Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 vs Philips Lumea Prestige

When it comes to choosing a home IPL devices there are 2 really popular brands that people typically shortist – Philips and Braun. Costing about the same price, they are the two highest powered home IPLs on the market and therefore offer truly excellent results when treating unwanted hair on your body – be it your torso, limbs or face. It can however be hard to chose which is best for you.

There are however distinct differences in terms of their design, features and how they work so we’ve tried to highlight the positives of each below to help you decide. To do this we’ve looked at the very latest models from each range – the Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957 vs the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPLs.


Braun Silk Expert Pro 5

The design is sleek and elegant (shaped more like a traditional electric razor), boasting a white body with gold trim that adds an air of luxury.

It is extremely light and compact at only 285g (15% smaller and 25% less weight than Braun’s old design) but does not feel flimsy and does not compromise on quality. This light weight makes it easy to use for extended periods and getting into the harder to reach areas. It sits comfortably in the hand and, as you can see on the image below, the flash button sits large and easy-to-reach on the main body. All the power settings are also clear and intuitive.

The Silk Expert Pro has an impressive lamp-life of 400,000 flashes which should be more than enough for anyone.

This IPL features a “Glide” mode for easily treating larger areas (hold down the button for continuous flashes) and a precision “Stamp” mode (press button once) for when you need greater control around smaller or more sensitive areas

In Glide mode the light flash is very quick – ranging between 0.6 and 1.2 seconds. This variation in speed is dependant on the light intensity setting being used at any time (faster on lower settings) – which in turn is influenced (automatically) by skin colour etc as you move it over your skin. This makes the flash frequency slightly unpredictable.

This IPL needs to be plugged in to a power supply to use.
In the box you also receive a Venus razor and quality carrying pouch.

Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 Design
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957

The Philips Lumea has a very different look to the Braun IPL – more of a traditional gun shape design with a long tapered grip containing the flash trigger. This makes it very comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver around your body. The control settings are situated on the head of the IPL making it easy to view at all times.

At 560g the Lumea Prestige is twice the weight of the Braun IPL – predominantly due to its rechargeable battery – but you should not find it an effort to hold even for extended periods.

Typically in a white and silver livery this very latest Lumea Prestige device comes in a bronze / light rose colour. Previous Prestige models had a 250,000 flash lamp-life but the latest version exceeds the Braun IPL at 450,000.

The Prestige range also features a “Slide and Flash” option that automatically flashes the light as you move it over your skin – making treatment (especially of larger areas) faster and easier. Unlike Braun however, you don’t need to keep your finger on the trigger. It also has a manual “Step and Flash” mode for when you want more control around your face / bikini area etc.

In Slide and Flash mode the light flashes every 2 seconds so, although not quite as quick as Braun’s Glide mode, the speed is consistent and gives plenty of time to move and postition the device to the next piece of skin.

This IPL is can be used whilst plugged in or cordless – which gives you added flexibility to use whenever and wherever you want..especially if you want a bit of privacy. If you do want to use it in cordless mode the battery lasts an ample 30 mins.

In the box you also get a quality carrying pouch.

Philips Lumea Prestige 9000 Design
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It’s a personal choice over which design looks and works best for you – or you may be drawn to the lighter-weight feel of the Braun IPL. Both offer more than enough lamp-life for your needs too so no real deciding factor there.

We like the fact that the Lumea Prestige’s Step and Flash mode does not require you to hold down the trigger and that its rechargeable battery means it can be used without plugging in.

There are a lot of other considerations to ensure you are choosing the best IPL for you so carry on down the page to check out how these leading Braun and Philips IPL devices compare.


Braun Silk Expert Pro 5

Suggested treatment is once per week for the first 4 – 12 weeks and then top up sessions as required (probably every 1 – 2 months)

Recent trials involving 80 women by Good Housekeeping showed that after 12 weeks of using this Braun IPL device, 90% were satisfied with the results. Almost all said that they noticed a reduction in hair regrowth after just four to eight weeks.

Braun claim this is the fastest IPL in terms of treatment time (twice as fast as their previous Silk Expert 5 IPL). Their faster flash rate in Glide mode means your body could be treated in around 30 mins.
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957

Suggested treatment is every 2 weeks for the first 4 sessions and then top up sessions as required.

Clinical studies (on legs) have demonstrated a 92% hair reduction within just 3 treatments and almost all hair gone for 6 months after 12 treatments.

The slightly slower flash rate in Slide and Flash mode means your body could be treated in around 40 mins.

Lumea offer a mobile app that not only gives handy tips but also offers personalised treatment programmes and adaptive scheduling to help you manage your treatments.
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As mentioned at the start, both give equally good results so it would be unfair to judge on just that aspect.

Although potentially taking a few minutes longer, the Philips Lumea IPL suggests you need to treat half as often to start with (every 2 weeks versus weekly) so we will give them the nod here – though long-term results take around the same amount of time overall on average.


Braun Silk Expert Pro 5

The Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 comes with one attachment – a precision head designed for treating smaller areas such as the face, underarms and bikini line.

The main Braun Pro 5 treatment head for use on larger areas is 3 cm x 1cm (total area of 3 cm2)

Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 settings
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957

This Philips Lumea Prestige comes with four heads designed to treat specific parts of your body. The face attachment cleverly has a flatter window and a red filter which allows for gentler treatment – especialy around upper lip – whilst 2 medium-sized, curved attachments allow for precision treatment around the bikini area and the armpits.

Finally there is an attachment with a larger head, designed to maximise ease and speed of treatment on bigger areas like the legs, arms and torso. The attachment for treating the body is 25% bigger than Braun’s at 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm, (total area of 4.1 cm2)

As attachments are clicked onto the device it launches a tailored programme.

Philips Lumea Prestige 9000 Serieseis
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The Philips product has multiple attachments – each designed to maximise both ease of use and effectiveness for specifics parts of your body and has a larger treatment head. It also automatically sets the best programme for that attachment as you click it in place. We have to give Philips the edge here.

Then again, this might be overkill depending on which area of your body you want to treat – in which case the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL might appeal more with its comparative simplicity.


Braun Silk Expert Pro 5

The Braun Pro 5 IPL has a power intensity range of 3 to 6 J/cm².

The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 has an impressive 10 light intensity levels and three comfort modes. These comfort modes means that if you have extra sensitive skin and find the automatically chosen intensity levels uncomfortable you can reduce the levels down by set degrees manually – all the way down to the lowest level if necessary.

It also uses the latest technology called SensoAdapt to continually check your skin tone and automatically adjust the flash intensity accordingly.

Braun Silk Pro Power Settings
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957

The Lumea Prestige has a power intensity range of 2.5 to 6.5 J/cm².

This Lumea Prestige has 5 energy settings – not the 10 levels you get with Braun but you can see the overall power intensity range is greater – starting slightly lower and ending slightly higher.

Not to be left out, Philips also uses clever technology (called SenseIQ) which also detects your skin tone and adapts to give the best and safest results possible. As with the Braun IPL, you can lower the intensity level manually if necessary.

Don’t forget, you also get all those extra attachments to make your treatment even more effective for each part of your body.

Philips Lumea Prestige Power Settings
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Tricky one here. Both use really clever technology to automatically adapt light intensity settings. The Lumea Prestige has slightly more power available whilst the Braun Pro 5 has twice as many intensity levels to get really granular during treatment – a draw this time.

Overall Verdict

As you can see from the review of the features and functionality above, both of these IPL devices offer excellent performance and usability. The Philips Lumea Prestige does have the edge slightly in our opinion but you’d not be disappointed with whichever one you choose. As it is so close the decision should come down to a few simple questions:

  • What parts of your body do you want to treat – do you really need all those attachments?
  • Where do you want to use it – is a cordless IPL more useful to you?
  • Which design and ergonomics appeals to you the most?
  • How much do you want or have to pay – both of these products often have heavy discounts on Amazon and Boots so it’s worth checking below which is giving the best deal at any time.
PRICEBraun Silk Expert Pro 5Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957
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