In answering one question, we’re left with a few more…
Are you willing to pay a premium price for a better shaver, and will you even notice the improvement?
Before the LV models came out, Panasonic’s best shavers were the ES LA models. In the past I recommended them, even for those with thicker beards. Now that a new unit has come out, it doesn’t change my previous recommendations.
Bottom line, the ES LA models are still really good, and I still recommend them. The only difference now is that there’s a new product available which is better.
That’s usually common when new products are released, except there’s another twist here: Is it really worth it to upgrade considering your beard thickness?
I would imagine that for a lot of people, the LA models offer enough power and performance, and some people will hardly notice the difference with the added blade. So for those people it may not be worth it.
However, those with thicker beards will notice the difference, and will appreciated it.
So before this gets even more confusing, here are my final thoughts:
If you have thick facial hair which is similar to mine (shave 3 or more times per week), you will appreciate the 5th blade and notice the difference. The ES LV models will give you better shaves.
Those with a medium or average type of beard growth probably aren’t going to notice too much of a difference, and the ES LA models are “good enough”.
So for those with a bit of a heavier beard, if you’re willing to pay a bit more you will get better results.
Those with average beards will get betters results as well, but it’s probably not as noticeable when compared to those with thicker beards.
The ES LA models will always be recommended, especially for those that want to save a bit of money.