Braun HC5090 Review

Weighing in at just 5 3/4 ounces, the Braun Hair Clipper is slim and easy to use. It measures 7 inches in length and is comfortable to hold in your hand.

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Our Verdict

The Braun Hair Clipper is a slender, lightweight clipper with multiple settings for its blade combs. It can operate both cordless and corded and has worldwide voltage adaptation.

For

  • The Braun Hair Clipper works well as a cordless detailing trimmer with a convenient recharging stand.

Against

  • The kit’s bag is too small to hold the clipper, its charger and its accessories.
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The Braun Hair Clipper is cordless and comes with a charging cord and stand. Don’t be fooled that only two trimming attachments come with it – they are adjustable to give you multiple cutting lengths.

The Braun Hair Clipper is cordless and comes with a charging cord and stand. Don’t be fooled that only two trimming attachments come with it – they are adjustable to give you multiple cutting lengths.
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One of the Braun Hair Clipper’s impressive features is its worldwide voltage adaptation. The recharging station auto adjusts for voltages between 100V and 240V.

One of the Braun Hair Clipper’s impressive features is its worldwide voltage adaptation. The recharging station auto adjusts for voltages between 100V and 240V.
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The smaller trimming attachment that comes with the Braun Hair Clipper can adjust to cut hair between 1/8 inches and 15/16 inches long.

The smaller trimming attachment that comes with the Braun Hair Clipper can adjust to cut hair between 1/8 inches and 15/16 inches long.
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Both of the Braun Hair Clipper’s trimming attachments are adjustable, and you change their cutting lengths with a simple click of a switch.

Both of the Braun Hair Clipper’s trimming attachments are adjustable, and you change their cutting lengths with a simple click of a switch.
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The Braun Hair Clipper is designed for cordless and corded operation. Also, its trimming attachments are adjustable to give you 16 cutting lengths.

The Braun Hair Clipper is designed for cordless and corded operation. Also, its trimming attachments are adjustable to give you 16 cutting lengths.
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The Braun Hair Clipper’s accessories fit neatly inside its drawstring pouch.

The Braun Hair Clipper’s accessories fit neatly inside its drawstring pouch.
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One of the Braun Hair Clipper’s unique features is its Memory SafetyLock System, which remembers the last setting you used, even after you remove the trimming attachment.

One of the Braun Hair Clipper’s unique features is its Memory SafetyLock System, which remembers the last setting you used, even after you remove the trimming attachment.
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The Braun Hair Clipper is great for international travel because it automatically adjusts to different voltages.

The Braun Hair Clipper is great for international travel because it automatically adjusts to different voltages.
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The Braun Hair Clipper has two rechargeable Ni-MH batteries that give you about 40 minutes of cordless use. You can also plug it in for nonstop operation.

The Braun Hair Clipper has two rechargeable Ni-MH batteries that give you about 40 minutes of cordless use. You can also plug it in for nonstop operation.
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You can wash the Braun Hair Clipper’s precision blades under running water.

You can wash the Braun Hair Clipper’s precision blades under running water.
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If you want an extra short cut, you can use the Braun Hair Clipper without a trimming attachment.

If you want an extra short cut, you can use the Braun Hair Clipper without a trimming attachment.
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We like how well the Braun Hair Clipper works for trimming and detailing. Its design and rubberized grip make it comfortable to hold and maneuver.

We like how well the Braun Hair Clipper works for trimming and detailing. Its design and rubberized grip make it comfortable to hold and maneuver.

Weighing in at just 5 3/4 ounces, the Braun Hair Clipper is slim and easy to use. It measures 7 inches in length and is comfortable to hold in your hand. While its blades aren’t adjustable, it comes with two guard combs that are. They adjust with a slide switch on the front of the clipper to give you 16 precision cutting lengths. The clipper can also be used without a guard comb to provide a close-to-clean shave. The range of the smaller comb is 3/32 inch to 15/16 inch, and the larger comb gives you settings from 9/16 inch to 1 3/8 inches. This is the biggest range among the clippers we tested – most others have a range of only 1/16 inch to 1 inch.

We liked the Braun clipper more for detailing than for haircutting, and it worked well on necklines and sideburns and trimming around our volunteers’ ears. Its blades are sharp and can be cleaned under water, but they don’t seem to have enough power to cut through thick hair without snagging. Also, the clipper has dual Ni-MH batteries that only provide 40 minutes of cutting time after a full eight-hour charge. This is the least impressive ratio of charge time to cutting time of the four cordless clippers we tested. To its credit, the battery lasted 57 minutes in our lab, but it depleted more quickly during haircuts. And with eight volunteers to buzz through in one evening, we didn’t have time for recharges.

While the Braun can be used while plugged in, its cord feels flimsy, and it’s only about 70 inches long. We prefer 8-foot cords with heavyweight casing because they give you increased mobility without the fear of damaging the cord or clipper should you tug the wrong way.

One unique feature of the Braun Hair Clipper is that unlike the Philips Norelco Hair Clipper, which also has adjustable combs, the Braun has a Memory SafetyLock System to memorize the last setting you used. It also has an award-winning body design with a nonslip rubberized grip, and it gives you automatic voltage adjustment worldwide.

The Braun would have earned higher marks in our testing if it felt more durable, cut through hair with more power and had a longer-lasting battery. Also, its motor has a high-pitched vibration that sounds, according to one tester, like it’s “on its last lung.” You can breathe easier before you buy it knowing that Braun’s consumer protection on the clippers gives you a 60-day moneyback guarantee and a two-year limited warranty. Braun’s customer service is responsive and can easily be reached by phone. The company also offers an online resource and repair service.

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