I’ve tested a few electric shavers in the past, I’m starting to think people are trying to tell me something ;-). This week i’ve received the Braun Cruzer 6 Face and hair trimmer which is also a shaver.
I was intrigued to try it out, purely after reading the mixed reviews on Amazon.
What you get: Box Contents
– 3-Day beard comb and protective cap
– twistable trimmer
– 2 pin cord charger
– charging stand
– cleaning brush
– trimmer oil
Setting Up and Using
The first thing you’ll need to do is charge the unit which is simply a case of popping the unit into it’s charging cradle and plugging it into a 110-250 volt outlet which is standard in Europe. If you’d rather charge it using mains power you will need to bring your own adapter. All in all this step was straightforward, although I found the stretchy cord a little too bouncy when the shaver wasn’t in the cradle which resulted in the empty dock levitating above my bathroom worktop.
The shaver is capable of cutting down to a baby smooth feel. It is used without either of the trimming attachments and performs well on most areas of the face. I used it both in and out of the shower and found good coverage on most areas of the face bar my neck which still required a ‘clean’ razor shave to get it looking neat and tidy.
The unit comes with two different trimming attachments; one for three day stubble and one which operates between 1.2mm and 6mm in length. The three day stubble attachment sets the trim height at 3mm and is by far the easiest one to use, maintaining an even length over the entire face (not neck though). The retractable feature on the second attachment is also easy to use, although I found it difficult to maintain an even length during my first attempt.
It’s probably worth noting that on my first attempt my beard was a good couple of weeks growth. The Cruzer seems to work best when maintaining a length, taking a couple of seconds to landscape the whole face rather (which is awesome in the shower) than the ten minutes it takes to manage a longer length beard.
The precision trimmer is a handy addition if you like to create a neat line, or shapes in your beard. I didn’t really get into anything arty but found both the trimmer heads worked well. Anything over 5mm seemed to take a while to trim down though.
The Cruzer 6 is a great looking facial shaver, it comes complete with a great deal of accessories too. It works well when regularly used, but on longer growth cycles can struggle (it has inspired me to trim and maintain every day in the shower now though). One glaring omission is that it doesn’t come with a case, which considering it’s portability seems a bit odd.
On the whole I found the Cruzer 6 face a solid piece of kit for general trimming, tidying and shaving. I still believe that wet shaves are king, but whilst in a hurry or travelling this is handy thing to own. It has an RRP of £69.99 but can be found for half that at many stores such as Amazon.