With all the later Braun electric razors was an update on the Braun Series 3 necessary? Is it more worth it than it was?
Yes, and yes.
Think about it like this:
There are Braun electric razors that are in the later series that have a lot more features than the Series 3. But, what if you are on a budget? You may be tempted by another electric shaver in the same price bracket.
So, it made sense for Braun to go back and make some upgrades on that older electric razor.
And I am glad they did. Now you can get some nice extras at the same price and not have to spend a lot of money.
In this article I will do a Braun Series 3 review and highlight what makes it so worth it.
Unboxing | What Comes with It
There isn’t much you need in the set since it is mostly self contained. But it comes with a charging cord, a small brush to clean the blades and a cover for when you travel to not damages the foil.
There’s an instruction manual, that you should take a look at especially as it will have any warranty information.
ProSkin 3040s | What’s New
The first thing you notice if you look at the old and new side by side is that the newer version of the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s is that it is slightly narrower and has a different grip.
A power button is much easier to reach and turn on and off with one hand than before. There is also an alert to when you need to replace the razor head. The old version was small and tricky to find without needing to look for it.
For an extra secure grip, the perimeter of the body has a new textured rubber cover. This gives a non slip grip that comes in handy when using it wet.
At the bottom there is the same LED light to indicate low battery just as with the old one.
Battery and Charging
I love how fast it is to charge the Series 3. It only takes 60 minutes to get a full charge. And on a full charge you get a 45 minute run time. This is enough for 3 or 4 shaves. Maybe even more depending on how thick your beard is.
If you find out the battery is dead when you need to use it, you can do a quick charge in 5 minutes that will give you enough juice to do a full shave.
The battery is a Lithium Ion that will last for years before it stops taking a charge.
Rather than a charging dock, it charges by way of a charging cable. I actually prefer this because I don’t have much space by my bathroom sink.
Any married readers knows exactly how precious space is when it comes to mens grooming stuff!
The Shaving Head
I always had problems with using electric razors since I have very sensitive skin. I always ended up with a red, irritated face. I love Braun electric razors since they have SensoFoil which glides over the skin and doesn’t leave it irritated.
Besides being easy on the skin, the foil has a lot of holes. One, for less friction and two, to make sure the hair gets swept in to cut more efficiently.
There is a nice sort of buffer so the head gives a bit under pressure. This helps to prevent razor burn and to glide over the contours of your face.
The blades themselves under the foil are very sharp. All this adds up to a faster, more comfortable shave.
Then, in between the two foil shave heads, there is another type of blade. This lifts the hair to make it easier for the foil to catch it.
It’s called a micro comb and allows more hair to be cut so you aren’t going over the same spot multiple times.
The Pop Up Detailer Blade
I have to admit that I am never really impressed by the pop up blades for detailing on beard trimmer or electric razors. This one is no exception.
Except that it is slightly more robust than you would expect. And it is not as fragile when it is in use as some others. A lot of times the edger is kind of an afterthought and the way it slides out or pops up is wonky.
At least with the Braun Series 3, it feels pretty solid when you slide it out.
As for how it works, it is sharper than I expected and does a decent job. If you have an edger trimmer already, then you may end up using that one more anyway since the built in one won’t compete.
All that isn’t to say that it is bad or doesn’t work well, it’s just that it is never as good as using a real trimmer to do your line up.
For a quick edge on your sideburns, then it gets the job done.
Wet or Dry
The nice thing about this Braun electric razor is that it works equally well wet or dry. You can submerge it in up to 5 meters of water. I don’t know how much need there is fo rit to go that deep, but if you need to give it a deep clean at least you can get it under the water without worrying about it. Or, you can take it in the shower to save some time in your morning shave.
In fact, I would say that is the best way to use it. When your beard and skin are wet, it makes it easier to shave.
Alternatively, if you have sensitive skin and want to use a shaving cream or gel, then that is a really good way to go, too.
Cons of the Braun Series 3
Nothing is ever perfect, and if you are looking at a budget electric shaver, then there are likely to be some defects. In the case of the Braun Series 3 there are a few things that could be better, but nothing that would likely constitute a deal breaker.
The first thing that you may not be crazy about is if you have any sworls or areas where the hair grows in different directions, then it has a hard time cutting them. Especially if they lay flat against your skin.
In this case you will likely need to use the pop up trimmer to cut it down as much as possible before going over that spot with the razor.
Another thing that is on the nitpicky side, is that it doesn’t do well when you have thick lather of shaving cream. You need a very thin ayer to lubricate your skin and that is it. I would not use a lot of a shaving cream out of a can or really lather on the gel.
Obviously this can be avoided by just not using much and is almost not worth mentioning. I only say it so you know what to avoid.
For the price, these are quite solid, but the newer Series Brauns are made in Germany as opposed to China and just feel so much more rugged. I feel like if I were to drop these, which happens a lot, then I might be looking for new ones that same day. But, again, for the price this is pretty standard.
Can You Shave Your Head with the Braun Series 3?
You can definitely use these Braun electric razors to shave your head bald, for sure.
You just need to do some prep first.
Make sure you don’t have more than a little bit longer than stubble at the most. You can’t use these like a straight edge razor, so the hair needs to be short.
You could try to use the detail trimmer blade that’s built in, but honestly, it might struggle to cut it down. I would use a beard trimmer on your head first if you have one.
Your head is not as sensitive as your face, so even if you have sensitive skin then you can still do this shave dry. I recommend doing that as I think it will go faster. Your head hair is generally not as thick as your beard and so it might not cut as easily if your head is wet or has shaving cream.
Final Thoughts on Braun Electric Razors
Is the Braun Series 3 worth it? Yes, definitely. The upgrades make this better than it was before and that puts it ahead of other competitors in the same price point. I would take this over any Remington for the same price, for example.
If you have more money to spend, then I would say it makes more sense to get one of the later models in the Braun Series, but for less than $60, this is a great deal.
It is no lightweight that doesn’t last.
You’re getting a high quality electric shaver that gives a close shave and is very versatile.
Braun is a brand that I love to recommend for electric shavers as they are hard to beat at any price.
Got any questions about this shaver or others? Drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you with an answer!