Buying Advice: Which Electric Nail File Do You Need?

You’ve decided you need an electric nail file for your work as a nail technician but you’re unsure which one best fits your needs.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve written this short guide to advise you which electric nail file most likely satisfies your requirements.

To figure out which nail file best fits your needs we’ll go through the following questions together,

  1. Will you be needing the machine part-time or full-time?
  2. Will you be providing your services at the client’s home or at your own location?
  3. Will you be working with dry technique, dust suction technique or spray technique?
Answering these questions makes identifying the electric nail file you need very easy.
 
Let’s get started!

1. Will you be needing the machine part-time or full-time?

Working part-time? Consider one of the following machines:

Part-time

If you’re a student, first-time professional or in need of a backup machine, most likely you won’t be using the electric nail file for more than 20 hours a week. 

High-performance electric nail files are great to use but also more costly to buy. 

If you think you won’t be needing your machine for more than 20 hours a week (or for more than 4 hours a day), you’re going to be just fine with one of the dry electric nail files or one of the lower priced spray technique nail files. 

Full-time

If you’re a full-time professional, need to replace a machine in your parlour or are in need of an upgrade, you should opt for a high- performance nail file.

High-performance electric nail files are ready for the job, rotate at higher speeds and are more durable.

If you think you will be needing your machine for more than 20 hours a week (or for more than 4 hours a day), you should look at dust suction electric nail files or one of the higher end spray technique nail files.

Working full-time? Consider one of the following machines:

2. Will you be providing your services at the customer’s home or at your own location?

Working mobile? Consider one of the following machines:

Working mobile

If you’re working or planning on working mobile you probably don’t want to be carrying around a heavy, bulky electric nail file.

Performing treatment at the client’s home implies you’ll need to move your electric nail file around and do some lifting every now and then.

So if you think you’ll be needing a machine for mobile treatment, you’re better off with a smaller, light-weight portable electric nail file or a dry technique nail file.

Fixed location

If you have your own parlour or work from home, you don’t specifically need a small, light-weight electric nail file.

Working from one location means you won’t need to move the electric nail file around; opt for a dust suction electric nail file or a spray technique nail file.

Working from one location? Consider one of the following machines:

3. Will you be working with dry technique, dust suction technique or spray technique?

For the starters amongst you, this can be a daunting question. Especially if you don’t know what working with the different techniques implies.

Want to work dry? Consider one of the following machines:

Dry technique

A dry technique electric nail file is the simplest of the 3 techniques; an electric file rotating at a variable speed.

Dry technique nail files are often small and less costly to buy compared to the dust suction and spray technique nail files.

What dry technique machines don’t do is preventing nail and skin dust to dirty the working surface and cooling the patient’s nails and skin during treatment. To prevent overheating and un-comfort, the podiatrist should frequently shift to another nail or skin part. 

Dust Suction Technique

Dust suction nail files basically are dry technique electric nail files equipped with a vacuum suction machine in the handpiece. 

Working dry produces nail and skin dust. Dust that will float in the air before it will eventually settle down on the working surface. The vacuum suction machine in the handpiece immediately collects all dust during the procedure and thus keeps the working surface hygienic.

Dust suction machines are more costly to buy than dry technique machines, but definitely add an extra level of hygiene to your services.

Want to work with dust suction technique? Consider one of the following machines:

Want to work with spray technique? Consider one of the following machines:

Spray technique

Electric nail files rotate at high speeds to ensure a smooth result. However, high rotation also causes the nails or skin of the client to become heated, something which can cause uneasiness for the client.

In contrast to dry and dust suction nail files, spray technique files ensure the nails and skin of the client stay cool during treatment by spraying them with cooling spray liquid or water.

Spray technique nail files are more costly to buy than dry technique files, but definitely increase the comfort of the client.

You’ve reached the end of this guide.  

We hope that this guide has helped you make up your mind about your new podiatry machine. 

If you still like to receive some more general or model specific information, you can contact us at +44 20 8144 2559,  write us an email or start a chat

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