I have good news and bad news…
The good news is that I decided to buy and review the Braun 340 S 4 and I’m quite happy with it.
The bad news is that there are a few other Series 3 shavers, and I’m finding it hard to recommend one model over the others.
But, the shaving performance is the same which makes the decision a little bit easier.
What you’ll need to figure out is whether you want a cleaning station, the wet feature, or just the basic “razor only” option.
Those are really the main differences between all the models and hopefully by the end of this review you’ll have enough information to easily make the right choice.
Enter the Braun Series 3 – 340 S 4:
This is what you will get with the models which don’t come with a cleaning station.
- Electric Razor
- Electrical Cord
- Charging Stand
- Cleaning Brush
- Safety Cap
- Machine Oil
- Set of Instructions
Charging can be done with the charging stand, or by directly plugging in the electrical cord. You can’t turn it on when it’s plug in.
The first charge should take 4 hours, and that should give you 45 minutes of running time. The next charges should take about 1 hour, and once every few months you should fully drain the battery.
When it’s fully charged the green light will glow. It flashes when it’s charging or when it’s being used. It will flash red when the battery is low, but you’ll have enough time to finish your shave.
Cleaning this model, and all the others from this Series is done the same way. Just be careful not to fully submerge the models which aren’t fully waterproof. Even these wet shavers should probably not be fully submerged anyways.
First option is to simply rinse the head under running water. You can have it turned off or on for this, and you can also apply some liquid soap once and a while. Remove the foil cap and rinse it off a little bit as well. Make sure to shake away any large water drops and let it dry.
You can also clean it with the brush. Gently brush away any stubble and shake or softly tap the foil cap on the counter top. Don’t brush the foils directly.
Taking an up close look you can see it has that typical Braun design.
It fits nicely in the hand and actually feels quite durable. It’s shiny and has that plastic look, but it feels really sturdy which is a little surprising.
There are two foils and a cutter which all pivot side to side making the shave more comfortable than other models which don’t have this feature.
Remember we are looking at the 340, and if you upgrade to the 380, or some of the models with the cleaning stations, you will get a precision lock feature which locks the shaving foils in place. Personally I don’t think it’s necessary, and it’s the only difference between the 340 and 380 models.
On the back there’s the typical pop up trimmer which is good from trimming your side-burns or some light facial hair.
Overall it has a nice design which is comfortable to hold and feels very durable.
Let’s give it a test and see how it performs!
With about 1 or 2 days worth of growth, I personally found it did a very good job.
I’d be satisfied with using this on a regular basis, but I’d have to use it often. Shaving every day gave me better results.
I could definitely tell the difference when compared to some more advanced models, but I found it still did a very good job. If you have facial hair which is similar to mine or a bit thicker, you will find it takes a bit longer than other models, and requires you to go over certain areas a few more times. If you have very sensitive skin this may lead to a bit more irritation.
On the other hand if you don’t need to shave every day, then I think you’d be quite happy with the performance. Anyone with a medium to light beard should like this a lot.
As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I’m not a huge fan of wet shaves, but if you’re looking for a Braun shaver you can use wet, this is the model for you.
For wet shaving you want to set up exactly how you would with a traditional blade. Wash your face with warm water, and rinse the shaver as you go.
Again, I personally find it a little messy, however some people do find it more comfortable so it’s definitely worth trying.
This model shows its limitations with 3 days worth of growth. It took much longer and required more passes over certain areas. It also tugged a bit on my facial hair around my lip area.
This is common for most products around this price range. The thicker your facial hair, the more you need an advanced model.
So for me, I would need to shave with 1 or 2 days worth of stubble for the best results. Obviously your situation might be a bit different, but from my experience, if you have thick facial hair you will have a bit of trouble with a few days worth of growth.
But if you only shave a few times per week, you should be happy with the results.
Again, with 1 or 2 days worth of growth I was very satisfied, and considering the lower price tag it’s worth the money.
Remember to take your own type of facial hair into consideration. Anything less thick than mine and it should work out well for you.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
This is a true “mid level” shaver which is definitely worth the money.
Not everyone needs the most expensive and powerful units. I think a lot of people will be satisfied with this.
On a personal note I would be happy using it, but I would need to be consistent and not let my beard grow in too much. For short or thin stubble it does a great job, but it does struggle with thicker facial hair.
If you have thick facial hair consider upgrading to the Braun Series 7.
Which model to choose?
If you’re still here, you’ll need to decide which Series 3 model to get:
It’s a bit of a tough choice and recommendation. All the models have the same shaving performance, so you need to factor in some other things. Do you want to pay a bit of extra money for some additional features?
All the models are found on sale through the links below, so the differences between the prices really isn’t that much anymore. If you had to purchase them at their retail prices it would have been an even harder decision because price would be much more of a factor.
So decide if an extra 20 to 30 dollars for some extra features is something you want.
Looking for the basic model? Get the Braun 320 S 4.
If you want the wet feature go with the Braun 340 S 4.
If you want the cleaning station consider the Braun 390cc.