The 10 Best Epilators for Smooth, Silky Skin

These handheld tools remove hair on the legs, face, armpits, and bikini line.

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Hate shaving every other day, but still want skin without any stubble? Yea, join the club. While there’s plenty of hair removal options out there (read: waxing, at-home laser hair removal devices, and professional lasers), don’t underestimate the convenience of one of the best epilators. 

“They’re a handheld powered device that mechanically removes the hair,” explains Dr. Snehal Amin, the co-founder and surgical director of MDCS Dermatology. “Unlike shaving which cuts the hair off at the skin’s surface, epilators remove hair deeper—at the level of the follicle or roots.” 

In turn, the hair removed from your legs, arms, bikini line, or armpits is going to stay away wayyyyy longer than it would with a traditional razor shave. Think: four to six weeks of silky, smooth skin without intervention. To get long-lasting results, though, you have to give the epilator enough time to catch all the little hairs. “The epilation process does take time and involves moving the device slowly across the skin, but the time spent will actually make things easier later. Epilation may reduce future hair growth by causing mico-injury to hair follicles,” explains Dr. Amin. 

Intrigued? Keep reading, because we’re rounding up the best epilators out there for a long-lasting shave. And if this doesn’t sound like the right option for you, make sure to check out the best waxing kits and best razors

Samantha Holender
Samantha Holender

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.