Since their invention, epilators have become one of the best tools for hair removal, and, like waxing, can prevent hair growth for up to four weeks by pulling hair up from the root. Additionally, getting a high quality epilator can be much more effective and less costly than traditional razor shaving or professional waxing.
In comparison to waxing, epilators have several advantages: they can pull shorter hairs out by the root much more effectively, and are less damaging to hair cells and skin. When used properly, a high quality epilators can save a tremendous amount of time and effort.
Although prices can vary quite dramatically among epilators, even the less expensive ones can be effective, depending upon your skin and hair type. Because every individual’s hair removal needs may vary, not any one epilator will be ideal for everyone, but among the best epilators below, there is certainly one that can fit your needs.
Qualities of the Best Epilators
Each epilator has a different set of specifications and features which make it either effective or ineffective for your needs. Knowing about these different features and capabilities is essential for finding the best epilator for you.
The most important aspect of any epilator is its effectiveness. While it can be difficult to ascertain before purchasing, typically, epilators with a higher tweezer count are most effective. For most purposes, 40 tweezers is enough, although some highly effective epilators go as high as 72.
The speed/power of each individual epilator can also have an impact on how effective the product can be, so reading epilator reviews and specifications can be tremendously helpful when looking for a good epilator.
The head attachments, also commonly known as caps, can be a very important part of the epilator. Different attachments have different functions, some can help with sensitive skin, pivot to increase coverage, reduce pain, lift hair, and others are effective for sensitive areas. Before buying, be sure that the product has an available attachment to suit your needs.
While dry epilators can be highly effective, wet and dry use epilators have several advantages that can improve the quality of hair removal, as warm water can both increase pores for better tweezing as well as increase the likelihood of pulling hair out at the root, and in some cases, can minimize pain.
Each epilator comes with its own set of unique features, which can make hair removal much easier or more effective. Some of these features include: LED lights, speed settings, hair lifting, massage heads, and even travel cases. Before buying any model, be sure to learn about the model’s unique features.
The 6 Best Epilators of 2016/2017
Although there are quite a few high quality epilators, there are many more ineffective epilators on the market, so it is essential to do homework before buying any product.
In order to save you some work, we have composed this list of the top 6 epilators of the year. These epilator reviews are based on personal experience, reviews, specifications and reliability in order to ensure you get one of the best quality epilators available.
Braun SE7681 Silk-Epil – Wet & Dry
The Braun SE7681 is by far one of the most versatile and effective of all the epilators which we encountered. Nearly any feature found in any other epilators are found in this product, which, in addition to its raw effectiveness, is why we have listed this product as the first on our list.
- Wet & Dry use
- 40 close-grip tweezers
- Highly effective for fine and short hairs
- 4 attachments plus trimmer
- LED light
- Massage head
- Highly reliable
- Relatively higher cost
Although the price is relatively high in comparison to lower cost models, its speed, reliability and versatility certainly make it one of the best epilators, and a worthy investment.
Emjoi AP-18 Dual Opposed Tweezer Head
If you’re looking for a epilator with less versatility but which packs a huge punch, the Emjoi AP-18 is ideal. This epilator contains an the massive number of 72 tweezer heads, positioned in an opposing fashion to ensure extremely quick and effective hair removal. Of all products on this list, this is the best for trimming thick hair quickly and effectively, and is a great epilator for legs.
- Highly effective for quick and thorough hair removal
- Large surface area
- Hair lifting fingers
- Silver ion technology – anti-microbial
- Ingrown hair prevention
- Effective for most body areas
- Dry use only/less versatility
Although not as versatile as some, this epilator is highly effective for most uses, and has some of the best user reviews of all products available. For those who want a straight forward and extremely effective model, this is an ideal choice.
Braun SE7281WD Expressive – Wet & Dry
This model is highly effective and quite similar to the Braun 7681 in versatility and effectiveness, and are almost identical with the exception that this model has an additional pivot head and more ergonomic design, to make the epilating process easier on contoured skin. Like the previous Braun model, both of these are exceptionally versatile and effective wet & dry epilators .
- Wet & Dry use
- Pivoting head
- Trimmer attachment
- 4 additional attachments & massaging head
- Ergonomic design
- Dual Speed
- Hair lifts
- Higher cost
For those who want versatility and comfort while getting reliably close and effective hair removal, this model is exceptional.
Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe
The Satin Perfect Deluxe, while not as versatile as the above Braun models, has enough functionality and features to satisfy nearly every user. Unlike the previous models, this model has a unique ceramic tweezer which catches more hair, but is somewhat less effective for extremely fine hair.
- Vibrating hair lifter
- Massaging head
- Dual speed
- 4 additional attachments
- Contoured head
- Not ideal for very fine hair
This model, while not ideal for extremely fine hair, works exceptionally on coarser hair and has almost the same features as the Braun models, but at a lower cost.
Emjoi Soft Caress
The Emjoi Soft Caress, while not having many features, is a very capable epilator with a low price tag. This compact razor is great for those who use their epilator irregularly, or don’t need the features that come with many of the more costly models. Unlike some others, this can be used pretty effectively as a facial epilator as well.
- Gold plated hypoallergenic tweezers
- Low cost
- Great for short hair
- Corded and cordless use
- Dual speed
- Massaging attachment
- Covers less surface area
- May have to go over same area twice
This model is great for those who don’t need a top of the line product, but don’t want to sacrifice too much effectiveness. For its price, it’s one of the best epilators for women available at a very low cost.
Epilady EP-810-33A Legend
The Epilady EP Legend is in some ways quite similar to Emjoi Soft Caress, but is a more heavy-duty option and has a few features that make it stand apart from other models of similar price. What is often overlooked is that this product has a manufacturer’s one year warranty, reducing risk, and allows both corded and cordless use along with a case, as well as a dual voltage adapter, which makes it great for both international travel and home usage.
- Wide application head
- Corded & cordless use
- Good for short and fine hair
- Dual speed
- Dual voltage adapter
- Travel pouch
- Cleaning brush
- One year warranty
- Lacks versatile attachments
- Less power than high-end models
Overall, this product is a great choice, and comes with a set of unique features which may come in handy for some.
Any of these epilators can be a great choice, depending upon your needs, but be sure to read epilator reviews before buying any product to make sure it is ideal for you.