I’m truly excited about writing these epilator reviews.
I have been an epilator girl for so many years and I’m always glad to research the latest models and select the best. That’s a lot of fun for me.
Whether you have heard about epilators or not, you’re going to quickly understand what an epilator is, which are the features to look for and how it should be used.
Thus, there’s nothing wrong if this is the first time you’re reading about these hair removal devices. I hope you’ll find them interesting.
In this post you’re going to learn:
1. What an epilator really is.
2. The reasons for choosing this hair removal method over waxing or shaving.
3. Essential tips to help you with your shopping session.
4. My favorite model.
5. And finally the epilator reviews for my favorite 5 models, which are covering the whole price range – from the cheapest but amazing one to the one that’s really close to being perfect.
What’s an Epilator?
I know there are women out there who haven’t heard about these devices until now and that’s okay.
I’m going to make a longer introduction so you can catch up.
A hair removal epilator is a tiny device that removes hairs from the root thanks to its tiny metallic/ceramic tweezers.
Hairs are not removed one at a time because that would simply take forever. A bunch of them are removed from the root with one singles pass. The tweezers rotate and they grab the hairs and pull them from the root.
Here’s the kicker:
You can have smooth skin for two weeks, up to a month. That’s pretty awesome, you must admit it!
The Biggest Reasons for Choosing Epilators
If you decide to use one you may never go back to shaving or to spending a lot of money on salon waxing.
That’s basically why I’m writing this lengthy post on epilator reviews.
The thing is:
If you are tired of using razors once every 3 days and you still feel unsatisfied because after a day the hairs start growing back then you should keep on reading this article because it offers a great alternative to your problem.
Using an epilator will be enlightening and it may change the way you feel about your body.
If you are done with spending a great deal of money once every month, going to salons for waxing, then maybe you could spare a few minutes and read my blog post on epilator reviews.
Epilation is a cheap hair removal method.
You just need to spend a decent amount of money, anywhere from $30 to $100. After that, just do something else with the money you were spending in a beauty salon.
It gets better:
After extended usage, fewer hairs grow and, most importantly, they grow thinner and that’s when things get exciting.
I know that’s debatable, the argument being that if you let the hairs grow for months and months then they are just as thick and as many. However, since I epilate once every 2 weeks on average, I measure the results within that time frame.
The longest I let my hair grow is for a whole month in the winter when I’m lazy.
From my personal experience, I can tell you that there are a lot less hairs on my skin and they’re thinner, too!
The result is that in the beginning it probably took me up to 2 hours to get my legs smooth as silk but now I do it in 40 minutes tops.
The secret is:
Don’t let your hair grow back too much because it will be time consuming and the pain, let’s say, is definitely not enjoyable.
Also, if it’s too short, the tweezers won’t be capable of plucking it but that’s debatable since there are models that can remove even the tiniest hairs. I’m going to recommend such devices in this blog post on epilator reviews.
I don’t know what the recommended length is and let’s be frank no one measures the hair length on their legs, armpits, hands, or bikini area. You just know, it’s not rocket science.
Using an epilator is incredibly simple.
Anyone can do it and that’s why I truly recommend these devices as the optimal way of getting smooth skin.
Just move it slowly at a 90 degrees angle against the direction in which the hair is growing.
If it doesn’t hurt it might mean that you are moving too fast. Slow movements are the only thing to keep in mind.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons for choosing an epilator just don’t forget to exfoliate in order to prevent ingrown hairs.
You might ask:
If everything is so simple, why even bother with reading this blog post on epilator reviews or any other review?
Why not buy the first one that you set your eyes on and start removing hairs as soon as the package reaches your door step?
The thing is that there are many brands out there and reviews like these ones make the choice easier. And less time consuming.
Let’s see what exactly is to be taken into consideration when buying a great epilator for an awsome price:
1. It must remove the hairs from the root. Not to cut them at the surface of the skin and leave the root in. This is one of the most important criteria.
2. The more tweezers it has, the less time each epilation session will take. It’s especially helpful when removing hair from the legs.
3. Easy cleanup. Hygiene is very important. Luckily, it’s really easy to have a clean epilator. That’s why I don’t share my epilator with anyone. I might be a bit of a control freak.
4. An efficiency cap is something I always want to find in the box because, trust me, it eases on the pain a little and it makes the entire hair removing process more comfortable.
5. There are all sorts of accessories like cooling gloves and massaging heads, having the same purpose: making the pain less intense. However, always use the cooling glove after epilation not before or during.
6. Built-in light ensures that you won’t miss any hairs.
7. Getting a dry one or a wet & dry one (it can be used under the shower, where pores are wide open and hair removal becomes less painful).
8. Number of speeds, usually two. There are few epilators who have just one speed.
9. Price as a reflection of quality.
10. Corded or cordless (rechargeable or battery operable).
The Perfect Model for Me
Considering all these features, I will try to describe the perfect hair removal device for me. Maybe it will help you figuring out what you need and want.
The best epilator for me is quite a simple basic device with 2 speeds, efficiency cap, corded because the long cord offers enough freedom of movement and I have enough things that have to be charged, and has built-in light.
If I were to take it a little further, I always favor epilators produced by a known brand as opposed to no-name ones. I would also like to try one that is such a bad ass that can pluck even the feeblest tiny hairs.
It would be nice because those tiny ones become big proud showing hairs in a week or so. That happens because hair grows in 3 cycles so don’t blame it on the device.
Also, an epilator will never remove 100% of the hairs because some are just too tiny.
I’m not interested in wet & dry ones because I have developed a high tolerance to pain throughout the years. If you don’t handle pain well, you can always go for a wet and dry and use it under the shower in the beginning.
If you’ve waxed before, you may feel nothing more than a few pinches.
In the end, the idea is that you can keep it basic and simple and have smooth skin with a cheap epilator.
If you can afford to spend more money and get a more expensive device, do it because you only pay the money once and get to use the unit for many years to come.
Innovations don’t take place every year in this industry so you won’t be rushing online or to a store to get the latest thing out there.
This is money spent once and maybe not spent for another 2 or 3 years, at least. And there’s the standard 2-year warranty.
In the meantime, I’ve found a pretty amazing epilator – the Braun 9561. I’ve wrote all about my first impressions with it here, if you are interested to see why I like this model so much.
I’ve had to give up on the idea of having a corded epilator but the surprise is that I don’t miss the cord. The fact that it’s cordless presents no advantage for me but at lest it’s not a disadvantage and that’s what counts.
I will shortly review a Braun Silk Epil 9 model, a very similar one to my new epilator. I only lack the facial cleansing brush that the 9579 has because I already had one so I bought the 9561 – it was cheaper.
When you choose an epilator from a line of models (like the Silk Epil 7 or the Silk Epil 9) choose the device that has the accessories that you need. The epilator is more or less the same for the entire line, with the same tweezers and features. Only the accessories make the difference.
Via this post on epilator reviews, I’ve covered the basic things that everyone needs to know about these tiny devices.
Let’s see some models and gossip a little about them.
1. Philips Satinelle HP6401 – One of the Best Cheap Epilators
What I like
The HP6401 Satinelle from Philips is the perfect example of a classic epilator.
There’s nothing fancy about it, just that it does its job of removing hairs really good, it offers very satisfactory performances.
Also the price is the lowest you can get so this might work for a lot of women.
An alternative situated in the same price range would be Braun Silk-Epil 3170.
It’s corded, it has two speeds, it has an efficiency cap which is always a must, and the design makes it easy to hold so it’s ergonomically shaped, to put it in fancier terms.
Another important feature is that you can wash the epilation head .
Furthermore, it has 21 tweezers. It’s not a lot, I know, further down the road in this post on epilator reviews you will discover a device with 72 tweezers.
What’s the difference between the two?
Fewer tweezers means that the epilation process will be longer but at the same time the price is directly proportionate to the number of tweezers. So it’s up to you if you go for rapidity or for the lower cost.
The only accessory included is the efficiency cap. It might not seem much but it should help a great deal.
Philips HP6401 is an amazingly affordable choice and it’s not as painful as other epilators, which is a big bonus.
It’s definitely the ultimate low cost model from these reviews.
What I don’t like
It doesn’t have a built-in light but that’s not an incredible loss.
Also, Philips HP6401 doesn’t come with a cleaning brush but that is replaced by the possibility of washing the epilation head. You can replace the cleaning brush with a normal toothbrush.
Even so, I think it’s totally worth it, given the low price and I recommend it to all of you, especially if you are on a tight budget and want to keep it simple and classic.
If you want something else, please continue reading this post on epilator reviews.
2. Panasonic ES-ED90-P – Wet & Dry Epilator
What I like
Firstly, the design is quite nice, it’s just so girlish.
Okay, let’s get past my enthusiasm and see what Panasonic ES-ED90-P has to offer for its pretty high price tag. Be warned that the price for this device fluctuates a lot. Sometimes it’s really affordable so don’t rush into buying it.
If it’s on sale definitely get it.
It’s a wet & dry epilator, which means you can use it with shower gel.
Obviously, it’s cordless – it gets fully charged in an hour and you get to use it for up to 40 minutes. It cannot be used corded.
It has 48 tweezers so one would think that it’s pretty painful, besides being really fast. Well, you would be mistaken thinking that it’s pretty painful.
There are many women who vouch that this is the least painful epilator for them and I think the side-to-side gliding head is an innovation that helps a lot.
Another great advantage, which is much appreciated by me as a reviewer and a writer of this post on epilator reviews, is that there are two epilating heads included: the wide dual-disc epilation head and the gentle epilator head.
The normal head is the one with the whole 48 tweezers, which makes it really fast and powerful. You can switch between the two heads when it comes to removing hairs from sensitive areas.
The Panasonic ES-ED90-P is described as a 3 in 1 hair removal system but what does it mean? It means that there are: the tweezers head (epilator head), a shaver head, and a bikini trimmer head. There is also a pedicure buffer for removing dry callous skin.
The tweezer head is the only one that removes hair from the root, the other two caps just cut it at the surface of the skin, out of which the shaver head cuts the hairs more closely to the skin than the trimmer one.
All the caps can be used with either foam/soap or directly on the bare skin.
This is a 2-speed epilator and it also has a built-in light.
The box also includes a travel pouch and a cleaning brush and of course, for even better hygiene, you can wash it.
I’ve also written a full Panasonic ES-ED90-P review, if you are interested for a more in-depth approach.
What I don’t like
As I’ve already mentioned earlier in this post including 5 epilator reviews, cordless models are not exactly my favorite ones but since this is a wet & dry one it couldn’t be any other way.
Are there any serious things that I don’t like about the Panasonic ES-ED90-P? The answer is a clear loud no. It’s a model with so many attachments and when the price is good this is an amazing device.
3. Emjoi AP-18 Emagine – One of the Fastest Most Powerful Epilators
What I like
The Emjoi AP-18 is an innovative device like no other – it has two opposed heads.
These two opposed heads together have 72 tweezers so it’s probably the fastest epilator out there.
If that doesn’t impress you, you will be pleased by the middle lifting fingers, meaning that it’s capable of efficiently removing flat and short hairs, not only the coarse thick dark ones.
It’s expected to remove hairs as short as 0.5mm and, after reading some reviews written by women currently using it, I would say that it keeps its promise. So far so good, excellent, I might say.
72 tweezers is an impressive number but there’s the general opinion that the bigger the number of tweezers the more pain you feel, with the advantage of getting smooth skin more quickly.
Well, in this case, the AP-18 from Emjoi is an exception and I’m truly glad to know that women who are already using it are proud to say that the pain level is more than acceptable.
So there is no debate on pain vs. speed. It’s only about speed and less pain.
It’s a corded device, which is pretty logical since it’s so powerful.
It also features 2 speeds and it comes with a cleaning brush for hygiene plus the head is detachable so it could be washed.
Speaking of hygiene, the Silver Ion Technology provides antimicrobial protection, which may also help with reducing ingrown hairs.
I think that you’ve guessed by now that I find the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator to be fascinating!
It’s not only good for women but also for men because it’s fast and powerful. The alternative is the specifically designed epilator for men Emjoi AP-18MS.
What I don’t like
I’m already sold, even though it lacks the built-in light and there are no caps.
I think it’s worth every penny. And luckily it’s medium-priced.
But let’s see, maybe the last two epilator reviews are going to reveal an even better unit.
4. Braun Silk-Epil 7681 Wet and Dry
What I like
is great for women who want to take a relaxing bath and get some hairs removed at the same time.
It’s also a good epilator for men, being powerful.
Being wet and dry, it’s also cordless – charging takes 1 hour and it’s functional for up to 40 minutes. It’s easy to clean since it can be washed without any problems, no worries there.
Some users have complained that after a while the battery stops holding a charge so it would be best to prolong the 2-year warranty, just make sure that it covers the battery, too.
It has 40 tweezers, which is nothing spectacular at first. The spectacular thing is how fast this model is and how powerful it is.
What is also spectacular is that the tweezers are close-grip so it’s supposed to pluck hairs as tiny as 0.5mm, just like the above epilator from Emjoi.
I did a little digging on this aspect because it interests me deeply.
The findings are: according to many women, the Silk-Epil 7681 does remove even the smallest ones. It’s really great to find that it works as it’s supposed to because it has a pretty big price tag and it justifies it really well.
If you’ve noticed, Braun Silk Epil 7681 is highly similar to Panasonic ES-WD51-P, and they’re in a close price range, too.
They’re both wet and dry epilators, they both have a trimmer head, shaver head, and tweezers head, and they both function up to 40 minutes on a single charge.
Braun 7681 has a dedicated facial cap and a sensitive area cap also called the underarm cap, which can perfectly work for the bikini area, as well, and an efficiency cap.
It seems that Braun Silk Epil 7681 is the complete package so it’s worth the extra money, only as long as you are comfortable with spending that sum.
Other additions include the pivoting head, the built-in light, the 2 speeds, and the pre-epilation wipes. The epilation wipes don’t do much, other than smelling nice.
What I don’t like
The price might be the only thing that I can say that I don’t like. But it’s still totally worth it.
Also, this model cannot be used while charging, it has to be unplugged. The explanation for that would be its wet function.
5. Braun Silk-Epil 9579 – One of The Best Epilators at the Moment
What I like
The last of my 5 epilator reviews features one of the new best epilators on the market, the successor of the Silk-Epil 7 series. It has been a long journey but let’s see what this one offers.
First of all, it’s so pretty. Braun Silk-Epil 9579 is the prettiest epilator that I have set my eyes on. It’s pretty heavy but that won’t be a problem.
It has a 40% wider head than Braun 7681 for a faster epilation. It doesn’t mean that it has 40% more tweezers. It has the same 40 tweezers as the Silk Epil 7.
However, the tweezers are differently shaped and sized.
The tweezers have the microgrip tweezer technology instead of the close-grip one for removing really tiny hairs. It still doesn’t mean that absolutely 100% of the hairs will be removed, usually there are still going to be some left behind, some are just too tiny.
Braun Silk Epil 9579 is also a wet & dry epilator with the following accessories:
- massage rollers that create a nice sensation, they ease the pain a little – when you become more accustomed to epilators you can take the rollers down for a direct contact with the skin
- pivoting head
- skin contact cap – this time there is no sensitive area cap
- facial cap
- shaving head
- trimmer cap
- charging stand
- and facial cleansing brush.
There are also the softlift tips for lifting up flat-lying hairs. From my point of view, they don’t make a big impact on the overall performance
It’s a a cordless device. You get 40 minutes of usage after charging it full (1 hour). I advise you to charge it full every time in order to prolong the battery life.
The built-in light is another great addition alongside the 2 speeds.
You can be sure that you are paying for a complete hair removal package because that is in fact what Braun Silk-Epil 9579 represents: a beautifully designed epilator for body and face, a shaver, a trimmer, plus an exfoliation device thanks to its facial cleansing brush.
That’s a complete grooming set.
What I don’t like
When it comes to the 9579 and the entire Braun Silk-Epil 9 series, there’s not much to complain about. It’s pretty clear that this has replaced the 7681 as one of the best epilators for now.
One con is the fact that it cannot be used while it’s charging. Since it’s wet & dry, Braun has probably thought that some people might be taking their epilators in the shower while they’re charging and we all know what would happen in such a scenario.
Another con is the really high price. It’s a pity that not everyone can afford this model since it’s so great.
That’s it, these are my 5 epilator reviews, what do you think, which one is your favorite?