Braun’s world of electrical shavers takes some navigating. Its vary runs from the reasonably priced Sequence 1, with 6.5k cuts per minute and a hard and fast one-foil head, by means of to the expensive Sequence 9 Professional, with 40okay cuts per minutes and 5 shaving components in a 40-degree versatile head.
The Sequence 9 Professional retails for practically £259.99/$299.99 in order for you it with the ability case – and it is extra with the SmartCare Centre as nicely.
The Sequence 7 is a little more reasonably priced, particularly now that it is promoting for lower than its RRP. It provides you 24okay cuts per minute, and three shaving components in a 360-degree adaptive head system. It’s a preferred collection because it has good adaptability know-how with out the costly bells and whistles.
Inside the Sequence 7 vary, you will see quite a few totally different mannequin numbers. The distinction between them is the equipment they arrive with – you will get the identical Sequence 7 shaver in each. You’ll be able to browse all of them at Braun.
We’re reviewing the Sequence 7 70-N7200cc, which comes with the SmartCare Centre, precision trimmer and journey pouch.
Within the field, there is a Sequence 7 shaver, a black charger with 119cm cable and integral shaver plug, the SmartCare Centre, a Clear & Renew cleansing cartridge, a zip-up moulded journey case, a tiny cleansing brush, a shaver handbook, a cleansing station handbook, and a precision trimmer attachment.
Design and construct
Three versatile blades
Gentle at 185g
The shaver itself is a nice-looking little bit of package. About 16.5cm lengthy, together with the pinnacle, it is black plastic with rubberised sides for grip and a barely ergonomic curve to the edges and again. The ability button pad on the entrance can be rubberised and suits properly to the thumb, so there’s good hand maintain total. It is also gentle at 185g.
The shaving head unit itself is a considerable 6cm by 3.5cm. It has three versatile blades – one center trimmer between two sensor foils – and the pinnacle itself has a 360-degree “nudge” flexibility of about 5mm, so facial contact, notably across the chin and jaw, is nice.
The foil head comes off by nipping the back and front of the shaver head, and also you simply click on the precision trimmer onto the pins, or vice-versa.
You cost the shaver with the equipped adapter. Bear in mind, nevertheless, that the integral shaver plug will stand about 5cm happy with a shaver energy socket and, should you want an adapter to plug it right into a typical British three-pin mains socket, it can stand about 9.5cm proud in complete.
You additionally use the equipped adapter to plug within the SmartCare Centre, which is a black plastic cleansing and charging station for the shaver. It’s a considerable unit: 23cm tall with a base diameter of 12cm, a footprint just like a largish windowsill plant pot.
There’s an enormous button on the again above the charging socket, which spring releases the bottom so you may set up the Clear & Renew cartridge. The ability button is true on the high of the SmartCare Centre’s “stalk”.
You’ll be able to match the shaver, the precision trimmer, and the small brush into the journey case, however nothing else.
Options and efficiency
One hour charging time, fast cost choice
50 minutes shaving time
It takes about an hour to totally cost the shaver, and this offers you fifty minutes’ shaving time. You can even “fast cost” for 5 minutes to present the shaver sufficient of a lift for a single shave.
An LED display screen on the entrance of the shaver shows the battery degree on an illuminated bar, together with indicators to indicate the journey lock, whether or not the pinnacle wants changing or the shaver wants cleansing, and whether or not the shaver is plugged in correctly.
The Sequence 7 can be utilized moist or dry.
Our first take a look at was a dry shave on 3mm, coarse, barely curly facial hair. The shave was simple with no nip. Clearly, it wasn’t as shut as a moist razor shave, but it surely was handy and fast with no mess.
The shaver adopted facial contours nicely, and the 7cm-ish distance between the fingertips and the blades’ contact with the face, together with the 360-degree adaptive head, allowed for a sort of fluidity to the shaving movement that was snug on the wrist. In some awkward spots, the person wanted to go over the pores and skin twice to choose up odd hairs, primarily just below the jaw.
General, the consequence was as shut as we expect you will get with an electrical shaver. It wasn’t completely easy however there was no seen shadow.
Our second take a look at topic has gray coarse straight facial hair, roughly round 2mm. With a superb sixty years of shaving expertise, he was impressed with the pace of removing, the agility of movement, and the after-skin really feel.
Utilizing the shaver moist took extra time to catch all of the hairs, most likely as a result of moist hair can follow the pores and skin. Once more, the closeness was good, and there have been no complaints concerning the pores and skin end.
The shaver operational sound, we reckon, was roughly between 70dB to 75 dB – about typical for an electrical shaver.
Wants substitute cartridges
4-minute cleansing time
The SmartCare Centre is an fascinating gadget however keep in mind that it is giant and hulking. You may want an honest quantity of house to retailer it in your toilet, which not everybody has.
When the shaver has been submerged and the Centre switched on, it goes by means of cycles of the cleansing fluid degree rising and falling across the shaver head whereas the shaver begins and stops working. All in all, the method takes about 4 minutes.
Nonetheless, it is not completely clear when it is completed. After we lastly eliminated the shaver, there was a powerful, not disagreeable scent of isopropyl alcohol and lemon.
Braun would not specify what number of cleans you will get from a Clear & Renew cartridge, solely that the sunshine across the SmartCare Centre energy button will flip yellow when the extent is low and crimson when it wants changing. In the event you’re within the UK, the price of substitute cartridges is at the moment £14.99 for a pack of three on Amazon. In the event you’re within the US, it is $27.19.
Worth and vary
As we famous, the Sequence 7 comes with totally different accent bundles, which you’ll take a look at at Braun. We examined the 70-N7200cc with the precision trimmer attachment (it is $169.99 within the US).
In the event you require a beard trimmer attachment or a stubble beard attachment, go for the 70-B7850cc (at the moment $149.99 within the US); you will nonetheless get the SmartCare Centre and the zip-up journey case.
One of many bundles is normally on sale, both from Braun or Amazon, so it is price taking a look on the full vary to get the very best deal.
It’s additionally price noting the Sequence 7 comes with a two-year guarantee and as much as ten years’ restore service. You can even purchase further grooming attachments to suit the shaver.
The Braun Sequence 7 is a terrific electrical shaver. Okay, it’s nonetheless a bit expensive, however there are nice offers should you’re keen to buy round.
It fees rapidly, shaves successfully, and zippers up right into a helpful and neat journey case that will slip simply right into a messenger or in a single day bag. It’s simple and dependable for that fast tidy-up, on-the-go state of affairs the place you do not have time to get out your shaving brush and foam up.
We prefer it.
If you would like to take a look at extra shaving instruments, take a look at our round-ups of the very best electrical shavers and greatest beard trimmers.
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