One of the Best Wet (foam/gel/shower safe) & Dry 4-Blade Shavers: Panasonic Premium ES-RF31: Cheapest Ever £43.78 @ Amazon
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One of the Best Wet (foam/gel/shower safe) & Dry 4-Blade Shavers: Panasonic Premium ES-RF31: Cheapest Ever £43.78 @ Amazon

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Found 9th Apr 2013
Best Wet and Dry Shavers priced in 2 digits are Braun series 3 (340+ numbers are wet/dry) or series 5 if under £100 and this Panasonic Premium ES-RF31 is better than Braun Series 3 and recently lowest ever at £60 was more expensive by a tenner at £60 (Co-op) with Braun s3-340 at £50.

I have both and as most say ES-RF is better (mine is actually 41, £98 amazon/£75 co-op). Last week at Amazon this Panasonic Premium ES-RF31 was back up at £74. This is the best ever shaver at £52 range, and now even lower at £43.78. Price will go up.

Shaves close like a wet shave, I used to laugh at the idea of electrics. I do straight razors too. But Braun Series 3/5/7 are good and this is definitely better than Braun Series3. Take to the shower or bath, wash it, etc. No problem. Read the reviews.

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Ordered. Just spent an hour looking into it and it seems to tick all the right boxes and well worth a punt at this price. The Braun 340s doesn't give my neck a good shave and often leaves redness and from what I'm reading this unit doesn't do that - here's hoping!

Was also trying to compare this with the ES-RF41 and all the difference seems to be is that the 41 comes with a charger station but both units are exactly the same bar the 41 having extra charge LEDs on it. Thought I'd share that useless information with you all!

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Some people use a razor for the neck with lesser shavers and/or to extend the life of all foils/blades. This is the best shaver deal ever for about fifty squids price range or thereabouts. RF41 goes for about hundred but Coop has it on sale for £75 but it's basically the same as this model as you said:
panasonic.co.uk/sit…F31

It would be good if they showed the face of someone who has gone through puberty in that first picture!!

not linear drive

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There are some with linear warp drives and a built in mp3 player and flashing strobe lights for two hundred on Ebay.

BTW cartoons, icons, illustrations & father Christmas are not real:

lamptonpie

It would be good if they showed the face of someone who has gone through … It would be good if they showed the face of someone who has gone through puberty in that first picture!!



I guess that rules you out (_;)

Just happened across this. I use a pretty nice double edge safety razor at present, badger brush and all. It is a lovely shave but takes about 20 minutes. How does this compare?

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Straight razors take longest and are unbeatable but takes time to learn sharpening etc. and shaving time is longest. I prime with my own oil concoctions which are better than the exuberantly priced ones you get for a few drops. Quality Cream shaves are best but I use gel for speed on top of my oil which I spray a few drops and rub in quickly then the gel. I prefer fingers to badger brushes as it pushes the oil then the gel deeper into pores and the whole oil & gel priming takes me less than thirty seconds. I keep some gel on fingers for the second quick shave pass. With triple or quadruple quality razors it takes me about 3 minutes for first shave and about 2 minutes for the second pass. My growth is medium to thick but I am fast.

The blade needs rinsing frequently on razors to keep sharp and stop clogging. So about five minutes minimum. I don't press any razor too hard as don't want to damage the complexion in the long term but get a close shave. This is 5 minutes in the morning when my brain is still taking an hour to boot up properly and I don't want a nick. This Panasonic takes me about 3 minutes, after getting used to, and the best thing is I don't have to work at it hard and pay attention as with razor. Braun series 3 takes half a minute to a minute longer. YMMV. So it's 3 minutes versus 5 with a razor, for me, plus not having to pay close attention and focusing eyes first thing in the morning to avoid cuts. But please note I shave very fast and close, even first thing in the morning so that's my experience only.

OP I had never thought of using my wet and dry Braun 340s with shaving gel would you believe. I just used a pre-shave lotion and away I went. Long story short my rubbish 340s turns out to give an amazingly close and fast shave with it! Wow so much difference and to think for the last 9 months I have been enduring razor burn and not so close shaves.

Any how I am still buying this razor for the price and even if for an alternative. I managed to buy the 340s on sale from Currys last year for £25 (posted on here) so will end up with 2 good shavers for under £75 as I get a 5% discount from Amazon.

Aren't you just delighted for me?

Edited by: "trustus" 10th Apr 2013

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Yes, you can also take it easier with a first shave, then a quick even lighter second run both with gels, instead of one hard shave.

Also if we look at the triple or quad razors in supermarkets, the good ones go from a tenner to thirty smackers and only last a few months. You won't regret getting both Braun series 3 and this Panasonic which is slightly better. I didn't. Foil and blades replacements after two or three years cost more than what you paid for this Braun. I think in a couple of years they will be much cheaper in Ebay add they won't be so new.

Also if some people have Braun series 3 which is below 380 or 360 or 340: ie a 320 or 330: when they say it is not wet/dry it does not mean you can not use gel or foam on them. Their manuals are online and specify foam in washing. And if Braun says you can wash their heads under the tap, you can certainly use foam or even better gel. The reviewers online who assume 320\330 can not be used with foam or gel are mistaken.

The only difference in Braun series 3 between 320\330 models and wet/dry 340/360/380 models is that the engine on 320/330 models is not sealed waterproof inside so you can't take them into shower. You can use gel or foam with all Braun series 3 and also wash their heads under the tap. Best to take off and rinse the foil and blow the head underneath, turn on for a few seconds to shake of drops, leave separated to dry, occasionally apply a few drops of the machine oil.



simplez

Straight razors take longest and are unbeatable but takes time to learn … Straight razors take longest and are unbeatable but takes time to learn sharpening etc. and shaving time is longest. I prime with my own oil concoctions which are better than the exuberantly priced ones you get for a few drops. Quality Cream shaves are best but I use gel for speed on top of my oil which I spray a few drops and rub in quickly then the gel. I prefer fingers to badger brushes as it pushes the oil then the gel deeper into pores and the whole oil & gel priming takes me less than thirty seconds. I keep some gel on fingers for the second quick shave pass. With triple or quadruple quality razors it takes me about 3 minutes for first shave and about 2 minutes for the second pass. My growth is medium to thick but I am fast.Cheers, I will stick to the safety razor for now and try and perfect the art I think.The blade needs rinsing frequently on razors to keep sharp and stop clogging. So about five minutes minimum. I don't press any razor too hard as don't want to damage the complexion in the long term but get a close shave. This is 5 minutes in the morning when my brain is still taking an hour to boot up properly and I don't want a nick. This Panasonic takes me about 3 minutes, after getting used to, and the best thing is I don't have to work at it hard and pay attention as with razor. Braun series 3 takes half a minute to a minute longer. YMMV. So it's 3 minutes versus 5 with a razor, for me, plus not having to pay close attention and focusing eyes first thing in the morning to avoid cuts. But please note I shave very fast and close, even first thing in the morning so that's my experience only.

simplez

There are some with linear warp drives and a built in mp3 player and … There are some with linear warp drives and a built in mp3 player and flashing strobe lights for two hundred on Ebay.BTW cartoons, icons, illustrations & father Christmas are not real:I guess that rules you out (_;)


I've voted hot - I had a non linear panasonic and wasn't very impressed, but I have just gone through the reviews and it does sound like a good peice of kit at a good price

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nikc0069

Cheers, I will stick to the safety razor for now and try and perfect the … Cheers, I will stick to the safety razor for now and try and perfect the art I think.



If you have time daily, get into straight razors which takes time to master, but good blades cost more than fifty not to mention coarse & fine whetstones and proper strop but well worth time and effort.

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djdope

I've voted hot - I had a non linear panasonic and wasn't very impressed, … I've voted hot - I had a non linear panasonic and wasn't very impressed, but I have just gone through the reviews and it does sound like a good peice of kit at a good price



I prefer if it doesn't get hot or very hot as Amazon will immediately raise the price per usual and will not drop it again for some time. Thankfully it's been at £52 for about a day. People searching for "shaver" here will find the model & comments and hopefully still a good price since amazon won't think they underpriced as they see no rush. Compared to Braun Series 3/5/7 or these ES-RFx1 Panasonics, the Phillips or Remington equivalent ranges are not as good and aplenty and cheap on ebay, with relatively inferior user feedback. I actually bought 2 of these Panasonics recently after the braun s3-340, all 3 are good. Thanks for voting hot.

Ordered ! Been looking for my "first" electric shaver for a while now , with the excellent reviews I feel confident this will do the job .

Now a staggeringly low £43.78! Been watching this for a few months now. Obviously ordered.

SirHugo

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Cheers, updated, best shaver deal ever for £43.78.

Original Poster

If ordered yesterday at £51.99 simply cancel and re-order at £43.78.

Will this be better than my old Panasonic ES-RT81, I was never that impressed with it

Original Poster

yes, this is the newer generation 4 blade. Wash system stations are a con to sell washing cartridges. This is good for low growth to mid-thick growth. For very thick growth Braun series 7, from reviews, is probably better but priced well over a hundred squids usually.

Original Poster

Told you so to buy buy buy, back up to £74 as last week.

simplez

Told you so to buy buy buy, back up to £74 as last week.



Have you any idea what the warranty period is for the shaver? From what I can tell it's 12 months do you know if that is correct?

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I extracted the English pages of the Manual for Panasonic ES-RF31 ES-RF41.pdf:
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www70.zippyshare.com/v/8…tml

This shaver is coming up in today's Lightning Deals at Amazon at 1.00pm. I'll be a bit peeved if it goes lower than £43.78!

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valid for 4 hours lightening deal @ £51.19

Tips:

* Instead of expensive Wet/Dry shavers' washing stations & cartridges: put a couple of drops of hand wash liquid (supermarket brands about 50p or less) in your shaving cup & add hot water to about an inch. Switch on the shaver & dip the head in for a few seconds. Take the foil head off and repeat for the shaver. Rinse both. Take off foil from top cap bracket to rinse. Leave the 3 parts: shaver, foil & foil bracket separate to dry out.


* Drop a little gel or shaving cream into shaving cup. Add water to make it extra runny, more than foam consistency. Runny makes the shaver pick up hairs easier than gel or foam consistency. Apply to face with shaving brush. You can shave well and quickly in 2 passes this way.

Shaving brushes: Cheap ones (shed hairs for a while even after brushing hard against the palm for a couple of minutes):
http://ow.ly/k4nd4

Quality Pure badger brushes:
ow.ly/k4n4g

SirHugo

This shaver is coming up in today's Lightning Deals at Amazon at 1.00pm. … This shaver is coming up in today's Lightning Deals at Amazon at 1.00pm. I'll be a bit peeved if it goes lower than £43.78!



Thanks - still a good deal at £51, just bought one. Have been using Panasonic Wet & Dry shavers for the past ~8 years and haven't found a reason to change brands yet.
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