Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL vs Philips Lumea Advanced

Which is best, Braun Silk Expert IPL or Philips Lumea Advanced?

Both are great value devices, and it’s hard to decide between them!

They look similar, both with a classy white and dusky rose-gold colour way. But each has a distinctive shape and different performance specification.

To help you decide, read this comparison of how each device performs against the WeAreBodyBeautiful.com scoring criteria and a comparison of the features.  You can check prices and buy your favourite using the links at the end of the article.

Braun Silk expert 5 IPL

4.5 out of 5

Fitzpatrick colour scale I to VI showing it's safe for I to V

Safe for skin tones I to V, light to dark skin

Works on black, dark brown, mid-brown and dark blonde body hair colours. Doesn't work on light blonde, red, white or gray body hair colours.

Works on black to dark blonde hair

  • Manufactured by Cyden Ltd.
  • Clinically proven
  • FDA cleared & CE certification

Philips Lumea Advanced: Best at home IPL hair removal for smaller body areas

Philips Lumea Advanced

4.2 out of 5

Fitzpatrick colour scale I to VI showing it's safe for I to IV

Safe for skin tones I to IV, light to medium skin

Works on black, dark brown, mid-brown and dark blonde body hair colours. Doesn't work on light blonde, red, white or gray body hair colours.

Works on black to dark blonde hair

  • Manufactured  by Philips
  • Clinically proven
  • CE certification

Here’s my comparison round up of the 2.

Are they good value?

Braun silk Expert 5 / 5

Total treatment area of 900,000 cm²

Lumea Advanced 5 / 5

Total treatment area of 1,000,000 cm²

For lamp lifetime value they’re similar. The Lumea Advanced models have a long lamp lifetime lasting 15+ years of monthly full body treatments (Philips say up to 20). The Braun IPL too has a long lamp lifetime of 15+ years. They’re both excellent value and provide many more flashes than you’ll likely need.

Which is easiest to use?

Braun silk Expert 4.3 / 5

Lumea Advanced 3.5 / 5

The Braun IPL although ergonomic, isn’t as intuitive or as comfortable as the Lumea Advanced’s gun-shape. The Braun IPL also has a single medium-size  3 cm² treatment window. It’s the optimum size for both large areas and tricky surfaces like your upper lip. But I do like the precision and bikini attachments that come with the Advanced.

close up photo of the 3 cm2 Braun silk expert flash window next to the 4 cm2 Lumea Advanced Flash window

The Braun silk Expert 5 IPL (left) has a single multi-use flash window. It measures 1 cm by 3 cm and is the optimum size for flashing smaller areas like the upper lip, and large areas like legs fast.
The Lumea Advanced has a larger body flash window. It measures 1.5 cm by 3.5 cm. That’s great for larger body areas like legs. But the Braun Silk Expert is still faster to cover a full leg because the flash repetition rate is much quicker.

 

The Advanced has 5 intensity levels suitable for light to medium skin tones (Fitzpatrick types I to IV). The Braun IPL 5 is safe for a broader range of tones. It has 10 intensity levels suitable for  light to dark skin tones (Fitzpatrick types I to V). With 10 intensity levels you get a more precise IPL for your skin tone.

Both devices have a skin tone sensor that stop the flashes if your skin tone is too dark. However, the  Braun IPL is more advanced. It checks your skin and then selects the best of the 10 intensity levels for your tone. And it does it before every flash, so it’s great if your skin tone varies by body area. It makes for straight-forward, foolproof treatments.

Which is fastest?

Braun silk Expert 4.7 / 5

Lumea Advanced 3.5 / 5

The biggest difference between the Braun and the Advanced is the speed of treatments.

You can finish a full leg from around 14+ mins with the Lumea Advanced. This is good, but the Braun IPL has it beaten. It has a much quicker flash repetition rate. Braun say you can finish a full leg in around 8:30 mins. In my experience it’s more like 10 mins because I’m thorough. That’s still one of the quickest high power IPL out there.

This may be enough to sway you from the Lumea Advanced especially if you are treating your full body. But for smaller body areas the Advanced is fine – it takes minutes. So it’s a fine choice for face, bikini line, underarms and forearms.

Which has the best customer support?

Braun silk Expert 4 / 5

Lumea Advanced 5 / 5

Braun are a trusted brand with a great repuation in beauty and electrical devices. Their customer support is great. Responses are prompt and thorough and there’s also a helpful treatment App to schedule your sessions and find helpful information. Unfortunately they don’t give the extra reasuurance of a money back guarantee period.

Philips too have an excellent reputation and they give expertly and prompt advice to questions. They also provide support and advice via online chat. You also get a helpful treatment calendar App with ‘how to’ guides. Plus a reassuring 100-day money back guarantee from Philips.

What’s the feedback and results?

Braun silk Expert 4.6 / 5

Lumea Advanced 4.5 / 5

Both devices have excellent online feedback and helpful reviews. There’s not much difference in the scores.

The majority of online feedback for the Braun Silk Expert is positive. The reviewers love the fast no-fuss treatments and report great results.

For the Lumea Advanced there’s loads of love for the lightweight, gun-shape and mains-power operation. A few mention it’s time consuming for large areas.

What do they cost?

Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL typical range: £250 to £300

Lumea Advanced typical range: £200 to £300

The deciding factor may be price. The Braun IPL Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is £399. The Lumea Advanced RRP is £325 to £385.  They’re all in the same range. Offers are common for all devices and you may find all for under £300. So check to see which is in budget using the links below.

2 photo comparisons of the Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL and Lumea Advanced.

Both devices are great choices. The flashes last for over 15 years of monthly full body treatments, and because they’re mains-powered they’re ready to go when you are. The online reviews love them and you get great customer support from both Braun and Philips. With the Advanced you get a 100 day money back guarantee too. I recommend them for different types of treatments though. Keep reading to see which.

 

Lumea Advanced vs Braun IPL comparison table

The table below shows the comparison specification of the Lumea Advanced and Braun IPL.

Philips Lumea Advanced SC1999 and SC1997 Braun Silk Expert IPL IPL 5001, BD 5009, BD 5008
Image: The Philips Lumea Advanced SC1999 White & Rose Gold Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL device
Our score:
4.2 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
Budget range: £200 to £300 £250 to £300
Skin tones & hair colours:
  • Safe for Fitzpatrick types I to IV
  • Works on black to dark blonde hair
  • Safe for Fitzpatrick types I to V
  • Works on black to dark blonde hair
Safety:
  • Prevents accidental flashes
  • Integrated UV filter
  • Basic skin tone sensor
  • Protects skin that's too dark
  • Prevents accidental flashes
  • Integrated UV filter
  • Advanced skin tone sensor
  • Protects skin that's too dark
  • AND chooses your best intensity
Treatments:
  • Body & face
  • 8 week start-up phase
  • 5 treatments at 2-week intervals
  • Top ups as needed
  • Lumea IPL treatment App
  • Body & face
  • 11 week start-up phase
  • 12 weekly treatments
  • Top ups as needed
  • Braun IPL treatment App
Power & operation:
  • Mains-powered
  • 5 intensity levels
  • Max 5 J/cm² energy output
  • Stamp & continuous flash mode
  • Mains-powered
  • 10 intensity levels
  • Max 6 J/cm² energy output
  • Stamp & continuous flash mode
  • Gentle & Extra Gentle mode
Attachments:
  • Flat body window (4 cm²)
  • Flat facial / precision window (2 cm²)
  • Flat bikini window (2 cm²) (SC1999 only)
  • Multi-use treatment window (3 cm²)
Speed:
  • Underarms take 1:45 mins
  • Philips say full leg from 14+ mins
  • Underarms take 1:16 mins
  • Full leg takes 10+ mins
Lamp Lifetime:
  • Treat up to 1,000,000 cm²
  • 200+ full body treatments
  • 15+ years lifetime
  • Treat up to 900,000 cm²
  • 200+ full body treatments
  • 15+ years lifetime
Customer service:
  • 2 year warranty
  • Excellent customer support
  • 2 year warranty
  • Very good customer support
Money back guarantee:
  • 100-day money back guarantee
  • None
Online reviews rating:
User rating of 4.5
User rating of 4.6

So, which should you choose?

Both devices are top choices. They’re my recommended Best buys but for different reasons.

Best for small areas: Philips Lumea Advanced

  • I recommend the Philips Lumea Advanced for small body areas

 

I think the Lumea Advanced is a great choice, especially for treating smaller areas like your bikini line, underarms, tummy, forearms and face. That’s because of the great gun-shape, specialist bikini and facial / precision treatment windows. And because the slower speed of application isn’t as big a deal on these smaller areas versus on torso and full legs. It’s my best at home IPL hair removal for smaller body areas.

It’s also a decent choice for treating your full body. You’ll get years and years of use, the distinct gun-shape is very comfortable and the specialist treatment windows are an added bonus. But it’s slow to cover large areas. you can split-up your treatments across days so you don’t notice the slower speed of application. Read the full Lumea Advanced review here.

Buy Philips Lumea Advanced from CurrentBody.com OR Buy it from Amazon

I recommend the Lumea Advanced as a great mid-range choice for under £300. It’s my best at home IPL hair removal for smaller body areas.

 

Best for full body or larger areas: Braun silk Expert 5 IPL

  • I recommend the Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL for simple and fast full body & face treatments

 

The Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL is a premium choice and one of the best available for treating your full body and face. The advanced skin tone sensor makes for foolproof treatments and it’s fast to cover your skin. It wins my Best Buy award for fast, safe and simple treatments.

Buy Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL from CurrentBody.com OR Buy it from Amazon

Front, top and side view photos of the white and rose gold Braun Silk Expert 5 device

The Braun Silk Expert 5 IPL is my recommended best buy for powerful & foolproof home IPL device. It’s one of the best for fast face and full body treatments done in one session.

 

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