IPL Reviews

Remington iLight Ultra review, IPL6500, IPL6250 and IPL6750 review

Remington iLight Pro IPL6500 Laura G
Remington iLight Pro IPL6500

4.0

The Remington iLight range are popular and good choice for treating smaller areas like underarms, bikini line, forearms and face. Remington have an outstanding track-record and a strong reputation for value. But have other brands now surpassed this range? Read the full review to learn if Remington continue to succeed, or what they need to improve to be worthy of your attention.

What is it?

The Remington iLight range use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to inhibit hair regrowth. They reduce regrowth speed, density and overall amount of hair. With continued use, you can stay hair-free.

This review is for the models released in 2016. Depending on where you live, you’ll find different ones available to you.

The Remington iLight IPL6500, IPL6750 and IPL6250 have EU CE certification and are available in the UK and Europe. Compared with competitor brands, they have attractive low prices. That’s because they don’t come with as many flashes.

  • Use on body & face (IPL6250 body only)
  • Mains-powered
  • Manufactured by Spectrum Brands Inc.
  • User score 3.9
  • Remington iLight Ultra price: $$$
  • IPL6500, IPL6250, IPL6750 price: ££ to £££
  • Especially suited for smaller areas
  • Treat a total body area of 195,000 cm2
  • 50 full body treatments to last 3 years
  •  130 complete small areas / 5+ years
  • Underarms take 2 minutes
Fitzpatrick skin tone chart showing it's unsafe on dark skin types V and VI. Hair colour chart shows it won't work on light blonde, grey and white hair.

You can use it on black, dark brown, brown, dark blonde hair and light to mid brown skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin types I to IV).
You can’t use it on light blonde, red, grey or white hair and dark brown, brownish black and darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin type V and VI), or on freckles and moles.

The IPL6500AU model is available in Australia. The Remington iLight Ultra is FDA cleared and available in the USA. Both of these models are identical to the IPL6500, apart from their different colours. Both have a mid-range price. Don’t forget to check the alternative recommendations below to make sure you get the most for your money.

All models are safe for light to medium skin tones and work on dark blonde to black hair. They aren’t suitable for darker skin tones, nor will they work on light hair. Read more on IPL and suitable skin types and hair colours >>

All models are suitable for body applications. Most come with a facial attachment for use below the cheekbones (women only), excluding the IPL6250. This one comes with just one attachment that’s suitable for body treatments.

After 3 treatments spaced at 2-week intervals you’ll start to see results (these take 4 weeks to complete). Then, continued weekly use for between 6 to 12 treatments will give even better results (a total of 9 to 15 weeks). Less regular top-up treatments will maintain your smooth results. The online user feedback says the same.

Remington are trusted and reputable, and the iLight is a very popular range with strong user feedback. These models are easy and comfortable to use. I recommend them for treating small areas like the face (excluding IPL6250) underarms, arms and bikini line.

Read the summary in the pros and cons below, and keep reading the full Remington iLight Ultra review to learn what the online feedback says, why they aren’t the best choice for larger areas and what the best alternatives are.

Pros

  • Attractive price in the UK
  • Especially suited to small areas like underarms, forearms, bikini line, and the face (IPL6250 body areas only)
  • Smaller 2 cm² facial attachment makes it easier to treat the face and uneven areas
  • Smaller 2 cm² bikini attachment (IPL6750 only) is designed for precise treatments
  • Fast treatments on small areas
  • It’s mains-powered so no need to charge it
  • Very easy to use
  • All the safety and treatment features you’d expect
  • Has a skin tone sensor
  • Built-in UV skin protection
  • FDA cleared and CE mark (EU declaration of conformity to meet safety requirements)
  • Extended 3 year warranty from Remington
  • Remington are a reliable and trusted brand

Cons

  • Better choices available for large areas and full body treatments
  • In the US, great alternatives to the Ultra are available for a similar price
  • Slow treatment times on larger areas like legs
  • Can’t use it on darker skin tones
  • The skin tone sensor is awkward to position because it’s in the base unit
  • The skin tone sensor won’t select your intensity level
  • Very slow responses from Remington customer support. It took them 5 weeks to answer our questions.

Where to buy the Remington iLight

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 Is the Remington iLight good value?

The value is good from these devices.

They have an intriguing “infinity bulb” which actually has 65,000 flashes, the same as the earlier iLight Pro model. The body attachment is 3 cm² so you can treat up to a total of 195,000 cm2 of hairy body areas.

195,000 cm2  is enough for around 50 full body treatments (full legs, underarms, bikini line and face) which should last around 3 years of monthly top ups. Remington confirm this and say the flashes should last as least as long as the extended 3 year warranty period. That’s a good amount, but if you want the added reassurance of even more treatments, you can choose from other great devices.

If you want to treat smaller areas like your face, underarms, bikini line and forearms these models are a great choice. You’ll get around 130 complete treatments which should last more than 5 years (and is probably closer to 8 years).

Bar chart showing how the Remington iLight range compare to other devices for number of treatments from the bulb. They give relatively fewer treatments.

The Remington iLight range provide 50 full body treatments to last 3 years of monthly treatments. Remington also guarantee the flashes will last as long as the 3 year warranty (the longest warranty of any manufacturer). But alternatives provide many more treatments than this. I think they are a sound investment for treating small body areas like face, bikini line, underarms and arms because you can treat all these areas around 130 times to last approximately 8 years of monthly treatments. That’s plenty.

 

In the UK the prices range from £150 to £350 depending on the model. The IPl6500 and IPL6250 can often be found for below £200 which makes them a very attractive choice. I think they offer great value if you want to treat small area like your underarms, forearms, bikini line and upper lip, chin and sideburns. But for larger areas or full body treatments you’ll be better off with this Best Buy for full body treatments or this Best Buy for fastest treatments.

Are the iLight ULtra, IPL6500, IPL6750 and IPL6250 easy to use?

All devices follow the same design with a mains-powered base unit and corded hand-held wand. The cord to the wand is about 1.7 metres, it’s thick and won’t tangle. It wraps around the base unit and the wand sits in a cradle on top, making it neat and easy to store. The ergonomic wand is very easy to handle, light, comfortable, easy to grip and press the flash button.

“The handle fits nicely into your hand and the button is easy to push”
Amazon.com review

What’s in the box?

  • Remington iLight device
  • 3cm2 body attachment
  • 2cm2 facial attachment (excluding IPL6250)
  • 2cm2 bikini attachment (IPL6750 only)
  • Multi-voltage power cable
  • User manual
  • Lint-free cleaning cloth
  • Luxury storage case (IPL6750 only)

Read the user manual

The Remington iLight IPL6250 is very easy to use, just like the IPL6500

The Remington iLight IPL6250 is just as easy to use as the IPL6500 and IPL6750.

Start off by reading the user manual. Double check the list of warnings and safety precautions for important reasons not to use the device.

The manual introduces you to the device and how IPL works, how to use it, your skin test, caring for the device, troubleshooting any problems and frequently asked questions. It’s comprehensive but isn’t as easy to follow as others and the layout is crowded so it’s not easy to absorb the key information.

Choose your intensity level during skin test

Remington suggest you combine your skin sensitivity test and choosing an intensity level into one. So, unlike other brand devices, there’s no skin type and intensity level guide in the user manual.

This is what you do. After shaving, and checking your skin with the skin tone sensor, simply start at the lowest level (1) and flash your skin. If that’s comfortable move up a level and repeat (on a different spot). Stop if it becomes uncomfortable or painful. Wait for 24 hours and if there’s no reaction continue with your treatment at the highest level that was comfortable.

Getting started

It’s simple to get started.

  1. Shave and make sure your treatment area is clean and dry.
  2. Set yourself up. You’ll need to be near a power socket. Try using an extension cable so you can choose the most comfortable area, like your bed, or close to a body length mirror.
  3. Unwrap the hand-piece and place it back in the base unit cradle. Connect to the mains and turn on the base unit.
  4. Press your skin against the skin tone sensor on the top of the base unit to ‘unlock’ it.
  5. Press the ‘Energy Level Select’ button and the indicator lights light up as you to move up the levels.
  6. Position the hand-piece to get full skin contact. The bulb icon will go green and you’ll hear a ‘chirp’ .
  7. Press the flash button once and move the hand piece to the next spot (single flash), or keep the flash button pressed whilst sliding  to the next spot and it will flash again after 3 seconds (multi flash)

Make sure you’re in a well lit room so the flashes don’t seem overly bright. You don’t need goggles as the flashes won’t harm your eyes, but do try to look away from each flash. When the iLight powers up you’ll hear the fans inside it whirring to keep it cool.

Control panel on the IPL6500 device.

Device controls (from bottom right clockwise): skin tone sensor window use to unlock the device, bulb status indicator shows yellow when 150 flashes left and flashes when empty, cool down indicator light, Energy level select button press to scroll through the levels shown by the star-light indicators.

Skin tone sensor

All models have a skin tone sensor built into the base. To unlock the device you must cover the sensor with skin in the suitable range. It won’t power on otherwise.

Although you can use the skin tone sensor to check various parts of your body, it’s a bit awkward sometimes. That’s because you often need to position the sensor by picking up the entire base unit! A sensor in the hand-piece would be much simpler to use.

There are also skin contact sensors at each side of the flash window. Both must be in contact with your skin before it will flash. This is designed to protect your eyes by avoiding any accidental flashes.

The Remington iLight Pro range feature a skin tone sensor.

The Remington iLight range feature a skin tone sensor, but it’s a bit awkward to use on all body areas!

“First, you test your skin to see if it’s the correct tone. I LOVE THIS as it actually gave me more confidence to use it, especially on my face.”
Boots.com review

Treatment modes and attachments

Applicator of the IPL6500 iLight Ultra


The Ultra, IPL6500 and IPL6750 have a 2cm2 facial attachment. The IPL6750 also has a 2cm2 precision bikini attachment. The IPL6250 has a single 3cm2 body attachment so it’s not suitable for facial treatments.

The iLight have 5 energy levels (1 is low). The higher energy levels give the best results, so Remington recommends that you select the highest that doesn’t cause you discomfort.

The iLight also have the 2 standard treatment modes suited to treating different body areas.

  • Single Flash: Position the window, press and release the flash button. Re-position and repeat. This best for small or uneven areas.
  • Multi Flash: Keep the button pressed and after each flash, slide the device over your skin to the next position. Wait for the flash and repeat. This is more comfortable for treating larger more even surfaces.

All the devices have a 3 cm² body attachment suitable for body areas below the neck.

The IPL6500 and IPL6750 come with a smaller 2 cm² facial attachment too. This has a special filter making it safe for your face. It’s also is easier to get full contact on areas like the chin and upper lip and helps on uneven areas like toes, knees and ankles.

The IPL6750 also comes with a small 2 cm² precision bikini attachment. It’s not clear if this attachment is simply smaller to give more precise placement on the bikini area. Or if, like the Lumea Prestige Sc2009, it has an additional filter to help reduce any stinging sensation and target the thicker hair in this region. I’ll update this once I have confirmation from Remington. You can however, still just use the body or facial attachment on the bikini area and get good results.

A few improvements

The shape of the wand does cause a few problems however. You can’t see the treatment window clearly, so it’s difficult to gauge if you are lining up the flashes close enough to get good coverage.

The wand can also get quite hot and you may need to stop for a bit to let it cool. This is only really an issue if you are using it for a while treating large areas like legs, or treating your full body in one sitting. You can try splitting your treatments into multiple sessions to help with this. It will also make the treatments more comfortable and less tiresome, because the treatment times are not the fastest.

 “The handset is fairly easy to handle but it does have a very bulbous shaped head and this conceals the little light window as you’re using it – this means it’s really quite awkward to see exactly where you’ve just treated and then place the window on the right spot for the next flash.”
Amazon.co.uk review

How quick are treatments?

Lady using the iLight to treat her underarms.

The Remington iLight devices have a 3cm2 treatment window and flash every 3 seconds, so you can treat a pair of underarms (about 120cm2) in around 2 minutes.

The Remington iLight devices have a 3cm2 treatment window they flash every 3 seconds, so you can treat a pair of armpits (about 120cm2) in around 2 minutes.

One reviewer noted it took 25 minutes to treat both their legs, and Remington say you can treat a full leg in 15 minutes, so this sounds about right. Treatments are quick on small areas. But if you want something that’s faster and for larger areas, keep reading to my suggested alternatives.

Extended warranty

Remington also offer an extended online warranty of 3 years (the standard is 2 years). You must register for this online within 28 days of purchase. That’s the longest warranty of all the devices we’ve reviewed and gives us great confidence in the quality of the devices and a minimum time the flashes will last.

What do the online Remington iLight Ultra reviews say?

3.9 user scoreFrom all of the collated online Remington iLight IPL6500 reviews, IPL6250 and Ultra reviews it’s a very respectable 3.9 stars.

User score 3.9 stars

The bad bits

A few low scores come from reviewers who had faulty devices, or who didn’t like it but gave no reason. Just over a handful hadn’t seen the results they expected. Some didn’t say how long they’d used it, whilst the rest had for between 2 to 6 months.

Several reviewers say the treatments are slow and tedious. The odd placement of the skin tone sensor is mentioned too. Just a few reviewers found the treatments too painful, and only one had difficulty positioning the wand.

The good bits

Loads of the reviewers say that the iLight is very easy to use. They found it quick to get started and the hand-piece comfortable to hold and easy to position.

The mains power-cord is long so reviewers easily found a comfortable location and position. No one had any issues or felt any movement restrictions with the length of the hand-piece cord either.

The reviewers also reported great results.

Remington recommends a minimum of 3 fortnightly treatments (taking 4 weeks). The user manual suggests a further 6 to 12 weekly treatments to get “good results”. So that’s anything up to around 3 months. The user manuals say “top-up treatments will provide even better results”.

Several reviewers did see great results after only the first 3 treatments. Others needed longer to see results but do  reassure that “dedication, patience and time” will give you results.

The reviews say hair regrowth is softer, lighter, and “grows back MUCH slower”. The patchy regrowth becomes less and less as the treatments continue. One loved that they no longer suffered stubbly regrowth. And because the regrowth is less noticeable they went from shaving daily to once every 1 or 2 weeks. That’s a great improvement!

Other users reported that their hair simply didn’t regrow at all.

 

“It is likely that you won’t see any results at all for the first 2-3 uses, or about a month. On uses after that, I began to notice that the hair I shaved and treated was growing back much slower and more unevenly. In several areas it wasn’t growing back at all. After about 2 months, the stubble that grew back between treatments began to just fall out in some places. ..Progress is slow, but it is still progress. And way cheaper than waxing or laser.
Amazon.com review

“This works great for me. I am very pleased. I went into it with the knowledge that this is not permanent hair removal rather a longer lasting alternative to shaving – which I HATE to do 🙂 Once I achieved the result I wanted it is now a matter of maintenance and I can deal with that over shaving any day!”
Amazon.com review

Which iLight should I choose: IPL6500, Ultra vs IPL6750, or the IPL6250?

The differences between the models are the treatment windows each comes with and their price. The IPL6250 has one attachment and is suitable for body only. The IPL6500 and Ultra have a body attachment and an additional facial attachment. The IPL6750 has a body, facial attachment and a precision bikini attachment. So which one to choose depends on which body areas you want to treat AND the price of each device.

This comparison table shows the similarities and different treatment windows by device.

Comparison table for the Remington IPL6500, IPL6250, Ultra and IPL6750

Remington iLight IPL6750Remington iLight UltraRemington iLight IPL6500Remington iLight IPL6250
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Scores 4.0

  • Best for small areas & face
  • User rating of 3.9
  • £££
  • UK, Europe, Canada
Remington iLight Ultra review
Scores 4.0

  • Best for small areas & face
  • User rating of 3.9
  • $$$
  • USA
Remington iLight Pro IPL6500 base unit with hand-piece sitting in the cradle on top
Scores 4.0

  • Best for small areas & face
  • User rating of 3.9
  • ££
  • UK, Europe, Canada, Australia
Remington iLight Essential IPL6250
Scores 3.8

  • Best for small areas
  • User rating of 3.9
  • ££
  • UK, Europe, Canada
Safety
  • Prevents accidental flashes
  • Integrated UV filter
  • Suitable for skin tones I to IV
  • Skin tone sensor
Safety
  • Prevents accidental flashes
  • Integrated UV filter
  • Suitable for skin tones I to IV
  • Skin tone sensor
Safety
  • Prevents accidental flashes
  • Integrated UV filter
  • Suitable for skin tones I to IV
  • Skin tone sensor
Safety
  • Prevents accidental flashes
  • Integrated UV filter
  • Suitable for skin tones I to IV
  • Skin tone sensor
Treatments
  • Body & face
  • Black to dark blonde hair
  • Mains-powered
  • 5 intensity levels
  • Stamp & continuous flash mode
  • 8 week start-up phase (9 treatments)
  • 1 Body attachment (3 cm²)
  • 1 facial attachment (2 cm²)
  • 1 bikini attachment (2 cm²)
Treatments
  • Body & face
  • Black to dark blonde hair
  • Mains-powered
  • 5 intensity levels
  • Stamp & continuous flash mode
  • 8 week start-up phase (9 treatments)
  • 1 Body attachment (3 cm²)
  • 1 precision attachment (2 cm²)
Treatments
  • Body & face
  • Black to dark blonde hair
  • Mains-powered
  • 5 intensity levels
  • Stamp & continuous flash mode
  • 8 week start-up phase (9 treatments)
  • 1 Body attachment (3 cm²)
  • 1 precision attachment (2 cm²)
Treatments
  • Body only
  • Black to dark blonde hair
  • Mains-powered
  • 5 intensity levels
  • Stamp & continuous flash mode
  • 8 week start-up phase (9 treatments)
  • 1 Body attachment (3 cm²)
Speed
  • Underarms take 2:00 mins
  • Full leg takes 15 mins
Speed
  • Underarms take 2:00 mins
  • Full leg takes 15 mins
Speed
  • Underarms take 2:00 mins
  • Full leg takes 15 mins
Speed
  • Underarms take 2:00 mins
  • Full leg takes 15 mins
Lifetime value
  • Treat up to 195,000 cm²
  • 3 years / 50 full body treatments
Lifetime value
  • Treat up to 195,000 cm²
  • 3 years / 50 full body treatments
Lifetime value
  • Treat up to 195,000 cm²
  • 3 years / 50 full body treatments
Lifetime value
  • Treat up to 195,000 cm²
  • 3 years / 50 full body treatments

You can use all of the devices if you want to treat large and relatively flat body areas, so choose the cheapest available one.

You can use either the Ultra, IPL6500 or IPL6750 if you want to treat your face, so again, choose the cheapest available.

If you like the idea of a specialist bikini attachment then consider the IPL6750. There are a few things to check here. Although the specialist bikini attachment itself implies it’s more effective in this area than the body or facial attachment, Remington merely say it’s for “precision treatments of the bikini line”. That’s a bit vague. Also, at the time of writing the IPL6750 is about £100 more expensive than the IPL6500 and IPL6250. So, check the prices of all and then decide if the IPL6750 is worth any extra and how much.

What are the alternatives?

If you live in the US and Canada, check out the Flash&Go Express. It’s a mains-powered, compact alternative with an impressive specification. It’s less expensive, is very easy to use and you’ll get a whopping 200 full body treatments. That equates to 15 years of monthly treatments. That’s more than you’ll ever need. It’s quicker too – it takes around 8 mins per full leg. It doesn’t have extra smaller specialist attachments but you do get excellent customer support.

In Australia if you can pick up the Braun Silk expert IPL for around the same price you should buy it. The hand-held design is larger to maneouvre but you get many more full body treatments. And the premium skin tone sensor is foolproof because it selects the optimum intensity level for your skin.

I also recommend the Lumea Advanced SC1997 if you live in Australia or the UK  Europe. This is a seriously underrated, premium quality device that you can often pick up at a similar price to the IPL6500/AU. This mains-powered, ergonomic gun-shape design comes with a small facial attachment. You get more treatments than you’ll ever need lasting 15+ years of monthly use.

And then there’s the new Smoothskin Bare, available in Australia and the UK. It’s hailed as a game-changer, with ultra-fast treatments and unlimited flashes. But check out the full review to learn if it’s right for you.

Should I buy the Remington iLight?

It’s a good value choice, especially for treating small areas and the face. In the UK, the low price is attractive and good value because you’ll get at least 3 years worth of full body treatments covered by the extended warranty. I love this – it’s the longest warranty of all the devices.

The design, performance and results are tried, tested and true. But the devices above are strong alternatives offering improved value and features at a similar price, especially if you live in the USA and Australia. Check them out before you decide.

Where to buy the Remington iLight

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The Remington iLight IPL6250 device Remington iLight Essential IPL6250, for body only

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