What is the Best IPL Hair Removal System in 2021?

If you’re considering buying a home IPL hair removal system then you’ll know it offers exciting potential.  However you’ll also know these devices are not cheap and understandably you’ll want to know you’re giving yourself the best possible chance of success for your investment.  Looking online you’ve probably noticed that there are a dizzying number of IPL devices out there all making big claims, making it hard to know which is the best system for you.

The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 vs the Philips Lumea Prestige vs the Remington IPL…don’t worry, we’re here to help!  We’ve done the research for you and below we’ve shortlisted what we think are the best home IPL hair removal systems out there at the moment.


  • Your hair colour and skin shade.  IPL hair 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 IPL 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.
  • Your Budget.  Depending on the model you choose and the functionality it comes with the prices can vary significantly.  Naturally you’ll typically be paying more for the newest IPL hair removal models so it’s worth checking out the older models that will often be cheaper but still 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.

So, let’s take a look at our choice of the best IPL hair removal systems out there.  


1. Best IPL Hair Removal Device:

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI954/00

Rating for Philips Lumea

The Philips Lumea is the UK’s No.1 IPL hair removal brand and their multi-award winning devices are an incredibly popular choice. Well over a million people use it and, for performance and features, we definitely rate them as one of the very best choices for effective IPL treatment. 

Philips Lumea BRI954-00The latest model is the Philips Lumea Prestige BRI954/00 IPL (shown).

Product Specifications:

Power: Cordless but also comes with adapter to plug into mains.  Recharges in 100 minutes

Features Include:

  • In-built “SmartSkin” sensor sets the correct intensity for optimum results and to prevent skin damage
  • 5 intensity settings to cover all applicable skin / hair types and treatment areas plus an in-built UV filter
  • 3 intelligent attachments for (1) the body / arms / legs (2) the face and (3) precision areas (armpits and bikini). Clicking attachments to device launches a programme tailored to that body area
  • Features 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
  • Great lamp life (over 250,000 flashes) means you’ll not need to replace the device
  • Built in safety ring feature prevents accidental flashing
  • Free App available which gives advice and tips as well as helping you create a tailored schedule for treating each area of your body
  • Pouch to keep device in  

Treatment and Effectiveness:

  • 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.
  • Suggested treatment is every 2 weeks for the first 4 sessions and then top up sessions as required
  • If you are not 100% satisfied Philips have a 30 day money back guarantee (though up to 100 days is quoted on Amazon)
“I have got rid of under arms hair in just two weeks. One of the best products I’ve ever bought for myself.”
“After using once a week on my underarms I am now almost completely hair free. I do a top up session every time I see one or two hairs (not very often) and that dreaded ‘shadow’ is a thing of the past. Now using on my legs and bikini and having similar results…so so happy!!”

Amazon – £349.50
Saving £125.50


2. Runner Up IPL Hair Removal Device

Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 PL3157

Customer Rating of Tria X4


Our next pick is the Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 PL3157 which claims to be the safest (recommended by the Skin Care Alliance) and quickest corded IPL – claiming permanent hair reduction in only 4 weeks. It has equally impressive features and performance to the Lumea Prestige so if you are stuck between which to choose then perhaps go with the one that currently has the best price. 

Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137

The latest model is the Braun Silk Expert Pro PL3157 (shown).

Product Specifications:

Power: Mains (UK Plug) – no internal battery makes it lighter than the Lumea Prestige

Features Include:

  • SensoAdapt™ sensor constantly monitors your skin as the device passes over it and instantly adapts to one of 10 light intensity settings to keep you safe and provide optimal performance. They claim this is the only device that checks your skin during treatments and comes with built in UV protection for even more protection for your skin.
  • Comes with 3 intensity settings (Normal, Gentle and Extra Gentle) which is less than the 5 you get on some other brands but remember the SensoAdapt™ sensor has 10 settings in play when you treat your body.
  • Interchangeable precision head makes it easier to treat the face, armpits and bikini area where you need more control
  • Features a glide mode for easily treating larger areas in just a few short minutes (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
  • A lamp life of 400,000 flashes – double what you get with many other top brands and enough to last over 20 years
  • Free app where you can follow your treatments and provides reminders of when to do your next one
  • Comes in a gold stripe zip-up case which includes a Venus razor

Treatment and Effectiveness:

  • Recent trials involving 80 women (undertaken 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 and that any hair growing back was finer.
  • Body hair requires one treatment a week for between 1 to 3 months followed by top up treatment if required every 1 to 2 months
  • There is a 2-year guarantee on the product and a 100 day money back guarantee
  • Clinically tested and dermatologically accredited as skin safe by an international skin health organization (Skin Health Alliance)
“I love this product!! I’ve been using it for five weeks, I’m amazed at how hair free the areas I have been using it on are. I use to use an epilator which was quite painful, this it totally pain free. I love the fact you don’t have to leave your house and you get professional results. I cannot recommend this enough.”
“Outstanding. Wish I bought it two years ago instead of going to my local beauty salon to get numerous IPL sessions (which took 18 months in total for one area). I would recommend getting this product with the precision head for underarms and shins especially. I have been using this product for over 2 months and the hair growth is significantly slower and I have virtually no under arm hair growth now.”

Amazon – £299.99
Saving £19.95


3. Bronze Award Goes to:

Sensica Sensilight Pro IPL Hair Removal Device

In third place comes the Sensica Sensilight Pro – another very popular IPL device that comes with some impressive inbuilt technology and features to provide safe and effective treatment.2. Runner Up IPL Hair Removal Device

The model shown here is the Sensica Sensilight Pro IPL Hair Removal

Product Specifications:

Power: Cordless – claims an impressive 600 flashes per charge

Features Include:

  • Uses an FDA-approved RPL™ (Reactive Pulsed Light) technology which you’ll find in many professional clinics. It is basically IPL with a sensor that continually scans and optimises the settings to your skin tone and condition as it passes over it. They say it is unique but sounds very similar to what the Braun device offers TBH
  • Offers 6 intensity settings so plenty of flexibility for you to manually choose from if you wish.  There is also a button you can press to let the device set the recommended optimal setting for you
  • Like the Philips and Braun devices above it comes with additional click-on attachments.  A large one (4.5cm2) for use on larger areas of body and a smaller (2cm2) attachment for when you need more precision
  • Features a manual “pulse” mode or an automatic “Glide” mode to prevent repetitive strain injury when treating larger areas
  • Claims unlimited lamp life – not sure what this means but assume it’ll last a lifetime of use

Treatment and Effectiveness:

  • You should start seeing a reduction in hair growth in just 4 weeks with it becoming increasingly noticeable and sparser in the following 2 months
  • They recommend that you treat hair on the body every two weeks for weeks 1-4, reducing to every four weeks between weeks 5-7. For facial hair it is suggested that you treat every two weeks for weeks 1-5, reducing to once every four weeks between weeks 6-8. After that any additional treatments can can done as and when you feel they are needed
  • FDA-cleared technology

“Makes so much sense for it to be cordless and have a small tip for small areas and large one for bigger areas -my legs! The shape is so comfortable to use, and it has so many power settings to help me. I am looking forward to getting the same great results my friend has with this model”.


Amazon – £360

Frequently Asked Questions

We know if your considering investing in an IPL removal devices then you will probably have loads of questions.  Below we have quickly listed the 3 most common ones asked but for a fuller list see our FAQ Page

A simple but important question with a not so simple answer – so we’ve written a whole blog post for you on Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

Used with the correct frequency and light intensity settings it should not hurt – it should at most feel like an elastic band being lightly twanged (technical term) against your skin. If you find it uncomfortable then ensure you are not hot and sweaty (as that can have an impact) or try lowering the setting. Calming gels are also available should you feel it helps

Another simple question with no simple answer. How long it takes will depend on factors such as your skin and hair colour; the area being treated and the coarseness of your hair in that region; the device you are using and apparently the stubbornness of your hair to die (a term people use when all the previous factors are sub-optimal).

Most of the devices you can buy will give pretty detailed information on how to use and what sort of results you will expect to see. You should start seeing noticeable results after just 2 or 3 sessions but expect to need maybe +12 sessions over a few months for full results and even then occasions top-ups. This is another reason to buy one of these when you calculate how much a private salon would charge.

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