Types Of Spray Tan Machines

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There are a multitude of spray tan machines each with their own unique features and purpose. Each of these machines that are growing popular in the tanning industry offer a variety of advantages and knowing what you need will help you figure out what type of spray tan machine you are looking for. Here are some of the different kinds of spray tan machines that are available in the current market.

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HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) Spray Tan Systems

This is perhaps the most common spray tan machine that you will see households and tanning salons utilize. The best of these machines have wattage of 400W to 700W. While there are different HVLP spray tanning systems in the market, they generally function the same and offers the following advantages:

  • It has a deluxe hand held spray gun built along with it which keeps any leaks from occurring and lessens the tanning solution wasted. The reason behind this is that it only uses 30-50ml of spray tanning solution.
  • It does its job within a timeframe of 5 minutes. This means that the machine can be used to tan up to 6 people in a span of 1 hour.
  • In addition to these advantages, the machine does not overheat since it has a built in automatic shutdown system.
  • It is also built with an automatic heating function that is used to dry newly tanned individuals.
  • The machine is portable and light which means that it can easily be moved from one place to another.

LVLP (Low Volume Low Pressure) Spray Tan Systems

The machine is equipped with a turbine system which force out spray tanning solution through a gun that generates an even and quick spray tan mist. The LVLP is also built with fans that are situated in the turbine which creates noises and operates at a lower pressure of around 1PSI. Because of the noise it creates, tanning salons tend to shy away from it. In addition, the quality of the tan is also dependent on the one operating the machine since it requires steady hands and precise application. Another factor which makes it less of a choice by most tanning business is that it is expensive. Despite these disadvantages, it operates similar to a HVLP in terms of efficiency. It neither leaks nor sprays excess tanning solution and can be adjusted. While it is not recommended for business use, it is a fine option for home utility.

Airbrush Spray Gun Machine

This machine was initially used for the purposes of temporarily tattooing people’s skin until it was adapted by tanning salons as another alternative in tanning customers. While there are a variety of these machines, the most commonly utilized system by tanning salons are those built with a compressor. While it is an affordable alternative as compared to the above mentioned spray tan systems, an airbrush spray gun machine tend to waste tanning solutions. It also takes longer to tan an individual’s body averaging between 25-40 minutes. The advantage of this machine is that it operates at high pressure which translates to more tanning solution sprayed in less time.

Automatic Spray Tanning Booths

An automatic spray tanning booth can be compared to a shower booth in which both are designed to look like a shower cubicle except that this is meant for tanning. A customer stands inside the booth and once he or she is ready, nozzles found on each side of the booth sprays a tanning solution. This alternative requires professional assistance when it comes to its initial setup and can be expensive.

Though tanning booths appear to be easy to operate, it does not deliver the satisfactory results that a handheld spray gun offers. The tanning specialist or the person might need to manually tan some areas of his or her body that were not properly tanned. These kinds of spray tan machines are often utilized by top-end tanning salons and are only used by clients who are particular about their privacy and those who are willing to pay an exorbitant amount for the service. On the brighter side of things, the tanning session do not take too much time in doing its job.


Picking a spray tan system highly depends on your budget, and how you want to use it. If you are an owner of a tanning salon then maybe you need a tanning booth to accommodate more customers in less time or maybe an HVLP is enough to cater to your business’ needs. If you just want something for personal use then maybe a spray gun is enough for you.