Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Review (Low Priced yet Powerful)

Editor rating

9.7/10 on November 27, 2015

I have never believed that an electric shaver will be able to match the results of a manual razor. So when I felt the need of an electric shaver, I researched a lot online and went through tons of electric shaver reviews. Finally, I found exactly what I wanted to buy, the Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver Wet/Dry. Right on the first use, this Panasonic electric shaver did an exceptionally good job and thus changed my belief towards electric shavers. I am still quite impressed with the results I am getting from it with every use. I’ve been using it for a few months now and thought of sharing my experience with you on this Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 review.

Hardware and Design

Let me start this electric shaver review with the design of this electric shaver. It looks like an exclusive piece of technology right from the very first look. It is sleek, lightweight and built with a mixture of silver and black color to make you fall in love with it right at the first sight. It is slightly molded on the sides to provide a better grip. It also allows you to have a firm grip on it even when your hands are wet.

This shaver has a 13,000rpm linear motor that works silently while a lot of other electric shavers for men are known to be very noisy. It features a 3-blade cutting system with stainless steel foils that look neat and offer you amazing results without putting in a lot of manual efforts. It also features an LCD display in front and a pop-up trimmer at the back to simplify your grooming needs.


  • Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver
  • Power Cord
  • Protective Cover for the Shaver Head
  • Travel Case
  • Rechargeable AC Adapter

Key Features

1. Flexible Pivoting Head

Its pivoting head is adjustable and able to pivot back and forth, up and down, and side to side to have a great shave. So you can enjoy the convenience of a quick shaving machine through the dry operation or use it wet with gel or foam.

Panasonic ES8103S: pivoting head

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2. 3 Multi-fit Arc3 30-Degree Nanotech Blades

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver’s three nano-tech blades are made of hypoallergenic stainless steel. These blades allow you to cut facial hair at 30-degree angle so that you don’t have to make any extra efforts to get a great, close shave. They are hypoallergenic for gentle shave even on sensitive skin.

Panasonic ES8103S: arc 3 nanotech blades

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3. 13,000 rpm Linear Motor

This stunning shaver features an equally stunning linear motor that can reach up to 13,000 rpm to give you consistent power that you need for a closer, faster shave. This linear motor ensures that even the smallest of hairs are easily cut without causing any kind of skin irritation or hair pulling.

Panasonic ES8103S: linear motor

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4. Pop-up Grooming Trimmer

This Panasonic electric shaver has a Pop-up Trimmer for grooming mustache and sideburns. Simply slide the trimmer to the upwards direction for using it and tuck it down when you are done. It is very useful when you want to give the final touch to your mustache or sideburns.

Panasonic ES8103S; grooming trimmer

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5. 100% Washable Razor

Cleaning an electric shaver can be a time-consuming process, but you can easily take the foil out of this shaver and turn on Sonic vibration cleaning mode to rinse clean under running water. Sonic waves are produced by the Sonic vibration cleaning mode to give it an extra cleaning power.

6. Illuminated LCD Display

Its built-in digital LCD display indicates 10-stage battery meter, charge indicator, sonic vibration cleaning mode, and cleaning reminder.

Panasonic ES8103S: lcd display

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7. Slit Foil

The foil surface of the blade has slits to easily catch both short and long hair. Lengthy beards are difficult to catch for the normal blades, but Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver can catch and cut any length of beard on your face.

Panasonic ES8103S: slit foil

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8. Lithium-ion Battery

Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 comes with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can be fully charged in an hour. Once fully charged, the shaver will have uninterrupted functioning for 45 minutes or 14 shaving sessions. When you’re in a hurry, its Quick Charge feature allows you to simply charge the shaver for 5 minutes and then it’ll have enough power to last for a single shave.

Panasonic ES8103S: battery

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Cleaning, Renew & Maintenance

Although some of the best Panasonic shaver models come with the Automatic Cleaning System, this one doesn’t. However, cleaning is still one of the main features that make this Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver one among the best electric razors available for men. It is 100% waterproof and you can easily wash the shaver under running water without damaging its internal parts.

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver Comparison

Features Arc3 ES8103S Arc3 ES-LT33-S Arc3 ES-LT41-K
 New Curve Design y
 Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode y
 Adjustable Pivot Action Head y
 Wet/Dry y y y
 Counter Directional Inner Blades y

User Friendliness

This Panasonic electric razor is very easy to use and therefore even the first-timers can use it. It works exceptionally well on any kind of hair and easily adjusts to the contours of your face. Moreover, the hair length is not a concern for this shaver, as the slits on its shaving foil are specially designed to catch both short and long hair. Some electric shaver reviews suggest that it is difficult to cut long hair with this model, but I personally never had this problem. It’s charging and cleaning process is simple and quick. If my shaver is charged, I can complete the shaving process within 3 minutes.

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Shaving Performance

Everything crucial comes down to this particular section of this Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 review, as this is the main reason why you need to buy an electric shaver in the first place. As compared to some of the best electric shavers available on the market, the shaving experience provided by this shaver is miles ahead. It is easy, effortless, and the results are highly impressive in every single time.

Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 offers you an extremely close shave in a single stroke without experiencing any hair pulling or irritation. It easily cuts the smallest of hair and is perfect for regular use. Other features, like the Sonic Vibration Cleaning Mode, Waterproof design, Pop-Up Trimmer, and LCD Display further make your shaving a convenient and quick experience.


Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver comes with a 2-year warranty with a 30-day money back guarantee. Coming from an esteemed brand name like Panasonic, this electric shaver is built to satisfy the needs of the modern men and is sure to impress you with its amazing performance.

Availability of Replacement Parts

While getting replacement parts for electric shavers can be difficult, you can easily get the parts of this shaver because it’s sold worldwide. Panasonic is a famous brand and Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver is one of its best product. So a local dealers shop or online stores, like Amazon, eBay, Walmart, etc. can be a good place to get the parts you need.

Final Thought

Modern electric shavers are specially designed to simplify your shaving experience with amazing results. If you are looking for such an impressive performer, Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Electric Shaver is the one to pick. Its functionality is highly impressive and its built is long-lasting. I’ve been using it for some time now and I am completely satisfied with the results that this shaver is able to deliver every time.

I hope my Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 review helped you out a lot and now you know what this shaver is all about. If you already have this shaver or are planning to buy it soon, please share your experience in the comments section below.


1. Can this shaver be used by men with sensitive skin?

Ans: Yes, the thin foil on the blades of this shaver prevents direct contact of the blades with your skin. So you are able to get an amazingly close shave without any kind of irritation or cuts.

2. Can I use this shaver while it is being charged?

Ans: No, you cannot use it while it is being charged. But it charges quickly so you don’t have to wait for long. A 5-minute quick charge can provide you enough power to have one single shave.

3. Can I charge it anywhere in the world?

Ans: Yes, the shaver comes with a universal dual voltage system. You will only need a charger to charge it no matter where you are.


1. Flexible Head:
The head of this electric shaver adjusts automatically with the shape of your face. Moreover, a single stroke will cut maximum number of hairs and in most cases, you won’t have to run the shaver again on any part of the face twice.

2. Extremely Close Shave:
The nano-tech blades of this shaver with an extremely thin layer of foil deliver extremely close shaving while also ensuring that there is no direct contact of the skin with the blade. The shave will be extremely clean and close without any kind of skin irritation.

3. Wet and Dry:
This electric shaver can be used for both wet and dry shave. I like wet shaving but often, I don’t get enough time to prepare for a wet shave and at those times, the dry shaving feature of this shaver comes in very handy.

4. 10-Stage LCD Display:
The LCD display indicates the battery level, charging status and also the hygiene status of the shaver to make sure that the shaver functions at its best.


1. Cannot be Used while Charging:
The only disadvantage of this shaver is its inability to be used while it is being charged. I like to keep my shaver completely charged, but it happens sometimes when my shaver looses its charge and I've to wait for sometime to charge it again. Some of the best electric razors available in the market can be used while charging, and I’d have loved this feature in Panasonic ES8103S Arc 3 Electric Shaver as well.


I'm actually very happy with my Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 and I'm sure I'll not need another shaver anytime soon. The features it comes with provide real value for your money. So I'll definitely recommend you to get this product if it fits your budget.

7 responses to “Panasonic ES8103S Arc3 Review (Low Priced yet Powerful)”

  1. Tim Tommy says:

    This shaver is really the best bang for the bucks. It also works well. But the main problem is that it has no turbo cleaning option. It would have been perfect if any kind of turbo cleaning option was included to this. But in the end I am happy with this.

    • Instant Grooming says:

      This shaver is a low budget shaver. If you want to have a shaver with turbo cleaning or jet cleaning feature you have to plan for a big budget shaver (at least 100$). But it is good to hear that eventually you are happy with this.

    • Ali K says:

      It does have turbo cleaning mode! Just hold the power button for more than two seconds and it turns on.

  2. Abraham says:

    After a long research I finalized my decision with this Panasonic shaver. Its cost is within my range and its overall review & ratings are also good. Hope this will be the best choice for me.

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