Complete Panasonic Electric Razors Review

Panasonic Shavers

Panasonic are a well-known and respected Japanese manufacturer of high quality electrical products.

Their shavers all use foil heads, as opposed to rotary heads.  Foil shavers have historically produced the closest shave and often recommended if you shave daily, have fine, straight hair and if you have sensitive skin.

In this review we have looked at men's shavers, of which there are many available ranging in price from around $30 right up to $200+.

We have chosen our top picks from bottom, mid and top range to suit all pockets and requirements and outlined the various features on offer to help you choose the best shaver for you.

Panasonic shavers come with a 2 year limited manufacturer's warranty.​

Our Pick of Panasonic Shavers

Panasonic Dual Blade Travel Shaver ES4815S

Panasonic ES4815S Travel Shaver

Dual-blade, battery operated travel shaver includes soft travel pouch.  Can be used wet or dry, and is ergonomically designed, slim and lightweight - a basic, convenient model, ideal for travelling at less than $40

Panasonic ES-RW30-S Shaver

Panasonic ES-RW30-S Dual Blade

A basic dual blade, rechargeable shaver for cordless wet or dry use.  Includes pop up trimmer for sideburns and mustache.  100% waterproof to easily rinse clean under running water.  A good first shaver, at an affordable price of around $30.

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Shaver

Triple bladed, rechargeable shaver with pop up trimmer for cordless wet or dry use.  With a 10 stage LCD battery status display and pivoting shaver head for a comfortable close shave, comes complete with shaver cover and travel pouch for convenience - currently available for around just $54.

Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3

Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3 Shaver

This versatile shaver has the Arc3 shaver head features but also includes a 5 setting comb attachment for trimming. In addition it comes with an automatic clean and charge station to keep the shaver hygienically clean and ready for use at the touch of a button.  Currently available at around $116.

Panasonic ES8243A Arc4 Electric Shaver

Panasonic ES8243A Arc4 Shaver

Flexible, pivoting head with 4 floating blades to follow the contours of the face, giving a smooth, close shave.  Cordless, rechargeable wet or dry use and includes sonic vibration cleaning mode for easy cleaning.  Comes with travel pouch, currently priced at around $80.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

A high performance shaver with a shave speed of 14,000 cycles per minute.  The 10 stage LED display shows shaver functions and battery life. Fully rechargeable for wet or dry use, includes travel lock and travel pouch.  Hypoallergenic - a great shaver for sensitive skin.  Available for around $110.

Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc5 Shaver

Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc5 Shaver

Premium, award-winning shaver with 5 blade flex and pivot shaving head and built in shaving sensor for a close, even shave. Features 3 razor foils to catch, hold and cut every type of beard hair for maximum efficiencyl.  Rechargeable batteries for cordless, wet or dry shaving.  A superior, top-range product at around $210.

More Detailed Reviews


ES4815S Travel Shaver

Panasonic ES4815S Height

Heights 10 cms, Weight 10.08 ozs

This is a basic, battery operated (2 standard or rechargeable AA batteries, not supplied), slim shaver ideal for travelling, as it can literally be used anywhere.

​It is small, light and ergonomically designed to feel comfortable in the hand, and is 100% waterproof for easy cleaning under warm running water.

The ES4815S travel shaver is flexible, and can be used dry or wet, with or without shower gel/shaving cream, as desired.

The motor, whilst not as powerful as the higher priced models, still runs at a healthy 8,200 rpm.  The batteries should last for a continuous shave time of approximately 90 minutes (according to the manufacturer).

It features two independently flexible hypoallergenic stainless steel blades to adjust to the contour of your face, for a clean, close shave even for sensitive skin.

Panasonic ES4815S dual flexible head

Follows facial contours

​A soft, protective travel pouch is included and the product is covered by a 2 year limited warranty.

This is a good, basic little shaver for the price, currently at around $36​.

Panasonic ES-RW30-S Dual Blade Shaver

This rechargeable, cordless model measures approximately   15.5 cms in height and weighs just 5.6 ozs, making it another highly portable device.

It has an AC charger which it stands into, giving around 21 minutes of continuous use from a full charge.

Designed for wet or dry use, with or without shaving creams or gels, it is 100% waterproof and is easily cleaned under running water.

Panasonic ES-RW30-S Dual Blade Shaver
Panasonic ES-RW30-S Pop up Trimmer

Pop up trimmer for precision work

The ES-RW30-S shaver has a flexible, pivoting head with the two blade system so that the blades and foils glide across the skin's contours easily.

The additional feature of a pop-up trimmer makes precision trimming around sideburns and mustaches easy.

Ergonomically designed for comfortable use, this is a low-priced, basic model at around $30, and would be ideal for first timers or when travelling.

Arc 3

Arc3 men's shavers feature a triple blade shaving system with 30 degree angled blades to cut hair closer to the base for greater efficiency and cleaner results.

The 3 blades are independently floating in the head, and the whole head pivots from side to side and up and down to follow facial contours even more closely.

Panasonic Shaver Pivoting Shaver Head

Flexible and pivoting shaver head

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Shaver

A cordless, rechargeable shaver for wet or dry use, complete with foil shaver cover and soft travel pouch.

Features include a pop-up trimmer for precision detailing and sonic vibration turbo cleaning mode to help get the razor clean and hair-free under running water.​

The fast, 13,000 rpm motor gives a quick cut, to reduce the risk of irritation from dragging as the razor glides across the skin.

Hypoallergenic blades help to further reduce irritation for those with sensitive skin.

There is an integrated, illuminated multi-stage LCD display in the body of the shaver to indicate the battery status and a charge gauge.

It also shows a cleaning prompt and when the sonic vibration cleaning mode is in operation.

This is a good, value for money electric shaver, with several very useful features for less than $55.​  Well recommended, and a good quality product for anyone on a budget.

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 LCD Display

Shows battery status and cleaning mode

Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3 Shaver

Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3 Shaver

As with the ES8103S Arc3 model, the ES-RT97-S has a pop-up trimmer for precision around mustache and sideburns, but also has the addition of a trimmer comb attachment with 5 length settings, effectively turning the shaver into a trimmer.

This device has a dual LED battery status/charge indicator in the handle.

The motor is less powerful than the previous model, but still runs at an efficient 10,000 rpm and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery charges in one hour for around 50 minutes of shave time.

​Included with the ES-RT97-S Arc 3 is a clean and charge station, which automatically hygienically cleans, dries and charges the shaver ready for use.

Panasonic ES-RT97-S Arc3 Razor

All in all, a good purchase if you have a little extra in the budget and would make a great gift at around $116.

Arc 4

Panasonic Arc4 Shaver Head

Arc4 Shaver Head

Arc4 Shavers feature a 4 blade shaving head with 30 degree blades to lift and hold hairs and cut them at the base for a clean, efficient shave.

The 4 floating hypoallergenic blade and foil system and 13,000 rmp motor combine to give a smooth, close shave with fewer passes, making it even better for use on sensitive skin.

Panasonic ES8243A Arc4 Shaver

Another cordless, rechargeable shaver for wet or dry use, this model also has a pop up trimmer located on the back of the razor head for areas where precision is required.

The 4 blade, flexible pivoting shaver head with it's gentle curve is specifically designed to contour the face, chin and jaw perfectly so that maximum hair is reached without needing to go over the same area again and again.

In addition it features an advanced LCD digital display integrated into the handle.

Panasonic ES8243A Arc4 Shaver
Panasonic ES8243A Arc Shaver Display

Advanced digital display includes:

  • 5 Stage battery gauge and charge indicator
  • Shaving timer
  • Cleaning reminder
  • Blade and foil replacement reminder
  • Sonic vibration cleaning mode

This shaver has many great features and you get a good quality product for a very competitive price, currently around $80.

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Shaver

This Arc4 model features an even more powerful motor drive, delivering 14,000 cpm.

It ​also has a dual motor system to provide back and forth and side to side movements designed to lift and position the hair for efficient removal on all skin types, including the scalp.

​The multi-flex pivoting head provides superior efficiency and comfort.

Other features of this shaver include:​

  • Ergonomic design - comfortable to use
  • Multi-stage LCD - displaying battery status and shaver functions
  • Cordless - rechargeable for wet or dry use with or without shaving creams/gels
  • Pop up trimmer
  • Sonic Vibration Cleaning
  • Safety lock and travel pouch
Panasonic ES-LA63-S Shaver Head

Multi-flex head with pop up trimmer

The ES-LA63-S Arc4 is a great quality product, surprisingly packed with features for the price at around $110.

For an extra $50 or so you can purchase a similar shaver, the Panasonic ES-LA93-K Arc4 which includes the addition of a clean and charge station for ease of maintenance. 

Arc 5

As you would expect, Arc5 shavers have a 5 blade, hypoallergenic blade and foil cutting system, and are at the top of the range.

The bells and whistles Arc5 shaver represents the best shaving system currently on offer from Panasonic.

Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc5 Shaver

Features of the ES-LV65-S include:

Panasonic ES-LV65-S Arc5 Shaver
  • Cordless, rechargeable wet or dry use
  • Powerful 14,000 cpm linear motor
  • Flexible micro-foil patterns
  • Active shaving sensor
  • Built in shaver-trimmer
  • Sonic vibration cleaning mode
  • Safety lock and travel pouch
  • Multi-LED Display

The main features which set this model aside from the others are the 5 blade multi-flex pivoting shaving head and the shaving sensor.

Panasonic Arc Razor Head

The 5 free-floating blades and foils combine with the powerful, 14,000 cpm motor to make it the most efficient shaver.

This reduces the number of times needed to go over an area and makes it easy to keep the shaver against the skin across all contours of the face, chin and jawline - perfect for sensitive skin.

The shaving sensor automatically detects different beard densities as the shaver glides across the face, and adjusts the cutting power accordingly to give the optimum, close and even result.

This device represents the ultimate in shaving technology, and is currently available online for just under $210.

If you would like the addition of a clean and charge station, the similar Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Shaver is currently available at around $280.


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