Braun Series 9
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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 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 is one of the top selling and top performing electric shavers on the market today. For Braun to be successful 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 altogether 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 Generation||Model #s|
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.
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 2nd and 3rd generation of the Series 9 use an updated shaving head compared to the 1st generation. The shaving performance of all of the generations are very similar. The changes were so minor that 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.
The Series 9 is one of the best shavers for shaving stubble of two or three days. Many shavers, including the Series 7 struggle when dealing with thicker or longer stubble. With the more powerful motor, 2 or 3 day stubble was not a problem for the Series 9.
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.
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|
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Compared to the Panasonic or 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. The shaving head provides enough flexibility to flex around the contours of the face and neck. Even if you don’t use the shaver every day it is powerful enough to cut through light stubble.
Simply put, 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.