I take personal grooming and hygiene very seriously. Well, not that I have any other option since my wife would be very pissed if I don’t. But I don’t usually go on splurging on hi-tech electric razors. As long as it cuts well, I am okay with it. When my old Braun shaver broke after serving me like a loyal friend for 3 years, I started looking for a new one.
My search led me to Braun Series 7 7865cc. It was a little out of my budget but I still decided to give it a go, considering the rich specs and the convenient cleaning/charging station that comes with it. Long story short, I made the right call. This razor is worth every penny I spent on it. It’s fast, shaves almost as close as a cold razor blade and it leaves my cheek buttery smooth.
I have an ultra-sensitive skin and Series 7’s super sharp yet gentle blades don’t trigger bumps or rashes, even if I recklessly dry shave my 3-day-old growth. It fits nicely in my travel bag and I don’t have to worry about the battery life either.
It lasts for frigging 50-minutes (which feels like forever due to the shortened shaving time) once fully charged. I have been using this tool for nearly a year now and it’s going pretty strong without any issue.
Having said all that, the experience could vary from person to person. So here’s an objective and in-depth review of Braun Series 7 7865cc to put things into perspective for you.
Just in case you’re in a hurry or lack the patience to read a detailed review, I have summarized the key features and functions of this model below:
Braun Series 7 7865cc Specification:
|Features||Braun Series 7 7865cc|
|Wet & Dry||Yes|
|Clean & Charge||Yes|
|Running Time||50 min|
|Charging Time||1 Hour|
Braun Series 7 7865cc in a Nutshell
- Captures the tiniest flat-lying in one pass with the sonic technology that enables 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute.
- 4 synchronized shaving elements work in perfect harmony to shave off long and thick beard with minimal strokes.
- Offers 5 Turbo/Sensitive mode to help you fine-tune your shaving speed and intensity.
- Can be used for shaving head, chest, underarms, hands, and legs as well.
- Not meant for shaving pubes.
- The Triple-blade system includes 2 foils for close shaving and a trimmer blade in the middle to crop the long strands before shaving, for optimal shaving closeness.
- The built-in trimmer can be maneuvered independently as well for your sideburns, mustache, goatee and the area around the ears.
- Intelligent autosensing motors maximize shaving efficiency by easily adapting to the rapidly changing contours of your body.
- Supports both wet and dry shaving.
- Shaver head moves in 8 directions, helping you clear up those pesky hairs from tight spots with a single stroke.
- Wide 40° pivoting shaving head ensures maximum skin contact and ground coverage to reduce the shaving time.
- Waterproof, the shaving head can be washed under running tap water.
- Automatic cleaning/lubricating/charging station. It uses an alcohol-based solution to clean and disinfect the blades.
- Worldwide voltage compatibility.
- Comes with a cool travel case.
- Takes an hour to fully charge and yields 50 minutes worth shaving time.
- The whole shaving head needs to be replaced every 18 months, give or take while the cleaning cartridge usually lasts for one-two months.
Braun Series 7 7865cc Detailed Review
Now that I have outlined the basics, it’s time I give you a detailed low-down of how the electric razor works and why I am such a fanboy.
5 Speed Settings
Compared to old generation Braun Series 7 models which offered only 3-speed settings, Braun 7865cc provides more customization with 5-speed settings and two intensity modes (Turbo and Sensitive Mode).
If your skin is prone to razor burns and bumps, it’s a no brainer that Sensitive Mode should be your go-to setting. I choose the Turbo mode at highest speed settings for my head and body hair.
To give you context, I am a pretty hairy dude. If I don’t shave my body hair for 3 weeks, I become a flesh-and-blood dense forest. This electric razor can take down every inch of hair on the surface above the belt without pulling or pinching my skin.
One thing I’d like to note here is that the first three-speed settings are kinda gimmicky. They are too slow for my taste. The fourth setting is ideal for someone who has never used an electric razor before.
The highest speed setting is about 10% faster than the previous generation Braun model I used. I also loved the fact that the unit remembers your preferred settings and adjusts itself accordingly after you restart the machine the next time.
Smart Triple-Blade System
Braun Series 9 which was one of the models I narrowed down to during my search had 4 blades. Series 7 7865cc has 3 blades. Well, not exactly three blades but three cutting elements which include two finishing foils and a flip-up trimmer in the middle.
Braun is calling the trimmer ActiveLift Trimmer whose main job is to lift and chop off the long, flat-lying whiskers that grow in arbit directions.
This pre-trimming allows the two outer foils a great skin contact, resulting in a phenomenally clean shave (down to 0.5 mm). I am used to shaving every other day and it handles my short stubble fairly well. When I am on a vacation or simply feeling lazy, I shave twice a week and still get the same result.
I use the flip-up trimmer separately to touch-up my neckline and sideburns. While it’s not the finest trimmer around, it will get the job done, unless you’re going for intricate detail work and beard designs.
Syncrosonic Technology and 8 Directional Shaver Head
Braun describes its foil vibration as Syncrosonic Technology. Apart from the basic blade oscillation, the motors also yield 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute that results in greater skin contact and coverage. The wide-angled shaving head moves in 8 directions.
With the collective strength of 10,000 micro-vibrations, Turbo speed, lift and cut technology and this wide-angled pivoting head, this electric razor can handle short to medium stubble of any hair type and texture with ease.
However, if you have longer and fuller beard to take down or you have a dense beard which you shave only once a week, you should look for a more-power-packed electric razor.
While it handles my afro-textured 3-day-old on the cheeks and neck, it takes me more than two strokes to clean up tighter areas like my upper lip and chin as my hair is particularly thicker in those spots.
This is another department where this equipment shines. There are several factors that contribute to the phenomenal shaving experience this razor offers. First off, the drastically reduced shaving time. It takes me 4-5 strokes tops to clean shave my one-day-old stubble, maybe one or two strokes extra if I am shaving after two days.
This can be attributed to the 8 directional shaving head that pivots smoothly and the blade layout that allows optimal skin contact. I absolutely adore the feel of the micro-vibrations against my skin. It feels like receiving a massage while getting a nice and smooth shave.
I have never noticed any heating issues or hair pulling during total body shaving. All these factors contribute to an unparalleled shaving comfort. I use it at max settings for dry shaving 95% of the time and never experienced post-shave redness or rashes. That’s a win for me.
Look and Feel
For a premium range electric razor, the design is pretty basic. Not that I care about it much but having a gorgeous little gadget with a glossy black finish would look pretty neat on my bathroom countertop.
Nevertheless, it makes up for the lack of sass with solid ergonomics, build quality and flawless functionality. The frame of the shaver is made from hard plastic and the back and sides of the handle are ribbed with superbly grippy rubber material.
The lightweight handle coupled with a hefty top provides the perfect balance for a close-cut shave. On one side of the head, there’s a lock switch that prevents the head from swiveling (it’s not the same as travel lock switch which prevents the blades from accidentally turning on). Another button on the other side releases the head for cleaning and replacement.
Speaking of replacement, Braun Series 7 shaver head replacements with built-in foils and cutters are easily available but mind you, they don’t come cheap. You need to replace it every 12-18 based on how frequently you shave.
Coming back to the design elements, the LCD display on the handle shows battery life in three stages, current shaving mode, and charging status. The pop-up trimmer is located at the front which can be deployed using the slider switch at the back of the head.
The on/off button and + and – buttons for changing speed are conveniently placed on the handle. You can also switch between Sensitive and Turbo modes depending on how aggressive you want your shaving sesh to be.
The Braun Series 7 7865cc is a perfect travel companion for my overseas business trips. The voltage range of 110-240V means you can charge the device anywhere in the world without carrying a voltage adapter. It comes with a cool travel case to keep the device and associated accessories safe and sound in the bag.
I wish it included a dedicated travel lock switch for better safety. I’m knocking off one point for that. On the other hand, it gains a brownie point for the design of the charging/cleaning station. It’s compact and lightweight enough to fit in my bag without consuming essential luggage space.
Battery Performance and 5-Minute Quick Charge
The 7865cc model houses Li-ion batteries that take about an hour to receive full charge. Once charging is complete, you get 50-minutes worth battery juice which would easily last you two weeks on medium settings, if you only shave your facial hair every day. On max setting, it usually lasts me one and a half weeks.
There’s also a 5-minute quick charge feature to save your day when your razor battery is fully drained but you have a meeting to attend in half an hour. While I mostly use the charging station for the task, you can also charge it by directly plugging it to the outlet.
A separate charging cable is included in the box. I should also point out that you can’t use the device while it’s plugged in. Nonetheless, it never poses a problem, thanks to the quick charge feature
I put the device in the automatic cleaning dock twice a week. The box includes one set of cleaning cartridges which is basically an alcohol-based solution. Fit the cartridge at the base, power it on and it will take care of the rest.
The alcohol-infused solution not only cleanses but also sterilizes the blades which is great from the hygienic point of view. There are 3 cleaning modes to choose from. You can adjust the intensity depending on how clogged your blades are.
If you regularly wet shave with foam or gel, go for the max cleaning speed. It could take anywhere between 5-20 minutes to complete the cleaning cycle, depending on which cleaning mode you’re using and how dirty the razor head is.
It also lubricates the blade to ensure peak performance, despite years of heavy abuse. Unfortunately, there’s no automatic drying option which is a serious let-down. Not that it affects the experience or performance of the razor in any way, I would have still liked to have that option, considering the cost of the equipment.
For the rest of the days of the week, I manually clean the shaving head with plain water. I remove the head by pressing the release switch, brush off the excess hair bits from the inside of the head using a small brush that comes with the unit.
Then I simply run the unit under running tap water and snap the flex head back in place. That’s all. If you are going to use the cleaning station once or twice a week, each cartridge could last up to 1.5 months or so.
First of all, replacing the shaving cassette (head with embedded foils and cutters) as well as the cartridge refills is an expensive affair. But considering the shaving quality, speed and comfort, I am okay to pay the premium.
Secondly, it lacks a travel lock switch. Braun should really look into this and include this feature in the next upgrade.
The next issue is slightly more serious. The head locking mechanism is kind of glitchy. Once you lock the head in one position, i.e disable the swiveling mechanism, you got to be careful not to put too much force while shaving. Doing otherwise could damage the locking mechanism.
However, you can easily dodge this bullet by being a little careful when you use the locking feature. I let the shaving head run freely anyway, so it’s not a dealbreaker for me, at least.
I am done giving my two cents, the rest is up to you. Braun Series 7 7865cc is definitely worth a shot if it’s your first foray into premium electric razors. I have been only using it for 10 months without any issue. It handles my afro-textured beard better than any electric razor I have used in the past and does that without pulling my hair or troubling my sensitive skin. This bad boy is built to last and take the chore out of your daily/bi-weekly/weekly manscaping chores.
The best part is, I don’t have to worry about precision and technique anymore. Braun 7 is a holy grail shaver for the lousy ones like me. I can’t imagine I have gone months without slicing off a chunk of my skin or getting bugged by those evil ingrown hairs.
Once this one stops working (which I don’t see happening anytime soon), I’ll re-purchase this without a second thought. I am hoping that by the time this model gives up, Braun will upgrade the not-so-impressive features of the current version and fix the head locking mechanism issue.