Out of all of the hair removal options out there, the epilator has to be one of our favorites.
Wax is so harsh on sensitive skin, and shaving with a razor usually results in unsightly nicks and cuts that leave scars on your legs.
The epilator, on the other hand, won’t remove your skin and won’t cut you as you move it across your body.
While you may understand the benefits of using an epilator, choosing one isn’t so easy.
Still haven’t decided on a model? Read our detailed guide to help you determine which is the best epilator for your budget and see what our experts thought about the top five models.
Top 10 Epilators Table
Braun Epilator Silk-epil 9 9-579, Facial Hair Removal for Women, Facial Cleansing Brush, Womens Shaver, Wet & Dry, Cordless and 7 extras
Panasonic ES-ED70-G Multi-Functional Wet/Dry Shaver and Epilator for Women, with Five Hair Removal Attachments and Travel Pouch
Epilady Speed Corded Epilator – Hair Removal Epilator for Women and Men, Hair Remover for Arms, Legs, Underarms, Bikini Area, and Face, Two Speeds, White/Red
Ask Yourself a Few Questions to Narrow down the Options
If you’ve never purchased an epilator before – or if it’s been a while since you purchased one – just answer these questions to help narrow down the choices.
- Do You Want One That Is Safe to Use in the Shower? Some models can only be used dry, but others, such as the Braun Silk-épil 9 Wet and Dry Epilator and the Panasonic Wet and Dry Epilator and Shaver, are safe to use in the shower.
- Do You Prefer a Corded or Cordless Model? Corded epilators have a slight advantage because of the steady power supply – you don’t have to worry about the juice running low when you’re halfway through your legs.
Cordless epilators, on the other hand, are much more convenient and you can use them just about anywhere without having to worry about having an outlet close enough to you as you shave. Just keep in mind that you will need to purchase replacement batteries.
- How Many Speeds Does It Have? Yes, the speeds do matter.
The slowest speed is appropriate for removing fine, thin hairs in areas that are difficult to reach. For larger areas or thicker hairs, kick it up a notch to the highest speed setting.
If you know you’ll be using your epilator on various parts of the body; it is best to get one with variable speeds.
- How Many Tweezers Does It Have? All we can say here is, “The more, the merrier!”
Models with more tweezers will be able to pick up more hairs as you pass, so if you’re looking for something that will provide you with the ultimate tweezing experience, check out the Epilady Speed Corded Epilator.
On the other hand, models with fewer tweezers (between 40-48) are probably better for smaller areas where you don’t need to remove as much hair.
- How Loud Is It? We know that many people want to know how loud the unit is before purchasing, but unless you are ultra-sensitive to noise or will be using the epilator in the dead of night, then this isn’t a crucial piece of information to know.
Accessories – Yes or No?
The Braun and Panasonic models in our top five have some excellent attachments that allow you to use the epilator in various ways.
If this appeals to you and you want a multifunctional epilator, read more about them in our Review section.
Other models, such as the Epilady Speed Corded Epilator, comes with a guide cap that keeps the epilator at the right angle as you use it to provide you with optimum results.
In our opinion, the best epilator is one that functions solely as an epilator, but if you want the bells and whistles, check out the products on our list that come with a few accessories.
Top 5 Best Epilator Reviews
1. Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 Hair Removal Epilator
# of Tweezers: 40
One of the most popular choices on the list is Braun’s Silk-épil 9 model. In addition to functioning as an epilator, you can also use the attachments to turn it into a shaver, trimmer and facial brush. The two caps that it comes with also transform the epilator, with the Power Cap offering maximum skin contact and the Facial Cap making it gentler to use on your delicate facial skin.
We would have to agree with Braun’s claim that it is a very precise little epilator. It can catch hairs as small as 0.5mm, and the fact that it is waterproof makes it ideal for anyone who wants to use this in the shower or bath. You’ll love the pivoting head, as well, which makes it easier to remove hair on the curvier parts of your body, and the two speeds make it easy to use everywhere on the body.
Will it perform miracles for everyone? No, but we did find it to be one of the most effective epilators on the list in the wet/dry category.
2. Panasonic ES-ED90-P Epilator and Shaver
# of Tweezers: 48
Panasonic’s Wet/Dry model gives the Braun a run for its money. As you can see, it has more tweezers and different attachments that allow you to use the epilator in different ways.
Included is a shaver head with pop-up trimmer; a contoured bikini comb; a dual-disc epilator head that will allow you to cover wider parts of your body; a sensitive epilator head for delicate parts of the body; a pedicure buffer (yeah, we know!) and a gentle epilator cap for removal of thin hair.
The built-in LED light makes it easier to see dark areas, but the Braun also has this feature, so in some ways, the products are similar.
While it does have many different features that we found appealing, we still felt that regarding overall performance, the Braun was better. This model is great but didn’t quite deserve the title of best epilator on our list.
3. Braun Silk-épil 5 Power Epilator
# of Tweezers: 40
Braun’s Silk-épil 5 is different from the other model we looked at since it is corded and not suitable for use in the shower or bath. The good news is that you can still rinse the head under running water when the unit is unplugged and turned off.
It is noticeably less expensive since it can’t be used in the shower and has fewer accessories, so if you didn’t really care too much about having the extras, consider this an alternative to the Silk-épil 9.
It performs just as well as the other model, removing hair as small 0.5mm, and it has the pivoting head.
There are two speeds, it has a light, and it comes with a shaver head to boot.
If the Silk-épil 9 was too expensive, we recommend this one instead.
4. Epilady Speed Corded Epilator
# of Tweezers: 40
Do you still prefer a more budget-friendly model? Epilady is probably our top pick in this category.
It is corded (not suitable for use in the shower or bath), has two speeds, and comes with the precision cap to help you pass over your skin at the right angle regardless of your position.
Having tried the original Epilday in days gone by, we must say that the quality isn’t nearly what it used to be.
While it is still better than some of the other models on our list, just be sure that you keep your expectations real when using it. It’s not the most effective epilator out there, but it gets the job done.
5. Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Tweezer Head Epilator
# of Tweezers: 72
The Emjoi AP-18 is by far the best epilator for legs on our list, so if you plan to use the epilator for legs and underarms only, then we recommend it.
With a whopping 72 tweezers on the head and two different speeds, you can be sure that you remove pretty much every single hair on your legs. It even helps lift flat hairs and does a pretty good job at catching the short ones, too. Just like the Braun, it can catch hairs as small as 0.5mm.
Remember that this is a corded model and should not be used in or exposed to water.
We had mixed emotions about this epilator. For some of our experts, it worked well and they wouldn’t change a thing. On areas where the hair was thin, it just didn’t seem to do as good a job. It is also quite loud, enough so to bother you when it’s on. Either you wear some ear plugs or put up with it since you’ll probably only need to use it once a month.
Would we still recommend it? Absolutely, but only if you plan to use it mostly on the leg area.