If you’ve stumbled on this review without knowing what an epilator is and aren’t sure of what it does, don’t be discouraged. We’re covering everything you need to know about epilators, including a list of the top models for this year.
Epilators are probably something that’s more known to women than men. In fact, if you’re a guy and furrowing your eyebrows right now, suspicious of what this unknown object is, don’t worry because you’re not alone. Even some women don’t know what an epilator is, so we’ve dedicated some time to making sure you’re properly introduced to this device.
Basically, an epilator is an electronic gadget that’s designed to do what a shave does, which is to remove hair. But instead of just cutting the hair, it removes them from the root using metallic or ceramic tweezers. Technically, these gadgets closely resemble tweezers than shaves, but they don’t work by pulling them out a strand at a time. A single pass should remove a bunch of them. And because you’re not merely cutting the hair, it takes a long time for them to grow back – from two weeks to a month!
Waxing vs. Epilators
Now that you know how epilators work, you may be wondering just how effective this is compared to waxing. The truth is that you’ll find some disadvantages and advantages to both.
Waxing has been around since the ancient times, and we all have women to thank for its discovery. Ancient Egyptian women were highly dedicated in their pursuit of beauty, and they were the first ones to regard body hair as something that was unappealing and embarrassing. With the use of depilatory creams and a sticky sweet emulsion cream made of honey and oil, they meticulously waxed their entire bodies until not a single hair was left. Other countries gradually caught on to this idea of smoothness, removing hair for various cultural, medical, sexual, and religious reasons.
Today, waxing is the most popular method used by both men and women to get rid of body hair and we don’t expect this beauty practice to die out anytime soon. But a waxing session can be pricey, especially if you’re dedicated to regularly keeping your skin smooth and hair-free.
Some people also avoid waxing because of the mess and stickiness, preferring instead to use a shave to eliminate visible hair.
Epilators, on the other hand, are not messy to use. They also don’t cut hair the way a shave does, which means you can enjoy being hair-free for longer periods. Another advantage would be its affordability. As mentioned earlier, waxing can be a pricey and time-consuming beauty ritual. If you want to get professional waxing, you’ll need to visit a spa and pay premium dollars for the treatment, whereas epilators are mostly affordable and can be used from home. You can even find models that are rechargeable and designed to be great travel companions!
While it is true that epilators are considered a cheap and convenient alternative compared to waxing, there are some drawbacks to using these devices. Since you’re removing hair by plucking each strand from the roots, expect some pain and reddening on your skin after every use. But don’t worry, most women have reported that it gets easier and less painful the longer you’ve been using an epilator.
Tips to Remember When Using Epilators
– It’s recommended that you take a bath first and pat your skin dry before doing any kind of epilation
– Depending on the model of epilator you’re buying, you may need to slide the epilator upward on your skin, against the direction or hair growth.
– If you have sensitive skin, it’s better to use an epilator the day before a big event so you don’t show up with irritated skin on your legs and other visible parts.
– For a sleek and smooth finish, consider applying body cream or softening lotion right after epilating for a glowing and natural-looking skin.
– To prevent in-grown hairs, make a habit of using a massage sponge on your skin on a regular basis. This can be done after bathing or showering.
Considerations When Buying an Epilator
You may have already gone through a couple of other epilator reviews, and by now you’ve realized that there are literally dozens to choose from. Choosing the right epilator can be daunting, and with so many people recommending different brands and models, it can sometimes be a headache too.
Below, we’re sharing with you some of the most important things to consider when shopping for an epilator. Not all epilators are created equal, and the perfect epilator for another person may not be the perfect one for you. So just how do you choose the best one on the market? Read on to find out.
Type of Epilator
There are three common types of epilators on the market. One is the spring type epilator that has coils to pull out hair. They have a reputation for having a short lifespan, but you’ll find models that have replaceable springs so they last longer.
The second type is the rotating disc type, which functions similarly to the first one mentioned above. The difference is that it doesn’t use coil, but instead uses rotating discs to capture hair.
The third type of epilators are those designed with multiple tweezers. They’re fairly modern compared to the other two types and most would agree that they’re the best type of epilator to buy.
Number of Tweezers
One thing you should know if you’ve never tried using an epilator before is that epilating can be painful. An epilator doesn’t cut hair the way a shaver does. It pulls each strand from the root using tweezers that are attached to rotating discs. Some multiple-tweezer models will tell you just how many tweezers there are in the device. The more the tweezers, the more hair you can clear in one go, and the more painful this can be for inexperienced users. Nonetheless, this also means that each epilation session doesn’t last as long.
For Wet or Dry Use
Most epilators work best on dry skin, but we’re seeing more models today that let you epilate while taking a bath or showering. These epilators for wet skin are ideal for those who don’t have a high tolerance for pain. They’re also mostly cordless and designed to be easy to clean.
If you’d rather not be soaking wet while removing body hair, then you’ll be just as happy with epilators that are designed for dry skin. They’re the most common type of epilator and are typically more affordable.
Some epilators let you change the speed of the rotating head. This is a convenient feature because different speeds work best for different areas of the body. For example, leg hair may need a faster speed because they’re naturally thicker compared to hair found on the arms.
There are now high-end models that come with a built-in light so you can clearly see the area you’re working on. This means there’s a reduced chance that you’ll miss any hair while epilating, which also results in a more evenly toned and smooth-looking skin.
You can easily find an epilator for under $50 on Amazon today, but take note that more high-end models will typically cost over $100. This isn’t surprising because expensive epilators tend to have more features that enhance user comfort and experience. Don’t think that the most expensive epilator is the best choice for you, however. You may not be able to use all of the features, or you may prefer a straightforward model that doesn’t have too many bells and whistles. Make sure to check the customer reviews for a particular model to be better informed.
The 5 Best Epilators in 2016
Our Top Pick:
- Efficient epilation system removes hair from the root
- Efficiency cap ensures gentle epilation in the most sensitive areas
- Two-speed setting allow for maximum performance
- Ergonomic grip for comfortable handling
- Washable epilation head for optimal hygiene
There’s nothing we love more than a product that’s affordable and performs better than anticipated. The Philips HP6401 Satinelle is exactly that kind of product, and we’re sure a lot of happy users share our opinion. When you’re epilating, you should expect to go through some mild pain to get baby-smooth skin. But with the Philips Satinelle, there’s not much pain at all. We were incredibly impressed with how gentle this epilator is on the skin. Yes, you’ll still be feeling some stings here and there, but it’s not as bad as you would expect.
For more sensitive areas, you can choose to use this epilator with the efficiency cap on. It doesn’t really epilate as effectively with the cap, but it’s recommended for people who are new to epilation and want a more comfortable experience. Just take note that some tiny hairs will be left. Another feature we found useful with the Philips Satinelle was the two-speed setting. You get to choose between “Gentle” and “Efficient” to suit the area you’re epilating needs. It works incredibly well for the underarms and around women’s bikini area, but don’t expect it to completely replace a professional Brazilian waxing job.
We have to give Philips points for doing a great job making this device user-friendly. The overall design is fantastic and even has a comfortable grip, which helps to take away some of the stress caused by the pain of epilating. There have been reports of the device getting hot after a while, but this doesn’t seem to be much of a problem.
- 72 tweezer heads that remove hair quickly and comfortably
- Features patented Glide Technology
- First Epilator in the world to offer Silver Ion Technology
- Dual Opposed Staggered Heads new feature for an epilator
- Features exclusive middle lifting fingers that lift flat and short hairs
If you want epilation to be a fast and smooth process, then the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine is the one for you. As the name of the product suggests, there are 72 tweezers built into this little machine, making it one of the most powerful epilators on the market right now. Because it needs a lot of power to run all 72 tweezers, the cord is not removable and you’ll need to plug this in the whole time you’re using it.
The Emjoi AP-18 is designed with middle lifting fingers that lift up flat hairs from the surface of the skin. The company calls it their Glide technology and it can supposedly remove hair as short as 0.5mm. There are some mixed opinions about this claim, but most reviews from users do mention that you don’t need as many passes using the Emjoi AP-18. This means that you minimize the chance of causing skin irritation or itchy bumps.
- Braun’s most innovative microgrip tweezer technology removes with precision even the shortest hairs that waxing cannot catch
- The 40% wider epilation head removes more hair in one stroke, for up to 4 weeks of smooth skin
If you’re looking to get rid of unwanted hair, the Braun Silk Epil 9 is one device that can help you achieve that with ease. This is one of the best and most efficient epilator on the market. And it comes with a number of features and tools that can help improve the experience of even beginner users.
What truly makes the Braun Silk Epil 9 stand out is its advanced 2-in-1 epilation system that comes with a sonic exfoliation brush that helps to prevent ingrown hairs. If you haven’t been epilating for long, then you may not know just how valuable this exfoliating feature is. Ingrown hair is one of the most common problems when epilating, along with skin irritation and the occasional bleeding.
Another thing about this epilator that impressed us was that it works great for both wet and dry skin. Yes, you can take it with you in the shower and you can work on getting rid of body hair while reducing the pain of the process. The Braun Silk Epil 9 also comes with a pivoting head that adapts to the contours of your body so you get baby-smooth skin, even in difficult areas.
And last, but certainly not the least, the Braun Silk Epil 9 comes with a Smartlight feature that provides you with additional visual aid so you don’t miss even the smallest hair. As you can see, not only will this epilator make the whole epilating process much easier, but it also does it so efficiently that you don’t have to spend as much time with one session anymore.
- Essential epilator for precise and easy epilation for up to 6 weeks of smooth skin
- Perfect count angle cap to ensure optimal tweezing angle
- 2-speed settings for ultimate control
- 40 tweezers remove hair from the root
- Sleek and compact shape; Removable head for easy cleaning
The majority of users who have reviewed the Remington EP7010 no doubt love it for its affordability, but this little device has something else up its sleeve that’s worth praising. With a price tag of under $30, you get an epilator that’s built with two convenient speed settings to suit certain areas of the body. And not just that, the Remington EP7010 is as tough as they come. We were really impressed with how durable this little machine is despite it being one of the cheapest models on the market. Overall, customers are extremely happy with this epilator and we won’t hesitate to recommend it to buyers who want to start with something basic before moving on to the more expensive models.
- 60 tweezers, with Precision Hair Removal Technology, removes the majority of hair the first time, saving time and possible skin irritation by reducing the number of passes required to achieve smooth skin.
- Erase Glide Technology – glide back and forth or use a circular motion over the hair for smooth, hair-free skin in seconds.
- Removes hair at the root leaving skin smooth for up to 6 weeks. Removes hair as short as 0.3mm at the root.
- Includes sensitive attachment (for epilator head) to remove hair on sensitive areas.
- Dual speed control. Corded / plug-in operation for maximum performance.
The first thing users will notice about this epilator is that it’s small. In fact, it’s one of the most compact epilators we’ve reviewed so far, but this has only added to its charm and convenience. Because it fits comfortably in your hand, it easily gets into all the angles of your body, which cuts back your epilating session time significantly. But don’t expect it to be perfect. Because the Emjoi e60 is ridiculously cheap, it’s not the most durable product out there. You may find yourself wanting to invest in something that’s a little more sturdy if your budget allows it. But if you’re just looking for a working epilator that removes hair decently enough, then this model will work just fine.