Are my legs smooth enough? Do I have time to shave? Shaving and waxing are the bane of any woman’s night out.
The problem with traditional leg hair removal is the timing and the mess. There’s a whole preparatory ritual before you can wax your legs. Worse, you must clean up afterwards and let your hair grow out for weeks longer than you’d like before you can wax it off. Four weeks later and the dreadful cycle begins again.
Shaving isn’t much better. What you save in time you lose in re-shaving. Every week you must pull out your razor and scrap it across your skin, causing irritation. Now there’s a new and better device on the market: Epilators.
These handy machines require no prep, are easy to clean, and last just as long as waxing. Below, I run down the top seven best epilators for legs, how to use them, and tips on choosing the right one for you.
Table Of Contents
- Best Epilator for Legs – Comparison
- Reviews of the Top 7 Epilators for Legs
- Braun Silk-épil 9 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator
- Braun Silk-épil 3
- Philips Satinelle Essential Epilator for Legs
- Braun Silk-épil 5 Epilator
- Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry Epilator
- Panasonic ES-ED90-P Wet & Dry Epilator
- Hizek 4-in-1 Cordless Wet & Dry Epilator
- What to Consider When Choosing the Best Epilator for Legs
- A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Epilate Legs
- Frequently Asked Questions
- My Verdict
Best Epilator for Legs – Comparison
|Model||Wet & Dry||Corded Or Cordless||Running/Charge time||Price|
|Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579||Both||Both||40/60 Minutes|
|Braun Silk-épil 3 3-270||Both||Both||40/60 Minutes|
|Philips Satinelle HP6401/50||Dry||Corded||30/60 minutes|
|Braun Silk-épil 5 5-280||Both||Both||40/60 Minutes|
|Braun Silk-épil 7 7-561||Both||Both||40/60 Minutes|
|Panasonic ES-ED90-P||Both||Both||30/60 Minutes|
|Hizek Epilator for Women||Both||Cordless||60/180 Minutes|
Reviews of the Top 7 Epilators for Legs
With over a century in the hair removal industry, it should come as no surprise that Braun has invented an epilator that comfortably sits at the top of this list.
The Silk-épil 9 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator by Braun invigorates the market with its 40% wider head that removes more hair per stroke than the next leading machine.
With its MicroGrip tweezer technology, the epilator can pull out hairs four times shorter than the competition. This provides you with longer than average smoothness, upwards of four weeks. Plus, the deep-reaching tweezers can pull thin new hairs, allowing you the freedom to epilate before you could with wax.
You can use Silk-épil 9 wet or dry with the same incredible results. Many customers prefer wet epilation as its less painful. With this machine you can use it in the shower or bathtub and achieve the same level of performance as you would with a top-rated dry-only product.
Even better, this Braun epilator is cordless. You get one hour of battery life per charge, which is enough for three to four sessions. That means you won’t have to charge this product for at least three months! If the battery runs out before you’re done — that’s okay. The product comes with a 5-minute quick charge.
I enjoyed my time with the Braun Silk-épil 9 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator. It’s loaded with intuitive features. Even the features I thought wouldn’t be worth my time ended up impressing me. The installed Smartlight on the side of the machine highlights fine hairs. The low-angled light reflects off new and blonde hairs, reducing your guesswork.
The pulsing vibration of the head eases painful pulls. This is especially important for newbies. But I found the feature great for long-time fans of epilators, too. It can ease irritation and the discomfort from tough hairs near sensitive zones like the back of the leg and around the ankle.
What’s more, the pivoting head combined with the MicroGrip tweezers catches more hair than any other product I’ve tested. This top-of-the-line Braun epilator ships with a bounty of extras to boot, including a hand-held facial brush, shaver head, a charging stand, and an assortment of specialized caps.
I recommend the Braun Silk-épil 9 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator for newcomers looking to buy the best and most painless epilator on the market. Also, it‘s ideal for long time users looking to upgrade their epilator game.
While Braun wasn’t the inventor of the epilator, they’ve been one of the most innovative brands in the space since the launch of their Silk-branded devices. And if the price of the Silk-épil 9 made you choke on your waffle, then consider the Silk-épil 3.
This machine sports many of the prized features of the Silk-épil 9, including the prized Smartlight. This little bulb near the on/off switch brightens the area your epilating to reveal tiny hairs unseen by your eye and too fine for your fingers.
Braun’s Silk-épil 3 is a dry-only epilator. That means it runs on socket power and cannot be taken into the shower or bathtub. While most dry-only epilators are notorious for irritating sensitive skin, this one limits it with two massage rollers. The rollers are installed on the front and back of the head. They vibrate in unison, relaxing your skin and agitating hairs that lay flat on your leg.
With the Silk-épil 3 you’ll experience less irritation than other leading dry epilators. Plus, with the 20-tweezer roller, you’ll enjoy more than enough hair removal per-pass.
This epilator comes installed with two speed settings, normal and fast. Based on your preference and sensitivity, you choose how you epilate. Normal speed provides the comfort Braun is known for. High speed increases the rotation of the tweezer head for faster epilation.
With the Silk-épil 3 you’ll also get a single-blade electric razor head and trimmer cap. I found the razor head ideal for clean up around your armpits or ankles. The trimmer cap clips onto the razor for shortening your arm hairs or bikini line.
Like all Braun’s Silk-épil epilators, this one is easy to clean. Simply detach the epilator head and run it under your bathroom tap. Then set it to dry. Don’t forget to let the head dry fully before attaching back onto the device.
As an entry-level epilator, you won’t find a better product. It’s well-built and ergonomic. I found it comfortable to hold and the 12v electrical cord was long enough to reach from the socket to my sink. For a dry epilator, it wasn’t harsh on my skin.
I recommend Braun’s Silk-épil 3 for anyone that desires the best in dry epilation and doesn’t want to invest two or three times the cost for a high-end model. You’ll achieve the results you’re looking for with this product.
Philips has been in the shaving and hair removal industry since before the second world war. They’ve built a robust brand by delivering high-quality consumer products that exceed expectations.
The Satinelle Essential Epilator marries the brands ninety years of hair removal expertise with the newest innovations in epilation. This is a dry-removal device that works on hair as small as .5 millimeters.
The included epilation head contains 21 tweezers fashioned to a rotating disk design. Once turned on the discs spin and pull hairs from your legs, arms, and armpits with little to no discomfort. Hair removed with the Satinelle Essential Epilator will not return for three to four weeks, cutting your time usually fussing with shavers and wax in half.
This is a corded epilator that you can use at home or abroad, on 100v to 240v power sockets. I found that the plastic power cable stretched far enough to reach anywhere in an average bathroom.
For those with sensitive skin, the device ships with an efficiency cap. You clip this purple cap onto the head of your epilator and it softens the contact. It’s ideal for sensitive areas like the tops of your feet or bikini line.
I liked the design of the Satinelle Essential Epilator by Philips. It’s no bigger than a bar of soap. The cute floral decal on the front adds a level of charm ignored by most epilators. The power switch sits on the one side near your thumb so it’s very easy to turn on and off, or from high to low power.
Like the Braun products before it, this Philips epilator ships with two speeds, a sensitive and a high speed. Because the steel tweezers rest directly on the skin, the pink efficiency cap combined with the low speed seems perfect for those that dread epilating long stubborn hairs.
I found this an ideal budget-device for those that prefer dry epilation. It performs well on short hair, but I think it’s best when used on longer growth, around three weeks’ worth.
The washable epilator head seems sturdy and reliable. Snapping it into place or popping it off is just as intuitive as the rest of the device. Maintaining the Satinelle Essential Epilator should require little effort.
I recommend this product for anyone looking for no-frills epilation. It doesn’t ship with the additional attachments like the Braun Silk-épil 3, but its performance and reliability raise it to my third spot.
Those that want the best dry epilator technology you can buy at an affordable price should read my thoughts on the Braun Silk-épil 5.
Upgrading their Silk-épil 3, Braun introduced double the tweezers to the 5 model. That’s 40 tweezers on the epilating head. The difference is instantly noticeable. You’ll remove more hair per pass than the lower-end device. Braun boasts that their Braun Silk-épil 5 can catch four times more hairs than waxing. Your smooth skin will last for four weeks, blowing the miniscule few days you get with shaving.
As a plug-in model, you must be within eight feet of a socket. You can’t use this product in the shower or bathtub. To ease any irritation that arises with dry epilating, Braun included a cooling glove. As you epilate, you can slip the glove on your free hand and wipe down the areas you’ve gone over. It sounds like a gimmick but works better than I expected. The cooling glove comes in handy for your first few epilator sessions. Once your legs adjust to the sensation, you can retire the glove.
Maintaining the Braun Silk-épil 5 is easy. The epilator head deta,ches and you can wash it under cold water. You can wipe any lingering hairs off without worry of damaging the tweezers or rotating mechanisms.
My favorite thing about plug-in epilators is that they won’t die mid way through. And the plug ensures that a faulty or spent battery won’t force you to buy a new device. This is a reliable device that, if taken care of, should last you years.
The Braun Silk-épil 5 has a few drawbacks. I grew frustrated with the power switch as it was easy to turn it off accidentally. And the shaver head that ships with the product should only be used in a pinch. But the performance of the epilator was more than good enough to warrant a spot on my list.
The Braun Silk-épil 7 stands out for its long-lasting battery and enticing extras. For those that don’t want to pay the price for the 9 model and want the convenience of wet epilation, this may be your best option.
As with the Braun Silk-épil 5 and 9 models, this model ships with a 40-tweezer head. The CloseGrip technology can grab hairs as small as .5mm, which is smaller than you can see.
This is the first model in their lineup with a pivoting head. Unlike lower-end epilators, the head attachment can pivot from side to side, catching hairs in one pass that would take you multiple passes, saving you time.
I like that you can plug use this device plugged in or remove the cord and epilate in the shower. The battery lasts around 40 minutes between charges. I found it was easiest to leave it plugged in unless I planned to epilate while bathing.
Like other Braun Silk-épil machines, the 7 has the Smartlight. It emits a spectrum of light that helps you see fine hairs. Unlike lower tier Braun epilators, this one comes with a bone fide bounty of extras.
The best extra of the bunch is the bikini line trimmer. This toothbrush-sized trimmer has a flat head and zero-gapped teeth. That means it can shave precise lines and won’t miss hairs. Even better, the teeth have rounded edges, so they won’t snag on sensitive skin.
With the Braun Silk-épil 7 you’ll also get a shaver head. It’s a single blade shaver that works well enough for touch-ups. But I wouldn’t recommend using it for a full leg shave.
I recommend this epilator for those that want a wet epilating options and would prefer the bikini trimmer over the Braun Silk-épil 9’s exfoliating brush.
Panasonic labeled their ES-ED90-P a premium hair removal device, and I can see why. Honestly, this unit surprised me with its ergonomic epilator and head design. I think for the right customer it’ll surprise them, too.
This is an all-in-one bundle that includes a variety of female-centered hair removal products. First, the epilator. It’s a 48-tweezer head that rotates on a battery-powered handle. Like the Braun units, you can run the product plugged in for dry epilating or cordless for the shower or tub.
The epilator head is wider than other devices. Its tilting action recalls the Panasonic men’s shaver design. Instead of tilting bars that angle the head, the machines entire frame swings backwards and forwards. This means you don’t have to keep the epilator at a 90-degree angle as the unit alters itself to stay flush with your skin.
The battery falters slightly in its uptime, a measly 30 minutes. It’s more than enough time for one or two sessions, but I dropped the product down a few pegs as the Braun units last at least 40. To side-step this issue, you can always plug in the Panasonic ES-ED90-P and use it as a corded epilator.
You get a spate of extras with this product. There’s an electric razor head with built in trimmer, a mini epilator attachment for hard to reach areas, a pedicure roller, and a gentle epilator cap. I think they’re all useful excluding the pedicure roller, which seemed to be an idea requiring more time in the oven.
If you’re searching for an epilator kit with some decent extras and maybe a few gimmicks tucked in for good measure, then the Panasonic ES-ED90-P is an ideal choice.
Hizek is a Chinese company with a sweeping portfolio of products. They manufacture gaming headsets and toiletry bags, ear thermometers and binoculars. So how did an epilator from a company that makes nearly everything reach the final spot of my list?
Having tested a swath of epilators from name brands, I had to double-check my notes on Hizek’s 4-in-1 cordless epilator. This machine works way better than it should. Although there are a few caveats.
The attachments that ship with this product are a mixed bag. For those that like the feeling of a mechanical exfoliating brush, the included one works as well as the Braun product. The rolling massager, on the other hand, seems built specifically to frustrate more than ease muscle tension.
But the most important attachment, the wet and dry epilator head, works very well. This is a 42-tweezer disc roller design. It’s wider than the Philips model and faster than the Panasonic. The only problem is that the head doesn’t tilt or adapt to your legs, so you must keep it at 90 degrees as you’re epilating.
I like the gold and white design. Hizek even plated the metal tweezers in their epilator head gold. It’s on the light feeling side, weighing less than the Braun products. There’s a distinct feeling that it’s hollow. Combined with the speedy motor it can vibrate vigorously in your hand.
Also, it’s loud. Easily the loudest epilator on my list. Another downside is that you’ll need a USB adapter to plug this product into your wall socket as it just comes with a USB cord.
Still, this is a decent little machine. I recommend it for consumers seeking an affordable epilator option but refuse to miss out on the extra attachments of my number one pick.
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Epilator for Legs
Before you go buying the first epilator that catches your eye, read through my helpful considerations. Epilators may perform similarly, but they all come with unique features. Check my list below for the top things to look out for when buying one of these machines.
Corded Vs Cordless
Whenever possible, I recommend buying a cordless epilator. Most often, the cordless devices can be used in the shower where it’s far less likely to feel pain. But the downside to cordless is that they cost more and need to be charged once every few sessions.
Corded epilators are more reliable. Since there’s no battery, you’ll won’t have to replace it when the cell dies. The downside is that you must use it dry.
Extras and Additional Heads
Most of the epilators on my list ship with additional attachment heads. Some provide bonus tools, like hand-held trimmers or exfoliating brushes. While these may seem secondary to your primary epilator and its head, they can be a nice addition to your epilating arsenal.
If you plan to epilate your armpits or arms, for example, then be on the lookout for smaller head attachments. Other products ship with an electric razor for touch-ups or hairs that won’t tweeze.
Wet or Dry
You can save a chunk of change by purchasing a dry-only epilator. I recommend purchasing a machine that’s capable of both. That’s because those new to epilating or that haven’t waxed or tweezed their legs for months can find the process painful.
Wet epilating is far less painful. Warm water relaxes your skin and opens your pores, reducing the pinching sensation of pulling out your leg hairs.
Amount of Tweezers or Discs
Manufacturers design each epilator brand with a specific amount of tweezers or disks that act as tweezers. The amount of tweezers increases with the price. You’ll want as many tweezers as you can afford, but at some point, there is a diminishing return.
Around 20 to 40 tweezers suit most consumers. There are exceptions. Some companies have designed their epilator heads to work efficiently with less tweezers. Check my individual reviews for the smoothness and performance of the models in my list.
Cost of Device
Eventually, epilators will save you time and money, but they’ll cost you more upfront than a razor or jar of wax.
Consider your finances, monthly income, savings, and weekly budget before purchasing your epilator. Don’t focus on features so much as the basic needs of your personal hygiene. This way, you’ll come up with a number that won’t curdle your blood when you see your credit card statement.
Included Speed Settings
Many of the epilators on my list come installed with variable speed motors, either two or three speeds. It’s perfectly reasonable to assume you can have smooth legs with just one speed.
The added convenience of multiple speed settings allows you to adapt your epilator to your skin’s changing sensitivity or hair length. Multiple speeds also ease the pain associated with dry epilating.
The Noise Factor
I can’t deny that epilators are noisy. The inner mechanisms grind and whirr, sounding close to a toothbrush or electric razor. But some are noisier than others. I make special note of any devices on my list that seem overly loud. Those of you living with roommates or especially finicky spouses should take heed of any warnings I give in my reviews.
A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Epilate Legs
An epilator will make your life simpler but only after you spend the time to learn the best way to use it. Below, I give you my proven 8 step process to softer and smoother skin through epilation.
Step 1: Prepare all the essential tools
Double check that your epilator is charged and that you have the necessary items prior to using your new device. Here’s what you need before you begin: exfoliating brush or cloth, towel, moisturizer, and optional epilator heads or extras that came with your machine. I recommend epilating after you’ve showered, but some consumers like to epilate before or during their bathing regiment.
Step 2: Exfoliate your legs
Whether you use a porous stone or a rough towel or a dry brush, you must exfoliate prior to epilating. Removing the dirt, oil, and skin from your legs ensures you won’t experience any in-grown hairs. Exfoliating also prevents the machine from missing hairs.
Step 3: Start with lowest setting
Stay calm and don’t overthink epilating. It’s just as easy as shaving your legs. I recommend going slow for your first pass. Using the lowest and least stressful setting, go against the grain of your hair. For legs, that means up towards your knees. Moving the epilator too fast or with the grain will cause breakage and irritation.
Step 4: Hold the epilator close to your skin
Don’t over-think what you’re doing. The best position to hold the epilator is the one that comes naturally, allowing you to move the machine against the grain in smooth motions. You want the head of the device to just touch your skin. Don’t press down or scrape it across your legs. Lightly touch the head of the epilator to your skin and move it towards your knees at a 90-degree angle.
Step 5: Wet or Dry
You can use the epilator on either wet or dry skin. But it’s important to pick one or the other and not half-it and epilate with damp skin. For wet epilating, use a shower gel or have your legs just above the surface of the water. That way you can dunk them after each pass. For dry epilating, don’t splash any water onto your skin until you’re completely done.
Step 6: Feel for stray hairs
Your first attempt with the epilator will probably result in some stray hairs. This is normal and will improve with continued use. Because hair that’s unused to epilation grows at different lengths, the head of the device may miss a few. Brush your hand gently over your leg and feel for any hair. Then pull the skin taught and pass once in an upward motion.
Step 7: Apply moisturizer on your legs
It’s crucial that you moisturize after epilation, not before. Like all hair removal systems, epilation creates an epidermal surface-level trauma. Without sustained moisture on your legs, it’ll take longer for your skin to heal. I recommend a lotion or cream with soothing ingredients, like aloe vera or shea butter.
Step 8: Wash your epilator
While an epilator stays relatively clean compared to electric shavers, you still need to wash them out. Thankfully, modern epilators require less time to clean than it takes to tidy up after waxing.
Just remove the head from the device and run it under warm water. If you can see any hairs stuck to the rollers, use a toothbrush or canned air to blow out the hair. Check the instructions on your epilator for more detailed cleaning instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to epilate legs?
Yes. There are no known side effects of epilating. Your first time may be painful, so I recommend waxing or shaving your legs first, then using the epilator on your short hairs. Also, you must go with the grain of your hair, not against. That way, you won’t break hairs, which can lead to ingrown or infected roots.
How often should you epilate your legs?
Because epilators gently pull your hair from your legs, the time between sessions is identical with waxing. If you’ve never waxed your legs before, most users find it takes about three to four weeks to grow back. That’s nearly six times slower than shaving, saving you time. You should pull out your epilator when your hair is long enough to feel with your hands, like coarse sandpaper.
Does epilating enhance leg hair growth?
I get this question asked all the time and the quick answer is no, epilating doesn’t speed up leg hair growth. This is something of an old wives’ tale. The reason consumers think their hair comes in thicker when they epilate has to do with your hair growth cycle. Pulling out all your hairs resets the hair cycle, so your hair comes in at the same time. Shaving your legs keeps the roots intact, so the hairs grow at different speeds. This gives the illusion of thinner hair.
Wet or dry which option is better for leg epilating?
While the choice between wet or dry comes down to preference, many consumers find that wet epilating involves less pain than dry. That’s why I recommend buying a device that can perform both wet and dry epilation. Some devices may work better for dry use and other devices with water. But that comes down to the individual unit. I explain what the machine is best used for in my reviews.
Once a niche product, epilators have proven to be worth your time and money. They reduce the headaches surrounding leg hair removal, are easy to maintain, and keep your skin looking smooth and fabulous for upwards of four weeks.
But this boom in popularity harkened inevitable saturation of the market. After searching through dozens of products, I’m certain I’ve collected the best epilators you can buy online into one helpful list.
With this guide you’ll find the right epilator for you. If you need a little nudge towards my top choice for the best epilator for legs, I recommend the Braun Silk-épil 9 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator. No product on my list can match Braun’s build quality and trove of extras. With its MicroGrip tweezers and wet-safe epilation, you won’t find a product more accurate or pain free!