What is the Best IPL Hair Removal System in 2022?

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.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help!  We’ve highlighted some of the key things to look for in an IPL device and shortlisted below what we think are currently the best home IPL hair removal systems in 2022.

The most common question asked is which of these two are best – the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 vs the Philips Lumea Prestige – so click this link for our full head-to-head comparison.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY:

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.  Cut through all that noise and check if they have the following features. 

    • Lamp-life / flashes: IPL hair removal works by flashing a light and there will aways be a stated number of flashes before it wears out.  Once this happens you’ll need to replace the lamp (if possible) or more likely these days replace the whole device.  Most newer devices will offer well over 100,000 flashes, with the premium Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 and Philips Lumea Prestige models boasting over 400,000 – more than enough for anyone.
    • Attachments for treating parts of body: Depending on what part of your body you are treating you can get better results if you have a treatment head that is specifically designed for it.  For example – for your face you may need a flatter lense with a stronger filter for treating around your upper lip.  For your arm-pits and bikini area it helps to have a smaller attachment to get into the hard to reach places and use a filter designed to tackle that coarser hair. For legs and torso a larger attachment head that allows you to treat more skin with each flash can considerably speed up the process.
    • Different levels of flash intensity: Having a good range of flash intensity (from very low to high) means you can better tailor your treatment depending on your skin tone and sensitivity or your hair type  – optimising and speeding up results. Our 2 main choices below are the most powerful home IPL devices on the market.
    • Automatic skin tone sensor: Even better, some IPL devices come with technology that constantly scans your skin and adapts the flash intensity accordingly for the safest and best possible results – no more scanning skin colour charts to work it out yourself.
    • Manual and automatic flash modes: If treating a bigger area you would ideally want an IPL device that does not need you to press the trigger each time.  Many IPLs now offer a slide / glide and flash mode along with the manual flash mode for when you need more control.
    • Corded or cordless: IPL devices either need to be plugged into the mains or are rechargeable and cordless – making it much more flexible as to where and when you use it. Some devices give you the both options.

      The IPL devices highlighted below offer you the best of all these options so you know you’ll be giving yourself the highest possible chance of success. However you should also look towards yourself and your specific needs when deciding:

    • 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.  

Best IPL Hair Removal Device:

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957/00

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 rate them as one of the very best choices for effective IPL treatment. 

The model shown is the Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957/00 IPL.

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI957/00

Product Specifications:

Power: Cordless but also comes with adapter to plug into mains.  Battery lasts 30 minutes and recharges in around 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
  • 4 intelligent attachments for (1) the body / arms / legs (2) the face (3) armpits and (4) 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 every 2 seconds – 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 450,000 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
  • Quality 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!!”

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 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 model shown is the Braun Silk Expert Pro PL3157

Product Specifications:

Power: Mains (UK Plug) – no internal battery and clever design makes it incredibly light at under 300 grams (literally half the weight of the Lumea Prestige that itself is by no means a heavy device)

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 and comes with built in UV protection for even more protection for your skin.
  • Comes with 3 comfort settings (Normal, Gentle and Extra Gentle) in case you feel any discomfort and want to tone down the automatically selected intensity settings.
  • 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. The glide mode is very quick at between 0.6 and 1.2 seconds – going slower as the intensity setting gets higher
  • 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.”

Bronze Award Goes to:

Sensica Sensilight Pro IPL Hair Removal Device

2. Runner Up IPL Hair Removal Device

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

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:

  • 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 Philips and Braun devices offer 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 see you out

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”.

Best Hair Removal Laser

OK, so you have seen our top 3 recommended home IPL hair removal devices, but did you know there is another highly effective alternative – a “laser” hair removal device. It looks like an IPL device and you use it in basically the same way, but it uses a different type of light that has been proven to provide more permanent results. 

If you have not heard of this method of hair removal before it is worth considering.  In this category there is really only one contender when deciding the product to buy. 

Tria Beauty 4X Hair Removal Laser

Customer Rating of Tria X4

The Tria 4x is a laser hair removal system as opposed to an IPL (intense pulsed light) device and uses the same diode laser technology dermatologists use to target and permanently disable the hair follicles. It is currently the only laser powered hair removal device to be clinically proven and FDA approved to be used at home.

Tria Laser 4x

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x is a good looking, comfortable to hold, cordless device giving you the convenience to treat your unwanted hair when and where you like.

Results are what you would expect at great cost from a professional clinic and Tria boast that you will start to see visible results in just 2 treatments, and be pretty much rid of your hair problem within only 6 months.  On top of a 2 year warranty there is a 60 day money back guarantee so if you feel it is not working for you then you are not out of pocket.

There are plenty of good reviews out there to back this up and it is definitely one of the most popular hair removal devices on the market at present. You can even choose between a vibrant Fushia (shown) or Green colour when you buy.

It can be used by men and women to treat pretty much any area of the body where you have unwanted hair, though it is advised that you protect your eyes and wear protective glasses if treating areas around your head.

Many of the hair removal devices on the market come with a skin chart where you can match your skin type and set the intensity setting of your lamp accordingly.  The Tria Hair Removal Laser has a handy built in skin sensor (built into the base of the handle) that analyses your skin and automatically selects the best settings to give you an optimal and safe experience.  This safety is also enhanced by a locking device that ensures that the system will not activate if it could damage your skin – if all is OK you’ll hear a series of beeps and the system will unlock.

Tria Hair Removal Laser settings

The digital display clearly provides information on whether the system is locked and the skin sensor indicator status.  It also easily highlights which of the 5 intensity settings you have set and the status of the battery so you never run out mid-treatment.  The new 4X model now also incorporates a pulse counter in the display so you can ensure that you treat the target area with the required number of flashes.

Treatment times depend greatly on the size of the area you are treating and the type / coarseness of the hair etc but bikini and armpits will only take about 5 minutes and whole legs around half an hour.  As mentioned earlier you should start seeing results after only a couple of sessions and all you need to do is glide the lamp head over the area to be treated or lift and place for specific targeting.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X at a Glance:

The only clinically proven hair removal laser for use at home and a multi award winning device.  Comes with a 90 day money back guarantee.

Uses the same diode laser technology dermatologists use to target and permanently disable the hair follicle – more permanent than IPL hair removal devices

Cordless Hair Removal System giving you freedom to use where and when you want

Full battery charge only takes 2 hours

Built in skin sensor ensures all intensity settings are perfect for your skin type

Digital display on device provides information during treatment such as the:

– Intensity setting
– Battery levels
– Skin sensor indicator
– Lock status
– Pulse counter to help you treat each area of your body with the optimum amount of flashes

Available in 2 colours to match your style

I absolutely love this product! I have been using it for only 4 months and the results are fantastic. The hair that is left is finer and very sparse. It is very easy to use, and I just alternate between lower and upper legs each week. Does not take long for each session. I have been telling all of my friends what a great product this is…only wish I had discovered it sooner!

Commonly 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

Does IPL Hair Removal Work?

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?

Does IPL Hair Removal Hurt?

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

How Long will IPL Hair Removal Take to Work?

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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