What is the best epilator of 2015? We recently tested over 20 of the most popular epilators from Braun, Emjoi, Philips, Panasonic, Remington, and more. Find out which epilator left us the smoothest.
We spent months of testing, researching, and writing about epilators, including trying out over 20 of them. We consulted beauty bloggers and formed our own testing panel. After our extensive testing, we highly recommend the Braun 7681.
It’s a whole body system. In addition to the epilator , it includes a shaver and trimmer. It’s hard to argue with our pick. It’s pricey. However, it offers the perfect mix of professional features and performance along with critical acclaim in the beauty community. It left our skin smoother than any other epilator we tested, picking up shorter and flat lying hair that other epilators just seemed to miss.
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.
The best epilator that we tested. Compared to the other epilators I tested, I found that the Braun 7681 was able to pick up the most hairs,leaving me a lot smoother than any other epilator. It seemed to pick up even the smallest hairs and flat hairs that other epilators would miss. It is the complete package and has everything you need to get started epilating including a trimmer. While the added body attachments are nice to have, they are not essential.
While it is missing some of the added body attachments on the Braun 7681, performance is identical to other models in the Braun Silk 7 line. The unique thing about this epilator is that it comes with an body exfoliating brush to prevent ingrown hair.
Like its big brother the Braun 7681, this performs just as well but is missing some of the superficial attachments found on the Braun 7681. It is the base model in the Silk Epil 7 line. Choose this model if you are only going to epilate your legs or are experienced in epilation.
This epilator is much more powerful than the Braun Silk 7 epilator. On the legs, this was the fastest performing model. The Philips HP6576 has an extra wide head that allows it to remove more hair in one stroke than any other epilator I have tested. The one area where the Braun Silk Epil 7 performed better was on the curvier parts of the body especially with shorter hair.
Recommended for beginners. While the Panasonic ES-WD90-P seemed to pluck less hair per pass than the Braun Silk Epil 7, I found it gentler on the skin. While it takes longer than the Braun Silk Epil 7 and won’t get the shortest hairs, it is a bit more comfortable. By no means is it painless, but it is the least painful epilator we tested. The attachable foot file works great for sanding the heels.
While it is a corded model, the Braun Silk Epil 5 performed almost as well as the Braun Silk Epil 7. I did find that the Braun Silk 7 was less loud and a little gentler on the skin especially under water. For the most part the design is identical. It features all of the exact same attachments as the Braun 7681. Since it requires a cord, the performance never dips unlike the cordless models. The big difference is that this epilator must be plugged in and can’t be used under water.
While it is super loud, with the most tweezers on an epilator, 72 tweezers, the Emjoi Ap-18 Emagine plows through hair like a lawn mower. I was able to clear large areas with hair very quickly compared to the Braun 7681. However, I thought the Braun 7681 did a more thorough job of removing fine hair and hair on curvier areas.
If you don’t want to spend a lot and want a good quality epilator, the Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator is a great value. This epilator worked well, but I found that it took a long time to clear hair and I had to make 4-5 passes over each area to obtain the result I wanted. It can have trouble with smaller hair. Still, for basic epilation on the legs, I think it works pretty well.
What’s The Best Way To Epilate
We asked one of our testers who has been epilating for awhile: What is the best what to epilate to get the smoothest results?
My First Time
Let me start out by saying if I don’t shave I my hair I look like Sasquatch.
Meet my new friend the epilator. It’s like an electric razor, but instead of cutting your hair it pulls them out of your skin simultaneously kind of like a bunch of tweezers all at once.
When I first heard about it, it sounded too good to be true. For just the cost of a single complete body waxing, you could remove hair at the root for weeks in the privacy of your own home.
I turned it on. Before you know it, the tweezers swirled faster than I could turn the epilator off. At any moment, it felt like the epilator was going to spring free from my hand. Worse, it growled at me like it was going to eat my skin. I deeply prayed for 2 weeks before I turned it on again.
When I finally got the courage to try it, it didn’t go so well. Turns out I was using it wrong.
But guess what? After talking and listening to beauty bloggers, estheticians, and actual women, I finally figured out how to use an epilator to get the smoothest possible results. You might want to do it at night, because it can cause redness and irritation for a short time. When you wake up it won’t be red anymore. If you have never epilated before or you know you have sensitive skin, always do a small test patch on the area you are epilating.
What I recommend: Here are the products I recommend: Quick list of products. You don’t need them all. You need to exfoliate, sanitize the skin, dry the skin, calm the skin, and use something for ingrown hair.
1. Prepare for the pain. 30 minutes before take a pain reliever
Motrin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve are you best friends. Doctors recommend Tylenol over ibuprofen (Advil), but either will help take the edge off. Be careful with Ibuprofen. Apparently ibuprofen does prolong bleeding.
2. Trim the lawn.
Epilators work better on shorter hair. Too long hairs and it doesn’t pick them up properly, too short and it doesn’t grip them properly. Grab your husband’s or boyfriend’s beard trimmer and trim the hair down to 3 to 5mm. Put it back and don’t tell him. If you don’t have a trimmer, shave the area and wait for 2 days of regrowth.
3. Take a warm shower. Exfoliate.
Taking a warm shower helps soften the skin and allows the hair to slip out easier. Those cheap scratchy spa gloves actually do wonders to remove dead skin cells. The gloves are nice because they give you more control to get into more delicate areas than a brush or cloth. I used one from Earth Therapeutics. Use them with an acne wash like Hibiclens or PanOxyl 10% to prevent the skin from breaking out after hair removal. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Move it to the other hand to get the places that you couldn’t reach with the first hand .
4. Sanitize the skin and epilator head.
Use a sanitizing product to wipe over the area to be treated. I like to clean the skin with Thayers Witch Hazel or 100% Tea Tree oil as it protect against infection. Make sure the skin is clear of any moisturizers, makeup, or lotion. Oils or other products left on the skin will cause the tweezers on the epilator to slip, resulting in poor hair removal and breakage. Also, clean the epilator head with a little rubbing alcohol.
5.Dust with baby powder against hair growth.
If epilating dry, dry your skin with a dry towel rubbing against the growth. Those darn pesky flat hairs that grow almost horizontally with the skin can be hard to pick up. Lightly dust the area with a thin layer of cornstarch or baby powder against the hair growth to lift the hairs off the skin. Very flat hairs can be brushed to lift them off the skin. Brush off any excess with your hand to avoid gunking up the epilator. This removes the moisture from the hair and makes the hair extra grippy. Since talc can be hazardous to your health, look for a baby powder without talc like Burt Bees.
6. Epilator virgins, try epilating wet. Pros skip this step.
The least painful way to epilate is wet. It’s really nice to be use it with a lather. You might want to do this a few times until your skin gets accustomed to plucking. It definitely takes a few more swipes to get all the hair since the hair is more slippery. However, I like using it for the super sensitive areas that are almost too painful to epilate dry. You aren’t going to get the best results but the first few times you don’t have to get every hair out. It helps condition the follicles and is less irritating to the skin.
Although you can submerge the epilator under water, I suggest wetting the skin and the epilator head. Squeeze a quarter sized blob of a great shaving cream like Coochy gel onto the epilator. Don’t use soap since the hair must stay suspended in the lather and not stick to the skin. Let it buzz up with foam. This creates a nice foamy lather which lets the skin slide over the skin while lifting the hairs off the skin. Don’t forget once you are done epilating rinse the foam away and check for any missed hair.
7. Stretch your skin
Epilators work better on flat skin. Pull the skin with one hand as you as you softly glide against the grain with the epilator in the other hand. Stretch skin flat even if you have to pull off crazy yoga moves like a downward facing dog or reclining goddess. Stretching skin not only helps the epilator pick up hair better, it makes the whole process so much more comfortable.
8. Find a hairy place. Epilate slowly in small sections against growth.
Place the epilator perpendicular to the skin at 90 degrees. Clear the hair in a methodical fashion. Most epilators have 2 speeds, low and high. Start at the low speed. Divide the area in small segments.
Work from the bottom of the leg up. I like to start at the back of the calves since this is the least painful area. Clear each section before moving onto the next. It can get painful so sometimes I tend to go faster than other times but you should go slow as possible, getting all the hairs. Going too fast will break the hairs.
Direction of hair growth on legs. Epilate in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Use small back and forth erase type motions over a small area against the growth until the hair is clear. Don’t use long strokes like shaving.Pay attention to the direction of hair growth. Hair may grow in many different directions so vary the strokes accordingly. If the hair is growing in many directions use smaller and smaller strokes. Sometimes using circular movements can help, but moving too fast may result in hair breakage if the hair is pulled from the wrong angle.
Unlike shaving, you want to float the epilator on the skin. If you press down on the hair, the tweezers won’t be able to grab it. If you hear the motor stressing, you are pressing down too hard. Using the epilator incorrectly may cause the tweezers to pinch your skin. It won’t hurt but it surprises you.
You should feel small pinpricks as the hair is plucked out. Initially, it takes longer to epilate than to shave, but the long term results are worth it.
9. Pluck any stragglers with a pair of tweezers.
For a smoother finish, use a pair of sterilized tweezers to pluck difficult hair.
10. Calm the skin.
Use witch hazel or an antiseptic epilation lotion to soothe the skin. I like Thayers witch hazel products since they don’t have alcohol. Don’t use any moisturizer. It has to be noncomedogenic or it will clog your pores. My favorite after hair removal lotion is Finipil, which supposedly reduces hair growth. It has a cooling effect on the skin. I was first turned on to it by an esthetician.
Any hair removal at the root can cause red bumps. It is called erythema. What happens is that the blood rushes to the site of hair removal and a reddening of the skin appears. The best thing to do is epilate at night before you go to bed.
You might even get hives which is a histamine reaction in which you may see red irritated skin and bumps for 24 hours or more. If you are new to epilation, this is very common and will subside. The next time hives can be avoided by taking Benadryl before epilating.
Red dots might be visible on epilated areas. These red dots are actually caused by blood at the base of the follicle. When removing very coarse hair like underarm and bikini hair at the root for the first time , it is normal to see blood spots because the hair is removed at the papilla. This is just blood that was nourishing the follicle. The blood spots will be reabsorbed into the skin.
The first time, my skin was red and bumpy and there were little red dots on my skin. The first time is the worst. If you have irritation or swelling, you can apply ice or pure aloe vera a few times a day to help the skin heal. After awhile my skin adjusted to it.
It is important for you to take extra care of the epilated area, especially during the first 24–48 hours. When a lot of hair is removed the area could be prone to infection if not cared for. Continue the use of the antiseptic epilating lotion like Finipil or witch hazel daily for 3–4 days after hair removal. Avoid:
very hot baths
friction from tight clothing
perfumed body lotion or creams
deodorants and anti-perspirants
Epilate everyday for 2 weeks. Touch up weekly. At first, it is unlikely that you will remain hair free for 6 weeks. It takes a couple of sessions before you remain hairless for long periods of time. Hair grows in 3 cycles, growth, death, and rest. Not all hair grows out. Most of it is resting under the skin. On the legs, the typical growth cycle is 6 weeks. For the first week or two, you want to epilate every day. After the initial 2 weeks, I recommend touching up weekly. If you wait too long, the hair roots will get stronger and you will have to start the whole process again.
Unlike waxing, you don’t have wait for hair to grow out in order to epilate again so you don’t have to be stuck in that awkward phase for hair to grow out. That’s great since the moment I put on shorts, my gorilla hair grows out. Here is the best part: Repeated epilating thins growth. Mary Lupo, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University Medical School, says the “hair grows in sparser and finer”.
Beauty is pain. Painless epilator? What an oxymoron. None of the epilators I tested were significantly less painful than others. They all hurt pretty much the same though the wet and dry ones were more much more bearable under a lather. Snatching out hair from the hair follicle isn’t exactly going to feel like a relaxing spa massage no matter what the marketing says. The discomfort gets less the more you use it. After about 3 or 4 uses, it feels like a small tug.
If you are like me, the first time you place the epilator on your skin you are going to say, “Ow, Ow, OWWWWWWWWW.” My best advice is don’t pull the epilator away. The pain hurts so bad that it doesn’t hurt anymore. I think the endorphins kick in after a few minutes to help mask the discomfort.
Don’t epilate anywhere close to your “monthly” visitor, when you body is the most sensitive. Wait 2 weeks after your period.
If you have waxed or tweezed before, the pain is much more bearable. With waxing you are ripping out all the hairs at the same time. With epilating, you are ripping just a few hairs out at a time. It feels like tiny pin pricks or stings when the hair is removed.
Certain areas tend to hurt more than others. Relatively speaking, the legs aren’t bad. It feels like little rubber band snaps. The best place to start is the calves as this is the least painful area. The higher you get on the thigh, the more painful it becomes. Bony areas like the ankles and knees hurt like %$%%. Epilating the underarms and bikini area is serious death row because not only are there a ton of nerves but the hair is thicker and coarser.
Using A Numbing Cream
I suggest trying to epilate without a numbing cream first to see if you can handle it just fine. Many people can. However, numbing creams can be helpful if you are new to epilation. “Topical anesthesia with lidocaine can help take the edge off,” says Dr. Hassan Galadari.
Elma is the best topical numbing cream but you need a prescription for that. It contains the same active ingredients as the numbing gel that your dentist uses. Most topical numbing creams contain Lidocaine. Elma contains 2.5% lidocaine and 2.5% Prilocaine. The highest OTC cream is Lidocaine 5%.
A good alternative is LMX 5, which is supposed to be the best on the market. I applied it to my finger and after applying it properly, I could press against the table and barely feel it. When I first got the LMX 5 cream, I was a little embarrassed to use because it had big letters on the front of the box saying, “Anorectal cream.” I was told by a doctor that it can be used anywhere as it is just Lidocaine 5%. Sorry, but I took a permanent marker and scribbled it out so nobody would get the wrong idea. You can also go with LMX 4, but it is not as effective.
I use a cream because it is easy to see where you put it. If you put it on your skin, it will numb you up so epilating is less painful. A OTC numbing cream will reduce pain, but you will still absolutely feel it.
Apply a thin layer and rub it in, then layer it on quiet thickly like frosting on a cake or a mask. Do not rub it in. Let it absorb while you wait 45 minutes. Although I didn’t, you can also cover the cream with a plastic wrap, which is supposed to enhance the efficacy.
Do not use large amounts of lidocaine on a large area like the legs, or cover treated skin areas with a bandage or plastic wrap without checking with your doctor. Do small sections at a time. I recommend only doing the most painful areas like the ankles and knees. Do not use more than 30gm of lidocaine per session, which is equivalent to 2 tubes. Obviously, check with your doctor and don’t put it near your eyes or feed it to your pet goldfish. Before epilating, wipe the cream off completely with a makeup remover wipe.
Once you remove hair, you have to worry about ingrown hair, which is hair that gets trapped under the skin. Treatment includes manual plus chemical exfoliation to loosen skin cells so that hair can break through the skin’s surface. Once your skin is free from irritation, every day after hair removal use a spa glove or salux towel with an acne wash. I am also a big fan of dry brushing before showering with sonic exfoliating brush like the Clarisonic, Neutrogena, or Olay.
You also want to treat the area like you would want to treat acne with a glycolic, salicylic, or alpha hydroxy product. I like Tend Skin or PFB Vanish. If you don’t mind smelling like vinegar, Tend Skin works great. To me, Tend Skin smells pretty gross so I prefer PFB Vanish which actually smells pretty decent. The trick is to not stop using it. Wait a day after epilating and use it every day after you get out of the shower. If you stop, dead skin cells will accumulate, blocking the follicles.
Try to wear loose fitting clothes for a few days to give your skin room to breathe.
Most of your hair should be plucked from the root. If you find that most of you hair is breaking instead of being plucked it means that the epilator isn’t properly gripping the hair.
There could be several reasons for this.
If hair is strong, make sure you are using the correct technique with short strokes against the growth. If you are epilating from the wrong direction or wrong angle, the hair could break.
Do not go fast, running the epilator over the area like a electric shaver. Use a slow controlled movement, letting the epilator pick up the hair.
Make sure oils, makeup, or lotion were not left on the skin, causing the tweezers to slip.
Try changing the speed setting. Removing the hair too fast or too slow could cause it to break. Use the lowest speed available for the finer hair. Otherwise, you’ll either break them or miss them all together.
If you find the epilator is still breaking your hair, refrain from taking a shower immediately before epilating as soaking the hair will soften it, making it easier to break.
ProsVery effective. Wet and dry use. 2 speeds. Smartlight. Designed for entire body. Helpful shaver and trimmer. Ergonomic design Easy to clean. 2 year warranty.
Cons No use while charging. Expensive. Massaging cap doesn’t reduce pain much. Body caps are bulky. Battery life. Can be loud.
SummaryThe Braun 7681 works extremely well in removing unwanted hair. Compared to similar epilators, it removes hair with the fewest amount of extra passes. While it doesn’t live up to Braun’s ‘grain of sand’ claim, it does remove some of the finest and smallest hairs that waxing and other epilators seem to miss.
What Our Tester Thought
At 70 decibels, this epilator is not too loud though it makes a grinding sound. I first tested the Braun 7681 with the massaging cap because Braun claims that this cap helps to reduce the discomfort. When you put it on your skin it causes a vibrating sensation on the skin. It feels funny. I found the vibration may help reduce the amount of pain just a slight bit. It’s nothing dramatic but it’s a good way to allow your skin to get accustomed to the epilator.
I found the vibration of the massaging cap may help reduce the amount of pain just a slight bit. It’s nothing dramatic.
When you begin, epilation takes longer than shaving because you have to pluck each hair out. With the massaging cap, I found that the Braun 7681 plucks out less hair, making the process longer. I preferred the included efficiency cap which made the whole process a lot smoother and seemed to grab even the smallest hairs. With this cap, you don’t get any of the “massaging action.” However, the tweezers seem to make better contact with the skin, resulting in faster epilation. Compared to the other epilators I tested, I found that the Braun was able to pick up most of the hairs with the efficiency cap fairly quickly without me having to go back over the area too many times.
I felt that the Braun 7681 left me a lot smoother than any other epilator. It seemed to pick up even the smallest hairs that other epilators would miss.
I felt that the Braun 7681 left me a lot smoother than any other epilator. It seemed to pick up even the smallest hairs that other epilators would miss. This was especially true on the curvier parts of my body. A nice advantage of this epilator is you don’t have to wait long between sessions for the hair to grow longer. Still, I recommend waiting a week or two between sessions so that the epilator can fully grasp the hair without breaking it.
It’s not going to get stubble but I was impressed by how short the hairs could be.
If you missed a hair, it is probably because you approached it from the wrong direction. Usually in that case you can try looking at the way the hair is growing using the built in light and approach it from the exact opposite direction which allows for clean extraction of the hair. You can also use circular motions for faster results but I find approaching from the opposite direction ensures hairs are plucked clean. It even seemed to pick up finer hairs but sometimes you have to lift them a bit with the little comb on the end of the cap. It’s not going to get stubble but I was impressed by how short the hairs could be. You can also take off the cap to pick up shorter hair, but this is not advisable unless you are pretty experienced with epilation. In fact, Braun warns against this, but I had to try it anyway.
One area where the Braun 7681 excelled over the competitors was trickier areas that are curved such as the knees.
One area where the Braun 7681 excelled over the competitors was trickier areas that are curved such as the knees. The reason for this is because both of the included caps with this epilator pivot with the skin, allowing the Braun epilator to grab the hair that other epilators would miss. I wish more epilators included this feature.
This epilator also includes a basic shaver with trimmer. It works well to trim long hair to the ideal length for epilation. This is very helpful for keeping the bikini area and armpits neat. It can be tricky to navigate since it doesn’t pivot.
The Braun 7681 can appear to be more painful than other epilators, but really it is not. The reason for this is because it seems to pluck hair out better. Unlike other epilators I’ve looked at, if you put the Braun 7681 in an area with hair, it does exactly what you expect it to do – pluck hair out. With other epilators, it can be trial and error.
This epilator also comes with a variety of different caps for different areas that I found can be helpful when you are a beginner. These caps cover the tweezer head but don’t change the size of the epilating head. Experienced users may find them a bit bulky.
For most areas, I preferred to just use the efficiency cap and pull the skin tight to ensure no snagging of the skin occurs.
The only downside to the Braun 7681 is really the battery.
The only downside to the Braun 7681 is really the battery. When you first start epilating, with only 40 minutes of usage, it is easy to run out of charge. When you first epilate your legs, it can take 2-3 sessions. However, as you become more proficient and your skin adjusts to the plucking sensation, you can touch up both of your legs in under 20 minutes.
Why Braun 7681 ?
Braun is known for their high-quality hair removal devices that are German-engineered. Currently, it is the best-selling epilator brand in the world with over 18 million women choosing the Braun Silk Epil line.
The Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive 7681 is our highest reviewed personal epilator.We really like all the features that Braun has packed into this model.
The Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive 7681 is our highest reviewed personal epilator.We really like all the features that Braun has packed into this model. Based on our research, we found that this epilator was very effective on both wet and dry skin. It achieves great results without having to make many passes. Though the ideal length for epilation is after 1 or 2 days of shaving at about 2 – 3 mm, Braun claims that its close-grip technology will grab hair as short as a grain of sand at 0.5 mm. It does seem to be able to pick up the shortest hairs.
We love the handy smart light which makes spotting fine hairs easier. For some people the massaging head will help ease the pain. The vibrations produced are designed to distract the nerve endings in the skin from the pain. This model is a cordless rechargeable model which means you don’t have to be tied to an electrical outlet. It is a convenient wet and dry model, which means it’s waterproof and you can even take it in the bath or shower.
Epilators are pretty loud. When you first turn on the Braun 7681, it can be loud. It sort of makes a grinding noise. At around 70 decibels, the Braun 7681 is not the loudest epilator. It’s no louder than a men’s electric razor at 80 decibels.
At around 70 decibels, the Braun 7681 is not the loudest epilator. It’s no louder than a men’s electric razor
Braun 7681 Results
Who Else Likes The Braun 7681?
Both beauty bloggers and customers alike have good things to say about the Braun 7681 and most find it to be one of the best-performing epilators.
Both beauty bloggers and customers alike 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 ended 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. Admittedly, 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 lessened 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 even the tiniest of hairs.
On Amazon, the Braun 7681 is one of the best rated epilators, scoring an average 4.1 out of 5 with a total of over 300 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-epil 7 can be conveniently used either wet or dry. Some women find it less painful to use in the shower. However, some people say that it is not as effective in the shower since hair tends to be stickier in the shower. It is also easier to see hair when it is dry. Still, many women might like to have this feature because you can clean it under water.
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 conveniently used either wet or dry.
The Braun Silk-epil 7 is a fully cordless model. The Braun takes about 1 hour to fully charge and that provides about 40 minutes of useage. Braun recommends that you charge it with every usage. For 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.
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.
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 in the Braun Silk 7 line is small. Currently, it is the most popular Braun model. Some women may want all the attachments.
What We Don’t Like
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 pricey. You can’t use it while it is plugged in for safety reasons. The battery must be charged to use it.
We were interested in how long the battery life would last with regular usage. When we contacted Braun, it informed us that the battery is designed to last for 7 years.
Here is what Braun told us. To maximize the battery life, be sure to fully charge the battery the first time you use the product. Once the unit is fully charged, do not leave the unit plugged in. Only charge the battery once the red low battery life indicator charge light comes on. Use the product frequently and never store the unit with no charge. The instructions do warn that using under water can reduce operation time.
Only the best epilator ever would be truly painless. Unfortunately, that epilator hasn’t been invented yet. The first time it is normal to experience redness and soreness. Because the Braun 7681 is very effective at removing hair, it can be painful at first. 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. Don’t let anyone tell you this is going to be pain-free.
Braun claims that the sonic massage system on this epilator helps minimize the amount of pain you feel. It only does so ever so slightly. 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 when epilating in the underarm, bikini, and facial areas.
Other Models In The Braun Silk Epil 7 Line
Before we proceed, we want to clearly explain the differences between the models so you can decide on the right model for your needs. Admittedly, it can be a little confusing with all the different model numbers in the Silk Epil 7 line.
Braun Silk-Epil Xpressive 7181 Epilator
The base model is the Braun 7181. This model has no additional attachments beyond the included massaging and efficiency cap. Most women only use epilators on their legs. Choose this model if you are only going to epilate your legs.
The base model is the Braun 7181. Choose this model if you are only going to epilate your legs.
Stepping up to the Braun 7681, you get additional accessories, including a shaver head, trimmer cap, underarm cap, and facial cap. 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 drawbacks of this model is that the additional caps are not separate heads. They simply cover a portion of the tweezers.
Braun SE7921 Epilator
If you don’t need all the attachments, you might want to consider the newest model in the line – the Braun Se7921. It combines two beauty products in one – epilation and exfoliation. The unique thing about this epilator is that it comes with an exfoliating brush to prevent ingrown hair. When you are epilating probably the most important thing for great results is to exfoliate before and after epilating.
If you don’t need all the attachments, you might want to consider the newest model in the line – the Braun Se7921. The unique thing about this epilator is it comes with an exfoliating brush to prevent ingrown hair.
Now Braun is making this easier than ever, delivering professional spa quality exfoliation in a consumer device. The Braun SE7921 is one of the best epilators to prevent against ingrown hairs. The brush moves, delivering over 3000 microvibrations per minute, moving at the speed of sound. Braun says it is 4 times more efficient than manually exfoliating.
There is a lot of buzz around Braun’s latest epilator, the Braun 7921. The new face of the Braun 7921 is song writer, Sofie Winterson. Her gorgeous face, legs, and skin are on display in the new commercial for the Braun Skin Spa Epilator 7921.
Aesthetician Abi Aksoy said the new Braun combines the 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 also 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 it’s gentle and improves circulation. She is amazed it left her skin feeling super soft. Huda immediately noticed the difference in her skin on areas she used the exfoliating head. She said that the best way to describe it is that skin looks cleaner and smoother.
Customers who have used it also think it works well, awarding it 4 stars on Amazon with a total of over 100 reviews.
What Our Tester Thought
At first I wasn’t too impressed by the exfoliating spa brush, which I was excited to try. When you turn it on it vibrates back and forth really fast. While it looks like a Clarisonic brush, it can’t be used on the face. I felt I got the best results when I poured a little body scrub on it. My skin was left very smooth and I thought it could be helpful for preventing ingrowns if used frequently. I found it very calming to use on my skin after epilating to ease the tingly itchiness you usually get.
I was slightly disappointed that the actual epilator only comes with the massaging cap and nothing else. It doesn’t include the facial, sensitive area cap, efficiency cap, or shaver head of the Braun 7681. I wish it had the efficiency cap of the Braun 7861 and it would be my go to epilator. I found with that cap I was able to pick up shorter hair and epilate faster. It’s not a deal breaker. With this epilator,you just have to wait till hair grows out a bit longer before you can pluck it.
The previous Braun epilators aren’t as highly reviewed as the Series 7 models. What about epilators from other companies?
Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect
Promoted by Victoria secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio, the Philips Satin Perfect epilator is the only epilator with ceramic tweezers. It’s Philips top of the line model. Although it contains 32 tweezers, it is the most powerful cordless epilator we have tested reaching 81,600 tweezes per second. Combined with its raw power, the extra wide head allows it to remove more hair per pass than any other epilator we have tested. This model includes various epilation caps for beginners and experts depending on your experience. It comes with all the bells and whistles and includes a brush, shaver, built in light, traveling case, and even a pair of illuminated tweezers.
I was shocked by how powerful the Philips HP 6576 was.
What Our Tester Thought
I was so excited to try out the Philips Satin Perfect because it is used and promoted by Victoria Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio. It’s the only epilator with ceramic tweezers, which means that the tweezers are less likely to go blunt over time.
When I first turned on the Philips HP6576, I was shocked by how powerful it was. Holy lord! This thing is super loud. At 80 decibels, it sounds like a small blender. Honestly, I first tried the epilator on no skin to work up the courage to use it. However, after trying it I have to say its performance far exceeds the Braun 7681. I could epilate hair much quicker and effortlessly.
If you run out of juice in the middle you can just plug it in and continue epilating.
It is cordless, but since this is not a wet and dry epilator, if you run out of juice in the middle you can just plug it in and continue epilating. Unlike the Braun 7681, you can take as much time as you need. I like that. The amazing thing is even with all this power the battery lasts a good 40 minutes just like the Braun 7681.
In fact, I first tried the Philips HP6576 on the highest speed and felt it was too fast. Hair was flying everywhere. I had to switch to the slower setting to ensure the epilator was plucking out the hair properly. The one thing I completely hated about this epilator is that both speed settings are mapped to one button. You have to cycle through the speeds and to turn it off and on. So annoying!
The Philips HP6576 has an extra wide head that allows it to remove more hair in one stroke than any other epilator I have tested. It has 32 tweezers. Even though it has less tweezers than the Emjoi Emagine, it removes hair just as fast if not faster with a lot more precision. Like the Braun 7681, it picks up most of the hair on the first pass.
Given its power, please do not put this epilator anywhere near your face. It’s marketed for the face and body because it does come with a cool separate pair of tweezers that light up, which can be used for plucking eyebrow hair.
The one area where this epilator struggled was on the curvier parts of the body especially with shorter hair.
The one area where this epilator struggled was on the curvier parts of the body especially with shorter hair. It’s hard to epilate the underarms and knees with this epilator because the wide head gets in the way. I felt that the Braun was a little bit more thorough with removing smaller hairs on the curved parts of my body. With this one you have to let them grow out a bit more.
The active hair lifter is probably my all time favorite attachment on any epilator.
It comes with a bunch of attachments that are helpful for beginners. My favorite attachment was the active hair lifter. The active hair lifter is probably my all time favorite attachment on any epilator. This cap has a comb on one side that lifts hair perpendicular into the epilator. It’s great for flat lying hair on the legs. Because it has a massager on the other end of the cap, it was slightly more comfortable to remove hair with this cap than with the Braun 7681. I found it easier to clear a lot of hair at a time with this cap.
Compared to the Braun 7681, with the Philips HP 6576, you do need to let your hair grow out a bit longer for the epilator to catch the hair. I found a little less than a 1/4 of an inch (3-4 mm) works the best. It does include a trimmer to trim hair to the ideal length.
What we don’t like: It’s pricey. At 80 decibels, this is the loudest epilator we have tested. Strangely, Philips has decided to map both speed settings to one button. We found sometimes the extra wide head could get in the way, making it trickier to remove short hair of the curved parts of the body.
Panasonic epilators give Braun epilators a serious run for their money. They make some of the best epilators available. Panasonic has just released a new model that might be better than Braun’s best. We found both Panasonic epilators we looked at to be slightly less painful than the Braun 7681. Don’t expect this to be pain-free – this epilator is the least painful. Although it has 48 tweezers, with each pass it seems to pluck out less hair. The Braun was a little more effective at pulling out hairs. You have to make more passes over the same area with the Panasonic. Just like the Braun 7681, we like that this epilator can be used on dry skin and in the shower.
We found both the Panasonic epilators to be slightly less painful than the Braun 7681
The Panasonic includes both a beginners and gentle cap, which both seem to reduce pain unlike the Braun 7681. Like the Braun 7681, you get 6 attachments. However, unlike the Braun, Panasonic has included a separate head for 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 think if you want the best epilator for the whole body, the Panasonic ES-WD90-P and Braun 7681 are both great options.
What Our Tester Thought
Though not painless, I think this Panasonic epilator is easily the most comfortable epilator I have ever tried. I think this model is great for beginners.
Wow this epilator includes so many attachments. It’s like a complete beauty device. The foot file is completely amazing. I wish it was every epilator. What about the epilator? Though not painless, I think this Panasonic epilator is easily the most comfortable epilator I have ever tried. I think this model is great for beginners. At 67 decibels, it is also the quietest epilator. However, I found many of the attachments useful for first timer users.
Although the performance is essentially the same as the previous Panasonic epilator, the Panasonic ES-WD51-P, there are a couple improvements that I loved on this model. This model has a built in light that let’s you see fine hairs that you missed. Because of this feature, I felt like I was able to get a lot smoother than the previous Panasonic ES-WD51-P epilator. I also like that Panasonic has also included two speed settings on this model. The controls are very user friendly though you have cycle through the speed settings.
I first tried the gentle cap. It wasn’t as painful as other epilators and is a great way to introduce yourself to the plucking sensation.
I immediately switched to the fast cap. Although this cap removed more hair, even with this cap I was surprised that it made epilation a whole lot more comfortable than any other epilator I have tried. It does take a lot more passes than the Braun 7681 to clear all the hair, but it is so much more comfortable. There were a few hairs that required multiple passes from different directions before the epilator could pick them up. It won’t get the shortest hairs. This is especially true on the curved portions of the body. I felt that it was easier to pick up these hairs with the Braun 7681.
Unlike the Braun 7681, I like that it has a separate smaller head for sensitive areas like the underarms and bikini line. Since the head is smaller, it makes it a little easier to navigate in these areas. At first, you can also use this head on your legs to make the pain more manageable, though it will take a long time to remove all the hair.
I absolutely loved the attachable foot file. I tried it after 30 minutes of coming out of the shower, as suggested by the instructions. It sanded the dry, calloused skin on my heels, leaving them smooth.
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. The performance is identical to Panasonic’s newest epilator except it doesn’t include all the additional accessories.
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.
There is a reason the Panasonic ES-WD51-P epilator received the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. It’s less painful than the Braun 7681. It’s got a ton of great features. It is a complete hair removal system. This 3-in-1 epilator can shave, trim, and epilate. The trimmer lets you trim hair to the perfect height for epilation. Its dual epilating heads with 48 tweezers means that you can epilate 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 perfect for the legs and not as painful on the underarms. It’s smaller size fits comfortably in your hands and is perfect for travel.
What Our Tester Thought
Like the newest Panasonic epilator, this is a great epilator for beginners. When I first turned this epilator on, it was noticeably more quiet than other epilators that I tried. I first tried the beginner’s cap which really covered the tweezer head. It is good for beginners and sensitive areas like the underarms and bikini line. I then switched over to the normal cap. I found both caps helped reduced the amount of pain that I felt, making this a great epilator for beginners or anyone worried about pain. While its not painless, I found it a lot less painful than the Braun 7681.
When compared to the Braun 7681, I found that this Panasonic epilator would pluck a lot less hair per pass. I think it is because the tweezers spin a lot slower and there is only one speed. Sometimes it you have to constantly go back over areas from different angles. Still, I really liked that this is one of the least painful epilators I have tried.
What we don’t like:
For safety reasons, you can’t use this epilator while it’s plugged in or 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 and multiple speeds.
Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Epilator
The Emjoi AP-18 is the world’s fastest electric 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 that make a difference. The head rotates at a fast rate so the end result is that you can epilate much faster with it.
With 72 tweezers, the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Epilator contains the most tweezers ever on an epilator.
With the Emagine, Emjoi set out 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 Our Tester Thought
If you are used to epilation, this might be the best epilator for you. When I turned on the Emjoi Emagine, even I was startled by how loud it was. At 80 decibels, this is the loudest epilator I tested. I felt this was something used in a horror movie. This thing sounds like a chainsaw. Lol! This also means it is the most powerful epilator I have seen. With 72 tweezers, the tweezer head spins very fast. It plows through hair like a lawn mower. I was able to clear large areas with hair very quickly compared to the Braun 7681. It has a little plastic comb in the middle that helps lift flat hairs. Although it is only corded, I really loved the power of this. Unlike rechargeable epilators, this one never slows down.
However, I thought the Braun 7681 did a more thorough job of removing hair. Additionally, I thought I had more precision with the Braun 7681. With this epilator, it is easy to miss fine hair and trickier to reach hair. The head is pretty bulky which makes it difficult to navigate around the curvier areas of your body. While it removes large amounts of hair well, it can be difficult to pick up stragglers since it is not very precise. However, I found that if you tilt the epilator a bit and on use one of the head, you can use this epilator in places you wouldn’t normally be able to.
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 and loud 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 also means that you don’t have to draw the pain out. Also, because it is meant to sweep over large surfaces, 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
For anyone who is on the edge on whether epilation is for them, we think the Philips HP6401 is a great option. At under $40, it’s a great value. The biggest problem with this epilator is its noise, which can be intimidating. It measured 79 decibels, which makes it one of the loudest epilators we tested. If you don’t have a whole lot of money and want a good quality epilator, the Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator is a great value. We all know that the price is right, but how does it perform? Pretty well for the price. Through our research, we were surprised that it epilates on the legs as well as some of the pricier models. Customers seem to be in love with it too.With over 120 reviews, it is averaging just about 4.0 stars. Considering its low price point and performance, it’s an exceptional value.
Although it is corded, it’s simple and basic. Why pay for features you don’t need?
Users like that the head is removable and can be rinsed under water. This epilator is extremely compact and lightweight. Although it is corded, 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 considering.
What Our Tester Thought
I loved the price of this. It’s also cute. You don’t expect such a cute epilator to have such a loud roar. I call this epilator my baby lion. At 79 decibels, this epilator is one of the loudest. It’s a corded epilator. When I first used the Philips Epilator, I decided to use the efficiency cap. I found that with it I had trouble grabbing any of the hair. I thought the efficiency cap was useless and I had to take the cap off to get better results.
This epilator worked well, but I found that it took a long to clear hair and I had to make 4-5 passes to obtain the result I wanted. It can have trouble with smaller hair. With the shape of the head, I found it very clumsy to remove hair on areas other than the legs. Still, for basic epilation on the legs, I think it will work great and it’s a great value.
What we don’t like:
It doesn’t have all the fancy features of more expensive epilators. The biggest drawback to this epilator is that you have to plug it in. The cord is about 5 feet. 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 remove all the hair. It does seem to leave more hairs behind and doesn’t pick up some of the shorter hairs. At 79 decibels, it’s also noticeably louder than other epilators. We would have also liked to see a light on it.
We researched 25 of the best selling epilators currently on the market from all of the popular brands including Braun, Panasonic, Emjoi, Philips, and Remington. Primarily, we were interested in which epilator removed unwanted hair on the legs the most efficiently with the fewest number of passes. We also noted the features and attachments, how loud each epilator was, the cost, the amount of tweezers, and how painful each epilator was. We rated each epilator. The final rating is calculated after observing hundreds of weighted data points including user and expert reviews.
We researched 25 of the best selling epilators currently on the market. Primarily, we were interested in which epilator removed unwanted hair on the legs the most efficiently with the fewest number of passes.
If you have never epilated before, epilating is a lot like tweezing, except epilators have many tweezers. As the tweezers rotate, they simultaneously pull out hair from the root. Over time, as you continue epilating, hair grows back much finer.
With a good quality epilator, you never have to be afraid to wear a skirt again. Trimming and shaving will leave skin feeling rough. 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 beauty and 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. What are the least painful models? Does buying a more expensive epilator mean better results?
You will pay between $50 to $100 for a good quality epilator that should meet most of your hair removal needs
To find out what is the best epilator on the market for 2015, we looked at a range of different models from all 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.
How We Chose The Best Epilator
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 criterion 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 plug in. 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 obtaining 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 still not going to be pain-free. 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 as loud as 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 place 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.
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