Braun Series 3 340s-4 Foil Electric Shaver
Braun Series 3 340s-4 Wet and Dry Foil Shaver Review
Review by Pete Morris
We’ve been impressed with Braun’s shavers, but they do to be a tad expensive; the Braun Series 3 340s-4 Wet and Dry Foil Shaver is bucking that trend and can be picked up for around £50. We’re going to take a look at the 340s-4 and see if it can stand up to the more expensive Braun shavers, such as the Braun Series 7 790cc even at this mid-range price point.
Braun have been billing this shaver as capable of dealing with 3 days beard growth. So for men who don’t like to shave every day, the Braun Series 3 340s-4 could be just the ticket. We’ll take a look at how the shaver copes with long stubble later.
This shaver has Braun’s Triple Action Cutting System built in. This means that it has twin foils, and a trimmer in-between the foils. Each hair gets trimmer progressively shorter as it passes over these 3 cutters, to give a smooth and close shave.
The Braun Series 3 340s-4 also has a Triple Action Freefloat System; 3 independently moving shaving elements which adapt to every contour of your face, and captures both long and short hairs with every stroke. This means that, as it adapts to the shape of your face, less friction is caused and therefore less skin irritation. As it captures short and long hairs all at once, you’ll be less likely to do multiple strokes across the skin, meaning even less friction and irritation.
The 340s-4 is also fully waterproof. This means that as well as a dry shave, you can also shave using a foam or gel. It also means you that the shaver is very easy to clean; simply rinse under a tap after shaving!
The Braun Series 3 340s-4 has a quick charging battery, which we find is a very popular feature in modern shavers. It takes just 1 hour to give the 304s-4 a full charge, and that charge will last for around 45 minutes of shaving time. This quick charging means that if you do forget to charge the shaver, you can be up and running within 15 minutes.
Also included is a pop-up trimmer, charging stand and a built-in LED battery indicator.
We found that most electric shavers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Braun Series 3 340s-4 which is currently available for 50% off.
Braun Series 3 340s-4 Price Comparison
Braun Series 3 340s-4 Features and Specifications
- Triple Action Cutting System – 3 stage cutting system cuts gentle and close
- Triple Action FreeFloat System – 3 independently moving shaver elements adjust to your face shape, causing less friction and irritation
- Quick charging battery – full charge in 1 hour, gives 45 minute shave time
- Pop out trimmer
- 2 year manufacturers warranty
Braun Series 3 340s-4 Customer Reviews and Feedback
As a relatively new entry in the electric shaver market, there is not yet a huge amount of feedback available on the 340s-4. However, the customer feedback that is available is overwhelmingly positive. The vast majority of customer reviews are 4 or 5 star reviews, with only a few customers responding with a middling 3 stars. Early signs are very promising, so let’s take a look at what people have been saying.
Many customers mentioned that the Series 3 340s-4 is a well constructed and sturdy shaver. This we expected, as other Braun shavers have proven to be very hard-wearing and strong. This makes them ideal for traveling with, despite the lack of a soft case. Combine the fact that this is a well made shaver, with the 2 year manufacturers warranty, and you’ve got a shaver that’s going to be by your side for years.
“Nice solid little shaver which works very well even on a few days growth. It feels very well built and also has a trimmer for longer hair. The quick charge time and the ability to use it in the shower are great plus points” Click here for full customer review
The general consensus is that the 340s-4 shaves very well. Lots of customers commented on how happy they were with the closeness of the shave, as well as the gentleness of it. It seems that the 340s is following well in the footsteps of the 390cc and 790cc, both of which shave extremely well and quickly.
Several customers mentioned that they found the 340s-4 nice and gentle on the skin; very few experienced any irritation, and most people seemed to suffer no irritation at all.
Whilst customers were generally slightly disappointed at the lack of a travel case, the package does come with a cover to protect the foils whilst the shaver is being stored, or carried around.
So does the 340s-4 deal with 3 days worth of growth, as Braun suggest? Generally, customers tend to agree that the shaver is perfect for daily use, and also shaves very well with over 2 days growth. However, several did mention that it does struggle with longer hairs. Whether it will work on 3 days growth is really down to how thick your beard is; some men found that it worked fine, some found that it only began to struggle on 4 or 5 days growth, and some men found that 2 days was the maximum length it could cope with. We’d say that shaving with the Braun Series 3 340s-4 every other day would appear to be the shaver’s sweet spot.
“Overall it delivers a good, close shave in a minimum amount of time – and you can’t really ask much more of a shaver than that” Click here to see full customer review
There weren’t a huge amount of negative points about this shaver. In fact, the only real negatives were pretty minor ones. Several customers felt that the lack of a travel case was a disappointing omission, however considering the shaver is now available for around £50, we don’t think this is a huge problem. Another minor point, is that the power cord is quite short, meaning that if you don’t have a power outlet in the bathroom wall, it makes it difficult to shave with the shaver plugged in. However, since the shaver operates cordlessly and has a very quick charging battery, we don’t think this is a significant problem either.
The Braun Series 3 340s-4 isn’t the most advanced shaver on the market. It doesn’t have the most features, gimmicks or accessories. However, it gets it right in the areas that count – shaving, gentleness, and battery life. If you want a well performing shaver, with any unnecessary gimmicks that you won’t use, this shaver is bargain, and very good too. We’re giving it 4 stars, despite its basic nature, and it gets our full recommendation.
Braun Series 3 340s-4 Review Summary