Last updated on January 13th, 2019 by Garrick Dee
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.
And we’ll be comparing two of Braun’s top of the line variants – the Braun Silk Epil 7 and 9.
I’ll be breaking down every feature of these two epilators from the epilating head down to the nitty gritty like run time.
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Both the Silk Epil 7 and 9 have 40 tweezers that works efficiently at plucking hair off 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 biggest difference between these two would be that the Silk Epil 9 has the wide 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 a 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 low setting more comfortable and in most cases enough to pluck 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.
Braun Silk Epil 7 7-561
- 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
Braun Silk Epil 9 SensoSmart
- Facial cap
- Skin contact cap
- Shaver head
- Trimmer cap
- Body and facial trimmer
- Travel pouch
Despite being the cheaper option, the Silk Epil 7 has more usable 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 actually cheaper to buy there versus buying direct from Braun. And you’ll get the option for the 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
Winner: Silk Epil 7
To wrap up
You can’t go wrong with either the Braun Silk Epil 7 or 9. Choosing a variant will depend on how much you’re willing to spend. To be honest the Silk Epil 7 is great value for money at just under $90 thanks to all the attachments that includes a trimmer.
If you don’t mind not having the wide epilating head or the SensoSmart feature, the Silk Epil 7 will provide comparable epilating performance.
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.