Panasonic Arc IV ES8249K Shaver Review


The Panasonic Arc IV ES8249K Nano Vortex is Panasonic’s answer to a wet/dry rechargeable shaving system that comes with all the benefits of a cleaning and docking station too.

Appearance and Inclusions

We can say that the Panasonic Arc IV ES8249K is a “typical” Panasonic shaver shape with a streamlined and tapering easy-grip handle supporting the rounded rectangular foil head. It has a silver or black body, with black and chrome trim and an orange LCD display.

The unit comes supplied with a Vortex HydraClean system, AC recharger and a travel pouch.

Main Features

  • This unit uses a counter-directional four-blade system with blades angled at 30 degrees. Most shavers have 3, 2 or even 1 blade. This expands the cutting area.
  • Nanotech polished blades covered with quadruple arc foil provide a powerful, yet protected and comfortable cutting system that shaves without continuously going over the same area.
  • It uses an ultra-powerful linear motor – at 13,000 RPM it shaves fast and tackles even the thickest of growths easily and without pulling hairs.
  • Pivoting head that flexes and rocks, following the contours of the face easily and providing a comfortable shave.
  • Wet or dry shaving – can be used in the shower, with foam or gel, or dry.
  • Pop-up trimmer for keeping mustache and sideburns in shape.
  • 10-step LCD display with low battery indicator.
  • LCD also features a timer to show usage time.
  • Automatic voltage conversion means it can be plugged in anywhere in the world.
  • 1 hour quick charge for approximately 14 shaves or a 5-minute emergency charge for one shave.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The Vortex HydraClean system automatically cleans the shaving unit, using an alcohol-free water/detergent mix (which comes in cartridges you will need to replace) and dries it using a heating element.

It can also recharge the unit at the press of a button. The whole process takes around an hour.


Retail prices of this unit are $200 – $250 but you can pick one up much cheaper than this online – up to 50% off in fact.


The Panasonic Arc IV ES8249K includes a 2-year replacement warranty.

User Reviews

There are very few negative comments from users about the Panasonic Arc IV ES8249K. Some users prefer the in-built turbo cleaning system of similar Panasonic models rather than the cleaning stand, but that’s about it.

Users like the effectiveness of the four-blade system, as well as the low noise. The heart of the razor is the powerful motor which seems to handle the thickest beards painlessly and there are no complaints about the smoothness and closeness of the shave.

If you can pick one up at the discounted online price then it really does present great value, considering all of its features.

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