Best At Home Spray Tanning Machines


Having a tan is proving to be one of the hottest accessories you can own right now. Let’s be real – almost everyone looks better when they’ve got a little tan going on. Yes, there are those exceptions (I’m talking about you porcelain skinned beauties out there!) but unfortunately, the majority of us can’t rock the Edward Cullen look. Now that we know baking in the sun all day can put our health at risk, a lot of people have turned to spray tanning to achieve that gorgeous bronze glow. So what exactly is spray tanning?

Spray tanning is a type of self-tanning AKA sunless tanning where you spray a fine mist onto your skin. The mist contains the compound Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which reacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to give you that bronzed or tan hue. For a more in depth explanation, check out Although it won’t protect your skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun, the temporary effects of spray tanning lasts for up to seven days and is a much safer solution.

If you have been craving a healthy bronze glow, but do not wish to endure the hazardous effects of sun tanning, then at home spray tanning machines what you are looking for. Sure, you can find DHA in an array of products out there such as self-tanning lotions, but using a spray tanning machine results in a fairly more even application, leading to smoother and more youthful looking skin. Almost every tanning salon in the country offers spray tanning sessions but you’re looking at spending anywhere from $20-$50 per session, possibly more. If you’re looking to go to Cabo for a week and just need a short term solution then, by all means, it’s definitely worth it! But if you’re trying to rock that tan throughout summer (or winter) then you’re going to need a session about every week or so and that can be quite expensive for most people. So why not invest in your own machine?

I’m not going to lie to you – it’s going to cost much more up front to purchase your own machine. However, you will end up saving a ton of money in the long run! You can customize your tan to your liking and have it as light or as dark as you want. And the best part is that you can use it whenever you want free of cost – you own it! Most people prefer having someone else do all the work but if there is not someone around to help you out, fear not! You can do it by yourself and all it takes is a little practice. Check out the video below!

There is a wide range of tanning machines available, and choosing the right one for you can be one hell of a task. So, after some in-depth research, we managed to come up with a list of the top five machines on the market.

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These are in no particular order.

Best Rated At Home Spray Tanning Machines

MaxiMist Lite Sunless Spray Tanning Kit

There have been suggestions that the Maxi-Mist Lite Sunless Spray Tanning KIT is the crème de le crème of tanning machines on a budget, and whether or not this is true, there must be a reason for it. First of all, the ease of using this machine makes it perfect for beginners and for home use in general. That doesn’t make it unsuitable for mobile use though, because it comes with an Oversized Carry Bag (for easy transportation) and a Professional Style Heavy Fabric Tent (good for protecting the color from getting on everything). It includes on board gun storage and a backup unit for more than ten applications a day.

The Maxi-Mist Lite Plus Spray Gun is German engineering at its finest. It’s extremely lightweight and designed for maximum coverage with the least amount of over spray. The Teflon® needle is well made to give you a clog-free performance and prevent corrosion. You have the option of adjusting the trigger and controlling the spray pattern for perfect precision. The cup’s wide base and conical design ensures there is enough room for fluid intake and offering you a more flexible range of movement. The tanning solution is made by Tampa Bay Tan and is intended to reach a medium color range. It is made with organic ingredients, 100% vegan (as well as gluten and paraben free), and has never been tested on animals. 🙂

The appliance also comes with a detailed instruction manual as well as CE, EU, and ECAL certifications to ensure your life-expectancy worries are catered for. The Turbine Motor (about as loud as a hair dryer) also comes with a 1 year warranty in case of failure.

If you’re just a beginner and on a budget, I would highly recommend giving this kit a try. It comes with everything you will need to get you started on your tanning journey!

Black Fascination Spray Tanning Machine and Kit

Built around the fascination 700 system, the Black Fascination FX Spray Tanning Machine and Kit is perfect for both seasoned professionals and beginners. It comes with an oversized pop up tent along with a carry bag, an 8-foot hose with easy-on spray gun connection, a spray gun featuring a low maintenance nozzle and adjustable spray patterns. This also comes with a bundle of the highly rated Norvell Airbrush Solution which is regarded as one of the best out there. The color indicator lights ensure you get the right signals during use and the 3-speed controls enable you to work at the speed of your liking. Unlike some tanning machines, this has a heat function which can be adjusted to the client’s comfort, and a spray gun which produces spray in a wide range of angles (horizontal and vertical) for excellent spray tanning results. The application is generally super-quick yet still precise, which ensures you get a full body tan session using, at most, two ounces of tanning solution.

The styling of the Fascination is remarkably beautiful. Designed with silver highlights and a spray applicator with an ergonomic handle design. It’s compact and lightweight design makes it suitable for mobile tanners, though the machine is powerful enough to be used in a salon setting as well. The long-life spray cup seal, the adjustable spray air cup and the durable nozzle make the gun a manageable and trouble-free unit. The turbine has a direct air intake feature with a replaceable, cleanable filter, and variable speed controls.

This product is another one that is good for those on a budget and comes with everything you need!

Mistified Pink Tanning Machine

best at home spray tanning machines

Mistified Pink Tanning Machine is undoubtedly the most budget friendly on the list. With a remarkable output of 550 watts and 5 amps for a steady and strong supply of spray, the manufacturers must have been aiming at giving you value for your money. The unit also provides the user with a couple of additional operating features such as the heat function and 3 different speed options. Thanks to the easily removable and replaceable filter located at the bottom of the turbine, cleaning has been made a lot simpler.

A top-of-the-line spray gun comes as part of your kit and offers you an array of options, including the one to spray in a round pattern, horizontally, and vertically. The flexible 13 foot air supply hose is length-adjustable giving you freedom of movement in large rooms and saving on space in smaller working rooms. Thanks to this upgraded hose, you can now work 360 degrees around the users for quick tans, more tans and, of course, more profits (if you’re thinking about charging)! It also comes with the Fetch Blue Line DHA Solution Sample Set to provide you with an all over, streak free tan. 

The Mistified Pink Tanning machine also comes with a relatively presentable easy-to-set-up-and-easy-to-put-away portable bag. Plus the fact that the machine is barely five pounds heavy, relocation for mobile tanners has been made even easier.

On the flip side, there have been suggestions that while the adjustability of the air supply hose is a feat that no other real competitor has achieved, the hose is stiff, restricting movement, and less durable than ordinary hoses. The user manual is allegedly not detailed enough either. The biggest complaint, which is probably the biggest downside of this otherwise world-beater tanning system is about the cup leaking when tilted, something that can create quite a loss, and a mess for that matter.

MaxiMist Ultra Pro High Volume Spray Tanning System

Without a doubt the MaxiMist Ultra Pro High Volume Spray Tanning System is the most expensive we have on this list. But is it worth the price? Well, from a scale perspective, this machine is the real deal. It features a powerful two-stage variable speed turbine motor capable of handling more than 50 applications in 8 hours and comes paired with the tested and tried MaxiMist Spray Gun package. It also has a highly maneuverable speed control feature that enables you to dial in the very airflow you want to apply any tanning solution perfectly.

For a clean air supply and hence, smooth running of the turbine motor, the machine is fitted with a firmly fitted yet replaceable 2 phase marine grade filter underneath the turbine. The manufacturers recommend that you rinse the filter at least twice in a day for a longer life expectancy.

At 30 pounds, the machine is the heaviest on this list, but it’s important to keep in mind that, unlike the previous three, this is a pro appliance. Compared to other pro machines, this unit lies somewhere at the middle of the chart with some weighing up to 65 pounds and others as light as 20 pounds.

One feature that sets this MaxiMist apart from all other machines in and outside of this list is its surprisingly high volume. It’s really interesting that a 30-pound spray tanning unit can be almost as cool and quiet as a shaving machine.

Its biggest disadvantage is the design and size. While mobile tanners seldom use pro spray tanning machines, the Ultra Pro’s size and design are not that suitable for squeezed rooms either.

A compendious user’s manual, 3-year warranty, CE, EU, ECAL Certification and a spare spray gun nozzle gasket are among the unit’s exclusive features.

Fuji Mini Tan M Model System Spray Tan HVLP

As we all know, Fuji Spray Tanning Systems has been among the leading manufacturers of spray tanning machines for close to 10 years, and they surely didn’t disappoint in their latest model – Fuji Mini Tan M Model System Spray Tan hvlp. The product is not in any way one of the quietest there is out there, but there is a lot more to it than you can imagine.

As part of the purely exclusive features, the Fuji Mini Tan is mounted with a pattern control knob at the side to adjust the speed and size of the fan. The knob enables you to switch from small to large pattern and anywhere in between. Unlike other spray guns whose adjustable part is the front collar, the Mini Tan’s control knob gives you full control of how you would like your fan spinning! Its spray gun is non-bleed, meaning that the air cannot pass through the spray gun until the trigger is pulled, which makes for a very important control feature.

The splendid air caps are another plus on this world-beater appliance. The caps provide you with cleaner spray patterns which result in less mist and overspray in the air. Other features include:

– A detailed instruction manual plus wrench and cleaning brush

– Ergonomic insulated handle that doesn’t overheat

– On the turbine itself features a convenient gun holder

– Mobile gun filling station

– The spray gun features a plastic 8ozs bottom feed

– The spray pattern is set to be around 4 inches from the optimum distance of 6 inches, the ideal spray tanning size fan

– Since air flow is trigger-controlled, the air hiss’ is much less noticeable.

– By pulling trigger to the first stage of travel, you can use the gun for blow-drying

– 10 foot lightweight black helix hose, which also features a bend restrictor at the end of the turbine

– Heavy duty stands to protect the floor

– 24 month warranty on complete system

– CE, EU, ECAL Certified

As pointed out earlier, one feature that really counts against the Mini Tan is the noise it produces. The weight is also a little higher than that of its main rival on this list, the Ultra Pro, but then this a pro unit which won’t need frequent moving.

As you can see, the pros of the Fuji Mini Tan outweigh the cons by a milestone, which makes it worthy a option the next time you go shopping for a spray tanning machine.

In Conclusion

Whether looking for a new spray tanning machine for your salon or just for home use, there is an array of products out there going at affordable prices and compellingly looking great. But then finding a tried and tested unit which will perfectly suit your specifications is a whole other thing. Much like weight loss programs, spray tanning machines have been the center of so much controversy of late, with customers falling victim of imposters and sometimes machines that don’t match ad descriptions. Looking at how much an average unit goes at, there should be no room whatsoever for arbitrary buying. You need to scrutinize your options deeply and make sure you’re receiving exactly what you are paying for.

Above are just but some of the leading tanning machines on amazon and other online outlets right now. If by any chance you are thinking of getting yourself a new unit, and you’re simply getting torn between the numerous options at your disposal, you might want to outdo your expectations with any one of the listed machines.