picked the mini 2 over the original mini because after scouring reviews online, I determined that for the anniversary price point, it was worth having the higher speeds and larger bristle surface area. I came from using a Clarisonic which I liked but I stopped buying the brushheads and also it was too bulky to travel with. This is a fantastic size for travel and obviously really nice to not have to change out the brush head. I'm only on week 2 of using this but I'm sold on it's effectiveness. The first 2 times I used it, I wasn't convinced it did anything at all and thought about returning it. I didn't feel like it could actually clean/exfoliate but since the 3rd use, I noticed that my skin absorbed my skin care products beautifully after use and I actually don't have as much dry flaky skin overall. I would have to recommend this one over the clarisonic now because it's a lot less abrasive but you still get great results! Give it a little time and pay attention to how your skin actually reacts. I also use a chemical exfoliator (Paula's Choice, 2% BHA liquid) and between that and this Foreo, I have no blackheads, brighter, and more balanced/moisturized skin! I used to have combination skin with my T-zone being super oily but with the proper skincare regimen, my skin has been well balanced! If you don't get this at the anniversary price and price point is an issue, I think the original mini would be effective too...I honestly only use one speed (the highest). Having 8 speeds doesn't seem that useful to me but maybe if you have sensitive skin (which the original has a slower speed too).