Boxili SOLO Men Electric Razor Facial Hair Remover for Trimming Edging Shaving
Regular price $33.85 Sale price $16.92
• High-quality ABS and stainless steel materials
• Stylish look
• For trimming edging shaving
• Built-in 800mAh battery charging by USB cable ( USB cable included )
• Your facial hair will be shaved directly off without the limit comb, and the desired shape can be shaved after installing the comb
• High-quality ABS and stainless steel materials
• Stylish look
• For trimming edging shaving
• Built-in 800mAh battery charging by USB cable ( USB cable included )
• Your facial hair will be shaved directly off without the limit comb, and the desired shape can be shaved after installing the comb
Material: ABS,Stainless Steel
Operation Type: Electric
Material: ABS,Stainless Steel
Operation Type: Electric
Use Condition: Wet
0.150Package weight: 0.236 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 15.00 x 3.50 x 3.50 cm / 5.91 x 1.38 x 1.38 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 21.00 x 13.50 x 3.00 cm / 8.27 x 5.31 x 1.18 inches
Package Contents: 1 x Electric Shaver, 3 x Limit Comb, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x Cleaning Brush
Many years ago I had a very expensive Remington shaver, which was the best electric shaver sold at that time. It proved to be a big mistake for me because it did not shave close, and I would get a rash on my neck from it. I went back to Gillette blades and shaved with them since then. Recently I found that they were not lasting as long as they did in the past, and were so expensive, that I decided to try an electric shaver again. After reading the reviews I decided to purchase this Panasonic rather than the more expensive Braun. I tried it dry first and it gave me a real good shave with no rash at all. The next day I tried it wet and what a fantastic shave. I could not be happier with this shaver. If you are reading this review and wondering if you should purchase, go ahead and buy it, you wont be sorry.
I have been a Braun user for years on end. I have a AA battery operated Panasonic razor that gives a closer shave than the Braun ever has, so when it was time to think about replacing the blade and head on the Braun, I decided to check out Panasonic razors. I weighed the pluses and minuses of the various Panasonic models and decided that this was my best choice for features that I thought were most useful vs. cost. (It isn't all that much more expensive that the cost of the Braun replacement parts.)I have had it now for awhile and am totally pleased with it. I have found that it shaves as close as the Panasonic ES3831K Electric Travel Shaver that I keep on each of my cars and it completes the job much quicker that the Braun did.I have tried it in the shower but find I am not much of a shower shaver! Even so, there is a good reason to go with the wet-dry shaver. My Braun shaver had the cleaning stand that you could put the shaver in like some of the Panasonic have. But that adds significantly to the costs. After several shaves with this unit, I just operate it under the running water for a brief moment and all is clean again; no cleaning fluids to buy for the cleaning base.
Renders a closer shave than Braun Razors and at a fraction of the cost. I use it as a woman for my legs, underarms and bikini area with no problems. I noticed my hair growing back finer and much slower than using Veet. Would recommend and hopefully it lasts for a very long time.
I use this for my head first of all.So I recently decided to start shaving the old noggin. As a person who has a beard, I really only shaved my neck and cheeks for maintaining my beard line. So you can imagine that 1 razor used to last me about a month. Then I decide to start shaving my head, and my whole world goes upside down. I'm switching razors every other shave, and I'm shaving my head every other day so I can keep that nice smooth feel. Next thing you know, I'm spending crazy amounts on razors. I try downgrading from Mach 3 or the fusion down to some non name brand razors, but you pretty much get what you paid for. You may spend less per razor, but the razor doesn't last you that long. And you don't want to use a dull razor on your dome because you might get those annoying and not attractive at all bumps on your head.So I said screw it and started looking for an electric razor. After a ton of research, I picked up this Panasonic since the price was decent. Long story short, this gives me a solid shave. It doesn't get as close or as smooth as an actual razor, but it feels how my head would feel towards the end of the day, which is not bad at all. I'll still use a razor when I go out on dates or have a big day at the office, but for the most part I use this bad boy every other day and it works so great!It doesn't take long to shave, it holds a solid charge, you can rinse it with water and use it right away, it can either lock in position or the head can move back and forth, and most importantly, it gives a solid close shave with no nicks cuts or burns on your dome piece.I still haven't used it for my neck or face, but works great on my abs and nether regions as well as you can expect (though I'll admit I'm not too courageous when it comes to putting something sharp and electrical down there)
I loved this razor so much I bought two of them to keep for when my ES8249S (almost the same razor, but with the auto-cleaning stand) finally wears out. I got the ES8249S seven years ago as a warranty replacement from Panasonic for an ES-LV61 that had a bad display. At the time, I thought it was pretty lousy of Panasonic to send me a lower priced razor in place of the ES-LV61. (Actually, the prices are similar if you count the charging/cleaning stand included with the ES8249S.) But after using it for a while, the lighter weight and better ergonomics (for me) made it a keeper. I normally use it dry to get 90% of my beard off each morning and provide a SAS (socially acceptable shave). On most days, I then shave in the shower with a Gillette Mach 3 Turbo or a Feather MR3 neo to get me to a 99% level CCS (close comfortable shave). Once in a while, I'll use a double-edge or single-edge razor to get to the 99.9% DFS (damn fine shave) level, but that's a lot more work and time. Using the very gentle Panasonic saves me a couple passes with the carts or single-blade razor which reduces the wear and tear on my skin. I used Norelcos for years, then tried the (very noisy) Braun 7, but the Panasonics are clearly superior in every way: comfort, closeness, and reliability. For me, it's also a big plus that these are made in Japan. (My wife uses an ES-LV65 on her legs and loves it.)
I'm a fan of this type of razor now. No more "3 head razors" - they pinched too much. Here's a few things I loved about this razor:- Easy to clean, stupid proof to clean actually.- at 2 minutes per shave, this lasted me about 18 days on ONE (1) Charge!!!! Super convenient when you don't have access to a power supply.- Comfortable grip, easy to move around.- The Timer it has made it easy to gauge usage and time per shave.- Side Trimmer convenient for touching up sideburns and keeping hair from touching my ears- Neat Carrying / Storage case.Cons- I wish the storage case had room for the charging cable.- Kinda wish it had a built in stand; would make it convenient for putting it down safely / in a clean space.Overall awesome razor. BUY FOR LIFE.
Pros:�� Gives a reliably close shave. Obviously, that's huge.�� It's comfortable to use.Cons:�� It's loud - about twice as loud as any electric shaver I've had over the decades. It could conceivably wake someone sleeping in the next room.�� Each time I take off the plastic head cover, the metal top of the shaver pops off, also. Annoying. Maybe there's a trick and I just haven't found it yet.So it does its main job admirably. But the loudness would prevent me from buying it again.
For 40 years i have used Norelco rotary razors and thought they did a good job. My current Norelco was just getting on in years and it was taking quite a few passes to get a somewhat clean shave. I thought why not try the non-rotary type this time and wow what a difference! I don't think my Norelco's ever shaved this close not to mention in so few passes! My shaves go much faster now because the Panasonic really gets me down to the bare skin so there is much less beard the next day to shave. (what a concept!) I should have done this years ago. It also is MUCH better getting hairs back behind my jawline where it's harder to see and also those stray hairs around the adams apple. Just couldn't be happier with this product. The battery life for me is about 7-8 days (with still plenty of power for another day) so I just recharge it on Sundays to start each week anew.
First shave it did fine. Seems to be an improvement over the previous model. they have added an additional blade in the head, and the foils can move independently so you don't miss areas on your face. Seems to be ideal for those of us with thick facial hair.I didn't think they could improve on their previous model, but it looks like they did.I've attached photos of my old shaver (on the left) and the new one (on the right) to show the changes they have made.(Purchased this because I though my current one had a battery problem, but after I ordered it's been working fine. Oh well.)These things seem to last forever, so they seem like a great value.
J. M. Press
I have had this shaver for a couple of months now and really love it.My previous shaver was a triple head Norelco shaver and I was considering replacing it with the same brand, however the newer models do not have an integrated trimmer. I could foresee an issue with an add-on trimmer getting lost when traveling, so I started looking into other brands. Braun gets great reviews, however I had read that they are not that easy to clean without using the separate cleaning stand, which I did not want. (Also did not want to have to keep purchasing cleaning fluid refills for the cleaning stand). Then I came across the Panasonic ES8243A shaver, and glad I did! The shaver appears to be very well made, and feels good in the hand. I was apprehensive about the shaving head (as apposed to the triple head I had been using), however this shaver gives the best shave I have ever had. It easily glides across the skin, with no discomfort and gives a much closer shave than my previous shaver. And I LOVE how quick and easy it is to clean the shaver. After having watched (and listened to) a video someone had posted of the shaver, I almost didn't purchase it because I found the sound of the shaver very annoying. However, after receiving and using the shaver, the sound does not bother me at all.I would definitely recommend this shaver to anyone wanting a quality shaver that provides an excellent shave, is easily portable, is easy to clean, and comes at a very reasonable price.
I have using a competitors rotary style shaver for years and years until I decided to try this razor...I gave the rotary razors to charity. Not only do I get a closer shave but a quicker one too. I always had trouble before getting the fine hairs on my throat with my previous razor but not with this. Takes me half or less time to shave with this razor and I have less skin irritation by not having to go over the same area so many times. Very happy with my purchase.
Mightier Than a Sword
I picked this up on a recommendation from a family member. It's a great unit and I use it so much I've all but eliminated single- and double-edge (or more) razors from my shaving implement repertoire.Getting the right angle to cut hairs in certain places, e.g, under the nose or on the chin line, takes a bit of practice but I've found no angle that I can't get this razor to cut at. Battery life is very good and recharge time is very quick. Also the ergonomic design and feel is about as perfect as I could've hoped for.This is an excellent product and I'd highly recommend it. The only thing I wish it came with was a small, stiff brush to use for cleaning. Not sure why Panasonic left that out. However, I have one from a previous razor and use it instead.
R. B. Pell
Have been a norelco shaver user for about 40 years, having bought at least a dozen over the years. About 6 months ago I noticed I was no longer getting even a rather poor shave anymore. Tried new blades. No difference. Just used my new Panasonic shaver. MUCH better shave. The construction of the Norelco and its blades appears to be same as always. Must be my beard and/or skin changing. But the Panasonic is much noisier than the Norelco. I'll get used to it. Just noticed Panasonic replacement blades Much less expensive than Norelco, if that is important to anyone
I am not the kind of person who is impressed by four, five or six blades. Why do we need so many blades? Doesn't this just make the head bigger and more difficult to trim tight areas? I had an older Braun single blade shaver that did a pretty good job, but I could not find a replacement blade for it. It was a mid-priced Braun, and I had had it for five or six years, so I thought I would try another Braun. I went cheap and bought one of their low end models with three blades. Mistake, it irritated my face, and did not shave very well. So I started shopping around for a new shaver.Based upon the customer feedback, I went with this Panasonic. In spite of having four blades, it is smaller than you would expect, and I am able to shave in tight spots. I just bought it, but it shaves great. I really can not tell the difference between this razor and my twin blade traditional shave. I shave dry, that to me is the point of an electric, convenience. Great shave, as quick as any other razor I have used. Easy to maneuver. Less expensive than the high end Brauns and Norelcos. Its a keeper.
I have used a blade forever, but arthritis has robbed me of small motor skills, which leads to problems with the small movements necessary in blade shaving. I've waited the full 30 days to review, per Panasonic's instructions. I'm very pleased with the results. I knew the shaver would be good the first time I used it on 2 days of stubble, but it takes about a month for your beard to adjust. Outstanding results. Quality and ergonomics are great, and the battery recharge is quick. I own other Panasonic products-a camera, etc., and have always been happy with them. This shaver is no exception. "You get what you pay for". Also, read the simple instructions that come with it. I use it on dry skin.
I have been a rotary electric shaver user for years. Lately, the shaves just didn't seem close enough, no matter how many times I would go over the same area. I checked out reviews of "best electric shavers" and the Arc4 was in the top 10 list. The price on was also great. Well, I have been using this shaver for about a month. Shaving now is faster and the shaves are the closest ever! No comparison to the rotary blade. This shaver ever shows you how long you shaved, the percent of battery usage, and how much battery is charged. Even cleaning is much easier than the rotary type.
This is a review that is specific for the Panasonic ES8243A Electric Wet Dry Shaver. Good to point that out as appears to sometimes blend reviews for multiple models of a product together. I like this shaver. Shaves close and is easy on the hide. Received it as a Christmas gift (I refuse to say "Holiday") and it replaces a 10 year old Panasonic wet dry shaver. This one is built lighter than that 10 year old shaver. The battery life appears to be excellent after a week of partial use. I use it when I am on the run, not every day. It also charges very quickly, as did my older Panasonic. The outer screen housing is now all plastic, so more care must be taken when handling as it appears to be more vulnerable. And my only gripe is that this model does not stand up on its own, nor does it come with a stand. That makes it more difficult to keep in a vanity cabinet or take into the shower if your wife keeps the soap trays full of her stuff. It does come with a very good quality faux leather zip up travel pouch.
I have to shave for work and a regular razor has been cutting my skin up more recently. A buddy of mine purchased this and was telling me about it. Said he uses it in the shower and cuts great! So if course I'm thinking pricy but when he sent me the link you couldn't go wrong for the price! Got it last week and it has been cutting great even on the first shave! I couldn't be happier with the purchase!
I am very pleased with this razor. I am almost 70yr old and I'm still looking for a good shave. I hate to shave but don't want a beard or have to get a new wife so this razor works for me. It is a little smoother if you use it wet but it is tolerable to use dry. I have tried electrics before but was not pleased with the results. This Panasonic works well and I can use it anywhere. I can get 90% shaved anywhere and only have to finish with a razor in the bathroom. It is easy to clean and runs for two or three shaves before the need to recharge which it does quickly.
Been a razor man for years. Decided to try an electric. Was skeptical. Best thing i ever did. This little electric shaves as close as any razor i ever used and shaving time cut in half. Great little electric easy clean, close smooth shave evenbon two day growth great price long charge life. Highly recomended
Larry S. Singer
I have been doing battle with razors of one type or another for over 60 years. I have tender skin and a tough beard. I've tried a variety of electric razors in the search for the holy grail, the perfect razor. This week, somehow managed to get me this razor the day I ordered it and I still can't figure out how they did it. The razor is beautiful to look at, comfortable to hold and has given me unbelievably close shaves without burning my face a bit. If you are looking for a great razor, spend the money and get this Panasonic beauty. You are worth it.
About a month in flight, very nice product so far.1. Vibration frequency is high enough to provide a "soft touch" while shaving. I can't compare with modern shavers, but vs 10 years old ones it is huge improvement. :)2. Battery lasts 3 weeks with my shaving time which is about a min per day. Ideal for short business trips, where you don't need to carry the cord.3. Charging time from 20% to 100% is within an hour.4. The device is firmly lays on the surface. I was doubting to buy the one without a stand, but this product don't need the one, and it saves a space on the desk.5. The travel box is well designed. May want more hard material for extra protection if put in checked baggage.
I am a devoted Panasonic rasor user for more than 30 years (which includes wet/dry ones since they first appeared) and currently at the third ES8243A. I believe they improved steadily over time in all aspects (cut/loose hairs, battery life, display life expectancy, overall life expectancy).My standard shaving routine consists of using first a regular razor with the grain and the ES8243 to finish against the grain (both with a regular shaving gel, not too thick). This maximizes the usage of blade razors (they don't need to be too sharp) and minimizes the usage of the wet/dry (I'm done with it usually in 1m10s - 1m30s). I don't want to contribute an urban legend but it seems to me that resting the ES8243 with the display facing up and the machine tilted to the left keeps the display functional for longer than resting the unit with the display facing down (with all my previous wet/dries the display exhibited defects or stopped operating way sooner than the machine died, usually due to battery or charging problems)
Having used a Norelco for 20+ years I had grown accustomed to having to only make two passes across my face to get an even shave. With the Panasonic I have to make four or five, but the shave is noticeably closer than I was able to get with the Norelco. Also, the width of the head makes it difficult to get into the tight areas around my nose. But as I said, it is the closest shave I have gotten from an electric shaver. I do not use it wet and I clean the shaver head every other day.
The razor works well enough, but it's inferior to an actual blade. It also can't be used while plugged in. I'll be keeping it at work for use on those days where I don't have time for a traditional wet shave at home.Edit 12/29/17: After using this razor for a while, there are some additional things I'd like to bring up.First, it works best dry. If you try to shave straight out of the shower you will irritate your skin. Shave before you shower or well after your face is dry.Second, there is a switch on the side to lock the head. You should probably leave it locked. Maybe that's just personal preference, but I find keeping the head locked works better than allowing it to push into the shaver body and pivot.Overall, solid product that gives a quick, wholly adequate shave.
I shave both my head and my face, every day, dry (and only dry). This razor gives me the closest non-blade shave I've ever gotten and I've been shaving my whole head for more than ten years now and my face for about 25 years. I started out with a Remington foil razor (close as a blade or your money back); when I first shaved my head I moved to Norelco three blade razors and I've used three-blade Remingtons, Panasonics, and various Norelcos all of which I've been happy with, with the exception of the most recent Norelco/Philips which did not work and which was a huge, expensive pain to return (I'm still waiting for my money). I've never used a better electric razor, hands down.I cannot speak to how well it would do with lather/wet but here is a summary of the pros and cons of using it dry.Pros:Really close, smooth shave.Easy to clean.Easy to charge and to see how much charge is left.Absolutely no skin irritation.Cons:Takes me a little longer than the three-circular-blade type.Doesn't trap the hair quite as well and the cuts are finer so the hair gets scattered about a bit.Took some getting used to after a decade of using three-blade types--had to find the right method/pattern.Doesn't feel like it is doing well on my bumpy head (but it does!).Has to be cleaned every day (IMO--the instructions say you can wait until it tells you to clean it but I've found it drops less hair on me if I clean it every day).Looks like more CONS than PROS but, really, seriously, the Cons are quibbles. The fact that it shaves so closely really does outweigh everything else.
I had a norelco senso touch 3d for years I got as a gift and I replaced the heads once. I went to replace it and they didn't make them anymore. I started reading reviews and I found it and decided to try it. It blows the norelco I had away. It easily gives me the closest dry shave I ever had. Wet shave with the soap I use, even closer. It takes awhile but it's super close and almost no irritation. You can get irritation and even cut yourself but you really have to work at it. I go for a really close shave and cutting with blades and irritation is a real problem. I have not had to blade shave since I got this. I really like it. Going on about a month and no thoughts about returning it.
I've had this for a year, and am pleased with this shaver. I've had a couple electric shavers, and so far this is the best one (also most expensive). I found that it works best if I shave dry before showering, otherwise when wet it didn't get as close and missed a lot of hair. It charges very quickly and holds a charge for a while, I can probably fully shave 5 times on a full charge, and the digital display is nice. I rinse the head with soap and water after every shave, and take it apart to dry. When traveling, I recommend using the included case, as one time my shaver turned on inside my toiletry bag (not in the case) and was completely dead by the time I arrived at my destination. The reason for 4 stars is that there are a few spots on my face that always have hair left when shaving, so I have to go over those spots with the small trimmer on the back.
I love this shaver! I can get a smooth shave when dry without having to get in the shower, and I save a lot of time in the shower because I'm not shaving in there anymore.The shaver does a great job getting everything with 1 or 2 passes over a given area.I have very sensitive skin and haven't had any irritation with this, although I do immediately apply a good moisturizer afterward, which I'm sure helps. Used on legs, armpits, bikini area.
JK-James L. Kramer
I spent most of my life as a blade shaver, then transitioned to electric in my "later" years, mainly for convenience. I do not have a heavy beard, but I was never thrilled with the results of my various rotary shavers, and finally decided to spend the extra $$$ and try this one. WOW!- am I ever glad I did! Although not quite as close as a blade, this shaver leaves my face smooth and soft. Shaving now isn't a "chore", but a pleasure. Give it a try, Gents.
I've used Norelco for the last 30 years but I wanted to give the foil shavers a try. This is much better than the Norelco. Shaves closer and with far fewer passes. Battery life seems a little shorter than what I'm used to, but the quality of shave is excellent. We'll see how it stacks up as far as durability.
Only have had it a week seems as good as the last one of a comparable size, it either charges faster, or has a smaller battery than my last one, but other than that is great! Seems to cut my beard closer than the competitors, and doesn't pull as much on the longer whiskers.
I just switched from a DE razor (Merkur Classic, Israeli Personna blades) to electric, and bought both the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250X and the Panasonic ES8243A. I've spent a few weeks with both, and here is what I found:First, the "try it for 3 weeks" thing is REAL. The first two weeks were terrible. Shaves were not close, I had irritation, redness and ingrown hairs. I tried shaving wet and dry, with similar results. Then, miraculously, halfway through Week 3, everything cleared up. Once that happened, the electric shaves were closer than my DE (or closer than I was willing to go with my DE).For background: my beard is fairly thick, and has a few regions that grow in different directions. The hair on my neck is all over the place. My hair is straight and black, my skin is brown and rather delicate, and I used to shave 2-3 times a week because it would take 15 minutes.Now, to compare:Closeness: both shavers are closer than doing a single with-the-grain pass of a DE razor. The Panasonic was noticeably (to the touch) closer on my face and chin, and the Norelco was possibly slightly closer on my jawline and neck. Both shavers also miss the same areas, creating consistently longer zones into two spots on my neck. My wife says she doesn't notice, but I do.Speed: average shave time with Panasonic was 4'15". Average shave time with Norelco was 5'30".Number of passes: on straight surfaces, the Panasonic needed just a few passes to cover the area. On curved areas, the Panasonic needed a lot of angling and back and forth, but it was a precise operation. The Norelco always needed a long random walk with lots and lots of passes, I think because the ratio of cutting surface to contact surface is much lower. The one exception is that flat-lying hairs would get picked up more quickly by the Norelco (though they wouldn't get cut as short).Comfort: both were very comfortable to shave with. After the 3-week adjustment, both caused no irritation or redness.Cleanup: easy on both. Though average cleanup time was about 0'40" with the Panasonic, and 0'30" with the Norelco.Coolness: The Norelco is SO COOL. It looks amazing, and feels like robot kisses when you shave with it. The Panasonic is not beautiful, and the Black/Orange display screams "budget". The Norelco is a gadget, while the Panasonic is just a tool.Price: current pricing and coupons at the time I bought these put them pretty close together. $100 for the 1250X, and $85 for the 8243A.Overall: I love the Norelco so much. It is so, so cool. But it takes an extra minute, and is not quite as close. So I'm returning the Norelco and keeping the Panasonic. I have agonized over this decision way more than I intended, and I'm glad it's over. I also have to shout out to Philips customer service. Getting an RMA number was really easy and took less than 5 minutes.
I picked this up because after 10 years, my face is suddenly too sensitive for razors (not sure what happened). This thing comes with a slip of fluorescent paper with a big warning that begs you to try the product for 30 days before you return it. I thought that was probably a scam to trick you into going over the return policy, but it actually does take about a month to break it in real well.I thought it was a piece of junk the first 2 weeks and I would have to keep touching my face up with a regular razor after to catch all the spots it couldn't hit. However, after 2-3 weeks it started working really well and now I use it everyday for my face and head. It still has some trouble around my jawline but you get the hang of it after a while. The problem is that it has trouble over loose skin so you need to flex your face one way or the other to tighten it up. It's definitely worth it thought because (after the first couple weeks) it leaves no irritation behind unless you really grind it into your face.
I did a lot of research before I settle on this razor. I was not going to payI spend some time researching razors before buying this one. I was not going to spendI spend some time researching razors before buying this one. I was not going to pay $300 for a razor. I have been using Norelco for years. I will never go back. This razor gives a nice, close shave and I couldn't be happier.
The razor is nice, holds good charge, and has a nice LCD display to show discharge and run time on each shave. I have been using high quality blades for a long time. Those blades lasted me at least a month each. yep, they are sharp, and very durable. I wanted to try an electric, and iI don't think any electric can do what a good blade can do for a clean shave that feels clean as well as looks clean. The two biggest complaints I have read about this shaver as both true. The first is technology based, and I trusted it was true even before I got it. LCD's do not do well in heat, so being a wet and dry shaver presents a problem for guys who like hot showers. The heat from the hot shower destroys the LCD display. It does not hurt the razor in any other way. the newest model of this is said to have gone back to LED displays. LEDs do well in hot environments, but they are limited in what information that can give you. This razor is very nice as far as the display goes, and charge time versus usable time. The other complaint was that they do not supply a stand to allow the razor to be taken from the shower, or after rinsing in the sink and let it stand up to dry. Some wanted a ultraviolet disinfectant lit holder, but that would drive the cost up, and I could do without it. Just keep the razor clean. I sometimes use the razor when I want a closer shave, but I use the electric first. It does come with a travel zippered pouch.
I bought this razor over 10 years ago and it still works great. My twin 5yr old boys at the time are now 16 and they are both getting one each for Xmas as they have been sharing mine for the last year. I am ecstatic this model is still being sold. I can't think of any product that I have used daily for 10 years that still works great. I highly recommend.
I use it in the shower every morning. My experience is that only the Panasonics seem to take the everyday shower use torture test.My first wet/dry was a Panasonic, my next one was a Panasonic, then I goofed and bought a Braun, which died after 5 months, and a Norelco that died after 10 months. The Braun gave me a good shave... when it worked. The Norelco was just terrible.This Panasonic runs rings around them. I get the best shave I've gotten so far, it's easy to clean (unlike the Norelco), tells you exactly how much charge you have left, and it can take the water.Minor gripe: the grip feels a little slippery. Make sure you don't drop it.EDIT: It's 4 years later, and it's finally dying. The battery doesn't hold a charge very well anymore, and it makes weird noises when it gets wet. (As in, the blade speed changes drastically.) 4 years isn't bad for a rechargeable wet/dry shaver. These aren't refrigerators.I would also add that this shaver is prone to give me razor burn if I overdo it. But it gave me a lot of good shaves!
William R. Drake
I have used Norelco razors for several decades but didn't feel they gave me as close a shave as I wanted. I tried a Braun but it was too loud for me. After studying reviews for this Panasonic model recently, I decided to give it a try.The instructions say to give your skin a month to get used to it. That is good advice. At first it was a little rough on my skin, but after a few weeks my skin got used to it.The razor is a little louder than my Norelcos but not so much so as to bother me. And it does give a closer shave. I like it a lot.
Used Braun shavers for forty plus years. Also used Remington, Phillishave, Schick. This Panasonic although not top of their line, puts all the others to shame. My one regret is that I did not get this brand earlier! It is smooth, fast, efficient, the battery performance is excellent. I have had it for two months; and if the cutter heads last even half as long as the Brauns do; I have a winner. No regrets whatsoever. PS: I use it 'dry'.
I have shaved my head and neck (and for quite a while, my face) for years, and this has been great. They last about 3 years with fairly heavy use 6-7 days per week, and make quick work of my head and neck. For a while I shaved my face clean (I trim it now with a separately razor), and this worked well for that too. I have only used this for a wet shave, never dry, so this thing also gets put under the faucet with hot water every day, and still lasts 3 years (almost to the day when I looked at my history).Battery - can usually shave my head and neck twice, completely and comfortably, from a full charge. Near the end of the third year, the battery tends to tail off, but not until right near the end.The reason I have purchased multiples is because the battery tends to die around the third year. I just purchased my fourth.Note - I purchase a new foil and blades about ever year, just because they tend to work better when they're new and sharp (shocker - I know). It just makes for a quicker shave, not necessarily required.
Only been using it for about a week but so far so good. I only have used it on dry skin for now. I will eventually try it on wet skin. I previously owned Braun electric razors and this seems very comparable. I especially like the trimmer, it seems better than the Braun as it seems more precise. I will update this post after a month of use.
This is the razor you're looking for. You might think all of these are created equal but that's not true. After years of using the low end Norelco (with the round blades) and basically hating I finally gave in and bought this one. It's really great - very close shave, efficient. My only complaint is that it's very loud, but I can live with it. We'll see how it holds up but so far I'm really liking this.
I used this for head-shaving primarily, which I isn't the exact intended usage. My thoughts:+ Easy to take apart, clean+ Waterproof, so can use in the shower+ Cuts hair fairly short, but definitely not as close as a razor- Battery does not last long, will die after a couple days of shaving- If you wait more than a few days to shave, get ready for pulled hair and repeating passes multiple times.- Flat shaving head means it takes longer to cover entire headI tried this unit for a few months, but ultimately returned back to razors. With razors I just don't have to worry about charge level, can get a closer shave, don't need to make as many passes, and have less cleanup.
jorge a hernandez
This product made me realize how important customers feedback is. I owned 3 previous Braun electric razors and was ok with them until my last one wasn't doing that good of a job anymore. After reading reviews I decided to give this razor a shot and I am so glad I did. This thing is awesome. This is what I love about this razor: fast close shave in dry or wet condition. I prefer dry. NO Hair pulling whatsoever. Strong motor that handles facial hair with no problem. Super easy to clean with warm tap water, no need to buy cleaning solution. Good trimmer, does what it's supposed to do. The only concern is if I dropped it would it break but since I like it so much I take good care of it. I no longer dread shaving everyday.
I bought this to replace my previous Panasonic wet/dry razor (ES-RT51) and couldn't be happier. I have been using it several times a week for over a year and have had great results. The extra RPMs have gone a long way in helping tame a very tough beard.It charges quickly and as with my previous Panasonic, doesn't get any 'slower' just because the battery is running low.
Gordon B. West
Love how long the battery lasts and after five years the battery is just as strong. If you're like me and forget to charge, a great feature is how fast it charges; if you plug it in, by the time you find your wallet and out your shoes on there's enough charge for a shave. I've used it both wet and dry. When I use it wet I just shave in the shower with regular soap for lather; mostly I use it dry though. It shaves close so you want to use a light touch. I get best results by doing a quick light shave then run my hand over the spot I want to get closer so my whiskers stand up. Honestly once you figure this out you can easily get a stubble free shave.
I bought this item in 2011 (~8 years ago) and have been using it ever since. I do not shave every day, sometimes go a week or more and have had beards etc, but I've still used it 500+ times at least. I've never even replaced the blade. I read that the replacement blades are great at first but quickly decline to the same level so I haven't been bothered to spend the $15 it would cost since the razor still works fine as far as I can tell. It's possible that it takes a couple extra passes here and there but I don't even remember how it was 8 years ago. I might buy a replacement set soon just to see. This razor is worth every penny and then some. It's in my hall of fame best purchases ever, and I think I paid like $130 for it too. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you get this. I see no reason to upgrade from this and will likely replace it when (if) it breaks.
I have sensitive skin so I invested in this razor given how many other people had great experiences. And while other automatic shavers felt like wiping your butt with sandpaper (except on my face) this one feels like I am cuddling a furry bunny on my face. Shaves efficiently as well. Certainly a keeper.
Scott P. Weiner
I have been using a Braun high end shaver with the cleaning device for 4 years. First the cleaning device leaked all over the place and needed to be thrown away. Then within days the shaver started having major problems also. (it's like it had a 4 year fall apart timer)So I went to which is the first and best place to research items and found this Panasonic very quickly. The reviews were overwhelmingly good and people recommended buying it without the cleaning device (even though it was a small price difference).Since I had spent quite a bit of money on the cleaning of the old razor and I liked the look of this shaver (nice blue) I ordered it.By the way it was around $100 bucks on sale - which was fantastic.I have a Goatee and trim it with another device bought here. For the rest of my face my hair is very thick and goes in every direction so it always takes a long time. My neck hairs are particularly hard to shave and regardless of the shaver need several passes.The first shave with the Panasonic was fantastic. It took 9 minutes which is close to what I'm used to, however when I felt my face I had never had a closer shave ever. I've been using electric shavers for 30 years and this is by far the closest I've ever felt.Further, the shave lasted a few more days without shaving and looked good proving that it really shaved much closer.Today was the second time and it took about 7 minutes and I got just as close a shave. I didn't clean it the first time since I figured it could go a few without cleaning.I got just as close a shave - I love this.As far as the pop out trimmer which I need since I use it to trim the sides of the goatee it works very well. I've read some reviews that it's not that good but I have to say it's much better than any other pop out trimmer I've used. The only downside to it is that you do have to hold the shaver at an unnatural angle to use it properly.Also today I decided to clean it. I imagined a horror of steps and time to clean this since I'd been spoiled by the automatic cleaner for 4 years.All you have to do is put some hand liquid soap on the shaver and press down for a 2 second turbo clean. I found it worked like a charm and literally took less than a minute including rinsing it for a while longer. The next step which is to take off the top and run the blades under water could not be easier. The top pops off VERY easily and running the blades through the water was 10 seconds. Then you are supposed to lay both out to dry. Couldn't be easier. I'll put them back on later tonight.I am very happy not to be paying for the cleaner cartridges and yet still have a great shaver.I would recommend this to anyone. It's by far the best you will find and you will not be disappointed.
Best razor ever! Holds charge long time. I get about 15 shaves on a full charge. It tells you how much battery is left by percentage. Charges in about an hour! I've had it for a little over a year and it's still sharp! Much faster than my old foil razor. These people put extra effort into the quality of this razor as it is an amazing product. Easy to clean too as the cover just pops off with the press of a button.
Pretty good shaver. It gets very close to the skin. The trimmer is a bit pokey and tears a bit of skin off of my neck as I use it there because I can't do a close shave or else I break out badly. But it does the job. I love the wet shave attribute. The battery isn't that great on it though. It only lasts for about three to four shaves. I used a Braun Series three for many many years before buying this one, and it would hold power for months before having to charge it. And that's shaving either every day or every other day. The trimmer on it was much wider and better angled as well. But all in all this Panasonic is a good shaver for the price.
Over the years I've dabbled with electric shavers and have never been satisfied enough to make a permanent switch to them, but this Christmas I received a Phillips Sensotouch 3D as a gift and it really surprised me. This immediately got me to thinking about picking up a new top of the line foil razor since I've always gotten better results from them than I ever got from a rotary.The Panasonic arc IV was highly regarded and it has a price that simply can't be beat, if you get a Braun 7 Series you'll be spending twice as much for, in my opinion, an inferior product.The actual shave itself was magical, the first use was a dry shave with Afta pre-electric (strongly recommend it) and it obliterated whiskers so quick I was shocked, even on my neck where foil shavers usually struggle it handled it all with ease. The result was a baby butt smooth shave that took 5 minutes.Where this thing really shines though is using it wet with a low lather shaving gel. Then it gets moved into a whole different realm of smoothness, it literally feels like you're not even removing hair. Using it wet also makes the shaves last longer, nearly as long as a blade shave. The only downside is it takes about twice as long once you factor in clean up and prep.If your trying to decide between the Series 7 and the Panasonic, go with the Panasonic. You'll save money and get great shaves.
This does a great job of cutting, it is comfortable to hold when I am using it. The head has a lock to it but when I am using the shaver I have no need to lock it because I dont consider it all that flexible as you go. The display is bright and easy to read. I have only had it for a few weeks and have only charged it once, so far so good. My only complaint compared to my last shaver with 3 spinning heads is that it makes a mess while you shave. The old one seemed.to do a better job collecting my shavings, this one makes a mess in the sink as I go. It is a minor inconvenience because it think it does a superior job of cutting my hair.
Had a Braun for years until battery finaly went. New Braun was in the shop 3 times under warranty in which they appeared to not have a problem with, gave it away under warranty and most defiantly traded up for the Panasonic. Fits in your hand better and gives a lot closer shave.
J. B. Shirey II
I had another Panasonic, the Panasonic ES8249S, for 7 or more years. It finally broke after I dropped it and had to be replaced. I tried a cheaper shaver, the Braun 3Series 340S-4 Wet & Dry Shaver, but was unhappy with it. I ordered this shaver because it is virtually identical to the ES8249S. The only real difference is that this shaver does not come with the vortex cleaning system. NOTE: If you want to replace a Panasonic ES8249S with the hope that this shaver will work in the Vortex cleaning pod, the metal contacts are missing, so there's no way I can see to make contact with the sensors. The 3 "dots" on the back (not shown in the pic) are covered with plastic on this unit and have no exposed metal for contact.This unit shaves as well as my old Panasonic, but it's quieter. It also shaves much closer than the Braun. It would have been great if it worked with the old Vortex pod, but it wasn't really supposed to. So no complaints.
The instructions and some other commenters have said to give this razor 30 days. I loved it in 30 seconds. Quick, smooth shave the first time I used it. Very comfortable. No razor burn or redness. And, that's with a dry shave.It's probably been 20+ years since I shaved with an electric razor, but I don't see me going back any time soon. Great product!
(Update 12/28/2016)I have been using this razor since 2011 and it's still going strong. I just replace the blade and outer foil at regular times and it is ready to go again. Below I posted the link to the outer foil and blade. The battery is holding up very well and I still have consistent power through the whole charge. This was a great purchase!Original Review (2011)I had been using a Braun since I started shaving. I logged on to and to look for a new blade and screen for my Braun... like I normally do. As I was looking I noticed the Panasonic razor and was drawn in by the great reviews.After some reading and careful thought I decided to take a chance. Switching after nearly twenty years of using a Braun... weird because I wasn't really unhappy with my Braun.But I did switch and I must say that I'm very happy I did!A few things I love about it:* I feel I'm getting a much better shave in less time.* It's comfortable to hold.* It seems to be able to supply steady constant power through the whole charge (It doesn't start to slow down as the battery drains).* I can rinse it in water or shave in the shower.Over all, this is a fantastic razor and the way I feel now, Panasonic will be my razor of choice for the next twenty years!
What a relieving hit for bald men!I'm struggling for years with trying to use normal clippers that leave my head as short as it can be, sacrificing the shinny clean look that razor baldes offer to avoid the irritation that last for days.Trying this shaver gave me exactly that clean look (not almost but EXACTLY as razor blades look).First shave was even worse than razor blades leaving my head sore and full of irritation spots. Second one was magical treat of only 8 minutes.Tips for the best performance:1. Don't use it with long hair. Cut your hair with a normal clipper to the shortest and then do the magic. Afterwards use it every two days2. Don't apply too much pressure3. Use it aginst hair growth. Know your head map and work against its flow
Daniel A. Betian
Misleading advertisement!! It has 2 moving blades and I guess the head of the shaver with the foil is considered the other 2 blades. Very disappointing to be that blatant & misleading. That said, the shaver works very well. Good clean shave. Very quiet. Good shavings collection. I usually shave while driving to work. Almost all shavings stay in the housing, not on my shirt.
I bought this razor in 2010 and here we are at 2015 and it is shaving as good today as 5 years ago. I've not replaced anything. Now though, it is down to about 3 shaves (at 2.5 minutes per shave) before needing a charge. I love it and don't see a better shaver out there so I'm about to buy it again. Some of the pretty blue paint is showing wear in spots, but so am I so we fit together (I'm 71) and it still shaves as close and quickly as it used to. I recommend it.
I love this thing. Gets as close as you can get to a straight razor if not the exact same closeness. It has a cleaning mode which is awesome for keeping it clean and smelling nice. The ability to use it in the shower makes it a game changer as well.
My favorite shaver. Bought 3 and gave 2 as presents. Great all round shaving. Super reliable, durable... Bought another shaver as it was beingpraised soooo much, but soon realised that the one I already have is a better choice. I have reviewed the Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 as well and gave it only 3 stars.
I bought this to replace a four year old Panasonic that had lost the ability to recharge. I lived that model, and how closely it shaved my face and worked around the contours of my face and neck. While I am still getting used to this one, I feel like it doesn't do as good of a job on the contours of my neck. Every function works well, and the razor works fine, except for that part. I hope it gets better as I get more time with it.
The last shaver I purchased was one of the Norelco rotary head ones, and I had begun to regret it shortly afterwards, but since I'm not one to want to waste money, I vowed to use it until either the unit itself was dead, or the blades I bought with it got too dull for effective use. My cats finally decided that enough was enough, and they sent my old Norelco crashing to the floor perhaps one too many times, and it finally died.So I began the search for a good foil shaver, and at first was dismayed that I couldn't find a decent plug in unit. It seemed most of them were battery powered and came with some kind of giant cleaning apparatus which I would inevitably use until the initial cleaning solution was gone...and then I would abandon. I then found this an ad for this Panasonic, and reading some of the reviews, I figured it was worth a shot, no matter what, it had to be better than the last one I used for almost 2 years.I am glad I made that decision, this thing shaves much closer, and due to the very high speed motor, cuts through my extra coarse beard without practically plucking each of my hairs, like my old Rotary did from the start.My only annoyance with the unit is that you can't run it plugged in, it has to be charged, and then used off the battery, meaning that if the battery dies, the shaver is toast, as it doesn't appear to be easily replaceable, if at all.While I ponder why no one makes a good plug in foil shaver any more, I will settle on this Panasonic as an excellent second choice.
I've been using this Panasonic shaver about 10 days now and I like it a lot. It has a little timer on it so I can see that it takes only about a minute and a half to get a complete, close shave. I'm an older guy with a light-average beard. My only complaint is the location of the trimmer in the middle of the back of the shaver (not shown in the photos). Hard to see what you're doing in use. OK for sideburns, but trimming a mustache would be very difficult as the trimmer would be hidden as you looked in the mirror.I was a loyal Braun user for 20-25 years. I even replaced the batteries in my 7505 when they finally wore out. The new batteries were weaker than the originals. I read and read on all the current Braun models, but was overwhelmed by too many choices and high prices. I decided to give this Panasonic a try at half the price of the top Braun and no sloppy liquid base to carry around while traveling. I'm very glad I did.
I put it up against my Gillette Fusion Proglide and ... First some setup, I'm mid 50's, white, Scandinavian type, takes me 3 weeks to grow a complete, full beard. I started my shaving life with a Norelco rotary, I shaved dry before I showered (I didn't know better) and then 15 years later moved to an Eltron Universal and then after a couple more years switched to a dual blade manual. From there it was 24 more years of manuals moving up the line to the 5 blade Fusion. I wanted to try an electric again purely for the days I needed to shave dry. Some mornings I go out kayaking or surfing and the stubble on my neck gets irritated by my wetsuit or paddle jacket if I haven't shaved or if I didn't shower before shaving. The neck hairs are mostly why I stopped shaving with an electric because it left too many. I've now got 10 days of use on the Panasonic. My very first impression was that it did the job but wasn't as close as I was use to. That thought persisted over the next few days as I shaved in the shower using my usual Neutrogena shave cream to ease my way thru the break-in period. BTW, no skin irritation so far. I also thought that by 5 pm I had more stubble. BUT, then after a week I shaved half my face and neck with the Fusion, and half with the Pani. I was surprised, the Pani shaved closer and by the next day I had less stubble. The difference was minor but even my wife felt it. A few days later I repeated the test but switched halves to be fair and while still in the shower I could feel the Pani side was smoother. The morning after my wife once again picked the Pani side. Also, I've done a dry shave using a Remington FaceSaver stick and still no skin irritation from the shaver or paddling jacket. I'm loving this whole rinse with water cleaning process. No more cleaning mess with those darn little brushes. I opted not to get the cleaning station because I really didn't believe this was going to be a daily shaver, but now that it is I still don't have any regrets because of the simplicity of this cleaning process. I also think this model will be more travel worthy. The sideburn trimmer seems okay but I already own a Wahl beard trimmer so its not a concern for me. Recharge time is quick! At first I also thought the unit was a bit bulky but I've easily adjusted and the rubbery grip is secure in the shower (BTW, those shaves are without the water running). Lastly a few words on neck hairs, mine grow in many different directions and I've never gotten a perfectly smooth shave with anything. That said, this is as good as a manual for me.
Over the years I've used just about every major shaver. From 3-4 blade razors of various brands, to Norelcos, Remingtons, and Brauns. Just before this one I was using a Braun 8000 series until it died (after several years). I have sensitive skin and most razors/shavers irritated at least my neck, until the Panasonic. This is hands down the best shave I've ever had (been using it for 2 months). It gets close without any irritation and it shaves really quickly (<3 minutes).I also really like the fact that there is no cleaning fluid to buy. Just a little liquid soap, water, the turbo cleaning setting, and a couple of minutes will do the trick. The LED display telling how much charge is left is also very helpful as is the 1 hour to fully charged time. I've also read some reviews about how short the battery life is. I've only had it for 2 months, but it seems to be able to go about a week before needing a recharge (just under 3 minute shaves + cleaning and drying). The fact that it was about half the price of a new Braun while shaving my face better made we actually want to go so far as to write a review!As a side note, I haven't tried shaving with it wet yet but the fact that you can fully submerge it in water to clean it is nice. Being that I can use it wet also means it can be used with various electric shave conditioners (Afta, LectricShave, etc...) for even closer/more comfortable shaves, though I haven't needed anything like this yet.
I've used electric shavers for 30 years and this Panasonic gives me the best shave of any one I have ever owned. The LED display is great. The size of the unit is great, it is actually pretty small so it doesn't take up much room in my toiletry bag, The only reason I give it four stars is that the battery life is pretty short. I've had some razors they could go two or more weeks between chargers, and that was with every day use. I've owned the Panasonic for about a month and I'm only getting about a week between charges.
Michael In Payson
I must admit that in the past and with limited funds, I broke down and purchased a lesser brand of shaver. After three months it bit me! Twice! I finally purchased the Panasonic ES8243A without all the bells and whistles and have found it to be wonderful. Buy it! You won't be sorry.Added review 3 weeks later. I am more pleased with this shaver after three weeks have passed. the smoothness of the cutting heads is fabulous. No more razor burns, no more cuts on the jaw line and the smoothness and quietness of the unit is a great experience. You can actually feel the quality of the product in the balance of the shaver; how it feels in your hand. It even has a sleek trim look of being a great product. In this shaver, you definitely "get what you pay for".Helpful note: I also use a razor clean and lube spray that is sold on line as well. At least twice a week, I pull the head, brush off the deposit of whiskers, spray the cutters, return the head and run for a few seconds and have found the to be of great help. It leaves the unit nice and clean.
I am thrilled with this razor. I have been skeptical of electrics and almost always shave with a blade until I got this. I've had a couple of Norelco electrics previously, and they never shaved as well as a blade or as fast. However, I just had some surgery and wanted a new electric so took a chance on this one based on the many good reviews. I was also attracted to the wet/dry nature as I thought this might shave better in the shower. But for me, I found it shaves better dry. I haven't tried it with 'Lectric Shave or any kind of electric shaving lotion yet.I have only had it a week so cannot comment on longevity, durability, etc. But here's the bottom line - it shaves great! I'm throwing out the Norelco, and tossing my blades. At around $100, if it lasts 4 months it breaks even with the cost of blades.I cannot compare to other foil shavers but vs. the 3 head norelcos this is far superior.Pros -* Cuts well - very close shave. I think 98% as close as a blade.* Cost effective* Wet/dry - nice for shaving any body parts in the shower, if you are into that.* Comfortable ergonomically - fits well in the hand.* lockable/free floating head at the flip of a switch* very easy to clean - pop the top and rinse it out, or squirt soap on it and run it in turbo mode.* readout is easy to see...seems well organized.Cons-* You wouldn't want to try to do detail work with this, like around a beard or mustache - the large head is more "lawn mower" than "weed trimmer". But it does have the flip up trimmer on the back side for sideburns and that works about the same as others I've used (which is not that great by comparison to a razor blade)* I wish it had a stand so I could stand it up vs. laying it down, to take up less surface space.* Slightly slower than a blade shave, but not too bad.Overall highly recommended, very nice shaving razor.UPDATE September 2014....I've been using this razor daily since I bought it in 2010...still going strong after 4 1/2 years. 3 years in I replaced the blades at $50 because they suggest doing it after 1. It wasn't really necessary and didn't shave any better than the original 3 year old blades. Still highly recommended...buy it. Solid product.UPDATE Dec 2015 - Still going strong. Great product.
Living in Budapest
Approximately 5 years ago I switched from a wonderful Panasonic Linear. Braun's self-cleaning feature was highly attractive. At that time the Braun shaved closer than any electric that I had ever tried. The one feature that I missed was the Wet/Dry capability of my Panasonic Linear. When my Braun began to fail, likely from a weaker battery, I needed to replace the foil and blades every few months as opposed to once a year. I finally gave up.Tha Panasonic Arc caught my eye. Given my previous experience with the Panasonic Linear I was very curious about how much Panasonic had improved since I had my Linear. The Arc has not disappointed. I didn't think an electric razor would be able to shave much closer than the Braun. Pansonic's razor technology continues to improve, giving me almost a blade-close shave. I haven't used the Arc in the shower yet but suspect that it will work just fine.I read some complaints about the Arc's shaving head's being too big. I have not had any issues with shaving tight spots. One legitimate complaint has to to with the trimmer. It's not in the best position and requires a little more finesse to use. One small complaint that I have is that the power cord does not plug into the razor very easily. I sometimes feel as though I have to force it into the bottom of the razor. I miss the small stand that I had with my original Panasonic Linear. However these small complaints certainly would not be deal breakers if I had to make this purchase again.I really liked my Braun. Two things kept me from simply purchasing a new model. First, as much as I appreciated the self-cleaning feature, over time I wasn't so certain that it made too much difference in the closeness of the shave. Also, living in Hungary, I have to pay anywhere from 50%-75% more for the cleaning cartridges. If I were still in the US, where you can get the cartridges at a more reasonable price, I might not be writing this review. Also, as I wrote earlier, I missed the option of shaving in the shower. After factoring the lower cost of the Panasonic to the Braun, the monthly cost savings on cleaning cartridges, and the wet dry option, I went with the Panasonic. I'm extremely happy with the closer shave that I now have.UPDATE FEB 16, 2010After several weeks of use I can write that I am extremely happy with the Panasonic Arc. It really does give me the closest electric shave that I have ever had, coming extremely close to a blade.As mentioned in my original review I used a Braun for some years. I thought that I might miss the cleaning functionality. However I do not miss it. The Panasonic is very easy to clean. The one thing that I definitely do not miss is the cost of having to replace my Braun cleaning cartridges!
Been using a Remington MS2-390 and the screen went bad. Rather than buy a screen and blades I usually get new. The Remingtons have always given me a close and fast shave but have often been difficult to clean, the blades fall off, sometimes getting dinged. I've had Brauns in the past but eventually figured out that they don't shave near as close or fast. Accordingly I researched razors and this one has excellent reviews. I can see why, it shaves as close and fast as a Remington without the noise and easy to clean. The first day I shaved 1/2 of my face with the Remington and the other 1/2 with the Panasonic and couldn't tell the difference in speed or closeness. The Panasonice ArcIV is as quiet as a Braun, which isn't critical to me but nice and gives a fast, close shave. It's also comfortable to hold securely and holds a charge good for 7-10 shaves. Probably the best shaver I've ever used.To clean it you wet the head, rub a drop of soap on the screens with your finger, hold ON for a couple seconds and it goes to Turbo mode, let it run for 10 seconds and then rinse for about 10 seconds. Clean as a whistle! This thing operates at a very high speed, turbo is even higher and they say that's why it cleans so well and easy. Very cool.The only thing that I dislike a bit is that it won't run while charging so if you accidentally run it all the way down and aren't finished you need to wait a few minutes for it to get a quick charge so that you can finish.
He has always used a safety razor because his beard is so heavy. We tried umpteen electric razors and he hated every one. Recently he took a terrible fall and broke some ribs, which meant he was unable to shave himself. His caregiver suggested this razor so we decided to give it a try. He is 87 with moderate dementia and anything new is difficult to accept. To be honest we figured he would refuse to even try it out, except that he didn't have a choice. He absolutely loves it!! Says it does a better job than his trusty safety razor. ??
Deborah J. Green
I bought this razor as a gift for my boyfriend. I really didn't want to spend $150+ and debated whether a razor at that price was really worth the cost . After reading the reviews this moderately priced razor got very high ratings as compared to the more expensive ones. My boyfriend is extremely happy with my choice and states that this razor gives him the smoothest shave even after not shaving for a few days. Other razors he has owned pull hairs and this one doesn't do that. He has only used it dry so far and cannot comment yet on cleaning it. But he says it's all about a smooth shave. And you cannot know that until you try the razor. He gives it an A+ on smoothness.
I've been using electric razors for 11 years now. This one is by far the best I've used. Beats Braun, Remington, and Phillips in terms of quality, efficiency, and closeness of shave. I was tentative to purchase because it is more expensive than some models, but I'm happy to say that it's money well spent.
I've used electric shavers exclusively for the last 20 years. Mostly the triple rotary head Norelco shavers. When my last Norelco shaver's battery died, I was going to buy the latest triple rotary head model. I went to like I usually do for most of my stuff and saw the Panasonic ES8243A and read the customer reviews. The reviews were so good that I hesitantly ordered a ES8243A hoping that I wasn't making a mistake by switching from a triple head rotary form factor to the ES8243A form factor.After using the ES8243A for two weeks in dry mode (I always shaved in dry mode) I'm so very pleased with this shaver. In fact I love this shaver. It shaves closer and faster than all of my previous Norelcos and is comparable to a blade. The cutting heads vibrate so fast that is more like a fast hum than a vibration so is a pleasure to use. This model has 4 rows of cutting heads. The two outer rows are the foil cutters and the two inner rows have openings that differ from each other. The entire head assembly is spring loaded to allow the optimum pressure on the face, not too soft, not too hard. But the head assembly can be locked if you prefer a stationary head.The rounded edges on all four sides make the shaving very comfortable no matter what angle or direction the shaver is moved. I plan to buy some gel or other liquid to see how wet shaving feels like, but I'll probably just continue with dry shaving since it's fast and what I'm used to.I highly recommend this shaver. I don't think you'll be sorry if you buy one. I'm really happy that I decided to take a chance and switch from triple head rotary to this shaver. I love this shaver so much that I felt compelled to post a review in spite of the large number of positive reviews already posted.
I've had this shaver for a week and love it. The trimmer is the only thing that holds me back from "five-starring" it.What I like: If you have four high-quality blades, they're going to shave faster and better than the one. And they do! This shaver gives me an incredibly close shave, no overdryness or irritation to my skin, and it's fast. I can't get my shaving time down to 2 1/2 minutes like what I see from a lot of reviews (more like 3 1/2 - and I don't have a thick beard or anything really challenging), but there's so much surface area to the head that the shave does go faster than what I'm used to.What I don't like: The biggest issue is the trimmer. My last shaver, a low-end Braun, had a great trimmer that went through anything like a lawn mower, but with more finesse. This doesn't. I've kind of adapted so it does kind of okay on my sideburns, but other things I took for granted with the old Braun, like eyebrows, the back of my neck, even my own hair on my head sometimes, are way more than this wimpy trimmer can handle. Distant second concern is battery life. Squeezing a week of shaves out of this is a challenge, although it recharges fully in an hour, and there's a display to show remaining battery life. Final concern is that the large shaving area - a plus for speed - makes it difficult to get to small or tight places, which everyone's face has here or there.I had often thought that the extra money spent for a razor costing more than $40 was for useless bells and whistles. I was wrong, and this product is great proof of that!
I should have replaced my Norelco a long time ago! I kept replacing the blades hoping it would improve but the Panasonic is just a better design.Smoother, much less irritating and I have used it both wet and dry with excellent results.If you are on the fence about trying this, go ahead!
i give it 4 stars because the only 5 star shave is using Fusion with hot water and a good shaving gel/cream. i'd actually give the panasonic 4.5 stars if the option existed. Relative to the triple blade disposable razors i use in the shower, the panasonic shave is 95% as close.I've used if for a week and it is really easy to use- incredibly smooth going over your skin. I've only used it as a dry shaver at this point. I normally use a blade so i might actually get closer shave as my beard adjusts. I had been using a braun rechargable (about 6 years old) and this blow it away. the braun would always leave a stubbly feeling on the sides of my cheeks where my beard is toughest. The panasonic leaves it feeling completely smooth and clean-shaven. Shave takes about 3 minutes and probably could be efficiently done in 2 minutes. Razor is very comfortable in your hand and absolutely glides over your face. The very fast RPM of the razor is quite effective.Haven't tried as wet shaver yet, will see if that gets even closer.very pleased with the purchase- great price.
S. L. Patterson
I have shaved my head since 1996 and have been through many devices since then. This is hands down the best electronic device to provide that service so far.I have sworn by Norelco? triple-headers for years and laughed at the thought of trying to shave my hard, round head with a rectangular screen, when the three 'floating' heads of the Norelco seemed to get every nook and cranny, scar and bump.Then I read reviews of this Panasonic? and convinced myself that it wasn't very pricey and thought I'd give it a try. The first time I used it, I made a pass on the side of my head above my right ear and then paused, felt the newly-shaved patch and marveled: That one was one close shave!This one is definitely louder than the Norelco, but the 13,000 RPM motor makes quick work and smooth shaving a breeze. (NOTE: I only get 4-5 days of shaving between charges if I do both head and beard; the Norelco provides at least double that).Yeah--I could get a little closer with a blade, but who wants to cut their head shaving AND pay Gillette an arm and a leg for a small package of Fusion? blades on what seems to be a way too frequent basis?My one complaint is the very flimsy 'traveling case' that is nothing more than a thin leather-like, zippered, razor-shaped bag -- that does not protect the razor in almost any way (unless you are worried about scratches). The first time I tucked it into my suitcase, I accidentally hit the 'on' button on the razor through the case. Good thing I heard its 13,000 RPM engine to alert me before I closed the lid!
This shaver is amazing. I used to shave with a Mach 3, and then the mid-range Panasonic ES7056 (which was quite good). My beard is *so* coarse, thick, and fast-growing that I would cut myself several times per shave with the Mach 3 (and yes, I do know how to use it properly). I then switched to the Panasonic ES7056 which gave me a decent shave without the cuts. Unfortunately, that broke after two years of use and I upgraded to shaver that I'm reviewing now (the Panasonic ES8243A Arc IV). There is a definite difference between my old Panasonic and this one. If my old Panasonic was good, this new one is hands down better, with the razor making short work of my very coarse hair. The four blades do not appear to be a gimmick--I definitely feel like I am able to shave more quickly with this razor. My old Panasonic razor came with a one year warranty. I am glad to see that this one comes with a two year warranty on battery and razor considering that my last Panasonic electric razor broke just before the two year mark.Pros: Probably the best shaver available, waterproof (can use in the shower, which I do regularly), very easy to clean (don't bother getting the more expensive version with the cleaning station...it cleans itself), two year warranty. This is a no fuss razor that does its job and does it VERY well.Cons: There are a couple small spots on my neck that I still have to go over multiple times in order to get everything (this has been a problem with every razor that I've owned in the past)...although, this problem is much improved with this new Panasonic (I guess no electric is perfect) , replacement blades / foil is expensive (they're around $40, I can't comment yet on how long the foil will last but if it's anything like my last Panasonic, it should go at least a year), at over $100, it's not cheap (but it is worth-it).Final thoughts: if you have a beard that is thick and/or tough to shave, I can't recommend this razor highly enough. It's not cheap, but if shaving with a non-electric razor causes many painful cuts (like they do for me), this electric gives a fantastic shave without the pain and embarrassment and for me has been money well spent. Note that if you're used to non-electric razors, it will take at least a few days and possibly a couple weeks for your face to adjust and for you to get the most out of this razor.
Just used this on my head. It was awesome. Smooth as silk. Shaved dry, no issues at all. Cleaning was a breeze on a sandy coast.
Works great! No sensitivity and not cuts. It works better than the rotary name brand that i have used. Will buy again when needed. I would recommend to anyone needing a good shaver. It works extremely well and the high rating is well deserved by this item. Easy to clean. Just rinse and add drop of soap, turn on, wait..... rinse and done!
I owned a Braun 7 series shaver from sometime around 2005 until early this year. It was an overall good shaver, but after such a long time, the battery was starting to get low and I decided to gift it to a friend and get back in the market to see if there was new technology out there. Like a lot of guys, I think, I'm always on the hunt for a shaver that can get the job done in the least amount of time possible. I'm also a redhead with sensitive skin that breaks out if I use a blade, so it's been shavers for years.After hunting around, I purchased this Panasonic in early 2010. So, I have about six months in on it. I don't have much of a beard, so I can get by with shaving every other day, for the most part. In comparison with the Braun, it does a better job at getting the bigger stuff on the first pass. I do notice that to get the really close shave, I sometimes have to angle it a little bit so that the foils, which are on the outside edges, can get more surface contact and take off that last little nub of hair coming out of the hair shaft.My only real disappointment with this shaver is battery life. Since I shave every other day, I can go about 10 days without recharging. This is on a brand-new battery (it's been this way since I bought it). For me, at least, the Braun was still going longer than this without a recharge after like 5 years of use. And when it was new, I easily went longer than two weeks. I found this to be unexpectedly disappointing.As far as wet/dry, I tried just wet (no shaving cream). I seem to get a better, quicker shave if I shave dry right before hopping in the shower. That may just be because that's what I've been doing for years and am more used to doing it that way.Would I buy it again? Maybe, but I would probably take a harder look at the Brauns again first.
I had a Braun, but it was old. I assumed that I would replace it w/ another Braun. But after doing some research, I went w/ the Panasonic ES8243A. As you probably know by now, it is a wet or dry shaver. However, the closeness and quality of the shave is better when wet and w/ shaving cream. Other positives would be comfort in hand and its long lasting charge w/ display.Negatives for this shaver would be lack of a self cleaning unit. However, I am so impressed w/ this shaver that I don't care and still give it 5 stars.Braun never ever was this good. I feel that Panasonic has done an injustice to all by not promoting their shavers more. With a product this good, they should dominate the electric shaver market!UPDATE (07/05/2014): Love this shaver even more. It continues to provide an excellent shave, it cleans up very nicely, and it is reliable. I replace the foil and blades as routine maintenance every 18 months or so. I WOULD DEFINITELY BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN.
Very nice razor coming from rotary head razor use for years this really saves close. It takes a minute or two longer but the result is baby smooth vs a tiny bit of stubble. There is no stubble with this. I have a very thick and tough beard so using shaving cream is easy and refreshing. Nice product here and it is recommended.
I have been dry shaving using Remington triple foil shavers for the past 20+ years. Have tried others, but always went back to the triple foil (MS3) type as it gave me the best dry shave. As far as I can tell, Remington no longer manufactures the MS3 model, so it was a choice between buying a refurbished model on eBay or trying something new. I did try 2 models of rotary shavers (Norelco and Remington) and neither one gave a close or comfortable shave.The Panasonic ES8243A came up for sale and decided to give it a try knowing that there was a Panasonic "good shave" guarantee for 30 days. There was no need to worry. The first couple shaves wasn't sure if I liked the trimmer or the feel of the shave, but as I got used to the shaver over the first week found that it was giving a faster and closer dry shave than I'd had in a long while. It charges fast (1 hour) and am getting appx 5 days of shaving from a charge. Love the timer and the "percent of charge" indicator.This is a 5 star shaver. Am very pleased.
This is my first Panasonic razor. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first. I've been going back and forth between Braun, Remington, and Norelco for the last decade, but I heard good things about this razor and my Braun series 7 finally died. My experience with electric razors is that I can use them for a day or two, then they irritate my skin and I have to give them a rest for a day or two. I especially have trouble areas around my neck, and can never quite get all of the hairs there without getting a serious case of razor burn.I've been using the Panasonic for a couple of days now and my skin loves it. I don't have any issues shaving around my neck, and I don't even require aftershave when I'm done. I think the biggest difference is that you don't have to apply pressure for this razor to do its thing. Just touch it to your skin, move it around a little, and let the razor do the work. I've been shaving dry and have the best shave I've ever had from any electric or blade.Like many other reviews stated, don't bother with the cleaning version of this razor. I just got the stand alone razor and have been cleaning it with liquid soap and water. I'll never go back to self-cleaning razors after my Braun decided to pump cleaning solution all over my granite counter top while I was away at work. That was fun to come home to!
I have been using Nolreco shavers for 25 years and almost two months ago I switched to this Panasonic Shaver and it has so far been the best shaver I have ever owned. It is fast, easy to clean and takes only one hour to charge. When fully charged it can last up two weeks. My face feels much cleaner and smoother now than it was with my previous shavers. I also like the nice lcd display showing the number of minutes it takes to shave and the percent of battery life left. I would recommend this shaver to anyone with difficult to shave facial hair.
I am coming from a Panasonic ES8043 which after 3 years started have battery problems. At 3 1/2 years the charge would only last for 2 days.I chose the ES8243A based on the reviews and the fact that I did like how my old unit shaved. This razor is a bit smaller in the hand which took some getting used to but it did a better job of shaving may face. My face did not have a problem getting use to the shaver since it was most likely use to the previous one. I love the digital display to let me know how much of a charge is left. The charge is lasting me 10-14 days.Cleaning the shaver is easy without needing any special chemicals or container.My issue is with the foil. You are supposed to remove after shaving so as to clean the unit. The foil feels fragile and I have had some difficulty getting it to snap back into place. I do believe that this is a weak spot for the unit and that I may have to replace the foil often (price is about $35 on ).Overall a very good shaver but only time will tell if the foil is durable and if the battery will last.
UPDATE - I have lowered my rating to 4 stars. The battery life of this shaver is very poor. I get about 5 shaves per charge, probably half of what I got with previous shavers. It's a great shaver otherwise.I have been shaving for many years and have purchased and been disappointed by many electrics but after 3 days of use this is clearly the best. For the first time ever I have a shaver that shaves as close as a blade without the cuts or irritation. The trimmer is effective and overall this shaver is easy to hold, use and clean.I'm a little concerned about reviews that talk about failures and the high cost of replacement foils and cutters, but for now this product is worth 5 stars.
The shaver has replaced a Braun one that'd been in my possession for almost 4 years and the change is for the better.With Braun (not a cheap one) I've had a small but persistent irritation under the chin. Nothing like that with this Panasonic; it just removes the growth and that is it. And that is what I want from it.The head is noticeably larger than the head on the Braun and it took me a few minutes to develop a proper shaving technique; life is better now.The proposed cleaning procedure looks scary on paper but is actually very unsophisticated and is quite entertaining - you get to watch how liquid soap gets foamed up right before your eyes, and how it moves about, and how the foam gets less and less clean as it removes stuff from the blades; and it takes less than a minute to clean the shaver.The battery holds the charge well. The time between charges is variable, but I'd say that I need to charge it every other week; that is with frequent cleanups.Thumbs up so far.
So let me start out by saying that I hate shaving. Its such a waste of time and energy. I specifically hate shaving with a razor. The process of getting your face wet applying shaving cream and then cleaning up after myself is particularly daunting especially in the morning where I just want to get out the door and get to work on time. Secondly I have a younger looking face so if I don't shave I look like a 25 year old homeless man.So here I go. Be under no illusion that this device can give you as close of a shave as a razor would. Let me precede this by mentioning that when I shave with a razor (mac 3) I shave against the hair so when I do go to the razor its a very close shave. I, however, don't care to have a close shave unless I'm doing something special like going out to dinner with my wife or going to some nice event. In the rest of the cases I just want the majority of that itchy facial hair to be at a minimum and to avoid my "homeless" look. Thats where the Panasonic wet/dry comes into play. I love it. It takes me about 2-3 minutes to shave with no cleanup no shaving cream, nothing. So much easier than having to get my face wet and all that other stuff. Its so easy to cary around and I just throw it in my travel bag whenever I am going anywhere. The nice thing is also that I don't need after shave afterwards (where as when using a razor I definitely do). I justs shave and go. That said I have to mention that the quality of the shave is not as good as compared to a razor. On my checks and around my lips I get a clean enough and close enough shave but around my neck, especially around my adams apple, it tends to miss stuff and I have to do multiple passes. With the curviness of my neck it tends to have a bit more problems and I have to go over the same spot a few times if I want to get everything. In general I don't care that much about that area since I just want to look semi presentable.Battery life is really good. I use the thing once a day or once every other day and I feel like I need to charge it about once every two or three weeks. Cleaning it is a breeze. Just shove it under water or if you really want pop the top off (super simple) and run some water over it. Cleaning takes me less than 10 seconds.Over all this thing is a great time saver. Its not as good as shaving with a razor but I don't need that clean of a look all the time so for me its a perfect middle ground device. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I've used quite a few different safety razors (1, 2, 3 & 4 blades), 2 or 3 Remingtons and I've also had one Braun. All of the safety razors caused a lot of irritation on my neck. The Remingtons & Braun shaved very well when new, but after a month or so they all seemed to dull and give only a fair shave. This Panasonic, from day one gave a great shave, and after well over a month, the shave has not changed!I've tried using the shaver dry, but didn't care for it that much.I wash my face & neck in hot water, rinse the soap off, and put on a thin coat of shaving cream (I heat up the shaving cream for a better feel, not a better shave). On the neck I have to move the shaver in all directions, since my beard seems to grow that way. It takes me around 5 minutes or so to finish, rinsing the shaving heads now & then to keep the shaving cream from piling up on the them.When finished, my face is smooth; the shave is close, and there is absolutely no irritation. Is the shave as close as a blade? I'm not sure, but my face & neck sure feel a lot better then they do after using a blade.Would I buy this razor again? Without question! Do I recommend it? Let's just say that it's far better than anything else I've ever shaved with.
I have had my Panasonic ES8243A now for a full year of fast, flawless shaving. I must admit I don't get the advantage of using an electric razor in water so can't vouch for that experience. I have the top-line Norelco and had the top-line Braun, but neither has anything on this Panasonic. (Even though this device shaves faster and as close and the best out there, (I still use a five-blade water-and-foam shaving system for the closest possible shave.) One caution: the replacement shaving heads (annually) will set you back $40-$50, depending where you buy. But if a close, quick electric shave is what you seek, you won't be disappointed here.
Steve L. Richter
I had been a Norelco rotary blades loyalist for the past 15 years, upgrading 3 times to their latest and greatest electric shaver. I always had to make multiple passes (even with their improved 3 rows of cutters per rotary blade) over my beard. I decided to give the Panasonic 4 rows of cutters a chance on the basis of reviews from users and it did not disappoint. This shaver is an incredible value, as well as an incredible shaver. I shave in half the time my Norelco used to take. Finish shaving and put 1 drop of liquid soap on the cover, place under running tap water for 2 or 3 seconds and turn it on -- wait 15 or 20 seconds and rinse with tap water -- the cleaning process is complete. No chemical washes to buy, no other rinsing necessary. Smells fresh and is ready to go. Charging is quick, though this shaver has to be recharged every 5 uses. I find that does not pose a problem.
Great cuts and no burns. I bought this for my son who fell in love with my Panasonic razor. We've both used the circular cut razors and cheaper linear cut razors. Panasonic has always risen to the top. Other than having the replace the foil and the blade over time due to wear, this has been a top notch razor. It provides a clean shave with no skin burns, cuts or irritation. I even convinced my dad to buy one... he's been using regular blade razors for over 40 years.
I've had mine a month. I bought the Panasonic ES8243A primarily for shaving my head. I was in awe at how close of a shave I've gotten with it. Before I was using single and double blade razors to help prevent any razor burn. This shaver gets closer than those razors, and no razor burn. I shave my head in the shower, with shaving gel and it takes me 6 minutes and I'm finished. It took me 3 or 4 shaves to get used to the length of hair that it works best on. It takes about twice as long with 4 days growth vs 3 days growth, so I have to shave my head more often, but at 6 minutes to perfectly smooth, I don't have any problems with it. 2 small complaints. 1, the head is a little bulky, so it's tough to get around my ears, but is fine on everything else. 2, the instructions say that you can get a 3 minute shave off of 10% of the battery life. The panel on the front indicates battery life, and my 6 minute shaves use about 30%, so it's not very accurate. So 3 shaves and I have to re-charge, but it charges in an hour. Great shaver.
I have been using this same razor since 1993. This is one great razor which is why I reordered it a second time. The old one was ready for new blades and shaver screen. After looking at the prices I chose to go with the new one. My old one came with a charging/cleaning application which matched up perfectly with the new one.