Best Epilator for Men: Top 10 Picks for 2019

This post was most recently updated on August 16th, 2019

When it comes to hair removal, there is no denying that the market offers a lot more options to women than to men. However, what most men fail to realize is that they can also use the products advertised for women.

The epilator is no exception to this. For years, all I’ve ever heard about the epilator is that it’s for ladies. That was until I heard the epilator for men that Emjoi has created.

That’s when I began to use the epilator myself!

I believe men should know that there are other options because there are just things that a razor blade can’t do.

Best Epilator for Men

Here are my top 10 favorite epilators. Don’t let the designs and colors scare you away, these epilators might just change the way you groom your hair.

01. Philips Satinelle Essential HP6401

The number 1 slot goes to Satinelle Essential HP6401 from Philips. This compact epilator can effectively remove even the shortest hair I have.

I used it on my head and on my facial hair. The biggest difference I felt was that my facial hair took longer to grow back when I used this epilator compared to when I was using a regular razor. This is probably because of the micro cutting precision that the product boasts.

The Philips Satinelle Essential HP6401 is designed for dry use which works well for me because that’s how I usually shave my hair, after I take a shower, and not during.

I also like how the epilation head is easy to remove, therefore, making it easy to wash. Most epilators have this feature but it often makes their epilation head shaky when in use – the Philips Satinelle Essential HP6401 doesn’t have that problem.

The Pros

  • Effective in removing hair as short as 0.5mm. The epilator is equipped with 21 tweezing disks to pull the hair but not the skin.
  • Leaves no red bumps.
  • Compact ergonomic handle.
  • Long cord adds a lot of mobility and convenience.
The Cons
  • It’s very loud. It sounds like you are drilling a hole in the ground when you turn this epilator on.

Considering all the factors in play, the pros still outweigh the cons. Just don’t use the epilator in the middle of the night, as I did, and you’re good to go.

02. Braun Silk-épil 9 9-961V

I travel a lot and because of this, I always need a spare epilator tucked in my luggage. When I can’t use my Philips HP6401, the Braun Silk-épil 9 9-961V becomes my go-to travel epilator. This one takes the 2nd spot because of its significant advantages when you’re on the go.

Right off the bat, what makes this my travel epilator is the fact that this isn’t as loud as the Philips Satinelle Essential HP6401. I can use it in hotel rooms without worrying of neighbors’ complaints because of the loud noise.

It’s rechargeable, meaning, I don’t have to stress over finding a power outlet when I need to take care of my hair.

I also enjoy the pulsating vibrations from the epilator because I find it relaxing for my skin.

The Pros
  • Wet & Dry. Some people find it less painful to use an epilator when in the bath or shower.
  • The pivoting head makes it easy to maneuver around my head and beard area.
  • There’s a built-in smart light for various indications.
The Cons
  • Massage and exfoliator heads are useless. I tried using these heads that came with the package but they don’t seem to do anything different at all.

In the end, the Braun Silk-épil 9 9-961V is a great epilator to have if you’re willing to widen your budget a little bit. While they could have cut back on the deep massage and exfoliator heads to reduce the price, they were still an “okay” addition just for some added variety.

03. Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579

Coming in on a close third is the Silk-épil 9 9-579, still from Braun.

The Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 features a 40% wider epilation head making it efficient in removing more hair in just one stroke.

It comes with a shaver head, trimmer head, high-frequency massage head, and a skin contact head. I personally used the shaver head for my head and beard and it was a pleasant experience. The trimmer head was alright but quite painful when used for long periods, while the skin contact head was just agonizing for me to use.

The Pros
  • Can be used wet and dry.
  • Pulsating vibrations are present.
  • Smart light
  • Pivoting head. The epilator head adapts to your body or the contours of your face.
The Cons
  • Useless heads. The Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 offers a lot of different heads but, more often than not, most of it just blocks the majority of the tweezers.
  • Red bump. No matter how I try to use it, there is always a red bump on the sensitive parts of my skin after using it.

All in all, the Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 is a great product with some functionality with a few trade offs. I just wish they wouldn’t add so many useless epilator heads. The red bumps disappear overnight so it’s not a major problem, just don’t use it hours before an important meeting.

04. Braun Silk-épil 7

Coming in on 4th place is Braun’s 3rd consecutive product to be featured  – the Braun Silk-épil 7. Much like all of the Braun products that we’ve talked about, this Braun Silk-épil 7 still gives a gentle experience and a smooth result.

This epilator comes with 5 attachments, namely: the shaver head, trimmer cap, efficiency cap, sensitive area cap, and facial cap – all of which were designed to provide superior results to different parts of the body.

I’ve tried all of them on different parts of my body and I only felt comfortable using the shaver head. It just felt like a lot of work adjusting to another head or cap each time I had to change it. Personally, I’d rather get used to one and use it for different parts of my body.

Though, I know some people find this useful as it does add a bit of cover or protection when you shave.

But for others who just prefer a, somewhat, aggressive epilator experience, there are other epilators in this list that might fit your needs better.

The Pros
  • It’s cordless.
  • Pivoting head.
  • It’s waterproof.
The Cons
  • Leaves a red bump. It took a few hours for the red bump to disappear.
  • The pre-epilation wipes that came with the package were pretty pointless.
  • Too many excessive heads.
  • Battery life decays quickly. After a few months of use, the battery empties itself a lot faster than it initially starts with.

05. Emjoi eRase e60

Next is the Emjoi eRase e60. This epilator from Emjoi contains 60 tweezers to provide a more precise hair removal experience for the user.

Don’t let the number of tweezers intimidate you because the Emjoi eRase e60 also features the Erase Glide Technology which supposedly helps remove hair smoothly to prevent any irritation.

In addition to the Erase Glide Technology, this epilator also has Skin Glide technology which removes hair by gliding the tweezer discs over the skin. Though this might sound easy, it’s actually quite difficult to use in practice.

When I used it, it took a lengthy adjustment period for me to get used to the gliding tweezer discs. The same applies to the epilator heads that stretch the skin.

The Pros
  • Provides a smooth result.
  • Dual speed control.
The Cons
  • Steep learning curve. It takes a lot of practice to get used to the way this epilator works.
  • Not waterproof.

While the eRase e60 has good points that give you a favorable result, you’ll need to use it for a while just to get used to it.

It’s definitely a good epilator however, if you’re new to this, I don’t recommend it.

06. Braun Silk-épil 3 SE3170

The Braun Silk-épil 3 SE3170 is packed with a 4-way moving pain softener to make your epilation experience extra gentle.

In addition to that, there are small tips integrated into the epilation heads that lift the flat-lying hairs so that they can be removed as well.

One thing that really stood out for me when I tried the Braun Silk-épil 3 SE3170 is that besides the smooth finish that I get, it takes a longer time for my hair to grow back out again – it was around 4 weeks, in fact.

The Pros
  • Ergonomic design providing better control over the epilator.
  • It doesn’t leave red bumps or red marks.
  • Less maintenance on your part because the result lasts longer.
The Cons
  • It leaves a very itchy sensation.

I have tried using products before and after epilation to help ease the itchiness. Moisturizers seem to help a little bit, but it’s very inconsistent.

If you see through the faults of the Braun Silk-épil 3 SE3170, then you have a very effective epilator on your hands.

07. Emjoi Emagine Epilator

The Emjoi Emagine Epilator features 72 tweezers, the most on the market, which effectively removes hair on the first stroke.

Another feature that I like about it is the lifting fingers on the epilation head that lifts the hair to prepare it for removal.

The 72 tweezers also remove hair from the root, which gave me a smooth and clean result that lasted for around 5 to 6 weeks.

The Pros
  • Silver Ion Technology – provides antimicrobial protection to keep your skin clean and safe from infections.
  • Comes with 110V and 240V power cord for versatility.
  • Dual control speed.
The Cons
  • Not very durable. My Emjoi Emagine Epilator broke after my 4th use.

I would give Emjoi Emagine Epilator a higher rank if it didn’t easily break. I think it’s a really good epilator and considering the price, it should have at least lasted longer than 4 uses. In fact, there are products in the list at a similar price point that lasts you years.

08. Panasonic ES-ED90-P

The ES-ED90-P from Panasonic is equipped with a high-performance dual-speed motor, 48 tweezers, and 6 snap-on hair remover attachments.

The shaver head of the Panasonic ES-ED90-P uses hypo-allergenic blades and foil to ensure safe hair removal, especially on the sensitive areas of your skin.

I tried this epilator for a long while. I enjoyed its wide, dual-disc epilation head because it conforms to the shape of my face and head.

Additionally, of all the products that had extra attachments, I found the Gentle Epilator Head to be useful. I used it on my neck area where my skin was very sensitive and it really hurt a lot less.

The pedicure buffer attachment that it came with, however, was another one of those excess attachments for me.

The Pros
  • Waterproof.
  • It has a built-in LED light.
  • It comes with a convenient travel bag.
  • Dual speed mode.
The Cons
  • Short battery power. Only runs for around 30 mins. In the long run, however, the device just suddenly stops charging.

This Panasonic ES-ED90-P was really disappointing for me because I found it to be a really good epilator initially. I just hate how the already short 30-minute battery life just gradually decreased over time until it eventually stopped working.

Nevertheless, it gave good results while it was working.

09. Braun Silk-épil 5

Braun’s Braun Silk-épil 5 takes the ninth place. This epilator is packed with 40 close-grip tweezers that can remove even the shortest spec of hair, giving you a smooth result without red bumps and marks.

This epilator still contains features that are present in all of the other Braun products that I reviewed, the only reason that this epilator is in the ninth place is that it isn’t durable at all.

This is one of the first epilators that I’ve tried. My first Braun Silk-épil 5 was a pleasing experience for me and I was satisfied with the results, however, I was shocked because, in less than three months, it already broke. I thought I had done something wrong with it.

Because it was a good epilator and I wanted to try it more, I bought another one but to my surprise, the second one broke as well and it didn’t even last half a year.

The Pros
  • Adapts to every contour of your face.
  • Smart light
  • Dual speed control.
The Cons
  • Not durable at all.

Considering its price, you’d expect it to last a little bit longer. If Braun fixes that issue, the Braun Silk-épil 5 could prove to be a really good epilator in the market. For now, it remains as a disposable backup and remains in the ninth place.

10. Panasonic ES-ED50-N

The last product to make it on our list is the Panasonic ES-ED50-N.

This epilator comes with four snap-on attachments and I only find the Shaver Head to be useful for me, not only because it’s the only effective epilator head for me, but because it uses hypoallergenic blades to prevent any harm done to your skin.

The Gentle Epilator cap is great but it’s not for me as I prefer an aggressive experience. If you’re the same, then you might not find it as useful as the other attachments.

The Panasonic ES-ED50-N has 24 tweezers and is ideal for legs and arms.

The Pros
  • Waterproof
  • Gentle Epilator Cap – great to use for people with very sensitive skin.
  • Pivoting epilator head.
  • Dual speed control.
  • Built-in LED light.
The Cons
  • Battery easily decays. My 30-minute operating time soon became 0.
  • Not durable.

The Panasonic ES-ED50-N would make for a great epilator if the battery was more consistent and was a lot more durable to begin with.

The results aren’t disappointing, but as an epilator at the price point it’s at, you’d expect a lot more.

Special Mentions

These epilators are at the top of their game and they really qualify as the best epilator for men, in my opinion. It all comes down to which epilator works best on your skin and which one you are comfortable with.

Best Choice & Best Value – Philips Satinelle Essential HP6401

At a relatively affordable price, you get an amazing epilator that provides a close, clean, and smooth shave – making this my favorite epilator for men.

The only downside is the loud operating noise that it makes that can be solved by easily timing your epilating sessions when you won’t be disturbing anybody.

For me, this is really the epilator to go for if you are new to epilating or even if you’re a veteran.

Premium Pick – Braun Silk-épil 9 9-961V

If you’re willing to stretch your budget a little bit for a waterproof, effective, and long-lasting epilator, then this is for you.

I think it’s optimal for people who love to travel because of its superior battery life. The battery lasts for an average of 100 minutes and the decay is unnoticeable. I’ve had my Braun Silk-épil 9 9-961V with me on my travels for over a year now and it hasn’t decreased in quality and performance since.

Buyer’s Guide: What to Look for When Buying an Epilator

  1. Wet or dry option –  If you’re new to epilation, having a waterproof epilator might be good for you. Epilating in the bath or shower makes the experience less messy and painful. In the review above, there were a lot of waterproof epilators available for different brands, and you’ll notice that they are more expensive than the non-waterproof ones. The wet option is less painful, but the dry option removes more hair.
  2. Corded or battery-operated – Some epilators are battery-operated, meaning, you’ll have to replace them once in a while or you’ll have to charge them before you use them. With battery-operated epilators, also comes battery decay. With corded epilators, you’re sure to have the power to use the epilator from start to finish but it’s less portable. There are trade offs and compromises.
  3. Tweezers – Epilating takes a lot of time, so to speed up the process, people use epilators with more tweezers. The downside to having more tweezers is that it’s a more painful experience.
  4. Pain – Epilating is going to be painful, especially if you aren’t used to it. A lot of companies claim to have developed a method or a epilating head to decrease the pain, but this is mostly a vibrating feature that slows down the process, meaning, it’ll remove less hair.
  5. Speed – Depending on the type of hair and type of experience that you have, you might want to have the option to adjust speed available for you.
  6. Price – Spending more won’t necessarily mean that the experience will be better. You can get the best experience from a cheap epilator, or the worst experience from an expensive one. What’s true is that the more features there are, the more expensive it’ll be.

These are the factors you need to consider for yourself when buying an epilator.

In the end, it’ll all come down to your personal preferences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Epilation Work?

Yes. Epilation has been a tried and tested method for hair removal.

Does Epilation Make My Hair Grow Thicker?

No. That is simply a myth. Your hair will not grow thicker when you epilate or shave.

How Do I Prepare My Skin for Epilation?

If you’re new to epilating, I think it’s best if you first take a warm bath or shower. The heat will open your pores and relax your skin, making the epilation process a lot less painful.

Does Epilation Hurt?

If you haven’t tried it before, yes, it will hurt. But our bodies can actually get used to it. The most painful epilation experience you’ll have is the first time you do it, the more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it, and the less painful it’ll be.

Why Does Hair Grow Back If Epilation Removes It From Its Root?

That’s because you only remove the hair from its root and not actually remove the root, allowing the hair to grow back again.

Is Epilation Better Than Waxing?

The problem with waxing is that is can be bad for your skin, while epilation only pulls the hair from its root. Waxing, however, uses a more aggressive approach and can permanently damage your skin if not done properly.

Can I Lend My Epilator to Someone?

It’s best if you treat your epilator like your toothbrush. Try not to lend your epilator for sanitary reasons.

Conclusion

There are a lot of benefits to epilation. It is often considered to be the safest way of hair removal method by most people, that’s the reason why I started trying the epilators in the first place.

Shaving involved running a blade in the surface of your skin for temporary smoothness, waxing can be bad for your skin in the long run, while epilator only plucks your hair from its roots.

Amp up your epilation experience a notch higher with the best epilators in the market today. If you’re looking for a smoother finish, Philips Satinelle Essential HP6401 can give you that smooth and close shave without the heavy price tag! That’s why it’s the Best Choice and Best Value epilator from our recommendations!

If you want to invest in epilating, finding the best epilator is the most important part and I hope that this article can help you find the best epilator for you.

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