Summary: After 30+ years in the military, I had never found an electric razor that gave me a decent, close shave or one that didn't irritate my face until buying this Panasonic razor! I have used it exclusively for a couple of weeks while at other times interspersing it with using a regular wet razor and...
Summary: It gets only a 4 star, because nothing is perfect, but this is a great replacement for my 3 blade ES-7013. I wanted to get replacement blades for the 7013, but at a cost of $40+, it didnt make sense to me to put that much money into a 2-3 year old shaver.
Summary: First pass with shaver is fairly effective, although a close shave may take several passes in regions with awkward contours. The higher speed likely can partially account for improved cutting.
Pros: Cuts facial hair without nicking, reasonably quickly. Prior shavers often would slightly nick cheek or upper lip occasionally. I can shave closely with this razor without pain.
Cons: Not quite my ideal shaver with clean close shave on a single pass; but, I suspect that may not exist.
A great shaver for the price, a little notch down from the other Panasonics
16 September 2012
Summary: Having given up on buying $300 shavers years ago, I first got the Panasonic ES8243 wet/dry shaver about two years ago. It is more expensive than this razor. It has worked great for me and I still use it. About a year ago I got the ES8249 shaver because it was on sale on Amazon.