Women's Shaver Reviews

Editor's Note:
Our research reveals that the best razor or shaver for a woman is mostly a matter of personal preference. How a razor or shaver feels on your skin and how cleanly it removes your hair matters far more than any marketing gimmick. It may take a little experimentation to find the shaver that's perfect for you, but it's well worth the effort.
 
Panasonic Close Curves ES2207P
Specs that Matter
Type -- Electric razorNo. of blades -- 3Wet/Dry -- Wet or dry
Best Reviewed
Best women's shaver
Panasonic Close Curves ES2207P

The Panasonic Close Curves ES2207P electric shaver offers a fast, reasonably close, burn-free shave. Users say it's quiet -- for an electric shaver -- and does a superb job on tricky bikini-line and underarm areas, thanks to the pop-up trimmer. Wet/dry capability means you can use the Panasonic Close Curves in the shower if you like, and it's fully submersible for cleaning.

Gillette Venus Embrace
Specs that Matter
Type -- Manual razorNo. of blades -- 5Wet/Dry -- Wet
Best Reviewed
Best razor for women
Gillette Venus Embrace

The five-bladed Gillette Venus Embrace hugs your curves, with a built-in moisture ring around the blades for a close, burn-free shave. Women who regularly nick and cut themselves while shaving say they can remove unwanted hair without a bit of pain when using the Venus Embrace; they also say it's easy to hold and use.

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle
Specs that Matter
Type -- Manual razor with bikini trimmerNo. of blades -- 5Wet/Dry -- Wet (razor); wet or dry (trimmer)
Best Reviewed
Best bikini shaver
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle

With a great manual razor on one end and a built-in waterproof trimmer on the other, reviewers call the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle the best bikini trimmer on the market. The five-blade refillable razor head has moisturizing strips for a close, silky shave. Users appreciate the battery-powered trimmer, which trims without pinching and can easily adjust to the closeness you want.

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Braun Silk-epil 9 Wet and Dry Epilator
Specs that Matter
Type -- EpilatorNo. of blades-- 40 tweezersWet/Dry -- Wet or dry
Best Reviewed
Best epilator
Braun Silk-epil 9 Wet and Dry Epilator

The cordless Braun Silk-epil 9 Wet and Dry Epilator can be used in the bath or shower (for gentler epilation) or dry (for a smoother result). It comes with both regular and massage-epilating heads, and you can opt for extra facial epilation, cleansing, shaving and trimming heads, too. It's expensive, but reviews say it's simply the best epilator on the market.

Philips Satinelle Epilator HP6401/50
Specs that Matter
Type -- EpilatorNo. of blades -- 21 tweezersWet/Dry -- Dry
Runner Up
Cheap epilator
Philips Satinelle Epilator HP6401/50

You don't have to spend $100 to get a decent epilator, reviews say: The Phillips Satinelle Epilator HP6401/50 works surprisingly well for its price. It boasts two speeds, a rinsable head, and it isn't any more uncomfortable to use than an expensive epilator. It's slower, though, and some owners report broken or ingrown hairs and leftover stubble.

Which hair-removal tool is right for me?

A woman shaving her legs covers more surface area every day than a man shaving his face and head. That's why finding the most comfortable and effective hair-removal method is so important. Fortunately, women have many options for removing unwanted hair that take into account a woman's needs and unique body type.

Types of Women's Shavers
Electric Shavers

Electric razors are great for women with sensitive skin as they can reduce your risk of nicks, cuts and razor burn. Women with bleeding disorders should always use an electric razor. They don't shave quite as closely as a razor, but some do a pretty good job. Many can even be used in water, so you can still shave in the shower. Electric razors are also perfect for quick touchups in between showers. The best women's electric razor we found costs about $20.

Razors

Razors -- both the refillable kind and disposables -- are popular, effective and affordable. These work similarly to a man's razor, but are more likely to have handles and pivoting heads that are designed to make maneuvering around knees and ankles more manageable. Most have moisturizing strips built in; some are so emollient, you won't need any shaving cream or gel. You just toss disposable razors when you're done with them. With refillable razors, you have to factor in the cost of the cartridges, which can add up. The best women's disposable razor we found costs $3.50 each, while the best refillable razor costs $7 to $14 (plus about $4 each for cartridge refills).

Bikini Shavers

Bikini-line shavers and trimmers have a special place in your grooming. They are designed for the tricky angles and confined space of grooming -- or removing -- some or all of your pubic hair. They're smaller and have angled heads for working around confined, sensitive areas. These range from $1 each for inexpensive disposable bikini-line razors to around $13 for a refillable bikini shaver with a built-in electric trimmer.

Epilators

Epilators use tiny, motorized tweezers to pluck hair out at the root. Epilating is slower than shaving, to the point that some women will only use epilators on small areas like the underarms and bikini line. As you might imagine, the plucking process can be painful as well, and not everybody chooses to endure it. Those who do, however, say the long-lasting results (two to three weeks) are worth it, and that it gets less painful as your skin adapts and hair grows back finer and more sparsely. Epilators can be expensive. The best-reviewed one costs around $120, although we did find one that does a very good job for only $30.

Finding The Best Women's Shavers
Our Sources1. ConsumerReports.org
Women's razors: Blade inflation2. Good Housekeeping
Best Razors3. TheWirecutter.com
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In this report, we focus on woman-specific shaving concerns: finding the razors, shavers and epilators that remove hair cleanly without cutting, pinching or irritating your skin, even when navigating the tricky curves around knees, ankles and underarms, or skirting your bikini line. To find the top choices, our editors evaluated expert and owner reviews for every type of women's shaver and razor on the market. From there, we narrowed it down to the top-performing models -- the ones that reviewers say give the closest, longest-lasting, most comfortable shave, and that prove easiest to use. We considered price, too; you can easily find most of our top razors and shavers at drugstores and supermarkets.