Panasonic Arc3

Last updated date: May 5, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0

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We looked at the top 1 Electric Razors and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Top Best Reviews, The Top Pro, The Shaver Zone, Male Sense Pro, Grooming Passion, Top 10 Great and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Razor you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 162 expert reviews, the Panasonic Panasonic Arc3 placed 14th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 18, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Razor for a detailed review of all the top electric razors.

Expert Summarized Score
7.8
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
5,008 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
3-blade foil system. 13,000 cuts per minute. Helpful LCD display. Remarkably low price.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
The shavers head contains 3 nanotech blades which are also hypoallergenic, so this electric shaver is also sensitive skin friendly. The adjustable pivoting head is there which can stick to your face contours to provide close and smooth shave.
- 10beasts
March 28, 2019 | Full review
The three nanotech blades in the Arc 3 head are hypoallergenic which makes this electric shaver best use for sensitive skin types. For close and smooth shave the head pivots and covers the facial contour with ease.
- Top Best Reviews
February 26, 2019 | Full review
The shaver arc foil contours with your face, jaw and neck for a comfortable shave. The head glides on the face, chin and jaw effortless ensuring all hairs are cut nicely. It is a quality shaver equipped with a high performing linear motor with 13, 000 cuts per minute.
- The Top Pro
The Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 is built with nanotech blades, with an arced foil, so it can get close to the hairs on your face and neck, and remove them quickly, without discomfort. The nanotech blades are hypoallergenic, so any metal sensitivities will be avoided.
- Shaver Guru
April 14, 2019 | Full review
The blades are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel. These blades allow you to cut facial hair at 30-degree angle.
- The Shaver Zone
March 11, 2019 | Full review
Getting exceptionally close to the hairs on your face and neck is somewhat difficult, but the Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 promises to do so without discomfort. The Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 is designed with a foil head that is meant to protect the skin from irritation. Sitting at a 30-degree angle, it pivots back and forth to provide a more comfortable shave.
- Male Sense Pro
November 27, 2017 | Full review
The ultra sharp blades along with ultra-thin Arc foil are handy for a quick, comfortable shave. The electric razor features a linear motor drive which keeps the peak power up and maintains 13000 cuts per minute speed throughout each shave. Supports both dry and wet shave.
- Grooming Passion
It has a fast motor to deliver a close shave. With this motor, you can shave quickly without worrying about irritation, tugging, and pulling on your skin. It is a 100% washable shaver. It comes with nanotech blades made of stainless steel and placed at 30 degrees. The blades are also hypoallergenic and they cut hair from the base to give you a precise shave.
- Top 10 Great
July 25, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Thin foil mesh prone to damage. Quality control issues with LCD display. Shave quality not as close as other foil razors.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
The shaver comes without cleaning and charging dock.
- 10beasts
March 28, 2019 | Full review
Irritation while shaving and a noisy motor.
- Top Best Reviews
February 26, 2019 | Full review
Cost of Replacement Parts: Upkeep can be expensive. (You have to replace the head every year, and blades after 2 years) Noisy: This device is a little noisy.
- The Shaver Zone
March 11, 2019 | Full review
Its battery eventually runs out, which can come at an inconvenient time if not charged properly.
- Male Sense Pro
November 27, 2017 | Full review
There is no discrete cleaning unit with the shaver.
- Grooming Passion

From The Manufacturer

The fully loaded Panasonic Electric Shaver and Trimmer for Men ES8103S Arc3, Wet/Dry with 3 Nanotech Blades and Flexible Pivoting Head is packed with smart, innovative features that deliver a remarkably close and comfortable shave. The ES8103S electric razor is a three-blade shaving system for outstanding shaver coverage and closeness. Panasonic Arc3 men's shavers feature 30-degree angle blades to cut hair at its base for close, accurate precision. The flexible pivoting head allows the cordless shaver to float effortlessly along the contours of your face for a clean shave, especially around your sideburns and under your chin. The Panasonic shaver has a fast, linear motor to help eliminate the tugging and pulling that may occur with slower electric razors, while maintaining peak power right up until the end of the charge. The Panasonic ES8103S men's three-blade electric shaving system with Nanotech blades comes equipped with a travel pouch, hypoallergenic blades and foils for sensitive skin, a pop-up shaving trimmer, and an AC recharger. The convenient wet/dry design lets you shave and trim in the shower or bath with foam, gel or soap lather and dry by holding under warm water to rinse away hair stubble and residue. Like all Panasonic shavers for men, blades and foil should be replaced when dull to ensure the best electric shaver performance. Panasonic Shaver ES8103S Replacement accessories: Men’s Razor Foil (WES9087PC), Electric Razor Blade (WES9068PC), and Men’s Razor Combo Set (WES9013PC).

Overall Product Rankings

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2. Braun Series 7 790cc
Overall Score: 9.3
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3. Remington F5
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Panasonic Arc4 With Clean & Charge Station
Overall Score: 9.0
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5. Braun Series 7 7865cc
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Panasonic Arc4 Electric Shaver
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
7. SweetLF IPX7
Overall Score: 8.8
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8. Braun Series 9 9095cc
Overall Score: 8.8
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9. Philips Norelco 7300
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Panasonic Arc5
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Philips Norelco 2100
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Philips Norelco 8900
Overall Score: 8.6
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13. Braun Series 9
Overall Score: 8.6
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14. Panasonic Arc3
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
15. Philips OneBlade
Overall Score: 7.9
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16. Philips Norelco 9300
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Electric Razors

Getting a nice, clean shave is important, whether you’re heading to work for the day, preparing for a date night or attending a formal function. Even if you don’t go for the totally clean-shaven look all the time, it’s still important to keep your facial hair nice and tidy. Whether you’re trying out a goatee, a mustache or one of the numerous styles of beards, you’re going to need a razor to make it happen.

Depending on your preferences (and your morning routine), you might be considering making the switch from traditional razors to an electric razor — and getting the right one really matters. If you’re tired of lathering up, rinsing your razor every few strokes and accidentally knicking yourself periodically, an electric razor might be an appealing shaving technology for you to try out.

Electric razors plug into a wall socket or a charger, using electricity to vibrate or spin the blades inside the razor. The hairs on your face stick up through a thin piece of metal with holes in it and are then cut by the blades, giving you a close shave. This piece of metal, called the foil, is what touches the skin, rather than the blades touching it directly as they do with a traditional razor. This design makes electric razors very safe — you won’t have to worry about cutting yourself while shaving as you do with a traditional razor. Electric shavers may also eliminate the need to use aftershave, as your skin won’t be as irritated as it gets after you use a traditional razor.

Many people prefer electric razors to traditional razors because they don’t require the use of shaving cream or the hassle that goes along with it (though some electric razors are waterproof and can be used in the shower). Though the blades will eventually need to be replaced, likely after a year or so, they tend to last much longer than traditional razors do.

Though electric razors make some noise while they’re being operated, they aren’t typically loud enough to wake up someone sleeping nearby while you shave. These convenient devices are also easy to pack up and take with you while traveling for business or vacation.

Electric razors cost anywhere between $75 and $300, so they’re not cheap. But when you consider how many razors and bottles of shaving cream you buy in a year, plus the convenience factor, you may determine that the price is worth it.

DYWM Fun Fact

Curious how the electric shaver came to be such a popular bathroom staple? It was invented by Jacob Shick, who obtained a patent for the new device in May 1930. As the story goes, he was inspired to invent the electric razor after suffering from an injury that made it difficult for him to shave. Though the device did not immediately catch on with consumers at the time, it’s now a widely accepted and popular method of shaving.

The Electric Razor Buying Guide

  • One important factor to consider before purchasing an electric shaver is its charge life. Unlike a traditional razor, you’ll need to plan ahead and charge your razor if you have definitive plans to shave soon — this is especially important for events where you absolutely need to shave beforehand, such as a wedding or a job interview. Though it varies from razor to razor, most can operate between 30 minutes and several hours after being fully charged.
  • Some electric shavers come with an array of helpful accessories, such as a cleaning kit, a carrying case and a sideburn trimmer. The Philips Norelco 2100, for example, comes with a pop-up trimmer.
  • Regular maintenance of your electric razor is critical for a long, functioning lifespan. You’ll want to use oil or grease to lubricate the electric shaver’s blades periodically, following the recommendations in the device’s instruction manual. If your razor features an element that collects hairs, be sure to clean and empty that component regularly to prevent issues. Some shavers, including the Braun Series 7, will come with their own cleaning kit — when you’re done using the Braun Series 7, simply pop it into the clean and charge station, which automatically recharges and lubricates the shaver. You don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Your purchasing decision will likely come down to whether you want a basic model to toss in your gym bag, or a higher-quality razor with lots of bells and whistles. The Braun Series 7 models, for example, use a special technology to read and adapt the power to your facial hair.
  • You may also want to consider the ergonomics of the electric razor’s handle, since grip comfortability plays a large role in your shaving experience. Some shavers uses a special technology that allows each shaving head to move independently from the others. This means that each head can move in eight directions to more closely match the contours of your face and neck, which means you’re more likely to get a perfect shave.
  • If your electric razor doesn’t seem to be functioning properly or getting as close of a shave as you’re used to, considering recharging it, cleaning it and oiling it.
  • Some electric shavers, such as the Philips Norelco 2100, come with a warranty. The Philips Norelco 2100 warranty is good for two years and applies only to shavers purchased and used in the United States and Canada, as long as they were used as intended. The Braun and Remington models also come with two-year warranties.
  • If you’ve never used an electric shaver before, you’ll want to be sure to pull your skin taut and hold the razor at a right angle to your face as you move it along. Depending upon the razor and the area you’re shaving, you may need to go over the same place more than once to cut all of the hairs. Keep in mind that the electric shaver may take some getting used to, both for you as the user and for your skin.