The hair on my head, and a little more sparingly across my face, is so thick it could possibly be used to pin small insects. And because of this fullness of filament, all of the electric shavers I've tried in the past failed to do an acceptable job of trimming my face compared to the low-tech razor blade. But I've always wished I could ditch the expensive habit of cartridge based razors (I've yet to delve into the world of straight shaves) but still get a consistent finish opposed to the patchy Paul Pierce-style chin every other model has left me with, requiring touch-ups with disposable razor. The Braun Series 7's 790cc is the closest I've gotten to a post-disposable razor solution...
I don't have sensitive skin (I can practice the death-defying shaving technique of using just wet skin without lather without any noticeable repercussions), but I'm guessing even the tender-dermal set will benefit without any irritation while using the 790cc. During several test shaves I felt nary a pull, tug, or even the suggestion of pain while trimming down my face. What was most notable compared to other electric shavers I've tried in the past was the 790cc didn't require multiple drive-bys to finish off all the hairs; most sections required no more than two passes, including those annoying flat hairs on the neck, to leave what felt like a nearly-razor shave smooth finish. And that meant for the first time using an electric model, the time spent from start to finish matched or beat using a manual razor shave.
Overall, it's easy to rate the Braun Series 7 - 790cc Pulsonic Shaver as the best electric shaving unit I've ever tried. It's fast, quiet, comfortable, and most importantly leaves a smooth face without the fuss and careful do-overs of other models. The 790cc is priced at the top end of electric shavers, but considering it performs so well, it embodies the axiom of "you get what you pay for", and in the long run should save users money compared to the cumulative cost of disposable cartridge razors.
Pros: Satisying close shave offering nearly the same quality as a razor shave, comfortable ergonomics of not too heavy nor not too light, impressively quiet operation, auto clean and lubrication system makes for near no-hassle daily operation.
Cons: Bulky base unit requires plenty of space, top-tier price, Clean & Renew system requires refills
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