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Epilators reviewed: Braun Silk-épil, Panasonic and Philips Satinelle

We take a look at the world's first smart epilator, plus four more of the newest high-end models to see if it's worth paying more

Woman using epilator

We’ve put five new epilators from Braun, Panasonic and Philips into the hands of experienced users from our research team, who give their impressions on how they feel to use and highlight any issues you might need to be aware of when buying one of these new epilators.

Ranging in price from £90 to £210, these high-end epilators could leave you out of pocket if you pick the wrong one, so it’s important to make a good choice and hit the shops with some foreknowledge.

Read on to find out more about the world’s first ‘smart’ epilator, or head straight to our first look epilator reviews to see all of the models we’ve tried, including cheaper epilators from Braun and Philips.

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa SensoSmart 9/980: the world’s first ‘smart’ epilator?

Despite Braun marketing the Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa SensoSmart 9/980 as ‘smart’, the debatably unnecessary trend of putting Bluetooth in a grooming product and creating an associated smart phone app for it to link to hasn’t quite reached epilators, yet.

No, the ‘smart’ element of this new epilator is, in fact, a built-in pressure sensor that alerts you, via a red warning light, when you’re pushing the epilator too hard on to your skin.

The aim is to help you achieve faster and more efficient epilation by keeping the epilator the correct distance from your skin, and allowing you to remove more hairs in one stroke than with other Braun models. In addition to this feature, you get an impressive-sounding 12 attachments with this model, including exfoliation brushes, a separate bikini trimmer and a shaver head.

The addition of a pressure sensor is certainly an innovative move from Braun, but is it worth paying more for? Read our full Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa SensoSmart 9/980 first look review to see what we made of it.

Philips Satinelle Advanced epilators

Our researchers tried two epilators from the Philips’ Satinelle Advanced range, which sits between the Philips essential compact and prestige products. At its regular price of £90, the Philips Satinelle Advanced BRE605 isn’t cheap. Although it’s suitable for wet and dry use, it doesn’t come with any attachments, so the options for where on your body you can use it are somewhat limited.

Our researcher thought this epilator was simple to clean and that the built-in light worked really well. But what did she make of its ability to remove hair? Read our full first look review of the Philips Satinelle Advanced BRE605 to find out.

The Philips Satinelle Advanced BRE630, on the other hand, comes with five attachments. As well as the main epilator head, this model includes attachments for epilating the face, underarms and bikini line, a shaving and trimming head, plus a massage cap that sits over the main epilation head which is designed to help reduce pain.

Read our first look review of the Philips Satinelle Prestige Advanced BRE630 to get our opinion on it.

Panasonic epilators

We tried the most recently released epilators from Panasonic. Using the same epilator handle and main head, the two models comes with three and five attachments, respectively. The slightly cheaper ES-ED53 has a shaver head, bikini comb cap and a gentle epilation cap.

The ES-ED93 is designed for wet and dry use on the legs and body, and comes with five varied accessories that include a foot care attachment for exfoliating hard skin, a shaving head and a bikini comb attachment. It also has 48 tweezers in the epilator head, which should allow you to catch more hairs in one pass than cheaper models with as few as 20 tweezers.

These extras are all designed to make the epilation and grooming experience more pleasant and efficient. But do they make that much of a difference, or are they superfluous add-ons thrown in to amp up the price? Read our first look review of the Panasonic ES-ED93 to get our opinion on them.

Epilator first look reviews

Our researchers got to grips with five different epilators, and we asked them to give us their verdicts. They tried out the following epilators:

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