Panasonic Arc IV ES8243A Shaver Review


The Panasonic Arc IV ES8243A shaver is a mid-priced rechargeable model from another of the main 4 electric razor manufacturers.

Despite its mid-range price it carries a lot of features you see on more expensive models, as you will see from the description below.

Appearance and Inclusions

The Panasonic Arc IV ES8243A is a distinctive chrome and blue color with its 4-bladed head perched on top of tapering handle that allows an easy and comfortable grip. On the front of the handle is an orange-colored LED.

This model comes equipped with a convenient travel case.

Main Features

  • A quadruple arc foil, pivoting head.
  • It features FOUR Nanotec finishing blades for a close comfortable shave on the first pass. 2 Inner blades too.
  • The expanded cutting area of this shaver spreads the pressure and reduces friction and irritation to the skin.
  • It uses the sharpest blades available on the market.
  • It uses the Panasonic linear motor – one of the fastest motors around at 13,000 RPM – to tackle even the thickest beards. Most razors operate at 8,000 – 10,000 RPM.
  • A pivot action shaving system that allows you to turn the shaver any way while still remaining comfortable and irritation-free on the skin.
  • Option to use it wet or dry. It can be used to shave in the shower – the stream of hot water opens up the pores, making it easier to remove hair.
  • Features an LCD display that shows the battery level (in 10 steps), so you know when it should be charged.  There is also a light that indicates when cleaning is required.
  • A pop up trimmer allows you to straighten up your sideburns and mustache.
  • 5 minute quick charge option.
  • 14-day battery life per charge.
  • Automatic voltage conversion – so it can be used overseas without any problems.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Even cleaning is done at great speed with this shaver. When you are ready, run the tap and activate the turbo mode which accelerates the vibrations to 17,000 RPM. This removes any remaining stubble and hair from the unit.


The Panasonic Arc IV ES8243A retails at around $200 in high street stores but you can get a heavy discount on this price at Amazon


The Panasonic Arc IV ES8243A shaver comes with a 2-year warranty.

User Reviews

The Panasonic Arc IV ES8243A shaver gets great reviews from users in more than 90% of cases; considering a lot of these are sold, that’s pretty good going.

It misses the cleaning and docking station of more expensive models, but the turbo cleaning mode under running water seems to keep it in good shape anyway. And you don’t have the extra expense of the cleaning fluid with this model.

Its main strengths seem to be the fourth finishing blade and the powerful motor which combine to produce a state-of-the-art cutting system that is difficult to beat.

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