The Series 3 line has long been a favorite among electric shaving enthusiasts.
The reasonable price, good performance and the inexpensive replacement parts, all backed by Braun’s notorious reliability, were the key ingredients for the product’s success.
After several years of very strong sales, in 2015 Braun decided to revamp its line of entry-level shavers. The new Series 3 family includes several variations, with razors suitable for wet & dry or dry only operation.
In order to differentiate the new razors from the old Series 3 line, Braun decided to use a simple, but effective name scheme by only adding a 0 after the 3. For example, the old Series 3 380s is now the 3080s.
Let’s take a closer look.
What are the differences between the old and new Series 3?
Not that many, actually.
The new Series 3 is more of an evolution than a revolution. Just like Apple does with its iPhones and iPads, Braun decided to incrementally improve and refine an already successful design.
The new Series 3 cutting system
There’s not much to say about it as the new shavers use the same cutting system as the old ones: a typical setup of two outer foils for cutting stubble close to the skin and one middle trimmer that cuts longer hairs.
The three cutters can move independently to easily follow the facial contours. As with all modern Braun razors, the blades and foils are integrated into a single piece called cassette and can’t be bought or replaced individually.
The replacement parts are still the 32s (silver) or 32b (black) cassettes that now feature an updated white micro-comb around the trimmer.
This element should catch and feed more hairs into the cutting parts.
As we know from the older generation, these cassettes offer great value for money as they are inexpensive (at least when compared to similar shavers from Panasonic for example) and must be replaced only once every 18 months.
They are also backward compatible with the old Series 3.
New color scheme and aesthetics
The new shavers are available with several accent colors depending on the model, like blue, grey, red and even white.
The design is sleeker and more refined, but again, nothing too radical. They are still instantly recognizable as Braun Series 3 razors.
The new Series 3 models
The wet & dry capable shavers are the 3080s, 3040s and the 3010s, while the ones suitable only for dry use are the 3090cc, 3070cc, 3050cc, 3020s and 3000s.
Depending on where they’re being sold, the model names can be different than the ones mentioned above, but the shavers themselves are the same.
After the launch, Braun also started to use the term ProSkin alongside the model names. As a result, we have shavers like the Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s.
This particular shaver that we also reviewed is likely to become a best-seller as it’s reasonably priced and can be used both wet & dry.
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s
The ProSkin part can sometimes be left out and several online stores actually do this on their websites. However, they still refer to the same models.
The cc in the name designates the razors that come with a cleaning and charging station, like the Series 3 3050cc.
Speaking of which, the station seems to remain unchanged from the previous Series 3 generation and that’s not a bad thing at all as Braun’s alcohol-based cleaning solution works excellent.
The Series 3 ProSkin 3050cc is one of the models that include the cleaning base and again, it looks like the top pick from the bunch as it usually costs less than the others (3070cc, 3090cc).
For more details you can also check out our full review of the 3050cc.
You can see all the differences between the refreshed Series 3 models in the table below.
New beard trimmer attachment — Series 3 Shave & Style
A very interesting addition to the Series 3 is a set of compatible accessories designed specifically for men that maintain a beard.
Braun BT32 Trimmer Head
Precisely, we have a trimmer attachment that looks very similar to a regular facial trimmer and can be used to trim your entire beard.
You simply pop out the regular cassette and insert the trimmer in its place.
There are also 5 combs with different lengths (1 to 7 mm).
You can buy the trimmer attachment separately and use it with your existing Series 3 or you can buy it as a package with the shaver included (for example, the Braun Series 3 3010BT Shave & Style is such a model).
Should you buy the new Series 3?
Well, that really depends; if you are currently using the older Series 3 then probably not. There aren’t any significant differences to justify purchasing the new shaver.
If you plan on buying a Series 3 for the first time, the updated models can be found at even lower prices than the corresponding old ones. If that’s the case, definitely go for the new one.
If it’s the other way around, just buy the similar older model. The actual shaving performance will be the same.
Another quick buying tip: if you’re only going to use it for dry shaving, consider one that includes the Clean & Charge System, like the 3050cc. If you can get it at a discount, that’s even better.
Also, the integrated long-hair trimmer is quite good and useful, so I would also skip the models that don’t have one, like the 3010s.
So in a 3010 vs 3040 situation, the 3040 makes more sense as it costs only a fraction more and includes a trimmer. Other than that the two are identical.
Overall, the new Series 3 is a welcome revamp of an already excellent line of shavers; while it doesn’t bring any major improvements, it will most likely help Braun maintain its strong position in the entry-level category of electric razors.