Panasonic ES-LV81-K

When it comes to electric shavers, few have been able to get it right. Dry shaving just plain sucks (so I hear), and who wants to deal with a razor that sounds like a blender when it touches your face. Ouch.  But the new Panasonic ES-LV81-K ($455 @ Amazon) has left no stone unturned with their new electric razor…including most letters of the alphabet in its name.

This wet/dry razor allows you to decide where you want to shave. In the shower, by the sink, over the toilet while you take care of your morning “biz”.  Even the cleaning mechanism is pretty simple. It uses a refillable water tank that mixes with a concentrated cleaning solution, which is inexpensive, long-lasting and easy to install. But the big question is, how does it shave?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how close the five thin foil blades shave. The head pivots in all directions, so it glides easily over the curves of your face and won’t tug at your whiskers. The black design is simple and modern with blue LCD displays on the front. And if you’re not the most observant of men, the digital battery readout on the front will keep track of your charge and use for you, and its equipped with an automatic cleaning system. Finally, to avoid any embarrassing “what’s that sound coming from your bag” moments at the airport, a simple twist of a switch prevents the razor from turning on by accident. Travel pouch included.

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