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The Best Epilators for Women and Men

Updated on August 18, 2016

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Thanks for visiting my epilators hub! There are lots of products out there in this category, and with any luck we'll touch on an item that is of interest to you. Hopefully you will find the discussion here stimulating and informative.

Emjoi Epilator
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What is an Epilator?

Undesirable body hair has been a problem of people in general - and women in particular - for ages. Throughout the years, the public has embraced various methods of hair removal, from waxing to electrolysis, including - most recently - epilators.

Simply put, an epilator is a device that epilates (i.e., removes hair). More specifically, it is a tool generally used to remove unwanted body hair. In terms of appearance, it is a handheld device that closely resembles an electric razor. However, rather that cut hair at the skin's surface like a razor, an epilator has minute, rotating tweezers that grab and pull hair out at the root. (I suppose one could think of an epilator as electronic tweezers.)

As you might imagine, this can be a somewhat painful process, but the upside is that the effects are usually long-lasting (at least several weeks). That being the case, it's easy to understand why epilators are extremely popular among women for removing, among other things, facial hair.

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Pros and Cons of Owning an Epilator

As with most things, there are both positives and negatives to using an epilator. Being aware of the advantages and disadvantages can help you decide if owning an epilator is the right decision for you. Some of the pros and cons are as follows:

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use - There's nothing particularly complicated about using an epilator.
  • Compact and portable - Being about the same size as an electric razor, you can take an epilator almost anywhere.
  • Long-lasting effects - After using an epilator, you can expect the area where it was employed to remain devoid of hair for up to six weeks.
  • Reasonably priced - Epilators range in price from less than $20 to over $100, with the result being that almost anyone can afford one.
  • Durability - The average epilator will last for several years.


Cons

  • Can be painful - We are talking about yanking out hair by the root.
  • Can cause skin irritation - Pulling ou hair at the root can possibly cause skin irritation - for instance, redness or slight swelling.

Other Options

There are, of course, various other options you can consider for hair removal aside from epilators. Some of them operate along similar principles as epilators, while other are radically different. Here are a few of the better-known choices which are available:

Shaving/Using a Razor - removes hair at the surface of the skin rather than pulling it out. Not as painful as using an epilator, but the results only last for a day or two at most.

Laser Hair Removal - as the name implies, this method uses a laser to eliminate or suppress hair growth. Multiple treatments are usually required, and the cost can be well over $100 per treatment.

Waxing - operates on a similar principle to epilators in that hair is yanked out at the root. However, the process needs to be repeated every few weeks, so there is an on-going cost associated with this method.

Electrolysis Hair Removal - uses an electric current to destroy hair roots. However, you may need up to 30 treatments or more to see the best results, at a cost of roughly $45-$60 per visit.

There are also various other methods you can employ (e.g., depilatory creams), but much depends on your own personal budget and preferences.

What to Look for in an Epilator

Not all epilators are made alike. Thus, despite the fact that your particular needs will vary fromanyone else's, there are certain basic charateristics you shoud probably look for in any epilator you are considering:

Multiple operating speeds - For coarser or thicker hair, epilators performing at higher speeds will do a better job of hair removal. Therefore, you should loook for an epilator with multiple speed settings.

Versatile use - Most epilators are made to be used anywhere on the body (arms, legs, face, what have you), although some may be design for a specific area.

Pivoting head - An epilator with a pivoting head will better lend itself to hair removal by being malleable and able to fit the contours of your body, whether it be face, legs or extra-sensitive curves.

Accessories - while not a requirement, it is beneficial when your epilator comes with certain accessories, like a brush or other implements to make cleaning and maintenance easier.

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Epilator Brands

As with most products there are various brands of epilators to choose from. Here are a few

Emjoi epilators are reknowned for their efficacy and durability. They are a trustworthy name and put out great products that you can rely on. In fact, last time I checked, the Emjoi AP-9L was the #1-selling epilator at Amazon.com.

Braun is another recognized and trusted name in the epilator market, with many great products in this market.

Panasonic is also well-regarded for their epilators.

In essence, there are a slew of brands out there - including several not mentioned above (e.g., Epilady) - with solid reputations and trustworthy products. Buying an epilator is a highly personal decision, but there are many great reasons for doing so, as well as lots of great product choices out there.

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      Yuli 14 months ago

      Definitely Karmin ;)

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      Helen Merritt 15 months ago

      My Favorite is Karmin :)

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      carrie vasquez 19 months ago

      Best I have ever used is the Karmin ♥

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      Jean 2 years ago

      Karmin makes the best in my opinion! ;)

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      Men 4 years ago

      Not one thing about men other than in the title.