I've owned Braun foil shavers for 20+ years. I am not a Braun fanatic but have found their quality superior to other foil shavers I have tried. Recently I thought I should try the Norelco rotary shaver as I have always admired the design of those but found them a little too pricey to justify. Well I recently tried both the Sansa 2D and then upgraded to the Series 8000. Unfortunately, for my face, they just didn't do a very good job. After about 5 weeks each I could not get as close a shave as my old Braun single blade foil unless I took 2x the amount of time. I also couldn't get up under my nose at all. Had to do gymnastics with the razor to try to get the hairs directly under my nose. Never had that problem with foil razors. So I opted to upgrade my Braun for the Braun Series 3 wet/dry and see if it was better. Well, all I can say is wow. I was really shocked by the improvement in the closeness of the shave. The razor is also quieter than my old razor (but still much noisier than the Norelcos). The plastics/casing on this razor doesn't seem as hefty but it has been holding up ok and seems like it will be good enough. This razor is also much lighter than my older single foil Braun. I would say that I get a much improved experience with the shave if I go slower across my face than I used to with my older razor, but in the end, the shave is much closer and the total time is about the same. I find that to get the closest shave you still need to go over some areas a few times. Wet shaves are good, but require several rinses of the razor. I also find that you have to go slow as well otherwise the friction builds up and the razor doesn't glide smoothly. Go slow, and all is good. I shave at the end of a shower about once a week and this is by far the smoothest, best shave that I get with the Braun Series 3. The charge lasts a long time so I only charge it about once a week I also don't use the stand as it just takes up space and isn't really needed. The little stand is a bit of a disappointment and a waste. Not really sure why they have it. Other than that, it is really a great, relatively quiet, close shave at a very reasonable price.
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