Women want smooth skin, and there are several options to help us reach our goal. Unfortunately, waxing is rather painful and messy, and shaving just doesn’t keep you smooth for more than a day. Which is why many women are opting to use epilators to help them stay smooth for much longer, but choosing the right one can be difficult. Thankfully our list of the best 10 epilators in the UK will help you compare models to find the right one for your needs, so you can get the best features at a price that is right for you.
When creating our epilator reviews, we focused on some specific features that make some models better than others.
- Tweezers – the more tweezers the smoother the experience.
- Wet or Dry – can it be used in the shower or the bath?
- Speeds – more speeds gives you more control.
- Cordless – really, who want’s to be tied to a mains socket?
- Light – inbuilt lights can help you spot those smaller hairs.
- Attachments – can add a range of additional features.
- Price – £££££ = £80+, ££££ = £60+, £££ = £40+, ££ = £20+, £ = under £20
|Braun Silk-epil 7 7681 Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Attachments||40||Y||2||Y||Y||Shaver head|
Sensitive area cap
|Panasonic ES-ED90 Wet/Dry Women's Epilator with Attachments||48||Y||2||Y||Y||Arm and leg|
|Braun 810 Facial Epilator & Cleansing Brush||10||N||1||Battery||N||Cleansing Brush||£££||4.5|
|iVog X-Tweez Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Rechargeable Epilator & Shaver||72||N||2||Y||N||Shaver head||££||4.3|
|Braun Silk-epil 5 5780 Epilator with Five Attachments and Cooling Glove||40||N||2||N||Y||Shaver head|
Sensitive area cap
|Braun Silk-epil 7 7891 Wet and Dry Cordless Dual Epilator with Gillette Venus Technology and four Attachments||40||Y||2||Y||Y||Smoothing cap|
|Braun Silk-epil 7 Skin Spa Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator and Sonic Exfoliation Brush||40||Y||2||Y||Y||Shaver head|
Sensitive area cap
|Philips SatinSoft HP6527 Wet and Dry Epilator with Shaving Attachment||20||Y||2||Y||N||Detachable shaving head|
Sensitive area cap
|Emjoi AP-9L Epi Slim Travel Compact Epilator||9||N||1||Battery||N||£||4.1|
|Philips Satinelle Corded Epilator HP6423 with Ladyshave Head||20||N||2||N||N||Shaving head|
|Braun Silk Epil 1 Legs and Body Epilator||20||N||2||N||Y||Sensitive area cap||££||4|
|Philips SatinPerfect HP6579/00 Wet & Dry Epilator and Precision Epilator||32||Y||2||Y||Y||Sensitive area epilator|
Active hair lift attachment
|The Zevron Facial Epilator Wand||1||N||n/a||n/a||n/a||Eyebrow Shaper||£||3.5|
|JML Pearl Hair Remover 15-Piece Set||0||N||0||Y||N||Sensitive areas||£££££||3.5|
|Womens Hair Removal Epilator Shaver - No More Tweezers - Wizzit||0||N||0||Battery||N||£||3.3|
Which is the Best Epilator to Buy?
In my opinion, there is simply no better epilator than the Braun Silk-Epil 7 7681. Coming with a whole host of different attachments it can handle any epilating job you care to throw at it with ease. Whilst it does come in at the higher end of the price range it’s more than worth it for such a quality product. Grab a friends and try it, I promise that you won’t regret it!
What Features Make the Best Epilator?
There are many different types of epilators, and sometimes the features can make a huge difference in ease of use. Whilst we touched upon the features that matter most to me, I wanted to go into a little more depth about them and why they matter. Those that feature a light can make it much easier to get every last bit of hair, including the fine ones that are easy to miss and which my boyfriend is quick to notice with him being a bit of a leg man! There are also some epilators that are cordless, which is my personal fave as who wants to be tied to a socket, though admittedly some of these just do not have the same power as those that are used while plugged in.
Whilst in times not so long ago epilators were considered something of a mini torture device, their technology has come a long way in recent years. Couple a good epilator with a proficient technique, and a few weeks for your skin to get used to it, and they’re bordering on the level of pain-free.
The number of tweezers played a huge role in our epilator reviews as it has a direct impact on how quickly you can get the job done, and more tweezers mean less time spent removing unwanted hair. It is important to remember that epilating can be painful at first until you get used to it, and the higher the number of tweezers may mean more pain when you first start out. Epilators that have more tweezers are best for large areas like your arms and legs, but they can also be used in other areas if you can handle it though thankfully most epilators will come with a detachable cap that can be used on more sensitive areas.
The epilators that have multiple tweezing speeds generally rank higher in our reviews because they allow for easier removal of both thicker and finer hairs not to mention giving more control when focusing on the more delicate areas. Newcomers to epilating will also likely find the lower speeds less painful at first until they get used to it. However, it’s worth mentioning the more tweezers and the higher the speed setting will make the epilator much louder and whilst nearly every epilator is somewhat noisy due to the mechanical tweezing action, there really is not much variation between models.
Epilators, like all other hair removal options, must be cleaned. Those that allow for the easiest cleaning are those that can be cleaned under water, so models that can be used wet or dry rank much higher in our epilator reviews. Though in most cases they have detachable heads which can be cleaned separately from the main unit which I find a lot easier to keep clean and hygienic.
Our Top 5 Epilators Reviewed
- The top spot in the epilator reviews goes to the Braun Silk-Epil 7 7681. This epilator is a wet/dry option that makes it easy to use in the bath or shower and makes for easy clean-up. The Silk-Epil 7 7681 also comes with five different tweezer attachments, making it a breeze to tackle various different areas of the body. Cordless, rechargeable and as efficient as it gets, this makes for a great epilator that can be used everywhere, and the results can last up to a full six weeks.
- The Panasonic ES-ED90 earned high marks in our epilator reviews. This cordless epilator has double heads that tilt and pivot to follow the contour of your body so that you can get every bit of hair, no matter what the thickness. It also comes with a range of attachments for the smaller bikini area and lip, an exfoliator and is completely waterproof so clean-up is a snap. This epilator also includes a shaving head for your bikini line so you can be hair free with ease.
- The Satin Perfect Epilator has a large head with 32 tweezers to help you cover lots of ground quickly. It also comes with four attachments to meet all of your hair removal needs. The built in light ensures you can easily see even the finest hairs, and the Active Hair Lift and ceramic discs make sure no hairs get missed so you do not have to deal with the irritation that often results if you have to keep going over the same areas.
- The last in our epilator review is the Braun 5 5780 Silk-Epil Epilator. This easy to hold device is designed to provide the least amount of pain with hair removal. The Braun 5780 is easy to use and helps you stay smooth for up to 6 weeks, and each time you use it the hair comes back slower. Plus, it comes with a cord (sadly!), the usual range of attachments and also a cooling glove which is quite neat. This glove can help cool and soothe your skin after an epilating session, making it a great choice for the beginner!
Which is Best for You?
These are the best epilators I’ve found, but the choice for which one is best really depends on your own personal needs. If you are new to using an epilator, then it’s probably best that you look for one with a smaller head and multiple speeds if you are worried about the pain. If you are familiar with their use, the best ones are those that have a larger head as the bigger the head, the more hairs you remove per swipe, which means way less time spent on hair removal. However, if you plan to use it on your bikini line or lip, you should look for one with a smaller head, or a smaller, detachable head specifically for sensitive areas.
While not completely necessary, the addition of a built-in light can help ensure you are getting all of the hairs. The decision whether to choose an epilator with a cord is a personal one. Corded epilators generally have more power, but you absolutely cannot use them in the shower or bath. These epilators are typically not waterproof, so clean up is more difficult, but many have detachable heads to aid in the cleaning process. Whereas cordless wet n dry versions give you the freedom to take them in the shower or bath, which also means you do not have to worry about laying down a towel to catch the hairs you are removing.
Overall, epilators are a great hair removal tool that while expensive initially, end up saving you money in the long run. You no longer have to worry about purchasing replacement razors for shaving, nor will you need to keep paying for waxing supplies or visiting your local salon. It’s just a matter of getting over that initial feeling when you first use it, but if I can then anyone can!