To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the Braun Cruzer 6 Face.
I reviewed it because someone asked me to, and because it seemed popular. I thought it would be OK at a few things, but not really good at anything particular.
After a thorough review I discovered that my thinking was on the right path, but the final results were way off.
What I found out is that this trimmer is really good at a lot of things, and excellent at one in particular.
One important thing to keep in mind is that this is a trimmer, not an electric shaver.
Yes it has a foil shaver which comes in handy, but anyone who’s looking for a nice smooth shave should consider other options.
The main reason to consider getting this unit should be for its trimming capabilities. It’s super convenient for styling facial hair, but those who buy it hoping to shave down a thick beard, might be disappointed.
Consumers who know what they’re getting, should be really happy with their results.
PS. The Cruzer 5 is basically the same, just without the wet feature.
Enter the Cruzer 6 Face:
In the box this is what you will get:
- Charging Base
- Electric Cord
- 3 Attachments
- Cleaning Brush
- Machine Oil
You have two options for charging.
You can use the charging stand, or plug the electrical cord directly into the trimmer.
The initial charge should last around 4 hours, and if you haven’t used it for a long time you should charge it up for a few hours as well.
For the best battery life, you should fully discharge and recharge it a few times.
You also have two options for cleaning.
You can rinse it under running water, and even apply some liquid soap. Once you’ve rinsed it off completely you can remove the foil and shake or blow away any large water drops and let it dry.
Secondly, you can just brush or blow away any stubble. Be gentle when brushing the blades, and don’t directly brush the foil.
If you rinse it under water quite often, you should apply some machine oil to the foil and blades. This can be done a few times per month.
When you first look at the unit, you’ll notice that there’s quite a few attachments and settings.
Let’s start with the basic foil shaver.
The foil is very similar to the Braun M 90 and we’ll discuss the performance in more detail in the next section, but I can say that it does have trouble tackling a thick beard.
It’s better designed for getting into those hard to reach places around your lip and chin area.
The trimmers are located on the back.
You need to fully slide and twist them into place in order to use them without getting the foil in the way.
The larger one is good for your cheek and neck area, where the smaller one is used for outlining a goatee. The smaller one trims much closer.
The first attachment is for trimming your beard.
It has settings on the front which adjust the length, while the pop up trimmer on the back is what cuts the hair. This is design for trimming long facial hair or fading up your side-burns.
The second attachment goes over the foil shaver and is useful if you want to trim your beard much shorter.
I also use this as a protective cap when using the other options.
Lastly, the third attachment is for the smaller trimmer which can style the harder to reach places around your goatee area.
So there’re quite a few settings and you might not use them all, but there’re definitely enough options to really help you style up your beard exactly how you want.
There’s no other combination trimmer that can do all the things this unit can.
You can trim down a beard, completely remove it, or style it up.
With thick facial hair, the basic foil didn’t do a great job at smoothing out my entire face, but around my chin and lip area it worked really well. It’s small enough to get into those tight areas where most other electric shavers can’t.
The beard trimmer has enough settings for most people, but again for those with thick facial hair it might take a few passes to completely trim down an entire beard on the lowest setting.
I found the best feature to be the small styling trimmer which can outline a goatee every effectively.
Using all the setting and attachments together is the best way to go with this model.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
If you’re looking to style your goatee, this unit is highly recommended.
After testing it out for a few weeks, I really started to look forward to using it. I’ve kept a clean shaven face for a long time, but this product really makes me want to grow and maintain some facial hair.
It really made the process of styling and trimming my goatee fun and enjoyable. It’s a much better overall styling unit than the popular vacuum trimmer.
All the different settings work pretty well, but the small styling trimmer is my favorite.
If you just want to trim or remove a beard, there are some cheaper options out there, but if you’re going to use all the settings together, I think it’s worth getting.
It’s really effective at styling a goatee, and if that’s what you’re looking for, I recommend it.