1. PHILIPS SATINELLE ICE PREMIUM
The longest and lightest, its slim handle was easy to grip. It has ceramic blades with a slight curve. There is a two-speed knob in front.
We could use it cordless or plugged into a power point. Takes 16 hours of charging for 20 minutes of use. It comes with a shaving head and two skin coolers — for the leg, and the bikini line and underarms — which makes epilating less painful. Just freeze the skin coolers and attach to the epilator before use. It also comes with an exfoliating buff, charger holder, small cleaning brush and a pouch.
It was easy and effective as the blade contours roiled easily over skin. It took a few rolls to remove fine hairs, but the skin coolers helped soothe skin, which didn’t feel sore after epilating.
Effective; best used plugged in.
2. VALERA COMFORT’EPIL SET 650.02
Flatter and wider than the rest, it gave a good grip with its narrower end. The epilator head is straight and made up of 36 tweezers discs that are designed to epilate quickly and effectively. Switches on with the two-speed switch — a spotlight comes on as well.
It comes with three heads — to epilate, shave and exfoliate; also includes an attachment for sensitive areas, an extra exfoliation attachment, cleaning brush and a pouch. It can be used corded or cordless. The first charge takes 16 hours; subsequent ones take eight hours for an hour of use.
We would have preferred a slightly contoured blade, which hugs skin better. But it removed all hairs effectively, although skin felt a little raw after use.
Light and handy
3. BRAUN SILK.EPIL XPRESSIVE 5375
Its slightly curvy shape made it the most ergonomic. A bit heavy, but the weight and tiltable epilating head pressed close to the skin for a good shave. Epilates at two speeds, with a bright red light illuminating the skin. Two smaller lights indicate when it’s fully charged.
It comes with an epilating head with three caps — beginner, efficiency (for high speed) and massage (for less pain) — and a shaving head with a trim and shave option. There’s also a cleaning brush, 10 pre-epilating wipes and a pouch. Use it cordless or corded. An hour’s charge gives you 40 minutes of use.
We liked the choice of heads: the efficiency head removed even fine hair thoroughly while the massage head removed hair almost painlessly. Skin felt smooth and soothed after.
Caters to everyone, even beginners.
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