Summary: This is the second razor that I bought of this model. The first was 3 or 4 years ago and have not had any major problems with it. I have replaced the head two times and the cleaner base worked great too. The swivel head on it is one of the main things I like about it as I did try another razor that didn't have that and don't like it at all. I travel a lot and this works great even with just doing a couple day trip without doing a cleaning on the machine.
Summary: I have used a competitors' product (remember the guy who liked the shaver so much he bought the company) for 50 years. I was loyal but increasingly found the shavers cheaply made with a short useful life. The final straw was when the local service facility told me that the shavers were so cheaply made they were not worth repairing - just toss it out and buy a new replacement.
Summary: This is his third Braun. He's a life-time fan - loves especially the self-cleaning feature. It has eliminated most all of his skin problems from shaving. Cleaning cycle is a bit noisier than his previous units, but overall it works exactly as advertised, and he is a happy camper!
Summary: I got this razor when it was on sale for $200. Would I have paid more for it? No, because there are electric shavers that do just as well for much less. But the quality of the cut is better than my old Norelco Coolskin. It cleans easily but claims being dirty quite a bit. This is how they get you.
Summary: I bought this shaver to replace a top of the line Panasonic that probably would have been fine with replacement blades. Based on reviews chose the Braun 7-790. This is a great shaver well made feels good in the hands, and gives a very close shave. I shave my head as well as my face, and shave every day. I got a very close shave with my Panasonic in around 4 to 5 minutes. The Braun gives me as close a shave but takes closer to 10 minutes.
Summary: I have used the Braun 8000 Series for almost nine years, with good results. The Braun Series 7-790cc shaver was recently purchased, and the technological improvements in the Braun, these nine years, has been impressive and much appreciated. The shave is faster, closer and without nicking (so far). (Nicking, even 'plugging' of the lip, though rare with the 8000 Series, was an occasional nuisance.