Best Epilators For 2013
What is the best epilator of 2013? The best epilators for 2013 are standout models with the highest scores. After careful research, we’ve decided if you need an epilator, we’d recommend picking up the Braun 7681, the Panasonic ES-WD94-P, or our budget pick. Panasonic just came out with their newest epilator, the ES-WD94-P , and is very hard to find. The Braun 7681 is part of the Braun Silk Epil 7 line. There are several different epilators in this line but their performance is essentially the same. The difference between the models really has to do with the extra attachments. We’ll talk about the differences a little later.
If you have never epilated before, epilating is a lot like tweezing, except epilators have many tweezers. As the tweezers rotate, they pull out hair from the root. Over time, as you keep epilating, hair comes back much finer.
With a good quality epilator, you never have to be afraid to wear a skirt again. Both shaving and waxing are too expensive. With shaving you have to factor in the cost of the razors. With epilators you will enjoy better results than shaving and similar results to waxing without breaking the bank. Having smooth legs is an important part of being a woman. Most people only use epilators on their legs, but if you dare to go bare you can also use them on your underarms and bikini area. Does buying a more expensive epilator mean better results?
To find out what is the best epilator on the market, we looked at different models from all of the top brands. You will pay between $50 to $100 for a good quality epilator that should meet most of your hair removal needs. Unlike shaving there is no additional cost. Spending more will get you additional accessories that do not necessarily mean better performance. Below we will talk about what you should look for in a top rated model. Pay attention to specific features that may be important to you.
Summary Of Choices
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Here is a list of the best epilators for women by overall rating
Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive 7681 Epilator
The Braun 7681 is our standout pick. It’s hard to argue with our pick. It’s pricey, with an MSRP of $121, though you can get it for less on Amazon. However, it offers the perfect mix of features and performance along with critical acclaim in the beauty community.
Why Braun 7681 ?
Braun is known for their high quality hair removal devices that are German engineered. Currently, it is the number one epilator brand with over 18 million women choosing the Braun Silk epil line.
The Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive 7681 is our highest reviewed epilator.We really like all the features that Braun has packed into this model. This epilator contains Braun’s close grip technology which grabs hair as short as 0.5mm. We love the handy smart light which makes spotting fine hairs easier. For some people the massaging head will help with the pain. The vibrations it gives are designed to distract the nerve endings from the pain. This model is a cordless model which means you don’t have to be tied to an electrical outlet. It’s waterproof and you can even take it in the the bath or shower.
Before we go any further we want to clear up the differences between the models so you can decide on the right model for you. It can be confusing with all the different model numbers for the Silk Epil 7 line. The base model is the Braun 7181. This model has no additional attachments beyond the included massaging and efficiency cap. Go with this model if you are only going to epilate your legs.
If you step up to the Braun 7681, you get additional accessories including a shaver head, trimmer cap, underarm cap, and facial cap. Most women only use epilators on their legs. While most women find the additional accessories a bit overkill, you might decide that you want to try out the additional accessories on different areas of your body. One of the downsides to this model is that the additional caps are not separate heads. They just cover a portion of the tweezers.
If you don’t need all the attachments, you might want to check out the newest model in the line – the Braun Se7921. It combines two beauty products in one – epilation and exfoliation. When you are epilating probably the most important thing for great results is to exfoliate before and after epilating. Now Braun is making this easier than ever, delivering professional spa quality exfoliation in a consumer device. The unique thing about this epilator is it comes with an exfoliating brush. The brush moves delivering over 3000 microvibrations per minute, moving at the speed of sound. It is 4 times more efficient than manually exfoliating. The actual epilator is almost identical to the other epilators in the Silk Epil 7 line.
There is a lot of buzz around Braun’s latest epilator. The new face of the Braun 7291 is song writer, Sofie Winterson. Her gorgeous face, legs, and skin are on display in the new commercial for the Braun Skin Spa Epilator 7291.
Aesthetician Abi Aksoy said the new Braun combines power of professional exfoliation and epilation. She states that it is the only product of its kind.
A leading Dermatologist, Dr. Benedetta Brazzini, added that regular exfoliation not only results in smoother glowing skin but helps prevent ingrown hair. She loved the new Braun epilator because you can achieve comparable results to a beauty salon.
We first heard about the Braun Se7921 when beauty blogger, Huda Heidi Kattan, took to youtube declaring that she is able to achieve celebrity legs with this model. A little embarrassed, she admitted to her readers that she is “super hairy.” One of the reasons she loves Braun epilators is because they can be used in the shower. She loved the fact that this particular epilator could be used under water and has a pivoting head that adjusts to the contours of your body. However, what she loved most about it is the interchangeable spa exfoliating head, claiming its gentle and improves circulation. She is amazed it left her skin feeling super soft. Huda immediately noticed the difference on her skin on areas she used the exfoliating head. She said that best way to describe it is that skin looks cleaner and smoother.
Customers who have used it seem to agree, awarding it 4.4 stars on Amazon with a total of around 50 reviews.
Who else likes it?
Both beauty bloggers and customers have good things to say about the Braun 7681.
Elizabeth Goh was thrilled to talk about her new toy from the Braun Silk Epil 7 line. She was scared that it was going to hurt, but was pleased that it was not too bad on her legs, thighs, and arms. The underarms were a different story. She was trying to decide between the Panasonic and Braun but ending up choosing the Braun because of the strong brand name. She loves being a “hairless monkey” after years of being self conscious of the hair on her legs and arms. She just loves being hairless.
Mybeautyjunkie decided to take a chance on the Braun Epil 7 to replace waxing. It’s far more economical than waxing. She was glad she bought this epilator and couldn’t be happier. She proclaimed, “it’s the best thing ever.” Mybeautyjunkie found that the staggered tweezers help grab hair from different directions. It can be a little scary at first. She described the sound that came out of it like a monster that is going to eat you up. She describes the first time as being very painful but the amount of pain got better over time. She was most impressed by the light which helps you see any hair on your skin that you missed. Although she liked that you can use it in the shower, she found it harder to epilate hair because hair tends to be stickier in the shower.
Rebecca Davies called this epilator “brilliant” because of the head which pivots to adjust to the contours of your body. She found that it would miss less hair and get the tiniest hairs.
On Amazon, the Braun 7681 is one of the high rated epilators scoring an average 4.1 out of 5 with a total of over 120 reviews.
What makes it great?
One of the features that women like to have on an epilator is the ability to hop in the shower with it. The Silk-epil7 can be used either wet or dry. Some women find it less painful to use in the shower. However, some people say that it it not as effective in the shower. Hair tends to be stickier in the shower. It is also easier to see hair when it is dry. Still, many women like the option to have this feature because you can clean it under water.
The Braun Silk-epil 7 is a fully cordless model. The Braun takes about 1 hour to fully charge and that gives you 40 minutes of useage. Braun recommends that you charge it every usage. Due to safety reasons, you can’t use it while it is plugged in.
The Silk Epil 7 has 40 mini tweezers. It’s not the most ever on an epilator, but Braun claims that this epilator can grab even the tiniest hairs.
To turn on the device, you spin the dial in the center in a clockwise direction between the two settings. Setting 1 on the speed dial is for gentle epilation. Speed setting 2 is for efficient epilating.
When you switch the device on, the smartlight turns on. It provides a really bright almost daylight effect that lets you see any stray hair that you missed.
The device has nice grips on the back and it fits into the hand well. The pivoting head can pivot up to 15 degrees which allows it to hug the contours of the skin. This means that the Braun won’t have as much trouble around the bony areas of the body such as the knees.
Ultimately, we picked the Braun 7681 model because the price difference between the different models is small. Currently, it is the most popular Braun model. Some women may want all the attachments. However, it might be worth it to forget all the attachments and spend a little extra on the Braun Se7921, which comes with the amazing exfoliating brush. Honestly, none of the additional attachments are necessary and the Braun 7181 will meet the needs of most women.
What we don’t like:
It’s loud and it’s pricey. You can’t use it while it is plugged in for safety reasons. The battery must be charged to use it. It’s can take a long time to epilate and you still have to make several passes. The 7181 is only designed to be used on your legs and body. You have to purchase the Braun 7861 if you want all the other attachments for the rest of your body.
Although Braun has included a number of bells and whistles to make epilation less painful like the epilation wipes and a massaging head, it is still going to hurt initially. This is not going to be painless. Braun claims that the sonic massage system on this epilator helps minimize the amount of pain you feel. It might lessen the pain, but the first time you epilate, it is going to hurt. Ripping out hairs from the root is going to hurt. The amount of pain you experience depends on your hair type. The first time is the worst. You have to persevere, because it does get better the more you use it.
Coarser hair tends to hurt more. For most women the pain is manageable with leg hair, but there is a lot more pain in underarm and bikini area.
The previous Braun epilators aren’t as reviewed highly as the Series 7 models. What about epilators from other companies?
Panasonic epilators give Braun epilators a serious run for their money. Panasonic has just come out with a new model that might be better than Braun’s best. It’s the Panasonic ES-WD94-P. It is pricier than the Braun and harder to find. Like the Braun 7681, you get 6 attachments. However, unlike the Braun, Panasonic has included a separate head for the sensitive areas. On the Braun 7681, you just get a cap that covers the tweezers. The new Panasonic even includes a foot buffer which customers are ecstatic about. We only wish it came with multiple speeds like the Braun. If you are looking for an epilator for your entire body, the Panasonic ES-WD94-P might be the way to go.
Panasonic ES-WD51-P Epilator
Not every woman needs to spend so much on an epilator. In fact, since Panasonic released a brand new model, women can get a great deal on Panasonic’s previous epilator, which is a well received model by customers. It’s our budget pick. It’s got a ton of great features. There is a reason the Panasonic ES-WD51-P epilator received the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. It is a complete hair removal system. This 3 in 1 epilator can shave, trim, and epilate. The trimmer let’s you trim hair to the perfect height for epilation. Its dual epilating heads with 48 tweezers means that you will finish faster. Because it is cordless, you can use it anywhere without having to worry about the cord. It’s completely washable and can be used wet or dry with foam. The Panasonic Epiglide charges in 1 hour and offers 40 minutes of use. It’s good on the legs and not as painful on the underarms. It’s smaller size fits comfortably in your hands and is perfect for travel.
What we don’t like:
All epilators are painful and loud. The bikini area is especially painful. This epilator is loud but not as loud as others. For safety reasons, you can’t use this epilator plugged in or while it is charging. While it’s nice to be able to use it in the shower, the grip could be a little better. We would have also liked to see a light on it.
Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Epilator
The Emjoi AP-18 is the world’s fastest epilator. Epilation can take a long time. With 72 tweezers, the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Epilator contains the most tweezers ever on an epilator. It’s not only the amount of tweezers. The head rotates at a fast rate so the net result is that you can epilate much faster with it. With the Emagine, Emjoi set to create the most efficient epilator on the market. It’s even got dual heads which help to remove hair from a wider surface area and keep the skin taut. This is the ideal epilator for the legs and large areas because it removes hair quickly over large surfaces. The tweezers are coated with Emjoi’s Silver Ion technology which protects against harmful bacterial growth.
What we don’t like:
Being that this is Emjoi’s high end epilator, it does cost more. The Emagine epilator must be plugged in because it uses a lot of power. This is a big and powerful epilator. It is a tad bulky which makes it difficult to get into smaller areas. For some people it can be more painful to remove more hair at once, but it means that you don’t have to draw the pain out. Also, because it is meant to sweep over large surface, it can miss finer hair. There is no light on this epilator so in certain areas you have to go by feel. Further, the Emjoi Emagine is not designed to be used in water.
Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator
We really couldn’t give a list of recommendations without talking about a low cost option. If you don’t have a whole lot of money and want a good quality epilator, the Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator is one of the best deals right now. We all know that the price is right, but how does it perform? Pretty well for the price. Customers seem to be in love with it too. With over 120 reviews, it is averaging just about 4.0 stars. With its low price point, it’s an exceptional value.
At just under $40 dollars, it’s affordable. We were recently tipped off that online retailer Amazon has a coupon that lets you save even more. Check if the coupon is still available here.
Users like that the head is removable and can be rinsed under water. This epilator is extremely compact and lightweight.
It’s simple and basic. Why pay for features you don’t need? If you are just looking for a basic epilator to use on your legs, the Philips HP6401 is worth looking at.
What we don’t like:
It doesn’t have all the fancy features of more expensive epilators. You won’t find a wet/dry option, light, or rechargeable battery. It’s really designed to remove hair on your legs only though you could theoretically use it in other areas on your body. With 21 tweezers, it is not the most efficient epilator on the market. It takes some time to get all the hair. It’s also louder than other epilators. We would have also liked to see a light on it. This model is not rechargeable which means it has to be plugged in at all times.
How We Selected The Best Epilators
With so many different epilators on the market it can be difficult to choose the right one. We have reviewed many models, but these are the best performing models according to our unbiased weighted average review system.
What we look for
The number of tweezers is a very important criteria for selecting an epilator. When you first begin, epilation will take longer than shaving. Having more tweezers will save you a ton of time. Generally, the more tweezers an epilator has, the more it will cost. High end models have more tweezers and remove hair faster than models with a smaller number. Models with a lot of tweezers are great for large surfaces where you have to remove hair like the arms and legs. Having more tweezers is not necessarily a better thing. For some people the more hair they remove, the more pain they feel. It really depends where you are going to be using the epilator. If you are used to epilation, you might want to get a model with more tweezers.
Epilators all come with different features that offer different benefits. We look for a lot of different features. One thing we look for on models is whether it has a built in light. This helps you see any hair that you might otherwise miss. We also look for multiple speed settings as personalization is very important for users. Most epilators allow you to choose between a slower setting which is used for finer hair and a higher setting which is used for thicker hair. Newer epilators come with a cordless option.
While cordless models are nice, sometimes they don’t have the same level of power as a unit that you can plugin. A couple of epilators are fully immersible in water which means you can use them in the bath or shower. While this option is nice to have, we found that most of the time people find that epilation works better in a dry setting. Another problem with wet and dry models is that you can’t plug them in and use them for safety reasons. They will only function cordlessly and can’t be used while charging. One thing we wish that more epilators would have is a built in trimmer. Trimming hair to the correct length is essential to getting the best results from epilation.
The design and quality of the model is very important. Some models are small which makes them ideal for using on smaller areas of the body. Other models are designed to remove hair primarily from the legs so they have a larger form factor. Design also refers to useability and design flaws within the product.
Pain is very subjective and each person will experience a different level of pain depending on their experience and hair type. The truth is even with built in massagers and epilation wipes, first time users are going to experience pain. Massagers can help distract your nerves from the pain, but it is not going to be painless. It is really hard to rate the level of pain. The amount of pain you experience really depends more on your technique than the epilator.We think pain is pain and removing hair from the root is going to cause some level of discomfort.
We did find that using the epilator under water can reduce the amount of pain you feel.To be honest there is no pain free epilator and that is why none of the epilators were rated significantly different in this category. We have yet to find a painless epilator. If you decide to epilate, it is going to painful at first, but trust us it gets easier over time.
Epilators are very loud. Most of them get between 65 Db to 80 Db. Most epilators are a little louder than a men’s electrical razor. A higher score means the epilator is less quiet. None of the epilators we looked at were really significantly quieter. In fact, the sound can be very terrifying at first. It’s just the sound of the tweezers rotating very fast. Generally, the faster it rotates the louder it will sound.
Cleaning refers to how easy it is to clean the device. Some epilators are coated with a hypoallergenic material which helps detract from bacterial growth. None of the epilators actually collect any of the removed hair. This means if you are using it in the bathroom, you have to put a towel down on the floor. For epilators that you can use in the shower this not a problem. Most epilators come with a standard cleaning brush that allows you to brush loose hairs off the epilator.
We think that it is easier to clean an epilator under running water. This is why wet and dry models are very easy to clean. There are some models that allow you to remove the head and wash just the head under water.
1. Customer Reviews Braun Silk Epil 7 on Amazon
2. Huda Heidi Kattan, Huda Beauty, Celebrity Legs with the Braun Silk Epil 7
Huda recommends the Braun Silk Epil 7 Spa to her viewers saying she gets smooth celebrity like skin.
3. Elizabeth Goh, Youtube, Review: Braun Silk Epil 7
Elizabeth says the Braun Silk Epil 7 makes her a “hairless monkey”.
4. Mybeautyjunkie, Youtube, Silk- epil 7 Epilator Review
“It’s the best thing ever.”
5.Rebecca Davies, Youtube, Braun Silk – Epil 7 Epilator Review
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