Panasonic Arc5

Last updated date: December 4, 2018

DWYM Score
8.7

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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 Best Products, BestReviews, Good Housekeeping, Digital Trends, Men's Health, AskMen, Moo Review and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Razor you should buy.

Overall Take

The Panasonic Arc5's large head contains five blades that help achieve a close and comfortable shave, without in-grown hairs. The battery is also long-lasting. In our analysis of 162 expert reviews, the Panasonic Panasonic Arc5 Electric Shaver placed 10th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Razor for a detailed review of all the top electric razors.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,519 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has a powerful linear motor and a pivoting head with five blades. Of course, a waterproof body is also among the razor's key features, as is the ability to deliver both a wet and dry shaving experience.
- Best Products
January 8, 2018 | Full review
The symmetrical alignment of the five blades makes for a nice feature that covers a lot of the face quickly. The battery can last as long as three weeks on a full charge without losing any shaving power
- BestReviews
September 1, 2018 | Full review
Doesn’t leave ingrown hairs
- Good Housekeeping
November 1, 2015 | Full review
The huge head is placed on a rotating pivot, ensures a quick and effective shave — even in the hard to reach places.
- Digital Trends
January 3, 2018 | Full review
The Arc5 gives a very close and comfortable shaving experience. This is because each of the five cutting elements has been designed to carry out a particular task in the shaving process.
- Shaver Insider
July 27, 2017 | Full review
The head contains five ultra-thin blades within the foil cutting system. They are at a 30 degree angle to provide the best shave. The motor in this shaver is a 14,000 CPM linear motor drive. It allows for a multi-flex pivoting head.
- Shaver Guru
September 16, 2018 | Full review
The Arc5 from Panasonic has a motor that can deliver 14,000 cuts per minute – who knew you even had that much hair? Its technology also enables it to adjust cutting power based on your beard density and the area you're shaving.
- Men's Health
June 13, 2018 | Full review
Panasonic’s flagship model receives a prime upgrade spearheaded by an automatic charging/cleaning dock and more dominant 5-blade system to enhance personalized shaving for the long term. The ultra-thin Nanotech blades are built from superior Japanese stainless steel, built with durability and precision in mind to gently chop hair, while preserving build quality.
- AskMen
A pivoting head helps keep the shaving head in contact with your skin, especially when moving over contoured areas such as your jawline.
- Moo Review
March 26, 2918 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Charging the battery too oftrn may shorten the life of the battery.
- BestReviews
September 1, 2018 | Full review
May need to go over the same area more than once to remove all hair
- Good Housekeeping
November 1, 2015 | Full review
Aggressive shave. Not the best shaver for very sensitive skins
- Shaver Insider
July 27, 2017 | Full review
It is worth mentioning that you cannot use the Arc 5 while it is plugged into the charging cord. If your shaver runs flat you will have to wait for it to reach at least 10% charge before you can get a full shave out of it.
- Moo Review
March 26, 2918 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The premium, award-winning Panasonic Arc5 electric razor features a 5-blade shaving system with precision-honed 30° blades for outstanding closeness Panasonic's fastest, most powerful Hyper Performance linear motor delivers 14,000 cuts per minute - that's 70,000 cross-cutting actions per minute across 5 blades - for fast, efficient shaving; a built-in Arc 5 shaving sensor monitors differences in beard density and automatically adjust cutting power for exceptional comfort Built-in Panasonic Arc5 shaving sensor continually detects differences in beard density as you shave to automatically adjust electric razor power for a more even shave Multi-Flex pivoting head enables this men's electric razor to glide smoothly along the individual contours of the face, chin, neck and jaw, Multi-fit ARC foils gently conform to facial contours for enhanced shaver comfort The ES-LV65 shaving machine includes a Pop-Up Trimmer to quickly detail sideburns and mustaches, wet/dry operation for convenient shaving in or out of the shower and a 10-stage LCD to check Arc 5 shaver status at a glance Compatible accessories: WES9032P, WES9173P, WES9170P charging time 1 hour and operation time is 45 minutes and power source is AC 100-240V (Automatic International Dual Voltage Conversion)

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4. Panasonic Arc4 With Clean & Charge Station
Overall Score: 9.0
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6. Panasonic Arc4 Electric Shaver
Overall Score: 8.9
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7. SweetLF IPX7
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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
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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
Expert Reviews: 13
13. Braun Series 9
Overall Score: 8.6
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14. Panasonic Arc3
Overall Score: 8.0
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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. The Panasonic Arc 5, for example, has a 10-stage LCD battery indicator that lets you know how much battery you have left at any given time.
  • Some electric shavers come with an array of helpful accessories, such as a cleaning kit, a carrying case and a sideburn trimmer. The Panasonic Arc5 comes with a pop-up trimmer for your mustache and sideburns, while the Philips Norelco 8900 comes with a 5-length beard styler with rounded tips and a comb.
  • 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 9, for example, uses a special technology to read and adapt 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. The Philips Norelco 8900, for instance, 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 8900, come with a warranty. The Philips Norelco 8900 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 Series 9, Braun Series 7 and the Panasonic Arc5 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 upong 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.