Panasonic Shaver Reviews

Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 Review

Panasonic ES-LV61-A

Main features at a glance:

  • 5-blade ultra-thin vibrating foil cutting system with 30 degree Nanotech blades for a clean shaving experience
  • 14,000 CPM Linear Motor Drive
  • Multi-Flex pivoting head with stainless steel foil
  • Built-in pop-up trimmer
  • 10-Stage LCD readout, switch lock button
  • Sonic Vibration cleaning mode for quick cleanup
  • Use wet with shaving gel or dry, 100% waterproof
  • Includes travel pouch and AC adapter
  • Worldwide voltage compatibility (100V to 240V AC)
  • Made In Japan

If this electric shaver had a motto, it would be, “More is more.” With 5 blades and a feature list that probably includes a kitchen sink, the LV61 is all about going big or going home.

Design and Build quality

At first glance the LV61 shares a passing resemblance to the Philips SensoTouch 3D, with its protruding shaving head sitting atop a svelte main body. Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that this is a different beast altogether.

Draped in a handsome cobalt blue, the LV61 features a 10-stage Liquid Blue Crystal display that shows you everything you need to know at a glance, while a metallic power button sits boldly in the center, waiting to bring this piece of cutting-edge technology to life. A rubberized back grip and ergonomically shaped handle provides maximum comfort and control.

The premium vibe goes beyond skin deep. Panasonic makes these shavers In Japan, and the build quality is apparent the moment you take it out of the box – it’s a solid piece of engineering.

Performance

Panasonic’s top model features not one, two, but five Nanotech stainless steel blades, each polished to a 30-degree angle for a precise shave at the root level.

The blades float independently to conform to the peaks and valleys of your face, and are housed in a Multi-Flex pivoting head that tilts up to 25 degrees in every direction to tackle the chin and neck area.

Clocking in at 14,000 cycles per minute, the linear motor drive system means tugging and pulling are a thing of the past, slicing through each hair with perfect efficiency. As a result, the LV61 produces an extremely close and irritation-free shave – any closer you’ll need to pull out a brush and razor blade.

Sonic Vibration cleaning mode

Sonic Vibration cleaning mode

There is a downside to packing all that tech into the shaver head – it’s a little top heavy, which can affect the balance of the grip in certain positions, especially when reaching difficult areas like the back your neck. But you learn to get used to it pretty quickly and it’s not a deal breaker.

Maintenance is a snap thanks to the Sonic Vibration cleaning mode – just hold it under running water and let the good vibes take over.

Like the Philips SensoTouch 3D 1280X/47, it also has a travel lock switch that it prevents the shaver from accidentally turning on in your bag, which frequent travelers will appreciate.

Conclusion

Swatch makes great watches, but it’s no Rolex. When it comes to shavers, the LV61 is a Rolex. It has all the tools of a great shaver, wrapped in a swath of luxury. If you’re looking to splurge on a premium shaver, this belongs in your top 3 shortlist.

Pros: Excellent close shave, gentle on sensitive skin, great build quality, easy to maintain.

Cons: Top-heavy head affects the grip balance, the large head is hard to shave around an tight areas such as under the nose.

 

Panasonic ES-LF51-A Arc4 Review

Panasonic ES-LF51-A

Main features at a glance:

  • 4-blade ultra-thin Multi-Fit Arc foil cutting system
  • 14,000 CPM Linear Motor Drive for a faster, closer shave
  • Multi-Flex pivoting head with stainless steel foil
  • Built-in pop-up trimmer
  • 5-Stage LCD readout, switch lock button
  • Sonic Vibration cleaning mode for quick cleanup
  • Use wet with shaving gel or dry, 100% waterproof
  • Includes travel pouch and AC adapter
  • Worldwide voltage compatibility (100V to 240V AC)

The LV61 Arc5 made a splash when it launched with great reviews. Now, the LF51 Arc4 is here to steal some of that thunder. With a very solid feature set and some dashing good looks, the LF51 is a shaver that demands your attention.

Design and Build quality

Taking on a more aggressive angular design than the Arc5, the LF51 Arc4 exudes a confident, masculine vibe. A round silver power button stands in contrast with the deep ocean blue, dominating the front.

Underneath, its bright 5-stage LCD screen keeps track of battery life (in 20% increments) and more. The grip is comfortable and offers good control over your shave.

In a world of Made In China, this beauty is made in Japan, and the difference is immediately apparent when it falls in your hand. No creaks or bends – it feels built to last.

Performance

Despite only having 4 blades compared to the LV61, you wouldn’t know while shaving with the LF51. Slide it across your face and 3-day stubble vanishes before your eyes – it works like magic.

14,000 CPM Linear-Motor-Drive for a super smooth shave

14,000 CPM Linear-Motor-Drive for a super smooth shave

The secret is the 14,000 CPM Linear Motor Drive. The high cycles per minute (CPM) move the blades so fast that all it takes is a single stroke to nip the hairs at the root, and fewer strokes mean less irritation.

You know how some shavers tug at your hair and suddenly you’re swearing like a sailor? That’s because the shaver is probably too slow. A fast motor means you can kiss tugging and pulling goodbye.

The pop-up trimmer (that’s present across the Arc range) does a decent job reaching those narrow areas, but for some people with smaller faces, this may not cut it, so to speak. Still, it’s good to have around.

Conclusion

The LF51 Arc4 is a slightly pared down version of the LV61 Arc5 for the broader market. One less blade and missing a few features of the premium model doesn’t do anything to affect this shaver’s excellent performance. It serves up a textbook quality shave – close, smooth, and irritation-free – that rivals the top models, and at the right price.

Pros: Fast and smooth shave, no burn, easy to clean, great travel shaver.

Cons: Can’t be used when plugged in, has some difficulty reaching hair on the neck and chin areas.

 

Panasonic ES-LT41-K Arc3 Review

Panasonic ES-LT41-K

Main features at a glance:

  • 3-blade ultra-thin Multi-Fit Arc foil cutting system with 30-degree Nano Blades
  • 13,000 CPM Linear Motor Drive with a flexible pivoting head
  • 10-Stage LCD readout, switch lock button
  • Sonic Vibration cleaning mode for quick cleanup
  • Use wet with shaving gel or dry, 100% waterproof
  • Includes travel pouch and AC adapter
  • Worldwide voltage compatibility (100V to 240V AC)

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of all the fancy high-end shavers on the market with their sophisticated features and equally sophisticated price tags. So what does a humble sub-hundred dollar shaver have to offer? As it turns out, quite a lot.

Design and Build quality

If you stare at it long enough, it almost looks like a friendly mini robot ready to do your bidding. Almost. Clad in stylish a black and silver palette, the LT41 is a quite a dashing piece of kit. It’s light but with just enough weight to give it a reassuring heft. This is no toy.

The handle is ergonomically designed and has a comfortable grip, and nice amber LCD display at the bottom shows remaining battery life and other essential info. Like the rest of the Panasonic shaver range, this baby is made in Japan.

Performance

If this is your first time buying an electric shaver, here’s a handy tip I learned early on: Anything beyond $100, you’re paying for bells and whistles.

Flexible pivoting head for a smoother shave

Flexible pivoting head for a smoother shave

Up to a certain point – say, 60-100 dollars – the more money you pay, the better the shave. This is because it tends to get you a better shaving head and a more powerful motor, which are the two most important keys to a good shave.

A good shaving head moves and flexes to fit the contour of your face to catch as much hair as possible in a single stroke, and a powerful motor moves the blades faster, both of which work together to produce a smooth, close shave with fewer strokes across the skin and a lot less burn.

Past the 100-dollar mark, you’re entering upsell territory, and while some of the features like LCD screens and cleaning systems are nice to have and might even be useful, they have zero effect on shaving performance and are completely dispensable.

So there exists a sweet spot for those who want a solid shaver without the chrome rims and cup holders.

That sweet spot in Panasonic’s line is the LT41. This three-blade Arc3 models sports features found on many higher-priced shavers, including a powerful 13,000 CPM linear motor drive and flexible pivoting head.

The Arc4 and 5 models have a faster 14,000 CPM motor, but in real world usage the difference is negligible. Putting minor spec and style differences aside, the LT41 delivers the same high shave quality of its fancier siblings at a much lower price.

Since it performs similarly to the Arc4 series, you can read more about it in the Panasonic ES-LF51-A Arc4 review.

Conclusion

The LT41 Arc3 represents the best value in Panasonic’s Arc Series of electric shavers, offering a superb quality shave without the unnecessary frills and added cost of other higher-priced models.

Pros: Best wet/dry shaver under $100; smooth, no-burn shaves; good battery life; easy to clean; great for travel.

Cons: Can’t be used when plugged in; large shaving head takes some getting used to.

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