At first glance, laser hair removal devices may seem very expensive. However, if you have ever considered a professional laser hair removal treatment, you must be aware of the very high prices associated with these treatments. They usually range from 500 dollars to 2500 dollars for just one part of the body. Compared to that, home laser hair removal devices are extremely affordable, with a device costing at most 700 dollars.

With myriad options available today, it may be daunting to decide which device to go for. We will try making this process a tad easier for you. Here, we’ll discuss the features you should be looking for in your device and, we will talk about a few best laser hair removal devices.

How Laser Hair Removal Devices work

Laser devices emit light pulses, which are converted into heat. This heat is then absorbed by the melanin or the pigment present in the hair follicle. The heat damages the hair follicle and after a few uses, can result in the permanent removal of hair.

In most cases, results are seen after using the devices for around 5 to 8 sessions.

Factors to Consider When Buying The Laser Hair Removal Device

The following are a few factors to consider when purchasing a laser hair removal device:

Safety First: It goes without saying that you should be doubly sure that the device you are going to use is safe. So, check whether the device is approved by the FDA.

Your Skin Tone: If your skin tone is light to medium, you are lucky in that laser hair removal will be effective for you. Unfortunately, for very dark skin tones, most laser devices are unsafe and you need to be very careful in selecting a device. That is because laser works based on the contrast between skin tone and hair color. There are, however, a couple of FDA approved devices like the Illuminage Touch and the Illuminage Precise, that are safe to be used on dark skin.

The Color of your hair: Due to the way laser works, it works best on dark hair because of the prominent presence of melanin in the hair. You have limited choices if your hair is blonde, red, or white.

The Region you want to make hair-free: If you are looking for facial hair removal, check if the device is suitable for use on the face. Some devices are made to use on the body alone while some are designed to be used on the face and the body. For small areas like the face, look for a device that offers a precise window. For large areas, look for one that is fast and offers lots of flashes. If you are aiming to use a device for both body and face, look for one that has a facial attachment, an ergonomic design, many flashes, a precision attachment, and a fast treatment option. Also, these devices cannot be used on certain areas like around the eyes, ears, neck, nipples, and, genetalia. Men should not use them on their face and beard. Take these into consideration before purchasing one.

Your budget: Laser hair removal devices come in a wide range of prices ranging from just a hundred dollars to around seven hundred dollars. The cost of a device depends on many factors like the number of flashes and special features like skin tone sensors, cordless operation, fast treatment times, and suitability for different skin tones. Decide on the features you need the most and go for a device that is a good balance between the price and features it offers.

Suitability due to medical reasons: Each such device comes with a list of conditions when you should not use the device. Some medical conditions which do not allow the use of such devices are susceptibility to seizures, epilepsy, chronic migraines, skin cancer, photosensitivity-related diseases, and consumption of certain medicines like steroids and topical retinoid. Apart from these you should not use these devices if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding. Do not use these devices on moles, warts, scars, tattoos, and permanent makeup. Do thorough research and find out whether a device is safe for you before purchasing.

Your interest in tanning: If you tan regularly in natural sunlight or using artificial methods, laser treatment may not be for you. It is not recommended to use these devices on tanned and sunburnt skin. There are restricted time periods of up to 7 weeks both before and after laser treatment. Over a light tan too, you would have to use the device in the low setting, which, unfortunately, is not very effective. As a workaround, you can use laser treatment in the cold months of the year.

Top 9 best-selling products

Now that we are aware of the major features to look for in a laser hair removal device, let us talk about the top 9 best-selling devices.

9. Deess IPL iLight2

DEESS IPL hair removal device iLight 2 Laser Hair Removal Device

Price: approx. $260

No. of flashes: 3,50,000

Suitable hair colors: black, brown

Suitable skin tones: light to light brown

Specific features: IPL technology, face and body use, clinically proven, LCD display, corded use

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The Deess IPL iLight2 is a good-looking device with a floral print on it. The device is easy to use. It has an LCD display and you can choose from among different intensities. It comes with glasses, that are needed to be safe while using it. It talks of showing results in a short period of time, with 90 percent hair reduction after a single use.

Pros
  • Great for smaller areas
  • Easy to use
  • Looks beautiful
  • Multiple attachments
  • Adjustable instensity
Cons
  • A few customers had problems with faulty devices
  • Affordable

8. Remington iLight Pro

Remington iLIGHT Pro Hair Removal System

Price: approx. $200

No. of flashes: 3,00,000

Suitable hair colors: black to dark blonde

Suitable skin tones: light to medium brown

Specific features: FDA approved, clinically tested, ProPulse technology, fast treatments.  Skin tone and skin contact sensors, corded use

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The Remington iLight Pro IPL device is suitable for use on body and face. It is suited for skin tones on only I to IV. It is especially good for smaller areas and the face. It has all the important features like UV filters, skin tone sensors, and skin contact sensors. It comes with attachments for the bikini line and the face. Test it for sensitivity and use at an intensity level you are comfortable.

Pros
  • Facial and bikini attachments
  • Fast on small areas
  • Mains-powered
  • UV-filters
  • Skin tone sensor
Cons
  • Not comfortable for large areas
  • Shape of the wand could be better
  • Placement of skin tone sensor a bit odd

7. iluminage Touch

iluminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction Device Laser Hair Removal treatment

 

Price: approx. $450

No. of flashes: 3,00,000 (UK) or 1,20,000 (USA)

Suitable hair colors: all colors except white

Suitable skin tones: all skin tones

Specific features: IPL and RF technology, no need for skin tone sensor, RF bars for continuity and safety

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The iluminage Touch is suitable for men and women. It is the only device suitable for all skin tones. The iluminage Touch achieves this by using RF and IPL technologies. RF bars ensure continuous emission of flashes when in contact with the skin. You can either glide it or flash it on the skin.

Pros
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Suitable for most hair colors
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight and compact
Cons
  • May be a bit time consuming
  • Difficult to maneuver on tricky areas like below the knees
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6. SmoothSkin Gold

SmoothSkin Gold IPL Permanent Hair Reduction

Price: approx. $400

No. of flashes: 1,20,000

Suitable hair colors: black, brown

Suitable skin tones: light to medium dark

Specific features: IPL technology, skin tone sensor, fast treatments, gentle mode

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The SmoothSkin Gold IPL also comes with a few premium desired features like a fool-proof skin tone sensor for intensity check, and fast treatments. It has a unique shape that is comfortable to hold. Its skin tone sensor is especially good as it selects an intensity level before each flash. Use the gentle mode for a lower intensity than detected on sensitive areas.

Pros
  • Great foolproof skin tone sensor
  • One of the fastest device
  • Suitable for medium dark skin tone
Cons
  • A few customers have felt it doesn’t work
  • Instructions not clear

5. ​Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956

Philips Lumea New BRI956 Prestige IPL Laser Hair Removal Device

Price: approx. $600

No. of flashes: 2,50,000 min.

Suitable hair colors: black, brown, dark blonde

Suitable skin tones: light to medium dark

Specific features: IPL technology, curved attachments, SmartSkin sensor, for full body, 4 attachments

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The Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 is a new addition to their range. It is by far the fastest device available now, with a full leg taking just about 7 minutes. It is safe to be used on the face and the body. Its curved attachments are especially useful to use on tricky areas. IT has a gun shape which is intuitive and comfortable to use.

The Lumea BRI956 also comes with a SmartSkin sensor, which is like a safety check. It will recommend the suitable intensity level and flashes when you press the check button. It does not work if skin tone is detected to be unsuitable.

Pros
  • Curved attachments
  • Lots of flashes
  • dual operation – mains powered and cordless
  • Ergonomic design
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

4. Silk’n Flash&Go Hair Removal Device

Silk'n Flash&Go Hair Removal Device

Price: approx. $200

No. of flashes: 5000

Suitable hair colors: brown to black

Suitable skin tones: light to medium

Specific features: IPL technology, for body and face, FDA cleared

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The relatively affordable Silk’n Flash&Go is suitable for use everywhere – small and large areas – on the face and body. It is also suitable for sensitive areas like the bikini line. The laser head is 4 cm and so, can target large surface areas.

Pros
  • Ergonomic handle and head design
  • Large treatment spots
  • Dermatologist approved
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Only 5000 pulses

 

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3. Jin Bison Laser Hair Removal Device

 JIN BISON Laser Hair Removal Device Permanent Light

Price: approx. $160

No. of flashes: 5,50,000

Suitable hair colors: Black and brown

Suitable skin tones: light to medium brown

Specific features: SHINE baldheaded technology, full body use, skin contact sensor, UV filter, intelligent numerical control

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Although it is one of the least expensive devices discussed here, the Jin Bason Hair Removal Device has succeeded to attract a lot of good reviews from customers.  It uses the SHIBE Baldheaded technology, due to which it is claimed that results can be seen in just 8 weeks. It comes with glasses, an instruction manual, and an adapter. It is easy to use, suitable for men and women, and on all areas including the face, bikini, and body.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Integrated UV filter to protect skin from UV rays
Cons
  • Slow for large areas
  • Shape not very intuitive – needs practice
  • Skin tone sensor doesn’t detect intensity level

 

2. Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL 5

Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL 5001

Price: approx. $300

No. of flashes: 3,00,000

Suitable hair colors: black, dark brown, brown, dark blonde (not light blonde, red, gray, white)

Suitable skin tones: light to medium

Specific features: IPL technology, SensoAdapt skin tone sensor, Gentle mode, Precision and glide modes, fast treatment times, lightweight, feel-good shape

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The Braun Silk-expert IPL 5 boasts of a unique SensoAdapt skin. Using this technology, the device not only determines whether it can be safely used on your skin tone but also determines the intensity of light needed for the skin tone. This adapts to the varying skin tones on your body too.

The Silk-expert IPL is one of the most simple and easiest device out there. It also has a gentle mode for those sensitive areas of your body. So, if you are a nervous first-time user, you may use that mode in the beginning.

The device is FDA approved to be used on the body (not on the face) in the USA. However, the same device is CE approved in the UK and Europe for facial use below the cheekbones.

Pros
  • Easy to use; good for beginners
  • Pain-free
  • Fast treatment times
  • SensoAdapt technology
  • Gentle mode
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not for dark skin
  • No precision window for small areas

1. Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X

Hellow is here

Price: approx. $450

No. of flashes: 90,000

Suitable hair colors: light brown to black

Suitable skin tones: light to medium

Specific features: Diode type laser device, digital display, automatic lock for skin tone, pulse counter, 60-day money back guarantee, 1 year warranty, FDA-approved.

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The Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X was the first FDA-approved diode laser treatment device. It has been around longer than most devices in the market, and is, undoubtedly, a very effective device. This device is suitable for light to medium skin tones and hair colors of brown to black.  The Tria comes with an automatic lock – a feature that ensures that it is safe to use for your skin tone. If it is pointed on an unsuitable skin-tone, the device remains locked. It beeps and unlocks itself only when your skin tone is suitable for it.

The Tria has a digital interface, which shows the setting(1- 5) and the number of flashes. It comes with a list of recommended numbers of flashes and the corresponding time estimations in minutes for different body parts.

It has an ergonomic design and supports cordless use. The device also comes with 90,000 flashes. Unlike most other devices, this does not have a replaceable cartridge. But, the cartridge should last for a few years. Results can be seen in around 3 months.

Pros
  • Diode laser device (same technology as professional treatments)
  • Skin tone sensor and automatic lock
  • Digital interface; pulse counter
  • No need for replacement of cartridge
Cons
  • Not suitable for blonde, white, red, and gray hair
  • Not suitable for dark skin tones
  • Small laser head, so takes time on larger areas

Are you ready to take the plunge?

Sure, it is a difficult choice to make, given the myriad features and the cost of IPL and diode laser devices. It also depends on a lot of factors as discussed here. Do your research and choose a device that you think is suitable for you.

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