Product Comparison: Braun Silk-Epil 5 (SE5185) vs Braun Silk-Epil 7 (SE7181)

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General Specifications
Silk Epil 5 (SE5185)
Silk-Epil 7 (SE7181)
About the Product
Braun Silk-épil 5 power epilator. Non-stop power for non-stop smoothness. Efficient even on the shortest hairs for weeks of smooth skin.
The Braun Silk-épil 7181 epilator has been expertly engineered to remove even the shortest, finest hairs - right down to 0.5-mm long. Before epilation, the included pre-epilation wipes prepare your skin for the most comfortable epilation.
Key Specs
Number of Speeds
Anesthesia Technology
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Braun Silk-Epil 5 (SE5185) Electric Hair Removal Epilator for Women
  • I do like the light that illuminates where you are about to go over, and that it has two speed levels- the higher one is nice for general leg area and the lower level for more painful areas.
  • It has 2 speeds--and reviews recommend only using the slower speed and going a little slow on your skin so hairs have the chance to be pulled at the root.
  • This is my first venture into the world of epilation but I've been using this item for a few months now. Quality-wise, it seems well built and I've had no problems with it.
  • This one is very efficient, catching even the little bitty hairs just starting to grow back in.
  • This is my third epilator in about 20 yrs and I just love them. The hair grows back so slowly and so fine.
Braun Silk-Epil 7 (SE7181) Wet & Dry Epilator
  • Just charge it up, turn on the switch and it spins up to speed.
  • Who on this earth decided that it was a good idea to basically put a bagillion tweezers together into a small hand held device that goes round and round while plucking at your hairs at two speeds, FAST AND HOLY HELL FASTER.
  • I had it on slow speed at first with the cute little roller head with the beads, and away I went.
  • Finally, it has two speeds: Low (or "tolerable" as I would call it), and High (or "don't even go there," as I would call it).
  • Speed which is not as fast as it's supposed to be when you use it for over 20 minutes.
Size & Weight
7.8 in.
7.8 in.
2.6 in.
2.6 in.
2.6 in.
2.6 in.
38.4 oz.
30 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Braun Silk-Epil 5 (SE5185) Electric Hair Removal Epilator for Women
  • The size and the angle of the machine make it very confortable to handle.
  • The 5 is very light weight and easy to handle--and the electric cord does not get in the way.
  • Nice packaging, comes apart easily for cleaning, light weight, very easy to use.
  • It seems as though all the new styles had the light and pretty much they all had the new longer body. I think they look beautiful, but in my opinion this unit is a little big.
Braun Silk-Epil 7 (SE7181) Wet & Dry Epilator
  • It's probably too much to ask the manufacturers to design it with accent colors other THAN PINK. Gah, so girly. Why not GREEN?
  • Packaging was great, color was great, everything was there
  • Comfortable. It doesn't feel the plucking in my legs at all. My previous Remington hurt and kept grabbing my skin.
  • Comfortable, easy to use, removes leg hair well. Little light is good for spotting those stray hairs.
  • The model is also travel friendly, even the charger is petite enough not to be annoying in a carry-on.
Operation Mode
Wet and dry
Power Source
Close-Grip Technology, High Frequency Massage system, Pivoting Head, SoftLift Tips
Speed Personalization, SoftLift Tips, Pivoting Head, Smartlight, Close-Grip Technology, High-Frequency Massage
Operating Time
40 min.
Charging Time
60 hr.
What customers say about "Features"
Braun Silk-Epil 5 (SE5185) Electric Hair Removal Epilator for Women
  • The smart light is amazing and I am glad I picked Braun for it! I looked at a lot of websites and stores for this product, and Amazon had the best price with free shipping.
  • Also the light on it is not helpful to me. If I try to look around on my leg to see where I want to go next, I cannot see as well due the light highlighting only the part right in front of the head. My old braun has no light and I prefer that.
  • I do like the light that illuminates where you are about to go over, and that it has two speed levels- the higher one is nice for general leg area and the lower level for more painful areas.
  • The 5 series is wonderful because it has the swivel head feature and light--which you really want no matter what.
  • The cool pack and the build-in light are additional features which are very practical for warm weather and limited lightening conditions.
Braun Silk-Epil 7 (SE7181) Wet & Dry Epilator
  • The built in light is fabulous, you can see the little light colored hairs you normally would not see.
  • So I did a lot of research before finally finding this epilator, which has all of the features I was wanting!
  • The wet feature is absoulutely useless, and because of it the unit will not work if it is plugged in.
  • The light is a great feature - you can see every single hair when depilating. I love the cordless feature as well.
  • The epilation heads all attach and release in the same manner, and the pivoting feature on this model is due to a somewhat spring-like metal bar that is attached to the rear of the base epilation head's barrel, and not the epilator body itself.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
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