Here are some quick final thoughts.
In terms of performance, they are very similar. The experience is slightly different, but I wouldn’t say one is clearly better than the other.
The Panasonic is louder, and it’s almost as if you can feel it buzzing through each individual hair, where the Braun sort of just numbs and vibrates the hair right off.
So perhaps the Series 7 is a little more comfortable, but I’d say the ES LV shavers feel a bit more powerful. Again, I can’t really say one performs better than the other.
If you want a cleaning station, I would personally recommend the Braun. I find it works better and overall is a better system.
But, because the ES LV models can be cleaned manually very easily, they are better if you want a razor only option, and perhaps you’re going to be traveling a lot. Also, those looking to shave wet with shaving cream should consider getting these as well.
Right now the Series 7 is cheaper, and because it’s been out for quite some time it’s actually priced really well. The initial cost on the ES LV models is much higher, however if you take a longterm look the price will probably even out over 2 or 3 years because of the cleaning cartridge expense. But based on initial costs, the ES LV is higher at the moment.
Bottom line, they’re both really good, and I think you’ll be happy with either one. Hopefully there’s enough information here to help you make a decision.
As always, whichever shaver you do choose, I hope you get good results.