The shaver we will review today is the Braun Series 7.
More specifically, the Braun Series 7 790cc!
Braun is well known, global brand. The Series 7 790cc by Braun is one of the highest selling electric shavers globally. It was also the best seller by Braun until the release of the newer model of the same Series. Due to its reputation, it continues to be one of the highest rated electric shavers out there for the last decade.
But why is this shaver so good? Is it as good as it is praised to be? Is the Series 7 790cc worth spending your hard-earned money on?
We will answer these crucial questions in this extensive, one on one review of this genuine electric shaver.
We have divided the review in smaller, easy to read sections. You can choose to go into one of the subtopics and read about that section. While we would like for everyone to read the entire review, there is no one stopping you from jumping to the section you are most curious about.
Okay, let’s get started!
Table Of Contents
- What the Braun Series 7 790cc Promises?
|Wet & Dry||Yes|
|Running Time||50 minutes|
|Clean & charge||Yes|
Who Will Benefit from Using this Shaver?
The Series 7 790cc by Braun is an Electric Shaver which is given the tagline of ‘The Razor That Adapts’!
The 790cc is one of Braun’s smart series electric shavers. It is known to adapt to the skin or facial structure of its user. Due to this, it becomes the ideal shaver for every user.
It has an incredibly flexible head which uses 8 directions of shaving elements. It is smart in its operation as it has floating elements which allow it to better capture hair from even the hardest to reach areas of your face.
It is the ideal choice for beginners as they are not as experienced with shaving. The smart technology allows it to be safe and effective. In addition, it makes the shaving process fast while making it safe through the use of Skin Guard. It uses Intelligent Sonic and Autosense technologies for delivering up to 10,000 micro vibrations which ensure more hair strands are captured with each stroke.
As a result of the technologies involved, it is ideal for those who don’t necessarily have soft, thin & fine facial hair.
What the Braun Series 7 790cc Promises?
The Braun Series 7 is a genuine shaver which promises ease & overall satisfied shaving experience.
This electric shaver does not bind you to just a dry or wet shave. It is designed to be multipurpose with seamless dry & wet shaving as well as, with shaving foam, get, and in the shower. This is backed up by the device’s capability of waterproofing for up to 5 meters.
So, you can rest assured that it will not malfunction from under water usage. This also allows it to be cleaned without any extra precaution. It offers a truly unique 4-action alcohol-based cleaning feature. the cleaning promises removal of up to 99.9% of the germs and it automatically lubricates the blades.
What You Get as Part of the Deal?
By the sounds of things, you will already agree that the Braun Series 7 790cc is a genuine shaver which offers a lot more than just another off the shelf Electric Shaver. But this isn’t all, as part of its affordable pricing it offers very handy accessories in the box.
Most traditional electric shavers in the market will find it difficult to rival this Braun Series 7 model which comes with the following:
- An Instruction Manual – the importance of a manual even in this day and age is still irreplaceable. A good manual is able to explain the product, its features and functionalities to users to the maximum.
- The Shaver – you may feel a bit of a scare when you don’t see the shaver in the box immediately. But of course, it is safely packed inside the zipped-up travel pouch.
- A Travel Pouch – A travel pouch is actually a very underrated accessory. Just recently I returned two shavers to buy one which comes with a storage or travel pouch. What’s amazing is that the case is hard body making it fully protected during storage & travels.
- A Cleaning Brush – The cleaning supplies include a small brush for dry cleaning the head of the shaver. It is a very handy add-on which allows you to get rid of hair stuck in the shaver or for otherwise cleaning the shaver head.
- A Cleaning Dock – as mentioned earlier, the 790cc comes with a cleaning dock which is title to be the “clean & charge” dock system. As the name suggests, while it cleans, it also charges and dries up the shaving unit. A truly exciting & new way to clean your electric shaver.
- A Cleaning Cartridge – finally, the cleaning supplies is completed by the cleaning solutions cartridge. It is a unique way for the cartridge to contain the cleaning solution which is used by the dock system during its cleaning. Similar to how a printer uses ink to print, the docking system uses the cartridge to clean the shaving unit.
- The Power Adapter – last but not the least, the power adapter of the unit which can be directly plugged into the shaver or to the docking system. Either way the unit can be charged using the multi voltage supported adapter. Regardless of whether you are in the Americas or in the European countries, you will not have any issues with charging & voltage.
Reviewing the Design
The design of the electric shaver is not extravagant. The body is made of a mixture of plastic and rubber. It has a very average look, which doesn’t stand out or blend in too much with some of the other latest shavers on the market. While it may not be as sleek as some others, the matte finish is effective for avoiding fingerprints & smudges appearing on it.
It has a power button on the center of the front. Unlike others from Braun, it doesn’t have a travel lock. The design of the button is in such a way that it takes a little effort to turn on. Having it difficult to turn on serves the dual purpose of being a safety feature as well. But it may get annoying otherwise.
The oddest feature is the analog dial which is situated at the base of the shaver. Not only is the placement of the LCD screed awkward, it is difficult to read. On top of it all, the reading is in a dial mode which doesn’t help its cause.
The Braun Series 7 has many preset modes for shaving. However, the difference between the modes is unable to make a significant difference. Only subtle changes can be expected from each mode. While it is a good shaver on the whole, the motor itself is not superior to its competitors.
How Do the Blades Work?
The Series 7 790cc by Braun has a foil shaving head with three different cutting elements. There are two outer cutting elements known as “OptiFoil”. They are most effective in cutting short hair for close & clean shaving. The remaining cutting element is known as “ActiveLift” which is best for longer hair. It is able to capture, lift, and cut long hair. If hair is lying flat, then it is able to life it for a clean shave.
Braun claims that the cutting blades perform at 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute. While this may not be the highest among similar machines, it is also not one of the lowest. The head is able to move and flex to maintain skin contact. The pivoting head allows it to follow face contours for a smoother and closer shave.
Braun’s Battery Backup
Before use, the unit must be fully charged. It takes approximately one hour on the charging dock for a full charge. Once fully charged, it is able to provide 50 minutes of shaving. Average users will be able to use it for approximately two weeks with one full charge.
For emergencies, there is a quick charge feature which is able to give you a backup of 5 minutes from a quick 3-minute charge. It is always recommended that you use a trimmer or shaver with sufficient charge to get the best results.
So, How is the Overall Performance?
In short, the overall performance of the Braun 790cc is impressive!
It has an excellent reputation with high customer rating. For stubbles and other short hair cutting, the shaver gets most hair with one stroke. For hair which is older, a few repeated strokes were necessary which is normal.
It is praiseworthy that the shaver performed well for flat lying longer hair as well. It provides comfortable shave without any skin irritation. So, for users with sensitive skin, the use of this shaver daily does not pose even the slightest of risks.
It is capable of shaving both wet & dry. However, the use of foam or gel is highly discouraged. This is strengthened by Braun’s disclaimer that the warranty will be cancelled if used with such shaving products.
Overall, the Braun Series 7 790cc offers a complete shaving experience which is safe & satisfying. It makes its case strong for being the best-selling electric shaver out there in the market today.
How Easy is the Cleaning or Maintenance?
The Series 7 790cc comes with an innovative cleaning dock. The dock incredibly is able to hygienically clean itself, dry itself and lubricate itself!
A cleaning solution cartridge is inserted into the docking system. The cartridge is filled with cleaning solution. The official name for the cartridge by Braun is “cassettes”. The replacement cassettes are known as “clean & renew pack”. The cleaning solution is made of a mix containing alcohol, for a disinfectant, hygienic clean.
When the shaver is placed on the dock, during its cleaning it automatically charges the unit. After cleaning is completed, it is dried and the blades are lubricated. The dock is not just a cleaning & charging station, it is a smart system which determines whether or not the shaver is need of cleaning. The hygiene status of the shaver is checked & then appropriate cleaning program is started.
The cleaning process is satisfying and effective. It takes approximately 40 minutes for the complete cleaning. As part of its cleaning it is able to get rid of all trapped hair and it is left looking fresh & clean.
There is also the option of Manually Cleaning the unit. The head can be opened and placed under running water to clean. Trapped hair can be removed using the brush when dry and light taps when its wet. Having said that, the dock is definitely the most effective way of cleaning the unit.
What I Like About this Braun Model
I absolutely love the automatic cleaning & charging docking system of the Braun Series 7 790cc electric shaver. Not only is the system unique, it is exciting & effective. It is safe as there is no complicated process or manual involvement necessary. Although manual cleaning is still an option, the automatic dock for cleaning is just an innovative feature which I like the most about it.
What I Didn’t Like About this Braun Model
I mentioned when unboxing all the things that you get as part of the deal, there was the instruction manual. I restate the fact that the instruction manual even in today’s digital age, remains unreplaceable. Which brings me to say that the instruction manual with this Braun shaver is the worst ever!
The layout of the instruction manual is not user friendly, at all. The illustrations and instructions are not together. As a result, you will read about a step in a certain page, but you will have to flip all the back to the first few pages to find the related images. An absolute shocker of a format!
Additionally, the status screen meaning the LCD display of the Braun Series 7 790cc is most awkwardly placed right under the shaver. At the base, where you would have to turn the shaver top down to see the screen. Also, it is a manual dial which makes it even more difficult to see. The manufacturers were probably trying to achieve a retro yet futuristic design – but the design is just messy, ineffective and simply, ugly.
The final dislike about this shaver is that the manufacturer, Braun has not approved it to be used with shaving cream or foam. It has stated that use with these products will invalidate the warranty!
The Braun Series 7 790cc is exceptional shaving tool!
I am truly impressed by its clean, close and comfortable shave and its affordable pricing compared to most others available in the market. It is a highly capable machine which is definitely up to the mark of high-end luxury models without digging deep into your pockets.
Having been introduced to the market over 6 years ago, the Braun Series 7 is still regarded as one of the best electric shavers on the market by experts, professionals & everyday users. This review was designed to show you all the aspects of the Series 7 790cc by Braun.
Now you know whether this electric shaver can talk the talk & walk the walk!