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Best buy for female epilatorsBraun 7871 Silk-épil Wet & Dry Epilator Review

Braun 7871 probably cheapest hereThe Braun 7871 Silk-épil is a tweezer type epilator for that essential female grooming requirement – the removal of unwanted hair.

In one movement an epilator clasps and plucks out individual hairs. It’s therefore an alternative to waxing and, once you are used to the operation, less painful, too.

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Unlike lady shavers or wet razors, an epilator removes rather than cuts hair.

However, hair will regrow from the follicle, although it may be more wispy than the original growth. It will also, probably, be the same colour.

Most manufacturers claim their grooming tool will deliver smooth skin for up to twenty days. Whether you actually experience this claim will obviously depend on how quickly your hair regenerates and its colour.

Braun 7871 Silk-épil - What’s in the Box?

1 x Braun 7871 Epilator
1 x Clip-on Smoothing cap incorporating a Gillette Venus razor*
1 x Clip-on Epilation cap
1 x Clip-on Sensitive areas cap
1 x illustrated user instructions
1 x 1 year guarantee

*Replacement, clip-on smoothing caps are available




Braun 7871 Silk-épil at a Glance Benefits

• Wet or Dry use
• Bikini line or sensitive area precision cap
• Smoothing cap
• Cordless operation
• Built in contrast light

Wet or Dry use

The Braun 7871 is a wet or dry epilator. That means you can use it anywhere convenient to you. Many users told us they groom in the bath. This is partly so any mess goes down the plug hole. Mainly, it’s because if you are relaxed and the skin is softened by bathwater epilation becomes a fairly painless way to remove unwanted hair. You can also see along your leg or arm.

Bikini line or sensitive area precision cap

Many epilators have clip-on caps that modify the operation of the tweezer battery. The precision cap on the Braun 7871 is designed to help you achieve a neat bikini line.

Smoothing cap

The Braun 7871 also has a clip-on smoothing cap. Essentially this is a cap that incorporates a Gillette Venus razor blade. So you pluck with the epilator tweezers and razor away any hairs you might miss for silky smooth skin.

Cordless operation

Providing the epilator is charged (takes around 1 hour) you can use it anywhere convenient to you. And as its waterproof that could be in the bath or shower.

Built in contrast light

Most Braun epilators incorporate a contrast light. This shines in front of the tweezer head and throws the shadows of hair making it easier not to miss any.

All Braun 7871 Benefits

Make Braun 7871 Silk-épil Wet & Dry 
Overall Users' Satisfactiion rating 8.85/10
Ranked by users 1
Unwanted hair removal from:
Legs/arms/body Y
Sensitive/bikini line Y
Under arms  
Plucks hair to c0.5mm
Promises smoothness for c20 days
Reasonably painless hair removal:
Wet & dry? Y
Head pivots follows contours Y 15*
Personalise speed slow/fast
Vibrating massage  
Hair lift to cut Y
Ice glove  
Olay cooling wipes  
Beginners cap  
Gentle cap (Sensitive)  
Precision Sensitive area cap clip on
Smoothing cap (for legs) includes gillette blade
Foil Shaver/trimmer head  
Efficiency cap clip on
Unwanted facial hair cap  
Useful tools:
Built in contrast light Y
Cordless Y
Exfoliation brush  
Pedicure file  
Luxury manual tweezer  
Embedded micro-conditioners  
Technical details
Number of tweezers 40
Tweezer Disk type Y
Battery endurance c30 mins
Battery re-charge time c1hr
Battery recharger Y
2-pin plug Y
Washable  Y
Cleaning brush  


Braun 7871 Instructions

• User instructions are photo diagrams
• The 7871 is very easy to use (in the right conditions)
• 1 year guarantee starts from date of purchase
• Register by post or on-line



Braun 7871 Criticisms

No epilator in our user survey achieved a near perfect score of 9/10. That’s because everyone’s skin, the shape of their body and even the colour of their body hair is different.

With an epilator, ineffective hair removal is most likely on bony parts of the body where there is still unwanted hair. All epilators struggle with these parts like elbows, the knees or round the ankles. You may have to run the epilator over several times.

The Braun 7871 copes better than most because its head pivots to help you follow the contours of an arm or leg. It also has the built-in contrast lamp that helps show up missed hairs.

Braun, indeed all manufacturers, promise their female grooming tools can pluck hairs as short as half a millimetre. Maybe so, but some of us have very dark hair that is visible (at least to us) before it gets to that length. The only answer here is to use a wet razor.

The Braun 7871 helps in this respect because the smoothing cap incorporates a Gillette Venus razor blade.

Finally, all manufacturers promise that epilation with their device will deliver smooth skin for up to twenty days. Again, that depends on how fast/noticeable your hair is.

You should also remember that the Venus razor in the clip-on smoothing cap will go dull. You can easily source a replacement, but bear in mind this clip-on cap probably costs more than buying a separate Gillette Venus sensitive wet razor.

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