Summary: I am a repeat Panasonis customer who knows how quick and close their shavers cut. Unfortunately the last model I owned had a defective battery and no replacement batteries could be found. I hope this problem has been resolved by the manufactture or this will be my last shaver by Panasonic.
Summary: I recently purchased through Amazon a Panasonic ES8243 Shaver with which I am delighted. As a long time dedicated Panasonic shaver user, it is the smoothest shaving model that I have purchased in many years. I prefer shaving while showering, and I find that this shaver is very fast and close - noticeably faster and smoother than the the ES8103 that I had purchased earlier this year. It is also an improvement over my older model ES8077.
Summary: I bought this shaver based on the excellent reviews I read here at Amazon. The high rev/pitched operation of this shaver was different from other shavers I have used in the past, but what an excellent shave! It operates quickly dry or wet. The trim mechanism is something I use for sidesburns and quick maintenance of longer hairs around the ears. The feature that displays the amount of charge is something I reference often. I also enjoy the cordless advantage.
Summary: I have had one of the 3 blade shavers for 5 years and their blades are faster and cleaner than any others I have had. I went the extra money for the 4 blade system this year and regret it. This does not get in under my neck or under my nose as well as the 3 blade. I have a Braun that I bought before my last shaver and immediately went back to Panasonic for speed. I also had problems with the Braun.
Summary: I purchased this product because I was tired of spending a good amount of cash on razors. I went to best buy an started out with the $50 Electric Shavers returned that guy the same day. I ended up with this guy a week later and man it's a champ. It takes about 10 min. to fully charge and with everyday use, it can last me a week and a half before it hits the 25% or bellow battery level. Great dry shave with no irritation.
Summary: This is a well built shaver, good quality. I don't believe it's worth the $170 something I paid for it. I was looking for a shaver that did the job quickly and gave a close shave. It diffently gives a close shave but it takes some work. I would diffently buy this razor again but for around $120 or so. I would also recommend to friend but not for the price.
Pros: Cleaning feature, close shave, good battery life, water proof.
Cons: takes allot of passes to get that close shave.
Summary: This shaver replaced my Panasonic ES8103 shaver. The only reason I bought a new shaver was the battery on my old shaver would only last for two and a half shaves. It was a little over 2 years old. From the first shave with my new ES8243A, I was slightly disappointed as the head of the shaver is much wider than my last one and I had difficulty shaving my upper lip.
Pros: lithium battery
Cons: Difficult to shave under nose and battery life is less than expected.