Tanning has often been a matter of fashion, one way or another, but also a matter of health. While there is an on-going and passionate discussion about just how healthy tanning is, the truth is it can be both essential to our health and tremendously damaging. Why this is even a matter up for discussion in the 21st century, however, is beyond us. With a healthy amount of time spent outdoors and a fine selection of the world’s best spray tan machines at our fingertips, this should be a no-brainer.
Outdoor activities? Yes, absolutely. Everyone should be spending at least a couple of hours a day out in the sun and fresh air, with the right sunscreen protection, for their daily dose of vitamin D and other goodies we can only get from the sun. Perfect tan? Also entirely possible – and without spending hours on end outdoors or in tanning beds.
The safest and best way to get a healthy, glowing, even tan is spray tanning. And, in today’s day and age, it can be done after your evening shower and right in the comfort of your own home. There are now exactly zero reasons left for all of us not to adopt a spray tan machine and tote a year-round perfect tan everywhere we go.
1Aura Allure Spray Tan Machine Kit
This baby is the ultimate do-it-yourself, all-in-one spray tanning kit. Now, we see everyone getting a little skeptical about this DYI claim and we completely understand why. When we think spray tanning we think of one person holding up the tent properly, so as not to dye half of the bathroom, another person spraying the stuff to make sure it’s even, and the tanner themselves standing in the middle of the whole glorious mess. Or that’s how it used to be. Thankfully, manufacturers of spray tan systems have come up with solutions for all of that and Aura is one of them. This German-engineered tanning kit presents us with precise flow control, a spray gun that guaranteed no leakage or spillage, and something called Satin Spray nozzle technology for an all-around, even glow – minus the mess. Highly recommended for at home use and a fantastic, natural-looking, healthy tan.
- No mess, no fuss
- Even tanning
- Quiet machine
- Not recommended for professional use
- Needs plenty of room to be set up properly
- Portable but large
2Black Fascination FX Spray Tanning Kit
Equally efficient and mess-free is this adjustable FX Spray Tanning Kit, although this is a great choice for people who are on the move a lot, who need to travel with their spray tan kit or for salon professionals who need to make plenty of home visits to clients. Yes, salon quality tanning in one neat, portable package. Along with the FX-Design Spray gun applicator with the fluid control knob, this kit also comes with the Focus Tanning Solution Bundle. This means that there are three paraben-free tanning shades to choose from for a healthy, natural glow fit for anyone. The spray tan machine is almost silent and easy to carry, making it ideal for travelers and touch-ups on the go.
- Can be used for professional house calls
- Portable and fairly lightweight
- Almost entirely silent
- May take some learning and getting used to
- Can overheat
3St. Tropez Pro Light Spray Tan
For those looking for a practical, lightweight spray tanning machine for home use, the St. Tropez handheld spray tan gun is the way to go. While the machines’ name includes the term “Pro”, this is definitely not an item for professional salon use. The spray gun does provide an even, professional-level, long-lasting, healthy tan but it was crafted specifically for individual, at-home use and simply won’t be able to handle back-to-back tanning sessions for multiple users. On the other hand, this is exactly why it is lightweight and can be used anywhere. Step into your shower or in your backyard and grab the perfect tan in just 20 minutes. And for frequent travelers looking to pack some tan power, this baby will take up just a little more space than a hairdryer would.
- Very small and lightweight
- Perfect for travel and home use
- Even, professional tan for single users
- Not appropriate for salon/professional use
- Can overheat
4Fuji 2150 Ultra Quiet Spray Tan Machine System
Although we can’t vouch for this being the absolute best tanning solution on the market, it’s certainly among the better ones, comes with all the standard warranties, and at the best buy price that goes unmatched by most in this category. The Fuji 2150 provides an at-home, professional spray tan for the price of just a few standard salon spray tan sessions. While it comes with its own spray tan product, users can feel free to use any of their favorite professional tan products instead. Throw a spray tan party and share it with friends for added savings and extra fun – you’d probably spend more on the food and beverages for the day spa shindig than you would on a machine that will last years!
- Can handle multiple tanning sessions
- Can be used with other, favorite products
- Requires very little space
- A little on the heavier side
- Takes a little learning and training to get it just right
5Complete Belloccio Premium Professional Sunless Spray Tanning System
Also on the lower spectrum of the average cost among the best spray tan solution is the Complete Belloccio Premium Professional Sunless HVLP Turbine Spray Tanning System, which comes with XXX. The added bonus on this kit is that, while it can easily be used at home by just about anyone, it can handle quite a bit of work and can be used in salons or professional spray tan at-home visits as well. In fact, the system comes with a training guide, a 2-year warranty, and all of the essentials needed to start freelancing as a spray tan professional, including four different Belloccio Sunless Tanning Solution packs with Medium and Dark Bronzer color guides. From fair skin tones and mild tans to a DHA tanning solution that works with any skin color to provide an accelerated full tan within four hours, the Belloccio Premium Professional Spray Tanning System is a low-cost spray tanning salon on the move.
- Great price
- Portable and lightweight
- Can be used by professionals for multiple sessions
- None that we can think of!
6MaxiMist Lite Plus HVLP Spray Tanning System
This system definitively proves how far spray tanning technology has gotten in the past decade and that almost anyone can and should afford a healthy, sunless tan. The MaxiMist Lite Plus may look small and helpless, but it packs a powerful 300-watt Turbine and a German-engineered spray nozzle for a flawless glow. The manufacturer guarantees that it can handle 10 spray tan sessions per day – which definitely qualifies it for the professional category. The spray tanning system comes with everything needed to spray tan an entire cheerleading team or start up a professional career, and at the fraction of a cost of the usual salon spray tanning machine. In terms of price, quality, and practicality, this has to be our winner among the bunch, hands down.
- Powerful engine
- Great for professionals
- For multiple users/sessions per day
- Unnecessary power and add ons for simple at-home use
7Norvell Sunless Prestige Pro Series HVLP Spray Tan Machine System
For those in the market for a real, professional, salon-grade spray tan machine that can handle multiple sessions per day, comes with all of the necessary parts and warranties, and provides a gleaming, even color – this would be the choice of the day, albeit well above the average price range of any of the other machines listed here. Norvell is a well-known and leading brand in the professional spray tan world, so it’s nice to see that they’re creating devices that are both up to par and in the affordable range for those who are at-home heavy users or those looking to up their professional game for house calls to clients. This particular Norvell Pro Series machine also happens to be the most silent machine on the market, a much-appreciated feature both in salons and at home.
- Appropriate for professional use
- Can be used with other, favorite products
- Great for heavy users
- Well on the pricey side
8Fascination Spray Tanning Kit Machine
This machine may not belong on this list entirely but has an added feature that we just can’t resist including. Like most of these, this is a full kit that comes with all sorts of goodies. However, it also features the so-called Airbrush Tanning Solution for easy selection of round, horizontal or vertical fan spray patterns. The reason we were doubtful whether to include it on this list is not for lack of quality of the machine, but that this feature isn’t really meant for beginners. But for pros or those who are just really experienced at this spray tanning thing, the airbrush tanning feature is like taking a kid to a candy store.
- Airbrush spray tan details
- Appropriate for professional use
- Great all-in-one pro starter kit
- Airbrushing technique definitely requires some training and practice
Stay safe with spray tanning
In short, spray tanning has been proven to be, by far, the safest and fastest tanning method humanity has come up with to date. Of course, there is a right way and a wrong way to get it done. A few tips to keep in mind include making sure the skin is clean before a spray tanning session, along with pretty obvious details like remembering not to wear makeup, cover hair well, and safeguard the area where the spray tan session will be taking place – usually done best with what’s called a spray tan tent and most of the machines listed here already come with one of those.
Essentials to consider before buying a spray tan equipment
Another thing to remember for best results is not to overdo it and to plan to spray a tan at regular intervals for an always perfect summer glow. For perfect planning, and to make sure to select the right spray tan equipment, a few other things should be considered. Will the machine be used by one person or more? What type of space will be used and how large is it? Using a noisy spray tan motor in a house full of people and planning sessions late at night while everyone is asleep won’t do anyone much good and will make the machine almost impossible to use. Single-person machines that are small and portable but have motors that could overheat shouldn’t be planned for professional use or spray tan parties with friends. Selecting the best spray tan machine for a specific set of needs is what’s right.
As for whether tanning is right or not, lest we forget – tan or no tan, sunshine is also essential to our health, so after a spray tan remember to spend a couple of hours outdoors, looking and feeling good.