Braun makes a quality line of men’s shavers that are considered the world’s number one foil shaver, along with Clean and Charge Stations to simplify cleaning and maintenance. If you’re seeking a shaver that’s under $125 there are many choices. If you want a shaver with the Clean and Charge Station, you have two good choices: The Braun Series 3 390CC-4 or the Braun Series 5 5090/5190cc.
The price difference is minimal between these two shavers. Here is information about each of these two shavers to help make your choices simpler. Both shavers can be used wet and dry, and are cordless and rechargeable. They run on powerful Ni-MH batteries, so do not suffer from that memory effect of repeated charges that many older brands do. One charge will give you 45 minutes of shaving time, with a quick 5 minute charge available.
Which foil-style shaver will you choose? The Braun Series 3 or the Braun Series 5?
Braun Series 3 390CC-4 Shaver with Clean and Charge Station
The Braun Series 3 390CC-4 Shaver is a best-selling shaver that is dark grey/black with a black clean and charge station. The shaver has a blue button, while the cleaning station has a blue strip along the bottom and on the side.
This shaver has a foil-style head that offers 30% less skin irritation than rotary-style shavers, even if they have built-in skin conditioners. This shaver is suitable for if you have three-day-old beard growth. Even when used dry, it will be smooth on your skin. This shaver can contour and adapt to the lines of your face, but will still slide nicely over your skin while you easily maintain control of the unit.
The foil head of the shaver has a Triple Action FreeFloat System with a row of three cutting elements and SensoFoil technology. These will both get the cutting elements closer to the surface of the skin. You’ll find that the optimized foils will cut hair more efficiently, giving you an easier shave.
On the lower front of the shaver is a 4-state LED display so you can see the charging status, battery life, and hygiene status at a glance.
This shaver can be used wet or dry, and is also fully washable, but you can lessen that chore by using the Clean and Charge Station. It takes clean and renew cartridges that have a fresh lemon scent. All it takes is the pressing of one button and it will automatically clean, lubricate and charge up your shaver. There is no dry function on this model.
This shaver does contain a pop-up precision long hair trimmer that can be used to trim sideburns, moustaches, or beard.
Braun Series 5 5090/5190cc Electric Foil Shaver for Men with Clean & Charge Station
The Braun Series 5 5090/5190cc shaver is also in a dark black colour, but has some red highlights with the 5090 model, or blue with the 5190 model. The Clean and Charge station is simply in black. This model of Braun shaver is the Official Electric Shaver of the NFL. The Series 5 is a new and improved foil-style model over the Series 3 line.
There are actually four rows of trimmers on this shaver, not three. This shaver has FlexMotion Tec that actually moves the head of the shaver in all directions. The head of the shaver is actually independent of the body of the shaver, so it can move 40 degrees back and forth. This allows the shaver to use less pressure when shaving, which has the effect of minimizing skin irritation. With this individual suspension of each of the cutting elements, the shaver will respond to the small contours of your face.
Built within the shaver is also the UltraActiveLift trimmer which can lift and cut flat-laying hairs on your face. The CrossHair blades will also capture other hairs laying in other directions.
This shaver also has the Clean and Charge Station that can clean, lubricate and charge up your shaver. You simply place the shaver in the unit and press a button. It takes alcohol-based cartridges.
This shaver also has a pop-up precision hair trimmer for accurate beard and moustache shaping.
The Series 5 shaver also delivers 20% more power, which is beneficial if you have thicker, tougher hair to shave. This PowerDrive provides high-speed cutting for men in a rush, or who have thicker hair.
Braun Series 3 Versus Braun Series 5: The Final Result
Sometimes you can’t go wrong when choosing a Braun shaver that only differs by a few dollars, but for some reason, the Braun Series 5 5090/5190cc seems to have way more features than the Braun Series 3 390CC-4 Shaver.
Of course you can choose whichever shaver that has looks that are more attractive to you, yet still have a great shaver. But if you have thick, dense beard or want to speed up your shaving time in the morning, choose the Series 5 which has greater power, can make shorter work of your beard growth, and has four cutting elements, not three.
The additional cost is minimal for the Braun Series 5 5090/5190cc, and after reviewing all the features of both shavers you’ll discover you’re getting more for your money.