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(Very good, very expensive) Well no, in the long run it wasn't
on 5 April 2009
I bought this shaver after 20+ years of wet shaving, I had tried electric before but was always unhappy with the results. Then my son bought the top of the range Philips shaver and I was impressed by how much electric shaving had improved so I started to do some research which ended in me buying the Braun 790.
This is a very good shaver, from the way it sits in your hand to the way the head moves across your face. The cleaning unit makes sure the shaver is in tip top condition everytime you use it and gives the shaver a slight lemony smell which helps with the idea of it being fresh and clean.
Bathroom time in the morning has been cut down by a good 5 minutes and although this will never be as close as a wet shave its not far off.
Another advantage is that I have lost all the zits and things that I never connected with wet shaving, but (maybe coincidence) have gone since I got this shaver.
The cleaning refills evaporate whether you use them or not so you might as well clean it every day. If you do this it only uses the eco cycle (a short cleaning cycle)and after a month of use mine is showing 7 days of fluid left. I was lucky enough to spot the refills on offer (1/2 price) in my local Boots and so bought their entire stock which was about 18 months supply. Its worth looking out for deals on these.
The shaver head can be cleaned under the tap but the onboard computer wont recognise this as a proper clean, it only does this when it goes in the cleaning station. So next time it goes in it may resort to a normal or thorough clean. Cleaning it in the station also means you dont have to put any oil on the cutting blades. The state of clean is shown on a dial at the tail end of the shaver along with remaining battery charge and a graphic that tells you when to replace the cutting blades and head, about every 18 months I beleive.
Ok, any downsides? Well I guess as others have mentioned the price, Amazon had the best price when you took into consideration next day posting, make sure you check the others postal rates, they can be very expensive. I appreciate that there is a lot of technology inside these shavers but even so it seems a lot of money. I guess you have to weigh up the advantages of a very good dry shave and time saving and whether its worth it to you. This does seem to be THE best shaver. One other minus point which may have been mentioned somewhere else, this shaver does have rather a cheap looking case. I would have expected a leather or imitaion leather case perhaps with a pocket for the cleaning brush. The case that it comes with is very strong and robust on the other hand and will probably protect it from being dropped.
After a months worth of use I am very pleased with my purchase and would stronly recommend it.
26th December 2011
Ok, So after a couple of years ownership what do I think?
Well its now looking very tatty, the silver paint has been eaten away by the cleaning solution. Talking of which, the cleaning solution, well it doesn't seem to last as long as it did. I don't know if they've changed the formula but now its getting expensive when compared to other ways of shaving.
The shave itself, well its ok. Never as good as a wet shave but its a lot more convenient.
The time has come for the second replacement of the foil plus I need to get some more cleaning solution but I have decided that I'm not going to.
So the search for a decent electric shaver goes on. I have decided to try the Philips wet and dry system and for a lot less money (only a bit more than a new foil) this seems to be the way to go.
Do I regret buying the Braun, yes. Paying more doesn't get you a better product in this case and the running costs are crazy.
I have downgraded this from 5 stars to 2