Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric Shaver Review: How Worthy Is This Timeless Classic Panasonic Arc5 Shaver?

Panasonic ES-LV95-S is a 3rd generation arc5 shaver that comes with an automatic cleaning and charging station. Recently Panasonic released the 4th generation of arc5 line shavers and they rendered the ES-LV95 into ES-LV97. The ES-LV95-S comes in a silver and black color interface that feels most compelling for some users and that is why it’s still too popular on the market although there is an updated version.


  • The Panasonic ES-LV95-S comes with 5 blade shaving system for outstanding closeness
  • The blades are 30 degree precision-honed for acute performance.
  • It comes with Panasonic’s most powerful linear motor for the fastest and hyper-performance that will deliver 14,000 cuts per minute. The 5 blades will provide 70,000 crosscutting actions per minute
  • The multi-flex pivoting head enables the shaver to glide smoothly along the particular contours like- your face, chin, neck, and jaw.
  • The Multi-fit ARC foils gently follow the facial curves.
  • The premium automatic cleaning and charging station of Panasonic LV95 arc5 will clean, dry, and charge your shaver with only one touch of a button and prepare your shaver for the next use.
  • There is a pop-up trimmer for sideburns and mustaches
  • You can use it both wet and dry
  • There is a 10-stage LCD to check the shaver status
  • The battery is rechargeable, 45 min running time by one hour of charge

What’s in the Box?

  1. Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric shaver
  2. A travel pouch
  3. Cleaning and charging station
  4. A lubricating oil
  5. AC adapter
  6. User guide
  7. A little cleaning brush
  8. Shaver head protective cap

The user’s manual is very important because of every instruction of shaving, cleaning you will find on the user’s manual with pictures.

I think you won’t have any problem understanding because it seems the Panasonic user’s manual has been written for initial school students.

Features and Specifications Analysis

Motor and Exceptional Blades

For a close and smooth shave, the Panasonic ES-LV95-S comes with 5 arc blades system.

The Multi-fit foils of this shaver can easily follow every contour of your face.

The Hyper performance motor will give you 14,000 cuts per minute.

Multi-flex Shaver Head

The multi-flex pivoting head can move side-to-side and back-and-forth.

This shaver head can easily follow every contour of your face and The Shave Sensor can automatically adjust with the power for dissimilar beard densities.

Wet and Dry Use

Wet and dry shave with Panasonic ES-LV95-S shaver

You can use this shaver wet and dry.

You can also use under the shower and for a refreshing wet shave, you can use shaving gel, cream or foam.

Pop-up Trimmer

The Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 electric shaver comes with a precision pop-up trimmer.

You can easily detail your sideburns and mustache, before your shave you can also trim your long stubble.

Shaving Sensor Technology

The Arc 5 ES-LV95-S features active shave sensor technology which can automatically detect the beard density.

The power flow becomes accelerated where the beard is thickest and becomes soften where it is not.

Power Source

The Panasonic ES-LV95-S electric shaver comes with a powerful rechargeable battery. The battery is made with Lithium-ion.

It will provide you 45mins of operating time by 1-hour charge.

The charger of the shaver is for universal voltage (100v-240v).

There is an LED indicator, situated on the front side of the shaver.

The indicator will provide you the battery status, when the battery is low and when it is empty or full.

The LED display becomes automatically turn off when the charge will be 100%.

If the battery power becomes fully run out, there is nothing to be a worry.

The Panasonic ARC5 will provide you a 5min quick charge option for 3min of use.

You cannot use the shaver corded.

Built Quality

Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 Electric Shaver built quality

Now, let’s take a detailed look at the built quality of the shaver itself.

The Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc 5 electric shaver has a more luxurious look than the previous models of the ARC family.

The shaver body is fingerprint and smudge proof and the front is made of premium metal and the back is made of sure-grip rubber.

The body has a metal finishing which keeps the shaver always looks like new and fresh.

The shaver weight is only-7 ounces; you will feel very comfortable to hold it.

There is a single button on the front side of the shaver but it is multi-functional.

ON/OFF button: For turning the shaver on, it needs just a single click and clicks it again for turned it off.

Active supersonic cleaning mode: While the shaver is off, press the on/off button for 2/3 sec for active the sonic mode. This mode will allow you to clean fully the shaver head after every use (manually).

The travel lock mode: While the shaver is on, press the button for 2 sec (now the travel lock mode will be activated). This system will prevent your shaver from suddenly being turned on. To deactivate this mode press the button for 2 sec again.

There is an LED display that is situated below the power button.

This 10 stage LED display will provide you battery status.

The display is fingerprint and smudges obstructed.

Rare Side of The Shaver

The back side is made with grip-friendly rubber.

The motive of the rubber is to provide you a strong grip while shaving.

You can obtain a strong, snug grip even if your hand is wet or covered with shaving gel or foam.

You can see in the middle of the back of the shaver, there are 3 metal ball supports.

These 3 are the charging connections and align with the same connections inside the cleaning station to charge the shaver.

On the back side of the shaver, there are no buttons for operating. At the base of the shaver, there is a charging socket.

For directly charging the shaver you have to plug the AC adapter in there.

The Shaver Head

The shaver head of Panasonic ES-LV95 shaver

The Panasonic ES-LV95-S arc 5 is a foil head shaver. The shaver head is made with 5 cutting stuff.

The cutting stuff is slightly arched, that’s why the name is Arc5.

Every cutting stuff is independently mounted which allows it to flex and make it easier to reach any area like- jawline and below the chin.

The 5 cutting stuff can cut and capture more hair than its other competitors like Braun Series 7, Philips Norelco 9000.

The 5 cutting elements mean a fast clean shave.

#The quick-comb blade:

This part is situated in the middle of the 5 blades. This stuff is for long hair, it trims long hairs as though the other blades can easily take over and complete its job in one stroke.

#The lift-tech foils:

These 2 blades are situated in the back-and-forth of the quick-comb blade. These blades are engineered for lift and cut the flat-lying hairs.

#The finishing foil:

 These 2 are cutting blades and situated on either edge of the shaver head. These 2 blades will finish your cut and cut the hair from the down level of your skin.

So, here I explained how the blades will give you a close and fast shave.

The pivoting shaving head can pivot in many directions and adapt every contour of your face, maintaining contact with your skin.

Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV96-S uses ‘’3D multi-flex pivoting head’’  the shaving can move – up and down, side to side, back and forth. For these 3 systems – the word is 3D.

The Panasonic ARC5’s built quality is better than the Braun or Phillips

The shaving sensor is adjoined with the shaving head and it can automatically detect the density of the hair. According to the density of hair the sensor treats with the power.

On the back side of the shaver, there is a toggle switch situated which serves 3 options.


with this option, the shaving head can move independently in any direction.


In this option, the shaving head becomes locked and it cannot move. It only moves in one direction.


This option for the pop-up-trimmer.

The pop-up-trimmer is very useful for styling your mustache and sideburns. You don’t need to buy a trimmer separately. It will give a precise trim as possible. The trimmer will let you trim your mustache and sideburns effortlessly.

There is a bit of problem that the shaving head is large and the pop-up-trimmer is situated in the back side of the shaving head.

So you cannot see perfectly the place where you are going to trim. In this situation, you can use a mirror of aligning the shaving head.

However, I am impressed with the performance of the pop-up-trimmer.

It is suitable for mustache and sideburns but it is not perfect for the beard.

It is a little trimmer only.  If you want to trim your beard you should buy a trimmer separately.

The trimmer is not replaceable.


The shaver comes with a powerful linear motor that offers an aggressive shave.

A linear motor performs in a straight horizontal line while a normal motor performs in a slope downwards.

The good thing is, the shaver has a comfort roller system for a comfortable shave.

The comfort roller will effortlessly glide over your skin with a little rubbing.

The shaver head is made with 5 cutting elements that will provide you super close shaves. It only takes 1 pass for a close shave.

The 3D flex head can move in 3 directions.

It can follow every contour of your face like- under the chin, neck.

And you don’t need the 2nd pass if your hair old is less than 2 days.

But if you want to give your mustache a stylish look it will be difficult because of the large shaving head.

Despite this fault, it will be easy to use if you become used to it.

You can do a wet shave or dry shave through the Panasonic ES-LV95-S electric shaver.

You can also use a shaving gel, cream, soap, or foam during the shave.

But I think wet shave with shaving foam is a little bit difficult because you cannot see where you already shave and where need passes (the Arc5 cannot carry away shaving cream with every pass).

Performance Comparison

In my opinion, Panasonic Arc5 and the Braun Series 9 9095cc is the best electric shaver in the market.

There is no shaver in the market that can perform like this.

The Phillips Norelco 9000 is the second-best shaver for a close shave.

The Panasonic Arc5 will provide you the best performance if your beard hair is 2 days old. For the 3 days old hair it will also give you good performance without any real issue.

For 3 days old hair the Braun Series 9 will provide you best performance. If you have long hair, 1st you can trim before the shave.

According to the tester report, the Panasonic Arc5 electric shaver provides them a good job but the Braun series 9 is better.

But the Panasonic Arc5 is not the best electric shaver for the African/American Black man.

If your hair type is like the Black man the Arc5 is not the best electric shaver for you but if you have any other type of hair this shaver would be the best for you.

Cleaning and Maintencance

Panasonic ES-LV95 cleaning and maintenance system.

For keeping your shaver fresh and last longer you have to clean the shaver after every use. There are 2 ways of cleaning the shaver.

#Automatic cleaning system

The shaver comes with a cleaning and charging dock. You will also get a detergent sachet supplied with this package.

Just you have to put the shaver on the cleaning dock.

Then the cleaning dock will automatically clean your shaver, dry, and charge it at the same time.

The cleaning station is very workable to ruin the germs.

#Manually cleaning system

You will get a little cleaning brush with Panasonic ES-LV95-S.

This cleaning brush will help you to do a manually clean. Manual cleaning is also easy.

1st you have to apart the shaving head then brush the blades very neatly, you can use a little bit of liquid soap.

Then just hold the shaver under the running water.

When you clean manually you have to active the sonic mode(turn off the shaver and press the power button for 2/3 secs to activate the sonic mode).

With the activated sonic mode rinse the shaver.

The shaver is 100% showerproof. So don’t be anxious about the water causing damages.

Charging Method

The cleaning station which comes with the Panasonic ES-LV95-S is also a charging station.

To power the cleaning and charging station you can use your shaver’s adapter.

With the plug is in the cleaning station, you can also charge your shaver.

Just keep the shaver on the plugged-in station. You don’t worry about the shaver’s placing.

The cleaning station has been made in this way as though the shaver will fits only.

  • When you will clean the shaver 1st you have to feed the cleaning station with detergent. You will see a black square button on the left side of the station. Press the button for the unit base pops out. Then the detergent will go into the section in the base.

The detergent which comes with this package is a small packet.

The more expensive cartridge comes with Phillips and Braun.

You can see the detailed descriptions in the user manual, how to mix the detergent in the cleaning station.

  • You’ll get a detergent sachet when you will buy the shaver, after using that you have to buy it separately for next use, but replacement is very cheap.
  • The only disadvantage in the cleaning station is- if you put the detergent in the inner section you cannot move the unit. It makes the cleaning liquid spill.

You can see there are 5 buttons in the cleaning station – status, low, clean, dry and select.

For the cleaning process push on the button. For completely clean and dry, it will take almost 3 hours.

During the operating time, you hear a fan whirling sound throughout the process.

But it is noisy enough to disturb someone to sleep.

Replacement Part

Panasonic Arc5 Electric Shaver replacement head

The manufacturer recommended that you have to replace the shaver head once a year to keep your shaver workable like a new shaver.

Replacement is also costly but the cost is less than buying a new one.


  • Fast charge and fast shave.
  • 100% waterproof.
  • No skin irritations.
  • Easy to clean- manually or with the cleaning base.
  • Quality pop-up trimmer.
  • Wet/Dry Shave.


  • The shaver head is large than the others
  • Expensive Shaver


There is no Electric shaver Brand that can make a shaver perfectly without any disadvantages. The Panasonic ES-LV95-S is also not exceptional.

But the Panasonic Arc5 family tried to make a shaver perfect for a close shave. The Panasonic Arc5 electric shaver head is made with 5 cutting elements for a close a fast shave.

And the cleaning dock makes your work so easy. I will highly recommend you for this shaver if you are looking for a quality shaver that will provide you ultimate performance with close, smooth and comfortable shave but you do not have any problem with the budget.

And if you don’t want to buy a shaver with the cleaning dock, you can buy the Panasonic ES-LV65-S model. It does not come with a cleaning base but give you everything same to the Panasonic ES-LV95-s Arc5 shaver.

One comment

  1. Thanks for the above information. The ES-LV65-S (no cleaning station) and ES-LV95-S (with cleaning station) were introduced in 2013 as a second gen ARC5. They are solid Arc5 shavers but are becoming outdated. Since then, many newer models have been released, and the outer foil set has been revised several times. The good news is that even a newer ES9040 blade set will still fit the older ES-LV65S as all Arc5 blade sets are compatible with all Arc5 shavers. If you want the pinnacle of Arc5 models, the best model they offered was the third gen revision F model ES-LV9FX-S (-S denotes silver color for the ES-LV9FX). This is a Japan market model and if would like to buy it in the USA you would need to import it from Japan. Sometimes on third party markets like eBay you could find a used one or a location outside of Japan selling this model. The ES-LV9FX has a metal body, 5D head, newer blade set revision, retains the 10 level digital display just like the older ES-LV65-S, has an advanced beard sensor, automatic unlock when it senses you holding the shaver, has the automatic wash station, includes a leather hard case, and can be used corded or cordless. It is IPX7 waterproof rated, but marketed as a dry shaver only for liability reasons due to enabling of corded use. Hopefully nobody would try to shave in the shower while plugged in, which likely is the reason they marketed it as a dry shaver. Many newer Arc5 shavers have a plastic body, a cheaper 3 or 5 level non digital display, and can only be used cordless. I highly recommend splurging for an ES-LV9FX as you shave your face often, so why settle for a subpar experience that is not as good.

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