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braun-series-9-9095cc-reviewComparing Braun Series 9 Shavers – The Review

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Every razor manufacturer brags about their incredible engineering breakthroughs and the unparalleled shaving comfort their products provide. Despite their “major improvements” and “innovative shaving technology,” most of these ground-breaking products basically deliver the same shave their earlier models produced.

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What a shaver! The Braun Series 9 (model 9290cc).

Except for Braun. Its Series 9 shavers really are different – and better than ever. We’ll be providing a full Braun Series 9 comparison of models in this article, but first, a few words about this line of shavers.

 

Braun – Marketing Claims That Actually Deliver

Like other companies releasing new products, Braun uses more than enough techno-speak and superlatives to satisfy any marketing department: “Intelligent SyncroSonic Technology,” “HyperLift Technology,” “40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute,” “world’s best shaver in efficiency and skin comfort.” The difference is that Braun has such a long and storied history of producing high-quality electric razors that their claims don’t ring hollow.

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Braun Series 9 shaver head breakdown (photo from the box).

The company has added an extra cutting element to its Series 9 models (making a total of four shearing elements), and the 40,000 cuts per minute we just mentioned really do make a difference – the previous Series 7 shavers only provided 10,000 cuts per minute.

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Braun Series 9 (model 9290cc) shaver on its box.

Braun says those two changes have improved the overall shaving experience by 40%, by making the razors more powerful and faster; Groom+Style can’t vouch for the percentage, but there’s no question about the vast improvement. The heads on Series 9 models also provide better flexibility, easily adjusting to your preferred shaving angles. Finally, we think these shavers look better, too.

OK – it’s time for our in-depth comparison of Braun Series 9 shavers.

 

Braun Series 9 – Models 9295cc9290cc9293s

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Braun Series 9-9295cc Men’s Wet/Dry Shaving and Cleaning System. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Braun Series 9 is a lot of shaver. There’s no need to spend a lot of time discussing the mechanical quality of any Braun razor, and this one certainly exhibits all of the German-made quality you would expect from the company.

The latest (main) Braun Series 9 shaver models are the 9295cc, 9290cc and the 9293s.  The latest models start with 92xx and the slightly older models start with 90xx.

Differences between the Braun Series 92xx Shavers and the Braun Series 90xx Shavers

There are no performance difference between the 92xx range and the 90xx shavers.  The key difference is that Braun Series 92xx models come with the new and improved Shaver Head Replacement Cassette (Braun 92s replacement head), which has been made with a more durable titanium coated HyperLift&Cut trimmer.

This new Shaver Head (92s) should be the one you buy even if you have an older Braun Series 9 shaver.

Braun Series 9 Cleaning and Charging System

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Braun Series 9 (model 9290cc) in its Clean and Charge station.

The Braun Series 9 Shavers come with the new five-action cleaning and charging system. Braun has made major improvements over the cleaner/charger that came with its Series 7 razors.

Specifically, the models that end in ‘cc’ come with the cleaning and charging system, the models that end with ‘s’, do not come with the cleaning and charging station.

Braun claims this is the world’s only alcohol-based, five-action cleaning station; it cleans the shaving head hygienically and completely (leaving no hair or bacteria behind), sterilizes the head and then dries it with a built-in fan, lubricates the inner workings, and charges the shaver so it’s ready for its next use.

All you have to do is put the razor into the proper slot and press a button; the right cleaning program (determined by when the razor was last cleaned) will be selected and activated automatically. The shaver really does perform like it’s new out of the box after each full cleaning.

 

Note – the Braun Series 7 cleaning station has a “fast cleaning” mode to have the razor ready for use in just 30 seconds – but the Braun Series 9 cleaning station does not have this option.

We talk more about the differences between the Braun Series 9 and Braun Series 7 in the two articles below.

The Best electric shavers listed and reviewed in detail

The Braun Series 7 Shaver 

 

Good Looks and Ergonomic Design

The Braun Series 9 shavers are the most attractive razor Braun has manufactured in its long history.

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Beautifully designed Braun Series 9 (model 9290cc) in its travel case.

It is silver (with a chrome option as well) and dark grey (and the cleaning/charging unit is a matching black and grey) with a modern blue LCD display (including a battery life display which wasn’t provided in Series 7 models). It is also terrific in terms of its ergonomic design, somewhat reminiscent of Series 5 shavers with a comfortable curved and tapered handle which won’t slip out of your hand.

The Braun 9295cc model has the Chrome finish and the Braun 9290cc comes in Silver.

Amazing Shave, Second to None!

You’ve probably noticed by now that the review hasn’t addressed the actual shave you’ll get from the Braun Series 9 Shavers. That’s because there’s little to distinguish this shave from those you’ll experience with any of the other razors in the Series 9 line – they’re all terrific.

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Braun Series 9 (model 9290cc) shaver head that is responsible for delivering such a fast and effective shave, even on 3-day+ stubble, and those problematic areas of the neck and chin.

We’ve already discussed many of the reasons, including the extra cutting element and the tremendous increase in the number of cuts per minute made possible by the SyncroSonic technology pioneered in this line. Combine those improvements with the traditionally stellar performance made possible by Braun’s HyperLift (to lift hairs from your face before cutting) and OptiFoil (to shield your skin from direct blade contact) features seen in previous models, and you have a close shave without nicks that you probably never thought was possible with an electric razor.

Braun Series 9 - head with trimmer
Start by attacking those really long and problematic hairs (on the neck and chin) with the pop-up trimmer to start with – then finish them off with the shaver!

Even if you have coarse facial hair or a thick beard, you’ll be very impressed.

Specifications of the Braun Series 9 9095cc Wet & Dry Shaving and Cleaning System:

  • Dimensions/Weight: 6 x 3 x 9 inches, 2.6 pounds
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, cordless
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes (5-minute quick charge option)
  • Cordless Shaving Time: 50 minutes
  • Wet/Dry: Yes – but not wet shaving with gel or foam as it interferes with the cleaning station
  • Waterproof: Yes, up to 16 feet
  • Cleaner/Charger Unit: Yes
  • Multi-Lock Head: Yes, five angles
  • Precision Trimmer: Yes
  • Travel Lock: Yes
  • Replacement Requirements: New shaver head every two years, new cleaner cartridge every 3-4 months
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Suitable as a Travel Shaver: Yes, automatic 100-240 voltage (AC adapter/charger), travel pouch included, and travel lock

Check Braun Series 9-9295 cc Price On Amazon – chrome finish

Check Braun Series 9-9290 cc Price On Amazon – silver finish

Check Braun Series 9-9293 cc Price On Amazon – no cleaning station

 

Braun Series 9 9095cc Wet & Dry Shaving & Cleaning System

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Braun Series 9 9095cc Wet & Dry. Click on the photo to check the Price on Amazon.

The standout difference between the 9095 and most of the older entries in Series 9 (see below) is the fact that this is a wet and dry system, meaning you can use it like a traditional electric razor, you can moisten your face before shaving.

It is also completely waterproof, so you can safely take the shaver into the shower or tub with you instead of being stuck in front of your bathroom or bedroom mirror.  At the same time, the 9095cc does not support corded shaving.

If you want exactly the same shaver as the 9095cc, without the cleaning station, to save some money or so you can shave in the shower with gels and foam, then check out the Braun 9093s.

It is important to understand that for the Braun 9095cc wet shaving, does not include shaving with gels and foam for models which use the cleaning and charging station.

If you want to use gel or foam, as you have sensitive skin, then look for the latest 92xx models (above) or in the 90xx range those models with the suffix of “s”, like 9093s or 9040s, which do not come with the cleaning station.

In effect, the gel or foam seems to affect the cleaning station on the 90xx range, and if you are not careful using of gels and foam could void the warranty.

Although Groom+Style cannot recommend it, as it might be voiding your guarantee, the team have heard that some customers use the 9095cc with gel and foam (as the shaving technically can support this) then wash the shaver before putting it in the cleaning station.

Check Braun Series 9-9095 cc Price On Amazon – earlier model

Check Braun Series 9-9093s Price on Amazon

 

Braun Series 9 9090cc Dry Shaver & Cleaning System

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Braun Series 9 9090cc Dry Shaver & Cleaning System. Click on the photo to check the Price on Amazon.

Our summaries of the other three shavers in the Braun Series 9 line will be much shorter than the above review of the 9295cc and 9095cc. If you’ve been reading closely, you’ll understand why: all of the models in the product line are pretty close to identical, both in performance and in features.

The first major difference between the 9090cc and the 9095cc is that this model is not a wet/dry razor – you can still clean it under running water, but it is not recommended to take it into the shower.

It’s intended for traditional dry, electric shaving only. However, there are two benefits which come with a dry shaver. First, you’re able to use the 9090 either cordless or with the electric cord attached to the wall as you shave. Second (and probably more importantly), it’s less expensive than the 9095 wet/dry shaver.

The Braun 9090 is good looking but not quite as compact or striking as the 9095 (it’s all silver rather than silver and black) – but it’s pretty darn close, and a great shaver.

Checking the specs of the Braun Series 9 9090cc Electric Shaver with Cleaning Center:

  • Dimensions/Weight: 6 x 6 x 10 inches, 2.6 pounds
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, cordless/corded
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes (5-minute quick charge option)
  • Cordless Shaving Time: 50 minutes
  • Wet/Dry: No, only dry shaving
  • Waterproof: Yes, up to 16 feet
  • Cleaner/Charger Unit: Yes
  • Multi-Lock Head: Yes, five angles
  • Precision Trimmer: Yes
  • Travel Lock: Yes
  • Replacement Requirements: New shaver head every two years, new cleaner cartridge every 3-4 months
  • Warranty: Two years

Check Braun Series 9 9090cc Price On Amazon

 

Braun Series 9 9050cc Shaver – Dry Shaver & Cleaning System

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Braun Series 9 9050cc Shaver – Dry Shaver & Cleaning System. Click on the photo to check the Price on Amazon.

You’ve probably guessed this by now – the Braun 9050 is basically the same razor as the two we’ve already looked at, but there are a few extra differences as we move down the ladder of the Series 9 line. One critical fact that American readers should know is that the 9050 is difficult to find in the U.S., although it’s easily purchased through European retailers and online sites.

Putting aside the question of availability, the 9050cc is almost identical to the Braun 9090; it’s a dry shaver, it is versatile, waterproof for washing and can be used either in corded or cordless mode, and it provides a wonderful, close shave based on the same SyncroSonic technology.

The only real differences are that the razor is black instead of silver and that the included cleaning system isn’t quite as powerful and doesn’t have an automatic programming mode. The good news is that you can purchase the cleaning center which comes with the higher-level models as a separate accessory, and the 9050 is fully compatible with it.

If you can find this model, it’s worth checking out.

Checking the specs of the Braun Series 9 9050cc Electric Shaver with Cleaning Center:

  • Dimensions/Weight: 6 x 6 x 10 inches, 2.6 pounds
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, cordless/corded
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes (5-minute quick charge option)
  • Cordless Shaving Time: 50 minutes
  • Wet/Dry: No, only dry shaving
  • Waterproof: Yes, up to 16 feet
  • Cleaner/Charger Unit: Yes
  • Multi-Lock Head: Yes, five angles
  • Precision Trimmer: Yes
  • Travel Lock: Yes
  • Replacement Requirements: New shaver head every two years, new cleaner cartridge every 3-4 months
  • Warranty: Two years

Check Braun Series 9050cc Price on Amazon UK

 

Braun Series 9 9040s Wet & Dry Shaver – With Gels and Foam

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Braun Series 9 9040s Wet & Dry Shaver – With Gels and Foam. Click on the photo to check the Price on Amazon.

The Braun Series 9 9040s, which costs less than the top-of-the-line 9095cc is also difficult to find in the U.S.

The primary reason the 9040 is much less expensive is that it does not come with a cleaning station; in fact, it isn’t compatible with any Braun cleaning systems, so you have to clean it the good old-fashioned way with a brush and water (and soap if you so choose). This model is still waterproof, though, so there’s no problem there.

The real plus to the 9040s is that it is a wet and dry razor, so you can use it either as a conventional electric shaver or with gel or shaving cream.  Yes, when shaving with the model 9040s you can actually use shaving gel or foam.  As with all wet & dry models, the operation is cordless only. Oh, we also should mention that it’s the lightest of all the Series 9 shavers and if the color matters to you, it’s basic black.

For a shave that’s this close and comfortable, and at a much lower price than Braun’s top Series 9 models, cleaning your razor by hand isn’t a bad option at all.

Details of the Braun Series 9 9040s Wet & Dry Shaver:

  • Dimensions/Weight: 6 x 6 x 10 inches, 1.3 pounds
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, cordless
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes (5-minute quick charge option)
  • Cordless Shaving Time: 50 minutes
  • Wet/Dry: Yes, wet shaving is possible with gel and foam
  • Waterproof: Yes, up to 16 feet
  • Cleaner/Charger Unit: No
  • Multi-Lock Head: Yes, five angles
  • Precision Trimmer: Yes
  • Travel Lock: Yes
  • Replacement Requirements: New shaver head every two years, new cleaner cartridge every 3-4 months
  • Warranty: Two years

Check  Braun Series 9 9040s Price on Amazon UK

 

P.S We haven’t managed to find 9050 and 9040s on Amazon US yet. We will continue to monitor and update link to them when they are available. Watch This Space!

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Hello. I have used an adjustable Gillette double edge razor on the closest setting (9) most of my life. I was encountering increasing problems with razor bumps (ingrown hairs) and as a result I had to be extremely careful to avoid cutting myself. I have a coarse, thick heavy fast growing beard but unfortunately very sensitive skin. I went to see my dermatologist who suggested switching over to an electric. He recommended a Philiips rotary shaver. I said it would be a waste of money for me since I tried an electric razor years ago and it wasn’t very effective.… Read more »

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Hi Cam, Thanks for the question. It certainly sounds like a good start, 3/4 bad experiences over a month of shaving every day. It does sound like these are most likely hairs being pulled, or even very small areas of skin being “cut/scraped by the cutters”. From here it might take a bit of trial and error to find the ideal shaving technique and frequency for your skin. Some things to consider: – do try slowly moving to shaving every day, as long as your skin handle it – don’t rush the shave, do stretch the skin carefully, and don’t… Read more »

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Thanks for your informative and helpful response Pierce. I have already tried several of the various options suggested. I have determined that shaving every day helps somewhat and definitely a dry shave as opposed to shaving just out of the shower as I used to do with the blade razor. Best wishes!

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Great, oh and did you buy the clean and charge station – having a clean shaver before every shave will definitely help as well…

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Yes. I bought the cleaninf station as well.

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Great!!!

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Hi
Do you have any idea what are the differences between the 92XXCC series. For instance in my region there are for sale the following models: 9290CC, 9291CC, 9295CC.
In general I understand there are no big differences, but something has to be, otherwise there wouldn’t be different article numbers…? Maybe 9295CC is newer than the 9290CC?
Thanks in advance!

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Hi Taavo, Yes, Braun has made it a little bit confusing. The differences are very minor, and with the models you mentioned it comes down to color and differences with the travel cases. Braun 9290CC has a silver finish and comes with a textile carry case. Braun 9291CC is the European model version of the 9290cc (so silver finish), but does come with a hard carry case. Braun 9295CC has a chrome finish and a textile carry case. The article below explains a few other Braun Series 9 variations. https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/mens-top-5-best-electric-shaver-list/ The models starting with 92xx the latest model shavers (with… Read more »

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Taavo

Thank you very much Pierce!
I read the article from top to bottom and found it extremly informative and useful – good job!
Now in September slightly updated 93xx series are coming up for sale, so I think it would be wise to wait for a week or two and get the new model with the uprated battery. I guess the differences between 9390CC and 9395CC are the same.
Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Cheers
Taavo

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Thanks Taavo,

Yes, we are excited to test the new models… 🙂

Kind Regards,
Pierce

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Which foil razor is the quietest?? My husband likes foil razors as they give the best shave and are easiest for under the nose/upper lip area. But they are SO loud! Are there any models noticeably quieter than the rest? Braun vs Panasonic? Thanks!

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Hi Erin, Thanks for your patience. I have updated our page linked below with the dB sound levels for the different shavers on our top 5 best electric shaver list. https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/mens-top-5-best-electric-shaver-list/ Although the decibel reading was the same for the Panasonic ES-LV9N-S and the Braun Series 9, the sounds are slightly different (Panasonic more of a higher pitch, and Braun a slightly lower pitch). Interestingly, the sound is similar to the top of the line Philips rotary shaver. The cheaper shavers are slightly noisier. Although the sound is important, I would think that the quality of the shaver offered should… Read more »

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Braun Series 9 is a hero in the world of best electric shavers. The run after should be Panasonic Arc5 & Philips 9700. Series 9 is a cool shaver for men.

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Hi Pierce,
Thank you very much for your explanations and suggestions.

Best,
Pete

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Hi Pierce, Thank you for very thorough review. It was very helpful for me and I am glad that I found this website. I recently bought a 9090cc model, before I read your article and thought it’s wet/dry, and wondering what could happen if I use it under shower (without foam and gel). I saw that you do not recommend using it under shower but it is 100% waterproof so shouldn’t it be okay? I also would like to know if it is possible to even use it with a face wash/facial form and then wash them off with water… Read more »

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Hi Pete, Great to hear you found the information provided useful. Unfortunately, we cannot definitively say what will happen to your 9090cc model shaver (other that it will void the warranty) if you decide to use it in the shower, as we have not tested that scenario. Braun is pretty clear that the 9090cc model is a dry shaver that “…is suitable for cleaning under running tap water.” So the shaving head can be held under running water for cleaning, but Braun does not officially say that the shaver body is 100% waterproof. Now, on the flip side, we have… Read more »

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Hi Pierce, Thank you for the super prompt and much informative reply. Apologies for the delay, I was trying out your suggestions. In the first place, I quite did not know how electric razors work. I just assumed they can trim and shave week long beards. Thank you for the eye opener. I took your advice and tried using the Braun 9 on 3 day and 2 day stubble. The 3 day stubble seemed to be the right length. However, to wear a smart look to work using the Braun 9 shaver, three times a week made most sense. To… Read more »

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Hi Sid, Thanks for your follow up comment… I will post a review of the OneBlade soon… It sounds like you are resigned to returning the Braun Series 9 which is fine, but I just thought I would paste the information below in case it triggers something you want to try. Firstly, after switching to an electric shaver from manual shaving, it can take a few weeks for skin and hair to get used to the process i.e. if you persist for a few weeks you might notice a vast improvement in results (usually this is a combination of the… Read more »

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Hi Sid, Here is the mini review of the OneBlade Pro… Link to the product on amazon -> http://geni.us/philipsoneblade Overall, I was actually quite impressed with the OneBlade Pro -> it performed above my expectations. There are a few different OneBlade models, the OneBlade Pro comes with an adjustable trimmer attachment which can trim from .4mm to 10mm. Test Process and Results 1) I opened the package and charged the OneBlade, which took about 60 minutes. 2) I then proceeded to trim my beard to a uniform length of about 4mm. This was very quick and effective. I immediately noticed… Read more »

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Only 3 day beard? 🙁 Hi G&S, Thank you for this review. This was very useful and helped me decide to go with Braun 9293s (without the cleaning station), despite the higher price. The cleaning station forces the user to perform only dry shaves due to its inability to work / clean with wet shaves. I have been using Gillette Mach 3 razors for the past 12 years and this would be my first electric shaver experience. I ordered the 9293s through Amazon and they did a quick delivery. I got the box with English and French labelling. Braun mentions… Read more »

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Hi Sid, Very sorry to hear about your frustrations. Unfortunately, it is more likely that the Braun Series 9 just does not work on your week long beard, rather than you having received a defective unit. The Braun Series 9 shaver is quite an amazing shaver and can handle longer facial hair than most other shavers. However, there is a point at which the facial hair is just too long and thick for any shaver to cut and it will end up pulling. The only way to say exactly which “day of growth” that is for you is to test… Read more »

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Can you please talk about two other topics (for this and any other razor review):
– how good, and expensive, are their replacement heads?
– how are they at shaving at tough to reach areas like your upper lip/under your nose?

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Hi Dave, Thanks for the questions. Replacement heads are available for the Braun Series 9 shavers via the amazon link below (you can also search for replacement heads for other shavers there as well). They are as good as brand new heads and should be replaced at least once a year. Braun Series 9 –> link to product on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gEy8mh For shaving under the upper lip, with the Braun Series 9 electric razor, the GroomNStyle review team achieved the best results by locking the shaving head into position (via the MultiHeadLock) and then stretching the front lip over the… Read more »

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Michael Messina

Great article! After reading this and other great posts and reviews praising the Braun Series 9 9095cc, I purchased one. Fantastic dry shave! However, I found out after purchasing , according to the user manual that foam or gel should not be used with the 9095cc. Other models however without the cleaning station can be used with foam or gel. From what I gather from other users correspondence with Braun is that the foam or gel may clog the pumps or lines of the cleaning station thus voiding the warranty. It has no effect on the shaver itself. Other users… Read more »

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Hi Michael,
Very good point. This is certainly an area of confusion around Braun’s wet shavers. I have updated the article to ensure it is crystal clear for future readers.
Kind Regards, Lisa & The GroomNStyle team

Maurice stevens
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Maurice stevens

I want a very close cut bald head what clipper or trimmer should I use

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Hiya Maurice,
Please check out GroomNStyles review of the top 5 best electric headshavers.
https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/top-5-best-electric-head-shavers-for-men/
or for the best trimmers you can read
https://groomandstyle.com/art-of-shaving/5-best-beard-trimmers-for-men/
Enjoy,
Pierce

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