We’ve all been there: Getting impatient when your gel nails take too long to dry under the lamp and accidentally smudging them in your efforts to move on to other tasks. Thankfully, there are a range of quick-drying lamps on the market to help you avoid this frustration. Our guide here is meant to help you find the right one worth investing in. Each of our picks is 48 watts or above to cure nails super fast and will work with a variety of gels. They’re also all small enough to take with you on the go so you can give yourself a mani-pedi from anywhere.
1. DeepDream Gel Nail Lamp
This lamp from DeepDream is 48 watts and contains 24 UV and LED beads. It’s made to cure all types of gels in 30 seconds.
Pros: It will turn on automatically when you place your hands or feet under the lamp and turn off when you remove them. It’s big enough to fit two hands or feet at the same time. It has 3 preset time settings, 30, 60 or 99 seconds on low-heat mode. An LCD screen displays the time clearly. The bottom part can be removed to easily clean. It has heat-dissipation holes so your skin won’t get too hot.
Cons: Some may find this style slightly bulky.
2. MiroPure UV LED Gel Nail Lamp
MiroPure’s 48-watt lamp features 33 durable UV/LED lights angled at 180 degrees to evenly and quickly dry all kinds of nail gels.
Pros: It comes with 4 timer settings and a built-in sensor that detects when you place your hand in it. It knows to turn to low heat mode if the temp gets too high. A large LCD display shows your drying time. This also includes a free nail file and gloves. The bottom is removable for sanitizing. Heat-dissipation holes to prevent overheating. The light is closer to white so it won’t harm your eyes.
Cons: Some users may find it doesn’t always stay plugged in.
3. PrettyDiva UV Nail Lamp
This powerful 54-watt yellow lamp contains 30 evenly distributed UV/LED light beads angled in multiple directions to cure with precision.
Pros: It can hold up to 10 fingernails at a time. The white light is safe for eyes and a special orange base weakens the blue light for added eye protection. It’s designed to work with all kinds of gels. This one also has an automatic on/off sensor and heat-dissipation holes. It has a clear, bright screen display and three timer preset buttons.
Cons: The bottom isn’t removable for cleaning.
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