Braun Series 9 Review

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Braun Series 9 Review

Braun Series 9

Our Rating

4.4

Performance

Features

Comfort

Value

What We Like

What Could Be Better

Our Verdict

The Series 9 delivers the best combination of shaving performance, shaving comfort, and features of any electric shaver we have reviewed. 

It is Braun’s most powerful shaver, which allows it to shave through 2 or 3 day stubble. It also includes Braun’s sonic technology and Skin Guard which allow it to deliver a comfortable and quick shave.

If we had to choose the best electric shaver on the market today it would be the Series 9. 

When you have the leading product on the market, how do you go about continuing to innovate to deliver something worth upgrading to? That is the challenge Braun faced when bringing the Series 9 to market. 

The Braun Series 7 is one of the top selling and top performing electric shavers on the market today. For Braun to be successful, it would require delivering a shaving experience that sets it apart from other electric shavers on the market.

Fortunately, the Series 9 can provide an even better shave, both in comfort and performance than the Series 7. The Series 9 has a modern design, improved shaving head, and better cleaning station that allow it to deliver the best electric shaving experience on the market today.

Braun Series 9 Models

Braun is now selling the 3rd generation of the Series 9, but the shaving performance, shaving heads, and features are nearly identical between the different generations and models. The most notable change has been an increase in battery life to 60 minutes on the 3rd generation models compared to 50 minutes on the 1st and 2nd generation. 

Our pick, the Braun Series 9 9370cc includes the Clean & Charge station and is from the most recent generation offering a slightly longer battery life.

You can easily identify which generation the model is from using the model number. If the model includes a cleaning station it will have a “cc” at the end. If the model includes only a charging stand it will end with an “s”.

Braun Series 9 GenerationModel #s
1st generation90xx
2nd generation92xx
3rd generation93xx

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Table of Contents

Performance and Features

Braun has worked hard to continue to innovate while being the market leader in the electric shaving market. Many of the features included in the Series 9 are improvements on features that are available on the Series 7. One of the most notable changes is a more powerful motor that makes the Series 9 better at shaving longer stubble.

Shaving Performance

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Braun’s 4+1 Shaving Head

Braun describes the Series 9 shaving head as “4+1 Pro Head“, which means it has 4 cutting elements and a SkinGuard element designed to reduce skin irritation.

The second and third generations of the Series 9 use a new shaving head compared to the first generation. Although shaving heads differ across generations, the performance is very similar. In fact, the changes were so minor that replacement heads for the second and third generation will also fit the first generation (90xx) shavers.

Most Series 9 models (all third generation models), can be used for both wet and dry shaving. Unlike some electric shavers, you can also use shaving cream with these shavers. Many electric shavers that support wet operations are only intended to be used in the shower and do not recommend the use of shaving cream.

The Series 9 is one of the most effective shavers for shaving stubble of two or three days. When shaving thick or long stubble, many shavers, including the Series 7, struggle. Because the Series 9’s motor is more powerful, two or three days of stubble was no problem.  

In our experience, dry shaving provides the closest shave when using electric shavers, so we recommend using the Series 9 in a dry environment with dry skin. Please note that these shavers cannot be used while they are charging, but they all support a 5-minute rapid charging mode.

The Braun Series 9 consistently provides the closest shave in the least amount of time compared to Braun’s other electric shavers. Even though the Series 7 can achieve the same close shave, it can take more time or passes over the same area to achieve the same results.

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Battery Performance

In the first and second generations, the battery life is about 50 minutes, while in the third generation, the battery capacity is larger. This results in 20% more run-time, which is equivalent to about 60 minutes of use.

Braun Series 9 GenerationBattery Life
1st generation (Models 90xx)50 min
2nd generation (Models 92xx)50 min
3rd generation (Models 93xx)60 min

Advanced Features

While Braun has continued to innovate on their shaving heads and performance, the majority of their recent innovations and differences have come from advanced features they incorporate in their higher-end models.

The Series 9 is a showcase for many of these features beyond shaving performance. We consider most of these features informational rather than a factor when making a purchase decision because it is difficult to confirm if they actually make a difference in shaving performance.

All models include an informational LED that shows the battery & cleaning status. The shaver also comes with an automatic sensing feature that can adjust the speed according to the length and density of a beard.

According to Braun, the newest (third generation) of the Series 9 has a chip that will adjust for optimal shaving power more quickly. It is very difficult to measure this feature, and we were just as pleased with shaving performance from the previous generations using a less capable chip.

Cleaning, Charging and other accessories

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Please note that not all Series 9 models come with a Clean & Charge station. Models ending in “cc” will include a Clean & Charge station, whereas models ending in “s” will not.

Braun’s Series 9 models differ mostly due to different cleaning and charging options and accessories. All models come with a cleaning brush and charging cable, but only some come with optional accessories such as a charging stand, travel case, or cleaning & charging station.

Braun Series 9 Cleaning Station
Braun Series 9 Cleaning Station

Several Series 9 models include Braun’s familiar clean and charge station. One-touch of a button allows you to charge, lubricate, and clean your shaver. A fully charged, lubricated, and cleaned shaver is one of the biggest factors in getting a smooth shave.

Braun’s cleaning station has multiple cleaning modes and built-in intelligence that selects the appropriate one depending on how dirty your shaver is.

The Series 9 cleaning station is the only model that includes active drying. In our experience, this is especially useful when you’re looking to clean the shaver right before using it. Using a wet shaver when shaving with dry skin can make it more difficult to glide over the skin without tugging. After a cleaning cycle with the Series 9 cleaning station, you do not have to worry about the shaving head being wet.

Despite the recurring cost of cleaning cartridges, we recommend that most people purchase a model with a clean and charge station.

Unless you are willing to clean the shaver after every use and lubricate it periodically, letting the station handle the work will result in a much more satisfying experience.

Series 9 models that do not include the clean and charge station come with a charging stand instead. Usually the price difference is minimal between models that include the cleaning station and those that don’t so we recommend choosing a model that includes it.

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Manually Cleaning the Series 9

Manually cleaning the Series 9 is relatively easy even if you choose a model without a cleaning station. Using the Cleaning station will lubricate and clean the shaver at the same time, so don’t forget to do both if you are doing it manually. 

Manual cleaning of the Series 9 is relatively simple since it is designed for use in wet environments. 

1. While the shaver is still powered on, rinse the shaver under warm/hot running water. You can also use liquid hand soap on the shaving coils to help with the cleaning process.

2. Power-off shaver and remove shaving head from the shaver body.

3. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the shaving head to remove hairs and soap residue if you used liquid soap.

4. For the best results leave the shaving head to dry separate from the body. Lubricate the shaving head periodically using lubricating oil to ensure optimal performance. 

Alternative Shavers

Although we consider the Series 9 to be one of the best electric shavers on the market, there are a few alternatives to consider.

Braun Series 7
The Braun Series 7 offers nearly the same performance, features, and accessories as the Series 9 with a slightly lower price point. While the performance is close, we found that the Series 9 was slightly faster and easier to shave with than the Series 7. Despite this, the Series 7 is our top choice for most people looking for an electric shaver.

Related: Braun Series 7 Review

Panasonic Arc5
The Panasonic’s Arc5 delivers the closest shave of any electric shaver we have reviewed, even closer than the Series 9. While the shave from the Arc5 might be slightly closer than the Series 9, we found the shaving comfort and the all-around shaving experience to be better on the Series 9. If you are only interested in the closest shave possible then the Arc5 is your choice. If you want a close, comfortable, and reliable shave, stick with the Series 9.

Related: Panasonic Arc5 Review

Philips Norelco 9000

The Philips Norelco 9000 is another high end electric shaver that utilizes a different shaving technology, rotary shaving heads, instead of the foil technology that the Series 9 uses. Some people may find the rotating heads that rotary shavers use to be easier to contour around the neck and facial features. We recommend most people to stick with a foil shaver like the Series 9, but the top-of-the-line Philips Shaver 9000 Prestige offers an impressively close shave for those who prefer rotary shavers.

Related: Philips Norelco 9000 Shaver Review

Final Thoughts

Compared to Panasonic and Philips Norelco competitors, the Braun Series 9 feels more well-rounded and balanced. The design is modern and the shaver feels well built when holding it. A flexible shaving head conforms well to the contours of the face and neck. Even if you don’t use the shaver every day, it has enough power to cut through light stubble.

Featuring the best shave, most features, and a variety of options, the Braun Series 9 is sure to please most people. If you want the best electric shaver on the market today, look no further.

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Our Rating

4.4

Performance

Features

Comfort

Value