In 2019, the hunt is on for beauty products that are both eco-friendly and healthy on our wallet. Of course, with all of the products out there, it can be a bit confusing deciding on the best hair removal system.
But it doesn’t have to be confusing when it comes to choosing the best epilators in 2019. While we often think of epilators, a machine that plucks the hair out by the root, they have been around since 1986 when an Israeli company began marketing the Epilady, which were a very painful way to remove hair. However, epilators have come a long way from the rotating coil epilators of the past. Now, they offer a less painful hair removal system that becomes almost painless as your body becomes more accustomed to the machine.
While discomfort is a common con of epilators, think waxing, there are many pros to using an epilator over other hair removal methods, they have more pros than conventional methods. These include:
- Cost: While the initial cost can be quite high, often starting at £50 or 65USD, they become the cheapest option over time. You do not have to invest in wax, wax strips, razors and shaving soaps if you use an epilator. After the first year, you will make back your initial investment and then some.
- Eco-Friendly: Although most epilators have plastic housing, overall, they are an eco-friendly option since you will not be throwing away razors and won’t be using all the packaging that wax uses.
- Smoother Skin: On the beauty side, epilators provide you with the smoothest skin you can get. In addition, you will get smoother skin for up to 4 weeks, which is longer than many methods that you can use.
- Effective Hair Removal: One of the nicest benefits of epilators is that you don’t have to wait for hair to reach a certain length before you can remove it again, unlike waxing. Instead, epilators can remove hair when it is only 3 to 5mm or 1/8th of an inch! However, many of the epilators in our list pull hair as short as 0.5mm. In addition, hair growth takes longer with an epilator since you are removing the hair from the root. This means less hair for longer.
- No Chemicals: Unlike depilatory creams, epilators do not need any creams, lotions or gels to remove the hair. This means that you are not putting any harsh chemicals on your skin.
- Less Body Hair: Finally, when you use epilators, over time your hair will become softer and finer. And, in some cases, you may not have any hair growth in some areas, which means even less time spent removing it.
Now that we know the benefits of epilators, it is time to really look at the best epilators for 2019. We have searched high and low and come up with a list of the 6 best epilators and we’ll give you the details on each one.
1. Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa
- Wet and dry epilator removes more hair in one stroke
- Epilation removes hair 4x short than wax
- Deep massage pad helps improve skin appearance
The first epilator in our list and considered to be one of the best when it comes to quality. While it is one of the more expensive epilators, it is a multi-function tool that offers both skin care and hair removal. Perfect to use both in and out of the shower and easy to take with you anywhere.
Although this epilator is full of features, there are a few key features that should be highlighted. When we are looking at key features, it’s better to look at them in two ways: the epilator and the brushes.
Overall, the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa offers a smooth and gentle hair removal that removes hair faster. In fact, the wide head of the epilator, which is 40% wider than many models out there, allows for hair to be removed much faster.
In addition, while it is removing hair using the micro-grip technology, the pulsating vibrations in the head help massage the skin. What this means is that you will be enjoying smooth skin for weeks while avoiding a lot of bumps and skin irritation that occurs with hair removal.
Finally, the head of the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa pivots, which provides comfort and allows for the head to reach those hard to reach places. And this pivoting head is an excellent key feature that improves the exfoliating experience when you use the brushes.
Which, of course, brings us to the brush attachment. The high-performance exfoliating brush has cup-shaped bristles that allow for your cleansing products to stay easily on the face. In addition, the brush vibrates at 3000 micro-vibrations per minute offering you an exceptional cleaning experience.
Finally, the high-density exfoliating brush offers users 10,000 bristles that mean every pore on your skin is targeted for optimal removal of dead cells.
Now that we’ve looked at the key features, it’s time to look at the features and specs. First, we should look at how efficient the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa is with an excellent battery. In fact, the rechargeable battery is considered to be the best out there where epilators are concerned. It will, generally, recharge fully within an hour and can be used for up to 40 minutes before needing a recharge, which is more time than it needs to remove hair.
The battery powers the smartlight built into the model, which helps you not only see micro hairs left on the skin but also the path your epilator is taking. The ergonomically angled epilator has a convenient pivoting head that contours to the skin, catching all of the hairs in its path.
The Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa is 100% waterproof, which makes cleaning it very easy. In addition, it can be used under running water, which many “waterproof” epilators cannot do.
2 speed settings make the epilator means that you can choose a setting that is comfortable for you. While they recommend faster speeds for thicker hair, the lower speed will work just as well and can mean a gentler hair removal for users.
Another huge bonus and feature of the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa is that it is approved by dermatologists as a gentle choice for hair removal. It comes with 12 accessories including a 12v power adapter and cord and a travel bag. It can be used as an epilator, exfoliator and has a lady trimmer attachment for shaving.
While I’ve mentioned the attachments, it is important to look at them individually. The attachments offered by the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa are:
- Deep Massage Pad: Massages the skin after hair removal, it helps improve blood circulation to the skin, which improves it overall appearance.
- Deep Exfoliating Brush: An effective and deep brush that will remove dead cells, the deep exfoliating brush helps prevent ingrown hair and promotes radiant looking skin.
- Gentle Exfoliating Brush: Used for skin regeneration, the 10,000 fine bristles will exfoliate the skin gently leaving a silky-smooth texture to your skin.
- Shaver Head: Turning the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa into a fully functional shaver and trimmer, this attachment allows you to trim the hair to an easier to pull length or it will completely remove hair from places you don’t want to epilate.
When we say we are delighted with this epilator, we are not exaggerating. Even going on other reviews, which are excellent, we weren’t expecting what we got. The Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa offers amazing hair removal and smoother skin. In addition, skin is less irritated than with other epilators we’ve tried. Skin is left healthy and hair removal lasts for weeks since it is pulled from the root.
On the negative, you have to be prepared for discomfort. It can be quite painful, however, by reducing the speed, we found that it reduces the discomfort. In addition, like with all epilators, the more you use it, the more that discomfort lessens over time.
When it comes to a multi-purpose and high-quality exfoliator, this is the brand to look at. Not only does it provide smooth, hair free skin for up to 4 weeks, it helps keep your skin healthy and radiant. User reviews are extremely favorable, and critics have found this exfoliator to be worth the initial investment.
Not only is it a hit with users, it has been ranked as the number 1 epilator for 2019. There are very few negative reviews and it is a model that comes with a lot of features and accessories. To conclude, if you are looking for an epilator and don’t mind spending more for quality, this is the perfect model for you.
2. Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator
Another excellent epilator, the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator is another epilator that offers more than just hair removal. Like the first two epilators in our list, the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator also offers attachments that exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
As with all of the epilators we’ve reviewed, the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator has a ton of key features that make it worth the slightly higher price tag. When it comes to design, it is one of the more comfortable epilators. The S-shaped handle offers a comfortable grip that allows users to reach even the hardest to reach spots.
In addition, it has an extra wide epilator head that covers more skin and makes hair removal faster. While many of our epilators rely on a tweezers, the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator has a ceramic disc that catches the hair and removes it quickly and with minimal discomfort.
The Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator is 100% waterproof and can be used in both the shower and bath. It is an all in one wet and dry epilator, so users can choose where and when they want to epilate. In addition, being waterproof makes this epilator easy to clean.
While the features also include the many attachments, the main feature we should focus on is the battery of the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator. It charges within an hour and a half and holds a full charge for 40 minutes, which is more than enough time for a complete beauty and hair removal regime.
In addition to the battery, it has LED lights that will highlight any hair that is left on the skin. This makes getting clean, hair free skin much easier than epilators that don’t have lights.
Finally, it uses ceramic discs that are easier to clean and tend to last longer than tweezers or foils found in other models.
The Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator has a ton of attachments that will help customize the overall experience you get from the epilator, these include:
- Caps: There are several caps that will change the sensitivity and area that the epilator covers. These include the massaging cap, delicate area cap and facial area cap.
- Bikini Comb: Used to trim and shave the bikini area if you do not want to epilate.
- Skin Stretcher: Helps tone and smooth skin.
- Exfoliator: The exfoliator is excellent for cleansing the pores and helps minimize the number of ingrown hairs you can get.
- Shaving and Trimmer Head: Used to trim hair or shave it in areas where you don’t want to epilate.
Overall, the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator has tested very well. We have found that it is a gentle epilator that works well on a variety of hair types, although, it works the best on thick, dark hair with stronger roots but can be very gentle on finer hair.
The many attachments are a great way to customize the hair removal you are getting from this epilator. In fact, the many attachments make it more than just an epilator.
On the negative, we’ve noticed that it can break the hair instead of pulling it out at the root, which we’ve found is very common with most epilators. In addition, it tends to take longer to use than other epilators and takes, on average, about 45 minutes, and several passes, to remove hair from legs.
Multiple attachments make this an excellent beauty system and the ceramic discs make this epilator easy to clean. It has good reviews; however, it is not as fast as other epilators so if you are looking for speed, then you should choose a different epilator. However, overall, it is a good and popular choice.
3. Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women
- Wet and dry technology allows the Epilator to be used with foams or in...
- The dual wide discs are alligned evenly, ensuring even short hairs are...
- Fine bristles and sonic vibration in the sonic facial brush ease the...
Although it didn’t rank as high as our first epilator, it is still an excellent epilator when it comes to beauty products. This epilator has a lot of excellent features and is a full body beauty system with an exfoliator, epilator, cleansing brushes and pedicure attachments.
With all the bells and whistles on the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women, it is difficult to decide on which ones are the key features of this model. For the sake of space, let’s narrow it down to three of the best key features.
First and foremost, the epilator head features some of the best movement when it comes to epilators. It can pivot back and forth up to 30 degrees, which means that it moves along the contour of the skin smoothly. This also ensure that hair is removed fully.
Another key feature of the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women is that the caps are easy to snap into place. That means you can switch between exfoliating, having a pedicure and removing hair within seconds. It also means that this is a complete and versatile beauty system.
Finally, the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women has an abundance of accessories that you can purchase separate to the 8 that it comes with. In addition, there are accessories for men and women. All blades and foils in the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women are replaceable, which means this epilator has a long shelf life.
In addition to the key features, the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women has several features that mean you receive effective hair removal that lasts for up to 6 weeks at a time.
As with all cordless epilators, battery life is an important feature and the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women delivers. While it doesn’t have as long as a battery life as the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa, it does offer up to 30 minutes of use. In addition, it does charge quickly and should be fully charged within an hour.
The high-performance motor offers two speed levels that make it diverse when you switch between thinner and thicker hair. It also has a LED light that shows any missed hairs as you remove them.
As mentioned earlier, the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women has a number of attachments that are quick and easy to use. This means that you are getting more than just an epilator…you are getting everything you need for your beauty regime.
As already mentioned, the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women comes with several different attachments that turns it into a full beauty system and not just an epilator. These attachments include:
- 2 Epilator Heads: First, while we know it comes with an epilator head, it should be mentioned that it features 2 heads. One is for underarm and bikini areas and the other is for hair on arms and legs.
- Shaver Head: Like our first epilator, the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women has a shaver head that allows you to either trim hair or remove it completely from sensitive areas you don’t want to epilate.
- Bikini Comb: The bikini comb is used for trimming hair from your bikini area if you don’t want to pull it.
- Pedicure Buffer: Gently buffs feet so you have soft skin that is free of dead, rough calluses.
- Exfoliating Head: With 37,000 soft brushes in the head, this exfoliating head will remove dead skin and offer a deep clean for your skin.
- Facial Cleansing Head: Last, but not least, the soft vibrations and facial cleansing head will give your skin a gentle clean that will leave it radiant.
An excellent epilator, even at the higher price point, the Panasonic ES-ED96 Epilator Wet/Dry for Women is definitely worth the cost. It is strong enough to tackle the thickest hair, however, it comes with a gentler epilator and 2 speeds, which makes it less painful for those with sensitive skin.
In addition to the epilator, the added heads that come with it make it an optimal beauty system to purchase. All of the different heads work as a stand alone beauty product and if someone new to epilators doesn’t want to use it after trying, they won’t lose money as they can use the other attachments.
It is a durable device and it can be very easy to order new blades and foils as needed.
With the negatives, hair is often broken instead of pulled, which means that you don’t have perfectly smooth skin to the touch. Instead, you have a fine covering of hair that can be quite irritating to the touch.
If you are looking for more bang for your buck, this is the epilator for you. Very easy to use and maintain, it is a popular choice by users. It is on the more expensive side, however, the fact that you can replace blades and foils makes it worth the initial cost. In addition, you only need one system for all your skin care needs.
4. Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1
- One of the world's first facial epilation, cleansing and skin toning...
- Facial epilator removes 4x shorter hair than wax for a smooth, clear...
- Facial cleansing brush for purified skin, cleanses 6x more effectively...
Although we’ve been focusing on versatile and complete epilator/beauty systems for much of this list, we are going to turn our attention to the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1. This is a very specific epilator and cleansing system that focuses on the face only. For that reason, this is not a stand-alone epilator if you are looking for an all body one.
With features, the main emphasis is really on function and the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 is all about function. The smart head detection system is pivotal in customising your beauty care treatment. This means that it adjusts to the head you are using so it goes from tapping when toning to rotating while cleansing.
In addition, users can personalise their settings from speed to treatment timer. First, the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 has 4 settings, which include 2 intensity settings and 2 speed settings. Second, the epilator has a timer that pulses to alert the user when 20 seconds have passed. This timer helps ensure that users can use as much or as little time as they want on each area.
Finally, the rechargeable battery is an important feature. It should charge quickly, within an hour, and lasts up to about 30 minutes, giving users more than enough time to finish their facial treatment.
Most of the features in the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 are really the key features, however, there are a few additional features.
One of the main ones is that it is 100% waterproof. This means that it can be used in the shower or in front of a mirror. It is easy to clean since it is waterproof, and it has a nice stand to rest in while it dries and waits for the next use.
The Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 offers three different modes that can be personalised with speed and intensity. It quickly switches from an epilator to toning head to cleansing head and offers a complete facial skin care system that leaves your skin smooth and glowing.
As with many of the epilators in our list, the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 has two attachments that make it more than just an epilator. These include:
- Facial Cleansing Brush: Used to clean the skin, it cleans deeply and is excellent for oil-based makeup removal.
- Toning Head: When used with the micro vibration of the epilator, the toning head taps the skin and helps tone the skin for glowing appearance. You can place a small amount of your face cream on the head and tap it into your skin effectively.
Like all epilators, the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 has good features and bad. Overall, the epilator removes hair very quickly and pulls right from the root…and with the added bonus of not making skin red or leaving behind rashes. In addition, while the hair is pulled right from the root, it is not very comfortable to use.
The tapping head is excellent to use, especially around the eyes and the cleansing pad is good but not as good as one designed specifically for the task.
In the negatives, the epilator doesn’t have a strong charge, which means that it tends to lose power as you are using it. In addition, we found that charging takes a fair amount of time. While the other features of the epilator are okay, we recommend an additional beauty system for cleansing and to just use this as an epilator only.
Perfect for a very singular task, the Braun FaceSpa Pro 911 Facial Epilator 3-in-1 is a great little epilator. It can tackle finer hairs usually found on the face while also toning and cleansing the skin. Reviews are quite good for this epilator and it is ranked in the top 5 when it comes to personal epilators.
5. Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator
- 40 Close-Grip tweezers remove even the shortest hair for up to four...
- The high frequency massage system stimulates skin for a more...
- The pivoting head follows every contour of the body for skin contact...
Another Braun epilator in our list, the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator is a corded epilator that has received a lot of strong reviews. It is not as versatile as many other epilators in our list, but it does have several attachments that make it more than just your average epilator.
Unlike our other epilators, the key features are all about the hair removal. This starts with the pivoting head that follows the contours of the body, so you have better hair removal. In addition, this pivoting head allows for hair removal to be gentler, making it excellent for first time users.
Another key feature is the high frequency massage system. The Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator comes with a massage cap that can be run over the skin after epilating.
The final key feature is the shaving head. This is an easy to install head that turns the epilator into a woman’s shaver, so you can remove hair quickly and easily from sensitive areas that you don’t want to epilate.
Features of the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator is really in the attachments, which we will cover in the next section. It is a corded epilator, which means that it has plenty of charge to it. The power in the motor is consistent, which means a gentler and smoother removal of hair.
While the model is waterproof, the main emphasis on use is with dry skin and hair. The corded Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator should never be used in water and never submerged. It can be washed under running water but only if the unit is unplugged.
Although anyone can use it, the two-speed epilator is perfect for new users. They can set the speed to match their skin sensitivity and it even has a cap for sensitive skin. In addition, there is a massaging cap that will help stimulate blood flow to the skin and leave your skin looking radiant.
As mentioned, the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator doesn’t have as many attachments as other systems and it tends to focus primarily on the hair removal system instead of being a complete beauty system. That being said, it still comes with a few attachments, including:
- Caps: While not really an attachment, caps snap over the epilator to customise it to different areas on the body including the face, bikini area and armpits. It includes 4 caps: sensitive area cap, facial area, skin contact cap and the massage cap.
- Shaver and trimmer: The shaver and trimmer are excellent for removing or trimming hair from sensitive areas that you don’t want to epilate.
- Cooling glove: While it is not really an attachment, it is an excellent little add on that helps soothe the skin after epilating.
If you are looking for popular, then the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator is definitely that. However, that doesn’t mean that it is as good as other epilators we’ve reviewed. While it does have some good positives, it does have some problems. First, with the positives, we’ve found that it isn’t as uncomfortable as others. It is excellent for first time epilator users because of the low pain. It works with both thick and thin hair and will pull out even the thickest, darkest hair you can find.
While it is a corded model, it does offer consistent power it offers. It removes hair quickly and the effects last for weeks on end.
Like all epilators, the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power 5780 Epilator does have some problems with hair breakage, instead of removing the hair completely, which is probably why it isn’t as painful. Another negative is that it will pinch the skin if it is not held at a perfect 90-degree angle, however, with proper use, you shouldn’t have that problem.
If you are looking for an epilator that gets the job done, this is a great model for the price. While not as cheap as our last epilator, it is still an excellent price that fits most budgets. It is corded, which means it’s not as portable, but it does offer consistent power during your epilating session. Overall, it’s received strong reviews and is perfect for someone who doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.
6. Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator
Finally, our last epilator is an epilator that fits most budgets. It is our cheapest model but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t efficient. Most users recommend it as a quick tool that does get the job done, however, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of many of our other epilators.
When we break down the key features, there are three that we really want to focus on. First, the epilator technology is excellent for such a low-cost epilator. It consists of one rotating head that has 40 tweezers. With each rotation, 40 tweezers quickly remove hair.
Second, while it is a corded model, this is a benefit since the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator offers consistent power throughout the hair removal session. What this means is that it will catch the hair every time and won’t lose any power as the battery is drained.
Third, the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator offers two speeds, which makes it easy to choose the setting for the hair type and for your own comfort. For many, lower speeds mean less discomfort while the higher speeds will remove thicker hair from their follicles.
When it comes to features and specs, the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator only has a few features. This is due to the company focusing on function on a great budget, which means they didn’t add a lot of bells and whistles.
The main feature is all about the epilator head and comfort. The Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator is designed to be lightweight and slender. This makes it comfortable to use, even with the most delicate of hands.
In addition, the model has a slightly angled head. This ensures that the tweezers reach the most hair with each pass of the epilator. It also ensures that hair removal is taken from the root instead of just the surface of the skin.
Finally, the head of the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator is completely removable so, with wear and tear, you should only have to replace the head instead of purchasing another full model. The removable head also makes it much easier to clean it between uses.
With attachments, the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator doesn’t have any. It is focused simply on hair removal without all the bells and whistles. It does come with a power cord and a cleaning brush.
When we used this epilator, our opinion on it was split. While it did provide smooth skin, the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator, wasn’t strong enough to remove all the hair from the root. Instead, it broke a lot of the hairs, especially thicker hair, and left a very short hair on the skin that isn’t visible but doesn’t leave smooth skin.
It is small and light, which fits perfectly in delicate hands, however, it isn’t as portable as many other models since it is corded. The small size does mean that it doesn’t take up much space in our luggage.
As with most epilators, it can be very uncomfortable, however, it isn’t as uncomfortable as others and this could be due to the fact that it is breaking some hairs instead of pulling them.
Overall, we find that it is a good epilator but not a great one.
In the end, the Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator is a strong little epilator that has everything you are looking for in one. It removes hair, despite some reports of it breaking the hair instead of pulling. With the price, it can’t be beaten as it has a very low price tag on it.
The Remington EP7010 Corded Epilator is worth purchasing if you want an epilator without the extra cost.
As you can see, there is a range of epilators to choose from. If you are looking for affordability, then the corded options are great choices. However, if you are looking for the best epilator of 2019, then the Braun Silk-épil Skin Spa is the epilator to choose.