Best Epilators of 2018

Hair removal can be a frustrating and often expensive experience. If you’re like us, you’ll have tried a bunch of different methods until you find what works best for you. Waxing started to get too expensive and we were sick of having to wait for hair to grow back, shaving was followed by stubble and an endless re-buying of blades. Finally we tried the epilator.

These handy devices come in all shapes and sizes. Some are better for your face and sensitive areas, some your legs, and some for a whole body groom. Whatever your need, we’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for through our epilator reviews. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, we’ve made a comprehensive guide of the best epilators on the market.

<h1>The Definitive Guide To Epilators</h1>

braun silk epil 9 epilatorBraun Silk Epil 9#1 Recommended! If you want hassle-free epilation, this one's for you. Easily the best on the market.See the best price online!10/10
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braun silk epil 7 epilatorBraun Silk Epil 7A feature-packed all rounder that epilates body and face. Wet & dry.See the best price online!9/10
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philips satinelle epilatorPhilips Satinelle HP6401The number 1 seller online. Corded and hard to beat for quality.See the best price online!9/10
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braun silk epil 5 epilatorBraun Silk Epil 5Arguably the best corded epilator on the market!See the best price online!9/10
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braun facial epilatorBraun Face 830The best in facial eplation. Includes a facial cleansing brush that really makes this device great.See the best price online!9/10
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Emjoi AP-18 EmagineA real powerhouse from a well respected company. 72 tweezers for ultimate smoothness.See the best price online!8/10
panasonic epilatorPanasonic ES-ED90One of our all time favourites. Wet & Dry. Does everything you need it to and more!See the best price online!9/10
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silk epil 3 epilatorBraun Silk Epil 3An older Silk Epil model but still extremely effective.See the best price online!7/10
codream epilatorCodream 4-in-1Epilator. Shaver. Callus Remover. Hair Clipper. All in one!38% off!8/10
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epilady legend epilatorEpilady LegendCan be used corded or cordless. The original epilator brand and still one of the most popular.See the best price online!8/10
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epilator reviewsRemington EP7030Can contend with the best at a lower price. Wet & dry, face & body, 2 speeds.See the best price online!8/10
emjoi epilatorEmjoi Soft Caress Gold24k Gold plated hypoallergenic tweezers. Works corded and cordless. Absolute luxury.See the best price online!8/10
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philps satin perfect epilatorPhilips Satin Perfect DeluxeHypoallergenic and very easy to clean. An epilator worthy of its pricetag.See the best price online!9/10
Braun Silk Epil 7 DualThe popular Braun Silk Epil 7 is a popular classic.See the best price online!9/10

What is an epilator?

An epilator is an electrical device similar to a shaver. Though instead of simply slicing the hairs it uses many small tweezers to pull hairs from the root. Between 20 and 72 of these tweezers rotate on the head of the device and grab multiple hairs at a time.

The very first epilator was designed and produced in Israel in the 80’s. It worked by the use of a rotating coil spring, but due to the continuous flexing of the spring they tended to break fairly easily. This led to the design of the rotating disc epilator, which was subject to much litigation due to its similarity to the original. The case was lost which allowed for a flourishing of innovation in epilator technology, and the fantastic hair killers we have today!


Epilators are now streamlined for efficient and pain reduced grooming. They have hypoallergenic ceramic disks to reduce irritation, massagers to reduce pain and specialized devices for certain parts of your body.

Advantages of Epilating

There are many advantages of epilating over waxing or shaving.

  • You stay hairless for longer. The same principle applies with waxing. Hair is pulled from the root as opposed to being cut down as close to the skin as possible. This means that it takes much longer for the hair to even reach the surface of the skin, let alone grow out enough be visible or touchable on your body.
  • Its much cleaner. We all know how messy waxing can be and shaving isn’t much better. Epilating doesn’t require any creams or liquids and some devices even have chambers that catch falling hairs. Admittedly, getting a professional wax is the cleanest option as you’ll be doing it outside of your home but that brings me to my next point.
  • Its way cheaper. An epilator can be a considerable up-front investment, but the long-term savings are absolutely worth it. No more buying razors or creams, no more booking expensive appointments. Everything you need is right there for you as soon as you feel you need it.
  • Its better for your skin. Shaving involves running a sharp blade across your skin repeatedly and you constantly run the risk of razor burn or cutting yourself. Waxing also removes a layer of skin cells with the hair and can cause irritation and redness.
  • It works everywhere. Most epilators can be used anywhere on your body. There are some that specialise in more sensitive areas, but the majority can be used on your face, underarms, bikini line, legs, anywhere!

How do I find the best epilator for me?

When you are shopping for an epilator, there are a number of factors you should take into account:

  • Corded or Cordless: There are benefits to both options. A cordless epilator will allow you to have the benefit of portability and ease of use when traveling. If you have a wet & dry epilator, you’ll be able to use it in the shower, which in our opinion is a huge advantage (please don’t use corded epilators anywhere near water!).
    The corded epilator negates one of the huge downsides to the cordless type, battery life.

Most cordless epilators last from 30 minutes to an hour after being charged. If you can get the job done in that time then there’s nothing to worry about, but if not then you’ll have a problem. With a corded epilator you don’t have to think about recharging and the battery may last longer than rechargeable ones.

  • Battery or Rechargeable: If you decide to go for a cordless epilator, then you can either have one that’s battery powered or one with a rechargeable battery built in. Battery epilators are normally the cheaper models. These kinds of epilators are great for taking on holiday with you but we don’t highly recommend them for regular use. The main reason being that they tend to eat through batteries quite quickly, making the money you saved in buying an epilator go straight to triple As!

The better option would be the rechargeable battery epilators. Most of the time these are waterproof and are super easy to use anywhere on your body (especially without a cord to get in the way!). As long as you’re vigilant with charging, we think these are by far the best choice.

  • Wet & Dry: The question between wet and dry is a question of convenience. Epilating with dry hair and skin is undeniably more effective, as the hairs aren’t weighed down by water nor do they stick to your skin. You will definitely be epilating for less time when you’re working with a dry leg, but the ability to epilate in the shower is pretty invaluable. Not only does the warm water soothe the skin and reduce the pain, but also it’s cleaner.

What About The Pain?

We so often hear about the terrors of epilation pain, but the truth is it’s something our bodies can get used to surprisingly well. I won’t lie, the first time epilating isn’t a very fun experience but if you keep at it, it will definitely get much much better. Some of the lucky few hardly experience any pain at all. Check out our article here to find out How to Reduce Epilation Pain.

Top 5 Epilator Reviews

All 5 of these epilators are fantastic. The differences lie in features, functionality and quality. Of course there are price differences too, but these often come with increased quality and added benefits.

Braun Silk Epil 9

The highest selling and arguably the best epilator on the market. The Silk-Epil 9 is a feature-packed whole body device. It is cordless and can be used dry or wet.

On top of a very solid and well-built epilator, there are a number of features included that make this the all-rounder that it is.

It has a pivoting head, making epilating any part of your body immeasurably easy. There is a smart light that illuminates any of those tiny hairs that may slip by unnoticed, and there is even a high frequency massager that aims to stimulate the skin and reduce pain.

This machine is perfect for beginners and pros. It has 5 included caps making it suitable for the whole body and uses 40-tweezer technology to make sure you’re as smooth as you can be.

If you’re looking for a reliable, multi talented epilator that is held in high regard by the beauty community, then this is the one for you.

Philips Satinelle HP6401

philips satin softIf you’re not looking for a cordless epilator that can be used in the shower, then it’s recommended you go for a corded epilator. The reason we say this is because with a cordless epilator the battery life is usually a little pathetic (depending of course on the quality of the device you buy). The worst thing that can happen is if you are epilating and when you’re halfway done the epilator dies on you. This never happens with a corded epilator.

The Philips Satinelle is arguably the best corded epilator there is. It is extremely popular for a reason. Not only does it hold up as a worthy device standalone, it also comes with some great features that make it so good. It has a 2 speed setting that allows you to get those more sensitive areas without using the full power of the machine, it is extremely easy to clean and comes with an attachable efficiency cap.

It is usable for both females and males and will keep you hairless for weeks on end. It can’t be used underwater but the head is washable, and you’ll get a much better result epilating dry anyway.

Emjoi AP-18

As far as mid-range epilators go, the Emjoi AP-18 is a great option. You won’t be spending a lot for a big name brand, but will be getting a strong device. It’s a larger epilator than most, but when you pick it up you can feel that it’s of good quality.

This model is good for both men and women, as you can see by the unisex design. It houses a whopping 72 tweezers, made to be second to none in efficiency. It is the first epilator in the world to offer Silver Ion Technology, which is a fancy way of saying it provides antimicrobial protection – there’s no way you’ll get an infection.

The AP-18 is dry only. Meaning you won’t be able to use it in the shower, but with 72 tweezers and the increased efficiency of dry epilation you’ll be getting a hard to beat experience. We recommend this epilator if you don’t mind the dry-only aspect of it and want fast, effective epilation.

Panasonic ES-ED90

The ES-ED90 is the one epilator that really gives the Braun a run for its money. panasonic epilatorIt may not be as high selling an epilator as the Braun, but its reviews are almost all 5 star. If you are looking to find a top of the line epilator that will last you a long time, we highly recommend this one. A lot of companies these days tend to make lots of different models with different features so that people buy more, but Panasonic have put all their technology into this one device. The result is a fantastic epilator that can do more than most other epilators put together.

The ES-ED90 is a full body device. It is suited to work on your legs, your arms, your bikini line, and underarms. Technically it isn’t built for facial epilation (our next recommended epilator is perfect for that), though many have no problems epilating their face with it. One of our favourite features that can’t be found on other epilators is the pedicure buffer. This great little addition has gotten a lot of use, and lasts a surprising amount of time.

Compared to other epilators it has great battery life, is easy to use, and is of the highest quality.

Emjoi Epi Slim

emjoi epi splim epilatorThe Emjoi Epi Slim made our list due to its perfect place as a travel epilator. It’s battery powered, has an ultra slim design and is far cheaper than any of the other options. While we do consider it a great epilator for home use, if you’re going on holiday or travel frequently then this is the option for you.

The Epi Slim is built for the more sensitive areas of the body: the upper lip, the chin, the underarms, and the bikini line. For these parts it is a great little machine. It is definitely capable of doing the legs, but with only 9 tweezers, it could take a while.

We love this epilator because it’s different. It’s one of the few battery powered models that can really hold its own. Normally we’d steer clear of a battery powered epilator due to the fact that they tend to run out quickly with excessive use, but when away from home this is the best model to bring.

We also recommend this if perhaps you prefer waxing or shaving your legs. For everywhere else, you can’t go wrong with this epilator.

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  • Reply Amna January 28, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I am looking for an epilator that removes hair from roots and can be used all over the body, especially face, and also exfoliates the skin leaving it soft and smooth. Which epilator would you recommend?

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife February 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Hi Anna,

      I’d recommend a Braun epilator. The Braun Silk Epil 7 is probably your best bet for full body epilation, and it can also be used on the face.

      If you want something that is especially for the face then the Braun 810 is perfect.

      Hope this helps!

  • Reply Ashima March 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I am looking for a corded epilator or one that can be used corded/cordless (only because a lot of reviews talk about the cordless ones’ batteries eventually running out of juice in times as less as six months). Apart from that it should be good (read less painful) while epilating the bikini area , should have a good shaver head and also all heads should be removable/washable.
    I used to epilate approximately fifteen years ago, and back then I had a huge issue with ingrown hair, so I gave it up and stuck to the conventional waxing/ shaving options. But I see the that problem can be alleviated to a great extent now, so want to give epilating a shot again! The options are so many, that I am super confused!! Hope you can help me out 🙂

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife March 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Ashima!

      If you are looking to epilate mainly the bikini area I would suggest one of the epilators in this article: You’ll need something that’s easy to use in sensitive areas and isn’t so aggressive. This will cut down on pain a lot! Personally I like the Emjoi Soft Caress 🙂

      Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra March 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Hi Ashima! i am looking for a corded epilator or one that can be used corded/cordless. I also have sensitive skin so I want something that is not that aggressive but is still efficient. I would also like to be able to use it on my face! Please help me, I am confused there are so many options.

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife March 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      I think i’d recommend the Emjoi Soft Caress for what you’re looking for. It’s great for sensitive skin and can even be used on the face.

  • Reply Milky April 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I need a corded emulator for coarse thick hair. My emoji just broke after less then a year worth of use. Your recommendations?

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife April 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Hi there Milky,

      If you really want a corded epilator i’d recommend the Emjoi AP-18, but if your other Emjoi broke after less than a year it could be a good idea to switch brands. Most epilators are moving away from being corded so i’d recommend a Braun Silk Epil. It’s a little more expensive but it will last you a long time and I can attest to it being much better at the job than the AP-18!

      Hope this helps!

  • Reply Aeshna May 14, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I am prone to ingrown hairs. Are these exfoliation head brush attachments really worth it? Will they prove better than regular manual exfoliation with scrub? If yes, can you please suggest me a decent epilator which has exfoliation feature as well as the trimer/shaver feature.

  • Reply vidya November 8, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Thanks for this great list. I really need one of them. Which is the best emulator ?

  • Reply Devyani February 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Hi I am going to buy an epilator for first time for many years I have been waxing but for my face waxing and threading both have not suited (cheek and side burn) I get samll white head breakouts I have sensitive skin I am confused should I buy different epilators for face and body or should I invest in barun silk epil series please help overall I have sensitive skin but my pain threshold is high. On amazon I have read barun series 7 &9 have given scars and breakouts those who have peach fuss! Please help!!

    • asmoothlife
      Reply asmoothlife February 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Hi Devyani!

      You are correct that the Braun Silk Epil 7 and 9 would probably be your best bet if you wanted to epilate both your body and your face as they are the most advanced epilators on the market and have facial caps that allow you to safely epilate above the neck. Another option would be the Panasonic Facial Hair Trimmer (read the review here) for peach fuzz. Its a small device that is great at shaving down peach fuzz and won’t be rough on your facial skin. You could in theory epilate your body and simply use this trimmer to keep facial hairs at bay!

      Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions! Also feel free to email me at any time 🙂

  • Reply Ellie September 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I am new to this, I have been waxed before but would this be a better alternative? I am getting a lot of ingrown hair and it is almost more embarrassing than the hair.

    • Reply Shom January 2, 2018 at 4:00 am

      I find that for a few hours up to a full day after I epilate my legs especially, there is the appearance of many red bumps/dots from where the hair was just pulled which can look odd. but as far as ingrown hair it leaves about the same amount for me as waxing if I am not exfoliating. If you stick to waxing, I would highly recommend looking for somewhere that does SUGAR waxing as opposed to regular waxing – lasts longer and prevents ingrown much more. Either way, I recommend getting a stiff bikini brush/body brush that exfoliates right before and then a couple days after any type of hair removal! it really does go a long way 🙂

  • Reply Grace October 30, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Hey, I love your article, I’m thinking of going with Braun Epil 9 and noticed you mentioned it. I keep reading reviews about it but can’t make up my mind because of the price. I understand it has a ton of features compared to the philips epilator but the price seems a lot. After reading this review I can kind of justify the price but then again in this review ( they keep on praising Braun too much and I feel like they were being biased. I really wanted the opinion of an expert who can tell me approximately how long the Braun epilators run for and if the high price is worth it?
    Thank you.

  • Reply Ashley Nicole November 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Awesome review! Been using Braun Silk Epil 3 and would also like to try a new model that’s also good for sensitive areas. Thank you.

  • Reply Sole8 November 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Im afraid of epilating myself so I visit a salon. I couldn t make a decision what salon to choose for a long time. I prefer lasering but very often I faced incompetence of cosmeticians. I got terrible burns. Now I use 1S PRO by Innovatione one can choose power level that she likes.

  • Reply Jessica January 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I bought the Karmin, I have not seen reviews of it, but I liked it a lot.

    • Reply asmoothlife February 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Jessica!
      Thank you for sharing your experience with the Karmin. We have seen the product but haven’t reviewed it on our site yet. But given that you are a fan, we will definitely take a look and could look at featuring it in an upcoming article on new epilators.

  • Reply Anne April 21, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I love your review but still a little bit confused
    I’m looking for an epilator for legs only doesn’t matter cordless or not
    I just want it the most efficient and smooth after
    I have used an epilator years ago and it always caused the hair in growth with pimples weeks after using
    My hair is blonde
    Could you please advise which epilator is right for me

    • Reply asmoothlife April 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      I would recommend the Braun Silk Epil 9. It’s the most popular device among my readers and the one I use myself. I use it primarily for legs, and have never had any trouble with ingrown hairs or pimples from it. I am also blonde.

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