The 8 Best Epilators

Updated October 09, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

8 Best Epilators
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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. We know that shaving can be a real pain, so maybe you should check out this selection of epilators, all of which promise efficient, effective, and supposedly painless hair removal in even the most sensitive areas. The process takes some getting used to, but it provides a longer-lasting smoothness than a traditional blade can offer. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best epilator on Amazon.

8. Emjoi Soft Caress

The Emjoi Soft Caress features hypoallergenic tweezers that are plated in 24 karat gold. Its included cleaning pouch and loofah, as well as its compact design, make it a good choice for travel, but it's not as powerful as others.
  • massaging finger attachments
  • gently removes stray hairs
  • not very effective on thick hair
Brand Emjoi
Model AP-10R
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. Philips Satin Perfect Deluxe

The elegant Philips Satin Perfect Deluxe has an extra-wide head, textured ceramic discs, and a built-in opti-light for revealing and removing even the finest hairs on your body. However, it tends to be a little harsh on more sensitive skin.
  • has an active hairlifter
  • trim and style attachments
  • not the most durable option
Brand Philips Norelco
Model HP6576/50
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Veet VTSH8705

The Veet VTSH8705 boasts a patented system designed to remove hair as quickly and efficiently as possible. It also comes with a pre-epilation comfort spray for reducing irritation. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer cordless operation.
  • relatively easy to use
  • compact and lightweight
  • cleaning it takes a long time
Brand Veet
Model VTSH8705
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Panasonic ES-ED90-P

The Panasonic ES-ED90-P is completely waterproof, and has a 60-degree angled head to give you a clean, close shave. Its nickel-free, hypo-allergenic blade is ideal for those with more delicate skin, but it takes a while to charge.
  • attractive pink and white color
  • a travel pouch is also included
  • pedicure buffer attachment
Brand Panasonic
Model ES-ED90-P
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Emjoi AP-18 Emagine

The Emjoi AP-18 Emagine is one of the first epilators to offer silver ion technology, which provides anti-microbial protection anywhere you use it. Its dual-opposed, staggered heads and lifting fingers can help to prevent ingrown hairs.
  • 72 tweezer bits
  • ergonomically designed handle
  • tends to get very loud
Brand Emjoi
Model AP-18
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Braun Silk-Epil 579 Bonus Edition

The Braun Silk-Epil 579 Bonus Edition features a flexible epilation head up to 40 percent wider than its competition, making it capable of removing more hairs in a single stroke. It also adjusts to the contours of your skin for maximum comfort.
  • microgrip tweezer technology
  • built-in pulsating vibration
  • comes with a facial cleansing brush
Brand Braun
Model SE9 579
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Aooher Cordless 5-in-1

Designed for true versatility, the Aooher Cordless 5-in-1 not only operates as an epilator, but also offers additional functionality as a callus remover, shaver, and face massager. It will leave your skin smooth from head to toe.
  • built-in led light
  • runs for up to 45 minutes per charge
  • can be used wet or dry
Brand Aooher
Model LFL004-928
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Braun Silk-Epil 9 941e

The Braun Silk-Epil 9 941e has been designed as one of the most gentle units in its class. Its 40 close-grip tweezers efficiently remove hairs as fine as a grain of sand without a hint of discomfort. It can also be used wet or dry.
  • effective high-frequency massage
  • shaver head and trimmer cap included
  • cordless operation
Brand Braun
Model SE9-941E
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Plucky Performer

Modern epilators all work on the same basic principal. A motor rotates a head of alternating plates that squeeze together and pluck at hairs as the head passes the top of the epilator. These plates are often thought of as tweezers, and they work much the same as tweezers, though tweezers they technically are not.

Just as that portion of the head passes back toward the underside of the epilator, it releases the plucked hairs and prepares for another pass.

All this happens in a very short amount of time, and the motion of it never stops, as the plates are spaced for continuous reaping.

Since epilators forcefully pull hairs out of their places at the follicle level, there's often a degree of discomfort that the user has to endure for a few sessions before they get used to the feeling.

Some epilators use their adjustable motors for other applications. They come with interchangeable heads that can act as shavers or callus removers. These can be wonderful additions to your kit, but make sure they're rated as highly as the epilator itself, lest you bleed money for nothing.

What Does Your Epilator Mean To You

Picking out an epilator has a few notable pitfalls that are hard to avoid without getting your hands on one and feeling it against your skin. How it might fit the curves and contours of your body, for example, is hard to judge through a computer screen.

We can, however, guide you toward narrowing the field significantly.

The easiest way to reduce your analysis paralysis is to ask yourself if you're looking for a device than can serve as more than just a hair removal tool. If the answer is yes, then that pretty much rules out all the epilators on our list that don't come with other attachments.

If all you want is an epilator, then that's all you need. Sure, you could still buy one of the units with a million attachments, but you'd be paying for them and not using them, which is kind of like going to a really nice steak house and ordering a salad. I mean, really?

Another vital statistic for measuring the amount of fun or frustration in your future is power delivery. Cords provide maximum power to your unit without any falloff. There is that pesky cord to contend with, though, and it means you can't bring the epilator into the shower with you.

Wet/Dry units, on the other hand, can go anywhere and be used comfortably at any angle. I mean, I guess you could bring a corded unit into the shower with you if you're looking to remove your hair via electrolysis.

Disclaimer: Don't actually bring your corded epilator in the shower with you.

Born In Spring

The epilators on the market today are universally the tweezer type described in the section above, but the very first epilators on the market were rather different.

These early epilators, as pictured, consisted of a coiled spring that would alternatingly expand and contract in rapid pulses. As hairs got caught in the spring's contraction, they'd get pulled out by the motion of the unit across the skin.

If you picture a slinky being compressed and rolled across a lawn you can see it happening on a larger scale. When the slinky (preferably a metal slinky for the demonstration; metal slinkies also take stairs better, for the record) contracts over the grass, the little green blades get snagged and pulled out by the root.

The design came out of Israel by a brand called Epilady, whose parent company (one might surmise) probably made a name for itself in medieval times as a maker of complex torture devices.

The spring design was effective, but advancement toward a system more reminiscent of tweezers was inevitable. The newer designs are less painful and more accurate, requiring less time to complete an epilation process than their spring style predecessors.

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Last updated on October 09, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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