by on November 3, 2018
Braun series 9 9290cc Review -; Not long ago i began while using the ES-LV95 right after a brief detour together with the Braun 9095cc, both flagship shavers from Panasonic and Braun; the ES-LV95 replaces my older ES-LV81. This review is a comparison of the (relatively) new Panasonic using the newest Braun, however contrasting this new Panasonic together with the old, the ES-LV95 improves performance and convenience in each and every respect by comparison along with the earlier Panasonic, and so i won't reference the venerable ES-LV81 again.
When compared to the Braun, the newest Panasonic is lighter weight (7 oz vs 8 oz) and slightly slimmer. It's mostly plastic, however so is the Braun, and esthetics of either is a question of opinion. The Panasonic has slightly less chrome showing and is a bit more svelte, which I type of favor, so a win for the Panny for appearances personally. The top is larger - about 1/4" wider - and seems more flexible compared to the Braun's, moving more easily around an authentic 360 degree axis rather than Braun's two-dimensional swivel, allowing the Panasonic to adapt towards the contours of your own face better. It covers more area quicker, and shortens my morning shave by up to 50 % compared to the 9095cc, but does require practice maneuvering the bigger head round the corners and angles of the face. The Panasonic has 5 cutters arranged symmetrically (a center flat cutter for a longer time whiskers, flanked on both sides by 2 foils), contrasting Braun's asymmetrical 4 cutters (2 different flat cutters, blue and silver, by using a foil on each side). One good thing about the Panasonic would be that the cutter blocks and foil can be obtained separately - the foils degrade faster, so might require more frequent replacement, but may be replaced without replacing the cutters. Together with the Braun, the cutters and foils is one cartridge assembly so you will need to buy both. Being an addendum, replacement heads to the Braun happen to be generally unavailable now for more than a year, along with the few that are offered priced sometimes at greater than the price of the shaver. The Panasonic replacement heads are plentiful anywhere, usually $50-60 range for foil and cutter blocks combined.
The greater speed cutting cycles in the Panasonic (14,000 cpm) compared to Braun's ten thousand cpm, seem to provide a more at ease shave (for me) - that's 233 cutting cycles per second (Panasonic), in comparison to 167 cutting cycles per second (Braun), or 40 percent faster. Braun's "sonic" technology also creates more vibration (and noise) from the head and shaver when compared to Panny. Our prime speed Panasonic appears to smooth out each pass, and require fewer passes or repeat passes, rather than the Braun's "paint mixer" vibrations on the face as well as in your hands. Neither naturally is really as quiet to be a rotary shaver. The Panasonic shave is obviously closer, with fewer missed spots or random whiskers. Panasonic even offers a "sensor" mode on this shaver, which reportedly detects beard thickness and adjusts cutting speed, which it really seems to do; it can do result in a less irritating shave than previous models or perhaps the Braun, which could be attributable to this particular feature. The Panasonic takes a different technique plus a lighter touch as opposed to Braun - as it cuts your beard more readily, you don't should apply any extra pressure shaving to get a close cut; the truth is should you press as hard together with the Panny when you sometimes must together with the Braun, it will tell you you've experienced a close shave, and never in a great way. Easy would it. Both shavers have a very lock for the head, allowing a more in-depth shave around more difficult areas such as underneath the nose and around sideburns, and have a pop-up trimmer for trimming along a straight line. Both configurations work equally well for the people purposes.
Battery longevity seems similar both for shavers, with the nod planning to Panasonic for range of shaves per charge because it takes a shorter period to shave; should last a week or maybe more on the highway having a single charge. You can charge these shavers together with the cord, minus the cleaning station, and both are multi-voltage for traveling. Cords are similar with large transformer plugs, and like several wet/dry shavers, you can't use either shaver like a corded shaver but must recharge. Straight cord for your Panny, coiled cord to the Braun. Facts about the shavers' LED displays is similar; the Panasonic provides portion of charge left versus the Braun, which just displays diminishing bars until the final 10-20 minutes of charge. The Panasonic also displays "MIN USED" for any shave, nearly 10 minutes, if this starts over. I just find this a good choice for improving my shaving technique and speed.
The cleaning station for your Panasonic is significantly improved above the previous design, which sometimes had issues with leaking solution. The latest design relies on a detergent solution and a filter tray rather than a cassette - you mix the detergent packet with water inside the tray, so i recommend distilled water to avoid mineral build-up on shaver or cleaner. The Panasonic cleaner is water based versus the alcohol based Braun station, but both provide excellent cleaning performance - Braun says their cleaning option is not compatible with soap, so none of the Braun shavers offering a cleaning station are approved to be used with shaving foam or gel. That's right folks - the Braun wet/dry shavers offering a cleaning station usually are not approved by Braun to be used with shaving cream. The Braun alcohol option is advertised as "sanitizing" the shaver head, but both cleaning solutions provide a lot more than adequate anti-bacterial properties (remember, you wash your hands with soapy water), and neither actually sterilizes the pinnacle (important tip - don't share your shaver with anyone girls and boys). The Braun station runs with a couple of minutes of louder buzzing (running the shaver to clean), as well as about 40 minutes of the quiet fan cycle, while the Panasonic station runs the shaver a bit over 5 minutes, as well as a little over sixty minutes of fan drying; both stations seem to run either comparable cycle at approximately the same noise level - the fan cycle is plenty quiet for your spouse, partner or family member sleeping feet away. The Panasonic has a tendency to dry the top completely, whereas the Braun is definitely slightly damp the subsequent morning. Both station/shaver combos occupy approximately the same counter space and height, with a similar controls and data for drying or cleaning, using the Braun being slightly larger and taller.
Probably most significantly, the Braun cleaning cartridges might cost more than double the amount as being the Panasonic detergent packs, require orders of magnitude more space for storage, and so are flammable; one plus for that Braun cartridges is they are self-contained such as Philips Norelco cleaning system, requiring no mixing. If storage space is as important as convenience however (and we're talking one minute approximately exercise of opening a detergent pack, emptying it in to a tray and filling the tray with water - every month tops), it is possible to store more than a year's amount of Panasonic cleaning packets in the bottom of your bathroom cabinet drawer without noticing, although that many Braun cartridges will fill an amazing part of your closet with flammable liquid. Cartridges for that new Braun cleaner don't appear to last given that previous units either, less than a month usually to me, shaving daily. Panasonic detergent solution lasts well over 30 days - going on sixty days now with the current solution and simply as effective cleaning. Cleaning with either station will leave your shaver like new and smelling fresh, but both shavers really can simply be rinsed in running water, therefore you don't absolutely need a cleaning station, though it is convenient. The Panasonic head is much easier to wash manually than the Braun since foil and cutters are separate. Usually the one minus in the Panasonic when compared to Braun would be the travel case - the Braun features a nicely fitted hard leather case, in which the Panasonic has their standard "faux leather" vinyl bag, but they do provide a hard plastic head cover.
As being a side note, there is certainly already a whole new Panasonic series of shavers (ES-LV6/7/9) available that appear similar, which has a slightly redesigned head and the entire body, along with a similar cleaning station, and so the ES-LV95 is not their newest model. Again, remember that should you be a regular "wet shaver" - I.e. shaving soap and water - Braun specifically says their only approved Series 9 shavers for shaving foam or gel would be the 9040s and the 9080s (the "s" suffix means will not are the cleaning station), NOT the 9095cc. I actually have used it successfully which has a shaving brush and soap, but as outlined by Braun's literature it is really an "off label" use and might void your warranty. For anyone who is a wet shaver, technically your only option is the Panasonic between these two. Highly recommended.