670 of 684 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN BUY IT!!
I am 63 and my skin is a lot more tender and subject to cuts than when I was younger. I have been using electric razors off and on for about forty years - Primarily Norelco but also Remington, Braun and Toshiba. During those forty years I did not notice any significant change in the quality of the shave or the pulling, picking and burning that came from shaving certain...
Published on February 12, 2009 by goodwir
90 of 108 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable quality: does not last.
To date I have owned 3 Panasonic wet/dry shavers. I have only been satisfied with the ES8077S, which unfortunately broke due to rough handling of my travel bag by airport personnel. I replaced it with another Panasonic wet/dry which I bough overseas, but don't remember the model. Although it worked using different voltages, it wouldn't keep charge for longer than one...
Published on November 29, 2010 by Robert Peters
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670 of 684 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN BUY IT!!,
This review is from: Panasonic ES8103S Men's 3-Blade (Arc 3) Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Nanotech Blades, Silver (Electronics)I am 63 and my skin is a lot more tender and subject to cuts than when I was younger. I have been using electric razors off and on for about forty years - Primarily Norelco but also Remington, Braun and Toshiba. During those forty years I did not notice any significant change in the quality of the shave or the pulling, picking and burning that came from shaving certain facial sections over and over again. Panasonic takes electric shavers to a level that is comparable to a blade (which still gives the closest shave) without the mess and pain. I was not sure it was working until I felt the smoothness of the shave. Shaving is much quicker because there are few do overs and it does not irritate sensitive skin. A remarkable and greatly needed advance in electric shavers.
Update November 15, 2011
I replaced the blades and foil after 2 years. There was some improvement in performance but overall, a disappointment. Now it's just an average shaver. I don't know how long an electric razor is supposed to last at peak performance but 2 years was my experience. No regrets.
697 of 713 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic vs Norelco,
This review is from: Panasonic ES8103S Men's 3-Blade (Arc 3) Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Nanotech Blades, Silver (Electronics)I purchased the Panasonic ES8103S and the Norelco 1150x at the same time and this review is a comparison of these 2 shavers side-by-side. I used both shavers for 3 weeks, shaving one side of my face with the Panasonic and the other side of my face with the Norelco. I didn't switch sides during the test to allow time to adapt to each shaver. Both of these shavers rated nearly the same amongst other Amazon reviewers and were the top-2 rated shavers under $100. I evaluated both shavers on a number of criteria:
-- Shaving Performance: I found that both shavers did a relatively good job overall. However, the Panasonic performed slightly better on the flat cheek areas whereas the Norelco did slightly better on the curved areas around the jaw bone and neck. I found that the shavers required different shaving techniques. The Panasonic, being a foil shaver, required an up-and-down or side-to-side motion whereas the Norelco, being a rotary shaver, required a circular motion. No matter how I shaved with the Norelco I could not get quite as close as the Panasonic. After some time I did find a technique with the Panasonic that allowed me to shave my neck and jaw bone area as close as the Norelco. I tried shaving both wet & dry and found no difference. I almost always shave dry and I found the Norelco didn't move as smoothly across the skin as the Panasonic. Overall, I give the edge to Panasonic for a better overall shave.
-- Return Guarantee: The Panasonic has a 30-day return policy, the Norelco is 45 days. I actually purchased the shavers from Target and they offer a 90-day return policy.
-- Warranty: The Panasonic has a 1 yr warranty, Norelco is 2 years.
-- Cutter Replacement: both shavers recommend replacing the cutters at specific intervals. Panasonic recommends replacing the foil every year ($24) and the blade every 2 years ($17). Norelco has only one replaceable part which they recommend you replace every year ($39). If you look at the cost over 3 years, the Panasonic would cost $65 whereas the Norelco would cost $117 which exceeds the original cost of the shaver ($100).
-- Charging: The Panasonic has an A/C adapter that can be plugged directly into the shaver and the shaver can be used with the cord attached. The Norelco can only be charged in the included charging cradle. If the battery in the Norelco goes dead you'll need to recharge it before you can use it. Also, the Panasonic has a digital LCD battery gauge whereas the Norelco simply uses LEDs.
-- Cleaning: Both shavers can be rinsed under water for simple cleaning. I found the Norelco shaving head somewhat difficult to remove whereas the Panasonic foil was very easy to remove/replace.
-- Price: Both shavers sell for under $100. Best price I found on the Panasonic was $80 @ Target. I saw the Norelco for $90 @ WalMart.
-- Other: The Panasonic has a built-in trimmer, the Norelco requires that you remove the shaving head and pop on the trimmer head. The Panasonic includes a carrying case, the Norelco does not.
In summary, the Panasonic rated higher than the Norelco in all areas with the exception of the warranty. My only real complaint with the Panasonic would be the noise. It is much louder than the Norelco but not so much so that I would return it. Based on my experience, I will be returning the Norelco and keeping the Panasonic.
Hard to believe I've been using this shaver for over 2 years already. I've found some issues with the shaver that I wanted to append to my original review:
-- The battery life indicator is difficult to see unless you're in a dark room and there is no audible alarm that indicates that the battery is getting low. The battery will go dead without warning and, since the shaver can't be used when the cord is attached, you're stuck waiting for the charge to complete until you can continue shaving.
-- I commented on the noise in my original review. Maybe this is an issue with all foil shavers but I have found the Panasonic annoyingly loud.
-- Again, maybe an issue with all foil shavers, but I have found that instead of catching the shaved off whiskers they are ending up all over the counter and my shirt. I don't recall this being as much of an issue when the shaver was new. I haven't yet replaced the foil or the blade so perhaps that's the problem.
-- The battery seems to be losing some steam. I'm only able to get about 3 full shaves out of the unit before it needs to be recharged.
I just replaced both the foil and the blades and it really made a difference. I'm getting a closer shave and I didn't see a bunch of shavings on my shirt when I was done.
238 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close, Smooth Shave; Great Panasonic Customer Service,
This review is from: Panasonic ES8103S Men's 3-Blade (Arc 3) Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Nanotech Blades, Silver (Electronics)Best feature of this shaver is the close, pain-free, smooth shave. I would say 99% as smooth as razor, the difference is nominal - I can't tell the difference visually. I have a thick, tough beard and the Panasonic breezes through in very few passes. I get even better results on shaving the mustache than I do with my razor. The neck area is where the shaver has some difficultly. I think this may be because I shave in the shower and the shaving cream has a tendency to wash off. After a second application of cream I can get as close. No razor burn, no in-grown hairs (I do get these with razors). It takes a few extra minutes to complete the shave compared to razor (maybe 7-8 min vs. 5-6 min). All in all I am pleased with the experience and do not plan to move back to razor.
*** UPDATE ***
I still highly recommend this shaver for the quality of shave and positive experience with Panasonic. I have had issues with the battery and screen; however, given the benefits that I mentioned above, I am comfortable purchasing this shaver again.
Let me take a step back. I have owned two ES8103S shavers over the past three years. My first shaver began to show problems with the screen after about six or seven months of daily use. Notably, the shaver had evidence of vapor on the inside of the screen. As I have mentioned before, I use it in the shower and it periodically falls. All things considered, the shaver has held up well despite the drops. At some point; however, water must have seeped behind the screen despite not showing any visible sign of damage. After several months, the screen went blank and the battery slowly stopped charging. It went from 5-6 shaves per charge to 4 to 3 to 2, then zero charge.
So next I called Panasonic (after it finally died) and explained that I received this shaver as a gift and it was purchased about 11 months ago. Since it had a one year warrantee, the Panasonic rep explained that if I could get a copy of the receipt I would be able to send it in for repair or replacement. I was able to send a copy of the Amazon email receipt (from the person that gave me the gift) and Panasonic sent me a pre-paid label to attach to any box to send the shaver in. I had to send the shaver and charger together. After about three weeks I received a brand new ES8103S in the mail. No other calls, email, or follow-up was necessary on my part. Despite the three weeks without a shaver, I thought this was fantastic customer service. Actually, having switched to razor for three weeks, I realized how much I loved the ES8103S and had started taking it for granted.
So I have had the replacement razor for about two years now. I have been much more careful about not letting it drop and the screen has held up well - until a few weeks ago. The battery is still fine and the shave is as good as ever. But, I have no idea how much battery power is left. The screen lights up but does not display a legible value. There is no water or vapor behind the screen this time. It seems that the screen and/or battery have a couple of year lifespan. I find this lifespan acceptable as I am still saving compared to the cost of replacement razors. I have found that the ES8103S replacement cost is about the same as the cost of razors with a one year lifespan. My two ES8103S shavers have averaged about a year and a half lifespan (although my current razor is still usable). Therefore the ES8103S still enjoys a cost benefit to shaving with razors.
*** Update 2 ***
Another year goes by and the (2nd) razor is still going strong. The screen started to turn partially legible during the year (I'm not sure when) and I can read some of the numbers - it's enough to know if it is close to needing a charge. I can not tell the difference between 50% and 60%, but I know when it gets to 20% (And this is usually time to recharge). The battery has also suffered a bit - it gives about 3-4 shaves per charge. With the extended life, I have to change my economics from above - the razors have averaged a 2 years plus lifespan; and, the economics are far in the favor of the Panasonic vs. (the ever rising) costs of Gillette-style blades.
136 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Shaver,
76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!,
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shaver for women, too,
1. Most importantly is the quality of the shave. The shave feels as close as a razor without damaging my skin. Vastly superior to all of the women's models that I have tried. I am amazed at how smooth the skin is after a shave. For women who are first transitioning to an electric shaver, remember that it will take a few weeks for your skin to adjust before you start getting close shaves.
2. There is a display (100%, 90%, 80%...) of how much charge is remaining. None of the women's models have this. To make sure that I wouldn't run out of power mid-shave, I was constantly charging the women's models. When they weren't holding their charge as well, there were times that the unit would stop mid-shave. I don't see that happening with the ES8103.
3. The ES8103 charges to full capacity in 1 hour. I'd leave my other models plugged in overnight or longer. Also, all of the women's models had a charging base (cradle) which is not very practical to pack when you travel. The ES8103 has a simple plug and cord (like for your cell phone).
4. While the ES8103 weighs a little more than the women's models, it is actually much better balanced and therefore, I find it much easier to use. Even though I have small hands, there is enough tapering in the middle that it is very comfortable to hold.
I am delighted with this shaver. Used in the shower with shaving cream, it gives my legs the best shave ever. I will not go back to any of the women's models.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comparison with Braun,
With this model you get the shaver, charger, plastic case for the head, and travel pouch. The shaver has a lightweight feel and seems well constructed. It is made in China. The cord on the charger, unlike with my Braun models, isn't coiled, which means it crumples and creates an unsightly appearance in the bathroom. The travel pouch is flimsier than the hard plastic case that comes with the Braun. The shaver has a display which indicates battery life, which is really useful. It's recommended to charge when you get down to 10%, and charging should only take 1 hour.
When it comes to shaving, the foil doesn't move quite as smoothly across the skin (which may actually mean closer cutting). Irritation is low. I think this model struggles a bit with longer, heavier hair, but it works brilliantly once you get closer. It really dose provide a close shave with minimal irritation. The shaver has a high pitched sound, but it's nonobtrusive and you can hear your hairs getting cut, which is always helpful.
This model doesn't come with a cleaning stand, which is good, as those things are ripoffs. This model is cleaned using tap water and a special "sonic mode." Honestly, it's bit of a hassle to clean with water every single day. I liked the brush which came with my Braun, it really did clean the shaver well. You really only need a wet clean every week or so, but you need something for a dry clean in between, which is not provided. So instead I'm using my old brush.
As far as wet shave, can't comment as I really only plan to dry shave.
So, to sum it up, this shaver is ideal if you shave every day, as I do, as it provides a close, comfortable shave. As good if not better than Braun, and with less irritation. If you don't plan to shave every day, might not be ideal as it struggles just a bit with longer hair. I can't give the model 5 stars because of the poor charger cord and travel pouch, and it doesn't provide a brush for dry cleaning.
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional shaver, shaves ultra close, highly recommend, great value,
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tried Them All. This Is The Best!!,
90 of 108 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable quality: does not last.,
Oh, and in case you're wondering; I do treat stuff gently and with respect. I'm disappointed in having to buy one of these every year, if they even last that long...
May 29 update: Just lowered my rating from two stars to one star. The battery on this shaver has lasted me less than a year, since I now need to charge it after every use. So my bottom line on this product is: great technology, horribly cheap materials. In my book that equals to a bad deal and not a good way to spend $80.-
Would appreciate learning of better alternatives, if they still exist in an era where almost everything is plastic from China.
UPDATE: Early June I ordered a replacement hoping to fare better this time. Unfortunately no such luck, it is late July and the indispensable LCD display has already given up. Such a disappointment. Now considering my options because having to guess when the shaver needs recharging is not a lasting solution. Anyone out there know of any wet/dry shavers that will actually last...?
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Panasonic ES8103S Men's 3-Blade (Arc 3) Wet/Dry Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Nanotech Blades, Silver by Panasonic