All home IPL machine reviews

The table below shows all the home IPL devices I’ve reviewed and scored out of 5 stars. For each device you can see:

  • An image and name that link to the full review, and if it’s a Best Buy recommendation
  • Which you can use on your ‘Body & Face’ or ‘Body Only’
  • The safe skin tones based on the Fitzpatrick scale I to VI

Fitzpatrick skin tone types 1 to 6

  • Which hair colours it’s effective on from Black to dark blonde, and light blonde and red
  • What I recommend it’s best suited to i.e. full body & face treatments, large areas, smaller areas, and face.
  • A brief summary overview based on my review
  • The price range in £ GBP and $ USD

 

The price ranges are:

£ GBP

  • £ – up to £149
  • ££ – £150 to £249
  • £££ – £250 to £349
  • ££££ – £350+

$ USD

  • $ – up to $199
  • $$ – $200 to $349
  • $$$ – $350 to $500
  • $$$$ – $501+
 Star ratingSafe forSkin types
& hair colour
Price GBP
Price USD
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The Lumea Prestige models are My Overall Best Buy home IPL device
4.9

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956
Body & Face

I to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
$$$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, with flashes to last 15+ years. It does it all - you can use it both corded or cordless, with the advanced skin tone sensor or manual controls. The x4 specialist treatment windows are shaped to match your curves. It's intuitive, comfortable, easy to use, with exceptional build quality. Online reviewers love it.
My Overall Best Buy home IPL device
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4.8

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI953
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
$$$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, with flashes to last 15+ years. It does it all - you can use it both corded or cordless, with the advanced skin tone sensor or manual controls. The x3 specialist treatment windows are shaped to match your curves. It's intuitive, comfortable, easy to use, with exceptional build quality. Online reviewers love it.
My Overall Best Buy home IPL device
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4.7

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI950
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
$$$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, with flashes to last 15+ years. It does it all - you can use it both corded or cordless, with the advanced skin tone sensor or manual controls. The x2 specialist treatment windows are shaped to match your curves. It's intuitive, comfortable, easy to use, with exceptional build quality. Online reviewers love it.
My Overall Best Buy home IPL device
Buy the Tria 4X laser
The Tria Beauty laser 4X is my best home hair removal laser
4.6

Tria Beauty Hair removal laser 4X
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
£££ / $$$
Best suited to: Face & smaller areas
This is the most powerful home-use hair removal device because it's a diode laser. Higher power treatments give the fastest and longest lasting results. Application speed is fine for small areas and the face, and it'll last several years of use for such areas. Lots of love in the feedback, but read my review to learn the valid criticism too.
Read the Smoothskin Muse review
The Smoothskin Muse is my best home IPL for powerful, fast and endless flashes
4.6

Smoothskin Muse IPL - Unlimited flashes
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
£££ / $$$
Best suited to: Full body, face & smaller areas
This is the first high-power IPL device to give unlimited flashes, so you'll never run out. And you get your fastest and long-lasting results. The striking design is both beautiful and extremely easy to use. Treatments are fast and no-faff thanks to the advanced skin tone sensor. Plug-and-go simplicity at its best.

4.5

Braun / Gillette Venus Silk-expert IPL
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
From $$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, and with the advanced skin tone sensor it's foolproof. 300,000 flashes - more then you'll ever need lasting 15+ years. Online reviewers love it. Almost identical to the Smoothskin Gold.
It's my Best Buy for fast, safe and simple treatments.
The Smoothskin Gold review
4.5

SmoothSkin Gold 300
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
From $$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, and the advanced skin tone sensor means it's foolproof. 300,000 flashes - more then you'll ever need lasting 15+ years. Online reviewers love it. Almost identical to the Braun Silk Expert IPL.
It's my Best Buy for fast, safe and simple treatments.
The Smoothskin Gold review

4.5

SmoothSkin Gold 200
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From ££
$$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, and the advanced skin tone sensor means it's foolproof. 200,000 flashes - plenty flashes to last 10+ years. Online reviewers love it. Almost identical to the Braun Silk Expert IPL.
It's my Best Buy for fast, safe and simple treatments.
Smoothskin Bare review
4.4

Smoothskin Bare
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From ££
From $$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
This no-frills device operates at a single low intensity so treatments are ultrafast. Perfect for full body treatments and small areas alike. You'll need more treatments overall but they'll take half the time of the next fastest device. Great for anyone with a busy schedule (or just plain lazy).
It's my ultrafast, budget Best Buy
Philips Lumea SC2009 scores 4.6
4.4

Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009/00
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
Not available in USA
Best suited to: Smaller areas and face.
Premium cordless design with x3 specialist attachments that'll last 15+ years of use. Check out my Best Buy recommendations with faster and better application times for full body treatments. The Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 is the updated and latest model version.
Philips Lumea Prestige Sc2007/00 review
4.4

Philips Lumea Prestige SC2007/00
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From £££
Not available in USA
Best suited to: Smaller areas and face.
Premium cordless design with x2 specialist attachments that'll last 15+ years of use. Check out my Best Buy recommendations with faster and better application times for full body treatments. The Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 is the updated and latest model version.
The Philips Lumea Advanced Sc1999 review
4.3

Philips Lumea Advanced SC1999
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
From ££
Not available in USA
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
The mid-range option from Philips, usually less expensive than the flagship Prestige. It's mains-powered, has an intuitive gun-shape design and x3 specialist treatment windows (including a bikini treatment window). Divide full body treatments into manageable 30 min sessions across days.
A good choice, often on offer. The lower price means it's great value for treating smaller areas and your face.
iluminage Precise Touch review: for small body areas and the face

 Safe for all skin tones including dark and black, and effective on all hair colours including blonde and red
4.2

Iluminage Precise Touch 300K
Body & Face All tones I to VI
Black to dark blonde,
light blonde and red*
££ / $$
Best suited to: Smaller areas and face.
This uses a gentle, combined Radio Frequency and IPL energy making it safe and effective for dark to black skin tones. It also works on fair hair. The lamp lifetime and small flash window mean it's a great choice for treating your face and smaller body areas. Choose the Iluminage Touch if you want to be fuzz-free over your full body.
It's my Best Buy for dark and black skin tones and most hair colours for smaller areas and your face.
The Smoothskin Gold review
4.2

SmoothSkin Gold 120
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From ££
Not available in USA
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
It's one of the fastest, and it's foolproof. 120,000 flashes - will last 5+ years. Online reviewers love it. Almost identical to the Braun Silk Expert IPL White & Rose Gold model. The 120 model now has limited availability in favour of the 200 and 300 model.
The Philips Lumea Advanced SC1997
4.2

Philips Lumea Advanced SC1997
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
From ££
Not available in USA
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
The mid-range option from Philips, usually less expensive than the flagship Prestige. It's mains-powered, has an intuitive gun-shape design and x2 specialist treatment windows. For full body treatments split into manageable 30 min sessions across days.
A good choice, often on offer. The lower price means it's great value for treating smaller areas and your face.
Read the Iluminage TOUCH review
Best Buy for dark and black skin tones
 Safe for all skin tones including dark and black, and effective on all hair colours including blonde and red
4.1

Iluminage Touch 300,000 flashes
Body & FaceAll tones I to VI
Black to dark blonde,
light blonde and red*
From ££££
From $$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
This uses a gentle, combined Radio Frequency and IPL energy making it safe and effective for dark to black skin tones. It also works on fair hair. The 300,000 model lasts around 5 years for monthly full body treatments.
It's my Best Buy for dark and black skin tones and most hair colours for treating large areas or your full body.
The White and Purple model of the Braun Silk expert
4.1

Braun Silk expert IPL 3 with 250,000 flashes
Body & FaceI to V
Black to dark blonde
From ££
From $$
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
This is a reduced spec and cheaper version of the Braun Silk Expert. It'll last ages and application time is average. For full body treatments split into manageable 30 min sessions across days. Great value offer prices are common.
iluminage Precise Touch review: for small body areas and the face

 Safe for all skin tones including dark and black, and effective on all hair colours including blonde and red
4.0

Iluminage Precise Touch 150K
Body & Face All tones I to VI
Black to dark blonde,
light blonde and red*
££ / $$
Best suited to: Smaller areas and face.
This uses a gentle, combined Radio Frequency and IPL energy making it safe and effective for dark to black skin tones. It also works on fair hair. The lamp lifetime and small flash window mean it's a great choice for treating your face and smaller body areas. Choose the Iluminage Touch if you want to be fuzz-free over your full body.
It's my Best Buy for dark and black skin tones and most hair colours for smaller areas and your face.
Silkn Flash&Go Express review
4.0

Silk’n Flash&Go Express 300,000
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
From $$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
This no-frills device from Silk'n is fast, easy to operate and will last up to 15 years of full body treatments. A great budget choice. The lower price tag makes it a value choice for treating smaller areas too.
4.0

Philips Lumea Essential BRI861
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
From ££
Not available in USA
Best suited to: Smaller areas
A decent budget choice that'll last ages, but application time is slower than other options. So I think it's best suited to treating small body areas like underarms, bikini line and forearms.
Philips Lumea Comfort SC1981 mains powered device  is small and lightweight with top of the range features and functions
3.6

Philips Lumea Essential SC1983
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
££ / $$$$
REad the Iluminage TOUCH review

 Safe for all skin tones including dark and black, and effective on all hair colours including blonde and red
3.5

Iluminage Touch 120,000 flashes
Body & FaceAll tones I to VI
Black to dark blonde,
light blonde and red*
From ££££
From $$$
Best suited to: Full body, face, smaller areas.
This uses a gentle, combined Radio Frequency and IPL energy so it's safe and effective for dark and black skin tones. It also works on fair hair. The lamp lifetime from the 120,000 flashes model is ok and cheaper replacement bulbs are available meaning you won't have to buy another new device at full price.
It's my Best Buy for dark and black skin tones and most hair colours for treating large areas or your full body.
Buy the Remington iLight IPL6780
3.7

Remington iLight Pro IPL6780
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
£££
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
This model is available in the UK and Europe and offers the best value in the iLight range. I love that Remington match the warranty to the expected lamp lifetime (5 years). But it's slow to apply so better suited to treating smaller areas like face, underarms, bikini line and forearms.
remington-ilight-prestige-ipl6750-review
3.5

Remington iLight Pro IPL6750
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
£££
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
This model is available in the UK and Europe and is good value in the iLight range. It lasts for 5 years of full body treatments but the bikini attachment doesn't add much value as it's just a smaller size than the body window. It's slow to apply so better suited to treating smaller areas like face, underarms, bikini line and forearms.
Remington iLight Ultra review
3.5

Remington iLight Ultra
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
$$$
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
This is the best value iLight range device available in the USA. The expected lamp lifetime is 2 to 3 years of full body treatments. But it's slow to apply so better suited to treating smaller areas like face, underarms, bikini line and forearms. Remington offer a 90 day money back guarantee.
Silkn Glide 150000 in purple
3.5
Silk'n Glide 150,000 / Flash&Go Compact
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
££
Best suited to: Smaller areas (underarms, bikini line, tummy and forearms)
This no-frills, low-cost option from Silk'n will last 5 years but the application time is slow so it's not the best choice for your full legs and full body. It's better suited to smaller areas where you won't notice the speed. Takes practise on upper lip and uneven surfaces.
Philips Lumea Comfort SC1981 mains powered device  is small and lightweight with top of the range features and functions
3.5

Philips Lumea Comfort SC1981
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
££ / $
Remington iLight Pro IPL6500 review
3.3

Remington iLight Pro IPL6500
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
££
Best suited to: Face, Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas
The expected lamp lifetime is 2 to 3 years of full body treatments. It's slow to apply so better suited to treating smaller areas like face, underarms, bikini line and forearms. Offers are common.
Remington iLight ipl6250 review
3.3

Remington iLight Essential IPL6250
Body onlyI to IV
Black to dark blonde
££ / $$
Best suited to: Full body (in multiple sessions), smaller body areas. Not for face.
The expected lamp lifetime is 2 to 3 years of full body treatments. It's slow to apply so better suited to treating smaller areas like underarms, bikini line and forearms. Attractive low price from a trusted brand.
Silkn Glide 50,000 in green
3.3

Silk'n Glide 50,000
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
£
Best suited to: Smaller areas (underarms, bikini line, tummy and forearms)
This no-frills, low-cost option from Silk'n will last 5 years if used on smaller body areas. And the application time is slow so it's not the best choice for your full legs and full body. It's better suited to smaller areas where you won't notice the speed. Takes practise on upper lip and uneven surfaces.
Silkn Glide 30,000 in blue
3.2

Silk'n Glide 30,000
Body & FaceI to IV
Black to dark blonde
£
Best suited to: Smaller areas (underarms, bikini line, tummy and forearms)
This no-frills, low-cost option from Silk'n will last 3 years if used on smaller body areas. And the application time is slow so it's not the best choice for your full legs and full body. It's better suited to smaller areas where you won't notice the speed. Takes practise on upper lip and uneven surfaces.

Veet Infini'Silk review
2.9
Veet Infini'Silk
Body onlyI to IV
Black to dark blonde
$
Me My Elos Pro Ultra scores 68%
2.6

Me My Elos Pro Ultra 200,000 Pulses
Body & Face All tones
I to VI
Black to dark blonde, light blonde, red, grey / white*
££££ / $$$$
* Clinical trials showed the devices to be effective on light hair (blonde and red) but white and grey hair were not included in the trial. If you have lighter body hair it will take longer than the recommended treatment regimen to achieve your optimum results.
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