NoNo Pro is advertised as a painless and effective hair removal product which is superior to traditional shaving. Read our NoNo Pro reviews from editors and readers.
About NoNo Pro
NoNo Pro is a hair removal system which uses a heated wire and a process called pulsed Thermicon Technology. This is different from laser hair removal. Long-term use of the product is said to result in hair which grows back thinner and finer. The official FAQ states, however, that if you stop using NoNo Pro “hair may eventually return to its previous pattern.” The company responded to a comment below and noted that results are “not permanent.”
NoNo Pro comes with two tips: wide and narrow. The wide tip is designed for large non-sensitive areas, while the narrow tip is meant to be used on sensitive areas, including the face. After using the NoNo on your face, it is suggested to use their Buffer or an exfoliating cream “to remove crystallized hair.”
The official website is nonopro.com, which was registered on February 7, 2013. When this review was first posted in November 2013, the original NoNo was still being advertised at trynono.com, which was registered on July 31, 2008. That site now only appears to sell the NoNo Pro 3 model.
NoNo Pro comes in 4 colors. The Pro3 is available in pink, turquoise, and a limited edition “Spring Bloom” color. The Pro5 (if it is still available) comes in a platinum color.
How Much Does NoNo Pro Cost?
The original NoNo costs about $285, but no longer appears to be available. There are now two “Pro” models:
- Pro3: 3 payments of $96.65 + $14.95 shipping, for a total of $304.90
- Pro5: 3 payments of $103.31 + $14.95 shipping, for a total of $324.90
The image below shows a NoNo (non-pro version) display at a Bed Bath and Beyond in Las Vegas in December 2014. The cost of the product was $269.99.
NoNo 8800 vs NoNo Pro
The Pro version of NoNo is said to have 35% more power than the original, which they say will allow you to “remove coarse and thick hair more effectively than ever before.” The new version also has a status screen, a more comfortable grip, and their “new patented Pulsed Thermicon technology.”
NoNo Pro3 vs NoNo Pro5
As of late 2014, the Pro5 has been largely removed from the official NoNo Pro website. There is no way to place it in the cart, and the only mention of it is in text in the footer.
The primary difference between the Pro3 and Pro5 models is the number of settings. Pro3 has three treatment levels, and the Pro5 have five treatment levels.
Our NoNo Pro Review
We had several testers try out a NoNo Pro unit in late 2013, and the overall consensus was that it was not superior to shaving or waxing. Our testers also reported a distinct smell of burning hair while using the unit. Although it is claimed that NoNo Pro works for all hair types, we found that it worked better on fine than coarse hair. Those with finer, lighter hair reported slightly better results than those with thick, coarse hair. Our testers did not feel that their skin was completely smooth or stubble-free while using the product, a sentiment that has been echoed by other online reviews. Another concern which is not often mentioned is the time investment. Each session may require more time and patience than some consumers expect.
NoNo Pro is billed as painless, but we found the product does provide a sensation that, to some, could be described as painful. This sensation varies based on the user’s pain threshold. Some testers describe it is prickly, while we also heard complaints that it created a burning sensation.
There is a sound emitted while using the unit. We did not find it to be unacceptable, but some readers have expressed the opinion that it was too loud.
There is a certain amount of time, patience, and technique required to use NoNo Pro effectively. It would appear that in the case of some reviewers, impatience and proper technique may have led them to form a negative impression of the product.
Other NoNo Pro Reviews
Consumer Reports reviewed the NoNo 8800 in their December 2013 issue. None of their six testers said their legs felt hair-free or stubble-free during a six-week trial, and none “said they’d want to buy the device.”
On Amazon, as of December 26, 2014, 66% of reviewers ranked it one star (414 out of 623 total). Only 10.9% ranked it five stars (68 out of 623 reviews).
The Google Trends chart below shows the history of searches for NoNo Pro. It appears to have had its biggest surges in November 2013, April 2014, and July 2014.
We did not find NoNo Pro to be as effective as the advertising would lead us to believe, nor did we find it to be superior to other hair removal systems on the market. There are far too many user complaints to be ignored, and our tests confirmed that the product does not work for everyone.
You may be interested in our comparison of the NoNo Pro with other popular at-home hair removal systems.
Your NoNo Pro Reviews
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Updated February 20, 2015
Originally published November 2013