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Nowadays, smooth legs, shaved armpits and a well-groomed bikini area are an absolute must for many people. There are various different models of explilators. However, not every model is suitable for every application. Furthermore, there are different models with many different functions.

In the following, we have compared some epilators for you and highlighted the respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, you can get an overview of epilators before you buy them and know which features you should look out for.


  • An epilator is a mechanical device that is used for mechanical hair removal. A rotating roller removes the hair including the root.
  • If you epilate regularly, it takes between three and four weeks for your hair to grow back, depending on your hair type.
  • Unlike shaving, epilation achieves long-lasting hairlessness. The result of epilation is comparable to waxing.

The Best Epilator: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for epilators

In the following section, we will show you which purchase and evaluation criteria you can use to make a decision about an epilator.

The following criteria can be decisive for your purchase decision:

The purchase and evaluation criteria are explained in detail below.

Structure of the device

Epilators are usually very similar in terms of their functions and design. However, you have the choice between a mains-operated and a battery-operated epilator. With a mains-operated epilator, you always need a power socket.

This means that you cannot use it in the shower. However, a major advantage is that you don't have to charge it before you start using it and the power doesn't decrease.

If you prefer a battery-operated epilator, you should first check the battery life before buying.

It is also advisable to buy a slightly more expensive device, as these can also be used under the shower or in the bathtub. In addition, make sure that the epilator has a high number of tweezers and a movable head.

Area of application

Epilators were originally developed for removing hair from the legs. However, there are now also numerous models that can be used for pubic hair removal. Basically, it is important that you pull the skin taut when using the epilator.

If you want to use the epilator in the genital area, it is important to trim or shave the pubic hair first. Only then can you epilate the hairs that have grown back.

Ease of cleaning

If you use your epilator regularly, some hairs will accumulate in the device over time. Furthermore, sebum and hair cells can accumulate.

For cleaning after use, a small brush is usually included in the package. With dry epilators, the head can usually be removed so that it can be cleaned under running water.

Wet epilators that can be used in the shower can be cleaned for a few seconds under running water. Afterwards, however, it should be air-dried for at least one day.

It is also advisable to clean the epilator thoroughly every few months with rubbing alcohol or surface disinfectant. To do this, apply a small amount of the cleaning agent to household paper and carefully dab the epilator with it.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about epilators answered in detail

In the following section we will give you answers to frequently asked questions:

What is an epilator?

An epilator is an electrical device that is used for mechanical hair removal. It looks similar to a conventional razor. However, its functions and design are fundamentally different. The hair is not cut off at the surface as with a shaver, but is pulled out together with the root.


There are many different models of epilators that can be used for hair removal. (Image source: devansee / Pixabay)

There are also epilators that have several functions. Consequently, models are available that additionally have both a shaving function and the ability to cool the skin. The additional cooling function can ensure pain relief, for example.

How is an epilator used correctly?

When using the epilator, it should always be placed at a right angle to the surface of the skin. Furthermore, it is then guided against the direction of hair growth. It is particularly important to ensure that the skin is pulled taut during the application.

In contrast to conventional shaving, epilation has the advantage of achieving long-lasting hairlessness.

Consequently, you achieve a completely smooth skin surface through epilation. Furthermore, regular use reduces hair growth and the hair becomes finer over time. One disadvantage, however, is that many people find it painful or uncomfortable.

What types of epilators are there?

Basically, you can distinguish between a wet and a dry epilator. As the name suggests, a wet epilator can be used in the shower or in the bathtub.

Such devices are often sold by manufacturers under the name Wet & Dry devices. Dry epilators, on the other hand, must never come into contact with water.

In the following table, we have listed the two types for you and described their individual characteristics.

Type Description
Dry epilators Dry epilators usually have a mains connection that simply has to be plugged into the socket. To open the pores, it is advisable to take a shower before use. Furthermore, the skin must be dried with a towel after the shower. For cleansing, it is important to remove the head and then rinse it under water.
Wet epilator Most wet epilators are battery-operated and need to be charged for about an hour before use. Because warm water soothes and relaxes the skin, the application is usually not as painful. Furthermore, the hairs stand up a little when they come into contact with the water, so that the epilator can capture them well.

There is also the face epilator and the precision epilator. Both models are slightly narrower than the devices described above. As the name suggests, the face epilator is suitable for removing facial hair.

The precision epilator is preferably suitable for hard-to-reach and sensitive areas such as the armpits or the genital area.

How much does an epilator cost?

The price of an epilator is determined by the brand it comes from. Since there are many different models and suppliers of epilators, the price range is correspondingly large. A price and model comparison is therefore indispensable. The following table will give you a brief overview:

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20.00 - 50.00€) usually no long battery life and not so well made.
Medium-priced (50.00 - 100.00€) the battery life is quite good, depending on the manufacturer. Furthermore, they are often available with additional functions in this price range.
High-priced (100.00 - 200.00€) extremely good battery life and very high-quality workmanship. Mostly with different attachments and many additional functions

Of course, the model you ultimately choose depends very much on your area of use. If you want a long-lasting device, it is advisable to go for a somewhat higher-priced product.


Which model you ultimately choose depends on various factors. A decisive factor that must be taken into account in the selection is the individual skin condition as well as the personal feeling of pain.

You should also think about the areas of the body you want to use your epilator on before you buy it. It is also advisable to buy the appropriate creams and peelings for the skin. You should also buy an alcohol-free disinfectant for the subsequent cleaning.

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