My dalliances with Electric shavers have never been very successful in the past which was mainly caused from sensitive skin around the neck area which has always seemed to contain the most pesky and stubborn stubble that always seem to evade shavers of the electric variety.
The fact that an electric shave seems to take as long as a wet shave but equally leaves you feeling like you needed a wet shave all along, ensured I left them alone for 10 years, however the arrival of the Braun Series 5 5040s-5 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver for my latest Bzz Agent Campaign might just change that. Having tried the latest Braun model for 4 dry shaves, I am incredibly impressed and a great shave doesn’t take too long thanks to its wide head and a really close shaving mechanism. My only gripe with my early testing of the shaver is the location of the power button, as I have slipped a few times causing me to switch it off by accident but this could be about me getting to grips with the device rather than a design flaw.
it was now time to test the much anticipated wet shave feature of the latest offering by Braun. As someone that has previously avoided the world of electric shaves, it seemed weird to take an electric device (albeit cordless) into a shower complete with shaving gel but no mirror, you couldn’t complete a normal wet shave this way so this concept felt alien to me. I gave it my best shot and despite not having a mirror, I enjoyed a much closer shave and my skin felt incredibly fresh and like I had just had an actual wet shave with a blade. There were a few awkward hairs missed on my lower neck area but this was probably because I didn’t use a mirror in the shower. My next test was with a good old fashioned sink and mirror, after adding shaving gel and the wet shave button, the only issue I encountered was when I needed to use the classic electric shave tactic of pulling my skin a little to make the hair stand up as this is quite difficult with a wet face covered in foam. However, I simply went back over the area afterwards and I was left with the best electric shave I have ever had with the added bonus of having no skin irritation whatsoever even if it was a little messy.
After my testing it appears that there might finally be a rival to the more traditional wet shave and it comes in the form of Braun Series 5 5040s-5 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver. The price and lack of Clean & Charge Station are the only reason for me not giving this top marks.