In the ever-expanding male grooming industry, there has been an area that has been overlooked for a long time, but is now just starting to bloom – epilators for men.
As more and more men put time and effort into how they look, the one thing that becomes apparent, and that women have known for centuries, is the relentless nature of it. Particularly when it comes to hair growth.
In this regard, many men have it particularly tough – the more you trim and cut hair all over your body, the quicker it comes back – often thicker and fuller. It feels as soon as you have the look that you are going for, the hair grows again and you need to do more work.
That’s where epilators for men can help. By fully removing the unwanted hair, you drastically increase the time it takes for the hair to grow back, meaning that you spend more time looking the way you want, and less time maintaining that look.
In this article, we are going to be taking a look at why men should use an epilator, how to use an epilator and then walk you through the best epilators for men on the market today, to help you along your way.
Why Should Men Use Epilators?
There are a few different reasons why epilators for men are becoming increasingly popular. Let’s take a look at a few of them in more detail:
As we mentioned in the introduction, the major benefit of using an epilator is that it takes much longer for your hair to grow back when you compare it to shaving. Taking the hair out by the root means that it is a much slower process to regrow – the length of time will vary from person to person but it is more likely to be weeks between each ‘trim’, rather than days.
Shaving with a razor can cause a few health issues – first of all, there is the chance of nicking your skin and causing a cut, which then puts you at risk of infection. This risk is heightened slightly because razors do have a tendency to attract bacteria from dead skin that they collect. Epilators don’t create the same sort of environment that bacteria tend to thrive in.
Less risk of ingrowing hairs
If you suffer from ingrowing hairs, an epilator could be the best solution for you. If the hair is ripped out by the root, it is much less likely to grow back in on itself, which is what can happen when you shave with a razor – particularly on curly hairs.
Top 4 Epilators For Men
Now that we have given you a bit of background information on epilators, let’s take a look at some of the best epilators for men on the market today.
Braun Silk-Epil 7
We’ll kick things off with a men’s epilator from Braun – one of the largest producers of household appliances in the world. Founded in Germany in 1921, Braun have established themselves as one of the biggest names in the personal grooming industry, and have an extensive range of products for men and women.
You can tell this from just looking at the design – it is incredibly neutral. A clear, white design, this is built for functionality rather than to stand out in your bathroom – as a general rule, people don’t buy an epilator for how it looks! This is completely unoffensive though.
What matters is the features – there is a ‘SensoSmart’ system inbuilt into the Braun 7. This is designed to determine exactly how much pressure should be applied to the skin and if you are pushing too hard a red light will flash so that you can adjust your technique.
It can also capture hairs as short as 0.5mm (which they claim is 4x smaller than wax would be able to remove) so you can get to your hairs before they really become visible. The head will pivot to adapt to the contours of your body, so that you always get the smoothest possible results, even in the more difficult areas like the knee or underarm. This also comes with two heads, so that you can switch to shaving or trimming, and it is completely waterproof, so can be used in the shower.
This is a great place to start our list of the best epilators for men because it does everything that you would want an epilator to do, and is priced around the middle of the others on this list. Our advice is to use this one as your base, and judge the others based on this one – it could be the one you end up with.back to menu ↑
Painless Epilator for Men and Women
Something quite different now from a company that I must confess I had not come across before – QZWGZ. These guys seem to make all kinds of products, from wallets to cooking equipment, all for sale on Amazon.
Their ‘Painless Epilator’ is by far the cheapest option that we have included on our list – we believe that it is important to give you as many different options at different prices in order for you to decide which one is best for you.
The theory behind this is that heat and light are used to clear the hair from the root. They use ‘Sensa-Light’ technology, which is supposed to break down the hair regrowth cycle, meaning that it takes much longer for your hair to grow back.
There are 5 different energy levels that you can choose so that you can find the right amount of power for your skin. They recommend starting at level one and working up from there – I didn’t make it past level 3, but I do have particularly sensitive skin.
This is a very small and slender device – measuring just 120x48x17mm. It can be charged via USB which makes it perfect for taking with you when you travel. The company also promises to reply to you within 24 hours if you have any trouble, which is reassuring.
If you are expecting it to be completely painless, you are going to be disappointed. However, the differing levels of power make the experience a little more comfortable, and at the price, it is a great entry-level epilator – even if you end up only using it when you travel.back to menu ↑
Panasonic ES-EL9A Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator
Back to the household names now, as we look at the ES-EL9A epilator from Panasonic. These Japanese electrical goods kings have been making high-quality products since 1935, and it is safe to say that our expectations were pretty high for this product.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the head is quite wide – 30% wider than previous models according to Panasonic. This means that you catch more hairs with every movement, and speeds up the whole process.
Next up, there is the double disk in the head – this gives you more chance of catching hair as you move around your body – if the first disk doesn’t catch it, it is likely that the second one will. Again, this means that you will speed up the process and not have to go over the same area more than once.
Finally on the head, it pivots around 90 degrees, which means that it really glides over your skin, easily negotiating the different contours of your body as it goes.
There are three different settings that you can deploy – soft, normal, or power. Obviously it will depend on your skin, and your pain threshold, to determine which one is best for you. It is suggested that you work up from soft.
There is a specific setting for use in water, so it’s ideal to use in a bath or shower when the heat will soften the skin and make the process more comfortable. This is a great feature and really does make a difference.
You also get 8 different attachments to use with the epilator, which cover everything from skin exfoliation (with the Sonic Scrub Brush) to a foot pedicure. Honestly, there is so much here to use – you certainly get your money’s worth.
And that is taking into account that this is the most expensive product on our list today. It really does offer you everything you could want from an epilator.back to menu ↑
Braun Silk-épil 9 Epilator
We’ll complete our list of the best epilators for men with another product from Braun, this time the 9, as opposed to the 7 that we looked at earlier.
As you can probably guess, this one is the more recent release, and it also has more to offer. This comes at a price, of course, and this is right at the top of our price range, similar to the Panasonic product above.
There are plenty of similarities between the two, on top of the similar price. The Braun 9 also has a much wider head (40% wider than the Braun 7), and it also has its own specialised technology (in this case MicroGrip Tweezer technology) for more efficient hair removal.
The head pivots, as you would expect from an epilator in this price range, for a more comfortable and effective performance, and it also vibrates slightly to reduce discomfort.
All of this is great, but pretty standard – where this product excels is in the extras – as well as different shaving and trimming heads, you are also provided with exfoliating brushes and a deep massage pad. If this is something that you will get use out of, then the Braun 9 should be high on your shortlist.
We appreciate that this is one of the most expensive options, but with so many extras, we really do think it is well worth it. The most important thing, though, is that this is a great epilator – it does the job it is supposed to do, and everything else is a bonus.
We have listed above some of the best epilators for men that are available today – and we feel we have covered a decent range of prices, from the incredibly cheap to the quite expensive.
What they all have in common, though, is that they are good value for money. They perform how you would hope they do for the money you pay for them, so the rest is up to you – you should determine your budget and then use this list to help you decide.
One thing we will say, though, is that you should think about how often you are going to use it. If you will probably only use it every couple of months, it probably isn’t worth spending a lot of money on it – if it is every week, though, you will definitely see the benefit of spending that little bit extra.
How To Use An Epilator
While there are a few different methods for using an epilator, and it can vary from which hair on your body you are looking to remove, we thought it would be helpful to include some helpful tips for using an epilator for men.
Have a shave before you first use one
Epilators don’t work as well on longer hairs, so the first time you use one it is probably a good idea to have a trim, and leave it for a day, with an electric trimmer before you use your epilator. From there, you can reuse your epilator as soon as your hair gets a few millimetres long, so you won’t need to shave every time.
Use on warm, dry skin
Use the epilator on warm skin as it will make the process much more comfortable. Have a hot shower before you use it, but make sure you dry your skin first as many epilators will only work well on dry skin.
Don’t go too fast
The temptation may be to get through it as quickly as possible, but in order to make sure you get all the hairs that you want removed, you should move at a controlled pace – otherwise, you’ll just have to go over the same area a number of times.