Braun Series 5 review

The first electric shaver I ever bought was a Braun  back in 1998. Two years later, I replaced it with another Braun model I had won in a competition. Since then, I have owned a Philips shaver and a load of different Gillette razors and in the later years, Double Edge razors.

Recently, I got the chance to try out one of Brauns latest models from their utterly popular Series 5. As you may have read elsewhere on the site, I definitely prefer wet shaving over electric shaving, but for a few weeks I decided to leave the razor blades and shaving soap and use the Braun Series 5 for my shaving needs. I will share my experience in this review.

The Braun Legacy

Ibraun-series-5-with-6550t may not be fair to compare the Series 5 shaver to my old Braun shaver from 1999. After all there must have been some development over the last 13-14 years. But in many ways this may just be the best way to judge the quality and necessity of the product.

As most other Braun shavers, the Series 5 has a double foiled shaving head with an extra knife between the two foils. This is the same technology seen in the Series 3 and 7 (but not in Series 1) – and is also similar to the head of my old Braun 6550 from 1999.

The machine itself is quite a bit larger than my old shaver, but the actual shaving head is more or less of the same size as the old model. It has however been improved in several ways, but more on that later.

The Series 5 shaver has a very nice feel, and it fits great in my hands. The handling of the shaver is perfect and it seems very well balanced. The shaving head pivots, but can be locked in several positions for better precision.

The actual shave

As mentioned before, I believe the shavers head is a piece of great technology. Not only does the head pivot and lock in different angles to allow increased precision but it will also lift and lower each of the foil blades individually as it pivots. This seems to work very well as it allows the knife between the foils to reach more of the thorough stubble on your chin. This particular feature is known as UltraActiveLift, and is available on several Series 5 and 7 shavers.

I often find that reviewing electric shavers can be hard and painful, as each type of shaver requires some time to get used to. But with the Series 5, I hardly experienced any rash or irritation at all. It did (as most electric shavers seem to) have some problems dealing with longer stubble underneath my chin. But a bit of extra effort in that area was enough to get the job done.

Cleaning and maintenance

The Braun Series reviewed by Shaving Shavingdetective
The Braun Series 5 reviewed by Shaving Shavingdetective

I have been testing the Series 5-030 model. It is delivered with the rather bulky Clean&Charge station. The station is a large docking station to be placed somewhere in your bathroom to store, clean and charge your shaver.

Let me start by saying that you don’t have to use the station to charge your shaver. I personally prefer to just use the charging cord whenever it’s needed.

The Clean&Charge station holds a cleaning cartridge, which will automatically clean your shaver while the battery is recharged. It seems to do a great job keeping your shaver clean and properly lubcricated, but I am generally not a big fan of these large charging stations. Once you have inserted the cleaning cartridge it is a hard job finding somewhere to put the station while it is not in use. It requires both the cleaning fluid and electricity plugged in to work, so you must find a good spot for it. You can of course disconnect it when not in use, but it is a bit of a
extra work.


I have to admit that I am quite fond of the Braun Series 5-050 shaver. It does a great job at what it is supposed to do, and the design is both useful and beautiful at the same time.

I may not be a big fan of the Clean&Charge station – but since it is not required for me to use it, I will just leave it in the box for now. The shaver is just as good without the station, as long as you remember to clean the shaving head every now and then.

The particular model I tested is available on the European market, but Series 5 shavers are available with different accessories and several design variations from and a shop near you. All Series 5 shavers use the same shaving head and technology, so the variations are only in design, display indicators and other minor details.

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Hey Hans,

    I am writing to you cause I would like to ask your suggestion in matters of buying an electric shaver. I need your help because I am stucked among three type. First is Braun series 5, the second is panasonic ES-LT41-K or Philips Norelco 1150X/40 SensoTouch 2D (or power touch model). The important is the efficiency cause i must look neat after shaving because of my job. Top of that, I was thinking about this price range not to spend more than 100 bucks on it.

    thanks for helping me!

    • Robert
    • April 30, 2013

    I’ve had my series 5 for about 8 months now. It’s my fourth Braun (including the little battery operated which was included with one of the previous). I tried the series 7 but did not at all care for the vibrating feature.
    Without a doubt this 5 the worst of the lot. Design, engineering and manufacturing have all failed to live up past models.
    The ‘ergonomic’ shape doesn’t allow a natural grip. Why the curved trimmer is beyond me. Try getting a straight line on your sideburns or moustache. The foil is a poor fit and constantly grabs and nips. The only improvement is the push button on/off instead of the slider. No stars from me.

      • David
      • August 26, 2014

      I think this razor is a piece of junk. It grabs and pulls like a dull razor blade. Wish I never bought it

      • Klemen
      • July 3, 2015

      I agree to both of you, this shaver is very painfull, and the side trimer useless, I wish I never bought it, I did it only because i couldn’t find parts for my freeglider anymore, and which is perfect.

  2. Hi Hans,
    Your Braun Series 5 review is very helpful and informative. Braun series 7 is also good and you will get excellent feelings of shaving. Please read about Braun Series 7 on

    • Kerry Beraud
    • March 22, 2014

    Think you guys are all a bit soft and pampered! It numbed, it stubbed and took a little getting used to! Man you need to get a spine! It’s a razor for pete”s sake!

    1. Hi Kerry. You’re right, not every electric razor is for everybody. As we talk about in our article “Rotary blade or foil shaver?“, the different types of electric razors will suit different people, depending on skin type, density of the beard and facial shape. The Braun shavers happen to suit my skin and face quite good (not perfect), and as thus my rating is a result of that.

    • kae
    • October 5, 2014

    Looking for an electric razor for my son. He has sensitive skin. I wnat to spend under $100.00. I am thinking about a “foil” razor. Suggestions??

    • walter bray
    • October 30, 2014

    I have Braun series 5 5090cc with cleaning station ,, after using it after 10 sec the cleaning light came on ,, after 4 good shaves it doesn’t work anymore I spented 249 $$$ on it what a waste

  3. There are more updated product available in the market which make the shaving experience more better and with the added features like cleaning techniques etc in the Braun Series shavers.

    • Drew Post
    • November 6, 2014

    I would have to disagree with your article. The series 5 is not a good buy, unless you are interested in buying a new foil every 3-4 months. I have been a long time braun customer over 20 years, and never thought I’d say this, but having picked up a series 5 last year, I’ve had to replace the foil 3 times. Now my beard didn’t actually magically get tougher, but the manufacturing of the foil must have changed. And of course you aren’t able to just buy a new foil but you have to fork out $60 to get a foil and a cutter. I am now in the market for something else, not sure what…..but I’m very disappointed…..the past year of replacing the foils has been more epensive than the original razor. I thought only printers did that marketing model……

    • George
    • December 4, 2014

    I have had a series 5 for 10 years and use it every day. Change foil once a year. The cleaning station is starting to slow down. Amazing razor and has been totally reliable. The cleaning cartridges are a rip off. Simply refill with rubbing alcohol a little aftershave for scent and a few drops of baby oil.

  4. Junk 5 series. Lasted six months. Had to mail it to San Fran repair office. Took 34 days for them to fix it, replacing several parts. After getting it back, it still does not charge and turns its self on and off. P & G response by email was for me to return it again and wants I faxed proof of my receipt for shipping they would send me a $15.00 gift card and a trinket razor. No thanks. I am done. The proper thing to do would have been to send me a replacement razor. Below is a copy of my last email from them.

    Thanks for getting back in touch with us, Roger.

    Braun is sorry for any inconvenience. Since the shaver still doesn’t charge, we recommend returning it for service. What we can do for the trouble is to send a brand new pocket go M90 shaver along with $15 towards shipment once we have your receipt. Please fax it to 1-877-668-5796. Once received, expect delivery of a prepaid visa card within 2 to 3 weeks. Please ad this information to your fax:

    ATTN: Melissa F.
    REF# 22256841

    Thanks again for writing.

    Braun Team

    Dear Mr. Blake,
    We have received the Braun electric shaver, type 5751 is covered under warranty. The shaver needs a pc board and front housing (including the swivel head frame), and the parts are currently on order. When the parts have arrived, we will immediately complete your repair and return to you via UPS.


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  5. I have been looking at Series 9 It also has the same shape like series 5. May the only difference could be in features like; 40,000 cuts per minute. But still Series 5 is good and it will always be my favorite.

    • Tom
    • March 17, 2016

    Braun series 5 is good but I am preferring braun 7681 as in my view it is one pf the best epilator.

  6. I have 3 braun shavers, series 5000 (5770). series 3. series 7. The first one series 5000 which I bought about ten years ago is the best. only problem is I dropped it about 3 years ago, still works fine but since the drop is very loud, any chance of making it quite again?

    • Joe Heasley
    • December 24, 2016

    I have been exceptionally fortunate with the Braun model that I purchased about 20 years ago: the Flex Integral Ultra Speed 6550. I believe it is the same model that the author shows in the opening picture of this article. In two decades time it has remained quiet, has needed (or at least I changed) foil and cutter combo every 2 years or there about at a charge of no more than $25 for the set…(12.50 per year). Besides, it is easily cleaned and maintained. The only wear on the unit I can detect is a small bit of rubber loss on the center bar of the slide switch; almost imperceptible.
    After reading many of the reviews I dread the thought that my old standby will EVER have to be replaced.

    • Brian Mudie
    • January 9, 2017

    Bought a 5040 a couple of weeks ago. Initially very impressed. I don’t shave every day, so have only used it 6 or 7 times. One of the foils has already developed a hole in it. Will be returning it to the retailer this weekend.
    Seriously disappointed

    • seoras
    • June 20, 2017

    In my experience, this shaver noticeably gets slower and less effective after only a few months. Also, the on/off button popped out for no apparent reason – my finger wasn’t even near it! It was when I received the replacement under warrannty, I noticed how much faster it was – indicating the drop in speed and effectivemeness of the defective shaver that had been replaced.

    • David
    • October 29, 2017

    This is my SECOND Braun Series 5 where the on/off button goes on by itself until it locks and beeps until out of power. I figured that I submerged or dropped the first one and I like how the razor shaves, so I tried a second time. But this is ridiculous. No more.

      • Iago
      • April 25, 2020

      Same here! With my second one I have been extra careless. I thought the first one broke down by letting it always on the shower, so I always let my second one dry in a more propper location. It lasted 4 months, even less than the other one that lasted 5.

      Probably it is some minor component of the motherboard, with no fixing at all.

    • Ol'Bucksnort
    • July 28, 2018

    It stopped cutting yesterday.
    Before that it used one dozen replacement ” 52s Cassettes ” that is the cutter head and screen and several tubs of the Braun cleaning solution.
    I have owned it eleven and a half months and now on the hunt for something else.

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