So you’ve decided to get rid of unwanted hair and you are choosing the best epilator for this? Well, the most important is to take your time, since it’s not the case when you have to hurry.
What is special about all epilators – Is that no matter which one you buy you’ll need some time to get used to the discomfort during epilation.
Women who have ever bought an epilator are of two types: the first one – they have used it once and thrown it away and the second type – they’ve got used to it and now they don’t feel any discomfort while using the epilator and enjoy their perfectly smooth skin.
- 1 Wow, let’s find out what actually an epilator is?
- 2 Epilator reviews
- 2.1 Epilator Braun 9-579 WD is the most popular one
- 2.2 Braun Silk-épil 7 7-561 – a stylish and efficient epilator
- 2.3 Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator – an epilator for newbies
- 2.4 Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator – the epilator with ceramic tweezers
- 2.5 Emjoi AP-18 Emagine is powerful and fast one for speedy epilation
- 2.6 Panasonic ES2113PC Facial Hair Trimmer – the epilator for fine correction
- 2.7 Remington iLIGHT Pro Hair Removal System – this is an epilator for coarse hair
- 2.8 Panasonic ES-ED90-P – the multipurpose epilator
- 2.9 Braun Silk-épil 5 5-511 – the best budget choice
- 2.10 Remington EP7030 – the best facial epilator
- 3 OK – then what epilator to choose?
- 4 Can we use an epilator in the bath or shower?
- 5 Epilator head
- 6 Epilator additional features and caps
Wow, let’s find out what actually an epilator is?
This is a device for unwanted hair removal from the root, this way the hair follicle is being destroyed at the same time. So in general all epilators have one and the same task – remove the hair from the root.
Epilator Braun 9-579 WD is the most popular one
Since it is not just an ordinary epilator, at the same time it is a device for skin cleaning with 6 caps and 2 operating speeds.
The epilator head is 40% wider then the previous models had, that’s why it covers the lager body area and removes more hair in one move.
Due to this Silk-epil 9 Skin Spa lets you spend much less time on epilation, than you did before.
As I’ve said above this model has 2 operating speeds. If you are using the epilator for some delicate body area (facial epilation, for example) or this is the first time you are removing the hair from this body part, the manufacturer recommends choosing the 1st speed.
However, if you are using a shaving head, it’s better to do it on the 2nd speed. There is no discomfort during the process, but this way it goes faster and better.
A facial massager brush comes in a set as a very pleasant bonus, which makes Silk-epil 9 Skin Spa more than just a usual epilator and it becomes a mini-system for body and face care.
The brush ensures make-up removal and deep cleansing of face pores which is 6 times more efficient than common mechanical cleaning of the face.
All of these help skin to absorb different moisturizing creams better and makes it clean, fresh and shiny for a long time.
- The epilator head has 40 tweezers and this ensures your skin staying smooth and soft up to 4 weeks.
- Fast charging (60 min)
- MicroGrip technology removes even the shortest hair (0,5 mm long)
- Painless hair removing both when dry and wet epilation
- Exfoliation/ cleansing brush
- Can be used while having a shower that ensures comfortable epilation and lessens the discomfort
- The pivoting head allows epilation of hard-to-reach areas
- Smartlight illuminates the thinnest and shortest hair
- More than 3000 microvibrations per minute,
- Cleansing brush ensures dead skin cells exfoliation
- A stylish satin case comes in a set
- 1 year warranty
- There is none, but you need to get used to it
If you have some discomfort at first don’t consider it a useless thing and waste of money – you are going to love it!
Braun Silk-épil 7 7-561 – a stylish and efficient epilator
It’s performance is a bit lower than that of the previous one, but it’ll be a good choice for those who buy such a device for the first time, since it is quite nice and the discomfort while epilation is rather bearable.
Braun 7561 Silk—epil 7 – a cordless epilator with a pivoting head is one of 2016 bestsellers on the market.
It is designed for dry and wet epilation.
It’s a waterproof device that can be used in the bath and in the shower, you don’t care where the socket is which is very convenient as well.
Its 40 tweezers together with Close-Grip Braun technology ensure excellent operating characteristics and the most thorough epilation you can get.
It takes 1 hour to completely charge the battery. The epilator has 2 operation speeds.
If the battery is low the indicator starts blinking with red and it turns off a minute later.
When the battery is recharging the indicator is green and it stays green after the battery is full, thus you can see that the device is ready to use.
This is crazy – you can use it even in the dark! Since the epilator has a built in light, so you’ll see better the area of epilation.
There is a shaver head and a massager to reduce pain during epilation as well as a precision cap in the epilator set.
Besides a brush cleaner and cooling wet wipes are also included. This epilator model is very successful and easy-to-use as well as according to its users opinion it is painless with repeated use.
It lets your legs stay skin stay smooth up to 3 weeks – no ingrown hairs and bumps and no red spots after epilation.
The device removes hair very gently and even if some redness appears, it is gone the very next day. The epilator pivoting head easily follows all your body lines.
To get the ideal result just make several moves with the epilator along the chosen body area. As we’ve already said it’s a perfect choice for those who have just started to use these devices.
- Illumination of epilation area
- Can be used both for dry and wet epilation
- It’s possible to use the device in the bath and in the shower
- It has the battery indicator
- Pivoting head
- Continuous operation without recharging ( it is especially convenient when you are having rest somewhere)
- Massaging cap
- The battery recharges very fast
- Your skin becomes ideally smooth after using it and it is completely painless
- It can’t be used while the battery is charging
Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator – an epilator for newbies
This epilator has high performance and what is the most important – it is not an expensive one.
Sadly, this model has been taken out of production, but you may still buy some on Amazon.com. So hurry up, if you need a simple and reliable epilator.
Once again, it is easy to use: it has just 2 operation speeds (one is bit slower that another) and a special cap to keep the epilator at a proper angle.The epilator head has just 20 metal tweezers.
The back side of the epilator case has no pictures on it, the surface is a bit ribbed to avoid epilator slipping from a hand.
- Removes hear rather efficiently
- Convenient to handle
- It has a long cord – you can reach any socket with it
- The switch on button is not very convenient, it slides
- It is rather noisy
- It is only mains operated
- It catches not all the hair
- There may appear some ingrown hairs and bumps
Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator – the epilator with ceramic tweezers
This epilator is perfect for those who have sensitive skin, but they still want to get excellent epilation effect.
When choosing an epilator you should definitely consider Philips HP 6577. It’s just a ordinary epilator in appearance, but it has some additional conveniences such as massage effect, smartlight and possibility to use it in the shower.
It perfectly fits your hand and makes the skin softer and smother without any irritation. And its main feature – ceramic tweezers – they don’t cut the hair they just pull it away. Due to ceramic disks with patterned surface the epilator catches the smallest and thinnest hair.
It’s very important that the tweezers won’t cut the hair as it quite often happens when using epilator models with metal tweezers. At high speed of the epilator head rotation the hair isn’t pulled away it’s just being cut up and therefore they start to be a problem again very shortly.
HP 6576 SatinPerfect epilator won’t cause such a trouble since it has rounded ceramic tweezers.
Those can appreciate convenience, who have suffered discomfort during epilation. When using this epilator you’ll feel just some light tingling.
The tweezers disks are covered with silver ions which are hypoallergic that’s why there is no skin irritation after epilation.
However, you may have already finished epilating your legs and the indicator may continue blinking till it turns off when the battery gets discharged completely, which is very annoying.
The epilator case has a built in light, which is very convenient, however, it won’t substitute proper light, but it helps to see tiny hair that you may have missed.
As for the this illmination itself, it’s not that good than that of Braun epilators, but still it’s nice to have it.
Massage brush is included into the epilator set. Its main task is to help you with epilation. It lifts up all hair that is close to the skin and this helps to avoid the issue with ingrown hairs and bumps.
The epilator battery charges completely in 1 hour and this is enough for 40 minutes of continuous operation. Therefore, it’s not necessary to look for a socket or new batteries.
- Light weight, convenient to hold
- Attractive appearance, well designed
- Has a smart light and 2 operation speeds
- Ceramic tweezers
- Reasonable price
- It is mains operated and rechargeable
- To remove tiny short hair with one single pass
- There lots of caps in the set: trimmer, razor, massaging brush for efficient epilation
- Fails when removing hair shorter than 0.5 mm
- Very noisy
- The battery indicator is quite annoying
Emjoi AP-18 Emagine is powerful and fast one for speedy epilation
This model is for those who like it fast, maybe not an ideal epilation, but it’s done in the shortest possible time.
The device is time-proved and approved by lots of American women – it has been on the market for quite a long time. A patented technology of tweezers design is used.
They consist of three movable disks (which open and close) and one disk stays fixed, not of just two ones that other epilators tweezers have. And this is the point – due to such triple tweezers the skin is slightly risen and only after that the hair is removed.
The epilator head has 72 such tweezers which are arranged checkerwise. It has double head that is wide enough and with one pass it covers a quite large skin area.
At that it catches all the hair perfectly, so there’s no need for the second pass.
The manufacturer assures that this epilator can be used not only for legs, but for underarms/bikini zones (since the skin is more sensitive here, you’ll have to get used to it) and even for a facial epilation as well (it’s really so).
- 72 tweezers
- High operation speed
- Silver Ion Technology
- The hair that grows after epilation is thinner and lighter colored, it also grows slower
- It is mains operated and it can’t ve used in the shower or bath
- Has no additional caps, just a brush to clean the epilator
- No built in light
Panasonic ES2113PC Facial Hair Trimmer – the epilator for fine correction
Actually it’s not an epilator, it’s a trimer.
But still women need them both, because it’s not very convenient to use an epilator for facial epilation .
It is ergonomically designed, easy-to-use and handle, its dark head is flexible and a bit pivoting. It trims well, though the skin isn’t that soft as it can be after epilation.
Just like the majority of other trimmers the device has 2 plates with teeth and they move hast close to each other. The teeth have smooth edges, they don’t scratch skin.
The device needs cleaning once a month – just clean it with its brush and aerate it.
One AAA battery is used as a power supply and it lasts for long. If the battery starts getting low the device starts working slower, so this is the time to get a new battery for it.
The noise is quite bearable, not loud. It’s convenient to take it with you on a trip.
- Compact sized, you van take it anywhere with you
- Perfectly removes hair from a face
- Trims well
- Easily cleaned
- Can be used in sensitive areas
- One AAA battery is used as a power supply
- You can’t regulate the hair length, but anyway the trimmer is to remove any hair completely, not to make it of equal length
- It’s not actually an epilator, it’s a correction trimmer
Remington iLIGHT Pro Hair Removal System – this is an epilator for coarse hair
This option is an excellent one for those with coarse and dark hair.
Quite often it’s not that easy to remove it completely while a photoepilator sufficiently decreases the hair amount and its growth rate in time.
So, what do you expect from a photoepilator? Right, it has to be efficient!
Photoepilators with light pulse intensity from 7-8 J/cm2 and the wavelength about 650-1000 nm are considered to be the most efficient ones. These are the characteristics Remington photoepilators have.
What you can do to improve the photoepilation process is to let the hair grow a bit for a day or two to make it more visible and let small hairs show.
An important thing you should keep in mind is that before using a photoepilator you should remove all the hair from the area where you plan to use it with a razor or depilatory cream.
It is strongly forbidden to remove hair from roots (by waxing or sugaring) between your photoepilation sessions. It is important to keep the hair roots undamaged.
Then you just “take photos” where it is required by applying the photoepilator to the skin and pushing the special button.
The flash light power can be adjusted manually thus you can ignore the device settings, since it usually chooses the less powerful mode.
As for how it feels – the photoepilator flash is like touching a hot light bulb, but only hair follicle get burnt, not the skin.
When you set a high power of the flash and use the epilator on some sensitive areas sometimes it is hardly bearable – the first time of using photoepilator is the most painful one (a lot of hair and lots of microscopic thermal wounds), next time the procedure becomes less and less painful.
You can perform photoepilation not more than 2 times a week till you get a desirable effect. Please, keep in mind that the hair starts to fall not at once, but from the second week of performing epilation or even later!
If you didn’t shave the hair completely then after the flash you may smell some burnt hair. So, better don’t do this since it doesn’t make the process more efficient.
After the procedure there may be some redness on the skin, but it’ll pass in about 20 minutes. It’s not recommend to take a bath or shower for 24 hours after photoepilation as well as to use any cosmetic products on the treated skin area.
However, you shouldn’t expect any result to last forever – you see the effect while you keep using the device. If you make a break for several month the hair starts growing almost the same as before, though it becomes thicker and darker. So, again it’s not a panacea.
The photoepilator cartridge is designed for 1500 flashes. You can buy and replace it yourself if necessary.
The device is efficient within sensible bounds, it allows performing photoepilation yourself on some small skin areas without going to a beauty shop.
There is Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Hair Removal System which is designed to perform photoepilation on larger skin areas, its cartridge is for 30 000 flashes.
- Perfect for people with dark hear
- Relatively painless
- Gives good results in the long run
- Safe, it has international certificates
- Less efficient for people with fair hair
- The result can’t be reached at once
Panasonic ES-ED90-P – the multipurpose epilator
The epilator has 5 caps in its set, which makes it a rather flexible device.
It has a cap for sensitive areas epilation, for highly efficient epilation, for underarms and bikini zones and a completely unique attachment for foot polishing.
The latter lets you clean your feet without using a holystone or any other materials at hand. Besides the result is much better as well.
Wet epilation is also possible with this device. Yes, it can operate from a battery and you can take it to the bathroom and use it there.
The idea of cordless epilation is also very convenient. Since you don’t have to be stuck to a socket and be surrounded with wires. The battery charges completely during a hour and this is enough for 30 minutes of continuous operation, as the manufacturer states. I personally haven’t checked if it’s true, but as far as I can see it looks like this.
Illumination is a useful thing, however, I wouldn’t say that it is a crucial point, it’s more like a nice bonus the device has. Simply because it won’t substitute daylight or some other proper lighting.
As for the sensation of pain – Panasonic is almost the same as Braun, i.e. it hurts in the beginning and after several further procedures the skin gets used to it. But still Panasonic epilator removes hair more gently.
The main difference between Panasonic and Braun is the design of the epilator head. In case of Braun epilators – it is one cylinder with tweezers, but Panasonic epilator has two closely placed cylinders of smaller diameter. Each of them has 24 tweezers and it makes 48 tweezers total. The epilator head is a pivoting one.
The main question is how convenient is this? Yes, the two cylinders have large contact area with the skin. But this works only for more or less plain body surfaces (legs and hands), but not for underarms. It’s not that easy to get there with such a wide epilator head. That ‘s why epilation takes much more time even more than when you are using Braun with smaller number of tweezers. As a result legs epilation is faster and it’s completely inconvenient to use the epilator on underarms.
Be careful and read the manual attentively. For softer epilation you may use a shower gel, it is enough to apply one or two drops on the epilator head, turn it on and you’ll see how it foams.
And as it is mentioned in the manual don’t use any bath foam or shaving gel – the epilator cap may clutter up. For those who are using the device for the first time I’d recommend wet epilation it’ll be much easier for the first time.
As for the attachment for feet it excellently removes coarse skin, but everything is good in moderation, so don’t go overboard or you’ll get large corns later instead. So better use the epilator for some thin layer of coarse skin and use the holystone for the rest.
As for the comfort we should mention two components. First of all the epilator is convenient to hold – its oblong shape allows it to fit the hand perfectly, so it won’t slip out even during wet epilation.
We should mention that the device has just two operation speeds. For demanding girls it may be a drawback, but on the other hand it is compensated by the fact that this model is a multipurpose one and it has 5 operation modes. That’s why the epilator can easily deal with any task and 2 operation speeds are quite enough for this.
- It is rather noiseless and the battery is of high capacity
- Perfectly fits a hand, easy to switch operation modes with a thumb
- Removes even the shortest hair
- The battery charges fast
- It has an cap for peeling
- It is cordless which is very convenient if you need to go to the bathroom or get to some not easy to reach areas
- Wet epilation (bikini zone) – not that painful and fast
- Minimal skin irritation
- 48 tweezers (twice more then the previous models had)
- Pivoting epilator head
- It has illumination (wow! The tiniest hairs are visible)
- Additional epilator caps
- The epilator cleaning brush and a pouch come in the set
- The shaving cap is almost useless for women
- It is still painful to use it for some women
- To remove all the unwanted hair completely you should go several times around one zone
Braun Silk-épil 5 5-511 – the best budget choice
If you are looking for a budget choice epilator without any unnecessary caps, you may enjoy this model particularly because its manufacturer is reliable and well-known.
The epilator perfectly deals with its task at hand. It can be taken to the shower and used with a shower gel, it catches hair 0.5 mm short. The epilator head can be detached and washed.
This epilator model was designed to lessen the pain during epilation.
The goal was achieved mainly due to the possibility of wet epilation. Special design of the epilator head also helps with this task. It consists of 28 tweezers of two types – plastic and metal ones.
- Dry and wet epilation is possible
- Cordless, so you can use it in a bathroom
- Rubber handler
- Retains the charge well
- Easily ckeaned
- Has no unnecessary caps in the set
- No illumination
- The head isn’t a pivoting one
Remington EP7030 – the best facial epilator
Sometimes women due to some inborn or adult-onset endocrine profile changes get rather serious cosmetic issue – unwanted hair on a face.
Even if the hair amount is rather small, it doesn’t look good and surely it may affect women’s self-esteem and her self-assertion.
Remington EP7030 epilator is an ideal choice to remove unwanted facial hair on lips, chin and cheek-bones. That’s why it was wet epilation model to be chosen for this purpose, because lubricants lessen the process painfulness which may be rather bad around nasal septum. The 1st operating speed is recommend to be used for facial epilation to obtain the best results.
Remington EP7030 as any other epilator of this product family has a pivoting head and 2 operational speeds. Epilator is also designed for dry and wet cordless epilation.
It has two replaceable heads and the roller massages your skin as well.
There are 40 tweezers which throughly remove hair, illumination is also present which helps to see the missed spots. Surely, the device is washable and cordless.
Wash the epilator with running water after use. Clean the roller and the blade with a special brush, but don’t use it for the grid! The battery level is indicated with 2 LEDs – green and red one.
- It’s an ideal option for unwanted facial hair, since it has a special roller that massages the skin and makes it more relaxed this way sufficiently decreasing the painfulness and making the epilation process more comfortable if compared to any other epilator
- This model allows wet epilation with lubricants which is important for sensitive body zones, where it is especially painful (nasolabial part of the face)
- Very convenient illumination function, which ensures that the skin will be ideally smooth after epilation with no hairs left
- Roller with tweezers has rather small contact area with the skin which allows using it directly where it is necessary without any needless movements, which is crucially important for sensitive skin
- Due to the plastic cap for trimmer is can be used for dry shaving of any body areas
- After using this epilator the skin has no significant damages, irritations or redness and this is crazy! The obtained effect lasts for about 3-5 weeks!
- The device is cordless and it is easily washed with running water using a special brush
- It has a special cap with coarse surface for ingrown hairs, it lifts them up for further epilation
- Contrasted with all its advantages and benefits against other epilator manufacturers, this epilator price seems rather reasonable and feasible and it completely corresponds to the offered product quality and features for this price.
- I have found none
OK – then what epilator to choose?
In general all epilators can be divided into two types according to their design: they are using rotating disks or tweezers. Both types remove the unwanted hair mechanically, but there are also photoepilators.
Epilators with tweezers are the most popular and moderately priced epilators for personal use on the market. These are of two kinds: with metal or ceramic tweezers.
Epilators with metal tweezers are cheaper and less demanding in maintenance, but they aren’t good for those with sensitive skin.
As for the epilators with ceramic tweezers – they are exactly for people with sensitive skin, but they cost more and they may be damaged if you accidentally drop the epilator on the floor (for example).
Epilators with tweezers have plates (tweezers) that pinch the hair from roots when the epilator operates. Rotating disk epilators remove not more than 32 hairs at a time, but those with tweezers – up to 48 hairs and this number depends on how many tweezers the epilator head has.
Of course, if you use an epilator with 48 tweezers at high operation speed it’ll be painful, but fast epilation. In case if epilator head has 12 tweezers it’ll be less painful, though the epilation itself will take sufficiently longer. So, if you decide to buy tweezers epilator the optimal number of tweezers is 32.
As for the rotating disk epilators – they have several pairs of disks that rotate and approach close to each other this way pulling the hair out at the roots.
Here are the advantages of rotating disk epilators:
- they are more efficient, they provide more quality result, but the same can be easily achieved with epilator having 40 tweezers;
- there’s no risk of any allergic responses;
- it’s an ideal choice for removing of unwanted hair from legs
And here are pros of using epilators with tweezers:
- the epilation process is less painful, however in case of small number of tweezers;
- though 36 or 48 tweezers will ensure more efficient epilation;
- they perfectly deal with hair removal in bikini zone.
As a rule both disks and tweezers are made of metal, but there are some epilator models that have ceramic ones. Such epilators are much more expensive and it’ll be a good choice for women with sensitive skin that becomes irritated after using epilator with metal tweezers.
Alleviation of pain
How painful is it going to be?
As the time goes by the discomfort during epilation lessens, since the hair becomes thinner and it becomes easier to pull it out.
Manufacturers equip some epilator models with pain relief stuff. You can judge from the epilator name if such thing is present.
Thus, Philips epilators will have a prefix – Satinelle Sensitive in their names, and Braun devices will have Silk-epil prefix, correspondingly.
Modern epilators as a rule have 2 operation speeds, but there are some models with one operation speed. I’d recommend to give preference to the models with more than one operation mode, especially if you are a newbie in all this stuff. At first you’ll be using the epilator 1st operation mode to get used to the process and get the idea of how to epilate yourself properly.
This first operation mode is also good to remove coarse and thick hair. More experienced users can start using the second operation speed: the epilation process will be faster in this case. This mode is also good to remove long hairs as well.
Here there are two options:
- mains operated;
- battery supply/cordless
Before you decide which one to choose, think how and where you will be using your epilator more often . If you tend to do epilation at home it is usually advised to buy a mains operated device.
However, for those who travel a lot it’d be better to use a cordless epilator, since in this case you don’t depend on a socket presence around or its location. Though you’ll have to remember to charge the battery regularly. Sufficient advantage of cordless epilators is that they can be used for wet epilation in the bath or in the shower.
Can we use an epilator in the bath or shower?
Water helps to lessen the pain during epilation. That’s why it is recommend to perform epilation in the bathroom.
But this is possible only if the device can be used for wet epilation. For example, Braun Silk-epil epilator is waterproof as well as some Rowenta and Panasonic epilator models. The presence of «wet and dry» sign means that the device is a waterproof one.
Epilation process usually gives your skin some micro-irritations, that’s why you should keep your epilator clean. It’s better to buy a device with a removable head: you can wash and disinfect it after epilation is over.
It’d be more difficult to maintain the device with an embedded head, which you can’t remove. Make sure that the epilator set includes a cap and a cleaning brush for epilator head. Use them to keep your epilator clean.
Epilator additional features and caps
Quite often the built-in light is presented as an additional feature. It illuminates the area that is being epilated so you won’t miss any hairs there. This function is also helpful if you are epilating yourself and there is lack of light. However, you can easily do without this feature.
There may be several additional caps in the epilator box:
- these are usually for bikini and underarms epilation. These caps cover some section on rolling disks or tweezers on the epilator head and limits the skin area that is being processed. This way epilation of sensitive skin zones becomes more comfortable and less painful for the first time.
- You may use these caps also while getting used to epilation discomfort, since when the number of simultaneous tweezers pinches lessens, the pain decreases as well.
- Trimmer. You’ll need it not to pull the hair from roots, but to cut it. It may be applied while taking care of the bikini zone when making some intimate haircuts for peeling.
- Such haircuts can be done when there’s the issue of ingrown hairs and epilation isn’t the best way to get rid of unwanted hair in this zone. By means of this cap the upper skin layer is exfoliated and the ingrown hair is released.
You can use trimmer for some precision hair removal as well. To correct your eyebrows shape, create a proper bikini contour or to remove some stand alone hairs