Pros: Two operation speed, Assitance Light
Cons: Price, No Turn off Light Switch, Noise, No Facial Head
NOTE: This is the second draft, apparently even though my review title states Braun Silk-epil Xpressive 7281 vs. Panasonic ES-WD51P Epilator some poeple did not like the comparison, but since I have searched for over a month for these information and I did not find anything even by contacting Panasonic directly, I am determind to publish this information for other people.
My previous Epilator Panasonic ES2044 just died after two years and it was the time to buy a new one. My first epilator before 2044 was ES2025V and since I only had Panasonic epilators I decided to get a Braun this time.
Quick look at the Braun models I found that the only Wet/Dry model is 7281 Silk-épil Xpressive Wet&Dry with 40 tweezers. I never use epilators with lather but I like the WET models because you can wash them under the foset with no worries. Anyway after buying Braun for about $120 and use it just one time, I realized the CONS are greater than the PROS so I returned it and got the Panasonic ESWD51P instead and you can find the Pana review here. By the way the returning was awesome and very easy.
This is a side by side comparison between Panasonic ES-WD51 vs. Braun 7281. If you don't know to get the WD51 or Braun 7281, this might help you decide.
First of all, none of these epilators work when they are attached to the power cord and power outlet, in another word, you cannot operate while they are attached to power outlet in charging mode (They do not work CORDED). Why this is important? The battery only works for about 40 minutes and after that it requires a full one hour recharging time. If you are a Caucasian with normal hairs then it might be okay for you but If you are Middle Eastern or African American with a little more hair to deal, it is going to take you 3 to 5 hours for a complete and full Epilation since you need to charge it two or three times to finish the job.
I could not find this information anywhere on Panasonic web site and even by calling and emailing them several times. Nobody seems to know that this device does not operate while plugged in. Both ES-2044 and ES-2025V models work corded and cordless with Cord or without Cord without any problem.
Okay so this was the major downside of these two products. Now let's dig in and see the PROS and CONS.
* Two different operation speed levels
* LED Assitance Light
* Price (almost twice the Panasonic WD51)
* No Option to turn LED Light off
* The motor noise is somewhat annoying
* Does not work CORDED (with CORD)
* Operation time only 40 minutes
* A tad slow compare to Panasonic WD51 (Full epilation with three charges)
* No separate facial attachment
* Good price
* 48 tweezers vs. 40 of Braun 7281
* Operation noise is less than Braun 7281 and bearable
* Faster than Braun 7281 (Full epilation with only two charges)
* Doesn't work with power cord (corded)
* Only 40 minutes of operation with a single charge
* No separate facial attachment
Finally, compare to older Panasonic models (2044 and 2025), WD51 and Braun 7281 have better Power Button. The Braun actually uses a disk dial type and Panasonic WD51 uses Push button type power button. Power button type is important because in older Panasonic models after a few months, dirt and hairs would go inside the buttons but with the newer model, it is fixed.
In case you were wondering, it seems that the Panasonic ES-WD71, WD70, WD61, WD60, WD51, WD50, WD11 and WD10 are basically same model since they use the same instruction manual. Maybe they differ on speed or power (European models).