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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Shaver- Braun 790 vs Panasonic Arc 5

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    Jeff
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    This is a great electric shaver. I used to have an old Braun 8985 which was the best shaver ive ever owned. After years of use, I replaced it with the Braun 340s when it died out. The 340s only lasted half a year before breaking (and it wasn't a really great shaver to begin with, never did a good close shave but the trimmer was decent). So I decided to look for another top of the line shaver. The two top shavers as noted on multiple top 10 lists, and is highly reviewed on all retail sites were the Panasonic Arc 5 and the Braun 7 series. I ended up buying the Braun 7 series (the 797 to be exact, but the 790 is exactly the same without wet/dry function included). This was supposed to be the #1 shaver from what I researched. It had the highest reviews on most sites. I would say there was a lot good about it- Sturdy, sleek structure, felt very powerful. The problems I had was that it took many passes to get a clean shave, the motor felt erratic at times, and the trimmer did not sit right after a few weeks of use, meaning would have to constantly clean after use. So I returned it and went for my second choice. The Arc 5 had equally high reviews though just seemed to fall to second place on most lists, and I had never tried Panasonic before so I was hesitant. But comparing the two, I prefer the Arc 5. The shaver is very good. It feels a lot less powerful than the Braun, but for some reason gives a much faster cleaner cut for a thick beard. It also is soft to the skin (and it is softer in volume), a much less intense shave and for the better. The trimmer is about as flimsy as the Braun shaver, but at least it sits right without having to clean it after every use. The trim function is similar to Braun's but Im a little more pleased with its precision. I'm sticking with this one for the next few years. Hopefully it lasts. As for right now I'm very happy and would recommend for those with thick beards looking for a top of the line shaver. Hopefully Braun steps up it's game for future releases! Panasonic is my new fave.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best electric shaver I've ever used

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    Drwho
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    I previously had always stuck with Braun electric shavers, as I found them to provide a good shave and hold up well over time. However, the most recent Braun razor I had wasn't performing quite as well anymore, and I had to keep replacing the head/blades to get it to do a clean shave with little irritation. When that shaver broke (only had it for a little over a year), I decided to start looking at other brands of electric shavers. After reading lots of reviews, I decided to try the Panasonic Arc5 shaver. The sound it makes was quite different, and it sounded like it wasn't as powerful as the Braun. BUT, when I used it the first time, I was amazed at how well it performed. It may not sound powerful, but it is definitely BETTER than the Braun shaver. It shaved much better on the first pass, whereas the Braun took multiple passes to get most of the hairs. The Braun shaver would pull hairs sometimes, instead of cutting them, which hurt every time. I don't have that issue with the Panasonic Arc5... it cuts short or longer hairs with ease, no pulling or pain. The Arc5 is also really easy to clean. I just pop the head off, run it under the faucet for a bit and clean out the stubble. And I run the shaver itself under the faucet to clean it off. The Braun shavers were not as easy to clean, often getting stubble stuck in places that were a pain to clean out. I don't have that problem with the Arc5. Charging the Arc5 is fast and easy... It does a full charge in less than an hour. The Braun shavers took over an hour to charge. The Arc5 battery lasts longer too... I can get 2-3 full shaves on one full battery charge, whereas I could only get one full shave using the Braun. Overall, I am VERY satisfied with the Panasonic Arc5. I wish I had tried a Panasonic sooner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Run, don't walk, and buy this Razor

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    Tucker9833
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    BUY THIS RAZOR!!!! I don't normally leave reviews, but in this case, I felt I had to. My story; I've been a Braun user for the last 15 years. I thought there were no other razors out there as good as Braun, Man, was I wrong. I was a Braun Series 3 user for a long time. But the razor head screens keep breaking apart and disintegrating (a known problem with those razors). So after paying for new razor heads that failed prematurely, I decided to upgrade to a Series 5 with the ultrasonic cleaner which I had been currently using. But after less than 3 years of use the paint started peeling off the razor body near the razor head. Short story; Braun replaced the part only for the paint to peel again in less that 10 months. Time for a switch! I bought this razor with some skepticism since the price was a lot more reasonable than my Braun. Following that old adage, "you get what you pay for", floating around in the back of my mind had me semi-convinced this might be a mistake. It wasn't!!! This razor is quiet!!! And plows through my beard stubble as if it could be shaving 10 faces at the same time! My old Braun would hit thick beard (like my chin) and sound like it was bogging down like a lawn mower caught in thick grass about to die out. This Panasonic didn't skip a beat or even sound different. It also closely shaved areas of my face I would have go over and over again with my Braun. It doesn't leave my face irritated or skin hot from the shave. This is by far the closest shave I've ever had with an electric razor!!! Look out Braun!!! Bottom line: I like the shape of the razor, it's very quiet to use and the closest shave I've ever had. And the price point is perfect for me! I don't miss spending money on countless razor cleaner refills either. Thanks Panasonic!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

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    ETERNELL96
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    Just purchased the Panasonic Arc5 electric shaver to replace my Braun 3 electric shaver. My Braun was my first foil shaver and it did a decent job, but not as good as the Arc5. I don't know if my Braun just needs new foil or the Arc5's foil are still new and sharp, but the Arc5 gave me a really close first shave. Still not as close a razor as I had to take a couple of passes to get my skin smooth, but pretty darn close. It glided much better than my Braun. You can tell how strong the shaver is based on how easy it cut my hair. It is a little loud, but you can't expect a V8 to sound like a Hybrid. The Arc5 feels really light too. The head is big, but it glides over my jaw, chin and cheek area with ease. There's a lock on the power button so whether you're traveling and don't want it to accidentally turn on you have that option. There's also a lock on the back to keep the head from pivoting, which again is probably used when traveling to protect the head from moving freely.. The Arc5 also comes with a plastic cover to protect the head as well as a soft faux leather case to protect the shaver when you throw it in a toiletry bag or suitcase. Charging seems to be really fast. Out of the box it was completely dead, but only after a few minutes charging it was already at 30%. It's advertised to give you 45 minutes of shaving, so we'll see. The Arc5 has a digital display to show you the battery % as well as the number of minutes it's been used, which I'm guessing go hand in hand. Overall, after only one use this has been the best electric shaver I've owned and the closest shave next to a razor. Hoping that this isn't just the honeymoon phase and continues to provide me with a close shave for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick, quiet, close, and efficient shaver

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    Elrond
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    I had used a Braun Series 5 (8000) Activator for what seemed like forever. It had seen better days (even with replaced foil and cutter block). I saw the Panasonic Arc5 on Deal of the Day. I had no idea how good this shaver was, but the reviews were outstanding around the Internet so I went for it. I first was taken aback by the large shaver head (I guess due to the 5 blades) but quickly learned that this made shaving quicker. Pros: It cuts closer, and is quieter than my Braun. It is comfortable to hold, and there is no burning or scratching afterwards. It has a pop-up trimmer, and can be used wet or dry (haven't tried the wet shave yet), and also rinses or washes clean. It also has great battery life, shows battery left percentage, time used, and time to clean indicator. In addition, it has a lock-out feature that when activated, it won’t accidentally turn on when you don’t want it to, like when in your luggage. Cons: You can’t use it while it is charging. Also, maybe it’s just my beard, because the Braun did the same thing, but there are a number of hard to cut hairs left behind on my lower neck, and where the jaw meets the neck (especially next to my ears). The pop-up trimmer can help with that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good and Fairly Quiet

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    Mohtly
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    Have been using a older model of Panasonic Arc shaver with 4 blades for the last 10 years or so. It was definitely getting old and beat up from travel. Bought this ARC5 model when it went on sale $100 off. It's definitely much quieter than my old ARC4. The shave is close and battery lasts over a week. One thing I had to get used to is the blade position design. There are 5 cutting blades: Two sets on either side plus one in the center for cutting any long ones that are laying down. The 2 sets of blades on either side of center do most of the work. The most outer blades cut the hair down to a level where the next blade over cuts it to skin level. This is different from my older version where these blades were swapped in these positions. I'm finding that the newer ARC5 is hard to get a smooth shave just under the nose and up to the side burns because the outer most blades on either side IS NOT the blade that shaves the closest. This means you have to work it in quite a bit around those areas to get a good close shave. I liked the older opposite design better. However all in all its a good shaver that cuts well to a smooth finish without causing any burn.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great shaver

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    misc505
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    I had a Panasonic that I bought almost 20 years ago and the battery finally stopped holding a full shave's worth of power. I had such a good experience with it that I wanted to stick with the same brand. This newer model works great. The blade housing is plastic instead of metal that my old version had, but this is not a deal breaker for me. I was worried that the head would be too large and bulky but it was fine and now I actually prefer the size. I have thick whiskers and the shaver cuts close and smooth. The typical problem areas require many passes, but so did a manual blade. If I wait a couple of days between shaves, the shaver cuts even closer, and it doesn't pull and yank he whiskers (except for once). The motor is strong and doesn't bog down when hitting the thick growth. The charge lasts for a week but you can't run the shaver with the plug (they say it is for safety since it is also made for wet use). The wet shave works great too. I've been using this for several months and suggest allowing at least one month (like the instructions recommend) for your face to adjust to this shaver before forming an opinion. However, my whiskers adjusted quickly, within a few shaves since I was already using an electric shaver previously. This shaver has only nicked me once during wet shave and it was probably from pushing too hard. The nick was not bad at all; I didn't even feel it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent shave; adds 8 minutes to my day

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    Scott
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    I have been an avowed blade shaver, although I hate shaving. It occurred to me one day when I was running very late that if I had an electric, I could shave in the car. A light bulb went off. I started reading reviews and eventually settled on this razor because its reviews were as good as other razors that cost twice as much. I have been very pleased. PROS: shaves well enough; the battery lasts me about a week (I keep the charger and an adapter in my car so I charge in the car); easy to clean; shaves equally well even if I skip the weekends. CONS: it's an electric so it doesn't shave as close as a blade, but it works well enough. It gets better over the first couple of weeks so give it some time. I shaved twice the first day, but not since. Also, this saves me time because I shave in the car when I would otherwise not be doing anything. It is not faster than blade shaving. I have a long commute that's mostly interstate so it works for me. It take me probably the same 7-8 minutes to shave with this as it did with a blade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

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    canuysal
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    I am trying to return this product. To begin with, this shaver is not shaving any better than two foiled Panasonic shavers, which I have been using those about 6 years. I have thick and dense facial hair, but I was shaving satisfactorily with previous Panasonic products. With that price tag, and double the number of foils I have every right to expect better shaving performance. Contrary to the support's classical answers, I am actually cleaning the shaver head everyday, with water and soap and with a soft scrubber to clean the cutter blades. I should note here that there is no way for the user to remove the outermost two cutter blades and clean them thoroughly. Due to this fact, shaver performance reduces over time very quickly and as of now (40 days after purchase) it became nearly unusable for me. Throughout my experience with this product, I had to go through the same region on my face multiple times in order for it to shave. As suggested on the user manual, zigzagging over the region of interest did not improve the shaving performance. I also want to note that the timer display was always wrong, showing wrong duration of usage. Also I never got more than 35 minutes of charge, although the manual states that it should run 45 minutes with full charge, and because of the situation I described above I needed full charge time to have a satisfactory shave with this poor shaving performance.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent electric shaver!

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    w1ngman
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    After thoroughly reviewing the various models that might suit my needs, I continued to return to the positive reviews of Panasonic Arc5. Currently in my early 50s, I have for more than 10 years maintained a bald head through the use of Mach3 triple-blade hand razor & shaving cream. While the tri-blade razor has always done the trick, there have been any number of times that I'd wished I could shave my face and head (simply while wearing a T-shirt and yet without getting into shaving cream and then rinsing & drying off). I'm so glad I purchase the Arc5. It absolutely gets as close a shave on my face as I got from my Mach 3 hand razor. And my head gets nearly as close a shave as the hand razor as well...certainly close enough to not wish to discredit in the electric shaver. I have yet to use it in it's wet capacities in the shower, but I accept through others' reviews, that it will do just fine as a wet shaver as well. From my experience this far, With great battery capacity, easy cleaning, and more than acceptably close shaves, I highly recommend the Panasonic Arc5 shaver and have been enjoying it thoroughly so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best electric shaver EVER

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    CNYconsumer
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    I have long used an electric razor and found most brands disappointing. Several years ago I started using Panasonic and found them to be superior in every respect. Until recently I was using an Arc4 and was mostly satisfied. Had heard and read good things about Arc5 so when Best Buy had a one day sale for 50% off I took the plunge and I am so glad I did. I have to tell you that I shave my entire head so that presents many issues that the vast majority of electric razors simply can't handle. Even my Arc4 had some problem areas that it struggled with but no problem for the Arc5. The razor is comfortable and gives an amazingly close shave across my head and face. The Arc5 does a far better job in 3-4 minutes than the Arc4 did in 5-6. I also appreciate the lock function on the switch so it can't be accidentally turned on while traveling. The only downside (and it is a minor issue) is that it is harder to clean after each shave with the brush as the internal blades are closer together. This is simply a phenomenal electric razor for anyone but a godsend for anyone who shaves their head.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Awesome!!

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    WilmaD2270
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    I do not have a lot to compare this shaver to, as the last electric shaver I had was 10+ yrs ago and it was awful and expensive(braun). I was skeptical of this shaver, but it has impressed me. My neck area is super sensitive and I have tried all the shave club razors, store bought all the same. They give me ingrown hairs in the neck region as they pull the hair, cut it, then it goes under the skin and breaks you out. It makes for a great smooth feel the day of, but the days after suck. This panasonic leaves my skin just as smooth and standard 4-5 blade types and no breaking out the following days. Only complaint and reason for 4 instead of 5 star is the shaver always misses 5-10 hairs, not sure if my beard grows weird, but I always have a few stragglers that have to be hit with the trimmer part and then shave then. If it wasn't for that, I'd be on the mountain tops praising this shaver lol. I did but the extended warranty not knowing how well this will do over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Close and quiet shave

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    HI50
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    I got a gift certificate from my daughter and son-in-law so I decided to get a new shaver. I bought my first one, a Vidan, about 3 and a half years ago from a Bic electronic store in Japan. The foil wore out and the battery doesn’t hold a charge anymore but I thought it was a great shaver until I bought this new Panasonic Arc5 with the gift certificate. The Vidan is very loud with a loud buzz and the shaving head only tilts front to back. This wet or dry shave Arc5, also made in Japan, has a very soft buzz and also tilts front to back but better yet, tilts left to right which I think makes the Arc5 shave closer almost like a razor blade does. I also like that the shaving head can be rinsed daily under running water to remove debris rather than by only using a small brush. This shaver comes with a soft zippered travel case and wired charger. Great product so far!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best I've Used

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    FFXBuyer
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    I've used a lot of electric shavers from all the main brands (norelco, braun, remington) and the panasonic shavers work far better on my face than the others. I have less irritation, less in grown hairs, and a much closer/cleaner shave with their razors. I've been using an ARC3 for years and always wanted to upgrade but wasn't sure how much of a difference i'd see since i was happy with the ARC3. I should've upgraded earlier! As good as the ARC3 is, this is significantly better. The Arc3 will now be my travel shaver while this is my everyday home shaver. Now, i don't grow a heavy beard or anything and i don't really like using disposables, so use that info if it helps you decide. This thing is now giving me the best shave i've ever had plus the battery lasts a long time. The best thing about this is that i can use it with shaving cream or soap which helps you get even closer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best electric shaver ever

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    Alan
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    I have been using rotary electric shavers for over 30 years. A few years ago l started to get razor burns on my left cheek only. Thinking it was because my razor was old, l bought the most advanced rotary blade shaver and cleaning system on the market. I still got the same razor burns, extremely frustrating. After a lot of research I decided to try the Panasonic Arc5. This shaver gives me a wonderful close shave quickly with no irritation or razor burns. The handy pop up trimmer takes care of those pesky long whiskers quickly with out having to change razor heads. I didn't buy the cleaning system because a little soap and water cleans it just fine and I didn't use the fancy cleaning system on my last shaver because it was too cumbersome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Shaver

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    Frankie6589
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    Alright I'm 65 and I have a bunch of old tired, broken shavers in a box somewhere from years gone by. I thought I was destined to buy the cheapest shaver since they all were hopelessly inadequate irregardless of the price and they all either lost battery charge completely or their foil heads got holes after a few months or whatever. Along came this shaver that I seen had great reviews but was a little pricey. I took a chance and got it on sale. This is truly amazing. It hums while it cuts effortlessly and quickly. OMG ...and I seldom at all take the time to do these reviews but I had to. Buy it and forget the rest. Got the best deal at my Best Buy store and I searched all over the internet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best electric shaver I've ever owned.

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    Kana
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    This is by far the best electric shaver I've ever owned. It shaves very close and clean and is super comfortable and quite. I used to own a Panasonic shaver but after several years of daily use, it was time for an upgrade. I read great things about the Braun series 7 and when it went on sale, I decided to give it a try. The Braun with its new improvements never gave me as close of a shave as the older Panasonic model. After several months of use, I finally had enough and opted to spend the extra money to buy the new Panasonic Arc5. Best decision ever! I spend less time shaving now but still get a cleaner and closer shave than I've ever been able to with any other shavers. Will never go back to any other brands other than Panasonic!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best electric Shaver I have owned

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    Rayviator
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    I was skeptical about the online reviews, but this electric razor truly gives you the closest shave, at least from my experience. I have owned two Norelco rotary shavers (9000 series) for the last 5+ years, but I finally decided to try something new because even after chaniging the blades, the shave was just not as close as I thought it could be. I did my research and I was close to buying a Braun 7 or 9 series on blackfriday, but the price of this one just couldnt be beat. This also has a built in trimmer which is really handy to have. I do have to take a bit more time when shaving so I don’t miss any spots, but its not much longer than when using my rotary shaver. If you are looking for an electric shaver that gives you an extremely close shave, this one is for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent shaver at great price

    Posted
    ericleckey
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    Over the years, after doing research, I have always ended up with the Panasonic linear Shavers. Initially, I chose them for their features. And I have found that they have consistently turned out to be high quality, as is this shaver. This time, after researching shavers, including the comparable Braun models, I again chose the Panasonic shaver. For me I know what I am getting and will be satisfied. I know it has the features that i want, I know Panasonic's quality is not an issue, and I can usually find it at a good (reduced) price, such as this purchase, during the Christmas Holiday. In fact, it was such a great buy, I felt obliged to provide a positive review of this shaver and for Best Buy. I received this shaver at a greatly reduced price on Best Buy with free two day shipping during Christmas 2017. You can't get much better than that. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good shaver…

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    Jofus
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    I use an Arc 3 shaver and made a jump to the Arc 5 for my son who has a heavy beard. So far, the Arc 5 seems to outperform the Arc 3. We tried other shavers in the $50 - $100 range and didn’t have much luck. The particular shavers we bought either failed or just weren’t up to the task. The Arc 5 seems to be well-built and convenient to clean. The last shaver we tried came with an optional soap vessel that you submerged the shaver in while charging it…too much counter space lost on that deal. The Arc 5 is a wet/dry shaver that you simply hold under running water to clean…very handy. I might invest in another one if my Arc 3 ever gives out.

    I would recommend this to a friend