Test and Review: Electric foil shaver Braun Series 5 5050cc

Pros
  • High quality shave
  • Shaves beards growing in different directions
  • Charging and cleaning station
  • Battery and mains power operation
Cons
  • Absence of wet shaving
  • Cheap travel case
Total rating
3.6/5

Top German quality and state-of-the-art technology go hand in hand in this electric foil shaver. The Braun 5050cc boasts FlexMotionTec technology and 20% more power than its industry peers, so it'll playfully tame the beard around your neck and chin.

Datum poslední aktualizace
Published: 04/29/2018
Datum poslední aktualizace
Last update: 07/30/2022
Table of contents
Braun Series 5 5050cc
  • High quality shave
  • Shaves beards growing in different directions
  • Charging and cleaning station
  • Battery and mains power operation
Rating
3.6/5

A shaver that can handle the thickest stubble and shave beards in the most inaccessible places. Braun Series 5 5050cc promises to tame thick beards and give you a perfect shave. Let's take a closer look at this electric tamer and see what it can really do.

Accessories

With an electric razor, you only get what you really need. No unnecessary things, just practical accessories. As soon as you open the box, it peeks out at you:

  • the Braun 5050cc foil shaver itself,
  • the Clean&Charge charging and cleaning station (that mysterious "cc" in the shaver's name),
  • the travel bag,
  • the cleaning cartridge,
  • the comb for the shaving head,
  • the power cord and
  • the cleaning brush.

Compared to the older models of the previous series, Braun has fine-tuned the 5050cc machine's accessories to (almost) the last detail. So you can look forward to a travel bag, which, for example, the Braun Series 3 3030s didn't get.

What all can you find in the 5050cc cab?
What all can you find in the 5050cc cab? Of course, you get a cleaning cartridge as well.

You'll appreciate this not only on vacation, but also on business trips. You can stash your clippers and some small accessories in it. What is impractical, however, is carrying the entire charging station. You can't fit it in a small bag. If you plan to travel somewhere for a longer period of time, you have to pack the station separately. For shorter trips, however, this is not an issue. The machine will be fine without the station for a while.

Features of the Braun 5050cc shaver

This little sidekick hides several great technologies that many a gentleman will appreciate. For example, the Braun 5050cc boasts FlexMotionTec technology and 20% more power than its industry peers. And that's saying something.

MultiHeadLock - Precision shave on neck and chin

I'm sure you know the feeling when you can't shave your neck and the area around your chin smoothly. Braun has listened to our pleas, has been lazy and has come up with a shaver that can handle even the finest of contours.

The FlexMotionTec head of the Braun 5 5050cc men's shaver is specially tailored for problem areas.

Thanks to Micro and MacroMotion technologies and 5 adjustable shaving angles (MultiHeadLock). Just apply minimal pressure to the skin and the head still fits perfectly and shaves all the beard.

UltraActiveLift - Even beards growing in all directions don't stand a chance

Wonder of wonders, but it's true. The Braun 5 5050cc razor features UltraActiveLift technology to tackle beards growing in all directions. Occasionally, though, some will escape, especially with longer and thicker beards. So keep your eyes peeled and run the razor over the area again if necessary. And it doesn't pull! No painful beard pulling has taken place. Of course, there's also a display showing the battery level and a travel lock that travelers will appreciate.

Where to buy Braun Series 5 5050cc
Braun 5050cc představuje model střední třídy planžetového strojku.
Rating
3.6/5

Quality of workmanship and ergonomics

The tripod is really sturdy and comfortable to hold. The easy grip makes it pleasant to work with and as they say - it goes nicely by hand. Also worth mentioning is the rubberized material and water resistance. The shaver does not slip in wet hands and can be taken into the shower without any problems.

The non-slip surface covers almost the entire body of the shaver.
The non-slip surface covers almost the entire body of the shaver.

Those who are used to smaller and lighter shavers may find this model a bit heavy. It weighs just under 800 grams, but it's nothing you won't get used to.

Around the perimeter of the razor is a rubber non-slip application, which would be ideal if you use foam or gel when shaving. However, you won't get that with this shaver. However, the 5050cc model does not allow wet shaving. If you are looking for a suitable shaver for wet shaving, don't miss this shaver review: Braun Series 7 7899cc.

Battery life and charging

Thanks to the battery, the machine can be recharged almost constantly without reducing its capacity. A full charge takes 1 hour and provides up to 45 minutes of "cordless" shaving. In real life, this is enough for about 6 to 9 shaves. However, the number of shaves is individual. It depends on the length and type of beard.

If the Braun 5050cc is discharged and you don't want to wait, just plug it in before your morning coffee and shave in peace after coffee. The capacity won't be 100%, but one 5 minute shave on the mains is absolutely enough.

However, shaving with the cord attached is not the problem either.

Due to the lack of Wet&Dry function (wet shaving option), you can use the shaver with a mains connection. Many of you will appreciate this feature.

Shaving

Braun Series 5 5050cc is one of the really effective shavers for thick beards in problem areas - around the neck and chin. However, it would only take second, maybe third place on the imaginary scale, after the Series 9, which is top of the line for thick beards. The big surprise was the speed with which the beard disappears from the face. But don't expect magical beard removal at the snap of a finger. It will take a few minutes. Still, the shave is many times faster than, say, a lower-end Braun Series 3 3030s model.

The Braun Series 5 5050cc is a big chic in black and silver.
The Braun Series 5 5050cc is a big chic in the black and silver color combination.

Problem Master

Thanks to sharp blades and UltraActiveLift technology, you don't even have to push. The head rides on your face "almost by itself". According to the manufacturer, the 5050cc succeeds where all other clippers fail. And there really is something to it. Especially on the neck, in the hollows and around the chin, it can be a superhuman task to get a good (and especially quick) shave. But this razor is made for those places. After my experience with the Series 7 and Series 3 (specifically the 3030s), it's a nice change.

Silent, waterproof companion

In addition to a great fit, you'll appreciate the quiet mode. The machine is quieter than previous models and is also waterproof. You won't be disturbed by unnecessarily loud buzzing while shaving, so you can get on with your routine (even while shaving) in peace.

Where to buy Braun Series 5 5050cc
Braun 5050cc představuje model střední třídy planžetového strojku.
Rating
3.6/5

Precise moustache trimming

Braun Series 5 5050cc, like its peers of the same series, has an integrated moustache and sideburns trimmer to precisely shape and trim what you need. The trimmer is relatively easy to handle. Simply hold the trimmer in one hand and use a slight movement of the thumb to "pull out" the attachment. It doesn't surprise or amaze you, it's simply a built-in trimmer. If you're looking for a high-end trimmer, then the Philips OneBlade was made for that purpose.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Hand cleaning the head from a beard trim may seem difficult at first. But with time, you'll find the right grip, and then cleaning is a snap. If you're tired of cleaning your razor by hand, Braun has created a great gadget - the cleaning station. It takes care of everything for you.

Cleaning and charging stations just more hygienic than a regular water rinse.
Cleaning and charging stations just more hygienic than normal water rinsing.

While cleaning stations are one of the most basic lines, they perform their purpose to a tee. It cleans and lubricates. And it does it in 2-3 minutes. Just push the machine into the station, press one button and you're done. The smart machine takes care of it. Plus, it features cooling technology and an alcohol-based cleaning fluid that removes up to 99.9% of bacteria (according to the manufacturer).

But not everything is as rosy as it seems. Unfortunately, the station doesn't have a built-in drying system, so you're forced to wait a few hours for the razor to dry before you can use it again.

Cleaning through the station is convenient and also significantly more hygienic than the usual water rinse.

Spare parts

Braun has thought about compatibility and launched spare parts to fit most Series 5 machines. If you have another model of the same series and have spare heads left over, you can use the left over piece for 5050cc without any problem. The same goes for the cleaning head and mains adapter.

Replacement planchets carry the designation 52S/52B.
Replacement planchets carry the designation 52S/52B.

You only need to replace the blades once every few months, sometimes even a few years. It depends on the frequency of use. Still, it's a good idea to keep them hidden somewhere at home, just in case. The replacement shaving head can be found in shops under the label 52S or 52B.

Headline - who is the Braun 5 5050cc suitable for?

For those who boast a thick beard and are looking for a compromise between price and quality. Also for those who want a precise shave in a relatively short time. The machine is not one of the cheapest, but you won't be wiping your tears when you pay for it either. However, it is significantly cheaper than the Braun Series 9 9290cc, but a tad more expensive than the Braun 3030s. Still, believe me, it's really worth the performance and care it will give you.

You can use it even if your facial hair is finer and not too thick. However, keep in mind that the Braun Series 5 5050cc is made for shaving untamed beards. With its powerful motor and fluffy technology, it puts the Series 5 at the forefront of shavers tailored to shaving problem areas.

Summing up, the Braun 5 5050cc is suitable for men who:

Where to buy Braun Series 5 5050cc
Braun 5050cc představuje model střední třídy planžetového strojku.
Rating
3.6/5
  • boast thick hair that any electric shaver has trouble with,
  • have beards growing in different directions,
  • appreciate the silent mode when shaving.

Braun Series 5 5050cc User Manual

Braun Series 5 5050cc
  • Shave quality
  • Built quality
  • Battery
  • Value
3.6

Mid-range electric foil shaver

Top German quality and state-of-the-art technology go hand in hand in this electric foil shaver. The Braun 5050cc boasts FlexMotionTec technology and 20% more power than its industry peers, so it'll playfully tame the beard around your neck and chin.

Pros

  • High quality shave
  • Shaves beards growing in different directions
  • Charging and cleaning station
  • Battery and mains power operation

Cons

  • Absence of wet shaving
  • Cheap travel case
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