A leading specialist in female beauty and hair-removal products, Braun do not disappoint with their latest offering. The Silk-épil 9 Epilator is ahead of the curve, in fact, if the staggeringly positive reviews can be believed, it is one of the best epilators available to buy.
Let’s face it, you’ve heard the horror stories, and you’re probably wondering why even use an epilator at all?
Epilators remove hair at the root (ouch, we know) using a variety of different mechanisms. While some use rotating discs or springs, the Silk-épil 9 utilizes its unique Microgrip tweezer. The long and short (emphasis on short) of it is, epilating guarantees the shortest hair possible.
That whole ‘pulls out the hairs individually’ scene may seem like a hit and miss, but the verdict (based on the glowing reviews) is in, and, trust us, it's worth it.
Given their delicate nature, it's difficult to pick a ‘best epilator’. Lucky for us, the wunderkinds at Braun have given it their best shot.
What We Like
Here’s what’s in it for you! Their revolutionary technology will leave you with up to 4 weeks of fresh, smooth skin.
With its Microgrip tweezer, this epilator has a long, deep reach, which, coupled with its comfort enhancing Wet and Dry usage, will leave you with hair 4 times as short as a wax would!
Plus, its pulsating active vibrations work to provide you with extra-gentle care, while the pivoting head simultaneously adapts to your body’s contours.
They even added a light (the SmartLight, smart!) so you don’t have to put your leg next to a grueling lamp to make sure you got it all. Better still, unlike some Philips epilators, this one doesn’t overheat.
On top of the machine itself, the Silk-épil 9 has a number of add-ons which help you prioritize specifics areas and pander to your specific needs.
The reviews rave about this one. If getting as many hairs as possible is your goal (you’re putting yourself through the crucible of female beauty, of course it is), then this attachment will never come off.
Particularly potent as a face epilator, this attachment is designed to catch the shorter hairs (down to .5mm) by letting you get as close to the skin as possible.
The rollers are perfect; they are designed to help those with thinner hair more than anything. Better still? They help with the pain, especially if used in the shower.
This doesn’t have quite the razor-sharp level of smooth the massaging attachment does, but it certainly makes up for it. It is built to get maneuver those frustrating curves, such as the armpits and bikini zone.
Health warning, however, these sensitive areas, are sensitive. Thankfully, the armpit attachment is thorough, making it a top contender for best bikini epilator. Plus, it won’t have you using it too often.
Really, this one belongs in the ‘What we don’t like’ section, but it gets the participation prize so it is here. It really does mean well.
The hole is narrow with the intention to avoid catching skin, which most reviews think the Silk-épil 9 itself does a pretty good job of.
Unfortunately, the attachment is thick and therefore doesn’t get the shorter hairs. So, unless you want to epilate twice (please, don’t), it’s best to give this attachment a miss.
According to the positive reviews, the shaver attachment holds its own for trimming. It isn’t as good as a stand-alone trimmer, but still gets it to a good half-centimeter or so.
Without the trimmer head, it gets it short. Really short. Unfortunately, it gets it almost too short for the epilator. Best practice would have you hold it slightly away from the skin - easier said than done.
Facial Cleansing Brush
If you’re looking for that exfoliating brush for the all on in one cleanse experience, this is the attachment for you. If you have a favored exfoliator already, it is best to stick with what you know.
What We Don’t Like
First thing first, we need to be completely honest. The epilator was made to remove what mother nature (in her unending wisdom) meant to remain, stubbornly, in. If you haven’t read the flashing sirens earlier, full disclosure people, it is going to hurt.
The good news? Reality check, it doesn’t hurt that much. Think intense pins and needles bordering on a sting, as opposed to medieval torture practices, and it does get better. The Silk-épil 9 is designed to minimize the initial shock, and massage the skin as it removes hairs, guiding you to pain-free (mostly) hair removal sooner than other models.
Most epilator reviews don’t shy away from the pain of the first, but they all agree that, as promised, it gets better with time. The best part? They all agree it’s well worth it.
The other thing - really fine hair. While the jury is still out on this, some people are finding their hair is too fine for Silk-épil 9, even with the add-on.
Amazon seems to always keeps the pricing competitive, so that’s going to be your best option when ordering online.
We are not talking massive money for the Silk-épil 9, retailing at just under $120.00 US, so although you may find cheaper epilators, the trade off in quality isn’t worth it.
Those whiz-kids packed this machine with a variety of features which maximize efficient hair removal, and also comes with an array of add-ons to help you get those tricky spots as painlessly as possible.
Really, the Silk-épil 9 does away with the irritating need to shave every two days (okay, we’re not all Kardashians, we can be honest, maybe twice a week), and leaves you with at least three weeks of truly smooth, without needing to waddle out of a waxing salon.