This Braun is a magnificent piece of machinery. I've used blades for decades. I have drawers full of bad electric shavers b/c my wife kept buying them for me even though I hated them. The cycle was buy-try-dump-repeat. They pulled, they burned, they yanked, and they did a lousy job. I have several of all makes and models. It's like a collection, and it was all money down a rat hole -- until now. This shaver actually works, and works very well indeed. If you think the shave will be as close as you can get with a blade, especially a wet shave (that's hot water, soap in a cup, and a brush) with a blade and triple passes -- it won't. But it's not designed to do that either. This is all about convenience, speed, and "close enough". I can shave with this device in less time, and with far less hassle, than it takes to get the water hot and my face wet. I can use it anywhere, I can use it clothed, and it's fast. It's so fast I no longer skip shaving b/c it takes too much time. BEWARE: you must USE A DIFFERENT SHAVING TECHNIQUE with this than you use with a razor. This is not a blade and it's not used the same way. If you try to use it the same way you'll be very disappointed. But then, trying to drive a car the way you ride a bicycle would yield similar results. You do not wash your face before shaving with this device -- you just turn it on and shave. I find wetting my face afterwards helps my skin feel better, but its not required. With a blade your first pass is always with the grain and straight. With this you can go with, against, sideways, diagonally, all sorts of directions. With a blade, one swipe generally does the job, more to get closer. With this, one swipe will never do the job. With this you go up and down and sideways all over, then feel your skin. The end result is a 'good shave' that's good enough so your wife doesn't get razor burn -- anywhere. ;-) The cleaner does an excellent job, far better than rinsing it off. Even so, I prefer to take off the foil and knock off the hair in the sink, or even rinse it off with water and let it dry, before using the cleaner to sanitize the shaver. This is b/c the hair has no place to go in the cleaner so it gets sort of messy and requires some work to clear out. Braun charges rather a lot for the solution and I don't like the odor very much, so I generally only clean it when it needs to charge. I spilled about 1/2 the cleaner solution from my first container so I supplemented it with isopropyl. It worked fine (NOT rubbing alcohol, which has oil in it), but I wouldn't try more than that, nor refilling the whole container due to isopropyl being flammable; that was just a stop gap. I know the charge holds for at least 10-days with 2-shaves/day, or 20-shaves, as I've taken it on trips up to that long without the cord. It has a nice carrying case, and there are instructions on how to use the device, how to clean it under running water, and how to use the fancy cleaning-charging station. The foil (blade(s)) are no more expensive than replacement triple-blades for a regular razor. Also, b/c it's so convenient to use, I find myself shaving more frequently. I've always needed to shave 2x/day, but hated doing so b/c after a few days I'd start getting in-grown hairs and such. With this, I shave 2x/day day-in, day-out, with no ill effect, and I do it b/c I want to -- not b/c I'm going out or being nagged. The bottom line is a clean shaven face all of the time -- and a lot more fun. I've been using mine now for over a year, and just bought another for my son as a gift. It's an expensive shaver, but you get your money's worth and the 'wife effect' alone is worth every penny and more!
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