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5.0 out of 5 stars
As good as it get for electrics, Dec 29 2011
I've had the pleasure of trying out just about every electric shaver from the sub-$100 Remington (Foil shavers), to the $300+ high end shavers from Panasonic (foil) and Philips (rotary) and the Branu 790cc-4 is as good as it gets in my opinion.
The Clean and Renew base is terrific. Cleans, lubricates and dries the shaver so it feels like new every time you use it. The cleaning system is superior to Panasonic's too; I found with my Panasonic Arc IV that the cleaning system left a few stubbles and it didn't smell great, and to top it off it didn't dry off completely.
The shave from this Braun is blade-good. I mean, I can run my fingers against the grain after a shave and there's nothing but smooth skin, which is a first for me from any electric shaver. It's not too loud either and the Pulsonic system doesn't cause any uncomfortable vibrations to the hand at all. The head only got marginally warm after 6-7 minutes of shaving and stayed very comfortable. There are three sensitivity settings but I find even the most intense setting to be quite mild and never irritated my sensitive skin. Also, the trimmer is very effective and the head can be locked in one position for shaving in tight spots such as under the nose.
The build quality on this shaver is unsurpassed. It's made in Germany, unlike many other shavers which are cheaply made in China these days.
About the only disappointments I found with this shaver, and to some degree this goes for all the shavers I tried, is that I couldn't get a total close shave in under 5 minutes. I found that it takes me a good 7-8 minutes to get a complete shave as you'll need to go over some areas more than once, and from different angles. It also helps to stretch the skin ahead of the shaver especially on the the neck area to get a really close shave. Also, this shaver only works on a dry face, which is fine for me as I want to move away from using brushes and creams but that means if your face just happens to have a bit of moisture on it, maybe after a shower or from sweating after a workout, it didn't perform at its best. So now every time I shave I have to make sure my face is at its driest, so I either shave before a shower or long after a shower, and before working out. In all, minor annoyances but well worth it to get the best shave from an electric.
In my view, this shaver is as good as it gets. I just wish they are priced the same here as they are in the US. This shaver is about $100 less in the US so if you happen to be heading south, it's probably worth getting from there instead of here.