The Braun Series 3 3050cc is a popular, reasonably-priced electric razor with many desirable features. Its shaving head features two outer foils, along with a center cutting comb designed to lift and cut uneven whiskers.
Based on our testing results, this razor is one of the best electric razors because it doesn’t cause skin irritation and is gentle on sensitive skin. Its blades automatically retract if you apply too much pressure while shaving. They also have a patented SensoFoil design to protect your skin from the cutting elements. The tradeoff of this technology is that the Braun Series 3 works best on fine facial hair. Users with coarser whiskers may find that it leaves some stubble behind, especially under the nose and bottom lip and in the neck area.
Both razors, however, are priced much higher than the Braun Series 3, which has an MSRP of $99.99. The Arc4 has an MSRP of $169.99, and the Braun Series 7 is priced at $229.99. However, you can often find razors listed below MSRP if you shop around.
The Braun Series 3’s battery provides 45 minutes of shaving on a full charge, the equivalent of 15 three-minute shaves. An LED display lets you know when the battery is low. If the battery is depleted and you don’t have an hour for a full charge, it has a five-minute quick-charge function to give you enough power for one shave. For comparison, the Wahl LifeProof 7061-100, our top pick in electric razors, has a 90-minute battery life with a one-minute quick-charge feature.
While most of the razors we tested have pop-up trimmers, the Braun’s is mounted on the unit. Braun’s next generation models of this shaver – Series 5, 7 and 9 razors – have more streamlined trimmers, but the trimmers are also smaller. Unlike the Series 3, these razors also have pivoting heads to make them easier to maneuver. This improvement helps them shave closer and with more precision. All shavers in the Braun series have comfortable, easy-grip handles.
Like each of the razors we reviewed, the Braun Series 3 lets you shave both wet and dry, and it is washable under running water. It also comes with a dual-purpose cleaning and charging station that uses a proprietary alcohol-based solution to clean and lubricate the shaver. It also includes an AC adapter, a cleaning brush and a protective foil cap.
This shaver is missing several features other manufactures include, such as a travel lock and a storage/travel pouch. Its two-year manufacturer’s warranty is typical, with only the Wahl having better coverage. Wahl guarantees the LifeProof shaver for five years. If you need customer service, you can reach Braun by phone and live chat. There’s also an online self-service tool.