13 Best Nail Drills to Shop in 2024 for Pro-Level Maintenance

High-powered salon tools for professional precision

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13 Best Nail Drills to Shop in 2024 for Pro-Level Maintenance

When using a trusty file on rough calluses or stubborn chips of gel polish isn't quite enough to leave nails with a clean finish, the best nail drills are key to take your hand and foot maintenance game to the next level.

Many of these professional-level tools are also ergonomically designed, making drills easy to manage—even for beginners—to achieve expert nail precision from the comfort of home. Since these drills pack a lot of power and intensity depending on your chosen device, manicure bit, and speed setting, we recommend proceeding with caution to avoid injury if you're not experienced (think: low and slow).

"I used to be a little nervous about using these high-powered tools at home, but a little practice and a few viral TikTok videos later, I'm almost a pro," associate beauty commerce editor Tiffany Dodson says of the coveted devices. Electric, salon-quality drills—or electric nail files—are a jack-of-all-trades tools, featuring a range of interchangeable heads designed to file, buff, and polish your natural or acrylic nails.

To help round out your list of at-home beauty favorites and test the following for yourself, we've pulled together some of the best nail drills beauty shoppers across the internet are giving their top marks.

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This LCD machine is especially ideal for shaping acrylics. In addition a built-in file, the tool also comes with 13 interchangeable drill bits and 30 sanding bands to give your nails a salon-worthy look.

One satisfied customer writes: "I love this drill! It is actually really affordable for how amazing it is. What first caught my eye is that the pen part is thinner than most making it much easier to hold! It does not get hot and is very quiet! You can change both its speed and direction. And the best thing is that the drill doesn't have to be plugged into the wall when you're using it! Best nail purchase i've made in a while." —Riley P.

This stylish nail drill has a nearly perfect customer rating on Amazon. It also lasts for up to eight hours per two and a half hour-charge, with six bit options for a smooth, even manicure.

One satisfied customer writes: "I love this nail drill! It's super easy to use, and has a good amount of power! I bought the Makartt sanding bands to go with it and it works perfectly with my shellac polish and polygel!" —Amanda

Amazon shoppers are raving about this versatile nail device, which has over 20,000 customer reviews and nearly a five-star rating. In addition to its 10 versatile attachments, this tool for manicures and pedicures rotates both clockwise and counterclockwise.

One satisfied customer writes: "I spent a great deal of time researching portable electric nail files. I wanted one that was simple to control during the filing process. After reading many reviews, I decided to purchase Beurer MP-62 filing machine. I am glad that I did. It's very easy to control when filing down very thick toenails, which is the reason I needed an electric nail file. Its light weight makes the filing process very comfortable. I strongly recommend the MP-62 for anyone without a lot of nail filing experience." —Natasha

You'll get six metal manicure bits and a bevy of sanding bands with this precision nail kit, which features a single button for adjustable speed control button. As an added bonus, you can use it to buff and file acrylics, natural nails, or gel polish to perfection.

One satisfied customer writes: "I loved this nail drill! I'm an amateur trying to learn to do my nails with polygel at home and this drill was the difference between love and hate with my end results. Unfortunately I forgot to take after photos. I had heard MelodySusie mentioned positively in a few polygel tutorials I watched which is why I purchased it. And so happy I did. Way better the old drills I've had." —JessicaRN

This compact tool isn't just nice to look at: It's also ideal for shaping uneven nails, smoothing rough cuticles, or removing hard gel and acrylics, since it includes a range of speeds and stainless steel bit options that make it totally customizable.

One satisfied customer writes: "I really like this drill! I do my own nails at home and the drill I had previous to this wasn't powerful enough to remove my acrylics. I have no issues with this one, gets the job done quickly and efficiently and looks nice too!" —Grace R.

Here's a best-selling, ergonomic device from Finishing Touch. It's nicely equipped with a built-in LED light and six attachments to remove cuticles, enhance nail shine, and more.

One satisfied customer writes: "Removed six week-old gel polish without damaging my toes. I absolutely love this device and highly recommend. It requires low maintenance, and I have charged it one time since purchasing about six months ago! Such an awesome gadget, must-have and it will blow your mind with its accuracy...especially if you know how to do nails. I don't know how I've been living without this prior to buying!" —Ashlee

Whether you decide to use this rechargable nail file with or without its cord, you can still use its 12 attachments to shape your nails to near perfection. And as an added bonus, the device also contains a built-in dryer for a quick finish once your polish and top coat are applied.

One satisfied customer writes: "I love my manicure kit. This will save you so much money. I use this item for manicure and pedicure. It's so convenient and you can use it privately in your home. I'm able to dry my nails and toenails which is the best part. The accessories are perfect for doing your own mani and pedi, and everything you need is included. I'm thinking about ordering one for my granddaughters, and I know they will love it too." —Cyn

Since this lightweight drill doesn't vibrate uncontrollably, you can file your natural or acrylic nails with an artist's precision—and seamlessly control the speed of the device so you don't go overboard on filing.

"Great for doing your own nails at home. Easy to use and speedy." —Lena S.

Snag a rare 44 percent off on this cordless drill set at Amazon. It includes a built-in stand that nicely doubles as a UV dryer to cut down on polish drying time.

One satisfied customer writes: "This is everything I need to prepare my nails for polishing. I use it to take off the old polish, break off gel, acrylic nails, file and shape my nails, and sand off excess cuticles. Anyone who likes to do their nails regularly should definitely invest in and become familiar with a professional nail drill. I don't have to use harsh chemicals that can ultimately damage and dry out my skin to remove polish—this just takes care of everything!" —Danielle S.

All you'll need is a little cuticle oil and a few coats of polish after using this beloved cordless tool on your hands and feet. Plus, in addition to five attachment options, this easy drill also features five different speed settings for you to choose from, and even a grinder for especially thick nails.

"I purchased for my mother who is in her mid-80s and has some arthritis. I wanted to test it out first before I gave it as a gift so I bought two: one to test for myself first. It works great on nails and calluses. Easy to operate and a good value." —Kathy

This pocket-friendly machine is the perfect size to keep in your carry-on. It even features a battery level display that lets you know how much power is left (although it features up to 480 hours of runtime per charge).

"It only took me a couple of attempts to learn how to use this. Now I'm doing my own nails instead of paying a salon. Works great!" —SmileyMom

This popular, rechargable drill includes a mini UV light nail dryer and handy storage stand that makes it a breeze to keep track of its shaping bits, and nicely happens to be 53 percent off right now.

One satisfied customer writes: "Giving myself a manicure is no problem—but pedicures are harder for me. This electric mani/pedi set is great. It makes it easier to do a pedicure on myself (and husband too)." —Liz

This budget-friendly drill comes with two shaping bits, a cuticle pusher, plus buffing and emery attachments for a flawless manicure. And as an added bonus, its stand features a built-in LED light to help cure your polish in a flash once you're done filing.

"This is really awesome for the price and the fact that it has a built in LED light for spot curing gel nails is amazing. Bought it and brought it home today, used it, loved it. I love that you can store the tips in little hidden slots on the underside! You do have to push the tips firmly into place or else they'll fall out, but it's not a big deal. This works really well and nicely shaped and buffed my tips. You really can't beat it for the price. It's worth having!" —Nichole

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