I have gone through three different Braun 7526 shavers over the past seven years, that said, I recently purchased a 9595 and Braun has made it more difficult to use the shaver without the cleaning system. I hardly used the cleaning system on the 7526, it was too much of a hassle not to mention not cost-efficient. On the 9595, Braun suggests you can use hot water and some soap to manually clean the shaver. However, Braun has made it difficult to clean with a brush because on the 9595 unlike the 7526, the foil and cutterblock are connected, so it's impossible to clean the cutterblock with the supplied brush. Add to that the annoying "hygiene" meter on the bottom of the shaver that keeps blinking "-" to signify low hygiene even after I have used soap and water to clean the shaver.
The bottom line for me is the shaver works better than the 7526, but the cleaning system is very annoying. Braun is banking on customers using the cleaning system and purchasing refills, and has created the product in a way that it becomes somewhat of a hassle to clean manually. You can still clean manually, but from my experience it won't be as clean as it would have been had the cutterblock and foil not been attached (which would allow for brush cleaning). And yes, I followed all the directions and ran the water the way the instructions said, with the shaver on, but the low hygiene sign keeps blinking. I am seriously considering returning the shaver because I don't need the cleaning system and because of the way Braun has created the product to dissuade people from manual cleaning. It's not even likely Braun will release a 9595 without the cleaning system, because the inherent problem in my opinion is the foil and cutterblock being attached, thus preventing brush cleaning of each segment of the cutterblock.