Panasonic ES-LV81-K Arc 5 Review

By | June 21, 2013

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The ES-LV81-K shaver is on of the newest and most advanced 5-Blade shaver from Panasonic. These 5-blade cutting system can reduce shaving time since it provides better coverage of all foil shavers. This razor is loaded with smart and innovative features in order to deliver remarkable close and comfortable shave. So, one should expect that it also comes with a high-priced tag, the most expensive in our electric razor reviews.

Providing Closer Shave:

Most men found that Panasonic ES-LV81-K shaves the closest compared to other foil shavers, even closer to our number 3 choice the Braun Series 7-790cc but only to a very slight margin. But with the price, it differs a lot in favor of Braun. The Panasonic 5-blade features the world’s fastest and powerful linear motor running at 14,000 rpm. The 5-blade cutting system also ensures for that ultimate in closeness and reduced shaving time. This shaver can also maintain its peak power until the very end of the battery charge. The ES-LV81-K shaver features 3 distinct foil patterns and works in combo: (1) Lift-Tech Foil that features reverse-tapered edges that lifts and cuts flat lying beards; (2) Finishing Foil which is a specialized shape foil to capture and cut stubborn hairs; (3) Slit Foil that enables the shaver to catch longer hairs and cuts to the ideal shortness in shaving. Additionally, it features Nano polished 30-degree stainless hypoallergenic blades that cuts hairs at its base.

Handling of the Shaver When Shaving:

You can maneuver the shaving heads anywhere you like, back and forth or left and right. The 5-blade cutting system lets you shave the fastest compared to all the advanced foil shavers from other brands since it has better coverage. Although, the 5-blade cutting system also means bigger heads which is a disadvantage in reaching tight areas such as shaving under the nose.

Skin’s Reaction to the Shaver:

With the powerful motor of this shaver, it prevents pulling and tugging of hairs that could cause skin irritations. The shaver’s hypoallergenic blades also work well as advertised. Many users did not experience any redness when using this shaver and users enjoyed using it both on wet / dry shaving. The Panasonic ES-LV81-K shaver is very friendly even on sensitive skin.

Ease of Use:

The shaver can be used for both wet and dry shaving and comes with its own reliable cleaning-charging system. It also has an LCD Display for battery status, charging indicator and a cleaning reminder for a better hygienic shaver.



It comes with its own automatic cleaning and charging system that clean, dries and charges the shaver and keeping the blades always sharp. Sonic vibrating cleaning mode should be used when rinsing the shaver under running water, these vibrations will help remove hair debris that clings on the shaver.

Maintenance Cost: (Latest Price – List Price as of July 1, 2013)

The Panasonic WES9030P is a replacement set that includes the outer foil and inner blades that costs $73 – $100. Replace outer foil once every 1 year and replace inner blades once every 2 years.

One cartridge of the Panasonic WES035P vortex hydra-clean solution can last up to 30 cleanings or 60 days. This will cost $10 – $15 for a 3-count of this cleaning solution.

User’s Manual:

Easy to understand user manual is provided here:


  • Better coverage results in quicker shaves.
  • It offers the closest shave possible compared to other foil shavers.
  • It is a lot quieter to use compared to other foil shavers, yet it has the world’s fastest linear motor.
  • No skin irritations.
  • It contains most of the features you would want in an electric razor.
  • Can be used wet/dry shaving and comes with a reliable cleaning and charging system.


It is very expensive.
A disadvantage of having a bigger shaving heads is it cannot reach comfortably in tight areas.

What Other Consumers Has To Say:

For most users, they are happy on how close and quick the razor shaves and a quiet, yet a powerful motor is really a plus. One consumer even voted for the Panasonic ES-LV81-K in terms of features and performance above all advanced shavers. But for price + performance, he voted for Braun 7-790cc shaver. All users found it to be expensive but still are happy to get the newest and most advanced shaver, the Panasonic ES-LV81-K.


Final Conclusion:

There is something you should know that when this shaver first came out on the market, it was first available for $600. Now, the Panasonic ES-LV81-K would normally cost $300+ at Amazon. This shaver is pricey but has most of the useful features, it is friendly on skin, can shave quicker and delivers the closest shave possible. If you want the newest and most advanced shaver of 2013, the Panasonic ES-LV81-K is yours to have.

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