Ulike vs. Braun IPL: Which Hair Removal Device is Better?

Ulike vs. Braun IPL: Which Hair Removal Device is Better?

Viktoria Viktoria
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IPL hair removal devices use a polychromatic non-coherent beam of light to target the whole hair strand along with its follicles. These devices terminate the hair follicle, inhibit its regeneration, and eliminate unwanted hair making your skin hairless and smooth for a few months.

Thus, IPL is one of the top methods to get rid of objectionable and undesired hair in an easy way. It also has several advantages over laser like being relatively inexpensive, requiring no commute, and quickly killing the hair cells. So, it can be your go-to hair removal method.

Did you come across a Ulike Sapphire AIR3 IPL handset and Braun Pro 5 IPL device while looking for a gadget to do your at-home IPL hair removal session? But could you not decide which one is better and more useful? Well, you just found the right place to help you decide that.

Let us look at how these devices differ from each other and how they are alike.

Device Description

Let us take a quick glance at what these devices are.

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple IPL Hair Removal Handset


Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple IPL hair removal device is the latest handset of Ulike IPL handset. Its latest technology gives the fastest hair removal results within only 3 weeks. Moreover, it differs from other Ulike devices in its exception of new and upgraded real-time sapphire ice-cooling technology.

Lastly, it can also be used by both men and women allowing you to share it with your husband or brother.

Braun Silk-expert Pro IPL Device

Braun Silk-expert has been one of the most popular and effective IPL devices since its release in 2019. One good thing about this device is separate heads for the body, face, and precision. It has 3 sensitivity modes and is suitable for men and women.

Moreover, it has sensoadapt technology to protect your skin while killing hair follicles.

Ulike vs. Braun IPL: Which IPL Hair Removal Device is Better?

Now that you know the basics about both devices. Let us begin our journey of comparing the 4-year-old well-liked IPL device with the most advanced device of 2023.

1. Design: Winner - Ulike AIR3

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple hair removal IPL handset is a sleekly designed pretty lavender-purple-colored device that weighs 270g. It looks like a smart remote with a single button on the top that is used as a flash key and gear adjustment key. Moreover, the ice level indicator, mode indicator, and streak mode represent by slim lines. On the side lies its power button.

Braun Silk-expert Pro has a curved wand-like designed device which weighs 285g. It has an intensity indicator on the side. Additionally, there is an intensity adjustment mode and flash button on the top.

Ulike Sapphire outsmarts Braun's Silk-expert Pro with its advanced and luxurious design.

2. Speed of Use: Winner - Ulike

Both of the devices have a glide or autoflash mode and stamp mode to do your treatment precisely and effectively.

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple handset has a light speed that flashes once every 0.7 seconds. It takes about 5 minutes for treating both legs. And, to do your whole body hair removal IPL session, 10 minutes is all it needs.

Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 IPL device has a light speed that flashes every 0.8-1.2 seconds helping it treat both legs within 9 minutes. And it takes 25-30 minutes for treating your full body will this device.

In terms of speed, Ulike AIR3 is clearly the winner as it can do a full-body hair removal session in the time Braun takes to only treat the legs.

3. The Convenience of Use

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple IPL device has 3 comfort modes to target different areas of the body from head to toe. It has a soft mode for the face, upper lips, and bikini line; a body mode for legs and arms; and a power mode for the chest and armpits.

Moreover, it has updated the sapphire ice-cooling system to make your experience even better. There is an addition of graphene and VC liquid cooling solution along dual heat dissipation ducts to its patent dynamic ice-cooling technology.

Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 also has 3 modes; normal mode with 3 light flashes, gentle mode with 2 light flashes, and extra gentle mode with a single flash. These modes are made according to the tolerance level of your skin. Moreover, it has 3 head attachments for targeting your face, body, and sensitive areas.

But Braun lacks any specific painless technology. So, you might feel tingling or mild burning sensations on your skin while doing your IPL hair removal session.

4. Time Taken to Produce Results: Winner - Ulike AIR3

The best thing about the latest Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple IPL device is it is the quickest device to show results. With 21J of energy, it only takes 2 weeks to start noticing the results and within 3 weeks you will significant hair regrowth reduction along with decreased hair quantity, density, and length.

Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 is also one of the fastest devices to show results. It provides visible results in 4 weeks. Thus, Ulike Sapphire AIR3 takes the lead here.

5. Safety Approval and Dermatologist Recommendation: Winner - Ulike

Both Ulike Sapphire AIR3 and Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 are clinically tested, FDA-approved, and effective to be used at home.

However, Ulike Sapphire AIR3 is also recommended by certified dermatologists making it even more reliable for use in the privacy of your own home. Dr. Hadley King says “I recommend using Ulike 2 to 3 times per week”.

6. Skin Tone Compatibility: Winner - Both

Both Ulike Sapphire AIR3 and Braun Pro 5 are the same in terms of skin tone and hair color compatibility. These are safe and effective for fair to medium brown skin colors and work well on brown, black, and light blonde hair colors.

However, you should look for another method of hair removal if your skin tone is dark brown or black and your hair color is grey, white, ginger, or light blonde.

7. What’s in the Box: Winner - Ulike AIR3

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple IPL package comes with an elegant crystal purple leather box, the Ulike AIR3 device, an extra smooth razor, and professional safety glasses.

While Braun Pro 5 package comes with a printed beauty pouch, 3 caps, the Braun device, and a venus razor. The box does not have goggles making Ulike the winner.

8. Number of Flashes: Winner - Ulike

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple IPL device offers more than 1 million flashes. The flashes that won’t run out in your lifetime. Also, you can share the device with your beloved ones.

However, Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 only has 400,000 flashes giving it about 22 years of life span. So, choose Ulike AIR3 if you do not want to keep changing your device every 2 decades.

9. Customer Reviews and Ratings: Winner - A Tie

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple hair removal IPL device does not have any reviews or ratings yet as it was just released a few days ago. However, considering the popularity and response the other devices of Ulike received with 3,000,000 happy customers, AIR3 is also going to be big.

Braun, on the other hand, has 4.4-star ratings from its 519 customers on the official website in the span of several years. So, we leave the decision of choosing the best device to you.

10. Price: Winner - Ulike

Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple hair removal IPL device is worth $379. So, this is the amount you have to spend once in your life for a lifetime of free hair removal treatments.

Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 is $429. And you have to spend the same, if not more amount after 20 years on buying another device.

We have the obvious winner in terms of affordability, right?

Comparison Table

Now let us take a look at the comparison of Ulike AIR3 and Braun Pro 5 through this simple table.


Ulike Sapphire AIR3

Braun Silk-expert Pro 5


Painless Technology








Number of Flashes




Comfort Modes








Dermatologically Recommended




Turnaround Time

3 weeks

4 weeks



2 years

2 years

A tie

What’s in the Box

AIR3 device

Leather Box

Safety glasses

Smooth razor

Pro 5 device

3 caps

Beauty box

Venus razor







Ulike has introduced its latest IPL device, the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple Hair Removal IPL handset recently. So, we decided to compare our newbie with a veteran IPL device, the Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 IPL handset.

Braun Pro 5 is effective, has high speed of use, gives a good hair removal experience, is safe to use, and produces results within 4 weeks. However, Ulike AIR3 Purple is better as it has a higher speed, gives a painless comfortable hair removal experience, is loved by dermatologists, and gives results in 3 weeks.

Lastly, the Ulike Sapphire AIR3 Purple handset is also more economical as compared to the Braun Silk-expert Pro 5.

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