Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Braun Series 5 (8995) Men's Shaver

Braun Series 5 (8995) Men's Shaver

List Price: $229.00
Price: $179.99
You Save: $49.01 (21%)

Product Features

Provides comfort and smoother gliding for a close shaver

Captures hairs growing from different directions for a closer shave in fewer strokes

3 stage cutting system - twin foils and integrated cutter shave long hairs and stubble progressively closer

Clean and renew system - cleans the shaver head in alcohol for optimal hygiene and less irritation on the skin

Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 10.1 x 6.3 inches ; 2.8 pounds

Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.


Discussions of shaving preferences sometimes seem like religious warfare, mostly because every face is at least somewhat different from any other face. That means there's really no such thing as a perfect razor.

However, for me, this Braun 8995 is very close to perfect. For many years, I've shaved with a blade-- most recently the Gillette Fusion system-- and I've used a cheap Remington when I travel. Two things happened: The price of the Gillette blades has increased sharply with each new model, and my Remington died. I decided to go with this top-of-the-line Braun.

After using it for a couple of months, I'm very pleased. It is clearly a well-engineered machine that does exactly what it's supposed to do. I've found that my shaves with it are just as close as the shaves I got with the Gillette Fusion. I suspect that as the years go on, the total cost of shaving with the Braun will actually be less than the Fusion would total.

A couple of hints:

First, don't wash your face before you shave with any electric shaver. Washing causes the beard hairs to swell up, and they don't fit well into the tiny slots in the electric razor's head. The razor won't be able to shave you very close when that happens.

Second, the instructions with the Braun say to run the automatic cleaning cycle every day. I can't detect any performance difference between doing that and cleaning it a couple of times per week. In addition, the cleaning cartridge will obviously last a lot longer with less frequent cleanings.

I'm very happy with this razor. It isn't cheap, but it works very well. I'm glad I bought it, and I'd do it again.

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