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Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4 Review

By: Carl Laron on October 26, 2017

Bottom Line

The Panasonic ES-LA63-S foil shaver draws praise for its close, comfortable shave, even for sensitive skin. Users and experts say that it shaves without irritation. It's an especially good choice for those who prefer wet shaving to dry.

Pros

  • Close shave
  • Wet/dry, can shave in shower
  • Good for sensitive skin

Cons

  • Short run time between charges
  • No quick charge option
  • Can't use while plugged in
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Breaking it down

Performance

Wet or dry, a close, comfortable shave. Most users agree that the Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc 4 offers a close, comfortable shave, especially if you have sensitive skin. We even found a couple of comments from men who suffered from ingrown hair but say that with this shaver, it's no longer an issue. Most experts are also impressed with the performance of the ES-LA63-S. At Electric-Shaver-Guide.com, Tyler Stokes tests the Panasonic ES-LA93-K (Est. $170) -- the same razor, but in black instead of silver, and packaged with a cleaning stand that draws mixed feedback -- and finds that "If you spend an extra minute going over certain areas a few times, you can get super smooth results. Even running your fingers against the grain is smooth." Ovidiu Nicolae at ShaverCheck.com praises shaving times, saying that they are quicker than with some other well-rated foil shavers.

Ease of use

Comfortable in your hand. Most say that the Panasonic ES-LA63-S is comfortable to hold. A rubberized coating on the back of the shaver helps you keep your grip on it, even with wet hands. A few experts and users say that the top of the shaver is a little too bulky, but testing says that it does a good job tackling areas that pose a problem for other shavers. Most say that the trimmer feature works well. One issue is that the run time between charges is short -- even shorter than the 45 minutes that the manufacturer claims, some users say. That's complicated by the fact that the razor can't be used corded (for obvious safety reasons since this model is designed so that it can be taken into the shower) and there's no quick-charge feature.

Noise

No news is (mostly) good news. Expert and user opinions about the noise level of the Panasonic ES-LA63-S (and ES-LA93-K) are split right down the middle. The ES-LA63-S is one of many shavers to receive a Very Good rating on this point from ConsumerReports.org. Many users agree, but some others pointedly complain about the noise levels.

Warranty/durability

Short return period. Most major-brand electric shavers are covered by a two-year limited warranty, and the Panasonic ES-LA63-S is no exception. Most also offer a money-back return period to allow users time to for their face to adjust to the new shaver. However, among major makers, Panasonic's return period of 30 days -- while sufficient, most say -- is also the shortest (in contrast, Philips Norelco offers 45 days, while Braun and Remington offer 60 days). Complaints about short run times between charges are the most common negative we see, though others gripe that the display on their razor failed. Customer service gets mixed reviews. Some praise responsiveness when issues arise, but others are sorely disappointed by Panasonic's efforts in that regard.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The editors of ConsumerReports.org include the ES-LA63-S among the nine rotary and foil electric shavers it currently reviews. Shavers are tested, and rated for factors such as shaving performance, features, ease of cleaning and noise. Top models are recommended.

Ovidiu Nicolae, Sept. 4, 2017

ShaverCheck.com gives the version of this Panasonic Arc4 razor (with the clean and charge stand) a good rating of 4.5 stars. Ovidiu Nicolae says that the electric shaver meets expectations, "providing an overall great shaving experience: smooth, comfortable, very close and very fast."

Tyler Stokes, Not Dated

Although this site's presentation reeks of direct sales tactics, the author posts lengthy, comprehensive and ultimately very helpful reviews to YouTube that have us convinced of his authenticity. He selects the Panasonic ES-LA93-K shaver as the best wet/dry electric shaver and offers a mostly positive, but still balanced, analysis of its performance. Elsewhere on the site he calls the ES-LA63-S the Best Value for Money shaver.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

Nearly 2,300 users give the ES-LA63-S a 4.3-star overall rating. Most like this shaver's performance, but complaints about short battery life, a dodgy LCD display and assorted other ills, along with customer service that's a bit hit or miss, can be found.

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