Braun Vs Philips Norelco Shavers – Comparison And Review

Electric shavers have a huge role in the life of every man. Men’s grooming cannot be completed without a quality shaver. From teenagers to adult men, everyone has their own shavers in their cabinets. There are two main reasons behind this collection. The demand for high-quality electric shavers and advanced variations in multiple brands.

Multiple brands manufacture top-quality electric shavers. But they keep updating their products. Every year we see new shavers replaced with old ones. There are three famous electric shavers in the market such as Braun, Philips Norelco, and Panasonic.

Panasonic has its own area of influence. But when it comes to choosing between Braun and Philips Norelco people get confused. Some people prefer Braun and some Philips but you would admit that both are best in their field. According to my opinion, there is no quality difference between Braun and Philips but a difference in technology.

You see both Braun and Philips have a huge market each product’s users admire it. But still, there is a war between users regarding quality and techniques.

Certain factors need to be noticed while making a comparison between Braun and Philips. Because those factors define the quality and performance of each shaver. We cannot judge either Braun or Philips without noting down that factors.

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 5100 Braun Electric Razor for Men
Get a fast shave 8-Direction Comfort flex head
5-direction flex heads AutoSensing motor
Aquatec wet & dry 100% waterproof

Braun and Philips have gained huge popularity among users due to their advanced technology-based products. Both Braun and Philips perform best for professional barbers and beginners. Therefore I have decided to go deep down to collect the worth information about both brands.

Braun Shaver:

  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.22 x 6.22 x 10.04 inches; 2.17 Pounds
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ 5190
  • Batteries ‏ : ‎ 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • UPC ‏ : ‎ 069055870730 799289998435 787461228159 794628291864 787543987257 796327227700 748392079029 798813044730
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Procter & Gamble – Pampers
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00JA7Q4SQ
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ Germany


Philips Norelco Shaver:

  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 2.91 x 6.42 x 9.8 inches; 13.62 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ S5210/86
  • Batteries ‏ : ‎ 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • UPC ‏ : ‎ 075020057822
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Norelco
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01AXSV32M

Here We Will Discuss Comparisons And Similarities:

Shaver’s Head 

Let’s start with the shaver head of both Braun and Philips. Braun manufactures foil head shavers while Philips produces three-blade rotatory head shavers. Both foil and rotatory head shavers do their job well. But there is a slight difference in the technique.

When you use a foil head shaver you make back-and-forth movements. You cannot make circular movements. Making circular movements with a foil head shaver isn’t a good idea as it can cause skin irritation.

On the other hand, a rotatory head shaver is used in circular directions. You follow a circular path to shave. The foil head shavers are considered as the best option to get a close shave. On the other hand, if you want to be very gentle on your skin then rotatory head shavers should be your choice.

But it depends on the skin type that which type of shaver suits you. Sometimes, one shaver works for one person but doesn’t for another due to differences in skin types.

You would be amazed after knowing that there is a huge difference among multiple models of the same series. Like you would be shocked to see the difference between Braun series products varying from Braun Series 3 to Braun Series 9.

Now, let’s move further.


When it comes to power, we see Braun standing proudly with minimum power of 30,000 actions per minute to a max of 40,000 actions per minute. You don’t need to be shocked at this fact because mostly foil head shavers possess high power.

The Auto-Sensing motor of Braun series 9 is the high-end motor in the market. Hence it is not a big surprise for us. Since rotatory head shavers are gentle therefore they possess less power than foil head shavers.

But every pro comes with a con. The con of high power is louder noise that is irritating. A foil shaver head that is built with a highly efficient motor will cause noise while cutting your heart. This is a natural factor, if you don’t compromise on power then you need to bear louder noise.

But due to the louder noise, we cannot underestimate the power of the Braun foil head shaver. High power means fewer to and fro moves. Fewer the moves, the easier the shave and the lesser the skin irritation.

People who are afraid of electric shavers due to their skin sensitivity will get a bonus. Because they would not need to move the shaver again and again on their skin. This will save their time, energy, and skin from irritation.


Without high-precision blades, you cannot get a secure, fast, and effective shave. Regardless of the motor power your shaver has, you cannot achieve precision without efficient blades. Therefore, we cannot complete this ultimate comparison without pointing out the blade quality of both shavers.

When it comes to shaving then everyone prefers dimensions over performance. Because the more dimensions, your shaver allows, the less irritation you feel. Also if you can move your shaver in various directions, you can get the job done smoothly. If your shaver allows you to move it at different angles according to your skin dimensions, then you will be more comfortable with it. You can achieve a close shave with fewer bumps and left hairs by having a multi-directional shaver.

Braun electric shaver wins this race by featuring 10 directional moves. You can get a closed shave with a foil head shaver that allows you to move in 10 different angles. This means you are going to achieve a flawless shave regardless of your facial contour.

But on the other hand, Philips offers you 5 different angles. You can use it to achieve a gentle look conveniently. Now it’s time for my opinion. If you have thick hair and you have to pass through a certain area over and over again then I would recommend Braun. The powerful motor and 10-dimensional shaver head combine to give you a smooth and flawless shave without irritation. An electric shaver with a rotatory head and 5 angles are sufficient to clean fine and thin hair.

Wet/Dry Shaving Performance

If we talk about the previous versions of Philips Norelco we see that don’t support wet shaving. But the new versions are modified that support wet shaving. But it again depends on the amount of shaving gel/foams you use. Because if you use a thick layer of shaving foam/gel then Braun is a better option for you. Being a foil head shaver, the Braun allows you to achieve better quality wet shaving experience.

If you have normal skin then prefer dry shaving as it gives a close shave. But if you have sensitive skin then you should use a little bit amount of shaving foam or a thin layer of shaving gel. A lot of amount of shaving foam or a sticky gel can cause a little bit of a problem in achieving a close shave smoothly. You can also sprinkle some drops of softening agent on your skin after shaving to prevent irritation. A lightweight shaving foam/gel can help you achieve a smooth and close shave conveniently.

To achieve long-lasting comfort, it is not bad to put a little bit of struggle in the start.

Advanced Technology Factors

Both Braun and Norelco are built with advanced technology to cater to their users. Braun is built with a high-end power motor and a 10-dimensional foil shaving head. Norelco is also infused with advanced technology. Now let’s take a look at battery and maintenance factors.


In this era of advanced technology, we cannot use a corded shaver in the bathroom. Corded shavers no doubt give endless performance but the matter is freedom of use. Hence Norelco and Braun have shifted towards cordless shavers. Both brands are equipped with Lithium-ion batteries. The Braun and Norelco shavers get charged fully in 60 minutes and deliver 50 minutes of use. This is really surprising because a regular shave doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. Norelco 5000 can hold the charge for 60 minutes. But 50 minutes are enough to achieve a flawlessly smooth shave even for beginners.

If you still find less time for getting your shave done, you need to double-check your practice of shaving.

If mistakenly you forget to recharge your Norelco you can get a quick shaving experience after charging it for 5 minutes. This option wins our hearts, especially of people with a busy routine. But you don’t find this option in the Braun series.

Maintenance Factor 

Maintenance includes cleaning, drying, and lubricating the blades of your shaver. Both the Braun and Norelco come with an automatic cleaning station. This cleaning station does a great job by cleaning, charging, drying, and lubricating the blades of your shaver.

The Braun series 9 and Norelco 9700 come with a cleaning station that dries the blades too. So that you get a soft, smooth, and instant shave without getting worried about wet blades. Both the Braun and Norelco are engineered with advanced maintenance technology to give you top-quality shaving every time.

It seems like there is no difference between Braun and Norelco when it comes to maintenance. There is indeed no big difference though but still, we find a difference in the solution used to disinfect the blades.

The Braun cleaning station disinfects blades with an alcohol-based solution. On the other hand, Norelco uses an alcohol-free solution. It doesn’t make any difference for people with normal skin. In some exceptional cases, some people are allergic to the alcohol-based solution, then Norelco would be their choice.

For normal skin type people, it is less dangerous to use an alcohol-based disinfecting material than shaving with a dirty blade.

Overview Of Bonus Points 

I have explained all of the main points that can affect the performance of an electric shaver. Whenever you decide to buy an electric shaver you must check the above-mentioned features. I covered the main features of both the Braun and Norelco shavers. But now it’s time to look at some bonus points that can make it easy for you to decide, which one is best for you. Here are some of the bonus points that attracted me and I decided to talk about them.

Autosense Technology

The Braun series 5 and above models are engineered with Autosense Technology. This technology is infused in Braun models to save time and energy. The working principle of Autosense Technology is quite simple and easy to understand. It senses the thickness of your hair and informs the shaver to use the corresponding power.

If you have thick hair, then it automatically switches to maximum power mode. It utilizes its maximum power to cut down each thick hair without wasting time and energy. This technique also saves the power of the motor. This Autosense Technology sets the shaver on low power mode when it reaches thin hair. Usually, the hair on your cheeks is thin and starts getting thicker down the chin.

If your shaver doesn’t feature Autosense Technology then you would be using the shaver on high power all the time. Whereas the shaver with Autosense Technology will use its maximum power only when it faces resistance in its flow.

What Am I Like About Norelco? 

If Braun has Autosense Technology then Norelco has a great advantage in a field where Braun doesn’t deliver enough.

Wet And Dry Options 

Almost all rotatory head shavers allow you to use a shaving foam/gel. But Norelco has its own top-notch features that make sit stand out among all the shavers in the market. The Norelco is designed with an aqua seal special coating to prevent the blades from getting affected. This gel prevents water from entering the shaver deeply. Also, the shaving foam doesn’t go inside the shaver due to this special coating. This means that your shaver keeps on working great even on a thick layer of shaving foam.

If you have sensitive skin and cannot afford dry shaving then this aqua seal makes things possible for you. If you are not shaving your beard under the shower then Norelco is the best option for you.

Is It Recommended To Use Shaving Cream? 

Whenever we discuss shavers, people always ask one question, should they use shaving cream? Which one is recommended, shaving gel, foam, or cream? Everybody knows that it totally depends on your personal preferences. If a shaving gel suits you, use it. If a shaving foam suits your skin type, use it. Even if a shaving cream fits best with your skin type, then go ahead and use it.

First how about we delve somewhat more profound into what shaving cream does and the various types you might need to utilize?

The clearest thing the cream does is give an oil. The fixings in the cream will help your razor float across your skin and forestall any bothering. Hence alone it is great for some to go with the cream as they find that either a foil or rotating razor gives them razor consumption.

There is something else to it besides giving some float.

Assuming you utilize a canned spray shaving froth, indeed, you’re truly just getting that grease. Assuming you need to truly up to your shave game then, at that point, go with a cream or cleanser that can assimilate into the follicles and mellow them to make for a much cleaner cut. This gives you a much smoother shave. A cream like Cremo, for instance, is fantastic for use with a cartridge razor, straight edge, or even an electric razor.

Utilizing your hand and adding some water, the cream will enact and will get the skin hydrated and the shaft of the hair fit to be trimmed.

Presently, doing a customary shave and utilizing a brush with a shaving cleanser, would put you on another level inside and out.

This will add time to your shave, however, everything will work out for the best since you are more averse to wind up with razor consumption and razor knocks can likewise stay away from.

One of the disadvantages of utilizing an electric razor is that you are bound to get razor knocks since the hairs get trimmed unevenly. Truth be told, they are somewhat destroyed. On the off chance that you could see under a magnifying lens a hair that was trimmed by a razor and one trimmed by an electric shaver would be emotional.

At the point when the hair is delicate from the cream and water combo, then, at that point, the hair is trimmed undeniably more equally so it will not develop back twisted under the layer of skin.

Utilizing a shaving brush and cleanser like once upon a time might appear to be bizarre when utilizing an advanced electric razor, however, a few people would prefer not to utilize a cartridge and others would prefer not to figure out how to utilize a straight edge.

Final Word

To me, there is no winner or loser in this shaver’s comparison. My motive isn’t to make one shaver a winner and the other loser. Both Braun and Norelco work best in their own fields. Everything you choose depends on your personal preferences and circumstances.

The motive for bringing this comparison was to introduce the two best-ever shavers in the market. Your decision can depend on your skin type, facial hair thickness, facial contour, and other factors, as I have mentioned earlier. I have mentioned all the bonus points that can affect your results.

If you have sensitive skin then you can go with a rotatory head shaver. Norelco has the pride of manufacturing top-quality rotatory head shavers. But if you have thicker facial hair and you are not satisfied with the gentle working of the rotatory head shaver then choose a foil shaver from Braun. Braun can introduce advanced technology-based foil head shavers.

I tried my best to cover all the points you need to know before buying an electric shaver. The choice is yours.

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