For the past few months, I’ve been using razor blades to shave, so when I was gifted the Braun Series 5 shaver a month ago, I was hesitant to make the switch and review it. However, two weeks ago, I made the plunge and started using the Braun Series 5 (5020s model). The change has been surprisingly easy – I expected more razor bumps and irritation – although there are certainly some areas of improvement for Braun to consider.
Design and Ergonomics of the Series 5 shaver
Braun is known for their attention to detail and ergonomic design, and the Series 5 shaver exhibits both qualities. The shaver itself is a bit larger than your average shaver, but the actual shaving head is compact. The Series 5 shaver has a very nice grip and easily fits into my hands, making it easy to shave the chin and neck areas. While the shaver is light – it’s constructed using monocoque technology and fibre-reinforced materials – doesn’t feel flimsy or fragile.
The Braun Series 5 shaver features what the brand calls “FlexMotion technology”, which is also in the Series 3 and 7. This is essentially a razor sandwiched between two foiled shaving heads which allows a closer shave. This is particularly useful for the area around the Adam’s apple and just below the chin where the skin can be delicate and prone the razor bumps. The shape of the razor is interesting – it’s like a oscillating swiggle – which allows maximum contact with unwanted hair.
Charging the Braun Series 5
In terms of charging, it takes about 60 minutes to charge the Series 5 shaver to its fullest, which gives 45 minutes of shave time. Those in a hurry will be glad to know that it takes only 5 minutes to get one 3-minute shave out of the shaver. Unlike many electric shavers, the Series 5 doesn’t have a charging stand – which is handy because charging stands can take up a lot of space. Instead, the Series 5 directly connects to a powerpoint with a coiled charger which makes it an ideal shaver when travelling.
While the Braun Series 5 electric shaver is compact, has a great battery life and is easy to use, the trimmer is unfortunately ill-designed. The positioning (seen below; above the red part) makes it impossible to use it to remove hair on the upper lip area. The razor head gets in the way and the result is a few hairs right underneath the nostrils. In fact, you’ll nee to use a separate razor to get rid of hair in this area. Those who prefer to use a trimmer for hair above their lip will find this an inconvenience, but you’re happy to use the shaver instead, this limitation is not a deal-breaker.
Cleaning the Braun Series 5
Like most modern electric shavers, the Braun Series 5 is simple to clean; a simple rinse will do the job. However, because the shaver head pivots, it means that if you have a heavy beard, hair may occasionally get trapped between the shaver head and the handle.
Braun Series 5 shaver – Verdict
If you’re a guy who prefers to use the trimmer for the area above your lip, the Braun Series 5 shaver is not the shaver for you. Otherwise, this electric shaver is a great everyday companion and an ideal travel shaver. Charging it only take 3 minutes and we love the sturdy grip it offers.