The Top LED Nail Lamps – We Compare 5 Of The Best
Starting the search for your own at home LED and/or UV nail lamp can be super daunting...
I know for me it was a hard task to figure out where to start, what to look for, and which products would give me the most bang for my buck.
That’s why I’ve decided to compare 5 of the best LED nail lamps currently on the market, to help you in your journey to do just that.
1. Roleadro LED Nail Dryer
Cures: LED & UV
Size: 7.3x3.5x8.6 inch
2. Vogue Professional
Cures: LED & Shellac
Size: 10 x 5 x 4 inches
3. Gelish Shellac Nail Dryer
Cures: LED, UV & Shellac
Size: 9.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
4. Royal Nails Professional
Cures: UV, Shellac, and Acrylic
Size: Double size to fit both hands or feet.
5. MelodySusie Violet Series
Cures: LED and UV
The Do-It-Yourself Advantage:
If you’re someone who regularly heads to the nail salon for a gel manicure and/or pedicure - you might be doing yourself a huge favour by considering an investment in an at-home LED nail lamp.
Doing it yourself can save you hundreds of dollars a year - not to mention it can also save you so much time!
Personally I feel that LED lamps are the way to go since most LED lamps cure LED & UV gel, whereas most UV lamps work only for UV gels - (not to mention LED dries in almost half the time).
For me I found that I could actually give myself a salon quality mani or pedi at home in half the time, and for a fraction of the price. I couldn’t believe I didn’t get one sooner…
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Factors to consider when choosing:
I found it super overwhelming simply figuring out where to start. I read hundreds of reviews, compared every aspect and feature of every product I looked at - and I felt way out of my (newbie) league when it came to choosing a lamp for myself.
Let’s break down some of the main things you should be considering:
—> Your Budget
Think about how much money you are willing and able to invest in your nail lamp, since this will automatically narrow down the possibilities.
LED nail lamps can vary anywhere from $20-$300, and obviously you will get very different lamps depending.
Spending $300 might seem a bit steep initially, but if you sit down and think about how much money you would normally spend on main’s/pedi’s in a year, including tips - you might reconsider this thought.
For me, because I get them so frequently, the cost of one lamp would be equal to only a few manicures and would last me decades - so I aimed for a mid/high range lamp.
A lot of women get manicures sometimes twice a month, that means they’re spending around $800 a year on manicure services - so your own nail lamp is easily affordable when you take this into account, especially considering that figure doesn’t include pedicures.
—> Lamp size
Make sure you’re really paying attention to lamp size when comparing lamps.
Some of them will only fit 4 fingers which means you have to cure your thumb separately which is a real pain in the butt.
Usually the lamps ranging $20-$50 only fit 4 fingers and don’t work for pedicures, while others fit one hand and also have a removable bottom part so that you can cure one foot at a time for pedicures.
The optimal lamp lets you cure both hands and both feet at the same time - which is my personal preference in the interest of saving time!
—> Your polish brand
You have to make sure that your lamp will work with brands and the products that you like, which for me was very confusing.
Since there are LED and also UV nail lamps - I had to figure out what brands I could use since I chose to go with LED.
I personally love CND Shellac, and they say that you have to use a UV lamp since shellac is a UV polish and won’t cure with an LED lamp…
I was really sad when I learned this, but then I read reviews where users had chimed in saying that CND actually does cure perfectly well under an LED lamp.
I tried it, and sure enough it worked for me. So, this just proves you really have to do your research!
Most polishes are LED, which means they will cure using either lamp type. Gel-polish nail lamp manufacturers design their lamps so that they emit the exact UV wavelengths needed to activate the specific ingredients of their gel formula.
If you tend to use one brand way more than others, it might be worth your while to get the lamp designed by that specific brand, or one with the same wattage, to make sure it cures properly.
Typically, it takes about 30 seconds to cure one layer of polish under LED, while it takes 90 seconds to cure a layer with UV. So if you tend to be in a rush and/or impatient, you might want to stick with LED.
—> Bulb life
The bulbs in LED nail lamps don’t need to be replaced and are quoted to last 50,000 hours. UV lamps tend to vary however, usually by brand or manufacturer - but they typically last about 100 hours and are replaceable for around $30.
At first I thought, 100 hours doesn’t seem that long, but when I thought about the fact that one manicure only takes 5 minutes - I realized it could last me over 20 years. Overall, I think that either lamp type is a great option and can last you decades depending on the brand and quality.
Reviews of the Top 5 Best LED Nail Lamps:
Overview: This lamp is my personal favourite of the bunch! It’s a great mid-range price option for those seeking to cure LED & UV gels for a good balance of price and quality. I highly recommend!
2. Vogue Professional Fast and Easy Wide LED Lamp Nail Sealer
Overview: If you’re planning to stick to LED and Shellac only - then this lamp is the one for you. The price can’t be beat, it’s one of the cheapest lamps in its category with the best reviews.
3. Gelish Shellac Nail Dryer, with LED Light Bulbs
Overview: Even though it’s priced on the higher end, this lamp is ideal for use in your salon or at-home salon. It is more geared towards those using it for business as well as pleasure.
4. Royal Nails Professional UV Light Gel and Acrylic Nail Dryer
Overview: As the most expensive nail lamp on my list, this lamp does just about everything you could think of (besides cure LED…). That’s why it’s not my #1 choice. But if you’re fine with everything but LED, this lamp is definitely the best of the best. Professional salon grade, with lots of bells and whistles and more than worth the price.
5. MelodySusie Violet Series -Violetilly LED Nail Dryer
Overview: Coming in at the same price as (my fave) Roleadro lamp, the MelodySusie still lives up to its claim and cures nails super fast, without overheating. I found my gels lasted longer than with most lamps, and I loved that it said “hello” and “goodbye” to me - too cute! It was only due to its (very few) cons that pushed it from 1st place.
So what have we learned here?…
In summary, all of these choices depend specifically on you; what products you intend to use, how you intend to use them, how frequently, and on what budget.
Clearly for me, my top choice was #1, the Roleadro LED Nail Dryer. It was super helpful for me to compare nail lamps in this way so that I could see all the features, pros and cons listed and compare them against each-other. I wanted to find a mix of money-saving and quality, be able to cure LED as well as UV, and do both hands or feet at the same time. I was also hoping for one that looked high-end and had an auto-timer!
So for yourself, once you can narrow down and pinpoint what you want, you’ll be off to the races and I’m sure just as excited as I was! I mean, who doesn’t want to be able to have a mini-salon in their home and be able to give themselves professional-quality manicures for decades to come at a fraction of the price!? Do your research! Get excited, get creative, and enjoy!