If you have been considering buying an Home IPL system for hair removal then this Black Friday weekend is the perfect time as there are some amazing discounts to be found. You’ve probably noticed that there are a quite a few out there varying greatly in price so, to help, we’ve picked the best Brands 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. The current offers that we’ve applied below include:
Boots Online: Black Friday weekend discounts plus save £10 on orders over £100 with code VC211PPC (Expires 30th Nov)
Tria Beauty: Save £80 on the Tria 4x Deluxe Laser Kit. Even if you don’t want the full deluxe kit, buy it anyway as you’ll be saving £55 on the price of just the Laser device. (Expires 29th Nov)
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.
Biggest Saving on:
i-Light Prestige 6750 : Amazon – £296
Save £33 (10%)
i-Light Pro 6500: Boots Online – £139.99
Save £100 plus an extra £10 with code VC211PPC and get £5.56 of Boots Points (Expires 30 Nov)
i-Light 6250: Amazon – £161.23
Save £38.76 (19%)
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.
Tria Beauty: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
Also high on our list of favourite hair removal devices is the market leading (and award winning) Tria 4X. OK, the flash from this 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 basically the same way and, importantly for you, has been clinically proven to provide more permanent hair removal results than the IPL method – making the slightly higher cost justified if you have a bigger budget.
…oh, and it also comes in different colours which we rather like!
Biggest Saving on: Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser: Direct from Tria Beauty – £320
Save £55 on the 4X laser by buying the heavily discounted Deluxe kit (even if you don’t want the Smoothstart Calming Gel that comes with it) – Expires 29th Nov
Pros: Market leading and award winning device with proven track record for good results
Pros: This uses a laser as opposed to a typical IPL light so results will typically be more permanent
Pros: Tria 4X model claims to half the treatment times of old Tria Laser device
Pros: Good looking and comfortable to hold device makes treatment easy
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.
Pros: 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 it only takes 120 minutes 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)
Philips: Philips Lumea IPL
As with Remington, Philips are constantly updating their award winning Lumea IPL models with new features so there are a large number of on the market at any one time. 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. Again, we’ve highlighted the newest ones below in the order we feel offer the best functionality and value, explaining what specific features each has so you can decide which is best for you.
Biggest Saving on:
Philips Lumea SC2007/11: Boots Online – £239.99
Save £50 plus an extra £10 with code VC211PPC and collect £9.56 worth of Boots points (expires 30th Nov)
Philips Lumea SC2009/00: Boots Online – £340
Save £50 plus an extra £10 with code VC211PPC and collect £13.60 worth of Boots points (expires 30th Nov)
Philips Lumea SC2004/11: Amazon – £199
Save £151 (43%)
Pros: The Lumea IPL system is a multi-award winning and popular brand (used by over 1 million people according to their website) where 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 (online) varying in functions and price so there’s something for every budget and need.
Pros: Great lamp life with all models listed above claim at least 100,000 flashes (SC2007 to SC2009 boast 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 SC2007 to SC2009 models come with a smaller precision filter you can attach when treating around face / specific sensitive areas. (The SC2004 does not have this filter but is typically much cheaper so we’d suggest getting this if not treating face or bikini area). The new SC2008 and 2009 models have a second smaller attachment with specific light filter for treating the bikini area too.
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 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 to help set the correct intensity for your skin.
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 – £219.16
SAVE £230.83 (51%)
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 – £215
SAVE £35 (14%)
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 achieves 5 Joules which is slightly lower than other devices and means treatment may take longer.