Maintaining your nails properly is not an easy task nor entirely pleasant. It is all the more difficult and unpleasant as your nails are thicker. However, there are electric nail files that can make your job easier. If you treat yourself to a pedicure, you need to be careful to get one that’s easy to use, basically upside down.
The best electric nail file is the Makartt electric nail file. Everything you need is included and it offers a range of settings to tackle more than just thick nails.
Electric nail files for thick nails can be corded or cordless.
- Wired files have more power and there is no fear of running out of power mid-pedicure. They also tend to be lighter and less expensive.
- Wireless Files use rechargeable batteries some of which last no more than an hour while the best ones can run for up to 10 hours. The better the battery, the more it will cost.
If the electric nail file provides power, the drill bits do all the work. Each situation requires a different type of bit, and there are many. Most files include a handful of bits and are compatible with bits purchased separately.
For thick nails you need a natural nail and an under nail tip. The natural nail bit is used to polish the nail and trim the cuticles. The bit under the nail is used to clean and shape under the nail.
Other commonly included bits include carbide bits for handling acrylics and pedicure bits for removing dry skin.
Electric nail files often include additional attachments. The most common extra is a bunch of sanding bands, possibly in different sizes, and nail care accessories like nail clippers or old-fashioned files.
Electric nail files measure power in terms of revolutions per minute. Low power files reach 10,000 rpm, medium power files reach 20,000 rpm, and high power files reach 30,000-35,000 rpm. Most files have adjustable speeds, whether finely tunable with a wheel or slider or with set speed options.
Natural nails generally need no more than 10,000 RPM, although thicker nails may require an additional 5,000 RPM. Never exceed 15,000 rpm for natural nails as this can easily injure you.
If you want to be able to work on artificial nails such as gels and acrylics, you need at least 20,000 rpm to make adjustments but 30,000 rpm to make major changes.
The best electric nail files are designed to eliminate noise and vibration caused by the motor as much as possible. Less noise is more of a preference as some don’t mind the hum. However, less vibration is essential as this makes the file easier and more comfortable to use.
Low-power electric nail files usually cost less than $20, but they may not be enough for the thickest nails. Mid-power files typically cost up to $60. High power files start around $60 and can go up to $200.
A. Yes, but you must take precautions. First, read the instruction manual cover to cover, paying particular attention to the safety section. Second, if you’ve never used an electric nail file before, start with the slowest speeds until you’re comfortable using it. Thick nails generally require slightly higher speeds than the lowest setting, but avoiding hurting yourself is worth the extra time the slow speeds can take.
A. Maintaining an electric nail file just requires regular cleanings. The drill itself should be brushed after each use. The wicks can be washed. Start with a good scrub in warm soapy water before soaking them in disinfectant for about 20 minutes. Then, take them out, let them dry, and store them in a clean, airtight container.
Also, do not use oil on your nails before drilling. This can clog the drill and ruin it.
Makartt electric nail file: available at Amazon
Our opinion : This is a powerful, well-equipped and feature-packed file at a great price.
What we like: It can reach speeds of up to 30,000 RPM in either direction and it features a multi-level speed control slider to achieve precise speeds. Six bits are included to tackle any possible job as well as several sanding bands and a foot pedal.
What we don’t like: A few consumers disliked the included bits; the file is compatible with most bits so you can replace them easily.
Yafex electric nail drill: available at Amazon
Our opinion : This file is surprisingly powerful for its bargain price.
What we like: It can reach speeds of up to 20,000 RPM in either direction and it has a speed control dial to adjust the speed. Six drill bits are included along with nail clippers and sanding bands. It is powered by a USB cord.
What we don’t like: Some customers found the speed control dial difficult to adjust. Others have had a rare issue with the drill breaking after a few uses.
Imene professional nail drill: available at Amazon
Our opinion : If you are a pro or just want the best, grab this file.
What we like: It can reach speeds of up to 35,000 rpm in either direction using a brushless motor that limits the generation of heat, noise and vibration. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that can last for 10 hours of continuous use.
What we don’t like: It’s a bit too powerful and expensive for occasional use. Some buyers found the power cable inconvenient.
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