I’ve had a Braun Silk-epil 7 epilator for around 5 years now, and I used it every two weeks, so I was really excited when I received a notification for the Silk-epil 9 trial team and immediately responded, as I’d been thinking about getting an upgrade.
I was lucky enough to get a spot on the product trial team and was sent a brand new Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa Sensosmart. The description per Braun’s website is: “Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa SensoSmart™ is the world’s 1st smart epilator. The Silk-épil SkinSpa is a complete 4-in-1 epilation, exfoliation and skin care system. The epilator includes SensoSmart pressure sensor technology to guide your epilation and remove even more hair in one stroke. Braun’s best Wet & Dry epilator comes with a deep massage pad to improve skin tone and two body exfoliation brushes to help reduce ingrown hairs. With 13 extras, including a shaver and trimmer for sensitive areas, skin contact cap, facial cap, pouch, and stand.”
This new Silk-epil 9 epilator is fantastic! It charges for about 2 hours before the first time you use it, and then it’s cordless while being used (you can’t charge it and use it at the same time). The second time I charged it, about a week later, it only need around 30 mins to fully charge.
With a 40% wider head than the Silk-epil 7, which means that hair removal is much faster than previous models. It used to take me around 40 minutes to do both legs with the Silk-epil 7, and now it only takes about 20 minutes to do both legs.
Even though I’ve been epilating for years, it used to still hurt around my knees and ankles with the Silk-epil 7, but there’s no more pain with the Silk-epil 9, epilating has become a pain-free experience on my legs!
I did try to epilate my upper lip with the facial attachment on the Silk-epil 9 (I usually wax that area), and let me tell you, it hurts! Unfortunately, won’t be attempting that again, but thought I should give it one go, seeing as I was trialling the product and needed to use all the attachments.
The rest of the spa attachments seemed to be quite gimmicky; the two exfoliating heads are nice to have, but they are really quite soft and don’t give a decent enough exfoliation to get rid of any current ingrown hairs. After trying out both heads, I reverted back to using my exfoliating glove, as that works so much better. The massage head is also a nice toy, but isn’t something I see myself using frequently.
One thing that I did test out and found to be a joke was the sensor. The little light is supposed to flash red when you press down too hard. Well, I practically had to shove the epilator tweezer blades into my shin bone and actually stop the tweezers from rotating before light turned red. That sensor doesn’t work! It should have turned red as soon as I pressed the epilator down too hard onto my skin, as epilating should be done with a light hand; not nearly as hard as moving a razor up your leg when shaving. Sorry Braun, but your sensor is a huge failure.
In summary, the Braun Silk-epil 9 is a fantastic upgrade. Hair removal on my legs is now pain free, and it’s faster. I seem to be hair free for longer too, as this new epilator grabs very short hairs as well. It helps that it doesn’t hurt, as the slower you move the epilator up your leg, the more hair it can grab. I also dry epilate (not in the bath or shower), as doing it dry gives a better result. The little trimming attachment with the safety guard on is great for trimming my eyebrows, as its really easy to do and it literally takes seconds. It keeps my brows nice and neat, and all one length.
If you’re keen to get an epilator, I’d suggest getting the Braun Silk-epil 9. Not necessarily the ‘spa’ version like the one I was sent, as they do three versions of the Silk-epil 9, all with varying amounts of attachments, so look for the model that would suit your needs best.
Braun Silk-epil epilators are available from Farmers and Noel Leeming stores, or online from Braun.