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.
|Pivoting Shaving Head|
|Automatic Cleaning System|
|Battery Level Indicator|
|Charging Time||12 hrs||12 hrs|
|Cordless Shaving||up to 30 min||up to 30 min|
|Shaving With Cord|
|Replace Shaving Head Indicator|
|Shaving Head Replacement||WES9769P||WES9779P|
|Where to Buy?||Best Price||Best Price|
Similarities and Differences
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. The three independently floating heads do a decent job of whacking hairs in one pass, even when they lie nearly hidden near your curves. By comparison, the four blade twin head shaving system in the ES2216PC helps even more. Also, the ES2207P lacks the pivoting ability of the ES2216PC. So, the slightly higher-end model earns a slightly higher score in this area.
Evening things up a bit, the ES2207P houses nickel-free, hypo-allergenic stainless steel blades, just like the ES2216PC. That helps both razors provide a safe shaving experience. Provided you keep them clean, neither is likely to give you any problem from introducing bacteria under the skin, as is possible with a manual razor.
Without laboratory testing it’s hard to confirm Panasonic’s claim that the ES2216PC’s blades are the sharpest around. They don’t make the same claim for the ES2207P. Still, real-world use suggests they’re both decent, though not stellar. Yes, the ES2207P has the same limitation as its somewhat more expensive cousin. It just doesn’t do the kind of job that you might hope for.
Naturally that evaluation depends just on what you “hope for” but suffice to say the closeness is good but not impressive. Even keeping in mind that this is an electric, all of which only do so well, it’s not quite up to the “outstanding” level. Men’s shavers, by contrast, typically do a much better job.
On the upside, the ES2207P does provide a pretty comfortable shave for such a low-cost shaver. In fairness, the men’s Panasonic models typically cost 5-15 times as much as this unit. Still, you should not expect miracles from either model.
You can increase that upside even more by using the ES2207P (or the ES2216PC, for that matter) as a wet shaver. Thanks to a well-sealed case you can do that with no fear of harming the motor or any other component.
Even better – and this is one big reason I actually like the ES2207P better even apart from the price – the case is a much better shape for wet shaving. The lady-like curves of this model make it so much easier to hold, especially in the shower when your hands are often soapy.
It helps that it only weighs 5.3 oz. Not that the ES2216PC is all that heavy at 5.75 oz. The ES2216PC is a bit longer – 6.3″ rather than the ES2207P’s 5.9″ – but that doesn’t really affect much the ability to grip well. Even so, a rubbery grip would have helped here, I must say.
Many ladies prefer the wet technique not only to make for a more comfortable shave but because it’s so much easier to shave and then clean right in the shower. True, it’s not hard after a dry shave to pop off the foil and brush away those collected hairs. But the ability to rinse them away after a shave means no chance of spilling any on the sink or floor. How many times have you shaved then looked at the bathroom floor only to find a dozen more little hairs around?
Like the ES2216PC, the ES2207P houses a pop-up trimmer. Surprisingly for such a low-priced shaver, the design is really effective. It stands out just enough to get those long hairs without being intrusive.
Oddly, the bikini trimmer attachment fits only on the ES2216PC. I can understand why Panasonic might not have wanted to produce two different ones. That would increase manufacturing costs, inventory complexity, and so forth. But it would have required only the smallest design change to make it fit either.
Charging System and Battery
I have to say, I dislike the charging method of the ES2207P to the same degree as that of the ES2216PC and for the same reason. It certainly looks stylish plugged directly into the outlet. But that design puts a lot of stress on the outlet and, at least in my house, would be an accident waiting to happen.
Even considering the problem of having yet another power adapter, and wondering “What does this one fit?” I’d rather have a cord to attach. Sure, you could use an ordinary extension cord but those are so unattractive and who wants to use one for that purpose? Also, I wish the little charging light would turn off, or at least change color, when the shaver is fully charged.
I do have to give Panasonic credit for the battery life in the ES2207P. It’s rated for 10 shaves at 3 minutes per shave on the official website. In any case, real-world use shows it actually does get 30 minutes on average.
Over time that’s likely to fade a bit. Virtually all rechargeable batteries become less than optimal after they’ve been owned for a year or so. And, one could wish it were longer but, once again, that would increase the price or weight.
No matter. About half an hour of charge is pretty decent for such a low-priced shaver. It doesn’t match the full hour the guys get but, again, they pay so much more for that. I just wish it charged quicker than 12 hours. The ES2216PC suffers from the same drawback, though.
Both the Panasonic ES2207P and the ES2216PC ladies shavers offer a good value. I’d prefer the shave be more impressive and the charging system were different. Still, at these prices you can’t complain… much.