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In years gone by I have had some poor experiences with Foil Electric Shavers. Mainly due to the sideways cutting action which seems to rip my beard rather than cut it. This was some years ago so I thought it was time to try another foil shaver.
This Braun shaver comes in a box with a clear front so can see what is inside.
On first impressions I have been really pleased. Out of the box this shavers feel heavy, suspect due to the weight of the rechargeable battery and feels well made, it comes with the sideburn trimmer as well, which is a good addition.
After charging, the information says that the battery when charge will last a week, so far it has lasted for 4 days and the charge is still going strong. So after charging for first time I tried the shaver both under dry and wet conditions. The shaver cut by beard well. Maybe not as well as the rotary electric shaver which normally use and certainly not as close as a blade wet shave.
Over all with the cut was pleased. If in a rush and so no time for a blade wet shave this foil shaver is a good 2nd choice.
The shaver comes with twin foils and an included middle trimmer.
For me the easiest part is the cleaning. All I needed to do was remove the top and place under a running water tap. This washed away any excess.
This Braun Shaver comes with a two-year warranty.
The slight down side for me is that this model doesn''t come with a travel case. Just a head protector, this stops the shaver switching on when carrying around.
The German company Braun have been making quality electrical products since 1921. They made their first electric shavers in 1950 and have become a major player in that market.
This particular model, the 340 series three, retails at around £50. It's a wet and dry shaver meaning that you can shave with it in the bath or shower as well as using it for a normal dry electric shave but you can also rinse it out after any use. I find that holding it under a running tap is a much more effective way of cleaning it than just brushing the blades as you do with most electric razors.
It has a blue plastic outer which is enhanced with black rubber at the sides to provide a good grip. It has a gentle, natural curve to it so it fits nicely in the hand and is of a comfortable weight to make it feel as though this is a decent quality item, not cheap feeling at all.
There's a pop-off clear plastic cap to protect the cutting blades which comes off easily though I have occasionally found it a little fiddly to replace. There's just one simple on/off button located where your thumb falls naturally. It's very comfortable to hold and use.
Braun say that the 340 has a 'triple action free float system'. To you and me that means that it has three cutting heads laying alongside each other but sprung so that each can move up and down independently of the others. It has two curved cutting foils with a zigzag cutter between them and between the three they manage to remove most medium and long hairs easily. Shorter bristles may need going over a few times and, if I'm honest, this has occasionally left my sensitive throat area a little sore but nothing serious.
There's a slide-up trimmer on the reverse of the shaver too. This pushes up from the main body of the razor and has a single cutting edge so that you can trim sideburns, moustaches or beards. It does a very neat job for straight lines like putting a square end on my sidies but I wouldn't want to try any intricate hair trimming designs with it; it's not that thin or precise.
As for using it as a wet shaver, well I've tried it a few times and the results are perfectly passable. It works just as well with foams or gels as without them so you can shave however you like. If you're used to the cleanliness and convenience of shaving in the shower then the 340 will do a fine job but just not quite as good as the dry shave.
It charges fully in three hours or so and will run for forty-five minutes on a single charge. That may not sound like much but honestly, how long does it take to clean shave a chin? A charge lasts me the best part of two weeks. A red light on the front of the shaver comes on when the charge is getting low and there's also a green light to tell you when it's fully charged. Simple.
I've been using this Braun shaver for over three years now and have no intention to change it any time soon. Honestly, it doesn't cut as well as a wet shave blade but then again, what electric razor ever does? It's especially good at tackling longer stubble when I've gone a couple of days without shaving (that's what weekends were invented for) but will never give the 'smooth as a baby's bum' feel.
But for day-to-day shaving, it's certainly good enough and it's designed to last for years. You can even buy replacement cutting heads and, as it's stood me in good stead all this time, I might just do that.
Charging is pretty quick, there is not much waiting. A red light gives you warning of when the battery is getting low.
Closeness of shave
It is not the closest shave in the world but not the worst. It can be used wet but I find it to be best dry.
Sometimes if it is medium-low on battery, it does take a bit of work to get every bit and you are left wondering why it isn't doing better. But on a medium-high charge it is more than good enough.
After about 2 years of use, this thing is still reliably performing.
The battery last a moderate amount of time, not the best in the world, but the charging doesn't take that long
It comes with a robust plastic cap over the blades and power switch to prevent unwanted activation and external contact with the blades. This cap has never let me down, it pulls over easily with a little bit of force, the plastic is strong and i have faith in it. On the back, there is the trimmer which slides up so it can be used,
It is constructed from high quality materials and is fairly ergonomically design
I wrote this review firstly on Epinions under the same username
I bought the Braun 340 Wet and Dry shaver after having a Panasonic shaver for 3 months that developed battery problems. I decided to go for the Braun as I have had an Oral-B electric toothbrush for 2 years and it has been excellent.
The shaver comes in the box with a brush, oil and a charging dock, as well as instruction booklet. It is all nicely packaged, as you would expect from a German brand.
Once you get over the initial 4-hour charge then you are good to go. The shaver has a triple cutting system, 2 fine cutting foils and in the middle more a clipper style cutting section. The two foils have different sized holes on them, which are supposed to provide better cutting for stubble that is pointing in different directions. Each of the 3 cutting edges are mounting on springs so they move and adjust to your face.
The big bonus (for me anyway) is that you can use the shaver in the shower without fear of getting electrocuted or it going bang! Although I have to say at this point that it does drag more when used in the shower and that the best shave is when used dry.
It took about 2 weeks of shaving everyday before I felt that I was getting a really close shave, however I don't feel I am getting as good a shave that I did with my Panasonic, I think mainly because the Panasonic has a 10,000rpm motor which cuts more hairs per pass.
Overall I am pleased with the Braun, however part of me hopes that it develops a fault and I can switch back to a Panasonic.
I picked it up for £49.99 (UK Argos), which I think is a much fairer price than the rrp of £89.99. Shop around and I am sure you will find it at a good price.