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Top 7 Best Electric Shavers List for Men – Nov. 2019

There are two types of men in life, and we’re not referring to the tedious “boxers vs. briefs” debate.

There are those who opt for the convenience, versatility and “safety” of electric razors, and those who prefer the time-honored, less-expensive and usually-closer manual shave. Over time, technological advances have allowed the best electric razors to deliver an experience almost as satisfying as a traditional wet shave – minus the sense of masculine accomplishment you can only get by lathering up and nicking your chin a few times, of course.

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Some serious cutting power and technology – we tested them all! Keep reading to find out which one is right for you. Confused, then contact us directly or via the comment section below to ask our team’s advice.

 

Please find our detailed analysis, buying guide and test results of all the best electric shaver models after the summary table.

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  • Premium Wet/Dry Foil Shaver
  • 5 Specialized Cutting Elements
  • World’s Most Effective Shaver
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  • Equally Amazing Premium Wet/Dry Foil Shaver
  • 5 Arched Cutting Elements
  • On Par With The Braun 9 (read more below)
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  • Premium Wet/Dry Rotary Shaver
  • 8 Direction Heads & Precision Blades
  • Best Rotary Shaver Available
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  • Great Wet/Dry Foil Shaver
  • 4 Specialized Cutting Elements
  • Optimal Balance Of Performance & Value
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  • Great Dry Foil Shaver
  • 3 Specialized Cutting Elements
  • Powerful Budget Shaver
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How to Choose the Best Electric Shaver (Razor)?

In the world of men’s hygiene, it can be difficult to choose between all of the different brands and find the top-rated razors amongst all the varied and attractive products released.  Groom+Style knows that finding the best electric shaver to suit your specific skin type, facial hair, and personal preferences is not easy.

Those who prefer the quick and easy shave they get from an electric razor, find it’s easy to be confounded when trying to choose from the hundreds of models now on the market: two, three, four or five blades; foil or rotary; wet/dry, precision heads, flex motion – there’s no way to sort through all of the competing ad claims and confusing descriptions without trying them all.

Unless, of course, you happen to have a list of the top 7 best electric shavers & razors handy. Thankfully, you do. Websites that provide detailed lists and reviews like ours are hard to find, and the Groom+Style review team has put in the research to make it worth your while.

After a great deal of research and personal testing, the review team has compiled a list of the very best electric shavers for  2019. These are the products that are serious men’s hygiene tools – no gimmicks, no toys or marketing ploys, just great products.

An excellent electric razor may be the most important men’s companion when it comes to effective hygiene. If we take a moment to consider how much time and effort women spend taking care of a tiny portion of hair covering their eyebrows and eyelids, it seems absurd for men to settle with whatever convenient shaver they may find on sale at the local supermarket. We can do better than that and owe it to ourselves to do so.

 

What Factors to Consider When Choosing an Electric Razor?

Choosing an excellent electric razor is a process that should be guided by a number of important factors including comfort, ease of cleaning, the closeness of the shave provided, shaving performance, overall value for the manufacturer’s asking price, and durability.

By taking all of these factors into consideration, the Groom+Style review team has arrived at a comprehensive list detailing the very best electric razors released for Nov. 2019. Our selection standard is highly advanced and objective, and Groom+Style will keep ahead of the trends by updating our list when a new or more sophisticated shaving solution arrives on the market.

Just one look through any dedicated website or forum will offer more questions than answers – should I use a foil or a rotary shaver? Will 3-blades, 4-blades or even 5-blades give me the closest shave? How can I know that I am choosing the right shaver before I buy it? Should I just give up and spend $400 on one of those old barbershop-style straight razors?

 

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Electric Shavers

Those are all excellent questions. But you’re in luck. Groom+Style faithfully reviews all of the best electric shavers available on the market and compiles the reviews for you. What follows is a comprehensive list of the very best shavers available for Nov. 2019, which will be updated as time goes on and new shavers are released.

So here’s how we’re handling it. In our top 7 rankings of the best electric shavers for men we recommend one or two shavers from each manufacturer – but we also provide links to dedicated Braun electric shaver pages, where you can browse all of their products and choose the specific model that fits your needs.

Make sense? Here we go.

 

1. Braun Series 9 – Best Model 9290cc

BRAUN Series 9 9295cc Wet and Dry
Braun Series 9-9290cc Wet/Dry Shaver. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Men who have used electric shavers in the past probably don’t need an introduction to Braun, the German company which has been in the forefront of electric razor technology for years. An introduction to the Series 9, though, is definitely one worth accepting.

 

Comfort, Build and Performance Second to None

To start with, as soon as you pick up a Series 9 shaver you know that you’ve got something very comfortable and very substantial in your hand. It’s made from chrome-finished plastic so it looks sleek, yet it’s solid and obviously extremely well-built. And when you turn it on and begin using it you know there’s something special going on because it delivers a closer shave than any foil electric razor you’ve used before (our #2 choice the Panasonic Arc 5 now shaves just as close – read section #2 for our Braun Series 9 and Panasonic Ar5 head to head discussion).

Braun uses a four-way shear system, which is a combination of floating grills, four cutting elements, two Optifoil foils, to come very close to a manual shave. The company claims there are “40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute” which we obviously can’t measure ourselves; but however many there are, they definitely do the job.

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There is no better shaver for those who like to go days without shaving, or who have problem hairs that other shavers frequently miss.

 

Two of the cutting elements are responsible for this razor’s outstanding performance. One is called “direct and cut” and another is designated “hyper-lift and cut.” The first is intended to shave the areas of the face where hairs are pointing in all different directions, the second is designed to lift up and then cut the hairs which lie flat in the neck and chin areas. While the Braun doesn’t get every single hair on the first pass – no electric razor we’ve ever used does that – these two elements are largely responsible for ensuring that almost all of them are cleaned up with just a couple of passes.

Note – Braun recently updated their series 9 shaver models.  The original series 9 models start with 90xx (example 9095cc), and the updated models use the prefix 92xx (example 9290cc).  We discuss the minor differences and the reason for the change throughout the article below.

In summary, Groom+style recommend you focus on the 92xx models as they come with the more durable titanium coated shaver head cassette as standard (part number 92s).

If you are after a shaver head replacement for your 90xx model then you can also buy the 92s head – details below.

 

Wet and Dry Model, Battery Life and Cleaning Station

Note – all the 92xx models are wet & dry and can be used with shaving foam.  Although, not all of the 90xx models are wet & dry and with the first Braun Series 9 generation shavers, like the 9095cc, you cannot use shaving foams and gel.

There are several notable features of the Braun Series 9 shavers. One is the battery life; the razor can go for almost an hour on a single charge, with a digital display showing the shaving time left before a new charge is required. There’s also a five-minute “emergency charge” feature which can give you a little extra time if you need it.

The review team were also are impressed with the attractive combination cleaning and charging station (all the models that end with “cc” have the cleaning and charging station, while suffix of “s” is without the cleaning station) which gets all of the hairs out of the blades and disinfects them while your razor is recharging, and automatically determines how dirty your razor is before choosing the correct cleaning program.

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The Braun cleaning station – not everyone’s cup of tea, but it does leave your shaver feeling brand new. Use it every day or just once a week, the choice is yours.

Please note, that buying and using the cleaning station does add to the ongoing costs for this shaver.  Please see the comment section below from Groom+Style on November 15, 2016 (in response to Charles’s question about cleaning his shaver), for a detailed description of the cleaning options available for the Braun Series 9 shaver.  The options include:

  • using the cleaning station all the time
  • using the cleaning station only part of the time
  • making your own cleaning solution
  • manual cleaning and oiling
  • wet cleaning
  • dry cleaning

Read more about the series 9 shavers in our detailed review of the Series 9 9000 cc shaver.

The one surprise we found is that there’s nothing new or terrific about the pop-up trimmer for sideburn, beard or mustache work. It’s basically the same as on previous Braun models and while it’s fine for what it does, it doesn’t outclass the field as the other features of this razor clearly do.

Groom+Style believes that the shave from the Braun 9 is second to none. If you buy the product fully informed, and you are willing to pay the premium price for the shaver, cleaning solution and replacements heads then you should not be disappointed.

The Braun Series 9 shavers are definitely in the higher price range but are also unquestionably the best electric shavers on the market.

The Braun Series 92xx and Braun Series 90xx are effectively the same shaver (shaving performance wise), with a much-improved shaving head and the ability to use shaving foam on the newer models.

Specifications of the Braun Series 9-92xx Men’s Wet/Dry Shaving and Cleaning System:

  • Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Type: Foil, four cutting elements
  • Blade lock: Yes
  • Wet/Dry: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes with five-minute emergency charge option
  • Noise factor: 74dB
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Suitable as a Travel Shaver: Yes, automatic 100-240 voltage (AC adapter/charger), travel pouch included, and travel lock

Check Braun Series 9-9290cc Price on Amazon (silver finish & best value)

Check Braun Series 9-9293s Price on Amazon  (no cleaning station)

Check Braun Series 9-9295cc Price on Amazon (chrome finish)

Check Braun Series 9-9095cc Price on Amazon (older model)

Read Our Series 9 9000 cc Detailed Review Here

 

2. Panasonic Arc5 Best Model ES-LV95-S

Panasonic Arc5 ES-LV95-S Shavers
Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Wet/Dry Shaver. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Are five blades better than four? Not necessarily, as the Panasonic Arc5 comes in just slightly below the Braun Series 9 in our rankings of the top 7 best electric shavers (we try and clarify our reasoning below). In fact, with their latest models (ES-LV9N-S, ES-LV9A-S, ES-LV9B-S) Panasonic have arguably closed the gap.

No review list detailing the best shavers on the market would be complete without this excellent shaver. Yes, it is expensive, but it is easily one of the Rolls Royce machines in the world of men’s hygiene. This is one of the best shavers for men that money can buy and, if that is your buying criteria, then this might be the shaver for you.

Is your thick and unruly facial hair presenting a problem for you every morning when you wake up and shave? Have you put your trust in other shaving products previously only to be disappointed? Thankfully, the Panasonic range of shavers ES-LV9N-S (ES-LV9A-S, ES-LV9B-S), ES-LV95-S & ES-LV81-K are there for you.

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Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5 Multi Flex Wet/Dry. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Panasonic ES-LV models are the world’s very first 5-bladed linear electric razor. They are foil shavers – and as you’ve probably guessed, Arc5 means that it is designed with five arched cutting elements.

They are built with a pivoting head like the Braun, with the same type of lift and cut action provided by the reverse-taped foils. That means these shavers have most of the same advantages: a very close shave for an electric razor, the ability to get almost all stray hairs with just one or two passes, and wet/dry capabilities.

They also have the most powerful motor on the market, at 14,000 RPM, and a digital charge display in the ES-LV81-K whilst the ES-LV9N-S & ES-LV95-S get an LCD one. These razors feature 30-degree swiveling nano blades that offer the cleanest shaving experience possible, as well as an automatic charging and cleaning system and an attached trimmer. The Panasonic ES-LV9N-S & ES-LV95-S (and ES-LV81-K) are also 100% waterproof, making it a pleasure to use in the shower or bath.

 

Why do they rank just below the Braun Series 9, then?

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The latest Panasonic shaver (ES-LV9N-S). Click on the photo to check the Price on Amazon.

In fact, Groom+Style would rank Panasonic’s latest models (ES-LV9N-S etc. ) roughly on par with the Braun’s latest Series 9 shavers.

There were two main (very minor) considerations, for ranking these razors (ES-LV81-K  & ES-LV95-S), slightly behind the Braun Series 9 shavers – one cosmetic and one functional.

The first disadvantage Groom+Style found to the Arc5 is that even though it’s smaller overall, it felt a bit bulkier, has a larger head and feels less comfortable in the hand. Since the control you have over your shave is completely dependent on how well the razor follows your direction, we thought the Panasonic came up a bit short there, with the larger head a bit more difficult to maneuver.

The second issue was that, for the older model ES-LV95-S, we didn’t feel the shave was as close as that delivered by the Braun series 9 (this is however dependent upon a wide range of factors and many people feel the latest ES-LV9N-S delivers a closer shave).

Panasonic Arc5 ES-LV9N shaver head
The gold rollers on the ES-LV9N-S really do help reduce irritation. You can feel them rolling/gliding over the skin as you shave.

 

One of the common complaints made about the Panasonic ES-LV95-S (older model) was that the shave was slightly too aggressive – and for those people with sensitive skin, this could be an issue.  The latest models (ES-LV9N-S, ES-LV9A-S, ES-LV9B-S) have been improved with the addition of gold rollers that are positioned next to the cutting elements.  The rollers spin allowing the shaver to “glide” smoothly over your face, and to stop your skin from becoming squeezed in the gap between the cutting elements.

Once again, the pop-up trimmer wasn’t exceptional but does the job.

The Arc5 series are terrific razors and were our topper in 2014-15.  The latest Panasonic models are arguably just as good as the latest Braun Series 9 shavers – while the older models come a very close second.

Details for the Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razors ES-LV9N-S, ES-LV81-K  & ES-LV95-S:

  • Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Type: Foil, five cutting elements
  • Blade lock: Yes
  • Wet/Dry: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Charge Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Noise factor: 74dB
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Suitable as a Travel Shaver: Yes, automatic 100-240 voltage (AC adapter/charger), travel pouch included, and travel lock

Check Panasonic ES – LV95-S Price on Amazon (best value)

Check Panasonic ES – LV9N-S Price on Amazon (latest model gold rollers)

Check Panasonic ES-LV65-S Price on Amazon (no cleaning station)

 

3. Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shavers

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Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Earlier we spoke of two types of men, the electric razor guy, and the manual razor guy. Dedicated users of electric shavers know there are two sub-groups among their number: those who prefer foil shavers and those who swear by rotary razors.

For the latter group, the Norelco Series 9000 shavers (or series 8000 shavers detailed below) are head and shoulders above the competition.

This shaver is definitely not your father’s shaver. To start with, it has an unusual body shape featuring a nicely-contoured grip, making it supremely comfortable to maneuver the razor around your face and offers a closer shave than almost anything else that you can find.

The shaver head is elevated above the body where the three rotary blades can pivot, flex and tilt much easier than on a traditional shaver – Philips achieves this with what they call their 8-direction ContourDetectHeads. The cutting heads have 3 layers of grooves, which are smartly-designed and nicely-positioned to be able to get all of the different types of hair which grow on a man’s face, from stubble to long, stubborn strands which have been untouched for a while. There’s also a dual-blade “Super Lift & Cut Action” system built into the heads, which are perfect for the neck and jaw where stubborn hairs usually require multiple passes.

For those who like to move in circles, the Philips Norelco Series 9000 is the best rotary shaver available.

In Groom+Stlye’s opinion, the Norelco Series 9000 shaver provides the closest shave of any rotary shaver currently on the market. Does it compare with the closeness of a manual shaver? Probably not, especially if you have a very thick beard which grows quickly. Does it compare with our top-ranked foil shavers? We think it’s very, very close.

One of the benefits of this rotary shaver over foil razors is that the pressure distribution around the face, due to the pivoting 3 heads, is largely equalized, which can minimize irritation and inflammation when shaving.

The Norelco Series 9000 shaver, includes the SmartClean system which washes, lubricates and dries the razor at the same time it’s being charged.

The Norelco series 9000 shavers are attractive, full-featured, but more importantly, high-quality and effective – they’re the best rotary razors you can find.

The Norelco Shaver Series 9000 has 3 models. The best value one at the moment is the S9721/89.

A closer look at the Philips Norelco Series 9000:

  • Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Type: Rotary
  • Wet/Dry: Yes, Fully Washable
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Charge Time: 50 minutes/17 shaves
  • Noise factor: 74dB
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Suitable as a Travel Shaver: Yes, automatic 100-240 voltage (AC adapter/charger), travel pouch included, and travel lock

Check Philips Norelco S9721/89 Price on Amazon

 

4. Braun Series 7 – Best Model 7850cc

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Braun Shaver Series 7 7850cc Wet & Dry. Click on the photo to check the Price on Amazon.

The Braun Series 7 shavers are a very advanced electric shaver that Braun carries on its product line, and it offers some of the most sophisticated shaving technology in their entire catalog. German engineering at its very finest, Braun consistently delivers excellent foil shavers, and this is one of their leading products.

The Series 7 shavers feature a fully flexible pivoting head that allows for maximum adaptation to the contours of your face. The latest series 7 models feature five separate shaving modes, while the slightly older models feature three – effectively you can choose between, intensive shaving for heavily bearded individuals, normal mode, and an extra sensitive mode for those with sensitive skin.

These shavers feature advanced technologies such as Braun’s proprietary Optifoil and ActiveLift systems, which are, like the rest of the product, a testament to world-renowned German engineering. This premium shaver deserves the popularity that it receives from the people who use it.

If you are after a tried, tested and proven shaver (and don’t need/want the very latest device) then you can save some money by buying a Braun series 7 razor (rather than a series 9 shaver).

 

Updated Braun Series 7 Models – 7850cc7899cc7865cc7893s

Braun recently revamped the series 7 line of shavers and introduced a few new models.  The older models start with the prefix 77xx while the newer models start with 78xx.  Unfortunately, the changes are effectively cosmetic, and from what Groom+Style could tell, there are not any shaving performance improvements between the newer and older models.

Other than the few external differences, the newer models can be used with foams and gels, while the older wet/dry versions did not support this.  As mentioned above, the newer models have 5 personalization shaving modes, while the older models have 3.  The only other key difference is in the terminology used to describe the shaving elements.

As the functionality is so similar, Groom+Style suggest that if you are interested in a series 7 shaver, that you purchase the model that is the best value at the time you are looking (unless you really want to use shaving foam and gel, then you should buy one of the latest models).  As with all razors, the prices can vary significantly, based on production volumes, availability, demand and time of year.

  • Noise factor: 76dB
  • Suitable as a Travel Shaver: Yes, automatic 100-240 voltage (AC adapter/charger), travel pouch included. No travel lock.

Check Braun Series 7 7850cc Price on Amazon – grey finish

Check Braun Series 7 7899cc Price on Amazon (silver finish)

Check Braun Series 7 7893s Price on Amazon (no cleaning station)

Read Our Series 7 799cc Detailed Review Here

 

5. Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System

Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System
Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Braun Cool Tec shaver is the first to ever integrate an aluminum “cooling bar”, designed to lessen the effect we all know as razor burn – the burning and irritation some men get even by quality shavers.

The bar is meant to reduce moisture and lessen tension in the skin in order to help deliver a smooth shave, and then furthermore to cool the skin to soothe any irritation which does occur.

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The cooling bar is like having an ice block against your skin as you shave. It feels really nice even if you do not typically suffer from razor burn.

 

There are three cutting elements on the CoolTec, two which move independently to give as close a shave as possible; it’s not quite as close as the more expensive Braun Series 9 the review team placed at the top of our rankings, but that’s one of the trade-offs you have to make for the lower price. There is one important thing to note about this Braun model; while it is nominally a wet/dry unit, you cannot use it with shaving foams, gels or lotions.

The CoolTec also comes with a clean and renew station that cleanses and lubricates the shaver as it charges – the only slight negative for some users is that when the razor is cleaned, it has a slight lemon scent the next time you use it.

This model won’t give you the best electric shave you’ve ever had, but that’s why it’s ranked #4. What it will do is give you a darned good shave, at a darned good price and with an interesting cooling twist.

Specs of the Braun CoolTec Men’s Shaving System:

  • Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 10 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Type: Foil, three cutting elements
  • Blade lock: No
  • Wet/Dry: Yes
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes
  • Noise factor: 78dB
  • Warranty: Two years

Check Braun CoolTec Price On Amazon

 

6. Remington F5-5800 Rechargeable Foil Shaver

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Remington F5-5800. Click photo for Price on Amazon.

There are plenty of men (we’d guess it’s the majority) who don’t want to spend a lot of money on their electric razor – they want a good shave for a low price. Our suggestion for that large group is this Remington shaver.

The F5-5800 delivers the closest shave you can find with an inexpensive electric razor, primarily because of the “intercept trimmer” between the two foils which grabs longer hairs and trims them down to the level of the rest of the stubble on your face, to then be cleaned up by the blades.

The foils are also allowed to float independently, so they can move along the contour of the face easily.

Remington F5800 shaver head
An exceptional shave for the price, although it is quite aggressive. Not recommended for those who have sensitive skin.

 

There’s no cleaning station with this Remington model, of course, because of the low price. But it cleans up easily with a quick rinse under the faucet (it’s not a wet/dry model, but it is waterproof) and gives you a nice shave for a budget price.

Going into detail on the Remington F5-5800 Rechargeable Foil Shaver:

  • Dimensions: 9 x 3.5 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Type: Foil, two cutting elements
  • Blade lock: No
  • Wet/Dry: No
  • Power: Lithium-ion battery, rechargeable
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes with five-minute emergency charge option
  • Noise factor: 81dB
  • Warranty: Two years

Check Remington F5-5800 Price on Amazon

 

7. Braun ProSkin 3040s [and Braun 3 Series 340S-4 (380S-4)] Budget Foil Shavers

Braun Electric Shaver, Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Men's Electric Razor / Electric Foil Shaver, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry, Blue

Note: Focus on the Braun 3040s (the older 340s has escalated in price for some reason).

As with all their shavers, Braun recently gave the series 3 a facelift and renamed them – so the 340S has become the Pro Skin 3040.  The shave is effectively the same but with a different look.

This electric shaver is meant for those individuals who are looking for a great shave on a budget. The Braun Series 3 is capable of providing an effective, close shave without forcing you to pay big bucks for it. This is a highly efficient device that offers both dry and wet shaving functionality at an affordable cost that anyone can enjoy.

Check Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Price on Amazon

Check Braun Series 3 340S-4 Price On Amazon

 

 Read Our Braun 3 Series 380S-4/340S-4 Full Review Here

 

Braun Series 9 Foil Cutter Head Replacement Cassette – Availability and Durability

If you are thinking about purchasing a Braun Series 9 shaver (or any other razor) it is important to consider the maintenance costs (other than the cleaning solution). Braun suggests that the cutter and foil cassette should last between 9-18 months. With the original Series 9 shavers, some customers had complained that the cutting head failed much earlier than the advertised period.

Braun listened to their customers and started work on the newer, more durable cutting head which comes standard with the updated Braun Series 9 92xx shavers (the updated replacement head is part number 92s).  For a short period, while the new head was being designed, there was a high demand and low supply of the original replacement foil & cutters – model 90s (silver) and 90b (black) – which drove up the price.

The newer replacement head, model 92s, is titanium coated and Braun has redesigned it to better withstand the “power” of the shaver.

Braun Series 9 foil cutter head replacement cassette availability is no longer an issue:
– check for the Braun 92s replacement head on Amazon.  Groom+style recommend buying the newer titanium coated head, model 92s, which is compatible with all Braun Series 9 shavers.

 

Braun Series 7 vs the Braun Series 9 – Which One Should You Buy?

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Head to Head – Braun Series 9 (superior cutting power) vs Braun Series 7 (optimal balance of cutting power and value for money).

 

Firstly, the team really like both the Braun series 9 and the Braun Series 7 shavers. From the G+S team’s experience they are both very high-quality shavers (Braun backs their products with a 2 year warranty) and we do not think you can really go wrong with either option (as long as you have reasonable expectations that you would apply to any electronic item and do not expect it to perform magic).

If we were to summarise who should buy which shaver, then the general rules below could be applied.

Braun Series 7 vs the Braun Series 9 Relative Strengths

Read the detailed reviews of each shaver as well to help form your opinion.

Read Our Series 9 9000 cc Detailed Review Here

Read Our Series 7 799cc Detailed Review Here

Braun Series 9 Advantages

The closeness of shave & comfort –> from the team’s experience (variety of different facial hair types), it was easier and faster to get a closer shave with the Braun Series 9. The more powerful motor and enhanced cutting design (see details in the review above) also helped to minimize irritation.

Shaving frequency –> if you have coarser facial hair or only want to shave every few days the series 9 will typically deliver a better shave.

Braun Series 7 Advantages

Purchase Price and cost of maintenance – the Braun Series 7 provides the best compromise in terms of performance and value for money. The shaver has been around for 17 years now and has a loyal following and long history of delivering quality shaves. If you do not need the latest shaver, want to save a bit of money, and want something proven then the Braun Series 7 might be for you.

 

Panasonic Arc 5 vs the Braun Series 9 – Which One Should You Buy?

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Braun Series 9 or Panasonic Arc 5 head to head, who comes out on top?

 

This is actually a really difficult question to answer as the quality of the shave provided by both shavers is of such a high quality, but this is our perspective (which will hopefully spark some debate in the comment section below).

– If you do not have sensitive skin, have tricky hairs that tend to grow in different directions or are not going to shave every day, then we would lean towards the Braun series 9.  The Braun 9 offers a slightly more aggressive shave and the two central hyper lift & cut and direct & cut trimmers work wonders, on longer or stubborn hairs.

– If you have sharper contours on your face, then the smaller Braun shaver head will probably be easier to manoeuver in those areas.

– If you are going to shave most days and want to avoid any irritation, then the Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV9N-S, with the gold rollers, might be the way to go.  The rollers will help the shaver glide over your skin offering an exceptional shave without irritation.

If you do not feel you fall into any of these categories, and just want a close and fast shave, then either shaver will do the trick – so shop around and find the best value.

 

Panasonic ES-LA93K Arc 4 – Brilliant Budget Foil Shaver

Panasonic ES-LA93K Arc 4
Panasonic ES-LA93K Arc 4. Click the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

Significantly cheaper than the top-tier, no-holds-barred Arc 5 option, this model offers the same motor, but with 4 cutting blades. Groom+Style may not be able to call this the Rolls Royce Model, but it is definitely a luxury shaver of class and esteem in its own right. So if you love the Panasonic models but don’t want to pay for the Arc5 then this model might be just what the shaving doctor ordered.

The ES-LA93K is a quadruple-bladed electric shaver with an extra fast 14,000 CPM motor that delivers a quick, efficient and close shave, without hair pulling or irritation. Getting a clean, close shave with this device is an effortless process that any man is sure to enjoy. It comes with sophisticated Slit Foil technology that allows it to catch longer hairs and cut them short in an equal manner with shorter ones.

This Panasonic shaver comes with an automatic charging and cleaning dock that takes the need to manually wash it out of your hands, ensuring a clean and fresh-scented shave every time. Despite its high-speed motor, this is a surprisingly quiet, wet and dry shaver.

Read Our Panasonic ES-LA93-K Full Review Here

 Check Panasonic ES-LA93-K Arc4 Price On Amazon

 

Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X/42 Electric Razors – Rebranded as Series 8000

Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor 1250X_42
Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X/42 Electric Razor. Click the Photo to see the Price on Amazon.

The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D models have been rebranded by Philips as the Norelco Series 8000 shavers (8900, 8800, 8700 etc). Before, the Series 9000 shavers came along the 1250X/42 was Groom+Style’s preferred rotary model from Philips.  If it was not for the fact that the retail price of the 1250X/42 is actually higher than the newer 9000 Series S9311/84 models (and effectively the same as the S9721/84 model), it would probably still be at the top of the list of preferred rotary shavers.

The performance differences between the newer Series 9000 models and the Series 8000 (1250X/42 models) are negligible.  The key difference seems to be that the technology has been renamed (see below).  This might be a good thing as it indicates that other than replacing the shaver heads (which you should do every year) you will not need to replace the actual core shaver for many years to come.

Philips Series 9000 vs Philips Series 8000 Models Compared

With the Series 9000 models the:

  • cleaning system is called – Smart Clean
  • the contour control is provided by – 8-direction ContourDetectHeads
  • the Shaving system is described as – V-Track Precision Blade System, Super Lift & Cut Action
  • contour detect technology

With the Series 8000 (1250X/42 models etc.)

  • the cleaning system is called – Jet Clean+
  • the contour control is provided by – GyroFlex 3D contour following
  • the Shaving system is described as – UltraTrack shaving heads, with Speed XL shaving heads, and DualPrecision System, along with Patented Super Lift & Cut

Read Our Full Philips Norelco Series 8000 Shaver Review Here

 Check Philips Norelco 1250X/42 Price On Amazon

 

Conclusion

These seven shavers represent the very best available and will provide excellent shaving results. Any man who is looking for a top rated electric shaver that offers the highest in quality, comfort and closeness can utilize the information in this review, combining it with his personal preferences, to make an accurate purchasing decision.

For example, Braun made it to the Top position and is the best shaver for the man who wants a premium foil shaver, with all the latest innovations.  The Braun Series 9 might be a good fit if you are attracted to a list of the top 10 best luxury watches.

However, this might not be your requirement, and if you have sensitive skin, then the Braun Cooltech would be ideal. If you are on a budget then consider the Remington F5-5800 or Braun Series 3 shavers.  So knowledge of Groom+Styles’ reports combined with a common sense approach to your situation will help you make the right choice.

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Related Resource:

Dilemma Of Black Men- Are There Any Best Electric Razors for Us?

Finding the right electric shaver for your skin can be difficult. In fact, for most people, finding an electric shaver is a process of trial and error, even if their skin isn’t particularly sensitive and their hair is neither curly or course. The needs of Black hair and skin up the ante, as your skin is more sensitive, and your hair is curlier and coarser than most. Because of this, finding an electric shaver that doesn’t irritate or promote ingrown hairs can seem like an impossibility. Worry not, though, we’ve collected four of the best electric shavers for Black hair and skin for your comfort. Simply put, Groom+Style have done the research for you.

Braun Series 7 & 9

The Braun Series 7 & 9 are high-end razors that will set you back a pretty penny, but it well worth the cost, if you are an African American man with sensitive skin. The 790cc, 799cc and 9095cc, for example, use active lift technology, and intelligent pulsonic technology to help stand the hair up, which keeps the razor away from the skin. Sensitive skin reacts poorly to having a razor directly on it, and Braun has figured out a way to offer a close shave without placing the razor directly on the skin.  Active lift technology helps to lift curly hair up from the skin, and the pulsonic technology adjusts the vibrations to meet the needs of your particular, unique skin.

Panasonic Arc3 

The Panasonic Arc3 works best as a trimmer, instead of a traditional razor. The interchangeable length allows you to trim down a beard without going for a completely smooth shave. Dermatologists that special in African-American skin, suggest this might be the best bet for men with sensitive skin. Because of the curly, course nature of your hair, you are prone to ingrown hairs, and razor bumps. Trimming, instead of going for a completely smooth shave, prevents this problem and can lead to healthier skin. This electric shaver can get a smooth shave if you desire, but that isn’t what it is best for. If you are in the market for an electric shaver with superior trimming power, the Arc3 is a safe bet.

Wahl Professional 8061 5-Star Series 

The Wahl Professional 8061, is an electric shaver that promises a close and precise shave without causing the skin irritation that black men with sensitive skin often face. It comes equipped with a “bump-free” razor, which helps to pick up the hair and prevent ingrown hairs and painful razor bumps. The Wahl is a good razor on very short hair, or a beard that is grown back in, but you’ll need to use a traditional trimmer prior to using the Wahl, as it tends to yank on longer hairs. While that won’t cause problems with the end result, it is certainly painful and can be avoided.

Phillips Norelco PowerTouch Razor 

The Phillips Norelco PowerTouch is one of the cheaper options on the market, but it still does a good job to get a smooth, clean shave without irritating the skin. Unlike the other electric shavers, this razor utilizes three, rounded blades to create a close, clean shave. This can be particularly helpful for African-American skin, as the blades work in several directions, and hair growth most certainly isn’t uniform. This razor also utilizes moisture strips that are said to soothe dry skin, which is a common complaint among men with sensitive skin. Finally, it works to cut the hair just below the surface for a super smooth shave.

These four razors are among the most highly-rated and well-liked in the Black community. They seem to work well for those with sensitive skin, and special shaving requirements.  Each of these electric shaver options allows you to work with wet or dry skin. Most with sensitive skin find that wet skin prevents more razor bumps, burns and ingrown hairs. With that being said, everyone’s skin and hair is different, and you may need to try more than one razor to find the best fit for your skin. To get a good starting point, consider visiting a barber who is versed in the needs of black hair and skin, for a single shave. Once you’ve had a shave with a straight razor, you can begin working with an electric shaver to keep things neat, tidy, and, most of all, pain-free.

Please note if you are a frequent traveler then you might want to read Groom+Style’s best electric travel shaver review.

P.S: These reports supersede our recommendations for top razors list of 2014-15.

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Bill

Pierce, Thank you for all of this info. I bought the Braun 740 some years ago from Costco, and have changed the head once or twice I think. They seem to lean toward a lower initial cost perspective, typically not the newest model and without the station. I’m also considering long term costs, including the value of a products optimum performance going forward. I should also consider the life and cost of replacing the foil and cutters I guess. Do the Panny and Braun stations both lubricate as well as clean? My beard might be medium thick (?), and my… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

I currently shave with a Braun 740 that didn’t come with a cleaning station. I would like a closer and faster (but still comfortable) shave than I currently get, but I am also interested in a good value as well. I was wondering if a cleaning station improves the shaving experience or the expected life of the foil cutting heads, or is it more a matter of convenience? I’ve read that the newer Panasonic shavers use packets to refill the station…that sounds sensible to me…but can I do essentially the same thing without the station? I have considered trying a… Read more »

Jeneane Serrano
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Jeneane Serrano

Tad confused here. If these are the best savers for 2017? How is that some of these comments and questions report posting date on 2015-2016

Chris
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Chris

I have a Braun 9090 and I love a lot of what it offers, the one thing that bothers me the most is it doesn’t catch and hold any whiskers. Every time I shave I end up with a sink full of whiskers. Has anyone experienced similar problems?

Achea SV
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Achea SV

Really great reviews and detail for each products. 1 question please, Braun Series 9 is good to use with foam or pre-shaver (Williams Lectric Shave)? please recommend. thank you.

Tim
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Tim

Hi,
Enjoyed your review of shavers. Have just one question. As far as I can see on both Braun and Panasonic the cutter is in the middle with a foil either side. So how do you cut right up to a sideburn, moustache or half beard line? Because when you shave up to the sideburn you always have the width of the foil between the cutter and the sideburn line. How do you get round this problem?

Sally
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Sally

I apologise for repeating the question .. the first one had disappeared when I checked earlier.

Kind regards,
Sally

Sally
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Sally

Hi Pierce, Thank you so much for your quick response and extremely helpful explanation. I also read your response to ‘Joan’ above who had a similar question to mine. You also recommend the Braun 5 5040s and Braun Series 7 720s-4. Is there a noticeable difference between these and the Braun Series 3080s ? Are they all relatively easy to operate ? Do you recommend the cleaning the cleaning station or is this unnecessary ? In regards to cost, there is only £20.00 difference in the purchase price between the Braun Series 3 3080 and the Braun 5 5040s. Also… Read more »

Sally
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Sally

Also may I add .. my father presently uses gel to wet shave with a razor so I think he would prefer a shaver that he can also use wet with gel, as that is what he is used to.
Thank you.

Sally
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Sally

I need help .. ! I am trying to find an electric shaver for my 88 year old father who is struggling use a regular razor. I am looking for a mid price product but I am completely overwhelmed by the choice ! He does not have a heavy beard growth but shaves every day and likes his face to be smooth. I am drawn towards the Braun Series 3 3080 shaver due to the excellent reviews and the fact it repeatedly is mentioned in articles recommending shavers. I have just read your review if the Braun Series 3 380S-4.… Read more »

Steve S.
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Steve S.

I thought you might be interested in my review (which I also posted on Amazon) of the top three electric razors: I have been shaving for over 50-years, starting with a DE for several years, until Gillette introduced its first cartridge, theTrac II in 1970 or 1971. I then progressed through all the cartridges that Gillette introduced over the years. About 10-years ago I went back to shaving with a DE and even shaved with a straight razor, from time to time, along with the latest Gillette Fusion cartridge. Recently, however, I decided to go all-in on electric shaving (for… Read more »

Graeme
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Graeme

In this and all your razor reviews, please state the presence/absence of separate charging units which are a big problem for travelers. Also the inclusion of protective cover for the head which is also essential for travelers. My existing Braun 3615 has internal charging circuits and the only extra that I need to carry is a simple power lead and as an extra bonus, it can use the same lead as my portable. Please tell me which units have protective cover, and 110/230v power input direct from the wall, [not 12v from a separate adapter]. Please also describe the power… Read more »

Marius
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Marius

Hi Pierce, I wanted to come back with a feedback after my purchase. I got the Philips S9711/31 in the end for about 180$ equivalent. Unfortunately on our market the razors don’t have the possibility of returning them in 30 days (they are doing this from time to time as a limited promotion – but none was avaliable in this period). After some research on the internet, I got to the conclusion that Philips S9000 series and Braun Series 9 are somehow similar, only Panasonic LV9N being better than them. But, being almost double in price than the Philips S9711,… Read more »

Joan
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Joan

Hello Pierce, Thank you for your prompt response. Please see my comments below. Your comments and suggestions were quite helpful and confirmed my initial inclinations based on review from your website and others. So, unless any of the “additional information” I provided suggests a razor other than a Braun Series 7, that’s what we’ll try. -He is currently using an electric three head razor. We was also career military, so used a traditional manual razor for many years. -At this point we need something easy to use and easy to maintain. When my husband was at their home the other… Read more »

Joan
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Joan

Hello,
We need to purchase a new electric shaver for my 87 year-old father-in-law. Unfortunately my husband, his son, does not use an electric shaver. We’re looking for a suggestion as to the easiest to use and keep clean so that it will continue to work.
Thank you.

Marius
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Marius

Thank you Pierce for the great advice. In deed, I have a very thick and strong beard. Also, I don’t have many problems with skin irritation- even with safety razors I irritate seldomly. As I think back, maybe I should have given the Philips RQ 1260 more chances. I have tried shaving a couple of times and as I got mad with it, I gave up. I did not used any techniques nor I had waited for the month in order for my face to adjust. My bad! In a nutshell, what I would like to know in order to… Read more »

Marius
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Marius

Hello, I am interested in an electric razor and I am looking for the best product. An online store has a sale on Philips S9711/31 for 191$ and I want to know it it’s worth to buy it. I use safety razors, double edge razors as well as Gillete Mach 3, and even if sometimes I cut myself, I am happy with them. But, using manual razors takes time, so I would like a time saving option – an electric razor. I had purchased a Philips RQ 1260 in the past but did not get along with it, as the… Read more »

Jason Simmons
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Jason Simmons

The Braun cooltec is my daily driver currently. I had the Braun 9095c before but the Cooltec price got me and the shave quality is almost identical.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hi there,
my son is 16 and needs to start shaving, he has inherited the fair sensitive skin that runs in our family. He also has occasional blemishes. What is the safest, gentlest reliable shaver?
It would be nice if he could use it in/out of shower.
Also am I correct in eliciting that some of these models are not meant to be used with shaving cream or gel?
What then?

Sorry. I’m a single mom and no one to teach my boy this guy stuff.
Thank you.
jo

Ron
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Ron

I am interested in the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 shavers. However, none of those shavers appear to come with plastic caps to protect the expensive foils and cutters. I have always had caps with my less expensive (and less desirable) shavers, and consider caps necessary. Am I wrong?

Bogdan
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Bogdan

Hey guys, I have a bit of a problem. About a year ago I decided to change to an electric razor since normal ones got me very irritated on the neck especially so I’ve bought a Philips series 7. I am pretty pleased with it, it does a good job and I can use it everyday without any irritations. The problem is that it does not shave my neck completely; I end up having patches of hairs that simply do not get cut so I still have to use a normal razor to finish the job. That beats the whole… Read more »

Ricky
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Ricky

You are saying great things about Braun 9 serie, but if you look reviews and comments on amazon, significant number of people will say that serie 7 is still better than 9. So now I am really confused which one to buy.

Damian
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Damian

I recently bought the Remington F5-5800 and i gotta say its amazing. You were spot on when you mentioned the easiness to clean it.

Monique
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Monique

Thank you so much for your quick response. It is truly appreciated! I will look further into the shaver that you recommended. And thank you for the links on the helpful articles. I will forward those to my son. This site is great and I appreciate the detail in the response!

Monique
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Monique

Hello I am a single mom looking for a device that my 18 year can use for his mustache only. He had a Wahl and used it daily, the gold foil cracked in the corners and now he misplaced the device altogether. In my opinion, and I can be wrong, his mustache area seems to be a little darker (possibly ingrown hairs?) again I could be wrong. Either way, he is in need of a new device. I’m thinking the devices mentioned in your very detailed and appreciated review may be too wide and awkward for using solely on the… Read more »

Frances Halter
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Frances Halter

Exactly what I was looking for, regards for posting .

Doug
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Doug

HI and thanks for the quick response. Update about cost of shaver heads. I finally (after 3 hours) spoke with a real person at Braun. It seems that there is a MAJOR back order on the shaver heads. They were able to get one ordered for me, and maybe worth while calling if in need of replacement sooner than later. This is why the price is going up so fast, and they have become hard to find. No one with in 500 miles of where I live has any. this is also impacting series 9 replacement heads as well. No… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

HI, I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that replacement heads for Braun series 7 shavers have more than tripled in the last 6 months and there is almost no where to get them. I spent $31 last July, and currently the ones I can find are over $110. Are these shavers being discontinued? I have been using my Braun since 2009/2010 and I love it especially the cleaning stand as I chafe head and face, thats whey I replace foils very 6-7 months to keep the best shave possible. Next question is what is a good affordable shaver… Read more »

Greg
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Greg

Thanks guys, good info as I am considering replacing my Panasonic ES-LA63, I have been pretty disappointed with this razor in general. I now have apparently dinged the foil and it is scratching up my face pretty good. So, rather than replace the foil and blades, I think I am going to just buy a new one. I appreciate your solid reviews… kinda torn between the Braun 9 & 7. Kinda tough to warrant that kind of a payment but… I have also considered doing the Harry’s shave club deal but I don’t know. Anyway, thanks again for your reviews… Read more »

Mah
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Mah

And can the braun 9 used for bodygrooming also ?

Mah
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Mah

Hi,
Im looking since a while for the best shaver for me and thank you very much for this very informing article but im confused still between the braun 9 and the philips norelco 9 !! Its like they’re both the best of the best but I still didnt understand which one shaves better ?
And Which one shaves closer and last longer ?

Jeannine
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Jeannine

Dear Groomnstyle,
of all the gift related lists, recommendations and product hype I’ve sorted through this – this article BY FAR was the most helpful. Please keep this going every year! Great job – even the comments were helpful. I brought a Braun Series 7 for my husband who has not treated himself to a new shaver in 10 years. I think I’ll be more excited when he opens it than he will.
Thanks – you’ve found a new convert to the site.

Jeannine

Steven
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Steven

With so many on the market, looking for an electric razor that operated with cord or cordless.

Brandon Peek
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Brandon Peek

Hello, I’m interested in all of the hype about the Braun 9 series, and even 7 series. Before I purchased one, I did some research to see about replacement blades as I never see them in Target when buying for my 5 series. Has anyone found replacement parts for the 9 or 7 series in the US? Some findings say its too early since they are so new but I see posts for people looking for them in February. If you cant come out with parts by then, how can you expect me to pay $300 for your razor?

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