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Shaving. One of the necessary evils, I hate it personally, however i also don't like excessive growth, so we shave, daily. In my job it is a must as my work will not stand for stubble nor beards.
To be honest I have never found the best option for effective daily shaving however this Series 5 is good, but I wouldn't believe the adverts on the TV. If you need completly smooth skin, the wet shave is still the way forward.
I have found the particular styling of the razor good, retro, comfortable in hand and is different to the typical triple headed electric razors which I prefer. It gives clear power usage identification and comes with 2 charging options which is very handy especially whilst travelling. The cleaning dock will charge as it cleans, again a great feature.
The cleaning mode within the dock is good and the razor will give you an indication of when cleaning is required. A pack of 3 refills are cheap for their length of use too. The smell of the cleaning solution however is a sickly lemon which takes a few shaves to get rid of. Personal opinion, but I would prefer an alternative. That said on the plus side, the razor is spotless afterwards. The second charging option is via a typical cable into a bathroom light.
When it comes to actual shaving, I have found that on daily shaving it's not the best. That may be to do with my rate of hair growth, but I'd say it's relativly normal... However, after 2 days or more the shave is great, nice and close, and I can get away with it for work! The better half doesn't get stubble rash whilst kissing her and to the touch, I know I haven't wet shaved but its more than good enough.
There is also a robust carry case that mirrors the shape of the razor, small and light. However, there is no space for the charging cable, but the razor will last over a weeks worth of shaving easily.
I use the razor in the shower at times whilst in a rush, so the fact that it's water proof is good, so dont be affraid in dropping it in the sink.
It is expensive, but if your going to purchase a decent razor you do have to pay for them, from personal experience. i know this, i have had a cheaper electric razor that was more like an epilator, agony whilst shaving, buy cheap, buy twice. the addage works in razors. The replacement heads would benefit form being cheaper too, I've not replaced mine yet but it was one of my considerations when buying.
A great stylish model!
On opening the quite large box, I was surprised and impressed at the quantity and quality of all the kit in there....
The shaver itself is reassuringly shrink wrapped and comes in a sturdy zip case. Apart from power button, there is an impressive row of LEDs rather like my power drill, to indicate battery life. There is also a "sensitive" button to adjust the comfort setting i.e. the amount of head swivel action (full swing, middle and fixed. Being a bit old school, I prefer it "fixed" but go to "middle" sometimes for neck/chin shaving. This is quite a good innovation and with the Gilette Blade Technology contributes to good results.
Also in the box is the cleaning station and a 170ml "clean and renew" refill. This is inserted easily in the bottom of the station and is easy to use. Insert the shaver head first, press the button and leave. The cleaning and drying cycle takes 4 hours and each refill should last for 30 cycles so it's up to you if you want to use it after every shave You can also clean under the tap, which could be useful when on your travels. The instructions recommend replacing the refill after every 8 weeks, used daily or not. The cleaning refills are £8-10 a pair online so you'd need about 4 sets per year if you adhere to the manufacturers guidelines which we always do don't we chaps ? You will also need a shelf near to your shaver point as the 2-pinned power cord is not the longest. The footprint is approx 13cm x 11cm. There is also a cleaning brush included.
In use, the shaver is very good, handles well, not too noisy and gives good results, particularly in the troublesome neck area. The cleaning system works well and you really feel like you're using a new shaver after a full cycle. If a blade shave gives 100%, I'd give this 90% but in half the time, which is a good score for an electric as most men would probably agree. The trimmer also works well for sideburns. The instructions are very clear and thorough and well worth reading.
Would I recommend this, if you can afford it then definitely, yes.
(also reviewed on amazon)
The Braun 380S4 Wet and Dry Shaver in blue and silver is a conscientious wet or dry shaver that ensures great results every time. Gently caressing the contours of your face, the shaver provides a superior finish thanks to its Triple Action FreeFloat System. This system features three adaptive cutters that shave short and long hairs simultaneously, reducing irritation and allowing for an impressive shaving experience. A smart foil has a unique foil pattern that captures hair growing in different directions, whilst a three stage cutting system uses twin foils and an integrated cutter to ensure a conscientiously high level of grooming.