The best epilators for your face and body—our top picks for achieving smooth, hair-free skin for weeks

Our edit of the best epilators, tried and tested by us, will help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin for weeks to come

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The best epilators are a good investment for anyone who wants smooth skin without the regular maintenance of shaving, because results can last up to a month. 

Unlike some of the best electric razors for women, the right epilator won't just shave the hair off, but uproot it entirely from the body. Imagine a supercharged industrial tweezing machine and you're along the right tracks. “Epilators pull out hair, while the razor cuts it at the surface,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, MD. “Unlike a razor, you can use an epilator on dry skin.” 

If you’ve ever learned how to wax your legs before, it's a pretty similar experience. “Using an epilator pulls hairs out from their roots at the same time, leaving smoother results. However, be advised that you can still get ingrown hairs from epilating," says Dr. Jaliman. 

With prolonged use, the best epilators make hair grow back finer and more slowly. We've tested the industry favorites thoroughly so you can be confident that our selection of the best epilators on the market really are the best.

How to choose the best epilators for you

When shopping for an epilator, Dr. Jaliman advises weighing the pros and cons of an epilator based on your skin type and how and where you'll be most likely to use it. 

  • If you have sensitive skin: Choose one with a gentler rotary. Dr. Jaliman recommends one with a gentle roller action which massages and helps stimulate the skin, prepping it for removing the hair, as this is best for sensitive skin.
  • If you want to use this in the bath or shower: Look for labels on the packaging that states “wet or dry” 
  • If you want to use this on your face and body: Dr. Jaliman says you should look for a full-size epilator if you want one that works for face and body, as these will come with several attachments that will work for both areas. However, if you are on the lookout for facial epilators, there are specific (and smaller) facial epilators available that only target the face.
  • If you need to travel with it: Corded epilators might have a higher speed and power, but won't always be compatible with a wall outlet—particularly for any international travel. Look for cordless epilators with a rechargeable battery, as this is best for travel.

The best epilators, as chosen by our beauty expert

You've probably heard about key players in the industry, like Epilady (the OG!), Braun, and Panasonic, who remain top-of-mind in the hair removal space. Epilating used to be slow going, some would say tedious. But there have been lots of developments in the epilator space recently thanks to these brands, with more compact, maneuverable options, varied sizes, wet-and-dry settings, and even built-in lights to make the hair removal process considerably easier and quicker. Sadly, they do nothing for the pain, but if you can cope with waxing and tweezing, you can cope with epilating.

Braun Silk-épil 3 Epilator

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1. Braun Silk-epil 3 Epilator

Best epilator for beginners

RRP: $39.99/£29
Features: 20-Tweezer system, interchangeable shaver and trimmer head, cord, smartlight, built-in massage rollers
Region: US and UK
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight, portable, and easy to hold+Results can last for a complete two weeks+Can safely be used on the face and body areas+Smartlight illuminates hard-to-see finer hairs+Built-in massage rollers promote stimulation+Holds charge for hours
Reasons to avoid
-Takes a longer time to remove thicker hair-Cord can be be restrictive to some 

If you are new to epilating, rest assured that this foolproof device isn’t overwhelmingly complicated. It's easy to clean, lightweight, and has two easy-to-use modes. Its added features are also helpful to beginners: built-in massage rollers help promote stimulation, and its Smartlight successfully illuminates areas, so hard-to-see hairs on your bikini line and armpits are completely removed. 

While you can use this epilator on your legs and arms, this device has the added benefit of being safe for facial hair removal: it quickly removes peach fuzz without any nicks and cuts. 

If that’s not enough to entice you, perhaps its battery life might. This epilator holds a charge well, so you can cover all areas without having to recharge it. 

And, of course, results are the major highlight of this epilator. Skin remains smooth and hair-free for at least two weeks until your next touchup. Though this device isn’t without caveats; it takes a longer time to remove thicker hair, and its cord can be restrictive for some. All in all, however, a sensible pick for first-timers. 

ElectriBrite Facial Hair Removal Epilators for Women

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2. ElectriBrite Facial Hair Removal Epilator

Best epilator for face

RRP: $26.99/£19.99
Features: Nine rotating tweezer system, cordless design, smartlight, washable epilator head, cleaning brush, storage bag
Region: US and UK
Reasons to buy
+Cordless, compact, and easy-to-use+Safe to use on the face and underarm areas+Results can last for a complete two weeks+Pulls out hair and it is not broken off+Smartlight reveals fine, hard-to-see hair strands
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is short -Does not have a high tweezer count like other epilators on our list 

If you're in need of a travel-friendly epilator that stands tall against facial hair (including that dreaded chin hair), then this may be the unit you're looking for. It’s portable, cordless, and successfully pulls up stubborn hair in the chin, ear, and armpit areas, without any rashes or bumps appearing afterward. 

Face and underarms remain smooth and hair-free for up to two weeks. Hair is pulled, and not broken off, so you won’t have to worry about having to pluck any stragglers.

Though, be advised: This epilator does not have a high tweezer count like some other units on our list, meaning it’s best suited for use on smaller areas only. Its battery life is also short, which can be frustrating if it suddenly stops working while using it. But, because of its size and ability to pull up hairs without breakage, it’s still a product to add to your shopping cart if you want to maintain epilator results while you’re away from home.

Keda Cordless Epilator

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3. Keda Cordless Epilator for Legs and Arms

Best budget epilator

RRP: $19.99/£18.99
Features: 18-tweezer system, two speed settings, washable epilator head, cleaning brush, rechargeable cord
Region: US and UK
Reasons to buy
+Reasonably priced+Cordless and comes with a USB cable for charging+Successfully removes hair from legs from knee to toe+Results last for two to three weeks +Built-in LED light helps you see hair with each pass
Reasons to avoid
-Works slower than other epilators on our list-You may have to use it multiple times to ensure an area is completely clean  -May be too tough on sensitive skin 

Yes, this epilator is available for a steal of a price, just shy of $20 or £20. However, it’s more than just another bargain beauty buy—it’s portable, comes with a USB charging cord for easy charging, and has two easy speed options that aren’t difficult to maneuver. 

As far as hair removal capabilities go, not to worry, as this epilator won’t disappoint: Its LED light ensures you pick up hard-to-see hairs, and it’s able to remove hair from both legs from knee to toe. Results are also top-notch—skin stays smooth and hair-free for a good two to three weeks. 

This epilator isn’t for everyone; it works a lot slower than other epilators on our list, and may require multiple passes to ensure an area is completely clean. However, because of its affordability and long-lasting results, it’s definitely not an epilator to pass over by any means.

Panasonic Wet and Dry Epilator

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4. Panasonic Multi-Functional Wet/Dry Shaver and Epilator for Women

Best epilator for those tight spots

RRP: $135/£84.20
Features: 48-tweezer system, five snap-on attachments, high performance dual-speed motor, built-in pop-up trimmer, built-in LED light, wet/dry convenience, travel pouch
Region: US and UK
Reasons to buy
+Comes with five attachable heads and can be used in the shower+Results last for a long time, and hair grows back thinner+Removes hair effectively in a single pass+Heads are not curved, picking up hair at the right angle+Pivoting head can reach non-flat areas  
Reasons to avoid

Looking for the ultimate epilator experience? This luxury 48-tweezer system won’t let you down. It comes with five snap-on attachments that you can safely use on intimate areas and very sensitive skin. 

Because this epilator is powered by a high performance dual-speed motor, it works quickly. It removes hair effectively in a single pass, so you won’t have to go back and redo areas. And thanks to its non-curved heads—the pivoting head especially—you can easily cover non-flat surfaces, grabbing hairs at all the right angles.

And yes, this epilator is more costly than others on our list, but you’ll want to think of it as an investment piece. The results provided are exceptional: Hair grows back slowly and noticeably finer than before, so we surmise removal won’t be as painful with continued use.

VOYOR Hair Removal Epilator for Women

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5. VOYOR Hair Removal Epilator for Women

Best epilator for sensitive skin

RRP: $24.99/£18
Features: 32-tweezer system, two mode settings, three replacement heads, electric callus remover, protective knife nets, hypoallergenic stainless steel blades and foil covers, rechargeable battery, cordless design, cleaning brush
Region: UK
Reasons to buy
+Comes with razor, callus-remover, and epilator +Easy-to-hold, removes thick hairs, and has attachment for sensitive skin+Has hypoallergenic blades
Reasons to avoid
-Takes at least six hours to charge-May not be able to pull smaller hairs in one pass

Looking for an epilator that is safe to use without needing some sensitive skin solutions? This unit will definitely come as a relief: It has a sensitive safe setting, attachable head for sensitivity, hypoallergenic steel blades and foil covers to keep pain and irritation to a minimum. 

If you have thicker hair, this epilator is also worth a look. It removes long and thick body hair in a snap. Another added perk? It’s also tough on dry and cracked calluses, so the bottoms of your feet stay velvety smooth. 

However, this epilator does require a long time to charge, so if you plan on using it the day of a big event, make sure you charge it the night before. 

Epilady Speed Epilator

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6. Epilady Speed Corded Epilator

Best epilator for speed

RRP: $49.95/£37
Features: 40-tweezer system, dual-voltage power adaptor, cleaning brush, cord, two speeds
Region: US
Reasons to buy
+Device is easy-to-use and easy-to-clean+High speed setting allows hair to be removed in a matter of minutes+Slow speed option allows for a more thorough hair removal+Results can last up to four weeks for some
Reasons to avoid
-It has a cord, so you can only use it dry-Does not have many bonus features

One of the original epilators to be introduced into the market, the Epilady is a classic for a reason. It definitely comes in handy next time you’re in a time crunch. Its high speed setting allows hair on legs and arms to be removed in a matter of minutes. If you like to go slower, not to worry; its slow speed option allows you to thoroughly cover areas too. 

Because of its 40-tweezer count, you won’t have to worry about seeing hair remerge quickly—results can last up to four weeks if used correctly. However, unlike the other options on our list, this epilator doesn’t have many bonus features, including a light. It’s also not cordless, meaning you can only use it when hair is dry. 

How to use an epilator

To use an epilator correctly, preparation is key, Dr. Jaliman says. “Be sure to take a warm shower to open up your hair follicles, and thoroughly exfoliate to prevent ingrown hairs,” she says. 

We recommend starting with your legs as it's the easiest region to get used to the sensation. Hold your skin taut when epilating so that the device can get a good grip on the hair and remove it entirely without it breaking.

When it comes to facial hair removal, hydration is key to prevent any mishaps: “Make sure to moisturize after you use your epilator to replenish your skin with moisture.” 

Do epilators hurt? 

Some concerns around the pain factor of epilating are normal. What does the sensation feel like? Is it more painful than waxing? How can one reduce pain and discomfort while epilating? 

"Using an epilator can be painful," says Dr. Jaliman. "If you’ve ever waxed, then it’s pretty similar, and maybe a bit less painful even, because you’re not yanking it off as fast. Similar to waxing, the epilator gets rid of hair by pulling many hairs out from their roots at the same time. Those new to using an epilator will feel more pain. In time, you get used to it, and it becomes less uncomfortable," she says. "Taking a warm shower before you use an epilator will make it less painful, as your pores are more open after a warm shower."

How do you clean an epilator?

How important is cleaning an epilator? Very. 

"It’s important to clean an epilator because you don’t want bacteria building up in it," warns Dr. Jaliman. "You should be able to disassemble some parts of the epilator to give it a good cleaning. They usually come with a small cleaning brush. Running water and alcohol should get it clean. Allow it to dry before putting it back together." 

How often should you epilate?

Is it something to do weekly or every few weeks?

Dr. Jaliman says, "Epilating will give you long-lasting results. You can do it weekly, but most likely won’t have to do it so often. Once every two to four weeks is probably fine."

woman&home thanks Dr. Debra Jaliman MD for her time and expertise.

Courtney Leiva
Courtney Leiva

Courtney Leiva is a seasoned lifestyle writer with nine years of experience under her belt. She graduated from The Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2012, and since graduation, she has been actively contributing to major news outlets such as Refinery29, Women's Health, Yahoo! Lifestyle, HelloGiggles, NewBeauty, and more. Courtney initially started off covering beauty news, but as she has grown her career over the years, her health, home, and shopping pieces can now be seen on BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, and Huffington Post. When she's not writing, Courtney enjoys ranking her favorite ice cream flavors, spending her weekends in HomeGoods, and dreaming up new ways to decorate her house. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyLeiva and on Instagram @MissCourtneyLeiva.