The good: great value for money, uses the same blades as more expensive shavers, fast motor, can be used for dry or wet shaving, suitable for sensitive skin, close and comfortable shaves, good ergonomics and build quality
The bad: doesn’t include a cleaning and charging station, doesn’t have a multi-flex pivoting head, tricky areas may require some additional passes
The Panasonic ES-LT41-K is one of those electric shavers that don’t include all the gimmicks of the very expensive ones, but they perform great and they do that at a reasonable price. Read along for our in-depth Panasonic ES-LT41-K review where we take a close look at everything that matters.
Table of Contents
The ES-LT41K comes packed with the usual features of Panasonic shavers in this price range, along with a couple of very interesting ones. Let’s take a quick look at the most important ones and see what they really are.
30-Degree Stainless Nanotech Blades – I’ve said it before, but Panasonic really makes some of the best blades out there. Period. Beyond the marketing and gimmicky sounding name, these are high quality, extremely sharp, durable Japan made stainless steel blades. They are also angled at 30 degrees, further reducing the pulling and tugging sensation that can be experienced with other shavers.
Fast Linear Motor Drive – a 13000 cycles per minute motor powers the cutting block of the ES-LT41K. That is definitely fast and comparable to 14000 units from the much more expensive shavers. A powerful motor is extremely important for the quality of the shave. To be more precise, the shaving time and the comfort are greatly improved.
Multi-Fit Arc Blades – The word ARC in all of Panasonic’s products means that the blades and the outer foil feature a slightly curved profile; they are also able to move independently. This shaver in particular features 3 blades (Arc 3), the middle one being a slit foil designed to catch and cut very long hairs to a suitable length for the other two blades to tackle.
Flexible pivoting head – the shaving head can tilt left and right; it doesn’t have the back and forth pivoting function of the more expensive shavers (like the ES-LA93-K). The head can also be locked in place by a switch located on the side of the shaver.
Other features worth mentioning are:
- Wet/Dry Operation
- 10 stage LCD battery indicator
- Pop-up trimmer
- Travel lock
- Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode for quick clean-up
- 5 minute Quick Charge function
Build quality and ergonomics
With a color scheme of black and silver, this electric shaver has a premium look and feel. It definitely feels more expensive than it really is. Lightweight and comfortable to hold, it features rubber inserts on the sides that provide an excellent grip. The build quality is also very good and feels sturdy and durable.
Being on the smaller side, especially when compared to the more hefty shavers that feature 4 blades (ARC 4), the ES-LT41K is very nimble and easy to use. You will appreciate its ergonomics when shaving tricky spots like the upper lip area and your chin.
Battery life and charging
The ES-LT41K can only be operated cordless; as it’s the case with all the dry/wet electric shavers, the manufacturer has disabled the use of the device when plugged in for safety concerns.
The Li-Ion battery can be fully charged in approximately 60 minutes and it should provide power for 50 minutes of use. The 5 minute quick charge feature allows the shaver to be used for one shave when the power has been completely exhausted. The battery life of Panasonic shavers is pretty solid and this one shouldn’t be any different.
The battery percentage indicator shows the remaining power in increments of 10%. The device is also fitted with an Automatic Dual Voltage Converter (AC 100 – 240V).
Cleaning and maintenance
Being completely waterproof, cleaning the device is as easy as it gets. After every use, just apply some liquid hand soap and water on the outer foil and turn it on for around 20 seconds.
Pressing and holding the power button for more than 2 seconds will activate what Panasonic calls Sonic Vibrations Cleaning Mode. Basically, the inner blades will vibrate vigorously for a more efficient cleaning and will automatically turn off once the cycle completed.
After that, just remove the outer foil and rinse the shaver under running tap water. When rinsing the cutting block it is recommended to activate the cleaning mode again for a more thorough cleaning. Pat dry with a cloth and you’re all set.
It’s safe to say that the shaving performance of this razor will satisfy most men; coarse stubble and difficult areas like the neck will require additional passes, but with a little patience and the right technique you can get very close and comfortable shaves.
Using this shaver with an electric pre-shave lotion or with a quality shaving cream can further improve your shaving experience. Less blades and the smaller surface of the outer foil that comes in contact with the skin means that shaving will take a bit longer when compared to the ES-LA63-S for example. On the upside, the razor is very nimble and easy to maneuver, especially when shaving around your sideburns, upper lip area or goatee.
The popup trimmer is pretty much the same type from all of Panasonic’s shavers, meaning that its positioning is a bit unpractical. You’ll have no problem using it for general grooming, but for actions that require more finesse it’s not that great. One thing that helps is to have the outer foil and inner blades removed before using the trimmer so you’ll be able to see what you’re doing.
Considering the price and overall performance, the Panasonic ES-LT41K is a very solid shaver.
The package is pretty much standard and it includes the following items:
- ES-LT41K electric shaver
- Charging cord
- Travel pouch
Replacement parts availability
The outer foil and inner blades can be bought separately or bundled together. Panasonic recommends replacing them after one year, but that greatly depends on the frequency of use and how coarse is your facial hair.
The suitable parts for the device are:
- Replacement Outer Foil (WES9087PC)
- Replacement Inner Blade (WES9068PC)
- Replacement Outer Foil and Inner Blades Set (WES9027PC)
Oddly, the set is more expensive, so we recommend buying the parts separately.
Wrapup – Who should buy it?
Panasonic shavers always impress with their great performance in the low end category of products. This one is no exception; for example, it features the same quality inner blades as one of our favorite shavers, the ES-LA93-K. It doesn’t have the same thinner outer foil and pivoting functions of the cutting block, but it is still a very capable shaver. Having said, unless you’re extremely picky, almost anyone looking for a quality, budget-friendly foil shaver will be more than happy with it.
Foil shavers tend to be more sensitive skin-friendly than their rotary counterparts and the ones from Panasonic, with their fast motors, sharp, hypoallergenic blades, are a very solid option.
Even though it works great for dry shaving, using the ES-LT41-K with a quality shaving cream can make a big difference in both the closeness and the comfort of the shave. If you’re someone that enjoys even occasional wet shaving, this shaver is for you.
Also, if you’re just getting started with electric shaving, you can’t really go wrong with this one, being extremely user friendly and easy to use and operate. Being compact and featuring a universal voltage regulator, it is also great for traveling and quick shaves before meetings.
You’ve probably noticed that the shaver being reviewed doesn’t include a cleaning and charging station. Even though I don’t consider it to be a necessity for this particular shaver, if you must have one then the Panasonic ES-LT71-S is basically an identical shaver that also comes with an Automatic Cleaning System. It does that without costing a lot more, so you should definitely take it into consideration.
Another very interesting option is the excellent Panasonic ES-LA63-S. Normally, this would be in a totally different price category and we probably wouldn’t have mentioned it; but given the fact that it is an older model, it can often be found at an excellent price. For more information on the Panasonic ES-LA63-S, you can also check out our review of the Panasonic ES-LA93-K, which is basically an identical shaver (it comes in a different color scheme and with an Automatic Cleaning System).