The Braun 799cc is probably the best shaver the company has produced yet. Considering their long history of excellent products, that’s quite a statement. But it’s not hard to provide some compelling reasons to believe it.
Every time I think they’ve improved electric shavers as much as possible, someone goes and proves me wrong. For a guy who prides himself on being up on the latest technical innovations – and therefore one who couldn’t be surprised – it’s a little embarrassing. This time, thanks to the interesting new design elements of the Philips Norelco 9700, I’m pretty happy to bear that shame. Here’s why.
The CoolTec CT5cc is in fact like many other shavers from Braun, especially a Series 3. With it and the rest of the CoolTec line the company shows again why it remains in the top tier. It does everything you’ve come to expect from them, and equally as well, adds something new.
The Braun LS 5160, also known in some places as the Braun Silk Epil 5160 or Braun Silk & Soft 5160, is a decent middle-of-the-pack ladies electric shaver. It’s attractive and offers a close shave in the shower or on the go. This ladies shaver is a wet/dry, floating foil, cordless model with a bikini trimmer and other attachments. Beyond that plain description lies a number of fine features and welcome performance.
Despite being officially near the bottom of the Panasonic electric shaver lineup there’s nothing ‘bottom’ about the ES-LT71-S itself. True, it lacks some of the great features of its more advanced – and more expensive – cousins. But it still manages to incorporate much of the technology those other models provide, even at roughly one-third the price.
I really wish Panasonic would simplify the names of their electric shavers. But one thing I could never complain about is how effectively they work. With the ES-LA93-K they prove once again they’re right up there with Braun and Philips, despite being the relative new kid on the block. One reason for my love for this Arc4 shaver is admittedly personal: the weight. I like a shaver that’s not too heavy, not too light. At just 7 oz (0.44 lbs) this model hits that Goldilocks spot perfectly.
The Philips Norelco 1160x/42 (also called 1160xcc or 6600) is far from the top of the line in the company’s lineup, but neither is the price. For a low-end-of-the-range product it offers many high-end features. As part of the SensoTouch 2D line (Series 6000) you might expect the 1160x/42 to look and act high-tech. Your expectations would be met here, and then some.
It won’t surprise the ladies reading this but electric shavers for the female set have never caught up to those for men. I don’t think it’s prejudice or for lack of trying, but good choices for women are few and far between. Fine men’s shavers, by contrast, may be expensive but are available in abundance. The Panasonic ES2216PC is an example of that difference.
I admit to having a slight bias toward Panasonic shavers. It used to be Braun but the value-to-price ratio of Panasonic models have tilted that preference in recent years. However, the price of the ES-LV81-K is pretty high it would have to offer extraordinary value to benefit from that bias. Does it? Can any electric shaver be worth this much?
Everyone expected computers to evolve and now we have tablets. Few, yours truly included, expected electric shavers to become so high tech, but certain aspects are showing up even here. The Philips Norelco 1280x/42 is a great example. Fortunately, the ‘old-fashioned’ virtues – great shave, secure handling, quality manufacturing, and ease of use – are still very much present.