i bought this shaver because my braun 5 series stop charging completely. i have owned 2 braun, 1 panasonic, and 1 philips before this one, and this is the best one that i have ever owned even thought it wasn't the most expensive one. it gives a very close shave and i can shave in the shower. I love the look, and the design. its charging time is only 1 hour and it lasts me almost 3 weeks before i have to charge it again.( i shave once every three days). at first, i use this with shaving cream, but one time i used it with Nivea face wash for men, and to my surprise....it works just as well...so now, i don't even buy shaving cream any more....just shave in the shower and wash my face right after...get 2 things done at once. another thing that i like about this shaver is that you can't really press hard against your skin....its weird how they designed it....no matter how hard i press it against my face or neck, i just can't feel the pressure and yet it shaves clean...its a good thing that you can't press hard against your skin, because with my previous shaver, i tend to press hard and get some skin burn after the shave....so this product completely eliminated that problem for me....cleaning is so easy, after the shave, just pop open the blade cover and run both parts under water...and its as clean as the first time you use it....so i don't suggest people to buy the more expensive model of this product( i think its senso touch 3D or something like that) because there is no need. this product's performance exceeds my expectation and its the best bang for the buck.