Braun Series 9

The Series 9 delivers the best combination of shaving performance, shaving comfort, and features of any electric shaver we have reviewed. As far as value is concerned, we feel like you can get a comparable shaving from the Series 7 but if we had to choose the best shaver on the market today it would be the Series 9. 

Our Rating: 4.3
4.3/5

Performance

4.5/5

Comfort

4.5/5

Features

4.5/5

Value

3/5
Braun Series 9 Review
$384.99  $224.94  

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Braun Series 9 Review

Table of Contents

When you have the best 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 has been our favorite and one of the most popular shavers on the market since its release in 2010. Braun had to innovate to deliver a shaver that worth is worth the upgrade from the Series 7.

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 altogether allow it to deliver the best electric shaving experience on the market today.

While the Series 9 is onto the 3rd generation, the shaving performance, shaving heads, and features are nearly identical between the different models. The difference for most models lies in the accessories and if a cleaning station is included or not. You can easily identify which generation the model is from using the model number.

Braun Series 9 Generation Model #s
1st generation 90xx
2nd generation 92xx
3rd generation 93xx
Our Pick
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
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$384.99  $224.94  

The Braun Series 9 9370cc is our pick for the Series 9 model to buy. It is from the newest generation which brings improved battery life and it includes a clean and charge station to keep maintenance simple. 

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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.

Shaving Performance

 

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.

Braun updated the shaving head for the 2nd generation (92xx) of the Series 9 and the 3rd generation (93xx) uses the same shaving heads. The replacement heads for the 2nd/3rd generation will also work on the first generation (90xx) shavers.

As noted before, most models of the Series 9 (all 3rd generation models), support Wet & Dry shaving. Unlike some electric shavers, you can use shaving cream while using these shavers. Many electric shavers that support wet operation only support using in the shower and do not recommend using any shaving cream.

One of the notable upgrades between the Series 7 and the Series 9 is the ability to shave longer stubble. We found that shaving 2 or 3 day stubble was not a problem for the Series 9. Some other shavers require you to shave every day to receive a comfortable shave.

We have found that dry shaving results in the closest shave when using electric shavers and we recommend that you utilize the Series 9 in a dry environment with dry skin. Note that these shavers will not operate while plugged in to charge, but they all support a 5-minute rapid charge mode.

Compared to Braun’s other electric shavers, the Series 9 consistently delivers the closest shave in the shortest amount of time. While the Series 7 can deliver just as close of a shave, we have found it can take more time or passes over the same area to achieve the same result.

Battery Performance

One difference between the previous generations and the new generation is an increased battery capacity in all 3rd generation models.

While the previous generations (90xx and 92xx) offered approximately 50 minutes in battery life, the 3rd generation (93xx) models increased the run time by about 20%. This results in a 60 minute runtime for the 3rd generation models.

Braun Series 9 Generation Battery 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, most of the recent innovations and differences between models have been due to the advancing technology they are included in their higher-end models.

The Series 9 is the showcase for many of these features beyond just shaving performance. It is hard to determine if these features truly make a difference in shaving performance and we consider most of these features informational rather than a factor when making a purchase decision.

All models include an informational LED that shows the battery & cleaning status and an automatic sensing feature that will adjust the shaver speed based on beard length and density.

The newest (3rd) generation of the Series 9 has an upgraded chip built into the shaver which Braun claims will more quickly adjust for the optimal shaving power. This feature is hard to measure and we are just as happy with the shaving performance from the previous generations which used a less capable chip.

Cleaning, Charging and other accessories

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case

Note: Not all models of the Series 9 include the Clean & Charging station shown in this photo. See the model comparison section at the end of the article for models that do and do not include the station.

Nearly all of the differences between Series 9 models result are due to the different cleaning and charging options Braun is offering with the Series 9. All models include cleaning brush, and charging cable, while only some include a travel case, charging stand, or cleaning & charging station.

See our model comparison table at the end for breakdown of models and what accessories are included.

Braun Series 9 Cleaning Station
Braun Series 9 Cleaning Station

The clean and charge station that is a familiar accessory for Braun electric shavers is available with a number of the Series 9 models. The clean and charge station is designed to charge, lubricate, and clean your shaver with a single touch of a button. This can be convenient but also costs more due to having to replace the cleaning cartridge.

The Series 9 cleaning station is the only model that includes active drying as part of the process. We found this to be particularly useful if you are looking to clean the shaver right before using it. When shaving with dry skin a wet shaver can make it difficult to glide over the skin without tugging. With the Series 9 cleaning station, you don’t have to worry about the shaving head being wet after the cleaning cycle.

Braun has built-in intelligence in the cleaning station that allows it to select the best mode for how dirty the shaver is. Rather than try to describe how the cleaning mode is selected we recommend you watch this video from Braun which explains the selection process in detail.

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.

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9330s Electric Shaver, Pop-Up Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver with Travel Case
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$299.99  $239.23  

The Braun Series 9 9330s offers the same shaving performance as the rest of the Series 9 lineup without the Clean&Charge station. The 9330s is usually slightly cheaper than models with the cleaning station, but you should consider if a small price difference is worth the convenience of the automatic cleaning station.

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Manually Cleaning the Series 9

If you do decide to go with a model without a cleaning station, the Series 9 is relatively easy to clean manually. The Cleaning station both lubricates and cleans the shaver, so don’t forget to do both if you are doing it manually. 

The Series 9 is designed to be used in wet conditions and is relatively easy to clean manually. 

1. Rinse the shaver under warm/hot running water with the shaver still powered on. 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. Rinse shaving head to remove any hair 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. 

Braun Series 9 Model Comparison

Our Choice
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9330s Electric Shaver, Pop-Up Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver with Travel Case
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9293s Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver and Travel Case
Model
Braun Series 9 9370cc
Braun Series 9 9330s
Braun Series 9 9385cc
Generation
3rd Generation (Newest)
3rd Generation (Newest)
3rd Generation (Newest)
Usage
Wet or Dry
Wet or Dry
Wet or Dry
Shaving Performance
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Battery Life
~60 Minutes
~60 Minutes
~60 Minutes
Clean & Charge Station
Charging Station
Travel Case
Included
Included
Included
Price
$224.94
$239.23
$226.99
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Our Choice
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
Model
Braun Series 9 9370cc
Generation
3rd Generation (Newest)
Usage
Wet or Dry
Shaving Performance
Excellent
Battery Life
~60 Minutes
Clean & Charge Station
Charging Station
Travel Case
Included
Price
$224.94
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Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9330s Electric Shaver, Pop-Up Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver with Travel Case
Model
Braun Series 9 9330s
Generation
3rd Generation (Newest)
Usage
Wet or Dry
Shaving Performance
Excellent
Battery Life
~60 Minutes
Clean & Charge Station
Charging Station
Travel Case
Included
Price
$239.23
Buy Now
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9293s Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver and Travel Case
Model
Braun Series 9 9385cc
Generation
3rd Generation (Newest)
Usage
Wet or Dry
Shaving Performance
Excellent
Battery Life
~60 Minutes
Clean & Charge Station
Charging Station
Travel Case
Included
Price
$226.99
Buy Now
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Alternative Shavers

While we believe the Series 9 represents one of the best electric shavers you can buy, there are a couple of alternatives you should consider before making your purchase.

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. We would note that while the performance is close, we found it was slightly faster and easier to get a close shave with the Series 9 than the Series 7. Despite this, the Series 7 is our overall 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 than 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

The Braun Series 9 delivers the best shave, most features, and flexibility in models that we believe most people will be happy with. If you want the best electric shaver on the market today you shouldn’t look any further.

Our Pick
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Shaver With Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
4,199 Reviews
$384.99  $224.94  

The Braun Series 9 9370cc is our pick for the Series 9 model to buy. It is from the newest generation which brings improved battery life and it includes a clean and charge station to keep maintenance simple. 

Prices as off 2020-12-05 at 02:30 / Contains affiliate links.