Written on: 04/10/2004 by rarinrob (12 reviews written)
Closeness of shave
Slightly disappointing battery life
Panasonic ES8093 - Like one of the other reviewers here I've been wet shaving for several years. (I'm 32 and although I started with a basic electric razor I quickly changed to things like Wilkinson Sword and Mach 3.) Throughout my shaving life I've suffered with a small amount of ingrowing hairs towards the lower neckline. Changing gels, foams and blades never really sorted it so I thought it was time to give an electric shaver a go again.
Both of the other reviews here sold it for me. It's not nice spending over a hundred quid on something like a razor but when it does such a great job I think it's worth it. First off, I've only used it as a wet shaver so far. It's a little weird, using something electrical to shave with when you've got foam on your face, but you quickly get used to it. And it's rechargable so it's not like it's going to give you an electric shock. The handbook mentions that a typical shave will last about 3 minutes. Maybe I'm a slow (or thorough) shaver because I tend to use it for double that each time. As a result I find I get a max of about 5 shaves out of it before it needs charging again - but this is quick and easy with its base station (supplied). Yes, it can miss longer hairs and yes, you do need to pass over each area a couple of times for a nice, close shave, but I'm still astounded by how close it can cut. And yes, I'd say it IS closer than Mach 3 - certainly less irritating. But the best thing is those ingrowing hairs. They seem to have virtually disappeared.
Incidentally, I find the beard trimmer does a great job of catching those longer hairs. I know that's not what it's really designed for but...
So don't be afraid of spending around £120 on this shaver.