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Shaving is and can quite literally be, a pain in the neck. Scraping away at your face with a sharp blade isn't fun and when you're rushing around in the morning getting ready for work, the potential to end up with a few nicks and a bit of shaving rash often made me think of turning to the dark side and swapping a wet shave for something more modern.
I'd tried foil and rotary shavers in the past and never been impressed with either the comfort or the closeness of shave. That was quite some time ago so I hoped technology had advanced and took the plunge on the Panasonic RF41.
Since buying it I have been transformed from a slightly scruffy, only shave if I had to kind of person to a clean shaven, devilishly handsome and more youthful looking example of male sophistication. OK that last bit may be pushing it slightly but I certainly look tidier.
How does it perform? Well I'm not going to say it's as close as a wet shave because it isn't but it's not far off. Take your time to stretch the skin slightly and shave in a few directions to catch any hairs that have decided to grow at weird angles and the results are excellent. It does take a few goes to get the hang of it as the technique is slightly different to using a razor but not so different that after the first week you'll be whipping through the morning routine with ease.
My experience so far has been very positive with the Panasonic giving a comfortable shave each time, no overheating of the skin from the 4 foils and no red sensitive skin around my neck which was always my main problem with a razor. The only things I would say let this otherwise excellent shaver are that being quite a large shaving head it can be tricky getting the whiskers just under your nostrils and the trimmer on the back feels slightly flimsy.
There are 2 models available with similar product codes withthe only difference being the 'S' model has more indicator lights for the charge status and comes with a charging stand to hold the shaver upright. It's not the most heavyweight construction and may not be worth the extra cost if you're on a budget. Other than that the two RF41 shavers have the same body shape which fits nicely into the hand.
With the overall performace being so good it's easy to forgive any minor issues and I'd happily recommend this to anyone that is looking for a good clean shave without the fuss of foams/gels and sharp steel blades against your neck.
Get the closest wet or dry shave with the versatile and reliable Panasonic ES-RF41 Shaver . The ES-RF41 Shaver features a 4-blade cutting system with an extra thin finishing foil to promise a closer shave than ever. Its curved multi-fit arc shaving head incorporates a hypoallergenic foil and 30° nano-edged blades to capture even tight fitting hairs. And thanks to Panasonic's Wet & Dry Technology you can lather-up and enjoy the refreshing pore-opening sensation of shaving under the shower. What's more, it can go cordless for up to 65mins! Shaving just got easier, with the Panasonic ES-RF41 Shaver ! General information Shaving system