At a glance the only difference between these two beds is the way the sunbed user is positioned whilst tanning. However there are other notable differences that should be taken into consideration. Firstly, depending on the size of your salon, you may only be able to fit in one type of tanning bed.
The tanning experience is also different depending on whether a vertical or lay-down bed is used. A lay-down tanning bed is considered to be a more relaxing experience for your clients. This is also a more accessible option for an elderly clientele or those with mobility issues, as the ability to lay down puts less pressure on your ability to stand for extended periods of time. Nonetheless, a laydown sunbed is more likely to cause pressure points on clients’ shoulders and hips. What’s more, laydown beds’ acrylics are more likely to be damaged either by jewellery or the use of inappropriate products, if product use is not policed.
On the other hand, when using a vertical tanning unit (VTU), you do not touch the acrylics, meaning it is easier to move around, which some clients prefer, especially if they suffer with claustrophobia. VTUs also will not leave clientele with pressure points, making them ideal for an overall even tan.
Ideally, by providing both options, you will satisfy all of your clientele’s needs. However if limited to a single model, it really comes down to personal preference and the size of the space you have available for your equipment, as to what would be the best sunbed for your business model.