Philips Lumea Prestige vs Lumea Advanced

Which is best, Lumea Prestige BRI956/3/0 or Lumea Advanced SC1999/97 ?

Both are great choices from Philips. Both will last for ages, have exceptional build quality, look beautiful and give great results. However, the Lumea Prestige is the flagship, premium model with a better specification, and a higher price tag. It’s packed with unique features unmatched by any other brand.

 

The Lumea prestige and Advanced lying face down next to each other showing the similar shape and white and rose-gold colours.

The Lumea Prestige and Lumea Advanced look very similar. In these photos the Prestige is at the back. The Lumea Advanced is a mid-range, above average choice. The Prestige is Philips flagship model and has a premium, higher spec and is usually more expensive.  Both have exceptional build quality and are fine choices but for different uses. Check the scoring criteria comparison and spec table below.

 

There’s a lot to love about both of these devices. Keep reading this comparison roundup for both devices to help you decide.

Contents

Philips Lumea Prestige

4.9 out of 5

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

Safe for light to dark skin tones
(Fitzpatrick types I to V)

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 dark hair (black to dark blonde hair)

  • Manufactured by Philips
  • Clinically proven
  • 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 light to medium skin
(Fitzpatrick types I to IV)

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 dark hair (black to dark blonde hair)

  • Manufactured  by Philips
  • Clinically proven
  • CE certification

Here’s how they compare.

Are they good value?

Lumea Prestige 5 /5

Total treatment area of 1,025,000 cm²

Lumea Advanced 5 / 5

Total treatment area of 900,000 cm²

Bar chart showing the lamplifetime value of the Philips Lumea Prestige vs Philips Lumea Advanced, and compared to other devices. Both are amongst the best and score 5 stars!

This chart shows how long the Lumea Prestige IPL and Lumea Advanced last compared to each other and other devices. There’s a small difference in the total body area you can treat with each. Both will give 15+ years of monthly full body sessions from the flash bulb.

 

Both give a minimum of 250,000 flashes and the Prestige has a marginally bigger flash window so it can treat a bit more than the Advanced. But there’s not much in it. They both have a long lamp lifetime lasting 15+ years of monthly full body treatments (Philips say up to 20). They’re both excellent value, some of the best, and provide many more flashes than you’ll likely need.

Are they easy to use?

Lumea Prestige 4.5 / 5

Lumea Advanced 3.5 / 5

Both models have exceptional build quality and feel great to hold. They have a great gun-shape that’s intuitive, easy to manoeuvre and precise to position. The Prestige is slightly larger and heavier than the Advanced because there’s a rechargeable battery inside. The Prestige weighs 560g and the Advanced 370g.

3 comparison photos of both the Prestige and Advanced at different angles

They’re are many similarities between the two. But the Prestige scores higher than the Advanced for ease of use because it has several additional, impressive features.

Skin tones & sensor

To start, the Lumea Prestige is safe for all but the darkest skin tones (I to V). The Advanced is safe for lighter complexions, up to medium skin tones (I to IV). Both have 5 intensity levels but the Prestige has more powerful IPL. So, if you have light skin and can use the highest intensity level you’ll get your fastest possible results.

Secondly, both have a skin tone sensor and won’t flash if your skin is too dark. But the the Prestige’s is more advanced. It checks then recommends the best intensity level for your skin. You can then manually lower it a notch or two if necessary to find the perfect level.

Mains-power vs cordless

Next, the Lumea Prestige and Advanced both work on mains-power so they’re ready to go when you are. Their cords are very long at around 2 metres meaning there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre. But the Prestige also works cordless. That’s very helpful for harder to reach areas where a cord gets in the way. Or for using on your face in the privacy of your bathroom. So, you can choose which is most convenient whenever you want.

Specialist flash windows

Then there’s the specialist treatment windows. They’re designed to match specific body areas and better target stubborn hair in the bikini area. The Advanced SC1997 comes with 2 (body and precision) and the SC1999 with 3 flat treatment windows (body, precision and bikini).

But the Prestige does it again! The attachments are curved to match the contours of each body area. All models come with a large curved-in body attachment. I especially love this. It’s much easier to get continuous flashes and accurate coverage on your legs. The other attachments are curved to match your upper leg and bikini line curve and underarms. The facial attachment is small and flat which is best for the contours of your face.

No other device has these curves and I think they’re ace. It’s so much easier to position and cover your skin precisely. Top marks.

The body window attachment is large and curved outwards to fit the contours of legs and knees

The Lumea Prestige body window attachment is 4.1 cm2 large and curved-out. This means it fits the contours of your legs and knees so it’s easy to get great coverage. The Advanced has a 4 cm2 flat body attachment. It still does a good job (but the Prestige is better!)

 

Which is fastest?

Lumea Prestige 5 / 5

Lumea Advanced 3.5 / 5

The biggest difference between the Prestige 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 Prestige has it beaten. It has a much quicker flash repetition rate. Philips say you can finish a full leg in around 6:30 mins. In my experience it’s more like 10 mins because I’m very thorough. It’s the quickest high power IPL out there. It’s a fantastic choice for treating large areas or your full body in one sitting.

The slower speed may sway you from the Lumea Advanced. But if it matches your budget range, don’t be disheartened. The online reviews for the Advanced share they split their treatments across days when treating larger areas like legs. This means it’s not too tedious.  And for smaller body areas the Advanced is fine – it takes just minutes. So it’s a fine choice for face, bikini line, underarms and forearms.

The same customer support

Lumea Prestige 5 / 5

Lumea Advanced 5 / 5

Philips have an excellent reputation and they give expertly and prompt advice to questions. Their customer support is excellent. You can get advice and assistance via online chat, phone and email. They give a 2-year warranty and an online support service. You also get a helpful treatment calendar App with ‘how to’ guides. Plus a reassuring and easy to use 100-day money back guarantee from Philips for both models.

What’s the feedback & results

Lumea Prestige 4.5 / 5

Lumea Advanced 4.5 / 5

Both devices have excellent online feedback and helpful reviews with the same average score.

The online feedback for the Lumea Prestige is overwhelmingly 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. Very few negative comments.

Read the full reviews for the in-depth online feedback round-up.

What do they cost?

Philips Lumea Prestige typical range: £300 to £500

Lumea Advanced typical range: £200 to £300

Often the deciding factor is cost.

The Prestige’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP) is £520 to £575.  That’s versus RRP £350 to £385 for the Advanced. With offers you can get the Prestige for around £270 to £400, and the Advanced for about £220 to £270. You can check the prices using the links below.

a photo of the Lumea Prestige device, the Prestige curved flash windows, the Lumea Advanced device and the flat flash windows.

The Advanced is mains-powered with a basic skin tone sensor, safe for skin types I to IV (bottom left). You can use the Prestige corded or cordless and it has an intelligent skin tone sensor to suggest your optimum intensity level for skin types I to V (top left). The Advanced has a large flat body attachment, it does the job (top right). The Prestige has curved body attachments to better match the contours of your body. It’s effortless to get a flash! (bottom right)

 

Here’s the specification comparison table for both:

Philips Lumea Prestige Philips Lumea Advanced
Score
4.9 out of 5
4.2 out of 5
Why it's ace: “The Philips Lumea Prestige is in a different league. Simply the best for long-lasting silky-smoothness all over your body, without spending ages doing it.” “The Philips Lumea Advanced is a smart choice because of the exceptional build quality, lamp lifetime and gun-shaped design. Perfect for forearms, bikini line and underarms.”
Price £269 to £500 £200 to £300
Type IPL IPL
Fitzpatrick tones

Safe for skin tones I to V

Safe for skin tones I to IV

Hair colours

Black to dark blonde

Black to dark blonde

Suited to: Face, small & large areas Face & small areas
Skin tone sensor Protects too dark skin & suggests best intensity for your skin tone with manual adjust Protects too dark skin
Operation Mains-power & cordless, 200 cm cord Mains-power, 200 cm cord
Attachments
  • Curved-in body
  • Curved-out bikini & underarm
  • Face
  • Flat body
  • Flat bikini
  • Face
Lifespan / Total body area:
  • 15+ year of use
  • 1,025,000 cm²
  • 15+ year of use
  • 1,000,000 cm²
Intensity
  • 5 levels
  • 2.5 to 6.5 J/cm²
  • 5 levels
  • 2.5 to 5 J/cm²
Proven? Clinically proven Clinically proven
Speed
  • Advertised: 6.5 mins per leg
  • Test: 10 mins per leg
  • Advertised: 14 mins per leg
  • Test: 14+ mins per leg
Treatment App
Online score
4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
Warranty 2 years 2 years
Money back guarantee 100-day 100-day

 

Which should you buy?

The Lumea Prestige is THE choice for you if you simply demand the best and have the budget to match. It’s a great choice for treating all body areas.

But if you want to treat just one or two smaller areas and have a smaller budget, you’ll want something cheaper that’s still a great investment. For this the Advanced is a top choice.

For face and full body – Lumea Prestige

the Lumea BRI956 lying on it's side with the 3 additional treatment windows next to it.

I recommend the Lumea Prestige BRI954/6/3/0 if they’re in your budget range. They’re top spec and the best performing devices I’ve tried.

 

The premium spec of the Lumea Prestige makes it my Overall best buy home IPL device. I recommend it for face and full body treatments on light to dark skin and dark hair. It’s in a different league. If you can afford it, buy it.

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For small areas – Lumea Advanced

I recommend the Philips Lumea Advanced for a mid-range budget, and especially for treating smaller body areas with lighter skin tones.

 

The Lumea Advanced is also a fab choice, it’s my Best at home IPL hair removal for smaller body areas. Plenty of online reviewers choose it specifically because it’s the less expensive cousin of the Lumea Prestige. I recommend it for small areas like underarms, bikini line and forearms on light to medium skin and dark hair.

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