If you’re considering buying a home IPL hair removal system then now is the perfect time to buy to be hair free for that summer holiday. Looking online you’ve probably noticed that there are a dizzying number of brands and models out there all making big claims about their hair removal powers. You’ll have also noticed that IPL devices vary greatly in price depending on the model, features and functionality which makes it even harder to know which is the best system for you.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Below we’ve reviewed the best home IPL hair removal systems out there at the moment and provided the pros and cons of each so you can decide which is right for you and your budget.
Before we start it’s worth you thinking about the following: Click to view
- Your hair colour and skin shade. IPL treatment is not effective for people with red, grey or light blonde hair and should not be used at all if you have medium brown or darker skin as it can actually cause skin damage. Many devices will automatically scan your skin and adjust their light intensity settings to optimise your treatment.
- What part of your body are you looking to treat? If you’re looking to treat large areas such as the torso or legs then it’s worth looking for an IPL hair removal system with a long lamp life; auto flash functionality and good battery life / mains powered. If you are looking to treat the face, armpits or bikini area then consider an IPL device with additional filter attachments designed to allow for a more targeted flash or the treatment of coarser hair (though check out the amazing Tria Laser Hair Removal Precision below first).
- Your Budget. Looking below you’ll see the prices can vary by over £200. You’ll typically be paying more for the newest IPL hair removal models when their previous models will often be perfectly suitable for your needs. You may also be paying more for things such as additional filters and other features so work out if you actually need them. To help with your budget we also check daily who’s giving the biggest discounts / offering promo codes for each of the IPL products discussed so you don’t pay a penny more than you have to.
Best Overall Value for Money IPL:
Homedics Duo IPL HH150
If you are looking for a great IPL hair removal device with a very competitive price tag then you can’t go far wrong with the Homedics Duo. It’s well designed, compact and comes with a lot of the features found on the more expensive models…maybe more!
The “Duo” in this product’s name relates to the fact that it uses Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) on the first 3 intensity settings and IPL technology on the highest 2 settings. As well as hair removal, AFT is typically mentioned in the treatment of spider veins, freckles, rosacea and other skin blemishes so that’s a possible additional benefit of using this device.
Biggest Saving on: Homedics Duo IPL HH150: Amazon – £189.99
Pros: It’s priced very competitively considering the range of features you get with it
Pros: The Duo is very compact so it is easy to hold and convenient to store / carry discretely in your bag
Pros: Despite its compact size the treatment head is the same (3cm) as the larger models
Pros: 5 intensity settings for all skin and hair types (1 – 3 use Freeglide which automatically pulses every second – ideal for treating larger areas)
Pros: Mains powered means no recharging is needed
Pros: Skin sensor allows for safe and optimised use every time
Cons: Treatment lamp lasts for 50,000 flashes which is probably ample but much less then the Lumia or Remington devices. Replacement cartridges are available for £40 if necessary
Cons: There are no smaller filters for treating the face / bikini area etc but you can still use it safely in these areas (you can buy facial filters for an additional £40)
“I’ve got very dark hair and it grows so quickly. I hate shaving and can’t stand the pain of waxing. I’ve used this product about 8 times on my legs and already I’ve noticed a huge difference. It’s amazing, I would definitely recommend.”
Best for Permanent Hair Removal Results:
Tria Beauty: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
Next on our list of favourite hair removal devices is the market leading and award winning Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser. OK, the flash from this hair removal device comes from a laser as opposed to an Intense Pulsed Light so technically it should not be appearing in this list. However, you use it in exactly the same way and, importantly for you, it has been clinically proven to provide more permanent hair removal results than the IPL method which makes the slightly higher cost justified. Tria are so confident you’ll love the results they even have a 90 day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
…oh, and it also comes in different colours which we rather like!
Biggest Saving on: Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser: Direct from Tria Beauty – £340
Tip: Until the 31st May you can save £35 on the Tria 4X (RRP £375) by buying the more expensive Tria Deluxe kit (RRP £400) which has 15% off – plus you get a priming cleanser and beach bag thrown in
Pros: Market leading and award winning device with proven track record for excellent results – backed up with a 90 day money-back guarantee.
Pros: This uses a laser as opposed to a typical IPL light, giving off 3 times the hair removing energy of any other home IPL system, so hair removal results will typically be faster and more permanent.
Pros: Built in skin sensor ensures you’re using the optimal light-intensity-setting / preventing skin damage at all times
Pros: Digital LED display on device provides clear information during treatment on things such as the intensity setting, battery levels, skin sensor indicator and lock status of your device. It also includes a pulse counter on the display to ensure you treat the target area with the optimum number of flashes
Pros: Cordless – so can use anywhere and it only takes 2 hours to charge fully
Pros: Available in different colours so you can get one to match your style
Cons: Battery charge lasts 30 minutes (this should be ample but it might need a quick recharge if doing a larger area)
Best for Treating Small Areas:
New: Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision
If you are taken by the benefits of the Tria 4X Laser but perhaps feel its a little out of your price range or excessive for your needs, then here’s a great alternative that will save you about £140. The Tria 4X has a little brother called the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision that, as the name suggests, is designed for quickly treating smaller areas such as the face, armpits and bikini area.
Pros: Probably the perfect option for treating small areas of your body – you get the permanent results of the Tria 4x laser for a pretty competitive price.
Pros: Being much more compact than the Tria 4X or other IPL devices it’s easier to hold and target those trickier to reach areas
Pros: Tria claim you’ll see a 70% reduction in hair growth in only 2 treatments.
Cons: The battery lasts 15 – 20 minutes which is ample for treating smaller areas but will possibly need a recharge if treating multiple areas in one session
“I have dark hair on my upper lip and chin. Tried everything including electrolysis but the hair always grows back. Being really dark it only takes a mm for it to show (well at least I can see it). Always been embarrassed. Someone recommended this laser so I got it. WOW! I have used it for 4 treatments and 3 months later not one single hair has grown back… this has truly changed my life“
Biggest Saving on: Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision: Direct from Tria Beauty – £221
Tip: As with above, buy the Tria Precision Deluxe kit which has 15% off before the end of May. It’ll save you £14 and you get a priming cleanser and beach bag.
Best Cordless IPL for Functions and Features:
Philips: Philips Lumea IPL
Philips produce the award winning Lumea IPL Hair Removal system and are constantly updating their models with new features. They are one of the most popular brands with over a million users and, for performance and features, we rate them as the best cordless IPL out there. We’ve highlighted below the models we feel offer the best functionality and value, explaining what specific features each has so you can decide which is best for you.
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Philips Lumea SC2004/11: Amazon – £243.47
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Philips Lumea SC2007/00: Boots Online – £405
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Philips Lumea SC2009/00: Boots Online – £315
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Pros: The Philips Lumea IPL is a multi-award winning and popular brand (used by over 1 million people according to their website) and clinical studies have demonstrated significant hair reduction within two fortnightly treatments and “optimal hair-free results” achieved after four to five sessions.
Pros: Lots of models to choose from at the moment (especially online) varying in functionality and price so there’s something for every budget and need.
Pros: Great lamp life with all the models listed above claiming at least 100,000 flashes (SC2007 to SC2009 models boast 140,000) which means you’ll not need to replace any Philips Lumea device.
Pros: 5 intensity settings to cover all skin / hair types and treatment areas plus an in-built UV filter.
Pros: The SC2007, 2008 and 2009 models come with a smaller precision filter you can attach when treating around the face or other sensitive areas. The SC2008 and SC2009 models (the latter is much more expensive so don’t go there) also have a second smaller attachment with a filter specifically designed for treating the bikini area where hair is typically coarser. The SC2004 does not have any additional attachments filter but is typically much cheaper so we’d suggest getting this if not treating face, armpits or bikini area.
Pros: Built in safety ring feature prevents accidental flashing
Pros: All models above feature a “Slide and Flash” option that tracks the movement over your skin and automatically flashes the light, making treatment (especially of larger areas) faster and easier. Manual “Step and Flash” mode is available for when you want more control around face / bikini line etc.
Pros: Battery powered so makes for good flexibility as to when and where you can use it. Recharging only takes 100 minutes
Pros: Comes with a soft case for safe storage and a DVD explaining how to use it
Cons: No in-built skin sensor available but comes with an easy-to-use skin colour guide to help set the correct intensity for your skin.
Best Mains Powered IPL for Functions and Features:
Remington i-Light Pro IPL
Remington are a well known Brand and one of the leading producers of quality IPL devices. We like them as they come with most of the features found on other top brands but at a more competitive price.
They do tend to bring a lot of new versions onto the market – the latest currently being the Remington i-Light Pro 6500 and Prestige 6750 – which can make choosing the right one slightly confusing but never fear – we’ve highlighted the main features on each new model for you below.
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i-Light Pro 6500: Boots Online – £202.49
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i-Light 6250: Amazon – £159.91
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i-Light Prestige 6750 : Amazon – £249.15
Pros: All models come with 5 intensity settings – pretty standard across most brands these days
Pros: All models have both single-flash and multi-flash options (for targeting specific areas such as face or treating larger areas of your body faster)
Pros: The 6250, 6500 and 6750 models have a 50% bigger flash window compared to older models to speed up treatment on larger areas such as legs and torso
Pros: The 6750 Prestige model also comes with 2 smaller attachments for treating the face or bikini line
Pros: Integrated skin sensor on all models ensures safe light intensity is used at all times
Pros: LED display lets you easily check light intensity, skin-sensor activity and bulb life
Pros: The models listed here all use an infinity bulb that “will never need replacing“
Cons: Mains powered so you lose some of the flexibility of a cordless device – however it comes with a generous cable and has the added benefit of you not having to to worry about recharging it
Cons: More of a warning as does not relate to the above models but on the earlier 4000, 5000 and 6000 models (not the 6000F and any above) the lamp life was very poor. The 6000 model came with 3 bulbs to try and alleviate this issue (and iLight replacement bulbs are also available for around £20 if necessary) but we personally would not go with these.
Gillette Venus Naked IPL
Made by Braun this IPL device has been around for ages and has loads of great feedback. It bucks the trend of the other devices in that it recommends you use an IPL gel (they sell their own but others are available) to make the treatment more effective. Apparently the gel magnifies the light but also makes for a more comfortable overall experience.
Biggest Saving on: Gillette Venus Naked: Amazon – £165
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Pros: Made by Braun so a well known name in the electronics and beauty market
Pros: Mains powered so no waiting for batteries (though you do lose flexibility of where you can use it)
Pros: Skin sensor ensures you’re using the optimal light intensity setting / preventing skin damage at all times
Cons: They recommend you use with Gillette IPL gels for best results which are about £5 a tube
Cons: Although it has a skin sensor it is separate to the treatment lamp so you have to put it against your skin and then slot it back into the machine to analyse and adjust settings. Not a massive deal but not as good as being built in.
Note: We get a fair number of people asking about the LumaRx IPL. This is device is only available to purchase within the US so is not listed above.