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How to Choose a Home Tanning Bed

Using tanning beds is a popular way to get a beautiful sun-kissed glow any time of the year. Many people prefer using tanning beds over laying in the sun as it is much quicker, allowing a person to have noticeable color to their skin after just a few sessions, each session lasting just minutes. It is then easy to maintain the tan year round easily with a tanning bed.

While many men and women may opt to go to tanning salons to use a tanning bed, others choose to purchase their own tanning bed to have in their homes. Purchasing a tanning bed for use at home can eventually pay for itself over time, cutting out the price of costly salon memberships. It is also much more convenient and more private. A person that has a tanning bed in their home does not have to even go outside of the house to achieve a beautiful, glowing complexion. 

When shopping for a home tanning bed, the first thing that a consumer should consider is the cost. They will need to set a budget for what they intend to spend on a tanning bed. Tanning beds come in a wide range of prices, with larger beds with more advanced features costing much more. A person should weigh out the price of each bed, along with the features that they desire, to find the ideal tanning bed for them. A consumer should also consider the space that they have when choosing a bed. They will want to purchase one that will fit in their home comfortably in the space that is available.

Tanning canopies are generally the least expensive type of tanning system, as well as a type that takes up just a small amount of space. A tanning canopy features one side of tanning bulbs that can be angled to allow the rays to hit the user's body. One disadvantage to tanning canopies is that only one side can be tanned at a time, taking more time than traditional tanning beds to help the user achieve the perfect tan. However, they are space saving for those who lack the room for a stationary bed. Wheels and a bendable frame make them easy to move and store in almost any space. Tanning canopies also cost around one-third of the price of a traditional tanning bed, around $1000 or less, so they are a good and inexpensive way to get a tan right from a user's home.

There are traditional tanning beds if a person wishes to be able to tan both sides at once, as well as lay inside the bed while doing so. Most home tanning beds feature 16 or 24 bulbs for tanning. The size of a traditional bed can vary, but are typically the perfect size for almost anyone. The price of these beds can range from around $1300 to over $2000. Cheaper models often have very basic features, such as a dial timer and 30 minute maximum times, while more expensive models may offer digital timers and quicker tanning times. 

Tanning beds that have more options are more expensive than a traditional bed. Some tanning beds may come with built-in facial tanners, designed to help a user get the perfect glow on their face. Others may also offer more advanced features, such as red light therapy, which helps improve collagen production of the skin and helps fight acne, resulting in clearer, healthier and more beautiful skin. Tanning beds with these advanced features cost more, but may be worth it if the user wishes to benefit from them. The prices of these types of beds are around $3000 up to $5000 or more.

Stand up tanning beds are also a popular choice. These high-tech beds allow the user to stand up while tanning, often helping get a more even tan all over the body. They may often take up less space in a home than a traditional lay down bed. The price range on these types of beds is similar to regular tanning beds, around $2000 for a bed with no frills, or several thousand more for one that is packed with different features. 

No matter what type of tanning bed a person chooses, they should do their research. When buying tanning bed, it is important for a consumer to look at the overall pricing of owning the bed. This includes the purchase and replacement of new lamps, as well as any other type of maintenance. A bed that may seem to be the better price initially may be more expensive over time if the lamps are more expensive, not as long lasting or has more that need to be replaced. The consumer should also consider the amount of energy used. Some beds may be more expensive, but may be more energy efficient, costing less money over time. A tanning bed is an investment that should be looked at over the the entire life of the purchase. A higher quality bed may last for many more years than a cheaper one, along with having lower maintenance costs, saving the consumer more money in the long run. 

Some popular tanning bed brands include Wolff and SunQuest. These brands come from reputable companies that are known for their high quality tanning beds and offer a wide variety to fit any tanner's needs. Their beds come at different price points, and many retailers offer financing options to make a tanning bed more affordable for anyone. 

When purchasing a tanning bed, a consumer should get the information that they need to make the most informed choice. They should set a budget for the bed they wish to purchase and research the features that are most important to them. By knowing information about the beds, a consumer can ensure that they purchase the tanning bed that is right for them, that fits in their home and that is guaranteed to give them the perfect bronze tan that they desire, any time of the year.