Braun 3Series 380S-4 Wet & Dry Shaver Review
One of the lesser expensive models of Braun shavers, the Braun 380S-4 features “SensoFoil” technology making it a versatile razor for shaving long thick hair and stubble, yet gentle on skin for a close comfortable shave. The wet-dry feature makes the Braun 380S-4 a good choice for men on the go and those with sensitive skin.
The Braun 380S-4 boasts a “Triple Action Cutting System” with floating blades and claims to be effective for shaving all facial and facial hair types. Let’s just see how these claims hold up!
Braun 380S-4 Convenient Features
The fact that the Braun 380S-4 offers a wet-dry option is already a plus in my book. And of course being able to clean the 380S-4 with water makes it a great shaver for in the shower and on the go.
The Braun 380S-4 has an LED display that gives you the status and charging level of the battery. This is a nice feature, but not really necessary if you charge your shaver nightly like most guys do.
One of the features I do like about the Braun 3Series 380S-4 is that it comes with both a charging cradle as well as a cord. Don’t ask me why, I just think that’s cool as I like versatility.
The thing I don’t like about the Braun 380S-4 is that there is no voltage adaptor feature which is crucial for international travelers. It also doesn’t come with a travel bag (bummer).
Braun 380S-4 Battery Life
The Braun 380S-4 features a Ni-MH battery which according to Braun does not suffer from “memory effect” of repeated charges. Not really sure what that means, but it sounds good.
As far as battery life, the Ni-MH battery has a quick charge feature allowing you to charge it for a few minutes for one quick shave. Also, a full charge takes an hour which lasts for roughly 45 minutes or two weeks of shave time. This is pretty standard with most electric shavers.
What’s in the Box?
Included with the Braun 380S-4 shaver, you get a power cord, charging stand, a case for the shaver and cord, a cleaning brush, a small tube of oil for lubrication, and the owner’s manual.
I should also mention there is a 60 day money back guarantee. This is far longer than most manufacturers offer. There is also a 2-year warranty for any possible malfunctions and certain damages. Restrictions may apply; read through the entire warranty!
The fact that you can try a product out and send it back if you are not satisfied is awesome. This gives you the opportunity to really get a feel for the shaver and know if it’s the right choice for you.
My Thoughts on the Braun Series 3 380S-4
Personally, I prefer Panasonic and Philips Norelco shavers over Braun. I currently own a Panasonic ES8103S and I absolutely love it! That being said, Braun makes a quality shaver and the price point for the 380S-4 is more than a bargain, it’s a steal! Seriously, the features included in this shaver plus the charging stand and offers a wet or dry shave make for a great deal.
Some of the things I really like about the 3 Series in general are the SensoFoil technology and the active lift and cut. These features really help save a guys face. I know most guys probably don’t think about the damage we do to our face from shaving, but if you have sensitive skin like I do and experience razor burn all too easy, you might want to consider a shaver that will eliminate those issues.
All in all, I think this is a quality shaver at a great price. I don’t like the design, I think it looks kind of bulky but that’s a personal preference thing. Honestly, if your considering purchasing the 380S-4 I think you’ll be extremely happy with the quality shave you will get but if not, you can always send it back and get your money back.
Like most guys, when I buy something, even if I don’t like it I generally just keep it, complain to my buddies about it and never send it back to get my money back. Purchasing a shaver should be more akin to buying a car. You should test it out and see if its a good fit. Of course you don’t have the option to take a car back weeks down the road bur with a shaver you do so I suggest you take advantage of that and shop around until you find a good fit!
What other Guys are saying about the Braun 380S-4
Out of the 20 reviews that were less than 5 stars, the most common complaint was having to go over the shaved area more than once to get a smooth shave. This is more likely due to improper use or a really thick beard rather than a lack of quality.
Overall, the majority of guys who purchased the Braun 380S-4 were extremely satisfied. It’s not in my top 5 pick of the best electric shavers available, but it isn’t far behind.
Do you own a Braun 380S-4? If so, please share your experience in the comment section and help other guys make an informed buying decision.