There’s nothing like a smooth, close shave to start the day – but for the most heavily-bearded among us, the dreaded five o’clock shadow makes its inevitable appearance, if not at five on the dot, then certainly by the time that night rolls around. Stubble is inevitable – but you can keep it bay with an exceptionally close-cutting electric shaver.
Best Quality Counts
They say that you can’t put a price on quality. Actually, you can, and the simple truth is that quality doesn’t often come cheap. Each of the two electric shavers we’ll be discussing shortly sells for over £100 – but when you consider these shavers as investments – tools that perform their intended task well, and that, in the long term, cost less than many alternatives (such as disposable cartridge razors) – the price become a non-issue.
The Two Contenders
Let’s take a look at our two close-shaving contenders – the Philips Series 7000 Electric Shaver S7370/12, and the Braun Series 9 9040s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver.
Both are precision shaving tools, and each is designed and manufactured by a European leader in top-quality grooming products. Philips is a globally-recognized Dutch technology company, while Braun is a highly-regarded German producer of shaving, oral care, health and wellness, and food preparation products.
Philips Series 7000 Electric Shaver S7370/12
In the world of shaving, closeness and comfort don’t always go hand in hand. Happily, a close shave and comfortable skin are possible with the Philips Series 7000 Electric Shaver – it’s been designed to maximize comfort, without sacrificing performance.
Made for users with sensitive skin, the Series 7000 shaver highlights Philips’ innovative approach to men’s grooming, featuring “comfort rings” that surround each of the shaver’s three cutting heads. The rings are covered with a powder-like coating, comprising thousands of invisible microbeads – and it’s no gimmick: the tiny beads create a soft, low-resistance surface that allows the shaver to glide easily over your face. The result is a marked reduction – in eighty five percent of men tested – in razor burn, redness and irritated skin.
Of course, reducing friction around the cutting heads is great – but what about the blades – where all the action takes place – themselves? The Series 7000 features a blade system which cuts even the longest, flattest-lying hairs, while protecting skin.
Specially engineered slots pick up and position each hair, allowing it to be cut as closely as possible, while Philip’s patented DynamicFlex cutting heads move in five different directions. The result is an exceptionally close shaving action, which follows the unique contours of your face. And the Philips Series 7000 has Aqua Tec technology built in – that means it can be used dry, or wet – even in the shower, with your favourite gel or foam, for the ultimate close shave.
Braun Series 9 9040s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver
Like Philips, Braun has cracked the electric shaving code, creating a product that gives a wonderfully close shave with little to no irritation. How? Being Braun, the secret is found in their clever German engineering.
The Series 9 Electric Shaver utilizes a SyncroSonic shaving head that contains four cutting elements, each of which performs a unique function. Working in tandem, those four elements allow the Series 9 to cut more hair, and closer, than any other shaver on the market.
For one thing, the 9040s cuts fast. How fast? Try 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute. Such staggering speeds are made possible by tiny sonic vibrations that rapidly cut and remove hair.
But speed alone isn’t enough – Braun uses its design expertise to optimally position each hair prior to cutting, with Direct and Cut, and HyperLift and Cut trimming technology, which aligns hair that grows in different directions, and lifts flat-lying hairs. Finally, the OptiFoil system, featuring “zones” – differently-sized holes – works in tandem with Braun’s Direct and Cut trimming action, to further capture hair with a highly-variable growth pattern.
Two Great Shavers – Which One is the Winner?
The Philips Series 7000 and the Braun Series 9 are exceptional electric shavers. They’re both waterproof, allowing for wet or dry use; both are manufactured by well-regarded European companies; and each shaver provides an extremely close, comfortable shave – albeit through the application of differing technologies.
In reality, it would be hard to go wrong with either model – but two factors to consider are the frequency with which you shave, and what type of beard you have.
As a general rule, a rotary shaver (whose blades rotate), such as the Philips Series 7000, may be a better choice for those who shave less frequently, have coarser facial hair, or whose beard grows in many directions. Conversely, a foil shaver (whose blades are hidden behind a finely perforated foil), such as the Braun Series 9, may be most suitable for those who shave daily, or have finer facial hair.