Using an epilator for your hair removal isn't for everyone. It's an individual choice. Some of us wax, some shave, some use hair removal creams. For others an epilator is the best hair removal option. And I'm one of these people. It's got all the convenience of shaving, but with none of the horrid stubble and daily routine. I've tried the best epilators for women and am happy to share the results here. Take a look.
Our top three will all give you all over smoothness for up to 6 weeks. No in grown hairs. No missed bits. We'd recommend any of these if you're thinking of buying an epilator, whether you're a seasoned pro or new to epilation. You can't go wrong!
Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator
( 4.1 out of 5.0 )
Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa 9-941 Cordless Epilator & Exfoliation System
( 4.5 out of 5.0 )
Emjoi eMagine Rechargeable
(3.0 out of 5.0 )
This is actually a really good question. Because, let's face it. The epilator is basically a mini lawn mower that pulls out your hair by the root with lots of tiny tweezers. That has to hurt. Right? Well. Yes. It isn't a pain free hair removal option. I can't pretend that it is. But it does work for many people. And here's why.
And while I know that epilators are not right for everyone, they certainly do a great job for a lot of people. They give you that salon feeling for weeks without the inconvenience and cost of waxing. There really is only one downside; the feeling. For some it is an irritation, for others it's definitely a pain. For most it's somewhere in the middle. If you can live with the feeling, you will learn to love epilating.
Wow! There is a lot of choice. But we've gone through them all and come up with the best you can get and what to look out for.
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There are an awful lot of additional features on the market I've not mentioned here. But these are the basics. In reviewing our top three products I'll talk about some of the other options available.
If using "dry epilation" you need to make sure that your skin is free of oil and totally dry. You then brush the epilator across the skin against the direction the hair grows to lift the short hairs. This lets your epilator get a better grip on the hairs.
"Wet epilation" should be done by relaxing in warm water for about 5 minutes. You then hold your leg (or whatever you're epilating) under the water with your epilator completely submerged. Your hairs will lift under the water making them easier to grip. If using in the shower, make sure you're warm (shivering isn't good when epilating!) and use a shower gel to help ensure a really smooth finish.
If you're new to epilating you will probably find that your skin goes red after epilating. So best not to do it the day you want to spend a big night out. Go for the day before! After epilating apply a body cream or lotion to help soothe the skin.
Exfoliating is vital with epilating. You need to do this regularly to help prevent in-grown hairs. This is because when you exfoliate you remove dead skin cells on the skin's surface. These skin cells tend to block the exit of the hair shaft. So by removing the skin cells you are basically clearing the path to the surface. Making in grown hairs less likely to occur. For best results make sure you exfoliate the day before you epilate.
There are epilators available to suit most budgets, from $15 upwards. But if you want the best, you tend to pay for it. We've reviewed a lot of what the market has to offer, and the top three are all at the higher end of the price bracket. But you will notice a difference, and you will get great results and a long lasting product.
Almost all epilators you can buy right now are for use in a dry environment. But this epilator from Braun is designed to work both in wet and dry. And this isn't just a gimmick. Epilating on warm wet skin in the bath (or shower) is a more comfortable experience. The hair comes out more easily and we found it reduced discomfort too. But it isn't just that this epilator works in the bath that got it the nod over the rest, it also brings all the features you'd expect from a high-end product and more.
I love how this product is so versatile. It is cordless and rechargeable and can be used in the dry or wet. And when using in the bath it absolutely does live up to its promise of making epilation gentler. But it doesn't end there. The epilator can pull out even the smallest, finest hairs and give you a smooth finish anywhere. Just use the sensitive area cap for those areas that need a little more TLC. And the exfoliation brush is brilliant. No more in grown hairs with this product, as it transforms into your very own exfoliator with 3000 micro-vibrations per minute and 10000 bristles, you sweep dead skin cells away with ease.
Really hardly anything. It does take a bit of practice to use in the wet. So at first you may miss areas as you can't see so well. But all of our testers found that with time they soon got the hang of it. No one wants to be without this product now!
If you don't want to use an epilator in the bath or shower, then consider this product. Because aside from not being for use in wet conditions, the Philips basically does the same job as the Braun. It has all of the same great features to allow you a brilliantly smooth finish without in grown hairs.
It will manage all areas, including areas with shorter and finer hairs really well. You get lots of extras from the razor setting and trimming comb to the illuminating smart tweezers for those hard to get hairs. For a dry epilator it is great.
Aside from making it able to use in the bath, I did love the exfoliating massage head on the Braun. So if this could be added to the Philips it would be an improvement. But even without it, this is a great product.
This epilator can be used cordless or corded. Which is great if the standard 40 minutes of charge isn't enough for you. Or if you're low on charge. This product is just an epilator. You can buy a shaver head but this is an additional purchase. As an epilator though, it does a great job. It's no fuss, no accessories. But even without specific heads for different areas, we found it worked brilliantly with the one head. It's got the most tweezers in its head on the market. That might be why it managed to remove the most hair of all three in one sweep. And this is why it's in our top three. A very efficient epilator that can be used anywhere.
If you want a great epilator, no fuss, easy to use, no attachments. This is for you. It does a brilliant job on legs, face and bikini area. It's easy to use and minimises ingrown hairs with its middle lifting fingers that prepare the hair for removal by lifting flat and short hair.
It does lack the added extras of shaver head, massage head, and a separate sensitive area head. But let's be clear. The sensitive area head isn't necessary. This epilator does a great job without this. And this is an epilator not a razor or trimmer. If you want a product that does more, go for our top two. If you're after a great epilator this is a good choice.
We really really liked all three of these products. But the Braun Silk-epil Skin Spa 9-941 Wet & Dry Cordless epilator and exfoliation gets our vote. It really does everything you expect and more. And we found that once you've tried wet exfoliation you'll most likely be a convert. Great results with less discomfort. Win-Win!