Product Review: Panasonic Wet/Dry Shaver

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

An okay shave, but the charger design is a disaster.

one out of five stars

I was upgraded to this model (Panasonic ES2216PC Close Curves Wet/Dry Ladies Shaver with Bikini Attachment, Mauve) a few years ago, after my old Panasonic shaver died and the company proved unable to repair it. The razor works okay, as far as electric shavers go. Naturally, the shave isn’t anywhere near as close as with a disposable razor, but that’s to be expected. As with other electric razors I’ve tried, I usually have to go over an area several times to get all the hairs, and every time I’ve used it on my underarms, I’ve ended up with razor burn. I’ve never used it in the shower, but in dry conditions it’s somewhat comfortable and easy to operate and maintain. Not the best shaver I’ve ever tried – that distinction goes to my husband’s Norelco 5603x, much to his chagrin – but not the worst, either. In terms of function, I give it a 3/5.

That said, somewhere between this and my old model, Pansonic decided to replace the cord charger with a wall-mounted unit. Perhaps they thought this a sleeker design that takes up less counter space? However, the wall unit makes it difficult to charge the razor in tight spaces. For example, the outlet over my bathroom counter sits right under a windowsill; the lack of vertical space renders it useless for charging the Panasonic 2216. Worse still, over time the charger has ceased working altogether. Because the razor is top-heavy and curves slightly outward, it pulls forward, away from the wall – and off the base of the charger. With normal use, the connection between the razor and charger has loosened to the point that I can no longer force the razor to stand upright on its base.

[Updated to add: To wit:

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Notice how the razor will only stand straight on its charger if I hold it there? Thanks, but no.]

Charging became intermittent and then stopped altogether. I haven’t been able to charge it in months. I hate to get rid of it, since it isn’t broken or anything – but unless Panasonic releases a replacement cord charger, it’s as good as useless.

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