Test and Review: Foil electric shaver Braun Series 1 130s

Pros
  • Price-performance ratio
  • Shaving quality
  • Functional trimmer
  • Quiet running operation
Cons
  • Without battery
  • Expensive replacement blades
Total rating
2.0/5

You won't find many battery-free shavers in the men's shaver range today. The Braun Series 1 130s is an exception. This shaver relies on its affordability and simplicity. You'll be surprised by its quiet operation and surprisingly well-functioning trimmer.

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Published: 05/03/2018
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Last update: 07/30/2022
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Braun Series 1 130s
  • Price-performance ratio
  • Shaving quality
  • Functional trimmer
  • Quiet running operation
Rating
2.0/5

The Braun Series 1 130s (also referred to as the Braun 1130s) While a cursory glance at its price and features makes it a typical entry-level shaver that is far from ideal, that doesn't detract from its basic utility value. If the basic functions of a gentleman's shaver are all you intend to use it for, then in the end, why not?

Accessories

The first thing that probably comes to every customer's mind is what all can they expect as standard with an electric shaver in this price range? In the basic customer package for this men's shaver we find:

  • the model itself, here specifically the Braun Series 1 130s,
  • protective cover,
  • power cord,
  • cleaning brush.
What do you get with the Braun 130s shaver?
What do you get with the Braun 130s shaver?

You certainly wouldn't expect a travel bag or hardened case in the package, nor a replacement shaving head or cleaning and charging station; that's the domain of shavers in other realms of the manufacturer's portfolio.

Features of the Braun 130s shaver

What special features does this foil shaver have? Yes, you simply can't expect miracles in this category, yet the features won't disappoint. All men's shavers and Braun Series 1 models feature SmartFoil technology. These are very thin blade covers that ensure the closest possible contact with the skin and which, thanks to their specific shape and profile, do not put as much strain on the skin during shaving.

The shaver meets IPX7 certification. In practice, this means that you can either run it under running water for a while (i.e. normal rinsing for cleaning), or briefly immerse it in permanent, non-flowing water up to a depth of five metres.

Shaver design is simple, the more the better.
Shaver design is simple.

The Series 1 shaving head contains only one blade. Unfortunately, you won't see multiple blades or even technologies like the UltraActiveLift on the Braun Series 3 3030s or Braun Series 5 5050cc or even the HyperLift & Cut that the top of the range Braun Series 9 9290cc boasts.

Can this Series 1 representative handle water? All fans of foil electric shavers and smooth shaves will undoubtedly be pleased with the good news. Because the Braun Series 1 130s is waterproof.

In addition, the Braun 130s is equipped with an extendable long beard trimmer, for shaping a moustache or sideburns.

Quality of workmanship and ergonomics

Thanks to the simplicity of the whole device, you don't have to worry too much about the level of workmanship. There are no significant creaks in the body, and the fit of the individual parts of the shaver is also surprisingly good. Both the simple body and the shaving head are unlikely to let you down and will serve you for longer than you would expect.

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Test and Review Braun Series 1 130s
Rating
2.0/5

Battery life and charging

Don't let the title of this chapter fool you. The truth is that the Braun 130s has no built-in battery, it is powered directly from the mains.

If you've had a battery problem with shavers in the past, it simply can't happen to you with this device.

So in the end, the lack of travel packaging, lock and other functionality for travelers can't even bother you, simply this shaver doesn't target this group of customers. If you're looking for the cheapest possible foil shaver option that allows for cordless functionality, look for the  Braun Series 3 3030s.

One travel positive is that the shaver can be powered between 100 and 240V.

Braun 1130s comes with an adapter that has a fairly standard cable like, say, a cell phone. As the machine is mains powered only, we would have welcomed a longer and especially twisted cable. The supplied version is not very practical and if you don't have a well available power supply, you'd better look for another electric shaver. The cord also falls out from time to time. So there is always something to work on.

Hawking

The most important thing everyone cares about with a electric shaver is how well it will live with them and how good a servant they will be. So how does the lowest product line of the Series 1 shave? Quite frankly. Given the status of this experience, you can't expect much. The basic prerequisites for being happy with a razor are beard length, thickness and density. You have a fine growth that's no longer than three days' stubble Well done, the Braun 1130s will probably do a decent job on you. But if you don't meet those specifics, you should head higher in the Braun brand portfolio.

It's important to note, however, that the Braun 130s is by far the best choice in the category, despite its negatives. No other brand in this price range simply offers more, quite the opposite.

The big surprise was the trimmer, it really works!
The big surprise was the trimmer, it really works!"

We were rather bothered by the weaker motor of the shaver during the test. We must also mention the rather imperfect beard capture, especially in the neck and chin area, where you have to swipe multiple times. If your beard grows in all sorts of directions and also clings to your skin, definitely look for the higher-end models that have beard lifting and trimming technologies. For electric foil shaver models that have this technology, check out the following reviews focused on Braun. However, what you will be pleased with is the quiet operation of the shaver. So you don't have to worry about getting a product that makes loud noises and doesn't work.

Trimmer

What you will be pleased to see is the presence of an extendable trimmer on the back of the shaver. It is quite common in this category that it is not a trimmer but a "plucker". A pleasant surprise is that this is not the case with this model. The trimmer really works!

Maintenance

Maintenance of this shaver is therefore very simple. As you're used to with higher-end devices, the  Braun Series 1 130s just needs to be rinsed under water, dried and put away. Due to the mains power supply, you don't have to deal with battery calibration or replacement over time. The absence of a battery provides an additional advantage.

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Test and Review Braun Series 1 130s
Rating
2.0/5

Spare parts

Like any shaver, whether it's a razor or a cutter, the Braun 1130s requires the occasional replacement of the shaving head. Its longevity depends, of course, on your beard type and shaving frequency. However, it should last you a year without any problem. When it comes to actually buying a replacement shaving head, look for one with the 10B or 11B designation.

Replacement Shaving Head
Replacement Shaving Head

Conclusion - who is the Braun 130s suitable for?

Is the Braun 130s electric shaver suitable for you? Since it's the cheapest model in the brand's lineup, it can be thought of as the easiest way to enter the world of electric shavers.

If you have a fine beard and don't require travel features like travel lock, case, high capacity battery and more, then it can certainly fulfill the purpose it was created for.

You'll appreciate the quiet running motor, which is powered by a cable directly from the mains.

This also leaves you with battery and charging worries. If you've had a problem with your shaver batteries in the past, you know that these problems catch you at the worst possible time. For example, having half your face shaved before a job interview.

The trimmer of this model surprised, it is perhaps the only functional integrated trimmer that works in this price range.

Braun Series 1 130s User Manual

Braun Series 1 130s
  • Shave quality
  • Built quality
  • Value
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One of the very last of its kind

You won't find many battery-free shavers in the men's shaver range today. The Braun Series 1 130s is an exception. This shaver relies on its affordability and simplicity. You'll be surprised by its quiet operation and surprisingly well-functioning trimmer.

Pros

  • Price-performance ratio
  • Shaving quality
  • Functional trimmer
  • Quiet running operation

Cons

  • Without battery
  • Expensive replacement blades
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