Shopping for just the right Braun shaver can be quite a task if you’re not exactly sure what you want. By reading this article, at least you can narrow it down to which Series you want to choose from. As for which exact model, that’s a decision you’ll have to make on your own as it’s definitely a matter of personal preference.
As you may have guessed, the Series 7 is a slight step up from Series 5. Series 7 shavers tend to include more features and overall better specifications. Series 7 also cost a bit more than Series 5 shavers as well, so it’s best to find out exactly which features you need and which ones you can live without in order to narrow down your options.
The Series 7 isn’t exactly just an updated version of the Series 5. The Series 5 shavers do have some features that are unique from each other, though not too many. Let’s have a look at what features each shaver has that the other doesn’t.
Intelligent Sonic technology
Series 7 shavers have a speed of up to 10,000 micro vibrations. The Intelligent Sonic feature automatically adjusts the speed of the shaver based on the density of your beard and coarseness of your hair.
The Series 7 features Braun’s proprietary OptiFoil that they claim gives their closest shave yet.
3 personalization modes
The Series 7 come with two switches that either increase or decrease the intensity of the shaver. If you don’t press either of them, the shaver is on “normal mode” by default. One of the other two modes is “extra sensitive,” a slower, more comfortable speed, and the third one is “intensive.”
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The Series 5 features a Crosshair blade that cuts hairs growing in any direction and gives a close shave.
What they have in common
On Braun’s website, you’ll find a cool CGI video that shows how the shavers work from the inside. The marketing and presentation of these two series is done in such a way as to show how unique they are. But as you can see below, they are similar. Here’s where they match up.
Patented Action Lift / Ultra Active Lift
The lift action in the Series 7 is caused by the middle trimmer which is positioned in a way that lifts and cuts flat hairs simultaneously. The Series 5 also has lifting action due to the trimmer’s oscillating blades.
Full flexibility / Micro motion and macro motion
The shaver’s head pivots freely to bend with the contours of your face. It also has floating foils for added comfort and movement. The individual cutting elements are suspended to allow better flexibility along with the head’s pivoting action. This will allow you to get a close shave around problem areas like your chin and neck.
Multi head lock
This feature that holds the shaver’s flexible head in place. It’s good for hitting parts of your face at an angle.
Waterproof and wet shave capabilities
All shavers can be cleaned under the faucet by simply removing the head and running hot water over it. The 5040s can be used in the shower, but all other Series 5 shavers cannot. The 799cc can also be used in the shower but none of the other Series 7 can.
Clean & Renew™ system
The Clean & Renew system is really convenient and does a good job at cleaning your shavers. All of the Series 7 shavers include the Clean & Renew system except for the 720s. All of the Series 5 come with the clean and Clean & Renew system as well except for the 5040s and the 5030s.
The Clean & Renew system is great to have, but you will need to replace the cleaning fluid about four times a year. Braun’s proprietary cleaning solution refills are about $6 a piece. That money can add up over time. If you don’t mind cleaning your shaver by hand, you will save money. There are also third party makers of shaver cleaning solution that you can also use. Their solution is cheaper. The solution Braun uses is alcohol based, so you can actually concoct your own cleaning fluid if you’re crafty enough.
The Series 7 and Series 5 shavers come with a pop-up trimmer for trimming up mustaches, sideburns and more.
Both series charge completely in one hour. The Series 5 shavers have 45-minute batteries while the Series 7 shavers have 50-minute batteries. All shavers work either plugged in or on rechargeable lithium ion battery power except for the 5040s, which only works cordless.
The 5090cc is the only Series 5 shaver that includes a travel pouch, but all Series 7 shavers come with one. 799cc and 790cc come with premium leather travel pouches.
Individual shavers from either of these two series can have almost any combination of the above features. The Braun website has a comparison chart that shows which features are included in each shaver. The quality and amount of features included in each model is generally higher with higher numbers in the title. For example, 799cc-7 is the top model in the 7 Series while 720s-6 is the most basic. The 799cc-7 is a wet dry shaver that includes all extra features. The 720s-6 only includes the shaver without the cleaning station or wet dry capabilities.
Models in the Series 7 include the 799cc-7, 790cc-4, 760cc-6, 750cc-6, and 720s-6. In the Series 5, models include the 5090cc, 5070cc, 5050cc, 5040s, 5030s. The 5090cc is the most feature-packed, but can’t be used in the shower like the 5040s.
Series 5 pros and cons
- Cheaper than Series 7
- Crosshair blade cuts hair growing in any direction
- Doesn’t have OptiFoil
- Doesn’t include speed settings for comfort
- Lacks Intelligent Sonic technology
Series 7 pros and cons
- Includes OptiFoil
- Has three speed settings
- Includes Intelligent Sonic technology
- Costs a bit more than 5 Series
In the Series 7, you get a better foil, three speed settings for comfort, and Intelligent Sonic technology. If you want a wet dry shave and a cleaning station, you can have both with a Series 5 shaver by buying the 5040s, which is a wet dry shaver, and buying the cleaning station separately. If you just want the cleaning station, you have plenty of options as listed above.
The real question is, is it worth it to go with the Series 7 instead of the Series 5? The answer is yes if speed, power and comfort are your top priority. The Braun Series 7 is better than the Series 5.