Braun Series 8 8370cc Electric Shaver Review

Braun Series 8 8370cc - Does new Braun Series 8 worth?

Braun Series 8 is a completely new launched electric shaver line in the industry. Braun used a mixed pattern of appearance in the Series 8 from their typical high-end models like Series 9, Series 5, and Series 7. The Braun 8370cc is the first Series 8 model available on the US market. The shaver comes with some premium features that render the other highest-end models and even some better capacity than some Series 9 older models. Since a middle line of electric shaver between the Series 9 and Series 7, it’s an expectation among the users and experts to fill the gap between those lines. Does the shaver really worth? I’m explaining the Braun Series 8 8370cc in this article with its advantages and disadvantage from practical experience including guides. Read the full article to have a proper idea about the model before buying it.

Overview

  • The Braun 8370cc is a completely waterproof shaver that offers wet/dry shaving and easy rinsing.
  • Braun used their most advanced and powerful Lithium-ion rechargeable battery in the shaver that provides 60 minutes of cordless shaving performance.
  • It takes 1 hour for a full charge and provides an urgent shave with a 5 minute quick charge while the battery is fully empty of power.
  • The Braun Series 8 8370cc comes with a fitted precision trimmer for precision trimming and detailing.
  • Braun used an advanced LED display on the shaver for showing battery life indication, charging indication, hygiene indication, and more.
  • It features 4 shaving elements where 3 are actual cutting elements like the older Series 7 models.
  • The shaver comes with sonic vibration technology for making the glides smooth and comfortable.
  • Braun 8370cc comes with a 32bit chit that refers to maximum power for completing the shaves efficiently.
  • The shaver features auto-sensing technology for reading beard density to adjust shaving power accordingly.

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What’s in the Box?

The new released shaver line Series 8 is thought to be one of the premium lines between Braun Series 7 and 9. That is why; a Series 8 shaver should come with enough attachments as we can compare it with the nearest shavers. However, I found the following items after unboxing the Braun Series 8 8370cc shaver.

  • The foil shaver itself
  • A cleaning and charging station
  • A travel pouch
  • Charging cord
  • A small cleaning brush
  • A cleaning cartridge
  • User manual

N.B: It’s just like a typical Braun shaver package.

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Product Analysis


Before judging the product’s built quality or experiencing the shaving performance, let’s analyze the product from every aspect what the Braun 8370cc is offering and what mechanism has been used for.

Shaving Elements:

The Braun Series 8 shaver comes with a very similar shaver head to the older Series 7 shaver with 4 shaving elements. I described here as Braun advertises, but there are really 3 cutting elements on the head. The head features 2 outer foils that are called Optifoils; and a specialized middle trimmer at the middle of the outer foils. The duty of the Optifoils is to cut the hairs from the skin level and the middle trimmer is to capture and pre-cut the longer and flat-lying hairs. There is a skin guard between an outer foil and the middle trimmer that protects the skin from much pressures and makes the shaving process secured from nicks and cuts. The shaving elements work all together to make the shaves smooth, efficient and comfortable.

Flexibility:

Braun advertises the Braun 8370cc shaver comes with 8-D pivoting head where it can flex 8 directions. However, I found the shaving elements are flexible to move up and down independently to adapt to the skin and softens the shaving pressure while gliding. On the other hand, the head swivels left/right and up down to make the shaving process easier while making the stroke even on tricky areas. In my experience, I realized a flexible shaving head is really good for comfortable shaves and making the shaving period shorter by minimizing wrist works.

32bit MCU:

Braun firstly introduced 32 memory control unit in their Series 8 shavers where the Braun 8370cc ought to come with superior power. Braun also used similar 32bit chits in their new generation Series 9 93xx shavers.  Generally, the high-end electric shavers come with 8bit processors even the older generation Series 9 shavers as well. However, a more powerful processor means capable of more data to process. Is the Braun 8370cc really such a powerful shaver what the processor means? There is no way to compare with an 8bit processed Series 8 shaver since there is no one. But If you compare it to an 8bit Series 9 shaver that of Braun 9290cc, 9296cc; the Series 9 will win over the Braun 8370cc. Therefore I’m unsure what is the main impact of the powerful 32bit processor over an 8bit processor. But yes, the new 32bit processor in the new Generation Series 9 shavers made a little more power over the older generations.

Autosense Technology:

Braun used an autosensing motor in the 8370cc shaver that can read beard density and adjusts the power according to the beard density. Braun used the same technology in their highest-end shaver line Series 9. It means you do not need to adjust the power manually what you have to do with the Series 7 shavers. However, the power adjustment of a shaver is not a much useful feature since you have to use the full highest power maximum time.

Sonic Technology:

The shaver comes with Synchro-sonic vibration technology that is really a glorious mechanism for electric shavers. The sonic vibration creates mild torques on the head that makes the gliding process very enjoyable. The technology also makes the manual cleaning process easier and shorter.

Head Lock Mechanism:

The Braun Series 8 8370cc comes with typical Braun’s headlock switch that allows you to lock the head in different directions. Head lock system is really a useful feature to shave tricky areas since it comes with a flexible shaving head. I always praise Braun for their effective head lock technology that is very easy to use in this shaver. You just need to slide down the head lock switch to lock the head and slide up the switch to unlock the head.

100% Waterproof:

It’s a common thing to be washable for such kind of premium shavers. In the same vein, the Braun Series 8 8370cc is 100% waterproof that allows you cleaning the shaver manually with direct running water. For being 100% waterproof, the shaver allows you to shave under the shower while bathing.

Wet/dry Shaver:

The Braun 8370cc is a versatile shaver that is a good suite for both wet and dry shaves. Therefore you can have refreshing shaves with shaving cream, gel, foam, water; and also have immediate dry shaves. Since a powerful shaver, the shaving power will not compromise with the foams to clear flawlessly and cut evenly.

Power Source:

It’s a cordless shaver that comes with an extended rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. As a result, the Braun Series 8 8370cc can provide 60 minutes of continuous cordless performance with a 1 hour full charge. It also offers an urgent shave with a 5 minute quick charge.

Indication Display:

Braun used an advanced LED display in this Series 8 shaver that is pretty similar to the older Series 9 shavers. The LED display shows the battery life, charging progress, replacement alert and more. The LED display shows its actual value of the line to call Series 8. You know the Series 7 shavers come with a clumsy display that feels really cheap although the shavers cost more than the Series 8 shavers.

The Cleaning and Charging Unit:

Since a CC attributed model, the Braun 8370cc plays the same role of typical Braun models that comes with a cleaning center. The cleaning center cleans, charges, lubricates, and dries the shaver automatically. The unit looks like the typical Series 9; Series 5 shaver’s cleaning and charging units. However, you have to use and replace the cleaning cartridges to clean the shaver with the cleaning center hygienically.

Precision Trimming:

Braun Series 8 shavers come with a very similar precision trimmer technology that of the Series 5 and Series 9 shavers. Braun used a straight slide-up trimmer in the 8370cc shaver that is used to shape sideburns, mustache and more.

Travel Lock:

Travel lock is another premium mechanism that I didn’t see in the Series 7’s older models like Braun 790cc, 7865cc, 7880cc. The Braun Series 8 8370cc comes with the travel lock system that allows you locking the power option from accidental turning on. To activate the travel lock, you have to press and hold the power button for 3-4 seconds to activate the travel lock and repeat the same procedure to deactivate the lock.

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Cleaning and Maintenance

Proper cleaning and maintenance of a shaver makes the shaving results optimum and germ-free.

Since a CC model, the Braun Series 8 8370cc is very easy to clean automatically.

You just need to put the head into the dock and press the start button to start the cleaning process.

After pressing the start button, the dock will automatically select its cleaning program and hygienically clean, lubricate, and dry the head and make it ready for the next use.

Since the automatic cleaning process is costly for the replaceable cleaning cartridges, sometimes you can clean the shaver manually with direct running water.

Braun described the cleaning process in details with pictures in the user manual. Follow the instructions for risk-free manual cleaning.

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Replacement Parts

Braun’s shavers are comparably better in this field where the foil blocks last longer than alternatives. Braun recommends replacing the foil cassette every after 18 months that is pretty longer than alternative’s 12 month’s replacement. The manufacturer used the Braun 83M replacement head in the Braun Series 8 8370cc shaver that is pretty available but pricy than Series 7’s one.

Another replacement item for the Braun 8370cc is the cleaning cartridge. You have to replace the cartridge after consuming the current one. Braun used alcohol based liquid solution in the cartridge to clean the shaver hygienically.

Pros

  • Comfortable shaving result
  • Close shaves
  • Powerful battery
  • Wet/dry shaver
  • Travel lock
  • Flexible head
  • Multi-precision head lock
  • LED display
  • Washable
  • Cleaning and charging dock
  • Good price range
  • Precision trimmer
  • Comparably affordable

Cons

  • Built quality could be sturdier
  • Replacements are comparably expensive

Verdict

There is no noticeable limitation in the shaver and there is not simultaneous negatives found to the users. But I found the built quality is comparably a downgrade than the other premium shavers like Series 7 and Series 9. I think it’s a good solution for the users who want to have the taste of a new Series 9 shaver and have a short of budget. But definitely it’s not an alternative or similar product to the Series 9 shavers. However, its shaving performance is adequate to choose as a regular shaver even you have sensitive skin.

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FAQ


Can you charge the shaver without the cleaning center?

Yes, you can charge it without the cleaning center by the charging cord directly. See at the bottom of the shaver where there is the manual charging port.

Can you trim beards with the shaver?

You can detail and shape sideburns. But can not trim like a beard trimmer.

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