June 7, 2010

Hot Deal: Save $70 on Braun Pulsonic 790

BraunPulsonic.jpgNow's your chance to pick up the Braun Pulsonic 790 for $70 off - regularly $269.99, now only $199.99!

I reviewed this razor last year, calling it the "Ultimate Shaving Gadget":

"I've tried other electric razors, but nothing really stood out as remarkable. Until now.

In my humble opinion, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is simply the best electric razor out there.

The Braun shaves close (10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers. The head can be locked in place for precision shaving, or can swivel freely to follow the contours of my face.

It's not too loud, and the Lithium-ion batteries run for a long time (~50 minutes) without having to be recharged (of course, when it sits in its cradle, it's charging automatically). The cord can plug directly into the razor if you need to shave and it's not charged, which is a plus for any rechargeable razor."

If you're an electric shaving guy, or your significant other is, the Braun Pulsonic 790 is a great razor (think Fathers Day, hint, hint).

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May 15, 2009

Manscaping Mojo: Braun Bodycruzer


Need a new tool to take care of your manscaping needs? Check out the Braun bodyCruZer!

"Introducing a revolutionary body grooming experience: the new Braun bodyCruZer. Equipped with a precision power trimmer to effectively to trim body hair and a Gillette Fusion blade for an incredible level of closeness and comfort, the new Braun bodyCruZer helps you get the groomed body look you want.

Recommended for all body areas. Braun bodyCruZer is the only body groomer in the world that combines a Braun electric precision trimmer to shorten hairs and a Gillette blade for a clean and comfortable shave anywhere on the body. You can use the trimmer alone, the blade alone, or use both in combination. An attachable comb also lets you trim hair to a preferred length. The World's only body groomer with a powered trimmer and a Gillette Fusion blade, all in one! 100% waterproof / in and out of the shower."

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April 9, 2009

$50 Gift Certificate With $139 Braun Purchase

Braun790.jpgFrom now until April 30, get a $50 certificate towards a future Amazon purchase by spending over $139 on Braun products!

My recommendation is the Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver, a fantastic electric razor that shaves extremely close. The Series 7 also has an automatic cleaning, lubricating, drying, and charging system that works at the touch of a button. It's my favorite gadget, and the razor charges fully in one hour (or a quick charge in 5 minutes), shaves for an hour on Lithium-ion batteries (that's way more time than I've ever spent shaving), and it comes with a two year warranty. The price is so sweet right now that I can't even mention it, but it's about $40 off of the regular price.

The $50 certificate will be emailed to you between June 12 and June 26 if you purchase between now and April 30.

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March 11, 2009

Review: Braun Pulsonic Series 7 - Ultimate Shaving Gadget


Guys like gadgets.

Manly, easy in the hand, full of buttons, useful gadgets.

I'm a gadget guy, myself, but the closest to a real shaving gadget I had was the Wahl Groomsman beard trimmer, which I used to achieve the stubbly Miami Vice look a couple of times a week. Not really a tasty gadget...

I've tried other electric razors, but nothing really stood out as remarkable. Until now.

In my humble opinion, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is simply the best electric razor out there.

The Braun shaves close (10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers. The head can be locked in place for precision shaving, or can swivel freely to follow the contours of my face.

It's not too loud, and the Lithium-ion batteries run for a long time (~50 minutes) without having to be recharged (of course, when it sits in its cradle, it's charging automatically). The cord can plug directly into the razor if you need to shave and it's not charged, which is a plus for any rechargeable razor.

Here's the extra geeky bit:

The LCD display on the end of the handle shows you how much of a charge is left, and the state of the razor's 'hygiene' (if it's dirty enough to clean with the cleaning station or not). If the Pulsonic needs a cleaning, pop it in the base station and choose either the 'eco' (short), 'normal', or 'intensive' cleaning cycle, and the cleaning station flushes it with cleaning fluid and then uses heat to dry it. The cleaning fluid also contains a lubricant, so you don't have to oil it afterward. How cool is that? It's like a mini shaving robot, except it doesn't shave you robotically...

You can simply rinse the Pulsonic under running water if you want, but then you can't tell your friends about how cool the automatic cleaning cycle is. The one drawback to the system is having to purchase the cleaning cartridge, and the manual says that the fluid will evaporate in 8 weeks if not used daily. One option is to follow a reader's suggestion (probably not recommended by Braun, of course) for a homemade solution.

The Pulsonic's display also lets you know when it's time to replace the foil and cutter cassette, which should be done every 18 months.

My recommendation?

If you want the (in my opinion) ultimate shaving gadget, you'll pick up the Braun Pulsonic for yourself. Ladies, this would make a superb Father's Day or birthday gift for the man in your life, and you'll get to enjoy the super smoothness for yourself...

And right now, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is about $50 off the regular price, so take advantage of that!

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November 20, 2008

This Just In - The Braun Series 7 Electric Razor

S7_790.jpgGot in a new Braun Series 7 the other day for testing. Looks an awful lot like last year's Braun Pulsonic. I have to admit I've been a little confused about all the different types of Braun electric razors. There's the Pulsonic, the Synchro, the Activator, the Cruzer, the Series 1, 3, 5, and 7. I can't figure them all out. Thankfully, someone at Braun couldn't either, and issued a branding overhaul. Welcome to order. The current line of Braun electric razors now fall into four distinct groups.

  • Series 1 offers smooth and convenient shaving, featuring ultra thin foil technology for an incredible shave at an affordable price. Series 1 shavers range in price from $34 - $39.
  • Series 3 is perfect for consumers seeking a smooth shave and an adaptable shaver. Featuring Braun's renowned 3-stage cutting system, Series 3 models incorporate Braun's Contour Hugging Head for extra smoothness. Series 3 shavers range in price from $64 to $119.
  • Series 5 provides a smooth and precise shave, incorporating Gillette Blade Technology and Braun's unique Power Comb to lift and cut problem hairs lying flat against the skin. Series 5 shavers are fully washable under running water and available with Braun's patented Clean&Renew™ system. This model also includes an adjustable long hair trimmer and comes in a variety of colors. Series 5 shavers range in price from $169 to $229.
  • Series 7 offers outstanding smoothness and skin comfort, with all the shaving tools needed to achieve Braun's most thorough and comfortable shave ever. Series 7's shaver head is the world's first with Pulsonic Technology, an active head oscillating at over 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute to help deliver Braun's closest shave ever. Series 7 shavers range in price from $249 to $289.

And for what it's worth, last year's kick-ass Pulsonic razor is now the Series 7. We wrote a bunch of positive reviews last year of the Pulsonic (scroll down a bit in that last link), and we're going to revisit the Series 7 to see if it still stands up. We're pretty confident it will, and we're recommending it in our upcoming holiday gift guide. Check back soon for a full re-review.

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October 21, 2008

The Braun Pulsonic - One Year Later

BraunRefill3.jpgIt was just about one year ago that we were shaving with the new Braun Pulsonic for the first time, and I thought I'd mention something important that I've learned. You can't skimp.

Let me explain - the Pulsonic is a self-cleaning electric razor. It's got a little hygienic-o-meter which let's you know when it's time for a cleaning. And it's got these nifty little cartridges that you plug into the base which contain the cleaning solution. Click a button, whir-whir-whir, your razor is clean. I wish I could do the same for the rest of my bathroom.

Here's the thing. I'm cheap. I like to squeeze an extra shave out of a razor. And I like to get an extra cleaning out of the Pulsonic. There's just one thing standing between me and my frugality. Physics. Or chemistry. It's one of those two sciences that deals with molecules. And evaporation. See the cleaning cartridges are filled with a lot of alcohol, and that stuff tends to evaporate pretty quickly. So if you think you can hold out and get another shave with your hygienic-o-meter flashing danger, remember that you're also fighting the cruel mistress that is evaporation. My advice - clean early, clean often.

This is not a criticism of the Pulsonic or its cleaning system. It's more a criticism of my stinginess. I love the Pulsonic. It's my favorite electric razor, and I've recommended it more than any other. Just use the cleaning solution cartridges, or they're going to disappear. (Unless you're a chemist, in which case see this DIY cleaning solution alternative.)

Braun Syncro Shaver System Clean & Renew Refills are $16.99 for a 3-pack.

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May 6, 2008

What is the Braun SupreX3?

braun_suprex3.jpgPerceptive ShavingStuff reader Janus wrote in a while ago after noticing something odd on the Braun website. Seems he was casually browsing user manuals for his Pulsonic when he came across this electric razor, mysteriously called the SupreX3. To see it, click on this link, which brings you to the user manual page for various Pulsonic models, and then click on the image of the black Pulsonic in the upper right. Unlike all the other Pulsonic razors, this one is labeled SupreX3.

What is the Braun SupreX3? No idea. Google doesn't know either. Janus speculated that is might be the name of the Pulsonic in another country, like the Pulsonic is called the Prosonic in countries like Japan. A good guess, but so far unconfirmed.

If anyone has any more info, please send it in. In the meantime - good eyes Janus! Have you considered a career in forensics?

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April 10, 2008

The Braun Pulsonic vs The Gillette Fusion

pulsonic_v_fusion.jpgAre you ready to rumble?!?

In this corner... weighing in at a "reassuring" six ounces... with a retail price of $270... forget the brains, this thing is all brawn... it's the Braun Pulsonic!!!

And in this corner... weighing far less... with a retail price of $13... harnessing the power of the atom... it's the Gillette Fusion!!!

Gentlemen, start your vibrations. It's shavin' time!

Sure, some men prefer the convenience of an electric shaver, in which case we'd recommend the Pulsonic, the gold standard of face mowers. But for a flawless shave that won't mar your mug, we'd opt for the Fusion. One caveat is the steep cost, as with most razors, of the replacement blades: $14 for a package of four. In the long run, the Fusion could end up costing you more than the Pulsonic, so it's no bargain: just a better shaver.

Read a full account of the bout at this Business Week article. (Pulsonic v Fusion starts on page 3.)

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January 4, 2008

Reader Suggestion - DIY Braun Cleaning Solution

beaker.gifShavingStuff reader Dale recently wrote in with a comment about the cleaning solution used by the Braun Pulsonic and several of the other Braun electric razors:

braun should make a economic quart or gallon size container of cleaning solution to refill the cartridges. they're easy to clean and reuse.

until that happens i just clean mine and refill it with 40% diluted alcohol [denatured alcohol not isopropyl] which is the ingredient on the box. haven't had any problems yet with my 8000 series in a couple years.

know how much money i have saved?

While this certainly wouldn't be endorsed by Braun, and it probably voids any warranty, it might be worth a try if you're thrifty and handy. Your inner chemist will thank you.

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November 23, 2007

Black Friday Deals from Amazon on Philips Norelco Products

black-friday.pngCouple of Black Friday deals worth checking out:

The Philips Norelco BodyGroom, often found for somewhere between $34 and $39, is now only $29.99 at Amazon.

The Braun Pulsonic 9595 is only $199 at J& (That's the lowest price we've seen.)

And if you're into the traditional brick and mortar stores, check out before you head out. Tons of in-store only deals to be gotten, including steals on razors and electric shavers.

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November 12, 2007

The Shaving Stuff 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

holiday_guide.jpgThe holiday season is fast approaching and you've got a list with a bunch of question marks on it. What to get for that special man in your life? Well look no further than the 2007 ShavingStuff Holiday Gift Guide. We've got all he'll need, from creams to razors, books, toys, and more. And even a little something for the ladies.

Shaving Cream
Sure, we all start shaving with foamy supermarket shaving cream. But eventually we aspire to the finer things in life. The brands below offer a superior shave which is close, comfortable, and sublime. A gift set is the perfect way to sample new products, as well as introduce someone to the world of better shaving.
Gentlemen's Refinery - $199
Billy Jealousy - $50
The Art of Shaving - $38
ZIRH - $59
MenScience - $55
Baxter of California - $60
Still not seeing it? Surf on over to the Details for Men gift kit page and see what strikes your fancy.

Cartridge Razors
Once again power reigns supreme. If you're not shaving with an electrified version of a multi-blade razor, it's time to step into the new millennium. Power makes all the difference.
Gillette Fusion Power - $10.99
Schick Quattro Power - $11.99
Gillette M3Power - $15
The Art of Shaving's Chrome Gillette Fusion Power with Spotlight - $150

Electric Razors
There were a couple of new products released this year from the leaders in electric razor technology. If you want the top of the line traditional electric razor, go for the Pulsonic. If you're interested in a wet/dry electric shave, go for the Moisture Shaving System.
Braun Pulsonic - $215
Philips Norelco Moisture Shaving System - $149

Pubic Shaving
Don't even think about shaving downstairs without the proper equipment. Give yourself an extra optical inch with the BodyGroom, or go completely bare with the Cleancut, still the #1 choice in the porn industry.
Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $34.99
no!no! - $250
Seiko Cleancut - $75

Head Shaving
Just like you wouldn't shave downstairs without the proper equipment, you don't want to shave the roof without the proper tools. Get the gear designed for your noggin.
Headblade - $10.99
Sharps Mission: Control Bald Head Balm SPF 15 - $24

Back Shaving
Yeah, I don't want to talk about it either. If you know a guy who needs one of these, just do him a favor and buy it for him. And give it to him while no one else is in the room.

Want to learn proper shaving technique but afraid to ask? Finally, a couple of books which teach you how to shave.
Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable - $11.95
Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide to Shaving by Anders Larsen - £6.50

Nothing beats a little fun in the tub or a soft foam book. Teach your little squirt how to shave like his papa.
Shaving in the Tub from Alex Toys - $6.79
My Shaving Kit foam book from Innovative Kids - $3.32.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday shopping guides on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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November 8, 2007

Review of the Braun Pulsonic - Cleaning

pulsonicSmall.jpgOK, so you've shaved with the Braun Pulsonic, and now you're ready to put it back into its base station. Stop and notice one thing. There aren't a ton of beard trimming all over your sink (or all over your shirt, as used to happen to me). That's because most of the trimmings end up inside the Pulsonic. Very cool engineering, but it means you need to clean the Pulsonic after each shave. That's what that gigantic base station is for.

Cleaning Cycles
When you put the Pulsonic back in its charging station, the LEDs on the front cycle around like between four options like some Vegas game. Where will the bouncing ball land? You've won an "eco" clean! Nice! That means my razor isn't that dirty and doesn't need to go through the full cleaning cycle. Yay! I'm a winner! The Pulsonic figures out which cleaning level is needed. I apparently have had some pretty clean shaves, cause I've only ever needed the "eco" clean. Hey, what can I say. I'm eco-friendly.

Two Models
The Braun Pulsonic comes in two models - the 9595 and the 9585. They are virtually identical with the one main difference that the 9585 does not have the fast cleaning ability of the 9595. The 9585 has one big white "clean" button on the front of the base. The 9595 has the big white "clean" button and a smaller blue "fast clean" button carved out of the white one. Quite frankly I haven't timed these to see how much faster "fast" is. I'm lazy. I just put the razor in the base station when I'm done and let it do it's thing. Which one is right for you? I don't know. They're about $30 difference. You won't make a wrong choice.

Cleaning Solution
So here's the one drawback to the Pulsonic - you're going to need to buy cleaning solution. Currently a 3-pack refill of Braun CCR3 Syncro Shaver System Clean will run you $12.99 on Amazon. Not a huge deal, but definitely a recurring cost. That said, you can trail-blaze your own path and rinse the razor out yourself. The instruction book for the Pulsonic tells you that you can run the razor head under a running faucet to clean it out. Good tip when you're traveling and TSA stops you from bringing your cleaning solution on the plane.
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November 7, 2007

Review of the Braun Pulsonic - Mechanics

pulsonicSmall.jpgSo what's so special about the new Braun Pulsonic?

Braun Pulsonic is a breakthrough new shaving system and a revolution in shaving technology. It is the world’s first shaver powered by an innovative sonic technology that delivers more than 10,000 micro-vibrations per minute from the shaver head to help expose and shave more hairs with every stroke. The design combines ergonomics and aesthetic appeal and is engineered to deliver Braun’s closest, most comfortable shave ever.

10,000 micro-vibrations per minute. Does that really make a difference? I have no idea. But if you read the review from yesterday, you'll know I think the shave is great. So the vibrations must help. Or maybe their don't and it's just a marketing gimmick. Who cares? Well, actually vibrations definitely help the Gillette Mach3 and Fusion. I wonder what else vibrations could help with? World peace?

OK, let's talk about some of the other features of the Pulsonic. The pivoting head works really well. Pretty much no matter what angle you hold the razor, the head pivots so that the foils are flat against your face. I was actually really impressed at how well this works. And, if for some reason you don't like the way the shaver is pivoting, you can lock it into place.

Definitely another strong point of the Pulsonic. The trimmer juts out from the razor by pushing the flap above the power button up. It's more sturdy than it looks. And it works great. Easy to level out my sideburns.

Tomorrow we'll check out the self-cleaning system in the Braun Pulsonic.

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November 6, 2007

Review of the Braun Pulsonic - Shaving

We're going to spend a few days reviewing the Braun Pulsonic. For those who are interested in skipping to the end, this shaver rocks. Get one.

The Pulsonic feels good in your hand. It's got a nice heft and feels sturdy. When it's on it's not too loud, although don't expect your roommate to sleep through your shave.

It's the first electric razor I've used which doesn't get hot after a couple minutes of use. In the past that's been one of my biggest frustrations with electric razors. Razor gets hot, skin starts to sweat, razor gets tripped up on face, bad shave ensues. Not sure how the engineers at Braun overcame this, but I'm glad they did. The Pulsonic stays at an even temperature. Cool.

The Shave
Shaving with the Pulsonic was a series of opposites. Braun recommends you shave before you shower or wash your face, while you still have a little protective barrier of oil on your skin. A big no-no with regular shaving, this worked well with the Pulsonic. They also recommend you shave against the grain. Again, not recommended for regular shaving. For electric shaving, works great.

It took me three or four shaves with the Pulsonic before I got really comfortable with it. There's a lot more tugging of skin to make flat surfaces than in regular cartridge shaving. That said, by the third or fourth shave I was getting as close a shave as I would get with a regular razor.

Shaving above the jawline was a breeze from the get go. Shaving below the jawline took the few times to get right. I'm not faulting the Pulsonic here too much. Shaving the neck has always been the weak part of electric razors from my perspective. The hairs tend to grow sideways or not have a uniform direction, which means you end up going over the same spot multiple times. That said after a couple of uses I was able reduce the number of passes over my neck and still get a good shave. Don't give up. This is the area that needs the most practice.

Tomorrow we'll go over some of the mechanics of the razor.

The Braun Pulsonic is available in models from $208 to $235

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