Braun Series 5-550cc Shaver System

The Braun Series 5-550CC Shaver System is a high end foil-head shaver. As you might expect from a sophisticated Braun shaver it has many stand-out features over the average electric shaver which is why it’s part of my top 10 electric shaver list – lets take a closer look…..

This model is not to be confused with the very-similar Braun Series 5-590CC, which is more black than chrome.

Appearance and Inclusions

The Braun Series 5-550CC is a stylish black and chrome color with a chrome-coloured foil head; it has a contoured design with grip features running up the sides of the stem of the shaver.

It comes with a stylish cleaning and recharging docking (‘Clean and Renew’) station, also in black, and a soft travel pouch and a cleaning brush.

Main Features

  • The Contour Adaptive Shaving Head is a pivoting head that adapts well to the shape of the jaw and face.
  • The unit uses Braun’s most advanced foil system called “Optifoil” over the heads. The perforated foil allows a very close shave.
  • It uses a 3-blade triple action cutting system, grabbing both short and long hairs.
  • Any areas of hair that are lying flat are raised by the ActiveLift system, which is an oscillating middle trimmer designed for this purpose.
  • There is a long-hair trimmer built in too.
  • It can be used for dry or wet shaving with cream/gel.
  • The unit uses a powerful rechargeable Li-Ion battery and it can be used cordlessly for up to 45 minutes at full battery charge.
  • A full charge takes about 60 minutes but will give you plenty of shaves and allow you to take it away on holiday without needing to charge again.
  • If you are in a hurry there is a useful 5 minute quick-charge option.
  • Automatic worldwide voltage adjustment mechanism means that there are no worries about plugging it in, anywhere in the world.
  • LED display to show battery status and a cleaning indicator.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The Series 5-550CC can be cleaned easily and conveniently under running water. For quick cleaning just run the heads under the tap and use the brush to get rid of excess hair.

For more comprehensive cleaning then the razor can be docked and, at the press of a button, the Clean and Renew system will thoroughly clean, lubricate and recharge the unit to get it looking like new again.


The Braun Series 5-550CC retails for around $170 but can be found discounted online for around $140 or less.


The Braun Series 5-550CC comes with a 2-year warranty.

User Reviews

Users of the Braun Series 5-550CC Shaver System hold it in good esteem, saying that it gives a good close shave, even on the neck area, doesn’t cause irritation and feels good in the hand, when using.

They also say that the battery is powerful and the cleaning system is easier to use than in earlier Braun models.

The main complaint was form a left-handed user who said that it wasn’t set up for him to use, so any left-handers may want to shop around a bit, but for most others it seems to provide a great quality shave and is a reliable, flexible and convenient high-end unit, if you are looking for something in this price-range.

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