Last updated on November 27th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
If you look at the price range of good epilating products right now, they’re in the range of $50 to $100.
If those variants are still too expensive for you or you just want to try epilating without spending a lot of $$$ this entry level Braun plucker is a great option.
At just under $40, it’s a low cost option into the world of epilating.
Don’t let the price fool you into thinking this is a sub-standard product. It is a Braun and they are synonymous to quality grooming products.
But there are some compromises you need to make like the dry only use and corded only option.
A quick look at the features
- Comes with 20 tweezers that can pluck hair off its roots
- Attachments that come with the epilator include an efficiency cap and massage rollers
- Massage rollers massage skin which helps numb the plucking sensation
- Triple action cutting system makes this epilator efficient at removing hair follicles
- SmartLight feature helps track down the finest hair
- 2-speed settings gives you the flexibility on choosing a setting that suites you
- Entry level price won’t bleed your wallet
- Decent performance thanks to the 20 tweezers and massage rollers
- Massage rollers make epilating more comfortable
- Built-in light helps in tracking really fine hair
- No option to use it cordless
- Only for dry use
- You’ll need more than one pass to remove hair because it only has 20 tweezers
Since this is an entry level product do not expect a lot of bells and whistles from the Silk Epil 3. Every feature from the tweezers to the switch is as basic as they come.
But it does come with a couple of features that are found in epilators on the upper price ranges which I’ll share below.
Design and interface
Looking at the design, this variant is as basic as they come.
Color combo is white and shades of purple. At the middle is the power switch with three settings – gentle/slow, efficient/high and off.
On top of the switch is an LED light that illuminates the area in front of the epilator head.
If you have blond hair, this feature greatly helps in tracking hair otherwise invisible with the naked eye.
The more expensive Braun Silk Epil 5 Wet/Dry does not have this feature.
At the heart of this epilator are 20 tweezers that is pretty much standard on products at this price range.
To give you some comparison, the Philips Satinelle Essential comes with 21 tweezers and it’s actually a little bit cheaper.
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But that variant does not come with any massage rollers or light. It has a much more basic feature set.
The functionality of these tweezers is simple. It has a spinning drum that contains drums/tweezers that open and close. Around these tweezers are rounded spikes that help raise flat laying hairs and guide it towards the tweezers.
The purple, spikey device on the top and bottom part of the roller is the massage rollers.
One thing that separates the Silk Epil 3 with other epilators at this range is the presence of massage rollers.
This feature helps alleviate the plucking sensation from tweezers by massaging the skin.
Beginners who have not experienced epilating will benefit the most from the rollers. Using it though may reduce the efficiency of it which means more passes.
Removing the rollers will give you better results albeit a more painful one.
Braun makes cleaning the epilator head an easy task because it is removable. On both sides of the epilator are buttons that release the head when pressed simultaneously.
You can then use the cleaning brush to remove hair residue from the tweezers.
Take note that this epilator does not have a battery so it won’t be as portable. It comes with a 7 foot power cord to run it. If you want something cordless then you’ll have to pay more for a cordless Silk Epil 5 or 7.
I’ve already mentioned some of these features above but I’ll repeat it again. This epilator comes with a high-efficiency cap that houses the massage rollers. Since the cap raises adds height to the epilator head, the results won’t be as close.
It also has the SmartLight LED that is most useful to women with blond hair as it helps track thin hair.
The soft lip tip is another feature not commonly found in epilators at this price range. It helps raise flat laying hairs and increase hair plucking efficiency.
However this variant lacks a facial cap which means you can’t use this epilator on the face. You can only this on the legs and underarms.
Let’s start with ergonomics. The round shape of the Silk Epil 5 isn’t the most ergonomic around. If you have small hands, it may be a struggle wrapping your fingers around the oval body.
For the best results, the epilator should be perpendicular to the surface it is epilating. This means you can hold the like this…
Even at the lowest setting, this will be noisy. I suggest using this in an isolated area like the bathroom away from your companions at home.
This will work best on shorter strands of hair up to 0.8 inches tall according to moo.reviews. It won’t work well on longer strands of hair as it tends to break strands instead of pulling it out.
You may need to shave longer strands of hair first before using this.
The Silk Epil 3 will work best on the leg area. But it will require multiple passes to get all of the hair out.
So make sure to use this at night time when you’re not in a hurry.
It does not have any facial cap so it won’t be as comfortable using on the face.
First time users should expect a pinching sensation using an epilator. No matter how expensive or cheap the variant is, remember that these devices pluck hair.
To get the best results don’t forget to read our guide on using an epilator.
Women for the most part were happy with the performance of this variant. But expect some pain using this according to reviews. The most painful area using this would be on the underarm, face and pubic area.
Yes women have used this on sensitive parts like the pubic and face area. Braun does not recommend women using this on these areas because it lacks the attachments for it.
If you use it on these areas, there’s a risk of the tweezers pinching the skin. So consider this a warning.
In terms of performance, reviews say that this epilator will remove hair but it will take multiple passes.
There were complaints of it not performing well but that could be because of poor technique or hair being too long. If hair is too long, you will need to shave it first, wait a day or two before epilating because this product works best on short hair.
It could also be a case of the epilator not being suitable for the type of hair. For example, maybe it’s too coarse for it.
You can buy this epilator from Amazon for less than $40. And it’ll be eligible to their 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
This entry-level epilator is a decent option if you don’t want to spend over $50 for a decent epilator. It’s got some features found in pricier variants like the massage rollers and SmartLight LED.
However it won’t be as efficient as epilators that have more tweezers like the Braun Silk Epil 7 or the Emjoi AP-18.
It is a good value for money option if you don’t mind not having the cordless feature or the wet option. You’ll have to do multiple passes to remove hair from your legs or armpits. And expect it to be a little painful at first.
Garrick spends his days researching and writing about grooming. When he’s not in front of his computer, you can find him hanging around with his wife and son.