The Braun Series 3 line has long been a favorite among electric shaving enthusiasts.
The reasonable price, decent performance, and inexpensive replacement parts, all backed by Braun’s notorious reliability, were the key ingredients to the series’ success.
After several years of very strong sales, 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.
Let’s take a closer look at what they have to offer and then check out the most important differences between the various Series 3 models.
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Braun Series 3 overview
The new Series 3 from Braun is a no-frills family of electric shavers aimed at the budget-conscious buyer.
It features a simple 3-blade fixed shaving head. The 3 shaving elements are however independent and can move freely.
As with all modern Braun razors, the blades and foils are integrated into a single piece called a cassette.
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 like the 340s, 380s and so on.
The design of the current shavers is sleeker and more refined, but again, nothing too radical.
They are still instantly recognizable as Braun Series 3 razors.
Braun Series 3 differences and model comparison
The new Series 3 lineup is actually comprised of 3 distinct subfamilies of electric shavers.
Apart from the differences in price and visuals, there are some performance differences as well.
Let’s check out each of them.
1. Braun Series 3
This is the basic Series 3 line, with models like the 310s (wet & dry) or 300s (dry only).
They are also the least expensive Series 3 variation, but that comes with a few shortcomings: there’s no slide-out hair trimmer and the shavers are fitted with a smaller battery that provides only 20 minutes of cordless operation.
The dry-only models (for example, the 300s) will however work while charging.
The basic Series 3 shavers like the 300s above also come with a different shaving head than the rest of the Series 3 (part number 21b).
You can however use the better shaving head (32b/32s) as it will fit just fine.
The 21b cassette is inferior in my opinion to the 32b; it’s not as comfortable nor as smooth and seems to require more strokes in order to get a clean shave.
2. Braun Series 3 ProSkin
The ProSkin line is the more premium Series 3 and includes features like a slide-out hair trimmer (certain models), a bigger battery (45 minutes of use) and better battery level indicator.
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 340s is now the 3040s and so on.
The ProSkin models are also available with a cleaning station — for example, the Series 3 ProSkin 3050cc.
Performance-wise, the ProSkin models aren’t much different from the basic, entry-level Series.
They do have a nicer design and better ergonomics, mainly to that textured rubberized sleeve.
The main difference is the shaving head (32s/32b) that has a revised hole pattern, supposedly helping to catch the hairs more efficiently.
In practice, the 32b cassette of the ProSkin Series 3 feels more comfortable and handles longer, flat-lying hairs significantly better.
Braun 32b replacement cassette
By the way, the 32s is just the variation of this shaving head with a silver frame (hence the s). The 32b has a black frame.
The 32b/32s is a quick upgrade for the more basic Series 3 models like the 300s or 310s. As mentioned previously, it is compatible and will fit perfectly.
Here’s a table showing the main differences between the most popular Series 3 ProSkin models.
The dry-only models will also work with the cord plugged in, so if that’s important to you, you may very well opt for one of those.
The wet & dry Series 3 can only be operated cordless as a safety precaution.
All Series 3 shavers (including the dry-only models) are waterproof and can be rinsed under the tap for effective cleaning.
3. Braun Series 3 Shave&Style
The Shave&Style models are basically the exact same models of the basic Series 3 (310s, 300s) and Series 3 ProSkin (3010s, 3000s), but they also include a trimmer attachment and 5 combs.
As a result, you can swap the shaving head and use the trimmer with the trimmer attachment to maintain a beard or even to shave your head.
There are four Shave&Style models available: the 3010BT (wet & dry), 3000BT (dry only), 310BT (wet & dry) and 300BT (dry only).
As the names suggest, they are basically the Series 3 ProSkin 3010s, 3000s, 310s and 300s, respectively, but bundled with the aforementioned accessories for styling the hair/beard.
You can also purchase the trimmer attachment and combes separately and use them with any Series 3 model. The part number for the set is 32BT.
I wouldn’t really consider the 300BT and 310BT (based on the basic Series 3) because of their smaller battery and the 21b cassette.
Which Series 3 model should you buy?
That decision should really come down to two factors: your budget and your personal requirements.
For example, the basic Series 3 should be very appealing due to its low price.
The smaller battery is a minus, especially in the case of the wet & dry models like the 310s that will not work while charging.
Also, the entry-level Series 3 only has a low charge indicator, so that could take you by surprise when you least expect it.
There is a 5-minute quick charge feature that should provide enough charge to complete one shave.
Some users consider the ability to use a shaver cordless and corded a must-have, so if that’s the case, you should check out some of the dry-only models.
The Braun 300s is one of those and likely the cheapest Series 3 you can buy right now.
Braun Series 3 300s
The 21b cassette is my main gripe with it, but as mentioned previously, you can actually upgrade to the better 32b/32s.
My personal pick would be the 3000s (cordless and corded) or 3040s (cordless only, hair trimmer) from the ProSkin line.
The bigger battery, nicer design, better battery display indicator (certain models), and the slide-out trimmer (certain models) are the main reasons for that.
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s
You can usually get them for not a whole lot more money compared to the 300s above.
For example, the 3040s is often discounted and thus offers fantastic value for money.
It’s also fitted with a slide-out trimmer. And while far from being great, it’s still useful for some light grooming.
Alternatively, there’s the Series 3 3010s that I reviewed here and it’s basically identical to the 3040s, minus the slide-out trimmer.
However, if you can get it for significantly less money, I think it’s a solid option.
Finally, the dry-only ProSkin 3000s can be used while charging, so again if that’s a must-have for you, it can be bought for a very reasonable price.
Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3000s
Again, no trimmer is present on this shaver, but that’s not a deal-breaker in my opinion.
Performance-wise, all the Series 3 ProSkin are exactly the same, so you should only consider the price and accessories/features when deciding which one to buy.
So what about the cc Series 3 ProSkin models that come with a cleaning station?
Well, they are usually quite pricey for an entry-level razor and to be honest, the shavers are pretty easy to clean manually.
The station seems to remain unchanged from the previous Series 3 generation and it uses the same alcohol-based Braun CCR refills.
The Series 3 ProSkin 3050cc is one of the models that include the cleaning base and again, it looks like the top pick as it usually costs less than the other similar models (3070cc, 3090cc).
As mentioned previously, a very interesting addition to the Series 3 is the set of compatible accessories (called Braun 32BT) designed specifically for men who maintain a beard.
Precisely, we have a trimmer attachment that works very similarly to a regular facial trimmer and can be used to trim an entire beard.
You simply take 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 and combs 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).
Who should you buy the Braun Series 3?
As mentioned earlier, the Series 3 is Braun’s entry-level family of electric razors for men.
If you’re not particularly demanding when it comes to the closeness of the shave and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on an electric shaver, the Series 3 is one of the most compelling offerings out there.
They’re priced quite reasonably, especially the dry-only ProSkin models that represent a great compromise in my opinion.
The Series 3 shavers work best when used on shorter facial hair, but perform better than other similarly priced foil shavers from the competition when used on a 2 or 3 days beard (the ProSkin models in particular).
They are arguably the most comfortable electric razors in this price range as well, so if you have sensitive skin, definitely consider them.
The Braun Series 3 would also be an excellent choice for a beginner or a teenager. They are really easy to use, clean and cheap to maintain.
They’re usually inexpensive to buy as well and you can often find several Series 3 models for a bargain price.
And as we saw, as far as shaving performance goes, they are all basically the same.
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 a top position in the entry-level market of electric razors.
Series 3 alternatives
In this segment of affordable electric razors, the Series 3, particularly the ProSkin sub-series, is a really solid option.
However, the competition also offers a few interesting shavers.
If you think a rotary would suit you better or you know from previous experience that you usually get a better shave using one, definitely check out the Series 2000 or even 3000 from Philips (Norelco).
My picks would be the Shaver 2300 from the Series 2000 or the Shaver 3800/3500 from the slightly better and slightly pricier Series 3000.
As for other similar foil razors to the Series 3, the Panasonic Arc 3 line has been their main competitor for years.
The Arc 3 razors shave a bit closer than the Series 3, but aren’t as good on longer, flat-lying hairs.
They’re also pricier and the replacement foils and blades are more expensive.
It all comes down to what would better suit your needs. For more details you can check out my detailed comparison.
All Arc 3 models perform the same as long as they’re fitted with the powerful 13 000 CPM (cycles per minute) motors. Such models are the ES8103, ES-LT67 or the ES-LL41-K.
If you can’t get any of those Arc3s, definitely check the specs sheet and look for that 13 000 CPM motor.
Avoid the ones that come with the 10 000 or 7600 units, those will perform noticeably worse.
That pretty much concludes my comparison of the Braun Series 3 electric shavers. Hopefully you now have a clear understanding of the differences between the various models and you can choose the one that will suit you the best.
As usual, if you have any other questions, make sure to post them in the comments section below.
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What is the difference between the Series 3 3040s, and the 3040? Thanks!
Hi Alan, it’s actually the same shaver. The model name is 3040s, but it’s sometimes referred to without the s.
Hi I have a series 3 340 wet & dry do all the replacement heads fit the for the 3 do the job and for the price do you think I might as well just bye a new razor
If the battery still holds a decent charge, you could buy a replacement shaving head as they are pretty reasonably priced. You will need the 32b replacement cassette for your 340s. But if you can get a new Series 3 ProSkin for not a whole lot more (that depends on the current discounts and the country you live in), then getting the whole razor does make more sense.
What is the difference between tho 3040 and 3010
The Series 3 3010s doesn’t have a long hair trimmer.
i want to buy 3030s
is it good ? and what is the different between 3030s &3040s ??
what is the maximum hair length it can shave ??
The 3030s is suitable for dry shaving only. The shaving performance between the two is identical. The Series 3 works best when used on short facial hair – I would say below 2.5 mm.
Hope this helps.
The 3090cc is wet and dry I believe
The 3090cc is a dry only model. Actually all the Series 3 shavers that include the cleaning station — the cc models — are suitable for dry only operation.
Please include in the comparing table these informations:
A new column to show if corded/cordless.
A model number 3045
Thank you for your comment. I added an additional explanation below the table. The 3045s is identical to the 3040s, but as far as I know it is sold only in Europe.
Can I use the Braun 3 directly of the mains power?
the dry only models can be used while connected to the mains. The wet & dry ones cannot due to safety concerns. You can find all the dry only Series 3 models in the table above.
Which is a better buy, 3040s or 3010BT?
That depends on what you need from an electric razor. If you maintain a beard or goatee, the 3010BT would be the one to have. Otherwise you can go for the 3040s and use its hair trimmer for minor touchups. The shaving performance of both is identical and they use the same shaving heads.
Hello Ovidiu, thanks a lot for your review it helps me a lot.
Now the only question is which shaving head suits for the 3010BT and which for the 3040S? The same replacement works for both? And which model of replacement would be?
Ok….I’ve already read the whole article, then another comparisson.
What are the differences between the 310S vs the 3010S?
Both the 3010BT and the 3040s use the same shaving head (32b).
Regarding the 310s vs 3010s, the former has a smaller battery (only 20 minutes of shaving time vs 45 in the case of the 3010s). Other than that and some minor design differences, they are very similar.
What’s the difference on shaver heads of the 3080 and the 3010BT and if needs can you add the beard head to the 3080
The shaving heads of the two models mentioned by you are identical and yes, you can certainly use the beard attachment with the 3080.
do you know the difference between 3020s and 3030s beside the color?
Also what is the precision lock?
The color is basically the only difference between them; both come with a hair trimmer and a protective cap. The precision lock is just a switch that locks the blades into place and it’s only present on certain Series 3 models (please see the table in the article). Neither the 3020s or the 3030s has it, but it doesn’t really matter.
Hope this helps.
Hello can you use the accessories from 3010BT ( different trimming size heads) for the 3040s, or 3030s, 3020s, etc?
Absolutely, they are compatible with the models you mentioned.
I have a 3050cc which will no longer work…If I purchase a 3040, can I still use the cleaning and charging station that came with the 3050 for the 3040? Thanks.
Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately the answer is no, the 3040 won’t work with a cleaning station. Only the cc models that originally came with a cleaning station will work with one.
What is the difference between the 310s and the 3040s, other than $30? Thank you!
The 310s has a much smaller battery than the 3040s (20 minutes of shaving time vs 45). Also, the 310s lacks the hair trimmer.
Thank you for your reply and thorough reviews!
Thanks for the informative review of the Braun 3 Series shavers. It’s refreshing to find an unbiased review that’s not a “paid advertisement”. I purchased the 3010BT to replace my old Braun 7526 that recently died and a cheap off brand beard trimmer. While the 7526 was an excellent shaver, I am not a fan of the cleaner cartridges. They work well put are not very cost effective. Looking forward to see how well this unit works and how easy it is to clean.
Thanks again for the review.
Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the information useful.
Hello, hope you may help me.
Is 3045s compatible with an cleaning and charging station?
I’ve had it for several years now, but lost the shaver during the travel.
So before buying 3045s trying to figure it out.
The station i have looks identical for the one in the picture (The Braun Series 3 3050cc).
Looking forward for your reply.
Thank you in advance.
Unfortunately no, the 3045s won’t work with a cleaning station.
Are there 3 series models compatible with it?
Goal is to buy shaver that is compatible with the station. Without buying new one! 😛
Thank you in advance, Ovidiu!
Only the cc models that originally came with a cleaning station (like the 3050cc, 3090cc and so on) will be compatible with the cleaning station.
So unfortunately you cannot buy a solo model like the 3040s for example as it will not work with a cleaning station.
Why? Isn’t the head and charge adapter the same?
The Series 3 solo models lack the electronics needed to communicate with the station. The Series 7 is the only one that will work with a compatible cleaning & charging station.
I have a 320 S4 what is the difference with all the other shavers and its only dry I believe?
The 320-s4 is part of the previous generation and yes, it’s suitable for dry only use. However, in terms of features and performance it’s very similar to the new Series 3 models. It uses the same foils and blades and it’s also fitted with a long hair trimmer. If you can find it at a better price than let’s say a 3040s, then by all means go for it. As I said, the actual shaving performance will be the same.
Could you please tell me whythw 3040s cannot be used with the cleaning station which will happily clean 3050, 3070 and 3090 ?
Unlike the 3050cc, 3070cc and 3090cc, the 3040s lacks the electronics needed to communicate with the station. This is the case with all Braun s (solo) models except for the Series 7. The Series 7 solo shavers will work with a compatible cleaning station, while the Series 3, 5 and 9 will not.
Thanks for your detailed review, yet I have a question.
what is the difference between 3040s and 3020s? I know 3040s is Wet&Dry and 3020s is Dry only.
(if understand correctly they both have the same performance and use the same shaving head). So can I use 3020s as Wet&Dry?
how 3040s technically different from 3020s to operate Wet&Dry.
Thank you for your comment. Both the 3040s and 3020s are IPX7 certified, so you can submerge them in water without any problems. However, the 3040s is explicitly marketed as a wet & dry shaver since it won’t work while charging (as a safety precaution). The 3020s does work when it’s connected to an outlet, so that would be a serious risk if someone where to use it like that in the shower for example.
The performance of the two shavers is indeed identical and they also use the same shaving head.
Hope this helps.
Thanks Ovidiu for your reply.
So, can I use 3020s, and 3030s as wet (with gel) [as long as I discorded them – as a safety precaution] without any damage to the shaver or degrading in the performance?
You are welcome, Mark. While I cannot explicitly recommend it (for obvious reasons), there are many users that have successfully used them in that manner, with absolutely no damage to the shavers. Just make sure to clean your Series 3 after every use and also lubricate it regularly (clipper oil, sewing machine oil or a lubricating spray like Remington Shaver Saver will work great).
I am new to using electronic shaver and would like to buy a good shaver to get rid of the stubble without hurting my chin. Which model is the best shaver that is good and long lasting?
Thank you for your comment. If you’re only referring to the Series 3, the 3040s is usually the best option (in terms of price and features). Otherwise, there are many factors to take into account when looking for a shaver that is suitable for you and you alone. I highly recommend you to check out this article as I cover the topic in great deal and also make quite a few shaver recommendations.
hi dude , you doing great job ! educating people .. could you just help me about which brauns trimmer gives best and closest shave , budget under 100$ , india !
Thank you for your comment. I am not familiar with Braun’s prices in India, but you may be able to grab a Series 5 for under $100. That’s definitely the best Braun shaver you can get in that price range. Try to look for a solo model (that doesn’t come with a cleaning station), they are always cheaper than the cc models.
Hope this helps.
I have an old Braun 5 series, and just bought the 3020S to use while travelling.
I’m dismayed, however, to find that I cannot separate the cutter head from the blades, so I can only clean them with running water. This seems to me to be a retrograde step, probably to ensure users have to buy the whole assembly at a greater price.
My question is how best to clean the blades and foil. Hot water seems a poor way of doing that, and direct application of an alcohol cleaner is better than just spraying into the head.
Also, do you recommend running the shaver while dousing it in hot water to clean it.
Where exactly does one insert the drop of oil? Should the oil be used while the shaver is running?
Is the old Braun 5 series more powerful and efficient than the new 3020 series?
Thank you for your comment. All current Braun shavers (except for their travel shavers) use these so-called cassettes that have the blades and foils merged into a single piece. This does make a manual cleaning more difficult, but on the Series 3 is not nearly as bad compared to the current Series 5, 7 or 9. I’ve found that the best way to clean them is to use a bit of liquid soap and warm tap water. After completing your shave, remove the cassette and gently tap the plastic frame on the sink to get rid of the bulk of hair strands. Put it back on the shaver, add a bit of water and few drops of liquid soap on the foils, then turn the shaver on and let it run for around 15 seconds. You can add a few drops of water if needed so the soap can lather nicely. Rinse the shaving head under warm tap water (with the shaver still running). After that, turn the razor off, remove the cassette, rinse it thoroughly (both the outside and the inner part). Rinse the shaver’s body as well, shake off the water and gently pat the parts with a towel and let them air dry completely.
As for the lubrication, I would do it after every cleaning that involves the use of soap. You must place a single drop of oil on the outside of each cutting element (in the case of the Series 3, two foils and one middle trimmer). Let the shaver run for a few seconds so the oil can coat the blades evenly, then pat the foils gently with a paper tissue to absorb any excess oil.
I haven’t got the chance to test the older Series 5 unfortunately, so I cannot compare it directly to the Series 3. The current Series 5 is a superior shaver though, it feels more powerful and faster and also gets flat hairs a lot more efficiently.
Hope this helps.
Question.. first I no longer have the original instructions. I’ve been satisfactorily using my Series 3 Braun for quite a few years. I do complain the head could perform longer than two to three months before needing replacement. I’m writing because the small AMBER light is now lit but I don’t know why. I’m familiar with the charging green light. What does the yellow light indicate? I don’t recall seing this light glowing. What should I be doing about it.
Is it the low-charge light in this picture? If not, you may be referring to the replacement light that comes on after at least 18 months. You can press and hold the power switch for at least 5 seconds to reset it.
Is braun 310s or 3010bt Suitable for shaving baldness (head hair) or for shaving face hair only?
You can use an electric shaver to shave your head as well (even though they are designed to shave facial hair). Just make sure the hair on your head is very short — otherwise, it will miss and yank some of them. The Series 3 is a very decent entry-level razor, but something like a Braun Series 9 or Panasonic Arc 4/5 will be faster and more efficient (and also cost a lot more).
Hope this helps.
I have not read comments about BRAUN 300S. I was comparing that model Vs 3020, and I think the only different is that 3020 has a popup trimmer, isn´t it?
BTW, I want to use to it to shave my head, I guess these shavers are also suitable to do it.
Thanks 4 your help!
Yes, that’s the main difference. The 3020 also comes with the 32b shaving head that has different foil hole pattern compared to the older 21b on the 300s. But the differences between them are not major.
You can use a Series 3 for shaving your head as well.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I’ve been googling for days to buy my first electric shaver ever.
I gradually downgraded from series 9 to 3 (money!).
I was so confused but you made it so clear.
Again, thank you.
You are very welcome, glad you found the article useful.
Hi Ovidiu, can you give me an advice, I want to buy my first braun shaver, Which One I should buy between 3 Series???, I really need braun shaver which can make my face super duper clean from facial hair…please give me an advice for the best one, I need super deep clean result, thnks before
From your comment, I understand that it must be a Braun Series 3, so in that case my recommendation would be the 3040s. While all the models in the Series 3 ProSkin will ultimately shave the same, the 3040s is usually priced reasonably, it’s available in most regions, it’s a wet/dry model and it also has a slide out trimmer. The Series 3 is a very decent budget shaver, however I personally think that a Series 5 is superior in pretty much every aspect. So if you’re willing to spend a bit more on that one, I think it’s well worth the investment.
Thank you for your quick answer.
Can I use the braun series 3 wet and dry electric shaver/razor in Europe?
Yes, you can use it in Europe, however you will need a simple and cheap plug adaptor to charge it.
Hi, Im looking at buying a 3000bt, right now the 3010bt is only about $10 more so my question is what are really the differences?
I know that 3010 is for wet and dry while the 3000 is for only dry, but from my understanding the only real difference is that the 3000 can be used corded. If I would use the 3000 uncorded, are there any differences compared to the 3010?
That is correct, there aren’t any other differences (besides the color). The 3000bt is not wet/dry certified, but you can still rinse it under the tap (it comes with IPX7 waterproofing). The corded use is a perk of these dry only models.
First of all, sorry for my English, it is not my native language.
I had the 350cc shaver, but it broke a few days ago. I am thinking buying the 3020s, but do you know if it will be compatible with the 350cc clean&charge station?
Thanks for your replay.
Unfortunately no, the 3020s will not work with the cleaning station. In fact, none of the solo models (that end in s) will work with a cleaning station.
My new 3080s shaver doesn’t seem to work in my old Series 3 Clean and Charge stand. Any reason why that is the case?
The Series 3 models that end in s (like your 3080s, 3040s end so on) lack a chip used to communicate with the station, so they will not work. Only a cc shaver that originally came with a station will work.
Does the 3010 cut the same as the 3040s??
Yes, the 3010s and 3040s shave exactly the same.
I already have a charging station (from the older S 3090 series). Will the newer models like S3080 that DO NOT come with a charging station still work with the charging station, e.g., can I clean a model that does not come with a charging station using an existing charging station, or will only the 3050, 3070, and 3090 work?
No, as mentioned in the article, the Series 3 shavers that do not come with a cleaning station will NOT work with one.
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Nonetheless, I am new to shaving and I had just bought the 3030s. I have some questions regarding this.
1) From what I’ve read, the 3030s is a dry shave shaver. Meaning to say that I am not supposed to put water or anything to shave, am I right?
2) I understand that I have to wash it by running through running water after every shave. However, how often do I need to perform a thorough cleaning (i.e. removing the top part and using the brush).
Thank you for your comment. To answer your questions:
1) That is correct, you are supposed to use it on dry skin only. You may use a pre-electric shave lotion (that dries in a matter of seconds), this can sometimes help with getting a closer and more comfortable shave.
2) It’s really up to you. I like to be more thorough when cleaning my shavers, so even if I only use them dry (so no gel/lather is involved), I like to give the shaving head good rinse under the tap, then remove it for more rinsing. Sometimes I would even use some liquid soap. But that’s just me.
If that sounds too fiddly, you can just let it run under the tap. Removing the shaving head would however be recommended after rinsing, otherwise it will take a longer time for the water to evaporate.
Also, the brush is only meant to be used on the inside of the cassette and not directly on the outer foils (the parts that come into contact with your skin). I personally find the brush useful only when for some reason I cannot rinse the shaver.
Hope this helps.
Hi, i recently bought Braun 3040s Proskin here in Belgium, can you help me please what cassette i need to buy? is it 31s or 32s. Thank you
The required part number for your shaver is 32s. The 31s cassette is only compatible with the older generation Series 3.
I’m 16 ans i’m looking for a pretty good shaver and i’m searching in the braun serie3 . After Mandy hours of comparison for my first shaver i’ve seen different models the 3080s and the 3090cc so i’ve got differents questions which one do you think is the better one ?
Do you think the clean and charge station is really usefull?
For the 3080s do you think wet and dry is usefull for sensitive skin?
Can i buy after a protective cap ?
And can you say me dit the two have same options (a part of wet and dry ) ?
As far as shaving performance is concerned, both the 3080s and 3090cc are the same (in the context of dry shaving since only the 3080s is a wet/dry shaver). In my opinion, the cleaning station isn’t a must-have with the Series 3, so I would go for a cheaper model without the station (like the 3010s, 3040s, 3080s, etc.).
Using a shaver wet (with shaving cream) can be beneficial if you have very sensitive skin. You can buy a protective cap later on as well.
Hope this helps.
Hi, is this series suitable for very close shave result?
I’m gonna use it to shaved my bald head.
I can’t use any razors because they always give me razor bumps on the skin.
If it can’t do that job, which electric shaver you would suggest that can do close shave where the price are not expensive?
I think it could work well for shaving the head, but I cannot tell you that with certainty as I personally don’t shave my head. As a face shaver, the Series 3 is a very good option in this price range. A Series 5 will likely be a better option for shaving the head as well, but they are a bit pricier. Check out some of the solo models like the 5030s or 5040s, they usually have a more reasonable price.
Hi, I have braun 340s and i think to get my fathers cleaning station for CCR2 cartridges. Why do you say that it can not work? Thanks in advance, Dax
The models that didn’t originally come with a station — the ones ending in –s like your 340s — lack an electronic component (chip) that allows the shavers to pair with the station. As a result, they will not work.
Hello – I have a series 3 cc model which has stopped working – i can’t find a series 3 cc that is available without the cleaning station which seems an awful waste having to buy another one and to throw out the original station – do you know of anywhere that I can purchase a cc model on its own so that I continues to use the original cleaning station
The cc shavers are only sold with a cleaning station. So unfortunately you can’t buy just the shaver alone.
Thank you for your rapid reply
What a waste this is
hi,what model its newer and better 3080s or 3000bt?
thanks in advance
Both are from the same generation and performance-wise they are the same. The main difference is that the 3000BT comes with a trimmer attachment and various combs for trimming and edging a beard. That may or may not be of use to you. The 3080s on the other hand has an integrated slide-out trimmer, suitable for basic grooming.
Hi, will a 3090cc fit an old 390cc docking station? If not, what new shaver will? My old shaver broke. Be a shame to also throw away the old docking station. I Can leave it at parents etc.
The 3090cc will likely fit in the station, but I’m not sure that the cleaning feature will work. The shavers have a chip inside that allows them to pair with the compatible stations and I cannot tell you with certainty that a newer shaver like the 3090cc will pair with the station of your 390cc. The only 100% guaranteed to work solution would be to get another 390cc if you can still find one.
Many thanks for the quick reply.
Thinking about it, I am in for an upgrade, which has a good stainless steel body and will last longer.
My previous two series 3 shavers, had plastic lugs which snapped off, making Shaver unuseable.
Do the more expensive version 6,7 etc, have better builds? Or Do they have more features, but the same plastic breakable parts to them?
You are very welcome, Martin. The other shavers in Braun’s lineup (from the Series 5 and up) are actually all made out of plastic, but they are more feature-rich and the performance compared to a Series 3 is noticeably better. The Series 5 usually offers the best value for money and even the Series 7 if you can get a great deal on one of those. I wouldn’t let the plastic build steer me away from getting one, they’re quite sturdy actually and I’ve never had one fail on me yet.
None of the current shavers has a stainless steel body, at least not to my knowledge. There are a few select models from Panasonic and Philips that have aluminum bodies and those are quite nice. However, the shaving unit is still made out of plastic.
Thanks Ovidiu,about close and speed shaving,exist any differnce from 3000BT and 3080s?-for me this its more important
No problem, John. They are absolutely identical in that regard.
Could you tell me what is the difference between 32s and 32b blades?
Also can I use 21B blade in my 3040s proskin shaver?
The only difference between the 32s and 32b shaving heads is the color: silver and black, respectively (hence the s and b).
The 21B will fit your 3040s as well.
hi again Ovidiu,one more question pls about 3080s,exist any problem if me take out the blade and clean the machine with ruining water,its ok and safe that?-i think is better than using the small brush..
thank you again
It’s definitely ok, the 3080s is waterproof and you can rinse the shaving head and the rest of the shaver with tap water. I also prefer to use water instead of the brush with all my shavers that are waterproof.
I have an older model–the 320s-4–and the trimmer attachment is broken. Would you happen to know if the BT32 attachment would fit?
Yes, it would fit your 320s perfectly.
Is it your opinion that a Braun Series 3 foil razor would shave closer then a Philips Norelco series 5000 rotary razor?
I personally get a closer (and more comfortable) shave with a Series 3. I also think that for most users the Series 3 would be a safer choice than the Philips Series 5000. There are of course users that get better results with rotary shavers, so if you know from experience that you get along better with a rotary, then you may consider the Philips instead. But again, if that’s not the case, I would go with the Series 3.
Hey, first off. this is by far the clearest and most comprehensive reviews of the braun shavers. Great job!
When price checking the different series 3 variations and then comparing it to the cheapest series 5 variation, I came across what appears to be a new line of shavers, as amazon has a link for it (for release on january 21) though I can’t find any info on it on the braun website. here: https://www.amazon.com/Braun-Electric-Precision-Rechargeable-Cordless/dp/B07Z5K47ZV
Seems like you’re about to have some work on your hands.
My question to you is, at this intro pre-order price (plus amazon gives me the $5 clip coupon), i am trying to compare this to the series 3 3080s I found on BB&B for $64 (after 20% coupon of course).
Let me know your thoughts. It looks like braun is offering some “easy click” technology and the trimmer will now be a separate piece. I fouond a similar series 7 new version here: https://www.amazon.com/Braun-Electric-SmartCare-Precision-Rechargeable/dp/B07Z8J4MC6/
Excited to hear your thought, and thanks again for the write ups. They are fabulous.
Thank you so much for your comment, glad you found the reviews useful.
I’ve also seen these new Series 5 and 7 and I am as eager as everyone to try them. But until then I’m afraid I cannot offer any recommendation with a reasonable degree of certainty. I will say however that they are quite aggressively priced — significantly lower than the ongoing Series 5 and 7 models. The foil setup seems very similar to the Series 3 and so does the cleaning station with the protruding arm that holds the shaver in place.
Again, I can only speculate, but I would be really surprised if they will out-perform the current Series 5 and 7, respectively. They should be at least as good as the Series 3 though, so if you’re not in a hurry, the 5018s seems like a good alternative to the 3080s.
I will be getting them as soon as they’re available and post detailed reviews and comparisons.
What is the difference between the 3040 and the 3080?
Performance-wise, they are the same. The differences mainly consist of a head-locking switch on the 3080s and the included accessories. I posted a detailed comparison of these two models here.
Thanks for your comparisons, I have now decided which one to buy (3040), as there are not enough details anywhere else,
Regards from the UK.
No problem, glad you found the information useful.
I have an older model – 380s , which is great model – working with the same foil from the original buy.
Could you send me the part number for that foil , and if i would need to replace it , where shall i find an honest sight to do so ?
Thank you for your pro. advices.
The part number of the compatible cassette is 32b (black frame) or 32s (silver frame); you can find it on Amazon as well.
Got a 3010s and a plastic part came off when the cassette was removed. Does that qualify for warranty?
Definitely worth contacting Braun support and letting them know about the issue. They’re usually very cooperative and willing to send a free replacement cassette.
Is the 21b cassette discontinued? I’m having trouble finding it in Canada. The 32b is the one most available but on several sites others have complained of its quality. I know the 32b cassette will fit the 300s, but is it the same part or different in some way. It’s really annoying that Braun does not have the 21b available in my area nor a customer service line that I can contact with my questions.
The foil pattern is different, but no major differences between them. The 21b cassette can still be found on various online stores, so I’m inclined to think that it’s not discontinued. But if you can only get the 32b, that’s a perfectly fine alternative.
Hi, can Braun 3 3020 ProSkin be used for shaving head? I just ordered one.
I saw in one of the answer to a comment, you mentioned that we can use Braun 3 , but it didn’t specify Braun 3 3020 ProSkin. Actually why I am asking & confirming because some guy has mentioned that Braun 3 3020 cannot be used for shaving head.
Any foil electric shaver can be used for shaving the head as well. Some will work better than others though, especially the more advanced ones with larger shaving heads and higher quality cutting elements. The Series 3 ProSkin should work decently provided you use it on short hair.
Thanks for your quick response 🙂
I used to shave with a Braun for some years, but it was costing me a pricey new foil every 3 months when they wear out and start to develop holes on the foil, so I changed over to a Phillips Rotary for some years.
Then the other day I saw a special offer going on the Braun series 3000s, and as the 2 foils on the heard are much smaller than the older models, I thought let me try out this new Braun.
To my surprise I discovered that this shaver gives a much closer shave than the rotary. So I am back with Braun for sure.
I have the 3000TS model which comes with a small protective pouch and a traveling bag which can hold all your other items you would need on a trip. The only thing I was surprised to discover was it did not include the small cleaning brush and protective shaver head cap.
I thought it was a bit mean not to include them in the deal. I checked the handbook and it said using a * that they were not included in the sale. Now I have to spend extra cash buying these items. I would have thought a brush and protection cap was the norm?
Thank you for your comment. I agree that they should be the norm, but unfortunately they aren’t, at least not when it comes to Braun. Panasonic is a lot more consistent with these accessories. Braun only includes the cap with several Series 3 and 5 models, while the brush is included with most of them. I am sorry you didn’t get any with your Series 3000TS, but at least it came with the travel case (that one’s missing with most Series 3 models).
Thabks Ovidiu for your quick reply!
Great review! Thanks so much for taking the time to write it. Off to get my new Braun razor today!
You are very welcome, hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new razor.
As i know, 310s is made in china, but 3040s is made in germany…
Both are actually made in China. Only the Series 5 shavers and up are made in Germany.
Is there a significant difference in quality of braun shavers produced in china and germany?
In my region most of products are made in PRC and it is hard to find the version produced in the main factory.
All Braun Series 3 shavers are made in China. Only the Series 5 and up models are made in Germany.
3050cc is waterproof so why it can’t be used under the shower and with foam or gel?
All models that will work when plugged in are officially dry only shavers (as a safety precaution).
Which is better 3040s made in germany or 3010Bt made in china
Both are made in China actually. Performance-wise, they shave absolutely the same. The main difference is that the 3040s has an integrated slide-out trimmer, while the 3010BT comes with various attachments for trimming a beard.
Really awesome article… Thanks for your sincere efforts, I had been searching for two weeks for guidance to get the Series 3 one,
Just small request, regarding 300 BT , is it new version, and what is the difference with BT3000 and BT3010…
Thank you for your comment, Salah.
The 300BT comes with the 21b shaving head instead of the 32b (found on the 3000BT and 3010BT) and it also has a smaller battery. The 32b head is in my experience superior, so I would consider the 3000BT or 3010BT.
As for the differences between these two, the 3000BT is a dry only shaver that will also work with the cord plugged in, while the 3010s is wet/dry and can only be operated cordless.
Undecided between the 3020s and the 3000BT as I use the trimmer frequently.
So I was wondering if the different trimmer (slide out vs head) would actually make a difference in terms of quality.
Is the specific head much better than the slide out?
That would really depend on what exactly are you using the trimmer for.
If you’re only trimming and shaping your sideburns, then the slide-out trimmer would be more practical. If you need to pre-trim or maintain a beard, the dedicated beard trimmer will be a lot more capable.
If you decide to go with the 3020s, you can also buy the trimmer and combs set later on as it’s 100% compatible.
I was shopping for a shaver today and was going to buy the 3040s. I used your site to compare the Series 3 models. The first store I went to had one 3040s in stock, but the package was already opened and I did not want to buy it. I remember noticing the package said something like “Designed and engineered in Germany.” The 3000s boxes next to it said “Made in Germany.” I thought it was interesting the lower model was made in Germany, but not the higher one.
I went to a different store and noticed the 3040s boxes there said “Made in Germany” on them. At home, I looked on the shaver itself and it does say “Made in Germany” on it. The year 2020 is also on there. I wonder if Braun has shifted some production from China to Germany. I am located in the United States, in case that makes any difference in what I saw being stocked.
Many thanks for the information. That’s really interesting — all the Series 3 models were previously only made in China, while the Series 5 and up were made in Germany. With the whole 2020 pandemic situation, some companies are actually relocating the production away from China, so that could very well be the case here. I will look more into it and update the article accordingly.
My husband has a Braun S3 Wet & Dry 3080 Shaver. He is trying to replace the foil head but he wants to know if he orders a 21B & not a 32S will it still fit correctly?
The 21B head will fit fine as well, but performance-wise, the 32s/32b is noticeably better. I’ve used both and I definitely think it’s worth spending a bit more on the 32s/32b.
Thanks for the information
Hi, I have to choose between 3 models:
Braun 3200, price 70 euros.
Braun Series 5 50-M4500, price 99 euros
Braun Series 7 7842s, price 169 euros.
What is the best choice , is there major difference? Better shaver head etc…?
The differences between the Series 3, the Series 5 (the 50-M4500 is the new 2020 model), and the Series 7 are quite a few, including the price, comfort, power and how the shavers deal with difficult facial hair (for example, hairs that stay flat on the skin). Performance-wise, I’d say the difference between the 3020 and the 50-M4500 is not that noticeable, so if your budget is more limited, then go with the 3020. Also, if you have a lighter beard, it’s not really worth spending a lot of money on an advanced shaver.
If the price is not an issue, then the Series 7 is clearly the better shaver. It is more comfortable, faster, a lot better with flat-lying hairs and overall more enjoyable to use.
Thank You! I will choose series 7 or 9 after all…i found a good price for Panasonic ES-LF 51, but it’s not so good for heavy growing beard??…I have to shave every day…
Thanks for info, this site is absolutely the best one!
You are welcome, glad you found the site useful. Actually, the ES-LF51 is quite a capable shaver and works very well on short, relatively straight stubble. You can read my review of it here to see if it would make more sense than the Series 7 or 9. Those don’t shave quite as close in my experience, but are more comfortable and better with shaving flat-lying hairs.
I bought Braun 7 790cc after hard thinking and the price was 170 dollars, good choice 🙂 ?
Given the current prices, I think it’s a pretty good deal.
This is really impressive, patient, work – thanks for doing it. I’m seeing white 3020s models in the UK listed on the box as 5m waterproof.
As you’ve covered in the chart and in the several posts above, the 3020s is meant as a dry shaver. The 5m waterproof isn’t a change on Braun’s part is it?
I’m assuming it is marketed as a dry shaver in that it works when plugged so *shouldn’t* be used in water, but the unit is waterproof to 5 metres so *could* be used in the shower (but absolutely not while plugged, and shouldn’t be charged while wet as that would be dangerous)?
Just wanted to check that the 5m isn’t a new thing! Thanks
Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated.
You are absolutely correct.
Excellent in-depth explanation in simple words without any confounding mumbo-jumbo. You also seem very knowledgeable about practical matters regarding the shavers. Thank you for your efforts and for being of help to many of us.
I had a question: What if one were to use a dry only Braun Series 3 shaver with a shaving cream (not in the shower but just with a shaving cream) then what would happen? I realize it is not recommended but I am just curious as to what goes wrong with the shaver if the dry only shaver is used with a shaving cream?
Thank you in anticipation of your answer.
Thank you for the kind words, Samir, much appreciated. Glad you found the info useful.
Regarding your question, there are users that have successfully used a dry only Series 3 in the manner you described. All Series 3 models are waterproof (IPX7). I obviously can’t recommend using an electric shaver in a way that goes against the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Hope this helps.
I have a Braun 340s-4 wet/dry rechargeable shaver that I bought 4 and half years ago; I use the shaver basically every day (there are some occasions I skip the weekend shave), but normally I have the shave in the mornings without fail; this is just to say that Braun series 3, especially the model I’ve got (340s-4) is awesome; it has the same original “cassette”(head/cutter) as I haven’t changed it yet, and it shaves still with an 90% of effectiveness despite is more than 4 years old; it is obvious that the head/cutter is not as sharp as when it was brand new, but still it gives me very close, smooth, and irritation-free shaves in both dry and/or wet mode, the battery hold the charge for almost 2 weeks (when new the shaver was giving me 3 weeks of cordless shaves) but now it’s old and that was expected; nevertheless Braun 340s-4 dry/wet foil shaver is one of the best I’ve ever had (I had a few shavers in the past (Philips rotary dry shavers, Sanyo foil wet/dry shaver, Remington Rotary and Foil dry shavers and other Braun dry foil shavers) but the Braun brand has been one of the best, more durable, reliable, resonable (price) and an excellent-awesome performance.
I have also a Philips series 1000 dry rotary shaver, I got it 2 and half years ago for as little as £19.99 English pounds; as I had Philips rotary dry shavers in the past that gave me good shaves but with the problem of a bit of irritation I was like a bit skeptical with this Philips shaver, but it’s been a wonderful surprise to me; the Philips can handle 4 days beard of not shaving without a problem, giving me a wonderful, smooth and super close shave; I can recommend this Philips series 1000 rotary dry shaver for those that do not shave every day but want to have a comfortable, close and smooth shaves (without breaking the bank) as it offers excellent performance for a clean close shave for a very little price.
The trick of having a very long-lasting working shaver is to keep it clean and lubricated, also dry -empty the battery (in the case of Braun shavers) at least every 4 to 5 months in order to maintain a good performance and prolong the life of the battery, do this and I can assure you that your shaver regardless the model or brand, will last you for a very long time and it’ll give you excellent performances with clean, close and smooth shaves.
Many thanks for taking the time to share this — it’s actually quite impressive that after 4 and a half years of constant daily use your shaver can still hold a decent charge and it still uses the original cassette. I totally agree with your tips for maintaining a shaver in top shape. My experience with Braun shavers has been similar in terms of battery life, particularly the Series 7 in my case. It seems to be just as good as when the shaver was brand new.
Your results with the Series 1000 are also in line with the idea that rotary shavers, even the very basic ones, can usually handle longer beards better than most foil razors. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions (the Series 9000 Prestige and the new Series 6000), I almost always get irritation, so foil shavers are definitely more suitable for me.
I had a Braun Syncro the 7500 series razor that I bought new in 2005 and it lasted me 10 years! They made them nice in those days.
I believe it was the 1st razor to use the clean&charge system?
My current razor is the 390cc and had that since 2015.
Thinking about a 3090cc for my next purchase.
Great info on this page. Love !
Thank you for the comment, glad you found the info useful. That is correct, the Syncro System was the first one with an automatic cleaning station.
You’ll feel right at home with the 3090cc after using the 390cc.
thanks for a great review. is the clip on precision trimmer superior in cutting power to the pop up one?
I’d say that it is. A clip-on trimmer is powered in the same way as the regular foil head (it gets power directly from the motor), while an integrated trimmer is powered by a secondary linkage. But the main advantage is that the cutting edge of a trimmer attachment is wider and more practical for trimming large areas. The way you hold the shaver when using this type of trimmer is also a plus in my opinion.
great thanks for the response. that was what I was thinking re the power. I’ve never had a shaver without a pop up so was initially reluctant, but seeing as I use the trimmer frequently just to cut down to close stubble, it might make sense.
What is the difference between the 3040 and 3080 and can either be used corded?
I actually wrote a detailed comparison guide between these two here. Regarding your question, no, none of them can be used corded. If you need a Series 3 that can be used corded & cordless, check out the models with Dry only in the Operation column of the table above.
I have a Braun 3020s Proskin (Dry only with trimmer). I noticed that you said the only difference between the dry only and wet&dry models was that the wet&dry models would not work while plugged in as a safety precaution, to ensure no issues while shaving wet. Given the fact that all 3000 series models use the same cassette, and there’s no special design element to help with wet shaving (i.e, while using gel or cream), does that mean I can use the 3020s for wet shaving, so long as it is not plugged in? Thanks.
I cannot recommend something against the manufacturer’s guidelines, however, your observations are entirely correct as all the Series 3 ProSkin models are waterproof and share the same IPX rating.
What is the difference between the 3000S and the 3020S?
As shown in the comparison table abovee, the 3020s has a slide-out hair trimmer, while the 3000s doesn’t have one.
i was planning to purchase braun series 3 3040s and was wondering what other foil series is compatible with it
If you’re referring to the shaving head/cassette, then the 21b head used by the regular Series 3 models (the non ProSkin variations) will also fit. But I would suggest sticking to the 32b that originally comes with the 3040s as it is noticeably better.
What is the difference between 3010 BT and 3000 BT when it is written for both of them that they are waterproof upto 5 meters?
The 3000BT will also work with the cord plugged in, while the 3010BT is a cordless-only shaver.
Thank you for your quick reply, yeah I’ve read that about the cord, but I mean if I want to remove the shaver head and wash it with water from the inside, are they both fine with that?
I mean to wash the shaver from the inside, not wash the shaver head.
You are very welcome. Both are waterproof and actually have the same IP rating, so you can safely rinse it under the tap.
what is the difference between 3010BT and 3045s?
Do they both have the same trim size? I want as soft skin as possible.
Thanks in advance!
Without any extensions of course, default trim size. According to what I found 3045s has 0.05mm. But 3010BT it says it has 1mm, which I am not sure they meant with or without the extensions.
Both the 3010BT and 3045s use the same foil head (32b) so they will shave exactly the same. The 1mm refers to the trimming attachment, not the foil head.
I have been using 380s-4 for years. Recently an amber light blinked reminding me to change the blade. I bought 3040-S instead as the price is just a bit more than buying a new cassette. Since the machine 380s-4 is still running very well, I moved the cassette from 3040-S (32B) to 380s-4. Unfortunately I found the Precision mode switch on 380s-4 didn’t work, and I further found that there was a mechanical lackage on 32B to hook on the Precision switch of 380s-4. I understand there is not such a switch on 3040-S, my question are: aren’t 32B & 32S identical with the only difference of color? Which model of cassette could work with the Precision switch of 380s-4?
Thank you for your comment.
As far as I know, there’s a variation of the 32B cassette that comes with the Series 3 shavers that feature a precision lock (380s, 3080s, etc). However, it still uses the same part number, so it will be more difficult to find a 32B cassette that works with the precision setting switch. Because any 32B or 32S will work with any Series 3, you will often find your 380s in the list of compatible models, even if the precision switch will not work with that particular cassette. I recommend contacting Braun customer support and ask them where you can find the part, they’re usually very helpful in these situations.
Thank you very much for your quick response. Never know there is a variation of the 32B cassette. Your description & recommendation are very clear & helpful. Once again, many thanks.
I am new to Braun shaver and have a question about the foil blades. Do I ever need to take the foil blades out of the cassette and if not how do you clean them. The blades on my shaver accidently came out and now I can’t get them back in. Please advise.
No, you should never take the blades out of the cassette. You can still clean it fairly effectively by rinsing the head of the shaver with warm water and liquid hand soap (I posted a detailed guide here). If none of the plastic bits were broken when you accidentally took the blades out, you might be able to put them back properly. However, getting a new one might be the better option.
Yeah mine did that. If it comes apart again it can damage the foil and cut you. I just ordered a new cassette. better safe than sorry!
Which replacement head should I buy for 3040s model. Assuming you could use either for the 3040s shaver, what is the difference between the 32b and 32s head?
The color of the plastic frame is the only difference, they are basically the same otherwise. The 3040s comes with the black one (32b), but the 32s will also work perfectly fine.
Many Thanks Ovidiu! Great website!
Can I use 3000bt on sensitive skin and which of its heads should I use for body grooming
The 3000bt is a good choice for sensitive skin in this price range. I’d say it’s better than similarly priced shavers from other brands (Panasonic Arc 3, Philips Series 3000). The trimmer attachments and combs are intended to be used on the face and head only, so not for body grooming.
Currently………which Braun Series 3 / Series 5 Model is indigenously “Made in Germany” ??
Regarding them….which ones are both usable dry and wet ??
I dont need a sliding trimmer head though.
All the Series 3 I’ve used were made in China, while the Series 5 is made in Germany. Braun currently outsources the actual manufacturing to various companies and then just assembles the shavers in Germany, allowing them to state they’re made in Germany. That’s the case with all their shavers from the Series 5 and up, but no one knows exactly the extent and details of this procedure.
Regarding which Series 3 models are wet and dry, you can check out the table in the post above. As for the Series 5, there’s a similar table in this post.
Which entry-level electric shaver would you recommend for maintaining a short stubble? I’ve so far considered either getting the 300BT or the 310s, but not sure what works best. I’ve always used a cartridge razor instead, but I’ve never really been a big fan of the way my face looks completely clean-shaven.
For short stubble, I would rather consider something like the Philips OneBlade or the Series 3 3010BT (bigger battery compared to the 300BT). The smallest comb in any Braun BT model will give you a 1mm stubble, so I don’t know if that’s short enough for you.
Thank you for very useful information!
You are very welcome, glad you found it useful.
Can you tell me more about Braun 3000VS? How different it is from the other Braun’s Series 3 electric shavers.
As far as I know, it’s just a regular 3000S bundled with a nose and ear trimmer. The shaver itself is just like any other Series 3 ProSkin in terms of performance (it works both corded and cordless).
I see. Would you recommend it these days in terms of performance? I’m curious because it’s been awhile since its release.
Could I fit the 3010bt accessory trimming head onto a 3040s model, to have use of the different trimmer comb levels?
Yes, the trimmer head will fit the 3040s (or any other Series 3 ProSkin model) perfectly. The trimmer and combs are also available separately (part number is 32BT) if you can find them and don’t want to buy the whole 3010bt pack just for the accessories.
Many thanks for the informative article,, your review really helped me a lot while I’m searching on the difference on replacement head models 32b vs 21b.
I have the model 3030s , it’s dry only with red color. I see that this model are not mentioned here, as i guess it’s not popular model! I bought it on 2017 and it really showing good performance till today!
I just have a little question if you can advise; can I use it normally on bath/under water like the dry&wet models as it’s already waterproof? .. Or it may damage if used in water?
Thank again for your helpful review 🙂
Thank you for the comment, much appreciated. The 3030s was not widely available at the time of writing (I’ve now added it to the comparison as well). It’s basically a corded-cordless ProSkin shaver with a slide-out trimmer.
It is waterproof like all the other Series 3 models, dry only or wet/dry. The 3030s is a dry-only shaver as a safety measure since it can also work with the cord plugged in. I cannot suggest using a shaver against the manufacturer’s recommendation, so it’s up to you if you decide to do so (taking all the safety precautions).
Was just looking online for some information on the current lineup of electric razors to replace the one my dog chewed up recently. Skipped the usual articles from places like Menshealth, GQ magazine and the like. And at the bottom of the first page I found your website. I usually don’t leave comments but I was really blown away by the dedication you have for making an unnecessarily complicated buying decision for a lot of people into a much more straightforward one. Thank you for sharing the huge amount of knowledge you have about electric shavers with us. It is incredibly helpful.
Derry, thank you so much for the comment, you are too kind. I’m glad you found the site useful.
Can you buy a cc model Braun Series 3 shaver without the Clean and Charge station?
There seems to be Braun Series 3 300S RED with 20 min shaving time and Braun Series 3 300S RED Giftpack with reported 45 min shaving time with 1 hour of charging. Can this really be correct that Giftpack includes bigger battery?
If it does, would you recommend buying Braun Series 3 300S RED Giftback (with travel case) with NiMh battery, or bit more expensive Remington F5 Style (F5000) with Li-ion battery, if one wants to go with budget while keeping Mühle R89 as “the shaver” and electric as daily helper?
Also is there reasonable reasons to use more money in that case and get for example Braun Series 6 60 1000S for 99€, or Panasonic Arc5 for 99€?
The 300s with 45 minutes of shaving time is most likely an error. The basic Series 3 models like the 300s come with a smaller battery compared to the Series 3 ProSkin shavers that have 45. I would actually suggest getting a Series 3 ProSkin as a backup shaver since it also has a better shaving head (cassette) compared to the 300s. The ProSkin 3000s and 3040s are two such models, usually very reasonably priced. I think they’re overall better than the F5 style, even though the Remington does actually shave a bit closer.
The Arc 5 is a superior shaver in every aspect, but I’m not sure you should spend the extra money if you’ll only be using it as a helper. It’s definitely better than the Series 6 at the same price.
Gotta double check that battery somehow cause that (Braun 300S RED Gift pack) machine would be at discount now at 49€. Vomes with bag at same price as bt300 comes without, but with trimmerhead & combs. ProSkin and 3040 on the other hand are about 69-79€ so quite close those others mentioned.
Thanks also for comparing to Remington F5 Style. In my country dome buyers have said it to be better than Braun Series 5, but apparently that’s not the case exept for li-ion battery and “swing” head ehich might have cause those buyer reviews.
And yep, electric eill be secondary, I do have beard which I trim andvshave for other areas, especially when need bettet look. When time off & holidays I don’t shave as often, but atvtgevend might be that most shaves at week I would do with electric and eith razor only when want better results.
PS. Is there actual ptoblem if sometimes would test wet drive with dry shaver (I would upgrade to 32B head whenbtime to swhich if eould buy 300s) which should be watervproofvto becablevto wash?
You are very welcome. Regarding the 300S in the gift pack, I am certain that the battery is indeed the smaller one (20 minutes of cordless use). I’m afraid cannot suggest using an electric shaver contrary to what the manufacturer recommends (for safety reasons).
Yep you’re right about battery, exactly same gift pack can be found with 20 min cordless use.
I think I might choose Braun Series 5 – 50B1000S as an “compromise”. Currently 10€ cheaper than those Braun Series 3 ProSkin models, being 69€. Has li-ion battery with 50 min cordless use and is basicly Series 3 with facelift.
I quess I can’t go all wrong eith that, or what fo you think by selecting that?
Definitely, the new Series 5 is basically a fancier Series 3 and shaves pretty much the same.
What is the difference between 300s and 310s?
The 310s is wet & dry and only works cordless, while the 300s is dry only and you can use it with the cord plugged in as well.
I have just purchased a ‘Braun Series 3 Proskin 3000s’ as a spare shaver, so it will be stored away until needed, when my current series 3 proskins battery dies. What is the best way to store my new shaver, to care for the battery, as it may not be used for a long time. Should I store it away when it arrives with the battery as it is, or should I charge the battery fully & then use it for shaving until the battery is fully discharged before storing away? I look forward to your advice. Great site, already subscribed to the newsletter.
Thanks in advance
Thank you for the comment and for subscribing, much appreciated.
The best way to store a shaver or any other device fitted with a rechargeable battery would be to make sure the battery has at least 60% charge and it’s then stored (ideally) in the original package in a safe place, away from a heat source or sunlight. That can be a drawer, a closet, a cabinet etc. You could even store it as it is when it arrives, but I prefer to verify that it works (getting a faulty shaver is extremely rare, but not impossible) and it would be a shame not to be able to use it (or return it) later on.
Also, some of the new shavers nowadays will not start (as a safety precaution) until you briefly plug them in, even for a second. So that may be the case with your 3000s as well, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
I have very sensitive skin, so I wanted to sacrifice closeness for comfort. I tried all three major models, S9, S6, and S3 proskin. S9 was the closest, fastest, and quite comfortable. S6 was significantly less close and okay comfortable. But I was surprised with S3 proskin. For the first time in my life, I just enjoyed shaving. It was the least close shave but phenomenally comfortable. Better than any other model, in my experince.
Thank you for the comment. That’s a very interesting outcome. The S3 has that small head with the foils sticking out a lot and I find it the easiest to use out of all. Maybe that also had something to do with your results, but what matters is that it works well for your needs and the closeness part isn’t a problem.
Which model/series/brand is the best for closeness of shave on sensitive skin?
That would be the Panasonic Arc 6, but it’s also a really expensive shaver. It’s also quite large with the 6-blade head and probably overkill if you have a light beard.
Thanks Ovidiu for super quick response.
I am having a good deal on the following
Panasonic ES-LV67 Wet and Dry 5-Blade. Is that comparable to ARC 6?
I prefer clean shave and I have been using merkur 34c double edge razor, which is a very mild razor.
First time thinking to move to electric shaver to save time and making it faster. Any shaver which can give me as closed as a standard double edge razor is good for me.
You are very welcome.
I’d say it is comparable, especially regarding the closeness and power (I also reviewed it here). The Arc 6 is however more comfortable when compared to that particular Arc 5 (ES-LV67). You will be able to upgrade the foil later on to the newer, more comfortable models — they will fit perfectly. I wrote a detailed guide on that here.
As a side note, an exposed blade like the one on a safety razor will always shave closer than any electric shaver since there’s no physical barrier between it and the skin (in the form of a foil or guard). But the Arc 5 and Arc 6 are the ones with the highest chance of providing a satisfying shave in terms of closeness.
Braum models are quite confusing! Question: I have a 3050cc and just purchased a cleaning station due to mine stopped working. Now the 3050cc shaver just broke! What current model can I purchase that will work in the cleaning station and also has a trimmer for sideburns? Thanks!
Sorry about your bad luck with your shaver. Unfortunately you will need a Series 3 ProSkin model that originally comes with a cleaning station in order for it to pair with the station. So that would be another 3050cc, 3070cc or 3090cc. A solo model like the 3040s will not work with a station.
I would like to ask you: why I cannot use a dry only shaver as a wet shaver if it head the is the same for them: 32b. Usually I shave dry, but very sometimes I shaved with my old 3040s wet.
So my previous model was 3040s, now I got a brand new 3020s.
I can’t see any different and both are waterproof by cleaning under the tap.
Of course I would use the 3020s as a wet shaver only with battery, very rarely, without cord.
Looking forward your answer, Thanks
The Series 3 models that work with the cord plugged in are marketed as dry-only as a safety precaution. I cannot suggest using a shaver in a different manner than what the manufacturer recommends (for obvious reasons).
Which models have slide-out trimmer, trimmer head, cordless and corded (not a must) and comes in black (must)?
Thank you for your time and the great effort..
Also wet & dry.
The one that ticks most of the boxes is the 3020s. It’s black, has a slide-out trimmer and works cordless & corded. It’s a dry-only model because of the latter, but it is fully waterproof. If by trimmer head you refer to the click-on attachment, those are only available with the BT models like the 3010BT (blue and no slide-out trimmer) and 3000BT (no slide-out trimmer). The only option would be to purchase those attachments (trimmer&combs) separately for the 3020s (part number is 32BT).
Hope this answers your question.
If we skipped (corded&cordless)..
and can get trimmer head separately..
Is there black, wet&dry and slide-out model?
And if I have sensitive skin and get dermatitis, itch and redness after shaving.. Series 3 models at all are good for me?
I’m afraid no, there’s no such model. The 3020s is again the closest to that.
The Series 3 ProSkin is one of the best affordable shavers for sensitive skin, but it would be difficult to say with certainty how your skin will react considering those issues.
As the details
“The basic Series 3 shavers like the 300s above also come with a different shaving head than the rest of the Series 3 (part number 21b).
You can however use the better shaving head (32b/32s) as it will fit just fine.”
Is it possible to use 32b/32s foil replcement with Bruan 300bt ?
Is it the same technology between 300s and 300bt ?
Absolutely, you can use the 32b/32s foil heads on the Braun 300BT (which is basically a 300s with the trimming attachments bundled).
Great comparison/review- so much better than Braun website!
Settled on 3010bt
Thank you so much, Chris, glad you found it useful. Hope you’ll enjoy shaving with the 3010BT.
what the difference between 310bt and 310s, and what about using while charging?
appreciate ur response
The 310BT also includes a trimmer attachment in addition to the foil head and 5 different size combs. None of them will work while charging.
I was looking for an electric razor for my son who has just started shaving. He needs it mainly for his moustache, sideburns and a little on the chin. Probably twice a week.
Was looking at the Es8103s or the proskin 3040s but cant find any for sale in Au.
Any other suggestions?
Would the Lv67 be an option as its around $200au atm?
In my opinion the LV67 would be overkill and it’s also more difficult to use as it has a large shaving head. I think you should buy any Braun Series 3 ProSkin that is available in Au, not necessarily the 3040s. All of them shave exactly the same. But make sure you get a ProSkin model, not the very basic Series 3 as the ProSkin models are better.