The Braun Series 9 Review
Which Models Can Be Used With Shaving Foam?
There seems to be a bit of confusion over which models can "safely" be used with shaving foam.
Apparently the Wet & Dry feature does not necessarily mean you can use it with shaving foam, according to some sources.
Nowhere on Braun's website does it say that you can't use the Wet & Dry shavers with shaving foam. However, according to those who have spoken with Braun's customer service reps, apparently "Foams and gels will clog the cleaning station, causing it to not clean the shaver properly as well as potentially damaging the station."
This means that only the 9080s/9040s can be used with foam or gel.
In my opinion, this is nonsense.
If you buy a Wet & Dry model, and it has a cleaning station (such as the 9095cc), and you want to use it with shaving foam, just do a very thorough rinse before using the cleaning station.
Based on my personal experience, a thorough rinse is enough to remove the shaving foam before using the cleaning base.
Braun Series 9 vs. Braun Series 7
One of the most common questions I get is: "How does the Braun Series 9 compare to the Series 7?"
Eventually I gave in, and actually bought the Series 9 for $300 just to compare it.
I'm glad I did.
This was my initial gut feeling: "The Braun Series 7 is such a good shaver, I just can't see the Series 9 outperforming it."
I guess I was kinda wrong, but not by much.
The Braun Series 9 performs better, but many people don't need to upgrade.
If you don't have very thick facial hair, then moving beyond the Series 7 is probably a waste of money. If you don't know your beard type, then consider downloading my buying guide here.
I own both, and have compared them side by side (cheek to cheek). I definitely notice a difference. The Series 9 is more efficient. It shaves faster, which leads to less irritation and more comfort.
But it doesn't take away the fact that the Series 7 is still an excellent shaver, and probably a better option for most people. Read and watch the full review here.
If price was not a factor, and I had to choose, I would pick the Series 9. But I can honestly say that when I'm shaving every day, the Series 7 is still totally good enough, and completely satisfying.
So in my opinion, price has a lot to do with it. This is why I'm keeping the sales prices updated below.
Everyone's circumstances with money is a bit different. If $100 is not a big deal for you, then I would recommend upgrading to the 9.
If you're on a tighter budget, and the Series 7 is currently on sale for under $200 (see below), then upgrading is not worth it. Trust me, you'll be happy with the Series 7.
Remember, the Series 7 was the best shaver at one point. Just because a new model comes out doesn't mean it's no longer usable. These aren't software products that become incompatible.
The Series 7 is still an awesome shaver, however for those who want a bit more performance and comfort, and are willing to pay for it, then the Series 9 is an option.