Braun Series 3 Comparison: Which One Should You Buy?

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Braun Series 3 Comparison: Which One Should You Buy?

The Braun Series 3 line has long been a favorite among electric shaving enthusiasts.

The reasonable price, decent performance, and the inexpensive replacement parts, all backed by Braun’s notorious reliability, were the key ingredients to 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.

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.

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.

Braun Series 3 3010s 3 blade shaving system.

As with all modern Braun razors, the blades and foils are integrated into a single piece called 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

The new Series 3 lineup is actually comprised of 3 distinct subfamilies of electric shavers.

1. Braun Series 3

This is the basic Series 3 line, with models like the 310s (wet & dry) or 300s (dry only).

The Braun Series 3 300s.

The Braun Series 3 300s.

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 also come with a different shaving head than the rest of the Series 3 (part number 21b).

You can however use the revised 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), bigger battery (45 minutes), better battery level indicator.

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s.

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3040s with the hair trimmer extended.

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.

The 300s from the basic Series 3 next to the 3010s from the Series 3 ProSkin line.

In practice, it feels more comfortable and handles longer, flat-lying hairs significantly better.

Here’s a table showing the main differences between the most popular Series 3 ProSkin models.

ModelOperationClean & Charge SystemSlide-out TrimmerPrecision LockAccessories
3080s
Wet & DryNoYesYesTravel pouch, charging stand
3040s
Wet & DryNoYesNoProtective cap
3010s
Wet & DryNoNoNoProtective cap
3010BT
Wet & DryNoNoNoProtective cap, trimmer attachment, 5 combs
3090cc
Dry onlyYesYesYesTravel pouch
3070cc
Dry onlyYesYesNoTravel pouch
3050cc
Dry onlyYesYesNoProtective cap
3020s
Dry onlyNoYesNoProtective cap
3000s
Dry onlyNoNoNoProtective cap
3000BT
Dry onlyNoNoNoProtective cap, trimmer attachment, 5 combs

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 can only be operated cordless as a safety precaution.

Cleaning a Series 3 shaver with tap water.

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 Series 3 (300s) and Series 3 ProSkin (3010s and 3000s), but they also include a trimmer attachment and 5 combs.

The Series 3 3010BT.

The Series 3 3010BT.

As a result, you can swap the shaving head and use the trimmer with the attachments to maintain a beard or even to shave your head.

There are two Shave&Style models available, namely the 3010BT (wet & dry) and 3000BT (dry only).

As the names suggest, they are basically the Series 3 ProSkin 3010s and 3000s respectively, but bundled with the aforementioned accessories for styling the hair/beard.

The 32BT trimmer and combs set.

The 32BT trimmer and combs set.

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.

There’s also a 300BT based on the basic Series 3 300s, but I wouldn’t really consider it because of its 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

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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 or 3040s 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

Braun 3040s held in hand

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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.

Braun Series 3 ProSkin 3010s

Braun Series 3 3010s

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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

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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 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 Braun Series 3 3050cc.

The Braun Series 3 3050cc.

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).

For more details, you can also check out our review of the 3050cc.

IMPORTANT: the Series 3 s models (solo) that didn’t originally come with a cleaning station will NOT work with one. So if you’re thinking of buying an s model (e.g. 3010s, 3040s, etc.) and use it with an existing station or you plan on getting one later on, it will not work. Only the cc shavers (like 3050cc, 3090cc, etc.) will be compatible with the station.

As mentioned previously, a very interesting addition to the Series 3 is the set of compatible accessories designed specifically for men who maintain a beard.

The 32BT trimmer and combs set.

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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 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.

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 cheap 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.

136 comments on “Braun Series 3 Comparison: Which One Should You Buy?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Alan, it’s actually the same shaver. The model name is 3040s, but it’s sometimes referred to without the s.

      Reply
  1. seko

    hi
    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 ??

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Tiana,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  2. no need

    Please include in the comparing table these informations:
    A new column to show if corded/cordless.
    A model number 3045
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Peter,

      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.

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Debmala,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Jotham

        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?

        Greetings.

        Reply
        1. Jotham

          Ok….I’ve already read the whole article, then another comparisson.

          What are the differences between the 310S vs the 3010S?

          Greetings

          Reply
          1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Hi Jotham,

            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.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  3. chris betts

    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

    Many thanks

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Chris,

      The shaving heads of the two models mentioned by you are identical and yes, you can certainly use the beard attachment with the 3080.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  4. Concetto

    Hi,
    do you know the difference between 3020s and 3030s beside the color?
    Also what is the precision lock?
    Cheers

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      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.

      Reply
  5. dave

    Hello can you use the accessories from 3010BT ( different trimming size heads) for the 3040s, or 3030s, 3020s, etc?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Dave,

      Absolutely, they are compatible with the models you mentioned.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  6. Robert

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Robert,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Nicole,

      The 310s has a much smaller battery than the 3040s (20 minutes of shaving time vs 45). Also, the 310s lacks the hair trimmer.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  7. Dru Starook

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dru,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the information useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  8. Alex S.

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Alex,

      Unfortunately no, the 3045s won’t work with a cleaning station.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      1. Alex S

        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!

        Reply
        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hey Alex,

          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.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
          1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            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.

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Lionel,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Collin,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  9. Mark

    Hi Ovidiu,
    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.
    thanks.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mark,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Mark

        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?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          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).

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
  10. Bryan

    Hi Ovidiu,

    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?

    Regards,
    Bryan

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bryan,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  11. aakash

    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 !

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi aakash,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  12. Madrigal

    Hi Ovidiu:

    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?

    Many thanks!

    Madrigal

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Madrigal,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  13. Glen Schofer

    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.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Glen,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Hosam

        Hi,
        Is braun 310s or 3010bt Suitable for shaving baldness (head hair) or for shaving face hair only?

        Thanks 🙂

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Hosam,

          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.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
  14. david

    Hi there!
    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!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi David,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  15. AC

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, glad you found the article useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  16. Aesth

    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

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, you can use it in Europe, however you will need a simple and cheap plug adaptor to charge it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  17. Martin Björn

    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?

    Thanks!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Martin,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Sergio Pérez

        Hi!

        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.
        BR.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Sergio,

          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.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
  18. Ron Gillespie

    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?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ron,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  19. SDL

    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?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      No, as mentioned in the article, the Series 3 shavers that do not come with a cleaning station will NOT work with one.

      Reply
  20. Dexter

    Hi,
    My comment was deleted as I may have used a wrong email.

    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).

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dexter,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  21. Dave B

    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

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dave,

      The required part number for your shaver is 32s. The 31s cassette is only compatible with the older generation Series 3.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  22. Mat

    Hi
    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 ) ?

    Thankyou

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mat,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  23. Jack

    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?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  24. Dax

    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

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi 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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  25. Clive Hughes

    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
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Clive,

      The cc shavers are only sold with a cleaning station. So unfortunately you can’t buy just the shaver alone.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  26. Martin

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Martin,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Martin

        Hi Ovidiu,

        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?

        Reply
        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          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.

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  27. john bled

    Thanks Ovidiu,about close and speed shaving,exist any differnce from 3000BT and 3080s?-for me this its more important

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  28. Manish Choudhary

    Hello Ovidiu,

    Could you tell me what is the difference between 32s and 32b blades?
    Also can I use 21B blade in my 3040s proskin shaver?

    -Manish

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Manish,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  29. john bled

    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

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  30. Ken

    Hi Ovidiu,
    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?
    Thank you!

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  31. Ken

    Is it your opinion that a Braun Series 3 foil razor would shave closer then a Philips Norelco series 5000 rotary razor?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      Reply
  32. Ben S

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ben,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      –Ovidiu

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  33. Mr T Holden

    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.

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  34. Chenn Amitai

    Dear Ovidiu.
    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.
    Chenn A.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Chenn,

      The part number of the compatible cassette is 32b (black frame) or 32s (silver frame); you can find it on Amazon as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  35. Kyle

    Got a 3010s and a plastic part came off when the cassette was removed. Does that qualify for warranty?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      Reply
  36. Sam

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  37. S

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  38. Peter Abbott

    Hi,
    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?
    Regards, Peter

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Peter,

      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).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new razor.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Both are actually made in China. Only the Series 5 shavers and up are made in Germany.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

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  39. Ali

    Hi,
    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ali,

      All Braun Series 3 shavers are made in China. Only the Series 5 and up models are made in Germany.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      All models that will work when plugged in are officially dry only shavers (as a safety precaution).

      Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  40. Salah

    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…

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  41. Jose

    Quick question:
    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?

    Cheers,
    Jose

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jose,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  42. Martin

    Hi Ovidiu.

    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.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Martin,

      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.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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