Braun Series 5 5018s has a great battery, excellent shaving performance, beautiful design, and the price is quite affordable. Read my review for Braun Series 5 5018s below.
Overview of Braun Series 5 5018s
- Customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars (6,003 Ratings)
- Price: 4.3
- Performance: 4.7
- Ergonomic: 4.4
- Battery Life: 4.4
- Built Quality: 4.6
- Easy to Clean: 4.4
- Overall Rating: 4.4
Introduction of Braun Series 5 5018s
- Excellent battery life
- Powerful motor
- Great close shave performance
- Very easy to clean
- Minimal skin irritation
- Powerful motor
- Very ergonomic
- The shaver non-slip grip makes it easy to hold
- Very quiet and less vibration
- No travel case included
- No charging stand
- The size is a bit bulky
- Not best for contours
- No blade protector/case
- Use cordlessly only
In the same category for the Braun Series 5 5018s is the 5020s and 5050cs models. The shaver is the same for all three models, and what differs them are the attachments and price. The Braun Series 5 5018s is the cheapest of all three, 5020s is in the middle, and 5050s is the most expensive.
In the same Braun Series 5 lineup, there are other models named 51xx models. They are 5140s, 5145s and Braun Series 5 5190cc. Generally, Braun Series 5 50xx is the cheaper version for Series 5 51xx models. Here in this article, I will review the Braun Series 50xx, and you can read the review for Series 5 51xx here.
Comparison of Braun Series 5 50XX
|Name||Braun Series 5 5018s||Braun Series 5 5020s||Braun Series 5 5050s|
|Weight||0.63 Lbs||0.67 Lbs||0.84 Lbs|
|Attachment||1 Precision Trimmer (0.5 mm)||2 Beard Trimmers (3 mm, 7 mm)1 Precision Trimmer (0.5 mm)||1 Beard Trimmer1 Body Groomer1 Charging Stand|
|Price||Below $60||Below $90||Below $90|
|Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
As you can see above, all three models are the same as they are using the same machine and design. The difference is the additional attachments and the price. For an additional $30, you can get the beard trimmer and charging stand if you prefer. I will review Braun Series 5 5018s in the below section.
Braun Series 5 5018s Review
Braun Series 5 5018s is the cheapest option you can purchase in Series 5. It will cost around $60, and considering the excellent performance, many users are satisfied with this electric shaver. The shaver comes with a 2-year warranty and a 60-days money-back guarantee. It is designed and manufactured in Germany, so you can expect the quality to be outstanding.
1. Shaver Head and Blades
This shaver is quite different from other brands, as this shaver from Braun is not built with a rotary shaver like others. The blades are spring-loaded and flexible to follow the face contour. On the other hand, the rotary shaver will not have spring, and the whole shave head will move to follow your face contour. Braun Series 5 5018s’ head will stay fixed while the blade is adjusted with the spring-loaded blades to follow the face contour for close and even shaving.
As shown in the image above, this shaver model is not an ordinary shaver, just like any other rotary shaver, which has 3 round cases that contain shaver blades. Instead, the blades are contained in the cylinder tube, and they are spring-loaded onto the shaver head. Considering the shaver head size, this Braun Series 5 5018s is smaller than an ordinary rotary blade. Good point for Braun for the unique and space-saving design.
Braun Series 5 5018s shaver head needs to be replaced 18 months after the purchase to ensure you can shave effectively. You can purchase the replacement head of 53B here on Amazon. Braun regularly updates the shaver head so it might come out with a different name from time to time, so you need to be cautious and always double-check your model no before your purchase for a new shaver head.
2. EasyClick Attachment Mechanism
Braun Series 5 5018s comes with a precision trimmer suitable for sideburns and mustache trimming and detailing.
Before you can use the precision trimmer head, you need to pop off the shaver head by pulling upwards. Then, take the precision trimmer and push gently on the shaver head until you heard the ‘click’ sound. Now, the shaver is ready to use the precision trimmer for your sideburns or mustache. This attachment can cut for 0.5 mm, and please be noted; this is not suitable for beard trimming.
3. Ergonomic and Non-slip Grip
Users are loving how ergonomic and nicely it fits in their hands without slipping during shaving. The handle design is perfectly shaped to ergonomically follow your hand grip position, making it very comfortable to hold and does not cause strain on your hand. The soft-grip is made out of high-quality rubber to better grip and does not slip during shaving.
The handle is quite slim; thus, mans with average hand size find it not too bulky and comfortable to hold. But, some users reported that they have a hard time holding the handle as it is too big for their hand. You might want to consider other smaller models if you have small hands.
4. Battery and Charging
Braun Series 5 5018s comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that can last at least 1 hour and 45 minutes for a 1-hour fully charged battery. Braun Series 5 5018s also come with a quick charge like Philips Norelco shaver, which gives you a 5 to 7 minutes shaving time for a 5-minute charging. Ordinary people spend at least 5 minutes shaving, and with this model, you can use it for at least 20 days before you need to recharge.
Be reminded that this model cannot be used if it is connected to the charger. It is only can be operated cordlessly as a safety feature.
5. Battery LED Indicator
On the handle, you can see the battery LED indicator and charging icon to alert you on the battery status. Here is the breakdown of each indicator and what it tells you.
|3 LED Lights Up The battery is fully charged.Usually, it takes around 50 to 60 minutes of charging on zero battery to get it fully charged.|
|2 LED Lights Up The battery is half-full and can at least last for about one week (5 minutes of daily shaving)|
|1 LED Lights Up The battery is low, but it can last for at least 3 to 4 days.|
|Charging Icon Lights Up The battery is empty and needs charging.|
6. 100% Waterproof
Braun Series 5 5018s is waterproof all around, you can use it for a dry shave, shaving with gel or foam, or even you can shave in the shower without any issue. Cleaning would be effortless, as is it waterproof. Please refer picture below on how to clean your shaver.
- You will need some soap and hot water for cleaning it properly.
- Push the ON button and let it run.
- Run in under hot water thoroughly for all parts of the shaver head until all the soap is gone.
- Pop off the shaver blades and let them dry separately.
- Would you please not use a paper towel or cloth to wipe off the water as it can get between the blades, thus causing them to become dull?
Other Features and Indicator for Braun Series 5 5018s
1. Travel Lock
Braun Series 5 5018s comes with a travel lock to avoid the shaver accidentally turn on while in the luggage or case. How to activate the travel lock function?
- Press and Hold the shaver Power button for 3 seconds, and you will lock the shaver. If you press the Power button, your shaver will not turn on.
- To unlock the shaver, press the ON button for 3 seconds again. Now your shaver is unlocked and can be used as usual.
2. Shaver Head Replacement Indicator
The shaver head needs to be replaced within 18 months from the date of purchase to make sure effective shaving. You can purchase the replacement head of 53B here on Amazon.
The Shaver Head Replace indicator will light up once you are required to replace the head. The process to change the head is straightforward. You need to pop off the old shaver head and replace the new one. Then, press the ON button for at least 8 seconds to reset the shaver head replacement programming.
3. Cleaning Required Indicator
It is time to clean the shaver head if the cleaning indicator is light up. Please be reminded that you need to wash the shaver head with water; as mentioned above, other attachments do not require cleaning with water.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should you charge it for a full charge?
To acquire a full charge, it will take 1 hour.
Is this shaver has a vacuum function?
There is no vacuum. After each usage, run the razor under hot water to clean it.
Is it compatible with both 110 and 220 volts?
The razor comes with a “smartcord,” which allows the shaver to work with any voltage. You may still require a socket adapter if you travel.
Is there a charging station included?
The Clean and Charge Stations are not included with the Braun Series 5 5018s.
What’s the difference between the Braun Series 5 5018s and 5020s?
The only difference appears to be the attachments and price. You can refer to my comparison table above for a complete comparison.
Is the SmartCare centre for Series 5 5018s available separately?
It’s worth noting that shavers that don’t come with the Celan and Charge Station won’t work with them.
Where does this manufacture from?
Braun shavers are manufactured in Wallduern, Germany.
Is there a travel case included?
W/hen should you replace your blades?
Every 9 to 18 months, Braun recommends replacing the shaver head.
Is there a protective lid for the foils or blades that comes with this unit?
Is this shaver good for sensitive skin?
Yes, it is suitable for sensitive skin as it uses a foil shaver head. I highly recommend Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s for sensitive skin.
My Final Word
All in all, Braun Series 5 5018s has a great battery, excellent shaving performance, beautiful design, and the price is quite affordable. It comes with three models that include different attachments, and the price increment is quite drastic for an additional beard trimmer and charging stand. Braun is an established company that is well-known for the reliability and durability of its products. So, I would recommend this shaver to whoever who thinks this is the perfect shaver for their need.
You also get a 2-years warranty, and it offers a 60-days money-back guarantee, so if you have any issues with your Braun Series 5 5018s or you think it is not what you expected, you can always contact Braun Customer Service at 1-800-272-8611 for any refund. You can find your warranty and money-back guarantee form in the product manual.
My name is Thomas Botello, and I live in Holly Oak, Delaware. I am working as an electronics repairman in the Holly Oak CIty. I enjoy writing my personal opinion on everyday life items. Here in this blog, I share my personal experience on electric shaver specifically.