The Braun Series 7-790cc foil shaver offers an excellent, relatively quiet shave, with three adjustable shave settings that help tackle tough areas (neck, chin) or cater to sensitive skin and coarse beards. An amped-up display and multi-cycle cleaning station round out its notable features.
"I'd swear I shaved with a blade this morning." The Braun Series 7-790cc is basically the Series 7-760cc with a few small upgrades. The two models share the same three-setting adjustable head, which lets you tweak the razor to tackle tough areas or soothe sensitive skin; the 790cc has an LCD indicator screen and a faster cleaning station.
Most reviewers say that the Braun 790cc is good for even the most sensitive skin, giving "an extremely close shave with no more nicks." Positive reviews like this one from ApartmentTherapy.com are the norm: "It's fast, quiet, comfortable, and most importantly leaves a smooth face without the fuss and careful do-overs of other models." However, we did find a smattering of comments that it didn't shave close enough. It's unclear whether the dissatisfied users had a problem getting the adjustable head set correctly.
Easy to hold. Reviewers agree almost universally: Once you get your hands on the Braun Series 7-790cc, it's easy to use. One Drugstore.com reviewer bought it for her 91-year-old father with memory problems -- no problem there -- and another reviewer, this time from Amazon.com, compares this shaver with high-end Panasonic and Norelco shavers. He says the 790cc is the easiest to keep a hold on, even if your hands are wet.
Steven Leckart, writing for Wired, points out that even though the manufacturer promises 50 minutes of shaving time on a single battery charge, his testers routinely managed more than 75 minutes of shave time.
Buzzy, but not a deal-breaker. Although the Braun Series 7-790cc receives very good noise ratings from one expert source, a number of users on Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Walmart.com say it's not the quietest of electric shavers. Some describe it as "buzzy," in apparent agreement with Wired's Leckart, who says the Braun Series 7 shaver he tested "buzzes like a fridge ... with a chain saw inside." The noise is far from a deal-breaker for most users who would still recommend the shaver to a friend. Meanwhile, others flat-out disagree, saying that the 790cc is plenty quiet.
Great warranty and return terms. The Braun Series 7-790cc is covered by a two-year limited warranty (excluding the foil and cutter cassette). You can return it to get your money back within a generous 60 days. Most owners say this shaver is well worth the price and that its reasonable costs for replacement parts (four cleaning cartridges cost about $20, and replacement cassettes -- which only need to be replaced every 18 months -- are about $40) help defray the Series 7's high purchase price.
We found one or two complaints about Braun's customer service not being very helpful, but most users don't comment on the service -- that's usually a good sign. There are a few complaints about durability, however.
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The editors of ConsumerReports.org ask a panel of 16 men to test shavers similar to those they usually use. The Braun Series 7-760cc is one of the models tested, and the Series 7-790cc-4 is deemed so similar that it receives the same score without undergoing the same scrutiny.
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2. Which? magazine
The editors at this British magazine -- similar to ConsumerReports.org -- ask a panel of men to test rotary and foil electric shavers, including the Braun Series 7-790cc. Testing is comparative and objective, and each shaver is rated for factors including closeness, comfort and battery life.
Review: Electric Shaver Reviews, Editors of Which? magazine, Not dated
Steven Leckart asked an undisclosed number of testers to help him evaluate two foil shavers and two rotary shavers. It's unclear whether Leckart participated in the testing as well. A Braun Series 7 shaver, which appears to be the Braun 790cc-4, wins an Editor's Pick designation. Leckart also notes that the shaver doesn't tug at hair but sounds like a refrigerator "with a chain saw inside."
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More than 2,000 users give the Braun Series 7-790cc shaver a 4.5-star overall rating -- remarkable, considering the number of user reviews. A few compare the 790cc to high-end shavers from other brands; it generally comes out on top.
Review: Braun Series 7-790cc Pulsonic Shaver System, Silver, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
More than 450 Walmart.com users review the 790cc, assigning it a 4.6-star overall rating. More than 90 percent say they would recommend the shaver to a friend. One reviewer reports that the shaver is worth the price, and that her husband with sensitive skin no longer suffers nicks every time he shaves.
Review: Braun Series 7-790cc Shaver System, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2014
More than 100 reviewers rate the Braun 7-790 here, giving it an overall score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. They say it gives a great irritation-free shave, is easy to use, and charges quickly -- but a significant number of users also complain that the Series 7-790cc is noisy.
Review: Braun Series 7-790 Pulsonic Shaving System, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of May 2014
More than 60 BestBuy.com reviewers give the Braun Series 7-790cc shaver a score of 4.8 stars out of 5 possible at BestBuy.com. They almost universally agree that it gives a clean, comfortable shave, and can even help reduce breakouts caused by shaving irritation.
Review: Braun - 7-790CC Shaving System - Silver, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of May 2014
8. Apartment Therapy.com
"The hair on my head ... is so thick it could possibly be used to pin small insects," writes the author. He says that other electric shavers have proven inadequate, but that the Braun Series 7-790cc is up to the job.
Review: The Best Electric Shaver: Braun Series 7 790cc Pulsonic Shaver, Gregory Han, Oct. 11, 2012