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Braun Series 5 5040 Shaver,
This review is from: Braun Series 5 5040s-5 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver (Personal Care)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)There is some disagreement about which type of electric shaver is best: foil or rotary. After wavering between the two when younger, I soon realised that foil shavers are much better, for me at least. And Braun make the best foil shavers. This Series 5 shaver replaced my Series 3 one which was just about on its last legs (its battery finally dying). So I can give a direct comparison with the Series 3 (which are still available, and cheaper).
The Series 5 5040 gives a much better shave. And it's not just that it's a new shaver (I always looked after the S3 model and replaced the foil/cutter head as necessary). The Series 5 immediately feels as though it's doing a better job. The pivoting shaver head is not a gimmick, it really works. I felt that the shaver foil was really following my facial contours, particularly well at the awkward bend when the neck meets the edge of the lower jaw. The overall shave is excellent for an electric shaver, and accomplished much quicker than my old series 3 which involved a lot of return visits to part of the skin.
After nearly two weeks of shaves (once a day, about 7-9 minutes), the battery is still on its initial charge and showing no sign of needing re-charging, which is remarkable. A two-pin (round pin) shaver plug on the end of a curly lead plugs into the bottom to recharge the shaver, and is supplied. There are indicator lights on the shaver to show when charged, needing charging, and being charged. I initially charged for about two hours, but I always play safe on the initial charge; an hour seems to be the indicated charging time.
The foil cassette assembly detaches easily. This is a simple shaver to clean, just rinse the shaver head under running water, then remove the foil assembly and leave to dry.
Two things particularly strike me about this shaver. It feels good to use (partly due to that pivoting head, partly just the feel of it in the hand). And it actually looks really smart. Smart black, part rubber, part shiny black plastic. It's made in Germany, and just feels to be a quality product. It has a two year warranty, and one feels this thing will last.
The shaver comes with a soft carry bag, charging lead, and foil cover. The cover feels a litle flimsy to me; maybe it has to be so as not to rub against and damage the foil. The lead is a bit short, though being curly will expand with use.
The instructions include one of those series of diagrams designed for an international market, which somehow always remind me of the escape instructions on aircraft. Luckily, there is a proper booklet which includes a couple of pages in English. However, the booklet is designed for a number of shavers in the Series 5 range. This shaver is so easy to use I don't think you'll have any problems, it really is pretty obvious. One thing I'm still not sure about is what spare foil cassette to buy. Foils in my experience tend to break pretty suddenly and I like to have a spare. Searching on Amazon for a replacement left me very confused. I would appreciate other users' advice here.
An excellent shaver, and a definite recommendation for this product.