Panasonic Arc 5 Replacement Foil and Blades: Which Ones Will Fit?

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Panasonic Arc 5 Replacement Foil and Blades: Which Ones Will Fit?

The Arc 5 represents Panasonic’s high-end range of electric shavers.

Ever since their introduction back in 2009, the defining characteristic of the Arc 5 series was the massive shaving head that featured 5 individual cutting elements.

Currently at the third generation, a lot has changed in the design and material choice of the Arc 5 shavers.

However, the foils and blades used by the various Arc 5 models have mostly undergone incremental changes.

And this can make things a bit difficult when it’s time to replace them with new ones.

Moreover, there’s a lot of cross-generation compatibility when it comes to Arc 5 replacement foils and blades and this was never explicitly documented.

As a result, some newer foils and blades are actually compatible with older Arc 5 models and vice-versa.

This article will address all of that and show precisely which foils and blades will fit your particular Panasonic Arc 5 model.

Which foils and blades should you buy for your Arc 5?

Before getting started, it’s important to note that all Panasonic Arc 5 razors have two (removable) inner blades, while the remaining three are integrated into the foil block itself.

Removable inner blades (left) and integrated blades (right).

The two removable inner blades (left) and the three integrated blades (right).

So throughout this guide, whenever I mention the word “blades”, I am only referring to the pair of removable inner blades.

IMPORTANT: These two inner blades are exactly the same among all Panasonic Arc 5 models. The part number of these blades is WES9170 / WES9170P. Only the outer foil can be different depending on the Arc 5 model.

So every Arc 5 foil and blades set out there actually contains the same two inner blades, namely the WES9170P (sometimes the P is left out of the name, but it’s the exact same part).

As a side note, you have the option to buy the inner blades and outer foil either separately or as a set (a set is usually more advantageous in terms of costs).

With that out of the way, let’s see which foils and blades will fit every Panasonic Arc 5 generation.

We’ll first check out the ones that originally came with the shaver (and are officially recommended by the manufacturer) and then other compatible parts, which can be either newer or older than the ones that came with your shaver.

1. First and second-generation Arc 5 shavers (ES-LV61-A, ES-LV81-K, ES-LV65-S, ES-LV95-S, ES-LV67-K, ES-LV97-K etc.)

A second generation Panasonic Arc 5 (ES-LV65-S)

Original Foils & Blades

First & second gen Panasonic Arc 5 foil & blades
Part typePart noBuy
BladesWES9170 (ES9170, WES9170P)
FoilWES9173P (ES9173, WES9173Y)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades SetWES9032P (WES9032Y, ES9032)Buy on Amazon

As you can see, the second generation Arc 5 shavers (ES-LV65-S, ES-LV95-S) come equipped with exactly the same foils and blades as the original, first-generation models (ES-LV61-A, ES-LV81-K).

In 2019 Panasonic introduced a couple of supposedly new models, the ES-LV67 and ES-LV97. However, they’re basically a second generation Arc 5 with a new design, but the same foil and blades.

The ES-LV67 is fitted with the same foil and blades as the ES-LV65 and the other older Arc 5 models.

The new ES-LV67 is fitted with the same foil and blades as the ES-LV65 and the other older Arc 5 models.

So if you have a first or second-generation Panasonic Arc 5, those are the part numbers of the original foil and blades.

Compatible Foils & Blades

Third generation Arc 5 foil and blades
Part typePart noBuy
Blades (all revisions)WES9170 (ES9170, WES9170P)
Foil (rev A and B)WES9175
Foil (rev C and D)WES9177 (WES9177Y, ES9177)
Foil (rev E and F)ES9179
Foil & Blades Set (rev A and B)WES9034P (ES9034)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades Set (rev C and D)WES9036 (WES9036Y, ES9036)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades Set (rev E and F)ES9038

If for some reason the original foils and blades are not available or you simply want to give your older Arc 5 an upgrade, you can opt for some newer parts.

Precisely, we’re talking about the latest (third generation) Panasonic Arc 5 models. They come with revised outer foils that will fit older models and likely provide a more comfortable shave compared to the original foils.

The third generation Arc 5 (launched in 2015) uses three foil models (with different part numbers). As we saw earlier, the inner blades are the same throughout all generations.

Why three foil models? Well, there are 6 revisions of the third generation as of 2020: A, B, C, D, E, and F (I wrote a detailed article about the third generation revisions C and D here).

A and B come with one foil type, while the C and D revisions use a new, slightly revised foil (the differences between them are marginal, so you can opt for either of them).

Finally, the Arc 5 revision E and the latest revision F also come with a slightly updated foil that has a different part number. Again, the differences appear to be minor.

The defining characteristic of all these new, third-generation outer foils is the presence of two rollers that supposedly make them glide smoother over the skin.

The Arc 5 generation 3 outer foil with the two golden rollers.

The Arc 5 generation 3 outer foil with the two golden rollers.

Is it worth the upgrade to the newer foils? Well, if you can get them for not a whole lot more, I think so.

I’ve used them alongside the old ones and while I found the closeness to be pretty much the same, the new foils (with the two golden rollers) are more comfortable.

Side note: You’ll sometimes find the foil, blades or set listed without the W in the model name. For example, ES9036 instead of WES9036. Don’t mind it, it’s the same part.

2. Third generation Arc 5 shavers

A third generation Arc 5 shaver (ES-CV51)

Original Foils & Blades

Third generation Arc 5 foil and blades
Part typePart noBuy
Blades (all revisions)WES9170 (ES9170, WES9170P)
Foil (rev A and B)WES9175
Foil (rev C and D)WES9177 (WES9177Y, ES9177)
Foil (rev E and F)ES9179
Foil & Blades Set (rev A and B)WES9034P (ES9034)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades Set (rev C and D)WES9036 (WES9036Y, ES9036)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades Set (rev E and F)ES9038

As mentioned previously, the Panasonic Arc 5 generation 3 shavers (revision A), with models like the ES-LV9N/ES-LV9A, ES-LV6N/ES-LV6A, have been revised four times since their launch.

As a result, we also have an Arc 5 revision B (ES-LV9B, ES-LV6B), a revision C (ES-LV9CX, ES-LV9C, ES-LV9Q, ES-LV6Q, ES-CV51, etc.), a revision D (ES-LV9DX, ES-LV9D, etc.), a revision E (ES-LV9EX, ES-LV9E, etc.) and a revision F (ES-LV9FX, ES-LV9F, etc.).

We also know that revisions A and B come with the same foil part number, while the C and D models come with updated foils (supposedly using an improved middle trimmer for better catching longer hairs).

The revisions E and F also have a different foil compared to the C and D models, at least in the sense that it has a different part number.

In reality, all generation 3 foils are extremely similar and you probably won’t notice any significant difference during use.

Again, the pair of inner blades is the same WES9170 (WES9170P).

Compatible foils and blades

First & second gen Panasonic Arc 5 foil & blades
Part typePart noBuy
BladesWES9170 (ES9170, WES9170P)
FoilWES9173P (ES9173, WES9173Y)Buy on Amazon
Foil & Blades SetWES9032P (WES9032Y, ES9032)Buy on Amazon

The new foil and foil & blades set of the third generation Arc 5 can be a bit difficult to find and in some regions, they may not be available yet.

Also, they can be pretty pricey, at least right now.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, you do have the option of getting the older generation foil (used by the first and second gen Arc 5).

It won’t be a major downgrade since the first and second generation foils were really good, even though they are not quite as comfortable as the new ones.

Final word on choosing the right Arc 5 foil and blades

I think it’s important for current and future Panasonic Arc 5 owners to know that they have quite a few options and flexibility when it comes to buying replacement foils and blades.

For example, even if older shaver models like ES-LV65-S get discontinued and the (official) replacement parts are phased out as well, these shavers can still be valid options since you can use the newer foils and blades.

Hopefully this post managed to clear up some of the confusion caused by the lack of information regarding this topic, namely the cross-compatibility of various Arc 5 replacement parts.

If you have any other questions, make sure to post them in the comments below.

Disclaimer: shavercheck.com and the author of this post are not responsible for any damage caused to your device. Always follow the instructions in your shaver’s user manual.

113 comments on “Panasonic Arc 5 Replacement Foil and Blades: Which Ones Will Fit?

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  1. Steve

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I’ve been using my ES-LV65-S for about four months. A couple of months ago, I bought the newest ES9036 blades. My experience was different from yours. I did not like the newer blades, and returned them after a few days.

    The comfort rollers seemed to prevent full contact of the blades with my skin, and caused a different and, to me, confusing sensation of what was going on as I was shaving. With the original blades I clearly feel what is going on, and am able to easily exert the right amount of pressure.

    Perhaps I should have tried the blades for a longer period to see whether I could get used to them.

    In any case, I get almost no irritation from the original blades with daily dry shaving.

    Thanks again for your web site, which was instrumental in steering me to the ES-LV65-S, which shaves much closer, with much less irritation, and faster than the Norelcos I used for decades.

    Thanks also for your material on oiling blades. There is no mention of this in the US manual, and no oil was included.

    Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your feedback on this, that’s actually very interesting. I clearly noticed the presence of the bars as well and at first it did feel a bit odd, however in my case this didn’t seem to bother me. I still find them a bit more comfortable than the older foil, but I wouldn’t necessarily attribute this entirely to the rollers. The three integrated blades and their corresponding foils may be tweaked a bit as well.

      I’m glad to hear the ES-LV65-S is still working great for you.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  2. Aleks Klovich

    Thank you for this information. Very useful. It´s good to know that the previous generations of Panasonic Arc 5 shavers can use the newest blades without issues.

    My question would be; Is it worth getting the ES-LV65 model or should I wait for new generation and see if the upgrade is gonna be significant?

    Thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Aleks,

      Thank you for your comment. In my opinion, given the current prices, availability and overall performance difference between the two generations, the ES-LV65-S would be the one to buy right now.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  3. Randy

    Thanks for the informative article, but I was hoping you’d address the difference between the ES-LV61 and ES-LV61-A. I’m looking for the foil/blade set for the former model.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Randy,

      Thank you for your comment. Both are really the same, the ES-LV61 is just the more generic model name, while the ES-LV61-A is the blue variation. That last letter is often left out as it’s not really relevant.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  4. Elton

    Hi Ovidiu,

    you speak about backward compatibility but I didn’t understand if there is also a forward compatibility.
    Let’s say I want to use the Foil & Blades Set WES9032P in the razor LV9Q. Would it be possibile?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Elton,

      Yes, that would be possible. I actually addressed this issue in the article as well (the compatible foils & blades section for the third generation Arc 5).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  5. Jack Hart

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I must say that this is one of the most detailed and well written analysis I’ve ever read! I just ordered a ES-LV65-S to replace my 5 year old ES-LV81. I’ve been using Panasonic’s fine shavers for a decade after using Brauns for several years. I have a few questions. First, I’ve never used any oil on ANY of my electric shavers; what’s your recommendation? Do you generally replace the foils and blades at the same time and also, how often? After reading this, It’s my understanding that you opted for the ES9036 set for your shaver; is that correct? Thanks again for all of your hard work and help!

    Regards,

    Jack

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jack,

      Many thanks for your comment, glad you found the article useful.

      I clean my shavers most of the time using water and soap, so I pretty much have to use either a light oil (fine machine oil, clipper oil, etc.) or a spray lubricant (my favorite is Remington Shaver Saver). This makes a noticeable difference to the performance of my Panasonic shavers — the foils remain significantly cooler, the shave is closer and more comfortable and I’m pretty sure that the foils and blades will last longer as well. Soap removes pretty much any form of lubrication, so if you don’t use soap you could get away with not lubricating the blades (or doing it less often). But it is highly recommended that at least from time to time to apply a drop of oil on the outside of each foil. I wrote a detailed guide on that as well if you want to check it out.

      I prefer to change both the blades and the foils even when some of them seem to be in better shape. Pairing a worn foil with new blades won’t get the best out of the blades and some micro-warping of the foils may actually increase the wear of the new blades.

      As for how often I change them, I really couldn’t say since I have literally dozens of electric shavers and I rotate them heavily. It’s almost impossible to keep track of all the parts, so I stopped doing it altogether. The ES9036 set that appears in this post originally came from a revision C Arc 5, but I’ve tried it on my ES-LV65-S and works perfectly. So you can certainly get it in the future for your Panny.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  6. Max

    Hi guys,
    Rather stupid questions, but how do you remove inner blades on ES-CV65-S? Do you just pull them up?

    Thank you,
    Max

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Max,

      Don’t worry, that’s not a stupid question at all. You basically grab the blade by the plastic ends between your thumb and index finger and simply pull it straight. Sometimes they’re a little stubborn and takes a bit of work to get them out, so just take your time and make sure your fingers aren’t wet or slippery. Also, always hold the blades by the plastic extremities between your thumb and index finger when you’re putting them back as they’re quite sharp and you can actually cut yourself.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Steve

    My panasonic shaver es lv 81 has been loosing its battery drain after 60% (3 1/2 years old). Therefore I am considering purchasing the es-lv 97. If I purchase the es lv 67 can I use my older charging and cleaning system that I used for my es lv 81 shaver?
    Thanks, Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      Unfortunately no, your existing cleaning station will not work with the ES-LV97.

      –Ovidiu

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    2. Rob

      Hi Steve,

      You can unassemble the shaver and change the battery. I believe WESLV9ZL2508 will fit your shaver. Ovidiu Nicolae, please correct me if I am wrong.

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      1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

        Hi Rob,

        Thank you for your comment. You are correct, the WESLV9ZL2508 should fit just fine. I think the WES8163L2505 and WESLV95L2508 were the older battery that originally came with the shaver and are probably discontinued.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

        Reply
  8. Ralph

    Hey Ovidiu,
    I received my Panasonic ES-LV61-A Arc5 on Christmas Day 2015 and it’s still going strong. While looking for replacement foil and blades I came across your site. I just ordered the Panasonic Replacement Blade Set for 5-blade ES9036 (Compatible ES9034 ES9032) from Amazon.
    Thanks for the tip!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ralph,

      No problem, glad you found it useful. Hope you’ll enjoy shaving with the new set!

      –Ovidiu

      Reply
  9. Vivien

    Hi,

    I am considering to buy a new Panasonic shaver for a replacement of ES-LV61 which take to much time to shave eve after blade/foil and battery switch.

    So I am wondering what is the difference between the ES-LV9EX and LV9E ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vivien,

      The LV9EX has a brushed aluminum body, while the LV9E is made out of plastic. Also, the LV9EX comes with a leather case and features a smart lock function (it unlocks automatically when you hold it in your hand). The LV9E only comes with a soft faux leather pouch. Performance-wise, they are absolutely identical.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Vivien

        Hi Nicolae,

        Thank you very much for these precisions. There is quiet a price difference between these 2 versions (around 70-80 €) that’s a bit to much for such few changes.

        I think I’ll go with the regular “E” version on Rakuten Japan as it’s not pricier than the Q version we have in Europe.

        Thanks !

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  10. Min

    Hi Ovidiu,

    Thanks for this article!

    Quick question.. I’m considering buying a gen 2 model (ES-LV97-K) with the cleaning station.

    Do you happen to know if I’ll still be able to use the station if I upgrade the foils to that of a Gen 3? I’ve read in a previous article that it might not fit.

    Thanks,

    Min

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Min,

      Yes, you’ll still be able to use the station. I replied here with more details as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  11. Brad Balduff

    Thanks for a very informative article. You talked quite a bit about backward compatibility, but can I use the 3rd generation foil / blade set with my Panasonic ES-LV81? Would there be any benefit, What blade and foil would you recommend.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Brad,

      Thank you for your comment. As mentioned in the article, you can use the third generation foils/blades on your LV81. The main benefit, at least in my experience, was a smoother and more comfortable shave and the foils also remained cooler. I didn’t notice any improvements to the closeness which was already excellent, to be honest. You can get the WES9034P or the WES9036 set (whichever you can find at a better price).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  12. Edwin

    Hi Ovidiu,
    Thanks for your informative article on blades and foils.
    On my ES-LV65 I have a problem with the removable piece the foils fit into.
    The chrome plating is coming off due to corrosion which leaves a sharp edge in contact with my skin.
    Any advice on where to buy a replacement part?
    Regards
    Edwin

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Edwin,

      You are very welcome, glad you found it useful.

      The part number of the foil frame is WESELV8S0047. You can find it online on various websites like eBay or Encompass.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Edwin

        Thanks for the part number Ovidiu. I’ve found several suppliers online and will order it tomorrow.
        Regards
        Edwin

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      That’s almost impossible with this type of blades. You can shapen rotary blades and get decent results, but in the case of foils shavers, you’ll have to buy new ones.

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  13. Paul Bennetts

    I have installed the new ES9038 foil and blades in my ES-LV9DX-S razor and it fits perfectly even though it states it is for the Rev. EX. So it is backwards compatible at least one alphabetic iteration.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for info, Paul, much appreciated. It will also fit the older generations as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  14. David

    Love my Panasonic razor. Much better shave than my two previous razors (both Braun). It’s time to replace the foil and blades, but I have no idea which generation I’m using. The booklet says it’s a Model No. ES-LV65 and the part is WES9032. Any help on identifying the generation and where I can locate the replacement foil/blae combo? Thanks!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi David,

      Your ES-LV65 is a generation 2 Arc 5 shaver, so the required foil & blade set is indeed the WES9032 (sometimes listed as ES9032, WES9032P or WES9032Y). They all refer to the same part. You can also use a newer foil and blade set, you can find the part numbers in the Compatible Foils & Blades table in the article. Amazon usually carries these sets.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  15. Robert Williams

    Please Help
    Man, shaving should not be such a chore. Isn’t the shave itself work enough and not I have to research what shaver foil or blades for what shaver and on top of it what generation.
    I bough the Panasonic ES-LV9N 5-Blade generation who the hell knows, because I found it on super sale. Now I find the replacement blades will cost me more than I think I should be spending on shaving.
    I still don’t know what are the lowest compatible part I can get for this damn thing or what is the high end parts I could get should I decided to cash in my stock options.
    Please

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Robert,

      The most reasonably priced compatible set for your shaver is usually the WES9032P. The newer parts are most of the time more expensive (WES9034P, WES9036). Your shaver originally came with the WES9034P foil & blades set. When it’s time to replace them, just get the cheaper one you can find out of these 3 options. The differences between them in terms of performance are really not that noticeable.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  16. Valentin Cudric

    Salut Ovidiu,

    Many thanks for your well documented advice on all matters regarding electric shavers. Following your research, I did buy the Panasonic ES LV65 back in 2018. I did change the foil and blades in 2019 with the same type, but now, after taking your advice, I bought the updated WES9036 spares. Will replace them this coming weekend.

    Well done on this really professional website – definitely the no.1 in terms of useful advice offered.
    Toate cele bune,
    Valentin

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Valentin, much appreciated. Glad you found the information useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  17. Giovanni

    Hi Ovidiu
    Great website and reviews, Thanks.
    I own a Lv-65, 15 months life.
    I think now it is time to replace the head.
    But not sure. Does the shaver notify when head must be replaced?
    If yes, i world like to upgrade to last model head, WES9036, to improve the performance.
    Any website do you recommend?
    On eBay i have found it for 60€, seems a little bit expensive.
    Any advise?
    Thanks
    Regards
    Giovanni

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Giovanni,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated.

      The LV65 does actually have a reminder, but you shouldn’t rely (entirely) on it. It should show up when the shaver estimates that you have been using it for 12 months, but it’s really up to you to decide the moment. If the shaver doesn’t seem to cut as well anymore, it takes a lot of time to complete a shave, the closeness suffers or the foils get really hot, then you should probably replace the foil + inner blades.

      I personally get all my parts from Amazon and never had any issues. The price tends to vary, so I would keep an eye on the set for a while. You could also get the parts directly from Panasonic, but you’ll have to check it with your local Panasonic importer.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  18. Giovanni

    Hi Ovidiu
    In order to upgrade LV65-S head with new one do you suggest Wes9036y or 9038 or 9034?
    I have found wes9036y Around 60€ but would like to be sure it will fit with my shaver and will be the best head in the market right now between different available models
    Thanks
    Regards
    Giovanni

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Giovanni,

      In my opinion the differences between all those revisions are pretty minor, especially between 9036 and 9038. So I would go with the 9036 set, it’s probably also easier to get and costs less than the 9038. It will definitely fit your shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Giovanni

        Thanks Ovidiu
        Appreciated
        Probably my shaver has not reminded me yet because i shave myself any other day.
        Not every day;)
        Anyway performance are decreasing afferma 15 months and foils are becoming hot…
        I will follow your advise: wes9036 to test the new head.
        I have found full set on eBay: 60€.
        But not available on Amazon.
        Thanks!!

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  19. Rob

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I have two ES-LV-61A shavers. I ordered replacement blades and screens for both of these shavers and Amazon sent me two of the WES 9034P blades and screens (with the gold bars). Will these work on my ES-LV-61A shavers – and will I still get the same close shave or better? Thank you so much!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Rob,

      Yes, the WES9034P set will fit your shavers. Regarding the closeness, as I mentioned in the article, I find it to be pretty much the same compared to the foils without the bars. However, given that these are new parts with zero wear, you will likely get a closer shave compared to the older foils & blades.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Rob

        Thanks Ovidiu! Great website by the way!

        One last question, I ordered WES9036P but they sent me WES9034P. I have read by some that WES9036P is better in some reviews, and other reviews who say there is no difference between the two. What do you say?

        Thanks again!
        Rob

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Rob. WES9036P is supposed to be marginally better — in my experience the differences are negligible and most users won’t even be able to notice them.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  20. Sue

    Hi, thanks for your article it’s a very comprehensive report. I’m looking for my father who is 95 and I know nothing about shavers, but he needs a replacement set of blades for his Panasonic ESLV95. Which set would you recommend that will fit his shaver. Thank you in advance.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Sue,

      You are very welcome, glad you found it useful. As mentioned in the article, you should get the WES9032P set for the ES-LV95. Other newer sets will fit it as well, but those are usually more expensive and will not bring significant improvements (to me they seem to be a bit more comfortable).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  21. Jose

    Hello Ovidiu.

    Thank you for your very informative shaver website. Great information.

    I have the ES-LV9N-S shaver. It seems the inner blades (WES9170/WES9170P) are out of stock at this point in time.

    Will the ES9170 inner blades work? If not, can you suggest an alternative inner blade part number. Cheaper is better.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Jose,

      Thank you, glad you found the site useful. It should work just fine, if I recall correctly that’s simply the name of the part for the Japanese market.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  22. Bernard Reeves

    Hello, Thanks the comprehensive information.
    Is it possible to get a replacement head cover for the es lv65 ?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Bernard,

      Yes it is, the part number for the head cover is WESLV94X7158. Doing a google search for that will present you with quite a few options to buy it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  23. Josh

    Again wonderfully detailed… wank and shill free info. I’ve used your site for the last few shavers I’ve bought (series 7 then arc 5 for closer). Now I find myself needing blades for my arc 5. Do to the relatively high cost $62 for new blades vs my used $42 eBay arc5 I wanted to make sure it was still the top of the line in closeness and there wasn’t some other used razor I should shoot for, or even a better rendition of the arc5. Seems to be just that. Thanks to your website I found out that I can try the new blade rendition, so I can feel like I’m getting something for my money. I hope you’re using affiliate links, because you deserve something for your efforts.

    Really love how you break down small iteration changes between generations. Keep up the good work.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for your comment and support, Josh. Glad you found the website useful!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  24. Kris

    Thank you for this, it helped me a lot. I bought WES9034 as a replacement for over 1-year-old original WES9036, time will tell if the replacement is as good as the original. I like the golden rollers, they are comfortable for me. I’m also surprised that they are going strong after a year.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Kris. Glad you found the post useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  25. Russ

    Hello,
    Great website! Can I use a WES9170 blade/foil set instead of a WES9032P? The WES9170 is much cheaper

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hello Russ

      WES9170 is the part number of just the two inner blades, it is not a set. The WES9032P is actually the set comprised of both the inner blades and the foils, hence the higher price.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  26. Doug

    Thanks for your detailed information.
    After owning several electric shavers, my experience has been that the replacement blades never cut as close or last as long as the original blades that come with the new shaver. I would love to see someone like Consumer Reports do a study to see if this is true. In the meantime, I’ll continue to purchase replacement blades and hope for the best. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Doug. This is a tricky one to put to the test. The quality of the replacement blades can vary among different manufacturers (the parts are sometimes outsourced, the quality control can vary as well); it is a very heated topic with mixed experiences among different users.

      The only thing you can do is to make sure you’re buying genuine replacement parts from a reputable vendor.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  27. Mitchell Brin

    I have the LV65 with no “S”. I could not see what options I have above. My main problem is the hairs on my neck, which grow a little longer and then seem to evade the shaver. Can you tell me what options I have for my current shaver?

    Also, should I get a “neck shaver”…or some other shaver that would, with one or 2 passes, cut these neck hairs and then do my usual shave? It seems that if I go a few days without a shave, then I need to use the trimmer for the next and then try the shave again. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The S in ES-LV65-S only stands for Silver, so it’s really the same model, regardless how you refer to it. You can safely use the foils & blades recommended in the article for the ES-LV65-S.

      Panasonic shavers in general don’t fare too well with longer and flat hairs. To get around this, you can either try to shave more often, use the pop-up trimmer to cut the stubborn hairs, or, as you’ve mentioned, buy a second tool just for this. Using a pre-shave lotion can help as well (more details here).

      Some electric shavers (both foil and rotary) are better with these hairs, but I don’t think it’s worth getting one just for this. The ones that are really good (Braun Series 7/9, Philips S9000 Prestige) are also very expensive, so I would try the aforementioned tweaks.

      If you still want to go this route I would check out the Philips OneBlade as it’s cheap and should be suitable for pre-trimming those difficult hairs (it’s not designed to cut them really close to the skin, so you’ll have to follow-up with your Panasonic).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  28. Chip Qiu

    Thanks for information. Very helpful.
    I bought a Panasonic shaver, ES-CLV56, from Japan in 2015. It had been worked quite well until recently. It won’t shave as clean as before. I believe the foil and blade need to be replaced. The original blade is ES9170 and foil is ES9173. On Amazon, I found ES9170 and WES9173P. 1. Can these two replace the original one I have? 2. These two items are sold on Amazon separately, so quite pricy. There is a set, WES9032P, also available at much lower price. Can it replace my original one? Thanks for your thought.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Chip,

      Thank you for your comment.

      1. Yes, they will fit perfectly. They’re really the same parts as the ones listed for your shaver.
      2. Also yes, the WES9032P set actually contains the same blades and outer foils sold separately. Buying the set is usually a lot more convenient.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  29. Mark

    Hi, thank you for your article. I own an ES-LV6N and in Europe it is now impossible to find WES9034 (foil + blades) and even WES9175 (outer foil) is hard to find. Panasonic customer service has been totally uncooperative to find a solution. Could you please recommend an alternative? Y get lost with all the different model names. I find it shameful that Panasonic would leave customers in such a situation. Thank you so much in advance.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mark,

      You have a few options available, precisely the newer WES9036 (sometimes listed as WES9036Y or ES9036) and ES9038 foil+blades sets. Alternatively, you could also get the older WES9032P set used on the first and second generation Arc 5. They lack the two gold rollers, but are still really good parts and usually cheaper.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  30. Jean Landa

    Thank you for this terrific website. Two questions for you:
    1) I have a ESLV65 shaver, about 3 years old. I want to replace the foil and blade with WES9036 parts, which I understand you to recommend. Given that the cost of these is around 40-50% of teh cost of a new shaver, do you think it is worth it to replace the foil and blades, or should I just go ahead and buy a new ESLV65? What I am worried about is the battery on my shaver. It seems fine now, but how much life might be left in it? Do these batteries typically last 4-5 years? I generally shave every day..
    2) Is there a Panasonic razor that shaves as well as the ESLV 65 with a different handle? My previous shaver was a Panasonic ESLA63, which I found more comfortable to hold, though it may not have shaved quite as close as the ESLV65.
    Any suggestions you can give would be much appreciated. Thank you. regards, jean l

    ps I note that one of your correspondents was unhappy with the rollers on the WES9036 foil. Is this an uncommon complaint in your experience?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jean,

      Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated.

      1) Considering the price you’ll be paying on a new shaver and on a new set and that your current ES-LV65 is 3 years old, you may as well buy the new shaver. Panasonic says that the battery should last for 3 years and even though in practice they do last longer than that, anything on top of the 3 to 4 years after daily use is just a bonus.

      2) Well, there are the newer Arc 5 models like the ES-LV67, ES-LV6Q and so on which do have a different design, but I don’t know if you would actually like the handle better. I also own the ES-LA63 and its handle is slimmer and more sculpted, but I’m personally not bothered with the ES-LV65.

      As for the rollers, it’s really just personal preference, but I think most users won’t have any trouble with them. Some do not like the newer foils as they feel the rollers get in the way of getting a really close shave.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Jean Landa

        HI Ovidiu. Thanks very much for your reply. Very helpful. I forgot to ask:

        Is the battery on the ES-LV65 replaceable? and if so, is it cost effective to do so??
        Thank again for your website, certainly the best shaver website I have seen on the internet. Regards jl

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          No problem, glad I could be of help. It is not officially user-replaceable, but there are quite a few who have successfully swapped it. You can even find a few tutorials on YouTube. But do keep in mind that the waterproofing of the shaver will likely be compromised once you open it, so you’ll have to keep that in mind when cleaning it.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  31. Flemming Knudsen

    Hi
    I have replaced the battery in my ES-LV61 using a tutorial on Youtube. Quite easy.
    Don’t worry about waterproofing as long as you just clean the shaver head with running water, but I wouldn’t use the shaver in the shower.
    Sincerely
    Flemming

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Flemming,

      Many thanks for your comment. That would indeed be the main concern — cleaning the razor with water. I would also avoid storing it in a room with high humidity, steam, and so on like the bathroom.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      They’re really the same shavers — the S only stands for Silver, so LV65 is just a shorthand way of referring to it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  32. Giovanni Montagna

    Hi Ovidiu
    In order to upgrade LV65-S head with new one, I have found wes9036y and wes9034y at same price (60€):I understood both will fit with my shaver.
    Are both of them exactly the same in erms of performance?
    Do you recommend 36 or 34?
    Another option would be looking around for the newer version wes9038y
    Thanks for your help
    Regards
    Giovanni

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Giovanni,

      the WES9036Y is the newer foil and it uses a revised central trimmer; its benefits over the WES9034 seem to be minor, but since you can get them both at the same price, then you may as well buy the newer one. I personally wouldn’t bother getting the latest ES9038. Officially, that middle trimmer has been renamed, but they don’t mention the actual differences and it looks extremely similar to the WES9036Y.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Giovanni

        Thanks Ovidiu
        I will buy wes9036y
        I will let you know my impressions
        I am also evaluating to try Braun series 9 9385 (discounted at 289€), instead of spending 60€ for new panasonic foils/blades, since the braun cleaning station seems very good and series 9 less aggressive than panasonic for sensitive skin.
        My panasonic is 2 years old shaver.
        What do you think comparing series 9 with panasonic? Is it really an upgrade/worth the money 200€ difference?

        Reply
        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome. The Series 9 is a better option if you need a practical cleaning station and if you’re getting some skin irritation/razor burn from the Arc 5. Otherwise, it would probably be best to stick to your current shaver if you’re happy with the results and it’s still in good shape.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Giovanni Montagna

            Hi Ovidiu, I have bought wes9036y replacement for my LV-65.
            I confirm you 100% fit. It is really a major upgrade in my opinion, as you described. It is more gentle on the skin and the 2 gold bars are really useful. My razor is now brand new, spending 1/4 comparing a switch to braun series 9. Thanks for the advice!

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Hi Giovanni,

            You are very welcome. That’s great, I’m glad you’re happy with your upgraded LV65.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  33. Kulvinder Bhogal

    How easy is it to change the blades? Is there a correct way to do this? I have to say that it isn’t the most elegant solution.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      It’s very easy, actually. The inner blades must be grabbed by the plastic ends and pulled straight off the head. The new ones must be inserted in their place (also holding them by the extremities). The foil has two tabs that must be squeezed in order to remove it from the frame. Your shaver’s user manual shows these operations in greater detail.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  34. O. K. Upchurch III

    I just purchased the ES-LV95 S…..I am confused about the foil combinations….so here is my question: can I use the new “gold” foils on the ES-LV 95 S shaver?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Yes, you can use the new foils with the gold rollers on the ES-LV95.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Jonathan,

          Unfortunately, you cannot use the ES-LV65 with a cleaning station as the shaver lacks the three contact pins on the back used for charging and for communicating with the station. Only the ES-LV95 has them.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  35. Navid Mansourian

    I have the ES-LV9N-S – on Panasonic’s website it says I have to use the WES9034P replacement foil. Do the WES9032P and WES9036 also work with this shaver? The 9034P seems out of stock and is almost double the price of the 9032P and 9036. Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      That is correct, both the WES9032P and WES9036 will fit your shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  36. L. FERNANDO LIMA

    Hi Ovidiu,

    Great service to users of Panasonic, congrats!
    My situation is as follows: I have a model ES-CLV9D, bought in Japan. I’m looking for replacement parts that equals to the Japanese ones (ES9177 and ES9170). I’d like just to be sure what are the best compatible replacements I can get without having to go back to – or buy directly from – Japan. If possible in a bundle. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. Your shaver came with the WES9036 foil and blades set, also found under the WES9036Y and ES9036 names. You can buy them separately as well (the part numbers you listed above), but it’s usually a better deal when you get the set.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  37. Michael Cryer

    Please can you tell me if the PANASONIC ES LV 9Q is still available in the UK & whether it is worth paying the considerably higher price. So far I have found it very difficult to locate this model.
    Many thanks

    Michael.

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Michael,

      It is still being sold by several UK stores, including Amazon. However, I would actually get the ES-LV97 for significantly less money. It’s pretty much identical performance-wise, even though it comes with the older outer foil (no comfort rollers). But as I said in the article, you can actually upgrade them with the newer ones later on.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  38. Geoff

    Really appreciate this information! I ordered the ES9036 set imported from Japan via your Amazon link for my trusty ES-LV65S (got almost two years out of the original set). The new set has the brass rollers, and they are a noticeable improvement vs the plastic glides on the original.

    First thing that jumped out was how much quieter the new set is. I swapped back and measured both with the decibel meter in my Apple Watch. Old set was 75 dB at 18″. New improved set is 65 dB. The quietness of the new cutter set is remarkable.

    The new set shaves as nice as, and perhaps even better, than the original. My originals were getting near end of life as my face was feeling a bit raw after shaving, so I was starting to shave every other day. The new set doesn’t give me that feeling at all.

    Thanks again!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for your comment and support, Geoff — glad you found the post useful and you’re enjoying your upgraded Arc 5. Judging by that difference in noise, the old set was definitely in need of replacement. After years of constant use some parts become loose, the metal gets warped and the blades dull. Since the blades fit so snugly inside the foils and oscillate at a very high rate, it’s not uncommon for the shaver to get noisy or vibrate more than usual.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  39. Chris

    Excellent article. Regarding the lubrication, Panasonic says its cleaning fluid(if you have the cleaning station with the LV-95s) lubricates and cleans. Do you think this fluid does a sufficient job or should I still use an oil or spray?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you Chris. Yes, if you use the station on a regular basis, you shouldn’t need to oil the blades in addition to that. It will not hurt, but it won’t be necessary.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

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