Get race ready with the best epilators for runners (2024)

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If you prefer to be hair-free (hey, it's a personal choice), an epilator is a surefire way to achieve that silky smooth finish, meaning body hair won't get in the way and snag on your autumn layers layers during runs. So, we've put them to the test in our lab, to help you decide which model to invest in.

With our selection of the best epilators starting from as little as £60, there’s never been a better reason to upgrade from your manual shaver.

Best epilators for runners

    Is epilating better than waxing?

    One isn't necessarily better than the other, so it’s completely down to personal preference. They both provide effective hair removal by lifting hairs from the root; they just use slightly different methods.

    Epilators feature a row of tiny tweezers that pluck the hairs, whereas waxing involves pulling hairs out rapidly by hand. There’s less risk of allergic reaction, infection and scarring with epilating, so if you suffer from sensitive skin, this could be a better option.

    Neither method is totally pain-free, though. Epilators do tend to reach more of the teeny-tiny hairs, which some may argue makes it more painful, whereas waxing tackles only what’s on the top layer of the skin.

    Do epilators stop hair regrowth?

    While epilators do provide long-term results, they won’t magically make your hair disappear forever. An epilator can keep you hair-free for up to four weeks, so if you prefer the smooth look, you can chuck on your running shorts without a second thought.

    When hair does grow back, it will be lighter and finer, so it won’t be as noticeable if you skip a week of epilating.

    How we test

    Our panel of testers tried a range of epilators, assessing how easy each one was to use, how effectively they removed hair, and how much regrowth they spotted over a period of four to eight weeks of use.

    1

    Best epilator

    Braun Silk-épil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Epilator

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    Best epilator

    Braun Silk-épil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Epilator

    Now 56% Off

    If your arms are aching from your workout, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend an hour holding a heavy gadget. But we found this epilator incredibly lightweight, especially considering how effective it was at picking up the tiniest hairs.

    It features an in-built light that allows you to see any spots you’ve missed and it worked well on both wet and dry skin. Testers did experience some discomfort when going over the underarms and the bikini area, but this is hard to avoid.

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryYes
    TypeCordless
    Included6 head attachments (shaver head, trimmer cap, efficiency cap, precision cap, massage pad, exfoliating brush) and charging stand.

    2

    Best multi-use epilator

    Remington Smooth & Silky EP7 7-in-1 Epilator

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    Best multi-use epilator

    Remington Smooth & Silky EP7 7-in-1 Epilator

    Coming with an impressive choice of heads that allow you to do everything from trim your bikini line to exfoliate your feet, this is a great multi-purpose product.

    It did a good job at removing hair and we found it reduced regrowth in just four weeks. It wasn’t too fiddly to use either, and allowed us to get into those hard-to-reach areas that require a bit more dexterity.

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryYes
    TypeCordless
    Included7 head attachments (Ultimate Contour Cap, Massage Cap with Aloe Vera, Detail Cap, Shaver Head, Bikini Comb, Exfoliating Brush & Pedicure Head).

    3

    Best epilator for you gym bag

    Braun Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex 9100 BS 40 Tweezers Gold, White

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    Best epilator for you gym bag

    Braun Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex 9100 BS 40 Tweezers Gold, White

    Now 50% Off

    If you’ve got a busy day ahead, this multi-functional gadget will take you from park run to brunch, thanks to its array of attachments. It excels at its primary function, with our whole panel saying it stopped and slowed hair growth during the eight-week trial period. On top of that, the facial cleansing brush head came in handy for a deep cleanse, post-sweat session.

    Testers loved how convenient it was to use — from its agility and versatility to the neat zip-away carry case — and told us its compact design was ‘perfect for travel, or on-the-go.’

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryYes
    TypeCordless
    Included8 head attachments plus caps (FaceSpa, Shaver Head, Exfoliator, 4 Facial Brushes and 3 Caps)

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    4

    Best for use on wet skin

    Panasonic ES-EL9A-S511 Epilator

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    4

    Best for use on wet skin

    Panasonic ES-EL9A-S511 Epilator

    Now 23% Off

    This epilator comes with a handy exfoliator head that will help prevent any painful ingrown hairs. It performed better on wet skin and testers noticed a reduction in hair regrowth after eight weeks of use. The hair that did grow back was also finer and more sparse.

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryYes
    TypeCordless
    Included8 head attachments (epilator head, gentle cap, sensitive area cap, shaver head, pop up trimmer, bikini comb, sonic scrub brush, foot care head), pouch and cleaning brush.

    5

    Best corded epilator

    Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power Epilator

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    Best corded epilator

    Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power Epilator

    Now 50% Off

    If you don’t want to spend a lot while you’re experimenting with different hair removal methods, this model is currently reduced to under £60.

    Testers said it was more effective than their usual hair removal method and found the pain was tolerable (apart from the underarm area, which tends to be more sensitive). Just be mindful that, due to the price point, it isn’t cordless, which does restrict movement.

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryNo, only dry
    TypeCorded
    Included6 head attachments (shaver head, trimmer cap, sensitive area cap, facial cap, massage cap and skin contact cap) and cooling glove.

    6

    Best epilator for beginners

    Braun Silk-épil 9 9/980 SkinSpa SensoSmart Epilator

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    Best epilator for beginners

    Braun Silk-épil 9 9/980 SkinSpa SensoSmart Epilator

    Now 50% Off

    If you want the most high-tech device, this is the one for you. It features a smart sensor that will flash red if you’re applying too much pressure, making it great for beginners.

    It removed hair immediately, and panellists spotted less regrowth over the testing period. It comes with a range of different attachments too, but we particularly liked the exfoliating brush for helping to prevent ingrown hairs.

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryYes
    TypeCordless
    Included7 head attachments (razor, trimmer, massager, optimal skin contact attachment, facial epilator attachment, peeling brush, gentle peeling brush), bikini trimmer with 2 attachments, 1 x AAA battery and a storage bag.

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    Best for long-lasting results

    Philips Wet and Dry Epilator BRE740

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    Best for long-lasting results

    Philips Wet and Dry Epilator BRE740

    Now 32% Off

    If time isn’t on your side, this epilator claims to leave legs smooth in just 10 minutes. Testers found there was less hair regrowth after eight weeks, and it even disappeared completely in some areas on the leg, bikini line and underarms. Overall, this epilator provides an easy epilating experience.

    Key specifications

    Able to use both wet and dryYes
    TypeCordless
    Included8 head attachments (shaving head, trimming comb, bikini trimmer head, bikini trimmer comb, body exfoliation brush, pedicure foot file, delicate area cap, optimal contact cap,), pouch and cleaning brush.

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    Tested byNora Merik

    Beauty and Grooming Tester

    Nora is our Beauty and Grooming Tester and has a master's degree in cosmetic science. She is using her expert knowledge of product development, formulation, product evaluation and market research to test a wide range of hair and beauty products in the beauty labs for Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, ELLE, Men’s Health. In the lab she uses a variety of methods such as the Diastron, The Multi Skin Test Centre, The VISIA Complexion Analyser to test anything from hydration, skin barrier function, pore size and more.

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    FAQs

    How do runners prepare for a race? ›

    Preparing for Race Day
    1. Taper your training.
    2. Properly hydrate.
    3. Boost your carb intake.
    4. Don't try anything new.
    5. Be mindful of the weather.
    6. Things to do on race day.

    What to do before a race to run faster? ›

    Here are 6 tips for race morning.
    1. Sleep Before a Race. It's normal to feel demotivated or nervous or sleep deprived when you wake up, don't judge. ...
    2. Hydrate Before a Race. Hydrate no matter what, caffeinate if you're into that. ...
    3. Eat Before a Race. ...
    4. Arrive Early Before a Race. ...
    5. Warm-Up Before a Race. ...
    6. Stride Before a Race.
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    How many days should I rest before a race? ›

    Two days before a race, his experienced runners would typically do a short, easy run, finishing up with four to six strides of roughly 20 seconds at race pace. He'll have inexperienced runners, or those who run three days a week or less, take a rest day two days before a race.

    What to do 2 days before a race? ›

    It's advisable to rest or engage in light activity for 2-3 days before a race to ensure your body is well-rested and ready. This helps to conserve energy and keep your muscles fresh for marathon day.

    What to do 2 hours before a race? ›

    2 hours before the run: Oatmeal, granola, avocado toast, a PB &J are all great choices. 1 hour before the run: Something easy to digest like an energy bar should settle well. You could also include 8-12 ounces of a sports drink with electrolytes to make sure you're properly hydrated.

    What food make you run faster? ›

    Foods for Runners and Joggers
    • Fruit and vegetables for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
    • Lean protein such as fish, poultry, beans, lentils and tofu.
    • Healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado and nuts.
    • Healthy carbohydrates such as rice, whole grain breads/pastas and oatmeal.

    How to run faster and longer without getting tired in a race? ›

    How To Run Further Without Getting Tired
    1. Warm up. It's always tempting to just get out the door and go, but if you want to run effectively and far it's worth doing a warm up before you set off. ...
    2. 2. … And cool down. ...
    3. Start slowly. ...
    4. Check your form. ...
    5. Remember to breathe. ...
    6. Eat and drink well. ...
    7. Vary your training. ...
    8. Get the right kit.
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    Should you drink coffee before a running race? ›

    Drinking a moderate amount of morning coffee before running can offer several performance-enhancing benefits, including: 1. Improved mental alertness: A pre-run cup or two of coffee can increase your mental alertness, allowing you to feel more awake and present during a run.

    How to rest your legs before a race? ›

    Maintain some frequency in your running in race week, to keep your legs ticking over. Try this: Consider a very short, easy 20 minute run 24 hours before the race. The more experienced might even add 2-3 sets of 'strides' picking up your pace to about 80% of maximum for around 80 metres.

    How should I sleep before a race? ›

    Stick to a schedule – ideally, you should stick to a regular pattern and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. In the week leading up to the race, try adjusting your sleep schedule to wake up more in line with your race start time.

    How to have fresh legs on race day? ›

    10 Tips to Keep Your Legs Fresh and Healthy for Your Next Run
    1. Fueling. We suggest eating at least 3 hours before running. ...
    2. Hydration. Drink at least 8 oz. ...
    3. Loosen up. Conventional wisdom is now recommends not to stretch before running. ...
    4. Start off slowly. ...
    5. Check your shoes. ...
    6. Stretch it out. ...
    7. Soak for circulation. ...
    8. Freshen your legs.

    Do runners faces age? ›

    Running outside, especially for longer periods of time, exposes the face to harmful UV rays. If you run outside without any sun protection, it can lead to wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration, sagging, or thickened skin. “When you lose volume, you have extra, loose skin to give a sagging appearance,” Dr. Massick noted.

    What is the ideal shape of runner? ›

    The cross-section of the runner should be a trapezoid shape to reduce the turbulence of molten metal in the channel. A circular cross-section runner reduces frictional losses but is not easy to make. The width of the runner should be twice that of the depth of the runner.

    Do runners look older? ›

    Despite claims from a viral TikTok video, there's no evidence that running accelerates skin aging. Other factors –– such as prolonged sun exposure while running –– may cause skin changes such as wrinkles and sagging. Follow skincare tips –– including wearing sunscreen and UV-protective clothing –– for running workouts.

    What should a runner eat or drink before a race? ›

    Bread/toast, bagel, peanut butter, fruit without skin (banana), pulp-free fruit juice or sports drink for a pre-race breakfast. Rice, pasta, lean meat, starchy vegetables, fruits for “carbo-loading” at least three days before the race. For hydration, drink 500 to 700 ml of fluid about three hours before the race.

    What does a runner eat before a race? ›

    The Bottom Line

    Fuel up on high-carb, moderate-protein meals 3–4 hours before a long-distance training run or event. In the 30–60 minutes leading up to a run, stick with a light, high-carb snack. For runs lasting longer than 90 minutes, make sure to fuel up with sports drinks or other snacks during the race.

    Do runners drink coffee before a race? ›

    Before a run, coffee (or any form of caffeine) can increase your energy and reduce discomfort. Many long-distance runners and endurance athletes (including marathoners, cyclists, and triathletes) use caffeine supplements on race days to boost their performance.

    How do you run a race without getting tired? ›

    How To Run Further Without Getting Tired
    1. Warm up. It's always tempting to just get out the door and go, but if you want to run effectively and far it's worth doing a warm up before you set off. ...
    2. 2. … And cool down. ...
    3. Start slowly. ...
    4. Check your form. ...
    5. Remember to breathe. ...
    6. Eat and drink well. ...
    7. Vary your training. ...
    8. Get the right kit.
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