If you have been considering buying an IPL system for hair removal (and now is the right time if you are looking to be hair free for summer) then you’ve probably noticed that there are quite a few out there all making big claims and varying greatly in price. To help, we’ve picked the best and provided the pros and cons of each below to help you decide which is right for you and your budget.
We check daily who’s giving the biggest discounts for each of the IPL products discussed so you don’t pay a penny more than you have to. It is worth noting that Boots Online, as well as often being by far the cheapest online, they will allow you to earn up to £18 of Boots point to spend in their store if you have a Boots loyalty card.
Philips: Philips Lumea IPL
Philips are constantly updating their award winning Lumea IPL models with new features so there are a number on the market at the moment for you to choose from. We’ve ordered them here with the newest model first and below the prices we have explained what specific features each has so you can decide which is best for you.
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Philips Lumea SC2006/00: Boots Online – £399.99
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Philips Lumea SC2003/11: Amazon – £349.99
Pros: This is a multi-award winning and popular brand where clinical studies have demonstrated significant hair reduction within two fortnightly treatments and “optimal hair-free results” achieved after four to five sessions (this will vary from person to person and require occasional re-treatment).
Pros: Four main models to choose from at the moment (online) varying in functions and price so there’s something for every budget and need
Pros: Great lamp life (all models listed above claim 100,000 flashes) which means you’ll not need to replace this device
Pros: 5 intensity settings to cover all skin types and treatment areas plus an in-built UV filter
Pros: The SC2006 / 2003 & 2002 models come with a smaller precision filter you can attach when treating around face / specific sensitive areas. (The SC2004 does not have this filter)
Pros: Built in safety ring feature prevents accidental flashing
Pros: New SC2006 and SC2004 models 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 means good flexibility and 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.
Remington i-Light Pro IPL
As with the Philips Lumea IPL system there have been a number of updated versions coming onto the market. This is great for you as it means you can pick up an older version and make great savings if you’re happy to miss out on some of the newer features (which we’ve highlighted below for you). One of the disadvantages of the older models was short lamp life which Remington tried to mitigate by providing 3 bulbs and allowing you to buy additional replacements. The newest model (the 6000F) has resolved this issue by integrating a Quartz Bulb that lasts for an impressive 65,000 flashes – bringing it more in-line with the Lumea and Tria devices.
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i-Light Pro 6000F: Boots Online – £292.49
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i-Light Pro 6000: Amazon – £172.29
i-Light 5000: Amazon – £159.99
i-Light 4000: Amazon – £130.17
Pros: All models come with 5 intensity settings
Pros: All models have both single-flash and multi-flash options (for targeting specific spots or treating larger areas of your body faster)
Pros: Mains powered with a generous cable to maintain some flexibility of use. The 6000 and 6000F models also use a 1/3 less energy than previous models
Pros: Integrated skin sensor on the 6000 models ensures safe light intensity is used
Pros: LED display lets you easily check light intensity, skin-sensor activity and bulb life
Pros: The iLight Pro 6000F now uses a Quartz Bulb that lasts for an impressive 65,000 flashes
Cons: On the 4000 – 6000 models (not the 6000F) the lamp life is not great compared to some of the more expensive devices at around 1500 flashes. The 6000 model comes with 3 bulbs so this should not be a real issue and iLight replacement bulbs are also available for around £20 if necessary.
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Tria Beauty: Tria Hair Removal Laser X4 (NEW MODEL)
OK, so the Tria Hair Removal system is a laser as opposed to an intense pulsed light and technically should not be appearing in this list. However, in terms of how you use it to remove unwanted hair they work in the same way so it would be remiss of us to leave out a market leading product that has been proven to provide excellent results. Lasers use a smaller treatment head than your typical IPL device so treating larger areas can take longer but on the flip-side, results are more permanent and the new Tria X4 shown below claims to halve the treatment time of their previous model. It also comes in 6 pretty colours to choose from which we rather like!
Pros: Market leading device with proven track record for good results (this is a laser as opposed to a typical IPL so results can be more permanent) and new X4 model claims to half the treatment times of old device
Pros: Good looking and comfortable to hold device
Pros: Digital display on device provides information during treatment such as the intensity setting, battery levels, a skin sensor indicator and lock status of your device.
Pros: New X4 model includes a pulse counter on the display to ensure you treat the target area with the optimum amount of flashes
Pros: Built in skin sensor ensures you’re using the optimal light intensity setting / preventing skin damage at all times
Pros: Cordless – so can use anywhere and only takes 2 hrs to charge fully
Pros: Will last as long as the battery will hold charge – which is around 300 cycles
Pros: Available in 6 different colours so you can get one to match your style
Cons: Battery charge lasts 30 minutes (though this should be ample for a single session but might need charging if doing both legs)
Gillette Venus Naked IPL
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Gillette Venus Naked: Amazon – £238.99
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.
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Silkn: SensEpil: Amazon – £225.88
Pros: The comparatively low price makes this a much more . option
Pros: Built in skin sensor ensures you are using the optimal light intensity setting / preventing skin damage (on newest model)
Pros: Triggers flash on lightest contact with skin (old model relied on actual pressure on skin)
Pros: Large lamp head and fast pulse repetition means quicker treatment of larger areas (chest / legs etc)
Pros: Mains powered so no battery charging issues
Pros: Comes with a DVD giving advice on how to use it
Cons: The lamps do not last as long as others – especially compared to the Tria, Philips Lumea and Remington devices
Cons: Maximum intensity only achieves 5 Joules which is slightly lower than other devices and means treatment may take longer