The Ultimate Guide to the Braun Shaving Lineup

While Braun entered the electric shaving market with just one model in 1950, today they have multiple series, models, and accessories that can make choosing the right shaver difficult.  

This guide will help you understand the differences between the Braun shavers on the market and help you limit down your options based on budget, performance, and features. 

Table of Contents

Our Recommendation

The Braun shaver lineup is needlessly confusing. There are 6 different “Series” of shavers currently being sold and it is hard to differentiate between many of them. Within each Series not every model is available at all retailers and sometimes there are retailer exclusive models that add even more confusion.

And as if if that wasn’t enough, Braun continues to sell older generations when they release new models. Unlike Braun’s model lineup, our recommendations are simple.

Choose the Braun Series 7 790cc if you are looking for the best mix of shaving performance, features, and price. We believe that the Series 7 is worth the extra price over the cheaper Braun models. Choose an older model (like the 790cc) which provides a better shave than the newer generation. 

Choose the Braun Series 9 9370cc if you are looking for the best electric shaver on the market today. The Series 9 includes a few more features over the Series 7. Most of these features like automatic drying, longer battery life, and a slightly better shaving head only make a small difference.

Still not sure which Braun shaver is best for you? Read on, we have broken down (almost) all of the Braun shavers available on the market today. We also have linked to our full reviews and direct comparisons between models if you really want to jump into the weeks.

Our Pick for Most People
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case
16,503 Reviews
 $219.19  

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Upgrade Choice
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 9 9370cc Electric Foil Shaver With Precision Beard Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station & Travel Case
6,714 Reviews
 $299.94  

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Model Overview

Model

Shaving Performance

Shaving Comfort

Features

Value

Upgrade Pick
Braun Series 9
4.5/5
4.5/5
4.5/5
3.5/5
Braun Series 8
4/5
3.5/5
4/5
3/5
Our Pick
Braun Series 7
4.5/5
4.5/5
4/5
5/5
Braun Series 6
3.5/5
4/5
3.5/5
3/5
Braun Series 5
4/5
3.5/5
4/5
4/5
Budget Pick
Braun Series 3
3.5/5
3.5/5
3.5/5
4.5/5

What to Consider

Updated Shaver Lineup

Over the past two years, Braun has revamped their entire shaver lineup. The newly introduced Braun Series 8 and Braun Series 6 add two more models to a lineup that was already difficult to differentiate. 

Braun also updated their popular Series 7 and Series 5 lineups to bring the designs closer to recently released models. 

With the latest update to the Series 5 & Series 7 Braun didn’t just update the design, redesigned the shaving heads and other parts of the shaver that make the new models less capable compared to the older models they are replacing. 

While the newer Series 5 and Series 7 can often be found for cheaper than the older models, we recommend purchasing the older Series 5 and Series 7 while they are still available for the improved shaving performance.

Different Models within Series

One of the most common questions when shopping for a Braun shaver is what is the difference between models within each Braun Series? There can be a number of things that are different between the models within each series, including color of the shaver, included accessories, or features, but one thing that usually remains the same is the shaving performance. 

We put effort into recommending the model that we feel offers the best mix of price, features, and accessories that most people will use. If you are deciding between models within a Series, first identify which generation the model is from. Often Braun sells shavers from multiple generations under the same Series. 

Often the tweaks between generations are minor and mostly cosmetic, but every few years Braun delivers a larger update that can change the shaving performance. If you are comparing models between generations, our full reviews usually cover the differences if they are relevant. 

Cleaning Station or No Cleaning Station?

One of the biggest differences between Braun models in each Series is the accessories that are included. Often the biggest difference between models within a Series is if they include a Clean & Charge station.

Fortunately, you can easily identify if a model includes a Clean & Charge station. If the model number ends with a “cc” it will include the Clean & Charge station. If the model ends with a “s” it will not include the cleaning station.

We generally recommend buying a model with a cleaning station for the convenience of ensuring the shaver is cleaned and fully charged for each shave. You will see better shaving performance and comfort from a shaver that is clean and charged. If you are willing to manually clean the shaver after each shave, you can save some money by choosing a model without a clean and charge station. 

Model Details

The Best Electric Shaver

Braun Series 9

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

We believe the Braun Series 9 is the best electric shaver currently on the market. The shaving performance, comfort, and features are unmatched in the Braun shaving lineup.

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

Performance

4.5/5

Comfort

4.5/5

Features

4.5/5

Value

3.5/5

$299.94

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Feature Highlights

Released in 2015, the Series 9 includes all of Braun’s most innovative features and technologies. Braun took many of the elements that made the Series 7 a huge success and improved them where possible. 

The Series 9 delivers a close and comfortable shave with all of the advanced features you would expect on a top of the line shaver.

Compared to the Series 7, the Braun Series 9 offers a more comfortable and quicker shave due to the improved shaving head with an additional cutting element. The battery life is best in class and when holding the shaver you will feel like you are holding a premium appliance. 

While most people can get a similar shave with the Series 7, the Braun Series 9 is more effective at cutting 2-3 day stubble than any of the other Braun shavers. Braun claims that the Series 9 can shave through 3 day stubble, but this will definitely depend on how thick your beard is. The Series 9 certainly has the power to cut through a multi-day stubble, but your comfort is another story. 

For the most comfortable shave we would shave every day or every other day, longer than that and you may want to trim your beard before using the an electric shaver.

While the Braun Series 9 offers the best overall shave on the market today, the Panasonic Arc5 can provide closer shave. It isn’t as comfortable or as easy to use as the Series 9, but it is worth considering if you want the closest shave an electric shaver can provide. 

Our Verdict: Choose the Braun Series 9 if you are looking for the best shaver currently on the market. No other shaver will provide as close and comfortable shave as the Series 9. If you want the most comfortable and closest shave that Braun can offer, buy the Series 9.

Recommended Model: Braun Series 9 (9370cc)

Related: Braun Series 9 Review

Braun Series 8

Braun Series 8 Electric Shaver 8370CC

The Braun Series 8 is one of the most confusing models Braun sells. Sold mostly at club stores it takes features from the Series 9, Series 7, and Series 5. The shaving performance is similar to the Series 5 and Series 7. We would still recommend the Series 7 for most people.

Braun Series 8 Electric Shaver 8370CC

Performance

4/5

Comfort

3.5/5

Features

4.5/5

Value

3/5

$289.90

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Feature Highlights

Released in 2019, the Braun Series 8 is one of Braun’s newest models and at the time of writing is found mostly sold at Costco. The numbering would make you believe that this shaver fits between the Series 9 and Series 7. Unfortunately, the shaving performance of the Series 8 is much closer to the Series 5 & Series 7 than the top of the line Series 9. 

While the shaving performance may not be a big improvement, it does have a number of features that are upgrades from the Series 7 including a longer battery life and better battery indicator. It also is slightly quieter than the Series 7. 

Our Verdict: The Braun Series 8 shaving performance is similar to the Series 7 but it can be harder to find. We prefer the Series 7 and would recommend it over the Series 8.

Our Top Pick

Braun Series 7

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case

The Braun Series 7 delivers the electric shave that most people are looking for. The well build shaver gives a close and comfortable shave, long enough battery life, and the right features to make it our choice for most people.

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case

Performance

4.5/5

Comfort

4.5/5

Features

4/5

Value

5/5


$219.19

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Feature Highlights

Even after 10 years on the market, the Braun Series 7 remains one of the best electric shavers you can purchase. While the Series 9 offers a slightly more comfortable shave, most people will be happy with the shave you can get from the Series 7. Most models are able to be used in both wet and dry conditions.

The Series 7’s shaving head uses 3 cutting elements and features Braun’s SkinGuard technology that makes the shave more comfortable than the cheaper Braun models. It also includes Braun’s sonic technology that uses micro vibrations to help lift the hair from the face before it is cut. While this may sound like just a marketing gimmick, we have found the feature to be effective at lifting hair and reducing fewer passes over the same area.

The 50 minute battery life is sufficient for most trips and the travel case will protect the shaver from turning on while in your suitcase. The cleaning station is well built and we would recommend buying a model that includes the cleaning station for convenience. 

New Series 7 vs Old Series 7

In early 2020, Braun released an updated model of the Series 7 to the United States. The new models come with a lower price and feature an updated design with a new shaving head. Unfortunately newer models feature more plastic in the shaving head and don’t feel as solid as the older models.

In our experience the older models are slightly more comfortable to use and required less passes over the same area. One notable change is the new Autosense technology in the new Series 7. Unlike the multiple speed modes offered on the older models of the Series 7, the newer models will sense the density of your beard and automatically adjust the power. 

We prefer the older models and the ability to choose a faster or slower speed for more sensitive areas like the neck. These changes all add up to a slightly less impressive shaver than the older model of the Series 7 was. It feels most of these changes were made to create more separation between the top of the line Series 9 and the Series 7.

With Braun still selling both the old and new Series 7, and despite the new lower price of the newer models, we would recommend buying one of the older models while they are still available.

Braun Series 7 Model #s
Old Series 7 (1st and 2nd Generation) 7xx, 78xx
New Series 7 (3rd Generation) 70xx

Our Verdict: The Braun Series 7 delivers the best mix of performance, features, and price of any electric shaver on the market today. We prefer the older design of the Series 7 but most people will be happy with any generation of the Series 7.

Recommended Model: Braun Series 7 (790cc)

Related: Braun Series 7 Review

Our Pick
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 790cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Foil Shaver, Clean & Charge Station and Travel Case
16,503 Reviews
 $219.19  

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Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 7 7075cc 360 Flex Head Electric Foil Shaver with Beard Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, 4in1 SmartCare Center and Travel Case
1,833 Reviews
 $159.94  

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Braun Series 6

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 6 6072cc SensoFlex Electric Foil Shaver with Precision Beard Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry with 4in1 SmartCare Center and Travel Case

One of the newest additions to the Braun shaver lineup, the Braun Series 6 provides a decent shave, but better Braun shavers are available for about the same price. We would recommend stepping up to the Series 7 for a better shave or a Series 5 for a similar shave for a lower price.

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 6 6072cc SensoFlex Electric Foil Shaver with Precision Beard Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry with 4in1 SmartCare Center and Travel Case

Performance

3.5/5

Comfort

4/5

Features

3.5/5

Value

3/5


$119.96

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Feature Highlights

Released in 2019, the new Braun Series 6 struggles to offer any compelling reasons to purchase it over the Series 7 or older generation of the Series 5. The features are nearly identical to the rest of the Braun lineup, the range of models offers the exact same accessories, and even the design is difficult to find many differences on. 

The Series 6 feels like it was created to hit the $100 price point only, featuring small changes that are hard to notice but result in a shave that makes it difficult to recommend.

The Series 6 shavers use the same shaving head as the new Series 5 (53b). This new shaving head only moves in 2 directions (up and down) on the Series 6 compared to the 3 direction (up, down, left-to-right) movement offered on the Series 7. The The Series 6 also offers slightly less power than the Series 7 which can cause discomfort if you shave every other day or less frequently.

These two small differences result in a shave which requires more time and passes to get a close and comfortable shave compared to the Series 7. 

Our Verdict: With the features, battery life, and accessories being almost the same as the rest of the lineup we would recommend stepping up to the Series 7 for a more comfortable and quicker shave. If the Series 7 is out of your price range, consider the older models of the Series 5. We prefer the shave of the older Series 5 to the Series 6. 

Braun Series 5

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 5 5190cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Clean & Charge Station

The Braun Series 5 offers a good shave experience for most people who will shave every day. The Series 5 may require more passes over the same area compared to the more expensive Braun models but the closeness will be competitive with the Series 7. 

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 5 5190cc Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Clean & Charge Station

Performance

4/5

Comfort

3.5/5

Features

4/5

Value

4/5


$149.94

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Feature Highlights

Just like the Series 7, the Braun Series 5 went through a massive redesign in 2020 resulting in multiple generations of the Series 5 being sold at the same time. The Series 5 has been in an odd spot of the Braun shaver lineup for the past few years. Before the release of the Series 9 the Series 5 occupied the middle market between the Series 3 and the Series 7. But, as the Braun lineup has continued to expand, adding the Series 6, 8, and 9, it is hard to decide what the target market is for the Series 5. 

The Series 5 offers a powerful enough motor to shave through a day or two worth of stubble, but if you typically shave every other day or less frequently we would recommend stepping up to the Series 7. We have found the closeness of the shave to be satisfying but not in the league of the Braun Series 9 or even the Panasonic Arc3 which is often available around the same price. 

The Series 5 does not feature the sonic technology that the Series 7 and Series 9 offer and because it that if often requires more passes over the same area to capture all the hair. These extra passes combined with the lack of the SkinGuard offered in the more expensive models results in a shave that simply isn’t as comfortable as those more expensive shavers. 

While it may not be as comfortable as some of the other Braun shavers, it is still more comfortable than most of the Panasonic, Philips, or Remington shavers we have reviewed.

The Braun Series 5 offers the typical range of features and accessories that have become standard for most shavers in the Braun lineup. A 50 minute battery life, a pop-up or attachable trimmer, travel case, and cleaning center all are well designed and compliment the daily use of the shaver. 

New Series 5 vs Old Series 5

We prefer the older generation of the Series 5 that delivers a better shave than the newer models and comes with a number of features that we prefer to the newest models. The price difference between the old and the new models represent the change in shave quality offered by the models. The newer models offer a shave closer to the Series 3 than the Series 7 while the previous generation of the Series 5 offers a shave that can be comparable to the Series 7.

The Series 5 can deliver a shave similar to the Series 7, but often requires more passes due to fewer pivot points on the shaver head, a slightly less powerful motor, and the lack of the sonic vibration technology that helps to lifts hair from the skin. 

Our Verdict: The Braun Series 5 offers a good shave and is reasonably comfortable. The older models of the Series 5 offer a shave close to the Series 7 while the newer models are a step down in shaving comfort and closeness. Most people will appreciate the better shave offered by the Series 7 for slight increase in price.

Recommended Model: Braun Series 5 (5190cc)

The Best Budget Shaver

Braun Series 3

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 3 3040s Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver

The Braun Series 3 is the best budget shaver on the market today. Expect some limitations on the shave experience if you are limiting yourself to a budget shaver. Despite its limitations, the Series 3 can be a good choice if you are looking to dip your toe in electric shaving.

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 3 3040s Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver

Performance

4/5

Comfort

3.5/5

Features

4/5

Value

4/5

$79.99
$60.00

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Feature Highlights

The Braun Series 3 is Braun’s entry level model that delivers on being a good budget shaver. More expensive than some competitors, the Series 3 offers what we would consider to be the minimum acceptable shaving experience. But for some people that will be enough and the price is a great point to dip your toe into electric shaving.

The Series 3 does not offer any of the advanced features of the more expensive models, but it does include wet and dry capability, a rechargeable battery, and a pop-up or attachable trimmer. We would recommend skipping any model of the Series 3 that includes a cleaning station, instead look at the Series 5 which is usually available around the same price and will provide a better shave.

The Series 3 shaving performance is limited by the lack of movement provided by the shaving head which can make it difficult to shave around the jaw and neck. Expect to have to make multiple passes over the same area to get a clean shave.

Where the Series 3 struggles the most is shaving through thicker beards or if you prefer to shave every other day or less frequently. If you shave every day, have a thin beard, and are looking to spend less than $100 consider the Series 3. If you have a thicker beard you will appreciate the more powerful and better shaving Series 5 or Series 7. 

Recommended Model: Braun Series 3 (3040s)