Is a Braun or Philips Shaver the Best?Frank Bennett - May 26, 2018
Both Braun and Philips make excellent men’s and women’s shavers, and both companies have been around for several decades. Both brands offer a variety of model numbers with numerous features. Most are cordless and rechargeable, and some have cleaning stations. Shavers in each brand may offer LED display panels, sensitive to turbo power adjustments, battery indicators, and other useful features to make shaving simpler in the morning. This is a very hard task to decide which brand makes the best electric shaver.
Many people who are shopping for a new shaver may be confused as to which brand is better. Let’s examine the different features to see how they compare for both brands.
Braun doesn’t promote their wet and dry feature as the most important of their shavers. Their shavers are sold as high-quality models with desirable cleaning and charging stations to simplify the task of cleaning and maintenance.
Philips does like to heavily promote their wet and dry shavers, and they even have a special name for this tech: AquaTec, or water technology. Apparently the shaver does well with or without water or shaving gels or foams.
The next difference is perhaps in the types of shaving heads. Braun promotes an extensive line of foil-style shavers, while Panasonic has mostly rotary-head styles. While the rotary shaver is best for a man who has a regular thickness and length of stubble, a foil shaver is good for men who have thin stubble or who shave on a daily basis. The very nature of a foil style shaver is more comfortable than a rotary shaver. The foil shaver may be best for a teen or a senior, while the middle-aged man might prefer a rotary shaver.
Braun shavers has their Clean and Charge station. This station takes alcohol-based cleaning cartridges which sterilize the shaver and help to prevent skin infections. Some of their cleaning stations do more than clean, lubricate, and charge, they can also dry.
Philips shavers has its Smart Clean Plus system. They also have a station that dries, but instead of alcohol-based cartridges, they use an alcohol-free type. This promises to be gentler to the skin.
Braun promises that their shavers will last for years. They offer spare parts, so you can replace the head every year to extend its life. Philips also offers spare head replacements for their rotary shavers, though they can be a bit pricier, as the rotary heads are more complex. They have similar warranties.
Many people may choose the shaver brand that they have trusted in the past. The rotary head versus the foil head can also be your major deciding point. Most men who prefer one or the other aren’t pleased when they make a switch.
Perhaps you want to base your final decision on the individual features of the model numbers you are considering. A large on/off button or an LED/LCD readout panel may be important to you.
You really can’t go wrong with either brand. As long as you spend over $100 on a good shaver, you’re going to be pleased with the performance of either the Braun or the Philips shaver.