If you’re sick of shaving, hate the mess of at-home waxing, and don’t feel prepared for a professional laser hair removal session, an at-home epilator may be just the short term solution you’ve been looking for. Epilators mechanically grasp hair and pull it out by the roots, providing you with results very similar to waxing (with comparable pain to boot). Unlike waxing treatments, however, epilators do not require any replacement pieces; so, you only pay for the epilator when you initially purchase it. At-home epilators come in both tweezer and rotating disc forms, and we’ve rounded up the five most popular models:
1. Braun 5270 Silk-épil X'elle Body System Epilator:
While Braun is the most popular manufacturer of epilators for at-home use, we’ve selected the most popular model for inclusion here. The 5270 Silk-épil X'elle has received the most abundant positive reviews across the Internet. This device uses the SoftLift system, which lifts and guides the hair into a system of 40 tweezers. Plus, the epilator also uses a smartlight, to help you ensure that you’re catching every hair. In addition, massaging rollers help to stimulate the skin, reducing the sensation of the pulling hair. And at $55, it’s quite a steal.
2. Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator:
This epilator not only boasts 72 tweezer heads, but it also offers antimicrobial protection, meaning that it uses a patented silver technology to eliminate bacteria on the skin. The Emjoi device also claims to reduce ingrown hairs better than other epilators. Satisfied users have praised this at-home epilator for its speed and reducing the discomfort of epilating. Other Emjoi epilators have also been highly recommended by users. At $100, it is the most expensive epilator on our list.
3. Epilady Legend Rechargeable Epilator:
Like the Braun epilator highlighted above, the Epilady device uses a series of 40 tweezer heads to remove unwanted hair. At $75, it is a bit more expensive, but several reviews of this product noted that it reduced pain. Others, however, suggested that Braun models were more effective at removing hair in one pass.
4. Remington EP1000 Smooth & Silky Epilator:
After Epilady, Remington was one of the pioneers in epilator technology in the 1980s. They are still among the most popular manufacturers of at-home epilators. The EP1000 is their most popular model, boasts 24-karate gold, hypo-allergenic rotating discs, rather than tweezers, to remove unwanted hair. This epilator is recommended for sensitive areas, including the face.
5. Veet Comfort Epilating Kit:
You can find this kit for as cheap as $20 online, and it includes a spray that helps prepare the skin and reduce the discomfort of epilating. Users have been satisfied with the results of this epilator, at such a low cost.
It is important to keep in mind that, like waxing, at-home epilating can be quite painful. Many individuals recommend easing into your use of the epilator when you first get started. However, it can become easier with each subsequent use, eventually yielding virtually minimal pain. That said, it’s quite a sacrifice for a few weeks of results. This explains why many epilator users eventually elect to try professional laser hair removal as a long term answer to their problem.