What’s the best epilator for men? Well, we can’t talk about epilators until you know what it is. It is an electrical device that looks a lot like an electric razor but it isn’t. Razors cut the hair as close to skin level as possible using a set of spinning cutting heads. Epilators actually grab the hair and pull it out by the root. It’s still a temporary hair removal process because it will grow back over time meaning you have to repeat the process on a recurring basis.
To give this some perspective, I’m sure the women in your life have spoken about waxing their bodies to remove hair. Well, it uses the same process as an epilator. The wax seeps down into the pores of your skin and solidifies around the hair follicles. When you pull the wax off, the hair comes with it, root and all. The epilator is the mechanical way to do the same thing using an electrical machine. Yes, it does have some pain associated with it. I’m sure you’ve used a pair of tweezers to pull one hair at a time out from around your nose and along the eyebrows. Hey, I saw you wince on that one. An epilator does the same thing, many hairs at a time.
What is the Best Epilator for Men?
Our choice is the Emjoi Emagine 4Men Epilator, Model AP-18MS. This device is a tweezer style epilator. It has the most tweezers, 72 of them, of any other epilator on the market. It’s also the first one that was designed specifically for men. One use provides 6 weeks of freedom from hair on the area of the body its used on. You use it in the privacy of you own home with help from your significant other whom you know and trust more than you would the person at the salon. According to the Emjoi website, these are the characteristics of the machine.
- The first best epilator for men! Designed specifically for men.
- 72 tweezers – the most on the market – remove the majority of hair the first time, saving time and eliminating potential skin irritation by reducing the number of passes required to achieve smooth skin
- Cool-touch metal head for soothing comfort
- 17mm disc opening – the optimal radius to effectively remove hair
- Our patented Glide Technology moves the tweezer discs over the skin with less irritation
- Dual-opposed heads gently hold the skin taut, making epilation more comfortable
- Staggered, dual-opposed heads cover greater surface area and grasp all the hair the first time
- Middle lifting fingers prepare hair for removal by lifting flat or short hair, decreasing the possibility of ingrown hair
- Removes hair from the root, leaving skin smooth for up to six weeks
- Silver Ion Technology provides antimicrobial protection
- Ergonomically engineered handle balances in your hand and is easy to hold and maneuver all over the body
- Removes hair as short as 0.4mm from the root
- Great for removing hair on the legs, chest, arms, and back
- Appear more chiseled without annoying hair
- Optional shaving/trimmer attachment
- Dual speed control
- Electrically operated (corded)
The reviews online are mixed. However, almost 60% of the people that have used the Emjoi give it a 4 or 5-star rating. It is my opinion that most of the people giving it less than a 4 star review are ones that are using it for the first time. As I stated in the pros and cons section, it’s not as easy as shaving. It takes a while to learn how to use the device and get the look and feel you want.
Types of Epilators.
- Tweezer type – no surprise here given the description we just went through. This type actually has a pair of rotating discs that clamp together and pull apart at a high rate of speed. The clamping process acts as a pair of really big tweezers and grabs the hair by the root to pull it out. Ouch!
- Spring type – this kind of epilator has a spring inside the head that accomplishes a similar clamping action as we saw with the tweezer type except the spring is being alternately compressed and relaxed. The hairs are grabbed on the compression stroke and pulled out then relaxed so you can move the device to the next area to be epilated.
- Rotating Disc type – this one uses the rotating action of the head as a spring action where the discs are essentially a compressed spring that grabs the hair and pulls it out as the head passes over a patch of skin. You can see how the rotating action of heads is a permanently compressed spring that’s a bit wider at the top and narrows as the hair enters the pull zone and it’s yanked out by the root.
Why not just wax you ask. Well, think about it. Waxing is messy and it still hurts to do it. Why not cut out the mess and the time it takes to clean it up the wax and just use an epilator? Even then, there are parts of the body where waxing is the preferred method because it is a more precise way of targeting the area where you want to remove hair. However, epilator results last longer than the results from waxing.
What Else is Out There?
There’s 4 other epilator’s which came close to being the best epilator for men. The criteria that many people use to choose devices like this vary as to how much they are willing to spend and what kind of advice and recommendations they get from family and friends. So, these next four are ranked in no particular order but do provide a good experience.
Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator – this device is still pricey but less so than its cousin that ranked out as number one. The technology is similar with a few twists here and there. It should be noted that this epilator was not made specifically for a man with many of the reviewers being women. Men and women have different ways of looking at things.
Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator – the price point on this epilator is marginally lower than the Emjoi and is a tweezer model with 40 tweezer heads headlining its capabilities.It comes with several attachments that cap sensitive areas of the body. The four-week length of time between using it is quite a bit less than the number one ranking Emjoi and doesn’t quite give you the smooth results most men are looking for. It gets almost 60% of reviewers giving it 5 stars but a good percentage of those reviewers are women. Read full review.
Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator – this device is about half the cost of the higher end machines. It gets respectable ratings but nothing to shout about. However, for the money, it gives decent results. If your needs are less demanding, this is the epilator for you.
Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator – this one is a bit higher on the price scale and sports an active massage capability. It is a cordless epilator which gives it some level of convenience that you don’t get with corded epilators. The battery on full charge gives you about 40 minutes of operational time. That’s probably just enough for one session in getting the results you want.
Pros and Cons of Using an Epilator
These are true of all devices used to do epilation. First the cons.
- The process of pulling hair out by the root using an epilator can create a frequent occurrence of ingrown hairs. These can be painful and show up as a bump on the skin.
- Epilating is not the same as shaving. I think the shaving industry has perfected their craft to a higher level. Epilating takes a lot more time to complete the job to the degree of satisfaction you desire i.e. smooth to the touch skin. Whereas a shaving evolution can take 5 minutes or less provided you’re using a sharp blade with a steady hand, epilating can take as long as 30 minutes to achieve the same result. You just might take some heat from others in the house for hogging too much time in the bathroom.
- Then, there is the pain factor. Everyone has a different level of tolerance for pain. When you first start using the best epilator for men, the pain can be a hindrance. The good news is that the skin will adjust after a few times and using the epilator will become a less bothersome task.
- Pro number 1 is the longer length of time needed between epilation episodes. You get up to 6 weeks to heal before you need to do it again.
- Pro number 2 is that over time, the hair in the place your are epilating will eventually stop growing back. It will thin out leading to less and less discomfort.
The best epilator for men are an excellent alternative to waxing and for men, it does mitigate the need to make a trip to the salon for a once over. Many men still have a stigma about making regular visits to the places that have been historically places where women go to be pampered.