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What To Look For When Buying a Residential Tanning Bed

By Kristie Brown

Making the correct decision when it comes to choosing your residential tanning bed is very important not only because you are making an investment of time and money, but because you want to choose a bed which is both safe, and cost effective.


Purchasing a tanning bed for your home can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. It is convenient because you can tan when and where you want to. Also, tanning at home means you are no longer charged usage fees at your local salon. In addition, you save on transportation costs as well.

Types of Residential Tanning Beds

There are three basic types of tanning beds: horizontal, vertical and portable. These types are just as they sound. The horizontal bed is set up so that you lie down inside it, set the time and let the lamps emitting UV light tan your skin. The vertical beds work with the exact same premise except they are more like a booth and you stand up. Portables are a bit different as they are on a wheeled structure with a ceiling or canopy of UV lights which you can position over yourself. However, they are not as thorough as the vertical or horizontal beds, and your tan may not be as even.

Power Supply

When it comes to choosing a tanning bed, you want to make sure you choose one which is powered by the appropriate power supply. Commercial beds do not necessarily run on the same voltage as residential ones. The typical bed runs on 120V or 200V.


The number of bulbs and the strength of each bulb also should factor into choosing the best tanning bed for your home. More is not necessarily better. 16 and 24 bulb tanning beds are the norm, although some beds can go up to as many as 48 bulbs. The bulb strength for tanning beds varies. A bed can have bulbs of different strengths for different parts of the body, or only one strength for all the bulbs.


Price is often the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a tanning bed for your home. Prices can range anywhere from $1000 to $4000 depending on the features you want. One way to cut down on costs is to either purchase a used tanning bed, or buy one on wholesale. Even if you only want to purchase one bed you can still buy it for the wholesale price.

Another way to save money is to purchase your tanning bed online which cuts out the middle man.

Finally, cutting out the extra bells and whistles on your residential tanning bed will also lower the price. Choosing a tanning bed for your home is akin to choosing a good car. You want to get the best quality for the lowest price.
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