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Braun Series 3 ProSkin Review

A cost-effective option for anyone looking for a bargain razor that doesn't forfeit quality
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Braun Series 3 ProSkin Review
Credit: Jason Wanlass
Price:  $60 List
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Manufacturer:   Braun
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 1, 2024
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RANKED
#2 of 13
  • Shave Quality - 35% 7.0
  • Run & Charge Times - 25% 8.0
  • Ease of Use & Versatility - 20% 7.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Braun Series 3 ProSkin isn't the lowest-priced razor in our lineup, but it brings the most value to the table. In addition to performing well, this inexpensive option perfectly walks the tightrope between price and quality, making it one of our favorite low-cost options. From shaving to trimming, it does everything well enough and is an excellent choice for young shavers or anyone with light to medium beard density. This unit wasn't designed to compete on the same level as more expensive models, but it stays in its lane well and can do laps around other bargain models on our list.
REASONS TO BUY
Good shave
Above-average pivoting heads
Cleans easily
Excellent balance and grip
Wet/dry feature
REASONS TO AVOID
No travel lock
Trimmer sticks when sliding into place
Basic design

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Bottom Line A good razor for a great priceA high-performance head shaver that's easy to use and easy to cleanA pain-free body grooming razor with separate face and body attachmentsAn inexpensive electric razor with an ergonomic designA basic, 3-head, rotary razor that shaves well enough for daily use but doesn't cost an arm and a leg
Rating Categories Braun Series 3 ProSkin Remington Balder Pro Philips Norelco One... Remington F5 Foil Philips Norelco 2400
Shave Quality (35%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Run & Charge Times (25%)
8.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Ease of Use & Versatility (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Braun Series 3 ProSkin Remington Balder Pro Philips Norelco One... Remington F5 Foil Philips Norelco 2400
Run Time on Full Charge (Measured) 1:19 hrs:min 1:16 hrs:min 3:18 hrs:min 0:42 hrs:min 1:7 hrs:min
Usage Options Wet/dry Wet/dry Wet/dry Dry Wet/dry
Time for full charge (Measured) 1:5 hrs:min 3:21 hrs:min 4:33 hrs:min 1:28 hrs:min 1:11 hrs:min
Time for fast charge (Measured) 5 min 10 min 15 min 10 min 5 min
Case included No Yes No No No
Trimmer Pop-up Pop-up Built-in Pop-up Pop-up

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Series 3 ProSkin excels at balancing price and performance. It offers the basics at a reasonable cost while maintaining its namesake's long tradition of quality craftsmanship.

Performance Comparison


braun series 3 proskin - testing the proskin against five-day old forest of whiskers.
Testing the ProSkin against five-day old forest of whiskers.
Credit: Jason Wanlass


Shave Quality


The ability to replicate consistently decent shaves allowed us to award the Series 3 ProSkin solid scores for its shave quality. After a month's worth of shaves, our testers were convinced that this unit was a steady Eddie for basic shaves with slightly above-average results.


This razor's compact size and top-notch pivoting heads allow it to contour easily. While our shaves did not result in perfectly smooth skin, they were close enough to feel confident at work or any other public setting. The Series 3 ProSkin employs a three-tiered cutting system, composed of a middle trimmer sandwiched between two independent foil heads. The role of the middle trimmer is to cut longer whiskers, while the foil heads more closely contour the face and neck in search of shorter stubble.

braun series 3 proskin - a close up shot of where all the work gets done: two floating foil...
A close up shot of where all the work gets done: two floating foil heads and a middle trimmer that chops down longer whiskers.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

We forced our Series 3 ProSkin into battle against five days' worth of beard growth to see how it would handle the most severe shaving conditions. This razor glides smoothly over the face and neck, leaving behind very little razor burn. However, when it came to taking out major whiskers, its triple-action cutting system made a dent, but the initial results were far from perfectly smooth skin. That said, the Series 3 ProSkin certainly has enough oomph to tackle normal, daily shaving.

We tested our ProSkin against five days of growth. It definitely attacked it head on, but it never quite got it all, even after several passes.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Run & Charge Times


A solid run time and easy-to-understand indicator lights were key factors in this razor's above-average scores for this metric. In fact, its battery life competed very well against more expensive models in our lineup. And when it came to taking a charge, the Series 3 ProSkin was just as impressive.


This unit can be fully charged in about an hour, but if it's completely dead — and you're late for work — it can also take a quick charge in five minutes. This will give you just enough juice for one complete shave. What we loved the most about this razor's charging system is its convenient, color-coded indicator lights, which make it easy to know when the battery life is low, half, or fully charged.

From red to green. An easy-to-understand interface lets you know when the ProSkin is out of juice, as well as when it's charging, half full and completely charged.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Ease of Use & Versatility


The Series 3 ProSkin doesn't come with a slew of bells and whistles, but it's simple and easy to use. What it lacks in versatility, it makes up for with intuitive controls and basic functions that don't require hours of user manual time to understand.


This razor is encased in a rubber housing that provides excellent traction against the hand and fingers, resulting in a secure grip that translates into effortless, carefree shaves for our testing crew. There was never any fear of dropping the device, even if our hands were wet.

The super grippy rubber exterior was one of our favorite features (volume up).
Credit: Jason Wanlass

We also liked that this model's safety cover extends over the power button, making the Series 3 ProSkin a little more travel-proof. However, a better feature would be an on/off button with a locking option.

A travel lock would be better, but we still liked that the safety covered looped down around the power button.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

We liked the ergonomics of this razor and its friendly indicator light that lets you know when to replace the foil and cutter cassette. However, we found the external hair trimmer to be very stubborn. The blades trim well, but the device itself requires quite a bit of force to slide upward and lock into place.

Displaying the convenient warning light that lets you know when to change out the blade assembly. It basically counts the appropriate number of shaves before illuminating.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Lastly, our testers really liked this model's all-in-one foil and cutter cassette, which combines the cutting blades and the foil screen into one cartridge. Although it makes deep cleaning the blades a little more difficult, this design keeps them more protected. When removing the foil cover, it minimizes accidental contact with fingers (common with other models).

A fully integrated cutting head makes the ProSkin appealing because it keeps sharp blades away from fingers.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Ease of Cleaning


A quick and easy cleaning process earned the Series 3 ProSkin top marks in this metric. We specifically liked the ability to simply rinse and dry it after use.


Our testing crew found that a basic rinse after each use was enough to keep the Series 3 ProSkin running smoothly. Simply turn the device on (in the cordless mode) and run it under hot running water. Once the razor is clean, detach the foil and cutter cassette and allow it to air dry. Remove the cassette and brush out the interior before rinsing for a deeper clean. We loved that even the most thorough cleaning took less than a minute.

If you rinse and dry your razor after each use, we recommend adding a small drop of light machine oil to the top of the trimmer attachment teeth and the top of the foil screen each week.

This model was one of our fan favorites when it comes to cleaning. Simply remove it from AC power, power it up, run it under hot water, and leave it to dry.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Should You Buy the Braun Series 3 ProSkin?


The Braun Series 3 ProSkin is a no-frills, solid performer that won't break the bank. So, those who are shopping on a budget will be pleased with the value it brings to the table. It's perfect for a teenager or for someone with light to medium-grade facial hair. However, it may not perform as well (over the long haul) on dense, thick whiskers.

braun series 3 proskin - slowly making headway on our five days of growth.
Slowly making headway on our five days of growth.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

What Other Electric Razor Should You Consider?


Not everyone prefers a foil razor, so if rotary blades are more your thing, we suggest the Philips Norelco 2400. It's in the same price range and earned reasonably solid performance scores. If you're ok with shelling out a few more bucks for a step up in performance, we recommend the Braun Series 7.

braun series 3 proskin - the is a very basic model with few accessories, but it shaves good...
The is a very basic model with few accessories, but it shaves good enough for average users looking to save a little dough.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

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