Choosing the best spray tan machine, the one that will truly be an all-round piece of spray-on tan equipment, is not exactly a walk in the park. There is a myriad of low quality guns, tents, kits and tanning solutions out there that are being falsely advertised as “best buys,” which is why being able to recognize knock-offs and cheap stuff is crucial when trying to find the right tanning machine.
Luckily, we at Artesian Tan have just what you need. Here’s how to:
Choose The Best Spray Tan Machine In 3 Easy Steps
Not all spray tan guns are created equal, which is why we decided to provide you with some useful tips on what you should be looking for in a spray tan machine/gun.
1. Make Sure It Can Hold At Least 2 Ounces Of Tanning Solution
The rule of thumb says that you’ll need approximately 2 ounces of spray tanning solution in order to properly cover an average customer. Of course, this is not always the case, sometimes you’ll need a bit more, in other cases you’ll use less, but 2 ounces od spray-on tan solution is the industry standard per one session.
This is also a great way to roughly figure out how much solution you’ll be spending per client/session.
2. Find The Sweet Spot When It Comes To Spray Pattern
You would want to find a spray tanning gun with an optimal size of spray pattern. For example, an HVLP type of spray tan gun that features an 18 inch spray pattern will probably be too big for you as you may end up wasting a lot of solution due to so-called overspray (the spray that misses the client), without getting much better results (if any).
Artesian Tan recommends a spray pattern that is between 2 and 6 inches as this is most widely considered to be the optimal spray pattern radius.
Going below or over this sweet spot will most likely result in using too much solution per session, which can be rather costly in the long run.
3. Think Of The Price Of The Equipment You’re Buying As An Investment
Of course, most people will pay close attention to the price of the equipment they’re buying, and the “best spray tan machine” will for them be the one they can afford. However, since you’re already buying tools that should be able to bring you money and meet the expectations of your future customers, you should perhaps spring for truly the best spray tan machine your money can buy.
This is why we at Artesian Tan decided to give you 6 truly best-buys when it comes to quality spray tanning equipment.
MineTan Bronze Babe Personal Spray Tan Kit, Pink
This highly affordable personal yet professional spray tan kit will give you flawless results in the comfort of your own home. We found that this kit is extremely user-friendly as you can simply plug it in into the wall socket, turn it on, and you’re good to go!
The unit features a handy extra-long power cord and a nifty heat option to keep you warm. As far as handling is concerned, this system is extremely compact and is lighter than most hair dryers, so it is very easy to master the spray tanning skills yourself.
Additional neat features include:
- Complete control of the tan level - you can choose 8 levels of spray tan solution flow control so you have a complete control of how dark you want the skin to be. Similar spray tan technology is used in professional salons.
- Portability and compactness - since the unit is lighter than most regular hairdryers, you can carry it around wherever you want
- Extra-long power cord
- Very easy to clean (using just water)
- Professional airflow
- One touch control
- Optional heat for drying
The Bronze Babe Spray Tan Kit includes:
- TanHandy Professional Spray Gun
- Absolute PRO Spray Tan Mist- 220mL/7.4 floz - Provides 4 x full body spray tans
- Bronze On Applicator Mitt
Fuji Mini Tan M Model Spray Tan HVLP
A miniature version of professional Fuji Spray for salon use, you can’t go wrong with this amazing product. With Fuji Mini Tan M 2100 spray tan model you get home experience with salon quality when using it. It works quite fast and almost makes no sound, making it ideal for home use. Designed to shut off if overheated.
- Ideal for both the salon and home use.
- Turbine is lightweight
- Extremely user-friendly on board gun storage
- Very light for easier handling
- Features a spray gun with both vertical and horizontal pattern and flow adjustments
- Noise Reduction Covers for filters
- 1 year warranty on complete system.
- Thorough instruction manual
- Powered by a 2-stage motor
Norvell MOBILE Z3000™ Pro Sunless Travel Kit
As far as professional spray tanning equipment is concerned, we are starting off with perhaps the best spray tan machine available for commercial purchase - Norvell MOBILE Z3000™ Pro. This sunless travel kit is truly an all-round solution for those looking to go all-in.
The best thing about this system is that, although it is among the professional ones, it is quite easy to use and master. The deal includes:
- 1 - Mobile Z3000™ HVLP Handheld System
- 1 - Tech HVLP Spray Gun
- 1 - BONUS M Series HVLP Spray Gun
- 1 - XL Norvell Mobile Pop-Up Tent with Travel Bag
- 1 - Overspray Reducing Floor Fan
- 2 - Solution Storage Cups with Caps*
- 1 - Professional Product Kit*
- 1 - Norvell Sunless Safety System (8-pcs)
- 1 - Complimentary Nu™ Training Course 100: Fundamentals of Sunless Science Bundle
While the Pro Product Kit also offers:
- Premium DARK Sunless Solution 34oz
- Premium TRAINING Solution 34oz
- Venetian Sunless Solution 8oz
- Rapid ONE Sunless Solution 8oz
- Legend PLUS Sunless Solution 8oz
- Pre Sunless xLaTan pH
- Balancing Spray 8oz
- Post Sunless Moisturizing HydroFirm 8oz
- FDA Room Recommendation Sign
Norvell MOBILE Z3000™ Pro Sunless Travel Kit comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty. Pretty cool.
Fuji Spray 4100 miniTAN Platinum T-PRO Spray Tan System
This amazing system by Fuji is affordable, efficient, reliable, and very easy to use. It will handle like a pro and cater to your every spray tanning need. While its versatility, power, portability, and low price make it one of the best deals available on the market.
Key features that Fuji Spray 4100 miniTAN Platinum T-PRO system provides include:
- The Fuji Spray Heat Dissipation Box™
- Fuji Spray Noise Reduction Covers™
- All metal applicator with stainless steel fluid components
- Adjustable spray pattern and fluid control knob
- Turbine with washable/replaceable air filters and gun holder slot
- Turbine is light weight and portable, ideal for both the salon or mobile
- Turbine comes installed with a reset safety switch
- Flexible 10 foot whip hose and quick connect fitting
- User manual containing training on Spraying Techniques
- Wrench and cleaning brush
- 24 Month Warranty on complete system
- All systems UL/CSA approved for cosmetic use
BONUS FEATURE: The turbine in miniTAN PLATINUM™ has filters of different size when compared to previous editions, which means that these new ones are of better quality and are designed in such a way so they fit the shape of you hand better.
Norvell Pro X550 HVLP Spray Tan Airbrush Machine System
And finally, the last (but certainly not least) spray tanning system on our best spray tan machine list is the Norvell X550 HVLP, one of the most versatile airbrush guns available via Artesian Tan.
This is one of the most powerful and efficient spray tanning guns among all lightweight handheld units currently available on the market. It is perfect for salons and spray tanning professionals, and much like all Norvell units, this one is also quite user-friendly, elegantly designed, not too loud, and – most importantly – extremely powerful and efficient.
We found minimal overspray and the Quick Release Technology to be among the most advantageous features of this unit. Quick Release Technology and its light weight make using and handling this gun a walk in the park.
The deal also includes solutions that are formulated with micro-nutrient technology, which means they will also provide potent vitamins and antioxidants to your skin in order to boost the health and not just the tan of your skin, without the notorious orange undertone.
- Norvell Pro X550 HVLP Spray Tan Airbrush Machine System
- X550 HVLP Turbine
- 10' Flexible Hose
- Norvell Pro M-Gun.
- Norvell Tanning Handheld Solutions - Clear Plus 8oz
- Venetian 8oz and Dark 8oz
- Norvell Training Program.
So there you go – some of the best spray tanning equipment that can meet all your home or professional/salon sunless tanning needs. If you think we failed to mention some products that deserve to be on this list, please mention them in the comments section.
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