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Reviews: Braun Shaver

Shaving is a necessary everyday hygiene practice for many people, and it is important to have a convenient and hassle free way of removing unwanted stubble. Some people use razors for everyday shaving, which can lead to razor burn, cuts and nicks as well as acne and bacterial infections. Electric shavers are an alternative. Braun has a decades-long reputation for providing high quality and reliable shavers. Braun shavers are trusted by users to provide one of the most reliable and comfortable shaves of any electric shavers on the market. Here we explore some of the currently available Braun electric shavers.

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Electric Shaver is our featured product. Braun electric shavers have undergone many iterations over the years, and the Series 3 is currently the oldest model still being produced. We wanted to compare it against its newer competitors to see what changes are good and which don’t matter so much.

Product Specs

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Electric Shaver includes features that reflect the quality that Braun is known for. It has a “Triple Action Cutting System” and “Microcomb technology,” with a middle trimmer that works equally effectively on three-day stubble and actual short beards to catch and feed more hair. This combined with a “2x SensoFoil” gives a close shave without irritating the skin.

It has a precision trimmer built in for careful shaping of sideburns or beard lines; a switch retracts one foil to give you a narrow, precision razor shave. The three blades move independently with its “Free Float” system to adapt to the contours of the face. It has an ergonomic rubber textured handle for easy grip in wet or dry conditions, which is great because this razor can be used while showering. It is 100% waterproof and IPX7 certified for submersion up to 5 meters.

The LED display will let you know when the rechargeable Ni-MH battery runs low, which won’t be very often because a full charge lasts for 45 minutes of shaving. Plug it in for a few minutes to finish up a shave or for an hour to fully charge again. It also comes with a smart plug which will automatically adjust voltage for worldwide travel. This cordless electric shaver comes with a travel pouch, charging stand, smart plug, and cleaning brush.

Pricing

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080 electric shaver is available on Amazon for between $ and $. It retails directly from the manufacturer for about $ USD.

How It Compares

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Electric Shaver has had several updates over the years. We picked a few similar and updated products available on the market to see how they compare:

Braun Series 5

Braun Series 7

Braun Series 9


Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3050cc Men's Electric Foil Shaver /...
  • World's # 1 Foil Shaver Brand
  • MicroComb guides more hair into the cutting parts of the electric shaver for faster shaving
  • Three independently floating cutting elements adapt to facial contours

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Electric Shaver costs about $ USD. It is one of the most affordable quality electric shavers available.

Ease of use

Durability

Design Quality

warranty

With a short charging time,  auniversal smart plug, long battery life, waterproofing, and a built in precision trimmer, this Braun Shaver is very easy to use.

Users report that some parts of this Braun shaver do not last long enough. There are complaints about the shaving head and battery lasting only a few months.

The design of the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Electric Shaver is thoughtful. It is easy to clean, works in and out of the water, and has enough battery power to handle most shaves. Loses one star for the large cleaning base size and the learning curve for using the precision trimmer.

Braun shavers all 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 in the Braun shaver manual.

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Precision trimmer

Cons

  • Head needs replacing every 6-12 months
  • Cleaning station takes up counter space
  • Shave isn’t as close as razor

Braun Electric Razor for Men / Electric Shaver, Series 5 5190cc,...
  • Electric shaver with skin sensitive technology for maximum performance and excellent skin comfort
  • AutoSensing motor for efficient shaving in every stroke, even with dense beards
  • 8-Direction Comfort flex head for constant skin contact, even in difficult areas

The Braun Shaver Series 5 5190cc features an AutoSensing motor that adapts to the density of your beard,m and a shaving head that flexes in eight directions to stay in contact with the skin around difficult curves. This Braun shaver also has two SenoFoil blades for a close, smooth shave without risk. Users report it to be very comfortable.

The UltraActiveLift Trimmer lifts up flat hair and hair growing in different directions. It is waterproof up to 5 meters and works with many shaving products, including soap, gel, or foam. It has a precision trimmer for beard lines and sideburns.

The FlexMotionTec requires less pressure than other models and has greater power to minimize the effort and skin irritation while providing a great shave. The rechargeable battery takes an hour to charge fully and will last up to 50 minutes on a full charge, with a display to let you know when the battery is running low. It comes with a cleaning and charging station that automatically cleans and lubricates the shaving head.

The Braun Shaver Series 5 5190cc costs about $.

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Durability

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warranty

The self cleaning charging base, waterproofing and innovative cleaning head makes this Braun shaver easy to use. The cleaning base is a little fussy.

Pieces of this Braun Shaver may need replacement within a year. The battery has a reported short life, and the motor may last only about a year. It will break if dropped. It does have a good warranty of at two years that counteracts the potential shorter life.

Some of the design elements on this Braun shaver are awkward. For example, the on/off button is where a thumb usually rests, while the precision trimmer is placed out of view.

Braun shavers all 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 in the Braun shaver manual.

Pros

  • Closer shave than many electric shavers
  • Works around contours well
  • Can work with very dense beards

Cons

  • All in one shaver head difficult to clean
  • Doesn’t quickly drain cleaning solution
  • Body design awkward

Braun Series 7 Men's Electric Foil Shaver with Wet & Dry Integrated...
  • The Braun Series 7 is a 100% waterproof smart electric shaver designed for a close and gentle shave...
  • Built-in Responsive Intelligence automatically adapts to the features of your face, for a shave...
  • Four synchronised shaving elements achieve in one stroke what others do in two

The Braun Series 7 adds a processing chip that it calls "Responsive Intelligence." which reads the density of a beard and adapts the amount of power needed in order to get a close and gentle shave. Like other Braun shavers, it is waterproof up to 5 meters, which is plenty for a rinse or a shower.

The Braun Series 7 continues to provide a precision trimmer for hard to reach places or detail work and increases the number of shaving elements to four, including a skin guard to protect against abrasion. The Sonic Technology increases vibrations per second to reduce friction. It has four different shaving settings to further personalize each shave and a flex-head that moves in eight different ways. This Braun Shaver also has an automatic cleaning and charging base, a battery that lasts up to 50 minutes, and quick charge options.

The Braun Series 7 costs about $$.

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Durability

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Users report that the added features of different shaving settings and the ability to lock in place or swivel heads means greater complexity that is not worth the benefits. Once personalized settings are figured out, it is very easy to use; but it sometimes requires multiple passes.

Shaving heads last longer than other Braun models at 8-18 months, but replacements are expensive. Newer Braun shavers are made with cheaper materials than older models. Continues to carry a two-year warranty.

Design quality on this Braun shaver is not the best. Newer models returned to the older design. We like the customization options but wish they were simpler to figure out.

Braun shavers all 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 in the Braun shaver manual.

Pros

  • Clean shave
  • Little, if any, irritation
  • Swivel head or lock in place

Cons

  • Works better dry than wet
  • Cleaning solution is expensive
  • Replacement heads are expensive

Braun Electric Shaver, Series 9 9290cc Men's Electric Razor / Electric...
  • Braun Series 9 is the world's most efficient shaver*, that's exceptionally gentle to your skin....
  • 5 synchronized shaving elements to capture more hair in the first stroke than any otherpremium...
  • 2 specialized trimmers, including Titanium coating, capture even the trickiest hair

The Braun Series 9 9290cc Electric Shaver is the newest in the line of Braun shavers. It advertises itself as the “world’s most efficient shaver.” Braun upgraded the cutting elements to 4 blades and one guard and added a trimmer, so the shaver now has two specialized trimmers and kept the AutoSensing motor and SyncroSonic technology.

Put together, these elements make for a shaver that catches most, if not all hairs on the first pass and does so with little risk of skin irritation. It has a 10 direction flexible head that moves and adapts to get under jaw lines, across the upper lip, on the base of the neck with ease. The blades are long-lasting titanium.

The battery charges in an hour for an hour of run time and comes equipped with a display to count down battery life, warning you of the last 9 minutes of shaving time. Like previous models, this Braun shaver comes with a clean and charge station that uses an alcohol based lubricant to automatically clean, disinfect and lubricate the shaver. It is faster and quieter than previous Braun shavers.

The Braun Series 9 costs about $$.  This is on the high end for a Braun electric shaver.

Ease of use

Durability

Design Quality

warranty

The Series 9 is fairly easy to use. It may have more customization than is needed, but also has more automated adjustment features than others.

Shaving heads last longer than other Braun models at 8-18 months, but replacements are expensive. Newer Braun shavers are made with cheaper materials than older models. Continues to carry a two-year warranty.

Design quality has improved since the Series 7, returning to many of the Series 5 elements that users liked.

Braun shavers all 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 in the Braun shaver manual.

Pros

  • Fast and efficient
  • Works great with grey or coarse hairs
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • No closer shave than previous models
  • Expensive replacement parts
  • Large cleaning base

Conclusion

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3080s Electric Shaver is a great Braun shaver for the cost. It is far less expensive than newer models at $ versus $$. Overall we rank it 4.25 out of 5 stars, which is actually a higher ranking than those newer and more expensive models. It does not carry some of the more updated technology, such as automatically sensing needed pressure and coarseness of hair, but we don't see that those features make a big enough difference to justify the increased complexity and price.

It has the features that count, such as a cleaning and charging base that keeps the shaver hygienic and in good shape, waterproofing, a close and comfortable shave, durability you expect from Braun, a long battery life and a good warranty. As a bonus, replacement parts such as cutting heads are fairly inexpensive and the overall quality of design is good. This Braun shaver is likely to last for years of use and is backed by a two year manufacturer warranty.