A ritual by its very definition is a solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order, that pretty much sums up the morning shaving routine right? But Braun have injected a gadget-type vibe to the experience with their range of Series 5 and WaterFlex rechargeable electric shavers. Chris Bowen spent a couple of weeks grinding off facial hair for EFTM and here are the results.
I sampled the Series 5 5020s and WaterFlex electric shaver, put simply the first performs a dry only shave while the other can be used 5 meters underwater, no joke.
The Series 5 is mightily powerful, with a motor that’s been turbo charged with an extra 20 percent more grunt, it buzzes loudly and proudly. The blade system incorporates a system Braun call FlexMotion. The shaving foils are suspended, floating and tilting to follow the contours of your face. Along with a pivoting head the Series 5 provides a cushioned yet precise shave. There’s also a “MultiHeadLock” switch which secures the head at the desired angle to trim areas such as under the nose. For longer hair a pop up trimmer is also included.
The Series 5 range actually features five models from the as tested 5020s to the elite 5090cc. More elaborate models include a Clean & Charge station which acts as a virtual washing machine while the shaver charges. An alcohol based solution cleans and lubricates the foils ensuring a high level of hygiene, it’s not too dissimilar to a sheep dip. As you go up the range fancier LED lights indicate battery strength, and the unit will even indicate when it needs a wash.
The WaterFlex shaver exclusively gets around in a wetsuit and features a different blade system called OptiBlade. The three blade system isn’t as heavy duty and adaptable as the Series 5 but does have the added benefit of allowing foam, gel or just water to be thrown into the mix. The deep sea diving abilities are thanks to a robust membrane in the handle that protects the inner core. Again a trimmer for areas such as sideburns is included.
Both shavers have an excellent battery life of around 45 minutes, I achieved five days of once a day shaving before refuelling.
However I’ve found that with all electric shavers the good old manual razor still ultimately performs a better job, certainly in terms of less irritation and overall closeness of the shave. But that’s just me.
The Braun Series 5 shaver has a RRP of $249 for the top model while the WaterFlex sits at RRP $199. But hunt around because prices do vary.
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.