Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Series, Tested and Reviewed

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Series, Tested and Reviewed

Philips Lumea Prestige is one of the best hair removal IPL Lumea series that we have tested for years. Philips rebrand this series and changed its name to 8000 series with new 5 models. The new models have more features, fixing some issues and offering a high-quality use we will compare between each one of them.

Using Philips Lumea Prestige 8000, you will be able to get hair-free smooth skin up to 12 months with the most powerful IPL

It works easily and safely on most of hair and skin tines. you will find more than 2 Attachments for Body, Face Bikini, Underarm and much more. 

Although Philips Lumea Prestige is not FDA approved, there are thousands of users who have found it to be one of the best hair removal devices, and the demand still applies.

Our Testing On Philips Lumea Prestige

According to our Philips Lumea experts, Philips Lumea Prestige is one of the top home hair removal that uses IPL technology. We tested its new models for 6 months with women who wanted to remove hair from various areas of the body, and the results were great, offering an effective solution for hair removal and long-lasting hair reduction.

Our testing criteria focused on hair reduction and the abilities of the device you use and we are taking safety into consideration when we test the product and its impact on the skin.

we are looking to provide you a perfect version with user-friendly device like design & weight features as we tested Philips Lumea Models.

What is Philips Lumea Prestige?

Philips Lumea Prestige is the most sold, award-winning, best Lumea Hair removal IPL device for 3+ years. Until Philips Lumea 9000 Series was introduced in December 2020, the Lumea Prestige only compared to very few IPL devices.

Furthermore, there are a huge amount of costumer reviews we paved our way through, hundreds of women affirmed that the Lumea Prestige is distinguished among other IPL hair removal devices. Especially when it comes to how fast it provides results, and how short the treatment sessions really are.

It’s comes in an amazing gun-shaped design, with built-in curved flash windows, providing the versatility your different body parts need. In addition 8000 series has more number of flashes than the advanced 7000 series.

What Is the IPL Technology used by the Prestige?

Philips Lumea Prestige uses Intense Pulse Light Technology, as the device’s aim is the reduce hair growth, by targeting the hair’s follicle beneath the skin.

The Prestige has surpassed most IPL devices in this manner, as it uses high power IPL, to assure the long-lasting results.

Some devices may try to fool you into believing you’ll have hair-free experience for life, but Philips Lumea Prestige promises you what’s real: hair-free experience that can last for months.

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Philips Lumea IPL 8000 Series

At the beginning of 2023, the production of Philips Lumea Prestige products stopped and changed this series name to Philips Lumea IPL 8000 Series, and two new versions were launched with the name Philips Lumea 8000 series. So we will show you the two new PH versions and the 5 stop-production old  versions.

Philips Lumea 8000 is one of the best home laser hair removal devices, due to its high speed and excellent results in making the skin smooth, soft, and hair-free for a long time and without pain. 

We have a full article on Philips Lumea Models, it has all the detailed information you’ll need to differentiate between different Lumea editions. Here is the two new devices that are currently available “connected” : 

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Series Models

Philips Lumea Prestige Series is your solution to remove hair at home with ease and safety in any area. The device comes with 2 smart attachments for the body and face specially designed to perfectly fit the curves of your body. It also has the smartSkin and SenseIQ technology features and 450,000 flashes, equivalent to 39 years of lifetime.

However, we can shorten the list for you. Philips Prestige has 9 models, 2 of them disconnected,2 refurbished, and 5 new models:

New models:

  1. BRI949
  2. BRI948
  3. BRI947
  4. BRI945
  5. BRI944

Refurbished models:

  1. BRI954
  2. BRI953

Discontinued models:

  1. BRI956
  2. BRI950

These are all Philips Prestige 8000 series previous and new models. It is important to note that the BRI950 and BRI956 have been discontinued and no longer available. As for the versions of BRI954 and BRI953 they have been refurbished and updated. And Philips Lumea Newest Models of the Prestige 8000 series are BRI949, BRI948, BRI947, BRI945, and BRI944, which are currently the best-selling home hair removal devices.

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Newest Models

Philips has updated and released 5 new versions of the IPL Hair Removal devices and renamed it to the 8000 series and it includes the following models:

1- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI949

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI949

Philips Lumea Prestige Bri949 prevents hair growth for more than 12 months so you will have perfect skin and hair-free smooth skin. This Version includes 4 attachments for your body, face, bikini and underarm areas.

The 8000 series comes with 4 smart attachments specially designed to fit the curves of your body and an extra-long cable for added flexibility while treating. In addition to the SenseIQ and smart skin and five easily adjustable light settings helps you find the most comfortable setting.

Pros : 

  1. 4 intelligent attachments for body, face, bikini and underarm.
  2. Optimize your routine with the Philips Lumea IPL app.
  3. Developed with dermatologists to be easy and effective.
  4. 450,000 flashes last for 40 years according to the manufacturer.
  5. Philips Lumea IPL prevents hair growth to enjoy 12 months.
  6. Personalized with SenseIQ.

Cons :

  1. Not FDA-approved yet.
  2. Corded use only.

Philips BRI949 vs Philips BRI956

The main difference between those models is the body attachments. The BRI956 and BRI949 models come with 3 different attachments, for Body, Face, bikini and underarm. The BRI954, BRI953, and BRI950 come with 2 attachments, for Body and Face but without the bikini and armpit attachment.

There’s also a difference in color between those models. BRI954 is purple, BRI953 is silver, and BRI950 is pink, while those three come with the same attachments.

2- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL 8000 Series BRI948

Philips Lumea IPL 8000 Series BRI948

The BRI948 is one of the top hair removal device with SenseIQ Technology, 4 Attachments for Body, Face Bikini and Underarm, and corded use. We have tested its effectiveness and we had fast results after few sessions you can notice the hair reduction.

SenseIQ technology also included in this model with smartSkin sensor measures your skin tone and indicates one of the 5 light settings most comfortable for you.

Pros :

  1. Suitable for most skin tones and hair colors.
  2. 4 curved Attachments for Body, Face Bikini and Underarm.
  3. 92% hair reduction in after 3 treatments.
  4. Powerful and fast performance covering both lower legs takes 8.5 minutes.
  5. SenseIQ technology to automatically determine the right settings for your skin.

Cons :

  1. Not FDA-approved yet.
  2. Corded use only.

3- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL 8000 Series BRI947

Philips Lumea IPL 8000 Series BRI947/60

Second Version that has more features than others Philips Lumea 8000 Series. you will get 4 attachments Curved outward for hard-to-reach areas for your body, face, Bikini and Armpit.  it has a perfect and most comfortable setting for your skin by SmartSkin Sensor.

Pros : 

  1. 4 intelligent attachments: body, face, bikini, underarms
  2. SmartSkin Sensor.
  3. Lumea IPL App.
  4. You can use it Corded.
  5. Developed with dermatologists to be easy and effective.

Cons : 

  1. Not FDA-approved.

4- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL 8000 Series BRI945/00

Philips Lumea IPL 8000 Series BRI945/00

The First new version from Philips Lumea 8000 series that comes with 2 attachments for your body and face to get more than 12 months of hair-free smoothness. attachments perfectly fit the curves of your body to choose the right programming for each part of the body when they are connected.

Pros : 

  1. you can optimize your routine with the Philips Lumea IPL app for free.
  2. The Coaching Apps has more than 2 million users with a good treatment schedule.
  3. Philips developed Lumea IPL in consultation with dermatologists.
  4. Easy and effective use in the safety of your home. 
  5. The device can deal with all sensitive areas.
  6. Enjoy 12 months of hair-free smooth skin.

cons : 

  1. Not FDA-approved.
  2. Corded use Only.

BRI947 vs BRI945: Philips Lumea 8000 Series Comparison

Philips Lumea 8000 SeriesSmart curved attachmentscorded & cordlesseffectiveness
BRI9474 attachmentscorded 12 months of hair-free smooth skin
BRI9452 attachmentscorded 6 months of hair-free smooth skin

5- Philips Lumea IPL 8000 Series BRI944

One more model of new Prestige 8000 series BRI944 with 2 Attachments for Body and Face, corded use. It comes with the same technology as BRI948 and BRI947, but with fewer attachments. but with the same effectiveness and specifications.

Pros :

  1. 2 curved attachments for Face and Body.
  2. 2% hair reduction in after 3 treatments.
  3. Developed with SenseIQ technology to automatically determine the right settings for your skin.
  4. Easy to use and safe, also makes you enjoy long lasting results.
  5. Powerful and fast sessions.

Cons :

  1. Not FDA-approved.
  2. Corded use Only.

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Refurbished Models

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Refurbished Models

These models BRI954 and BRI950 are the Prestige series and have been completely updated in order to comply with the specifications and technologies that have been added in the new versions in the series. These two models differ from previous models in that they work both corded and cordless use.

It has been fully tested and reviewed over a full year by our experts and we have verified results for hair reduction

1- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI954 (Refurbished)

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI954 (Refurbished)

It is the second version of Philips Lumea Prestige devices. Philips Lumea BRI954 Prestige IPL comes with 3 Attachments for Body, Face & Precision Areas. This version of PLP gives you more than 6 months of hair-free smoothness.

Pros : 

  1.  3 Attachments for your use, like Body, Face & Precision Areas.
  2. you are free to use it Corded or cordless.
  3. long-lasting hair removal by SenseIQ technology.
  4. SmartSkin Sensor scans your skin in a comfortable way without side effects.

Cons : 

  1. Not FDA-approved.

2- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI953 (Refurbished)

Lumea Prestige IPL BRI953/00

Pros :

  1. Suitable for various body parts including Face, Body, Armpit and Bikini.
  2. Treatment sessions are faster than 95% of other IPL products.
  3. Achieves results faster than other IPL products.
  4. Works Corded/cordless.
  5. CE Certified & clinically proven.
  6. Can be used for up to 15 years.
  7. 3 distinguished attachments.


  1. Not FDA-approved.
  2. Cordless can work up to 30 minutes only.

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Discontinued Models

These models BRI956 have been one of the most popular IPL hair removal devices for years, but after the release of new models specially the 9000 and 9900 Series, Philips decided to make them discontinued.

Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal 8000 Series

1- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI956

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI956/00

The latest version of Philips Lumea Prestige offers a special package with 4 attachments for Body, Face, Bikini and underarms. It’s one of the most powerful Philips Lumea devices that can use corded and cordless functionality.


  1. You can charge the device and use it cordlessly.
  2. Enjoy more than 8 weeks of smooth and hair free skin.
  3. gentle and effective treatment with 92% hair reduction.
  4. easily and smoothly pulses of light to the hair root to remove it.


  1. Not FDA-approved
  2. Cordless can work without recharge for 40 minutes only.

2- Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI950

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL BRI950

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI950 has gentle light pulses safely and effectively when removing body hair. There are 5 light intensity settings that you can choose the right one for your skin tone. This version comes with 2 attachments for your body and face, thanks to the SmartSkin Sensor.

Pros : 

  1. Safety assured and Award winning.
  2. Two attachments For your body and face.
  3. Get Less 92% hair after only three applications.
  4. tested with dermatologists and clinically.

Cons : 

  1. Iclouds just two attachments.
  2. Not FDA-approved.

Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 series Benefits

The Philips Lumea 8000 Series is the best device in the Prestige category in terms of features and user reviews, as it includes a wide range of features that made it one of the best-selling home laser devices in the world.

  • 4 intelligent attachments: Body (Shape: Convex curved window size: 4.1 cm2, Tailored treatment for the body: legs, arms, and stomach), Face (Shape: Flat, window size: 2 cm2, extra filter, Tailored treatment for face: upper lip, chin, and jawline)
  • SenseIQ technology: SmartSkin sensor reads your skin tone and helps you find the most comfortable setting that suits you.
  • Corded use: Extra-long cable for added flexibility while treating and making it easier and more comfortable to use.
  • 450,000 flashes: The device comes with a large number of flashes, enough for 39 years of use.
  • Fast and easy to use: It is considered one of the fastest hair removal devices that you can use to remove hair from underarms in 2.5 minutes, lower legs in 8.5 minutes, face areas in 1.5 minutes, and bikini line in 2 minutes. 
  • Warranty: 2-year global warranty + 1 extra year of warranty upon product registration within 90 days.
  • Safety and adjustable: You can remove hair safely thanks to the skin sensor and SkinAI technology to determine right setting on demand and prevent unintentional flashing.

Troubleshooting before Problems happen

Since we’ve done a deep research already, why make you suffer through possible technical problems that you may face? We’ve provided you with the list of most common hurdles that you may face, and how to overcome them in your path to achieving long-lasting hair removal results.

1- “My Philips Lumea gives off a burning smell during treatment”


  • You may have not removed hair from your skin
  • Your skin is not clean and dried
  • The glass on your Philips Lumea Prestige is not clean

2- “My Lumea becomes warm during use”


  • This is normal, but to avoid any inconvenience, try treating sensitive areas first

3- “My skin feels uncomfortable during the treatment”


  • Your skin tone/hair color is not suitable, re-check it
  • You’re using higher/lower intensity level, try using the smartskin sensor
  • You’re treating the wrong areas, try using suitable attachment for each body part
  • You have recently tanned, take enough time before performing a session again
  • Your skin/device is dirty, check they are clean before starting
  • You may be pressing the device hard on your skin, you don’t need to

4- “I didn’t get the expected results from the device”


  • You aren’t following up on the treatment schedule
  • You’re missing spots on your skin during treatment
  • You aren’t following the manual instructions
  • Maybe you didn’t remove your hair completely before sessions
  • You aren’t using the correct settings

Awkward questions you do and don’t want to ask about Philips Lumea Prestige

You may have some “awkward questions” you have in mind, but you don’t want other people to know what’s on your mind.

Don’t worry! We have compiled a list of the most important yet awkward questions you don’t want others to know you’re wondering about, in regard to using IPL hair removal devices.

How to use Philips Lumea Prestige

Those are general instructions you have to abide by, in order to achieve the long-lasting results you seek:

  1. Shave before each treatment and make sure you don’t miss a spot.
  2. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before treatment.
  3. Plug in the device if you want to go corded, or turn it on if you want to go cordless.
  4. Use the Smartskin sensor on your skin to detect the intensity level automatically, or just select it manually if you already know your convenient level.
  5. Position the Lumea Prestige on your skin at a 90-degree angle, then press the trigger button.
  6. The device will only flash if you position the device correctly on your skin.
  7. Finished one spot? Move on to the other spot, try to overlap skin spots.
  8. Once you’ve finished the treatment, press on hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn it off.

Philips Lumea Prestige Price Range

We’ve visited a handful of online stores, in different countries, and the Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device has a price range of 300-400£, depending on the version you choose.

Compared to clinical hair removal treatments, this price is as cheap as it can be.

“It’s worth every dime,” said a customer in an online review, when she stated that if some people consider it pricey, the long-lasting results will pay you back in gold.

Philips Lumea Prestige models comparison

ModelFast TreatmentProven effectivenessVersionBattery
Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal 90004.5/54.1/5BRI955/004.2/5
PHILIPS Lumea Prestige IPL3.9/54.7/5BRI949/004.3/5
Philips Lumea Prestige IPL4.8/54.9/5BRI956/004.8/5

Prestige’s Skin tone and hair color

Before picking any IPL hair removal device, you should always check if that device suits your skin tone and hair color. Since IPL devices use the light’s power to reduce hair growth, not all skin types or hair color can absorb this light, which makes it crucial to do the skin and hair test beforehand.

Lumea Prestige works on naturally dark blonde, brown and black colored hairs and on skin tones from very white to dark brown. Furthermore, Philips Lumea Prestige cannot be used to treat white/grey, light blonde or red hair and is not suitable for very dark skin.

Is Philips Lumea Prestige safe?

Knowing that the Prestige works fine on your skin tone and hair color, it’s time to make sure that this experience will be completely safe for you, from the first time you open the product box, till you reach the hair-free experience that will last for months.

Other than a slight stingy feeling that dissolves immediately, follow the instructions and your treatments shall be as safe as you’d love it to be.

Philips Lumea Prestige values your safety highly, here’s what they did to reach that goal:

  1. Integrated safety system: prevents from unintentional flashing and UV light
  2. Bikini area attachment has extra light filter: Sensitive areas require special attachments
  3. SmartSkin sensor: Detects your skin tone then chooses the most comfortable light setting for you
  4. 5 light energy settings: Variety means more choices to choose from depending on your body part
  5. clinically-proven & has a CE marking for EU safety standards: Passes all the required safety tests

Lumea Prestige: How long does the treatment last?

One of the main elements that made the Prestige one of a kind, is how short the full-body treatment session can last, compared to other IPL Hair removal devices.

According to our testing methods, following up on tons of customer reviews, a single full-body treatment performed by the Philips Lumea Prestige, will only take you around 40 minutes max.

It’s considered way faster than other devices, where a single treatment session would take over 1 hour of complete concentration, let alone the restrictions applied by those corded-only devices.

Additionally, Prestige covers more body parts than other devices of the same rank, as it covers the face, the body, the armpits, and the bikini. In short, you’ll have more body parts covered in less time.

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device lasts a lifetime

Simple mathematics will show you that this device will last forever with you. It has 250,000 lamp flashes, viable to treat up to 1 million cm2 of total body area.

An average full body treatment would need 5,000 cm2 covered, which means you have 200 full body treatments with the Lumea Prestige.

That being said, with monthly sessions following your initial 8-week treatment, it can give you over 15 years (or 180 months.) Just keep in mind that those numbers are averages, and the device can still be affected by manufacturing and storage factors.


We’ve surfed through the best IPL hair removal devices, and the Philips Lumea Prestige is a top3 contender for the Best IPL device ever made. It’s only challenged by the Philips Lumea 9000 series!

It provides you with the fastest and safest results, in a relatively short amount of time and treatment sessions, at a reasonable and well-deserved price.

In case you have any questions on the Philips Lumea Prestige, feel free to post them in the comment section down below, and we’ll be more than happy to answer in less than 48 hours.

13 thoughts on “Philips Lumea Prestige 8000 Series, Tested and Reviewed”
  1. SA

    Can Philips Lumea Prestige be used on testicles?

  2. Farah

    I’m wondering, why is this device older yet still more expensive than the newer 9000?

    • Sarah Randal
      Sarah Randal

      It’s for Marketing purposes, you want the 9000 to take over, first thing you may need to do is decrease the price comparing to older models.

  3. Ana

    What’s difference between Lumea 9000 Bri958 and Lumea prestige 956?

    • Philips Lumea Experts
      Philips Lumea Experts

      Hi Ana
      The difference is the number of flashes
      BRI956: 250K
      BRI958: 450K

  4. Ann

    I have a lot of moles and hide each of them with a peace of white plaster. After covering moles with a plaster, can you use IPL over the plaster? Ipl doesnt go through it to get the access to mole i suppose?

    • Philips Lumea Experts
      Philips Lumea Experts

      Hi Ann
      Of course, you can use the laser after covering the moles around the mole

  5. Ann

    Thanks for your response. So i cannot use the IPL OVER the plaster ? I have to use around the plaster ? Why can it be used over a hite plaster, if they mole is hidden under?

  6. Tahira

    Bri 1949 vs new 9000 1955 . Which one should i get . As both have got same number of flashes (450,000) according to phillips site .

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