Can you imagine shaving only once a year, instead of every week or even day? Wearing whatever you want, whenever you feel like it and without fear of embarrassment? Constantly looking your best without having to spend extra time in the bathroom or regularly suffering the pain of waxing?
Maybe you’ve thought about home laser hair removal before, did some research and nearly lost your balance when you saw what spas charge for this service. What you may not have realized is that you can bring the spa home and perform your own IPL or laser hair removal treatment in comfort, privacy and for a fraction of the price.
Hair Removal Devices Compared
We’ve assembled nine of the best at-home laser hair removal machines on the market today, designed and manufactured by some of the most-trusted brand names. See the table below for a quick rundown of the major pros, cons, differences, and similarities among our top picks for 2021.
Good: Offering the fastest treatments and some of the quickest overall results, this hair removal device also works on medium-brown skin. Allows a choice between 8 different intensity settings.
Not so good: Works very well on most hair colors, but struggles with the light ones.
Bottom Line: This is our favorite and will be the best choice for most women. As with all hair removal methods, though, your mileage will vary depending on hair and skin color.
Good: The small treatment window and laser technology keep the beam focused on small areas of skin for precision and control.
Not so good: The pain level is above average, it hurts. Also, you cannot change the size of the treatment area for depilating larger patches of skin.
Bottom Line: Great choice for those who want to focus on facial hair, the bikini line, or the armpits. The small laser is less efficient for hair removal on legs and other larger areas.
Good: You can change the head if the lamp burns out, or if you want to switch from one window size to another. It even comes with two heads of different sizes.
Not so good: Doesn’t appear to be made for use on coarse light-colored hair. The company states it should not be used on a man’s face.
Bottom Line: Its versatility and effectiveness make this our favorite whole body hair removal system, but it’s still not for everyone.
Good: Able to work on blonde and red hair, this impressive IPL device is one of the most effective on our list. It can yield visible results very quickly without any side effects.
Not so good: One of the most expensive products out there. While replacement cartridges are available, these aren’t cheap either.
Bottom Line: A premium product at a premium price, but worth paying for if other hair removal devices aren’t able to work with your hair color.
Good: Works on a large range of skin tones, can be used numerous times, and allows you to replace the IPL cartridge.
Not so good: Takes a longer time and more treatments than many of the others to achieve the results it promises.
Bottom Line: At such a good price and with so many other positive qualities, waiting a little longer for results is not really the end of the world.
Good: Works with almost any shade of skin and adapts to differences in coloration as you move between tanned and pale areas.
Not so good: It is most effective at removing hair over large areas of skin and isn’t that good for fine control.
Bottom Line: As long as you don’t intend to use it in areas where precision is a concern, it works well enough, but is still inferior to the more expensive 5001.
Good: Able to take on even thicker hair, this IPL hair removal device will alter its light output at all pulses based on your skin tone.
Not so good: Requires you to apply more treatments than with many others.
Bottom Line: As long as the idea of repeating sessions doesn’t bother you, this is a fine choice for those with difficult, coarse hair.
Good: Among the least expensive lasers, but also one that yields some of the fastest results. Affordable and effective.
Not so good: It doesn’t really offer anything beyond basic functionality. You will most likely have to buy at least one additional cartridge.
Bottom Line: A very good choice for those who want to keep costs down, although buying replacement cartridges will nudge up the total price.
Good: Good performance and a very lightweight, ergonomic design make this one of the easiest home devices to use.
Not so good: Rather limited in the sense that it won’t work on blonde or red hair, or darker skin. Offers few features beyond basic functionality.
Bottom Line: Surprisingly high-quality for its affordable low price, but certainly not the best home laser hair removal device on the market.