Review By Barry Lumsden
The Braun Series 3 380s-4 electric rechargeable shaver is cheaper in price than some other comparable shavers. With the lower price the initial expectation is that the product is of a lesser quality when compared to other shavers that can cost much more, but this is a false expectation. The Braun Series 3 380s-4 is a high quality shaver with many positive customer reviews, but most importantly, it gives a great shave. This is the top of Brauns Series 3 range and is part of our top 5 electric shavers list. I think this model is slightly better than the Braun 390cc becuase it has the full waterproof seal.
Braun Series 3 380s-4 Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver Features
- Triple action foil head provides a very clean cut regardless of whether you have long or short hair
- Rechargeable shaver that can be completely charged in just one hour
- Full charge last 45 minutes of cordless shaving
- Quick charge feature lasts just five minutes providing enough power to last one shave
- Can easily trim very long hair when operated at a 90 degree angle
- Includes a travel pouch and charging stand
- This is a waterproof shaver – Can be used for wet shaving
More about the Braun Series 3 380s-4 Electric Shaver
The shaver head on the Braun Series 3 380s-4 is different when compared to other electric shavers. It does not have the rotary style shaving heads but instead it has a free float foil head. Both rotary and flat foiled shaver head types do an equally good job at cutting hairs. It’s really a personal preference as to which type you choose to go with. I prefer the flat foil head design as it allows you to shave in the traditional up and down method that you are familiar with in using disposable razor blades. This eliminates the need to shave across the face in a circular pattern that is required with a rotary type shaver.
This shaver is designed to easily cut both short and long hair with 3 stage cutting elements. If you have very long hair then you just need to hold the shaver at a 90 degree angle so that it can provide a very clean cut of long hair.
Braun calls its head design the triple action freefloat system. There are 3 independent shaving heads in the foil design. These heads allow you to have a clean cut whether you are cutting short or longer hair. The combination of all 3 heads results in a very smooth, even and clean cut without missing any hairs.
If you need to make a precision cut, just press the precision lock button. This allows the shaver to operate in a manner that provides a very precise cut when needed. I should also mention that this model comes with a Precision Hair cutting Trimmer.
The Series 3 380s-4 shaver has several different charging options. If the charge on the shaver is depleted then it can do a quick charge in 5 minutes to provide enough juice to let you complete a single shave. It takes just an hour of charging time to completely charge the shaver. The one hour complete charge will operate the shaver for 45 minutes or about a dozen plus shaves. There is an LED light indicator in the handle that lets you know the level of charge that is currently available in the shaver so you never run out of power in the middle of a shave.
Braun provides a travel pouch that allows you to easily pack the shaver and charging stand when traveling, great for taking the shaver on holiday or to work with you.
Braun Series 3 380s-4 Plus points
The shaver has a foil head design which provides a very clean cut without missing hairs. The design of this shaver mimics the cutting method used by traditional razor blades which is more intuitive to use. Triple action foil shaver heads provide a close, even shave. Braun provides a very reasonable 2 year warranty with this shaver.
Another point we also like about this shaver is how versatile it is, in that it will suit a wide range of people with different personal requirements. Some people want a high quality dry electric shaver that they can take to work, while others want a wet shaver that they can use in the shower or with a shaving gel. Well this Braun 380s-4 model is designed to cover both these requirements to the highest standard.
Braun Series 3 380s-4 Bad bits
Some of the complaints you find with this shaver is that it just does not provide a close enough shave. However, the number of negative reviews on this shaver are very small, with many positive reviews far exceeding the negative.
What are people saying about the 380s model?
This shaver is rated 4 stars out of 5 stars by people who have bought and used it. This is a good rating for an electric shaver and reflects how happy people are with this model. Most reviews are high with people saying that they like how quiet the shaver is and they are more than happy with it. Nothing is perfect so there are obviously some negative reviews from some people. Some complain the shave is not close enough and they have to shaver over the same area twice. However, the negative reviews are definitely in the minority and could be down to personal experiance or opinion on what closeness is.
Overall this is a very good electric shaver for the money. If you do not like to shave your face using a rotary motion, this Braun Series 3 380s-4 shaver is perfect for you.