Succeeding the popular Braun Series 9, the Braun Series 9 Pro builds on the previous iteration with only a few upgrades here and there. However, it’s quality over quantity in this case, as they improve the whole shaving experience.
These electric shavers have a lot in common. For starters, they’re both waterproof, and they can deliver 40,000 cutting actions per minute. Moreover, they have an Autosense feature that allows them to adapt to the density of hair and use more power as needed. That said, the Series 9 Pro is more efficient, and it has more to offer than the Series 9.
Braun Series 9 vs 9 Pro Comparison Chart
|Model||Braun Series 9||Braun Series 9 Pro|
|Price||Check Price at Braun.com||Check Price at Braun.com|
|Cutting Actions Per Minute||40,000||40,000|
|Suitable Beard Length||Up to 3 days’ worth||Up to 7 days’ worth|
|Trimmer||Lift and Cut||ProLift|
|Shaver Head Lock||Precision Head||Precision Switch|
|Stand||Charging stand or SmartCare Center||SmartCare Center|
|Case||Hard-shell fabric or leather travel case||PowerCase or leather travel case|
|Runtime||Up to 60 minutes||Up to 90 minutes|
Trimmer and Performance
The Braun Series 9 Pro has better efficiency than the Series 9, owing to its ProLift trimmer.
To start things off, the Series 9 has a Lift and Cut trimmer, while the Series 9 Pro uses the new ProLift. Braun says that the latter is 10 percent faster, and even then, it’s as comfortable and smooth to shave with.
However, what makes the Series 9 Pro really stand out is it can cut up to seven days’ worth of beard. Usually, most folks will have to trim beforehand with this length, as shaving right away could result in hair being pulled, among other things. In contrast, the Series 9 can only shave beards of up to three days, which is par for the course for most shavers.
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The Braun Series 9 Pro has a redesigned locking switch, a small but significant improvement over the Series 9’s.
The placement of the Series 9’s switch to lock the head sits where your thumb will naturally rest while shaving. As you can imagine, this creates a tendency to accidentally toggle it, which could lead to minor inconveniences or nicks and such if you aren’t careful.
Compared to that, the Series 9 Pro has a textured thumb rest and a tab below it to lock its head instead. It’s not a huge upgrade, but it’s a welcome improvement.
Case and Runtime
The Braun Series 9 Pro case can charge the shaver, adding 50 percent more runtime.
Whereas the Series 9 comes with a fabric travel case, the Series 9 Pro is bundled with a PowerCase, which is touted as the first of its kind. As its name suggests, it’s a case that doubles as a portable charger, and it can provide additional juice for up to six weeks of shaving.
Speaking of, the Series 9 is rated to last up to 60 minutes on a single charge, while the Series 9 Pro is good for up to 90 minutes.
Price and Options
The Braun Series 9 is a whole lot easier on the budget than the Series 9 Pro.
Needless to say, the Series 9 is the more affordable shaver here. With the launch of the newer iteration, the bundle with the SmartCare Center dropped to $249.99 from $299.99. There’s also a cheaper option with a basic charging stand, for the record.
On the other hand, the Series 9 Pro with the PowerCase has a higher sticker price of $379.99. If you’re not sold on the case, there’s another option with a leather case instead, bringing down the total cost to $329.99.
The Braun Series 9 Pro is the better electric shaver of the two, but it’s not much of an upgrade from the Series 9.
To recap, the Braun Series 9 Pro has an improved ProLift trimmer that’s 10 percent more efficient compared to its predecessor’s, and it includes a new PowerCase that provides weeks’ worth of extra power, which is perfect for traveling. On top of that, its switch to lock its head arguably has a better placement, and it has a longer runtime to boot. Meanwhile, the Braun Series 9 is still a great electric shaver despite its age, and the best part is, it’s more affordable than ever.
All in all, the Series 9 Pro is what we’d recommend to get simply because it offers a better shaving experience. However, the question is whether it’s worth the upgrade or not. Put simply, trading up won’t really do much if you find that the Series 9 can maintain your beard with no problem whatsoever.
The Braun Series 9 Pro is more efficient than the Series 9 and runs for up to 90 minutes on a full charge, and it comes with the new PowerCase too. Also, its switch to lock the shaver’s head has a better placement.
Yes, the Braun Series 9 and 9 Pro are waterproof, meaning they can be cleaned under running water and used while in the shower.
No, the Braun Series 9 is bundled either with a leather or hard-shell fabric travel case.
It’s recommended to replace the Braun Series 9 and 9 Pro’s shaver every 12 to 18 months to ensure they perform well.