Summary: I have been using Panasonic wet/dry razors for 20 years. I have always been pleased with the quality and reliability of their product. I have not purchased any of their razors over the $50 price point but that comes with drawbacks. You only get one shaving head and no indicator of how much charge is left. This time I had a couple of Amazon gift cards and used them on this model (ES8243A Arc IV Nano - Blue).
Best shaver yet when used AFTER a shower with Afta!
Andrew L., Amazon
3 February 2009
Summary: Please note: I should probably finish evaluating these things before posting reviews since I changed this review in favor of the ES8101S before I figured out I was using too much pressure with the ES8243A and that was why I was getting irritation. So my recommendation is that the ES8243A is better if you don't press really hard into your neck/face like I was doing.
Summary: This shaver does a very good job. Much nicer shave than my previous Remington. Earlier Panasonics are not comparable. Shaves very close and comfortable. Fairly quick. Cleaning is easy and the unit seems tough enough to last awhile. I suspect the higher cost shaver that includes the cleaning stand is not necessary. This one cleans simple and does not require a special solution.
Summary: First off, I don't use cheap razors. Learned that lesson a long time ago, when it comes to placing a sharp cutting edge on your face, saving a few bucks isn't worthwhile. So I have experience with a lot of high-end razors over the years, and originally didn't consider this one because it was so inexpensive. I bought this shaver about a month and a half ago, and have used it steadily since then. I like it, but it's not the perfect shaver.
Summary: This electric shaver gives me the best shave that I have ever had in over 45 years of shaving. I have used various electric shavers over the years including several generations of Norelco and Remington. I have used various safety razors over the years all the way to Trac 4 style razors. None compare to this Panasonic. After shaving, my face is smoother than it has ever been.
Summary: First off, I've been a pretty loyal Mach 3 guy for a long time now. I tried a Norelco wet/dry shaver a few years back, but I dropped it in the shower and that was all she wrote. I was fairly satisfied with that unit, but man, did it tear up my neck. I had been wanting to try another electric shaver again, but couldn't really see dropping $150-250 for some of the better ones. Then I saw this Panasonic with the nano-tech blades, and tons of great reviews.
Summary: I have been shaving since grade school and have tried just about everything under the sun including depilatory creams. I have a very thick, fast-growing beard, and very sensitive skin. No matter how I do it, or what kind of shaving cream I use (or even shaving in a steam room), I can not shave with a new blade two days in a row, as it leaves many tiny cuts. I had to use a slightly dull blade, which pulled more.
Pros: Close Shave, Easy to clean, Easy to Use, No Irritation, Quick Charging Time, Quiet, Requires Few Strokes
Summary: I've owned other wet/dry Panasonic and Braun shavers and been most pleased with Panasonic brands...this version is a clear step up...quiet and works best in the shower. The trimmer, though small, also works better than others I've used. The charger will work overseas, also a big plus. I like the zero overhead costs on this version, versus the types that require goop to purchase for generally a similar result.
Pros: Close Shave, Compact, Easy to Use, No Irritation, Quick Charging Time, Quiet, Requires Few Strokes
Summary: I have used blades all of my shaving life (45 years) with a few intervals using an electric shaver. Blades give me the closest shave (I don't have a heavy beard) but there are times when I am in a hurry or when traveling that I like the convenience of an electric. The ES8243A is by far the best electric I have owned. It is quiet, powerful, and in 2 minutes gives me the next best thing to a blade. With a coupon I paid $100 for this outstanding shaver.
Summary: I was in the market to find a shaver to replace my seven-year old Braun. Used to be a big fan of Braun's shavers, but get irritated by their push of models coming with pricey washing solution cartridges. I was impressed with features of this Panasonic shaver and decided to give it a try. I ended up a very happy user. This is probably the best shaver I've ever had. Here is my take for this shaver: Pros: 1.