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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’s 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 more to cure nails quickly and will work well with all kinds of gel polishes. They’re also all compact enough to take with you on the go so you can give yourself a mani-pedi from anywhere.
Winjoy Gel Nail Lamp
Designed for maximum power, this device is 168 watts and contains 42 light beads that are strategically placed in the perfect position to efficiently cure nails in no time. Other benefits include a sizable LCD touchscreen with four preset timers from 30 to 120 seconds, automatic sensing for easy on/off and temperature protection technology so you don’t get burned. The bottom portion comes off too to promote easy cleaning.
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SunUV Gel Nail Lamp
A best-seller on Amazon, this 48-watt nail lamp is equipped with 33 powerful UV/LED light beads, four timer settings and a smart sensor that automatically detects when you place your hand under it. It’s also designed with a removable tray for easy cleaning, heat dissipation holes to prevent overheating and as an added bonus, a hot pink silicone pad that works as a pillow to rest your hand while applying polish.
DeepDream Gel Nail Lamp
Made with 42 UV/LED beads, this 84-watt lamp is meant to cure all types of gel in just 15 seconds. Not only is it large enough to fit two hands at the same time, but it turns on automatically when it senses your hands or feet under the lamp. It also features an LCD screen, four preset time settings up to 99 seconds and heat-dissipation holes to prevent the unit from getting too hot. Another plus? It also includes a removable base.
MiroPure Gel Nail Lamp
Featuring 33 durable UV/LED lights, this 48-watt lamp also utilizes a built-in sensor that detects when you place your hand inside it and knows to switch to low heat mode if the temp gets too high. Like the previous model, this one also has an easy-to-read LCD display, heat dissipation holes and a removable base. Note that it isn’t spacious enough to fit both hands.
PrettyDiva Gel Nail Lamp
A style that looks just as good as it performs, this holographic diamond mirror lamp is 86 watts and contains 39 evenly distributed UV/LED light beads angled in multiple directions to cure with precision. The brand claims it cures nails in just 10 seconds and it can hold up to 10 fingernails at a time. It also has a clear display, a user-friendly on and off auto sensor and four preset timer buttons from 10 to 99 seconds. Plus, the foundation is easily detachable for convenient cleaning.
Jewhiteny Gel Nail Lamp
Slightly more affordable, this pink 54-watt lamp only costs $17. It’s not lacking in great features, though. Like the others, it also comes with an LCD display, multiple timer settings and an auto-sensor for effortless on and off. And while it only contains 18 light beads, they’re evenly distributed and powerful. Essentially, it’ll get the job done in a timely fashion.
Sunrich Gel Nail Lamp
In addition to offering an impressive 120 watts of power, this powerful lamp is designed with a sleek handle for easier portability. It contains 42 light beads, four timer settings, an LED display and a detachable base, too. You also don’t have to press a button for it to turn on or off, and the curved design increases the internal space for easy curing. What’s more, a built-in fan keeps the machine cool.
iBealous Gel Nail Lamp
Also pink and only $17, this device is 88 watts and fixed with 30 light beads. It boasts an LCD touchscreen with four preset timer settings, a removable tray, heat-dissipation hole and a smart auto sensor for easy on and off.
MelodySusie Gel Nail Lamp
MelodySusie’s 54-watt Professional nail lamp contains an LG Chip that provides high-light efficiency while also saving energy. And like the others, to turn it on or off, simply place your hands in and out of the machine. Without any use for five minutes, it’ll automatically turn off to save power. It also features three preset timer settings, heat-dissipation holes and a detachable tray. You can try both hands or feet at one time, as well.
Beetles Gel Nail Lamp
This Beetles lamp is 84 watts and contains 42 LED light beads, three touchscreen timer settings and a red LED light to prevent skin damage. It also features a smart sensor and fits one hand at a time.