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13 At-Home Laser Hair Removal Devices That Actually Work

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Best IPL Laser Hair Remover

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137

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 IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137

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Best IPL Laser Hair Remover

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137

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Featuring a sensor that adapts the light intensity to your skin tone, this FDA-approved device strikes the perfect balance between safety and efficacy. For sensitive skin, there are also three “comfort modes” to choose from: normal, gentle, or extra gentle. The device comes with two interchangeable heads for more precise results in different areas like the face, armpits, and bikini line.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to light brown hair

Amazon rating: 4.4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I’m eight weeks in and it has worked even better than I’d hoped. Other than a few stray hairs, my legs are completely hairless, and I have no need to shave between treatments.”

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Best for a Budget

MiSMON Laser Hair Removal For Women

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Laser Hair Removal For Women

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Best for a Budget

MiSMON Laser Hair Removal For Women

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According to some reviewers, this device is best suited for those with very dark and/or coarse hair. It’s equipped with an LED screen to track how many light pulses have beamed onto each area—though you may need to wear safety goggles (which are included) while operating. Each lamp comes programmed with enough pulses to last for up to five years. When it runs out, you can order a replacement cartridge and keep the handle.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to light brown hair

Amazon rating: 4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “If you’re a female with the unfortunate gift of facial hair, do not hesitate—buy this one! I have fair skin and thick black hairs, which make me a great candidate. I’m on my sixth treatment, and my chin hairs are growing back finer and slower. I’ve also used this on my armpits with great success.”

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Best Amount of Flashes

Nood The Flasher 2.0

The Flasher 2.0

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Best Amount of Flashes

Nood The Flasher 2.0

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In a perfect world, most at-home laser hair removal devices would be equipped to be used forever and ever. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly the case, but this device comes pretty close. Fitted with 600,000 flashes, which equals about 40-plus years of full-body treatments, you can bet this tool will be in for the long haul.

Best for: Fair to dark complexions

Hair color: Black and brown hair

Nood rating: 4.7/5 stars

A Nood reviewer says: “The flasher is easy to use and I am already starting to see results in the first four weeks! Cannot wait to see what it does in the next four weeks!”

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Best for a Brazilian Wax-Esque Effect

KENZZI IPL ICE Cooling Handset

IPL ICE Cooling Handset

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Best for a Brazilian Wax-Esque Effect

KENZZI IPL ICE Cooling Handset

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See results in as little as three to four weeks with this handheld-sized option. Equipped with five power settings, this device is safe to go all over various skin tones and sensitive areas (yep, even down there!) easily. Uniquely, the head of the device offers cooling properties to reduce laser heat on the skin.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to light blonde hair

KENZZI rating: 5/5 stars

A KENZZI reviewer says: “A worthwhile investment; it works! After five sessions, I am seeing notable results. Hair growth is very, very minimal. Absolutely fantastic.”

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Best Painless IPL Device

Ulike IPL Hair Removal Device

IPL Hair Removal Device

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Best Painless IPL Device

Ulike IPL Hair Removal Device

This sapphire device might look too pretty to use, but trust me, you’ll become obsessed with the results. Unlike some devices which can burn the skin, this tool has a significantly cooler head, making it more comfortable to use. If you don’t have a high pain tolerance, this tool is practically painless to use.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to dark blonde hair

Amazon rating: 4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I never write reviews, but feel like I have to for this device. I began using it immediately on my upper lip, chin, and armpits. I have not had to pluck a single chin hair since I started using it over a month ago. The armpit hair growth has substantially decreased as well. I am approximately seven sessions in, and I cannot speak highly enough of this device.”

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Best for Medium Skin Tones

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 3 PL3111

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Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 3 PL3111

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Best for Medium Skin Tones

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 3 PL3111

This FDA-approved laser also includes Braun’s smart skin sensor, which automatically adapts your treatment to your skin tone to ensure a safe and effective treatment. Equipped with 300,000 flashes for longevity, the device is small enough for trickier areas (and is safe for facial use!) while covering enough skin so the process doesn’t take forever.

Best for: Fair to dark complexions

Hair color: Black to dark blonde hair

Amazon rating: 4.3/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “I’ve been using this about twice a week for a little over a month, and I would say the hair in my pits is 80 to 90 percent gone. And most impressively, it doesn’t hurt!”

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Best for a Fast Treatment

Silk’n Flash&Go Express IPL Laser

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Flash&Go Express IPL Laser

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Best for a Fast Treatment

Silk’n Flash&Go Express IPL Laser

This compact, lightweight, FDA-approved device is the most time-efficient option out there. The device itself is corded, so keep that in mind. However, as its title suggests, you simply press the button where you want to laser for a quick treatment. Plus, it’s safe to use on your face!

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to light brown hair

Amazon rating: 4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “Yes, this really works. I have very light skin with dark hair. I started using this every three days and my bikini line and upper lip hairs are now pretty much non-existent.”

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Best for Large Areas

Iluminage Iluminage Touch Hair Reduction System

Iluminage Touch Hair Reduction System

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Best for Large Areas

Iluminage Iluminage Touch Hair Reduction System

If you’re looking for an FDA-approved device to treat larger areas like your legs, arms, or back, the head of this laser is large enough to cover more ground. The laser emitted is a brand-patented combination of IPL and radiofrequency designed to safely treat a broader range of skin tones and hair colors. The scientists behind the professional machines actually developed the technology, so you know you’re in good hands.

Best for: All skin tones

Hair color: All hair colors

Nordstrom rating: 4/5 stars

A Nordstrom reviewer says: “I️ had modest expectations, but this product definitely went above and beyond. I️ have black hair and mainly used it to reduce the peach fuzz on my abdominal area.”

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Best Under-$100 Option

GOZYE Permanent Light Hair Remover Device

Permanent Light Hair Remover Device

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Best Under-$100 Option

GOZYE Permanent Light Hair Remover Device

If you’re in the market for something that won’t break the bank but will still get those silky hair-free legs you’ve been dreaming about, look no further. This model features two modes and eight adjustable light settings to ensure pain-free removal. Even better, you get a three-year warranty.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Light brown to black hair

Amazon rating: 3.6/5 stars

What people are saying: “I didn’t really expect this little device to do such a good job, but it does. I would normally need to shave every three days, and now I don’t have stubble for nearly a week. Plus, my skin feels really smooth.”

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Best for Travel

Sensica Sensilight Mini Bronze 300k

Sensilight Mini Bronze 300k

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Best for Travel

Sensica Sensilight Mini Bronze 300k

For your next international getaway or domestic weekend trip, you might want to start thinking about what you want to bring in your makeup bag. This FDA-approved device can easily fit in any toiletry case and still packs a punch with its 300,000 flashes. In fact, it’s designed to reveal smooth skin in just 15 minutes.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to dark blonde hair

Amazon rating: 3.1/5 stars

What people are saying: “Quite simple to use, doesn’t burn, and isn’t painful. It is small and can be carried in your luggage, so you do not have to stop the treatments.”

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Most Comfortable

DEESS Permanent Hair Removal System

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Permanent Hair Removal System

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Most Comfortable

DEESS Permanent Hair Removal System

If your pain tolerance is somewhat low, you may want to reach for this device with cooling technology that reduces laser heat and inflammation. What’s more, it has three other attachments and is rechargeable.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to light brown hair

Amazon rating: 4/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer says: “It worked like magic. You need to be consistent though, but it works.”

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Best Cooling Laser Hair Remover

bMNpMN Painless Ice-Cooling IPL Laser Hair Removal

Painless Ice-Cooling IPL Laser Hair Removal

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Best Cooling Laser Hair Remover

bMNpMN Painless Ice-Cooling IPL Laser Hair Removal

It’s no secret that laser hair removal can be uncomfortable at times. Here’s an option that is borderline pain-free. The laser on this machine feels more like an ice cube to the skin, which helps minimize pain and soothe the skin. It’s got two modes for large and small areas and five energy levels to adapt to different hair densities and skin sensitivities.

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to dark blonde hair

Amazon rating: 3.6/5 stars

What people are saying: “I was so surprised this actually worked, but it did! The hair I treated has either grown back more slowly and is sparse or hasn’t come back at all. I’ve used it every other week for the past three months. More than got my money’s worth.”

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Best for Sensitive Skin

Silk’n Silk’n Infinity

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Silk’n Infinity

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Best for Sensitive Skin

Silk’n Silk’n Infinity

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Unlike many at-home IPL devices, this one is suitable for several skin types and hair colors, and, according to reviewers, it’s also a gentler option than many others on the market. The device itself isn’t rechargeable or corded; it comes pre-charged with 400,000 light pulses, which the company claims will last a “lifetime.”

Best for: Fair to medium complexions

Hair color: Black to blonde hair

Amazon rating: 3.5/5 stars

What people are saying: “This product does work! It may not work as well as the professional treatments, but with patience, the cost benefit and easy access make treating yourself at home well worth it.”

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How long does it take to see results?

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“Both IPL and diode devices rely on the same target, which is the pigment of the hair follicle, to have an effect,” Dr. Garshick says. She adds, “At the most basic level, the diode refers to an actual laser, while the IPL is a light-based device.”

With a bit of consistency and a lot of patience whichever light beam route you opt for will come with real results. Typically, it will take at least a few sessions to see any change, and each session should be spaced out at least one week apart. Remember always to follow the instructions of your specific device.

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Does laser hair removal hurt?

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Depending on the intensity level of the laser (many of the devices have multiple settings), it can feel uncomfortable. When each follicle gets zapped, it might sting a bit—many people compare it to a rubber band being snapped on the skin. But hey, no pain, no gain, right?

Does laser hair removal work on all skin tones and hair colors?

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Before you start shopping (and zapping) away, we do have one important editor’s note: Since laser hair removal relies on melanin to produce results, it’s often not effective on lighter hair colors, like blonde and light gray, which, by nature, contain less pigment. If you have a lighter hair color, consult with a dermatologist before investing your money into an expensive at-home device. Also, read the fine print of every product description because most companies disclose this information upfront. Laser hair removal is also safe for people of color, but certain lasers can cause hyperpigmentation and irritation on darker skin tones, so again, it is best to consult your dermatologist.

Is at-home laser hair removal safe?

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Generally speaking, laser hair removal devices are safe. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take proper precautions. “At-home laser hair removal can be safe,” says Dr. Lal. However, he adds, “It is not universally safe because many factors play a role in safety. All available devices are safe for those with light skin and dark hair.” Needless to say, burns and redness can still occur with less powerful at-home devices. Contact a doctor if you are concerned or notice any discomfort or irritation.

Dr. Lal has a few helpful tips to make removal easier and safer: “Be sure to have tiny stubble the laser can pick up for treatment. Make sure the device you are using is suitable for your skin color and hair color. Don’t use this laser if you have red or very light blonde hair. Don’t over-pulse the laser in the same location as this could lead to burns.”

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Which is the best in-office laser?

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For in-office treatments, “The gold standard is the Gentlemax Pro by Candela. It is a dual alexandrite and Nd-Yag laser that can treat all skin types, hairs of various sizes, and in various locations,” says Dr. Lal.

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As a leading publisher of fashion, lifestyle, and beauty content, ELLE.com is committed to highlighting the best products in various categories by personally testing the latest and most innovative products, interviewing countless experts, and vetting customer-loved items. Tatjana Freund spoke with experts and industry leaders about at-home laser hair removal devices for this piece. Freund also tested a few top-rated products and pored over reviews for dozens of others, evaluating each on their features and customer feedback.

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Tatjana Freund

Fashion & Luxury Commerce Editor

Tatjana Freund is Hearst’s Fashion & Luxury Commerce Editor, covering beauty, fashion and more across multiple brands. Previously, she worked at ELLE.com and Marie Claire. She’s a fan of whiskey neat, podcasts that give her nightmares, and one time Zoë Kravitz laughed at a joke she made. 

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