Take the Panasonic ES LA93 K 4-Blade Wet/Dry cordless rechargeable electric shaver, featuring the patented Vortex Cleaning System.
It has definitely been a staple in the world of highly efficient, tremendously effective electric shavers for quite awhile now.
Whether he sports a meticulously trimmed beard, wears a carefully trimmed goatee, or shaves clean each and every morning, it equals out to about 1,092 hours, or 65,520 minutes of a man’s lifetime.
Most men spends that much time in front of his bathroom mirror perfecting his own unique facial hair style.
When viewed in that light, choosing the right razor to fit your own personal and specific needs suddenly seems pretty important.
For damn good reasons, too; it is awesomely loaded with innovative and pioneering features, all of which promise to deliver one of the closest shaves available outside the realm of twirling barber poles, hot towels and old-school straight razors.
Reviewing ES LA93 K : Advanced Technology
In fact, via advanced technology, it promises to deliver the kind of close and comfortable shave most often associated with the common razor-and-shave gel/cream routine, all in less than half the time, a fraction of the effort and virtually zero of the mess involved in shaving the traditional way.
The combination of all these factors suggests a shaving experience that will be head and shoulders above the results you can expect from other, comparable electric razors in the same class as the Panasonic ES LA93 K.
Let us face the facts: it used to be really expensive. But the retail price of the Panasonic ES LA93 K electric razor has dropped dramatically in recent years, making it one of the most affordable cordless and rechargeable electric shavers of its kind.
Taking into account the features and quality performance of this particular razor, it would seem to offer stellar value for its price; and who doesn’t love great value for their money?
This razor even boasts some features that were introduced for the very first time with this model, when they were brand new and unique in the world of electric shavers.
Even if some of these features have now become the standard, this fact just serves to further underline the status of the Panasonic ES-LA93-K as a superior choice in the world of cordless, rechargeable electric razors.
Let us now examine some key elements where this product is concerned.
- Shaver unit
- Charging and Cleaning Station
- Protective cap
- Electrical cord
- Traveling case
- Cleaning cartridge
Available Replacement Parts
- Foil and blades replacements
- Cleaning cartridges
ES-LA93-K Electric Cordless Shaver Advantage
This razor features the Multi-Flex Pivoting Head, which can pivot in four directions: left to right, and back and forth.
This technology improves the razor heads ability to closely follow the contours of your face, particularly in areas like the chin, the shelf of the jaw and other areas that can be problematic when shaving.
On the other hand, there is a switch on the back of the shaving head that locks it in place when it is precision that you are looking for.
The arched, 4 blade shaving system is crafted from hypoallergenic stainless steel, which makes experiencing the annoying symptoms of irritation much less likely. This 4 blade system is comprised of two main outer foils, in addition to one thin finishing foil and one slit foil, designed for cutting longer hairs. All four of these blades are actually able to move independently of one another.
Very close (but also comfortable) shaves.
Superior at cutting coarse hair and providing incredibly fast shave times. This is because the Panasonic ES-LA93-K just happens to boast a 14,000 CPM motor, which is one of the most powerful motors you can find on any cordless electric shaver.
Quick shaving times Specifically reduces the amount of pressure needed to apply while shaving, as well as the likelihood of razor burn and other skin irritations. This is due to the second, vibrating motor inside the shaving head, which lifts stubborn hairs away from the skin before cutting them, thus saving your skin from the usual contact pressure involved in shaving.
The Vortex Cleaning System. This is crazy innovative, and even more convenient. It is an all-in-one cleaning and charging station dock, which uses Panasonic shaver cleaning solution, a water-based, alcohol-free cleanser that is the standard for all Panasonic shaver devices.
Powerful motor and Other great features include wet or dry shaving capabilities, a fully washable unit, a quick charge option (for when you forgot to dock your shaver like the responsible adult you’re supposed to be), a lock button to prevent accidental switch-ons, a 10 stage battery indicator on the LCD display and a pop-up trimmer.
Ergonomic, comfortable, and natural grip feel, with a weight that suggests quality craftsmanship without being too heavy.
Foil, blades and cleaning cartridges do not need frequent replacements.
Attractive glossy-black finish meshes well with the blue-light LCD display, creating a handsome and classic look.
- Inexpensive cleaning cartridges.
- Quiet operation.
Disadvantage Of Panasonic ES LA93 K
The four-bladed shaving head is not ideal for sensitive skin. It can be slightly overzealous in its performance, and many individuals with sensitive skin have been unable to use this razor.
The unit cannot be used while it is charging. In other words, no cord can be plugged into the shaver, allowing for use if (or when) you have forgotten to replace the shaver onto the cleaning base/station/dock to charge. However, this is a common safety precaution for wet/dry electric razors.
The four-bladed shaving head is especially large and a bit bulky.
You will probably need to adjust to using it.
The station/dock is pretty large, and takes up quite a bit of space.
Some users have reported that the station can leak cleaning fluid.
Using the Cleaning Station can be time-consuming.
The Cleaning Station is rather noisy.
Can cause flare-ups in individuals who are prone to ingrown hairs or razor bumps.
The blue lights on the display blink, which some may consider annoying or downright intolerable.
Charge Time and Battery Life
Charging the Panasonic ES LA93 K fully takes about sixty minutes. A full charge should provide about forty-five total minutes of use.
The LED display has a blue-light, ten stage battery indicator, which will also tell you things like when it is time to clean the unit, how long your most recent shaving session took, and the total charging status of the unit.
You can leave the unit in the charging station even after it is fully charged, because it boasts an Li-Ion battery, which cannot be overcharged.
However, if you do so, a blue light will blink constantly from then until the unit is used again, or removed from the charging station.
Some users have reporting this rapid blinking to be distracting, annoying or even unbearable, particularly in a dark room.
The unit comes with a charging cable that can be plugged directly into the shaver and then into the wall, eliminating the need to bring the large and bulky charging and cleaning station with you when traveling.
However, once more, the unit will not operate when plugged directly into the wall. This is an important safety feature of wet/dry electric shavers. Never trust one that bypasses this important safety feature.
The Panasonic ES LA93 K features an Automatic Voltage Converter. This means that you can charge the shaver, no matter what, wherever you go in the world (with the exception of camping deep in the wilds of virgin forests, where there are a woeful lack of electrical outlets).
Cleaning and Maintenance
Method 1: Manual Cleaning
This shaver is fully washable, so you can wash it under running water. It is advised that you use liquid hand soap and water on the outer foil.
Then you activate the Panasonic ES LA93 K’s ‘Sonic Vibrating Cleaning Mode’ by holding the on/off button for two seconds, whereupon you will see an indication of engagement in the display window.
You will probably also notice that the motor has started to run at a higher pitch. It will finish in about twenty seconds. At that time, the outer foil is removed and rinsed under a running faucet. Then you engage turbo mode again.
When finished, shake off the excess water as much as possible, and let the unit air dry completely.
The manual cleaning method is quick, simple and easy, and is a perfectly acceptable method for cleaning your Panasonic ES LA93 K electric cordless shaver unit.
Method 2: The Automatic Vortex Cleaning System
AKA: The Better Way To Do It
It seriously does not get any easier than this method. You fill up the water container. You make sure that a cleaning cartridge is in place inside the station. You make sure that the shaver unit is in place, on the station.
You select ‘clean’ (unless you are wanting to dry it; then you select ‘dry’). Then you simply wait. The shaver unit automatically charges during either one of these processes. Wham, bam, thank you, Panasonic!
The station is unbelievably effective, and unbelievably quick. The entire cleaning process takes about ten minutes. Additionally, the cleaning solution has the added benefit of also lubricating the shaver head blades, so there is never any need to do that if you use this method to clean your Panasonic ES LA93 K electric shaver.
On the other hand, when the station is engaged in drying mode, it can take up to three hours to finish the cycle, and the inside fans used to accomplish this feat can seem pretty noisy.
The Panasonic ES LA93 K electric cordless shaver is a very high quality, efficient, and convenient electric shaver option, at a very reasonable price.
It is worth noting that you can go big and fully automated, by choosing to utilize the included cleaning/charging station for both of its intended purposes, or you can simplify things by using the manual cleaning option.
Plugging the charging cable directly into the unit when it is in need of a charge. Or, you can use a combination of both these approaches, making this rechargeable electric cordless shaver one of the most versatile options currently on the market.