The Panasonic Arc 4 electric shaver collection houses a number of models with what appear to be minor differences. Yet, the prices vary substantially. Are there not-so-obvious features that can account for such a wide divergence in cost?
Despite being officially near the bottom of the Panasonic electric shaver lineup there’s nothing ‘bottom’ about the ES-LT71-S itself. True, it lacks some of the great features of its more advanced – and more expensive – cousins. But it still manages to incorporate much of the technology those other models provide, even at roughly one-third the price.
I really wish Panasonic would simplify the names of their electric shavers. But one thing I could never complain about is how effectively they work. With the ES-LA93-K they prove once again they’re right up there with Braun and Philips, despite being the relative new kid on the block. One reason for my love for this Arc4 shaver is admittedly personal: the weight. I like a shaver that’s not too heavy, not too light. At just 7 oz (0.44 lbs) this model hits that Goldilocks spot perfectly.
Surprising myself this time, I’m a fan of the Panasonic ES2207P ladies electric shaver. I say “surprising” because it suffers from many of the same drawbacks as the ES2216PC. Neither is ideal, but the ES2207P offers a few features the ES2216PC does not (and vice versa) and you really can’t beat the low price. For such a low cost electric shaver, the ES2207P packs a few features that might surprise you. The triple blade shaving system is a good example.
It won’t surprise the ladies reading this but electric shavers for the female set have never caught up to those for men. I don’t think it’s prejudice or for lack of trying, but good choices for women are few and far between. Fine men’s shavers, by contrast, may be expensive but are available in abundance. The Panasonic ES2216PC is an example of that difference.
I admit to having a slight bias toward Panasonic shavers. It used to be Braun but the value-to-price ratio of Panasonic models have tilted that preference in recent years. However, the price of the ES-LV81-K is pretty high it would have to offer extraordinary value to benefit from that bias. Does it? Can any electric shaver be worth this much?