When it comes to buying a cold laser for the home, many people are overwhelmed with the conflicting claims, specifications and marketing literature. It is our job at ColdLasers.Org to help you understand all your options. Since we sell more different brands than anyone, we can help you understand the strength and weakness of every cold laser system. If you need help, call us at 1-800-388-0850 and we will do our best to guide you. This article is about home cold lasers and not about lasers for doctors' offices, veterinary and companion pet lasers or equine cold lasers.

According to the current FDA standards, an FDA cleared cold lasers can be sold for 3 main issues:

  • Pain Control
  • Inflammation Reduction
  • Increased Blood Flow

These are the main 3 benefits of a cold laser. Considering that 28% of Americans are in pain at any one time, it is no surprise that there is a wide range of cold lasers available for home and office use.

We can NOT sell you an FDA cleared laser for off-label uses (other than the 3 reasons listed above) but you can use it for any application you want after you buy it. You can buy a non-FDA cleared if you are treating animals but these system have less control. If a company can't get FDA clearance, it might an indication of underlying issues.

Selecting the Best Cold Laser for Home Use

When it comes to choosing a cold laser for home use, there are several different factors that will have a big impact on your decision.

  1. Are you treating a human or an animal? If you are only treating animals, you don't have to buy an FDA cleared laser (like the Laserex) but you need to really understand the specifications of the device to make sure you are getting something that will work as well as an FDA cleared device and you are not just buying an expensive laser pointer. All the FDA cleared lasers we sell are high quality.
  2. What is your budget? When it comes to cold lasers, you get what you pay for. More expensive units have more flexibility, higher power levels and typically shorter therapy times. If you have an acute (recent) injury, the treatment time is not a big issue but people with chronic injuries or problems that require treating a large surface area can accumulate a lot of treatment time. If you are doing your cold laser therapy every night while you watch your favorite TV shows, then the treatment time is not that important and you can buy a less expensive device. Based on an average cost of $40/ cold laser treatments, many home users get a return on their investment of less than 1 year.
  3. Have you tried cold laser therapy and achieved successful results? If not, you may want to try it before you buy and confirm that it does help with your specific issue. When you try it, make sure you write down the manufacturer of the equipment (and the total dosage of the therapy session if possible) so we can help you find the same or a similar model to the one that proved itself. Try a class 4 system if possible to make sure that you are not being treated with a super low power system (less than 100mW) like an Erchonia or Microlight that might take months worth of treatments to see results.
  4. How important is safety. Lasers come in classes from 1 to 4. The class is based on the ability of the device to do eye damage. Class 4 lasers can do immediate damage to the eye if used improperly and in rare cases, they can heat up tissue if misused. Class I cold lasers are the safest. Keep in mind that class 1m lasers are much more powerful than a class 1 or 2 systems. "M" class lasers can be up to 500mW of equivalent power (the same as class 3b) but they can not do eye damage unless the energy is focused thought optics.

If you are a person who loves to analyze technical specifications, you might also consider these secondary factors:

1. Do you have a preference about the wavelength of the device? 90% of cold lasers operate in the 800nm to 980nm wavelength for therapeutic treatments. There is some research that indicates 810nm is most effective for rebuilding nervous system tissue so an Avant, PowerMedic or Aspen 810nm system are great options. There are several manufacturers (Like Erchonia) that claim the best results are in the 600 to 680nm wavelength range. There are several top brands (TerraQuant, Thor, Aspen and Avant) that operate in multiple wavelengths. Avant is the best dual wavelenght class 3b system.

2. Do you want pulsed, continuous or both types of waves? 80% of the manufacturers offer pulsed waves and these manufacturers typically advice people to use pulsing for better long-term healing. Pulsing the lasers can allows for higher peak power levels while still being safe. On the other side, continuous wave lasers allow for higher dosages in the same treatment time and they allow for saturation of a damaged area with photons. Apollo lasers are continuous wave only. Terraquant systems and PowerMedic are pulsing only. All the other systems on this site offer both. Higher dosage power levels can be good because people feel faster pain relief. For home use where the user typically wants healing, it is less of an issue. If possible, it is best to buy a laser that does both pulsing and continuous.

3. How much power do you need? One of the biggest debates in the industry is about the power requirements and there is no one right answer. In general, more power = shorter treatment times or higher dosages in the same treatment time. If the power is too low, the treatment might not ever get enough energy into the tissue to have a big impact. Longer, lower power-level treatments can often get the job done for minor problems. The exception is super low power-level devices (less than 30mW) like you find on Ebay and Amazon. A class 4 system will deliver 100 to 1000 times more power. Higher power equipment give users the chance to excite more cells in the target area where a lower power device will excite a smaller percentage of the cells.

Recommended Cold Lasers for Home Use

The following table shows our recommendations for home use cold lasers.

Laser

Safety

Application

MSRP*

Notes

TerraQuant Pro

Class 1m

Over-The-Counter. No Restrictions.

$6995

High peak power super-pulsing 3-wavelength emitter with one of the largest treatment areas available.

TQ Solo Portable

Class 1m

Over-The-Counter. No Restrictions.

$2995

Battery operated handheld. One of the most popular cold lasers in the world because it is extremely safe but still offers high peak power outputs and 3 wavelengths at a very low cost.

Avant LZ30p Home use Only Product

Class 3b

A recommendation consultation and long term doctor's assistance is included in price

$3950

Battery operated handheld. Dual wavelengths, Continuous, pulsing and sweeping modes. Hand free operation. Also can be used for laser acupuncture. This laser does everything well.

Avant LZ30x Professional and Home Use

Class 3b

A recommendation consultation and long term doctor's assistance is included in price

$4950

Battery operated handheld. Pro and Consumer. The most flexible laser on the market.

Avant LZ30z Professional and Home Use

Class 3b

A recommendation consultation and long term doctor's assistance is included in price

$5650

Battery operated handheld. Pro and Consumer. With 950 mW at 637 nm, it is the most powerful red therapy laser on the market.

PowerMedic Pro 1500 Class 3b Requires recommendation letter. $4995 Battery operated handheld. 3 watt high 50% duty cycle pulsing laser is very safe but can delivery higher dosages.
Aspen Summit 10 watt 980nm Class 4 Requires recommendation letter. Setup and certification level training included. $10995 Entry level "Elite" class laser with touch screen with internal protocols. This is the same equiment used in many clinics.
Aspen Summit 10 watt 810nm Class 4 Requires recommendation letter. Setup and certification level training included. $11995 The best laser for those with serious issues who need higher dosages for maximum pain control. Touch screen with internal protocols. Delivers 6000 joules in 10 minutes.
Pilot Laser 9 Class 4 Requires recommendation letter. Setup and certification level training included. $7995 Lots of power for the money. Pulsing and continuous wave 9 watts @ 810nm.

Class 1m lasers can be up to 500mW equivalent power but can NOT do eye damage so they are the safest option for home use.

*Please contact us for special pricing. We will beat anyone's price on any laser.

Conditions Typically Treated with Home Cold Lasers

Many of the following conditions are covered by a standard protocol that comes with the cold lasers systems. Other will require a custom protocol. If you buy a product from ColdLasers.Org, we will support you in finding additional protocols. Home cold laser can be used to treat the pain and inflammation associated with:

  • Cervical Pain
  • Temporomandibular Arthritis and Artrosis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Joint Injuries
  • Elbow Joint Injuries
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Lumbar Spine: Pain, sprain, and strain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hip Tendonitis (Iliopsoas)
  • Knee Sprain
  • Acute Patellar Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Calcaneal Spur
  • Bone regeneration
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Herniated lumbar discs
  • Inflammation muscles
  • Swollen Joints
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Whiplash
  • Wound Healing
  • Zoster (shingles)
  • Neuropathy

There are many other applications for the device that can not be listed here. To check and see if there has been successful research studies done on a specific condition click here and enter the condition.

Contra-indications for Home Use of Cold Lasers

  • Irradiation of the Eyes At very close range, Class 3b and 4 lasers are potentially harmful to the retina. Although accidental retinal damage is highly unlikely, it is recommended that laser protective eye wear be worn.
  • Carcinoma Do not use the laser over any known primary or secondary lesions.
  • Thyroid Laser should not be used over the thyroid gland.
  • Tattoos and Other Pigmented Tissues Dark pigments, such as tattoos and melanin, may absorb light at the wavelengths used in laser therapy. With class 3 or 4 lasers, the absorption of laser energy by these pigments may cause localized heating of the tissue. It is recommended that you test darker-pigmented tissue.
  • Pregnancy Cold laser therapy is a typically not recommended for use over the pregnant uterus, but this is mainly because there is not enough evidence to come to a conclusion and it is better to avoid any risk or liability.
  • Pins, Metal Plates and Plastics are NOT Contraindicated: Laser may be safely used over stitches, as well as metal implants, pins, plates and plastics.

Conclusions

Selecting the best cold laser for home use is not as hard as it seems. If you have the budget, the Avant LZ30 is a great class 3b and the Aspen 810 Summit is a great class 4 system. They are both amazing products. If safety is the highest priority or you want something over-the-counter, the family of TerraQuant products offer great performance for less money.

Try to stay away from products based on pseudo-science and magic (quantum waves, soliton wave, zero point energy, scalar waves) and check the laser specifications to avoid buying something that is actually LED or too low power to have much impact. Just avoid the fringe manufacturers and stick to products based on photobiomodulation and you will get the same results at home that you get in the doctor's office.

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