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Best Of 2018

Our Favorite Nail Lamps of November, 2018 – The Best Top 5 Revealed

This Page was last updated by Kara Bell

Nailing it….

Testing out the best selling curing lamps, so you don’t have to

Whether you own a nail salon, are a mobile technician, or just doing your own nails, you will require a curing lamp to dry the modern nail finishes. So, which lamp is best for you?

When it comes to curing nails and lamps to do the job effectively, the main decision is whether you will buy a UV or an LED lamp. Both have their good and bad points.

Ultra Violet (UV) lamps:

The latest gel polishes are cured by UV wavelengths hitting the molecules in the gel and ‘waking them up’. Working well on all gels, they can take up to 2 minutes to cure and harden the finish.  These lamps are cheaper than the LED versions, however the bulbs will need replacing depending on usage.

LED lamps:

These are generally more expensive than the UV lamps, but cure in approximately 30 seconds. More energy efficient, the bulbs will never need replacing; however, they will only cure polishes that are formulated for LED technology. The range of suitable gels is expanding rapidly though, and the newer soak-off gel polishes are perfect for an LED lamp.

The other thing to consider is size. I prefer a lamp that fit all five fingers; as thumbs can take longer, doing them all together is easier than doing the thumb separately.

Here, then, are the best sellers:

1) SUNUV Nail Curing Lamp

What Makes It A Great Nail Lamp

SUNUV have made a durable, but quite cute, nail lamp, and the fact it’s both UV and LED is amazing. I can cure any type of nail, without having to read the small print on the bottle.

I love the fact that I can fit my whole hand in here, and my foot too – obviously not at the same time. Pilates is good, but not that good!

The timer is a great addition and means that I can just sit and relax, knowing it’ll tell me when my nails are cooked and super sexy; it also cures in double quick time. Many lamps that I’ve tried don’t cure the whole nail in one sitting – they miss out the sides, but this does them all, even my toes. It’s a really impressive piece of kit.

Where It Could Be Improved

To be honest, I can’t find anything to complain about with this lamp – sorry guys.

9.4Expert Score
The Final Verdict

I love this lamp, using it for nail parties and for curing my own. It’s tough, efficient and a good price for a superior product.

SUNUV 24W UV Light LED Nail Dryer Curing Lamp for Fingernail & Toenail Gels Based Polishes with Sensor, 30s 60s...

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$24.99 $45.99

 


2) MelodySusie Portable LED Nail Lamp

What Makes It A Great Nail Lamp

This lamp arrived extremely well packaged, and ahead of schedule.

Although marketed as lightweight, it feels solid and well made, and I’d happily slip it into my bag and take to a friend’s house.

For the price, this is an impressive little lamp. It’s so simple to use, doesn’t get too hot, and really does shorten the curing time.

I have used it with UV, LED and normal polishes and it’s perfect with them all, although you do have to adjust drying times.

Where It Could Be Improved

Two points could be worked on, but neither are deal breakers. The size could be increased so that I could fit a whole hand in, and the light, when you first switch it on, is a little dazzling! But both of those are easily accommodated.

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

An impressive lamp, and even more so when you see the price. Easily affordable to gift to a girlfriend, and I will be doing just that.

MelodySusie Portable LED Nail Lamp - Violetilac 6W Mini Nail Dryer Curing LED GEL Nail Polish Professionally - White

Last update was in: September 7, 2018 12:07 am
$10.99 $15.99

 


3) DeepDream Nail Lamp

What Makes It A Great Nail Lamp

The Deep Dream lamp really is a dream – fantastic size that takes two hands at once, but small enough to be easily portable. Not sure how they’ve managed this, but they have. It’s robust, tough, and seems simple to use.

The size is amazing – two whole hands, or feet. Doing it this way is just so much quicker, and efficient than doing every part separately.

Having multiple timer settings to choose from is a great idea too, making it even easier to use, whilst using both UV and LED lights means that every nail finish is covered.

Where It Could Be Improved

Like the MelodySusie above, the lights are very bright, and whilst I understand that they need to be to cure the polishes, the cover could be extended slightly to shade the solar flare and reduce the risk of permanent blindness for yourself, your family, and your neighborhood.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Even considering that this lamp is in the higher price bracket, the size and capabilities makes it worthwhile in my opinion.

DeepDream 48W Gel Nail Lamp UV LED Dryer Curing Lamps Light Fingernail & Toenail Polish Art Professional

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Last update was in: September 7, 2018 12:08 am
$35.99 $59.99

 


4) Gellen Nail Lamp

What Makes It A Great Nail Lamp

This is a sleek and compact curing lamp; the colour is lovely, it looks salon smart and much more expensive than it is. Delivered on time, it was well packaged and with comprehensive instructions.

I like that the bottom shelf is removeable for pedicures, giving you extra room – an ingenious idea. That, coupled with the space to do one whole hand at a time, makes this worth buying.

Where It Could Be Improved

This is a small niggle, but the cable could be a little longer, allowing more flexibility on where I can use it.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A great lamp that looks and performs as though it should cost double. It’s perfect for either a professional salon, or home use; either way, I’m hanging on to mine!

Gellen 24W UV LED Nail Lamp Dryer Light for Gel Nail Polish - Quick Dry No Harm Gel Manicure Machine,...

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$19.99 $46.99

 


5) Tememdy Nail Dryer

What Makes It A Great Nail Lamp

I was surprised by how small yet sturdy this lamp is; it’s large enough to take a whole hand in one go, yet small and light enough to be popped into my handbag for an evening at a girlfriend’s.

What I Like

I really like the neatness of this lamp; the controls are sleek and flush with the exterior of the dome, while the interior is spacious. It’s deceptively powerful too, managing to cure to the hardest finish in next to no time.

Where It Could be Improved

The sensor that detects your hand and switches the lamp on has failed to detect once; however, it was only once, and it can be over ridden, so it’s not really a major problem.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

I like this small but powerful lamp; it does what it’s meant to do, and my nails are perfect – what more do I need? I’m not even going to start that list!

48W LED Nail Dryer UV Curing Professionally For All Gel Nails Toe Nail Auto On / Off Sensor Upgraded with...

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Last update was in: September 7, 2018 12:09 am
$27.99 $32.99

 


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