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Reviews: Braun Series 3

Shaving is an everyday chore that ought to be made as easy as possible. Features such as waterproofing, trimmers, and a good power source can help. Here, we explore the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s and compare it to some other shavers with similar features.

There are several models of the Braun Series 3 ProSkin Line. We are reviewing the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s which is essentially the middle of this group of electric shavers. It is a cordless, waterproof, foil electric shaver that includes many features that reflect the quality that Braun is known for.

Product Specs

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s has a “Triple Action Cutting System,” “Microcomb technology” with a middle trimmer, and a “2x SensoFoil” that all work to give a close shave without irritating the skin. It has a center cutter that is designed to lift flat and longer hairs, and a tiny white comb to guide whiskers toward the cutter. The two foils trap shorter hairs to get a close shave.

Three blades move independently with its “Free Float” system to adapt to the contours of the face. This means all cutting elements pivot up, down, left and right. The pop-up trimmer is wide and great for pre-trimming a beard that has been left to grow for more than a day. The wideness of the trimmer, however, makes it tough to use for small detail work.

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s is the model that currently is all black with a blue rubber grip that runs the perimeter of the shaver. That rubber grip is important, because this is a great shower shaver, and the rubber ergonomic handle provides a steady grip while bathing. Right off, we are impressed by this waterproof shaver’s capabilities in the shower where it is smooth and fast. It is rated 100% waterproof IPX7 certified for submersion up to 5 meters.

Indicator lights on the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s give you information about the health of the shaver head and the battery. An indicator lets you know when to replace the shaver head by turning orange. It is preset to go off 18 months after the shaver is first turned on and you can reset this timer by holding the power button.

A separate indicator panel tells you how much battery time is remaining in thirds. When the light turns red, it is warning you that the shaver is about to die. Plug it in for 5 minutes quick charge to get another 3 minutes shave time.

Battery and Charging

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s battery requires a full 8 hours to charge fully (note that the advertised one hour charging time is only for the top of the line Braun Series 3 ProSkin shavers). A full charge lasts for 45 minutes of shaving. The charger can work with voltage from 100-240V AC which means that it can be used anywhere in the world with a simple plug adaptor.

It does have a short, coiled cord that requires proximity to an outlet. It comes with a charging base or ability to charge directly to the shaver, which is easier for travel and will generally charge faster than using the base. However, if you are going to use this shaver daily set up the base as it will provide a place to store and charge your shaver overnight.

Braun Series 3 ProSkin Versions

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s shavers are made in China. The German engineering that Braun is known for does not come into place until the Series 5. It is a fairly quiet shaver, comfortable and smooth for most. It does have difficulty with longer growth and does not work great with shaving foam.

There are several versions of the Braun Series 3 ProSkin shavers that may confuse users if they aren’t sure exactly which shaver they are buying. If you want to explore the other models of the Braun Series 3 ProSkin Shavers which all have similar shaving technology, here is a summary of how they differ from the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s:

  • 3090cc includes a travel pouch, reduces charging time, dry only, comes with an automatic clean and charge station
  • 3080s includes a travel pouch, reduces charging time
  • 3070cc includes a travel pouch, reduces charging time, dry only, comes with an automatic clean and charge station
  • 3050cc reduces charging time, dry only, comes with an automatic clean and charge station
  • 3010s increases charging time, removes the precision trimmer and microcomb
  • 3000s increases charging time, dry only, removes the precision trimmer and microcomb

Pricing

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s costs about $60 on Amazon. The entire line of Braun Series 3 ProSkin shavers run from about $50-$100 USD. Here we compare electric shavers that range from $25 to $200.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare to the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s.

  • Braun Series 3
  • Philips Norelco Series S9311
  • Remington WETech Rotary Shaver
  • Braun M90 Mobile Shaver

Comparison Table

Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s Electric Razor for Men, Rechargeable and...
  • MicroComb technology. Catches and feeds more hair for a faster shave
  • Triple Action Cutting System, 2x SensoFoil, Middle trimmer
  • You can use the Series 3 ProSkin with water, foam or gel for even better gliding and a smoother skin...

Price

The Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s is available on Amazon.

Ease of Use 

The Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s is very easy to use. It has a simple on/off button, no special settings to worry about, rinse to clean, and a straightforward charging system.

Performance (4 out of 5 st​​​​​ars)

Performance largely depends on usage habits. The Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s will work great for people who want to use it in the shower daily. For those who skip shaving days, need to shave more than once per day, or want a dry shave performance will not keep up.

Design Quality (4 out of 5 stars)

The Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s is a decent design for a waterproof electric shaver. It has an ergonomic rubber grip, helpful indicator lights, and useful shaver and trimmer. It is not as solid as the newer Braun Series, but for the price it is great.

Warranty (5 out of 5 stars)

The Braun Series 3 Proskin 3040s and all Braun shavers carry a two-year warranty according to customer service representatives. The warranty is dated from the proof of purchase date or the date of production if no proof of purchase is available. Warranty information can be found on the Braun shaver manuals. Additionally, the 60-day satisfaction guarantee gives users plenty of time to see if this shaver works for them.

Pros

  • Great shower shaver
  • Comfortable and close shave
  • Reasonably inexpensive

Cons

  • Long charging time
  • Does not work well with long hair
  • Not great as a dry shaver

Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 with SmartClean, Rechargeable Wet/Dry...
  • Designed for a close shave in mind, Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 always delivers superior closeness...
  • Each shaving head independently moves in 8 directions to follow your face's every curve. This...
  • Choose the speed setting that best fits your skin and hair type: Slow (for an even more...

The Philips Norelco Series S9311 is a premium rotary shaver. This rotary shaver has three separate rotating cutting pieces as opposed to a blade and foil design. It is advertised to have Contour Detect Technology, which allows each shaving head to move independently to get around the jaw, nose, chin and other curves.

It uses V-Track Precision Blades that move hair into the best cutting position. Three-speed options allow the user to select whether they want a slow and gentle shave, medium thorough shave, or fast, high-powered shave.

It can be used wet or dry, and this shaver is fully washable due to the AquaTec technology. It has a SmartClean System that cleans, lubricates, dries and charges all at once. Power is provided by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which holds a charge for 50 minutes.

The included travel charger that will work with the 100-240 voltage, which is appropriate for international travel and the shaver includes a travel pouch and travel lock.

Price

The Philips Norelco Series S9311 is available on Amazon.

Ease of Use 

This shaver is very easy to use and gives a reliable close shave to even new electric shaver users. The separate trimmer and clean and charge station are not so easy to use and require a learning curve.

Performance (4 out of 5 st​​​​​ars)

Norelco shavers are known for their long lives, and this one continues performing well years into use.

Design Quality (4 out of 5 stars)

The lifted rotary head design is good, and the shaver was awarded 2015 iF Design Award. Some users report that the on/off button is sensitive and in a place that it may be pressed accidentally.

Warranty (5 out of 5 stars)

The Philips Norelco S9311/87 carries a two-year manufacturer warranty.

Pros

  • Very close shave
  • Cleaning unit is convenient
  • Works on various hair types

Cons

  • Cleaning fluid is expensive
  • Trimmer is separate
  • Auto cleaning takes up to 4 hours

Remington WETech Rotary Shaver, Lithium Powered Electric Razor, PR1385...
  • Color May Vary Black or Red
  • PrecisionPlus Heads - Shaves Long Hairs and Short Stubble
  • Rechargeable Battery - 2X Faster Charge Time* + Up to 65 Minutes Cordless Runtime

The Remington WETech Rotary Shaver is a great shaver for the gym bag, but may not be the best everyday shaver. It is inexpensive, lightweight, portable and comfortable to hold. It is 100% waterproof and can be used wet or dry, or with shaving gel or shaving foam.

This shaver features Precision Plus Heads to shave all lengths of beard with comfort, with twin track blades and Power Flex 360 which allows the shaving head to contour to all the angles on a face. The Lithium battery takes about 90 minutes to charge to full power and will then last for 60 minutes.

There is a 5-minute quick charge option to recharge and finish up a shave. Finally, the anti-microbial additive around the blades helps reduce the risk of infection from bacterial growth. Much cheaper than most electric shavers, this is decent for the price point.

Price

The Remington WETech Rotary Shaver is available on Amazon.

Ease of Use 

Very basic and easy to use, the Remington WETech Rotary Shaver can be used by beginners.

Performance (4 out of 5 st​​​​​ars)

Performance for the Remington WETech Rotary is not that great. It is not a gentle razor and is only effective on the shortest of whiskers. For high performance, go with a different model.

Design Quality (4 out of 5 stars)

The shaver is a good design for a bargain-priced electric shaver. There is a design issue with the charger, with frequent users reporting issues with charging stand. To use the full charge option or quick charge, attach charging cord directly to the razor.

Warranty (5 out of 5 stars)

The Remington WETech Rotary Shaver comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Bargain priced
  • Wet shaving ability and cleanup
  • Lightweight and portable

Cons

  • Charging issues common
  • Only effective on short hairs
  • Not gentle
  • Replacement heads half cost of the shaver

Braun M90 Mobile Shaver for Precision Trimming, Great for Travel,...
  • Wide Floating Foil - for close comfortable shaving
  • The electric razor is washable - easy cleaning under running water
  • Precision trimmer- use the extendable long hair trimmer for exact trimming of side burns and...

Many people buy the Braun M90 Mobile Shaver to toss in their travel bag or car as a small, portable second shaver and then are blown away by how great it is. All the needed items – a good rinseable shaving head, cover, reliable power, and a trimmer – are included in this simple shaver. Braun users report that it shaves as well as the high-end models, which is saying a lot.

Price

The Braun M90 Mobile Shaver is a small.

Ease of Use 

Very easy to use with standard batteries, and everything included in the body of the razor.

Performance (4 out of 5 st​​​​​ars)

Does what it is meant to, fill in where the at-home shaver isn’t. This shaver will not work for long growth.

Design Quality (4 out of 5 stars)

A well-designed travel razor with everything needed in a small package.

Warranty (5 out of 5 stars)

All Braun shavers carry a two-year warranty.

Pros

  • Uses standard AA batteries
  • Integrated sideburn trimmer and brush
  • Attached swivel cover
  • Shaves well for short hairs

Cons

  • Single foil takes time for a clean shave
  • Will not work on long hair
  • Takes perseverance on contours

Conclusion

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s and all the Braun Series 3 ProSkin shavers changed what we expect from an electric shaver. Waterproofing for people who want easy cleaning or a quick shower shave, communication via a LED display that keeps the user informed about the battery and head life, and a solid wet shaving head make this shaver a good choice, especially for the price.

There are others that are in the same price range, but they are not nearly as reliable or have the same functions. More expensive brands just do not add all that much more. We give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Stick with the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s if what you want is a reliable, daily, wet shaver.