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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but it is the best electric shaver out there, Jan. 27 2016
I've been using a Braun series 7 shaver (790cc-4) for the last 4 years and it's been great. I recently got the chance to try out a Panasonic shaver (ES-LV65) and while it provided a very close shave, it irritated my skin, especially my neck which is sensitive, to the point that I had to stop using it after only one week.

I picked up the new Braun series 9 (9095cc) from my local BedBath&Beyond as was sold out. I wanted to see what improvements Braun has managed to pack into their newest and most expensive shaver. For reference, there are a number of different models within the series 9, some are dry-shave-only (e.g. 9090cc) while others don't come with the clean and charge base (e.g. 9093s). The 9095cc is Braun's top (full-featured) model.

Braun stuck with a plastic body but with a polished chrome finish. I have to say I was less than impressed when I saw it. It's one thing to have polished chrome metal but to some this one may scream plastic and cheap, not to mention it's a fingerprint magnet. The look did grow on me after a while but I do prefer the matte finish of the series 7. The new shaver is larger than the 7 but surprisingly lighter (by only a few grams). It fits in my relatively large hands very well and it feels well balanced, yet somewhat less robust and substantial than the 7.

The new head-lock switch is big and the shaver head can now be locked in 5 different positions. The head can still be moved by hand even when locked. I think some may prefer the head-lock mechanism on the 7 as it's easier to operate and it instantly and firmly locks the head in the one preferred position. Time will tell if the new system proves more useful or practical.

The trimmer is now on the back of the shaver with the trimmer teeth always exposed (the 790's trimmer folds into the body hiding the teeth, which I prefer). At first I found the new trimmer to be average at best; it's hard to see exactly where it's trimming and didn't cut quite as well as the series 7's trimmer. But then I started using it the way I used the 790's trimmer, with an upwards (towards the head) motion instead of downwards, which can be counterintuitive at first, but doing so made it cut a little better and it made it easier to see exactly where it's cutting. I still think the Series 7's trimmer performed better overall but I do like how much easier it is now to pop up the trimmer as well as its new location compared to the awkwardly placed one on 790.

Braun's new clean and charge base is a little larger than before, taking up a bit more counter space, and it seems to want to default to the highest intensive cleaning program (instead of the light or mid programs) even after a fairly short shave. From my brief experience so far this seems to have caused a small but noticeable increase in cleaning fluid consumption, which is unfortunate. The old induction drier on the series 7's base has been replaced with a fan that runs a 40 mins dry cycle. While the drying process is no longer silent, I found the fan to be much more effective as the shaver is now completely dry at the end. In contrast, my series 7 would always have some liquid and oil left on the shaver head after the dry cycle.

The shave head is quite a bit bigger than the 7's but the two main outer foil cutters (Optifoils) are mostly unchanged, at least in appearance; they have roughly the same shape, size, cutout pattern and protrusion as the 70S foil/cutter cassette from the series 7. What Braun did was remove the Activelift middle trimmer from the 7 and replaced it with two separate trimmers that function independently on the 9 (one for flat lying hairs and the other for hairs that grow in different directions). I found the new foil and cutter block is much easier to take off and install compared to the 790's which required a little more effort and finesse.

The 9095cc is a full wet shaver; it can be used dry but can also be used with shaving creams and in the shower. Personally I only shave dry for the convenience and speed. Unlike the dry-only 790cc, the 9095 for safety reasons cannot be operated when plugged in and can only be powered by its internal non-replaceable battery. Of course the downside of that is once the battery is dead, so is the shaver.

I found the new shaver to be slightly quieter than the series 7 when running, the buzzing seems more muted. However, once it's on the base and in the cleaning cycle it was a little louder than the 7 during cleaning. The series 9 has a travel lock which my 790 didn't. It prevents accidental activation of the shaver (great for travel). The new carrying case for the 9095 is a hard leather zippered case which is an upgrade from the 7's cloth hard case. After the shaver is cleaned and fully charged in the base, all the lights turn off which is nice. On my 790, the shaver's bright blue LED stays on which can be very annoying.

So how does the new series 9's shave performance compare to the 7's? After the first two shaves I was ready to write a critical review but decided to stick with it for a bit before judging. After about a dozen shaves I started seeing major improvements in shave closeness especially above the jawline; the shave is noticeably closer and requires fewer passes than my 790. It still missed a number of flat-lying hairs on my neck (similar to my 790 in this regard) and I have to go over the neck area numerous times, from different angles along with some skin stretching, to get them. The new large head made shaving under the nose and around sideburns a little more difficult but was not a problem overall.

It seems the series 9's motor is quite a bit more powerful than the series 7's, even though both have the same 10,000 vibrations per second rating. A four day growth was mowed down with ease using the 9, with no hair pulling. I even went 5 days without shaving once just to test this and sure enough, no pulls or discomfort at all. In contrast, I used to make sure not to go more than 2 days between shaves using the series 7, as it struggled with even a 3 day growth causing painful stubble pulling. I think Braun definitely succeeded in improving the shaver performance on longer stubble either by improving the sonic technology from the series 7 and/or the new 90-series cutters themselves. It's great now that I am able to easily go up to 5 days between shaves without any issues.

All in all, I am very happy with the shaver, which displayed a definite improvement over the series 7's shave performance. While I was somewhat disappointed with some aspects (the chrome finish, trimmer performance, larger base, higher cleaning fluid consumption), I deducted only one star because where it counts the most this shaver shines; the shave closeness is great while maintaining absolute comfort, something Braun has always been well known for.

The value proposition is somewhat questionable. At almost double the price of what you can get the series 7 for, its current asking price is steep in my opinion. As a dry-shave-only user with no interest in wet shaving, I wish the 9090cc was available in Canada. It would not only have been a little cheaper but also usable with the AC adapter plugged in for when the battery eventually dies.

If you can stomach its steep price then you should give the 9095cc a try and see for yourself. My only advice is to try it for a few weeks before judging. Braun includes a 60 day satisfaction guarantee where you can send the shaver back to Braun for a full refund if it doesn't work well for your beard. But honestly, I can't imagine many people returning it; in my opinion it's the absolute best electric shaver on the market today.

Oster ShedMonster De-Shedding Tool for Medium to Long Coats, Yellow
Oster ShedMonster De-Shedding Tool for Medium to Long Coats, Yellow
Price: CDN$ 16.99
11 used & new from CDN$ 16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for our long-haired cat, July 12 2015
We have a 10 yr old female long-haired Norwegian forest cat that sheds a lot of hair and gets tons of hairballs. I've tried so many cheap brushes that didn't work well, I finally gave in and ordered a FURminator for in-store pickup at my local PetSmart.

On my way to pick it up I stopped by a BedBath&Beyond and came across the ShedMonster for about $15. I decided to cancel my FURminator order and give this one a try. I made sure to ask that I can return the ShedMonster for a refund if it didn't work, fully expecting to do just that after trying it, especially given the ShedMonster is a third of the price.

I can honestly say I'm so glad I cancelled my order for the FURminator and gave this a shot.

It worked exceptionally well on our cat. We were amazed at how much hair it pulled out the first try and it's so easy to clear the hair from the head of the unit, you just pull them gently in the opposite direction to the collection and they all come out. To top it off, our cat loved the feel of the brush. There were no sharp edges at all, something that worried me a little about the FURminator.

Not sure why some reviews mention that this isn't for cats; maybe the kind of cat and hair length makes a difference. For our cat, it worked perfectly. Give it a try and see for yourself.

Kuvings Silent Juicer SC Series With Detachable Smart Cap, Silver Pearl
Kuvings Silent Juicer SC Series With Detachable Smart Cap, Silver Pearl

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty awesome juicer, Dec 15 2014
We bought this exact same juicer from our local Costco warehouse (not available from Costco online) for $279 and it came bundled with the sorbet maker attachment ($25 value). Since it’s the same juicer I thought I’d write a review here as well for fellow Amazon shoppers.

My wife and I have been juicing for 2 years. We’ve been using a fast centrifugal-type juicer, a Breville model (800JEXL) that’s comparably priced to this one. Our typical daily juice includes; carrots, celery, cucumber, lemon, apples, kale, spinach, ginger root and beets. Sometimes we also include kiwi, oranges and a lime.

We’ve been comparing the two juicers for the last few weeks and if I was to summarize the differences in one sentence it would be this: The juice quality and yield from the Kuvings is a lot better than from the Breville, but the speed and clean-up of the Breville almost makes up for it.

Compared to the centrifugal Breville juicer, here are the pros and cons of the Kuvings:

1. Excellent juice yield from every type of vegetable and fruit we’ve tried
2. Same produce made up to a quarter more juice (in volume)
3. Leftover/discarded pulp was very dry
4. Juice for the most part did not separate into juice water and juice particles like it does with the Breville
5. Due to its low speed, very little oxidation occurs
6. Maintains nutrients due to no heat from the low speed press
7. Very quiet operation - can be used when others in the house are sleeping
8. 10 year warranty

1. Very slow juicing process
2. Need to cut down most produce into small pieces
3. A lot more parts to disassemble for cleaning, some not easily taken apart
4. A lot of nooks and crannies for pulp to get stuck in, making the cleanup process very tedious
5. Compared to the Breville, a lot more pulp is in the juice - use a strainer when pouring juice

A few notes to add:
- The cleanup process takes me almost 20 minutes for a good clean; the Breville takes me about 5 minutes.
- I recommend the removal and cleaning of the silicone ring at the bottom of the bowl every time.
- We haven’t needed to remove the 3 rotating rubber wipers for cleaning very often but they are removable.
- The rotating cleaning tool for the strainer/screen is cool but not very handy as you still need to use the other brush to clean the screen by hand both inside and out.
- After juicing, close the juice cap and pour water from the top into the juicer until the bowl fills up and run it for a minute or so then clear the water out. This helps cut down the cleaning process somewhat.
- The produce that needs cutting down the most are the stringy green type (i.e.. Celery).
- Cutting down the produce eliminates clogging and stoppages.
- Alternate carrots in between other produce; of all the foods we found carrots to move pulp through the ejector the best, clearing all pulp in the process.
- We barely needed to use the pusher, if you’re having to force food down then you may be going too fast and/or not cutting down the produce small enough.
- At first we noticed a small amount of juice leaking from the bottom of the bowl onto the main unit but it was due to the pulp-plug in the bowl not having been inserted all the way in.
- I assumed that the parts are dishwasher safe, the manual actually says otherwise. Hand-washing is what’s recommended.

Overall, even with the lengthy clean-up process we still highly recommend this juicer. Where it counts the most, yield and juice quality, this is a winner. Took off one star for the long clean-up process and the amount of pulp left in the juice.

Oral B Precision Black 7000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth
Oral B Precision Black 7000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth
Price: CDN$ 177.85
9 used & new from CDN$ 165.40

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, Oct. 10 2014
This is our 3rd Oral-B electric toothbrush. My wife and I have always been partial towards them as the smaller round head of the Oral-B system worked best for us in cleaning tight, hard to reach areas such as wisdom teeth.

We've owned a basic Oral-B model many years ago that we eventually replaced with the Oral-B Professional Care Triumph about 6 years ago. The Triumph is the predecessor to the current Professional Care 5000 and also came with the Smart Guide.

Our Triumph served us well. The battery eventually started losing charge, lasting only a few days before needing a recharge. More critically, the plastic started to chip around the top causing the head to twist somewhat loosely, so it was time to replace it.

We compared the 5000 and 7000 and really had a hard time choosing until (U.S. site) put the 7000 on sale while at the same time Oral-B was giving an additional $30-off via an instant online coupon, making it cheaper than the 5000 so I decided to order it.

Even with the exchange rate, shipping to Canada, taxes and duty etc... it came to ~$30 less than the lowest price, which itself was significantly cheaper than all Canadian brick and mortar stores (which were all selling for above $200). And to my surprise the package that came was the full retail Canadian packaging with both English and French text, manuals and included both US and Canadian warranty.

There are two disappointing things about the 7000 that I should mention:

1. The battery is still NiMH. I had hoped that Oral-B had finally transitioned to Lithium Ion but they haven't.
2. The included AC charger is 110V only. My old Triumph included a world charger (100V-240V) which now Oral-B sells separately.

These might be deal breakers for some but I knew going in about them and they didn't impact us. First, our old Triumph also had a NiMH battery and with proper care (e.g. complete discharge every 6 months) it easily lasted 5+ years; by that time we started seeing other, more pressing, physical breakdowns necessitating a replacement. Second, the 10-day battery life on the 7000 covers most of our trips outside North America.

Now if you can live with these two limitations then you're in for a real treat with this toothbrush. Compared to our old Triumph, which we still consider it to be a great toothbrush, this one just trumps it in most respects.

It's thinner and lighter yet Oral-B managed to somehow retain, if not improve, the feel in the hand. The outer casing has rubbery parts and is more sticky (in a good way) than the Triumph which was very slippery especially when wet. Operation wise, button layout, modes etc... are almost identical (the 7000 has one additional mode than the 5000 - 6 modes in total) making it really easy to pick up and use without even reading the manual - it's very intuitive.

The toothbrush, shockingly, took almost 24 hours to fully charge from a complete discharge state, which is much, much slower than any of our previous toothbrushes. This is partly due to the use of a NiMH-type battery, but more likely I think Oral-B went to a new charging model (old Triumph charger does not work with the new 7000) where it now trickle charges instead of the old fast charge method. Upon further researching, if it is indeed true that this new charger is a trickle-type charger, then it's a good thing as evidence suggests that trickle charging these types of batteries not only reduces heat and wear on the battery but can in most cases significantly prolong battery life and charge cycles. Maybe that's Oral-B's small way of combating long term battery issues without going to Lithium Ion.

The new Smart Guide is a little smaller but unlike the old one which when sitting its LCD display was angled slightly up, making it easy to read, this one sits with its face perpendicular to the surface so when looking down on it the display is a little faded. It comes with a clear mounting apparatus that allows you to have it mounted on a bathroom mirror. I found that with the mounting apparatus installed, but without actually mounting it to a mirror, you can have it sit on the counter with the display angled slightly up, making it much easier to read and this became our preferred placement option.

While it is nice to see the timer and sequence of mouth quadrants while brushing, I don't think the Smart Guide adds much value overall. However we do find that it makes a great bathroom clock so that's handy.

The travel case that's included is really nice. So nice in fact that I almost feel like I need a case for the case. The inner lining is removable and can be washed in a dishwasher.

The kit included three different Oral-B brush-heads. Our favorite is the Floss Action; one of which is included.

Up to four brush-heads can be stored neatly on the charging base and each brush-head, as with most Oral-B units, can have a different colored ring on the bottom to differentiate individual ones (his, hers etc...).

But where it counts the most, teeth cleaning and gum massaging performance, is where ultimately one decides whether this is a good buy or not. And boy is this ever great in those regards. After using it the first time, my teeth and gums felt phenomenal, got that tingly sensation back (that one you get right after a thorough cleaning by a dental hygienist). I had used my old Triumph merely a few hours earlier, using the same head, and the difference was night and day. The pulsations on the 7000 felt noticeably smoother and tighter than our Triumph. My wife felt exactly the same way after her first brushing. We threw away our trusty old Triumph immediately after that.

This is by far the best electric toothbrush we have ever used. I highly recommend it. My only gripes are that Oral-B stuck with NiMH batteries and they no longer include a world-adapter. For the asking price, I think it's only reasonable to expect those two shortcomings be addressed. Despite this, we still gave this brush 5-stars based on its most important virtue, performance.

Breville Smart Convection Toaster Oven BOV800XL
Breville Smart Convection Toaster Oven BOV800XL
Offered by MetroKitchen to Canada
Price: CDN$ 394.92
6 used & new from CDN$ 394.92

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed control panel after 2 years, May 12 2014
We purchased this oven 2 years ago after reading a number of glowing reviews, not to mention this was our 5th Breville appliance; we are happy Breville customers and never had prior issues with any of their products (blenders, juicers etc...).

We loved this oven. It was easy to use, fast heating, It wasn't the easiest to clean but then again which toaster oven is? No issues at all during the first year.

One issue we started having in the 2nd year of use was the fan started to get loud and still is today. It's not a deal breaker but it is annoying. We keep the oven clean and well maintained but we have no idea what's causing the fan to be this loud all of a sudden.

The deal breaker came a few weeks ago when the controls started to act up. For example, when you press the Start/Cancel button to start the oven sometimes it would not register a press no matter how many times or how hard you press and sometimes it works perfectly (in our estimation it works about 40% of the time). Then the Time dial started acting up by skipping intervals, for example: turning the dial up to increase the timer in minutes, it would go 7-8-9-20-23-etc... skipping 10-19, 21-22. Repeating the process it would randomly skip others, no rhyme or reason whatsoever.

So on any given day, depending on pure luck it seems, the oven may be perfectly functioning or completely unusable. We contacted Breville Canada for advice knowing full well that it's out of warranty. They informed us that there is no service centre near us and that the only option is to repurchase the oven. To their credit they offered us a discount to repurchase it directly from them with free shipping but after recently reading online the number of people posting about the exact same control issues with this specific oven, we're very hesitant to invest more in a Breville oven as there may well be a defective design in the panel itself.

We're now researching alternatives.

Braun 760CC Pulsonic Self-Cleaning Shaver
Braun 760CC Pulsonic Self-Cleaning Shaver

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great shaver but too expensive here, Dec 30 2011
I have the step-up model of the same shaver (Model 790cc-4, which became available in Canada in late 2011) and it's fantastic. Same shave as this model but with a few more bells and whistles, namely a grey-matte finish, a more detailed and muted LCD display instead of the bright LEDs on the 760 and a fast-clean mode on the base.

Normally I wouldn't recommend the 790cc-4 over this since those minor upgrades are not worth the extra cost but I just got my 790cc-4 from Bed Bath and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon) for $240 (normally retails for $300+) which is less than what the 760 is priced here. FWIW, Walmart also has the 790cc-4 regularly priced at $299. Additionally, the 760cc is actually becoming a discontinued SKU according to a Braun Canada correspondence I received so for those out west London Drugs were clearing out their stocks of 760cc for $199 and they included a free 3-pack of the Clean and Renew cartridges, but locally for me all my LD stores are now out of the 760cc and instead stocking the model 720. But it might be worth looking into whether any LD stores still have stock.

This is a great shaver but way over priced here.

Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver with Clean & Renew System
Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver with Clean & Renew System
Price: CDN$ 229.99
5 used & new from CDN$ 229.99

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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.

Braun Clean and Renew Refill, 3 Count (Transparent)
Braun Clean and Renew Refill, 3 Count (Transparent)
Price: CDN$ 24.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 24.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great product, lousy price, Dec 22 2011
This is a great product and highly recommended for people with Braun Clean and Renew systems. However, this is way over-priced here. I found it at my local stores (including Walmart) for $10 less. Why is becoming synonymous with over-priced?

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