There are a lot of epilators out there. Even for me it was a bit hard when I decided that I should change my epilator.
When I was in college the matters where quite simple because I had a really limited budget. So, I chose a model that I could afford.
That worked for me.
However, the moment when I could afford something a bit more expensive, my options widened and my choice became a bit complicated.
That’s why I thought about writing this post. To make all those epilators fit into categories, whether we’re talking about budget, accessories, number of tweezers, etc.
It should be a lot easier after reading it but feel free to leave a comment if there is something unclear. Also I’ve wrote a post about some of the best models here, it should make your choice easier.
In my opinion Braun is the most popular manufacturer at the moment. That’s because they have really good epilators, some of the best.
Most women start using a Braun epilator and they never switch to another manufacturer no matter how many epilators they will use during their lifetime.
Even though, at the moment I use the Braun 9561, one of my favorite models is the Braun 5780. It has the same accessories as the Braun 7681 (massage rollers cap, facial cap, sensitive area cap, shaver and trimmer) but it’s corded and a lot cheaper. It’s a great epilator!
However, there are other brands out there and they’re just as good, sometimes better, and they definitely have some interesting prices.
I’m talking about Emjoi, which makes one of the best epilators for face at the moment (Braun messed it up with their first facial epilator) – the Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18.
It also makes one of the most powerful models. And they’re sturdy, which is a big plus.
The downside is that they are not that big on attachments, it’s definitely an aspect where there is room for improvement.
Recently, I’ve come to realize that the Emjoi eRase e60 is quite a fascinating little epilator with 60 tweezers so it’s definitely fast but it can also be used to remove facial hair and it even comes with a sensitive area cap. All that at a really good price.
Another thing is that Emjoi doesn’t have the same global presence as Braun does. Actually, no other brand has the same global coverage. I hope that will change, soon.
Next, there’s Philips. It has one of the best and cheapest models, the direct competitor for the Braun 3170 – the Philips hp6401 which I reviewed here. In order to keep up, it has launched two main wet&dry epilators – the Philips Prestige and the Philips Satinelle Advanced. Both were good projects with a poor execution. I was excited about them because, due to their high number of very good accessories, they seemed like the direct competitor for the Braun Silk Epil 7 and the SE9 models.
They haven’t become popular and I’m still reluctant to recommend them because they have just too few tweezers and it takes 1.5 hours to charge them for 40 minutes usage. All other cordless models take 1 hour to charge.
I actually prefer the Philips BRE210. It has a good price, an efficiency cap, and a sensitive area cap. With the sensitive area cap you could even use it for facial hair removal.
Last but not least, it’s Panasonic, currently with their Panasonic ES-ED90-P (read my review here). It cannot boast of the same wide array of models but the ES-ED90-P has all the accessories needed for a complete body and facial epilation with 48 tweezers and the reputation of being a bit more gentle than other epilators.
Their offer is actually the same model for many years, slightly upgraded as technology and their competitors have advanced. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
I like that about Panasonic. Unlike Emjoi who has discontinued the manufacturing for the Emjoi AP-9l in order to replace it with the Epi Slim+ e18. I preferred the former.
There are epilators for all budgets.
However, as in any other area, the quality differs from the cheapest to the most expensive epilator. The good news is that a basic epilator can be used to remove hairs from the entire body, even though it might make it in a bit more painful way than a more expensive model that also has a number of different accessories.
The best cheap epilator is the Philipd Hp6401, in my opinion. The good news is that not only this epilator is really affordable but it also comes with a sensitive area cap for areas like the underarms and the bikini area, which technically can also be used to remove facial hair.
Right after it, is the Braun Silk Epil 3170. See my review of this model.
Next come the mid-budget epilators.
My favorite is the Emjoi eRase e60. As a mid range epilator, I don’t think there is anything else we could ask from it. It’s powerful due to its 60 tweezers, has a sensitive area cap, it’s corded, and can be even used to remove facial hair.
Right next is the Philips bre210 that is a bit hard to find but it has a great price, it’s cordless and it can be used in the shower, has an efficiency cap, a sensitive area cap, and a trimmer and shaver attachment. The only downside is that it has the same 20 tweezers that the Philips Hp 6401 has. It’s not fast but it still has a good price.
The Emjoi epilators are not available worldwide so your next best options is the Braun 5280 (check out my review). The Braun SE5 is actually the epilator on which the SE7 is based, they share the same number of tweezers and even their tweezers look almost the same but the Silk Epil 5 models are corded.
Actually, I like the Braun 5780 best because it has the same accessories that the Braun 7681 has but it’s corded so you can be sure that you won’t ever have any battery malfunctions and it’s cheaper.
It’s a perfect epilator!
I would be delighted if Braun decided to improve the 5780, to make it even more powerful and faster and with better tweezers with their latest technologies whilst maintaining the corded aspect and an approachable price tag.
I think that the Braun Silk Epil 5780 would have been a more popular model if it would have been available in most of the countries but I cannot logically explain why that wasn’t the case.
The Emjoi AP-18 has a unique price tag so it’s not either expensive nor mid range. It’s right in-between. It’s the fastest epilator on the market with 72 tweezers. It’s corded and it’s quite an impressive device. I like it a lot even though it doesn’t have any accessories. It seems that perfection has yet to be attained.
And so, we’re only left now with the expensive models.
These ones are cordless, can be used under the shower even though no one ends up actually using them in the water, and have accessories for the whole body plus face.
Panasonic ES-ED90-P, which is a favorite of mine and I always recommend it to people who want a more gentle epilator. Epilation will still be painful but every bit counts. The head has 48 tweezers, which is quite a lot. It also has a gentle tweezers head for sensitive areas. Other accessories include an efficiency cap, a shaving and trimmer attachment, and even a pedicure buffer. A more affordable alternative is the Panasonic ES-ED70-G, which is almost identical to the ED-ED90-P.
Braun 7681 that has 40 tweezers, a sensitive area cap, a facial cap, a massage rollers attachment, a shaver head and trimmer cap. It’s a great epilator but a few users have reported battery malfunctions.
There are a lot of models belonging to the Braun Silk Epil 7 series, all with different prices. They all share the same device but have different accessories. The Braun SE7 Skin Spa epilators have either a cleansing brush or an exfoliation brush for body in addition to other accessories.
As you know, exfoliation is crucial in preventing ingrown hairs, but you can get a separate exfoliation brush or you can use a body scrub, bought or at-home made, or exfoliating gloves. You can read more about how to prevent ingrown hairs in this post.
I use the latter almost daily for a couple of minutes at the end of my usual shower and then I rinse with lukewarm water. After, I moisturize because I have really dry skin. At the moment I am using argan oil because it has a 0 comedogenic rating.
Try picking a non-comedogenic body lotion or argan oil or sweet almond oil or jojoba oil to prevent the pores from getting clogged. It’s an advice that I received in a comment and I have been sticking to it ever since.
Braun 9579 is the successor of the above model. They both have the same number of tweezers but the SE9 has a wider head, which speeds up the whole hair removal process a bit.
Obviously, if you already own a perfectly function SE7 model there’s no point in getting a Braun Silk Epil 9 epilator.
There are many models, different in terms of accessories and price, while all having the same device. The accessories are the same as in the case of the Braun Silk Epilk 7681 minus the sensitive area cap. I cannot fathom why Braun decided to leave out the sensitive area cap. This one aspect has prevented me from recommending this model to quite a lot of people even though I know that it’s a very good hair removal device.
Philips Hp6576 is not a simple epilator, I might say that it’s actually quite the grooming kit. It even comes with a pair of tweezers that have their own light. I have started using one of those to pluck my eyebrows and the light helps quite a lot. It’s the same as it is in the case of an epilator.
It’s much better to have an epilator with a built-in light, you don’t have to strain your eyes to see if there are any hairs left behind.
This expensive Philips epilator is quite unique: it’s one of the few epilators with ceramic tweezers, which should help preventing ingrown hairs, and it can be used both corded and cordless. You can only use it on dry skin but it works both on battery and while charging. These two aspects make it quite intriguing, albeit being quite pricey.
It has 32 tweezers, is quite powerful and fast, and can be used on both body and face.
All these models need 1 hour to get charged and then they work for about 40 minutes.
At the moment, I am using a Braun 9561. It’s been almost a year and I haven’t encountered any problems, especially in the battery department. Let’s hope things will keep going this way until the next Braun epilator appears. Maybe it will be called Braun SE11 or will Braun surprise us with a totally different concept?
When it comes to accessories, I’m only interested in the caps. A sensitive area cap or a facial cap hide part of the tweezers so only a few end up removing the hairs. It’s highly important, especially for beginners but not only.
Even women like me, who have been epilating for a lot of years, still need all the relief they can get.
For some, the shaving and trimmer accessories are important, too. However, you must know that these ones will never be as good as a great shaving razor or a trimmer or bikini styler.
The exfoliation accessories are good, too. The exfoliation brush does all the job, you just have to move it around. When you’re using a body scrub or exfoliation gloves, you have to do all the work.
Number of Tweezers
The number of tweezers ranges from 20 tweezers (Philips Hp6401 and Braun 3170) to 72 tweezers (Emjoi AP-18).
Right under the AP-18 is the Emjoi eRase e60 with 60 tweezers.
Then there’s the Panasonic ES-ED90-P with 48 tweezers, and the Braun SE5 SE7 and SE9 that all have 40 tweezers. However, their shape and positioning vary so that makes a difference, too.
It’s not only about the number. The most important thing for an epilator is to be able to catch and remove the hairs from the root without cutting them at the surface. Also, it’s important to grab both thin and thick hairs.
There will never be 100% of hairs removed, there will always be some left behind either because they are too thin or too small but at least 97% of them should be removed, only making their appearance after 1 week and a half at least.
I thought that all epilators that are cordless are wet&dry and vice versa. That’s not entirely true because Philips has some models, like the Philips 6520 that is just cordless but it cannot be used under water.
There is also the Philips Hp6576 – the only epilator that can be used corded and cordless. It’s cordless that can be used also as corded because it’s not wet&dry.
Obviously, all these cordless models that can be used in the shower or when taking a bath cannot be used while they’re charging.
That’s how far my knowledge on epilators runs but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. I hope I can help you choose the right epilator for you!