Panasonic ES-RF31 4-Blade Electric Shaver Wet/Dry with Flexible Pivoting Head for Men, Stainless
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- Premium 4-blade ultra-thin foil cutting system with "Nano Blades" for a clean shaving experience
- Flexible pivoting head with fast 10,000 rpm motors for a faster shave
- Usable under the shower with foam and gels, 100% washable and waterproof
- Three-stage LED readout, Lock Button, 65 minute Shave on 1-Hour charge
- This product comes with a two-pin UK plug
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Panasonic ES-RF31 Wet and Dry Four-Blade Men's Shaver—A Premium 4-Blade Shaver
The Panasonic ES-RF31 is a premium four-blade shaver that allows you to power through stubble like a world champion. The secret lies in an additional extra-thin finishing foil which expands the shaving surface to deliver superior results every time.
Panasonic’s Wet and Dry Technology
Wet and dry technology provides you with the flexibility to shave dry or wet with the convenience of an electric shaver. The ES-RF31 is the perfect upgrade from your current three-blade shaver or an alternative to the traditional razor. Enjoy the refreshing feeling of water and shaving foam. As with all Panasonic men’s shavers, the RF-series are 100 per cent waterproof so can be used under the shower too. When you've finished shaving, simply rinse the shaver clean under water.
Your face is not flat and for that reason Panasonic have created a curved foil designed to fit uniformly against your skin so close shaving can be achieved comfortably even in hard-to-reach areas. Using the world's first three-dimension pattern processing, Panasonic have created a honeycomb-shaped foil as thin as 41 microns. This makes close and gentle shaving under the chin and throat an effortless task.
Four Blades with Finishing Foil
The RF-series is the ideal shaver for men wanting the advanced shaving performance of four blades in an affordable package. The fourth finishing foil lifts short, flat-lying hairs and shaves them close. Just like a traditional wet razor, increasing the number of blades in Panasonic’s new RF-series allows faster (more blades cut down shaving time), gentler (curved foils distribute skin contact pressure more evenly) and smoother shaving results (four blades achieve closer skin contact with lighter shaving strokes) even for the toughest stubble.
Flexible Pivoting Head
The super flexible pivoting head rocks up and down to a maximum of 8 mm, and rocks side to side following the contours of your face for a smooth and comfortable shave.
Sharpest Nano-Edged Blades
Optimum 30-degree inner blades have been sharpened using nano particle technology to achieve an extremely fine blade tip edge of 0.3 microns, reducing cutting resistance by half for the cleanest cut. The RF-series incorporates a very fast motor at 10,000 rpm (revolutions per minute) for a faster shave. It is designed to maintain shaving power and performance when shaving tough stubble for a faster smoother shave. The new slide-up precision trimmer is ideal for sideburns and trimming back Monday stubble as well as any missed areas. An extra long-lasting battery power of up to 65 minutes cordless use allows you to use your shaver for up to three weeks between charges.
The ES-RF31 has three LED charging indicators. It is supplied with a carrying pouch and cleaning brush.
Panasonic Heritage in Men’s Shavers
Panasonic’s earliest shavers first appeared in 1955 in Japan. Since then, Panasonic has been the Asian market leader in electric shavers. Power and speed define the range of Panasonic shavers, making high performance shaving better than ever. Panasonic’s mission is to create the ideal electric shaver offering a perfect substitute to the traditional wet razor. Depending on your stubble type, you can experience excellent dry shaving results or the merit of wet shaving with lather, oil or powder.
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My last shaver finally showed signs of it's oncoming demise, so I set out to do some solid research on what the current technology in shavers offered. During this extensive research I kept coming back to the fact that Panasonic users didn't have a bad word to say about their experiences with their shavers.
I reflected that both my flatscreen TV and camera were manufactured by Panasonic, and I was delighted with the performance of both of them, so why would their shavers be any different?
So carrying on my research further, now limited to Panasonic shavers only, I came up with a mid range product that was being offered by Amazon at virtually half of its RRP - could I really go wrong???
History proves that I didn't !
I have been using the ES-RF31 as a dry shaver every day for a month now - have not felt the need to try using it in the shower. During this time I have only needed to recharge it once, and after you get used to the large shaving head it consistently gives the best shave I have ever experienced from an electric shaver. Incidentally my wife concurs with this
I would recommend not going for the more expensive versions that have fancy cleaning systems, and hence cost a lot more, because this product is just so easy to clean with the brush (supplied) and every week or so under running water.
Panasonic - GREAT PRODUCT !
Amazon - GREAT PRICE !
I have to say this is by far the best shaver I've ever owned. It's is quiet (for a foil shaver, which will never be as quiet as a rotary) and extremely comfortable on the skin (unlike the brutal but effective Remimgton Microscreen TCT2 I used briefly before buying this). The best part is that the four foils/cutters give a really close shave, which coupled with the powerful motor also means a fast shave; no more than 3-4 minutes on 2 days' growth. I'd say you get the closest shave wet shaving with gel or foam, but it's not worth the extra effort over using it dry with a pre-shave oil; the difference is minimal, both ways give a very close, comfortable shave. Battery life is excellent: I've just got a month's use out of one charge, shaving usually every other day so it has quite a lot of work to do then, probably about 18-20 shaves on one charge.
The only minor criticisms are that when shaving your finger naturally rests on the trimmer release button, causing it to kick in inadvertently, so you need to make a conscious effort to park that finger elsewhere; also replacement foils & cutters are expensive but these are claimed to last for one and two years respectively.
[I have now updated this review and changed the rating from 2 to 4 stars because there are spares available from Panasonic Germany.
Only 4 stars, because this is still not as convenient as getting the spares from a UK supplier.]
Make no mistake. This is near enough top of the range as far as Panasonic shavers go, and performs as good as those at twice the price. And if you're a long time user of Panasonic shavers like me, you'll know that means really good indeed. So, why is it this cheap now?
I can see only one reason: a complete lack of spares.
After a year, you will need to change the foil. After two, you'll also need a set of inner blades. All my Panasonics have lasted through two changes of inner blades -- that is, over five years. I have yet to find someone who sells either foils or inner blades for this model -- and that includes Panasonic's own shop.
I thought it might be a grey import from US and checked the US sites. Same result: no spares.
Even the world's favourite tat bazaar auction site sells plenty of these shavers, but again, no spares.
Who knows? Maybe these are being imported from Japan. But by the time I've learnt Japanese and paid the postage and the import duties, I might as well go for the more expensive UK/European models.
If I could have laid my hands on a reliable source of spare foils and blades, I would have given this ten stars out of five. It really is that good. As things stand, though, we (and our landfill sites) will be better off with models that have readily available spares.
I suppose a slight drawback is this unit does not use a regular shaver wire, but has a mains adapter (still with a two pin shaver plug) and a special socket on the bottom of the shaver so it's one more thing to bring with you when you're travelling. Having said that the battery does last for a long time (I've been using it for two weeks and the LEDs on the front still show 'hi' for the battery level) so you may not need to take the charger with you on every trip.
In the box you get the razor with integral battery, cover for the top, mains adaptor, cleaning brush and soft bag. Thankfully Panasonic have used a proper cardboard box and not some plastic bubble that will shred your fingers and you can always put the unit back in its box if you need to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a brilliant bit of kit! Fed up with decreasing quality of blades and cuts when wet shaving - which I've done for years - I changed to this razor. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I gave this product as a gift to my brother. But it stopped working a month after I bought it. Very disappointing!!Published 7 days ago by PHIL TIW
I already had one of these from a few years back. The fact that it is still being sold is testament of a work horse this shaver is. Read morePublished 11 days ago by D. Noble
Based on reviews, I went for this. My last shaver (Philips S5420) was o.k., but struggled to reach under my nose, and took a lot of passes to get a reasonable shave. Read morePublished 12 days ago by ANTHONY JOHN JENKINSON
Comfortable to hold and shave. Good discount on list price from Olympic shaver centre. Well pleased with the whole package.Published 29 days ago by Mike Wilson
This is one of the best shavers that I have used more than pleased with it also the quick delivery from Amazon.Published 1 month ago by keith preston
Didn't shave as close as expected ,quite slow
Most disappointed prefer my Remington