Pros: Close shave without nicks or cuts, cleaning system included and durable
Cons: You don't really need the cleaning station, availability of replacement blades are limited
First of all, before I came across the Panasonic ES7056, I had purchased and returned two others (Panasonic ES8152 and the Braun 5775) within one week's time.
In order to benefit from this review, you must realize that everyone has a different disposition when it comes to facial hair growth. I have standard hair growth, non curly and semi thick with sensitive skin. Therefore, what works for me may or may not work for you. I suggest you do a lot of research before you purchase anything; including my recommendation of the ES7056.
The ES7056 can be use wet or dry. Both ways work great for me. I can use it in the shower with a little bit of soap on my face. I didn't notice any nicks or cuts and I didn't have to go over the same area too many times. When I used it dry, it took a few times to go over certain areas around my neck but the main thing was that it didn't cause any irritation, bumps and produced and extremely close shave. Please keep in mind that results will vary and your face will usually adapt to the blade within two to four weeks.
In comparison to the two others that I had returned to the store, the ES7056 performed far better for my disposition.
The Panasonic ES8152 was technically last years highest end model with a super fast linear blade but it cut me up pretty good. This proves that sometimes, the higher end models aren't always the best performers! On the other hand, the Braun 5775 performed the least favorable. The Braun did not irritate my skin but did not produce a close shave. I was also disappointed in the awkward tilting of the head.
So, the ES7056 which is Panasonic's middle of the line shaver came across as a great value when I saw it at my local Fry's for $59.00. It came with the cleaning station which works well but really not necessary. The shaver itself is wet/dry and you can run it under water and get the same results in my opinion.
The shaver itself is built very sturdy, charges through the cleaning base station or directly through the chord. It won't let you shave when you have the shaver connected to the chord which is probably okay since it's a wet/dry shaver. The motor sounds solid but not too noisy. It also has charging lights to let you know if you need to charge it sooner or later. The blades are of great quality. I've compared them to the Braun and the Remingtons and the Panasonic blades are really really sharp.
If you pay anywhere from $59 to $99 for this shaver, you should be pretty happy with it.
The only thing I could say that could be better would be the availability of the replacement blades. Panasonic blades aren't really available at local stores. Fry's carries them but stores like Target, Walmart and Sear's only keep Remington and Braun replacement blades in stock.