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Reviewed – Panasonic ES-LV97 5-Blade

Panasonic ES-LV97 5 blade reviewed

We all have a morning routine, and for many of us, that routine includes shaving. From the humble safety razor to the modern, multi-bladed cartridge, to today’s technologically advanced electric shavers, a plenitude of tools means there’s something for everyone.

But even the most ardent adherents to traditional shaving methods would agree that a high-quality electric shaver like the Panasonic ES-LV97 provides a degree of speed and convenience unmatched by other methods.

Panasonic 5-Blade Shaver Key Features

Panasonic ES-LV97 5 electric shaver
  • Five, thirty-degree rotating nano-polished blades remove hair at the base for an ultra-close shave.
  • Convenient wet/dry technology allows for a fast, dry shave or an extra-soft shave, using gel or foam.
    14,000 CPM linear motor provides the speed and power to swiftly mow through thick, tough facial hair with minimal irritation.
  • Outer foils are round-shaped to trace facial contours, maximizing coverage and comfort.
  • Shave time, battery capacity, foil/blade replacement, cleaning reminder and shaving sensor mode are indicated by an illuminated LED.

Panasonic ES-LV97 5-Blade Electric Shaver Overview

Five Blades for Maximum Results in a Minimum of Time

Multiple blades are no longer the exclusive domain of disposable cartridge razors. Panasonic’s ES-LV97 utilizes a five-blade (arc-5) shaving system, the result of which is more surface area to cover your face, and less time shaving. Five blades are definitely faster than one!

Cuts Hair Closely and Precisely

using the new Panasonic 5 blade

A fast shave is one thing – a close, comfortable shave is quite another. Luckily, the Panasonic ES-LV97 can do both, and very well at that. Its five blades are embedded in a multi-flex pivoting head. The pivoting mechanism allows an impressive 25 degrees of back-and-forth, and 20 degrees of left and right, motion, conforming to the unique contours of your neck, chin, and face.

I’m a big fan of shavers that move this way – compared to most fixed-head models, a pivoting head reduces unnecessary hand motion and minimizes the chance of irritation, since there’s no need to awkwardly angle the shaver and repeatedly go over tricky areas.

The Panasonic ES-LV97’s hypoallergenic blades are very sharp – that’s on account of them being “nano-polished” – honed to the finest possible level – on a 30-degree angle, which is ideal for removing facial hair. Of course, the blades “float”, which furthers this shaver’s ability to follow facial contours, even over protruding chins and jawlines.

Powerful Enough for the Toughest Beards

Panasonic ES-LV97 foil shaver head

Do you have a wiry beard?

Does it sometimes feel like a steel scouring pad is growing out of your face?

Have you ever had to throw out a razor blade after a single use?

If so, you’ll love the ES-LV97 – its linear motor (an electric induction motor that moves in a straight line, opposed to a rotary motor’s rotating action) plows through tough facial hair at a beard-obliterating 70K cycles per minute. That’s fast enough to ensure that even the wiriest hairs get cleanly shorn, instead of being tugged and pulled.

The shaver’s well-thought-out circuitry delivers full power to the motor right to the end of the battery’s charge, which means consistently tug-free shaving. One hour of charge-time provides 45 minutes of runtime, sufficient for up to a week’s worth of shaves.

Wet or Dry Shaving for Convenience and Comfort

I prefer wet/dry electric shavers, and the Panasonic ES-LV97 is no exception. When I’m pressed for time, I use the shaver dry, for a quick, comfortable shave; when I have more time on my hands, I use the shaver wet, with my favourite gel or foam.

In either case, I get an excellent shave, but the extra silkiness provided by gel or foam is a real treat – perfect for shaving leisurely on the weekend. And cleaning the ES-LV97 is easy – just hold the shaver under running water to rinse away stubble, and any gel or foam residue.

Technology-Packed and Easy to Use

Panasonic’s ES-LV97 5 Blade Electric Shaver isn’t just powerful – it’s technologically advanced. Featuring an automatic stubble sensor, the shaver actually detects beard density and adjusts motor speed accordingly. That means just the right amount of cutting action, and in the case of thinner facial hair, less drain on the battery.

You’ll find that the ten-stage illuminated display is extremely useful – it indicates shave time, remaining battery capacity, which mode the shaving sensor is in, notifies you when it’s time to replace the foil and blade – and reminds you to clean the razor.

The ES-LV97 is a fine product. It’s made by Panasonic, a world-leader in electronics and personal grooming tools, and does one thing – shaves – extremely well. Try one today. You won’t be disappointed!