Braun Series 3 Review

Braun Series 3

Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 3 310s Electric Foil Shaver, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry
$79.99  $59.94  

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Our Rating

3.8

Performance

Features

Comfort

Value

Review Summary

The Braun Series 3 includes everything you need in an entry level shaver, with good shaving performance and comfort. It won’t provide the closest shave or advanced features, but that is expected for the price.

The Braun Series 3 is often the entry point for many people for both electric shaving and the Braun product line. It offers an attractive price, design, and feature set that makes it one of the top-selling electric shavers on the market.

Braun has updated most of their shavers in recent years to have a consistent look and feature set. But, how does the Series 3 shaving performance compare to the more expensive Braun shavers? 

Do you have to empty your wallet to get a quality shave, or does the Series 3 deliver for a relatively affordable price?

Series 3 Models

One thing that Braun keeps consistent with all of their shavers is causing confusion between the different models within each Series. The Braun Series 3 has two different sub-model lines that are sold under the Braun Series 3 name. 

The ProSkin models utilize a new shaving head (Braun 32b) while the original Series 3 models use the older Series 3 shaving head (Braun 21b). Despite using different shaving heads, shaving performance remains comparable between all of the Series 3 shavers.

The newer Braun 32b replacement shaving head can be used with all Series 3 shavers, even the base Series 3 models.

We recommend choosing the model that suits your budget and desired features. Most models of the Series 3 that are currently available are capable of being used in both wet & dry conditions.

Models

Features

Our Pick
Braun Series 3 3040s ProSkin

Usage: Wet or Dry
Battery Life: ~45 min

Braun Series 3 310s

Usage: Wet or Dry
Battery Life: ~30 min

Braun Series 3 3050cc ProSkin

Usage: Wet or Dry
Battery Life: ~45 min

Braun Series 3 3070cc ProSkin​

Usage: Wet or Dry
Battery Life: ~45 min

Table of Contents

Original Series 3 

The base model Series 3 is Braun’s entry point to their electric shavers and offers only the bare minimum required to shave. The models in this subline include the Series 3 300s and the Series 3 310s. These shavers are available in blue, red, and black, depending on the retailer you purchase from.   

The base models do not offer a precision trimmer and have a shorter battery life than the ProSkin and Shave&Style models. We would highly recommend choosing the ProSkin or Shave&Style models for the newer shaving head, included trimmer, and upgraded battery. 

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Series 3 ProSkin

Our recommended choice, the Series 3 ProSkin models include the Series 3 3040s, Series 3 3050cc, and the Series 3 3070cc. These models include an upgraded battery (45 minutes) and battery indicator compared to older models of the Series 3. 

The 3040s typically offers the best value of any Series 3 shavers. It doesn’t include a cleaning station, but we recommend stepping up to the Series 5 if you are looking for models that include cleaning stations. 

The price difference between the 3070cc and the Braun Series 5 or Braun Series 7 is usually small enough that the upgrade is well worth the increased performance. 

Our Pick
Braun Electric Razor for Men, Series 3 3040s Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer, Rechargeable, Wet & Dry Foil Shaver
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Shaving Performance and Features

Shaving Performance

The Braun Series 3 shaving performance is good for the price, and we believe most people will be happy with it. The Series 3 cannot provide as close of a shave as the more expensive Braun or Panasonic models, but it is right in line with other shavers in the same price range. 

The ability to shave in either wet or dry conditions is a nice feature that many budget shavers are not capable of doing.

Braun Series 3 shaving head
Shaving elements move independently.

The Series 3’s shaving head features three foil cutting elements that can each move independently. Unlike the more expensive Braun shavers, the Series 3 shaving head does not rotate separately from the body.

The lack of rotation makes it more difficult to shave around the neck and jawline area, sometimes requiring multiple passes at different angles to capture all hair.

We found that the Series 3 performs best when used every day. If you are someone who only shaves every other day or less frequently, you may experience some discomfort from tugging on the hairs. 

You can solve this by trimming your stubble before shaving or consider the Braun Series 5 or Series 7, which both handle longer stubble better than the Series 3.

Shaving Comfort

In our opinion, Braun has found the right balance between shaving closeness and shaving comfort with all of their electric shavers. The Series 3 is no exception, and it separates itself from other budget shavers is in the shaving comfort it can provide.

The Series 3 offers a smooth shave with minimal tugging and skin irritation. The ability to use the shaver in the shower or with shaving cream/foam/gel allows you to try multiple shaving methods to see what works best for you.

We noticed that any tugging that we experienced was mostly due to trying to go quicker. If you are feeling the shaver starting to pull on hair, try using slower, shorter strokes.

Features

You won’t find any features outside of the primary functions that an electric shaver needs on the Series 3. This can be a benefit, as we find limited value in the variable speed settings or informational displays that more expensive models provide.

Braun Series 3 Pop-up Trimmer
Pop-up trimmer on the ProSkin models.

Despite lacking many features that more expensive models have, the Series 3 manages to have models that are missing what seems like essentials. Only the ProSkin models, like the 3040s and 3070cc models include a trimmer, while the basic Series 3 models (300s and 310s) do not.

We would recommend choosing a Series 3 model that includes a trimmer to help clean up around the sideburn and mustache areas. 

A travel pouch is only included with the top of the line Series 3 3070cc, but affordable third party options are available if you travel with your shaver. Braun does include a plastic covering that protects the shaving head and prevents the shaver from being turned on accidentally.

One of the most helpful “features” is the excellent materials that Braun has selected for the Series 3 body. The textured grip is comfortable and easy to hold. Unlike some metallic or metal finishes of other shavers, this shaver is easy to hold while in the shower or while cleaning it in the sink.

Battery Life

The battery life you can get from your Series 3 shaver depends on the subline. The Braun Series 3 ProSkin  models offer about 45 minutes in battery life. The base Series 3 models provide around 30 minutes of shaving per charge. 

None of the Series 3 models can be used while charging. A quick charge option is available if the battery is dead and you need a shave. The ProSkin models offer a more advanced battery indicator that displays the remaining battery and charging status.

Cleaning the Shaver

While Braun does offer a model of the Series 3 that includes a cleaning station (Series 3 ProSkin 3070cc), we recommend sticking to one of the cheaper models that does not include the station. The ProSkin 3070cc’s price is often close to what you will pay for the Series 5, and the Series 3 is easy to clean manually.

You can easily clean the Series 3 after each shave by using a small amount of liquid soap on the foils, turn the shaver on for about 15 seconds, and rinse under the sink. You should allow the shaving head to dry separately from the body. Braun also includes a cleaning brush to clean underneath the shaving head to remove any hair.

Alternative Shavers

Panasonic Arc3
The Panasonic Arc3 shaver is Panasonic’s entry-level shaver and we have found it can offer a slightly close shave than the Series 3. Panasonic consistently delivers excellent shaving performance, but that comes with the tradeoff of shaving comfort. If you have tried the Series 3 or are much more worried about the shaving closeness, take a look at the Panasonic Arc3. We would still recommend the Series 3 for most people, it is more polished and offers a close enough shave.

Braun Series 5
Braun has recently redesigned the Series 5 line-up and now offers models that are only slightly more expensive than the Series 3. If your budget allows we would recommend the Braun Series 5 5018s, which is often available for under $100. 

If you are looking for a shaver that includes a cleaning station you should choose the Series 5 instead of the ProSkin 3070cc. The Braun Series 5 5190cc is an older model of the Series 5 but we prefer the shaving quality to the newer Series 5 models. 

Final Thoughts

Braun’s entry-level Series 3 takes many of the elements that make the Series 7 and Series 9 successful and brings them to a much lower price point. You won’t receive as fast or as close of a shave as the most expensive Braun or Panasonic shavers, but for many people, that is fine.

If you are looking to dip your feet in electric shaving, have a thinner beard, or are just looking for a shaver to take to the gym, the Series 3 is a great choice.

$79.99  $59.94  

The Braun Series 3 includes everything you need in an entry level shaver, with good shaving performance and comfort. It won’t provide the closest shave or advanced features, but that is expected for the price.

Prices as off 2021-10-27 at 08:40 / Contains affiliate links.

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