Braun CoolTec CT5cc Ratings
PERFORMANCE - 73%
CLEANING - 86%
CHARGING/RUNNING RATIO - 84%
PORTABILITY - 85%
COMFORT - 83%
This is an excellent shaver which delivers an optimal performance. Its only inconveniences are the rather slow motor and the added weight.
With over 50 years of experience in the shaver market, Braun is not only a trustworthy brand but an innovating brand. One of their most interesting shavers is the Braun CoolTec CT5cc model which is the world’s first electric shaver with active cooling technology and it comes with the world’s only 3 action alcohol based cleaning and charging station. Since this is a rather revolutionary product, there are a lot of debates over its efficiency and its best use. We hope that this review will settle those debates once and for all.
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The performance of this razor is measured by three key features. For starters, it features an adaptable 3-stage cutting system. This system uses two independently moving cutting elements which perfectly adapt to facial contours, delivering a very close shave. Additionally, it also features a SensoBlade which captures the hairs which grow in different directions, thus delivering a smoother shave. Last but not least, the Active Cooling technology features an integrated electro ceramic cooling element that cools the skin during shaving, thus reducing irritation. Overall, the shaver’s performance matches the performance of the Braun Series7 790cc Shaver. However, this CoolTec razor does have a slower motor than the Series 7 shavers. This means that you sometimes have to run the electric shaver over the same surface a few times before obtaining a completely clean shave. However, the CT5cc is a lot cheaper than any Series 7 model and it can be acquired for only $140.
In order to deliver an optimal performance, the electric razor comes with a precision built-in long hair trimmer, specifically designed for trimming sideburns, beards or mustaches. Furthermore, it features a Led screen which displays the battery indicator and the hygiene status. Keep in mind, that it can be used both dry and wet, but the manufacturers advise against using pre-shaving products as these could harm the product. One of the few things that this model lacks is an ergonomic design. While its shape is rather nice, this CoolTech model is a little heavier than other Braun models which can be a slight shaving inconvenience.Braun CoolTec CT5cc Picture
The most distinctive comfort inducing feature of the CoolTec CT5cc model is the CoolTec technology. This technology works by fighting against the cause of skin irritation. It works by condensing moisture on the cooling bar, thus decreasing the skin’s water content. As this process counters the warmth caused by shaving friction, it results in less skin tension, which translates in fewer irritation symptoms. In order for the CoolTec technology to work at full potential, it is essential to use the razor without any shaving lotions, gels or foams as these products work as thermal insulators. Furthermore, they are not compatible with the alcohol based cleaning solution. When hearing about the fact that they cannot use shaving products, a lot of men are concerned about the efficiency of this product, especially those with sensitive skin. However, you needn’t worry so much as this Braun advice is a mere guideline. You can try using it with shaving products and you needn’t worry about your warranty as it will not be voided because of this. However, you will notice that the CoolTec feature won’t really work as good with shaving products. Considering the fact that this is the most important feature of this electric shaver, it would be a shame to not benefit from it. However, if you do decide to use shaving product, make sure of rinsing the product before putting it in the cleaning station. In order for the shaving experience to be even more efficient and comfortable, Braun recommends shaving before taking a shower and stretching the skin and shaving against the direction of the hair growth. The skin pressure should be even in all areas of your face and the shaver should be positioned at a 90° angle to the skin.
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This model is 100% waterproof and fully washable. You can comfortably rinse it under running water, but if you want to prolong its life, you should put it in the cleaning station after each shave. In that station, the razor is cleaned with a unique alcohol-based solution which eliminates 99,999% of all germs. While it is cleaned, it is also charged and at the end of the cleaning process, it is lubricated in order to deliver an optimal cutting efficiency. Every time you use it, you will have the certainty that it is sanitized and you will be able to enjoy a fresh lemony scent. Depending on how often you shave, the cleaning cartridge should be replaced every two or three months. It is important to know that this model is not compatible with the cleaning stations of previous models.Braun CoolTec CT5cc Picture
It is fully portable and comes with a convenient travel pouch. It also features a travel lock switch which prevents it from accidentally turning itself on when packed in a luggage.Braun CoolTec CT5cc Picture
The motor of this razor is powered by a Li-Ion battery which takes about an hour to fully charge. A full charge offers about 45 minutes of cordless shaving and up to 15 minutes of using the cooling function.Braun CoolTec CT5cc Picture
Warranty and durability
Like all Braun premium shavers, this model is designed to last a long time. It is manufactured in Germany and it abides by the highest quality standards. It also comes with a 2-year warranty.