A Comprehensive Guide - Top 5 Nail Drill Bits for Effective Gel Removal

A Comprehensive Guide - Top 5 Nail Drill Bits for Effective Gel Removal

As a nail enthusiast or professional nail technician, having the right tools at your disposal is crucial for achieving the perfect manicure or pedicure. One of these essential tools is a reliable nail drill bit for gel removal. In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 MelodySusie nail drill bits that can make your gel removal process easier and more efficient.

There are a variety of nail drill bits products on the market, and most of them come in a standard size of 3/32. However, they come in different materials, shapes, and coarseness. To find the top 5 recommended nail drill bits for removal, you've got to consider all factors and how they all work together. It might be confusing to finding the perfect ones but it's actually simple. Let me break it down for you!

What You Should Know About Nail Drill Bits for Gel Removal


1.1. Ceramic: High Heat Dissipation, Quiet, Multifunctional and Durable.

It is suitable for almost everyone, including those who are allergic to metal.

1.2. Tungsten Carbide: Hard, High Precision and Efficient Operation.

People not allergic to metal and those who require effective nail drilling.

1.3. Diamond: Strong, Durable and High Precision.

Suitable for people who need to do nail art prep steps.


  • Barrel Bit
  • Ball Barrel Bit
  • Tornado Bit
  • 5 in 1 Bit
  • Flame Bit
  • Mandrel Bit


  • Extra Fine
  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Coarse
  • Extra Coarse
  • Double Coarse
  • Triple Coarse

Here are the top five nail drill bits that MelodySusie highly recommend for both beginner and experienced nail techs:

Top 5 Nail Drill Bits for Product Removal

1. Mandrel Bit

With this bit, you put your sanding bands of fine, medium and coarse on it. The fine coarse is mostly for natural nails which is gentle and nice to your nails. Replace the bands after use, as they will wear down over time. Of course, you can also use coarse or extra coarse grit to remove gels. However, compared to metal bits, they will be less efficient.

2. Large Barrel Smooth Top Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

    For quick and easy gel removal, the large barrel smooth top tungsten carbide bit is the go-to bit every nail tech should have in their kit. You can see the round top of it, so it is also called a safety bit. With this nail drill bit, whether it's hard gel or acrylic, you can remove them quickly without acetone.

    3. Large Tapered Barrel Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

    It has a cylindrical shape with a flat top. We can clearly see the chunky teeth on top of this bit - only coarse enough teeth can truly remove gel products. Compared to a safety bit, its top is more aggressive, requiring some skill to use properly.

    4. 5 in 1 Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

      The 5 in 1 tungsten carbide nail drill bits will be your best choice to satisfy your various nail art needs. The tapered edge has three different grits: fine on top, medium in the middle, and coarse on the bottom. Every size comes with a gradient grit option. The fine grit is safe for customers and prevents burning or cutting. Medium grit is useful for removing gels and shaping. Coarse grit is for backfills, shaping, and shortening nails.

      5. Tornado Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

        Tornado bit is also called a typhoon bit. Compared to other nail drill bits for removing gels, the round tip is well suited for safely dealing with sidewalls near the cuticles that are difficult to remove.

        How to Use the Top 5 Nail Drill Bits

        Note: We recommend avoid using carbide bits on natural nails.

        1. Mandrel Bit

        Just put the sanding band in from the top. Use this bit with a fine sanding band to buff your natural nails. You can also use a coarse one, running at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm which is safe for gel removal. 

        2. Large Barrel Smooth Top Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

        We recommend experienced nail techs use coarse or even extra coarse to remove gel polish and acrylic at 20,000-25,000 RPM. This significantly increases your removal speed. The rounded top allows for safely use and yet efficient. You can also shape the nails during removal.

        3. Large Tapered Barrel Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

        The flat top design refers the edges are quite sharp. You can use it to take off gels, acrylic, and shorten thick acrylic nails. However, you must keep in mind to never use it on your natural nails and avoid running at highest speeds. It cuts quite fast but is for acrylic or filing on gel only, not natural nails.

        4. 5 in 1 Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

        The 5-in-1 straight-cut carbide bits are designed to be multi-purposeful. The bit is great for preparing, shaping, shortening, and smoothing the cuticles, nail surface, and under the nail. This multi-purposeful bit also is great for any nail tech who is left-handed, right-handed, and even ambidextrous, as it may be used clockwise and counter-clockwise!

        5. Tornado Tungsten Carbide Nail Drill Bits

        Though it looks a bit aggressive, it's perfect for removing hard gels and acrylics. Running at 23-25 k RPM is fine. It can remove products from even the corners and edges of your nails very effectively. Just look at how fast it works! But as mentioned before, only use it on artificial enhancements - not natural nails.

        More Nail Essential Tools for Removing Gel

        Of course, in addition to nail drill bits, tools like nail scrapers, and hand files can also help improve removal efficiency and leave the nail surface smoother. Hand files work in a similar way to sanding bands but are less efficient. Nail scrapers can remove soaked or loosening products but are sharper. All of these tools, used properly in conjunction with nail drill bits, can speed up and optimize the gel removal process.

        The Tips for Mantaining Nail Drill Bits

        Don't forget that all carbide nail drill bits can be cleaned! However, since they're made of metal, it's important to handle them with care and avoid dropping them, as this can cause damage. If any bits become damaged, be sure to discontinue their use.

        After cleaning and drying your carbide bits, store them in a dust-free case or pouch. Keeping your nail drill bits in a dry environment can help extend their lifespan. So, make sure to clean them regularly and store them properly to get the most out of your investment!

        Keeping nail drill bits in a dry environment helps prolong their lifespan. Regular cleaning and proper storage are key to maximizing the life of your bits!


        In conclusion, investing in the right nail drill bits for product removal is essential for achieving a flawless manicure or pedicure. With the top 5 nail drill bits listed in this blog post, you can make your product removal process more efficient and comfortable. Remember to consider factors such as the type of products you use, your skill level, and the material and size of the drill bits when making your choice.

        We wecome you to share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.

        Happy drilling!

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        Great guide! I have one barrel bit for quick and easy removal. These nail drill bits make gel removal a breeze.



        This guide simplifies the process of selecting nail drill bits. The variety of options can be overwhelming, but this breakdown makes it easier to find the perfect fit. Thanks for the recommendations!



        Wow, didn’t know there were so many options for nail drill bits. 😍



        Tungsten is the best!💪💅



        🙌 Love how they find inspiration everywhere and create stunning designs.

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