There’s a party over the weekend, and there is tons of work to be done. Amidst the chaos, you forgot to visit the parlor for grooming.
There’s a sexy little black dress sitting in your wardrobe, which you pulled out for a date that you have been planning for days. But there isn’t enough time for waxing!
Fret not! Pull out the hair epilator, and you are done within 10-15 minutes. The best part about this device is that it makes your life easy by saving your time and money. It is a smarter choice because waxing is expensive and shaving is short-lived.
If you are skeptical about shifting to epilators because you think they cause a great deal of pain, you surely haven’t heard of the new epilators on the market. To help you pick the perfect product, we have curated a list of the 10 best epilators of 2019, along with a buying guide.
Before we get to the list, let’s compare epilators to waxing and shaving.
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Epilator Vs. Waxing
Which is better? Which one hurts less? Here’s your answer. While both methods remove hair from the root, the process is quite different.
An epilator has a set of tweezers on a roller that grabs hair and pulls it out. Whereas, waxing involves the application of cold or hot wax on the skin and removing hair by pulling off the wax with a cotton wax strip.
The duration of hair growth post waxing or epilating is almost the same – three to four weeks.
But it is difficult to wax re-grown hair (1/4 of an inch or more). On the other hand, an epilator can grab even the tiniest of hairs.
Since both the epilator and wax pull the hair by the root, they are equally painful. However, waxing induces more pain because of the warmth from the hot wax.
Epilator Vs. Shaving
Since shaving only trims the surface hair, it is not as painful as epilating. But it causes ingrown hair if shaved in the wrong direction. It can also lead to cuts.
Some factors like effectiveness and speed of hair removal are comparatively greater in hair epilators.
To summarize, though shaving is quick, convenient, and less painful, hair grows back in no time and leaves a stubble. But epilating results in long-lasting smoothness. Also, hair grows back thinner and softer.
Let’s now learn the mechanism of an epilator.
How Does An Epilator Work?
This hair removal device is equipped with tweezers and rotating wheels that grab hair from the roots with each pass. As the head rotates away from the skin, the hair captured between the plates is pulled. A device can have anywhere between 15 to 100 tweezers, depending on the price and brand.
Here are some reasons(benefits) you should consider epilating. Take a look.
Benefits Of Epilating
1. Great For Sensitive Skin
Epilating has minimal effect on the skin as compared to waxing. You can use an epilator regularly without worrying about skin irritation or redness. It is also an excellent option for dry or cold seasons.
2. Not Just For Your Legs Or Hands
Some epilator brands offer multiple attachments for different body parts – the hands, legs, face, and/or bikini line.
3. Provides Long-lasting Smoothness
Your skin stays smooth for at least four weeks. Also, when the hair grows back, it is much softer and finer.
4. One-time Investment
Since the epilator kit comes with multiple attachments, you don’t have to buy them separately. It may be expensive but is durable. You only need to change the batteries from time to time.
Let’s now look at the top 10 epilators available on the market.
Top 10 Epilators To Buy In 2019
Most Popular: Philips Satinelle Essential Compact Epilator – HP6401/50
This gentle epilator efficiently removes even the shortest hairs from the roots. It has 21 tweezers that ensure 100% contact with the skin for removing maximum hair in one pass. With two speed settings – low and high – you can use it comfortably on delicate and hard-to-reach areas.
The rounded shape fits perfectly in your palms. The product claims to offer hair-free smooth skin for three weeks.
- Easy to clean
- Can remove hair up to 0.5 mm
- Comfortable to hold
- Compact design
- Extra-long cord
- An efficiency cap
Best Overall: Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator
This device is one of the fastest and most precise epilators out there. With a 40% wider head and MicroGrip tweezer technology, it helps in removing a lot of hair in one stroke. It features longer and deeper tweezers that can pull out hair down to 0.5 mm.
The pivoting head adapts to your body contours effortlessly for maximum efficiency. It works in the bath as well as dry. An added feature, Smartlight, reveals the tiniest and even the finest hairs. The kit also includes a facial cleansing brush that helps remove impurities from deep pores.
- Comes with attachments
- 100% waterproof
- Washable head
- Long-lasting battery
- Two speed settings
Best For Coarse Hair: Emjoi Emagine 72 Tweezers Epilator
This ground-breaking electrically operated epilator is equipped with 72 tweezers. The patented glide technology pulls out hair by allowing the tweezers discs to glide smoothly over the skin with less friction. It also has a set of dual opposed heads that help cover more surface and capture more hair in one go.
The middle lifting fingers ensure to eliminate in-grown hair. The device also has silver ion technology that provides antimicrobial protection. With this product, you can enjoy silky smooth skin for up to 6 weeks. It is designed for the legs, underarms, bikini line, and facial hair on the upper lip.
- Dual voltage
- Comes with a cleaning brush
- Dual speed control
- Removes hair within minutes
Best Multi-Functional Epilator: Panasonic Wet/Dry Shaver and Epilator with Four Attachments and Travel Pouch ES-ED50-N
This high-performance epilator uses 24 rotating tweezers. It comes with three attachments for the legs, arms, and bikini line. It is a wet/dry epilator, trimmer, and shaver. The four snap-on replaceable attachment heads provide smoother and long-lasting hair removal.
Each attachment is designed in a way to adapt easily to your body contours. The smooth pivot head moves 30° forward and 30° backward for smoother, cleaner, and effective results. The device is equipped with a high-performance motor with two durable speed settings.
- Built-in LED
- Gentle epilator cap
- Washable heads
- Comes with a travel pouch
- Hypo-allergenic blades
- Contoured bikini comb
- Easy recharging
Best User-Friendly Epilator: Remington Smooth & Silky Deluxe Rechargeable Epilator – EP7030E
This wet/dry face and body epilator has an updated pivoting head that provides optimal coverage by removing even the tiniest of hairs. It comes with a massaging cap that helps soothe your skin and a precision cap for hard-to-reach areas.
With 40 automatic tweezers that work quickly and additional caps, this epilator can remove hair of any length in less time. The device has a built-in LED light that reveals fine hair for easy removal. It has a pivoting head that allows you to find the right angle for removing hair.
- Two speed settings
- Gentle on the skin
- Easy to use and clean
- Has comfort barrels attached to the head
- 6 weeks of no hair guaranteed
- Average battery life
Best Budget: Epilady Speed Epilator
Epilady is one of the fastest epilators on the market and is designed to give you smooth and hair-free skin within minutes. It has two operating speeds – high and slow.
At high speed, the device’s 20 pairs of tweezers give about 31,000 tweezes in a minute. The slow speed setting is meant for delicate areas like the arms, legs, and facial hair. The product claims to give you smooth skin for up to four weeks.
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Suitable to remove fine hair
- Comfortable to hold
- Dual voltage
- Comes with a cleaning brush
Best For Bikini Line: Faircity 4 In 1 Silk Epilator Soft Protection Double Function Epilator And Shaver
This hair epilator and shaver is an all-in-one product. It is suitable for the underarms, legs, arms, and bikini line. The combination of electric razor and epilator helps remove unwanted hair quickly.
The self-adjustable bikini trimmer adapts to your body contours for quick and easy hair removal. The device is equipped with hypoallergenic stainless steel blades with high-quality foil for safe shaving. It is gentle on the skin, yet highly effective. The four attachable heads are washable and replaceable.
- Gentle on all skin types
- Suitable for regular use
- Helps remove callus
- No pulling, tugging, cuts, or pain
- Availability issues
Best Rechargeable Epilator: Electribite Rechargeable Epilator
This product is a suitable epilator for the upper lip, chin, underarms, legs, and bikini line. It has nine rotating tweezers that quickly remove unwanted hair from the root.
The device has a smart light fixed just above the power button, which helps reveal even the finest hairs for 100% hair removal. The specialty of this device is that it has an anti-slip design that allows you to hold the product with complete grip.
- Global voltage
- Washable heads
- Includes a cleaning brush
- Comes with a storage bag
Best For Facial Hair: Haphome Epilator Facial Hair Removal For Women
This portable epilator is plated with 18K rose gold. It is an exquisite compact design that looks sleek and attractive. It is an ideal device for removing sensitive facial hair.
The steelhead tip removes hair from the roots without having direct contact with the skin. Hence, there is no pain, no pulling, no redness, and zero harm to the pores. It is durable and washable and convenient to use for wet and dry purposes.
- Safe to use
- Ideal for sensitive skin type
- Perfect for fine hair
- Convenient to carry
Best Travel-Friendly Epilator: Conair Satiny Smooth Total Body Epilator
This circular-shaped epilator is the best grooming device for travelers. It is designed to fit perfectly in your palms and bag. With 22 precise tweezers and two speed settings, this device efficiently removes hair from the roots within minutes.
The best feature is that it comes with a sensitive area attachment for your most delicate areas. It also has a removable head for easy cleaning.
- Easy to use
- Comes with a charger adapter
- Includes a protective cap
- Removes hair without causing skin irritation
- Poor battery life
These are the 10 best hair epilators you can try out. But, before you buy one, there are certain points to consider – how to choose the best epilator and what to look for in a hair epilator. We have discussed these points below. Take a look.
Hair Epilators – The Ultimate Buying Guide
How To Choose The Ideal Epilator (Things To Consider )
1. Wet Or Dry Or Both
With the growing demand for wet and dry epilators, most brands are offering dual features. Though an epilator works best on dry skin, using it on wet skin makes it less painful. Since water helps you relax, the plucking sensation caused during epilating is not too painful. Compared to a dry epilator, a wet and dry epilator glides smoothly on your skin without causing any redness, itching, irritation, or bumps.
2. Cord Vs. Cordless
Most new-age epilators are cordless. One main advantage of a cordless epilator, which is apparent, is that it is waterproof. This means you can use it on dry or wet skin. You can also carry it around without having to look for a power source. You can safely use it for an hour.
The power of an epilator primarily depends on the number of tweezers it has. If there are more tweezers, the device will work faster and better. These devices are so quick that you will rarely need more than two swipes to remove hair. But, powerful epilators are very expensive and produce more pain than the regular ones.
Having multiple cap attachments means you can use the epilator on different parts of your body. Usually, for delicate areas, such as the underarms or bikini line, there is a sensitive area cap, and for facial hair, there is a facial cap. These caps cover the tweezers so that the number of them in action is reduced. Other caps like efficiency and massage caps help make the hair removal process more comfortable.
Epilators that come with more than 50 tweezers are ideal for coarse or thick hair types. They cover large areas quickly. But if you are looking for an epilator for sensitive areas, a device with a minimum number of tweezers will do. When considering tweezers, think about the area of the body you will be covering.
6. Washable Heads
This feature allows you to clean your epilator easily. Some epilators come with cleaning brushes that help you to buff away the hair debris left inside.
Epilators with more number of tweezers (70-100) cost more than the regular ones. Also, the price depends on the features available. Pick the one that suits your needs and budget.
Some epilators come with a built-in light, which is fixed right below the tweezers to reveal the hairs in the immediate area. This helps epilate every hair strand, even the hard-to-see or hard-to-reach hairs.
9. Speed Settings
Having multiple speed settings will enable you to use the epilator on different areas of your body. If you are epilating a sensitive area, you can use low speed. If you are epilating large areas, you can switch to high speed.
Choose a product from the list using the guidelines discussed above and make your hair removal process a pain-free and effortless experience. Let us know which product worked well for you by commenting below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there more hair growth after I epilate?
No. Since your hair is pulled from the roots and not merely from the surface, it will grow back at its natural rate with original thickness.
Does epilation hurt?
It differs from body to body. If you have not waxed ever before and jump directly to hair epilators, it may hurt. There will be initial discomfort and pain.
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