You might not know this yet but:

Epilating is the best and cheapest way to ensure your skin stays smooth and hair-free for weeks.

There’s only one problem…

Finding the right product among hundreds of different models available. Am I right?

Not to worry!

I created this Best Epilator 2017-2018 Buying Guide to help you navigate the world of electric epilators.

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What is the best epilator for 2017-2018?

That is a good question! Unfortunately, it’s not possible to recommend ONE best device that would suit all women all around the world.

What suits one person may not suit another!

Our epilator reviews take a closer look at top-rated hair removal devices based on their performance and features. I also suggest you take a look at our Epilator Buying Guide before deciding on any particular product.

Below is the table with our suggestions for best epilators.

Braun Silk-épil 9-579 – Best Epilator for 2017-2018

This Silk Epil series 9 epilator is one of the highest selling models online and the winner of our Best Epilator 2017-2018 award!

My Braun Silk Epil 9 review aims to shed light on why this model is the best for me and so many other women around the world.

Highlights

  • Great for removing even very short hairs
  • Suitable for both fine and thick body hairs
  • Fast and efficient epilation

You might have noticed that there are many different series 9 models available. And you might be just as confused about their features as I was when I first started this guide!

What you need to know is that no matter which series 9 model you pick, they all use the same basic epilator. The only difference is in the attachments that come with each model. Check out our other favorite Silk-épil 9 models here.

And now:

Let me tell you why the Silk-épil 9-579 is the best epilator out there.

Like all Silk Epil 9 epilators, the 9579 comes with 40 tweezers and two different speed options. It uses something called the ‘MicroGrip’ technology, which is specifically designed to remove even the finest and shortest hairs. The MicroGrip tweezers are longer and wider than those of the previous version.

Compared to other epilators, the series 9 models also come with a much wider head, meaning you can cover more skin in one stroke. This is one feature that makes version 9 superior to all other epilators – seriously fast and efficient epilation!

Silk-épil 9579 is a whole body epilator as it comes with five different attachments on top of the pivoting head:

  • Shaver head, which turns your epilator into an electric women’s shaver
  • Trimmer cap that lets you trim hair where needed
  • Skin (efficiency) cap, which ensures maximum contact with your skin for more effective epilation
  • Facial cap that is specifically designed to protect your delicate skin
  • Facial cleansing brush for removing make-up and impurities

The five attachments that are included make the Silk-épil 9579 the perfect multi-purpose tool and the best buy for 2017-2018!

If you’re looking for something more basic with as much epilating power, then check out Silk-épil 9521 here. On the other hand, if you are looking for a complete skin care system, then the 9-961V is perfect for you.

This silk-épil 9 model like all others is cordless and completely waterproof. You only need one hour to charge it, and you can use it for about 40 minutes after that.

On the downside:

You can’t use this unit while it’s charging.

However, considering how fast this epilator is, 40 minutes is enough to cover the most important parts of your body.

The Braun 9579 epilator with its MicroGrip technology removes hair as short as 0.5mm. While there are other (cheaper) devices that claim to offer the same level of performance, not many of them actually deliver.

Braun is definitely an exception to this as it effectively removes even the shortest hairs on your skin!

Additional features for all models include:

  • Pivoting head with massage rollers
  • High-frequency massage system
  • Built-in light.
The Braun Silk-épil 9579 is the best epilator for 2017-2018 and the perfect choice if you value high performance together with customizability.

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Cons

Efficient for removing very short hairs
Can't be used when charging
Works great on both fine and thick hairs
Expensive
Highly customizable
Wider head than other epilators
Pivoting head
Wet&Dry technology
Cordless
Special MicroGrip tweezers
Very popular and well-rated model

Other Popular Braun Silk Epil 9 Models

Braun SilkEpil 9521

Braun Silk-épil 9521 is the most basic version of the new series 9 as the only attachment in the box is a skin contact cap (also known as efficiency cap).

If you want to epilate very short hairs, this cap comes in handy as it ensures close contact.

This model is great for you if you just want the basic benefits of the powerful Silk Epil 9.

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Cons

Cheaper than other Braun 9 models Can't be used on face

Braun Silk-épil 9-961V – Braun’s New 5-in-1 Skin Care System

The Silk-épil 9-961V SkinSpa is a multi-feature epilator/skin care system, and there’s lots to love about this new model:

It comes with all the great features of the previous Silk-épil 9 models plus a few additional extras.

Surprisingly, it’s in the same price range as the bestselling Silk-épil 9-579 but comes with a total of 9 attachments. In addition to regular attachments, like the pivoting head, efficiency cap, facial cap, shaver head, and trimmer cap, this epilator also comes with a:

  • Gentle exfoliation brush – This high-density brush can be used for sensitive areas like your face and neck. It removes dead skin cells and helps to rejuvenate your skin. This attachment is also available with the 7929, 9941, and 9941e SkinSpa models.
  • Deep exfoliation brush – This gentle yet effective brush is great for removing dead skin cells, preventing ingrown hairs, and improving skin appearance. It’s lso available with the 9941e SkinSpa model.
  • Deep massage pad – The deep body massage head relaxes your skin and helps to rejuvenate it by stimulating blood circulation.

Other extras in the box include protection caps for the exfoliation brushes, a cleaning brush, travel pouch, and Smart Plug cable.

The 9-961V is perfect for you if you are looking for a multi-functional device that provides a salon-like experience at home!

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Cons

Comes with a total of 9 attachments Can't be used while charging
Can be used on your face
Epilator/Skin Care System 5-in-1
Similar price range to the highly popular 9-579

Braun Silk-épil 9941 is the original version of the luxurious SkinSpa edition.

It focuses more on epilation and comes with three attachments:

  • Skin contact cap
  • Facial cap
  • Exfoliating brush head.

The exfoliation head with 10 000 fine bristles removes dead skin cells and impurities to improve the appearance of your skin.

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa is the right choice if you want a basic epilator with a little something extra.

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Cons

Can be used for facial hair Doesn't come with many attachments
Exfoliating brush for radiating skin
Cheaper than other series 9 models

Braun Silk-épil 9941e is a newer version of the highly popular SkinSpa model. It is advertised as a 3-in-1 epilator and exfoliation system and comes with three extras:

  • Deep exfoliation brush
  • Sensitive exfoliation brush
  • Skin cap.

The deep exfoliation brush head cleans your skin six times more effectively than a manual treatment could.

Choose SkinSpa 9941e if clear skin and basic epilation performance are your goals.

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Cons

Great for skin care Expensive compared to other models
Doesn't include a facial cap

Braun SilkEpil 7-561 – Bestselling Series 7 Epilator

The Braun Silk Epil 7-561 Wet and Dry epilator is the second best on our list.

It is the brand’s highest-selling model series 7 epilator and regarding performance, nearly as good as the 9579 reviewed above.

Highlights

  • Very efficient for removing short hairs
  • Works well for both thin and thick body hairs
  • Includes bonus bikini trimmer

Now, you may ask:

What is the difference between Braun Silk Epil 7 vs. 9? Well, the easiest way to answer your question is by comparing features where possible.

But first:

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are a number of different models available for this generation. Just like with series 9 epilators, all models come with the exact same device. The difference is in the accessories and attachments that come with each model.

You can read reviews of other popular Silk-épil 7 models below, but for now:

Let’s take a closer look at this awesome Braun epilator.

Just like other Braun 7 epilators, the 7561 comes with 40 Close-Grip tweezers that remove even the tiniest hairs with the root. (The technology used for pulling our hairs is the main difference between Braun Silk Epil 9 vs. 7.)

The epilator comes with two speeds: ‘soft’ for extra-gentle and ‘fast’ for high-efficiency epilation. However, since the epilator head of the 7561 is narrower than that of the new series 9 device, you might need to run it over the same area a couple of times.

Feature-wise, the 7561 is very similar to the 9579 reviewed above as it comes with five attachments:

  • The shaver head turns your Braun 7561 epilator into an electric shaver.
  • The trimmer cap allows you to trim hair before epilation or just trim hair where needed.
  • The facial cap is specifically designed to remove unwanted facial hair.
  • The sensitive area or precision cap covers your epilator’s head, leaving only a small patch of skin workable for the tweezers. It is especially useful for epilating sensitive areas like your underarms or bikini line and is great for beginners.
  • The efficiency cap helps the epilator keep maximum contact with skin to ensure faster and more efficient epilation.

Recently, the company upgraded the 7-561 model to include a bonus bikini trimmer. The trimmer, which you can hold like a pen, cuts hair short in the bikini area. If you’re not comfortable with epilating this very sensitive area, you’ll find the bikini trimmer to be a great addition!

The rounded tips of the trimmer protect your skin from cuts and irritation, so it’s the perfect tool if you have sensitive skin.

Silk Epil 7 epilators are all cordless as well, and the rechargeable battery lasts for about 40 minutes after an hour charge.

Unfortunately:

You can’t use any of the Epil models while charging for safety reasons. That said, this Braun epilator is powerful and pretty fast, so a 40-minute session should be more than enough to cover your arms or legs in one go.

The Wet&Dry technology used makes this epilator waterproof, thus easy to clean, and perfect for use in the shower. Having said that, you might find that dry epilation is far more effective as less hair gets broken.

The Close-Grip tweezers are just as effective as Braun 9’s MicroGrip technology for getting rid of very short hairs minimum 0.5 mm in length.

Additional features:

  • SmartLight
  • Pivoting head
  • High-frequency massage system
  • SmartLift Tips

Silk-épil 7 stands out compared to Braun 9 through the use of SmartLift Tips. These are small ‘fingers’ lifting even the flattest hairs and guiding them towards the tweezers.

Silk-épil 7561offers serious competition to Braun’s popular 9579 epilator. It comes with lots of useful extras and is very efficient in pulling out even the finest and shortest hairs. The bonus bikini trimmer makes it a great buy if you have sensitive skin.

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Cons

Works very well for very short hairs Not as efficient as Silk-epil 9 epilators
Can be used for both thin and thick body hairs Can't be used when charging
Pivoting head
Additional attachments make it highly customizable
Wet&Dry technology
Bonus bikini trimmer

Other Popular Silk Epil 7 Models

Braun SilkEpil 7681 – Bestseller!

Braun Silk-épil 7681 is a multi-functional epilator and one of the top-selling models for Braun.

It is a slightly older version of the 7561 although it still uses the same technology. The model includes five attachments but comes without the bikini trimmer.

It’s a good choice if you prefer epilating over trimming.

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Cons

Suitable for use on your face More expensive than other series 7 models
Highly customizable

Braun SilkEpil 7-929 also known as Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa

The 7929 is a 2-in-1 total body epilation and exfoliation system, offering a mini-spa experience in the comfort of your home.

The device comes with two attachments:

  • Exfoliation brush
  • Facial cleaning brush.

The sonic exfoliation brush with ten thousand fine bristles is meant to remove dead skin cells and massage your skin to improve its appearance.

The facial cleansing brush is suitable for removing impurities and make-up, offering up to 6 times better cleansing than regular washing.

This particular model doesn’t come with any epilator-specific attachments. Because there is no facial cap, I wouldn’t recommend using this on your face.

The SkinSpa edition is the perfect choice for you if you want a traditional epilator with the ability to pamper your skin.

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Cons

Great for skin care Can't be used on facial hair
Good epilation power Doesn't include epilator attachments
Cheapest model

3. Philips Satinelle Advanced – Best Mid-Range Epilator

The Satinelle Advanced is a newer and more modern version of Philips’ best-selling HP6401 model. It features a sleek design, comes with five attachments, and uses the Wet&Dry technology.

Highlights

    • Efficient on medium length hairs
    • Best used for thicker hairs
    • S-shaped handle

The new Satinelle comes with 17 round ceramic discs that provide 32 so-called catching points for removing the hairs. The ergonomic S-shaped handle and the anti-slip grip make it comfortable to hold and easy to steer. Like all multi-functional epilators, it comes with dual speed – one for removing thinner and one for thicker hairs.

Similarly to the HP6401, it doesn’t grab all the hairs at once so you might have to go over the same area multiple times to ensure your skin is completely hair-free.

Satinelle Advanced is a total body hair removal machine and works great for all areas of your body, including your face.

It comes with five attachments:

  • Women’s shaver head and comb attachment for a close shave
  • Facial cap for the sensitive face area
  • Delicate area cap for sensitive areas like underarms and the bikini line
  • Massage cap to relax the skin during epilation

The Satinelle Advanced is a Wet & Dry epilator, which means you can use it both in the shower as well as on dry skin. It all comes down to your preferences but most users say it is more efficient on dry skin. Using it in the shower, on the other hand, is said to reduce epilation pain.

It takes about one and a half hours to fully charge and the battery lasts for 40 minutes after that. Unfortunately, it can’t be used when charging so it might not be the best choice for you if you have a lot of hairs to remove.

The optimal hair length for efficient epilation with this Philips epilator is about 3 to 4 mm. Additionally, it works best on thicker hairs as it tends to just break or completely miss fine thin hairs.

Additional features include a built-in light.

Overall, this new version of the Philips Satinelle epilator is a great buy. It is competitively priced, easy to use, customizable and great for whole body epilation.

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Cons

5 different attachments Doesn't work that well for very short hairs
Wet & Dry technology Not very efficient for removing thin hairs
Cordless use Can't be used when charging
Comfortable to hold
Modern S-shaped design
Best for medium length hairs
Trusted brand

4. Emjoi Emagine AP-18 – Best for Coarse Hair

This Emjoi epilator is simple, powerful and in our list as the best depilator for coarse hair.

It is the perfect choice for you if you are looking for an efficient epilator that could remove stubborn hairs without breaking the bank.

Highlights

  • Works best on medium length hairs
  • 72 tweezers make it great for epilating coarse hairs
  • Corded use only

Emjoi Emagine AP-18 boasts a whopping 72 tweezers, which is part of the reason why it is so effective in getting rid of thick, coarse hair. The tweezers are arranged on two disks spinning in opposite directions. In the middle of these dual opposed heads are “Middle Lifting” fingers, which are used to lift small and flat hairs that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The head is wider when compared to other similar models, so this is one of the best devices for legs, thighs and arms.

The Emjoi epilator is corded as the 72 tweezers require quite a bit of power to work efficiently. It’s also only meant for use on dry skin, but it is recommended to have a hot shower and exfoliate before use.

Emjoi claims that the middle lifting fingers allow it to pull out hairs as short as 0.5 mm. However, it is more effective on medium length hairs.

Although the Emjoi AP-18 is one of the top rated and top selling units online, there are some mixed reviews regarding its efficiency. Some people report that it’s perhaps too powerful as it breaks more hair than it pulls out. To be honest, this is highly individual and like I said, it works best on thick, coarse hairs. You won’t know if it suits you until you try it!

In summary, the Emjoi AP-18 is a decent epilator considering its price. It doesn’t come with many additional features or accessories, but it has a high number of tweezers, meaning it’s great for you if you want to get rid of dark, thick hairs on your body.

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Cons

72 tweezers No Wet & Dry technology
Effective on larger areas like arms and legs
Corded
Great for removing coarse hairs
Not very effective on very short hairs
No additional accessories or features
Not suitable for sensitive skin

Other Emjoi Emagine Models

Emjoi Emagine AP-18R

This version uses the same technology as the original but can be used both corded and cordless. You might want to check it out if a rechargeable unit is something you are looking to buy.

Keep in mind that because it has 72 tweezers, it’s quite powerful and the battery lasts for around 30 minutes after charging.

Emjoi AP-18MS – Best Men’s Epilator

Emjoi is the first brand to design a special epilator for men. The AP-18MS is very similar to the original AP-18 model but comes with some key differences.

The men’s epilator comes with one additional attachment:

A special shaving/trimmer head, which turns your epilator into an electric shaver!

The trimmer is a useful feature as the optimal hair length for effective epilation is about 3-4 mm. If you don’t shave, you’ll probably have longer hairs than that. The trimmer allows you to prepare for epilation and ensure it’s less painful.

Secondly:

The head curves a little bit differently than the original and it helps to avoid your skin getting stuck between the tweezers.

Third:

The head of the original version is covered in plastic while the AP-18MS is made out of metal. This makes the men’s epilator sturdier and more durable.

If you’re looking for some basic epilation action, Philips Satinelle will do the trick. But if you want a truly customized epilating experience based on your needs then Emjoi AP-18MS for Men is the way to go.

5. Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect – Best Whole Body Epilator

Philips HP6576 is a premium epilator, listed as the best whole body epilator in our guide.

Read our Philips epilator review if you are looking for maximum comfort and fast epilation, all in one device.

Highlights

  • Best used on medium length hairs
  • Works great for thicker hairs
  • Can be used while charging

SatinPerfect comes with 32 ceramic tweezers and two speeds. Combine that with the extra wide pivoting head, and you get a fast epilator which can pull out more hairs in one go. The HP6576 is a whole-body epilator and works great for your arms, underarms, legs, and the bikini line.

It comes with four different attachments:

  • Trimmer/women’s shaver head
  • Styling head
  • Bikini comb
  • Illuminating smart tweezers

Now, there is one thing I need to clear up:

Confusion over whether this epilator is suitable for use on facial hair or not.

Despite what the box and product listings say, there is no facial cap included in the kit. This means you shouldn’t use this epilator on your face. However, if you just need to trim your eyebrows or pull out a few hairs from your upper lip, Philips has added a pair of ‘luxury tweezers’ with a built-in light that can be used for that purpose.

If removing facial hair is your primary concern, check out the first two epilators in our list.

This Philips epilator can be used both corded and cordless. You can use it for 40 minutes on battery and need about an hour to charge fully.

The biggest benefit of Philips SatinPerfect?

You can use it while it’s charging! It’s a huge plus as there is nothing more annoying than running out of battery mid-epilation!

Despite being cordless, Philips SatinPerfect is not a Wet and Dry epilator so do not try to use it in the shower! To reduce pain, Philips has added a massage system to stimulate and soothe the skin.

The optimum hair length for SatinPerfect is about 3-4 millimitres, so it works best on medium length hairs.

Despite promises of fast and efficient epilation, many users report that instead of removing hairs, the device breaks them instead. You also need to run it over the same area multiple times as it doesn’t remove all hairs at once. Honestly, it’s not possible to say whether it’s because of the epilator itself or the way it was used.

There are far more positive reviews than negative ones, though, so use your judgment when making a decision.

Additional features include a built-in massage system and a built-in light.

Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe is a complete hair removal machine in one device and the best epilator for the body. It is a little bit more expensive than other similar models, but the additional attachments and the ability to use it while charging make it one of the best buys.

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Cons

Both corded and cordless No Wet&Dry technology
Can be used when charging Not suitable for use on facial hairs
Multi-purpose use Not effective for epilating very short hairs
Massage function
Pivoting head

6. Panasonic ES-ED90 P – Best Cheap Multi-Purpose Epilator

The Panasonic ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver is still one of the best hair removal devices on the market today.

It comes with loads of accessories and additional features, making it the perfect multi-purpose epilator at a very competitive price.

Highlights

  • Works best on medium length hairs
  • Very long battery life
  • Inner blade needs switching once a year

The Panasonic epilator comes with 48 high precision rotating tweezers and dual speed.

It includes six different attachments which means you can customize it the way you want:

  • The regular epilation head pivots 60 degrees and exposes all 48 tweezers. This attachment makes it a good epilator for legs.
  • The Gentle Epilation Cap covers some of the tweezers and turns it into a gentle epilator for sensitive areas like underarms. This head is also suitable for beginners as it allows you to get used to the sensation of epilating without too much pain.
  • The Precise Epilation Cap offers an even gentler experience in areas like the bikini line.
  • Shaver head with a pop-up trimmer
  • Bikini comb
  • Pedicure buffer

The pedicure buffer is what makes this Panasonic epilator so great! No other brand offers this feature. It rotates and removes dry skin much better than you could remove manually. Most users are very happy with the addition!

The ED90 is a whole-body hair removal machine. Although some users say it works well on facial hair, I wouldn’t go anywhere near it with this device. If you’re looking for an epilator to remove hairs from your face, check out the two models reviewed above.

Panasonic ED90-P is a cordless epilator and uses Wet and Dry technology. This means you can use it on dry skin or while having a shower. Using it in the shower is a great option if you’re afraid of pain. However, you might notice that wet epilation is not as effective as it is on dry skin.

You need one hour to charge the epilator, and it lasts for 40 minutes after that. Panasonic ED90 is praised for its long battery life, which isn’t a given in this industry.

It is a durable device, but Panasonic recommends to replace the inner blade and outer foil of the epilator at least once every one or two years. It’s not a big deal as the replacement parts are widely available and the combo pack costs around $30. Still, if you don’t want to keep spending money after purchasing this item, there are better options available.

You can’t use the Panasonic epilator when charging, so it might not be suitable for use on areas that have a lot of hair.

The optimal hair length for Panasonic ES-ED90-P is about 2-3 mm, so it works best with short to medium length hairs.

Additional features include a built-in LED light.

All in all, the Panasonic ES-ED90-P is perfect for you if you are looking for a multi-purpose epilator at moderate cost. This model is powerful, effective, durable, and suits even beginners.

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Cons

Wet & Dry technology Added costs to keep it running over the years
Suitable for sensitive skin Can't be used while charging
Long battery life Not very effective on very short hairs
Pivoting head
Highly customizable
Replacement blades/foil widely available
Cordless

7. Epilady Legend 4th

Best Cordless Epilator (Longest Battery Time)

This Epilady epilator is a true legend, just like the name suggests!

It is an improved version of the Epilady Classic, first ever epilator created in 1987. Thousands of women still swear by this iconic brand!

Highlights

  • Very long battery time (up to 60 minutes)
  • Efficient for removing very short hairs
  • Works best on dark coarse hairs
  • Needs to be charged overnight

Epilady Legend 4, the brand’s bestseller, comes with two speeds and a total of 40 tweezers. You can use it on your arms, legs, bikini line, and even face.

Again,

I would personally be very hesitant to use it on my face, but many reviewers say it works just fine.

It includes one attachment:

The perfect angle cap, which helps to keep the epilator at an optimal angle at all times.

When doing research for this Epilady review, I noticed that quite a few people said it works better in some areas than others. I believe it’s because of the special design Epilady uses. Unlike other hair removal tools which you swipe up your arms or legs, you need to do little circles in the same area to get rid of the hair. This makes it a lot more difficult to epilate areas like underarms or the bikini line. I also found that it works best on thick, coarse hairs, so that may be another reason why women see such different results.

The Epilady 4 can be used both corded and cordless, and you can also use it while it’s charging.

There is one downside:

The charging time is extremely long. Most other models only take about an hour to load fully, but Epilady pretty much needs a full day. The battery then lasts up to 60 minutes, almost twice as long as other epilators on the market. If you don’t mind keeping it plugged overnight and battery time is important to you, this is a very good epilator.

Keep in mind that it is a dry epilator only.

Epilady claims the Legend 4 can remove even the shortest hairs and many users report it to be true. In fact, it is one of the few models besides Braun Silk Epil series 7 and 9 that’s capable of that.

Overall, the Epilady Legend 4 epilator is a simple, but efficient hair remover tool. The battery lasts for a full hour, and the device is capable of removing even the shortest and thickest hairs. It is definitely the best pick for you if you appreciate quality at a good price.

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Cons

Corded and cordless use No Wet & Dry technology
Can be used while charging
It takes 8-12 hours to charge it fully
Battery lasts up to 60 minutes on full charge
Doesn't include many accessories
Quiet Not very effective for epilating fine hairs
Long battery life
Works great for very short hairs
Efficiently removes coarse hair

How to Choose the Best Epilator – Buyer’s Guide

As I’m sure you already know:

Epilators have a lot of benefits but picking the right device is not an easy task.

There are things you need to consider, and there are too many different brands, designs, and options available.

To make matters worse:

Some brands bring out new improved versions regularly!

The main thing is to get to know your options and then choose the product based on your needs and budget. Our Best Epilator Buying Guide outlines some of the most important things for you to consider and will help you find what you need.

But there is one more point I need to address before we move on:

I want to talk about pain.

You might be tempted to choose an epilator based on how painful or painless it reportedly is. I can’t blame you. Many product reviews also claim that specific models are more or less painful than others. While it’s true that an epilator with more tweezers might be more painful, there are many things that may affect how much it hurts:

  • Your own personal threshold of pain
  • The area you are epilating
  • If it’s your first time epilating
  • How long are the hairs on your body, etc.

The first time (or if you haven’t epilated for a while) WILL BE painful.

Think about it:

You’re likely to have longer and thicker hairs which cover your skin evenly. Pulling out hundreds of hairs will inevitably hurt, but it will get better after the first time, I promise!

If you are still worried, check out our epilator reviews above. Braun Silk Epil 7681, Silk Epil 7561 and Panasonic ED90-P come with a ‘beginners cap’ that will allow you to get used to the sensation of pain.

Now that that’s cleared up let’s take a look at some of the things to consider when buying an epilator.

Budget

Your budget will determine what kind of features are available to you. Prices for epilators range anywhere from $30 to $150. Cheaper models are pretty basic, more expensive devices come with additional features and accessories. Before settling on a specific budget, make sure you know what you’re expecting your epilator to do as even cheaper units have their benefits.

Power

Many reviews claim that how powerful an epilator is will depend on the number of tweezers it has. Personally, I don’t think that’s everything. Models with a wider head are capable of covering more skin in one go, thus making them more efficient. Higher speeds also contribute to how fast hairs get removed. I would opt for a model that has a combination of all three.

Use

Think about which part of your body you’re most likely going to epilate. Some models can only be used for certain areas like legs; some come with specific caps, which transform them from full body epilators to facial hair or bikini epilators. It might be worth buying a more expensive product that is specifically designed to cover different areas of the body.

Wet & Dry Technology

Epilators using the Wet & Dry technology are very convenient as you can use them in the shower. Warm water is known to soothe the skin and open up pores, meaning it might help minimize the pain caused by epilating. However, dry epilators are considered by some to be more effective as water can weigh down the hairs, making it more difficult to grasp.

Corded or Cordless

A cordless epilator might be a good choice if you prefer flexibility. Without having to look for a plug, you can use a cordless epilator pretty much anywhere.

All devices using the Wet & Dry technology are obviously cordless and can be used in the shower too. They mostly last 40 minutes on a single charge and take about an hour or so to load.

Cordless models come with either batteries or a built-in rechargeable battery. Keep in mind that the more powerful an epilator is, the faster it uses up battery life. A rechargeable cordless epilator may be a better choice for the long term. However, having a corded epilator instead means you don’t have to worry about things like that at all.

Additional Features and Accessories

Some models come with additional features like multiple speed options, a built-in light or a massage system. The pricier units also come with useful attachments like shaving heads, trimmers, different caps, and more. When choosing your epilator, think if any of these features are important to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does epilation mean?

Epilation is the act of removing hair from your skin. It is done by using an epilator, a small electrical device, which captures hairs on the skin level and removes them by the root. This results in smooth skin which can last from two to four weeks.

How does an epilator work?

There are different types of epilators on the market and the specific mechanism they use depends on the exact brand (and model) you choose. In general, they remove unwanted hairs by capturing them with tiny springs, spinning discs, or tweezers and then pulling them out by using moving parts that rotate.

How to use an epilator?

The epilation process itself is very simple and straightforward, but there are a couple of things you should do first to prep your skin:

1. If you’ve never epilated before, it’s recommended to shave your legs (or whatever area you intend to epilate) three to five days before epilation. Epilators work best on hairs 2-3 mm in length, so shaving them a couple of days before allows the hairs to grow back to a suitable length. Epilating shorter hairs is almost always less painful too.

2. Use a scrubbing glove or body scrub to exfoliate your skin a few of days before epilating. Exfoliation helps to prevent ingrown hairs by removing dead skin cells.

3. Keep your skin moisturized until you’re ready to epilate. Having dry, parched, and already sensitized skin will make epilation uncomfortable and painful. Hydrated, soft skin, on the other hand, will make the hair removal process much more comfortable.

Now, how to actually use an epilator?

  • Hold the epilator at a 90-degree angle to your skin
  • Don’t press the epilator too hard against it
  • Keep skin taut as you go
  • Epilate against the direction of hair growth

Are epilators painful?

Epilators are very convenient, easy to use and effective, but unfortunately, they are also painful. It depends on how sensitive you are but most people do experience some discomfort and pain when epilating for the first time. The good news is: there are ways to reduce epilation pain and as you get used to it, you’ll barely feel any pain in the future.

Which epilator is the best?

The best epilator is something that answers your personal needs:

What area of your body do you want to epilate? If it’s just your face, you’ll be good with a facial epilator. If you intend to remove hairs from different parts of your body, you’d be better off with a multifunctional hair removal tool.

Are your hairs thin and light or dark and coarse? Some epilators work best on thin hairs while others are more efficient at removing thick hairs.

Are you afraid of pain? An epilator that uses the Wet&Dry technology might be a good choice for you. This means you can use your epilator while in the shower or taking a bath and this is said to reduce pain.

Generally, all newer epilators answer all of these requirements. Make sure to figure out what you need before making a purchase.

Wrapping it up

Finding the right epilator may be a difficult task, but if you take these factors into account, you are sure to get exactly the type of product that matches your needs.

I hope you got all the information you need to pick the right epilator. If you have any further questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below or contact us through the Contact page.

About the author

Karmen is a freelance writer from Tartu, Estonia whose second passion is health and nutrition.

She is currently working as a Virtual Assistant providing services to different marketing companies.

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