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The Top LED Nail Lamps – We Compare 5 Of The Best

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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.

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1. Roleadro LED Nail Dryer

2. Vogue Professional

3. Gelish Shellac Nail Dryer

4. Royal Nails Professional

5. MelodySusie Violet Series

Cures: LED & UV

Cures: LED & Shellac

Cures: LED, UV & Shellac

Cures: UV, Shellac, and Acrylic

Cures: LED and UV

Price Range: Mid

Price Range: Low

Prince Range: High

Price Range: High 

Price Range: Mid 

Size: 7.3x3.5x8.6 inch

Size: 10 x 5 x 4 inches

Size: 9.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches

Size: Double size to fit both hands or feet.

Size: 265x220x140mm

Wattage: 48

Wattage: 54

Wattage: 54

Wattage: 54

Wattage: 48

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:

1. Roleadro LED Nail Dryer

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!

Specs:

Cures: LED & UV

Price Range: Mid

Size: 7.3x3.5x8.6 inch

Wattage: 48

PROS:

  • Detachable base for feet.
  • You can switch from 48W to 24W by pressing down the ‘on-off’ button for 3 seconds.
  • Five fingers and five toes can be cured at the same time
  • Scratch resistant
  • High-end appearance
  • Auto-sense mode: When put your hands inside the lamp it will turn on, and it will also beep once done. When your take your hands out, the lamp will turn off automatically!
  • Timer mode: 30s,60s, 90s. Once your time is up, the lamp will switch to auto-sense mode after a few seconds.

CONS:

  • It doesn’t cure UV gel builder as quickly as UV lamps, but that’s to be somewhat expected for a dual lamp. Whereas a UV lamp would cure UV in 30s, this lamp cures UV in 90s, but with my IBD hard led/uv gel it cures in 60s.

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.

Specs:

Cures: LED & Shellac

Price Range: Low

Size: 10 x 5 x 4 inches

Wattage: 54

PROS:

  • Fits both hands at once.
  • Very quick drying speed due to higher wattage than most.
  • High quality LED light.
  • ​Versatile and perfect for salon and at-home use.
  • ​Digital countdown 3-step timer, 30s, 60s & 90s.
  • 1 year limited parts and labor warranty and L.A.-based e-mail support.

CONS:

  • This particular lamp is not recommended for use with UV based gels.
  • Feet must be cured separately, no detachable base.

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.

Specs:

Cures: LED, UV & Shellac

Price Range: High

Size: 9.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches

Wattage: 54

PROS:

  • Ideal product for home use as well as professional salon use.
  • Large opening allowing you to cure both hands or both feet simultaneously.
  • ​Fast drying time, with 4 individual 9w bulbs.
  • ​Top cover padded for clients (if using in a salon).
  • ​Motion activated sensor.
  • Longer cord than most (avoid using an extension cord!)
  • Cover moves up and down to protect your eyes from the light.

CONS:

  • I have noticed some blogs saying only Gelish products should be used with this lamp as other brands can cause wrinkling, but I have not had this issue.
  • No “off” switch, needs to be unplugged.

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.

Specs:

Cures: UV, Shellac, and Acrylic

Price Range: High

Size: Double size to fit both hands or feet.

Wattage: 54

PROS:

  • 6 x 9watt UV bulbs for even and fast curing.
  • 5-setting timer: 90s, 120s,180s, 240s, 300s.
  • Features fan for drying natural polish.
  • 4 ft. long cord.
  • Very quiet.
  • The bottom of the dryer swings open to easily insert/change the bulbs.

CONS:

  • Does not cure LED. (This one is for those of you who would prefer a UV lamp over LED.)
  • Works best with Gelish products or brands of equal or higher quality. This means they are a bit more expensive for you, but overall still much cheaper than regular salon visits.
  • Instructions were a bit confusing; but I contacted the seller and they were clarified right away.

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.

Specs:

Cures: LED and UV

Price Range: Mid

Size: 265x220x140mm

Wattage: 48

PROS:

  • Cures LED polish quick and can last up to 3 weeks.
  • Preset timer functions.
  • Detachable bottom for drying feet.
  • 3 preset time controls: 5s, 20s, 30s. Nails dry quickly but don’t overheat.
  • This light is very polite - It says "hello" when it starts and "goodbye" when it is done!
  • 3 of its LEDs are concentrated on the thumbs so you will avoid running and pooling of polish.
  • There is a built in fan for cooling while you are drying.

CONS:

  • Because of the automatic on/off feature, sometimes if you move your hand it will turn off, and then you have to insert again. Not a huge concern but would be a bit annoying for nail technicians. So keep your hand still!
  • Some users complained about light burn-outs after short-term use, but I didn’t experience this at all. It is possible they were using it incorrectly!
  • I personally would love to have 60sec option, but it doesn't really bother me to put my hand in twice if needed.

1. Roleadro LED Nail Dryer

2. Vogue Professional

3. Gelish Shellac Nail Dryer

4. Royal Nails Professional

5. MelodySusie Violet Series

Cures: LED & UV

Cures: LED & Shellac

Cures: LED, UV & Shellac

Cures: UV, Shellac, and Acrylic

Cures: LED and UV

Price Range: Mid

Price Range: Low

Prince Range: High

Price Range: High 

Price Range: Mid 

Size: 7.3x3.5x8.6 inch

Size: 10 x 5 x 4 inches

Size: 9.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches

Size: Double size to fit both hands or feet.

Size: 265x220x140mm

Wattage: 48

Wattage: 54

Wattage: 54

Wattage: 54

Wattage: 48

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!

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Ines Wood

I highly recommend the MelodySusie LED nail lamp for anyone that is doing, or wants to do gel manicures at home. This small portable LED nail lamp is intended for home use, but is also light weight and portable, thus you can travel with it if you desire. In addition, it’s large enough to accommodate all five fingers at once. It can be used with any LED curable gel polish with no problem.

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Mike

It is really difficult to choose LED Nail Lamp, what you need. You made a good review which lamp is the best. But there also good models like MelodySusie® 48W LED Nail Dryer, Gelish LED Light Bulbs etc. and it would be better if you compare also models.

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