The Series 3 line of electric shavers from Braun is without a doubt one of the most compelling offerings in the entry level segment.
Among their strongest assets we can name the very good performance for the money, low running costs and solid build quality.
The 3040 and 3080 are two of the most popular models from the refreshed Series 3. They are suitable for wet & dry use and share a lot of similarities, but they’re also different in certain regards.
In this Braun 3040 vs 3080 analysis we’ll find out exactly what these differences are and which one should you buy.
Note: Braun officially calls these two shavers ProSkin 3040s and 3080s, but for some reason lots of online retailers simply refer to them as 3040 and 3080. The takeaway is that they are the exact same shavers, regardless if they’re being referred to with or without the s.
The difference between Braun Series 3 3040 and 3080
First, it’s important to note that the performance of the Series 3 razors is identical throughout the whole line. They all use the same shaving head and will provide the same results in terms of closeness and comfort.
Now, regarding the Braun 3040 vs 3080, here’s a quick comparison table that shows their similarities, but most importantly, their differences:
|Model||Price||Clean & Charge System||Pop-up Trimmer||Precision Lock||Accessories|
|3080s||Amazon.com||No||Yes||Yes||Travel pouch, charging stand|
So the 3080 is basically a 3040 with some minor design alterations, a travel case, a charging stand and a foil locking mechanism.
Let’s address each of them.
1. Design – just a matter of personal preference
The 3080 is mostly black with a dash of blue, while it’s the other way around for the 3040. The 3080 also features a chrome finish around the shaving head instead of the glossy black found on the 3040. No clear winner here, but I do admit that the 3080 looks a bit more stylish.
2. Travel case (3080) vs protective cap (3040)
In case you want to use your Series 3 for traveling, Braun has decided to include a travel pouch with the 3080 and a protective plastic cap with the 3040. No, you won’t get a cap for your 3080. Just like you won’t get a travel case with the 3040.
A travel case is a welcome addition, but it really seems odd to me that Braun decided not to include a plastic cap for the 3080. Yes, the travel case is hard and sturdy and will probably provide adequate protection. But the foil is very sensitive to mechanical shocks and it’s always a good idea to use a protective cap, not just when you’re traveling.
I think I would actually prefer a plastic cap for my shaver as I can always buy a compatible travel case later on.
3. Charging stand (3080)
The charging cord can be also plugged directly into the 3080, so it’s not really necessary.
I personally wouldn’t consider this feature to be a decisive factor in choosing between the 3040 and the 3080.
4. Precision mode locking mechanism (3080)
This would normally be a very useful feature in the case of an advanced electric shaver. But here, not so much.
Allow me to explain why.
The shaving head of and advanced shaver, like the Series 9 or Panasonic Arc5 can move sideways, back and forth, up and down. This, along with the fact that the shaving head is large and bulky, make shaving tricky areas difficult. And here is where a locking mechanism comes in handy.
The precision locking mechanism on the 3080 retracts one of the finishing foils to make the head even slimmer for shaving difficult spots like the area under your nose.
Having used the 3040, I can’t really say that I had any troubles with it; the precision mode on the 3080 is nice to have, but again, in the case of a simple and compact shaving head like the one used on all Series 3 shavers, the benefits are probably minor.
Braun 3040 vs 3080: which one should you choose?
Considering the aspects presented above, choosing one over the other should come down to a single factor: price.
While the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the two are very similar, you can often find either of them on sale with massive discounts on sites like Amazon.com.
For example, the 3040 can even be bought for less than half the price of the 3080. In this case, the decision should be extremely simple, with the 3040 representing the better option. Again, the actual shaving performance of the two will be the same.
If the price difference is negligible, you can go for either of them. You do get more stuff with the 3080, even though the lack of a protective plastic cap is in my opinion a minus. At least specs wise, the 3080 is the slightly superior product and that can be an argument in its favor.
However, the Series 3 Proskin 3040 is more likely to be found at a better price and therefore it would be my pick of the two. You can also read my in-depth review of the 3040 here.