Panasonic Arc4 Electric Shaver

Last updated date: May 13, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 161 expert reviews, the Panasonic Panasonic Arc4 Electric Shaver placed 8th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Razor for a detailed review of all the top electric razors.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
2,675 user reviews
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What experts liked
The Arc4 uses a dual-blade cutting system with an outer foil and inner blades to provide a clean shave. It has an easy-to-grip ergonomic design that includes a switch-lock button as well as a pop-up trimmer for grooming facial hair and sideburns.
- Top Ten Reviews
May 24, 2018 | Full review
The latter include a pivoting head with four blades, wet and dry shaving capabilities, a washable body, and an LCD display. A variant of the ES-LA63-S with a cleaning station is also available.
- Best Products
January 9, 2018 | Full review
There is a safety lock so when the shaver is packed in luggage it will never accidentally turn on and lose all of its charge.
- Shaver Guru
September 23, 2018 | Full review
The blades are extremely durable, sharp and they can pivot at 30 degrees in any direction.
- 10beasts
August 28, 2018 | Full review
The powerful motors and very sharp blades will reward you with what is likely the closest shave you’ll get from an electric shaver at this price point.
- Shaver Check
January 17, 2018 | Full review
These motors are so much power that they allowed 14,000 cuts per minutes and per blades. This Panasonic shaver’s motors are also quieter than most of the top-rated shavers.
- The Shaver Zone
August 16, 2018 | Full review
The combination of excellent craftsmanship and useful features make this a contender for best electric shaver on the market.
- Groom and Style
October 13, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
This shaver doesn’t have the cleaning and charging station that some other shavers have.
- Shaver Guru
September 23, 2018 | Full review
It is just missing a single trimmer from its head, and it comes without Cleaning and Charging dock.
- 10beasts
August 28, 2018 | Full review
The Arc 4 was positioned as a mid-range shaver, but the price tag was premium. So the problem was the target audience — nobody wanted to buy them as there were other options that better catered to the buyer’s needs: Arc 5 for premium, Arc 3 for budget.
- Shaver Check
January 17, 2018 | Full review
The shaver has so many features. So, the battery reportedly doesn’t last as long as many other shavers in the market.
- The Shaver Zone
August 16, 2018 | Full review
While the charging and cleaning dock is a very useful add-on, it can be quite noisy while in operation.
- Groom and Style
October 13, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

One of Panasonic’s top rated electric shavers, the ES8242A men’s shaver delivers close, clean, quick shaving with four ultra-sharp stainless steel Nanotech blades. Each blade in the Panasonic ES8243A Arc 4 mens electric razor is precision honed to a perfect 30° edge. Together with Panasonic's ultra-thin Arc 4 foil system, they gently conform to the individual contours of your face, neck and chin. This premium men's shaving machine also includes a flexible pivoting head to guide blades and foil effortlessly along the skin for maximum comfort. Its high-efficiency 13,000 cpm Arc4 linear drive motor maintains full, continuous power to the very end of each battery charge for consistent, even shaving. The Panasonic razor also includes a built-in pop-up trimmer which adds the perfect finish to beards, mustaches and sideburns. It's 100% waterproof, too, and can be used with foam or gel in the shower or used dry anytime. A 10-stage LED in the easy-grip Panasonic Shaver handle shows battery power status, charge indicator and a cleaning and a replacement reminder for Panasonic Arc 4 blades and foils. Cleaning the ES8243 shaver is quick and simple. You can rinse the entire shaving machine under running water and let the razor's sonic vibration mode easily remove stubborn gel and stubble, leaving the Arc4 blades and foil fresh and renewed. For shaving and grooming away from home, this Panasonic Arc4 men's wet dry electric shaver comes with universal voltage, an AC adaptor/charger and a travel pouch.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Philips Norelco 2100
Overall Score: 11.4
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Panasonic Arc3
Overall Score: 10.1
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Philips Norelco 8900
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 13
4. Braun Series 7 760cc
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Remington F5
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 11
6. Panasonic Arc4 With Clean & Charge Station
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Braun Series 7 7865cc
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Panasonic Arc4 Electric Shaver
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Braun Series 7 790cc
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
10. SweetLF IPX7
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 11
11. Braun Series 9 9095cc
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
12. Philips Norelco 7300
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
13. Braun Series 9
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
14. Philips OneBlade
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 10
15. Philips Norelco 9300
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8
16. Panasonic Arc5
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 9

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.