The Most Popular Home Laser Hair Removal Kits
Home laser and IPL hair removal kits are constantly evolving for the better and have come a long way in the past few years. Here are the current most popular devices on the market, with their benefits and deficiencies.
Tria Home Laser 4x
Not only is the Tria 4x our favorite, but it also seems to be a unanimous favorite amongst the general population!
There are many reasons why this isn’t surprising as it a very effective device and provides excellent results.
There is published and widely available evidence of clinical trials that prove that the Tria 4x can provide substantial hair reduction.
The Tria 4x is FDA-approved and you can therefore expect safety features such as a skin tone detector and device locking system.
If your skin tone is too dark the device will automatically lock. It also has 5 different power levels and a pulse counter so you can track the amount of pulses per session.
While the device is one of the pricier ones on this list, the Tria comes with a 90,000 pulse non-replaceable cartridge.
This is the equivalent of approximately 60 full body sessions! The Tria 4x operates wirelessly, but requires charging after about 40 minutes.
This is fine if you are treating smaller areas, but not so much so if you are aiming to treat larger areas in one sitting.
The small head is great for precision treatment of smaller areas, such as the face or underarms.
However, it is not as good for larger areas such as the legs or back, which is something to think about if you are hesitating between two devices.
The device uses a diode laser, which accounts for the efficacy but can cause treatment to be more painful than a home IPL kit.
While there are a few changes that could still be made, the Tria 4x is an excellent home laser hair removal device with great results.
Remington IPL6000 iLight Pro Plus Quartz
This is Remington’s most recent and most effective home IPL device to date. It appears that they listen and learn because each device just gets better and more efficient.
The iLight Pro Plus Quartz comes with a rechargeable 30,000 pulse cartridge.
This means that you will get up to 50 full body sessions out of one cartridge, and if you need to buy another once it runs out it will set you back about $100.
So while the device is on the pricier side, you won’t need to worry about replacing the cartridge for a while, if at all.
The device is not cordless, which isn’t so great if you want to walk around using it, but unlike the Tria above, you can use it for longer than 30 or 40 minutes at a time.
It also has a larger laser head than the Tria, which makes it a better choice for areas such as the legs or back.
The iLight Pro Plus Quartz is FDA-approved and comes with 5 intensity settings, a skin tone and a surface detector.
All Remington’s devices look similar so it can be a little confusing when looking for the right one – it would be helpful if they could distinguish them a little more than just by shade and price!
While people seem to use the device on their faces, Remington advise not to.
Therefore, the Tria would be the better option if this is the area you are looking to treat.
And while it is stronger than most IPL devices, it may take a little longer to see results.
But on the flipside, it is less painful than a laser device!
There are no published clinical trials on efficacy to review, but the ongoing popularity of the device is a great testament to how pleased customers are.
There are many reasons why the Silk’n SensEpil (as well as its sister device the Silk’n Flash&Go) are very popular IPL devices, one mainly being the price.
At less than half the price of the Tria or Remington, the SensEpil is a solid device that is super easy to use.
It is important to keep in mind that while the initial cost is a lot more affordable than the Tria or the Remington, the device comes with 2 rechargeable 1,500 pulse lights, and once those are finished each replacement will cost about $40.
So in the end you will most likely end up spending about the same amount. However, if you are only looking to treat a small area, or one area of the body then the Silk’n SensEpil is a good investment.
As with the others, the device is FDA approved with the standard safety features such as a skin tone tester and a safety trigger, and also comes with 5 intensity settings.
The head is a good size for larger areas of the body so it will most likely get the job done more efficiently on the legs or back for example than the Tria would.
You can use the device on the face with no issues.
The device cannot be used cordless, but the Flash&Go is can, therefore, if you want to have that option and remain within the same price range it could be a solution for you.
The Flash&Go is not really suitable for larger areas however as it was created specifically for precision treatment. Both devices are the same in terms of intensity. The Silk’n SensEpil is a solid and efficient number.
Me My Elos Syneron Touch/Pro Ultra
The last device on our list, the Me My Elos Syneron Touch/Pro Ultra is neither a laser nor a traditional IPL device, but works by combining a reduced IPL as well as a radio frequency to attack the hair follicles.
This technology means that the device is supposed to be safe for all skin types, and can be effective on all hair colors and types. It can also be used all over the body and face (although the manufacturer advises not to use it around the eyes or on men’s facial hair).
On paper this device sounds quite revolutionary, which can account for why it is rapidly gaining in popularity.
Pricing-wise it is in the same realm as the Tria and the Remington, and comes with a 126,000 pulse cartridge than can be replaced at $130 a pop.
The manufacturer assures that it is FDA and CE approved for use on all skin types, and provides results of clinical trials that have been held.
There is no way to review these trials though, and the device has not been around long enough for customers to provide long-term reviews on efficacy.
However, if the manufacturer can iron out some of the customer service and delivery issues, it will be interesting to see what this device can really accomplish.