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10 Best Nail Lamps UK 2022 | NailStar, Mylee and More

Nail lamps are an excellent tool for applying UV gel polish. These machines work quickly on gel polishes by curing and drying each nail evenly, as opposed to using regular nail polish where you have to spend time blowing your nails or flapping them about while you’re trying to watch Love Island. 


By purchasing one of your own, you’ll be able to upgrade your DIY beauty regimen to help you achieve salon-quality at home. However, finding the best nail lamp can be a somewhat troubling affair. Thankfully, we've put together a nifty buying guide to help you decide between LED and UV. Make sure to read on for our ranking of the top 10 best in the UK available on Argos and Amazon!

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  • Last updated: 26-08-2022
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How to Choose a Nail Lamp in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Opt For LED Lamps to Cure LED-Specific Gel Polishes, but UV Lamps to Cure All Types of Gel Lacquers 
  2. Select a Lamp With Short Curing Time of Approximately 10 - 120 Seconds to Save Time
  3. Take Note on the Power Usage and Opt For Lamps With a Wattage of 12 Watts or Greater

1. Choose LED Lamps to Cure LED Specific Gel Polish, but Go For UV Lamps to Use on All Types of Gel Polish

1. Choose LED Lamps to Cure LED Specific Gel Polish, but Go For UV Lamps to Use on All Types of Gel Polish

The biggest difference between nail lamps is the type of bulbs they use. You can either choose from LED or UV lamps, and while they both work in the same way, curing and drying your nails evenly, there are differences between the two. 


Firstly, LED lamps will only cure LED specific gel polish. Meaning that if you opt for this type of lamp, then you’ll have to be selective about the polish you buy. However, UV lamps work for all types of gel polish. Therefore, they offer more flexibility when shopping for polish, as you won’t have to worry about whether it will work with your lamp. 


Here are our favourite gel nail polishes that you might want to add to your collection.

2. Consider a Lamp With a Fast Curing Time of Around 10 - 120 Seconds to Save Time

2. Consider a Lamp With a Fast Curing Time of Around 10 - 120 Seconds to Save Time

Next, you’ll want to consider the curing speed of the nail lamp. Generally speaking, LED lamps are faster than UV; this is because UV works with a broader light spectrum, so it requires more time. As a rule of thumb, LED bulbs take between 10 – 120 seconds to cure, depending on the model you opt for. UV lamps, on the other hand, will need 2 – 5 minutes to work. 


Just so you know, we’ve included the fastest curing time in our specification table below each nail lamp in our ranking, but often there are other settings, should you wish to slow things down a bit. For instance, a quick LED light might have a top speed of 15 seconds, but will also allow for 30, 60 or even 90 second drying times. 


Everyone enjoys a little sparkle on their nails every once in a while - browse our pick for the best glitter nail polishes!

3. Keep an Eye on the Power and Go For Lamps That Are 12 Watts and Above

3. Keep an Eye on the Power and Go For Lamps That Are 12 Watts and Above

Nail lamps range fairly widely in how powerful they are, from under 10 W to over 100 W. Usually, the higher the wattage, the quicker and more efficient they are and the faster it will cure. However, the prices tend to increase as the power goes up. 


The type of lamp you buy will influence what wattage you need. If you’re purchasing a more versatile UV lamp, then something that's at least 20 W would be best. When it comes to LED lamps, those below 10 W aren't ideal as they will not provide fast speeds or good results. Therefore, you should always stick to models above 12 W. 


For the perfect finishing touch, here are 10 best top coat nail polishes in the UK!

Compare the Best Nail Lamps

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Mylee - PRO Salon Series for £49.99
  2. Sunuv - LED Nail Lamp for £49.99
  3. NailStar - Professional UV Nail Lamp for £26.99
  4. NailStar - Professional LED Nail Dryer for £27.99
  5. Mylee - UV Gel Nail Lamp for £20.00

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of nail lamps available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Mylee PRO Salon Series 1

Mylee

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Sunuv LED Nail Lamp 1

Sunuv

3
NailStar Professional UV Nail Lamp 1

NailStar

4
NailStar Professional LED Nail Dryer  1

NailStar

5
Mylee UV Gel Nail Lamp  1

Mylee

6
BELLANAILS Professional LED Nail Lamp 1

BELLANAILS

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Rio Professional UV Gel Nail Polish Lamp 1

Rio

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Unisun Nail Gel Dryer 1

Unisun

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RIO UV Lamp Gel Nail Extension System 1

RIO

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W7 UV / LED Gel Nail Lamp  1

W7

Name

PRO Salon Series

LED Nail Lamp

Professional UV Nail Lamp

Professional LED Nail Dryer

UV Gel Nail Lamp

Professional LED Nail Lamp

Professional UV Gel Nail Polish Lamp

Nail Gel Dryer

UV Lamp Gel Nail Extension System

UV / LED Gel Nail Lamp

Features

Get Glam Nails Anywhere, Anytime

Get the Best of Both Worlds

Ensure You're Ready to Go Straight Away

One of the Most Reliable and Trustworthy Lamps

An Additional Reflective Layer for Effective Curing

For Those in Need of Rapid Curing

Dry a Range of Polishes From Shellac to Polygel

Get Ready Hands-Free

DIY Preparation for a Special Occasion

Perfect for When You’re Not in a Rush

Price£49.99£49.99£26.99£27.99£20.00£24.99£40.00£13.99£40.00£17.00
Lamp TypeLEDBoth LED and UVUVLEDUVLEDUVLEDUVLED
Polish TypeAll gel polishesAll gel and LED polishesAll gel polishesAll gel polishesAll gel polishesAll gel and LED polishesAll gel polishes and nail extension gelAll gel polishesAll gel polishesAll gel polishes and nail extension gel
Fastest Curing Time15 secondsLED 10 seconds, UV 2 minutes2 minutes30 seconds2 minutes10 Seconds3 minutes--30 seconds
Watts18 W48 W36 W12 W36 W120 W36 W24 W15 W6 W
Bulb Life50,000 hours50,000 hours1000 hours50,000 hours1000 hours-1000 hours50,000 hours1000 hours50,000 hours
Dimensions21.3 x 15.7 x 11.4 cm21.9 x 20.8 x 11.2 cm25 x 23 x 11.2 cm19.5 x 19.1 10.4 cm28 x 24 x 11.9 cm24.4 x 20.4 x 11.2 cm -‎9 x 17 x 19 cm28 x 24 x 11.9 cm11.5 x 5.8 x 2.2 cm
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10 Best Nail Lamps in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

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Lamp TypeLED
Polish TypeAll gel polishes
Fastest Curing Time15 seconds
Watts18 W
Bulb Life50,000 hours
Dimensions21.3 x 15.7 x 11.4 cm
2

SunuvLED Nail Lamp

£49.99

Lamp TypeBoth LED and UV
Polish TypeAll gel and LED polishes
Fastest Curing TimeLED 10 seconds, UV 2 minutes
Watts48 W
Bulb Life50,000 hours
Dimensions21.9 x 20.8 x 11.2 cm
3

NailStarProfessional UV Nail Lamp

£26.99

Lamp TypeUV
Polish TypeAll gel polishes
Fastest Curing Time2 minutes
Watts36 W
Bulb Life1000 hours
Dimensions25 x 23 x 11.2 cm
4

NailStarProfessional LED Nail Dryer

£27.99

Lamp TypeLED
Polish TypeAll gel polishes
Fastest Curing Time30 seconds
Watts12 W
Bulb Life50,000 hours
Dimensions19.5 x 19.1 10.4 cm
5
Lamp TypeUV
Polish TypeAll gel polishes
Fastest Curing Time2 minutes
Watts36 W
Bulb Life1000 hours
Dimensions28 x 24 x 11.9 cm
6

BELLANAILSProfessional LED Nail Lamp

£24.99

Lamp TypeLED
Polish TypeAll gel and LED polishes
Fastest Curing Time10 Seconds
Watts120 W
Bulb Life-
Dimensions24.4 x 20.4 x 11.2 cm
7

RioProfessional UV Gel Nail Polish Lamp

£40.00

Lamp TypeUV
Polish TypeAll gel polishes and nail extension gel
Fastest Curing Time3 minutes
Watts36 W
Bulb Life1000 hours
Dimensions-
8

UnisunNail Gel Dryer

£13.99

Lamp TypeLED
Polish TypeAll gel polishes
Fastest Curing Time-
Watts24 W
Bulb Life50,000 hours
Dimensions‎9 x 17 x 19 cm
9

RIOUV Lamp Gel Nail Extension System

£40.00

Lamp TypeUV
Polish TypeAll gel polishes
Fastest Curing Time-
Watts15 W
Bulb Life1000 hours
Dimensions28 x 24 x 11.9 cm
10
Lamp TypeLED
Polish TypeAll gel polishes and nail extension gel
Fastest Curing Time30 seconds
Watts6 W
Bulb Life50,000 hours
Dimensions11.5 x 5.8 x 2.2 cm

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Is Better Between UV and Gel Nail Lamp?

UV emits a broader range of wavelengths, whereas LED bulbs have narrower number of wavelengths. LED lamps can cure gel polish more quickly, but they can only be used with LED-specific polishes, whereas UV can be used with all sorts. LED lamps are more expensive, but they last longer as UV lamps frequently require replacements.

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