Panasonic Arc 6 Review: Better Than an Arc 5?

Review Summary

PROS: very close shaves, very comfortable, powerful, suitable for very coarse beards, great wet & dry performance, suitable for sensitive skin, excellent build quality, very effective pop-up trimmer, decent accessories bundle, easy to clean manually

CONS: only available in Japan (for now), pricey, still not the best with long/flat-lying hairs, large shaving head

Our Rating:

[4.5 out of 5 stars]

Buy the Panasonic Arc 6

See on Amazon

In 2021, Panasonic finally did it — they added yet another blade to their already impressive Arc 5 shavers.

Meet the Panasonic Arc 6 (or Lamdash 6), the world’s first and only 6-blade foil electric shaver.

Of all the new, high-end shavers introduced last year, the Arc 6 got me the most excited.

As a long-time Panasonic user, the idea of a 6-blade electric razor was intriguing, to say the least.

Currently, the Arc 6 line is a Japan-exclusive release, so you’ll probably have to import it from Japan, meaning even more money for what is already a pricey shaver.

As a result, it makes perfect sense to find out if the Arc 6 is worth the trouble.

UPDATE: Panasonic will be launching the Arc 6 globally in April 2022 (press release).

Also, if you already own an Arc 5, you may want to know whether an upgrade to the Arc 6 will bring any noticeable improvements to your shave.

The new Panasonic Arc 6 (Lamdash 6).

I just couldn’t resist the hype and I bought one from Japan — I will share later on my experience of buying it — and in this Panasonic Arc 6 review I will share everything you need to know about it, pros and cons included.

I’ll also be comparing the Arc 6 to the most popular Arc 5 models and see if it brings enough benefits to justify getting it instead.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Important: My review unit is the Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A. This is somewhat the entry-level Arc 6 model as it doesn’t include the cleaning station, so it’s usually the cheapest.

However, performance-wise it is identical to the other ones currently available in Japan (ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX and ES-LS9N), so the review will still be relevant for those as well.

The models that will be released in North America are called ES-LS9A (wet/dry, cleaning station) and ES-LS8A (wet/dry, no cleaning station). The performance will be identical to the Japanese models.

UPDATE: The launch of the Arc 6 in North America will take place on May 31st, 2022.

1. Features overview

1. 6-blade shaving unit

The 6-blade shaving unit of the Panasonic Arc 6 (Lamdash 6) ES-LS5A.

Let’s start with the defining characteristic of this razor, the bonkers 6-blade shaving head.

Now, 5 individual cutting elements were already plenty. In fact, the Braun Series 7 is proof that even 3 cutters can be enough when done right.

The new Arc 6 comes with 6, slightly curved cutters.

Excessive? Overkill? You bet.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t work well. Besides, it’s better to have an over-engineered product that can do the job without breaking a sweat.

I will be getting into all the details in the performance section of the review.

So what does this new 6-blade head brings? Well, compared to the Arc 5, it comes with an additional slit trimmer, so we now have two for the Arc 6.

Panasonic ARc 5 vs Arc 6 shaving heads.
The Panasonic Arc 5 shaving head (left) vs the Arc 6 (right). The latter comes with two slit trimmers.

These trimmers are supposed to better catch long, flat-lying hairs, something that Panasonic electric razors have always struggled with.

So here’s the structure of an Arc 6 shaving head:

The trsucture of an Arc 6 shaving head.
The Arc 6 shaving head: Foil cutters (1 through 4), slit trimmers (5 and 6), comfort roller (7).

There are four foil cutters and two slit trimmers (mentioned earlier).

The foils are the ones that cut short hairs at skin level, while the golden cutters capture and trim longer, flat-lying hairs to a more manageable length.

Panasonic says this new structure of the Arc 6 shaving head allows it to capture 4 times more hairs in a single stroke compared to the Arc 5.

Fun fact: the two trimmers are exactly the same as the one on the 2021 Panasonic Arc 5 revision G, only that we get two of them on the Arc 6.

Unlike the Arc 5, we now have a single comfort roller (7) at the very center. This helps the massive head glide easier on the skin.

Another important difference compared to the Arc 5 is that all the blades are now integrated into the foil block itself.

So for the first time, we have no inner, removable blades as we did with the Arc 5, Arc 4 and even the Arc 3.

The Arc 5 (left) with two inner blades next to the Arc 6 head.
The Arc 5 (left) with two inner blades next to the Arc 6 head (right). The Arc 6 has all the blades merged into the foil unit.

With the Arc 6, Panasonic decided to go with a single piece that combines the foils and blades, just like Braun has been doing for years with their cassettes.

It’s a bit less complicated as you don’t have to buy them separately.

On the other hand, it makes the head very intricate and more likely for gunk and dirt to accumulate in time if you don’t clean it properly after every use.

The 6-blade head is massive; however, if you’ve used an Arc 5 before, I don’t think you’ll have any issues shaving with the Arc 6 (more details later on).

2. Flexible head

Flexing the head of the Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A.

The shaving heads of most Panasonic high-end shavers are really impressive in the way they can flex in multiple directions.

The new Arc 6/Lamdash 6 is no different and can move in 5 different planes as this picture illustrates:

The flexing head of the new Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6.
Image credit: panasonic.jp

While this is similar to what we’ve seen with the generation 3 Arc 5 shavers, in the case of the Arc 6, the movement is smoother and feels better when shaving.

With the Arc 5, I’ve always found the head a bit too jiggly.

So things appear to be better in the case of the Arc 6. As usual, you can also lock the head in a fixed position via a multi-function slider on the back of the head.

But I still have my pet peeve with this head as I think a simple front-to-back tilt with an adequate range of motion is the way to go.

Well, that plus a smooth movement of the 6 individual blades.

And speaking of that, the Arc 6 blades feature a new so-called Adhesion float blade mechanism that should improve the previous system found on other Panasonic shavers, including the Arc 5.

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

This was getting a bit long in the tooth and I’ve always said that Braun simply does it better with their basic shaving heads and foils that move effortlessly with a generous range of motion.

On a quick glance though, the Arc 6 doesn’t seem to be much better: it takes a lot of pressure in order to move a cutter and the range of motion is still way too short.

The range of motion of the Panasonic Arc 6 individual cutters.

In practice, this means you’ll have to be more mindful when moving the shaving head over different areas of the face in order to maintain optimal contact with the skin.

Again, in the case of a Braun Series 9 or 7, the shaver does most of the work for you and it’s also more forgiving if you press too hard. And that’s mainly thanks to the longer and smoother range of motion of the foil cutters.

3. Powerful 14 000 CPM motor

Panasonic linear-drive motor.
Image credit: panasonic.jp

The motor fitted to the Panasonic Arc 6 appears to be the same from the Arc 5 line, at least in terms of specs.

It’s a compact, powerful and smooth unit, arguably the best out there right now.

But compared to the Arc 5, the Arc 6 is a bit quieter and more refined, in the sense that it vibrates less.

It’s still loud by any means (as are all foil razors), but just feels like a more premium shaver.

We also get the now ubiquitous beard density sensor that should adjust the power output of the motor in order to provide maximum efficiency and comfort.

As was the case with the newer Arc 5 models, you cannot deactivate the sensor. We’ll see later on how well the Arc 6 performs in that regard.

4. LED display

The display of the new Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6.
Image credit: panasonic.jp

The Arc 6 models come with an LED display that shows various information.

The one I bought for this review, the ES-LS5A, has a very basic 5-level battery indicator.

The basic display of the Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A.

There are 5 segments on the white backlit display that turn off gradually as the battery charge drops. Each segment amounts to roughly 20% of the battery charge.

The more expensive Arc 6/Lamdash 6 models that come with cleaning stations, precisely the Panasonic ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX and ES-LS9N, have a more advanced LED display that shows the battery percentage in 5% increments.

Unfortunately, none of the Arc 6 models will display the elapsed time, which is a bummer. That was a very nifty feature found on older Arc 5 and even Arc 4 models like the ES-LV65 and ES-LA63-S, respectively.

5. Wet & Dry and Dry only use

Shaving with the Arc 6.
Image credit: panasonic.jp

All Panasonic Arc 6 variations are waterproof and can be safely washed with water.

However, only the ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX and ES-LS5A are officially suitable for wet & dry use, meaning you can shave in the shower or with shaving cream/gel.

Because the ES-LS9N is a dry-only razor, it is the only one that will work with the cord plugged in.

The other ones are cordless-only shavers.

All Lamdash 6 models are fitted with rechargeable Li-ion batteries for approximately 45 minutes of cordless use.

The range-topping ES-LS9AX and ES-CLS9AX are offered with a charge-through travel case that uses a USB-type C connector.

6. Misc features

Other noteworthy features are the pop-up hair trimmer, travel lock, sonic cleaning mode and universal voltage converter (100 to 240 volts, so you can charge it abroad as well).

2. Build quality and ergonomics

The Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A.

For the past 10 years or so, Panasonic has been setting the benchmark for build quality, particularly with their high-end shavers.

For example, a few Arc 5 models in the third generation come with an aluminum body.

And with the Arc 6 being the new flagship shaver, it had some pretty big shoes to fill in.

Luckily, it managed to do that and more.

From an aesthetic point of view, it looks like a more mature, refined and premium product.

And while it’s not exactly minimalist in design, compared to the Arc 5, it’s definitely simpler and more streamlined.

It has none or very few glossy surfaces for example (depending on the model).

Personally, I think it’s the best-looking Panasonic shaver out there right now.

The color schemes are elegant and subdued, comprised mostly of black, dark grey, a touch of gold, as well as some brushed aluminum trim on the range-topping ES-LX9AX/ES-CLSX9AX.

The bushed aluminum trim on the ES-LS9AX.
The aluminum trim on the ES-LS9AX. Image credit: panasonic.jp

My ES-LS5A Arc 6, as well as the ES-LS9N, feature a glossy plastic panel instead of aluminum, but still look rather stylish.

Let’s take a closer look, starting from the top.

The Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A held in hand.

The new 6-blade shaving head is absolutely massive. Compared to the Arc 5, it has the same length, but it is wider/taller by approximately 5mm.

The foil frame can be easily removed by squeezing the two release tabs located on the sides of the head:

Removing the foil frame be pressing the two release tabs.

As mentioned earlier, all 6 blades are now built into the foil, so we don’t have the two inner blades anymore.

The Panasonic Arc 6 with the foil unit detached from the main body.

The foil can pop out of the frame by squeezing another pair of tabs on the sides:

The release tabs of the Arc 6 foil block.

Once it’s out, you can easily observe what Panasonic calls an Adhesion float blade mechanism, basically what allows the foils to move independently.

There are tiny springs at the ends of a cutter, so it can flex and stay in contact with the skin.

The back side of the Arc 6 foil block.
The backside of the Arc 6 foil block.

In my opinion there are still two major issues with Panasonic’s implementation.

First of all, the range of motion for each cutter is very limited (less than 2mm). A Braun shaver for example has at least double of that.

Secondly, the plastic ends of each of the 6 cutters rub against the plastic frame — which results in a jerky motion and it takes a lot of pressure to move the cutter.

The Panasonic Arc 6 ES9600 foil & cutters block.
The Panasonic Arc 6 ES9600 foil & cutters block.

Again, this is in stark contrast with the smooth moving foils of a Braun Series 9 or 7.

It’s an inherent problem of Panasonic’s foils/foil frames that cannot be addressed unless they completely redesign them.

This was something that I’ve always noticed with all Panasonic lines of electric razors, from the Arc 3 to this latest Arc 6.

But what I wanted to emphasize is that they still haven’t managed to address it, despite mentioning this new Adhesion float blade mechanism extensively in the official product pages.

That aside, the foil block is very sturdy and well made, the materials are of high quality and no compromises seem to have been made.

There are six pins that drive each cutter, the linear motor being connected directly to them (as opposed to the older rotary motors that required additional linkage to transform the rotational motion to linear).

This ensures optimal power delivery and reduces vibrations.

As a side note, Panasonic has been using these linear-drive motors since 1995 (with the introduction of the innovative ES881 shaver).

The head of the Panasonic Lamdash 6 is extremely flexible and can move in 6 planes.

However, I wouldn’t say this is also very useful in practice. But it’s an impressive feat of engineering nevertheless.

The front of the Arc 6 is quite minimalist and there’s not a lot going on.

Front view of the Panasonic Arc 6.

For example, we do not have a rubberized thumb rest area above the power button anymore. In my opinion that would have been useful.

The front fascia has a smooth, matte finish, again a departure from the glossy one on the Arc 5.

I think that’s a good decision, both visually and practically. It will not show hairline scratches or smudges and it’s also grippier.

The power button is now round and quite small, but very clicky and easy to operate.

It doubles as a travel lock, activated by pressing and holding it for 3 seconds while the shaver is running.

A flashing padlock icon will signal that the travel lock is activated.

The Arc 6 ES-LS5A with the travel lock function turned on.

With the ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX and ES-LS9N, we have a Smart Lock system instead — basically, the travel lock is active at all times and it deactivates automatically when you grab the shaver in your hand.

Below the power button we have the LED display.

It’s quite nice, with no backlight bleed, very even, sharp and bright. It shows various information, the most important one being the remaining battery charge.

The range-topping ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX and ES-LS9N have a more advanced display that shows the charge in 5% increments, while the ES-LS5A has a very basic display, only showing 5 bars, so 20% increments.

One of the biggest letdowns regarding the Arc 6 display is that none will show the elapsed time anymore. That was one of the more useful features on some Arc 5 models like the ES-LV65 or ES-LV9Q.

The Arc 6 ES-LS5A (left) vs the Arc 5 ES-LV65-S (right).
The Arc 6 ES-LS5A (left) vs the Arc 5 ES-LV65-S (right). The Arc 5 has a better, more useful display.

The Arc 6 is fitted with the typical Panasonic proprietary charging port, located at the very bottom of the razor.

On the back, we have the pop-up trimmer located on the shaving head itself.

Panasonic Arc 6 pop-up hair trimmer.

It can be deployed via the multi-purpose switch located right below it.

The switch can also lock the head in a fixed position when you need more control and precision, for example when shaving the area below the nose.

Here are the 3 positions of the switch:

The 3 positions of the Arc 6 multifunction switch.
Free (1), Fixed (2), Trimmer extended (3)

The ribbed rubbery surface on the back extends to the sides and towards the front of the Arc 6 and ensures an excellent grip.

Despite the large size of the shaver, the body is quite thin and you can hold it very securely.

Compared to the Arc 5 head, the one on the Arc 6 doesn’t feel much larger during use and you’ll definitely have no problem switching from an Arc 5.

My Arc 6 ES-LS5A weighs 209 grams, so only 10 more than a generation 3 Arc 5 (plastic build).

The ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX and ES-LS9N tip the scales at 220 grams, a small bump in weight likely caused by the smart lock system.

Overall, the build quality and ergonomics of the Arc 6 are really good.

It’s a pity Panasonic couldn’t come up with a better solution for the independently moving blades though, that would have made the Arc 6 stand out in comparison to the Arc 5.

3. Included accessories

Panasonic Arc 6 (Lamdash 6) ES-LS5A included accessories.

The Panasonic ES-LS5A, the budget model in the Arc 6/Lamdash 6 family, comes bundled with the following accessories:

  • Charger (model RC1-80, 100–240v)
  • Protective cap
  • Cleaning brush
  • Lubricant
  • Storage pouch
  • User manual (Japanese only)

This is a pretty good bundle in my opinion. For example, Panasonic is the only one among the big 3 that still includes these small bottles of oil.

You won’t find one with a Braun or Philips shaver; the protective cap is also becoming a rare sight.

The only letdown is that storage pouch. It’s like a textile/velvety bag that looks and feels cheap and won’t offer much protection while traveling.

It’s also a lint magnet as you can see:

The travel pouch you get with the ES-LS5A.

Even Panasonic’s old faux leather pouch would have been a step up from this.

The other more expensive Arc 6 models do come with upgraded cases.

The range-topping ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX includes a plastic USB-charging case, similar to Braun’s PowerCase that made its debut with the Series 9 Pro.

The Lamdash charging case.
Image credit: panasonic.jp

Unfortunately, Panasonic’s case is not fitted with a battery, so it will not charge the shaver on its own (like a power bank).

Instead, it has a USB-C connector, so you can use your phone’s charger to charge the shaver when placed inside the case.

The ES-LS9N comes with a hard leather travel case.

As a side note, a must-have accessory for any Panasonic shaver owner is a USB charging cable.

Panasonic USB charging cable.

It has Panasonic’s proprietary connector at the end that goes into your shaver’s charging port, while on the other end there’s a regular USB-A connector.

This is in my opinion a very useful cable, especially when traveling and it’s the next best thing until Panasonic finally decides to drop their port in favor of USB type-C.

4. Battery life and charging

A new Lamdash 6 line would have been a good opportunity for Panasonic to also bump up the capacity of the rechargeable battery.

Both Braun and Philips have been doing that for the past few years with their premium razors.

Unfortunately, Panasonic has lagged a bit behind and things aren’t any different with the Arc 6.

Precisely, the Li-ion battery will provide enough power for approximately 45 minutes of use. So that’s a bit underwhelming for a premium-priced electric razor.

Also, you’ll probably want to charge it before it drops below 20% as you will notice the motor slowing down and your shave won’t be the best.

The Panasonic ES-LS5A that I’ve been testing is a wet & dry Arc 6, so it will only work cordless. It’s the same for the ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX.

The ES-LS9N on the other hand is dry only, so you can also shave with the cord plugged in.

As for how long it takes to charge the Panasonic Arc 6, not that much actually.

Charging the Panasonic Lamdash 6.

It needed less than 45 minutes to charge from 0 to 100%, which is really good.

There’s also the 3-minute quick charge feature that allows you to get just enough juice into the battery for a quick shave.

That won’t be a problem with the dry-only ES-LS9N as you can also shave while the razor is charging.

You can charge your Arc 6 by plugging the cable directly into the shaver’s port but also via the cleaning station (if it came with one).

With the ES-LS9AX/ES-CLS9AX, you also have the option of charging it through the USB case using any USB type-C cable.

All in all, nothing too spectacular regarding the battery life of the Panasonic Arc 6. The charging time is short though and you can also opt for a model that works while charging (ES-LS9N).

5. Shaving performance

So far so good, but how does the Panasonic Arc 6 actually shave? And also, is it better than an Arc 5?

Well, let’s find out.

As usual, I will go over a few key areas, starting with the closeness.

Closeness of the shave

Having more blades can yield certain benefits, however, when it comes to closeness, particularly in the case of the Arc 6 and its blade arrangement, things are not as straightforward.

Out of those 6 blades, only the two outermost ones are the so-called finishing blades that are able to cut the hairs very close to the skin — so the same as the Arc 5.

The Arc 5 shaving head next to the Arc 6.

Compared to the Arc 5 though, we have one extra slit trimmer (the pair of gold cutters) that captures and cuts longer, flat-lying hairs to a stump (which are then cut at skin level by the foils).

So objectively, the Arc 6 shouldn’t be better than the Arc 5 when it comes strictly to how close it can cut the hair.

And after using it for almost two months, I can also confirm that the closeness is the same as in the case of the Arc 5, regardless of the generation.

That said, it’s really good, arguably the best out there right now.

And when used together with shaving cream, at least in my case, I really don’t see how an electric shaver can get closer than this — it really is razor blade close.

I shaved with the Arc 6 wet and dry (with and without a pre-shave) and the results were excellent every time.

But as I mentioned previously, in order to get the absolute closest shave with a razor, using a quality shaving cream is the way to go.

Most men will however prefer to shave dry. In this case, a pre-shave lotion (like Tabac or Speick) would also be beneficial. It takes seconds to apply and you’ll most likely get a better (and less time-consuming) shave.

Using the Panasonic Lamdash 6 with a good pre-shave lotion will get you the best results.

The Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6 is particularly impressive at shaving areas with coarse, thick, dense stubble.

When shaving dry, those areas are usually a problem in my case (below the nose, on and under the chin).

The Arc 6 manages to get closer than pretty much any other electric shaver I’ve tried. Again, it’s on par with the Arc 5 in this regard.

By the way, Panasonic explicitly mentioned how good the Arc 6 is when shaving under the chin — and I can confirm that the 6 cutters plus that curved profile make the shaver really effective.

Despite the large head, I didn’t have any serious issues shaving above the upper lip and around my sideburns.

Again, for Arc 5 users, shaving with the Arc 6 will feel extremely familiar.

Bottom line: the Arc 6 is (alongside the Arc 5) one of the closest shaving razors you can currently buy.

Comfort

While things were pretty much the same with regards to closeness, the new Panasonic Arc 6 is definitely better when it comes to comfort.

In fact, I’d say that my ES-LS5A is the most comfortable and forgiving Panasonic shaver I’ve ever used.

As long as you don’t press too hard — the only way to get some razor burn — I think even men with sensitive skin can use it without any worries.

I found it to be reasonably gentle even when used dry, with no pre-shave lotion, as long as you’re not sloppy or press too hard.

The addition of a pre-shave or shaving cream will make things even better, but nevertheless, it’s one of the very few Panasonic razors that’s good enough out of the box.

The foils never got hot during use, but I did make sure to lubricate them every time (more details on this later on).

From past experience with other Panasonic shavers, I know that as time passes, the foils will start to gradually get warmer and warmer during use.

And one effective way to counteract that is to use a spray lubricant for electric shavers on a regular basis.

The takeaway is that the Panasonic Arc 6 is very comfortable and the vast majority of users will enjoy shaving with it, even the ones with sensitive, irritation-prone skin.

I wouldn’t say it’s quite as comfortable as a Braun Series 9 or 7, but it’s very close.

Shaving longer, flat-lying hairs

Another key area where Panasonic electric shavers have traditionally lagged behind Braun or Philips is dealing with longer, flat-lying hairs.

Even Panasonic’s latest Arc 5 models were only mediocre, so the Arc 6 promised to fix that with the pair of specially designed gold trimmers.

Fun fact: the 2021 Arc 5 revision G uses the exact same slit trimmer, but it only has one.

With the Arc 6, Panasonic says it’s 4 times more efficient than the previous generation.

To test this, I let my beard grow for 3 to 4 days and shaved dry (with a pre-shave lotion).

So how did the Arc 6 deal with the flat hairs on my neck? Decently. Better than an Arc 5 (with the older generation foils), but not significantly better than for example the 2021 Arc 5 with a single gold trimmer.

The shaving head of the Lamdash 6/Arc 6 showcasing the pair of newly designed trimmers.

It still required multiple strokes and changing the direction in order to capture all the flat-lying hairs and get a smooth shave.

In contrast, a Braun Series 9 or Series 9 Pro is more efficient and takes less time to cut this type of hair.

So while the Panasonic Arc 6 is an improvement in this regard, it wouldn’t be my first option for someone that doesn’t shave often and has areas with flat-lying hairs and multiple grains.

If you plan on shaving regularly and the hairs are still reasonably short (let’s say less than 1 to 1.5mm), I think it’ll handle the job just fine.

But if you usually shave twice a week or less, I think going with a Braun Series 9/9 Pro or even a rotary like the Philips Norelco Prestige would be better.

As a side note, when using shaving cream, the Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A was a lot more effective at catching these difficult hairs.

Speed, noise, hair trimmer

The Arc 6 comes with Panasonic’s fantastic 14 000 CPM (cycles per minute) motor.

It’s a very powerful, reliable, fast and torquey motor that makes a great contribution to the shaver’s stellar performance.

And as long as your facial hair is reasonably short (so the foils can catch it with fewer strokes), you’ll be able to finish your shave very quickly and effortlessly.

That said, it is quite loud and makes this high-pitched noise. Some users find it less annoying than Braun’s lower hum, while others think it’s even more disturbing.

I personally don’t mind it too much as I got used to noisy foil shavers.

The Panasonic Arc 6 is however a bit quieter than an Arc 5, primarily because it vibrates even less.

If however you need a very quiet electric razor, you will need to opt for a rotary.

The pop-up hair trimmer on the Arc 6 is the best of this type I’ve ever used.

The extended hair trimmer on the Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LS5A.

Until now, my favorite was the one on the Arc 5.

While the Arc 6 trimmer looks absolutely identical, it seems to cut even better.

It’s great for on-the-fly tweaks and grooming, particularly for shaping sideburns, edging a beard line or cutting a few stray flat hairs.

You could use it to pre-trim an entire beard, but I don’t imagine it’ll be too enjoyable. If you must do that often, I recommend getting a cheap beard trimmer.

Wet shaving

My ES-LS5A Arc 6 is a cordless only, wet/dry shaver, so I’ve also used it with shaving cream quite a few times.

I don’t always shave wet as it takes me more time, but when I do have a few minutes to spare, using this razor is a real treat.

The Arc 6 is absolutely phenomenal during a wet shave.

All Panasonic razors are in fact really good and that’s the main reason I went with the wet/dry ES-LV5A for the review (plus the fact that it’s the cheapest Arc 6).

Shaving wet with the Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A is a real treat.

My favorite shaving cream is from a German company called Speick, I’ve mentioned it quite a few times on this site.

Speick shaving cream

See the price on Amazon

I like to wash my face with warm water and then apply a very thin layer of pasty, watery lather. I wait a few minutes to let it soften the stubble and then proceed to shave, making sure to hydrate the lather more if needed.

The result is the closest, most comfortable shave I’ve ever got with any electric razor. In fact, the closeness is similar to what I would get from a cartridge or DE razor.

I’m not by any means implying that you’ll automatically get the same results, but the closeness will definitely be good enough.

I highly recommend shaving wet with the Arc 6 if you have the time, maybe on weekends or for those occasions when you want to look extra sharp.

6. Panasonic Arc 6 vs Arc 5: Which one is better?

Panasonic Arc 6 vs Arc 5: Which one is better?

I’ll try to keep the Arc 6 vs Arc 5 comparison short, actionable and to the point.

I won’t be getting into details that don’t really make a difference when shaving (like beard density sensors, smart locks or displays).

Performance

Having used lots of Arc 5 models through the years, I have a pretty good idea of their pros and cons.

After shaving with the Arc 6 for two months, I can say that it is a better shaver, but only slightly.

Regarding the closeness of the shave, I find the Panasonic Arc 5 to be just as good as the Arc 6.

You will NOT get a closer shave by switching to an Arc 6.

Well, you probably will, but only because the Arc 6 will have brand new, sharp blades, but you can achieve the same thing by replacing the foil and blades of your existing Arc 5 with fresh ones.

Side note: you can upgrade any Arc 5 to the latest revision G foil, it will fit perfectly (more details in this guide).

I happened to have a brand new ES-LV95 Arc 5 for this comparison and I shaved with it at the same time — I even shaved the other half of my face with the Arc 6.

Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV95 vs Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A.
Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV95 vs Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LS5A.

So take my word for it, in terms of closeness, they are the same.

The Panasonic Arc 6 is on the other hand more comfortable. It’s gentler, the foil doesn’t get as hot and you’re less likely to get razor burn when you’re not very careful or when you press too hard.

This is particularly obvious when you compare the Arc 6 to some of the older Arc 5 that don’t have comfort rollers, like the ES-LV65/ES-LV95, ES-LV67/ES-LV97 (again, you can actually upgrade the foil to a newer, more comfortable foil).

The Arc 6 also feels more refined and as I mentioned earlier, it vibrates less. But it’s still a loud razor nevertheless.

The Arc 6 beard density sensor seems to be less aggressive as I pretty much never hear a change in the sound of the motor, which means that it runs at full power for most of the time.

With the Arc 5, I can hear it a lot more often.

As far as ergonomics are concerned, both have a large head and might feel cumbersome at first. If you didn’t have any issues with the Panasonic Arc 5, you’ll feel right at home shaving with the Arc 6.

Both are very powerful, fast and perfectly suitable for men with coarse hair.

The main highlight of the Arc 6, its ability to tackle long, flat-lying hairs, proved to be a bit underwhelming.

While it is more capable than an Arc 5, it’s not some groundbreaking Panasonic that you can use once or twice a week. The Braun Series 9 Pro will be a much better option if you plan on using it that way.

Price, availability, value for money

The Arc 5 wins this hands down.

It’s cheaper and you can likely buy one locally, even if it’s not one of the latest models (usually sold exclusively in Japan).

The ES-LV65-S and ES-LV67-K are usually the best picks.

The Arc 6 is currently only available in Japan (officially) and it will probably remain that way at least until April 2022.

However, you can actually buy it on Amazon or eBay. I had to import mine from Japan as it wasn’t available anywhere else at the time.

I used a proxy service called forward2me.com (not affiliated). They’ll assign to you a Japan address that you can use to have the shaver shipped and then they’ll send it to you for a reasonable fee. You will still need to pay customs fees (country-specific).

The Arc 5 foil + blades combo usually costs less than the Arc 6 foil head and again, you can find several variations (older or newer) no matter where you live.

Any Arc 5 foil will fit any Arc 5 model, regardless of the generation. Here is my Arc 5 foil guide for a complete rundown of all the different foil models and differences.

Important: the Arc 5 foil will not fit the Arc 6. Likewise, you can’t use an Arc 6 foil on an Arc 5 shaver.

At least for now, the Arc 5 offers better value for money than the Arc 6, especially the older models mentioned above.

Arc 5 owners: Should you upgrade to an Arc 6?

If your shaver is in good shape and you’re happy with the performance, then no.

And by performance I’m mainly referring to the comfort of the shave. Again, you won’t really get a closer shave (unless your current Arc 5 shaver has really blunt blades and worn foils).

Also, the performance of the Arc 6 with flat-lying hairs is still not great, so it won’t be a massive improvement in that regard.

If however your shaver is pretty beat up, doesn’t hold a charge and you don’t mind spending more in order to get the very latest, the Panasonic Arc 6 is a fantastic option.

7. Cleaning and maintenance

Basic, waterproof foil shavers are generally the easiest to clean.

The Panasonic Arc 6/Lamdash 6 is not by any means basic; with 6 individual cutting elements, it has one of the most intricate shaving heads out there.

Luckily, cleaning and caring for it is easy and straightforward for the most part.

As mentioned several times in the review, you can get an Arc 6 with or without a cleaning center.

That will give you the option of cleaning it manually or automatically.

I went with the cheapest Arc 6, so I didn’t get the cleaning station.

And on a related note, the ES-LV5A will NOT work with a cleaning station purchased later on.

This is a common question as some users plan on getting just the shaver and eventually buy the station when it becomes available, ideally for a fair price.

In this case, you cannot do anything with the station, it will not work — it won’t even charge the shaver for that matter.

And that’s because the three contact studs that connect the razor to the station are missing on the ES-LV5A.

With that out of the way, let’s see what a typical manual cleaning involves. After that, I’ll also address the cleaning station as it’s pretty much identical to the regular Arc 5 cleaning stations.

Manual cleaning

Since all Panasonic electric shavers are waterproof, even the ones intended for shaving dry, the easiest and most effective way to clean them is with water (and soap).

There’s a tiny cleaning brush included as well and you can use it sparingly when you’re in a rush for example (never directly on the foils tough).

But for most of the time, cleaning your Arc 6 with water will be much better.

Here’s how I do it.

Once I finish my shave, I turn the razor off and remove the foil head.

Tapping out the hairs.

I tap the plastic frame on my sink to remove most of the hairs, maybe even give it a quick rinse, then snap it back in place.

If you shave with cream/gel, you can skip the tapping as all the hairs will be engulfed in lather.

Now, you can either just use warm tap water which is fine, but at least every once in a while I would also use some liquid hand soap.

Personally, I use soap after every shave as I like keeping my shavers clean.

Press and hold the power button for a few seconds — you will notice that the sound of the motor will change into this high-pitched whine, while the LED display lights will turn on and off.

This is the so-called Sonic cleaning mode that makes the blades oscillate really fast for around 15 seconds.

Rinse the head with warm water while the shaver runs in this cleaning setting.

Rinsing the Panasonic Arc 6 with water in the Sonic cleaning mode.

Because the blades move faster, but the actual side-to-side motion is shorter, it won’t splash water all over the place.

You can rinse it until the shaver automatically turns off (after around 15 seconds) or you can do it sooner by pressing the power button.

After that you can remove the head, give it a final rinse inside out and you’d be pretty much done.

You can pat it dry with a towel and let it air dry (with the head detached).

This is how you would clean the Arc 6 using only water.

The better way is to also add a bit of liquid soap.

After you’ve tapped out the hairs, put the foil head back in place, add a bit of water to the foils and pour a few drops of liquid hand soap on it.

Press and hold the power button to start the cleaning mode.

Cleaning the ES-LS5A with liquid hand soap.

Use your index finger to spread the soap evenly on the foils and add more water if needed to get a nice lather.

Once the shaver turns off, press and hold the power button again and with the razor in the cleaning mode again, generously rinse it with water.

After it stops, remove the foil head and give it one final rinse inside out and rinse the shaver body as well.

Shake off the excess water, pat dry with a towel and let it dry with the foil detached.

Even though the inner part of the head is very intricate which makes it more likely for dirt to build up inside, if you clean it like this regularly, I’m pretty confident you won’t have any problems at all.

So in my opinion the station isn’t absolutely necessary. It never is actually, but with Braun shavers for example it is more practical (I will get to that right away).

Automatic cleaning

In case you’re thinking of buying an Arc 6 model that comes with an automatic cleaning & charging station, here are a few things to consider.

The station is basically the same as the one that comes with the Arc 5, both aesthetically and functionally.

In fact, it will even work with an Arc 5 (that originally came with a station).

Panasonic cleaning station.

It has a few minor tweaks like a larger opening to accommodate the 6-blade head of the Arc 6 (props to Allan for the info), but everything else has remained unchanged.

It has a small footprint, looks sleek and feels more robust than other cleaning systems from other brands.

It automatically charges, cleans and dries the shaver.

And it does the job really well, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. You can also just dry the shaver without going through a cleaning process, which is something you can’t do with other stations.

Personally, I never really end up using my Panasonic cleaners.

It takes me less than one minute to thoroughly clean my razor manually (following the steps I described above).

But the main reason is the way it handles the cleaning fluid.

Unlike Braun stations that use a cleaning refill that you insert into the station only when needed, then simply remove it, put the lid back and store it in a cabinet, the Panasonic cleaning system has this open tray where you mix the concentrated detergent with water.

And once you do that, you’re pretty much stuck with it. And you must always be careful not to tilt it or knock it over as the fluid will spill.

I cannot take out the container, seal it and store it like I can with my Braun stations. And I often have to do that in order to clear some space on the sink and it’s just too fiddly for me.

This may not be a problem for you and if that’s the case, again, the Panasonic station is great.

It uses these detergent packs that you must mix with water and the solution doesn’t evaporate as fast as Braun’s alcohol fluid — again, you can actually fix that by sealing the Braun cartridge.

The solution also lubricates the blades, so if you’ll be using the station regularly, you don’t have to oil the blades in addition to that.

The price of the detergent sachets is usually pretty reasonable, but nowhere near as cheap as some of the third-party Braun solutions.

Unfortunately there aren’t many alternatives for Panasonic stations; there’s only one that I know of from Shaver Shebang; I haven’t personally used it, but it is cheaper than the OEM Panasonic packets and has good reviews.

Lubrication

As with any electric shaver, you will need to lubricate the Arc 6 regularly.

In my opinion this will make a big difference in the short and long term as Panasonic foils/blades are more susceptible to wear than others because the tolerances are so tight.

The blades will rub against the foils and the friction can generate a lot of heat, making your shave less comfortable. The blades will also get blunt faster.

Fortunately, fixing this is really easy and straightforward.

Panasonic still includes a small bottle of lubricant (which is in fact highly refined mineral oil/paraffin), so props to them for that.

You should apply one or two drops of oil on each of the 6 cutters (on the outside of the foil), then turn the shaver on for a few seconds and spread the lubricant with your finger so that it coats the foils evenly.

Lubricating the Panasonic Arc 6 is very easy.

Gently wipe any excess with a paper towel, and you’re all set.

As for how often you should do it, twice a week should be enough if you only clean the razor with water or with the brush.

If you use liquid soap, I would lubricate it after every cleaning. Just make sure that the foils are dry before applying the oil.

I personally oil my shavers right before I shave, but that’s just my preference.

From time to time, apply one drop on the pop-up trimmer blade as well.

If for some reason you don’t have the Panasonic oil, you can safely use any clipper oil (like the one from Wahl or Oster). Those are basically the same stuff and work just fine.

Another alternative is a spray cleaner & lubricant for electric shavers.

The best is in my opinion Remington Shaver Saver, that one just makes a massive improvement especially when the blades are beginning to lose their sharpness.

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to get in Europe. If you live in the USA, you should still be able to get it.

The Andis CoolCare Plus spray lubricant.

The next best thing would be the Andis CoolCare Plus spray, which also works well, it’s cheap and comes in a very large can.

Tip: always wait for the spray lubricant to dry before shaving. If you use any of the recommended oils above, you can shave right away.

8. Replacement parts availability

The Panasonic Arc 6 uses a head unit that integrates the foils and the blades.

Until now, all Panasonic razors, regardless if it was an Arc 3, 4 or 5, had two removable blades.

This change introduced with the Arc 6 should make things easier and less confusing for the user that often needed to buy the foil and the blades separately.

It was also fiddlier to change the blades and you had to be really careful not to damage them.

Personally, I was hoping that this new Arc 6 foil unit would also be cheaper. Unfortunately, it’s not the case, at least not for now.

The part number of the Arc 6 replacement foil (and blades) is ES9600 and it’s only available in Japan.

The Panasonic Arc 6 ES9600 foil & cutters block.

See the price on Amazon.co.jp

And as I mentioned earlier, it’s expensive. That said, it doesn’t cost a whole lot more than an Arc 5 foil+blades set.

The only difference is that you will need to import the Arc 6 foil from Japan, whereas the Arc 5 replacement heads are widely available in several variations.

As for how often you’ll need to replace it, Panasonic says once every one and a half years.

With the previous foil + removable blades system, it used to be one year for the foil and two for the blades.

Since you cannot remove the blades, 1.5 years is probably just a middle-ground estimate.

The longevity of the shaving head will greatly depend on a few factors like the coarseness and density of your beard, how often you shave and how well you take care of the razor (cleaning, lubrication).

I usually get between one and two years from an Arc 5, so I suspect things will be the same here. Again, lubrication is particularly important.

Being a brand new shaver, I cannot say at this moment how reliable the new head is or if it needs to be replaced sooner (or later) than what the manufacturer recommends.

However, the fact that the foils don’t get hot at all is encouraging. I will update the review if anything happens along the way.

9. Wrapup — Who should buy the Panasonic Arc 6?

Objectively, and not taking into account things like value for money or how easy it is to get in 2022 for users outside of Japan, the Arc 6 (Lamdash 6) is now Panasonic’s best shaver.

The Panasonic Arc 6 ES-LV5A.

As mentioned throughout this article, the improvements over the previous flagship, the Arc 5, aren’t massive, but I was able to notice a few.

In my opinion, the main one is actually related to the comfort during the shave, especially when compared to an Arc 5 that uses the older foil without the comfort rollers.

The closeness is the same, so among the best you’ll get from any electric razor.

So who should get the Panasonic Arc 6?

Well, anyone looking for an electric shaver with top-notch performance if the budget is not an issue.

It will work brilliantly if you have coarse, dense, thick facial hair and you want a very close and fast shave. It will just mow through the beard without breaking a sweat.

Then again, so will an Arc 5, the difference being that the Arc 6 will be smoother, more comfortable, a bit more refined and won’t get as warm.

Even if you have sensitive skin, you’ll be able to get a comfortable shave even when using the Arc 6 dry.

It will also be a bit more effective at catching longer, flat-lying hairs than the Arc 5, but you’ll still have to work a bit in order to get all of those difficult hairs.

That’s why the Arc 6 will work best when used regularly (the hair is still short).

Also, if you’ve tried (and enjoyed) shaving wet with an electric shaver, the Arc 6 is probably the best out there — it’s just amazing when used with a quality shaving cream.

That said, there are some great alternatives out there that you can get easily right now and for less money.

10. Alternative shavers

Unsurprisingly, the tried and tested Arc 5 would be a great option.

While the closest performance-wise to the Arc 6 would be the 2021 Arc 5 revision G, that one is also a Japan-exclusive model that won’t be easily accessible to most of us.

Also, if we factor in the shipping and import fees, it will end up costing a lot.

Therefore, the ES-LV65 or the ES-LV67 (whichever is cheaper) are the ones to get.

Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV65

Panasonic es-lv65-s Arc 5

See the price on Amazon

If you can buy any of these at a discount, you got yourself a winner.

It’s a great shaver, it shaves just as close as the Arc 6 and it has the same punchy motor. It won’t be quite as comfortable, but with a bit of extra care (and a pre-shave lotion) you won’t have any major issues.

The ES-LV65 has a feature-rich display that also shows the duration of the shave and you can actually deactivate the beard density sensor and shave in full power mode every time.

You can get it with a cleaning station as well for not a whole lot more (the models are ES-LV95 and ES-LV97), but as I mentioned earlier for the Arc 6, the station isn’t really a must-have.

If you have the budget, you can also opt for a newer Arc 5 like the ES-LV6Q (no cleaning station) or the ES-LV9Q (cleaning station included), especially if you live in Europe where these models were officially released.

These come with the more comfortable foils, but again, you can upgrade the ES-LV65/ES-LV67 as well to use them.

If you won’t be shaving often, the flagship models from Braun will be a better choice for most users.

Braun Series 9 Pro

9460cc

See the price on Amazon

The Series 9 or the Series 9 Pro are now available pretty much everywhere and you can simply get one that suits your budget.

You can opt for one with or without a cleaning station.

I actually like the Braun station for the reasons I outlined above, so my pick would be a 93xx cc model like the 9390cc or 9370cc.

The Pro models are a bit more powerful and shave just a tad closer, but generally cost more. However, lately the price has dropped and the 9460cc Pro for example can be had for almost the same money.

The performance is however similar and either will be a good pick.

That pretty much concludes my experience with the new Panasonic Arc 6.

Hopefully this post will make it easier for you to decide whether to get it or not.

If you have any other questions or you’d like to share your experience with the Arc 6, please leave a comment below.

83 thoughts on “Panasonic Arc 6 Review: Better Than an Arc 5?”

Leave a comment
  1. Thank you for doing these reviews. I have been a Braun user since the early 80’s (before high motion vibrating motors). I have also owned version 3?, 5, 7 and now 9. I have always been intrigued by Panasonic and read your reviews. I’m currently on Braun S9. I have a though whisker face. I usually go over my face quickly before showering and then finish shave dry after getting out of shower and face is clear of all oils. And I shave daily. I replaced the S9 head after a year. I don’t know if it needed replacing but I figured once a year is fine. I’m not overly frugal. From your last comments about Braun in this review it appears that S9 is still preferred. When I’m due for my next head replacement do you think I would benefit from a change to Panasonic? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Thank you for the comment, Michael, much appreciated.

      Both the S9 and the Arc 6 are excellent shavers but you should get the one that makes more sense for how you intend to use it. Regarding the last part of the review, I would recommend the S9 to someone that shaves less often (once or twice a week) as it’s a lot better at catching longer, flat hairs. Since you shave daily, the Arc 6 would definitely be suitable. In my opinion it’s the best performing foil shaver for coarse and short hair. That said, if your S9 gives you a satisfactory shave — and that seems to be the case — I wouldn’t necessarily replace it with the Arc 6.

      It’s difficult to say if you would benefit from switching — probably not since it doesn’t seem to be anything really wrong with how your current shaver works. If you have coarse hair, the Arc 6 will probably give you a closer shave.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  2. Thank you, Ovidiu, for this excellent review, as always! We disagreed with you in only one main conclusion – the improvements are massive and not incremental. I was able to shave dry and dry shaving would not be possible with my trusted Arc5 due to my skin condition. For that simple reason, I would never go back to my the Arc 5 and I consider the Arc6 to be the major breakthrough! I usually shave wet but to have an option to shave dry when I don’t have time it is a complete game changer for me. Granted, if the skin condition is not an issue, there is no reason to buy the latest and greatest, Arc5 or Braun would be good enough. I am personally waiting for the next iteration of Arc6 as I am excited to discover how Panasonic can improve this already outstanding shaver! Thank you again for your excellent review!

    Reply
    • Hi Vasyl,

      Thank you for the comment, much appreciated. That’s awesome, glad you’re finally able to shave dry with a Panny — it used to be a struggle for me as well. The first breakthrough (but only to a point) was with the third generation Arc 5 and now with the Arc 6. As I mentioned in the review, the Arc 6 really shines with regards to comfort and it’s the one area where the improvements truly are significant in relation to the Arc 5. Men with sensitive skin can finally consider a Panasonic without any worries.

      If Panasonic somehow manages to improve the remaining few shortcomings with a future update — perhaps with a new foil block like they did with the Arc 5 — it’ll be a tough one to beat. And we will certainly get a new Braun Series 10 in 2 or 3 years as well. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
    • No, it will not work with a 92xx station. It only works with the type 5430 S9 station, which is in fact shipped with both the Pro models (94xx) and the standard 93xx. You can check out all the details here.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  3. Another excellent review Ovidiu.

    I’ll be watching in April to see what the prices and packages are in North America.

    With your long-term experience with Panasonic razors — how long do you think Panasonic will take in working out any kinks of the new product and releasing Arc 6.1?

    Cheers.

    Michael

    Reply
    • Hi Michael,

      Many thanks, glad you found the review useful.

      In the press release they actually mention two prices: $399.99 and $499.99 for the single and the shaver + station variation, respectively. The Series 9 Pro for example is already cheaper, so that will probably happen with the Arc 5 as well.

      Regarding any future revisions, if the Arc 5 is any indication, we should be getting it in a couple of years, maybe even sooner. We might also see some Japan-exclusive revisions. The shavers will probably remain more or less the same, but the foil block will be tweaked and most likely remain backward compatible.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  4. Once again Ovidiu, awesome review. I’m glad you included the info from the CES 2022 press release. I’ll definitely be ordering the $399.99 Arc 6 from amazon.com in April. Personally, I find the cleaning station to be something I use a few times and then put away as I find them too time consuming to use. Manual cleaning with soap and water has always worked perfectly fine for me for my Arc 5 and literally takes a few seconds everyday.

    Keep up the good work Ovidiu!

    Reply
    • Thank you for the comment, Ben, much appreciated. The single Arc 6 will definitely be the best pick in most cases. I feel the same way about the Panasonic station — I think I even have a couple of them from a few years ago that I’ve never used.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  5. Great review as always!
    I’m still happy with my ARC 5, so no ARC 6 for me yet, but maybe at some point in the future. I am hoping to be able to get the new rev. G blades when it’s time to replace my current blades. The one on Amazon Japan doesn’t ship to my address and I don’t want to deal with a forwarding service if I can avoid it. I’d get it on eBay, but the price there is over $140 or about double the Amazon price, so for now I’m just waiting patiently until there’s some change in that situation 🙂
    Thanks Ovidiu!

    Reply
    • Hi Avi,

      Many thanks for the kind words, glad you found the review useful.

      $140 is outrageously expensive, definitely wait a bit more until you can get it at a fair price.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  6. I just bought my new Arc5 and it hasn’t arrived yet – and then I got an email notification for this article, lol. I can easily get one of these from our close neighbor Japan (btw, I use Buyee for shopping from Japan (no affiliation). I bought some studio equipment from Japan and it couldn’t have been easier). I’m going to stick with the Arc5 though because the Arc6 doesn’t seem to be that much of an improvement in the areas that concern me. But I wouldn’t know that on my own, so thanks for another typically thorough, and technical review, Ovidiu.

    Reply
    • Hi MJ,

      You are very welcome, glad you found it useful.

      I think you made the right call by getting the Arc 5 — the biggest improvement of the Arc 6 is in my opinion the comfort during a dry shave.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      • A few hours after I made the above comment, the ARc5 arrived! I charged it up in about 50 minutes and had my first wet shave with it. Extremely impressive! I feel that it beat my bladed razor. This morning, I touched up yesterday’s afternoon shave, dry. What a breakthrough for me! It reminds me of using a fine writing instrument. Its all about technique. Instead of dreading shaving and often skipping it when I know I shouldn’t, I’m looking forward to shaving with the Arc5! I can only imagine what the Arc6 can do! Thanks Ovidiu.

        Reply
        • That’s awesome, MJ, especially since you got that result from the very first shave. Enjoy your Arc 5! 🙂

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
  7. Good evening Ovidiu, you made an excellent review as usual and I want to thank you for this. As I had already told you I own both a Braun series 9 and a panasonic arc 5.
    However, for three months I have been using the new Philips S 9000 with the new dual precision heads.

    https://youtu.be/5_g8-0bh8Eg

    And I have to tell you that since I started using the new Philips I found my total happiness because I can get very close shaves, very comfortable.
    For me who shave every day and therefore I need a very reliable razor, with this Philips I am very happy because I can shave in less than a minute and I have no problem with irritation.
    And I was very surprised because I didn’t think that these new dual precision foils, were so superior to the previous ones that were on the s9000 and Prestige that I already owned and that they had not convinced me much.
    As soon as it is also available here in Europe, I would still like to try this new Ark 6 because Panasonic razors I know are always of excellent quality.

    Reply
  8. Hello Ovidiu –

    Amazing… when will it end? an Arc 10? I wanted to let you know that I tried the Speick Electric Pre-shave lotion. Of course, nothing compares to UNO and Speick was a disappointment. I used it for a week and I could not wait to go back to my $3 bottle of Lectric Shave. With Lectric Shave, a thorough, close shave takes under 4 minutes. With Speick, it was close to 6 minutes and by the end of the day my beard was noticeable. I was forced into daily shaving. I can shave every other day and in half the time with Lectric Shave and that is what I will stick with. I wish Shishido would bring back UNO.

    Now that the Arc 6 is available, I would like to by the latest model Arc 5 available in the deluxe (metal body) model because I am sure it became more affordable. Can you please let me know the newest Arc 5 shaver, top of the line model?

    I really enjoy your reviews. Thanks.

    Reply
    • PS: I forgot to tell you one other thing. You would never believe what I discovered to clean my Arc 5 with…. my Water Pik. The jet of water gets into every nook & cranny and it has been on my counter top for years and for some reason, I tried it out and was amazed. I still use the Arc cleaner because I feel the cleaning solution lubricates the blades, but the cleaning is done first with the Water Pik. Has anyone ever mentioned using a Water Pik to you before?

      Reply
      • I don’t think so, but a strong water jet can be very effective. Just make sure it doesn’t deform the foils as they can be very sensitive to any mechanical shock.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

        Reply
    • Hi Jonathan,

      Thank you for the comment, much appreciated.

      I’m sorry the pre-shave didn’t work well — in most cases the results are great. If the Lectric Shave lotion works better, definitely stick with it, it’s a lot cheaper as well.

      I actually hope not, 6 blades are plenty. Heck, even 3 can be good enough.

      Regarding your question, the 2021 Arc 5 revision G is the latest Arc 5, however, in this iteration, none of the shavers come with a metal body. So you’ll have to go with the previous revision, the F Arc 5 in order to get one with metal body. Precisely, it’s the ES-LV9FX model.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  9. Excellent review Ovidiu, as always! And thanks for getting the Arc 6 from Japan so you could review it for us
    I have a Braun S9 Pro (9477cc) which I got recently based on your nice review. I have a very sensitive skin, and it’s much better than my old Arc4 Panasonic in that regard. It also cuts the longer hair much more easily, and in a single pass, in the neck area for example.
    In terms of comfort, especially skin irritation (for those with very, very sensitive skin), how would you compare the new Braun S9 Pro to the new Arc 6? You mention the Arc 6 is improved, but I’m wondering if the Braun S9 Pro is still better for comfortable skin and at cutting long hair which lay flat around the neck area? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Nick,

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. The S9 Pro must have been quite an improvement over the Arc 4 which can be pretty aggressive, especially when used dry. The Arc 6 is a big leap in that regard and a very comfortable shaver — I’d say that it’s on par with the Pro, it’s really that good. However, the S9 Pro is still a lot better at catching long/flat hairs in fewer strokes, particularly on the neck. So in my opinion the S9 Pro is more suitable in this situation.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  10. Hello Ovidiu,
    I have found your website two days ago as I was looking for best electric shaver. I like the way you write and your reviews are very informative, thank you for all you hard work.
    By the way, I am from Slatina,Olt and now I live in UK.
    I would like to know if the Panasonic Arc 6 is the best shaver out there if budget is not a problem. Do you think Panasonic Arc6 replacement heads will drop in price in the future, as they are quite expensive compared to Braun’s.
    Also if Braun 9/9Pro are used as often as the Panasonic, which head will last longer.
    At the moment I am using a 9.5 years old Philips HQ8270. Is a shame that I cannot find a full head with blades replacement as there is nothing wrong with mine, even the battery is strong. Please let me know if you know.
    Also you mentioned in the review that Panasonic will last 45 minutes and Braun 60 minutes. Are the batteries in both shavers user replaceable?
    Also what are the benefits from moving for spinning heads to foil head?
    Once again I am looking to invest in the best shaver and want to use it for 10 years if possible. As Braun will come out out with Series 10 in 3 years time, I am wondering if Panasonic will move to Arc7 or Arc6 improved by then.
    Thank you and much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Levi

    Reply
    • Hi Levi,

      Thank you so much for the comment. Your shaver is one of the more reliable rotaries of the past 20 years in my opinion. The heads have been discontinued, I’m afraid.

      If I understood correctly, you’ve never used a foil shaver before. If that’s the case, you can check out this section where I go over the pros and cons of both — hopefully you’ll get a better idea of whether a foil shaver like the Arc 6 or the S9/S9 Pro would be a good fit for your needs.

      I tend to steer clear of these absolute statements like the best shaver as it really depends on the needs of the user and how the shaver will be used. The Arc 6 is a fantastic shaver, but the Series 9/Pro is a lot better at cutting longer/flat-lying hairs in fewer strokes, for example. The Arc 6 does manage to cut the hair a bit closer to the skin, especially if the user has thick and coarse hair. So the Arc 6 will perform optimally if you shave often and your hair grows relatively straight. Otherwise, the S9/Pro would make more sense.

      It’s difficult to weigh in on the durability of the foil/blades since the Arc 6 is a new product. I will say however that Panasonic blades in general are more susceptible to wear if lubrication is not on point.

      The batteries are not user-replaceable — but that hasn’t stopped some users from doing it. The waterproofing will be compromised and there’s always the risk of damaging the internals, so it’s entirely up to the user if he decides to replace the battery.

      Panasonic will probably continue with their usual revisions, so there’ll be updated Arc 6 shavers in the future, but the number of blades will stay at 6. The improvements will also be pretty incremental if I were to take a guess.

      By the way, a shaver that lasts for 10+ years with regular/constant use is not quite as common these days. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but a bit unlikely.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      • Hi,

        I’ve taken apart a few Panasonic shavers and consider any concerns about compromising of waterproofing to be grossly exaggerated. All rubber seals are securely glued to the body parts and all you need to take care of is to fully tighten all the bolts when reassembling. I am convinced that if you take your shaver to Panasonic for battery replacement, their employee will do exactly the same thing as you. Namely: disassemble your shaver as shown at the end of each instruction, replace the battery and reassemble it in reverse order. Panasonic shavers are fairly easy to disassemble and the battery isn’t soldered and can be easily removed and replaced. There is a small chance of damaging a small percentage of the plastic parts of the body at the points of contact with the bolts when unwinding if the shaver has been in operation for a very long time, but this would also happen in the service and is unlikely to affect the waterproofing. It takes brute force to damage the internal components, and you actually won’t interact with them much just by changing the battery. Therefore, I would boldly open the instructions and slowly go through all the steps to disassemble the shaver. But in fact, Panasonic takes pride of place in the battery market and makes really high-quality batteries. Their shavers show a solid self-discharge, but they can lie for years, after which you charge them and the battery will give out the values ​​declared in the technical specifications. When battery wear will reach a critical point, you are more likely want to buy a new shaver, because the current one will not be in the best condition.

        Reply
        • Hi Artem,

          Definitely a fair point. I do however take extra care and I am a bit more conservative with (publicly) recommending anything that goes against what the manufacturer states and that could result in something going wrong. I agree that it’s extremely unlikely to damage the internals, but poking anything with a screwdriver is always a possibility and I simply have to mention it as a disclaimer. I think a service center will also replace the rubber seals after opening the shaver for repairing (like horologists do when servicing a watch). Those parts aren’t easy to source for the end user, so at least applying some silicone grease would be beneficial as the rubber can get rigid and won’t seal the gaps properly.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

          Reply
          • Your position is understandable and more than justified. And, of course, everything that the user does, he does at his own peril and risk, and you, as a responsible person, must warn about this risk. And I also don’t encourage anyone to take apart their shavers without realizing the risk of damaging them. I just wanna emphasize that the risk is actually minimal. The rubber seals that are present between the two parts of the inner case present here rather as a preventive measure, since in reality, depending on the model, little or no water gets there at all. I understand the fears that the rubber can get rigid or even loosen, but I think they are also very exaggerated.

            In any case, I believe that, normally, the battery will enough the entire life cycle of the razor itself. And if the user wants to replace it, he is unlikely wanna give a lot of money to the service to extend the life of a worn shaver. I think he will rather buy a new one or want to replace the battery on his own, and there is definitely such an opportunity and it’s not difficult to do this if you use the instructions for a specific model.

    • Hi Melvin,

      As mentioned in the review, no, it will not work on any Arc 5 model, ES-LV65 included.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  11. I really love the Shaving (Elapsed) Time display on my EV-LV95. I was going to purchase an ES-LV9Q which is currently discounted (with the intent of fitting a rev G foil when it comes time for its replacement) until I saw your review and the global press release for the Arc6.

    You mention you found it gentler but Panasonic does not claim this. Do you know what has made it gentler? And how much of a difference is it?

    For me, it is a trade off of display and price (LV9Q) vs looks and gentleness (Arc6) but given you are the only one to mention the gentleness I am concerned I will not notice it. Any advice on choosing between these too and my trade off?

    Note: I dry shave with my LV95 (running rev C foils) and I often get slight razor burn (a bit of redness) on my upper neck just under the jaw line. A shave takes me 5~6mins to get it as close as I like it (I know this thanks to the display!).

    Reply
    • Hi Rob,

      Panasonic never really makes too much fuss about the comfort of their shavers — they always try to emphasize the sharpness of the blades and how close they can cut the hairs to the skin. That said, I’m definitely not the only one that noticed how comfortable the Arc 6 is. Just this review alone has quite a few comments from users that were really surprised by the comfort. And the Arc 6 hasn’t even been released outside of Japan.

      Now, even with that in mind, I still think the ES-LV9Q would be a suitable option for your needs. If you’re only getting a slight razor burn when shaving dry with your LV95 with rev C foils, you can expect pretty much the same with the LV9Q, maybe a slight improvement with the rev G foils. If this redness doesn’t bother you, I think getting the LV9Q would make more sense. The Arc 6 is gentler and the foils stay even cooler, but if we factor in the price, the convenience of buying it and even some features (better display, larger aluminum body panels), the LV9Q sounds more appealing, at least at this moment.

      Also, have you tried a pre-shave? I use Tabac or Speick and in my case it definitely helps with the comfort.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  12. Thanks for the interesting observations. It’s surprising that the addition of another cutter should make a difference mainly in comfort. I like to alternate between Panasonic, Braun, and Wahl shavers. Thy all do a pretty good job, except under my jaw & on the sides of my neck. The Arc 5 is the least bad there, I’m guessing because the arc shape helps to maintain contact & even pressure with the looser skin in these areas. Still, there seems room for improvement. Two questions:

    Do you think the 6 would be an improvement in this regard?

    Also, I wonder about stepping up the “arc” idea not by increasing the number of arcs, but by decreasing the radius. My hunch is that this might increase the risk of irritation, but it might offer a closer shave over relatively loose skin …but there’s only one way to find out. Do you know whether Panasonic or anyone else offers or plans to offer a shaver with even more of an arc?

    Reply
    • Hi Bary,

      Thank you for the comment, those are some excellent points.

      The improved comfort of the Arc 6 is not the result of a sixth blade — but rather of the complete redesign of the foil block itself. All the blades are now built-in and again, it’s a brand new, improved element, not just an Arc 5 foil with an extra cutter.

      Regarding your other question, the Arc 6 seems to be slightly better when shaving under the chin, but to be honest, the Arc 5 was already really good at that, arguably the best out of all fil shavers. So I think it’ll be better, but I don’t think you’ll see a huge improvement (unless your Arc 5 foil & blades are worn out).

      Decreasing the radius will in theory help achieve a closer shave, however, it will come with other major shortcomings. The engineers are probably aware of that and have come up with a compromise. For example, it would be extremely challenging for the blades to oscillate behind a very curved foil without limiting the range of motion of the blades or even their lifespan. Reliability also plays an important role here and I think they probably explored this route and didn’t seem doable.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  13. Hi! Are you planning to review this new ES-LT67? I sent you an email but didn’t recieve an answer… My years with Braun are gone. It’s either this or 100 euros pricier ES-CV51…

    Reply
  14. I currently have a standard Braun Series 9 and I’m considering upgrading to either the Arc 6 when it comes out or a Series 9 Pro for the stronger motor when it eventually drops a bit more in price. I mainly use my electric shaver to shave my head, which would be the better option? I never got to try an Arc 5 on my head sadly but I used to like it a lot when I shaved my face and found it slightly better than the Braun.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi,

      In this case I would rather go with the S9 Pro. Even though Panasonic shavers have an advantage when shaving facial hair (slightly closer shave), when used on the head, I doubt you’ll notice any difference. Moreover, I consider Braun’s head + flexible foils better suited for shaving the head. I do not shave my entire head, but I do cut my own hair and currently using the Series 9 Pro for high skin fades and it works brilliantly.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  15. Thanks Ovidiu. As always, an exhaustive review. This will probably be my next Panasonic shaver, but in the very distant future. I will most likely miss a few revisions. It’s a pity that they removed this comfortable thumb pad, I really like that detail on their latest shavers.

    Reply
    • Ovidiu, have you noticed any functional convenience associated with the fact that now the first trimmer is located closer to the first foil or with the fact that this shaver essentially resembles a 2 mini-Arc 3? When shaving the area around the Adam’s apple with Arc 5, I sometimes get the feeling that the difficulty in catching long flat hair is due to the trimmer being a bit far away. Or is it more likely due to the low efficiency of the trimmer in the foils of the first revisions and there is no difference between Arc 6 and the ES9040 in this aspect?

      Is there a very significant difference in comfort between Arc 6 and Arc 5 revision G? And between ES9040 and ES9036/ES9038?

      Reply
      • Hi Artem,

        Really interesting questions. In my opinion — and I’m mostly referring to the Arc 6 in relation to the revision G Arc 5 or any Arc 5 using the ES9040 set — there’s no intrinsic advantage as a result of the trimmer being located closer to the first foil in the case of the Arc 6.

        Even though on the Arc 5 there’s a larger gap between the outermost foil that first comes into contact with the hairs and the trimmer, it will eventually get to them. The main issue in my opinion is that this trimmer is still not quite as effective as a Braun when the longer hairs also stay flat on the skin. It will take several passes before getting them. With the Arc 6, the number of passes will sometimes be smaller since there are two opportunities for the trimmer to get the hairs during a stroke. But it’s not a linear improvement, as in I don’t find it twice as effective as the Arc 5 rev G — not even close.

        You’ll probably find the ES9040 better around the Adam’s Apple compared to the original foil, but I wouldn’t call it a massive improvement. It is more comfortable though and the Arc 6 is even better in that regard. I’d say the Arc 6 is a big step up in comfort compared to the ES9170 Arc 5 (no comfort rollers) and more of an incremental one compared to the revision G or even the older ones like the ES9036.

        Sincerely,
        Ovidiu

        Reply
        • Ovidiu, thanks again for such a detailed review and additional explanations. For me, they are reason enough to stick with Arc 5 for the next few years, most likely with the latest revision foils when the time comes.

          A significant improvement in comfort is already a big success for Panasonic shavers, even if performance with long flat hair is still not very good. Although I have pretty sensitive skin, I can get a comfortable and close dry shave with Arc 5 with foil without comfort rollers, as long as the foils stay cool and I’m reasonably gentle. The comfort improvements you describe with the foils of the latest Arc 5 revisions seem sufficient and the benefits of the Arc 6 don’t seem enough to justify the price difference.

          It will be interesting to watch the further development of the Arc 6 line. If they do manage to significantly improve performance with long flat hair, Braun will be hard pressed to get away with further cosmetic changes of Series 9.

          Reply
          • My pleasure, Artem, glad I could be of help. I think that’s the best decision for the time being.

            Regarding any subsequent updates to the Arc 6, I think we’ll be seeing incremental improvements at least for the first 2 to 3 years (a similar approach to what they did with the third Arc 5 generation) — for example, the two Arc 6 models for the North American market will be called ES-LS9A and ES-LS8A. That’s just aching for a revision B. The Series 9 Pro is probably the last makeover of the Series 9, so there’ll be a Series 10 for sure, probably in a couple of years, which should make things really interesting.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

  16. Thank you so much for your detailed review. I was using Braun and Philips shavers for years, but switched to a Panasonic ES-LV97 not too long ago after reading your reviews. Mainly because I wanted to try something different than Braun/Philips. And I really, really like the shaver, as well as its cleaning station and how the replacement of the cleaning solution works way better (and is more eco-friendly, I guess) than with Braun and Philips.

    I have sensitive skin and my skin got irritated at first after using the ES-LV97, but that went away after a few weeks. The shaving result is always great, it only struggles a little bit under my chin, but not as bad as my old Braun Series 9.

    After reading your review, I will eventually replace my LV-97 with the new Arc 6, because of its performance to shave under the chin. Right now, I always use a safety razor to get rid of the remaining hairs under my chin. I shave about every 2 to 3 days.

    Anyway, thank you again for your review and for maintaining this site. I’ve stumbled upon it a few years ago and have been reading your reviews ever since.

    Reply
    • Hi Nico,

      Many thanks for your comment and for being a frequent visitor here, I truly appreciate it.

      I think you’ll find the Arc 6 at least as good and enjoyable as your LV97. In my case it is the best performing Panasonic when shaving under the chin. I would however wait for the global launch before buying it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  17. Hi again from Finland!

    Should I buy ES-LV9Q for 199 euros (outlet price on a local store) compared to ES-CV51 for 299 euros.

    Which one is better plus powerful for a sensitive skin, especially for neck and chin?

    Like I said, my Braun days are gone. Older 9 series (9060 or something) I bought from outlet was horrible, worse than my old 7 series.

    Reply
    • Hi Lauri,

      In this case I would definitely go with the ES-LV9Q — you’re really getting a lot more for your money. It’s not just the price difference (which is significant), but the ES-LV9Q also comes with a cleaning station and detergent (regardless if you’ll be using it or not) and the shaver itself has some extra features (better LED display, flexing shaving head, slightly better pop-up trimmer). Both will shave the same since they use the same foil and blades. But again, in this situation, getting the ES-LV9Q makes a lot more sense.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  18. First, I have to say how impressed I am with the your detailed reviews. Thank you! As for the Panasonic Arc 6, I want to buy one right now to replace a recently broken Braun Series 7, but despite the Panasonic press release stating April 2022 for availability through Amazon, and it now being more than half way through the month of April, I’m not seeing the Arc 6 for sale on Amazon or anywhere else in the US. Is there any more info on the Arc 6 global release schedule?

    Reply
    • Many thanks for the comment, Bob, glad you found the reviews useful. I’m afraid not, there’s still no info regarding the global or USA availability of the Arc 6. I will update the article as soon as there’s any news.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  19. Intriguing new shaver. Thanks for the review.

    Question: on PURELY comfort grounds alone (no consideration of cost, closeness, etc.) how would you rate the Arc 6 against a Braun Series 7 (original 7, not the dumbed-down version)?

    My “holy grail” quest is always for maximum comfort. So far I haven’t found anything – for me personally – more comfortable than a Braun 7 used wet (and its closeness is just fine for me, not looking to shave closer).

    But it sounds like the Arc 6 might be in the running as the most comfortable shaver. Thoughts? Thanks as always for a great website.

    Reply
    • Hi David,

      Really good question, however, the old Series 7 is still more comfortable. The Arc 6 is really impressive compared to other high-end Panasonic shavers, particularly the older Arc 5 that most users know (the Japan-exclusive models being virtually unknown), but the Series 7 is clearly on top when it comes to comfort. So I’m afraid the Arc 6 won’t really be an upgrade in that regard. I also consider the Series 7 to be the benchmark for comfort (on par with the Series 9, at least in my case).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  20. Thanks for the fast reply. Based on that it doesn’t sound like the Arc 6 would be a good move for me, based on my personal needs and preferences.

    So … two related but different questions for you.

    1) Just interested to learn whether, for your own personal use when not reviewing, you tend to reach for the Arc 5, the Arc 6, or something else?

    2) With all the talk of an “adjustment period” when starting with a new shavers, does this present any issues for you as bounce among different shavers for reviews?

    I, myself, have never experienced this whole “adjustment period” thing, but I have to assume it has some merit, as pretty much all manufacturers make note of it.

    As ever, thanks for your terrific website.

    Reply
    • You are very welcome, David.

      I usually shave with an Arc 6 when I have the time for a wet shave or before an event and I want a really close shave. It’s the best shaver I’ve used in this manner. Most of the time I shave dry for the convenience and I usually grab a Braun Series 9 Pro. Before buying it I think my most used shaver was a Series 7 7865cc. It’s still a fantastic shaver, it’s a shame Braun decided to replace it with an inferior product.

      I never need an adjustment period when switching between different electric shavers (excellent question btw). I think manufacturers assume that most users will be switching from a manual razor, in which care there will likely be an adjustment period, both in terms of technique and the skin getting rid of any existing scar tissue (manual razors exfoliate the skin quite aggressively compared to electric shavers, so the skin will produce a lot more scar tissue, like a thicker layer of skin cells that can prevent an electric shaver from performing optimally).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  21. Panasonic have just released updated models in Japan last week. The new Pro 6 series ES-LS9BX etc. Very similar naming to the Braun 9 Pro.

    Release date in Japan June 1st.

    Interested to see what is new other than the name.

    Reply
    • Hi,

      Thank you for the comment. It does seem like the most incremental update I’ve seen so far from Panasonic. I didn’t expect a revision B that soon, to be honest, but then again, they didn’t do much. Apart from the bubble making mode (probably using the sonic cleaning mode or something similar), the Pro models appear unchanged from the original Arc 6.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  22. Looks like this is a new (useless?) feature-

    NEW bubble making mode

    You can use facial cleanser * 4 or body soap to quickly and easily create shaving foam.
    * Compatible product number: ES-LS9BX / ES-LS5B only

    Reply
    • You are very welcome. Can’t confirm it, but it was the same name scheme (with a C preceding the model name) in the case of the newer Japanese Arc 5 models. The color of the plastic cap was the only difference in that case also.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  23. April is almost over and still no Arc 6 available on Amazon. I really wish Panasonic would be more forthcoming about their release dates.
    I’m am definitely going to be purchasing the Arc 6 with the clean/charge station and power case as soon as it becomes available on Amazon.

    Reply
    • Hi there,

      Thank you for the comment. That is true, contrary to the official press release by Panasonic, the Arc 6 still hasn’t been launched globally and no one seems to know why. I am currently trying to get more info on this and will update the post as soon as I have any news.

      PS: because of spambots, the comments have to be pre-approved and do not show up immediately on the page. Thank you for your understanding.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  24. Hello Ovidiu,
    Great information. I just realized I think I made a massive mistake in purchasing the ARC 6. I could only find the ES-LS9N-K which I realized was DRY ONLY. I occasionally like to use a little bit of shave cream for a slick service. What is the real difference on these versions and will I still be able to use a bit of cream one in a while? I mostly shave DRY but it’s a treat to use a bit of cream now and again. I’m just wondering if I should cancel my order and opt for a different version.
    Thank you in advance. Keep up the good work.
    Sam

    Reply
    • Hi Sam,

      Thank you for the comment, much appreciated.

      All Arc 6 models are waterproof, so the shaver itself should be fine since it can be washed with water just like the wet/dry models. That said, Panasonic makes the dry-only models dry only since they also work with the cord plugged in, which does pose a serious health hazard and should never be used wet with the cord plugged in. I do not recommend using the ES-LS9N-K with shaving cream since it’s against what the manufacturer recommends. If you can still cancel your order and get a wet/dry model instead, that would probably be the best option.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
      • Hi Ovidiu,
        Ok I think I understand. If I’m using some logic on this I believe that as long as I don’t shave with the cord plugged in or use in the shower, the shaver should handle the same as the other versions. If they all use the same foils and they all are waterproof, I can’t see why a tiny bit of cream or gel would hurt. I realize that you can’t go against the manufacturer’s recommendation so I am reading between the lines on this. I will lubricate first with the oil they give me but you still have to turn on the shaver for that as well. I will let you know but I think just missed being able to cancel my order.
        Thanks again for your thoughts on this.
        Sam

        Reply
        • Also – I’m not talking about a full lather. Just a dab with water on the face to make the surface slick. Thanks again,
          Sam

          Reply
    • Hi Allan,

      Thank you for the heads-up. The ES-CLS9AX-K was available for quite some time (from third-party vendors), but it is not one of the two Arc 6 models that should have been officially released by now in the USA (at a more reasonable price). Precisely, the ES-LS9A and ES-LS8A. Those should still come pretty soon hopefully.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  25. Hi Ovidiu,
    I received my ARC 6 model today w/ cleaning station. It’s very nice.
    It’s fully charged and ready to go and excited to use tomorrow morning before work. I noticed the LED display had a small picture of foil, a water faucet and a lock box with the #1 inside. All 3 pictures are below the 100%. Is there any significance to this? Is it telling me to clean it first with water? I can’t read the Japanese instructions so I’m hoping you know. Thanks in advance.
    Sam

    Reply
    • Hi Sam,

      There’s no need to clean it or do anything special before the first shave. Since the battery is fully charged, you can go right ahead and shave. On models that come with a cleaning station you also get a cleaning reminder that lights up when the shaver thinks it needs cleaning (with the station). It gets reset once you put the shaver through the automatic cleaning program. I wouldn’t mind it too much though.

      Hope you’ll enjoy shaving with your new Arc 6. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  26. Hi Ovidu. Still quite interested in the Panasonic roll out of this new product.

    Two questions.

    First, looking at the picture, in some ways it seems like two Arc 3 shaver heads, welded together in the middle, with a roller bar added. Is that an unfair description? I’m still unclear as to why it performs better than its humbler, earlier-release, Panasonic shavers.

    Second, whether this shaver or any other, if a customer purchases it and decides against it during the money-back trial period, what does the company then do with the returned shaver? Pop a new head on and sell it as new? Give it to the employees? Discard it? Sell it on eBay? Just wondering if there any deals to be had for a customer scouting around for a returned shaver selling at a discount.

    Thanks as always for your terrific website.

    -David

    Reply
    • Hi David,

      Thank you for the comment, those are some really great questions.

      At first sight, the Arc 6 shaving unit does seem to be just two Arc 3s glued together. Of course things are not quite as simple. There’s a lot of R&D and testing involved. For example, the way the blade sits inside the corresponding foil has been constantly refined from the Arc 3 onward. And it really is obvious in the case of the Arc 6 which cuts the hairs really clean and comfortable. The motor is also an evolution — it’s more compact, faster and vibrates less.

      Large companies like Panasonic or Braun never sell used shavers nor give them to employees. I think they most likely recycle them and use the parts on new shavers. Unfortunately I do not know what exactly the recycling part involves.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

Leave a Comment