How Much Does a Tanning Bed Cost?

  Posted on 1/6/2012
How Much Does a Tanning Bed Cost?

Tanning beds can be purchased for home or salon use. It is important to know what you want when you are looking for a tanning bed. Be sure to comparison shop prior to making your final decision for purchase.

Tanning beds are devices that emit ultraviolet radiation. This ultraviolet radiation helps produce a tanned appearance by darkening the skin. The tanning beds used in tanning salons use fluorescent lamps to produce ultraviolet rays that are extremely similar to the sun. Tanning beds are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The price of the bed depends on the number of lamps, the size and other factors as well. Whether the bed is horizontal or vertical will also affect the price.

Prices of Tanning Beds Vary Greatly

The price of a horizontal tanning bed ranges from $1,500 on the low end, to $5,200 on the high end. These prices are for non-commercial, personal use tanning beds. The commercial horizontal tanning beds are much higher in price. The beds used in salons are extremely expensive with prices ranging from $10,000 to as much as $32,000 per bed.

The horizontal non-commercial personal use tanning beds that are equipped with 18 to 32 lamps are considered luxury beds. Their prices range from $2,100 to $4,000 per bed. The tanning beds with no more than 16 lights have prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,300. Sometimes purchasing more than one tanning bed can lower the price of each of the beds.

There is vertical standing tanning beds available on the market today. These are more expensive with the price ranging from $7,000 to $10,000.

Included with the Purchase of a Tanning Bed

Reputable companies will many times offer a limited warranty. Some of these limited warranties will last for the lifetime of the bed. Always check the description of the beds you are considering to see what will be included with your purchase. Generally, there is a powertrain warranty and a warranty that will cover the lamps in the bed. The majority of the warranties offered last from three to six years.

The lamps that are designed for the tanning bed will be included with its purchase. Additional replacement lamps are sometimes included in the purchase as well.

Most beds have a timer and an auto shut off to ensure that the bed would shut off once the timer goes off.

Additional Costs of Tanning Beds

The lamps in the tanning bed will begin losing their effectiveness over time. The lamps will generally need to be replaced after 50 hours of use. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that there is enough UV being emitted to ensure a proper tanning session.

A tanning bed will need to be maintained on a regular basis and some repairs could be necessary in the future. A professional servicing technician generally charges by the hour. Charges can range from $65 to $115 per hour.

There are tanning beds that require a particular electrical outlet because of their electric output.

Once you have decided that you are definitely in the market to purchase a tanning bed or beds, consider which features are most important to you and the amount you are willing to spend.

Decide whether you are looking for UVA or UVB tanning beds. These rays differ and knowing which you would prefer is important.

Check the warranties being offered by each company. Some of the companies have very good warranties on their tanning beds.

Lamps are also important to consider. Be sure you are familiar with the various kinds of lamps. Learn what the difference is between them and how long each kind lasts. Knowing the replacement price is also very important because eventually, you will need to replace these lamps. Inquire as to whether other kinds of lamps can be utilized in the bed you are considering.

Know the maintenance schedule for each of the beds you are considering to purchase. It is necessary to know whether the maintenance can be done by a nonprofessional or if a service professional will need to be hired.

Many times great deals on tanning beds can be found online. Purchasing a used model will save money. Many of the used beds have fantastic prices and are very easy to locate. However, be smart and research all your options concerning the particular bed you are considering to purchase. Finding a used bed that is still under warranty can be done, however, it will most likely be more expensive than those beds without one.

Some of the features available include a misting fan, aromatherapy, a radio and a cooling fan. Each one of these features will add to the price of the bed.

Make sure that the tanning bed you decide to purchase can fit in the place you are planning to put it. The bed must have the features you definitely cannot do without, it must have a good warranty and it must be a good quality bed. Should there be some kind of problem, find out the return policy on the bed you are planning to purchase. Ask what the average ‘life span’ is on the bed you want to purchase as well.

Choosing the bed just because of the brand name is not advisable. The most important factor to consider is getting an excellent price for a good quality and efficient tanning bed.

Examples of Specific Horizontal Tanning Bed Model Prices

Sunquest Pro 16RS

Cost $1,999

Some features include:

  • Digital timer
  • Tunnel design
  • 20 minute tanning session
  • 12 month nationwide warranty
  • Parental control key lock

Sun Technologies Solar Storm 24S

Cost $2,199

Some features include:

  • Tunnel design
  • Six dual face lamps
  • Three-year powertrain warranty
  • Standard lifetime warranty on the bed’s frame