Shaving really irritates my legs (which have the most sensitive skin on my body- my legs are very prone to heat rash and general irritation) no matter what I do, and every time I forget to epilate and go back to shaving on the odd occasion I vow that I'll never do it again! But epilating is brilliant! It does leave my skin red for a few hours afterwards, but there's absolutely no irritation and once that fades my legs look and feel fine! :)
I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it almost 3 years ago, but it's currently £29.99 - I think it may have originally been £39.99 because I remember it being about the same price range as some others I was looking at. Either way, I think it's absolutely worth it!
The epilator itself is nicely shaped and fits into my hand nicely, it's very easy to use (just 2 settings controlled by the button) and works very well for me. I have quite fine hair on my legs (just like my head hair!) and managed to pick up every single hair on my leg, and it picks up very short hairs well too. According to the manual you can use this to epilate your bikini line, underarms and face- but I've been too wimpy to use it on anywhere but my legs so far! It has 18 tweezer disc thingies, which is less than many other epilators- but it does mean it will hurt less! (as less hair is pulled out at a time)
The machine is quite loud- (which means it sounds quite scary!) though I don't know how loud other epilators are to compare. And it does hurt- any epilator will- after all it is pulling the hair out at the root! But after a few uses I get used to the pain- it's like plucking your eyebrows really (I remember that hurt like hell when I first started plucking now I barely feel it)- and as long as I keep to a regular schedule with epilating it doesn't hurt much at all. Paracetamol or alcohol is good to use if you've not epilated in a while- nice and numbing :)
Aside from the really long lasting smoothness (I can usually go about 2 weeks with smooth legs between epilating) the lack of irritation is the main plus for me- really there's no possible way for skin irritation to occur as the tweezer thingies only touch hairs, not the skin! And if you push too hard against your skin the machine slows down or stops. I know people can react badly to the wax touching and possibly damaging skin, so this is a perfect alternative.
Have you ever tried epilating?