Braun 5090cc Review: How It Succeeds Where Others Fail

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9.6/10 on November 18, 2015

The days when shaving was a time-consuming task and often, a painful experience are long gone, and we need to thank the electric shavers for this feat. One perfect example of an advanced and easy-to-use electric shaver is the Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Shaver with Cleaning Center. From its advanced features to its shiny appearance, this Braun electric razor is surely one of the best electric shavers for men. Go through this Braun Series 5 5090cc review to know more about this impressive piece of technology.

Hardware and Design

I’d like to begin my Braun Series 5 5090cc review with its hardware and design. This shaver has a curved design with dotted rubber that gives a comfortable and firm grip while shaving. It measures 6.2” x 6.2” x 10” and is extremely light in weight. It has 5 different power indicators that allow you to easily keep an eye on the power level and ensure an uninterrupted and smooth shaving. There’s an LED light to display the battery status and it informs you when to charge the shaver before running out of power.

Unlike the other electric shavers that have rotary blades, this Braun electric shaver has sideways-moving blades. Its head is perfectly-sized and can easily reach to all the hard-to-reach, angled areas. However, it has a powerful engine that makes a bit of noise and some people can find it annoying. Moreover, the engine also makes the entire shaver vibrate while functioning.


  • Braun Series 5 5090cc Shaver
  • Charging Base with Clean and Renew System
  • 1 Cleaning Cartridge
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Travel Pouch
  • SmartPlug (100V- 240V)

Key Features

Braun is a famous German brand that combines different advanced technologies together to offer ultimate precision and comfort with each of its product, and the Series 5 5090cc Shaver is nothing different. It has a lot of different features that make it stand apart from its competitors. This part of Braun Series 5 5090cc review will explain these features in detail.

 1. 100% Waterproof Design

A shaver is more likely to get drenched than any other electric devices we normally use at home. So waterproofing is a must feature that should accompany every electric razor. Braun 5090cc flaunts 100% waterproofing design which will allow you both dry and wet shaving smoothly.

Braun 5090cc: waterproof design

2.  5 Adjustable Angles Offered by Multi-HeadLock

Neck and sideburns are the two most difficult areas for an electric shaver to reach. But, no matter how difficult an area is, the patented Active Lift technology used in this Braun electric shaver will do an exceptional job regarding this.

Braun 5090cc: adjustable angles, multi headlock

3. FlexMotionTec with MicroMotion

The FlexMotion Technology allows this Braun electric shaver to deliver an efficient shaving performance without requiring a lot of efforts from the user. Moreover, it minimizes the pressure on the skin and reduces skin irritation. Every cutting element in this Braun series 5 5090cc electric shaver has individual suspension. It allows the shaver to give precise results even to the slightest of movements.

Braun 5090cc: shaving heads, FlexMotion

4. MacroMotion

The head of this electric shaver can pivot up to 40°, thus allowing it to glide over larger areas easily with a better skin contact and to deliver impressive results in a single stroke.

Braun 5 5090cc: movable head

5. CrossHair Blade with OptiFoil Design

Hairs growing in different directions are extremely annoying to shave. You usually need to move the shaver or razor in multiple directions to get the results you need. However, the Braun series 5 5090cc electric shaver comes with CrossHair blades that can easily capture the hairs that grow in multiple directions. The innovative OptiFoil Technology used in this electric shaver allows it to capture more hair in a single snip and enables it to reach to the deeper layers of the hair to provide an ultimate close shave.

Braun 5090cc: CrossHair blades

6. Trimmer for Your Beard

Whenever you are shaving, you cannot forget about your well-cared sideburns. This shaver is designed with this in mind, so they added an excellent beard trimmer for you.

Braun 5090cc; trimmer

7. Charging Station

The charging station of the Braun Series 5 electric shaver is one-of-a-kind in the world. The multitasking station automatically selects a cleaning program for the next shave and then cleans, lubricates, and charges the shaver. It uses an alcohol-based liquid for cleaning it in order to ensure that you get a thoroughly cleaned shaver every time.

Braun 5090cc: charging adapterBraun 5090cc; clean and charge, charging station

8. Improved Power Drive

The Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Shaver has an advanced motor that delivers up to 20% more output, unlike the previous Braun shaver models. No matter if you have a slight stubble or a dense beard that you’ve been growing for a long time, this Braun Series 5 Shaver will surely impress you.

9. Other Convenient Features

Braun also provides a very durable travel case for outside usage. Since it is a sensitive electric gadget which every man needs with him while traveling, the travel case acts as a great savior. You will also get a nicely built cleaning brush. This comes really handy when cleaning.

Cleaning and Maintenance

We all know how important it is to maintain your shaver on a regular basis to ensure its optimal functionality.

This shaver offers both wet and dry shaving. It is waterproof for up to 5 minutes and this allows you to wash the trimmer after shaving or carry it to your shower.
However, if you do not want to clean the shaver manually, you can simply place it in the charging station and the station will do the job for you. However, you’ll need to refill the clean and renew the cartridge in every month in case you use this feature on a daily basis. This shaver also includes a cleaning brush in the box if you want to clean it manually.


This part of my review of the Braun Series 5 5090cc Shaver explains the quality of the battery, and it is considered as a very important part of a shaver by many. The battery of Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Razor is the same that you’ll find in other Braun electric shavers. It has a Li-ion battery that can give you cordless shaving for about 45 minutes when charged for an hour.

It also has a quick 5-minutes charge feature for being used when you are in a rush. Once fully charged, the shaver will retain the charge, so it can allow you to easily carry the shaver while traveling without having any tension of charging it. This electric shaver also comes with a battery indicator light.

Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Shaver Comparison

Features Series 5 5090cc Cool Tech 5cc Series 3 390cc
OptiFoil y
Wet & Dry functionality y y
100% waterproof and fully washable y y y
Lockable head/foil y y
3 automatic program selection y
Clean & Renew System y y y

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User Friendliness

My review of the Braun Series 5 5090cc shaver will be incomplete if I don’t mention the user-friendliness of this shaver. The lightweight and the compact design make it an exceptionally comfortable shaver to be used on a daily basis. I charge it for 5-10 minutes every morning and it easily lasts for an entire shave without causing any interruption.

I use the clean and renew system sometimes and mostly, I clean it with water and the included brush. Moreover, I also like experimenting with my facial hairs at times and I need to say that no matter how dense or little the hairs are, this amazing electric shaver is able to deliver the same, amazing results every single time.

Shaving Performance

If you’re currently searching for the best electric shavers for men, your search will surely end with this amazing product from Braun. This lightweight electric shaver is extremely easy to use and delivers exceptional results without putting any kind of manual efforts. It delivers an immensely close shave without causing any kind of skin irritation.

Its pivoting head can be locked at a variety of angles for achieving enhanced precision. Other electric shavers usually required 3-4 weeks to get used to my skin. But my skin simply loved this Braun Series 5 5090cc from the first use itself and there were no signs of redness or itching even when I used it for the first time.


The Braun Series 5 5090cc Electric Shaver comes with a 2-years manufacturer’s warranty.

Value for Money

Braun is a well-known brand; its products are known for their reliability and the use of modern technology. If you look at all the features that this shaver offers then you’ll agree it’s price is not unreasonable. Honestly, I never regretted owning this shaver at this price.

Replacement Parts

Electric shaver’s parts are usually small in size and this single reason can make it extremely difficult to find the replacement parts in your local shops. However, Braun is a well-known name in the world of electric shavers and its replacement parts are easily available online. You can try Amazon, eBay, etc. as well as the Braun official website.

Final Thoughts

Comfort is one of the most important factors that contemplate men to choose an electric shaver. However, for me, apart from the comfort, the features in a shaver also play an important role. And the Braun Series 5 5090cc has impressed me in both the departments.

If you want to add some points that I might have missed in this review of Braun Series 5 5090cc, or want to share your experience with this shaver, please leave a comment below.


1. Can the Clean and Renew System also clean the inside of the shavers head?

A. Yes, the system effortlessly cleans the inside of the head and also the cutter block. The alcohol-based solution gets pumped directly into the head when the shaver is ON and gets spread in all the different parts of the head from there. This solution eliminates all the hair and other debris that get stuck in the cutting foil or cutter block. Once this debris is free from the blades along with the solution, it drains out from the shaver’s head.

2. If I want to replace the battery of this shaver, can I do it myself?

A. No, the battery of this shaver is affixed to the circuit board and only an authorized Braun technician can replace it.

3. Can I use this shaver overseas?

A. Yes, it comes with a SmartPlug that can be used in any part of the world. However, you’ll need a plug adapter that you can easily find in any electronics store.


1. Great for hard-to-reach areas
I’ve been using electric shavers for a quite long time now and no matter what the brand or model is, I’ve always had problem with shaving the sideburns and the neck area. However, the ActiveLift middle trimmer left me completely mesmerized. It easily catches the flat-laying hair to provide the cleanest and closest shave ever possible.

2. Flexible Head
The head of this shaver is highly adaptive and easily adjusts to the shape of your face. Comparing to other electric razors, there is no need to put any kind of extra efforts to catch the hairs raised in hard-to-reach areas as the trimmer will do the job for you.

3. Customization
This shaver offers 3 different shaving modes- the Short Eco if you have a short beard or a slight stubble, the Normal Shaving Mode to shave regular beard, and the High Intensive Mode for shaving thick beard.

4. Easily Deals with Coarse Hair

If you have coarse hair on your face, the powerful motor of this shaver will allow it to glide over the hair smoothly. This also makes this shaver an ideal choice if you want to shave the hair on your chest or head.

5. Hygiene Indicator
Along with the battery display, it also has a hygiene status indicator that allows you to make sure that the shaver is completely clean and free from the remnants of the previous shave.


1. Smart Plug with Very Long Cable
The Braun Series 5 5090cc electric shaver comes with a long cable which is a matter of concern for me as I like to carry my shaver and charger while travelling. It’d have been better if the shaver came with a small USB charger that does the same function but consumes lesser space in the luggage.

2. Expensive Automatic Cleaning System
Yes, the cleaning system of this electric shaver is highly impressive. But, the system needs a cartridge to function. If you shave on a daily basis and use the automatic cleaning system every day, the cartridge won’t last more than 40-50 days. This makes the whole process of shaving rather expensive for me.


The Braun Series 5 5090cc is highly functional and delivers terrific results. While there are some negative sides of it, overall, it is an impressive product. If you are looking for an advanced, powerful and easy-to-use electric shaver, the Braun Series 5 5090cc is the one to choose.

6 responses to “Braun 5090cc Review: How It Succeeds Where Others Fail”

  1. Rose says:

    3 days ago it was our first anniversary. I was in a fix what is going to be a perfect and lovely present for my beloved husband. After checking this shaver, I made my mind. And see how happy he is. He used to shave with the old safety razor. It was time consuming as well as painful too.
    But thanks, this review helped me a lot finding the best one for him.

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