The Epilady Legend has a fitting name. The brand has been around since the original Epilady in 1987 and has garnered a great reputation both online and offline.
This is the flagship device from Epilady, advertised as their strongest and fastest epilator.
When your main competition is the Braun Silk Epil range you have to demonstrate quality and effectiveness, and the Epilady Legend goes above and beyond.
Let’s take a look at some quick overview pros and cons:
Epilady actually made the first ever epilator in 1987, so they definitely have the experience to put together a solid device.
And despite some reports of people saying their Epilady Legends break if they are dropped, ours felt pretty sturdy (though of course we didn’t throw it on the floor, so be careful as you would with anything else).
It is a nice size, weight, and has rubber grips on the side to ensure that its easy to handle, and is perfect for traveling.
The head is wide and consists of 40 tweezer discs that can deliver 32,000 tweezes per minute. This means its suitable for epilating larger areas such as the legs, and it is advertised as being great for legs, thighs, stomach, face and the bikini area.
Its definitely possible to use on the face as long as you are careful and precise. If the big head and 40 tweezers put you off, it could be worth checking out a sister product: the Epilady Esthetic Facial Epilator.
There aren’t many accessories that come with the Epilady Legend except the “perfect angle guide cap”, which is included mostly for beginners to get a feel for the angle at which to use the epilator.
Epilators usually work best when they are at an 80-90 degree angle to the skin that they are working on. This can be difficult to maintain sometimes manually and especially so when you are using it at odd angles.
So this cap comes as a nice addition if this is your first epilator or at least while you are getting used to the Epilady Legend.
There’s some good and bad about the battery on this epilator.
The good is that it can be used plugged in or cordless. The battery will work just fine for as long as you need it to while plugged in, but charging it for cordless use is a bit of a hassle.
Epilady recommends charging it for around 12 hours before your first use and then about 8 hours each time after the battery dies. This is actually a pretty long time in comparison to other epilators but its not too bad if you just charge it overnight for use the next day.
The battery should last you 60 minutes after a full charge.
Another downside to the battery is that the charging light doesn’t go off when the battery is full – so you won’t actually be able to tell when its fully charged. Again this shouldn’t be much of a problem if you give it around 8 hours, or a full nights charge.
Usage & Performance
The first thing to do before using the Epilady is to make sure it is fully charged. That way you’ll be able to use it to its full hair-grabbing potential.
There is a small learning curve with the epilator, but in a very short amount of time you’ll be comfortable with it. If you need any tips, make sure to check out our Guide to Perfect Epilation.
The manual recommends moving the epilator slowly across the skin in the opposite direction that the hair is growing, but we found that a different method actually worked better. Instead, place the epilator against the skin and move it in small circles. This seems to be far more effective in picking up stray hairs.
Different area, different results
Due to the design of the Epilady Legend, we found that it was much better suited to larger surface areas such as the legs, thighs or arms. The face, bikini area and armpits were still definitely doable but due to their sensitive skin and smaller sizes it is both more difficult and more painful.
It also was more effective on coarser hair, meaning that the face was actually not as easy as we thought to epilate. Because of the thin hairs there, it took multiple passes to be able to remove all the hairs and even still there were some remaining.
The 2 speed system is helpful for a number of reasons.
Its nice if you are a beginner and want to start off slow (it helps to start slow to get used to the pain) and then move on to the higher speed setting, and its also good if you’re a veteran epilator and want to optimise for efficiency with the second setting.
For sensitive areas, its also nice to have a more relaxed speed to work at.
Honestly the Epilady Legend is one of the quieter epilators we’ve encountered. Its still loud as there’s a whirring motor running inside it and tweezers opening and closing, but there are far louder epilators out there.
For those who find it hard to deal with having such a loud machine, this could be a sign of relief for you.
Now it is stated that this epilator is capable of pulling out hairs as small as 0.5mm. This is the same length that you’d expect from one of the higher quality epilators such as the Braun Silk Epil 9, so at first we were skeptical.
After using it for a few sessions it seems like the Epilady really is a capable epilator. Apart from the face where the hairs are very thin, it had no problem getting the smaller hairs. We did notice though that it took more passes then a Braun would need.
What’s in the box?
Inside the Epilady Legend box you will get:
- Epilady Legend 4 Epilator
- Perfect Angle Cap
- Epilator Cap
- Protective Cover
- Travel Case
- Cleaning Brush
- 1 Year Warranty
There are people who swear by the 1987 Epilady and have actually used it since the day they bought it until now! I even read about someone who had their charging cable broken after 20 years and managed to hunt down a replacement.
The Epilady Legend 4 is the future generation of that very epilator, along with all the improvements that come with experience.
If you’re looking for a reliable epilator that won’t break the bank and will serve you well, then consider the Epilady.