IQOS ILUMA vs. IQOS ORIGINALS DUO: What's the difference?

IQOS News 12/05/2023

IQOS ILUMA is our latest heated tobacco device (What are heated tobacco devices?), and while it retains the iconic design of its predecessors, IQOS 3 DUO and IQOS ORIGINALS DUO, it offers many advantages thanks to improved technology. But what exactly is the difference between IQOS ILUMA and IQOS ORIGINALS DUO or IQOS 3 DUO?

In the following video you can see the direct comparison between IQOS ILUMA and IQOS 3 DUO:

IQOS ILUMA with innovative technology.

The holder of the IQOS 3 DUO and IQOS ORIGINALS DUO models contains a heating blade that gently heats the tobacco inside of the tobacco stick: HEATCONTROL TECHNOLOGYTM heats the specially designed HEETS tobacco sticks instead of burning them. The tobacco stick is placed directly on the heating blade to heat the tobacco in the stick. A disadvantage of this method is that the heating blade can be damaged.

For this reason, IQOS ILUMA does not use the heating blade known from our previous series. The new generation of heated tobacco devices uses the innovative SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEMTM. With this technology, the tobacco is heated directly inside the TEREA tobacco stick by means of induction.

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TEREA tobacco sticks instead of HEETS tobacco sticks.

IQOS ILUMA uses the advanced TEREA tobacco sticks. These are sealed on both sides so that no tobacco can fall out. This means that there is no tobacco residue in the heated tobacco device that needs to be removed regularly, as is the case with IQOS 3 DUO or IQOS ORIGINALS DUO. The cleaning of the holder is therefore no longer necessary.

The IQOS ILUMA is also easier to use than the IQOS 3 DUO or the IQOS ORIGINALS DUO. Thanks to its intelligent auto-start/stop function, the IQOS ILUMA automatically starts heating as soon as a TEREA tobacco stick is inserted into the holder. When the stick is removed, the device automatically stops the heating process.

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More individuality with IQOS ILUMA.

IQOS 3 DUO and ORIGINALS DUO are each available in four colors and can be personalised with various accessories.

IQOS ILUMA will be available in 5 different colors:

IQOS ILUMA can also be customised with a variety of accessories, including sleeves, flap covers and ring sets.

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The benefits of IQOS ILUMA at a glance:

  • Real tobacco for real tobacco enjoyment
  • Innovative induction technology
  • No tobacco residue, so no cleaning required
  • More colors than before
  • Wider range of accessories


IQOS ILUMA is now available in IQOS stores and on

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