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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but personally I prefer dry epilation..., 16 May 2013
This review is from: Braun Silk-épil 7 7891 Wet and Dry Cordless Dual Epilator with Gillette Venus Technology and four Attachments (Personal Care)
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No doubt just an odd personal preference of mine, but I do think the wet & dry feature on top range epilators is, in general, something of an expensive gimmick. I have an excellent Braun silk-epil model that I've cherished now for many moons, it's one of older workhorses with no waterproof feature, but it still does the job and, for me, I vastly prefer going through the whole performance on dry land, in a comfy chair with steady surfaces, than trying to handle the epilator, manoeuvre it and negotiate hard-to-reach areas of skin while in a slippery bath or shower. I haven't found any noticeable reduction in discomfort from hot water, either. I use the 'ice glove' that came with my old Braun and it's very effective in numbing any sensitive areas... if anything, hot water is less comfortable, I think. The epilator head has a tendency to jar and judder a bit on damp skin while used in the water, and personally I just find the noise it makes underwater rather offputting - I guess there's a mental block for some simple folks like me in using an electrical device in water. One more benefit of dry epilation I feel is that clean-up is actually easier! Hair in water can end up making quite a bit of mess to clear up - it's true, though, that the wet & dry feature is a nice bonus in terms of cleaning the actual unit itself once you've finished. You can happily dunk it in hot water and jiggle it around to get it squeaky clean, but really, this isn't enough of a plus to outweigh the disadvantages of wet epilation, in my humble opinion.

Aside from that, it has all the benefits of my older Silk-epil. It's remarkably comfortable to use, even without hot water or an ice glove! There's very little discomfort in doing your legs. Yes, underarms and more sensitive areas can take a stiff drink or two, but hey, that's to be expected. Certainly it's nowhere near as painful as waxing can be. The angle of rotation on the head of the 7891 is, I must grudgingly report, maybe a bit of flexible improvement on my old faithful, but otherwise not much has changed, despite the hype. Same degree of epilation, I feel, even if there are allegedly more tweezers! (Surely there comes a saturation point for tweezers- I mean you only have so many hairs?!) And the smart-light is identical.

No real complaints, just not any many improvement on many of their older and (now) cheaper models. Braun certainly lead the field in epilation and you won't go wrong with any of their models, especially if you're an epilation newbie, but it'd be kinder on your pocket to go for a less recent model - you'll get a great machine without quite such an eye-watering outlay.
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