The good: provides a comfortable and close shave, good value for money, can be used while plugged in, excellent cleaning base, very good battery life, inexpensive replacement heads
The bad: not the fastest razor in this price range, cleaning base is a stripped down version of the ones found on premium Braun shavers, no travel case, shaving can take longer, works best for daily shaving
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The ProSkin 3050CC is yet another variation of the new Series 3 line of affordable electric razors from Braun. With a reasonable price and some compelling features, this particular razor is bound to become a very popular choice in the highly competitive segment of entry level electric shavers.
Without further ado, let’s see how the Braun 3050CC performed in our review.
Braun has launched quite a few variations of the Series 3; while they’re all pretty much identical in terms of shaving performance, the differences (included accessories, the presence of locking mechanisms or popup trimmers, dry/wet & dry use) can make one model more suitable for a particular use case than other.
The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3050CC is an electric shaver that can only be used for dry shaving, so it caters to a very specific segment; the CC part from its name stands for Clean & Charge, meaning the razor comes with a base for automatically cleaning and charging. More on that later.
The shaving head of the 3050CC is the same as in the case of the Series 3 3040s that we reviewed a while back and it’s comprised of three cutting elements. The two outer foils are used for cutting hair close to the skin, while the middle trimmer features slots for cutting longer hairs and a microcomb that guides the hairs into the slots.
Other noteworthy features are: an integrated popup trimmer, charging and cleaning notification LEDs, 5 minute quick charge function, cordless operation for up to 45 minutes.
Since the 3050CC is not designed to be used for wet shaving, you can also shave with it plugged in. This is a welcome feature that will be useful when you’re in a hurry and can’t even afford 5 minutes for a quick charge; or when the battery will no longer hold a charge.
Here’s quick unboxing video:
Build quality and ergonomics
The 3050CC feels light and solid in the hand. The girth of the body is substantial and it doesn’t taper towards the middle like in the case of Panasonic shavers. But this doesn’t seem to impact the ergonomics in any noticeable way. The lightweight of the razor and the generous rubbers inserts provide excellent grip.
The color scheme of my review unit was pretty subdued, consisting of dark grey and black. There is also a variant of the 3050CC with red and black (pictured below). I don’t find the design of the 3050CC particularly exciting, but I can’t say I don’t like it. It looks and feels like a quality product.
The popup trimmer is conveniently placed and easy to use for touch-ups and trimming your sideburns. I wouldn’t recommended using it as a facial trimmer as it takes a lot of time and it’s not the most comfortable experience either. A dedicated trimmer is definitely the way to go.
The protective cap extends and covers the power switch, thus acting as a travel lock.
Battery life and charging
The Series 3 ProSkin 3050CC can be operated both cordless and while connected to the mains. The Li-ion battery inside should provide enough power for 45 minutes of use. And after using the shaver for a couple of weeks, I can confirm that this statement is pretty accurate.
There’s also a quick charge option that allows you to use the shaver for a complete shave after only 5 minutes of charging (when the battery is completely drained).
You basically have two options for charging the 3050CC: by directly plugging the cord into the shaver or by placing the razor in the charging dock. However, this will also start a cleaning cycle. And this is probably the only real drawback of the station that comes with the 3050. Unlike the ones from the Series 5, 7 or 9, you don’t have the option to only charge the razor if you choose so.
The clean & charge stations from the superior lines mentioned above charge the razors by aligning the two metal prongs from the back of the razors with the ones on the base. The Series 3 shavers that come with a cleaning base lack this feature. Therefore, if you simply place the shaver into the base nothing will happen. You must press the release/lock button on the top of the station to start the charging & cleaning process. Unfortunately, you can’t have just one or the other.
Cleaning and maintenance
One of the main selling points of the 3050CC will most likely be the inclusion of a Clean & Charge station in this price category. And we’ll get to it right away. But first, I have to mention that you can also do a manual cleaning of this shaver. And I actually recommend doing so and only using the Clean & Charge station twice a week for example and save some cleaning fluid.
Manually cleaning the 3050CC is pretty straight forward; you can use the included brush to remove the hairs from the inner housing of the shaver (don’t use it directly on the foils) and rinse it with warm tap water. You can also put a bit of liquid soap on the foils, let it run for a while and then thoroughly rinse the head and the shaver under hot tap water. Wipe the excess water with a clean cloth let it dry completely before using it again.
Automatic cleaning with the Clean & Charge station
As mentioned in the previous section, the cleaning dock that comes bundled with the 3050CC is a more stripped down version of the one from the Series 7. Gone are the LED level indicators and cleaning modes, along with the possibility to just charge the razor without cleaning it.
The base is more compact, in the way that it has a smaller footprint when placed on your counter-top, but the protruding arm that holds the razor in place make it less practical for traveling.
The cleaning process is as simple as it gets as you don’t have any options at all. After removing the cover from the cartridge and placing it inside the base, you insert the razor upside down into the housing and press the start button on top.
The cleaning cycle will start and will run for around 2 minutes. After that, the drying phase will begin and will last for 4 hours. During this time the yellow light on the shaver will flash and turn off once the cycle is complete.
The drying cycle takes so long because the stations available with the Series 3 don’t use an active drying system, like the ones that come with the Series 7 or 9.
I recommend removing the cleaning cartridge from the base and putting back the cap when you’re not using the station. Being alcohol based, the liquid tends to evaporate quicker than other cleaning solutions.
The station does a great job at cleaning and sanitizing the razor; the solution also contains some oil, so there’s no need to lubricate the foil and blades separately.
Having reviewed the Series 3 3040s not very long ago, I pretty much knew what to expect from the 3050CC in terms of dry shaving performance. And it was no surprise that they were pretty much identical.
The Series 3 3050CC provided a comfortable and smooth shave that was also satisfactory with regards to closeness. I used it mostly for daily shaving and this is the scenario where the shaver yields the best results. Adding a pre-shave always seems to help me get a better shave and that was the case here as well.
Shaving after two days of beard growth wasn’t best with the 3050CC as it tends to leave some longer hairs behind, especially on my neck where they lay flat on the skin. This leads to more passes and increases the shaving time.
The razors from the Series 3 are pretty basic and can feel under-powered if you have a very heavy beard or shave irregularly. If that’s the case I recommend checking out a more powerful and advanced shaver, like the Series 7 790cc.
The shaving experience with the 3050CC was pleasant for the most part and didn’t have any major complaints.
If I were to nitpick, I would say that for me personally shaving with this razor takes longer than with a Panasonic Arc 3 for example which also gives me an arguably closer shave. Also, I only used the popup trimmer to adjust my sideburns and didn’t really like it. It took more work to effectively cut the hair than with the previously mentioned Panasonic.
Inside the package you’ll find the following items:
- 3050CC electric razor
- Clean & Charge Station
- 1 x Braun Cleaning Cartridge (170 ml)
- Cleaning Brush
- Protective plastic cap
- Extensible charging cord
Unfortunately, there’s no travel case included. If you really want one, you’ll have to pay around $10 more and buy the Series 3 3070CC, which is an identical razor but also includes a travel case.
Replacement parts availability
All Series 3 razors use the same shaving head replacement, called a cassette. These cassettes include the foils and the blades, so they can’t be bought or replaced separately.
The compatible cassettes for the 3050CC are the 32b/32s parts and can be bought from Amazon.com at a very reasonable price, making the Series 3 one of the most convenient line of shavers with regards to running costs. Moreover, these parts have to be replaced once every 18 months, which is significantly longer than the industry standard of 12 months.
Wrapup – Who should buy it?
At the moment of writing, I personally don’t think you can find a better shaver at this price point that also comes with an excellent cleaning station.
The 3050CC is a simple, but capable razor that will satisfy most men who are looking for a reliable shaver to be used mostly for daily shaving and also want the convenience of a cleaning station. This razor offers all of these and does so at a very reasonable price; moreover, the replacement parts and cleaning cartridges are cheaper than the ones from other manufacturers.
Please keep in mind that the Series 3 3050CC is a dry only shaver, so while you can clean it under running water, you cannot shave with a shaving cream or gel. So if you’re only interested in dry shaving, the 3050CC should be on your list of options.
Being a dry only shaver with an automatic cleaning station, you know exactly what you’re getting with the 3050CC. The other two variations, namely the 3070CC and 3090CC don’t have any significant extra features to justify the price – a travel case and foil locking mechanism – so the 3050CC in this review is the more sensible choice.
With that said, I only recommend buying it if you can find it at a great deal. The regular retail price is too high for this razor, especially since you can now find the Series 7 790cc at a discount for not a lot extra money.
The Series 3 is suitable for daily shaving, but they’re definitely not the fastest razors nor do they provide the closest shaves, especially if you have coarse beard. So your expectations must be realistic in this regard. If you want a faster and closer shave, than the Series 7 790CC will be a better choice. It is significantly more expensive, but the difference in performance is also noticeable.