The Braun Series 9 is promoted as the 'best shaver in the world'. It has a price tag to match.
The Braun Series 9 is promoted as the 'best shaver in the world'. It has a price tag to match.

Smart, smooth and even cleans itself

HOW many people does it take to make a good - make that really good - shaver?

The Braun Series 9 went through 1000 production stages and more than 200 quality checks, involving more than 60 engineers and scientists from 10 different disciplines.

Just as well, given its motor generates 10,000 sonic micro vibrations, delivering 40,000 cross-cutting actions every minute.

This is one shaver where you hope (and pray) they got it all right.

After more than a week of using it, I remain injury and nick free, which is pretty remarkable given my shaving record.

I've always been a razor man - too often the cheap, disposal variety.

Shavers I've tried in the past have been a little hot under the nose for my liking.

But this shaver promises - and delivers less friction, irritation and burning.

Braun says its patented SyncroSonic cutting system technology reads the density of your beard while you shave, automatically adapting to your beard 160 times a minute.

The technology not only means a better shave - but a quicker one -something that is one of the main benefits of using a shaver over a razor, especially if you don't have to lather up.

There are five specialised shaving elements, including a new titanium coated hyperlift & cut trimmer. A gold strip customised by a titanium titride coating is designed to reduce friction and feel pleasant on the skin.

The coating also offers protection from corrosion and improves water resistance. Braun says users can expect up to 50,000 shaves.

The shaving head itself is fully flexible, which makes it easier to navigate your face, particularly between the nose and lips.

The blades work well together to lift, direct, trim and cut hair, though I found there were some spots I had to go over several times, including flat lying hair.

The shaver has a long hair trimmer for sideburns, moustaches or beards.

One of the big selling points is that it can be used with water, foam, gel or even in the shower.

Using it with a gel certainly provides for a more comfortable shave, though if you are in a rush, after a week or so, you probably wouldn't bother. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 50 minutes.

The biggest selling point for me, though, is the clean and charge station. You put your shaver back in the dock to recharge and hit the clean button and the shaving foil is cleaned, lubricated and dried using an alcohol-based system.

It is not cheap with a $699 RRP from the Shaver Shop.


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