Braun Series 7
What We Like
What Could Be Better
The Braun Series 7 is our recommended shaver for most people. It delivers excellent shaving performance and feels comfortable during use. The Braun Series 9 and Panasonic Arc5 may deliver closer shaves, but the Series 7 is the best bang for the buck.
We prefer models from the older generation like the Series 7 790cc which provide a slightly better shave than the newer models.
Even though it was released over a decade ago, the Series 7 remains one of the best-selling shavers on the market today. Despite newer models from Braun and competitors, it remains the top pick for most people.
So why is the Series 7 still our top choice?
The Braun Series 7 delivers the right mix of shaving performance, comfort, features, and price. Braun originally released the Series 7 as their top-of-the-line shaver, but it is now surpassed by the Series 9. The Series 9 offers a more modern design and a slight improvement in shaving comfort, but most people will be happy with the performance of the Series 7.
While Braun has updated the Series 7, newer doesn’t always mean better. The latest generation of the Series 7 features more plastic throughout the body, most notably in the shaving head. Unfortunately, the newest models of the Series 7 do not feel as well built as the older design of the Series 7.
So which Braun Series 7 is the best? We prefer the shaving performance and features of the 790cc to the newer models but read on if you want to make that decision yourself.
Old Series 7 Models (Better Shave)
New Series 7 Models (Updated Design)
Table of Contents
Series 7 Generations
While Braun may sell multiple models of the Series 7 at the same time, determining which generation it is from is easy. To determine the generation and features that a shaver includes, look at the model number and match it up to the table below. Keep in mind that even within generations of the Series 7 that features and included accessories may be different by model.
|Braun Series 7 Generation||Model #s|
|1st Generation (First Released 2010)||7xx|
|2nd Generation (First Released 2016)||78xx|
|3rd Generation (First Released 2020)||70xx|
While the Braun Series 7 790cc isn’t from the newest generation of the Series 7, it delivers excellent performance, a good cleaning station, and all the features that matter. The design may look outdated, but don’t judge a book by its cover.
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First Generation (Models 7xx) & Second Generation (Models 78xx)
The first and second generation shavers utilize the same shaving heads, are cosmetically nearly identical, and the features are the same between the models that are still being sold. Some of the first generation models do not include Wet & Dry shaving capability.
For best results we recommend shaving with dry skin, but if you are interested in shaving in the shower or with shaving gel take a look at the 2nd or 3rd generation models.
The earliest models included an induction drying feature in the cleaning station, but none of the Series 7 shavers that are being sold today include that feature. We suspect that as Braun released a new top of the line model, the Series 9, they decided to reserve that feature for only that model line.
Third Generation (Models 70xx)
Released in early 2020, the third generation of the Series 7 includes the most changes since its original release. The third-generation models share very little with the previous two generations, except for the name.
The design of the shaver is now much more modern and similar to the Series 9. The shaving head has been redesigned and now features a head that can pivot sideways in addition to side to side.
The previous generations of the Series 7 only allowed the shaving head to pivot up and down. While the flexibility has been improved, the overall quality feels like it has been cheapened.
The new shaving head feels more similar to the Series 3 or Series 5 in build quality than the Series 7 shaving head it was designed to replace. The new shaving head is larger and features more plastic than the old Series 7 shaving head. The shaving foils have also been placed deeper into the mold reducing the amount of movement each cutting element can move within the shaving head.
Overall the changes to the design of the shaving head seem to result in a small decrease in shaving comfort. The increased use of plastic reduces the ease at which the shaver glides over the skin. The redesigned shaving head doesn’t feel quite as effective at getting all the hair in one pass.
Braun appears to have decided that the old Series 7 and Series 9 performance and price were too close to each other and took advantage of the Series 7 redesign to better position each shaver. The shaving comfort, particularly in hard to shave areas, is not quite as good. The cleaning station now only offers one cleaning mode versus the three modes offered on older models.
The shaver has been upgraded with a better battery LED and a travel lock feature. The Series 7 ecosystem has also been expanded to allow attachable pieces like beard trimming combs and the trimmer is attachable compared to the pop-up trimmer on older models.
When you need to trim your beard or shave, the newest models of the Series 7 offer you the flexibility of one tool to do both.
In summary, the new Series 7 models offer great shaving performance and are even more affordable than ever before. The shaving experience isn’t as great as it was with the old models but will still be good enough for most people. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the new Series 7 models. However, if given the choice we would still choose a model from the first or second generation if they are available.
Performance and Features
All of the Series 7 shavers include three active shaving elements and the SkinGuard, which Braun claims helps protect the skin. In practice, we have found that the Series 7 provides a close shave without as much irritation as other foil shavers.
The first and second generations of the Series 7 provide the option to change the power setting that is used. In theory, this should allow you to choose a more powerful setting when shaving the face or thicker stubble and a lower and more comfortable setting when shaving the neck.
The newest generation includes what Braun is calling “AutoSense” which is supposed to automatically adjust the speed the shaver is operating at based on the density of your beard.
In practice, neither of these features seem to have a large impact on shaving performance. When using the shaver, we use the fastest setting and haven’t experienced any problems with comfort. If you have previously owned a shaver and prefer to control the power level, stick to the previous generations that allow you to adjust the settings.
The AutoSense in the newest generation does not appear to make a big difference in shave quality and simply removes the ability for the user to adjust the power.
Compared to some of Braun’s lower-end models (like the Series 3 or Series 5) the increased speed and built-in micro vibrations the Series 7 offers allow you to reduce the number of times you need to cover the same areas. While the vibrations do a great job of lifting hair off the face, they make the shaver noticeably louder. This can take some time to get used to.
We have found that the Series 7 can shave stubble up to 2 days without much trouble. This is certainly an improvement over the lower-end models, but keep in mind that if you have a dense beard you may want to shave more often to reduce pulling and irritation.
Overall the shaving quality is excellent on all generations of the Series 7. The shaver delivers enough power to penetrate thicker stubble better than lower-end models, and the shaving head is able to cut more hair in one pass than some other models. With this, you will get both a better and more comfortable shave than with many other shavers.
All models of the Series 7 provide about 50 minutes of use with a full charge. The battery life is comparable to other electric shavers and is ample for a short trip. Most models of the Series 7 support wet or dry shaving which prevents the shavers from being used while charged but a 5 minute quick charge option is available.
Our top pick, the Braun Series 7 790cc, can only be used with a dry shave, but we think most people will experience a better shave with a dry shave than a wet shave.
An LED indicator is on the bottom of the shavers for the earlier generations an upgraded display is provided on the handle for the latest generation.
Cleaning, Charging and other accessories
Depending on the model of Series 7 you choose, you may have a cleaning station or accessories that are not available in every model. Models that end with a “cc” include a cleaning and charging station.
Our model comparison breaks down what is included with each model to assist you in your decision.
Included accessories with the Braun Series 790cc-4. Included accessories with depend on the model you purchase.
One of the biggest changes between the new Series 7 models and the previous generations is a new cleaning station called the SmartCare center. Despite differences between the old cleaning station and the SmartCare Center, both serve the same purpose and are recommended for most people.
While the SmartCare Center uses the same cleaning refills as the previous version of the Clean & Charge station, due to the redesign of the shavers the cleaning station must match the generation of the shaver you’re using.
Unlike the older Clean & Charge station, which intelligently selected between three different cleaning modes, the SmartCare center included with the Series 7 offers only one cleaning mode. However, these changes make no difference to the shaver’s lubrication or cleanliness.
Electric shavers have been criticized for their closeness and discomfort when shaving. By keeping your shaver clean and lubricated you will provide the right environment for your shaver to perform for every shave.
The Series 7 can be cleaned and lubricated manually. However, we have found the additional time and effort required to do that justifies the higher price tag of the models with a cleaning station.
The first and second generations of the Series 7 had a trimmer built into the body of the shaver. This trimmer would pop up to clean up around the sideburn, neck, and nose areas. We found it to be a handy feature that didn’t require you to manage additional attachments for your shaving routine.
Unfortunately, the newest generation of the Series 7 got rid of the pop-up trimmer and now requires you to remove the shaving head to attach a trimmer attachment. While we preferred the built-in trimmer of the previous models, this new design allows for additional attachments to be utilized with the 70xx models.
Several new models include additional guards that can be used to trim beards, but we recommend using a dedicated trimmer instead.
Series 7 Model Comparison & Recommendations
Regardless of generation, the Series 7 offers an excellent shave for the price. It will not deliver the closest shave (Panasonic Arc5) or the most comfortable shave (Braun Series 9), but for the price it delivers the best balance of both. Our choice, the Braun Series 7 790cc, includes the cleaning station and pop-up trimmer that we prefer.
If you prefer the more modern design of the newest generation of the Series 7 or the attachable trimmer we would recommend the Series 7 7075cc with the included cleaning station.
The Series 7 is one of the most popular electric shaver on the market and for most people we believe it is the best mix between price, performance, and features.
Braun Series 9
The Braun Series 9 builds on the Series 7 to deliver a slightly closer and more comfortable shave. The Series 9 is Braun’s most advanced shaver with some additional features over the Series 7. The cleaning station included with some models of the Series 9 have an automatic drying feature. The shave head is also upgraded with a 4 cutting element shaving head versus the 3 cutting elements on the Series 7.
Related: Braun Series 9 Review
Panasonic’s Arc5 delivers the closest shave of any electric shaver we have reviewed. Similar to Series 7, the Arc5 received an update in 2019 that modernizes the design but still provides an excellent shave. If your top priority is to get the closest shave available, the Panasonic Arc5 will deliver.
Related: Panasonic Arc5 Review
Philips Norelco 9000
If you tend to let your stubble grow out for more than 2 days you may want to consider a rotary shaver. The Philips Norelco 9000 is our top rotary shaver and will better handle longer stubble better than any foil shaver. While this can be an advantage for some people, we have found that you will get a much closer shave with the Series 7 than any rotary shaver.
Related: Philips Norelco 9000 Shaver Review
Braun Series 7 Frequently Asked Questions
It depends! Most models of the Braun Series 7 can be used in the shower or rinsed with water while using. Only the first generation of the Series 7 cannot be used wet. We do not recommend using the Braun Series 7 with shaving cream or gel.
|Braun Series 7 Generation||Model #s||Wet Or Dry Shaving|
|1st Generation (First Released 2010)||7xx||Dry Only|
|2nd Generation (First Released 2016)||78xx||Wet or Dry|
|3rd Generation (First Released 2020)||70xx||Wet or Dry|
You should clean your Braun Series 7 after every use. If you are traveling or do not have a clean and charge station you should remove the shaving head, rinse it, and allow it to air dry before the next use.
Braun recommends replacing the shaving head every 18 months. Braun recommends replacing shaving heads every 18 months. In order to extend the lifespan of your shaving head, be sure to clean it after each use.
When replacing the shaving head on your Braun Series 7 it is essential to buy the right replacement part for your shaver’s generation. See table below to make sure you are purchasing the right shaving head.
Braun has delivered the biggest update to the Series 7 in over a decade to bring it more in line with the rest of the Braun shaving lineup. The Series 7 has excellent shaving performance and feels comfortable during use.
While it doesn’t provide the closest shave, the Series 7 has a number of features that allow for a consistent shave, making it our top choice for most people.
Most people seeking our an electric shaver will be satisfied with any the Series 7 models and for that reason it is our pick for the best electric shaver. We recommend choosing a model with a clean and charge station for convenience and to maximize performance.