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Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator
Philips
Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator
Panasonic
Ladies Wet and Dry Epilator/Shaver
Emjoi
Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator
Epilady
Legend 4 Full-Size Rechargeable Epilator
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Good

Includes a spotlight for hair illumination. Tweezing is comparatively less painful.

Hypoallergenic, easy-to-clean tweezers. Includes spotlight for precise hair removal.

Ergonomically designed for comfort in the hand. Head is angled for extremely easy hair removal.

Contains 72 silver ion tweezers with antimicrobial properties.

Features rubber grips for extra comfort and a dual-voltage adapter. Functions with or without cord.

Bad

Expensive. Has fewer tweezers (40) than some competitors.

Head contains only 40 tweezers (a smaller number than some competitors).

Some reports of ingrown hairs after using this model.

The heads generate heat; for this reason, caution should be used when repetitively targeting specific areas of the body.

Hair removal can be a lengthy process. Regrowth may occur quickly.

Bottom Line

A deluxe cordless epilator with all the bells and whistles necessary for a flawless user experience. The best available.

A cordless device with ceramic tweezers for hypoallergenic, hassle-free hair removal.

An epilator of superior craftsmanship from a reputable company.

Known for its easy clean-up and prevention of ingrown hairs, this affordable epilator is the best bargain around.

Designed with travelers in mind, this well-known epilator works in a "slow but sure" manner.

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Best Epilators

Whether it's through shaving, plucking, waxing, or chemical treatments, many people want to remove hair quickly and painlessly. Epilators meet this need by plucking hairs from the skin even faster than tweezers. We compare five of the best epilators on the market so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

Products we considered

Braun
Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator
Philips
Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator
Panasonic
Ladies Wet and Dry Epilator/Shaver
Emjoi
Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator
Epilady
Legend 4 Full-Size Rechargeable Epilator

Products We Considered

Design

Epilators vary in size and design. Some have wider heads; others have more tweezers. In this section of our ratings, we discuss the design of each contender on our shortlist.

Ease of Use

The best epilator is an "easy to use" epilator that removes hair thoroughly and effortlessly. We discuss each device's ease of use in this section.

Features

Epilators come with a variety of features. Some can be used on wet or dry skin; some are cordless; some are waterproof. In this section, we examine the features each contender provides.

Price

Epilators can be pricey. In this section of our ratings, we discuss each product's cost in relation to the features and overall value it offers.

Considerations

Design

Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, White

The Braun SE7681 Wet and Dry Epilator features 40 tweezers and a head of average width. The "Close-Grip" tweezers can grab hairs as short as 0.5 millimeters in length. This enables the user to eradicate even the shortest stubble for a smooth, sleek finish. Owners tell us the Braun is easy to hold and yields great results.

Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator, White/Champagne

The Philips HP6576 Epilator has a contoured, pivoting head and 40 tweezers for epilation. The tweezers are ceramic, which means they're hypoallergenic and easy to clean.

Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver, with Six Attachments inclu

The Panasonic ES-ED90-P Epilator has a contoured head with 48 stainless steel tweezer discs. The head sits at a 60-degree angle to facilitate epilation, and it can be used with gel or foam for a more comfortable experience. The body is ergonomically designed and quite comfortable to hold.

Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator

The Emjoi AP-18 Emagine epilator features a head with 72 tweezers for faster epilation. The tweezers have a silver ion coating which is antimicrobial and helps prevent infection.

Epilady Legend 4th Generation Rechargeable Epilator

The Epilady EP-810-33A Legend 4 Epilator has 40 tweezer heads which the company claims create 32,000 "tweezes" per minute. Rubber grips on the sides help the user handle the unit with comfort and ease. The unit is quiet and removes short, fine hairs.

The Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator provides a smooth epilating experience that users say is "less painful" than that of other epilators.
Considerations

Ease of Use

Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, White

The Braun SE7681 is easy to use. It can be applied to wet or dry skin, and conveniently, it can be used in the shower or tub. A spotlight shines on the skin to help users find tiny hairs and pluck them with ease. Although most epilators do cause some pain (because they actually pluck out hair), the Braun receives fewer complaints about discomfort than some other competitors. The lower speed setting, in particular, is known for its "less painful" execution.

Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator, White/Champagne

The Philips epilator is recommended for use on dry skin only. The head contains just 40 tweezers, and users report that it may take more than one pass to remove all targeted hairs because of this. The contoured, pivoting head allows users reach most areas with ease. Like the other contenders on our shortlist, this device offer a choice of two different speeds for enhanced effectiveness.

Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver, with Six Attachments inclu

Users really like the angle of the Panasonic's epilating head; they say the contour helps them reach all areas of the body with ease. Like the Philips, the Panasonic's two speeds allow users to go faster or slower, depending on their need. The Panasonic has fewer tweezers (48) than some of our other contenders, which may affect the number of passes it takes to eradicate all hairs. Unfortunately, some owners have reported a higher incidence of ingrown hairs with this model.

Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator

The 72 tweezers on the Emjoi epilator make for a rapid hair removal experience. According to users, the corded power supply adds speed and power to the process. It is designed for use on dry skin, but users should be cautious not to use the Emjoi over the same area skin repeatedly, as the heads do generate some heat.

Epilady Legend 4th Generation Rechargeable Epilator

The Epilady Legend 4 can be used either with or without its cord. Its head is at the optimal angle to reach most areas of the body. Like the other epilators on our shortlist, it features two different speeds for enhanced user control. A few owners have expressed frustration at the fact that Epilady hair removal can be a slow, tedious process.

Small "lifters" between the Emjoi AP-18's tweezers help lift hairs so the tweezers can easily pluck them. The result: fewer ingrown hairs.
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Considerations

Features

Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, White

The cordless Braun SE7681 is packed with features. It has two speeds: one for slower, less painful hair removal and one for faster, more efficient hair removal. It can be used on dry skin or in the shower/bath. A spotlight illuminates the smallest of hairs, and several caps cover different parts of the epilator so it can be used on various parts of the body. The Braun even includes a shaving foil so that it can be employed as an electric shaver. At full charge, this device delivers 40 minutes of use. Owners tell us that it recharges quickly.

Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator, White/Champagne

With attachment caps, a set of illuminated tweezers, and a spotlight on the epilator itself, the Philips HP6576 is packed with features. The caps include a trimming attachment, shaving cap, and pivoting cap. Because the heads are washable, clean-up is a breeze. (A brush is included to make this task even easier.) The unit is cordless and runs for 40 minutes on a single charge. It can be fully recharged in about an hour.

Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver, with Six Attachments inclu

The cordless Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator/Shaver comes with six attachments, including the epilation head, an epilation beginner cap, a gentle cap, a foot care head, a shaver head, and a bikini cap. The head pivots, and as the title suggests, the device can be used wet or dry. According to the manufacturer, the Panasonic will run for 90 minutes on a full charge. However, users have reported a run time closer to 30 or 40 minutes. Like many of its quality competitors, the Pansonic features two speeds and an LED light for enhanced visibility.

Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator

The Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Epilator offers two speeds for enhanced control over the epilating experience. It is corded, and most users agree that it's more powerful than the typical "cordless" epilator. Due to its antimicrobial properties, the silver ion coating on the tweezers diminishes the risk of infection significantly. Small "lifters" between the tweezers help lift hairs so the tweezers can pluck them. The result: fewer ingrown hairs.

Epilady Legend 4th Generation Rechargeable Epilator

The Epilady features a dual-voltage adapter that can accommodate a 220-volt current. This is quite ideal for international travelers! The device features two speeds and arrives with a brush for easier cleaning. It can be used as a corded or cordless device.

Applicable to both wet and dry skin, the Braun's "Close-Grip" tweezers nab hairs as short as 0.5 millimeters for a sleek, satiny finish.
Considerations

Price

Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, White

At $108, there's no getting around the fact that the Braun SE7681 is expensive. However, its numerous features – spotlight, shaving foil, multiple speeds – make it easy to use and allow it to foster a "less painful" experience. Many owners find these benefits to be worth the extra money.

Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator, White/Champagne

With a price tag of $105, the Philips HP6576 isn't a casual purchase. However, it comes with some nice extras that aren't found in all epilators (ceramic heads and illuminated tweezers, to name a few). Most owners say they're glad they made the initial investment.

Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver, with Six Attachments inclu

The Panasonic ES-ED90-P costs $79, but you get a lot of desirable features for the money. Owners especially like the pivoting head and foot care attachment. Panasonic is a respected company with a reputation for quality products.

Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator

At $79, the Emjoi AP-18 is priced somewhat lower than the other contenders on our shortlist. It doesn't have as many features as its pricier counterparts, so the lower cost may very well be justified. And yet, it's a powerful and effective corded epilator that many owners find to be an exceptional value.

Epilady Legend 4th Generation Rechargeable Epilator

For those who like to travel, the Epilady EP-810-33A may be worth the $69 price tag because of its dual-voltage adapter. Users who enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally find that this feature justifies the cost. However, potential buyers should note that some consumers have not been happy with the Epilady's efficiency. According to a handful of detractors, hair removal with the Epilady can be a lengthy process, and the hair tends to grow back very quickly.

The Emjoi AP-18 is a powerful and effective corded epilator that many owners find to be an exceptional value.

Best of the Best

The Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator is our pick for Best of the Best. It's easy to use, it's durable, and it provides a smooth epilating experience that users say is "less painful" than that of other epilators.

This epilator is packed with desirable features that justify the $108 price. As a cordless device, it can be submerged in the tub or shower – a feature owners absolutely love. Four caps help users epilate different parts of the body with ease, and the included shaving foil allows it to double as an electric shaver. Applicable to both wet and dry skin, the Braun's "Close-Grip" tweezers nab hairs as short as 0.5 millimeters for a sleek, satiny finish. Owners tell us that the Braun's charge lasts at least 40 minutes – long enough for a full hair removal session.

Braun is a respected name in personal care products, and the SE7681 is a superior product in many ways. If you're looking for the best epilator money can buy, we heartily recommend Braun's SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator.

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As a cordless device, the Braun SE7681Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator can be submerged in the tub or shower – a feature owners absolutely love.

Best Bang for Your Buck

For an admirably low price of just $79, the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator does the job for which it was designed: it removes unwanted body hair. We give it high marks for doing this job quickly (owners tell us that one pass is often all it takes to eradicate targeted hairs) and with little pain.

Unlike most of the contenders on our shortlist, this is a corded device. As such, it gives users an extra "boost" that many cordless devices do not. Working in tandem, 72 silver ion tweezers remove hair quickly and, because of their antimicrobial properties, fight infection at the same time. The silver ion material helps users fend off ingrown hairs and ensures swift and easy clean-up when the job is done.

The Emjoi does not include as many accessories as its competitors. However, it costs significantly less than many epilators on today's market. Owners enjoy satisfactory results – especially for the price – and complaints are few. For this reason, we deem the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator to be the Best Bang for your Buck.

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The Emjoi AP-18 is a powerful and effective corded epilator that many owners find to be an exceptional value.
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