Tripollar STOP models comparison VX, X, Desire, V & Classic

What’s the difference between the various Tripollar STOP at-home Radio Frequency models, and which is best for you? Find out in this models comparison review...

by | April 15, 2022

Hello! I'm Laura and I test at-home beauty devices to bring you fair and honest in-depth reviews at Wearebodybeautiful.com

What’s the difference?

All the Tripollar STOP models are similar and striking, with different colour geometric designs. And each of them uses RF to tighten and rejuvenate the skin on your face, neck and hands. But the later models have some advanced features which make the devices easier and quicker to use. This comparison Tripollar STOP models review explains all.

There are quite a few Tripollar STOP models for you to choose. And there are some big differences between them too. So, this Tripollar STOP models comparison article explains all the different features, and shows which models have which features, all to help you make up your mind.

I’ve also real-world tested most of the features by trialling the STOP V, STOP VX and VX Gold. So, I’ll share my relevant testing feedback as we go.

I've tested the Tripollar STOP V, STOP VX and VX Gold!
STOP V, STOP VX and STOP VX Gold all tested by me

Oh, and if you’ll buy in the US, there are a few more differences you’ll need to know too, so be sure to check these in the final section.

In this Tripollar models comparison article:

All the features explained

In this section we’ll take a look at all the STOP features. The latest STOP models have more advanced Radio Frequency and a skin temperature sensor, and the addition of a muscle toning mode called DMA (or ELV in the US). 

Multi-RF vs Single RF

The earliest STOP models have what Tripollar call single-RF. This sends Radio Frequency current into your skin at one frequency of 1MHz. The models with single RF also have 4x smaller electrode nobbles on the treatment head. You get LOW and HIGH levels.

The latest STOP models have multi-RF. This sends Radio Frequency current into your skin at two interchanging frequencies of 1 to 1.25 MHz. The effect is to evenly heat more layers of the dermis. So, it works on even more of your collagen and elastin fibres. This results in better results, but also shorter and faster treatment times. These models have 4x larger electrode nobbles on the treatment head. It also has LOW and HIGH RF levels.

Here’s the different treatment heads of the STOP V and STOP VX with single and multi-RF respectively.

Photo comparing the larger electrodes on the Tripollar STOP VX to the saller electrodes on the STOP V
Single RF is 1MHz current, Multi-RF is 1 to 1.25 MHz current – the interchanging mult-frequency RF reaches different depths in your dermis for more thorough and even heating.
The STOP VX electrodes send Multi RF, with a 1cm2 treatment area, it creates heat in your dermis, with a 40° max. temperature regulated by the safety sensor
Multi-RF in the STOP VX, STOP VX Gold, and VX Gold 2, Desire and STOP X UK & International models

And multi-RF with the bigger nobbles makes a BIG difference. It’s much more effective at heating your skin. 

Multi-RF is faster & easier

Faster and easier sessions with the ore efficient multi-RF fro the STOP VX.
I’m 90% chuffed & 10% smug because the STOP VX heats my skin FAST in 4 to 5 minutes per treatment area

Using the STOP VX on HIGH RF level, it takes 10 to 20 seconds to reach temperature on the first patch of skin. But then just a few seconds for each subsequent area! The circling motion is slow but steady and I quickly move to the next spot, and then the next spot, and so on…So progress is swift.

It’s easy to heat each section of skin, the orange light comes on quickly and stays on. So, you can circle over the zone several times during the 4 to 5 minutes treatment time. It’s simple, responsive and easy to use. It feels lovely and warm too. 

Once all areas are done, if I circle back around my skin, the orange light stays on. This means my skin is still at the perfect temperature! Go collagen, go!

Multi-RF leaves my skin pinky-red, plumped and exceptionally smooth. It also feels pleasantly warm and invigorated, as after a workout. Lush! 

Overall, it’s intuitive because it works quickly, and you can see and feel the progress you’re making. Learn more about the Tripollar STOP VX and VX Gold models here.

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It feels nice!

The larger nobbles on the STOP VX are much comfier than the smaller nobbles. I LIKE how the nobbles feel on my skin, especially on my scar, and weirdly around the corners of my nose. 

By comparison, singe-RF with the Tripollar STOP V takes ages and is rather tedious. 

The smaller nobbles aren’t as effective. You must circle the device very slowly to heat your skin – much slower than you’d expect. It doesn’t feel nearly as warm either. 

A full face & neck routine is long and a little tiring
Phewf! The Tripollar STOP V/single-RF is much slower & time-consuming

On my skin, it takes around 15 to 20 seconds to heat every circled area and see the orange light. It doesn’t get any faster. Plus, you must also circle over previously heated skin in the treatment area to keep it warm. Tripollar don’t give a time guidance per treatment area either – you just keep going until all your skin’s at temperature. 

And this takes ages. It’s a challenge to get and keep that orange light on!

Tripollar say to do large sweeping circles over your skin for a few more minutes once you’ve finished half of your face. You don’t need to look for the orange light, which is just as well because it’s no longer on for me. This shows that single-RF can’t keep your skin at the target temperature for as long as multi-RF can.

It takes a few sessions to master the very slow circling pace you need with Single-RF. Tripollar suggest it takes 20 minutes for your full face (excluding neck). But to treat my full face and neck with the STOP V is more like 40 minutes. And it gets tiring too.

Single-RF leaves my skin pink, smooth and warm. It’s pleasant but fades very quickly. The sensation is much less pronounced than with a Mulit-RF treatment.

Here’s a quick summary of Multi-RF versus Single-RF:

Multi-RFSingle-RF
Face & neck 20 to 25 mins 40+ mins
Routine Very easy & intuitive
Slow & steady circles
Difficult
VERY slow & tiresome
Focus & concentration
Levels LOW & HIGH LOW & HIGH
Nobbles Large
Feels nices on skin
Small
Slightly uncomfortable on forehead
Skin reactions Invigorated
Plump, smooth, pinky-red & warm skin
Pleasantly warm
Pink, smooth & warmed skin

3D Thermal Mapping Algorithm

Tripollar's 3D thermal mapping logo

The latest STOP models also have this advanced feature for more efficient RF skin-heating. 

This is a smarter, more responsive temperature sensor which continuously reads your skin temperature and adapts the RF power as it’s needed. This precisely controls the heat, and gives a more even and accurate treatment around your different facial contours.

I’ve tried this feature in the STOP VX Gold. And compared to the STOP VX (without it) it feels even more efficient at heating my skin. The STOP VX is very, very good, but with the STOP VX Gold it’s even easier to get that orange light on, and my skin quickly reaches the target temperature all over. I can tell because the green RF light eventually turns off, and I can move onto the next treatment area before the full 5 minutes is up.

Turbo RF

This is the latest feature released in the STOP VX Gold 2 and STOP Desire models. 

It still sends the multi-RF interchanging frequencies of 1 to 1.25 MHz into your skin. But the Turbo part heats your skin twice as fast. Tripollar say it gets your treatment area skin up to temperature in as little 35 seconds. Wowser. 

So, you need only treat each face and neck zone for 3 to 4 minutes, (versus 4 to 5 minutes for multi-RF models without it). That means to treat your full face and neck in 5 zones takes just 15 to 20 minutes. That’s very easy to fit in.

Dynamic Muscle Activation (DMA) mode

Tripollar DMA logo

Some of the later STOP models also have DMA mode.

This is another type of energy for muscle toning along your jawline. It works alongside the RF, and sends a mini-Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) pulse down to your SMAS layer facial muscles (below the dermis and hypodermis) where it causes small contractions. Tripollar say DMA strengthens muscles to build volume and tone, and works with the RF to enhance lift and contouring along your jawline. 

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What’s the proof?

Unfortunately, there’s no test data publicly available to show how effective DMA/ELV really is 👎.

The STOP V has 1st generation DMA where the small EMS pulses are on and off for around 4 seconds each.

The STOP VX and STOP VX Gold models are 2nd generation, so the EMS pulses are continuous. Use DMA mode for 5 minutes on each side of your jawline.

Low and HIGH DMA modes on the Tripollar Stop VX device
Blue DMA/ELV lights for LOW and HIGH on the Tripollar STOP VX device
Slow gliding movements along your jawline in blue RF + DMA mode.
Tripollar STOP 2nd generation DMA mode (blue lights): continuous pulses of DMA energy
Slow gliding movements along your jawline in blue RF + DMA mode.
Tripollar STOP 1st generation DMA mode: 4 second intervals of pulsed DMA energy
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TIP: In the US, DMA is instead called ELV. It’s the 2nd generation tech, and is available in the STOP VX model.

UK & International models with features

Here’s a quick reference chart of the UK and Internationally available STOP models and the tech and features each has. All devices come with a manufacturer 2-year warranty. There’s no money-back guarantee.

Multi-RFSingle-RFTurboDMAThermal mapping
STOP VX Gold 2 ✔️ - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
STOP VX Gold ✔️ - ✔️ ✔️
STOP VX ✔️ -
STOP Desire ✔️ - ✔️ ✔️
STOP X ✔️ -
STOP X Rose ✔️ - ✔️
STOP V - ✔️ ✔️
1 st generation
STOP Classic - ✔️

Differences with US models

All UK and International devices have two RF levels – HIGH and LOW. 

In the US, the older models STOP Classic, STOP X and STOP X Rose have only one RF level. The STOP VX and VX Gold have both LOW and HIGH RF levels.

DMA is also called ELV. It’s the same 2nd generation EMS pulse as found in the UK and International models.

You get a 1-year warranty with purchases from Tripollarbeauty.com, and a 30-day money back guarantee.

And according to the official US Tripollar website, not all models are available to US customers. And some of the models have slightly different RF features. This all relates to FDA-clearance for the various models’ features and functions. 

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STOP X differences

The US STOP X and X Rose models have 4x larger electrode nobbles. These are faster to heat your skin. However, it doesn’t send multi-RF into your skin. It sends single -RF current at 1 MHz to your skin.

These are the models and their features available to US customers on Tripollarbeauty.com:

Multi-RFSingle-RFTurboELVThermal mapping
STOP VX Gold ✔️ - ✔️ ✔️
STOP VX ✔️ - ✔️
STOP X - ✔️
with larger nobbles
STOP X Rose - ✔️
with larger nobbles
✔️

Models not available in the US via Tripollarbeauty.com are; STOP VX Gold 2, STOP Desire, STOP V, and STOP Classic. However, you may find the International models available on other retailer websites such as CurrentBody.com and Lookfantastic. 

To sum up

The latest tripollar models with all the features are the most expensive. At the time of writing the Tripollar STOP VX Gold 2 is £679, and the STOP VX Gold is £649/$849 USD. That’s rather pricey.

But, if you demand the latest and best, the Tripollar STOP VX Gold 2 has it all with Turbo & Multi-RF, DMA and 3D Thermal Mapping. It’s promises your fastest and best results with the least effort. If you’re in the US, the STOP VX Gold is still an excellent choice (even without the Turbo RF).

If you aren’t fussed about the DMA/ELV mode, go for the STOP Desire with Multi and Turbo RF, and 3D Thermal Mapping. Or the STOP X Rose with Multi-RF and 3D Thermal Mapping.

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far (and these are expensive at-home RF devices), rest assured you’ll still get excellent results with a single-RF device and without the DMA/ELV function. It’s just that you’ll spend a lot more time during your sessions, and results won’t come as quick.

I hope you enjoy your new Tripollar STOP Radio Frequency device, which ever model you choose!

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Laura Gladman
I'm a bit obsessed with at-home beauty devices. It's a habit I've had for around 8 years now. I love the science, testing and reviewing them, and sharing my experience and feedback on my site Wearebodybeautiful.com. I'm also a crazy dog lady, and I don't care.

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