Epilating is one of the most thorough, long-lasting ways to remove body hair at home. However, it’s traditionally been quite painful. While the average epilator might be bearable to use on your legs or arms, it can be very painful to use a sub-par model around your bikini area! Thankfully, our resident beauty and hygiene expert, Alice McLaughlin, has been hard at work finding epilators that are more bearable to use around your extremities!
Below, you’ll find our recommendations for epilators you can use to remove pubic hair with much less discomfort than you may have experienced in the past. We’ve recommended three different models, so you can find the one that’s best for your body and your budget. Read on to find Alice’s advice on which model to choose, as well as helpful reviews of each recommendation!
If you’ve read our main guide to epilators, you may have noticed that the models we recommend on that page are the same that we’ve recommended below. There’s a good reason for that! Frankly, we don’t think an epilator is any good if you can’t use it around the bikini area. After all, that’s one of the most important areas to maintain! We don’t think there’s any point buying an epilator that you can’t use around your nether regions. So, if you’ve read our main buying guide, you probably have a good sense of these models already. Feel free to go ahead and click on the links in our reviews if you think you’ve found your new workhorse. Or, read on to learn more about these models from the perspective of bikini maintenance!
Best Epilator Reviews: Our Recommendations For Pubic Hair
Braun Silk-epil 3
Braun’s Silk-epil 3 is the least expensive epilator we recommend for any application. It’s a very affordable way to get into Braun’s excellent Silk-epil series. As far as we’re concerned, Braun is making far and away the best epilators available right now! The Silk-epil 3 is a simple, effective epilator for ladies who just want to get the job done. It doesn’t have many frills, but it works well on pubic hair as well as in other areas.
With a 20-tweezer epilating head, the Silk-epil 3 does an excellent job grabbing pubic hairs. It pulls them out by the root, rather than breaking them off like so many other inexpensive epilators. This is one area where Braun is still way ahead of the competition! With other brands, you typically end up breaking a lot of your pubic hairs, and then having to go over and over the area to try and finish the job. Ugh! This one’s powerful enough to grab them in one go.
There are a few conveniences, too. Even though you’ll save lots of money by choosing the 3, you don’t have to ditch all the frills! There’s a light to help you see hairs (very handy around the crotch), and two speed settings. These are helpful for you to be able to choose your experience: fast and more intense, or slower but less aggressive. The epilating head also features some basic massage rollers.
Of course, you always have to make some sacrifices when you choose a budget model like this. Overall, the Silk-epil 3 is less efficient than the 7 or the 9. It has the smallest head, so it takes longer to cover your entire bikini area. There are also fewer tweezers in the epilating head, which means that the 3 doesn’t always get every hair in a single pass. It’s not something you should plan to use on facial hair, either.
The Silk-epil 3 is corded, so you need to use it near an outlet. Most of us epilate in the bathroom, so that may limit your options. The other downside of corded epilators is that you can’t get them wet. The Silk-epil can’t be used in the shower, or before you’ve toweled off. If you like to epilate in the shower or while wet (and many of us find that more comfortable), you should spend more for the 7 or the 9! You’ll also find that waterproof models are easier to clean, since you can simply rinse them off.
Braun Silk-epil 7
Braun’s Silk-epil 7 is an excellent midrange epilator for the entire body. Unlike the 3, you can use the 7 absolutely anywhere. It has the strength to handle pubic hairs with no issues, while having the finesse to remove facial hairs too! We suggest it to the average buyer who wants something versatile and convenient without spending a fortune.
The most noticeable difference between the 3 and the 7 in the epilation department is the 7’s efficiency. It packs more tweezers in the same size head, which means that it’s more thorough with each pass. Not only does it grab more hairs in one go, but the fine-toothed approach means it doesn’t leave fine hairs behind! That’s why you can use this one for your face as well as for body hair.
The other significant difference between the Silk-epil 3 and the Silk-epil 7 is that the 7 is cordless! That’s a massive upgrade in the convenience department, for obvious reasons. Since most people don’t have a whole lot of outlets in the bathroom to begin with, being able to epilate absolutely anywhere is very freeing. Plus, going cordless means you also get waterproofing! The Silk-epil 7 works for both wet/dry epilating! A lot of ladies find that epilating while your skin and body hair are wet is more comfortable. Anything you can do to decrease the discomfort around your bikini area is always a good idea, so the benefits are
The value factor is another thing that we love about the 7. It includes massage rollers to relax you before and during epilation. There are also detailing caps which make it easier to work in tight spots like the armpit and between your legs. You get a trimmer head, just like the 3, but the 8 also comes with a bonus detailing trimmer that’s a separate tool. It’s perfect for tight spots and can be used both as a way to prep for epilation and as an alternative for any areas you don’t want to pluck.
While it’s certainly pricier than the Silk-epil 3, the Silk-epil 7 still manages to be a lot more affordable than the 9. Its reasonable price point, as well as its excellent performance overall, is why we recommend the 7 to most buyers!
Braun Silk-epil 9
The Silk-epil 9 is the latest, greatest thing from the leading manufacturer of epilators. It keeps the best bits of the 7 while improving the platform further. As far as we’re concerned, it absolutely smokes anything else on the market for efficiency and comfort–the two factors that make the biggest difference when you’re getting yourself shipshape downstairs.
Like the 7, the 9 is cordless and waterproof. You can use it wherever you please, even in the shower. It also comes with a similar set of interchangeable heads. You can use them to narrow or widen the epilating head as you need for different areas of the body, or swap the whole epilating head out for a trimmer instead. All in all, it’s quite similar to the 7.
One difference you’ll notice out of the box is that the 9 doesn’t come with the 7’s extra detailing trimmer. Instead, it adds exfoliating brush attachments. You should never buy an epilator because of the accessories it’s sold with, but in this case we think the 9 is slightly better. Most of us are going to use the trimmer head anyway, and with a detailing cap it’s pretty easy to navigate around the bikini area. You don’t really need a separate trimmer. On the other hand, the exfoliating brushes are very helpful in preventing ingrown hairs when you epilate.
The biggest difference with the 9 is that the epilating head is significantly larger. Not only does it have a high-density tweezer array, but it simply covers more ground at once. Let’s face it–no epilator is exactly blissful to use around your crotch, so the speedier you can get your work done, the better you’ll feel.
This one is not only the best at grabbing every hair in one pass, but it makes itself the most pleasant to use by simply covering ground more efficiently. The less time you spend epilating, the more pleasant you’ll find the experience! Nowhere is that more true than with the Silk-epil 9.
You can use it anywhere on your body. Not only does it do a great job yanking pubes without breaking them, but it has the fine-toothed precision to take care of facial hair as well. It’s truly the ultimate epilator for any application. Sure, we’re still crossing our fingers that someone will invent a completely painless epilator that doesn’t leave your bikini zone smarting, but this is by far the best we’ve come across to date.
Alice’s Buying Advice
We’ve recommended several different epilator models for maintaining your bikini area. So, which should you actually buy?
If you’re on a tight budget, the Silk-epil 3 is a very reasonable option. I think it covers all the basics for removing hair around the bikini zone. It’s efficient, relatively painless, and quite reliable. However, it doesn’t do a good job on fine facial hair, so it’s not an all-purpose epilator. I’d also encourage buyers not to underestimate the convenience of a cordless wet/dry model! Though the 3 is an excellent first epilator for pubic hair, it probably won’t be your last epilator.
If you want to have one epilator to use absolutely everywhere on your body, choose the 7 or the 9. They do much better on fine facial hair than the 3. They’re also simply more pleasant to use. Since they have more tweezers squeezed into their epilating heads, they tend to take everything in one pass. They get the job done more quickly, which is super important around sensitive areas!
Looking at the 7 and the 9 side-by-side, I’d say that the Silk-epil 7 is the best buy for most ladies. It’s cheaper by a long shot but keeps most of the conveniences of the 9. Still, if you can afford the 9, it’s undoubtedly a better epilator! I know that you probably won’t use the full-size epilating head around your bikini areas, but it’s a huge timesaver when it comes to your legs!
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