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Reviews: Panasonic Shaver

The technological advances of electric shavers in recent years have made them a viable alternative to a traditional blade. If comfort, close shaves, and convenience are important, some of the newest Panasonic shavers can provide an easy switch away from the acne, razor burn, nicks, and disposable nature of traditional razors. Add in waterproofing, reliability, and a good power source, and most are sold on at least trying an electric shaver. Panasonic makes that risk easy with a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee and a two-year warranty. In this article, we examine some of the most popular Panasonic electric shavers available on the market today.

A Panasonic shaver is one of a few high quality, rechargeable, wet/dry electric shavers available on the market today. Consistent quality and reliability put Panasonic at the forefront of electric shavers.

Product Specs

Panasonic electric shavers are popular because they are known for their multi-arc foil shaving heads that are powerful and efficient. Their longstanding efforts to create one of the best wet/dry electric shavers also keeps them at the top of the market. Always high-end and with a cutting-edge design, these electric shavers consistently receive mostly positive reviews from actual users with complaints being few and far between. The Panasonic electric shavers that are available on the market are classified according to the number of blades they have. The Arc shavers have 3, 4, or 5 blades. According to Panasonic, having more blades means a faster and more comfortable shave.

Four Panasonic Shaver Options for You

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5 Electric Shaver
Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric Shaver
Panasonic ES-LA93-K Arc 4 Electric Shaver
Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver


Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc5 Men’s Electric Razor, Wet/Dry with...
  • Premium, award-winning Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV81-K 5-blade mens electric razor uses ultra-sharp, 30°...
  • Our fastest, most powerful Hyper Performance linear motor delivers 14,000 cuts her minute - that's...
  • Multi-Flex pivoting head enables the Panasonic Arc 5 shaver to glide effortlessly along the face,...

We start our comparison of Panasonic shavers, not with the newest model, but with one that changed Panasonic's place in the electric shaver market. The Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5 Electric Shaver is an award-winning design that combines many features important to people investing in a high-end electric shaver. First off, it can be used wet or dry. Its blades are hypoallergenic and mounted on a 30-degree angle on a multi-flex pivoting head. This Panasonic electric shaver gives a smooth and effortless shave due to the multi-fit arc foil which conforms to the contours of each face to comfortably glide across the neck, jaw, and chin.

It has a hyper performance linear motor which cuts 14,000 times per minute on each of five blades for a fast, efficient shave and a pop-up trimmer for mustaches and sideburns. The 10-stage LCD display clearly gives the status of the electric shaver and the automatic cleaning and charging station cleans, dries, and charges the electric razor.

Ease of Use

Performance

Design Quality

Warranty

There is a reason the Arc 5 shavers are considered some of the best Panasonic shavers. They are easy to use on all skin and hair types, recharge quickly, and make cleaning a breeze.

Performance is backed by a two-year warranty that stands true. Users can count on an efficient and consistent shave as long as they keep this shaver clean and replace dull parts.

The trimmer on this Panasonic model tends to break easily. Otherwise, it sets the standard for design quality among Panasonic shavers and competitors.

Panasonic shavers come with a two-year limited warranty when purchased in the US. Note that if purchased from a party outside of the US, the warranty may be as little as 1 year. There is a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on Panasonic shavers bought from qualified resellers.

Pros

  • Quick cleaning cycle
  • Large head equals fast, efficient shave
  • Close, comfortable shave

Cons

  • Complicated cleaning system
  • Awkward for small hands
  • Sometimes leaves scattered hair

Panasonic ARC5 Electric Razor For Men, 5 Blades Shaver & Trimmer,...
  • Sharp Men’s Shaver Blades: Panasonic ARC5 men's electric shaver with five ultra sharp precision...
  • Wet/Dry Electric Shaver and Trimmer 2 in 1: Built in pop up trimmer details mustaches, beards and...
  • Multi Flex Pivoting Head: Panasonic flexible pivoting electric shaver head glides effortlessly to...

The Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric Razor is one among the newest in electric shaver technology. It gives the users a comfortable, close shave by utilizing a combination of new technologies. This wet or dry shaver has a cutting system consisting of 5 blades mounted at 30 degrees on a pivoting and multi-flex head. Combine this with a multi-fit arc foil and the user gets a shaver than contours to the face, chin, and neck comfortably while providing a close shave. It has a hyper performance linear motor and built-in shaving sensors to adjust to different beard densities automatically and provide a fast and efficient shave. This Panasonic electric shaver comes with a rechargeable battery that shaves for 45 minutes on every hour charge and an LCD display that alerts the user to battery health. It comes with a pop-up trimmer for sideburn and mustache detail. An automatic cleaning and charging station that the user simply pops the shaver in after each use makes upkeep of this shaver easy.

Ease of Use

Performance

Design Quality

Warranty

This electric shaver is easy to use and works for the majority of beard types. Users report difficulty with the hand mixing of the cleaning and charging station solution.

Good shaving and cleaning performance. Blades do not last as long as we expect out of a high-end Panasonic electric shaver.

The design quality of the Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric Razor reflects its price. It has a long life, thoughtful features, and a pleasing look and feel.

Panasonic shavers come with a two-year limited warranty when purchased in the US. Note that if purchased from a party outside of the US, the warranty may be as little as 1 year. There is a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on Panasonic shavers bought from qualified resellers.

Pros

  • Cleaning and charging station
  • Long lasting cutting blades
  • Gentle, comfortable shave
  • Close shave
  • Overwhelmingly positive user reviews

Cons

  • Cleaning solution hand mixed and poured
  • Upkeep on foils frequent
  • Can be noisy

Panasonic ES-LA93-K, Arc4 Electric Razor, Men’s 4-Blade and Dual...
  • The award-winning Panasonic Arc4 Multi-Flex ES-LA93-K men's electric razor is the 4-blade,...
  • Top-rated electric shaver with a fast, powerful Hyper Performance Dual Motor features a Panasonic...
  • A Panasonic Arc4 Multi-Flex(TM) pivoting head enables the men's electric shaver to glide smoothly...

The Panasonic ES-LA93-K Arc 4 is the middle-of-the-line foil shaver in the Panasonic line of shavers currently available. It has 4 nanotech blades mounted at a 30-degree angle that move at 14,000 cuts per blade, per minute, thanks to the hyper-performance dual motor and linear drive. The second motor provides an up and down vibration to lift up and hold hair in place cutting. The vibration, the multi-flex pivoting head, and the multi-fit arc foils provide a smooth, comfortable glide over the skin and around contours such as the neck, jaw, and chin. This model includes an automatic cleaning and charging station and can be rinsed under water or used in the shower thanks to the wet/dry capability. The pop-up trimmer gives the user the ability to detail mustaches, sideburns, and beard lines. It comes with an AC 100-240V automatic conversion power source and a travel case which means international travel is a breeze. A 10-stage LCD display informs the user on power states, charge, and reminds when to clean and replace blades. A one-hour charge gives nearly an hour shaving time.

Ease of Use

Performance

Design Quality

Warranty

The Arc 4 is just as easy to use as the newer Arc 5 models, although it may not be quite as efficient. It still works well around contours, cleans up easily, and provides a fast shave.

Performance remains good for this shaver. It provides a quick and comfortable shave in very little time.

Design quality lagged a bit between the Arc 3 and the Arc 5. Users report some difficulties with parts breaking before the warranty period expires.

Panasonic shavers come with a two-year limited warranty when purchased in the US. Note that if purchased from a party outside of the US, the warranty may be as little as 1 year. There is a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on Panasonic shavers bought from qualified resellers.

Pros

  • Quick, comfortable shave
  • Auto clean and charge
  • Dual motors for cutting and vibrations
  • International travel ready

Cons

  • Design quality lower than Arc 3 or Arc 5
  • Slow customer service
  • Can be difficult to get head clean

Panasonic Electric Shaver and Trimmer for Men ES8103S Arc3, Wet/Dry...
  • Sharp Men’s Shaver Blades: Panasonic Arc3 men's electric shaver with three ultra sharp Nanotech...
  • Wet/Dry Electric Shaver and Trimmer 2 in 1: Built in pop up trimmer details mustaches, beards and...
  • Flexible Pivoting Head: Panasonic flexible pivoting electric shaver head glides effortlessly to...

The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver is the oldest of the Panasonic shavers on the market carrying the arc foil system. It gives a close-to-the-skin shave and is great for sensitive skin. It has three hypoallergenic, nanotech, independently moving, stainless steel blades which are mounted at 30 degrees, an angle that gives the closest shave with the least irritation. The hypoallergenic, thin arc foil and pivoting head follow the face’s contours to easily trim beard hair at its base even around the jaw, chin, lip, and neck. Sonic vibrations help remove whiskers with a gentle glide over the skin. The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 can be used wet or dry. The batteries will provide full power to the motor until the end of a charge and the LCD battery indicator alerts the user when the rechargeable battery is low. It does not come with an auto cleaning and charging option and therefore requires old-fashioned rinsing under hot water.

Ease of Use

Performance

Design Quality

Warranty

The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 provides the user with a decent wet or dry shaver. The lack of fancy extras adds to its ease of use. Users do sometimes report difficulty with cleaning and without an automatic cleaning and charging station, this may be an issue for some.

Battery performance is great with this shaver, with a full charge providing plenty of full power between charges. The shaver works well for most beard types. Performance only seems to wane when the blades and foils become worn.

The Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver design matches its price point. This lightweight, basic, useful travel shaver has inexpensive replacement parts. Parts designed to be replaced (blades and foils) should be replaced with some frequency.

Panasonic shavers come with a two-year limited warranty when purchased in the US. Note that if purchased from a party outside of the US, the warranty may be as little as 1 year. There is a 30-day satisfaction guarantee if this electric shaver is bought from qualified resellers.

Pros

  • Portable and lightweight for travel
  • Inexpensive for a foil shaver
  • Inexpensive replacement parts
  • Built-in travel lock

Cons

  • Short-lived foils
  • Long shaving time
  • Difficulty cleaning razor

Conclusion

Panasonic shavers are consistent with high quality. As a waterproof, rechargeable electric shaver, the Panasonic Arc 3, Arc 4 or Arc 5 are bound to please. There are some minor differences between the models which may affect actual user satisfaction. All have flexible heads, but the newer Arc 4 and Arc 5 models have multi-flex heads that have more movement to address more contours. The newer models similarly have cleaning and charging stations.

The Arc 4 has a dual-motor design which does not seem to affect longevity as the Arc 3 and Arc 4 last longer. Lastly, the number of blades increases as the model number increases, so if efficiency is your main concern, the newer models may perform better. Our highest recommendation is for the Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric Shaver.