Today's iontophoresis machines come in all shapes and price-points. Whether you want the latest in safety features or just something that works, we've gathered the best picks for you here. Our reviews are based on our experience with each company, information provided in their instruction manuals, and user feedback.
A first-of-its-kind, The Fischer is the only iontophoresis machine today that uses silicone-graphite electrodes. By removing metal from the treatment, this device eliminates any chance of open-contact burns. Even more impressive: palmar-plantar hyperhidrosis patients can treat their hands and feet simultaneously. The control unit, which is beautifully-designed, combines both Direct Current and Pulsed Current into one powerful 60-v machine. Anti-shock software, and Active Treatment Display make The Fischer a top-of-the-line choice. Best of all, it was covered by several of our team members' insurance plans.
Dermadry recently entered the U.S. market after getting FDA-clearance. A compact, stylish, and affordable option for hyperhidrosis patients looking for a strictly out-of-pocket option, Dermadry Total effectively treats hands, feet, and underarms. The company also offers an industry-leading 5-year warranty. However, metal electrodes must be replaced over time which can lead to higher lifetime cost of ownership.
Replacing the DVP1000, Hidrex's latest model features both Direct Current and Variable Pulsed Current. The ConnectION's new 3-profile memory is designed to accomodate multiple users, which is nice if more than one family member is treating their hyperhidrosis. While Hidrex offers a paid upgrade of stainless steel electrodes over aluminum, the device cannot be used by patients with metal allergies.
Every now and then, we're caught off guard by something new. Plus, let's face it: iontophoresis hasn't seen a lot of new developments over the last decade. That's why, when something like The Fischer's proprietary silicone-graphite electrdes come along, we can't help put take notice. As its name suggests, The Fischer is the latest model from RA Fischer Co., one of the oldest iontophoresis device manufacturers on the market. It stakes out its own distinctiveness from the company's MD-1 and MD-2 models with a compact, modern look that makes The FIscher feel less like a piece of medical equipment and more like a friendly addition to your home.
Much of The Fischer's appeal comes from its technology, particiarly when it comes to safety. The Fischer does away with the conventional metal electrode plates in favor of silcicone-graphite. These new, non-corrosive electrodes promise better results and durability, and the flexible underarm attachments are particularly comfortable. As a new machine, it benefits from all of RA Fischer's latest advanced safety features, including intelligent current-control software and an Active Treatment Dispaly that actually shows the user when the treatment has reached maximum power.
On the downside, The Fischer is pricey for patients purchasing retail. For a majority of patients with insurance coverage, price is a non-issue, but more enthusiastic patients looking to get the machine right away will likely have to shell out $975.
Overall, we think The Fischer is more appealing than competitively-priced iontophoresis machines in its class, and its safety features elevate it above some of the less-expensive models. We heartily recommend it and are confident you'll be just as pleasantly surprised as we were to find something new in hyperhidoris solutions.
RA Fischer Co. is a US-based medical device company that has manufactured iontophoresis machines since the 1940s. We reached out to their customer service team and were impressed with their representatives' level of knowledge, as well as the company's patient experience, from live chat and text messaging communications, to the willingness to file pre-auth insurance requests.
Is the machine covered by insurance? If not, what are the retail costs? What are the replacement costs?
What voltage does the iontophoresis machine reach? What level of control does the patient have over current?
What features provide a safer patient experience? Is the machine suitable for use by children?
What does the machine's setup look like? Does it look like medical-grade equipment? Does it look easy to use?
What's the company's reputation? How long have the been in business? What are real-life users saying?
What machine offers the best in treatment? From effectiveness rates to frequency of sessions.
Dermadry: Out-of-pocket cost
The Fischer: Covered by insurance
The Fischer: 60v, 30mA
The Fischer: silicone-graphite electrodes
ConnectION: immersion monitoring
The Fischer: dual hands/feet
ConnectION: 3-memory profiles
Dermadry is an appealing starter iontophoresis machine. It offers the modern look you'd expect from mainstream medical equipment , plus an enticing pricepoint for new patients. Dermadry's entry-level packages come with treatment trays, metal electrode plates, and underarm accessories. Visit dermadry.com to learn more.
Hidrex's ConnectION is a sensible starting point for hyperhidrosis patients. We really like the idea of three profiles so the whole family can treat. However, with more people using the device, there are replacement costs of the stainless steel or standard aluminum plates. Visit hidrex-usa.com to learn more.
My name is Paul and I've had hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. One day, my therapist suggested I join some support groups to connect with other people like me. And what I found was an amazing community! But, there were also so many options. Today, there are more hyperhidrosis solutions and iontophoresis machines available than ever before. What happened? Did more dermatologists start prescribing iontophoresis overnight? I formed this site with some of my support group friends to provide guidance to others like us.
For this year's list, we looked at an array of today's top iontophoresis machines spanning all styles and budgets, from medical-grade and FDA-cleared to entry-level options that provide relief from excessive sweating at reasonable price points.
As usual, our top five selections are determined by rigorous research. We looked at dozens of iontophoresis machines this year online and in-person. So when we say these are the best of the best, we mean they've earned it.