Flagship electric razors such as the Braun Series 9 with a cleaning/charging station, are premium items aimed at business class jetsetters, but thanks to extremely regular price cuts, they can often suddenly become way more affordable. This is often true around Black Friday, but it's also true today, as Amazon has deals on the latest models of its flagship Series 9 and just-below-flagship Series 8.
Of course, only a complete sucker pays RRP for any shaver – just look at all the reduced prices on Braun shavers today at Amazon!However, even taking that into account, these are among the lowest ever Amazon prices on two genuinely top-of-the-line shavers. Both of them come with cleaning stations for charging and, obviously, cleaning.
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Braun Series 9 9390cc £200 | Was £500 | Save £300 at Amazon
The current state of the art in Braun shavers, this version of the Series 9 comes with a charging station that deep cleans the blades with alcohol. The 5 synchronized shaving elements of the Series 9 mean you get smoother with fewer strokes. It's not exactly unusual for this shaver to be at this price, but it is as cheap as it's currently going to get, at least at Amazon.View Deal
Braun Series 9 9340s £230 | Was £450 | Save £220 at Amazon
The Series 9 is Braun's longstanding, top-of-the-range, top-of-the-morning shaver for men. This version doesn't come with a cleaning station but costs more than the one that does. Figure that one out. While I am fairly confident no sane person has ever paid £450 for it, today's discount makes it almost a steal.View Deal
Braun Series 8 8391cc £210 | Was £420 | Save £210 at Amazon
Also packing a charging/cleaning dock, this model has four shaving elements to the Series 9's five, but again is somehow more expensive than it today. So go for the 9390cc, would be my advice.View Deal
Braun Series 7 7865cc £155 | Was £330 | Save £175 at Amazon
Another step along the affordability road to cheapness, the Series 7 is still perfectly suitable for most men's needs especially if you shave every day. The more expensive models are advisable if you are a twice-a-week guy, however. Comes with a charger and cleaner, and also a 55% discount on what Amazon says is the normal price.View Deal
Braun Series 7 7842s £155 | Was £280 | Save £125 at Amazon
There's no cleaning station… but would you actually use that anyway? Ours always just sit forlornly in the bathroom cupboard, forever and ever. However, given that today you can get one with a station for the same amount, it is a bit of a dilemma…View Deal
Braun Series 5 5197cc £125 | Was £250 | Save £125 at Amazon
Slightly cheaper and crappier than the above, but comes with a cleaning station. This model has only ever been cheaper than this twice at Amazon, and could make a great gift. View Deal
Why you should buy a Braun Series 9
The Braun Series 9 is one of the best shavers you can get, especially if you prefer foil shavers to Philips-style rotary numbers. The docking station is not essential, but if you like your razor to be in a state of perfect, almost hospital-grade cleanliness at all times, you need it. You could also take the view that at this price, you might as well get the model with the charging station, because it's about the same price as the one without a charging station – an especially handy consideration if you're buying as a gift.
The Braun Series 9 has titanium tipped blades – that's what gives that golden appearance; it's not gold paint intended to make it seem more blingy. The culmination of all the experience Braun has garnered from its many, many years of razor making, the Series 9 actually adapts to the shape of your face and the density of your follicles, giving a more efficient, less irritating shave that's 'personal to you'.
As ever on electric shavers there's a 'slide-out precision trimmer' for taming sideburns and doing the tricky bit under your nose, so it doesn't look like you're growing a Hitler 'tache.
The Series 9 is 100% waterproof, and can be used dry or in the shower, or with shaving foam or gel. It's also easy to rinse clean.
Built in Germany, Braun says it's 'designed to last for up to seven years', although the shaver head needs to be replaced every 18 months. This may vary depending on how often you shave, of course. Unlike lesser electric razors, this Braun is pretty good at dealing with 2-3 days of stubble growth.
The charging and cleaning station blasts the head with an alcohol-based cleaning solution. You'll need to replace the fluid capsule every month or so. These days you can get 'lemon fresh' ones, so the shaver doesn't just come out smelling like an operating theatre, or like it's been drinking all afternoon.