Best IPL Hair Removal System UK Reviews 2017

In this article, we have completed detailed reviews, on the best IPL hair removal devices, that are currently available on the UK marketplace. There are a lot of these to pick from, and we know how confusing that can be.

To make things easier, we have read hundreds of buyer reviews, and also fully checked out the ratings for each of these devices. Three brands dominate this IPL market, and they are Philips, Braun and Panasonic.​

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Just below we have completed a top 10 table, and created the list, based on the highest buyer ratings​, satisfaction and value for money. That should help narrow your choices down, as this market is very confusing.

Underneath the table, we have then done a more detailed review on each IPL hair removal device.​ That way you can get a better understanding of each device, and what its capability and performance is.

Top 10 UK Buyer Rated IPL Hair Removal Devices

In the table, we have included our overall average buyer rating, an average UK price point, along with the name of the IPL device. It gives you a quick snapshot of what is available.

Please note we have linked the product name to the Amazon UK page, if you want to read the buyer reviews on there.​

You can quickly see from the top 10 table above, that the Philips brand really do dominate the top spots. The Braun Silk Expert is however, the highest buyer rated. The Philips Lumea SC2007/00, is however the biggest seller at the moment.

You may also have noticed two things from the top 10 table shown above. Those are:

  1. The ratings are very close together​
  2. The prices vary from £250-475

The first point tells us that, they all get very good ratings, from 4.3-4.5 out of 5 stars. There is no big differentiation that can be taken from those. The price range however is quite varied. The best way to explain that is to read the individual reviews below.

No 1 Choice - Braun Silk-expert IPL BD5009 Permanent Visible Hair Removal at Home for Body and Face

no 1 ipl hair removal system

This one came out at number one on our list, based on the high rating, and that it is also at the lower end of the price point scale.

  • Braun Silk-Expert Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is clinically tested for permanent visible hair removal
  • The skin tone sensor always ensures the right light intensity, for safe, effective treatment
  • You can treat a leg or arm in just 8 minutes
  • 94% of women experienced noticeable results after just 3 months; 89% of women experienced noticeable visible hair reduction, even 12 months after the last treatment

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

67 %
5 STARS
27 %
4 STARS
3 %
3 STARS
0 %
2 STARS
3 %
1 STARS

No 2 Choice - Philips Lumea BRI956/00 Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device for Body, Face, Bikini & Underarms

no 2 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number two on our list, based on the high rating. It is however the most expensive on the list. It is more expensive because this hair removal device has a number of additional attachment heads. In total there are four of these.

  • Enjoy up to 8 weeks of smooth, hair free skin, as chosen by over one million women
  • Up to 92% hair reduction in just 3 treatments
  • There are curved attachments for each body area - 4 attachments for body, face, bikini & underarms
  • The sensor advises the best setting for your skin tone, helping you to achieve optimal results

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

65 %
5 STARS
28 %
4 STARS
4 %
3 STARS
0 %
2 STARS
3 %
1 STARS

No 3 Choice - Philips Lumea Essential SC1991/00 IPL Hair Removal System

no 3 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number three on our list, based on the high rating, and like the Braun device, is at the lower end of the price point scale. It is from the Philip's brand and one of their newer models.

  • Around 88,000 UK women staying hair-free with Lumea
  • Over 75 per cent reduction in hair regrowth in just eight weeks
  • This model has a 4 cm square application window for effective speedy treatment of both lower legs takes just 16 minutes
  • For legs, arms, bikini area and underarms and five settings for skin tones and hair colours

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

73 %
5 STARS
16 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
2 %
2 STARS
3 %
1 STARS

No 4 Choice - Philips Lumea SC2009/00 IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device on Body, Face and Bikini

no 4 ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number four on our list.This is however the "best selling" IPL hair removal device on Amazon UK. This one again is towards the lower end of the price point.

  • Uses upgraded salon IPL technology, adapted for effective use at home to prevent hair regrowth
  • Lumea has been developed in collaboration with expert scientists and dermatologists
  • This is a cordless model
  • Three dedicated attachments for a tailored solution for your body, face and bikini.

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

68 %
5 STARS
18 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
3 %
2 STARS
5 %
1 STARS

No 5 Choice - Philips Lumea SC2007/00 IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device on Body and Face

no 5 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number five on our list.

  • Easy and convenient to use due to cordless design
  • Two dedicated attachments for a tailored solution for your body, face and bikini; no additional accessories required, such as lamps or gels
  • Lumea has been developed in collaboration with expert scientists and dermatologists
  • Lumea has 2 treatment modes; Slide and Flash for fast treatment of larger areas such as legs. Treating curvy areas or targeted zones, such as bikini line, you have the option of Step & Flash mode too.

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

68 %
5 STARS
18 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
3 %
2 STARS
5 %
1 STARS

No 6 Choice - Panasonic ES-WH80 Cordless IPL Hair Removal System

no 6 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number six on our list.This is the first one on the list from the Panasonic brand. This one is different as you don't need to push a button, as it happens directly when the head touches the skin.

  • Safe and effective treatment for arms, underarms, legs and bikini line
  • You slide and press the head to your skin to automatically emit IPL, no need to press a button
  • Five intensity settings
  • Universal voltage and long-life Li-on batteries providing over 600 flashes per charge

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

62 %
5 STARS
23 %
4 STARS
8 %
3 STARS
2 %
2 STARS
5 %
1 STARS

No 7 Choice - Philips Lumea Prestige SC2008/11 IPL Hair Removal System for Face, Body and Bikini

no 7 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number seven on our list.This is the first one on the list from the Panasonic brand. This one is different as you don't need to push a button, as it happens directly when the head touches the skin.

  • Lumea effectively prevents hair regrowth, over 75% reduction in hair regrowth in just 8 weeks
  • Large 4 cm square treatment window means faster application with slide and flash mode for speedy treatment on legs
  • Replaces traditional hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, creams, gels and epilators

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

59 %
5 STARS
29 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
5 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STARS

No 8 Choice - Philips Lumea Advanced SC1999/00 IPL Hair Removal System for Face, Body & Bikini

no 8 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number eight on our list. Please note that this is a corded product that comes with additional heads.

  • This is a corded product
  • Up to 8 weeks of naturally smooth, hair free skin
  • Replaces traditional hair removal methods such as waxing, shaving, creams, gels and epilators

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

66 %
5 STARS
18 %
4 STARS
7 %
3 STARS
5 %
2 STARS
4 %
1 STARS

No 9 Choice - Philips Lumea Prestige SC2006/11 IPL Hair Removal System for Face and Body

mo 9 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number nine on our list. This is one of the more expensive options on our list.

  • Over 75 per cent reduction in hair regrowth in just eight weeks
  • 4 cm square application window on the head. It has the slide and flash mode for even faster application as well as step and flash mode for precision treatment
  • Five settings - for most skin tones and hair colours

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

63 %
5 STARS
21 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
4 %
2 STARS
6 %
1 STARS

No 10 Choice - Philips SC2004/11 Lumea IPL Hair Removal System for body with Slide and Flash Mode

no 10 rated ipl hair removal device

This one came out at number ten on our list. This is one of the cheaper options on our list.

  • 75% reduction in hair regrowth in just eight weeks
  • Versatile: for legs, arms, bikini area and underarms
  • Five settings - for most skin tones and hair colours

Below I have shown a breakdown of how the buyers rated this IPL device. They rated it out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 is the highest. As you can see just over two thirds of buyers rated this as a 5 star product. 84% rated it 4 stars or higher. Only 3% thought it merited a 1 star review.

51 %
5 STARS
37 %
4 STARS
7 %
3 STARS
1 %
2 STARS
4 %
1 STARS

What is the Best Type of Laser Hair Removal?

It has been proven that laser hair removal does work. IPL stands for "intense pulsed light." For a very long time this type of treatment was only available at salons. It was and still is an expensive cosmetic treatment to have.

The manufacturers of IPL hair removal devices realised that, and decided to make laser removal devices, that could be used at home. The best types of IPL, we have shown in our top ten list above.

How Does an IPL Work?

All of the devices on the list work on the same principle. When the skin is exposed to and then absorbs light, this light energy is converted to heat. It is this light to heat conversion that produces the lasers effect.

The lasers work at a specific light wavelength. This wavelength allows the light to be absorbed by the hair follicles. It does not get absorbed by the surrounding tissues. That means that the heat and wavelength focuses the energy from the laser to its specific target.

The video below is a very good explanation of how these work, for those considering getting one for home use.

Is the Laser Hair Removal Permanent with IPL Treatment?

The short answer is yes it does. It is important to understand about the hairs in our body. The hair on our body is either dead and about to fall out, at rest, or in a stage of growth. The IPL kills off the skin cell where the hair grows.

On hairs that are already dead, they will fall out and the device does nothing to speed that up. It is a natural happening. For hairs resting, and those in growth stage, the device will make sure that they never grow again.​

Advantages of a Home IPL Hair Removal Device

There are, as you can imagine, a number of advantages of owning one of these devices. I have listed those below:

  • Convenience - You can have a treatment when you have the time, and hopefully the peace to do it. There is no need to travel to a salon or clinic, or any need to book appointments
  • Privacy - You don't have to get your private bits out in front of a nurse or a doctor. Some people do get embarrassed when they have to do this, so privacy is important to them.
  • Money Saving - These are priced between £250-475, so certainly not a cheap option. They are certainly a cheaper option in the medium to long term.

Disadvantages of a Home IPL

Slower to Work - These are smaller devices that you would find in a clinic or salon. As such, they will take longer to work. That will mean more applications, and some more work on your behalf.

Flinching & Pain - There is some minor pain associated with these.​ No hair removal is pain free and laser hair removal is also a little painful. This is a warm heat pain and it does hurt, so please be aware of that. The level of heat pain is worse on delicate areas, and for those with darker skin.

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