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Which is the best epilator for 2015?

Updated on April 3, 2015

A guide to the four best epilators for women this year

Hair removal can be one of the most daunting tasks modern women have to face.

Razors may be the cheapest option in the short term, but shaving involves nicks and cuts and bloody streams running down your legs. Plus, within a day or two, the forest of hairs will inevitably begin to re-sprout. Waxing will leave you with smooth skins for a number of weeks. However, it is far more expensive than shaving and can cause ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is extremely effective, but only if you have a few thousand dollars to spare.

So, where does that leave us? With the epilator - the most affordable way of keeping leg hair under control.

In this article, you will find four of the best epilators for women. These epilators have been given high reviews by women who, like you and me, desire smooth and attractive legs.

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The Braun Silk-Epil 7181 Wet & Dry

Braun Silk-Epil 7181 Wet & Dry Epilator

The Braun Silk-Epil Wet & Dry is the upgraded version of the Braun Silk-Epil 5 epilator I personally use. The two are very similar in terms of function, but this updated version has a great advantage - it can be used in both wet and dry situations. This means you can bring it into the shower as you would a razor, but you can also use it to briefly touch up hairy spots on your legs before heading out to dinner or any other event that requires you to show your legs.

As with all epilators, the experience of pain is a given. After all, the 40 tweezers on the head of the epilator are ripping out, you guessed it, forty hairs at a time. However, if you take the epilator into the bath or shower with you, the warm water should sooth your legs and open up the pores, making the experience far less uncomfortable, even for first-time users.

The waterproof aspect of this epilator also makes it much easier to clean. All you have to do is run it under tap water to remove any hairs that might end up trapped inside the machine or in the tweezers.

Finally, unlike many other epilators, this product is cordless, meaning you can take it anywhere as long as it is charged. I often found that with my model, the cord would end up wrapped around my legs as I epilated. Plus, I was always afraid to plug it in in the bathroom for fear that I would electrocute myself. With the Braun Wet & Dry, however, you will not face this issue.

The Braun Silk-Epil Wet & Dry Epilator is definitely the most beloved epilator on the market for 2013. If you are looking to upgrade from an older version, or wish to try out epilation for the first time, this is your best option!

My Experience with Epilation

It has been five years since I started epilating my legs, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Initially, I used my epilator on skin that had not been waxed beforehand, but finding that too painful, I decided to use it as a way of maintaining the smoothness of my legs between six month waxing sessions. Now, five years down the road, the hair on my legs is much finer and sparser, meaning that waxing sessions are no longer necessary: all I need is my faithful Braun epilator and I'm ready to go!

Panasonic ES-WD51-P Epiglide Ladies Wet Dry Epilator

Panasonic ES-WD51-P Epiglide Ladies Wet Dry Epilator

The Panasonic Epiglide Wet Dry Epilator's main point of interest is the innovative duel wide disc technology which allows for more efficient tweezing in all the nooks and crannies of your legs. In comparison to the Braun epilator which has 40 tweezers, Panasonic's version has a grand total of 48 tweezers. This being said, I doubt there is much difference between plucking out 40 versus 48 hairs in one go.

Like the Braun, this epilator can be used in both wet and dry situations. This means that you have the option of soothing your legs in warm water before putting machine to hair.

Another great thing about this razor is that, unlike its older counterpart the Panasonic ES2045 which took a whopping 12 hours to charge its batteries, it is ready to use in a mere hour and will last 40 minutes.

The only issue some women have had with this epilator is that it does not grab all the hair in one go. You have to pass over the same area a few times before it appears completely clear. Otherwise, it is an excellent product that is practical and easy to use.

Important Tips for Epilation - I wish I'd known these tips before using my epilator for the first time!

Epilation can be a very strange sensation for the newbie. It is similar to shaving in that you have to run the epilator up and down your legs, but is more akin to waxing in that the machine removes the hair from the root. To have the most efficient 'first epilation experience', there are a few tips you should keep in mind. Knowing these tips beforehand will stop you from giving up on your epilator before having the chance to use it properly!

  1. Though the first few times may hurt, do not slide the epilator up and down your legs too quickly. You will end up missing many hairs and probably break the hair follicles without ever pulling out the root. I generally let the epilator sit in one place for at least three seconds before moving it up or down a few centimetres.
  2. Make sure your leg hair isn't too long when you epilate. Long hairs are more difficult to pull out, thus causing you more pain than necessary. The general rule is to shave a day or two before epilating.
  3. After you finish epilating, those with sensitive skin may notice many red bumps all over your legs. These will generally disappear within 24 hours, but it is advisable not to epilate just before an important dinner party or heading down to the beach!
  4. Do not give up after the first try, even if you have a very painful experience! Your skin, over time, will adjust to the sensation. Plus, the more you use it, the fewer hairs there will be for the epilator to pull out. Fewer hairs = less pain!
  5. Stick to epilating in less sensitive areas such as your legs and arms. Epilating your armpits or bikini line is too painful for most normal human beings, even if you have a very high pain threshold as I do!
  6. If the pain still bothers you, there are a few extra things you can do to increase your comfort. I usually take a couple of ibuprofen 30 minutes before epilating. Also, one lady suggested epilating as much hair as you can stand, and then shaving the rest. If you do this every time you remove your hair, you will eventually epliate the entirety of your legs. As she said, "slow and steady wins the race"!

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Braun 5180 Silk-Epil X'elle Easy Start Epilator

Braun Silk-Epil X'elle Easy Start Epilator

The third epilator on our list, the Braun Silk-Epil X-Elle Easy Start is the only one without the wet and dry option. However, I felt it was definitely worth mentioning because so many women have talked about how this epilator, after the first few tries, hurts less than other models. In fact, many people have said that it is no worse than waxing. What's more, the pain is reduced even further if you numb the skin with the handy ice glove provided with the epilator.

As with the first Braun model shown here, it has 40 tweezers that pull out your leg hairs in quick, decisive strokes. It comes with a powerful little light to help you see the finest hair and, unlike the unlike the more advanced Braun 7181, has softlift tips that raise even flat-lying hair.

Overall, this is a quick and efficient epilator which, with its pain-reducing technology, is a good choice for beginners.

Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator

Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator

While browsing Amazon a few days ago, I was surprised and extremely pleased to come across a new addition to Amazon's epilator collection from Philips - the Philips Satinelle Epilator.

This epilator comes with a number of features that make your epilation experience more comfortable. The efficiency cap ensures that the hairs are pulled out as gently as possible, while the ergonomic grip makes the epilator easy to hold and manoeuvre. You can choose between two speeds - gentle and efficient - depending on the time you have to epilate and, of course, your pain threshold! Moreover, it removes even the shortest of hairs - up to 0.5mm.

There are two things that intrigue me about this epilator. First, the price is about half of most other epilators on the market. Secondly, it is apparently one of the least painful epilator in existence today.

While I've yet to try this model, I've heard nothing but great things about it. Perhaps when my Braun model dies, I'll turn to Philips!


The more you do it,

the easier it gets!

How To Use An Epilator (Remington) - pria41008 teaches us how to efficiently use an epilator

The author of this video has some interesting techniques on how to use an epilator. I have never used this techniques personally, but I would like to give them a try!

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      I think i have years ago...maybe it's time for me to jump in again!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The very first epilator I purchased was a round coil type and it was hopeless. I was tired of shaving and knew that epilation was a better method of hair removal. I bought another one about 8 years ago and it is so much better. Yes, it hurts a bit, but it is worth it to not have to shave or epilate again for quite some time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, this is wonderful site. Id like to ask you, what do you think of this one?Panasonic ES-WD94-PDo you know if this one works for facial hair as well...Thank you.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Many years ago, and it wasn't very efficient. Maybe I'll try again now. This is a really useful lens. I must come back and read again before I make any decisions. You've summed them up very clearly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great article! I've been epilating for several years, so I thought I'd throw my two cents in.I've found that the least painful epilator brand (for me) is Silk Epil. Although you'd think that "yanking" hair out would feel the same regardless of what is used, it's actually not. My first epilator was an Emjoi Optima. Although somewhat painful and not good at 100% hair removal, this thing is still running today. It is by far the epilator with the greatest longevity that I've ever owned, but it has the aforementioned issues and is not a wet/dry unit. I've owned a variety of Silk Epil units, and they all perform beautifully. When running them over an area, it's results in nearly 100% removal of hair in that area. And as mentioned above, it's noticeably less painful. I also like the wet/dry models, as you can use them in the shower. If you wait until the end of the shower, epilating is almost pain-free.Someone asked about using epilators for facial hair. Although many brands make epilators specifically for the face, they have very few tweezers and (for me) don't work very well. I use a Silk Epil 3 for my face, and it works beautifully. It's not a wet/dry unit, but I will use it immediately after a shower, and it works flawlessly. I'm a male-to-female crossdresser, and although I don't have very heavy facial hair, I likely have facial hair heavier than most women. The only time I epilate my face is if I plan to go out en femme, so sometimes I'll go for a few months where my facial hair grows back in fully. This isn't exactly ideal, as the pain of epilation is directly proportional to the size of the root of the hair. Ideally, if you'll epilate every few weeks it's very, very painless (as mentioned above, the first couple of epilations are what hurts the most! Maintain it, and it's perfect).Lastly, if you plan to epilate for the first time, if you aren't going to get a wet/dry unit, coat the area to be epilated in a thick layer of baby powder. This works WONDERS. I would also recommend that you buy some "after wax cooling gel", and you can find this at numerous locations (Sally's beauty supply, etc.). Gigi seems to have the market cornered on this stuff, and it really helps the pain go away (almost immediately) after epilating.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Great lens! I love the style you review the products. Perfect!

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      Autumn McNeil 2 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I love this hub! I have been shaving for so many years and tried waxing but for the price, I would rather go for something like this! I am definitely going to save my money to buy one soon. Great hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      Alma 23 months ago

      Karmin makes the best in my opinion! ;)

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      B.cindy 20 months ago

      I didn't want to use epilator but when I saw a discount from , I changed my mind. I bought Braun silk epil and I think it is the most useful epilator. with using this I can save time and my skin can smooth for a couple of weeks.

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      keriblalock 15 months ago

      Karmin is the best ;)

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      adora deny 14 months ago

      From my point of view, braun silk-epil 7 is still the best epilator for 2015. But the latest series, 9, offered by braun seems to be more efficient than the 7 series. This review will convince everyone about my statement.

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      Carmen 13 months ago

      Definitely Karmin (Y)

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      Denise 7 months ago

      Karmin is the best =D =D.

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