I want a wall wart + a physical switch to turn it on and get the same amount of power for the same shave every single day. My faithful Spectra 8894XL Bond Edition was dead after I didn’t use it for a month (I usually shave every two weeks), and it hasn’t woken up yet so it will need to head to repair. As mentioned previously, you can get around this issue by shaving more often or by getting a more capable shaver. I think the Series 5 will be a solid upgrade from your current shaver. Hi! Sometimes you don’t want to see sausage made…. I know this is pretty late but just found this site. So I will do as you suggest. I normally shave twice a week, but the Braun had trouble shaving a two day stubble, so it would require shaving every day. The situation of a trapped air pocket was the cause. No need to remove the hoses at the firewall. As I said in the article, I personally am not a fan of that feature as I find the Lift & Cut technology to cause me serious irritation, but if that’s not a problem for you, definitely consider them. Because the shaving performance of the Series 5 is similar to the Series 7, it represents one of the best choices for men with sensitive skin that are primarily interested in shaving comfort as opposed to getting a very close shave. Hello. What’s the difference between the ES8243A and ES-LT41-K? OneBlade does have very high ratings & a sizeable number of users have approved the clean shave that it renders. I guess the quality of user support can vary from country to country, but as long as the damage is not the result of faulty operation, the company should take full responsibility for repairing or replacing the product. The use of LectricShave preshave is a must. I read your article on foil vs rotary razors and the 10 best and decided to go with th Panasonic Arc 5, # 2 on your list. I just want a shaver that will give me a good shave; I’m not looking for all the bells and whistles that some of them have. I love that it locks and unlocks just by picking it up and setting it down. As expected, the Arc 5 will have no problem shaving a very coarse beard with ease. I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT. Absolutely loved reading and very helpful at the same time . With the latest Series 9000 Prestige and the Series 6000, Philips actually ditched the lift and cut technology and only used a single blade design. Here is the Amazon link. But then again, I have a concern for the future cleaning station maintenance (the liquid) and the head replacement which are quite pricey. I am a lazy shaver (to my wifes dislike) but it just takes to long and ik get razorburn in the neck area. Having a grandfather who worked at Schick Dry Shaver in Stamford. Costco sells this for 160. First of all, the shaving heads are pretty slim compared to other shavers that have the same number of blades. So I’ve done more research and I’ve narrowed it down to a few models. A 16-inch wig with layered body waves, a razor cut and side bang with an invisible side part. Is there a good way to travel with the arc nine and it’s cleaning base? For years I bought Norelco’s – – – and found their performance lacking to say the least. The Braun performed pretty well, but at the same time I got into wet shaving with a traditional DE. I think most users, including those just getting started with electric shavers, will have a better chance of getting a satisfactory shave using a foil razor. I also use earplugs. – and what a difference! My temp gauge went clear over almost to red driving it so I shut it down. I dont have a full beard and the hair isn’t to thick (i think) I want to be able to shave in the shower because i hope it gives less burn. I checked several images of series 9 on Braun and other websites, and they all showed the shaver with the golden blade (hyperlift and cut) facing the front (the side where on/off button is). I know this last part doesn’t sound too appealing and I only do it if I really need a very close shave for something like an event, otherwise I simply reach out for a pre-shave (it’s good enough). Do you have a recommendation for rotary shavers based on your current experience? spec-wise it’s almost the same (5 stainless steel 30° blades, moving head, wet and dry,linear motor ecc. Such an amazing post !! Moreover, if you somehow managed to find the replacement parts, the price was prohibitive. If you really need a quieter machine, rotary razors are the way to go. Despite having a vibrating motor inside the head that should help with catching longer hairs, it just doesn’t seem to work any better than the other Arc 4 models that lack this feature. I need a new one but I don’t think I want to upgrade to anything that will have the same problems…I mean really if I have to keep replacing the blades all the time why not just stick with a manual Gillette Fusion or something? Finding the right shaver is a personal matter. The Arc 4 and pretty much all Panasonic models, including the Arc 5, work great on short beards. But as expected, the Series 9 won’t be the best in every situation and I’ll get to that right away. Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you found the information useful. Here are a few models for you to check out: ES-LA63-S, ES-LF51-A, ES8243A, ES-LT41-K. Would you suggest to bite the bullet and go for the Norleco rotary or could the Arc 3 perform well enough with long wiry hair as I prefer a closer shave. The shaving head seems to last longer compared to other options and it’a really good shaver overall. The Panasonic ES 8095 was perfect, with its tiny, folding induction charging stand that holds the razor upright and packs away easily for travel. But a rotary razor, even a basic one like the 3100, can perform surprisingly well in a situation like this one. The very thin foil screens allow a closer shave and because the blades oscillate at a much higher speed compared to a rotary shaver, there are fewer chances of pinching or pulling the hairs, which usually results in a smoother, gentler shave. Maybe I’ve just been missing out because I’ve never tried a foil one before. Braun actually offers a 60-day money back guarantee, but I’m not sure if I’m going to use it. To try to work around the larger Series 9 head, try to lock it in the top part position. I would like to know whether you have any suggestions or thoughts to share. Even the blade retaining rings are reinforced with metal and everything feels premium and very sturdy. Replacement foils and blades generally get pretty bad reviews, not just the ones from Braun. With some shavers, you will experience a performance drop once the battery charge goes below a certain threshold. I have replaced the cassette a number of times, and its time to do so again. You are welcome, Angel. Apart from a couple of models like the Philips Norelco S9000 Prestige and even the Braun Series 9 that can handle longer hairs (4 to 5-day beards), most electric shavers will only perform optimally on short facial hair. Regarding your questions: 1) Absolutely, you can clean the Series 7 manually to a reasonable standard, especially if you use some liquid soap and warm tap water (at least every once in a while). The very intricate inner part of the Braun Series 9 shaving head makes it difficult to clean manually. I know this is a very serious claim, but unfortunately there are only a handful of reliable resources out there when it comes to electric shavers. If you’re satisfied with the Series 3, you don’t have to necessarily upgrade to a more expensive product. This whole process only took me about 15 minutes, and my heat is like NEW AGAIN! The body is identical but the heads are the ones found in the 5000 series, along with the flip open top. Being a rotary razor, the S9000 Prestige has some specific advantages over most foil shavers. I have been living in China for a couple of years now and can tell you that Xiaomi’s (and other Chinese products) are “ok”… but never more than that. I recently purchased a Braun Series-5 Wet/Dry as I felt there are too many needless bells & whistles on the Series-7 and Series-9. To be honest, I don’t find Braun shavers to excel in this regard and I think a Panasonic will provide a closer shave in most cases. If you have sensitive skin and you’ll be using the shaver dry for most of the time, I think the Series 7 would be the one to get. So you are right, I do not mean anything related to the ergonomics of a particular shaver. So the less the better. Thanks also for the other articles that dive into the 5 and 7 series. Anyone that can help with this would be much appreciated... what is is there is a door that was designed for dual climate control inside the dash....even if you may not have dual climate control you still have the door for it and it fails...it takes at least 8 hours as you have to take almost the whole dash out to get at it. For me, the most remarkable trait of this razor was the comfort. So I assumed that’s the correct orientation. I am a beginner, I shave every morning but don’t have a very coarse beard. Shaving habits (shaving more or less often, dry or wet, etc. Is there a quiet foil shaver? There are quite a few variations of the Series 5 available and you can read my complete guide on that topic here. Here in China the Xiaomi 5-head shaver costs 399 rmb, which is about 62 USD. Thank you for your comment, glad you found it useful. That involves taking apart each cutting head, cleaning the rotary blade and comb, and putting them back together. Many thanks for your comment. Can you please tell me the reason behind that statement and which other option would you recommend for my case, especially considering that sometimes I shave every day and sometimes every 2 or 3 days? Follow us on social media and stay up to date: Get updates with the latest articles and reviews straight to your inbox! For reference, here is a complete breakdown of all the different Series 7 models that I wrote a while back. I have shaved with old shavers as well as new. Unless your unit is defective (which is highly unlikely, but still possible), I’d say that there must be a lot of room for improvement. On top of that, I saw a lot, lot, lot of comments on the replacement blades that they either don’t cut any better than the now dull original blades or that they don’t last more than a few months before they get dull. It’s time to replace the cassette/head again. They also shouldn’t come in contact with your skin. The wall socket after the process has completed. Fine skin, soft longer hairs, but that may change once he starts shaving. Considerinering your budget, you should be able to get a solo model (no cleaning station) like the 7893s or maybe even a cc model like the 790cc if you can get a discount. Just keep in mind that electric razors work best on short hair, so shaving your head more often will likely yield better results, especially in the case of thin, soft hair. Keeping the sensor on, helped a lot to avoid razor burns if multiple passes were needed to catch hard-to-shave stubbles, and did not affect shaving performance or speed. I’ll probably keep the old one as a backup. I cannot guarantee that you will get the same results, but the ES-LV65-S would be your best bet for a close shave. I clean shave once a week, sometimes 2 weeks and do this in the shower with no shaving cream. Great review. And speaking of prices, the latest generation Arc 3 shavers (model names starting with LT) used to be very expensive at launch, but can now be bought for even less than the older models. I am thinking to buy from the internet a Latest generation Braun 9 9390cc with the cleaning station. Glad I could help. That depends on many variables, Dimitrios. I replaced it with a Braun 7983s which I bought in April 2019 at Costco for less than one hundred dollars. With my slightly sensitive skin I’m a bit concerned about comfort but, if it gives me a faster shave, maybe it won’t be in contact with my skin long enough to irritate it? On the cheeks it was actually extremely good, but could have been better on the neck and chin. I wouldn’t say it was quite as good as the Prestige, but it will nevertheless be more than capable of shaving a 3 or 4 days beard. I used to shave dry and after reading your various articles I now use a preshave soap and an aftershave balm. I am 82 and have used electric razors since I started shaving around age 15. As for which model to choose, that really depends on your budget. Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. Thank you for your comment, Allan. The lift and cut system from Philips. And since the cc models usually cost just a bit more than the standard solo versions, I usually recommend getting the cc variation. Deukmejian won the primary with nearly 55% of the vote. So if you found the Series 7 to be a good match for your needs, but the price was more than what you were willing to pay, the Series 5 represents a perfectly good alternative. With its extremely compact vertical stand, it actually has an even smaller counter space footprint that my old Panasonic – which is a definite plus from the “spousal acceptance factor”. I even recall the slight smell of burning metal when that happens. Foils are closer vs Rotary shavers are for longer hair/more days between shaves. Lastly, Thank you so much for your help, have a great day! In fact, the performance is outstanding in this price range. It’s a pain switching between multiple lists and customer reviews where you don’t know whether or not their criticisms and negative comments are from user error. Now, based mainly on my experience with the Braun S7, I’m thinking of going back to a foil shaver. The Norelco 2100 cannot be used with the cord plugged in, despite being a dry only shaver. I purchased the Braun this morning locally for an extremely good price and gave it its first use after charging it up. In theory, the first blade would lift the hair and the second would do the actual cutting. Actually I expected this. First off, I ordered another Series 9, and this time it was fine. I checked several different websites for shaver evaluations. Something in range of 2 figure$ to about $150 or less. Since it is very comfortable in the normal mode, I never felt the need to use this feature. Great read, very thorough. Panasonic manages to deliver this excellent performance by using extremely thin foils machined with great precision and high quality, sharp blades that feature an aggressive 30 degrees bevel for effective cutting. Strangely the Braun didn’t come with a protective plastic cap to cover the head assembly when not in use, but I was able to order one online for a very nominal amount. Granted, the Arc 5 is not the most nimble out there with that massive head, but I still find it easier to use compared to any rotary shavers. The OneBlade is more of a niche product and can definitely be a good option in certain situations, like maintaining designer stubble or trimming a goatee. This entire website is an amazing treasure trove of information on this topic. It works great when used on shorter facial hair, so if you shave daily or every other day you should get excellent results. I’m currently using a DE razor and it’s great but I’m looking for something more convenient and able to be used in the mornings when I’m less bothered. You should be able to get significantly better results with a foil shaver. Thank you for your support and for taking the time to leave a comment, Keith. Both the Series 7 and 9 should be good options. As for the locking mechanism, I never felt the need to use it since the 3 blade head is very manageable as it is. In my experience it works a lot better for longer/wiry hairs compared to similarly priced Panasonic models. That’s very kind, Eric, thank you! My orgasm latina sex cams starting to investigate more! I have never liked a super close shave, fairly sensitive skin, have areas of lay-down whiskers; and, I wanted something that I could trust to do a good job without me necessarily being able to see where it missed. As with all Braun shavers, the models ending in cc (like the 9290cc or 9370cc) include a cleaning base, while the ones ending in s (for example the 9293s) do not. Guess I’m just stupid, because it doesn’t shave worth a darn. The Series 7 is actually my default recommendation in most of these cases. So my braun kind of got shoved in a drawer. From what I’ve read, the Wahl 5 star finale does get very close, but it works well as a finishing tool on very short stubble. Last year, Braun released yet another incremental update to the Series 9, precisely the 93 models: 9370cc, 9385cc, 9390cc, 9340s, etc. I’ve only used rotary and have found that the omni-directional nature of the rotary design makes it easy to shave sideways along the beard line. Longer hairs will cause problems to most basic foil shavers, including the Series 3. No more engine problems but my heater started blowing cold, only on the driver side like previously mentioned. Should have been doing this all along. Secondly, the cutting elements move effortlessly and have a wider range of motion, making them more suitable for shaving difficult surfaces. I have been using the Braun 9370CC, following your recommendation, since May 2020. Thank you for taking the time to share this. The Series 5000 is a mid-tier rotary shaver and it’s not really ideal for a close shave, especially since your son has thick facial hair. I have 3 options now, whether to buy a replacement (braun 30B), upgrading to series 3 (300s or 3040s), or go invest on a panasonic arc 5 ES-LV65. Growing lazy (chuckle) in my older years . What a horrible shaver. The best I could get was stubble. It’s an excellent example of high quality blogging. Thanks for the clarification. Not sure what to get. As we saw previously, with some of the older Series 7 we get induction heating and the Series 9 stations are fitted with a fan that blow-dries the shaving head. How would Arc5/Arc4 compare to Norelco for sensitive skin? Norelco should be humiliated and ashamed. Again, the Series 9 may not be for everyone, but you should at least be able to get a satisfactory shave. I’m thinking of a brown series 9 92xx cc. Thank you for your comment, Bob. (see skin reactions) A serious ... Use an electric razor and a soft toothbrush to minimize bleeding. Here are some factors that are influencing my decision: -I travel frequently for work so I want a razer that is easy to manually clean (it seems like Panasonic Arc4 is easier but not sure how difficult the series5 is or how often it must be cleaned). I was wondering if I could get some advice from you. All rights reserved. It’s been a steep learning curve these last few days. While in the past I used to recommend the Philips 8900 due to its decent performance and excellent value for money, that model has been discontinued and it’s getting difficult to find nowadays. The foil Arc 5 is used almost daily (head and face) for the closest shave. I would still have a shadow by shaving with a blade against the grain. The Series 3 from Braun is a reliable and reasonably priced line of electric shavers, so I think you’ll be happy with your 3080s. There are quite a few European variations of the Series 6000 available, but the differences are only related to color and accessories. So I’ll probably get the “better” 7865CC. Perhaps I can find a good deal somewhere. The next item is comfort. Great article. First of all, I think you should change the foil and blades only when they fail to provide a decent shave. Hi Ovidiu, Few days ago I bought Philips S9000 Prestige electric shaver. What’s The Best Electric Shaver For Sensitive Skin (2021)? Whether it is the South Bronx or the South Side of Chicago short of tanks and hundreds of thousands of deaths, this never has been a country in which order can be maintained through military force. My Prestige does the same thing. I’ve received many similar reports and the problem is apparently quite frequent. another commenter mentioned: “I’ve gone through too many Braun Series 9 broken cassettes and misaligned/broke head oscillating pins.”. The latter is usually cheaper. Even the best shavers from Panasonic, Braun leave a lot of room for improvement. I ended up replacing the foil on the Braun, so now I use both! Spoke to Braun and they blamed my shaving style, (has not changed in 3 years), and sent one replacement cassette for free. So….. my choice is set thanks to your confirmation. I’ll definitely purchase it if it works well. The Series 9 would indeed be a great fit, but as you’ve mentioned, it is a rather expensive shaver. I’m truly glad whenever I hear that an article of mine actually helped someone solve a problem. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with the community. Alternatively, the cheaper 3010s that I reviewed here is also worth considering, but keep in mind that it doesn’t include a slide-out hair trimmer. Your ES8095 is part of a discontinued series that included other similar models (like the ES8092, ES8094 or ES8096) and they all used the same induction charging stand. Another scenario that can cause some problems is when shaving longer hairs, particularly if they grow parallel to the skin and/or in different directions. There’s actually no wrong or right orientation, you should use the one that gives you the best results. My truck has heat on the driver's side but no floor, defroster, or passenger side heat, sometimes something will pop under the dash and then I have heat everywhere in a 2005 2500 Dodge ram diesel, I have no heat on the driver side heat on the passenger side. The ES-RT77 has the older 10 000 CPM motor which is significantly slower than the 13 000 and 14 000 CPM units, so I wouldn’t consider it. Since that model is now discontinued, you could try a similar one that comes with the same shaving heads, for example the Philips 4100 (AT810/41). They’re fairly cheap and can work wonders in several cases. With the current electric razor i get razor burn and sensitive skin. The return stroke of the blade could actually round the tip of the hair even more, which should be beneficial in reducing ingrown hairs. I'm sure a repair shop would have gouged me big time and said it was a heater core or something expensive. Based on your thorough reviews, I bought a Braun 5190CC kit, available locally, and it seems just right for my needs. Thank you for your diligent and thoughtful reply. The Series 9 during the automatic cleaning cycle. a closer shave still doenst mean anything… Shaving with the wilinson 5 blade hydro is a much closer shave compared to the 25c crappy bladed in the discount corner. Precisely, it’s the new Philips Series 6000. If you recommend I consider an Arc 3, which model should I purchase? He usually goes a couple weeks between shaves and uses the attached trimmer first. It took 15 minutes. If anyone else is wondering for head/face razors I think this is a good choice. Depending on your budget, you should consider a Braun Series 5, 7 or 9. But as I already said, a particular razor won’t be ideal in every situation. Overall, it would be great to hear which you would recommend the most for me between the Panasonic Arc4 and the Braun Series 5? However, I think that one electric shaver that would be ideal in this case is the Braun Series 3 3010BT which comes with a clipper attachment that works great for edging / trimming right up to the hairline and getting that clean, crisp edge. I tried to use a link from this site so you get affiliate credit (well deserved). Thank you for taking the time to ‘pen’ this article, Ovidiu Nicolae. I do have sensitive skin. It’s just as impressive as the Arc 5 at cutting very coarse hairs and the massive shaving head allows you to shave very fast. Speaking of costs, the prices of Series 7 replacement heads have recently gone up quite a bit. I have coarse hair, sensitive skin (considering my experience with my previous shaver), I only shave twice a week and I’m not crazy about getting the closest shave ever, just a proper one. Moreover, the replacement shaving heads are cheaper and the Series 5 also addresses several potential problems of the Series 7, like the head locking mechanism that was prone to breaking. Hi Ovidiu, thanks for making this list. Mr. Nicolaie watch lubricant you recommend for Braun 9 series shaver. They exhibit fewer specific shortcomings and most of them are easier to get around. What would be your second recommendation? Even so, 4 blades are still plenty enough and together with that zippy 14 000 CPM motor (the same as the one in the Arc 5), the ES-LA63-S offers top-notch performance. Braun says replace every 18 months, but based on daily use, I feel I might only get less than a year. In Europe they’re fairly easy to buy online, but not so much in the USA. One person documented his situation and Panasonic responded in a template type of comment indicating that they were sorry that the razor didn’t meet their (customer) standards and hoped that this would not prevent them from buying Panasonic products again. Another option would be the Series 5 5018s, but it’s only available in the USA and Canada. Question for you. So what is excessive? Yes, it is, but it is worse than Series 9 and Arc5, which themselves are not perfect. The Arc 4 is also cheaper as it doesn’t have a cleaning station, but it’s very easy to clean manually. In the Arc 5’s description, you said that it has the fastest motor, with 14 000 CPM, while Braun Series 9 has 10 000 CPM. I have just one doubt, as I have coarse hair and after shaving y may feel razor burn, I was going to buy the series 9 from Braun, because it is the best one for sensitive skin, but in your investigations’ findings you stated that Braun series 9 is an “Overkill for light beards and/or everyday use”. With my 7000 now quite old, extensive paint missing and broken springs on the long hair trimmer and head I felt it was time to replace. Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. also the cleaning stand was much bigger than I wanted. For many many years, I have used a blade to shave with and about a year ago found my old Braun 5 563 in a box, pulled it out for nostalgia reasons and began to shave with it. For me, personally, it’s well worth the price difference — the ES-LV65-S is one of the most underrated shavers still in production and if you can get one at a discounted price, that’s even better. I mostly shave using a Gillette Fusion razor, but getting a really close shave is so tedious and it’s not entirely skin irritation free either. The cost of the replacement shaving heads — called cassettes — has also dropped significantly and they are actually quite reasonably priced (at least for a high-end shaver). Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated. I do have a question regarding instructions. I’m seeing them for about $45. A mistake! Is that still pretty comfortable? So I’ll probably get the “better” 7865CC. Top 7 List, What’s The Best Head Shaver (2021)? Do you mean whether or not you feel the shaver pulling some of the hairs vs cutting them? during or after the shave. It’s one of the very few rotaries that I would actually recommend to users with sensitive skin. Just used for the first time. I’ll suggest you get an Arc 5 for the closest to a blade head shave. I totally agree and I tried my best not to turn it into a debate and just present the facts in a way that can be useful to someone trying to decide between a rotary and a foil shaver. So a good comparison would be to for example the hydo 5 razor. The skin needs some time to adjust and his technique will get better in time. is this a big problem for the series 9? I now own a Philips dry only electric razor that is 20 years old, looks like the philips 1000 series. More details in this guide. Thank you, Allan. If it fits within your budget, the Series 9 would be a good option. The price is within your budget, they are available in Canada, are very easy to clean and to use, both shave very close and are pretty compact as well. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and reply! It’s difficult to compare them at this point without getting into an apple vs oranges polemic, but what we can objectively state is that the speed at which the blades move is a lot higher in the case of foil shavers. It’s a shaving balm and it’s transparent when applied, which makes it a lot easier for beginners to shave. Any suggestions for a close shaving, powerhouse weed wacker of a shaver that won’t set me back another $200. I’m talking of course about long, wiry, flat-lying hairs. The Series 9 in particular is very good at shaving the head, it’s even used by many barbers in that manner. Which electric shaver would you recommend shaving black men bald head. 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