The Braun Series 7 790cc-4 foil shaver is a slightly upscale version of the best-reviewed 760cc-4 (*Est. $200). Either model gives you a close, comfortable shave, with three adjustable shave settings to tackle tough areas (neck, under chin) or cater to sensitive skin or coarse beards, users and experts say.
The Braun 7 790cc is deemed so similar to the 760cc that it receives the same score from a major consumer research organization without being tested. The 790cc does, however, have a few upgrades, including a faster cleaning cycle and an LCD indicator screen instead of the 760cc's LED screen.
Reviewers with Which? magazine and Wired tested the 790cc (and apparently not the 760cc); both pick the 790cc as one of the best shavers. 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 shaving time on a charge.
Most reviewers say that the Braun 790cc-4 is good for even the most sensitive skin, giving "an extremely close shave with no more nicks." However, we did find a smattering of comments that it didn't shave close enough, after all. It's unclear whether the dissatisfied shavers had a problem with the Series 7's shaving adjustments, which can be set to provide a gentler or more intense shave. Comments like "My face right now feels so shockingly smooth, I'd swear I shaved with a blade this morning" -- from an Amazon.com user -- are more common than the complaints. Most users say it takes about five minutes to shave with the Braun 790cc.
Users and experts agree that the Braun Series 7 790cc-4 is easy to use. In fact, one Drugstore.com reviewer writes that her 91-year-old father with memory problems finds this shaver very easy to use. Another reviewer, this time from Amazon.com, compares this shaver against high-end Panasonic and Norelco shavers, saying that the Series 7 790cc-4 is the easiest to keep a hold on, even if your hands are wet.
Although the Braun Series 7 790cc-4 receives very good noise ratings from one expert, 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 seems far from a deal-breaker for most users, however; some flat-out disagree, saying that the 790cc is plenty quiet, and even most of those who complain about the noise say they would recommend this shaver to a friend.
The Braun Series 7 790cc is covered by a two-year limited warranty (the foil and cutter cassette are excluded). 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 (cleaning cartridges cost about $13 for three, and replacement cassettes, which only need to be replaced every 18 months, are about $32) 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, which is usually a good sign.
As one happy Walmart.com reviewer writes, "This razor is expensive, but we are talking about your face. Men shave everyday. This is worth the price." If you want a Braun Series 7 shave that's slightly more affordable, the best-reviewed Braun Series 7 760cc-4 (*Est. $200) has most of the same features, although the cleaning stand doesn't work as fast and it has an LED indicator system instead of the 790cc's LCD screen.
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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 7 Series 760cc-4 is one of the models tested, and the 7 Series 790cc-4 is deemed so similar that it receives the same score without undergoing the same scrutiny.
Review: Electric Razor Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of June 2012
2. Which? magazine
The editors at this British magazine, which is very 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, As of June 2012
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.
Review: Blade Runners: 4 Cordless Electric Razors Tested, Steven Leckart, July 26, 2011
More than 450 users give the Braun Series 7 790cc shaver a 4.4-star overall rating. 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 June 2012
About 100 Walmart.com users review the 790cc-4, assigning it a 4.6-star overall rating. More than 90 percent of them say they would recommend this shaver to a friend. One reviewer reports that this 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 with Pulsonic Technology and LCD Screen, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2012
More than 80 reviewers rate the Braun 7-790 here, giving it an overall score of 4.6 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 June 2012