Multiple studies have concluded that women prefer clean shaven men! According to one particular study 77% of women aged 18-24 found beards unattractive. That is a very, very telling statistic. If you’re dating, looking for a girlfriend, or if you just want to look your best, then study after study concludes that you need to be clean shaven.
Thankfully, it’s never been easier to find a great electric shaver – there are so many choices on the market, even if you narrow it down to just foil shavers. With that said, one product line stands out among them all: the Braun series 7.
Today we’re going to be giving you a full overview of what the series 7 has on offer! We’ve examined every model we can get our hands on to see how well they work and what the differences are between the various models in the line.
So let’s have a look at what the Braun Series 7 has to offer.
Table Of Contents
- Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver Models – Comparison
- A Full Overview Of The Series 7 Models
- Braun Series 7 790cc
- Braun Series 7 799cc
- Braun Series 7 760cc
- Braun Series 7 720s
- Braun Series 7 7865cc
- Braun Series 7 7893s
- A Closer Look At The Charging & Cleaning Station
- The Additional Features Of The Series 7
- Model Versus Model Comparisons
- Braun Series 7 Replacement Head
- Should I Upgrade To The Series 9?
- Frequently Asked Questions
Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver Models – Comparison
|Model||Display||Saving modes||Cleaning station||Price|
|Braun Series 7 790cc||3 Lcd||5||Yes|
|Braun Series 7 799cc||3 Lcd||5||Yes|
|Braun Series 7 760cc||2 LED||5||Yes|
|Braun Series 7 720s||2 LED||3||No|
|Braun Series 7 7865cc||3 Lcd||5||Yes|
|Braun Series 7 7893s||LED||5||Yes|
What Makes The Braun Series 7 Special?
Anyone getting into men’s grooming runs into Braun sooner or later. This is especially the case if you’re looking at foil shavers because Braun offers the full spectrum of choices, from budget to top-end. Braun Series 7 shavers are billed as premium, second only to the Series 9, and they definitely fit that label in price.
The Series 7, much like many foil shavers, has the general look of a safety razor, having a distinct body and a head. As befits a premium shaver, build quality is excellent, and you won’t find substandard-quality materials here. The body is largely plastic, with several different colors available; the sides and the back are rubber to provide grip, and you won’t need to worry about it falling out of your hand even when wet. Overall, it’s a very comfortable grip.
Now, how does the Series 7 justify its price? That’s what we’ll look at in the following sections. We’re going to break down pretty much everything the Series 7 has to offer, and find out why it’s such a good foil shaver.
Intelligent SyncroSonic Technology
First on the list is an answer to a problem common with most foil shavers: they tend to miss things. A foil is a cylinder with holes in, its purpose being to keep the blade away from the skin, while the holes let the hair in so that the blades can cut them. But what if the hairs can’t get through? This does happen! Sometimes the holes are too small, or the hair’s standing at an awkward angle.
The SyncroSonic technology helps with that. The head and cutting elements vibrate at a rate of 10,000 microvibrations per minute. You’ll hardly feel it, but it’s enough to affect your skin. That gets the hair standing up, ready to be cut. This works with the cutting elements on the head and leads to more hair cut in a single stroke. No more third or fourth strokes back over the same patch of skin; one or two is all you need.
Premium Shaving Elements
The Series 7 comes equipped with four shaving elements to give you the closest and most comfortable possible shave. We’ll take them one by one.
The OptiFoils are the foils you’d find on any shaver of the type, but their design is unique to Braun. Every model of the Series 7 comes with two. They’re made with hexagonal perforations. The structural strength of a hexagon means that each hole can be larger, and so each pass catches more hairs because there’s less foil to get in the way. They do the job all foils do: cut hair as close to the skin as they can get. Braun promises a closeness of 0.05mm, and the only possible way to get closer is with a manual razor.
The ActiveLift trimmer in between the two OptiFoils does two jobs: it cuts down any hairs that are just a touch too long for the OptiFoils, and it also goes for hairs that are lying at an angle they can’t catch. The comb isn’t just a comb; it vibrates with the help of the SyncroSonic technology to stimulate the hairs and get them standing up and thus be in a position to be cut. Whatever the ActiveLift catches, it cuts down to a shorter length for the OptiFoil that follows it.
The SkinGuard is a raised metal strip running on the outside of the ActiveLift trimmer. It smoothens the skin and reduces irritation for a better, more comfortable shaving experience.
Shaving Head Motion
A foil shaver faces a problem: your face isn’t exactly a flat surface. You can maneuver the shaver itself to get the blades as close to your skin as possible, but it’s so much easier if the shaver itself adapts. That’s where the Macromotion and Micromotion features come into play. The names may sound fancy, but they’re easy enough to understand.
MacroMotion refers to the shaver head’s capability to pivot forward and back. It’s got a range of 40 degrees back and forth. MicroMotion refers to the individual shaving elements, which are individually suspended and pivot from side to side, relative to the shaver head. This combination is how Braun arrives at 8-D flexibility: three elements going side to side makes six, plus two for the head itself.
This all works together to let the shaving elements conform to the contours of your face, and thus get a close shave.
There are times when you need a shaver to go all out, like when you’re going at a tough and coarse patch of beard. To help with this, the Series 7 incorporates Braun’s AutoSense Technology. The shaver reads your facial hair and calibrates the motor to run at the right speed to cut through in just one stroke. No more going back over problem spots; the motor knows exactly when to give a little extra kick to handle it. It saves you time, effort, and makes for a much easier shave.
Three Shaving Modes
Different people have different preferences, and sometimes there are places you just need to go easy on, especially if you have sensitive skin. The Series 7 thus incorporates three different shaving modes to help in this: Sensitive, Normal, and Intense. Switching between them is easy; just press the + and – buttons on either side of the power button. Experiment with it to find what level of power best suits your comfort.
A Full Overview Of The Series 7 Models
That was the Braun 7 Series in general, now we’re going to look at all the different models. Braun sells the Series 7 in several particular models, all of which have different extras, but no matter what else is in the box, you get the same excellent performance.
A note on model numbers: The letters at the end denote whether that specific model has a cleaning station (cc) or not (s).
The 790cc is the standard model, the classic Series 7 release, and the standard by which we’re judging the other models. When you open the box, you’ll get the shaver, cleaning station and cartridge, charger, cleaning brush, and a travel case.
The shaver itself is everything as listed in the last section: the standard array of two OptiFoils and the ActiveLift trimmer in between, mounted on an 8-D pivoting head equipped with a head lock. The precision trimmer pops out right underneath the head, and just below that is the power button, which itself is flanked by the + and – buttons for shaving modes. On the tail is the LCD status indicator. It’s an excellent package with good ergonomics, just the thing you need to keep your face smooth.
The 790cc is dry shave only. In fact, don’t even try with shaving cream; all that’ll happen is that you spray shaving cream everywhere and void your warranty with Braun. This is a downside if you like working with shaving cream, but the Series 7 does tend to be a comfortable shave, so shaving cream isn’t quite as necessary.
Battery life is Braun standard: 50 minutes shaving time, 1 hour to charge from either the charger itself or from sticking it in the cleaning station. It can also be used corded if the battery runs flat in the middle of a grooming session.
Overall, the 790cc is the primary representative of the Series 7: A solid choice with only minor faults and competent performance, with enough extras to make things convenient for the average user.
My Experience With The Braun Series 7 790cc: Comparing it to other foil shavers, it holds up excellently. It took fewer passes to cut down all of my facial hair, and I barely felt anything as I shaved it all off. There’s no pulling, no tugging at all.
The cleaning station takes about thirty to forty minutes to finish a cycle, depending on what cleaning mode it’s on. The shaver and cleaning station communicate to determine a mode based on the shaver’s hygiene level, which is another level of convenience; no fiddling about with the cleaning station is needed.
Just about the only bad thing I can say about it is that it’s noisier than most other shavers I’ve tried, but that’s a minor flaw next to the comfort and closeness of the shave.
If the 790cc is the standard model, the 799cc is the deluxe model. The price is higher than the 790, but for that extra outlay, you get a few more features that it doesn’t have.
Open up the box, and you get the usual array of stuff: shaver, cleaning station and two cartridges, charger, cleaning brush, and travel case. Yep, two cleaning cartridges. Deluxe does mean something.
It keeps the same silhouette as the 790. Two OptiFoils with an ActiveLift trimmer in between make up the shaving elements, all mounted onto the 8-D pivoting head, which can lock into place. Right below the head is the pop-out trimmer, and going further down, you get the power button and the mode switch buttons. The tail has the status display showing battery and hygiene.
First of the extra features, and good news to every wet shaver reading this, the 799 is wet and dry capable. This saves you from skin irritation if you have sensitive skin, or just making your shave a lot more comfortable. Another extra feature is on the cleaning station. It has a 25-second fast cleaning mode that cleans out the blades but skips the induction heating to dry it out.
Battery life is the Braun standard of 50 minutes working from a 1-hour charge, which is the same whether you top it up from the cleaning station or off the cord. However, one downside of the wet shave capability is that it also removes the capability to run corded. There is still the quick-charge, but it does mean you can’t easily keep going if you run flat.
The 799cc’s extra features do mean its price has gone up, but they are more than worth it. If you need to use shaving cream, the 799 is pretty much your only option among the Series 7 models.
My Experience With The Braun Series 7 799cc: The Series 7 already makes for a very smooth and comfortable shave, and putting shaving cream on top makes for pure pleasure, almost decadent even.
I also tried the fast clean feature. It’s nice and quick, though as you can expect, the shaver’s still wet at the end. I can see it being useful if you’re in a hurry and need to take the shaver with you. Since you won’t have a full charge at the end of that, I recommend taking the cord with you to be on the safe side.
The 760cc is technically a midline version of the Series 7, price-wise. The idea is that giving up some features on the shaver and the cleaning station also cuts costs, and so you can buy a Series 7 at a lower price. Since the changes don’t touch the 760’s shaving performance, it’ll still deliver the same kind of shave the others do. Where it differs is in extras.
The box comes with the standard assortment: shaver, cleaning station and cartridge, charger, cleaning brush, and travel case. The shape is identical, too! It features ActiveLift trimmer in between two OptiFoils on the 8-D head, equipped with a lock. There’s the pop-out trimmer right above the power button and mode switch buttons. And there’s the LCD status indicator on the tail.
The most notable change on the shaver itself is the tail display. It’s now an LED display instead of an LCD, so it looks a bit different. Second, there’s no hygiene display on the tail; it’s entirely the battery status. The other change is to the cleaning station, which is now entirely manual. Unlike the 790, it won’t automatically turn on and select a cleaning mode. Instead, you’ll have to engage it yourself. A slight inconvenience, but nothing major.
Otherwise, it’s basically the 790cc. It’s dry shave only, so put away the shaving cream. Battery life is the same 50 minutes from a 1-hour charge, whether on the charger or via the cleaning station. The 760cc is the model for you if you still want the cleaning station but are fine without the extra frills. It’ll shave the same way as the others.
My Experience With The Braun Series 7 760cc: Cutting out some of the conveniences means that you’ll have to pay a bit more attention to the 760, though not by much. I have a habit of checking my devices to be sure they’re working, so a few extra button presses aren’t really out of my way. You might feel differently, depending on how much fiddling you like to do with your devices.
The LED screen in place of the LCD isn’t even that much of a downgrade; it’s just a slightly different display. And since none of this affects the shaving performance, it’s still the same comfortable experience as ever.
While the cleaning station is a convenience that can’t be overstated (those cassettes are a chore to clean), it has its own downsides: you have to keep it topped up, and it’s a cumbersome thing to lug around, especially if you’re traveling. The 720s discards the cleaning station entirely.
So when you open up the box the 720s comes in, you’ll find just the shaver, the charger, a travel case, a cleaning brush, and some appliance oil.
The shaver is that classic Series 7 silhouette, and the head contains the expected trio of the ActiveLift trimmer between two OptiFoils. The head can be locked into place when needed. Right below the head is the pop-up trimmer, and on the tail is the status display.
As you’d expect, the 720 is dry shave only, so no shaving cream for you; on the other hand, it’s not really necessary, considering the comfort of the shave. Battery life is the Braun standard of 50 minutes running, topped up by a 1-hour charge from the cord.
The lack of a cleaning station will mean that you’ll spend a bit more time under the faucet to rinse out the cassette, as well as a bit more time working with the brush to ensure it’s clean, but it isn’t that bad. At worst, you may simply be replacing cassettes sooner than you’d expect.
All up, the 720s makes for an excellent traveling shaver (since you don’t have to lug the cleaning station around!) and also a cheap way to experience the performance of a Series 7.
My Experience With The Braun Series 7 720s: Knowing that it doesn’t need cleaning station makes it easier to bring the 720 along while traveling. With the other models, there’s always that niggling question of whether I should bring the cleaning station with me, but there’s no hesitation with the 720; I just put it into the travel case and go.
Cleaning can get a bit dull, but it’s not that bad. The brush does fit into where it needs to go. The main problem is really unavoidable with Braun: the cassettes have all these little nooks that you just can’t get to no matter how you angle the brush. A bit of time under the faucet helps a lot.
The 7865cc came out in 2016 as one of Braun’s updated Series 7 models. You can distinguish them by the 4-digit model number, like this one. The 7865cc is the baseline model of the new series, the same way that the 790cc was the standard for the old one.
Of course, it’s still a Series 7 at heart. You still have the same set of three cutting elements, the same 8D range of motion with MicroMotion and MacroMotion, the same pop-up trimmer and tail display.
What is new is that it’s got two extra shaving modes, the strongest being a Turbo mode for the really coarse spots. The tail display has been updated; in addition to showing battery and hygiene status, it now shows how close a charge is to completion and the status of the foils. The last is especially helpful, as you can judge exactly how much wear you’re putting on the foils and therefore how long until you have to replace them. It’s also a bit brighter and easier to read in low light.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the battery life, which is still to Braun standard: 50 minutes from a 1-hour charge on the cord or cleaning station. It’s also fully waterproof and capable of wet and dry shaving.
Another change is to the cleaning station. Braun has removed the induction heating from the new series’ cleaning stations, so it’ll take a while longer for the shaver to dry. Count on about an hour for the cleaning cycle to finish.
Overall, the new 7865cc delivers the shaving experience that’s characteristic of the Series 7, and it can be easier to find, especially since Braun has discontinued the old models. If you want to be sure you’ve got the latest, the 7865 has you well in hand.
My Experience With The Braun Series 7 7865cc: There hasn’t really been all that much change between this model and the previous iterations; the most visible difference you can see is the updated display. Shave performance is still as effortlessly comfortable as ever. The big upside is the universal wet/dry shave capability, which I love!
I didn’t find the longer cleaning cycle to be that much of a downside. After I finish grooming, I wash off the shaver and put it into the cleaning station if it’s time for an automatic clean, but I don’t really touch it after that except to take the cartridge off and put the shaver in its usual place for the next time.
As you can see from the four-digit model number, the 7893s is one of the new series. Since it’s got the ‘s’ on the end, this is a solo model, put into the box without a cleaning station to cut down on cost and make for easier traveling.
The box still has the usual contents: shaver, charger, travel case, and cleaning brush. The update hasn’t even changed the silhouette a bit; you still have the array of three cutting elements on a pivoting head with a lock. The pop-out trimmer lies right beneath, and further down is the power button with the mode buttons flanking it, and the updated tail display at the far end.
The battery hasn’t changed a bit, of course; still the same 50-minute working life from 60 minutes of charging from the cord. Since this is the new series, it’s fully waterproof and wet shave capable.
Since the 7893s lacks a cleaning station, you’ll be doing all the work of keeping it in top shape. Expect to spend a lot of time under the faucet and cleaning out the cassette with the cleaning brush. Still, performance isn’t significantly affected until near the end of the cassette lifetime, so all that happens is that you end up replacing it maybe a month or two early.
The 7893s offers the excellent and comfortable performance of the Series 7 at a very low price and good portability. If all you care about is performance and you’re fine with taking cleaning into your own hands, the 7893s is the model for you.
My Experience With The Braun Series 7 7893s: It’s basically the 720s, updated for the new series. Since it doesn’t have a cleaning station, you won’t be forever worrying about whether to bring it along.
Nothing has changed in the cassette design, so you’re still facing the same difficulties; this is not a model to get if you don’t like digging into the cassette with the cleaning brush. But it’s a small price to pay for the characteristic performance of the Series 7.
A Closer Look At The Charging & Cleaning Station
A common item on most models of the Series 7 and Braun shavers in general is the cleaning station. The station is a magnificent convenience, taking away the headaches of cleaning. All you have to do is stick the shaver into the station, and when you come back to it, it’s clean, ready to go, and is even fully charged.
Braun’s cleaning station uses an alcohol-based solution to clean and lubricate your shaver. This means performance is always optimal, and the added lubrication makes for a better, smoother shaving experience. Plus, since alcohol evaporates quickly, your shaver doesn’t spend as much time drying off.
The cleaning station is especially helpful because of the design of a Braun shaver. Braun prefers to put the cutting elements of their shavers together into a single piece, the cassette. While this makes it convenient to remove and replace, it also makes cleaning the cutting elements a tedious task, as the cassette isn’t designed for easy maintenance. So even after all the manual cleaning, tossing it into the cleaning station becomes necessary sooner or later, to ensure your shaver is in top shape.
The cleaning station on most models functions automatically. All you have to do is make sure it’s on and that a cleaning cartridge is loaded, then it’ll engage when you put the shaver in. It’ll automatically select a cleaning intensity and take care of the shaver for you.
There is a cost to the convenience: namely, you have to keep the cleaning station topped up with its alcohol solution. Braun sells cartridges filled with the cleaning solution for this purpose, and that expense forms part of the ongoing cost of maintaining a Series 7.
Braun recommends replacing your cleaning cartridge two months after it’s been opened, to ensure best hygiene quality. However, the actual interval depends on how often you use the cleaning station. There are some things you can do to squeeze a bit more life out of a cartridge; more on that later.
The Additional Features Of The Series 7
These features aren’t particularly unique to the Series 7; other shavers have some or even all of them. But they all play their part in making it an excellent premium shaver worthy of the name and price point. Beyond the mid-range, you can’t just coast on being a good shaver; you have to offer more than just that.
Pop-Out Precision Trimmer
In between the power button and the head are two panels, and the one nearer the power button has a few ridges to help catch a fingertip or fingernail. Push up from the power button, and this deploys the pop-out trimmer. Such trimmers are reasonably common on shavers past a certain price point. Its role is for little grooming jobs around the face where the head itself is overkill or unsuited, like shaping sideburns or cutting a small area down to the right length for the foils to work on.
Pivoting Head Lock
Remember the head motion? While the pivoting head is useful, there are times when it can get in the way, such as when you’re shaving the tight spaces around the nose and mouth where precision is necessary, and a head moving too much won’t help. That’s where the head lock comes in. It’s a switch on the bottom of the head that locks it into place; once the head lock is engaged, only the individual cutting elements move. The head itself stays completely still.
Note that the lock itself is on the fragile side, so don’t put too much force on it. It’ll hold through a normal shave, but always check the lock before you try to move the head. Too much force on the head breaks the lock. This is a well-known issue with the Series 7; it’s been fixed in the Series 5 and Series 9, but it still plagues the Series 7.
Waterproof And Wet Shave Capability
Waterproof in terms of a shaver can mean two things. One, is it waterproof in the normal sense? How does it handle water in general? The other is, is it capable of wet shaving? This item covers both.
No matter the model, the Series 7 is waterproof up to 5 meters, so you can take it into your shower and use it there, or shave without having to towel dry first, or wash it under running water. This makes it incredibly convenient since there’s no need to fuss around before applying the shaver to yourself. You can just shave during or after your shower, without ever having to step out.
A waterproof shaver also means it’s easy to clean. All you need is a short rinse under a running tap and some liquid soap, and then just leave it to dry before it’s ready to go again. This removes so much hassle with mucking about and cleaning it. Even if you have the cleaning station, a wash under the tap is still recommended to clean out the worst debris from the shaver before you let the cleaning station work. And if you don’t have it, or if you’re out of reloads for the cleaning station, that’s not stopping you one bit.
Wet shave capability is a different story. Wet shaving denotes shaving using shaving cream, shaving gel, or similar such products. This makes for a closer shave with less skin irritation, but it also needs a shaver to be made for it. As you’ve already seen, only the 799cc is wet shave capable in the old series, while the entirety of the new series can work with shaving cream.
All models of the Series 7 run off a lithium-ion battery. Braun has a universal standard battery life for all its shavers: 50 minutes of shaving time, with the battery fully recharged in 60 minutes, whether plugged into the charger or via the cleaning station. If necessary, there’s also a quick-charge option available: plug the shaver in for 5 minutes to get 3 minutes of shaving time. This should be enough to finish up a long grooming session, or for a quick shave.
Shaver Status Display
To help you monitor how your shaver is holding up, there’s a display mounted on the tail of the Series 7. It shows your battery status and shaver hygiene status. The battery status bar tends to differ a little based on model, but the general look is the same: a few bars tell you how much charge is left on your battery.
The hygiene status bar removes one segment for every use and is restored to full when you stick it into the cleaning station. Manual cleaning will not restore the hygiene bar; only a proper cleaning does. Braun recommends that you clean the Series 7 in the station after every use, but you can get by with manual cleans and work out a schedule of automatic cleaning that works for you, especially if you want to save money on cleaning cartridges.
Each shaver model ships with a few other extras to make life easier for you. You’ll get a travel case, a cleaning brush, and in some models, appliance oil to lubricate the shaver. The travel cases are generally well-made, though some models get better cases than others. They’re especially important, as no model of the Series 7 has a travel lock, and we don’t want to risk accidentally turning it on and thus draining the battery before you even get there. The travel case helps prevent such accidents.
Model Versus Model Comparisons
That was all individual stuff, but then you have to ask, how do they stack up when compared to each other? In this section, we’re going to look closely at how the models compare to the standard, the 790.
790cc Vs 799cc
Of course, when you compare a default version to a deluxe version, the deluxe one almost always wins. This is the case when considering the 790 and the 799. The 799 has the same extras but in better quality.
It’s also wet shave capable and has the fast cleaning mode in case you’re in a hurry. These two features come at the cost of the 790’s ability to run corded. You’ll have to consider for yourself which features are more important, depending on your circumstances.
There’s a price difference, so consider if the wet shave capability is worth the extra outlay. If you absolutely need to use shaving cream, then grab the 799; otherwise, the 790 will do excellently.
790cc Vs 760cc
Comparing these two is really a matter of convenience. The 760 was originally made to give up some conveniences to give you a lower asking price, so someone who couldn’t quite afford the 790 could still get the same performance.
The thing is that times have moved on and prices have largely equalized. In fact, you’ll mostly find the 760 and 790 at similar price points. It’s even possible to find the 760 sold at a higher price than the 790, entirely defeating its purpose. The only possible reason to go for a 760 instead of a 790 is if the 790 isn’t available, or if the 760 is being sold at its intended lower price.
790cc Vs 720s
Since the 720 doesn’t have a cleaning station, the upfront price and ongoing costs are cheaper, but cleaning entirely falls on you. Since Braun cassettes are a chore to clean, this can be a greater downside than you think. The 720 remains washable, and thus it’s simple enough to clean, but there’s always going to be those little crannies you can’t get to. So you may end up replacing cassettes a little faster than normal on grounds of them being too dirty to use.
On the whole, the question of 790 versus 720 hinges on how important the cleaning station is to you. If you feel you can do without it and you’re willing to go without the deep cleaning it provides, then you’re a few dollars ahead with the 720.
790cc Vs 7865cc
Or to put it another way, old series versus new series. Remember, to distinguish an old-series model from a new-series one, check the model number. If it’s four digits, it’s the new series. Since it’s an update, they’ve got largely the same features. The newer models have five shaving modes where the old ones have three, so you have more options for what sort of strength suits your grooming. However, the new cleaning stations don’t come with induction heating, so drying the shaver off takes a longer time.
There’s not much difference as to which is better: old series or new series. Braun has stopped offering the old series on their website, but they’re still widely available from other stores like Amazon. You can go with either old or new and not notice a difference.
7865cc Vs 7893s
As you can tell from the model number, the 7865cc has a cleaning station, while the 7893s doesn’t. Beyond that? The only difference is color. The 7865 is silver, the 7898 is gray. The various models of the updated Series 7 line are all the same: they’re all wet and dry capable and they’ve all got the same set of features. There’s the expected price difference between a model with a cleaning station and one without, so the question to ask yourself is, how much time do you want to spend cleaning your shaver?
Braun Series 7 Replacement Head
No foil lasts forever. Eventually, they’ll wear out and grow blunt, and you’ll have to switch out the foils for sharper ones. Or wear starts in on the foils and they’ll start coming apart until the blade eats right through the foils. This is a fact of life for foil shavers of all types, and Braun is no exception.
Braun differs a little from other shaver manufacturers in how they make their cutting elements. The foils and trimmers are all put together into a single piece that Braun calls the cassette. This makes it easier to remove and replace it as a single unit. Generally speaking, a single cassette should last you approximately 18 months. Of course, frequent use will shorten this expected lifetime.
How do you know when exactly to replace a cassette? Look out for the following signs:
- It doesn’t shave as close. If you have to press hard and go over the same area a few times to make sure it’s good and clean, that’s likely a sign of the blades going dull.
- The head heats up. If it’s hotter than normal, that’s a sign of wear, as the blades and foils are rubbing together and heating up via friction.
- The shaver starts pulling on hairs. If your shave feels less comfortable, yanking the hairs by the root before cutting, this is likely due to the middle trimmer being worn down.
If you notice one or more of these signs but you haven’t changed anything of your shaving routine, then it’s time to get your cassette replaced. That’s easy enough to do: toggle the foil lock on the side of the head, then pull the cassette right off. Snap the new one on, and you’re back in business.
You can purchase replacement cassettes either directly from Braun’s online store or from Amazon. This particular cassette fits all models of the Series 7, old series or new.
Should I Upgrade To The Series 9?
The Series 9 is Braun’s other premium model, and since it’s got a higher number, it’s clearly superior. There’s no disputing that, especially since the Series 9 has another shaving element and a much better SkinGuard than the Series 7.
The real question is, how much better? The extra shaving element (another trimmer similar to the ActiveLift on the Series 7) does help shave closer, but not to an extent that it makes enough of a difference. It also has a stronger motor, but how strong does a shaver really need to be?
In terms of performance, you’ll notice a difference the most if you’re dealing with thick or coarse hair. If you’ve got a bushy beard, then a Series 9 will do better at keeping it trimmed or shaven in less time and fewer passes, thanks to the stronger motor and the extra cutting element.
Beyond that, there just isn’t enough of a difference in performance to justify the jump in price. If you can find the Series 9 on sale at a reduced price, then by all means, get one; however, unless you need to deal with thick hair, there isn’t anything to be gained by upgrading to a Series 9 if you already have a Braun Series 7 razor.
Frequently Asked Questions
There’s some things you might want to know that we haven’t already covered, so here are some of the more frequently-encountered concerns expressed about the Series 7.
What’s the difference in performance between the various models?
Honestly? Nothing, really. It’s the same parts and the same shaver on all of them, old series or new series, cleaning station included or not. The only thing that changes from model to model is whether it’s wet shave capable or dry only; beyond that, it’s just a question of what kind of extras you want to play with. If you’re making your choice based on pure performance and nothing else, then any model will do.
If I buy a solo model, can I stick it into a cleaning station?
Braun’s official answer is no, as the cc models come with a chip that communicates with the cleaning station. However, multiple users have reported that they have cleaned their solo models in cleaning stations just fine. If the opportunity arises that you have a solo model and have access to a compatible cleaning station, you should be able to use it.
How can I make the cleaning cartridges last longer?
Good question, especially since they can take a bite out of your budget. Here are a few tricks to stretch that
- Alternate between using the station and manual cleaning. The design of a Braun shaver, with the shaving elements built into the cassette, means that a manual clean is never going to get all of the debris out. However, performance and hygiene are only affected after months of this, and a manual clean will still be good for the shaver. You’ll eventually need to put the shaver into the cleaning station, but it doesn’t have to be after every shave; you can do an automatic clean after every three or four manual cleans. You get all the benefits of the cleaning station while making that cartridge last a lot longer.
- Pre-clean your shaver before an automatic clean. Braun does include a cleaning brush for this purpose, and the Series 7 is universally washable. Another reason is that the debris removed from your shaver goes into the cleaning cartridge, and that’s why it has to be replaced every so often; not only will it run low on the alcohol solution, but it’ll fill up with little hair clippings and other assorted gunk that will contaminate the cartridge. The less of that happening, the longer your cartridge lasts.
- Remove and reseal the cartridge after use. The downside of an alcohol-based solution is that it evaporates quickly. This is good news for the shaver because it takes less time to dry, but it also means that leaving the cartridge open leads to some loss of solution. After every cleaning, take out the cleaning cartridge and stick the cap back on to ensure you lose none of the cleaning solution.
There might seem like there’s a lot of Series 7 models out there, but no matter which one you pick, they’ll all give you excellent performance. Whether you grab the classic 790, the top-end 799, the no-frills 720, or the new series, you can trust that Braun has made their shavers to the best possible quality.
When you want a comfortable shave that also gives you options to work with, the Series 7 has your back. It shaves close, it handles the oddly-angled hairs, and it even makes the experience so painless that lifelong wet shavers are advised to try it dry.
There’s a lot to like about the series 7. If you want a shaver model that’s durable, reliable, that boasts incredible performance then you’ve found the right shaver!