Summary: So, I'm a Jew with curly hair and have had problems with ingrown hairs on my neck ever since I started shaving. Regular razors caused me to get them all the time. So, I switched to this product called Bump Patrol, which is made specifically to prevent ingrown hairs. That didn't help. I struggled through that for a couple years, eventually deciding to just maintain a five-o'clock shadow. Now, I have a job and have to shave daily. That is where this comes in.
Summary: I have owned 3 Panasonic razors and found this one to be the best, quiet, close shave dry but better wet, this one seems to be much better than the last, 4 heads seem to work better and this one is more quiet than the last ones. I found this one to miss some hairs, but not as much as the last ones and usually around the neck or those areas. I would recommend this razor.
Pros: Close Shave, Compact, Easy to Use, No Irritation, Quick Charging Time, Quiet
Summary: i purchased the ES8243 and thought it did a good job. But, it has now failed after one year of use. The on/off switch does not work, and it turns on sporadically through the day. I called Panasonic and was told I would have to pay $42.50 to get it fixed or they would give me 15% off full retail price ($199) to buy a new one (Amazon price is $125). Why can't companies make an electric razor that lasts more than one year?? I am going back to shaving with a blade. . .
Summary: There are many worthwhile reviews, so I will only post some specifics. My old top-of-the-line (I think) Remington MS5700 finally died, so I tried the Panasonic. This shaver with its 4 heads shaves my fairly heavy beard 30% faster than the Remington, is just as close and has not caused any irritation. In my opinion, fancy cleaning systems are bulky, expensive (plus an ongoing expense) and unnecessary.
Summary: After one month of using this shaver I find that it works pretty well, but I've had better shavers. I've exclusively used rotary shavers in the past. This is my first foil type shaver and also my first wet/dry shaver. So some of my gripes may be common to all foil shavers. Pros: Nice readout of time spent shaving. Easy to clean. Its convenient to shave in the shower. Gets a lot shaves off of a single charge. Seems well built, its quite a solid piece of machinery.
Summary: I have had electric for 35 years. My last one was a Braun and while it was a reliable good razor this Panasonic beats it. I like that I can take it in the shower and it is fast and easy to clean. It might be a touch closer of a shave than my Braun but both are good. What I really like is that it is FAST and that the stubble stays in the razor and not all over the counter.
Summary: Before I decided to purchase this shaver, I read all the reviews on Amazon and I was pleased to see all the very positive reviews. So, I jumped on it. I like the fact that this shaver gives me a very close shave. However, in order to get this close shave, it takes me at least 20 minutes and not the "advertised" 3-5 minutes. But the real problem I have with this shaver is that the foil and blades (I have submitted a separate review on this) only last 2-3 months.
Summary: I am thrilled with this razor. I have been skeptical of electrics and almost always shave with a blade until I got this. I've had a couple of Norelco electrics previously, and they never shaved as well as a blade or as fast. However, I just had some surgery and wanted a new electric so took a chance on this one based on the many good reviews. I was also attracted to the wet/dry nature as I thought this might shave better in the shower.
Summary: Have owned this for about a month and this is the best shaver I have ever owned. It shaves closer and is less irritating than anything else I've had. I've preferred Remington screen shavers over the Norelco rotaries due to the closer shave that the screen gives me, but this shaver can shave closer than I thought was possible with an electric.