If you have been considering buying an Home IPL system for hair removal (and now’s the perfect time to ensure you are hair free for the 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 so you can 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 and offering free delivery, will also allow you to earn over £12 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 SC2006/11: Amazon –
Philips Lumea SC2004/11: Boots Online –
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Philips Lumea SC2002/01: Amazon – £442.68
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 at least 100,000 flashes and the new SC2006 boasts even more at 140,000) which means you’ll not need to replace any Philips Lumea device
Pros: 5 intensity settings to cover all skin types and treatment areas plus an in-built UV filter
Pros: The SC2006 & 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: 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.
Note: there is now a brand new Lumea SC2008/11 that comes with the slide and flash function, the precision filter and a special additional attachment for treating the bikini area. This is rapidly dropping in price and is now retailing at around £420 but until it drops more we would suggest you use the perfectly suitable Lumea SC2006 model and save yourself around £100.
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 (in fact the laser will give more permanent hair loss) so it would be remiss of us to leave out a market leading and award winning product that has been proven to provide excellent results. Lasers tend to use a smaller treatment head than your typical IPL device, so treating larger areas can take slightly longer, but this new Tria X4 claims to have solved this issue by cutting the treatment time by half compared to the old model so it is no longer an issue. It also comes in 4 different colours to choose from which we rather like!
Biggest Saving on: Tria X4 Hair Removal Laser: Direct from Tria Beauty – £375
Pros: Market leading device with proven track record for good results (this is a laser as opposed to a typical IPL so results should 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: Available in 4 different colours so you can get one to match your style
Cons: Battery charge lasts 30 minutes (this should be ample but might need a quick recharge if doing both legs)
Read more about the Tria Hair Removal Laser X4
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: Exclusive to Boots – £299
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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.
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 – £179.99
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.
The SensEpil by Silk’n is a popular IPL system that has many of the features that you get with the more expensive devices listed above – but with a price tag around the £200 mark. With a less impressive lamp life than some devices this is probably not the best device to choose if you wanted to treat large areas of your body.
Biggest Saving on: Silkn: SensEpil: Amazon – £218.99
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.