Not that I want to share my intimate secrets with the worthy people of the internet community but as somebody who does have slightly more than her fair share of leg hair, if I say that one of these epilators is not that painful, then you can believe me. The secret is that you epilate once a week. Just run the thing over your legs and pick up the stragglers from last week. If you leave a few little shorties it's no big deal because you'll get them next week anyway. Also, if you wax you end up having to wait for the little short hairs to grow long enough for the wax to catch, but with an electric depilator you can keep going back over the same area until you do. The drawbacks are broken hairs and ingrowers but then if you wax or sugar then you have to exfoliate at least once a week anyway, so this is no different in that department. Whatever. Personally speaking, I'd rather spend half an hour a week with one of these than once a month spending an hour and a half slaving over a pot of hot sugar and messy strips, no? And as for the bikini line, then yes, but please be extremely careful. You know what I'm saying here. If shaving is not an option for you, then you may as well have one of these.