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Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A 1 ea

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Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea
 
4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Close shave (51)
  • Easy to use (49)
  • Quick charging time (46)
  • No irritation (45)
  • Quiet (33)

Cons

  • Misses hairs (7)
  • Noisy (6)
  • Difficult to clean (4)

Best Uses

  • Dry use (41)
  • Shaving (34)
  • Wet use (23)
  • Trimming (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Clean cut (39), Mustache wearer (10), Beard wearer (3), Scruffy look (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Panasonic ES8243 Great Shaver

This is the best shaver I've ever used. Previously I was using the Panasonic ES8078 which would be considered the next step down if it was still available. That was an excellent shaver and...Read complete review

This is the best shaver I've ever used. Previously I was using the Panasonic ES8078 which would be considered the next step down if it was still available. That was an excellent shaver and came with the Hydra-clean cleaning system. My face is very rough and the ES8078 is the first shaver that ever really shaved it smooth, so it didn't look like I still had a 5 o'clock shadow at 10 a.m. I've tried good models of Norelco, Remington, (top of the line) Braun, and Wahl and none came close. I like to replace my shavers after 2 replacement blade cycles, just because I've always felt the cleaning degraded after that. That's why I bought the ES8243. This ES8078 had two blades plus a "Center Slit" blade which is built into the foil. If you look at the 8243, you'd swear there were 3 blades plus the center slit. Actually it's still got two blades attached to the shaver and two blades built into the foil, one of them the center slit configuration. This is probably why the foil costs [$] vs. $35 for the older model. On the older model, when I went on a trip and didn't bring the Hydra-clean system, it worked perfect to put in antibacterial soap, a little water and turn on the shaver for cleaning. However, because the two blades connected to the shaver are further apart, to better fit the wider foil, it doesn't clean as well using this method. Overall performance between the two is similar, although I'd give the edge to the 8243. No shaver gets all my whiskers in one swipe, but the 8243 comes close. For some reason it doesn't shave quite as clean as I approach my sideburns from underneath. However, by inverting it, it does shave close. I know that's odd, but that's my experience. The trimmer on this one doesn't always like to slide into place right so there's a loud plasticky banging noise until I close it and retry. I'll probably send it in for repair at some point (the shaver has a two year warranty), but it's not a big enough problem for me to return it now.As far as charges, I get about seven shaves per charge, about half of what I got on the older model, but this one has LCD information panel which the other did not. BTW, you're not supposed to clean the shaver until an indicator comes on the LCD display telling you it's time. I've never been able to get it to come on, even though I've had plenty of whiskers in the shaver.If you're at all curious why I ever tried Panasonic, when [...] was around, they sold a Panasonic (very, very similar to my new shaver--except three head configuration) for $299. While that model wasn't available to the public except through [...], I bought the 8078 for about a third the price and the only difference I could see was a red light, yellow light, green light to indicate the charge status, vs. the LCD. No wonder [...] went out of business.Don't let my nitpicking on the ES8243 take away from the fact this is a great shaver. I don't ever see me using any shaver but a Panasonic.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not the miracle shave I was hoping for.

Have been using Norelco Rotary shavers, for years. My shaving pattern has always been more in straight lines, than a circular mortion, so a foil shaver seemed to make sense. For over...Read complete review

Have been using Norelco Rotary shavers, for years. My shaving pattern has always been more in straight lines, than a circular mortion, so a foil shaver seemed to make sense. For over a year, I have had my eye on a Braun. Then, I can across reviews for the Panasonic, that seemed to indicate it performed even better.

In the end, it shaves no better than my old Norelco. With my Norelco, I could go about 7 to 8 shaves, on a charge. With the Panasonic, I am lucky to get 4 shaves, and it is at least twice as noisy.

In the end, it is a good shaver, but is no improvement over the Norelco, and not the miracle shave I was looking for.

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5.0

Great shaver

By abbysmom

from Utah

describe yourself Clean Cut

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Close Shave
  • Easy to Clean
  • Easy to Use
  • No Irritation
  • Quick Charging Time
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Use
    • Shaving
    • Trimming

    Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

    Decided that Dad needed a better shaver for Father's Day. He is on blood thinner so the other razors were not an option because he was always cutting himself and bleeding for long periods of time. Checked out all the ones with at least 4 star reviews. This Panasonic was a great choice. It gives him a close shave. This is what a shaver should do, without spending hundreds of dollars.

     
    4.0

    good shaver would buy again

    By just me

    from northern nh

    describe yourself Clean Cut

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Close Shave
    • Compact
    • Easy to Clean
    • Easy to Use
    • No Irritation
    • Quick Charging Time
    • Requires Few Strokes

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Use
      • Shaving

      Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

      battery life could be a little better

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not near as close as a blade shave

      By Poppy

      from Atlanta, GA

      describe yourself Clean Cut

      Pros

      • Easy to Clean
      • Easy to Use
      • Quick Charging Time

      Cons

      • Irritates Skin
      • Misses Hairs

      Best Uses

      • Wet Use

      Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

      Bought this shaver because of the claim it shaves as close as a blade & it has not delivered. I have used it for 6 months with all kinds of different shave gels/creams, wet/dry shave & nothing has ever given me a shave that would be considered even near as close as a blade. I don't have a rough/course beard so not sure why the shaver does not shave that close. I don't have sensitive skin but this shaver has irritated my neck on many occasions. With a blade I shave once a day, with this shaver I need to shave twice a day. It does shave quick/easily, good battery life & works well in the shower- just not a very close shave.

       
      5.0

      Great Electric Shaver!

      By D.

      from Fairfield, CT

      describe yourself Beard Wearer

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Close Shave
      • Compact
      • Easy to Clean
      • Easy to Use
      • No Irritation
      • Quick Charging Time
      • Quiet
      • Requires Few Strokes

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wet Use

        Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

        I gave this shaver to my brother as a present and he really loves it. He likes everything about it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great shaver!

        By Wife/Gift Giver

        from CA

        describe yourself Clean Cut

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Shave
        • Compact
        • Easy to Clean
        • Easy to Use
        • No Irritation
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Use
          • Shaving
          • Trimming

          Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

          I bought this as a gift for my husband. I researched the best foil shavers and this one made the list. He has always used an electric razor (over 20 years now)... usually Braun or Remington so I was a little nervous ordering a Panasonic... also I knew specifically that he didn't want a self cleaning shaver. I was impressed with the product reviews and price, so I decided to give it a try. He seems to like it. As a matter of fact, I just asked him how he likes it and he said that it is by far the best one he has had to date. He gets a real close shave and he has thick facial hair that grows in all directions (he is a white male in his early thirties... usually has a 5 o'clock shadow by noon). At first he didn't think it had 4 blades as described on the box, but after careful inspection (a couple of weeks after using it) he did indeed see where the four blades are located (he did explain it to me, but I have no idea what he was talking about; therefore, I won't even attempt to try and explain). When he first started using it, he didn't think he was going to like it; it sounds like a mosquito (as described by him), so he was thinking there was no way that it was going to give him a close shave... but it did and now he loves it! He also mentioned that he really likes the pop up trimmer... it works really well for him. For the price, this is a really great electric shaver. I would recommend it to others (especially those gift giving).

          Service and delivery comments:

          I received free shipping and my order arrived promptly and in great condition (and during the holiday season!!!). I was impressed and will definitely be using drugstore.com again.

           
          5.0

          Give it a try

          By Willie

          from Decatur, Al.

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Shave
          • Easy to Clean
          • Easy to Use
          • Quick Charging Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shaving
            • Wet Use

            Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

            For the price of 4 Gillette mach 4 refills (12 each) which i refuse to pay, I purchase this razor after looking at reviews on various web sites including here , its been over 30 days sinced i purchase and i and very happy with this razor, today i finally figure one of my problem areas , both sides of my neck were i have my valley's around my adams apple were not shave close every time i shave , today i used a side to side instead of the "normal" up and down motion and viola!!! close shave as the rest of my face , after years of shaving and HATING it , i finally can say i ENJOY shaving with this razor , i still like to used my shaving cream as i think it provides a closer and smoother shave , i have also try dry shave but for me i will continue to used the cream, cleaning is a snap, charging is quick , to me all foils (4) cut regarles of how many cutting elements the head has , i will leave the technical reviews for someone else, this store also provided the best price after using the new customer discount , shipping was fast , YOU HAVE ONE HAPPY CUSTOMER, thanks William

             
            5.0

            It improved my health

            By smartsheep

            from New York City

            describe yourself Clean Cut

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Shave
            • Health improvement

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • In the shower

            Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

            I am diabetic and have a diabetic skin rash that turns into something from the chainsaw massacre movie if I use a dull razor I frequently cut myself use electric razor this is the cleanest least bloody shave I have had in a long time

             
            5.0

            I love it!

            By Larry

            from Lexington, KY

            describe yourself Clean Cut

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Shave
            • Compact
            • Easy to Clean
            • Easy to Use
            • No Irritation
            • Quick Charging Time
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

                Closest shave I ever had

                 
                4.0

                A good machine

                By Harro

                from Forest Hills NY

                describe yourself Mustache Wearer

                Pros

                • Close Shave
                • Compact
                • Easy to Clean
                • Easy to Use
                • No Irritation
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Use

                  Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

                  Fast and close shave, little noise. Much better than the Remingtons I used for many years. The only complaint: the pop-up trimmer is poorly placed: when using it you cannot see in the mirror what you are doing because the shaver blocks the view.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Delivered fast, in a One-A condition as expected for a new (not reconditioned!) item.

                   
                  4.0

                  met expectations

                  By al

                  from cleveland

                  describe yourself Clean Cut

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Close Shave
                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • No Irritation
                  • Quick Charging Time
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Clean
                  • Misses Hairs

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Use

                  Comments about Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A, 1 ea:

                  use every day

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                  Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A

                   – Getting the perfect shave from an electric razor is easy when you choose one of the top products from a trusted manufacturer. The Panasonic Arc4 Wet/Dry Shaver Nanotech, ES8243A provides the closest possible shave while ensuring maximum comfort. Its four-blade shaving system employs the latest technology and even lets you choose between a traditional dry shave and a wet shave with your favorite gel or cream.

                  Smooth and Comfortable Shaving



                  The Arc4 features the Panasonic innovative Multi-fit Arc Foil, which covers a flexible pivoting head and closely follows the contours of your face for improved comfort and efficiency. Its Nanotech blades are positioned at a 30-degree angle (whereas most shavers have blades at 45 to 90 degrees), so it is able to cut hairs closer to their base.

                  With four blades, you can get a smooth and close shave faster - thanks especially to the Arc4's fast linear motor. If you are still left with pesky hairs in hard to reach places like your sideburns or under your nose, you can use the full-width pop-up trimmer to easily groom even the toughest trouble spots. While the Arc4 will give you a close, comfortable dry shave, you can choose to use it for a wet shave as well. Pamper yourself by spreading your favorite foam, cream, or gel across your face to ensure a silky-smooth shave.

                  Cleaning and Charging



                  Cleaning the Arc4 is easy since the entire shaver is waterproof. Just run it under the tap to rinse away hairs. You can also make use of the sonic vibration turbo-cleaning mode to get the entire product extra clean whenever the faucet icon appears on the shaver's LED display. This same display will also let you know the status of the battery by showing you the elapsed shaving time since the last charge. It will also show you the amount of battery life remaining. Charging the product takes an hour or less, and a full charge will last for up to 14 shaves.
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