Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6: World’s First 6 Blade Electric Shaver

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Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6: World’s First 6 Blade Electric Shaver

The rumor mill has been suggesting for quite some time that Panasonic will eventually add yet another blade to their already impressive shavers in the Arc 5 lineup.

And after years of relatively minor revisions, most of them released exclusively on the Japanese market, we finally have the official confirmation: the new Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6 will come with a 6-blade shaving head.

The announcement was made in April 2021 and there’s quite an extensive presentation page on Panasonic Japan.

There’s a lot to take in, so in this article I will share my opinion on this new generation of shavers and only focus on the things that really matter for us, the end-users.

However, it will be more like a first impressions post as I will have to buy and properly test the new Arc 6 before I can draw a proper conclusion.

So let’s get right to it.

Top 4 features that could be game-changers

Since the Panasonic Arc 6 will be their new flagship shaver, it will obviously be packed to the brim with the latest technologies and features.

Beard density sensors, fancy smart locking system, complex LED displays, fast linear-drive motors, etc. are all there and I won’t get too hung up on those.

I will be covering them in great detail once I get my hands on the shaver, but for now, I will only address 4 aspects that I consider to be particularly important and relevant.

1. A 6 blade shaving head: Revolutionary or overkill?

The highlight of the new Panasonic Arc/Lamdash 6 is of course THAT shaving head with 6 active cutting elements.

There are no gotchas here like Braun tried to do with their 4 blade Series 9, counting a metal bar as a fifth cutting element.

We truly have 6: 4 foil cutters and 2 trimmer-like cutters.

The 6 individual cutters of the Panasonic Lamdash 6.

Image credit: panasonic.jp

Right in the middle of the shaving unit, there’s now a single so-called comfort roller. The previous generation had 2 such rollers, but with the addition of the 6th blade, they probably didn’t have enough room to squeeze in a second one.

The single comfort roller of the Panasonic Lamdash 6.

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The purpose of it is to make the shaving head glide easier on the skin, and it makes sense since the total surface of the cutting elements that come in contact with the skin is huge, so the friction will be significant.

The previous implementation with two rollers worked great, so we shall see how effective this one will be.

The shaving head of the previous generation with 5 blades and 2 comfort rollers.

The shaving head of the previous generation with 5 blades and 2 comfort rollers.

Getting back to that whooping number of blades, one can’t help but wonder if it was really necessary.

After all, we know that even 3 blades can be good enough if they’re done right. The Braun Series 7 for example is one of the most successful shavers of all time and it still holds its ground in 2021 against other razors with more blades.

In my opinion, adding yet another blade is undoubtedly a marketing decision, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work well.

They could have probably gotten the same performance with only 5 blades, but that wouldn’t have made the new shavers stand out from the countless Arc 5 revisions of the previous years.

That said, there are some rather significant drawbacks that come with a very complex shaving head like this one.

First of all, the sheer size of the head is something you’ll need to get used to. Secondly, the replacement foils and blades will probably be very expensive in typical Panasonic fashion.

And considering that the current replacement parts for the Arc 5 aren’t exactly cheap, you can expect to shell out some serious money for the 6 blade heads.

2. Completely redesigned cutters for capturing long hairs

While the foil elements of the Arc 6 are nothing new — two finishing foils cut short hairs at skin level and the other two supposedly lift and cut short flat-lying hairs — the true novelty is represented by the new slit trimmers.

Cutting long hairs, especially if they grow in different directions or stay flat on the skin, was always the Achilles heel of Panasonic shavers.

The engineers were definitely aware of that and with the Lamdash 6, they finally made something about it.

Precisely, we have not one, but two slit trimmers designed specifically with that in mind.

The two new cutting elements (2 and 5) that capture and trim longer facial hair.

The two new cutting elements (2 and 5) that capture and trim longer facial hair. Image credit: panasonic.jp

They have a distinct gold color as a result of a Titanium Nitride coating, similar to what Braun did with the second generation of the Series 9 line.

Panasonic explicitly mentions that the new blade arrangement is now capable of capturing up to 4 times more long hairs in a stroke compared to the previous generation.

The new trimmers in action.

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The new 6-blade Lamdash shavers should also be more effective at shaving the hairs right under the chin, usually a problem area for many users.

I’m definitely intrigued by the completely redesigned trimmer and the addition of a second one because as I mentioned previously, it’s the first significant update I’ve seen in this regard.

3. Independently moving blades

In addition to the flexing capabilities of the shaving head itself, having independently moving cutters is nothing out of the ordinary.

However, Panasonic always had an issue with properly implementing this feature.

Precisely, it would take A LOT of force to press and move the cutters and during normal use, when you have to apply only the slightest pressure, the cutters would basically stay in the same position.

Moreover, the range of motion was too short compared to Braun for example and this, along with the larger heads meant that you had to work a bit harder in order to keep all the cutters flat on the skin while shaving various areas.

This problem went on for years and it was the same with all Panasonic models, regardless of price point.

Well, I’m glad to see that they finally did something about this and completely redesigned the system. Panasonic calls it an Adhesion float blade mechanism and promises a smooth and effortless flexing action.

The new Lamdash 6 independently moving cutters.

The new Lamdash 6 independently moving cutters. Image credit: panasonic.jp

I am probably more excited about this part than anything else and I’m really looking forward to seeing how well it performs compared to the previous system (that was honestly pretty bad).

In addition to the 6 cutters that can move independently, the Arc/Lamdash 6 comes with a really impressive shaving head that can flex in 5 directions.

The flexing head of the new Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6.

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It’s supposed to be a refined version of their previous system, but I’m still really skeptical about it, to be honest.

In my experience, as impressive as it is as an engineering feat, that one just proved to be annoying during use, making the head really wobbly and not really helping me to get a better shave.

I am still convinced that a proper implementation of a back and forth moving head, with decent range of motion, would be a much better solution. Braun gets this right with the older Series 7 and the Series 9.

4. USB charging

I am a big fan of electronics that use a USB Type-C charging port and I think all electric shaver manufacturers should adopt it so we can use our existing phone chargers.

This would be so much more convenient when traveling and some brands are already doing it.

Unfortunately, Panasonic still went with their proprietary port with the new Arc 6, but at least they included something really neat with the range-topping model: a hard travel case with USB charging.

The Lamdash charging case.

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This is really great and I absolutely love the concept. It’s just like the Airpods that are being charged via the case.

It would be an ideal travel setup as you get a practical and compact case that protects your shaver, but you can also plug your phone’s charger in the USB port and charge your shaver.

Unfortunately, this case only comes with the high-end Lamdash ES-LS9AX model and I don’t think it’ll be available separately.

Also, if they do sell it as an individual item, it will only work with the models that come with a cleaning station as those shavers have the three contact pins on the back needed for charging.

Let’s now take a look at the different models and the differences between them.

Panasonic Arc (Lamdash) 6 model comparison

Currently there are only 3 models and in the table below you can check out the most important differences between them.

Model
ES-LS9AX
es-ls9ax
ES-LS9N
es-ls9n
ES-LS5A
es-ls5a
Cleaning stationYesYesNo
Wet/dry UseYesNoYes
Waterproof (IPX 7)YesYesYes
OperationCordless onlyCordless & CordedCordless only
USB caseYesNoNo
Battery level indicator20 levels20 levels5 levels
Travel LockSmart LockSmart LockConventional

There are two models that come with automatic cleaning and charging stations (ES-LS9AX, ES-LS9N) and one that doesn’t (ES-LS5A). The latter is also the cheapest one because of this.

Also, all the shavers come in a black trim, so you’ll sometimes find them listed with a -K at the end of the model name: ES-LS9AX-K, ES-LS9N-K, ES-LS5A-K.

All three Lamdash 6 variations are waterproof, so they can be manually cleaned with water.

All models are waterproof and washable.

Image credit: panasonic.jp

However, only the ES-LS9AX and ES-LS5A are suitable for wet/dry use and as a safety precaution, they can only be operated cordless.

The ES-LS9N is a dry-only shaver and will also work with the cord plugged in.

The two models that come with cleaning stations also feature the so-called Smart lock function that automatically locks the power button and unlocks it when you grip the shaver in your hand.

The Smart Lock system automatically locks and unlocks the power button.

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The ES-LS5A comes with a standard electronic travel lock, activated by pressing and holding the power button.

Also, the ES-LS9AX and ES-LS9N are fitted with a battery level indicator that shows the battery remaining charge in increments of 5%, while the budget ES-LS5A only displays that information in 20% steps.

Being the range-topping model, the ES-LS9AX includes the slick USB-charging case. The ES-LS9N comes with a basic hard travel case and with the ES-LS5A, you’re only getting a cloth pouch.

Performance-wise, all three models are absolutely the same, so the differences are only related to the included accessories and a few features that don’t affect the shaving performance in any way, like the travel lock or battery display.

All Arc 6 razors use the same motors and foils/blades.

Availability

Panasonic released the new Lamdash 6 line in April 2021, which is a bit unusual as they generally announce new shavers in late summer.

By the way, Lamdash 6 is how they officially call the shavers in Japan, but we’ll probably just refer to them as Arc 6 as that’s way more familiar.

And at least for now, they are only available in Japan and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.jp (shipping starts on June 6, 2021).

The last 3 or 4 revisions of the Arc 5 were never released outside Japan and it would be interesting to see what they decide with the new Arc 6/Lamdash 6.

As expected, the price is very high and it’ll probably be the same in the case of the replacement foils and blades.

The cheapest one is of course the Panasonic ES-LS5A that doesn’t include the cleaning station (and to be honest, you don’t really need it) and it’ll probably be the pick of the range.

It’s a shame that you won’t be able to use it with the USB case in case they’ll sell it separately.

Alternatives you can buy right now

Considering the limited availability and price of the Panasonic Arc 6, we can conclude that it’s not really a viable option right now for users in Europe or North America.

For example, I tried to pre-order one and the seller won’t ship to Europe where I’m located.

I’m sure there will be more buying options available later on, but for now, I think we should consider some of the older 5-blade Panasonic shavers instead.

That said, you can’t really go wrong with the ES-LV65 or ES-LV67 (whichever you can get cheaper).

Panasonic ES-LV67.

Panasonic ES-LV67.

They’re still fantastic performers in 2021 and even though they have only 5 blades, that’ll be more than enough even for someone with coarse facial hair.

Of course, the issue of capturing longer hairs is present and you’ll have to shave more often in order to get the best results. If your beard grows slower, you can get away with a few days between shaving sessions.

Finally, there’s the newer ES-LV9Q or ES-LV6Q and those two are particularly appealing options for users in the UK/Europe as Panasonic never released them in the USA.

They come with updated outer foils with the two comfort rollers and are a bit more comfortable than the aforementioned ES-LV65 and ES-LV67. But other than that, they shave pretty much the same.

Conclusion

To say that I’m excited about shaving with the Panasonic Arc 6 would be an understatement. And not because it has 6 blades, but particularly for the improvements made to the cutters that catch longer/flat-lying hairs and for the redesign of the floating cutters mechanism.

Unfortunately, I can’t buy one right now, so any definitive conclusions will have to wait.

That said, I am pretty optimistic about their performance and I will of course be reviewing them in great detail and also compare their shaving performance to the older 5-blade models.

Side note: It would be interesting to see how Braun will respond to this. Will they also be increasing the number of blades, maybe with the introduction of a new Series 10? If Panasonic will release the Lamdash 6 globally, I think there’s a better chance to see that happening.

Over to you now: Are you excited about these new Panasonic razors? Will you be buying one?

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16 comments on “Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6: World’s First 6 Blade Electric Shaver

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  1. peter

    is this one better than braun Series 9?

    I am going to buy braun 9 but I am afraid they will release new series this year uh.. maybe with five or six blades.

    what do you think? If you were me would you buy or wait?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Peter,

      I’m afraid I cannot answer that question since I haven’t shaved with it yet. But from previous experience, I am pretty certain that it’ll shave closer than the Series 9. Even the older Arc 5 models are better than the Series 9 in that regard, so I expect the Arc 6 to be at least as good. It remains to be seen if it can match the Series 9 in terms of comfort and its ability to shave longer hairs. I honestly don’t know when Braun is planning to release a new Series 9/10 generation, but the launch of the Arc 6 should give them a nudge, especially if it won’t be limited to Japan.

      The Series 9 has the advantage of being cheaper and widely available, you can easily buy it right now. It’s a really good shaver for men with sensitive skin, it can handle longer, wiry hairs very well, and shaves close enough for most users. But it’s not quite as good as the top of the line Panasonic shavers. Also, I prefer Braun cleaning stations to Panasonic simply because you can remove the cleaning cartridge and store it, so they’re a lot more practical.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Vasyl

    Hi Ovidiu,
    As you may know, I am excited. Thank you for your excellent summary! I cannot wait to try this new shaver. I will buy it as soon as it becomes available or travel to Japan if travel is permitted to buy it there. Looking forward to reading your comprehensive review!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Vasyl,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it if you manage to get one. Hopefully I’ll manage to find a Japanese vendor willing to ship to Europe as well.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Matt

    Hi Ovidiu, if the ArcG shaves anything like the push lawnmower style animation in the promotional materials, it’s going to be pretty amazing. That video shows it mowing down pretty much everything in sight versus the Arc5. Alas, slick marketing is no substitute for your upcoming thorough review of the new Arc6. But if I were to have to made a decision right now, I’m leaning toward getting the one without the cleaning station despite my desire for the USB charging case.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hey Matt,

      Thank your comment, much appreciated. I’m also debating whether to get the ES-LS5A or splash out on the ES-LS9AX. Normally, I would get the former as it’s really easy to clean and quite a bit cheaper, but that case is just so practical when traveling. Anyway, I’m getting carried away here as I can’t pre-order any of them at the moment.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Adam Bloksa

    OT

    Hi, can you help me out? I can not choose between Panasonic ES-LV67 and Panasonic ES-CV51… I can get both of them for very similiar price. Which one is better overall? Thank you!

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  5. Adam Bloksa

    OT

    Addition to the question above about choosing between ES-LV67 and ES-CV51 – I intend to use one of the shavers to shave my head every day… I guess ES-LV67 is gonna be better due to its flexible shaving head. Am I right? Or should I go with ES-CV51 due to its better shaving comfort.

    Thanks!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adam,

      For shaving the head, I think having the two rollers in addition to the foil would give the ES-CV51 a slight advantage, especially when shaving the back of your head. The compact size and reduced weight of the shaver are also a plus. I personally don’t see a significant advantage from the flexing head of the ES-LV67 as it’s a bit too springy and wobbly and I don’t feel it helps much. That said, the outer foil of the ES-CV51 will also fit the ES-LV67, so you can actually upgrade it when it’s time to replace it. I would normally recommend the ES-LV67 since it’s usually cheaper, but in this case the compact shaver also makes a lot of sense.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vasyl,

      I definitely plan on doing that soon; in the meantime I’ve been testing the new Series 7000 with the same angular design of the shaving heads. The review should be published during the next few days.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  6. Vasyl

    Hi Ovidiu,
    I got a 6-blaldes Panasonic and you should get it too. In short, simply amazing.
    Cheers,
    Vasyl

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vasyl,

      That only makes me even more eager to get one. Can you please tell me where did you buy it from? Amazon jp will not ship to my location, unfortunately.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Vasyl

        It is too early for Amazon Japan, it could take about 6 months them to start shipping this shaver. I used a proxiservice fromjapan.co.jp. I could not recommend them more, great service and fast shipment. I got my package faster than ordering from my local Amazon. Looking forward to reading your review.

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