I can only hope that the product has been improved upon since the early 90s, but that epilator thing hurt like hell back then and my legs were red and splotchy for a long time. It hurt so bad that first time, that I couldn't even go back for round two. Not only that, but it seemed to only grab like half the hair. Man, my legs hurt at the thought. While I didn't have the highest pain tolerance, it certainly didn't seem to be the lowest either.
I haven't used one of these in years, so hopefully they are different, but I had the same experience and I can still bring to mind exactly how it felt. I'd wax anyday over this!