When it comes to epilators, only a few brands can match Braun in terms of quality and performance.
The Emjoi AP-18 may have more tweezers, but it does not have any massage rollers or cordless functionality that the Silk Epil line has.
I’ll be breaking down every feature of these two epilators from the epilating head down to the nitty gritty like run time.
For both the Braun Silk Epil 7 and 9, there are different sub-models.
Take note that all these variants use the same epilating head respectively, so expect the same performance from both.
The differences mainly would be the accessories that come along with it.
Comparing the Epilating head of the Braun Silk Epil 7 vs. 9
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Both the Silk Epil 7 and 9 have 40 tweezers that work efficiently at plucking hair off the skin.
And each of these variants will have the close grip so both will be capable of picking up fine hair up to 0.5mm long.
The most significant difference between these two would be that the Silk Epil 9 has the broad epilating head that covers more ground.
Senso Smart only found in the Silk Epil 9
Another advantage that the Silk Epil 9 has is the “Senso Smart” technology that tells you how much pressure is needed.
It’s basically a pressure sensor on the epilating head that flashes red if it detects too much pressure.
One of the biggest mistakes women make when epilating would be applying more pressure than necessary. Doing so will increase the risk of tweezers pinching the skin.
Winner: Silk Epil 9
Moving both epilators back and forth skin will be easy thanks to the pivoting head feature.
This feature is available when you use the high-efficiency cap that also holds the massage rollers.
Having wet functionality helps somewhat if you prefer epilating inside the shower. Just make sure to do so towards the end, not at the start, so the hair follicles are soft and easier to pluck.
Since both of these epilators are cordless, it allows women to use this wet or dry depending on their preference.
Cleaning is also easy because these machines are waterproof. However please take note that the top-of-the-line Silk Epil 9 SensoSmart is not fully waterproof so you cannot fully submerge this underwater.
These epilators also give you the option to control the speed of which the tweezers spin. Both have two speed settings – high and low. Women who are just starting out epilating will find the lowest setting more comfortable and in most cases enough to pluck the hair.
The high setting would work best on women who want to epilate faster. Turning up the speed though will make it more painful.
Visibility in tracking hair
To help with visibility, both epilators come with the SmartLight technology that will illuminate the area you’re epilating.
The bright LED light will help you track down fine hair. Women who have blond hair will benefit the most with this.
Take note that the accessories you’ll get will depend on what variant you’ll get. But for the sake of comparison, I’ll compare the top of the line options available with the Silk Epil 7 and 9 respectively to give you an idea what’s available.
The Braun Silk Epil 7 7-561 comes with:
- Facial cap (great for the upper lip and chin area)
- Sensitive area cap (for pubs or underarms)
- Cap with massage rollers
- Efficiency cap
- Shaver head and trimmer cap
- Bikini trimmer
- Cleaning brush
- Bag for storing all these accessories
The Braun Silk Epil 9 SensoSmart comes with:
- Facial cap
- Skin contact cap
- Shaving head
- Trimmer cap
- Body and facial trimmer
- Travel pouch
Despite being the cheaper option, the Silk Epil 7 has more available accessories in my opinion. The precision cap, for instance, will work great on the bikini and underarm area – both more sensitive than the legs.
Both have the bikini trimmer that helps with keeping pubic hair at bay. Among all the attachments this is one of my favorites because of the $$$ savings of not having to buy a separate trimmer.
Winner: Silk Epil 7
Both these epilators use lithium-ion batteries that will take one full hour to charge. And it’ll run for about 40 minutes with minimal power fade.
Price (Where can I buy these?)
The Braun Silk Epil 9 SensoSmart is the most expensive variant in the Epil 9 series at just under $150.
If you don’t mind not having the premium features, then the Silk Epil 7 will save you some cash. The Silk Epil 7 7-561 cost just under $90, and it comes with the same accessories as the more expensive Epil 9 SensoSmart like the bikini trimmer and sensitive area cap.
The best place, in my opinion, to purchase this would be in Amazon because it’s cheaper to buy there versus buying directly from Braun. And you’ll get the option for the 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
Winner: Silk Epil 7
The verdict: Is the Braun Silk Epil 9 worth extra $$$ over the Silk Epil 7?
There are only a few reasons why you would want to get the Braun Silk Epil 9 over the Silk Epil 7.
One of which would be the wide epilator head that covers more area.
The strange thing though is, both these epilators have the same number of tweezers which is 40. So technically it will pluck the same amount of hair.
If you look closely at the epilator head of the Silk Epil 7, it has more tweezer density while in the Epil 9, it spread farther apart.
More tweezer density means the Silk Epil 7 will work better in close quarters that has more hair density like the armpit.
The wider head of the Silk Epil 9 would do better in areas like the legs or arms.
Another plus for the Epil 9 would be the accessories that come along with it such as the exfoliating brush and bikini trimmer.
If you want these add-ons then, by all means, go with the more expensive Braun Silk Epil 9.
But if it’s just epilating you’re after and don’t mind not having features like the pressure sensing “Senso Smart” or the add-ons, then save yourself some cash and go with the Braun Silk Epil 7.
You can’t go wrong with either the Braun Silk Epil 7 vs. 9.
Choosing a variant will depend on how much you’re willing to spend and what your preferences are.
To be honest, the Silk Epil 7 is an excellent value for money at just under $90 thanks to all the attachments that include a trimmer.
If you don’t mind not having the broad epilating head or the SensoSmart feature, the Silk Epil 7 will provide comparable epilating performance.