- 4.4 out of 5 [total 602 reviews]
- Price:- 4 out of 5
- Built Quality:- 5 out of 5
- Performance:- 5 out of 5
- Accessories:- 4 out of 5
- Overall:- 4.5 out of 5
- Advanced battery with more power
- Blessing for sensitive skin and very comfortable operation
- Durable built quality
- Very close performance
- 32bit chip
- More user-friendly LED display
- Wet/dry shaver
- 10D pivoting head
- Plastic body
- Did not compromise the price
- Should have update the slide-up trimmer’s quality
The name Braun Series 9 is becoming buzz day by day in the sophisticated men’s grooming industry. The German brand Braun is dominating the foil shaver market for a long time with different electric razor series. You might know that Series 9 is the utmost creation by Braun even the most advanced creation on the industry yet. After doing great business over the market with their Braun Series 9, they launched a new trump card in the series with more advantages that is the 93xx model.
The Braun 9385cc is one of the newest Series 9 shavers and the most popular of them. Although a new release, the brand could minimize the cost very little. Let’s know what’s special in the new costly giant.
What Comes with the Package?
Before you focus on the review, you should know what you will get with the package. There must be some extra things since the price is challenging. So, let’s unbox the package first and find the Braun 9385cc shaver first, and the other following items are included:
- Advanced cleaning and charging dock
- A small cleaning brush
- Travel pouch
- Charging adapter
- A Cleaning cartridge
- User manual
We will cover the qualities and usage of the attachments later on. Just want to say about the manual graph. It is a graphical instruction book with detailed description. The manual makes the shaving process easy and handling the device. The small cleaning brush is very useful for manual fast and simple cleaning of the device.
Features and specifications
Award winning design:
The shape of all the Braun series 9 shavers is identical and Series 9 won the German Design award 2017. The new Braun 9385cc shaver comes with a slick graphite design in the typical Series 9 shape. The shaver does not look too glossy like the older models and that feels classier. While you are a lover of glossy design, you might not like this new one but everything of the new shaver looks exactly similar to the older 92xx models.
5 synchronized shaving elements:
Did you count your current shaver’s shaving elements ever? While you have a foil shaver, you will find it 2-4 shaving elements and very few come with 5 shaving elements. All the Braun Series 9 shavers come with world’s most advanced 5 shaving elements. Do not mix shaving elements with cutting elements; I said shaving elements in the Series 9 shavers. If you are familiar with Panasonic Arc 5 shavers, you will find 5 cutting elements only there and the Arc5 is the only competitor of Braun Series 9 on the market. But the Series 9 comes with 4 cutting elements and different element has different duty while shaving. Braun used world’s most advanced technology to arrange the shaving elements to deliver advance shaving experience. Among the 5 shaving elements there are 2 OptiFoils, 1 Lift & Cut trimmer, Direct & Cut trimmer, 1 Skin Guard. Let’s elaborate the elements for better understanding:
OptiFoils are Braun’s typical foil blocks that cuts the hairs from the base and cover all type of hairs. If you are familiar with Braun’s down-grade shavers like Series 1, Series 3 you will find there are 2 foil shaving elements and they are enough to do their duty for a complete shave. But Braun used more advanced foils on their series and named OptiFoils that provide maximum foil cutting action for a clean and close shave in every stroke.
#Lift & cut trimmer
There are some facial hairs that lei over the skin and feel stubborn to the electric shaver to cut. Consequently, Braun used the advanced Lift & Cut trimmer on their Braun Series 9 shaver head. The trimmer guides the flat lying hairs and pulls up and cuts those hairs for minimizing hair spare. Thus the shaver ensures cutting the flat lying hairs while the OptiFoils fail to capture them.
#Direct & cut trimmer
There are some hairs that grow in different directions and feels messy. While you have a coarse hair, it’s very common for you. It’s pretty difficult to capture those messy hairs by the foil holes even there is chance to leave some hairs. For that, Braun used Direct & Cut technology on their Series 9 shavers that easily can read the messy hairs and capture them to cut effortlessly.
You might be heard the Braun Series 9 shavers are blessing for sensitive skin. Braun used a unique skin guard on their series 9 shavers with the shaving elements. The Skin Guard protects the skin from the cutting elements controlling the pressure while passing. Thus the shaver makes the shaving process comfortable and keeps the skin super safe.
All the shaving elements work together while make a stroke and delivers smooth and super efficient shaver every time. Although 4 cutting elements, these are enough to compete with Panasonic Arc 5 shaver’s 5 blade actions. The Skin guard is a bonus thing for more secure and comfortable operation.
This is an old topic on the Braun Series 9 family. Braun uses the unique SyncroSonic Technology into their Series 9 shavers. As a result, the shaver produces 10,000 motions per minute that makes 40,000 cross cutting actions. Doesn’t it sound tremendous? Yes, only the Braun Series 9 shavers can cut too fast to make very quick shaves since it features sonic technology. The rival Panasonic Arc5 may fall through the cutting action of SyncroSonic technology. The new Braun 9385cc did not break the tradition and works like the other series 9 shavers in terms of the unique technology.
Upgraded advanced battery:
One of the main notable points that upgraded in the new Braun Series 9 shavers 93xx is the battery power. Braun claims they made the new battery 20% larger than the older series 9 models. As you know the Lithium-ion batteries of the older series 9 shavers provide 45-50 minutes of cordless runtime. But Braun says the new 93xx shaver will deliver upto 60 minutes of performance time with a full charge. I also acknowledge their claim. They noticeably upgraded their new battery power although the older runtime was adequate. I think they wanted to capture the Philips Norelco 9000 models market where the battery provides 60 minutes runtime. Although the Philips Norelco shavers are rotary type and they are not real competitor. Does the Braun 9385cc really provide 60 minute runtime? The answer is positive and the battery really provides a great runtime of 60 minutes. Since a cordless device, the battery power really matters and the Braun 93cc shavers pass in the term.
The shaver takes approximately 60 minutes for a full charge after inputting the charging cable or charging dock.
On the other hand, the Braun series 9 shavers provide a quick shaving facility with a 5 minute quick charge. When you are in a hurry and need an urgent shave but your shaver’s battery is fully drained, you can charge the shaver within 5 minutes and it will provide you enough juice for a full and accomplished shave.
This facility indicates that, the shaver is not for corded use. Yes, Braun series 9 shavers do not work while it’s on charge. So, you are not allowed to use it while charging. This feature keeps the shaver and you secured from electrical shock or any other accidents.
Durable built quality:
No one wants to invest on a fragile product moreover such a big budget product like Braun Series 9. Braun developed their new series 9 shavers with ultra durability. The manufacturer produces the shavers to last minimum of 7 years. Don’t you think it’s a very long period? An electric product that lasts minimum of 7 years is really a big deal and a shaver is frequent using product though. The made in German Braun 9385cc shaver has a well finished graphite plastic body. Although plastic, it feels sturdy enough but not as strong as the metal body. While comparing with Braun Series 7, the built quality of series 7 will defeat the series 9. As we know the series 7 also made for 7 years of durability. The rival Panasonic Arc5’s built quality also feels sturdier. I don’t know if the series 9 will last until 7 years since I don’t have 7 years of experience. But have been using older series 9 shavers from 2016 and still these look very new.
Advanced 32bit chip:
Most of the older series 9 users are satisfied with the shaving power where I’m too. The older series 9 90xx/92xx shavers come with a 8bit processor and create enough motion of powerful shave. Most importantly, the new Braun Series 9 shavers come with 32bit chip that indicates triple power. Does it really provide triple power? The answer is slightly negative. But the power is little improved by the 32bit chip. Although all the series 9 shavers work in a same motion and the older series 9 shavers are enough powerful to handle most coarse hairs. Why you need a more powerful processor while you have a thin beard even coarse beard since the device adjusts with the density. I think the power horse is useless for the person who has thin beards.
All the series 9 shavers are 100% waterproof. So you are allowed to clean the shaver with direct running water. Just detach the foil chamber and rinse it for a thorough clean while you don’t want to buy cleaning solutions with extra cost. Since waterproof, you can use the shaver under the shower or into your bath tub and you don’t need to worry about water causing damage.
The Braun 9385cc is a wet and dry shaver. So you can have a quick shave with the shaver and also allowed for refreshing wet shaves. You can use water, foam, shaving cream, gel, or soap for wet shave and make a refresh feeling shave. The wet & dry is a common facility to the all series 9 shavers since such an expensive shaver series. You may know most of the wet dry shavers do not provide satisfactory shave even with maximum tries in the wet shave. But the series 9 is special in this fact and provide the identical performance to the dry shave.
Premium slide-up trimmer:
An additional trimmer with a shaver is very useful thing. Some men like to keep their mustache and shave off the beards. The additional trimmer helps the person to shape and precise the mustache. Shaving the sideburns is a must doing thing while shaving the beard. If you don’t have a precision trimmer, you have to go with manual scissors and that is not ideal in this digital grooming world. Or you can buy a separate trimmer costing some extra bucks. However, all the series 9 comes with a precision slide-up trimmer. And the new 93xx shavers also come with the typical popup trimmer of the series 9. There is nothing new in this fact and provides the identical performance. But it is adequate for precision trimming and better than the rival’s built in trimmers.
Pro LED display:
The time of assuming battery status, hygiene status, travel lock status has gone. Now it’s time to stay up to date with digital LED display. All the Braun Series 9 shavers come with Pro LED display that indicates important status with digital icons. Braun improved the LED from blue icons to white in the new series 9 shavers that looks clearer. Another improvement is the battery icon that provides clearer idea about charging the battery. In the Braun 9385cc’s LED the battery status shown with 5 white segments. Each line indicates 20% charge and when the battery time remains less than 9 minutes, it starts count down from 9-0 and the segments disappear. There is travel lock indicator with lock icon, cleaning reminder indicator with 2 water droplets, replacement head signal with 3 foil line and head shape icon, and charging alert indicator.
10D pivoting head:
A flexible head makes the shaving process easier and comfortable. How would be if your shaver head flexes in 10 directions? Yes, Braun claims their new generation series 9 shaver head pivots in 10 directions. That means there is not side or direction that the shaver head can not move at. Does their acclamation really worth? The answer is conditionally positive. Are there 10 directions to move a head? I think no. To clarify, I think they counted the foil moving directions too since the foils are also very flexible that ups, downs freely in need. However, the number of directions does not sense much. The Braun series 9 shaver’s heads are super flexible and provably world’s most flexible head ever. In the term of pivoting head, the rival Panasonic Arc5 will be defeated where the arc5 has a very complex and bigger head. Even the new Series 9 93xx shaver head is more flexible than the older series 9 shavers. That is to say that the older series 9 shavers are also the world’s most flexible shaving heads and the newer ones are more advanced. To sum up, you are going to experience the ultra flexible shaving facility with the Braun 9385cc shaver.
Precision head lock:
The flexible head may be the reason of difficulty while shaving in a specific area. That is why Braun used a head lock system to get rid of the difficulties. The shaver head locks in 5 pre determined positions to shave in a specific angle or position. You will find the head lock button above the S9 wet/dry logo. Yes, that dotted big button is for multi head lock system. Just slide down the button to lock the head at your preferred position and enjoy fixed head shaving facility too. In conclusion, the Braun series 9 is an all-rounder shaver in the terms of shaving head.
What about traveling?
Braun provides a hard deluxe travel pouch with the Braun 9385cc shaver. The travel pouch is improved from the older series 9 shavers and it’s more secured. The travel pouch allows you to keep the shaver super safe inside your baggage and protect from outer hits.
Since the shaver comes with a super powerful battery, it offers you to stay with clean face during the full holey day. The battery is capable of covering a full month with cordless power if you make a full charge before the travel.
The shaver features an adorable travel locking system that locks the shaver from accidentally turning on. If you are in a travel and the shaver is inside your baggage, the power button might be pressed by any other carry from your bag. This press can not turn the shaver one if you turn the travel lock on. Just press the power button for 3 seconds to activate the travel lock and it will show a red lock icon on your display. Easily deactivate the travel lock while using the device by another long press of 3 seconds. To sum up, the Braun 9385 is a travel friendly shaving device tough.
The cleaning and charging dock:
Since a CC shaver model, the Braun 9385cc comes with world’s most advanced automatic cleaning and charging station. This is an alcohol based cleaning base and universal charging socket that cleans, dries, lubricates, and charges the device at the same time by a touch of the start button. The alcohol based cleaning solution into the cleaning dock cleans it hygienically and lubricates every time to make the shaver new like every time. You will get a piece of free cleaning solution into the package and you have to replace the cartridge after consuming the alcohol based solution. Charging with the dock saves your extra effort to charge it and also it doesn’t need to remind the charging time in your busy life.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning and proper maintenance keeps your shaver healthy and active to feel new-like every time. So, we do recommend keeping your device hygienic with careful cleaning and maintenance. Braun Series 9 shavers come with universal cleaning facility that allows you to clean it in all the methods. Let’s know which cleaning method is suitable for you:
#Cleaning with cleaning dock
You know the Braun 9385cc electric shaver comes with world’s 5 action alcohol based cleaning dock. The dock allows you to clean the shaver automatically without any effort. To clean the device after every use, you need to put the shaver head into the cleaning base and then press the start button. You are done! Your cleaning station will automatically select the cleaning program to clean the head and inside the foils thoroughly. After 1 hour, you can detach the shaver from cleaning base and you will find the head is shining like a new shaver. By this method, the shaver will be charged fully and make your foils ready for next use with proper lubrication. Certainly you do not need to wipe or make manual dry the shaver since the cleaning dock dries the head together.
#Rinse the head for thorough cleaning
Since the shaver 100% washable, you are allowed to clean the shaver thoroughly with direct running water. To clean the shaver in this method, you need to detach the foil chamber by pressing head buttons situated left and right to the head. After detaching the foil chamber, put the shaver head into the tab and turn the power on. After turning the shaver on it will make the blade motion and wash out the debris easily and then turn off it after 10-20 seconds. This method will thoroughly clean the inside blades thoroughly. After that, put the foil cassette into the tab. By this attempt it will clean the foil blocks too. You can use some liquid soap or any other lubricator to hygienically clean the shaver. After cleaning the head, softly jerk out the shaver to remove the excess water and then wipe it out with a soft towel. Then attach the foil chamber on the head by a soft push. I recommend using couple drops of appliance oil after drying the shaver for lubricating the blades before the next use.
#Cleaning with the cleaning brush
Again you know the shaver comes with a little cleaning brush. This brush is very useful to clean the shaver manually without water. To clean with the brush, just wipe the foil cassettes easily and then detach the foil chamber. After that, wipe out thoroughly inside the header to clean the blade debris. After cleaning the blades, clean the foil cassette too. And again put the chamber in its place for next use.
You can choose any of these 3 methods according to your convenience. Since the replacement cleaning solution charges some extra cost, you can choose the manual cleaning methods to save the cost. But I do recommend cleaning the device with the cleaning dock to keep the shaver super hygienic.
Braun International Corporation warrants 2 years for their maximum shavers and trimmers. Braun will repair or replace your shaver if you find any manufacturing defect or it faces any difficulty while shaving. Any damage occurring accident, abuse, misuse will not cover the warranty agreement. Remember the time period is 2 years.
The main replacement part of the device is the foil cassettes. There is a replacement foil alert icon on the LED display which shows three foil lines. I found the replacement head signal is worthless and it alerts very frequently even your foil is new and good enough. I recommend replacing your foil cassettes when the performance goes dull. Replacing a new foil cassette will make your shaver performance like a new one. Replacing will not break your bank but make your shaver feel newer.
Since a CC shaver, you need to refill the dock with cleaning solution after consuming one. Dock cleaning and charging makes your shaver fresh and active. So, refill your alcohol based cleaning dock cartridge to keep cleaning process easier and healthier.
All the replacements are available on Amazon and I recommend buying a spare one while ordering the shaver. This will help you to stay drop less using habit.