Updated 19 Dec 2016

Panasonic

ES-ST29 3-Blade with direct foam head

Snapshot: The Panasonic ES-ST29 3-Blade with direct foam head foil (oscillating) cordless electric shaver has 3 foils and is washable. How well does it shave?

ES-ST29 3-Blade with direct foam head
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$200

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Test results

Overall score
75
Shaving performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery life
?/10

Good points

  • Good shaving performance.
  • Good battery life.
  • Easy to use.
  • Can be used for wet shaving and head is designed to attract foam or gel towards the cutting surface.
  • Can be used in the shower.
  • Can be washed clean.
  • Has low battery indicator.
  • Has trimmer.
  • Head doesn't need to be removed to use trimmer.
  • Has on/off switch lock.
  • Charges to full capacity in around an hour.

But

  • No travel pouch.
  • No cleaning station.

How we test

We convene a panel of 22 men to trial shavers, as all tested models are marketed as men’s shavers intended for regular facial use.

Overall score includes:

Shaving performance (60%)
Ease of use (30%, or 40% for the two corded models)
Battery life (10%)

Performance and ease of use results are equally weighted between each of the panellists’ opinion.

Shaving performance is based on each trialist’s view of how effective a model is at giving a close shave on both one- and three-day beard growth. Points are deducted where skin appears dry, shadowed, grazed or red after shaving. Models also receive a penalty if they pull hair instead of cutting, cause grazes or nicks or result in any skin irritation. The benchmark for a high performance score is the shave given by a high-end, five-blade manual razor.

Ease of use is equally weighted between controls (are they easy to read and operate?) handle comfort, heaviness, and the level of pressure required for a close shave.

Battery-life testing is conducted in the lab, as is the durability test where we drop each shaver six times from 80cm at different angles (all models came through unscathed).

Key data

Model

Avg price
$200
Type
Cordless foil (oscillating)

Specifications

Weight (g)
140
Number of heads/foils
3
Battery type
Li-Ion
Claimed charge time (hours)
1
Claimed shaving time from full charge (minutes)
42
Measured battery operating time (min)
66
Noise (dBA at 10cm)
66

Features

Can be used in shower
Automatic cleaning station / mode
×
Trimmer
Required to change head for trimmer
×
Wet shave allowed
Washable
On/off switch lock
Yes
Head tilt lock
No
Quick charge
No
Low-battery indicator
Yes
On/off indicator
No
Travel pouch
No

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