Braun Silk-epil 7 Dual Epilator: Review

I first tried epilating in 2009 I think, it was so painful then that it put me off attempting it again for at least another year. Then, last year I gave it another go and it was all different. Tiny changes – like using the epilator under water made a world of difference (and I posted a few tips on the blog if you are curious – you can read them here and to read about my previous experience of epilating can read here).
For a good few months epilating was my hair removal method of choice for my legs – 90% because it meant I only had to de-fuzz once a week.



Braun Silk-epil 7 Dual Epilator


Then, one weak moment in winter when I had been a little less than diligent with the weekly sessions I went for the quick fix and returned to using my trusty Gilette Venus razors. Sometimes they really can’t be beaten for the quick, perfectly smooth results they give.

But now it’s coming into Summer and I can’t face the idea of having to shave my legs at least every other day or so. I hate that feeling when there’s a slight breeze which makes your legs that you thought were perfectly smooth suddenly feel like sandpaper. So I have yet again returned to the epilator – but a new and improved model.

The Braun Silk-epil 7 is a combination of epilator and a Gilette Venus razor in one – and it makes a HUGE difference to the final result. Previously with epilating you get a 85-90% smooth finish, with the odd hair that’s missed or too short to be picked up by the rotating tweezers. But this epilator picks up the majority of hairs, and anything too small is taken off by the dual-blade razors – leaving a perfectly smooth finish that lasts longer than shaving and has softer re-growth.

When I first used it I wondered if this basically meant I was just shaving my legs, but the regrowth is definitely slower and softer than with shaving. I still confidently only need to do my legs once a week and my legs stay soft & smooth enough to be on show (fake tan dependent, of course).

The only questions I had about the epilator is what do I do when the blades get a bit worn and need replacing?

Having thought of this, I did a bit of a research and found that (according to the website) the ‘smoothing cap’ (the bit with the razors) will need to be replaced but nowhere near as often as razors would normally. The website suggests around twice a year and you can buy the replacement caps from Boots for a reasonable £7.99 (and probably elsewhere of course!).

So yet again, I’m back on the epilator band wagon and loving it! I can even epilate without needing to be in the bath under water now – so it really is true that you get used to the pain (I wouldn’t even call it pain anymore, perhaps just discomfort). Having to use it only once a week and softer regrowth is the main selling point for me. Oh – and I almost forgot to mention – the battery life on this new model is much better than the one I used last year. It lasts long enough for at least 4 full leg sessions, where before it would last enough for maybe 2 at most.

Overall, I highly recommend this. Suck up the initial pain, it’s well worth it to get rid of the hassle of daily leg shaving.

The Braun Skil-epil 7 rrp is £169.99 but I found it online for £109.99 at Boots or £93.88 at Amazon.com always pays to shop around with things like this!

Let me know what you think of epilating by the way – tried it and loved it? Or worst pain imaginable?!

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13 Comments

  1. Ms Bubu
    June 1, 2011 / 11:16 am

    I received thi one in a BzzAgent campaing and I like it! I don’t really use the dual cap though, just the epilating one (I am not into shaving!)

    Great review, I think if I were not using this already I would consider it!

  2. June 1, 2011 / 11:25 am

    This is going to sound really stupid, but I never thought of removing the cap but going to def do that now! Thanks 🙂

  3. dempss01
    June 3, 2011 / 12:59 am

    I bought an epilator years ago and it’s still sitting in the draw! I just couldn’t get used to the pain. Also, it never seemed to get every hair. Perhaps this model is the way forward?

  4. Ana M.
    June 3, 2011 / 8:05 pm

    I have been eying this for a long time; I guess it’s time to pick it up 🙂 Thanks for the helpful review!

  5. Terry
    June 29, 2011 / 7:27 am

    does it really have a separate cap, just for epilation?
    please answer, as my decision to buy this product depends on it.
    thanks!

    • Anonymous
      June 6, 2012 / 9:45 pm

      It does, it comes with a ‘sensitive area cap’ and an ‘efficiency cap’, plus the cap with the blades of course 🙂

  6. February 3, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    About the Braun Silk Epil 7: In the beginning it seemed wonderful, specially because of the fact it is wireless and recharcheable. However, I could only use it for less than six months before having to send it for repair, as the battery would no longer charge. Got it back with epilator head replaced, it seemed fine. Another couple of months later, the battery is dead again and no longer charges. On top of that, the charger comes with a plug that will not fit anywhere, the two round pins that look European are too big for the sockets they have there or in South America, where the standard is the same. You will need an adaptor anyway. So it was a total disappointment, waste of money and BRAUN does not even reply to messages of complaint. Lame customer service.

  7. February 3, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    In the beginning it seemed wonderful, specially because of the fact it is wireless and rechargeable. However, I could only use it for less than six months before having to send it for repair, as the battery would no longer charge. Got it back with epilator head replaced, it seemed fine. Another couple of months later, the battery is dead again and no longer charges. On top of that, the charger comes with a plug that will not fit anywhere, the two round pins that look European are in fact too big for European standard sockets. You will need an adaptor anyway. So it was a total disappointment, waste of money and BRAUN does not even reply to messages of complaint. Lame customer service.

  8. June 10, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Definitely my favourite epilator! Recently replaced my Phillips with this and it’s amazing, doesn’t hurt as much and is so easy to use and clean 🙂 love it, great review!

  9. Anonymous
    June 18, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    i need a new flash for my smooth skin plus on boots shop got them in

  10. November 26, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Thanks you for the great review of braun ! yes braun silk 7 worth money but silk 9 its better for me

    stephanie

  11. May 20, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    As a Braun user I want to share my first experience . One of the top epilators that offers the most high-end features is the Braun SE7681 Silk Epil 7. It’s the best epilator in the Braun’s manufacturing. This model was designed for use on the entire body, including legs, underarms, bikini area, and face.

    It’s a wet and dry epilator, so you can use it in both wet and dry environments. This epilator pulls out the hairs that are as short as 0.5 mm straight from the roots, which will leave you with smooth skin for about four weeks.

    The package includes 5 attachments for use on different body parts. They include a facial cap, trimmer cap, sensitive area cap, efficiency cap, and a shaver head.

    The design is very functional and all the caps can quickly be interchanged with ease.

    The 40 tweezers feature a close grip that allows the removal al of even the shortest hairs. More tweezers also means faster epilating, but the balanced amount of tweezers this epilator has also means that it won’t be as painful.

  12. February 16, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Well I have been using this Epilator for some time now, and its quite amazing, thanks for the review by the way..

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