D Flexible Shaving Head
To help cut hair on different contours, the Series 7 shaver has a free-floating head where each cutting element pivots independently. Interestingly enough, the Series 7 and the Series 5 have the same cutting element design.
To understand what 8-D means, each of the cutting element pivots left and right separately so this creates 6 different movements. Add to that the pivoting shaving head that pivots up to 40 degrees in both directions. And you have parts moving in 8 different directions, hence the term 8-D.
If you think the Series 7 shaves close wait till you see the shaving head of the Series 9. Instead of just having three cutting elements, Braun adds a forth to the mix making this shaver cut even closer than the Series 7.
The four cutting elements include the HyperLift & Cut Trimmer (this is the same cutting element as the ActiveLift Trimmer in the Series 7), Direct & Cut trimmer and two OptiFoil trimmers. Consumer feedback has been positive with men saying that this shaver cuts closer than the previous generation.
10-D Flexible Shaving System
The term 10-D is just a marketing lingo that Braun uses to describe the individual movement of the different parts of the shaving head.
I did mention earlier that each of the cutting elements pivots left and right. Add to that the shaving head that pivots both directions. You’ll have ten different movements, hence the term 10-D.
Bottom line is the Series 9 cuts closer thanks to the extra trimmer that Braun put in. The extra blade does add a bit to the size of the head. But if you’re after something that cuts close then the Series 9 makes a whole lot of sense.
Winner: Series 9
It’s hard to quantify how well these trimmers will perform in a real world setting because of the different variables. So I’ll just share with you some videos on how each will perform. Remember that your mileage may vary. Use these as reference to know what to expect.
First, watch this video to see how the series 9 deals with long beard growth.
The performance is impressive to be honest. If you have a beard growth this thick, just use the trimmer to mow down a month worth of facial hair then finish it off with the main shaving head. You can also use this to shave your head.
Next up let’s have a close look at the series 7 790cc. You can jump to the 10 minute mark of the video to see the shaving demonstration.
Take note that the test was done on a day’s worth of stubble. And it did shave pretty close.
There’s no sign of irritation and the biggest benefit of using an electric razor over a cartridge razor would be the cost savings of not having to buy replacement cartridges.
Winner: Slight edge to the Series 9
Both these shavers have pop out trimmers that allow you to trim the side burn area. In the series 9, Braun did not retain the old design found in the Series 7.
Instead of popping to the side, the Series 9 trimmer pops up which does affect usability a little bit.
If you watched the video in the performance section, you’ll notice that the trimmer in the Series 9 had one great use – trimming long beard growth. And it is very proficient at doing such. It’s probably better in this area versus the series 7 because of the design that’s sleeker.
Winner: Series 7
Before you commit on buying either this two variants please make sure to double check if you’re buying something that’s capable of wet shaving if that’s your preference.
Most of the series 7 shavers you’ll see in Amazon is only capable of dry shaving. The most popular series 7 variant, the Braun 790cc is only capable of dry shaving.
If you want something capable of wet shaving go with the 7865cc or the 740s with the latter being cheaper because the 740s does not have the clean and charge station.
Most of the series 9 shavers (if not all) on the other hand have wet and dry shaving capabilities.
There’s no doubt that the Series 9 interface is sleeker with the LED screen at the bottom that notifies you the battery status, when you need to clean the shaver and if the travel lock feature is on.
The Series 7 does not have the LED screen, only an indicator at the bottom that tells you when to charge and clean. It isn’t as classy looking as the newer Series 9 but it still works.
Winner: Series 9
Both these shavers use the same high capacity lithium ion battery that will take 60 minutes to full charge. And will give you up to 50 minutes of cordless run time.
If you’re in a hurry, both also offer a 5 minute quick charge good enough for a shaving cycle.
You have the option of purchasing variants that include the clean/charge station for both the series 7 and 9 shavers. Obviously the advantage of having this device is the convenience it gives you of hands-free cleaning.
Braun says that the series 9 clean and charge station has the world’s first 5-action alcohol-based charging system that lubricates, charges, cleans and even removes excess stubble. The last feature is what’s absent in the series 7 base.
Both models though use the same clean and renew pack. So you don’t have to throw away old anything if you’re upgrading to the newer variant.
Winner: Series 9
All Braun shavers come with a 2 year warranty. If you think that’s too short then you can purchase extended warranties from Amazon of up to 3 years.
Series 9 shavers range between $250 and $330 depending on the variant, accessories and plug type. Unfortunately there’s no option where you can buy only the shaver without the charging base. All variants include the charging station which increases price.
Being an older variant, the series 7 shavers are much cheaper. These range between $130 and $190 in Amazon. The ones on the lower spectrum of the price range don’t come with the charging station.
Here’s tip, if you see “cc” beside the model number, it comes with the charging station.
Winner: Series 7
To be honest you can’t go wrong with either one of these shavers. In terms of performance, both the series 7 and series 9 electric razors from Braun will cut close.
The biggest difference between the two aside from the cosmetic would be the extra cutting element that Braun put in the latter. If you read the reviews, lots of men say that this extra blade, makes a difference in cutting closer.
But you have to remember that a foil razor will not shave as close as a safety razor. You don’t buy this product if you want something that’ll shave baby butt smooth. This product is all about convenience and speed.
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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.