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Panasonic Arc5 Electric Razor, Men's 5-Blade Cordless with Wet/Dry Convenience, Premium Automatic Clean & Charge Station Included, ES-LV81-K

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4.5 out of 5 stars 506 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Panasonic's premium, award-winning 5-blade electric razor uses ultra-sharp, 30° angled hypoallergenic blades for exceptional closeness and comfort
  • Our fastest, most powerful Hyper Performance linear motor delivers 14,000 cuts her minute - that's 70,000 cross-cutting actions per minute across 5 blades - for fast, efficient shaving
  • Multi-Flex(TM) pivoting head enables the electric razor to glide effortlessly along the face, chin, neck and jaw for a smooth, even shave and Multi-fit ARC foil gently conforms to individual facial contours for the outstanding comfort
  • Premium Automatic Cleaning & Charging Station cleans, dries and charges the shaver with the touch of a button, keeping it fresh and ready for your next shave
  • 5-Blade Ultra-Thin Vibrating Foil Cutting System with 30 Degree "Nano Blades" for a clean shaving experience
  • 14,000 CPM Linear Motor Drive with a Multi- Flex Pivoting Head with Stainless Steel Foil and Blade, Built-in Pop-up Trimmer
  • 10-Stage LCD readout, Lock Button, Automatic Cleaniner & Charging System included, Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode for quick clean-up
  • Use Wet with Shaving Gel or Dry, 100% Waterproof, Includes Travel pouch and AC Adapter, Made In Japn
  • It is recommended that you replace the outer foil and inner blade at least every year to maintain the cutting edge on your razor

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Product Description

Includes a Pop-Up Trimmer to quickly detail sideburns and mustaches, wet/dry operation for convenient shaving in or out of the shower and a 10-stage LCD to check shaver status at a glance

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Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]|User Manual Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2.8 x 6.3 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B005DKKBP6
  • UPC: 885170058200 064547879666 621213228113
  • Item model number: ES-LV81-K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,245 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here. [PDF]

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I'm one of the minority of reviewer's who actually purchased this product (*definitely increasing since I wrote this though!); I didn't pay full retail (still listed some places as just south of $600), so let's say a little over half that. And the replacement head/foil is 80 bucks. So my comments straight up relate to whether I think I got my money's worth, not just the technical aspects of the shaver. The short version if you don't want to read the list is, yes, I think I did, with a footnote.

I've used just about every new model electric shaver out there in the quest for the perfect shaver, and reviewed several of them here: Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System, Silver, Philips Norelco 1290x/40 SensoTouch 3d Electric Shaver, Black, Panasonic ES-LA93-K Men's 4-Blade (Arc 4) Multi-Flex Dual-Motor Wet/Dry Nanotech Rechargeable Electric Shaver with Vortex Cleaning System, Black. To cut to the chase, there isn't a perfect shaver, at least one that fits everyone's shaving style. This one comes pretty darn close.

First the obvious: this is a foil shaver. If you use a rotary shaver and are happy with the results, stop reading and/or get the Norelco; it's the best one out there. A rotary shave is completely and totally different than a foil experience. If you think there might be something better, read on.

Second, among foils there are dry shavers only, and those that are both wet and dry. The LV81 is both.
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Right when you think you've got the best razor out there, somebody has to go and come out with something 3x as expensive. The question then, is it 3x better? Let's find out.

So I've been using the Braun 790cc razor for over about 19 months. I know this because I just replaced my blade at the 18 month mark about two months ago. This ensures it had a fair comparison with the Panasonic, as it was obviously brand new. This is also my first Panasonic. I've been using various high-end Braun razors for many years. Once they were worn out, I replaced them with whatever was the latest and greatest. I like my high-end razors. But when I saw this razor was retailing for $600, I was naturally skeptical that it was worth the price. Fortunately, this was a review unit, as you can see.

First, out of the box you have all of the usual expected items. Razor, blade, cleaning system, refill cartridge, etc. This is all basic, so I won't go into too much detail. You just plug it in, charge, shave, clean. Repeat. I've been doing this for about a month to give it a fair comparison. They also suggest using a new razor for a month to allow your face to get used to it. However, compared to the Braun 790cc, which also had a fresh blade, there was really no adjustment.

That's mostly because they use a similar cutting system. Except the Braun has a single larger cutter and the Panasonic uses 5 smaller ones. But not small enough. The head on the Panasonic is nearly twice as large as the Braun. Which is great for saving time on shaving most of your face, but it does make it more difficult to get into the tighter areas such as between the eye brows or under the nose. The head pivots in any direction that you'd like. Personally I've never found that to be as useful as it sounds.
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Is this shaver worth over $300?

Like a Mercedes S-Class, the ES-LV81 is loaded with features, and you're part of an exclusive club because for some reason very few other people own one.

The ES-LV81 does not lock you into $1600 brake jobs or $50 wiper blades, but Panasonic does its level best to make you feel special. For example, the included cleaning system uses a detergent cartridge available only from Panasonic. If the shaver lasts 6-years, you can spend $114 for 2 quarts of detergent. Plus about $400 on replacement blades/foils (see Note 1).

The same shaver without the automatic cleaning system is about $50 less: Panasonic Men's 5-Blade Shaving System (ES-LV61-A).

My base of comparison is the $35 Norelco 7310XL. I've used this and similar Norelcos for 15+ years. The Norelcos are much quieter, but do not shave as close.

PROs:

- Closer shave than Norelco style rotary shavers (see Note 2)
- Wet or dry use
- Switch lock (prevents accidental suitcase-ON)
- Smart charger is fast (1 hour) and energy efficient (zero drain when finished)
- Battery status indicator
- Instructions for hand cleaning with standard soap & water
- Fit and finish is good. Doesn't feel cheap.

OKs:

- Large blade area - 1.0" x 1.6" - good for straight-aways, awkward on curves
- Automatic Cleaning system - Might not be worth the hassle (see Note 3)
- Lithium Ion battery provides 45 minutes shave time (my Norelco is 30 min.
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