When I received a Thermaclear, I was pretty excited. I'd already had good results with rival device Zeno. Like Zeno, Thermaclear uses heat to destroy acne bacteria, thereby making pimples disappear faster (or never come to a head in the first place). These devices are great for those times when you feel a pimple coming on; just zap it and it retards the blemish's growth.
Now that I've tried both zit zappers, I've made a guide to comparing and contrasting them. (FYI, both devices were sent to me for review, so I'm not biased toward either.)
For a chart that shows the pros and cons of each device, read more.
|Looks||Sleek, modern design. Pro version available in pink and teal, too.||Grayish blue, not as sleek.||Zeno. It just looks better.|
|Warm-up time||About a minute||About 10 seconds||Thermaclear better fits my want-it-now attention span.|
|Application time per blemish||Two minutes, measured by a small beep every 30 seconds.||Two seconds.||Thermaclear. You could treat the whole face in the amount of time it takes to treat one pimple with Zeno.|
|Feels like||Warm and soothing. Feels great on cystic acne.||Yowza! It's a quick zap, but it stings for a second.||Zeno makes me feel pampered and cared-for, as though a benevolent complexion fairy were caressing me.|
|Replacement||Basic model comes with 60-count cartridge; replacements are $25 each.||Tip requires replacement once a year; a new one is $19.95||Thermaclear|
|Price||$150 for basic model; $189 for prettier Pro model||$149||It's a draw, although the replacement costs favor Thermaclear.|