Nail dryers are irreplaceable for nail artists in their professional work. Although, drying and curing nail lamps are becoming an often-used apparatus at home, as they help make the flawless manicure and pedicure faster.

There are three kinds of the nail dryers:

  • UV lamps can be used for both shellac and gel polishes (drying time in minutes: 5-7);
  • LED light is good for gel manicures (3-5 minutes);
  • UV LED Nail Dryer (it is recommended to use 60 seconds instead of 30s for fully drying).

With LED or UV lamp you can forget about hair dryer for nails. 

For the convenience of users, the nail dryers are equipped with additional built-in timers, screens, or automatic cooling.

To choose an appropriate nail dryer, pay attention to:

  • Drying/ curing time;
  • Efficiency according to the frequently applied types of polishers (shellac, gel, acryl);
  • Product warranty;
  • Lightweight and portability;
  • Electricity consumption: make sure it won’t be significant costs in the utility bill if you are going to use the dryer often;
  • Curved opening of the nail dryer: the smaller it, the safer it’s for eyes.

Our overview will give you more information about seven UV / LED nail lamps, sold on Amazon.

Gel UV Nail Lamp, SUNUV 48W UV LED Nail Dryer Light for Gel Nails Polish Manicure Professional Salon Curing Lamp with 4 Timer Setting Sensor SUN2C

Gel UV Nail Lamp, SUNUV 48W UV LED Nail Dryer Light for Gel Nails Polish Manicure Professional Salon Curing Lamp with 4 Timer Setting Sensor SUN2C

SUNUV Nail dryer is a dual-LED-UV nail lamp that is equipped with a high-quality removable bottom, simple touch controls, and premium design. The power of the device is 48 watts. The LED UV Nail dryer received a lot of positive customers’ feedbacks for ease of use and reasonable price. The timer is implemented in four modes: 10, 30, 60, and 90 seconds.

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SUNUV LED UV Nail Lamp
4.9
Pros
Setting option of auto-sensing timer allows you not to press any buttons with nails, covered with fresh polish;
Interchangeable colorful top, doing fun, matches bright light to tracery;
High power of SUNUV LED UV Nail Lamp;
Possible to do a pedicure.
Cons
There are cases of nail dryers' failure of after a short working.
Gel UV LED Nail Lamp,LKE Nail Dryer 40W Gel Nail Polish LED UV Light with 3 Timers Professional Nail Art Tools Accessories White

Gel UV LED Nail Lamp,LKE Nail Dryer 40W Gel Nail Polish LED UV Light with 3 Timers Professional Nail Art Tools Accessories White

The main features of LKE Gel UV Led lamp:

  • Compatible with nail UV gels, UV builder gels, UV topcoats, and LED nail gels;
  • To activate automatic-sensor option, remove your hand and put it back under the lights, don’t push any buttons;
  • Three timer settings: three buttons for different timing of polish drying types (30, 60, 90 seconds);
  • 21 LED lights for gel manicure and pedicure: light is soft, doesn’t cause the skin browning.
  • Keep the nail dryer away from any liquids, as the device can fail.
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LKE Gel UV Led lamp
4.7
Pros
High power: 110-240 voltage;
Easy-to-read digital display;
A wide opening of the nail dryer: convenient to clean;
The eyes protected due to curved arc housing design.
Cons
Can't dry the regular polishes, as they don’t contain UV;
There is no turn on and off buttons, instead of them, it's necessary to press a time in both cases.
UV LED Nail Lamp, Terresa 72 Watt Faster Nail Dryer for Gel Polish, Nail Light with 3 Timer Setting, Salon Quality Professional Gel Lamp, Automatic Sensor Nail Art Tools for Fingernail and Toenail

UV LED Nail Lamp, Terresa 72 Watt Faster Nail Dryer for Gel Polish, Nail Light with 3 Timer Setting, Salon Quality Professional Gel Lamp, Automatic Sensor Nail Art Tools for Fingernail and Toenail

The Terresa dual UV LED light fits to cure all gel polishes and other resins. Auto-sensor allows you to use the dryer without pushing any button: it’s turned on, when you put hand inside, and switched off, when you take it away. Thanks to the timer settings, nail curing stops, when the drying time is over (it can be 30,60,120 seconds). Removable tray facilitates the cleaning.

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The Terresa UV LED Nail Lamp Dryer
5.0
Pros
60-Days Insurance for the dryer and always available after-sales service;
72 Watt UV light gives high-speed drying: only 10 seconds, which is in 1,5 times faster than usual curing time;
Due to large curing space: it can dry all five fingernails or toenails at one time;
Convenient LCD digital time display, the drier itself views necessary time.
Cons
The light is rather bright, for professional usage, it can make the eyes tired.
UV LED Nail Lamp, Nivlan Professional 72W Nail Dryer for Gels Polishes, Nail Curing Light with 4 Timer Setting, Smart Automatic Sensor

UV LED Nail Lamp, Nivlan Professional 72W Nail Dryer for Gels Polishes, Nail Curing Light with 4 Timer Setting, Smart Automatic Sensor

The Nivlan UV LED Nail Lamp is equipped with a bright digital display with a sensor timer (for 10s, 30s, 60s, 120s for low heat mode), the functions of auto-shutoff, and switch on, a removable bottom base. Sensing technology helps set timers before starting the nails’ polishing that makes the dryer usage use and comfortable.

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Fixget UV LED Nail Lamp Dryer
4.9
Pros
Fixget manufacturer's 12-month warranty;
Fast-drying is ensured by 72W of the nail dryer;
Lamp beads are equally allocated, providing evenly curing.
Cons
As the dryer is dual sources: LED and UV, the exact curing time for this light kind is not indicated in the instruction, which is in the box with the product.
Goyaesque Nail Dryer UV LED Nail Lamp 24W, Polish Set, Gel Polish Light, UV Nail Light Quick Dry Machine, Nail Polish Curing Gel LED Dryer. (Pink)

Goyaesque Nail Dryer UV LED Nail Lamp 24W, Polish Set, Gel Polish Light, UV Nail Light Quick Dry Machine, Nail Polish Curing Gel LED Dryer. (Pink)

Goyaesque UV LED Nail Dryer is designed with pink housing, timer buttons, digital display on it, and automatic turn-off option. Wide housing opening is appropriate for pedicure. One-meter charging cord allows you to put the lamp in any convenient for you place, not just right next to the socket.

Compatible with UV gel, nail builder and sculpture gels, rhinestone gems glue, OPI and LED nail gels, CND Shellac, etc. Drying time for nail UV glue is 30s; for rhinestone gem glue is 60s.

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Goyaesque UV LED Nail Dryer
4.8
Pros
The Goyaesque UV LED Nail Dryer comes with warranty;
Additional manicure accessories are included to the dryer;
USB charger makes the dryer super portable: it’s possible to do manis or pedis outdoors.
Cons
The 24W nail dryer is not a powerful one, so the curing time will be longer.
Gel UV LED Nail Lamp Jewhiteny Nail Dryer 72W Gel Nail Polish UV Light With 3 Timers for two hand, Automatic Sensor for Gels Polishes

Gel UV LED Nail Lamp Jewhiteny Nail Dryer 72W Gel Nail Polish UV Light With 3 Timers for two hand, Automatic Sensor for Gels Polishes

Jewhiteny Nail lamp has wavelength 365nm for LED + 405nm for UV. This is a new 5 plus nail dryer, including 36 lights. The 72W nail dryer has a large LCD screen, where you can see curing time. Sensor opt “hands or feet in and out” is useful, especially, when you do nails for yourself at home.

Detachable plate allows curing toenails, cleaning up without efforts. Opening design prevents nails overheating.

The apparatus effectively dries such kinds of UV and LED gel nail polishes, as base and top coats; builder, sculpture and acrylic gels; hard and color gels; gem glues.

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Jewhiteny UV LED Nail Dryer 72W
4.4
Pros
Light Big Space for 2 hands or feet simultaneously;
Over-temperature function: low-power working automatically activated, when its high temperature, till it becomes normal.
Cons
Short charging cable.
DeepDream 84w Gel Nail Lamp UV LED Dryer Curing Lamps Light Fingernail & Toenail Polish Art Professional

DeepDream 84w Gel Nail Lamp UV LED Dryer Curing Lamps Light Fingernail & Toenail Polish Art Professional

DeepDream UV LED 84w Gel Nail Lamp is 42 LED Lamp Beads dryer. The housing material is ABS plastic.

According to the producer’s operation instruction, after starting the machine, you can press the timing key to set the required time for the used gel or just activate-deactivate the dryer putting hands in or out it. Don’t blame your dryer, when the gels stay sticky after curing, just rub the nails with an alcohol or a cleanser, and cure for 30s.

Average curing time: 30 seconds for base coat; 60 seconds: for color gel, two coats and topcoat.

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DeepDream 84w Gel Nail Lamp UV LED
5.1
Pros
Double-use: suitable for two hands at the same time or feet;
Price-quality ratio.
Cons
The dryer can stop working after a short time.
Nail dryers real time user rating
SUNUV LED UV Nail Lamp
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LKE Gel UV Led lamp
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The Terresa UV LED Nail Lamp Dryer
0
Fixget UV LED Nail Lamp Dryer
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Goyaesque UV LED Nail Dryer
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Jewhiteny UV LED Nail Dryer 72W
0
DeepDream 84w Gel Nail Lamp UV LED
0
Questions
Is a UV light differ from an LED nail lamp?
The working principles of UV and LED lamps for drying: fluorescent lamps (inside UV) and tiny LED bulbs (along the dryer top) emit light waves of different lengths. UV light radiates long broad UV waves, that’s why all nail gels curing takes a longer time. More narrow UVA rays are used in LED lamps that help dry gels faster, aiming at certain photo-initiators in the nail gel polish.
Is the UV or LED light usage on nails safe?
According to the FDA studies, exposed UV radiation from the average usage of nail curing UV / LED lamps is low and isn't dangerous. The effect of UVA rays emitted from nail dryers can be compared with the sunbathing for 2-3 minutes. Long-time-everyday UV exposure can be harmful to skin, causing wrinkles or age spots; risks of skin cancer are not proven.
Can UV / LED lamps be used as disinfectors?
UV-C rays, passing through the air, don’t create ozone. UV-C lamps can disinfect surfaces; this can come in handy, especially during the COVID-19.
UV LEDs can be useful to kill bacteria or prevent infections.
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