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Initial post: Nov 21, 2012 3:44:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 3:45:26 AM PST
jack says:
Looks good, not a lot of reviews but mostly very good. Who has owned one of these for more than a couple of months? Like to her how you like this.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 4:56:51 AM PST
Scatt3rbrain says:
I'd love to hear how people with sensitive skin like this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 5:13:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 7:27:11 AM PST
C. Johnson says:
I have sensitive skin on my face and things like these tear my skin up. While I haven't used this particular model, I have used Panasonic's before along with other brands and in every case the results were horrendous.

The initial shave results in very smooth skin, but almost immediately I my skin starts to itch. Over the next couple of days, my face and neck is covered in bumps from irritation and hair bumps. I ended up having to pick all the hair out of my skin with tweezers to relieve the irritation and pain from the bumps. The bumps eventually went away and I learned my lesson to never use something like this again. I get these same bumps from using a straight razor as well.

I think it may be due to the curliness and thickness of my hair in addition to the skin sensitivity. The issue is simply these razors cut too close and when the hair grows back, it gets stuck under my skin causing the bumps. I wish I could use these shavers as it would make shaving in the morning so much easier, but the painful and nasty bumps afterwards make it not worth it.

Now I use hair clippers by T-Liner. Its not as a close shave but at least my skin doesn't bump up and itch.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 5:36:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 5:38:46 AM PST
Geronimo says:
I've got the 8109, which is the same blade system as this one. It works pretty good. It's relatively quiet, and cuts way better than a Braun series 5. I originally had an old 8000 series Braun, which was the best. However, it wore out, and I got a series 5 Braun. That was the worst shaver I have ever used. Then I found the cheap Panasonic, and was pleasantly surprised. It shaves me close, but it does take a few passes. I have a very thick beard, so I expect it will take more than one or two passes. I get about 5 shaves on a charge. The cleaning base works very well and is quiet. For me, the cartridges last only about 3 weeks. They are very small, and fill up quick. However, a trick I have learned is that before I put it on the base to clean it, I turn on the shaver in the sink, with the head of it just picking up a stream of water from the faucett. Do it so the head faces down, and it will wash all the debris away before you put it on the cleaning/charging stand. The cartridges last me a lot longer that way. I have been using the 8109 for about a year now.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:08:30 AM PST
A. Myers says:
I've have the 8109 3 blade and the 8249 4 blade. Bottom line is they all work very very well. After a few years, the battery doesn't hold the charge it once did but if you change the blades they will continue to work, you just charge it a bit more. Is there a difference between the 3 blade, 4 blade and now the 5 blade (which I haven't tried), the answer is probably yes, but practically I get a good shave (great for every day, but not if you are looking for a razor blade close shave) from both of them. So this is $75 and for a 4 blade you go up near $200 and $300 for the 5 blade. My strategy is buy the 3 blade and one day the current $300 model will be $100 and that's when you buy that. The only reason I have the 4 blade is because Amazon had it as a deal of the day last year and i got it for a really good price ($90). The 3 blade 8109 I picked up on a deal of the day for $60. By the way, I just clean after each shave with soap and water. On both of the models I have, you hold in the start button for a few seconds and it goes to cleaning mode. Take off the top and put some liquid soap on it and rinse away. Every once in a while I throw it on the cleaning system, that works too, just more effort and expense.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 7:35:09 AM PST
John SchŽar says:
Geronimo: Ditto. My 8109 has been a faithful companion for several years now and it is still working as well as it did when I unpacked it. I run the battery down to 0 and then fully recharge it for several more days use. I have had no sensitive skin issues nor any breaking out. Cleaning is a breeze and given the many electric razors I have had since the 50's this is the best one yet. I would buy again in a heartbeat.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:47:09 AM PST
Jeremias E. says:
LOWEST PRICE I'VE SEEN! and its lower than the same model without the cleaning station!

I have sensitive skin so I was a little hesitant on using a 3-blade electric shaver but this shaver does its job great without any after-effects. The head moves along with your skin, which is a great feature as it shaves accurately without irritating my skin. I can also use it completely under the shower without worrying that water might get in it. The on/off switch is very convenient as well.

The shaver charges really fast unlike other shavers I've owned. Although it recharges quick, the battery life lasts me a pretty long time too.

The cleaning station is a plus for me and makes cleaning the shaver that much easier. The foil and blades comes out fresh and clean.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 9:37:57 AM PST
Iowa Shopper says:
My husband has the Panasonic ES8103 and loves it. Has had it about 2 years and will not use anything else. No more razor burn and no more cuts.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 10:03:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012 10:05:06 AM PST
A to Z says:
I picked up the 4 blade Panasonic ES8249S with the cleaning station here 14 months ago for $90 on a Lighting deal. It gives a great close shave with no burn (for me) but if you don 't shave every day it has difficulty with the longer growth. I recently solved that problem by buying a Philips Norelco 6940 dry ($21.99 here today) corded shaver to knock the long growth down and finish up with the Panasonic 4 blade. That solution worked fantastic for my situation and I always have the cheap corded dry shaver for a spare which gives a close shave almost as good as the Panasonic.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 10:33:47 AM PST
esanta says:
That really is a good discount! Excellent shaver, and if you travel, the locking button is a must. The cleaning/charging station works well and is relatively quiet. The cleaning cycle takes a long time (90 minutes if I remember correctly)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 3:23:46 PM PST
I used a similar model and it was just way too harsh for me. I ended up giving it to my dad. This was two years ago, so maybe they've , improved, but....

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 7:52:36 PM PST
Optimus says:
Target has this listed @ $69.99 and on sale for $59.49
http://www.target.com/p/panasonic-arc3-nanotech-3-blade-wet-dry-men-s-shaver/-/A-11041313

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 8:06:01 PM PST
R. Gott says:
That seems to be the Panasonic ES8103S which seems to be similar but without the cleaning station. Amazon also has it for 59.49 but is out of stock at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 8:29:04 PM PST
H. Burton says:
I bought one of these two or three years back and was pleasantly surprised. The inner blades have been redesigned and the result is a markedly smoother shave than what you would have gotten with a Panasonic say ten years ago. I have to confess that I use a true slot-head shaver to cut the longer hairs before I use the Panasonic, which then gives a much closer shave than you can get with a slot-head alone. The Panasonic is actually a combination of a slot-head shaver and a foil shaver - the middle cutting head is the slot-head. The only problem with this is that the two ideas do not work together well simultaneously. Any longer hairs that are missed by the middle slot-head are just going to be matted down when the foils pass over them - at that point they are even less likely to be picked up by the slot head strip. The most likely result now is an ingrown hair. In any case, as I said before, this shaver results in a really smooth shave, provided that you've removed the longer hairs first. Just use a light touch - no need to grind - and keep the the shaver perpendicular to the skin so that all three blades make contact.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 8:38:28 PM PST
H. Burton says:
In your case, I would only use the Panasonic on the mustache area, the chin, and possibly the sideburns, for a closer shave after you've used the T-liner. The hair on these surfaces tends to be less prone to curve back into the skin. I would avoid using the Panasonic on your neck and on your cheeks.

I bought one of these two or three years back and was pleasantly surprised. The inner blades have been redesigned and the result is a markedly smoother shave than what you would have gotten with a Panasonic say ten years ago. I use a true slot-head shaver to cut the longer hairs before I use the Panasonic, which then gives a much closer shave than you can get with a slot-head alone. The Panasonic is actually a combination of a slot-head shaver and a foil shaver - the middle cutting head is the slot-head. The only problem with this is that the two ideas do not work together well simultaneously. Any longer hairs that are missed by the middle slot-head are just going to be matted down when the foils pass over them - at that point they are even less likely to be picked up by the slot head strip. The most likely result now is an ingrown hair. In any case, as I said before, this shaver results in a really smooth shave, provided that you've removed the longer hairs first. Just use a light touch - no need to grind - and keep the the shaver perpendicular to the skin so that all three blades make contact.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 8:47:18 PM PST
L. Blackwell says:
Thank you so much for your review. I was debating on getting this for my husband and he has sensitive skin and course black hair. You saved me him the irritation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 9:02:44 PM PST
Fraser.Dk says:
It's the ONLY shaver for sensitive skin. I've been using Panasonic Arc foil shavers for years because they're the only way for me to shave without getting ingrown hairs and irritation. Dry-shaving too, if you can believe it. The Arcs are better than the Braun units, much smoother, plus you have the option of shaving in the shower. The Arc 3 is smaller and more precise than the Arc IV. I've used a ES8243 for a couple years but prefer the older Arc 3 (forgot the model) similar to this one. The problem with this particular unit is that you'll probably get an inferior Made in China unit. With Panasonic, Made in Japan means higher quality in workmanship and greater longevity.

One last word of advice, ditch that stupid charging/washing station. Just a drop of soap on the foil and a good rinse makes it like new.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:52:05 PM PST
P. Krasean says:
Decent shaver. Battery begins to lose it's charge and in turn the power dissipates. Solid value though
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