Braun Series 7 Shaver Review- German Engineering at its Finest
In this article the Groom+Style team reviews the Braun Series 7 shavers, and compares the key models in the range – 7899cc, 7865cc, 7893s, 799cc, 790cc and the 760cc.
The Braun Series 7 shavers are no longer the latest offering from Braun, the series 9 shavers are the latest, but they are still exceptional shavers and offer great value for money. For a full rundown of Groom+Style’s top-rated shavers then read the team’s review – men’s top 5 best electric shavers. The Braun shavers are foil shavers, if you are not sure which type of shaver is best for you then please read the team’s article – foil, rotary, and clippers.
With that out of the way, keep reading for a rundown of the Braun series 7 (and Series 5) shavers.
Braun Series 7 vs Series 9
Please note the Braun Series 9 has replaced the Braun Series 7 as the latest version.
The key differences between the Series 9 and Series 7 shavers, other than the price are;
– some advanced shaving features in the new Series 9 shavers.
– some major improvements to the cleaning and charging station with the new Series 9 shavers
So if you really want the latest shaving technology, and don’t mind spending the money then head straight for the series 9 review.
Read the full series 9 shavers review.
However, if you don’t need the very latest technology, and want to save some money, then you will find some great value in the Braun Series 7 shavers – so keep reading below.
Braun recently released a new range of shaver models in the Series 7 range. The latest shavers start with the prefix 78xx, while the slightly older shavers start with the prefix 77xx (see just below).
The changes are effectively cosmetic, there are not any shaving performance improvements between the newer (77xx) and older models (78xx).
The newer models can be used with foams and gels, while the older wet/dry versions did not support this. The newer models have 5 personalization shaving modes, while the older models have 3 – you are unlikely to need 5 modes. The only other key difference is in the terminology used to describe the shaving elements.
In addition, there are no functional differences between the latest 78xx shavers. The 7899cc is silver, the 7865cc is grey and the 7893s does not come with a cleaning station.
Which Series 7 Model Should You Buy?
If you are interested in a series 7 shaver and are trying to work out if you should buy a 78xx or 77xx model then;
– Buy one of the latest 78xx models if you want to use foams and gels to shave
– Otherwise look for the best value model at the time you are looking. The prices of all razors can vary significantly, based on production volumes, availability, demand and time of year.
The Braun Series 7799cc Review
Only a few short years ago, electric shavers were either too expensive for the average man to afford or were poor quality.
That was before Braun entered the market and changed the landscape by offering a series of highly sophisticated shavers – bringing excellence and the latest technology into the field. Now, the Braun Series 7 799cc sits close to the top of the list when comparing the best electric shavers.
If you are familiar with the Series 7, you are already aware of what a high-quality shaving device it is. There are numerous other web reviews available for this shaver online, and they all, unanimously, declare that it is one of the best products on the market. The Groom+Style review team can attest to the Series 7 being a high-quality product.
The 799cc obtained this reputation, quite rightly, due to Braun’s careful design and advanced engineering. All of the common issues that men encounter when shaving have been addressed by this tool.
Braun Shaver Model Comparison – 790cc vs 799cc
The series 7-790cc is equipped with all the latest features of the 799cc minus the wet option which makes it slightly cheaper. The wet option on the 799cc effectively means you can use it in the shower, but cannot use it plugged in. The 790cc you cannot use in the shower but can use plugged in.
799cc – wet model that can be used in the shower, but will not operate when plugged in (for safety).
790cc – dry only option, cannot be used in the shower and can be operated when plugged in.
Braun Shaver Model Comparison – 760cc vs 790cc
The 760cc like the 790cc cannot be used in the shower, and there are a few functional differences. The 790cc, being a slightly newer version, has a fast clean option and a 6 level LCD battery indicator. From a shaving technology perspective, they are the same.
Three Key Benefits of the Braun 7 Series
Shave closeness remains the primary concern for men who want to purchase an electric shaver and throw away their manual razors for good. The Braun Series 7 shavers deliver an amazing shave – virtually on the first pass – and at least by the second.
Braun used the “OptiFoil” technology that captures greater amounts of hair using fewer strokes. This is a very clever piece of technology that allows great swaths of thick beard hair to be captured and cut the first time around, as the powerful motor cuts down the hair to a manageable size.
The second primary motive for people to switch to Braun shavers is the comfort that the company’s products provide. Braun electric shavers are exceedingly comfortable, and the 799cc one is truly exceptional.
There are faster motors out there, such as the Panasonic Es-LV-81-K Arc 5 or the ES-LA93-K that are known to provide extremely powerful electric motors in their devices, but none can equal Braun in comfort. For people with sensitive skin, this is the optimal choice. Even the body of the shaver is comfortable to hold, allowing for a full, natural slip-free grip.
The third reason that Braun is so highly regarded within the electric shaver industry is that they have a proven record of being able to handle the problematic areas of the chin and upper neck. It is very common, in lower quality shavers, to get nicks and cuts in these areas, as the shaving heads attempt to contour over a face that they were not exactly designed for. The 799cc, however, performs admirably over any facial surface with ease.
Other Excellent Features of the Braun Series 7 Shavers
Adaptive Contour Shaving Head
The key reason these shavers are so comfortable is largely due to the unique mechanics of the shaving head. This ultra-flexible head matches the contours of the surface of your face while cutting, and does so in a way so that you only notice the gentle hum of the motor – no nicks, cuts or scratches.
Multiple Modes Of Personalization
Everyone has different skin, with different hair growing out of it. Managing to design a device that works equally well on all kinds of faces is a very demanding task, but Braun has succeeded with the 799cc, 790cc, and 760cc.
Charging and Cleaning Dock
Maintaining a clean shaver is necessary to get the best results with every shave. For this reason, The Series 7 shavers come with a cleaning dock included. This dock not only charges the device when it is not in use but also vigorously washes it with an alcohol-based cleaning solution that kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and leaves a fresh scent ready for the next use.
The highest rated Braun Series 7 electric shaver that does not include a dock is the 720S. This could be a good choice for those of you who do not mind cleaning your own shavers – however, in Groom+Style’s opinion the luxury of having it cleaned for you is worth the extra cost.
The Limited Downsides to the Series 7 Shavers
The earlier version, the 7- 790cc, lacked the wet shaving option. Braun has now released an updated model Braun Series 7 799cc, which caters to wet shaving audiences. Feature-wise, it offers similar functionalities to its predecessor 790cc but with an additional wet shave capability- albeit, at a small price increase.
Tip: If you decide to buy the model with the charging and cleaning dock, and you get a wet/dry model you can only officially use gels and creams with the latest 78xx models.
You cannot officially use gels and creams with the 77xx model shavers. The gels and creams can harm the cleaning dock, so their use will invalidate the warranty. Some users decide to risk invalidating the warranty and still use gels and creams with their wet/dry shaver (as the shaver can technically handle the gels etc.). They clean the shaver first to remove the gels and creams, and then place the shaver in the cleaning station – but Groom+Style cannot officially recommend this.
Also worth mentioning is the cleaning fluid – it seems to disappear over time, likely due to a natural evaporation. Normally, one tends to assume that it has simply been used up but the level drops even if the cleaning station is not being used.
The Pop-Up Trimmer on Braun Series 7 Shavers
The Braun Series 7 shavers do have a pop-up trimmer that works well for the basic trimming of sideburns and stubborn flat lying hairs. The G+S testing team found that the Braun Series 7 pop-up trimmer is most effective on Monday mornings after not having shaved all weekend; at the beginning of your shave trim those stubborn hairs that lie flat against your neck (or under the chin etc.), this then prepares the hairs nicely for the foil to complete the shave.
It is, however, not a “complete” trimming solution – so you cannot utilize it to trim your facial hair down to stubble or to do fine detailing work.
Comparison With The Braun Series 5 – Series 7 vs Series 5
The most important difference between the Series 7 of Braun shavers and the Series 5 is the proprietary Pulsonic technology that is not included in the Series 5. This technology is what allows the more advanced Braun shaver to capture hair of various lengths and cut it all consistently and quickly.
Because of this, the Series 7 offers a closer shaver with increased comfort than the older Series 5 versions. Notably, the Series 5 is cheaper, but if you are looking for budget Braun shavers, the Braun 3 Series 340S-4 may make a better choice.